Barco introduces PlusPAK, a configuration package for the FSN Series multi-format switcher. Designed for the events industry, the system is a new hardware and software suite comprising four components: a Universal Output Card (UOC), a Multiviewer (MVR), a Digital Video Effects Card (DVE), and software for controlling 2.5 M/Es from the FSN-150 Controller. The UOC is a dual-channel Athena scaler card that enables any assigned Aux bus to output DVI, analog, or SMPTE SDI signals at any format. Each UOC has two independent channels, and up to three can be installed for a total of six scaled outputs. With the ability to output digital and analog simultaneously, users can select from a standard list of output formats or create custom formats. In practice, the UOC enables users to route video to projectors, monitors, servers, and the client's VHS deck without format restriction.
The plug-in MVR is a fully-integrated Multiviewer that eliminates the need for multiple external monitors and the associated cabling. It displays up to 16 video signals (PIPs) in either single- or dual-monitor modes, and all routing is internal to the FSN-1400 chassis for unrestricted access to all inputs and outputs. Multiple layouts are provided with full UMD (Under Monitor Display) and tally support, and when combined with the FSN's memory registers, users can instantly switch between layouts and source configurations with ease.
The plug-in DVE is a two-channel 2D digital video effects card that offers full keyframe editing, dynamic PIP sizing and positioning, programmable borders and shadows, plus freeze, strobe, and color effects. Up to two DVE cards can be installed, for a total of four DVE channels online. In addition, the DVE interface includes a “shot box” that enables users to store up to 128 single-keyframe “looks,” for use on air individually, or combined into creative dual-keyframe effects.
The final component is a new software enhancement that enables full control of the system's second M/E from the FSN-150 Controller. With one button, users can toggle the M/E bank between M/E 1 and M/E 2, providing full access to the system's 2.5 M/Es and five keyers. In practice, when the event calls for three independent transitioning outputs, PlusPAK delivers full M/E control and memory register integration from one panel.