Motu V4HD
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VideoGuys Part # (SKU): V4HD
Connect. Convert. Capture. Monitor. Deliver
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Connect. Convert. Capture. Monitor. Deliver.

With one simple plug-and-play FireWire connection, the V4HD turns your Mac or PC desktop or laptop computer into a powerful HD/SD video production workstation equipped with all the video and audio I/O you need. Connect all your gear, from SD camcorders and monitors to today's latest professional HD cameras, video decks, LCD reference monitors and plasmas ? all at the same time, with no cable swapping. Choose your input source, then log and capture HD or SD clips directly into Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro.

Video Formats
The V4HD supports the following SD and HD:

  • SD
    576i25 (PAL), 480i29.97, 486i29.97 (NTSC)
  • HD
    720p23.976, 720p24, 720p25, 720p29.97, 720p30, 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080p23.976, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080PsF23.976, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080i25, 1080i29.97, 1080i30

Choose any input as a video source and the signal is distributed to all outputs, both HD and SD simultaneously, via hardware-accelerated up/down conversion. This allows you to work with both HD and SD devices without cable swapping. The HD-SDI and SD-SDI banks supply two mirrored outputs so that you can connect both a deck and a monitor to each bank. Independent banks of HD and SD component are also supplied, along with legacy SD formats (S-Video and Composite).

As a state-of-the-art video interface, the V4HD offers unprecedented audio features, including 32 channels of audio capture and playback (four 8-channel banks), 8 channels of analog, 8 channels of AES/EBU and optical digital, and support for 8 channels of SDI and HDMI embedded audio I/O.

In Final Cut Pro, the V4HD supports full-raster 1920x1080 HD capture and playback using Apple's ProRes 422 codec in both standard and HQ modes. The V4HD is the ideal all-in-one video capture solution for any ProRes workflow.

In both Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro, the V4HD provides hardware-accelerated capture and playback of DVCProHD, DVCPro50 and DVCPro25 video streams, plus 8- and 10-bit uncompressed SD ? all with convenient plug-and-play FireWire connectivity and CPU-efficient intra-frame editing.

The V4HD is ideal for a DVCProHD/P2 workflow because you can immediately play back P2 clips (either imported or ingested) with no transcoding necessary. Conversely, you can connect any SD or HD video source such as an HDV camera, legacy video deck or DVD player and then capture it directly as a DVCProHD clip in Final Cut or Premiere. Many cameras now feed their uncompressed SDI or component output directly from the camera's optics and imager, before compression, for the best-possible picture quality during capture with the V4HD. Need to bring SD material into your HD project? The V4HD even provides hardware-accelerated SD-to-HD up conversion for capturing SD sources in DVCProHD format.

As you edit, monitor your timeline on multiple HD and SD displays simultaneously with the V4HD's hardware-accelerated up-conversion, down-conversion and pull-down insertion or removal. Watch a variety of display formats side by side, from the pixel-for-pixel accuracy of a large plasma screen, to the color-corrected balance of an LCD reference monitor, to the real-world look of a consumer display. Use 32 channels of audio I/O to capture, monitor, mix and master multichannel surround sound for your productions at sample rates up to 192 kHz. Employ Sony 9-pin machine control for advanced Batch Capture and Edit to Tape operations. Keep everything frame-accurate using time code, video reference and audio word clock.

The V4HD delivers all this with one simple FireWire 400 or 800 connection ? even to a laptop computer. With the V4HD handling video I/O via FireWire, your laptop's expansion slot can be used for high-performance video storage solutions.

From start to finish, the V4HD streamlines your video production workflow, with unified control over all your video gear from your computer desktop.

Laptop Operation
Are you thinking about doing field capture with a laptop - or editing on the go with a laptop-based system? Thanks to FireWire, the V4HD opens the door to a world of possibilities for laptop systems.

All current and late-generation Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro computers are equipped with both FireWire 400 and 800. Most PC laptops are equipped with built-in 4-pin FireWire 400. In both cases, the V4HD gives you plug-and-play broadcast-quality capture and monitoring. With the enormous performance gains seen in laptop technology, these compact computers are now powerful enough to easily capture and play back both HD and uncompressed SD video. You can essentially build a complete capture/edit system that fits in a backpack.

There's another major benefit for using FireWire connectivity to a laptop. Using FireWire for Video I/O frees up the PC card slot on your laptop for professional-grade video storage solutions. Expresscard-based storage solutions offer enough storage space and access speed to support the most demanding HD and uncompressed SD workflows.

Alternately, depending on your workflow, you can daisy-chain a FireWire 800 hard drive on the same bus as the V4HD connected to the computer via FireWire 800. This option offers compact, portable yet large-scale storage.

Stand-alone Operation

Conversion and distribution
When you unplug FireWire, the V4HD turns into a complete stand-alone video conversion and distribution device. Use the convenient front panel LCD to choose one of the video inputs o

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