Matrox Video today announced the immediate availability of VS4Recorder, a new standalone multi-camera recording app bundled with Matrox VS4 quad HD capture cards at no additional cost. VS4Recorder gives live event producers complete independent control over capture of the four inputs connected to the VS4 to create files for use with popular editing apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid and for archiving. AVI files can be created using the high-quality Matrox MPEG 2 I-Frame codec. MOV QuickTime files can be created using DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD.
“With VS4Recoder, multi-camera recording of live events has never been so simple — automatic input detection makes on-site setup quick and easy,” said with Wayne Andrews, product manager, Matrox Video. “VS4Recoder also functions as a multiviewer, offering pristine video quality even when monitoring interlaced sources on progressive computer monitors.”
Price and availability
Priced at $1,495 US not including local taxes and delivery, the Matrox VS4 card is now available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Full turnkey HD recording systems are available from some certified systems builders starting under $5000. Matrox VS4Recorder is available to registered VS4 users as a free download from the Matrox website.
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Arrive. Connect. Record.
Multi-camera event recording has never been so simple
Matrox VS4 is a quad HD-SDI capture card that lets you record four live video feeds using VS4Recorder, a free, stand-alone recording application bundled with the card. It is the ideal solution for recording live multi-camera productions like concerts and sporting events, and for repurposing and archiving video assets.
Quick and easy recording with automatic
VS4Recorder is a versatile application ideal for multi-camera productions that provides HD recording of up to four inputs while simultaneously offering a complete multi-viewer experience.
It provides two recording modes: independent and multi-cam.
Multi-cam session mode
This mode is ideal for recording multiple angles of a single event. With a single click, all inputs begin recording and a session timer starts and provides the run time. In this mode, a session is created that lets all recorded files reference a single session timecode for easy synchronization in a multi-cam Adobe Premiere CC sequence.
Once a session is underway, you can stop and start any input recording without interrupting the session timecode. You can also view the elapsed time of each recording in its quadrant.
Independent record mode
This mode makes it quick and easy to capture content for archiving or repurposing video assets by recording any input independently. This makes VS4Recorder ideal for monitoring multiple video signals so they can be acquired quickly at the push of a button.
VS4Recorder offers high-quality video monitoring of all inputs. Leveraging patent-pending Matrox technology, the video quality is pristine even when monitoring interlaced sources on progressive computer monitors. VS4Recorder accurately represents your incoming video signals at any video window size, and offers single- and quad-view modes for a customizable multi-viewing experience. Use quad-view mode to preview all four inputs simultaneously or switch to single-view mode and cycle through your inputs.
Captures NLE-friendly files
VS4Recorder provides industry-recognized codecs: the efficient, high-quality Matrox MPEG-2 I-frame codec at up to 300Mb/s in an AVI wrapper, as well as DV/DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD QuickTime files in an MOV wrapper for use with your NLE of choice without transcoding. Global audio settings include audio codec, bit rate, bit depth and stereo versus mono.
Timecode and metadata support
Stop looking for visual or audio cues to sync your clips. VS4Recorder provides easy clip synchronization within Adobe Premiere CC/CS6 by embedding either the original SDI timecode or the session’s timecode. Additional metadata support includes label and file names.
Automatic input detection
Connect your video sources, start VS4Recorder and begin recording. VS4Recorder automatically detects your video format. Each input is independent so you can mix HD and SD in the same production.
On screen display
VS4Recorder includes label and file name overlays in each quadrant that can be set to remain on screen or auto-hide after a period of mouse inactivity. Each quadrant also provides controls for source recording, audio monitoring and view mode, as well as timecode and hard drive notification displays, in a popover area that appears/disappears on mouse activity/inactivity.
VS4Recorder also provides a visual cue to the amount of storage and record time remaining on your target hard drive. This gives you ample time to prepare and avoid missing important content.
Navigate to any quadrant and click the speaker icon to monitor the input’s selected audio pair. VS4Recorder automatically directs the audio source to your computer’s sound card. Mouse over any speaker icon and a channel-selection flyout appears, offering all available channels by audio pair. In addition, VU meters let you visually monitor up to eight channels of embedded audio per video input.
VS4Recorder can be controlled using a mouse or its predefined shortcut keys. You can switch between quad-view, single-view, and full-screen modes, cycle through your inputs, start/stop recording an input or a Multi-Cam session.