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Digital Video Solutions

Matrox

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, DigiSuite

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, and Movie-2

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are registered trademarks of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd.

DigiSuite LE™, DigiSuite DTV™, DigiMix™, DigiMotion™, DigiDesktop™, DV-1394™, DigiTools™, DigiUtils™, and

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Genie™ is a trademark of Pinnacle Systems Inc.

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Inscriber/CG Supreme™ and Video Clipboard for DigiSuite™ are trademarks of Inscriber Technology Corporation.

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and Pentium

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All other nationally and internationally recognized trademarks and tradenames are hereby acknowledged.

Copyright © 1999 by Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. All rights reserved.

Disclaimer

Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. reserves the right to make changes in specifications at any time and without notice. The information provided by this document is believed to be accurate and reliable. However, no responsibility is assumed by Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. for its use; nor for any infringements of patents or other rights of third parties resulting from its use. No license is granted under any patents or patent rights of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd.

Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd.

1055 St. Regis Blvd., Dorval, Quebec, Canada H9P 2T4

Tel: (514) 685-2630 Fax: (514) 685-2853 World Wide Web: www.matrox.com

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Matrox Software License Agreement for Single-user Products

By installing the software, you indicate your acceptance of these terms. If you do not accept the product under these terms, please return the package unopened.

This Matrox software, any included sample images and other files (the “Software”), is copyrighted by Matrox

Electronic Systems Ltd. All rights are reserved. The purchaser is granted a license to use the Software only, subject to the following restrictions and limitations.

1

The license is to the original purchaser only, and is not transferrable without written permission of

Matrox.

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The original purchaser may use the Software on a single computer owned or leased by the original purchaser. He or she may not use the Software on more than a single machine, even if he or she owns or leases more than one machine, without written consent of Matrox.

3

The original purchaser may make back-up copies of the Software for his or her own use only, subject to the use limitations of this license.

4

The original purchaser may not engage in, nor permit third parties to engage in, any of the following: a

Providing or disclosing the Software to third parties.

b

Providing use of the Software in a computer service business, network, time-sharing, multiple CPU, or multi-user arrangement to users who are not individually licensed by Matrox.

c

Making alterations or copies of any kind in the Software (except as specifically permitted above).

d

Attempting to disassemble, decompile, or reverse-engineer the Software in any way.

e Granting sublicenses, leases, or other rights in the Software to others.

f

Making copies, or verbal or media translations of the user’s guide.

g

Making telecommunication data transmissions of the Software.

Matrox reserves the right to terminate this license if there is a violation of its terms or default by the original purchaser. Upon termination, for any reason, all copies of the Software must be immediately returned to Matrox, and the original purchaser shall be liable to Matrox for any and all damages suffered as a result of the violation or default.

Limited Software Warranty

Matrox warrants to you that for a period of ninety (90) days of normal use from your date of purchase:

1

The media on which the Software is furnished and the documentation are not defective;

2

The Software is properly recorded upon the provided media;

3

The documentation is substantially complete and contains all the information Matrox deems necessary to use the Software;

4

The Software functions substantially as described in the documentation.

Matrox’s entire liability and your exclusive remedy shall be the replacement of the Software or documentation not meeting these warranties, which is returned to Matrox or an authorized dealer, together with a copy of your paid receipt. The above is the only warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular use that is made by Matrox on this Licensed

Software. In no event shall Matrox be liable to you or to any third party for consequential, special, indirect, or incidental damages that you may incur as a result of using the Licensed Software, including, but not limited to, loss of data, or information of any kind that you may experience.

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License, Warranty, and Service

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End-user Registration

Before using your Matrox DigiSuite product, please take a moment to fill in the enclosed End-user Registration

Form, or register online at www.matrox.com/video. The information you provide will assist Matrox to quickly diagnose and correct any problem that might arise when using the product. Only registered end users are

entitled to customer support.

You can fax the Registration form to Matrox at (514) 685-2853, or mail it to:

Matrox Video Products Group

Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd.

DigiSuite End-User Customer Support

1055 St. Regis Blvd.

Dorval, Quebec

Canada H9P 2T4

Hardware Warranty

Matrox DigiSuite hardware products are warranted against factory defects for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase. Matrox will repair or replace, at the choice of Matrox, products which prove to be defective during the warranty period, provided that they are returned to Matrox Electronic Systems, Ltd. No other warranty is expressed or implied. Matrox is not responsible for consequential damages.

Matrox shall not be liable under this warranty for (i) the goods that the buyer alleges are defective and have been repaired or altered by someone other than Matrox designated personnel or an authorized representative, unless such repair or alteration was affected pursuant to prior written approval from Matrox Electronic Systems, Ltd., or (ii) where the buyer fails to notify Matrox Electronic Systems, Ltd. of any alleged defects within the period of warranty, or (iii) where the buyer fails to return the defective items to Matrox Electronic Systems, Ltd. freight prepaid, or (iv) where equipment has been altered or damaged in such a way that Matrox Electronic Systems,

Ltd. reasonably determines to affect the performance or reliability, or where the equipment has been subject to misuse, neglect, or accident.

This warranty is in lieu of any other warranty, whether expressed, implied or statutory, including, but not limited to, any warranty for design, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, and any warranty arising from a course of dealing, usage, trade practice, proposal, specifications, or sample. Matrox Electronic Systems, Ltd.

neither assumes nor authorizes any person to assume for it any other liability.

Procedure for Returning Goods

No returned goods, for service or otherwise, will be accepted without prior authorization from Matrox Electronic

Systems, Ltd. To obtain return authorization, contact Matrox Video Products Group DigiSuite Customer Support

(see page 121). Once approved, Matrox will contact you with your Returned Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. Matrox cannot be responsible for units returned without an RMA number. Matrox will advise you of the shipping address. The packaging must indicate the RMA number on the outside. It is strongly recommended that a copy of the original packing slip which states the serial number of the items you’re returning be included with the returned merchandise. This will speed up processing.

Each individual, returned unit or group of units MUST have an RMA number issued by Matrox. Matrox must authorize the number of units grouped under one RMA number. Any units received without prior approval by

Matrox will be returned to you freight collect.

The Customer will incur the cost of consolidated freight (one way only) for Warranty units from the Customer’s location to the location designated by Matrox. Once repaired, Matrox will incur the cost of consolidated freight for warranty units to the Customer’s location.

License, Warranty, and Service

FCC compliance statement

Warning

Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for the compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.

The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the card is required to meet FCC requirements.

Note

This device complies with Part 15 of FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

1

This device may not cause harmful interference, and

2

This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.

Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference, in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his or her own expense.

Grounding information

If this device is connected to a CATV system, please ensure that proper grounding guidelines are followed. Specifically, the cable ground should be connected to the grounding system of the building as close to the point of cable entry as practical. Consult the relevant code entries for your area, such as Art. 820-40 of the National Electrical Code (NEC).

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Industry Canada compliance statement

This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class A limits for radio noise emission from digital apparatus set out in the Industry Canada Radio Interference Regulation.

Le présent appareil numérique n'émet aucun bruit radioélectrique dépassant les limites applicables aux appareils numériques de Classe A prescrites dans le Règlement sur le brouillage radioélectrique édicté par Industrie Canada.

Compliance Statements

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Grounding information

If this device is connected to a CATV system, please ensure that proper grounding guidelines are followed. Specifically, the cable ground should be connected to the grounding system of the building as close to the point of cable entry as practical. Consult the relevant code entries for your area or section 54 of the Canadian Electrical Code.

Dans le cas où cet équipement est branché au réseau de câblodistribution, il est nécessaire de s'assurer que les pratiques de mise à la terre soient respectées. Particulièrement, le câble de mise à la terre devrait être relié à la terre du réseau électrique à un point le plus près possible de l'entrée de câblodistribution. Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez vous reporter aux règlements locaux pertinents ou à la section 54 du Code canadien de l'électricité.

EC declaration of conformity

This device complies with EC Directive 89/336/EEC for a Class A digital device. It has been tested and found to comply with EN50081-1 (EN55022/CISPR22), EN50082-1 (EN61000-4-2:1995,

EN61000-4-4:1995, ENV50140:1994) and EN60950. In a domestic environment, this product may cause radio interference, in which case the user may be required to take adequate measures.

Le présent appareil numérique répond aux exigences stipulées dans la directive européenne 89/336/

EEC prescrite pour les appareils numériques de classe A. Ce produit a été testé conformément aux procédures EN50081-1 (EN55022/CISPR22), EN50082-1 (EN61000-4-2:1995, EN61000-4-

4:1995, ENV50140:1994) et EN60950. Lorsque cet appareil est utilisé dans un environnement résidentiel, il peut entraîner des interférences radioélectriques. Dans ce cas, l'usager est prié de prendre des mesures correctives appropriées.

Compliance Statements

Table of Contents

Chapter

1

Introducing DigiSuite LE ...................................... 1

DigiSuite LE – state of the art ..................................................... 2

DigiSuite LE features ................................................................. 2

Optional digital module features ............................................... 3

DigiSuite system requirements .................................................. 4

Recommended systems and storage devices.............................. 4

DigiSuite LE documentation ....................................................... 4

About this manual ..................................................................... 5

Style conventions ..................................................................... 6

Chapter

2

Installing Your DigiSuite Hardware ...................... 7

Important! ................................................................................. 8

Before you begin ....................................................................... 8

Antistatic and safety precautions ............................................. 8

Make sure your computer is compatible .................................... 9

Start with a functioning system ................................................. 9

Installation overview.................................................................. 9

Choose the best installation position ....................................... 10

Identify your expansion slots .................................................... 10

Plan for adequate ventilation .................................................... 12

Monitoring your DigiSuite LE operating temperature ................. 13

Use the PCI retainer brackets .................................................... 13

Removing the PCI retainer bracket ............................................ 13

Set the termination switch on DigiSuite LE ................................ 14

Assemble DigiSuite LE and the optional digital module ............. 14

Install non-DigiSuite cards first! ................................................ 15

Adding DigiSuite cards to your system ...................................... 15

Install your DigiSuite LE and optional digital module ................ 16

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Determine your DigiSuite card set order .................................... 17

DigiSuite LE and Genie ............................................................. 17

DigiSuite LE and DigiDesktop ................................................... 17

DigiSuite LE, Genie, and DigiDesktop........................................ 18

Take care of your Movie-2 bus—Important! ................................ 18

Install your DigiSuite cards ....................................................... 19

Connect the digital module internal cable ................................. 21

Note on removing the digital module......................................... 22

Chapter

3

Connecting Your External Devices and Configuring Your

BIOS Settings ................................................... 23

Identifying your connectors....................................................... 24

DigiSuite LE input/output audio connections ............................ 26

DigiSuite LE DigiConnect/Audio breakout box ........................... 27

Prepare for mounting ............................................................... 27

Connect DigiConnect/Audio to your computer...........................28

Choosing your connection signal options .................................29

DigiSuite LE audio cables.......................................................... 30

Avoiding audio connection problems ........................................ 32

DigiSuite LE input/output video connections............................. 33

DigiSuite LE DigiConnect/Video breakout box ........................... 33

Prepare for mounting ............................................................... 33

Connect DigiConnect / Video to your computer .......................... 35

Choosing your connection signal options ................................. 35

DigiSuite LE cables ................................................................... 37

Analog video cable................................................................... 37

Digital video cable ...................................................................39

Typical DigiSuite LE video connections ...................................... 39

Analog component connections with DigiConnect/Video ..........40

S-Video connections with DigiConnect/Video ........................... 41

Analog component video cable connections .............................42

Composite video cable connections ......................................... 43

S-Video video cable connections .............................................. 44

Digital video cable connections ................................................ 45

Configuring your DigiSuite LE .................................................... 46

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Notes on using A/V drives with DigiSuite LE .............................. 46

Recommended storage devices ............................................... 46

Formatting your SCSI drives...................................................... 46

What to store on your A/V drives .............................................. 46

Creating a stripe set ................................................................. 47

Copying files ............................................................................ 47

Access to IDE drives during capture .......................................... 47

Using third-party disk defragmentation programs and disk optimizers .............................................................. 47

Correct BIOS versions on Ciprico .............................................. 48

Testing the performance of your A/V drives .............................. 48

The first time you start your system .......................................... 48

BIOS settings ........................................................................... 48

Chapter

4

Installing the DigiSuite Software ........................ 49

What does DigiUtils Setup install?............................................. 50

Before you begin ...................................................................... 51

Install your third-party software................................................ 51

Check your Windows NT version ............................................... 51

Set Administration permission level ......................................... 51

Update the display driver for your DigiDesktop or other Matrox display card ................................................. 52

Connect your VTR for device control.......................................... 52

Running DigiUtils Setup ............................................................ 52

Step-by-step installation instructions ....................................... 52

Installing Video Clipboard for DigiSuite ..................................... 53

Installing the VFW software codecs for use on a system without the DigiSuite hardware ........................... 53

Uninstalling DigiUtils ................................................................ 54

Changing your DigiSuite hardware ............................................ 54

Chapter

5

Configuring Your DigiSuite LE and VTR Settings ... 55

Using the DigiSuite Configuration program ................................ 56

Making permanent or temporary settings ................................. 57

Changing default proc amp settings ......................................... 57 vii

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Selecting your genlock source................................................... 58

Genlock options for DigiSuite LE without the digital module...... 59

Genlock options for DigiSuite LE with the digital module........... 59

Selecting your editing aspect ratio ............................................ 60

Configuring your video settings ................................................. 61

Configuring the video input signal ............................................ 61

Configuring the video and key output signals ...........................63

Timing settings for DigiSuite LE without the digital module .......66

Timing settings for DigiSuite LE with the digital module ............ 67

Configuring your audio settings................................................. 68

Selecting your audio genlock source (digital module only) ........68

Configuring the audio input pairs .............................................69

Configuring the audio output pairs ........................................... 70

Testing the performance of your A/V drives ............................... 71

Displaying DigiSuite LE information........................................... 73

Configuring your VTR settings.................................................... 74

Calibrating your recorder using the Calibration Wizard .............. 76

Checking the frame accuracy of your recorder using the Frame Accuracy Test Wizard ................................... 77

Manually adjusting your recorder’s calibration settings ............ 78

Striping your tapes................................................................... 79

Chapter

6

DigiSuite LE Troubleshooting ............................. 81

Problems, possible causes, and solutions................................. 82

Up-to-date information.............................................................82

Multiple solutions ....................................................................82

Installation/configuration ......................................................... 83

Operation ................................................................................. 87

Storage .................................................................................... 96

If nothing works........................................................................ 98

Need more answers?................................................................. 99

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Appendix

A

DigiSuite LE Specifications ................................ 101

Electrical specifications .......................................................... 102

Typical operating voltages and current consumption ............... 102

Video input/output ................................................................. 102

Audio input/output ................................................................. 104

Movie-2 bus input/output ....................................................... 104

Audio specifications ............................................................... 104

Mechanical specifications ....................................................... 105

Physical Dimensions ............................................................... 105

Connector types ...................................................................... 105

Environmental specifications ................................................... 105

Appendix

B

DigiSuite Glossary ........................................... 107

Glossary of terms..................................................................... 108

Appendix

C

Customer Support ............................................ 117

DigiSuite customer support...................................................... 118

Contacting us ......................................................................... 118

World Wide Web ..................................................................... 118

DigiForum ............................................................................... 119

Index ...................................................................... 121

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Notes

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Introducing DigiSuite LE

This chapter outlines some of the powerful features of your DigiSuite LE and associated optional digital module. It also specifies the computer system requirements for your DigiSuite LE and explains the available documentation.

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DigiSuite LE – state of the art

Welcome to DigiSuite LE! This advanced card features state-of-the-art effects processors, a digital video mixer, digital video Motion-JPEG codecs, along with multitrack digital audio mixing. The optional digital module provides serial digital video and AES/EBU audio inputs and outputs. DigiSuite LE is designed to meet a wide variety of professional video/audio needs.

DigiSuite LE features

The following summarizes some of DigiSuite LE’s main features:

System q Internal PCI bus with bridge-to-system PCI bus.

q

Onboard 32-megabyte (MB) DRAM memory buffer.

q

Advanced, over-the-top, Movie-2 expansion bus (optional).

Video q

Two Motion-JPEG video codec modules.

q ITU-R 601 digital video compression and decompression.

q 60 fields/sec for NTSC, 50 fields/sec for PAL.

q Multilayer digital mixing, keying, effects, and switching.

q

Two digital video effects processors featuring high-quality scaling, sub-pixel motion, and transparent shadows.

q Onboard digital signal processor, master/genlockable video time base with built-in time base correction (TBC) and blackburst input.

q Ultra high-speed, 32-bit graphics frame buffer.

q Analog component, Y/C, and composite input and program output.

q Y/C and composite preview output.

q

Linear key output.

Audio q Analog input/output.

Four mono XLR/line inputs.

Four mono XLR/line outputs.

q Sampling.

16-bit, 44.1- and 48-kHz sampling rates.

Audio sampling clock genlocked to video.

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Analog input and output level adjustment.

18 dB headroom.

32-bit DSP for digital audio processing.

Capture of four audio streams to disk.

Playback of eight streams with the capability of mixing down to one, two, or four outputs.

Panning and mixing among eight audio streams.

Soft cuts.

Optional digital module features

The digital module for DigiSuite LE adds serial digital video and

AES/EBU audio input/output capabilities to your system.

Digital video q SMPTE 259M serial 4:2:2 at 270 Mb/sec.

q One 10-bit 4:2:2 serial digital input.

q

One 10-bit 4:2:2 serial digital program output.

q

One 8-bit 4:2:2 serial digital key output.

q Automatic 525/625 input detection.

q Automatic cable equalization.

q Upscale from ITU-R 601 quantization levels to 256 quantization levels for input key channel, and downscale to ITU-R 601 quantization levels for output key channel.

q

Genlockable to an external master sync source (blackburst), the internal reference signal, or the digital input.

Digital audio q Two stereo AES/EBU digital audio inputs.

q

Two stereo AES/EBU digital audio outputs.

q Channel status, auxiliary data, and user data support.

q Audio sampling clock genlocked to video reference.

q Programmable sampling rates from 11 to 48 kHz.

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DigiSuite system requirements

Note

The following recommendations provide good performance when using DigiSuite hardware and software in most situations. Some software packages may have additional or different requirements.

DigiSuite components require a computer with the following minimum computer system configuration: q An Intel Pentium II CPU, 266 MHz or higher.

q 128 MB or more of physical RAM.

q Windows NT 4.0 operating system with at least Service Pack 4.

Service Pack 5 is recommended

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Recommended systems and storage devices

You should refer to our web site at www.matrox.com/video for information on recommended DigiSuite computer systems and storage devices. As new technology becomes available, Matrox tests it and makes any recommendations we feel will benefit our customers.

DigiSuite LE documentation

Most of the information you’ll require to install DigiSuite LE is included in this manual. However, for explanations on how to use your DigiSuite software and any other additional information, you should consult the following documentation: q The Getting the Most from DigiSuite manual explains how to use the software included with DigiSuite so that you can take full advantage of your system’s powerful features.

q Any important information that wasn't available for inclusion in the manual at print time is provided to you in the following ways:

The Readme file installed with the software in the Matrox DigiSuite

Utilities folder.

Printed Release Notes packaged with the manuals.

The DigiSuite manuals are also available as Portable Document Format

(PDF) files in the DigiUtils\Docs directory on the DigiSuite CD-ROM.

You can view these documents using Adobe Acrobat Reader version 3.0 or later. To install the Acrobat Reader, run Windows NT Explorer or File

Manager, go to the AcrobatReader directory on the DigiSuite CD-ROM, then double-click the .exe file contained therein.

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Available from the Microsoft web site at www.microsoft.com

.

Chapter 1, Introducing DigiSuite LE

About this manual

This manual provides you with specific reference information about installing DigiSuite LE and its optional digital module in your computer system. q Chapter 1, “Introducing DigiSuite LE ,” outlines the features for both

DigiSuite LE and its associated digital module, system requirements, and the available documentation. q

Chapter 2, “Installing Your DigiSuite Hardware ,”describes how to install all types of DigiSuite LE (and associated digital module) card sets.

q

Chapter 3, “Connecting Your External Devices and Configuring Your

BIOS Settings ,” shows you how to connect external devices to

DigiSuite LE and its associated digital module, and how to configure your system BIOS settings. q

Chapter 4, “Installing the DigiSuite Software ,” explains how to install the drivers required to use your DigiSuite LE and optional software that’s provided with DigiSuite.

q Chapter 5, “Configuring Your DigiSuite LE and VTR Settings ,” explains how to configure your DigiSuite LE to meet specific input and output requirements. It also explains how to test the maximum data rates your A/V drives can achieve, configure your VTR for

RS-422 device control, and stripe your tapes for frame-accurate editing.

q Chapter 6, “DigiSuite LE Troubleshooting ,” provides some possible answers if you have trouble installing or operating your DigiSuite LE and associated digital module.

q Appendix A, “ DigiSuite LE Specifications ,” provides hardware specifications for DigiSuite LE and its associated digital module.

q Appendix B, “ DigiSuite Glossary ,” serves as a reference for the terminology used in the DigiSuite manuals.

q Appendix C, “ Customer Support ,” tells you how to contact us for customer support.

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About this manual

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Style conventions

The following style conventions are used in this manual: q The names of files, directory paths, and manuals appear in italics. For example:

The data is stored in the sample.wav file.

The file is located in your C:\Windows\System directory.

Please refer to your DigiSuite Installation Manual.

q

Menus and commands that you need to choose are displayed in the form

Menu | Command

. For example,

File | Save

means click

File

in the menu bar, then click

Save

in the menu that appears.

Chapter 1, Introducing DigiSuite LE

Installing Your DigiSuite

Hardware

This chapter describes how to install all types of DigiSuite LE (and associated optional digital module) card sets.

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Important!

The instructions in this chapter cover installing DigiSuite LE, along with its associated digital module, as a stand-alone component as well as with other DigiSuite cards. You will be guided through the sections that are relevant to your type of installation.

Before you begin

CAUTION

STATIC

DISCHARGE

Antistatic and safety precautions

Read the following information carefully before attempting to install

DigiSuite cards in your computer system.

Static electricity from your body can damage your DigiSuite cards,

Movie-2 bus, or your computer. Although you may not notice it, static electricity is generated every time you move. It’s often too small to cause a spark, but it can still cause damage to sensitive electronic components or at least reduce their lifespan.

To avoid damage, please observe the following precautions: q Do not remove DigiSuite cards from their antistatic bags until you’re ready to install them. Before removing the cards, place the packages within easy reach of the area where you intend to perform the installation.

q

You should avoid touching the chips and other components on the circuit boards. Try to handle the cards by their edges. q Try to work in an area where the relative humidity is at least 50%.

q Do not wear wool or synthetic clothing. These fabrics tend to generate more static electricity than cotton, which is best for this kind of work.

q Turn off the power switches on your computer and its connected components. q Once you’ve opened your computer, drain static electricity from your body by touching a bare metal surface on your computer chassis before you install or remove any parts of your system. If you have a grounding wrist strap, use it while handling and installing any components in your computer.

Chapter 2, Installing Your DigiSuite Hardware

Make sure your computer is compatible

To make sure that your computer is compatible with the DigiSuite cards you’ll be installing, refer to our web site for system recommendations. You can find this information in the Customer Support section at:

http://www.matrox.com/video.

You can also call Matrox Video Products Group Customer Support at:

800-810-2550..................................................................... U.S. and Canada

+33 (0) 1 45 60 62 09 .........................................................................France

+49 (0) 89 61 44 74 57 ...................................................................Germany

+44 (0) 1753 665 679 ........................................UK, Middle East, and Africa

1 514 685-7230 ext. 2388 .................................................All other countries

Start with a functioning system

Before attempting any DigiSuite installation, you should have a computer system with Windows NT 4.0 and at least Service Pack 4 fully installed and functioning smoothly (Service Pack 5 is recommended). This will avoid potential problems later on.

Installation overview

The following steps summarize the installation procedure for all types of

DigiSuite LE card sets.

Important Please do not attempt to install your DigiSuite cards without reading the detailed instructions on the following pages. Failure to do so may result in broken parts and/or system malfunctions. Do it right the first time!

1

Prepare your computer and DigiSuite LE, along with the optional digital module and any other DigiSuite cards, for installation.

2

Open your computer and identify the expansion slots in which you’ll install your DigiSuite LE or combination of DigiSuite cards.

3

If you’re upgrading to the digital module for DigiSuite LE, assemble the card and module outside of your computer.

4

If you’re installing several DigiSuite cards, carefully assemble the cards and Movie-2 bus connector as a unit outside of your computer.

5

Insert your DigiSuite LE (and associated digital module) or assembled

Movie-2 bus-card unit in your computer.

6

Connect your external devices and configure your system BIOS.

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Installation overview

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7

Install your software and configure your DigiSuite system.

Choose the best installation position

It’s much easier to install DigiSuite components if you do so vertically from above. For typical desktop systems, this is easy because access to the expansion slots in such systems is from the top. If, however, you have a tower-type system, it’s best to place the computer on its side. This provides you with vertical access to the expansion slots, as illustrated in the following diagram:

1

Place tower on its side

2

Install components vertically

Identify your expansion slots

All DigiSuite cards are installed in your computer’s expansion slots. Most

PCI-bus computers currently manufactured have a combination of PCI slots and, for example, ISA slots. Usually, the PCI slots are made with a plastic of a contrasting color (generally white) and are shorter than the ISA slots in your system.

While some computer motherboards have numbered slots, these do not follow any standard industry convention. For example, one computer may have five PCI slots and two ISA, whereas another may have four PCI slots and three ISA slots, and so on.

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With this in mind, we’ve developed a numbering scheme for identifying each slot position. Since all PCI-based systems have two types of slots, there is always one PCI slot bordering the other type (usually ISA). We start counting outwards from this “border” in each direction for each type.

In the following diagram, there are two ISA slots referred to as I1 and I2.

There are also five PCI slots, P1 to P5.

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PCI Slots

ISA Slots

Slot P5

Slot P4

Slot P3

Slot P2

Slot P1

Slot I1 (unusable)

Slot I2

Back of computer

It's important to note that the two “border slots”—those that are next to the other type—are considered “shared” slots. As such, only one of the two may be used at a time. For the sake of consistency, most DigiSuite systems will use slot P1, the first PCI slot from the center. Thus, the first ISA slot,

I1, is unusable in most DigiSuite systems.

If you are installing DigiSuite LE as a stand-alone component, we recommend that you insert it in slot P1. This will ensure easier installation should you wish to add other DigiSuite cards in the future. If you already have another PCI card in P1, such as a video display card, you should try to move it to another free PCI slot. If you have an ISA card installed in the shared slot I1, you'll have to move it to another free ISA slot in order to use slot P1.

If you’ll be using DigiSuite LE with other DigiSuite cards, refer to the diagrams in “Determine your DigiSuite card set order” on page 17 to identify the proper slot positions for the combination of cards you’ll be installing.

Important

Make sure you are using a validated computer system or motherboard. For more details, refer to “Make sure your computer is compatible” on page 9 .

Identify your expansion slots

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Plan for adequate ventilation

Before using your DigiSuite-equipped system, you must ensure adequate ventilation in your computer. Because some DigiSuite cards consist of two printed circuit boards sandwiched closely together, the assembled units produce a significant amount of heat. Forced air ventilation is therefore extremely important, particularly if you plan to install DigiSuite LE with its associated digital module or more than one DigiSuite card. Inadequate ventilation may result in erratic operating behavior.

The best solution is to provide as much airflow as possible between the cards; especially between the base and module boards of the card sandwich. We recommend that you install a fan, as explained below: q Position a fan directly facing the end of the DigiSuite cards with the

PCI retainer brackets. You should make sure the fan directs air between the various circuit boards.

DigiDesktop in P3

Genie in P2

DigiSuite LE in P1

DIG-BUS/FDK

Back of computer q The fan should have a minimum rating of 40 CFM (CFM stands for cubic feet of air displaced per minute and is a measurement standard for fans). An example of a fan that meets this requirement well is the

Sunon model KD1208PTB1, which is a 12 VDC fan with a rating of

42.5 CFM.

q Make sure to mount the fan as close to the cards as possible. In most systems, you should be able to place the fan directly behind the card guide slots, as shown in the above diagram.

q Make sure to close your computer’s cover once you’ve finished installing your hardware. This ensures that the aiflow generated by the fan is directed through the cards and does not escape through the top of your system.

Important

Fan installation should be done by a qualified technician.

Improper installation procedures can result in damage to your DigiSuite components and/or your computer system. Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. is not responsible for any damage caused by faulty installation.

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Monitoring your DigiSuite LE operating temperature

We recommend that you monitor your DigiSuite LE operating temperature periodically to ensure that the average temperature of your card does not exceed 75°C, and that the maximum temperature does not exceed 100°C.

The current operating temperature of your DigiSuite LE card, as well as the average and maximum temperatures achieved, are displayed in the

DigiSuite LE Information

dialog box of the DigiSuite Configuration program, as illustrated in “Displaying DigiSuite LE information” on page 73 .

Important

A warning will be displayed whenever the card’s maximum operating temperature exceeds the recommended limit.

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Use the PCI retainer brackets

Almost all computers contain card guides at the front end of the computer chassis. These help to stabilize cards. Since PCI cards are neither long enough nor correctly centered to use these guides, some of the PCI-based

DigiSuite cards are equipped with a PCI retainer bracket. The following diagram depicts the retainer bracket’s use:

DigiSuite card’s base board

DigiSuite card’s module board

PCI retainer bracket

ISA card guide

Removing the PCI retainer bracket

With some computer models, you may have to remove the PCI retainer bracket. In such a case, once you’ve drained static electricity from your body and removed DigiSuite LE from its antistatic bag (see “Antistatic and safety precautions” on page 8 ), simply remove the screws holding the bracket in place and then carefully remove the bracket.

Use the PCI retainer brackets

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Set the termination switch on DigiSuite LE

Important

Make sure you’ve read the “Antistatic and safety precautions” on page 8 before handling your DigiSuite LE card.

DigiSuite LE provides a DIP switch for 75 ohm blackburst termination for the REF IN connection. This is located at the top of the module board near the connection end of the card.

Switches 1 and 2 in “ON” position for

75

Ω termination

Switch position for Hi Z

(required for use with

DigiConnect/Video)

Boogie Boogie

Oogie!

Oogie!

Oogie Oogie

Normally, you should set both switches to the position marked “ON” before installing DigiSuite LE in your system. If you’re using the

DigiConnect/Video breakout box or another device for termination, however, set both termination switches to Hi Z.

Assemble DigiSuite LE and the optional digital module

Important

Make sure you’ve read the “Antistatic and safety precautions” on page 8 before handling your digital module.

If you’re upgrading to the DigiSuite LE digital module (that is, if you already have DigiSuite LE installed in your system and wish to add the digital module), refer to the Digital Module Upgrade for DigiSuite LE

Quick Installation for complete installation procedures. This sheet is supplied with the digital module.

1

Lay DigiSuite LE on a flat surface so that the module board is facing up.

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2

Refer to the label on DigiSuite LE to locate the digital module connector (SDI connector). Then carefully align the SDI connector on the digital module with the female connector on the DigiSuite LE card.

The four plastic pins on the digital module should be aligned with the four holes in the DigiSuite LE card. Snap the module in place as indicated on the label. To ensure that all pins on the SDI connector are firmly seated in the female connector on DigiSuite LE, hold the digital module-DigiSuite LE unit between your thumb and fingers and apply pressure evenly along the SDI connector.

Warning The digital module internal cable should remain connected to the module at all times. Do not try to remove the internal cable from the digital module or tamper with the audio and video connectors on the module.

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Install non-DigiSuite cards first!

It’s important to install any non-DigiSuite cards in your system before installing your DigiSuite cards. If you don’t do so, your DigiSuite system may not work properly.

In addition, try to leave empty slots between your DigiSuite card sets and non-DigiSuite cards if it’s possible. This will permit additional air flow between cards. For more details on providing adequate ventilation, see

“Plan for adequate ventilation” on page 12 .

Adding DigiSuite cards to your system

If you’re installing multiple DigiSuite cards, skip ahead to “Determine your DigiSuite card set order” on page 17 .

If, in the future, you add additional DigiSuite cards to your system, you'll be installing an appropriate Movie-2 bus connector. Please read carefully the section entitled “Take care of your Movie-2 bus—Important!” on page 18.

Install non-DigiSuite cards first!

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Install your DigiSuite LE and optional digital module

Note

Before proceeding, you should review the antistatic and safety precautions described earlier on page 8 .

1

If slot P1 already contains another PCI card, either move it to an unused PCI slot or remove it completely.

2

Remove the metal plate located at the back of the PCI slot in which you’ll be installing DigiSuite LE (generally slot P1). Don't lose the screw as you'll need it to fasten DigiSuite LE later on.

3

Make sure the termination switch is set to the proper position, as explained in “Set the termination switch on DigiSuite LE” on page 14 .

Also, make sure you’ve removed the PCI retainer bracket, as indicated in “Removing the PCI retainer bracket” on page 13 , if necessary.

4

Install DigiSuite LE (and optional digital module) in the following manner: a

Carefully align the card with its expansion slot. b

Slide the card towards the slot until it touches. Make sure that the metal plate at the back of the card slips into the opening left by the blank metal plate you removed in step 2 . In addition, if you are using the card retainer bracket, be sure it is aligned with and inserted into the card guide inside the front of the computer chassis.

c

Once the card touches its slot, make sure it’s perfectly aligned and then press it into the slot connector until it's firmly in place.

d

Secure the card by fastening its metal bracket to the computer chassis using the screw you removed in step 2 .

e

If you’ve installed the digital module for DigiSuite LE, connect the internal cable, as indicated in “Connect the digital module internal cable” on page 21 .

5

Once everything is in place, close your computer’s cover.

6

Proceed to “Connecting Your External Devices and Configuring Your

BIOS Settings” on page 23 .

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Determine your DigiSuite card set order

Each of the following diagrams illustrates the proper placement of

DigiSuite cards in your computer system. The following card combinations are presently available:

1

DigiSuite LE (with the optional digital module) and Genie.

2

DigiSuite LE (with the optional digital module) and DigiDesktop.

3

DigiSuite LE, (with the optional digital module) Genie, and

DigiDesktop.

Important Because DigiSuite systems only support one TriMedia processor, make sure that your DigiDesktop does not have a TriMedia

Module if you are installing it with DigiSuite LE.

DigiSuite LE and Genie

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Genie in P2

DigiSuite LE in P1

Back of computer

DigiSuite LE and DigiDesktop

DIG-BUS/FD

Digital module

(optional)

DigiDesktop in P2

DigiSuite LE in P1

Back of computer

DIG-BUS/FK

Digital module

(optional)

Determine your DigiSuite card set order

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DigiSuite LE, Genie, and DigiDesktop

DigiDesktop in P3

Genie in P2

DigiSuite LE in P1

DIG-BUS/FDK

Back of computer

Digital module

(optional)

Note

If you’re using the digital module for DigiSuite LE, you may want to shift your DigiSuite cards over by one or more PCI slots to take full advantage of your motherboard configuration. For example, if your system requires a SCSI controller, you may want to install DigiSuite LE in P2 (and any other DigiSuite cards in subsequent PCI slots). This frees up slot P1, in which you can install your SCSI controller. You can then connect the digital internal cable to any unused back plate slot.

Take care of your Movie-2 bus—Important!

The Movie-2 bus is one of the most important parts in a multi-card

DigiSuite system because it allows for the high-speed audio-video data transfer between different cards. This speed is required for highperformance digital media systems where professional quality is a must.

Although it’s possible to install DigiSuite cards in your computer and then connect the Movie-2 bus to the cards, this method often results in unreliable connections (particularly when more than two cards are connected to a bus). We recommend assembling the individual components as a unit outside your computer, and then installing the unit as a whole. The following section describes this procedure for several cards in a system.

q

Before installing your Movie-2 bus, carefully inspect the connectors on the bus and on the DigiSuite cards themselves, as well as their pins.

The connectors should not be cracked or broken, and none of the pins should be bent or missing.

q Never force the parts together! Align the bus connector carefully and gently press it into place. When you’re sure the connector is properly seated, insert the two mounting screws in their holes and turn them several times with a screwdriver.

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q

Do not overtighten the Movie-2 bus mounting screws! Even when the screws are properly tightened, there will be a small space between the

Movie-2 bus circuit board and the top of the cards. q When installing or removing your Movie-2 bus, be sure to do so in a straight motion with no significant lateral angle. Failure to do so will result in bent pins and/or broken connectors.

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q If you have to remove your Movie-2 bus, use a simple tool to gently pry it loose at one end—one of the blank metal plates used to cover an empty computer slot position works well. Then do the same with the other end of the connector.

Install your DigiSuite cards

Note

Before proceeding, you should review the antistatic and safety precautions described earlier on page 8 .

1

If any of the slots in which you’ll be installing your DigiSuite cards already contain other cards, either move them to unused slots or remove them completely.

2

Remove the metal plate located at the back of each slot you'll be using.

Don't lose the screws as you'll need them to fasten the cards later on.

3

Determine the order of installation for the cards. This is indicated on the top of the Movie-2 bus. You’ll install the cards from right to left when facing the back of the computer.

4

Make sure your termination switch is set to the proper position, as explained in “Set the termination switch on DigiSuite LE” on page 14 .

Also, make sure you’ve removed the PCI retainer bracket, as indicated in “Removing the PCI retainer bracket” on page 13 , if necessary.

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5

Lay the first card to be installed on its side and carefully install the

Movie-2 bus as shown below. Insert the mounting screw through the top of the Movie-2 bus and secure it to the card.

6

Flip the assembled card and Movie-2 bus over with the bus underneath. Rest the plate end of the card on a flat surface and place one hand under the Movie-2 bus while installing the second card with the other hand.

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Continue supporting the Movie-2 bus with one hand while installing the third card with the other hand.

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8

Flip the entire unit over and insert the remaining mounting screws through the top of the Movie-2 bus. Avoid putting too much stress on the Movie-2 bus.

9

Carefully install the entire card-bus unit in the intended host computer making sure all cards are firmly seated in their slots. Secure each card’s back plate to the computer.

10

If you’ve installed the digital module for DigiSuite LE, you must connect the internal cable, as indicated in “Connect the digital module internal cable” on page 21 .

11

Once everything is in place, close your computer's cover.

12

Proceed to Chapter 3, “Connecting Your External Devices and

Configuring Your BIOS Settings,” on page 23 .

Connect the digital module internal cable

The digital module internal cable is made up of a large cable with video and audio connectors and a smaller cable with standard internal device power connectors (similar to the ones you would use to power an internal

CD unit or hard drive).

Important

Remember that the digital module internal cable should remain connected to the module at all times. Do not try to remove the internal cable from the digital module or tamper with the audio and video connectors on the module.

Connect the digital module internal cable

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DigiSuite LE

To power source

SDI Connector

Digital module

Video/audio cable

Back of computer

13

Connect the internal video/audio cable to one of the free slots at the back of your computer. Make sure that there are no sharp, right-angle bends in the cable. Secure the cable’s back plate to the computer.

a

Connect the appropriate power connector to your power source.

Important

Make sure you connect the power connector before startingup your system for the first time.

After you’ve connected the internal cable, close your computer’s cover and proceed to Chapter 3, “Connecting Your External Devices and Configuring

Your BIOS Settings,” on page 23 .

Note on removing the digital module

If you wish to remove the digital module from DigiSuite LE, keep in mind that the male SDI connector should remain connected to the digital module at all times. If the male SDI connector gets disconnected from the digital module when you remove the module from DigiSuite LE, carefully remove the connector from DigiSuite LE, then make sure you align the pins properly before snapping it back onto the digital module. To ensure that the pins are inserted properly, we have blocked off pin positions 24 and 54 with a key plug on the digital module female connector; the corresponding pins on the male connector are missing.

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Connecting Your External

Devices and Configuring Your

BIOS Settings

This chapter shows you how to connect external devices to DigiSuite LE and its associated optional digital module. It also explains how to configure your system BIOS settings.

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Identifying your connectors

The following diagrams show the location of the connectors on

DigiSuite LE and its associated optional digital module:

SDI connector (female)

26-pin video bracket connector

26-pin audio bracket connector

DigiSuite LE

PCI bus connector

Internal power connectors

SDI connector

(male)

Digital module

Digital video bracket connector

Digital audio bracket connector

Video/audio cable

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Important Make sure you insert the connectors on your DigiSuite LE analog cables or breakout box cables into the proper bracket connectors.

As shown in the following diagram, pin position 15 has been blocked off with a key plug on the DigiSuite LE video bracket connector; the corresponding pin on the video cable connector and breakout box cable connector is missing. Similarly, pin positions 9 and 13 have been blocked off on the DigiSuite LE audio bracket connector; the corresponding pins on the audio cable connector and breakout box connector are missing.

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DigiSuite LE video bracket connector

DigiSuite LE audio bracket connector

15

13

9

DigiSuite LE video cable or breakout box cable connector

DigiSuite LE audio cable or breakout box cable connector

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If you’re installing DigiSuite LE with DigiDesktop, pay special attention when connecting your DigiSuite hardware, as the bracket connectors on both cards are of the same type. As shown below, pin position 14 has been blocked off with a key plug on both DigiDesktop bracket connectors.

Consequently, pin 14 is missing on both DigiDesktop video cables.

DigiDesktop video bracket connectors

14

14

DigiDesktop video cable connectors

DigiSuite LE input/output audio connections

There are various audio connection possibilities available for DigiSuite LE and its associated digital module.

DigiConnect/Audio breakout box

The DigiSuite LE DigiConnect/Audio breakout box (DLE/DCT/AUD) supports four balanced inputs and outputs, and four unbalanced inputs (use the supplied XLR-to-RCA adapters for unbalanced outputs). Two stereo

AES/EBU inputs and outputs are also available for use with the optional digital module.

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Available DigiSuite LE audio cables q The analog XLR input/output audio cable (DLITE/XLR/CBL) and the analog RCA input/output audio cable (DLITE/RCA/CBL) both provide four input and output connections.

q

The digital input/output audio cable for use with the optional digital module (DLE/DIG/AUD/CBL) provides two stereo AES/EBU inputs and outputs.

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DigiSuite LE DigiConnect/Audio breakout box

Prepare for mounting

You have two choices for mounting your DigiConnect/Audio breakout box, either desktop or standard 19” rackmount.

Important Make sure you use the correct screws for each mounting method. If you use the wrong ones, you can damage your equipment.

Compare the length of the supplied screws. Use the four long screws only with the desktop-mount pedestals.

Attaching the desktop pedestals

600

OHM

ON BAL

OFF

1

UNBAL

ON BAL

600

OHM

OFF

2

UNBAL

ON BAL

600

OHM

OFF

3

UNBAL

600

OHM

ON BAL

ANALOG

OFF

4

UNBAL

1

IN

2

OUT

3 4

Digital Video Solutions

1/2

AES/EBU

3/4

DIGITAL

1/2

AES/EBU

3/4

IN OUT

1

Unpack the two desktop pedestals and their four long mounting screws.

2

Line up each pedestal with its respective screw holes on the bottom of the breakout box.

3

Using a hand screw driver only (no power screwdrivers), carefully tighten each screw until snug. Do not overtighten!

DigiSuite LE DigiConnect/Audio breakout box

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Attaching the rackmount brackets

Left rackmount bracket Right rackmount bracket

1

Unpack the two rackmount brackets and their eight short mounting screws. Do not use the long screws!

2

Line up each bracket with its respective screw holes on the side of the breakout box.

3

Using a hand screw driver only (no power screwdrivers), carefully tighten each screw until snug. Do not overtighten!

Connect DigiConnect/Audio to your computer

Attach the two connectors on your breakout box cable to the correct jacks on the backplate of your installed DigiSuite LE and digital module (if applicable). Tighten the thumb screws until snug to ensure a stable connection.

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Important Do not bend the attached cable too sharply. Excessive bending or flexing can damage the internal shielded wires.

DigiSuite LE

Digital module

Video connector

Video connector

Audio connector

Audio connector

DigiConnect/Audio

Choosing your connection signal options

As you can see by reading the front panel labels, DigiConnect/Audio offers several signal options.

Note The front switches on DigiConnect/Audio are all recessed to prevent unwanted changes. Use a small screwdriver or other appropriate object to change the settings as required.

Analog audio input

You can choose between the XLR and RCA input connections by simply sliding the appropriate BAL/UNBAL switch towards the jack you wish to use. In addition, each 600 OHM switch provides termination on the XLR jack located directly above it.

ON BAL

600

OHM

OFF UNBAL

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Analog audio output

DigiConnect/Audio supports balanced output signals only. If you’re using unbalanced equipment, you’ll need to insert the supplied XLR-to-RCA adapters in the analog output jacks of your breakout box before connecting your unbalanced cables.

Digital audio input/output

The DigiConnect/Audio breakout box provides two stereo AES/EBU input and output connections for use with the optional digital module.

DigiSuite LE audio cables

The following illustrations show the DigiSuite LE XLR, RCA, and digital audio cables.

XLR audio cable

Top

IN 1

IN 2

IN 3

IN 4

Bottom

Audio cable connector

OUT 1

OUT 2

OUT 3

OUT 4

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RCA audio cable

Top

Bottom

Audio cable connector

Digital audio cable

Top

Bottom

Digital audio cable connector

IN 1

IN 2

IN 3

IN 4

OUT 1

OUT 2

OUT 3

OUT 4

IN 1/2

IN 3/4

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OUT 1/2

OUT 3/4

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Avoiding audio connection problems

Please read the following information to avoid problems with audio connections as well as possible damage to or malfunction of your equipment.

Avoiding unwanted pops and clicks

As is the case with many electronic audio components, DigiSuite LE may generate audible popping and clicking sounds that will be reproduced in any external audio equipment connected to it.

To avoid this problem, make sure that all external devices connected to

DigiSuite LE are turned off and their volume controls turned down whenever you are doing one of the following actions: q Connecting or disconnecting cables.

q Turning power on and off.

q

Rebooting your computer.

Using adapters

When connecting an XLR cable to RCA equipment, or vice versa, make sure you are using properly impedance-matched adapters. Using the wrong type of adapter may degrade the audio quality.

Important

If you’re using the DigiSuite LE DigiConnect/Audio breakout box and wish to output to unbalanced equipment, make sure to use the provided XLR-to-RCA adapters to avoid any potential degradation of your audio signal. Remember that your audio outputs must be set to

RCA (unbalanced analog)

in the DigiSuite Configuration program, as explained in “Configuring your audio settings” on page 68 .

Other important reminders q

Avoid using the unit near a power amplifier or other equipment containing large transformers as this may induce hum.

q

Do not use the unit on the same power circuit with any device that generates line noise, such as a motor or a variable lighting system.

q Do not bundle audio cables with AC power cords. q Avoid running audio cables near sources of electromagnetic interference such as transformers, monitors, etc.

q Do not place cables where they can be stepped on. Although stepping on a cable may not cause immediate damage, it can compress the insulation between the cable's center conductor and its shield. This may degrade performance and/or reduce the cable's reliability.

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q

Avoid twisting the cable or placing it in such a way that there are sharp, right-angle bends.

q Never unplug a cable by pulling on the wire itself. Always unplug by firmly grasping the body of the plug and pulling directly outward.

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DigiSuite LE input/output video connections

There are several video connection possibilities for DigiSuite LE.

DigiConnect/Video breakout box

The DigiConnect/Video breakout box for use with DigiSuite LE (DLE/

DCT/VID) provides you with the maximum flexibility possible for connecting external devices to your computer.

Available DigiSuite LE video cables q

The analog video input/output cable (DLITE/VIDEO/CBL) supports analog component, composite, and Y/C video.

q

The digital cable for use with the optional digital module (DLE/DIG/

VID/CBL) supports one 10-bit 4:2:2 serial digital input as well as one

10-bit 4:2:2 serial digital main output and one 8-bit 4:2:2 serial digital key output.

DigiSuite LE DigiConnect/Video breakout box

Prepare for mounting

You have two choices for mounting your DigiConnect/Video breakout box, either desktop or standard 19" rackmount.

Important

Make sure you use the correct screws for each mounting method. If you use the wrong ones, you can damage your equipment.

Compare the length of the supplied screws. Use the four long screws only with the desktop-mount pedestals.

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Attaching the desktop pedestals

Y/COMPOSITE R-Y

IN 1

B-Y S-VIDEO COMPOSITE S-VIDEO

COMPONENT ONLY

IN MODE

S-VIDEO/COMPOSITE

IN 2

Digital Video Solutions

REF

75-ohm terminator (supplied)

KEY

OUT

PREVIEW OUT

COMPOSITE S-VIDEO Y R-Y

PROGRAM OUT MODE

B-Y COMPOSITE S-VIDEO

1

Unpack the two desktop pedestals and their four long mounting screws.

2

Line up each pedestal with its respective screw holes on the bottom of the breakout box.

3

Using a hand screw driver only (no power screwdrivers), carefully tighten each screw until snug. Do not overtighten!

Attaching the rackmount brackets

Left rackmount bracket Right rackmount bracket

1

Unpack the two rackmount brackets and their eight short mounting screws. Do not use the long screws!

2

Line up each bracket with its respective screw holes on the side of the breakout box.

3

Using a hand screw driver only (no power screwdrivers), carefully tighten each screw until snug. Do not overtighten!

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Connect DigiConnect / Video to your computer

Attach the connector on your breakout box cable to the video bracket connector on the backplate of your installed DigiSuite LE. Tighten the thumb screws until snug to ensure a stable connection.

Important

Do not bend the attached cable too sharply. Excessive bending or flexing can damage the internal shielded wires.

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DigiConnect/Video

Video bracket connector

Audio bracket connector

Choosing your connection signal options

As you can see by reading the front panel labels, DigiConnect/Video offers several signal options.

Note

The front switches on DigiConnect/Video are all recessed to prevent unwanted changes. Use a small screwdriver or other appropriate object to change the settings as required.

Video input

The DigiConnect/Video breakout box supports any of the following combinations of video connections: q

2 S-Video (Y/C) connections.

q 2 composite connections.

q 1 S-Video and 1 composite connection.

q

1 analog component and 1 composite connection (for this combination, you’ll have to change the IN MODE setting on the breakout box to switch from one signal to the other, as explained in the following section).

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½

To choose your connection signal options:

1

Set the IN 1 switch to the desired position. If you have an analog component input source, you must connect it to IN 1, as IN 2 only supports composite and S-Video inputs.

Switch position for analog component or composite input

Switch position for S-Video input

Y/COMPOSITE R-Y B-Y S-VIDEO

IN 1

2

If you have two input sources, set the IN 2 switch.

Switch position for composite input

Switch position for S-Video input

COMPOSITE S-VIDEO

IN 2

3

Set the IN MODE switch. The switch position determines which jacks are available for your input connections (IN 1 and IN 2 on the breakout box). If you have an analog component input, set the switch to the COMPONENT ONLY position. Otherwise, set it to

S-VIDEO/COMPOSITE.

COMPONENT ONLY

IN MODE

S-VIDEO/COMPOSITE

Important

If you’re using IN 1 for analog component and IN 2 for composite, you’ll need to change the IN MODE setting to switch from one signal to the other.Remember that you’ll also need to change your video source in the DigiSuite Configuration program as explained in

“Configuring your video settings” on page 61 .

75-ohm termination

The jacks labelled REF on DigiConnect/Video enable you to terminate the sync signal (with the provided 75-ohm terminator) or have it loop through.

When using DigiConnect/ Video or another device for termination, make

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sure the termination switch on DigiSuite LE is set to Hi Z (see “Set the termination switch on DigiSuite LE” on page 14 ).

75-ohm terminator (supplied)

REF

Video outputs

The DigiConnect/Video breakout box for use with DigiSuite LE supports any of the following combinations of video output connections: q 1 S-Video and 1 composite connection (Preview).

q 1 S-Video and 1 composite connection (Program).

q

1 analog component connection (Program).

Preview output

The preview output signal is always present at both video preview output jacks.

PREVIEW OUT

COMPOSITE S-VIDEO

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Program output

The PROGRAM OUT switch allows you to choose analog component or

S-Video and composite for your output connections.

PROGRAM OUT MODE

Y R-Y B-Y COMPOSITE S-VIDEO

DigiSuite LE cables

Analog video cable

The DigiSuite LE analog video cable, shown below, supports any of the following combinations of video connections: q 2 Y/C (S-Video) connections.

q

2 composite connections.

DigiSuite LE cables

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q

1 Y/C and 1 composite connection.

q

1 analog component and 1 composite connection.

Top

Bottom

Video cable connector

IN Y1/COMPS1

IN C1/B-Y

IN Y2/Y/COMPS2

IN C2/R-Y

IN Y/C 2

Note:

To connect a single S-Video VTR, use IN Y/C 2.

To connect a second S-Video VTR, use an adapter to attach IN Y1/COMPS1 to IN C1/B-Y.

REF IN

PROGRAM Y

PROGRAM R-Y/C

PROGRAM Y/C

PROGRAM B-Y

PROGRAM COMPS

KEY OUT

PREVIEW COMPS

PREVIEW Y/C

Warning Simultaneous Y/C (S-Video) and analog component input and output connections are not supported on DigiSuite LE. IN Y/C2 should never be connected at the same time as IN Y2/Y/COMPS2 and/ or IN C2/R-Y, as this will short-circuit your hardware and damage your equipment. Similarly, do not attempt to connect PROGRAM Y/C at the same time as PROGRAM Y and/or PROGRAM R-Y/C, as this will lead to the double termination of your signals. If you wish to use Y/C and analog component equipment simultaneously, you must disconnect the

Y/C connector before you connect the BNC connectors, and vice versa.

Remember that you must also change your settings in the DigiSuite

Configuration program as explained in “Configuring your video settings” on page 61 .

Chapter 3, Connecting Your External Devices and Configuring Your BIOS Settings

Digital video cable

Top

SDI IN

REF IN

Bottom

Digital video cable connector

REF LOOP OUT

SDI KEY OUT

SDI OUT

Typical DigiSuite LE video connections

Important Make sure that you insert your DigiSuite LE analog video cable or video breakout box cable into the proper bracket connector. Refer to “Identifying your connectors” on page 24 to locate the video bracket connector on DigiSuite LE.

Illustrations in the following section show some typical video connections.

In these illustrations we’ve connected a Program monitor (NTSC, PAL or digital) to view the signal that will be recorded, as well as separate source and record decks. You may, however, use the same deck as both your source and record device by making the input and output connections to a single deck.

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External sync source

Source Recorder Program monitor

Typical DigiSuite LE video connections

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External sync source

SYNC

OUT

Analog component connections with DigiConnect/

Video

Program monitor input

VIDEO

IN

COMPONENT OUT

Y R-Y B-Y

75

ON

OFF

SYNC

Source

(Deck 1)

SYNC

ON

75

OFF

IN

OUT

VIDEO

Y

COMPONENT IN

R-Y B-Y

Recorder

(Deck 2)

REF IN

IN Y

IN R-Y

IN B-Y

Y/COMPOSITE R-Y

IN 1

B-Y S-VIDEO COMPOSITE S-VIDEO

COMPONENT ONLY

IN MODE

S-VIDEO/COMPOSITE

Digital Video Solutions

IN 2

75-

Ω terminator

PROGRAM Y

PROGRAM R-Y

PROGRAM B-Y

KEY

OUT

PREVIEW OUT

COMPOSITE S-VIDEO Y R-Y

PROGRAM OUT MODE

B-Y COMPOSITE S-VIDEO

REF

DigiSuite LE video connector

Chapter 3, Connecting Your External Devices and Configuring Your BIOS Settings

External sync source

SYNC

OUT

S-Video connections with DigiConnect/Video

Program monitor input

VIDEO

IN

41

75

ON

OFF

SYNC

S-VIDEO

IN

S-VIDEO

OUT

Source

(Deck 1)

IN S-VIDEO

REF IN

IN OUT

VIDEO

SYNC

ON

75

OFF

S-VIDEO

IN

S-VIDEO

OUT

Recorder

(Deck 2)

75-

Ω terminator

PROGRAM S-VIDEO

Y/COMPOSITE R-Y

IN 1

B-Y S-VIDEO COMPOSITE S-VIDEO

COMPONENT ONLY

IN MODE

S-VIDEO/COMPOSITE

Digital Video Solutions

IN 2 REF

KEY

OUT

PREVIEW OUT

COMPOSITE S-VIDEO Y R-Y

PROGRAM OUT MODE

B-Y COMPOSITE S-VIDEO

DigiSuite LE video connector

Typical DigiSuite LE video connections

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External sync source

SYNC

OUT

COMPONENT OUT

Y

R-Y B-Y

Analog component video cable connections

Program monitor input

VIDEO

IN

75 Ω

ON

OFF

SYNC

Source

(Deck 1)

SYNC

ON

75

OFF

IN OUT

VIDEO

COMPONENT IN

Y

R-Y B-Y

REF IN

Recorder

(Deck 2)

IN Y2/Y/COMPS2

IN C2/R-Y

IN C1/B-Y

PROGRAM B-Y

PROGRAM R-Y/C

PROGRAM Y

DigiSuite LE video connector

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Composite video cable connections

External sync source

SYNC

OUT

COMPOSITE VIDEO

IN OUT

75

ON

OFF

SYNC

Source

(Deck 1)

SYNC

ON

75

OFF

IN

OUT

VIDEO

COMPOSITE VIDEO

IN OUT

REF IN

Recorder

(Deck 2)

Program monitor input

VIDEO

IN

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IN Y1/COMPS1 PROGRAM COMPS

DigiSuite LE video connector

Typical DigiSuite LE video connections

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External sync source

SYNC

OUT

S-Video video cable connections

S-VIDEO

IN

S-VIDEO

OUT

Program monitor input

VIDEO

IN

75

ON

OFF

SYNC

Source

(Deck 1)

SYNC

ON

75

OFF

IN OUT

VIDEO

S-VIDEO

IN

S-VIDEO

OUT

REF IN

Recorder

(Deck 2)

IN Y/C 2 PROGRAM Y/C

DigiSuite LE video connector

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External sync source

SYNC

OUT

SERIAL OUT

Digital video cable connections

75 Ω

ON

OFF

SYNC

Source

(Deck 1)

SYNC

ON

75

OFF

IN OUT

SERIAL

REF IN

Recorder

(Deck 2)

SERIAL IN

SDI IN

REF LOOP OUT

SDI OUT

Program monitor digital input

SERIAL

IN

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Digital module video connector

* To have the sync signal loop through to your DigiSuite LE card, connect REF LOOP

OUT to the REF IN connection on DigiSuite LE.

Typical DigiSuite LE video connections

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Configuring your DigiSuite LE

Once you’ve installed the DigiSuite software as explained in Chapter 4, you must use the DigiSuite Configuration program to customize your input and output settings. Remember that if you’ve connected several inputs to your DigiSuite LE, you’ll have to change the settings in the Configuration program every time you want to switch from one connection to another.

Refer to “Configuring the video input signal” on page 61 for more details.

Notes on using A/V drives with DigiSuite LE

Recommended storage devices

Hard disks play an important role in the overall functionality of any

DigiSuite LE system. Although your DigiSuite LE should be compatible with most storage solutions now available on the market (EIDE, SCSI,

SSA, Fibre Channel), choosing and configuring an adequate storage solution that suits your particular needs is a difficult task that should only be performed by an experienced technician or systems integrator. See the

Customer Support section on our Web site at http://www.matrox.com/ video for up-to-date information on recommended storage devices, test results, references, etc.

Formatting your SCSI drives

It’s important to format your SCSI A/V drives using the Windows NT File

System (NTFS) and not the traditional File Allocation Table (FAT) system.

To do this, choose

Start | Programs | Administrative Tools (Common) |

Disk Administrator

. In Disk Administrator, select the drive you wish to format and choose

Tools | Format

. In the

File System

box, select

NTFS

.

What to store on your A/V drives

To ensure maximum performance, you should store your graphic and audio files on a different SCSI A/V drive than the one you use to store your video files. Also, your virtual memory paging (swap) file must be stored only on a SCSI drive. If your paging file is presently on an IDE drive, move it to one of your SCSI drives. To change the settings for your paging file, run

Control Panel, double-click the

System

icon, then click the

Performance

tab. Under

Virtual Memory

, click

Change

, then select the drive whose settings you want to change from the displayed list of drives on your computer.

Chapter 3, Connecting Your External Devices and Configuring Your BIOS Settings

Creating a stripe set

When creating a stripe set using Windows NT Disk Administrator, make sure you choose

Partition | Create Stripe Set

. If you accidentally create a volume set, your drives will appear to work as a stripe set, but their performance will be degraded.

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Copying files

Do not copy audio or video files between NTFS and FAT drives. Such files may become unusable.

Access to IDE drives during capture

If your system includes both SCSI and IDE drives, do not create or access files on your IDE drives while capturing or playing back material on your

SCSI A/V drives. Doing so may interrupt the capture or playback process if you don’t have the correct bus-mastering EIDE settings.

Using third-party disk defragmentation programs and disk optimizers

To ensure maximum system performance, we recommend that you use a defragmentation utility such as Diskeeper from Executive Software

International ( http://www.execsoft.com/ ) or Norton Utilities for Windows

NT 4.0 from Symantec ( http://www.symantec.com/ )

1

. The amount of footage you capture to your A/V drives determines how often you should use your defragmentation utility. On average, however, you should defragment your A/V drives once a month. Remember to quit your defragmentation program after each use, that is, do not leave it running in the background.

However, you should never use an A/V disk optimizer utility, such as

Dr. SCSI, on the A/V drives you use with DigiSuite. These utilities often bypass the error detection/correction mechanism that ensures the integrity of your files, and may therefore cause serious problems with DigiSuite (for example, your system may crash or become unstable).

1

We recommend that you install Norton Utilities before the DigiSuite software, as installing it after will replace the mfc42.dll (Winnt\System 32) file with a non-compatible older version. If you install Norton Utilities after the DigiSuite software, you’ll have to rename or delete the mfc42.dll file and then uninstall and reinstall your DigiSuite software. Contact Customer Support for further assistance.

Notes on using A/V drives with DigiSuite LE

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Correct BIOS versions on Ciprico

When using a Ciprico RAID disk array, make sure the drive’s BIOS is version 4.0 or later. To get the best performance, make sure the

Ciprico

Write Mode

option is selected in the

DigiSuite LE Storage

dialog box of the DigiSuite Configuration program.

Testing the performance of your A/V drives

The

DigiSuite LE Storage

dialog box in the DigiSuite Configuration program lets you determine the maximum data rates supported by your

A/V drives. Refer to “Testing the performance of your A/V drives” on page 71 for complete step-by-step instructions.

The first time you start your system

Once you’ve connected your external devices, you’re ready to restart your computer. The first time you do so after having installed DigiSuite components, you may have to configure your computer BIOS settings.

Selecting

Optimal

under

Defaults

will suffice in most cases. However, if the BIOS on your PCI system allows for enabling/disabling of interrupts, interrupt selection, and enabling/disabling of bus mastering for individual slots, configure the slots you've chosen for DigiSuite cards to the settings outlined below.

The method for accessing the BIOS settings varies from one system to another. Please refer to your computer system’s manuals for the correct procedure.

BIOS settings

PCI Interrupts................................................................................... Enabled

PCI Interrupt number ................................................................Any available

Bus mastering ................................................Enabled (for DigiSuite LE slot)

PCI burst mode ................................................................................ Enabled

Plug ‘n Play ......................................................................................Disabled

To complete your installation, proceed to Chapter 4, “Installing the

DigiSuite Software,” on page 49 , and Chapter 5, “Configuring Your

DigiSuite LE and VTR Settings,” on page 55 .

Chapter 3, Connecting Your External Devices and Configuring Your BIOS Settings

Installing the DigiSuite

Software

This chapter explains how to install the drivers required to use DigiSuite LE, and optional software that’s provided with DigiSuite.

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What does DigiUtils Setup install?

The DigiUtils Setup program that’s provided on your DigiSuite

CD-ROM installs the drivers needed to use DigiSuite LE with Video for

Windows and DirectShow programs, and the DigiSuite Configuration program that lets you configure DigiSuite LE to meet specific requirements.

If you have DigiDesktop or any other Matrox display card (such as

Millennium, G400, etc.), the Matrox DigiView program will also be installed. This program lets you display live video in a window on your computer’s monitor.

Note

The Microsoft DirectShow runtime files are always installed by

DigiUtils Setup. If you have a more recent version of the runtime files on your system, however, those files will not be overwritten.

You can also choose to install any or all of the following components: q

DigiTools

A suite of tools you can use to capture and play back high-quality video and audio clips, as well as convert files between different formats and record clips onto tape. q

3D Studio MAX plug-in

Lets you render high-quality alpha-keyed animations in 3D Studio MAX.

q

LightWave 3D plug-in

Lets you render high-quality alpha-keyed animations in LightWave 3D (version 5.5 or later).

q

Adobe After Effects plug-in

Lets you display the contents of your

Composition window in Adobe After Effects (version 4.0 or later) on your NTSC or PAL Program monitor.

q

DigiSuite Effects plug-in

Lets you add realtime transitions and effects to your nonlinear editing projects. Plug-ins are available for

Adobe Premiere RT and Speed Razor RT.

q

VTR driver

Lets you control your VTR with DigiTools and various nonlinear editing programs to perform frame-accurate capture and print-to-tape of clips using time code. (This driver will be installed automatically if you install the DigiSuite Effects plug-in for Adobe

Premiere RT.)

For instructions on how to use the DigiSuite software, refer to your Getting

the Most from DigiSuite manual. To install this software, you must have

DigiSuite LE installed in your computer. If you’d like to create and play back DigiSuite-compatible .avi files without having the DigiSuite hardware installed in your computer, see “Installing the VFW software codecs for use on a system without the DigiSuite hardware” on page 53 .

Chapter 4, Installing the DigiSuite Software

Before you begin

This section explains what you need to do to prepare your system for the

DigiUtils software installation.

Important

Make sure you’ve correctly installed your DigiSuite hardware before attempting to install the software on your system.

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Install your third-party software

To install the DigiSuite plug-in for a program, such as the plug-in for 3D

Studio MAX or Adobe Premiere RT, you must first install that program on your computer. This is because DigiUtils Setup must locate the directory where you’ve installed your program in order to install the plug-in for it.

You should avoid installing any software on your system’s A/V drives as this may degrade system performance. If possible, use your A/V drives exclusively for storing audio and video files.

Note

If you update your version of 3D Studio MAX, you’ll need to reinstall the DigiSuite 3D Studio MAX plug-in. If you update other software for which you’ve installed a DigiSuite plug-in, you’ll need to re-install the plug-in only if you place the new version in a different directory.

Check your Windows NT version

To run DigiUtils software, you must have installed Windows NT version 4.0 with at least Service Pack 4 (Service Pack 5 is recommended).

If you aren’t sure which Service Pack is presently installed, do the following: q

Choose

Start | Programs | Administrative Tools (Common) |

Windows NT Diagnostics

.

The resulting message box displays your Windows NT version number, followed by the Service Pack that’s presently installed on your system.

Set Administration permission level

In order to install or remove any DigiSuite software, you must be configured as an Administrator in Windows NT User Manager. For details about the User Manager program, consult the appropriate Microsoft documentation.

Before you begin

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Update the display driver for your DigiDesktop or other Matrox display card

If your system includes DigiDesktop or any other Matrox display card

(such as Millennium, G400, etc.), update your Matrox display driver with the one provided on your DigiSuite CD-ROM before running DigiUtils

Setup. To install the driver, run the setup.exe program located in the directory named MatroxDisplayDriver\Nt40 on your DigiSuite CD-ROM, then follow the on-screen instructions. For complete details on installing software for DigiDesktop, see your DigiDesktop Installation & User

Guide.

Connect your VTR for device control

If you’ll be installing the VTR driver that lets you control your VTR with

DigiTools and Adobe Premiere RT, you should connect your VTR to your computer as explained in the “Working with Clips Using DigiTools” chapter of your Getting the Most from DigiSuite manual.

Once the software installation is complete, you’ll need to configure your

VTR settings using the DigiSuite Configuration program as explained in the next chapter (see “Configuring your VTR settings” on page 74 ).

Running DigiUtils Setup

The following instructions will guide you through the DigiUtils installation process. DigiUtils Setup will prompt you to choose a directory in which to install the DigiUtils files and a location for the program icons. Certain messages appear throughout the process to inform you of installation progress or errors.

Some of the DigiUtils Setup dialog boxes feature

Back

and

Next

buttons.

These allow you to move in either direction through the installation. If you wish to change an installation choice in a previous dialog box, move back; when you’ve finished, go on to the next step.

Step-by-step installation instructions

1

Close Control Panel and all Windows programs.

2

Insert the DigiSuite CD-ROM in your CD-ROM drive.

3

Choose

Start | Run

.

4

In the resulting dialog box, type e:\digiutils\setup (where e: represents your CD-ROM drive), and click

OK

.

5

Follow the instructions that appear on the screen. An information box indicates when Setup is complete.

Chapter 4, Installing the DigiSuite Software

Note If your computer hangs when Setup scans your system for installed cards, reboot your computer and run Setup again.

6

When the installation is complete, click

OK

. Setup will then restart your computer in order for the changes to take effect.

Installing Video Clipboard for DigiSuite

Inscriber Technology’s Video Clipboard for DigiSuite lets you copy images to DigiSuite LE from any application that supports the shared

Windows Clipboard. You’ll see the copied images on your Program monitor when DigiSuite LE is configured to display the graphic frame buffer (for details, see “Configuring the video and key output signals” on page 63 ).

½

To install Video Clipboard for DigiSuite:

1

Close all Windows programs.

2

Insert the DigiSuite CD-ROM in your CD-ROM drive.

3

Choose

Start | Run

.

4

In the resulting dialog box, type e:\videoclipboard\setup (where e: represents your CD-ROM drive), and click

OK

.

5

Follow the instructions that appear on the screen. An information box indicates when the installation is complete.

6

You must restart your computer in order for the changes to take effect.

To do so, click

OK

when prompted.

For instructions on how to use Video Clipboard for DigiSuite, refer to the online Help included with the program.

Installing the VFW software codecs for use on a system without the DigiSuite hardware

The Matrox VFW software codecs let you render (compile) and play back

DigiSuite-compatible .avi files in your Video for Windows programs without having the DigiSuite hardware installed in your computer.

½

To install the Matrox VFW codecs:

1

Close all Windows programs.

2

Insert the DigiSuite CD-ROM in your CD-ROM drive.

3

Choose

Start | Run

.

4

In the resulting dialog box, type e:\vfwsoftwarecodec\setup (where e: represents your CD-ROM drive), and click

OK

.

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Installing Video Clipboard for DigiSuite

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5

Follow the instructions that appear on the screen. An information box indicates when the installation is complete.

Important To capture material, your system must be equipped with

DigiSuite LE or other DigiSuite hardware. If you later decide to add the

DigiSuite hardware to your computer, you must remove the Matrox VFW software codecs from your system (using

Add/Remove Programs

in your

Windows NT Control Panel) before running DigiUtils Setup to install the

DigiUtils software.

Uninstalling DigiUtils

½

To remove all the DigiUtils software from your system:

1

Do either one of the following:

Choose

UnInstall DigiUtils

from the Matrox DigiSuite Utilities folder.

Run DigiUtils Setup again, select

UnInstall DigiUtils

, then click

Next

.

2

The program will restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Changing your DigiSuite hardware

If you want to change your card set combination, such as by adding a new

DigiSuite card, you must first uninstall DigiUtils. Once you’ve installed the new card set, run DigiUtils Setup again to update your current installation.

Chapter 4, Installing the DigiSuite Software

Configuring Your DigiSuite LE and VTR Settings

This chapter explains how to configure DigiSuite LE to meet specific input and output requirements. It also explains how to test the maximum data rates your

A/V drives can achieve, configure your VTR for RS-422 device control, and stripe your tapes for frame-accurate editing.

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Using the DigiSuite Configuration program

When you ran DigiUtils Setup to install the DigiSuite software, your

DigiSuite LE was assigned default settings that are suitable for most applications. The DigiSuite Configuration program lets you customize these settings to meet specific video and audio input or output requirements. For example, you may want to change the default proc amp settings for your analog video input signal.

If you chose to install the VTR driver for DigiTools or you installed the

DigiSuite Effects plug-in for Adobe Premiere RT, you must use the

DigiSuite Configuration program to configure your VTR for RS-422 device control with these programs. This is required to perform frameaccurate capture and recording to tape.

Important Before starting the DigiSuite Configuration program, close any program that uses DigiSuite, such as DigiTools or Adobe Premiere RT.

If you don’t do so, your system and audio/video signals may become unstable.

½

To start the DigiSuite Configuration program:

1

Choose

Start | Settings | Control Panel

.

2

Double-click the

DigiSuite

icon.

The DigiSuite Configuration window opens, similar to this one:

Chapter 5, Configuring Your DigiSuite LE and VTR Settings

Default button

Save and Load buttons

In most cases, all your DigiSuite cards are grouped into a single card set.

Under the

Card Set 1

tab, tabs are provided for each card you can configure in the set. To configure a card, click its tab.

The

General

tab displays basic information for a card set, and lets you select your genlock source and editing aspect ratio. The

VTR Settings

tab will be present for Card Set 1 only if the VTR driver is installed. Use this tab to configure your VTR for RS-422 device control with DigiTools and various nonlinear editing programs.

To restore the factory default settings for your card set, click the

Default

button. You can choose which settings you want to restore, such as your

DigiSuite LE or VTR settings.

The

Save

button lets you save your configuration settings to a .cfg file. To apply those settings, click the

Load

button and select your .cfg file. Then select which settings you want from the file, such as

DigiSuite LE

, and click

Open

.

Note

Once you’ve configured all your cards, it’s a good idea to save the settings for your card set to a .cfg file for backup purposes.

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Making permanent or temporary settings

Unless you want your card configuration settings to be effective only for the current work session, make sure you select

Permanent Settings

. If you clear this option, any changes you make (except to audio, storage, or VTR settings) will be cleared the next time you start your system. This lets you assign temporary settings to DigiSuite LE.

For example, if

Permanent Settings

isn’t selected when you click

OK

, the video configuration changes you’ve made to DigiSuite LE will be retained only until you reboot your computer. Once you reboot, your settings will be returned to their previous state.

Changing default proc amp settings

If you’d like your default proc amp settings for DigiSuite LE to be restored each time you start the DigiSuite Configuration program, select

Always

Restore Default Settings

. This causes any temporary changes you made to these settings (either in the DigiSuite Configuration program or another program) to be cleared the next time you start the DigiSuite Configuration program.

Alternately, if you don’t select

Always Restore Default Settings

, when you start the DigiSuite Configuration program you’ll be notified if the proc amp settings were changed during the current work session. You can then indicate whether or not you want to use those settings as your new defaults.

Using the DigiSuite Configuration program

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Selecting your genlock source

To select the source to which you want to genlock all devices connected to

DigiSuite LE, click the

General

tab.

Different genlock options are available depending on whether

DigiSuite LE or the optional digital module is the genlock master, as indicated in the

Master Information

box. When the optional digital module is installed, it is automatically set as the genlock master. You

cannot change the genlock master using the DigiSuite Configuration program.

Important When using an external video genlock source, you must genlock DigiSuite LE and all your external devices to the same source.

Otherwise, you may experience synchronization problems between your system and the various devices and/or media you’re working with.

If, however, your studio includes a digital audio player that doesn’t support a video genlock source, you’ll need to genlock your audio to one of your digital audio input pairs. To select an audio genlock source, use the

DigiSuite LE Audio Genlock

dialog box as explained on page 68 .

Chapter 5, Configuring Your DigiSuite LE and VTR Settings

Genlock options for DigiSuite LE without the digital module

When DigiSuite LE is the genlock master (that is, you don’t have the optional digital module), you can select one of the following genlock options: q

External Broadcast Quality

Genlock to an external sync generator connected to REF IN on DigiSuite LE. This is the only genlock option that ensures frame-accurate editing.

q

External VTR Quality

Genlock to your source VTR connected to

REF IN on DigiSuite LE, such as your composite VTR. This option is preferable to using the internal reference signal on DigiSuite LE if you don’t have an external sync generator.

q

Internal

Genlock to DigiSuite LE’s internal reference signal. Select this option only if you don’t have an external sync generator or other external video sync source.

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Genlock options for DigiSuite LE with the digital module

When the optional digital module is installed for DigiSuite LE, you can select one of the following genlock options: q

Blackburst (REF IN)

Genlock to an external analog sync source connected to REF IN on the digital module, such as an external sync generator.

q

4:2:2 (SDI)

Genlock to your digital input source. Use this option only if your digital input source is very stable (that is, it has a built-in

TBC).

q

Internal

Genlock to the digital module’s internal reference signal.

Select this option only if you don’t have an external sync generator or other reliable external video sync source.

Selecting your genlock source

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Selecting your editing aspect ratio

To specify the aspect ratio of the material you’re editing on DigiSuite LE, click the

General

tab.

Standard screen format

Wide screen format

Under

Editing Aspect Ratio

, select the aspect ratio that matches your source material. For video recorded using the standard TV screen format, select

4:3

. For video recorded using the wide screen 16:9 format, select

16:9

.

Setting the editing aspect ratio to match your source material’s format ensures that the effects you create on DigiSuite LE will be displayed with the correct proportions. If the editing aspect ratio isn’t set correctly, effects such as circular wipes and borders added to 2D DVEs will be distorted

(that is, squeezed or stretched horizontally). For example, applying a circular wipe to 16:9 source material using a 4:3 aspect ratio will cause the wipe to be squeezed into an elongated ellipse.

Remember to create all graphics, animations, and titles for your production using the same aspect ratio as your source video.

Important

Your new aspect ratio will take effect only after you restart your computer.

Chapter 5, Configuring Your DigiSuite LE and VTR Settings

Configuring your video settings

You can customize your DigiSuite LE to meet specific video input and output requirements. For example, you can select a default video source, adjust your incoming video signal’s proc amps, and calibrate your video and key output signals.

Configuring the video input signal

To select a default video source and configure your video input signal, click the

DigiSuite LE

tab, then the

Video In

tab.

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q

Video Source

Use this list to select your default video source for use with DigiTools and third-party programs. For example, select

Y/C (S-Video) 1

to use your S-Video VTR connected to Y/C IN 1 as your default capture source with DigiTools and Adobe Premiere. If you have the optional digital module, select

4:4:2 (SDI)

to use your digital input source.

q

Proc Amp Settings

Use these controls to adjust the default proc amps for your incoming analog video signal. To obtain a precise setting for a control, click its left or right arrow instead of dragging the slider. To return a control to its factory default setting, click its

Def

button or

SHIFT+

click the slider.

Hue

Adjusts the tint of the colors in the picture. This control won’t be available if you’ve selected an analog component video source.

Chroma

Adjusts the vividness (saturation) of the picture’s colors.

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Level

Adjusts the difference in luminance between the lightest and darkest areas of the picture.

Setup

Adjusts the level of black in the picture.

q

Use Automatic Gain Control (AGC)

Select this option if you want the gain of your analog input signal to automatically be adjusted to compensate for very bright or dark images. This improves the brightness or contrast of your picture.

q

Source has Built-in TBC

Select this option if your analog input signal is stable and broadcast-quality. This allows DigiSuite LE to reproduce the input signal as-is, without degradation.

If your source device doesn’t have a time base corrector or meet broadcast-quality standards, make sure this option isn’t selected.

DigiSuite LE will then filter the signal to increase the tolerance for sync pulse instability.

Note

Whether or not you select the

Source has Built-in TBC

option, the input signal is always processed through the TBC on your DigiSuite

LE.

q

Apply Edge Sharpening to Video

Select this option to slightly sharpen the edges in your picture (for analog input only). The edge sharpening is done by amplifying the high frequency component of the video input’s luminance signal. Be aware that selecting this option may reduce the clarity of fine details in your image.

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Configuring the video and key output signals

To configure the video output signals from DigiSuite LE, click the

DigiSuite LE

tab, then the

Video Out

tab.

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To ensure you make accurate adjustments, you must connect your system to a vectorscope and select an appropriate test pattern. To check your timing adjustments, make sure you genlock DigiSuite LE (or the optional digital module) and all your external devices to the same external video genlock source.

q

Display Source

Use this list to select the source you want to display on your NTSC or PAL monitor each time you start your system. For example, to display your default video source as selected in the

DigiSuite LE Video In

dialog box, select

Video

. To display the graphic in the DigiSuite LE graphic frame buffer without the internal key signal, select

Graphic (external key)

.

q

Test Pattern

To check the effect of making adjustments to your output signals, select a test pattern from this list. Your selected pattern will be displayed on your NTSC or PAL monitor only while the

DigiSuite LE Video Out

dialog box is open.

Important To display any of the graphic test patterns, such as the

Graphic for Edge Filtering Adjustment

, you must select a graphic display source from the

Display Source

list.

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q

Program Output

Use this list to select the type of program output you want to use. For example, to use your composite and S-Video recorders, select

Composite and Y/C (S-Video)

. To use your analog component recorder, select

Analog Component

. If you have the optional digital module, your digital video (SDI) output will always be available. q

Preview Output Source

From this list, select the signal type you want for the preview output from DigiSuite LE. For most applications, the preview output should be set to

Program

. Set the preview output to

Preview

only if you’re using a program that’s configured to use the preview output signal.

q

Adjust Timing

Click this button to adjust the timing settings for your system. For details, see “Timing settings for DigiSuite LE without the digital module” on page 66 or “Timing settings for DigiSuite LE with the digital module” on page 67 .

q

SDI Key Output Mode

If you have the optional digital module, use this list to select the type of digital key output you want:

Normal

Outputs the digital key signal as-is. The signal will not be inverted or compressed (see below).

Inverted

Inverts the digital key output signal so that transparent areas of the keyed image become opaque, and opaque areas become transparent.

Compressed

Compresses the digital key output signal so that it uses the standard range of luminance levels (that is, 16 to 235). This setting is required for most devices. If areas of your keyed image that should be opaque are displayed as partially transparent, try turning the compression feature off.

Inverted and Compressed

Simultaneously inverts and compresses the digital key output signal.

Important

Unless your mixer supports key signals having 0 to 255 luminance levels, using a non-compressed digital key output may cause your video to be displayed erratically.

q

Apply Edge Filtering to Graphics

Select this option to help eliminate distorted or “ringing” edges in your graphics. These can result from abrupt changes in brightness at the edges of objects.

Because this option reduces the sharpness of your graphics, you should select it only when needed. If your graphics have been created using a program designed for video purposes, such as Inscriber/CG Supreme or Speed Razor RT, do not select this option.

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q

Apply Chroma Filtering to Graphics

Select this option to reduce the chroma bandwidth of RGB graphics, if needed. For most video editing programs, it’s best that you not select this option. If your rendered images appear to be blurred, try clearing this option.

q

Apply Edge Filtering to Key

Select this option to help eliminate distorted or “ringing” edges in your keyed images. This problem typically occurs in hard-keyed images where you have abrupt changes between opaque and completely transparent areas. Because edge filtering reduces the sharpness of your images, you should apply it only when needed. For most video editing programs, it’s best that you

not select this option.

q

Allow Super Black/Super White Output

Select this option to allow the lowest luminance level of your output signal to fall below the standard black level, and the highest luminance level to exceed the standard white level. When producing your final video production for broadcast, you should clear this option to ensure that you output a standard (legal) video signal.

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Timing settings for DigiSuite LE without the digital module

If you don’t have the optional digital module, the following timing controls are provided when you click the

Adjust Timing

button in the

DigiSuite LE

Video Out

dialog box: q

H Phase

and

Fine-tune H Phase

Use these controls to advance or delay the horizontal timing of the DigiSuite LE video and key outputs with respect to your video genlock source. This lets you compensate for cable delays within your system. Select

Fine-tune H Phase

and use the corresponding control only if you need to fine-tune the

H Phase

adjustment by subpixels.

Important After adjusting the

H Phase

, make sure you also make an appropriate adjustment to the

SC Phase

(explained below).

q

SC Phase

Use this control to advance or delay the video output’s subcarrier phase with respect to your video genlock source.

Because of the method used to perform the SC Phase adjustment, not all values between –180 and 180 degrees are supported. If needed, the value you enter will be clipped to the nearest supported value.

q

Key H Phase

Use this control to advance or delay the horizontal timing of the DigiSuite LE key output and sync signals with respect to the video output signal. You may need to do this to align your key images with their underlying images when routing the key output to a downstream switcher.

To check the external key alignment, set the display source in the

DigiSuite LE Video Out

dialog box to

Graphic (external key)

, then select

Graphic for Key H Phase Adjustment

from the

Test Pattern

list.

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Timing settings for DigiSuite LE with the digital module

If you have the optional digital module, the following timing controls are provided when you click the

Adjust Timing

button in the

DigiSuite LE

Video Out

dialog box:

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q

Master Timing

Use these controls to advance or delay the video and key outputs from both DigiSuite LE and the digital module with respect to your video genlock source (your analog and digital signals are adjusted simultaneously). This lets you compensate for cable delays within your system.

H Phase

and

Fine-tune H Phase

Adjusts the horizontal timing of the video and key outputs. Use the

Fine-tune H Phase

control only if you need to fine-tune the

H Phase

adjustment by subpixels.

V Phase

Adjusts the vertical timing of the video and key outputs.

q

Timing Offsets

Use these controls to make additional timing adjustments to your analog and/or digital outputs.

Video H Phase (SDI)

Adjusts the horizontal timing of only the digital video output with respect to your video genlock source.

Key H Phase (Analog & SDI)

Adjusts the horizontal timing of the analog and digital key outputs and sync signals with respect to the video output signal. You may need to do this to align your key images with their underlying images when routing the key output to a downstream switcher.

To check the external key alignment, set the display source in the

DigiSuite LE Video Out

dialog box to

Graphic (external key)

, then select

Graphic for Key H Phase Adjustment

from the

Test Pattern

list.

SC/H Phase (Analog)

Aligns your analog video output’s subcarrier phase with its horizontal sync pulse. This simultaneously affects all hues in the picture.

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Because of the method used to perform the SC/H Phase adjustment, not all values between –180 and 180 degrees are supported. If needed, the value you enter will be clipped to the nearest supported value.

Configuring your audio settings

You can select the default DigiSuite LE audio input and output pairs you want to use with DigiTools and third-party programs. You can also adjust the gain of your analog audio input pairs. If you have the optional digital module, you can select a genlock source for your audio.

Note

DigiTools uses only audio Input and Output Pair 1.

Selecting your audio genlock source (digital module only)

To select the source to which you want to genlock your audio, click the

DigiSuite LE

tab, then the

Audio Genlock

tab.

You can select one of the following audio genlock options: q

Video

Select this option to genlock your audio to the same source you’re using to genlock video as defined in the

General

dialog box.

This option is suitable for most studio setups.

q

Digital Input Pair 1

or

Digital Input Pair 2

Select one of these options to genlock your audio to your first or second digital audio input pair, respectively. You’ll need to do this when working with a digital audio player that doesn’t support a video genlock source.

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Configuring the audio input pairs

To configure your audio input pairs, click the

DigiSuite LE

tab, then the

Audio In

tab.

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Important

Both audio input pairs must be either analog or digital.

Digital audio is available only with the optional digital module.

q

Analog Input

or

Digital Input

Select the option that matches the type of audio input you’re using. If you select

Digital Input

, the remaining controls in this dialog box will be unavailable.

q

Input Pair 1

Use this list to select your default analog audio Input

Pair 1. For example, to use the source connected to your balanced analog IN 1 and IN 2 inputs, select

XLR (balanced analog)

.

q

Input Pair 1 Gain

Use these controls to adjust the default gain of your analog audio Input Pair 1. To obtain a precise setting, click the arrows instead of dragging the slider. To return to the factory default setting, click the

Def

button.

q

Input Pair 2

Use this list to select your default analog audio Input

Pair 2. For example, to use the source connected to your unbalanced analog IN 3 and IN 4 inputs, select

RCA (unbalanced analog)

.

q

Input Pair 2 Gain

Use these controls to adjust the default gain of your analog audio Input Pair 2. The controls work the same as explained for

Input Pair 1 Gain

.

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Configuring the audio output pairs

To configure your audio output pairs, click the

DigiSuite LE

tab, then the

Audio Out

tab.

Important

Both audio output pairs must be either analog or digital.

Digital audio is available only with the optional digital module.

q

Analog Output

or

Digital Output

Select the option that matches the type of audio output you’re using.

q

Output Pair 1

and

Output Pair 2

Use these lists to select your default audio output pairs. For example, to use the recorder connected to your unbalanced analog OUT 1 and OUT 2 outputs, set

Output

Pair 1

to

RCA (unbalanced analog)

.

To ensure that your balanced analog output is properly calibrated for your recorder, make sure you select the option that matches your recorder’s audio input impedance. For example, if the audio input impedance of your recorder is set to 600

, select

XLR 600 Ohms

(balanced analog)

. If your recorder has a high-impedance audio input load, select

XLR High Impedance (balanced analog)

.

Note Refer to your VTR’s documentation for instructions on how to set its audio input impedance. If you’re unsure of your VTR’s setting, select

XLR High Impedance (balanced analog)

.

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Testing the performance of your A/V drives

½

To determine the maximum data rates supported by your A/V drives:

1

Click the

DigiSuite LE

tab, then the

Storage

tab.

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2

From the list of hard drives connected to your computer, select the A/V drives you want to test. Use

CTRL+

click to select drives in any order, or

SHIFT+

click to select a range of drives.

Note Only your writable hard drives appear in the list. All NTFSformatted drives (the format required for DigiSuite) are identified with a green icon. To test a drive, you must have at least 50 MB of free disk space on the drive.

3

Under

Test Settings for All Selected Drives

, drag the slider to set the size of the test files to be created. You can select

Fill x% of disk capacity

to set the file size according to a percentage of the total disk space on the drives you’re testing. To get the most accurate results, your test files should fill about 80% of the disk capacity.

4

From the

Test Type

list, select the type of test you want to perform:

Single Stream Only

Tests drive performance for writing and then reading (playing back) a single video file.

Dual Stream Only

Tests drive performance for writing and then reading two video files simultaneously (this technique is used to support A/B roll edits in your projects).

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Single and Dual Stream

Performs both the Single Stream and Dual

Stream tests.

5

If you have a Ciprico RAID disk array connected to your system, the

Ciprico Write Mode

option will be available. When selected, this mode optimizes your system to use the high-performance features of your Ciprico disk array.

Important If you also have other types of A/V drives, leave

Ciprico

Write Mode

selected only when working with your Ciprico disk array.

For example, make sure that

Ciprico Write Mode

is selected before capturing material to your Ciprico disk array, but clear this option before using your other drives.

6

To start the disk performance test, click the

Start Test

button. The test progress is displayed in a dialog box.

7

The test results appear in the

Storage

dialog box as a range of maximum data rates for each of the write and read tests. The lowest number is the maximum data rate your A/V drive will always be able to achieve. The highest number is the maximum data rate your drive can achieve under optimum conditions.

You should use the lower (conservative) number as a guideline when selecting the data rate for creating .avi files on DigiSuite LE to be sure you won’t exceed the data rate your A/V drive is capable of achieving.

8

Click

OK

to save the results of the test and quit the DigiSuite

Configuration program.

Note The test files will be deleted automatically from your drives when the test has finished. If the test ends abnormally, such as during a power failure, the test files (named testcfg.vid for the Single Stream test or

testcfg1.vid and testcfg2.vid for the Dual Stream test) will remain in the

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Displaying DigiSuite LE information

To display system usage and other information about your DigiSuite LE, click the

DigiSuite LE

tab, then the

Information

tab.

You may be asked to provide this information if you call the Matrox

DigiSuite Customer Support Department for assistance.

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Configuring your VTR settings

Important

If you have the Matrox DV-1394 option, the following procedures do not apply to the DV camcorder or deck you’ve connected to your DV-1394 card.

The DigiSuite Configuration program lets you configure your VTR for

RS-422 device control with DigiTools and many nonlinear editing programs, such as Adobe Premiere RT, IMC Incite, and United Media

On-Line Express.

Be aware that some editing programs provide their own RS-422 device control, and therefore don’t use DigiSuite’s VTR settings as explained in this section. For example, Speed Razor RT and Discreet edit* use their own RS-422 device control rather than DigiSuite’s.

If after configuring your VTR using the DigiSuite Configuration program you find that you have frame-accurate capture and printing to tape with

DigiTools but not with your nonlinear editing program, then your program uses its own RS-422 device control. In this case, see your program’s documentation for instructions on how to set up and configure your VTR for device control.

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To configure your VTR for DigiSuite RS-422 device control:

1

Connect your VTR as explained in the “Working with Clips Using

DigiTools” chapter of your Getting the Most from DigiSuite manual.

2

Switch your VTR to Remote mode.

3

Install DigiTools with the VTR driver or the DigiSuite Effects plug-in for Adobe Premiere RT as explained in the previous chapter of this manual.

4

Start the DigiSuite Configuration program, click the

Card Set 1

tab, then the

VTR Settings

tab.

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Note

If the VTR driver detects a problem, such as would happen if your

VTR is not properly connected, you’ll see a warning in the

Message

box.

You use the

VTR Settings

dialog box to configure your VTR for device control, as well as to stripe your tapes. You can use the transport controls in this dialog box to play back a tape and check that your VTR works correctly under device control.

q

COM Port

connected.

From this list, select the COM port to which your VTR is q

Time Code

Select either

LTC

or

VITC

to require the use of one or the other type of time code. You would do this if the two types of time code don’t match on your tapes. If this isn’t the case, you can select both types of time code to let the VTR decide which one to use in different operational modes. Your VTR must be set to Auto if both types are selected.

q

Enable Recording

Select this option if you want to use your VTR to record material (assuming your deck is capable of recording). Clear this option to use your VTR only as a player, thus avoiding any unintentional tape erasure.

q

Set Up Recorder

Click this button to do any of the following:

Run the Calibration Wizard to calibrate your VTR for frame-accurate recording.

Run the Frame Accuracy Test Wizard to test the frame accuracy of your recorder.

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Manually adjust your recorder’s calibration settings, if needed.

Stripe your tapes.

For instructions on how to perform these operations, see the following sections.

Note For details on how to set up RS-422 device control on DigiSuite in

Adobe Premiere RT, see the “Creating DigiSuite Effects” chapter of your

Getting the Most from DigiSuite manual.

Calibrating your recorder using the Calibration

Wizard

The Calibration Wizard guides you through a sequence of steps to calibrate your VTR for frame-accurate recording. It records color bars, time code, and a series of Matrox logos onto your tape, prompts you to locate the first and last frames in the series of logos, then adjusts your VTR’s calibration settings (

Edit On Delay

and

Edit Off Delay

) according to your response.

Although you can manually adjust your VTR’s calibration settings, running the Calibration Wizard is the easiest way to obtain a frameaccurate recorder.

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To run the Calibration Wizard:

1

Set your VTR to record time code, and load a recordable tape into your

VTR.

2

Click the

Card Set 1

tab, then the

VTR Settings

tab.

3

Make sure

Enable Recording

is selected, then click

Set Up Recorder

.

4

Click

Calibration Wizard

, then follow the instructions that appear on the screen.

5

When you’ve finished running the Calibration Wizard, you should test the frame accuracy of your recorder as explained in the next section.

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Checking the frame accuracy of your recorder using the Frame Accuracy Test Wizard

The Frame Accuracy Test Wizard guides you through a sequence of steps to check the frame accuracy of your recorder. It records color bars, time code, and a series of Matrox logos onto your tape. You’re then prompted to check that the first and last frames in the series of logos appear at provided

Cue In

and

Cue Out

time codes.

Note You can use the same tape to run the Frame Accuracy Test Wizard that you used to run the Calibration Wizard.

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To run the Frame Accuracy Test Wizard:

1

Set your VTR to record time code, and load a recordable tape that has been striped with continuous and consecutive time code.

2

Click the

Card Set 1

tab, then the

VTR Settings

tab.

3

Make sure

Enable Recording

is selected, then click

Set Up Recorder

.

4

Click

Validate Calibration

, then follow the instructions that appear on the screen.

5

If you find that your recorder is not frame accurate, you’ll need to manually adjust its calibration settings as follows:

Note the number of frames you had to rewind or advance from the provided

Cue In

time code in order to locate the first frame of the

Matrox logo. Adjust the current

Edit On Delay

value by this amount

(either deduct the number of frames you rewound, or add the number of frames you advanced).

Note the number of frames you had to rewind or advance from the provided

Cue Out

time code in order to locate the last frame of the

Matrox logo. Adjust the current

Edit Off Delay

value by this amount

(either deduct the number of frames you rewound, or add the number of frames you advanced).

For details on how to manually adjust your recorder’s calibration settings, see the next section.

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Manually adjusting your recorder’s calibration settings

Important In most cases, the Calibration Wizard will correctly adjust your VTR’s calibration settings for frame-accurate recording. You should change these settings only if you’ve run the Frame Accuracy Test Wizard to determine the amount of adjustment you need to make.

½

To manually adjust your recorder’s calibration settings:

1

Click the

Card Set 1

tab, then the

VTR Settings

tab.

2

Make sure

Enable Recording

is selected, then click

Set Up Recorder

.

3

Click

Advanced Settings

. This displays the

Calibration Settings

dialog box:

4

Adjust the

Edit On Delay

and

Edit Off Delay

values as needed (see step 5 on page 77). If you want to return the calibration settings to their default values, click

Default

.

5

Click

OK

to save your changes.

6

Run the Frame Accuracy Test Wizard again to ensure that the new calibration settings are correct.

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Striping your tapes

Before recording material onto a tape, you should stripe the tape with color bars and time code. Having continuous and consecutive time code on a tape lets you perform frame-accurate editing.You may also want to stripe the tape with a 1-kHz tone to help you check the record level of your VTR.

You can stripe your tapes using the capabilities of your VTR as explained in your VTR’s manual, or you can use the Stripe Tape utility included with the DigiSuite Configuration Program.

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To run the Stripe Tape utility:

1

Set your VTR to record time code, and load the tape you want to stripe into your VTR.

2

Click the

Card Set 1

tab, then the

VTR Settings

tab.

3

Make sure

Enable Recording

is selected, then click

Set Up Recorder

.

4

Click

Stripe Tape

. This displays the following dialog box:

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5

Under

Time Code Format

, select the type of time code you want recorded onto your tape (applicable to NTSC systems only).

6

In the

Initial Time Code

box, type the initial (starting) time code you want to be recorded onto your tape.

7

In the

Color Bars Duration

and

1-kHz Tone Duration

boxes, type the amount of time you want the color bars and 1-kHz tone to be recorded, respectively.

8

Click

Start

to start the striping.

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Notes

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DigiSuite LE Troubleshooting

This chapter provides some possible answers if you have trouble installing or operating your DigiSuite LE system.

C h a p t e r

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Problems, possible causes, and solutions

Up-to-date information

The following pages contain information about the most common problems solved by our DigiSuite Customer Support department. These solutions are also available on our web site at www.matrox.com/video in the Customer Support section. As new information becomes available, we’ll add it there first, so it’s always a good idea to check the site on a regular basis.

Multiple solutions

Some of the problems identified here may have more than one possible cause, and there are frequently several possible solutions.

Note In this chapter, references to shutting off and/or restarting your system mean to actually use the physical On/Off switch. Simple software restart (from

Start | Shut Down

) or logging off the system and the logging back on are not sufficient.

Warning

Never open your computer system when its power is on!

Installation/configuration

The card does not fit

Possible cause Unused slot

If you’re installing your card in a new or previously unused slot, there may be considerable resistance as the card slides into the slot. This is normal.

Solution Install carefully

Make sure that the card is perfectly aligned with the PCI slot and push it in firmly but gently until it is correctly seated.

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Your computer system does not start

Possible cause 1 Incompatible system If your DigiSuite hardware is installed in a computer system we haven’t tested and validated, the hardware may not run correctly.

Solution Check the list of compatible computers You can consult our list of compatible computers and motherboards located on our web site at: www.matrox.com/video

Possible cause 2 Incorrect BIOS version If your system BIOS version is out of date, there may be conflicts with hardware and thus your computer may not be able to start.

Solution Check BIOS version Make sure your system BIOS version is the latest available.

Can’t install DigiUtils software

Possible cause Not properly logged on to NT

Windows NT features different levels of user privileges on a single computer. Most levels other than that of an

“Administrator” don’t allow the user to install/configure software.

Solution Log on as administrator

You must log on as a user with

Administrator privileges in Windows NT before you can install/ configure the DigiUtils software. If you aren’t logged on as

Administrator, the DigiUtils Setup program will not install the software.

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DigiSuite cards not initializing or drivers not loading

Possible cause 1 DigiSuite cards not properly installed

One or more of your

DigiSuite cards may not be properly seated in its slot. This could prevent the software drivers from loading and/or running.

Solution Re-install cards

You can re-install your DigiSuite cards to see if doing so will cause your system to initialize the cards properly.

1

First, check to see if the DigiCtrl service started ok. To do so, run

Control Panel | Services

. Check the service

DigiCtrl

. If all necessary software drivers are loaded and running, DigiCtrl should indicate

Started

in its

Status

column. If not, one or more drivers are not running.

2

If

DigiCtrl

is listed but not indicated as running or not listed at all, turn off your system, open the cover, and re-install the DigiSuite cards.

3

Restart your computer.

Possible cause 2 Hardware conflict There could be a conflict with another card (such as a VGA or network card) in your system. This could also prevent the

DigiSuite software driver from running.

Solution Remove/change other hardware

You should try running

DigiSuite after removing the network card or installing a different video card.

1

Turn off the computer.

2

Remove all other non-essential cards (such as a network card) from your system.

3

Restart your computer. If the DigiSuite software drivers are still not loading, then there could be a conflict with the VGA card.

Sometimes there is a conflict between the DigiSuite Graphic

Frame Buffer (GFB) and the following VGA cards:

Number Nine Motion

Number Nine 770

STB

If you have one of these video cards, you may have to replace it with another video card. If your card isn’t listed here but doesn’t work with your DigiSuite system, please contact our Customer Support department.

If removing non-essential cards from your system allows the

DigiSuite software drivers to load and function as they should, then you can be sure that one of them is causing a hardware conflict with

DigiSuite.

4

Re-install one card at a time to determine which card is causing the hardware conflict. Check for IRQ sharing in

Start | Programs

| Administrative Tools | Windows NT Diagnostics | Resources

.

Problems can occur when the same IRQ is assigned to the same bus for more than one device. This can prevent a DigiSuite driver from loading, thereby rendering the card inoperable.

5

If the same IRQ is assigned on the bus for more than one device, try to assign a different IRQ to the non-DigiSuite card, providing it’s an ISA card. Remember though, that IRQ 4; ISA; Bus 0 is not the same as IRQ 4; PCI; Bus 0, for example. You cannot assign an

IRQ to a PCI card as the system BIOS handles this task dynamically every time the computer is turned on. As well, updating the drivers for non-DigiSuite cards may help resolve the problem.

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Possible cause 3 Incompatible motherboard

In the System Recommendations section, we provide a list of motherboards that we’ve tested for compatibility with our DigiSuite products. If you’re using a motherboard not validated by us, there’s no guarantee that our cards will work with this motherboard. In addition, the support we can offer will be limited.

Solution Use recommended motherboard Consult “System

Recommendations” located in the Customer Support section of our web site at www.matrox.com/video to make sure you’re using a motherboard validated by Matrox. If you use a non-validated motherboard, we can’t guarantee anything more than limited support.

Possible cause 4 Damaged Movie-2 bus

The Movie-2 bus connectors might have bent pins or may not be properly seated.

Solution Re-install or replace Movie-2 bus

1

Remove the Movie-2 bus and check for bent pins. If there are no bent pins, reseat the Movie-2 bus.

2

Restart your computer. If the DigiSuite card drivers are still not loading, contact Matrox DigiSuite Customer Support.

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Cards moved to different slots in the system and now DigiSuite doesn’t work

Possible cause Didn’t reconfigure software Failure to uninstall DigiUtils software before moving a card set from one slot to another will cause this problem.

Solution Uninstall/re-install DigiUtils Do not attempt to use the update option in Matrox DigiUtils Setup. Uninstall the DigiUtils software as follows:

1

Choose

Start | Programs | Matrox DigiSuite Utilities | Uninstall

DigiUtils

.

2

Move the card set(s).

3

Re-install the DigiUtils software by running DigiUtils Setup.

Doing so updates the Windows NT registry file.

Remarks

If you have more than one card set, you must remove all your DigiSuite card sets and then run DigiUtils Setup after re-installing each card set.

Adding a non-DigiSuite PCI card to the computer causes DigiSuite operating problems

Possible cause Hardware Conflict If you add a non-DigiSuite card to your computer after installing DigiUtils, it may result in an IRQ conflict between the new card and the DigiSuite hardware.

Solution Check for IRQ conflicts You can check the status of system

IRQs by choosing

Start | Programs | Administrative Tools |

Windows NT Diagnostics | Resources

. An IRQ conflict can prevent one of the DigiSuite drivers from loading.

If you do discover an IRQ conflict, turn off your system and install the new card in another motherboard slot. Then restart the computer.

Make sure you’re using the latest versions of the software drivers for the card you’re installing.

Remarks q Problems such as this can occur when the same IRQ is assigned to the same bus for more than one device.

q If you have more than one card set, you must remove all your

DigiSuite card sets and then run DigiUtils Setup after re-installing each card set. Furthermore, you must log on as a user with

Administrator privileges in Windows NT before you can install/ uninstall the DigiUtils software. If you aren’t logged on as

Administrator, the DigiUtils Setup program will not install/uninstall the software.

Operation

Random or erratic system operating behavior

Possible cause 1 Inadequate ventilation

The components on all DigiSuite cards are placed very close together and thus generate a lot of heat. It’s therefore vitally important to provide adequate ventilation.

Solution 1 Provide ventilation

Make sure your computer system is well ventilated with no obstructions blocking any openings, especially at the rear of the unit.

Solution 2 Operate in safe area

Avoid operating your DigiSuite-equipped computer system in areas where the temperature is above 86°F (30°C).

Do not operate it in areas with an ambient temperature above 104°F

(40°C).

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Possible cause 2 Not enough memory Without enough physical RAM installed in a system running DigiSuite, performance is drastically reduced. DigiSuite requires a minimum of 128 MB of physical memory to perform properly.

Solution Install memory

Make sure you have at least 128 MB of physical

RAM installed in your system.

DigiTools either won’t load or it freezes up

Possible cause DigiSuite drivers not initialized

The software drivers for the

DigiSuite card set won’t initialize if the DigiSuite cards aren’t properly seated. This situation will leave your computer in an unstable state.

Solution Check for errors

Look in the Windows NT Event Viewer for potential problems. If no errors are reported in the Event Viewer, then turn off your computer and check to make sure your DigiSuite cards and Movie-2 bus are properly seated. If the problem still persists after restarting your computer, contact Matrox DigiSuite Customer Support.

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DigiSuite Configuration program is slow to open

Possible cause Improper genlock

If you’re not using the same video standard (NTSC or PAL) for your genlock source as the one you selected when you installed DigiUtils, the Configuration program may not work.

Solution Check genlock video standard

You won’t obtain a warning message if your genlock source’s video standard isn’t the same as that of your system.

1

Run the DigiSuite Configuration program.

2

In the

General

dialog box, the video standard that you selected when you installed DigiUtils is indicated. When genlocking to an external sync source, always make sure the source is connected and working properly, and that it matches your system’s video standard.

No video output

Possible cause Improper cable setup

Your video cables might be improperly connected.

Solution Check VTR device selection

1

Run the DigiSuite Configuration program.

2

Click the

DigiSuite LE

tab and then

Video Out

tab, then load a test pattern such as the

75% color bars

. If you see an output, then your output cable and frame buffer are working correctly.

3

Verify the following aspects of your video input:

The input cables are properly connected.

The proper input is selected in the

DigiSuite LE Video In

dialog box (

Composite 1

, for example) so that it matches the physical connection.

In addition...

Make sure the card is not overheating.

Make sure your video source is turned on.

If the problem persists, contact Matrox DigiSuite Customer Support.

Remarks

The above assumes that the DigiSuite cards are operational. If not, see

“DigiSuite cards not initializing or drivers not loading” on page 84 .

DigiSuite video output is jumpy

Possible cause Improper genlocking

Your genlock termination and/or cable connections may not be set up properly.

Solution Check genlock

Check various aspects of your genlock setup as follows:

1

If you’re using an external sync signal, make sure the cable is properly connected and terminated only once.

2

Select the

External VTR Quality

setting in the

General

dialog box of the DigiSuite Configuration program only if you’re genlocking to your source VTR.

3

Finally, try the

Internal genlock

setting in the

General

dialog box.

If the video output from DigiSuite is fine, then you know there is probably something wrong with the external genlock setup.

4

Try clearing the

Source has built-in TBC

option in the

DigiSuite

LE Video In

dialog box of the DigiSuite Configuration program.

5

Monitor the live video directly from the VTR to determine its stability before using it as a DigiSuite genlock source.

6

If the source video is fine, but the video output from DigiSuite is still jumpy, check your genlock setup.

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Operation

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DigiSuite output colors seem incorrect

Possible cause 1 Improper cable connections

Your input/output cables could be improperly connected. For instance, if you mix up the three analog component connections, your video monitor will display the wrong color information.

Solution Check cabling

You need to check your cable connections as follows:

1

Close all other applications and run the DigiSuite Configuration program.

2

Click the

DigiSuite LE

tab and then the

Video Out

tab.

3

Load a test pattern such as the 75% color bars. You should verify the following aspects of your video output:

Try all the different output connections. If there’s a problem on only one of the outputs, then there could be something wrong with the cable. If the color is bad on all of the output connections, then there could be something wrong with your DigiSuite LE card.

Important

Refer to your manual for information on certain limitations to switch combinations on your video breakout box.

Possible cause 2 Proc amps not correctly adjusted

These settings are used to adjust the incoming video signal and may thus need some adjustment.

Solution Check live video input

If the video output from DigiSuite is fine, then you need to troubleshoot your live video input.

1

Set the

Proc Amp

controls in the

DigiSuite LE Video In

dialog box (of the DigiSuite Configuration program) to default.

2

Make sure that the video source signal type selected in the

DigiSuite LE Video In

dialog box matches that of the actual physical input connections to DigiSuite LE.

3

Monitor the output of the video source directly to ensure its integrity before feeding it to DigiSuite LE.

4

If the source output is fine, try all the different input connections, remembering to change the video input settings in the DigiSuite

Configuration program each time as well.

Possible cause 3 Bad genlock source Sometimes a bad sync source will corrupt the color information. You’ll need to check this.

Solution Try a different genlock setting Switch between

Internal

and

External Broadcast Quality

genlock in the

General

dialog box of the

DigiSuite Configuration program. Don’t forget to make changes to your physical connections to match the changes you made in the

DigiSuite Configuration program.

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Possible cause 4 Overheating It’s vitally important to provide adequate ventilation in your computer system because DigiSuite cards generate a great deal of heat.

Solution 1 Provide ventilation Make sure your computer system is well ventilated with no obstructions blocking any openings, especially at the rear of the unit.

Solution 2 Operate in a safe area Avoid operating your DigiSuite-equipped computer system in areas where the temperature is above 86

°

F (30

°

C).

Do not operate it in areas with an ambient temperature above 104

°

F

(40

°

C).

If the problem persists, one or more of your DigiSuite cards may be faulty. Contact Matrox DigiSuite Customer Support.

No audio output

Possible cause 1 Audio driver not installed The audio driver has to be installed to use audio input and output.

Solution Check audio driver You’ll need to check that the audio driver is installed. Choose

Start | Settings | Control Panel | Multimedia |

Devices

. Click on the plus sign to the left of the

Audio Devices

category to expand the device driver list. Make sure the

Audio for

DigiSuite Wave

driver is installed. If it isn’t installed, you’ll need to uninstall and re-install the DigiSuite software.

Possible cause 2 Audio settings

There might be something wrong with your audio settings.

Solution 1 Check settings Make sure your audio software settings in the

DigiSuite LE Audio In

section of the DigiSuite Configuration program match your physical connections and ensure that

Input Pair 1 Gain

is set to default.

Solution 2 Turn on source

Make sure your audio source is turned on.

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DigiSuite LE cable output signal is attenuated

Possible cause Double-termination

The DigiSuite LE cable does not support simultaneous outputs for analog component and Y/C signals. Doubletermination will result if you connect the analog component and Y/C video output signals at the same time.

Solution Connect outputs one at a time

You should never connect the

Program Y/C

output connector at the same time as the

Program Y

and/ or

Program R–Y/C

outputs of the DigiSuite LE cable.

Some or all functions are not operating properly

Possible cause 1 Faulty hardware installation Your DigiSuite hardware may not be installed properly.

Solution 1 Check card installation in computer Your DigiSuite cards must be properly installed. See appropriate sections of this manual for more details.

Solution 2 Check card assembly Make sure that all module boards are firmly attached to the base board, and that your Movie-2 bus is properly installed.

Possible cause 2 Drivers may not be running

One or more of the DigiSuite software drivers may not be running. To verify this, run

Control Panel | Services

.

Check the service

DigiCtrl

. If all necessary software drivers are loaded and running, DigiCtrl should have the indication

Started

in its

Status

column.

If not, one or more drivers are not running.

Solution Check version of NT

Make sure you’re running Windows NT version 4.0 with at least Service Pack 4 installed. Service Pack 5 is recommended.

Pink or green video when playing back Motion-JPEG files

Note

Make sure that DMA is enabled on your IDE Drive.

Possible cause 1 System unstable after application failure

The system may be in an unstable state after one or more of your programs have failed.

Solution Restart your system Once a program has failed, system resources such as memory, etc., may not be freed up for proper use.

Completely restarting your system will resolve this problem.

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Possible cause 2 Defective Movie-2 connections

The connections between your

Movie-2 bus and each DigiSuite card are fragile and easily damaged if improperly handled.

Solution Check Movie-2 bus connectors Carefully examine the connectors and pins as follows:

1

Shut off your system.

2

Remove the Movie-2 bus connector and check for bent or broken pins in connectors CON 1 and/or CON 2 located on all your installed DigiSuite cards.

Possible cause 3 IDE data transfer rate not fast enough

Data on an IDE drive is not being accessed fast enough.

Solution 1 Move paging file

Move your Windows NT paging (swap) file from your IDE drive to a SCSI drive.

Solution 2 Use dedicated SCSI drives

Use dedicated SCSI drives for your media files: save all audio and graphic files on one SCSI drive and all video files on another.

Note If you’re capturing or playing back .avi files while accessing other media from the same SCSI drive, your system performance will be reduced. This may result in jerky playback or premature termination on capture.

Possible cause 4 Out of date drivers

You may be using a hardware key (dongle) with an out-of-date driver.

Solution Get a newer driver

Contact the hardware company and acquire a newer version of this driver.

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Possible cause 5 Conflicts with network card You may be getting conflicts from a network card.

Solution Check system operation without card Try removing the card.

If the problem goes away, get updated drivers for the network card or try another network card.

Possible cause 6 Low-quality sync Your sync signal may not be stable or may have a faulty connection.

Solution Check sync source

If you’re using an external sync source, make sure that it’s properly connected and that you have a good-quality sync signal (stable with no noise).

You get error messages during playback or capture

Error message

MJPEG miniport found no usable adapter cards.

MJPEG miniport hardware initialize failed.

(Error messages 3 and 4 are generated in Windows NT Event Viewer).

Possible cause 1 System unstable after application failure The system may be in an unstable state after one or more of your programs have failed.

Solution Restart your system Once a program has failed, system resources such as memory, etc., may not be freed up for proper use.

Completely restarting your system will resolve this problem.

Possible cause 2 Defective Movie-2 connections The connections between your

Movie-2 bus and each DigiSuite card are fragile and easily damaged if improperly handled.

Solution Check Movie-2 bus connectors Carefully examine the connectors and pins as follows:

1

Shut off your system.

2

Remove the Movie-2 bus connector and check for bent or broken pins in connectors CON 1 and/or CON 2 located on all your installed DigiSuite cards.

Possible cause 3 SCSI problems Your SCSI drives and/or chain may be damaged or not configured properly.

Solution 1 Check equipment Check your SCSI cable and drives for broken or bent connector pins.

Solution 2 Check configuration Make sure each drive connected in the SCSI chain has a separate ID number and that the last drive in the SCSI chain is the only one terminated. Refer to your drive’s documentation for further details.

Solution 3 Check driver version

Make sure you’re using the latest version of software drivers for your SCSI devices. The drivers that shipped with

Windows NT in 1996 are probably now outdated.

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Possible cause 4 Digital source not turned on

To ensure a strong, stable genlock signal, your digital source must be turned on.

Solution Turn on digital source Make sure the power on your digital source is turned on.

Possible cause 5 Error 0x42

Local system clock of the JPEG stream does not match the main system clock.

Error 0x43

An interrupt was expected, but none happened.

Solution 1 Reference clock If you are using an external reference, make sure that it is stable.

Solution 2 Kernal debugger attached

Make sure that no debugger is connected to your system via a NULL modem cable.

All video files are corrupted

Possible cause Unstable genlock source VFW may generate a corrupt or a bad file header if the genlock source is not stable. For example, using a PAL signal as a sync source but capturing NTSC video will cause the file to be unreadable or adversely affected.

Solution Check genlock source Make sure you’re genlocking to a proper sync source and that the sync source is stable during the process of capturing live video. It’s important that no glitches in the sync source occur during capture.

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Storage

General SCSI problems

Possible cause 1 SCSI devices not detected

The SCSI BIOS may not have detected your SCSI devices.

Solution Check the SCSI BIOS

To check your SCSI BIOS configuration:

1

Press

CTRL+A

when prompted during computer start-up to enter the SCSI BIOS.

2

Make sure your SCSI devices are detected.

3

If your SCSI devices are detected, make sure each hard drive has a unique SCSI ID number—other than seven, which is usually reserved for the SCSI controller. If your SCSI devices aren’t detected, your problem lies with the SCSI controller or SCSI cable.

Possible cause 2 SCSI chain setup The SCSI chain must be the correct length and properly terminated for your stripe set to perform optimally.

Solution 1 Use cable of correct length Observe the following limitations when choosing SCSI cable length: q Up to four single-ended (or non-differential) Ultra SCSI devices

(including the SCSI controller) connected to a cable no longer than nine feet q Five to eight single-ended Ultra SCSI devices connected to a cable no longer than four-and-a-half feet. q You can attach up to 15 High-Voltage Differential module (HVD)

SCSI devices to a cable 75 feet in length. q

Finally, if you’re using a Low-Voltage Differential (LVD) Ultra2

SCSI adapter, you can connect a single LVD SCSI device to a cable up to 75 feet in length, or you can connect 15 LVD SCSI devices to a cable up to 36 feet long.

Solution 2 Terminate your SCSI connections

Each end of the SCSI chain must be properly terminated, which depends on the type of hard drive you have. Consult your hard drive documentation for termination instructions.

Possible cause 3 Damaged SCSI cable Your SCSI cable must be free from damage or data transfer may be interrupted.

Solution Check cable for damage Inspect your cable for damage and replace if necessary.

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Possible cause 4 Defective Movie-2 connections The connections between your

Movie-2 bus and each DigiSuite card are fragile and easily damaged if improperly handled.

Solution Check Movie-2 bus connectors

Carefully examine the connectors and pins as follows:

1

Shut off your system.

2

Remove the Movie-2 bus connector and check for bent or broken pins in connectors CON 1 and/or CON 2 located on all your installed DigiSuite cards.

When capturing/playing back video with a Matrox-recommended stripe set, the process stops after capturing/playing a few frames

Possible cause Stripe set configuration

DigiTools stops capturing or playing back video when the hard drives can’t sustain the selected video data rate. In other words, the hard drives have to be fast enough to store or play back the data stream moving across the SCSI bus. If your stripe set is not properly configured, optimal performance won’t be achieved.

Solution Check SCSI configuration

In addition to the problems and solutions outlined in “General SCSI problems” on page 96 , the following solutions may be of help with this problem:

1

Open the Windows NT Event Viewer and look for “STOP” errors in the Event column. These errors may indicate a hardware problem.

2

Just after your computer starts, press

CTRL+A

to run the SCSI controller configuration utility. Check the following to ensure support for Ultra SCSI speed:

3

Highlight

Configure Host Adapter Settings

. Press the

ENTER

key. Highlight

Advanced Configuration Options

and verify that

Support for Ultra SCSI Speed

is enabled. Then press the

ESC

key.

4

Highlight

SCSI Device Configuration

then press the

ENTER

key.

Verify that the

Maximum Sync Transfer Rate

is set to 40 MB/sec and that bus negotiation is set to

Wide

. Press the

ESC

key. Save your settings when prompted.

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Hard drives are not recognized by SCSI controller or by Windows NT

Disk Administrator

Possible cause Problems with SCSI configuration In addition to the problems and solutions outlined in “General SCSI problems” on page 96 , the following solutions may be of help with this problem:

Solution 1 Connect devices properly Make sure single-ended SCSI devices are connected to a single-ended SCSI controller and that differential

SCSI devices are connected to a differential SCSI controller.

Keep in mind that Ultra2 SCSI devices can emulate single-ended but

not differential devices.

Solution 2 Use correct termination If you plan to connect an Ultra2 LVD

SCSI device to a single-ended controller, you’ll need to use active single-ended termination at the end of the SCSI chain to be backward compatible with the single-ended controller.

Solution 3 Disconnect unrelated devices

Put all non-audio/video SCSI devices (tape backup, zip drives, CD-ROM drives, etc.) on a separate

SCSI controller.

If nothing works

Contact your DigiSuite representative. Before doing so, please have the following information ready: q A description of what happened.

q The serial number for each of your DigiSuite cards (printed on the cards and available from the

Information

dialog box of the DigiSuite

Configuration program).

q As much system information as possible.

Your computer specs.

The manufacturer and version number of your computer’s BIOS.

Windows NT version.

Operating environment.

Peripherals (especially cards occupying other slots in your computer).

q Anything else you feel will help us correct the problem.

Need more answers?

We’re constantly adding new information to our documentation, both printed and on the internet. Check our web site often and keep in touch with your Matrox DigiSuite representative.

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Notes

DigiSuite LE Specifications

This appendix provides hardware specifications for DigiSuite LE and its associated optional digital module.

A p p e n d i x

A

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Electrical specifications

Typical operating voltages and current consumption

DigiSuite LE

Current

+5 V

4.5 A

Total power consumption: <33 Watts

Optional digital module

Current

+5 V

523 mA

Total power consumption: <7 Watts

+12 V

680 mA

+12 V

366 mA

–12 V

175 mA

Video input/output

q Video Standards

– NTSC – PAL

Analog video input signals

Signal Type

Composite Video

Y/C Video

Luminance signal

Quantity

2

2

Voltage

1.0 V p-p

Impedance

75

Chrominance signal

Component Video

(Y, (B-Y), (R-Y))

Reference In

1

1.0 V p-p

PAL: 0.300 V p-p

, burst

NTSC: 0.286 V p-p

, burst

1.0 V p-p

75

75

75

75

1 1.0 V p-p

*

ON=75

OFF= 200 K

* hardware selectable via DIP switch. See “Set the termination switch on DigiSuite LE” on page 14 .

Appendix A, DigiSuite LE Specifications

Analog video output signals

Signal Type

Preview Out

Composite Video

Y/C Video

Luminance signal

Chrominance signal

Quantity

1

1

Voltage

1.0 V p-p

1.0 V p-p

PAL: 0.300 V p-p

, burst

NTSC: 0.286 V p-p

, burst

Program Out

Composite Video

Y/C Video

Luminance signal

Chrominance signal

Component Video

(Y, (B-Y), (R-Y))

Linear Key Out

1

1

1

1

1.0 V

1.0 V p-p p-p

PAL: 0.300 V p-p

, burst

NTSC: 0.286 V p-p

, burst

1.0 V p-p

1.0 V p-p

Impedance

75

75

75

75

75

75

Ω no burst

75

75

75

75

Serial digital video input/output

Signal Type

Reference In

Quantity

1

Voltage

2.0 V p-p

Impedance

Hi Z

Reference Loop Out 1 1.0 V p-p

75

(terminated)

Hi Z (looped through)

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Electrical specifications

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Audio input/output

Analog input/output

Balanced signal

Input impedance

Input level

Output impedance

Output level

Unbalanced signal

Input impedance

Input level

Output load impedance

Output impedance

Output level

Digital input/output

20 k

0 VU = +4 dBu, 18 dB headroom

0 dBu = 0.775 V rms

50

short-circuit protected

+4 dBu: +18 dB headroom

10 k

0 VU = –10 dBV

600

min.

50

short-circuit protected

–10 dBV maximum: +8 dBV

AES/EBU signal 110

balanced

Movie-2 bus input/output

Digital I/O levels:TTL compatible, driven by 74LVTxxx-type registers

Audio specifications

Frequency response

Signal-to-noise ratio

THD + noise

Sampling frequency

Quantization

20 Hz to 20 kHz ± 1.4 dB

>80 dB

0.015 %

48 kHz

16 bits/sample

Appendix A, DigiSuite LE Specifications

Mechanical specifications

Physical Dimensions

DigiSuite LE: 12.135" long × 4.2" high × 0.71" wide

Optional digital module: 4.62" long × 3.72" high × 0.475" wide

Connector types

q DigiSuite LE

Analog video and audio input/output: EDAC 134-026-263-032 q Optional digital module

Digital video input/output: AMPHENOL 717TWB9W4P4R

Digital audio input/output: HD-15 male connector q Movie-2 bus CON 2: BERG 87402-135

Environmental specifications

Operating temperature: 0° C to 40° C

Storage Temperature: –40° C to 75° C

Maximum altitude for operation: 3000 m for transport: 12,000 m

Humidity: operation: 20 to 80% of relative humidity* storage: 5 to 95% of relative humidity*

* non-condensing

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Notes

Appendix A, DigiSuite LE Specifications

DigiSuite Glossary

This glossary defines many of the terms used in the DigiSuite documentation.

A p p e n d i x

B

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Glossary of terms

Use this glossary as a reference for many of the basic terms in the DigiSuite manuals.

Numerics

1394

See IEEE-1394.

4:2:2P@ML

4:2:2 Profile@Main Level. An international standard video compression profile introduced by MPEG-2. It supports 4:2:2 luminance/chrominance sampling at up to

720×608 pixel resolution, and data transfer rates up to 50 Mb/sec (6.3 MB/sec). This profile is used for high-quality distribution and for archiving. See

also MP@ML.

A

A/B roll

Typically, A/B roll is an editing technique where scenes or sounds on two source reels (called roll A and roll B) are played simultaneously to create dissolves, wipes, and other effects. On nonlinear editing systems, A/B roll refers to using two source streams (.avi, .wav,

.tga, and so on) to create an effect.

accelerated print-to-disk

The process of rendering to an .avi file a realtime sequence of effects on DigiSuite (excluding Inscriber/CG rolling and crawling titles). This is the fastest type of rendering available on DigiSuite. See also multi-layer compositing.

aliasing

A display characteristic of computergenerated text or graphics that appears as jagged or stair-stepped edges on diagonal lines. See also anti-aliasing.

alpha key

An effect that makes parts of a foreground image fully or partially transparent based on alpha (transparency) values stored within the image’s file, so that an underlying image can show through.

analog component video

See component video.

analog signal

A video or audio signal that varies continuously, as opposed to a digital signal which varies only by fixed steps.

anti-aliasing

A technique that smooths jagged edges in computer-generated text or graphics.

aspect ratio

A width-to-height ratio. For example, a 12-by-9-inch image has an aspect ratio of 4:3 (four-to-three). Most TV screens have a 4:3 aspect ratio. HDTV screens have a 16:9 aspect ratio. See also pixel, square.

assemble editing

Recording new video and audio material sequentially onto tape. Because all the signals are recorded (video, audio, and control track), the new material completely replaces any previously recorded material on the tape. See also insert editing.

attenuation

A decrease in an electrical signal’s amplitude.

A/V drive

SCSI hard drive capable of storing high-bandwidth audio/video data.

B

backplane

PCB (printed circuit board) on a

Movie-2 bus connector. base board

Printed circuit board (and mounted components such as integrated circuits, etc.) that is inserted into the computer's expansion slot. A module board is often attached to the base board.

B-frame (Bi-directional frame)

A frame created during the MPEG or MPEG-2 IBP compression process. A B-frame is generated by forwards and backwards referencing of the Pframes and I-frames respectively, which allows it to have the highest compression ratio of the three frame types. B-frames contain only predictive data (that is, not enough data to make up an entire picture), and therefore cannot be edited

Appendix B, DigiSuite Glossary

independently. See also I-frame (Intra-frame) and

P-frame (Predicted frame).

BIOS

Basic Input/Output System settings for system components, peripherals, etc. This information is stored in a special battery-powered memory and is usually accessible for changes at computer start-up. bitmap

A graphics image in which a set of values defines each pixel’s relative brightness and color. blackburst

A composite video signal that combines the sync information of a basic video signal with a pure black signal. Used as a reference in synchronizing the different video sources in a system. Also called color black.

burnt-in time code

Time code that’s superimposed onto each frame of video, generally created using the overlay feature of a VTR. Used for rough-cut and edit-list processing. Also called burn in.

bus

1. Electrical signal path between different physical connection points. 2. System bus on computers, represented by the expansion slot connectors. 3. Movie-2 bus.

C

capture

The process of digitizing video or audio material, usually from a VTR, and storing it in a file on a hard disk.

card

DigiSuite card as assembled and installed.

For our purposes, a card is the final assembled product, whereas a board is simply one the of the printed circuit boards that make up a card.

card set

One or more DigiSuite cards recognized by DigiSuite software as a single functional unit. If a card set contains two or more cards, these are connected by a Movie-2 bus.

There may be more than one card set connected by a Movie-2 bus connector.

character generator

A device or computer program used to create text that can be overlaid onto video.

chroma key

An effect that makes portions of a foreground image fully or partially transparent based on the color of that image (or another source), so that an underlying image can show through. See also key source, self-key, and filled key.

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chrominance

The color portion of a video signal that carries the hue and saturation information. See also luminance.

codec

Compressor/decompressor. A processor that compresses video to reduce its file size by eliminating redundancies in information. It also decompresses files to play them back.

color bars

A standard test signal that appears as a series of vertical rows of color by which the chrominance and video levels of a camera’s output or a recorded signal can be checked.

compile

See render.

component video

A video signal having separate channels for the video information, as opposed to a combined (composite) signal. On

DigiSuite, analog component video refers to a signal containing three channels: Y (luminance),

R-Y (red minus luminance), and B-Y (blue minus luminance).

composite video

A video signal containing luminance and chrominance information that has been combined using a video standard such as

NTSC or PAL. See also component video.

CON 1 and CON 2

1. Male connectors (usually with 90 or 70 pins) mounted at the top of a

DigiSuite card closest to the center of the card. 2.

Their female counterpart on a Movie-2 bus.

connector set

Combination of the Movie-2 bus connectors CON 1 and 2 on a DigiSuite card and/or a Movie-2 bus.

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contrast

The difference in brightness between the lightest and darkest areas of an image on the screen.

control track

A continuous, stable, lowfrequency signal recorded onto tape. It is used to identify frame locations and control the playback of the video signal.

crawl

Sideways movement of text across a screen. See also roll (1).

cut

A direct switch from one video and/or audio source to another.

D

Digital-S

A professional variant of the DV format developed by JVC that uses a data rate of

50 Mb/sec (6.25 MB/sec), which is double the data rate of most other DV formats. Video is sampled at

4:2:2 for both NTSC and PAL sources to give enhanced chroma resolution. It uses a 1/2” metal particle tape.

digital signal

A signal representing video or audio information as binary digits that can be easily regenerated with no noise or distortion. See

also analog signal.

Digital Video

See DV.

digitize

To convert analog information, such as a video signal from a VTR, into digital information that can be processed and stored by a computer.

dissolve

A transition in which one image smoothly fades to another image. It is characterized by the gradual ending of one image occurring simultaneously with the gradual beginning of another.

DMC

Dynamic Motion Control. The ability to change the playback speed of video and audio clips.

drop-frame time code

For NTSC video, time code is normally produced by a generator that counts at 30 frames per second. NTSC color signals, however, actually have a display frequency rate close to 29.97 frames per second.

Drop-frame time code compensates for this time difference by dropping two frames from the count every minute except for every tenth minute so that the time code matches clock time.

DV

Digital Video. A standard digital bit stream and compression format used for recording video and audio onto a digital tape. DV is intra-frame based, saving each frame separately, and uses a fixed 5:1 compression ratio to reduce the size of video files. DV’s data rate is fixed at 25 Mb/sec

(3.13 MB/sec). Video is sampled at 4:1:1 for

NTSC sources or 4:2:0 for PAL sources. See also

DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50, and Digital-S.

DVCAM

A professional variant of the DV format developed by Sony that records a 15 micron track on a metal evaporated (ME) tape at a data rate of

25 Mb/sec (3.13 MB/sec). Video is sampled at

4:1:1 for NTSC sources or 4:2:0 for PAL sources.

DVCPRO

A professional variant of the DV format developed by Panasonic that records an 18 micron track on metal particle tape at a data rate of

25 Mb/sec (3.13 MB/sec). Video is sampled at

4:1:1 for both NTSC and PAL sources.

DVCPRO50

A professional variant of the DV format developed by Panasonic that uses a data rate of 50 Mb/sec (6.25MB/sec), which is double the data rate of most other DV formats. Video is sampled at 4:2:2 for both NTSC and PAL sources to give enhanced chroma resolution. It uses the same type of tape as DVCPRO.

DVE

Digital Video Effect. Generally, an effect that resizes and repositions a picture on the screen.

On DigiSuite, a 2D DVE is referred to as a “video window.”

DVE move

Making a picture shrink, expand, tumble, and/or move across the screen.

Appendix B, DigiSuite Glossary

E

Edit Decision List (EDL)

A file containing a list of edit decision statements used to create a video production. edit master

The first generation (original) of a final edited tape.

EISA slot

Connection slot to a type of computer expansion bus found in some computers. EISA is an extended version of the standard ISA slot design. expansion slot

Electrical connection slot mounted on a computer’s motherboard (main circuit board). It allows several peripheral devices to be connected inside a computer.

F

fade to black

A transition commonly used to signify the end of a scene, in which an image or sound smoothly fades to a black screen or silence

(also called a fade-out transition). Similarly, you could start a new scene with a fade up from black

(or fade-in) transition.

field

One-half of the horizontal lines needed to make a complete scan of an interlaced video frame. In the NTSC system, two consecutive fields of 262.5 lines each create a frame of 525 scan lines. In the PAL system, two consecutive fields of

312.5 lines each create a frame of 625 scan lines.

filled key

A key effect in which the key source image is different from the foreground image.

Areas not keyed (that is, not made transparent) in the key source image are filled with the corresponding areas of the foreground image.

Contrast with self-key.

FireWire

Apple computer’s original implementation of the technology that would be standardized as IEEE-1394 in 1995. frame

A single video image. An interlaced video frame is comprised of two consecutive fields

(the odd and even fields).

G

graphics overlay

Text or a graphics image that’s superimposed on video.

genlock

The process of synchronizing the timing between different video signals by generating a new video signal that is time-locked to the sync of the original signals. Genlock devices enable computer text and graphics to be superimposed onto video. See also blackburst.

GOP

Group of Pictures. The sequence of I, B, and P-frames produced during MPEG or MPEG-2

IBP compression. This sequence of frames contains all of the information required to reproduce a complete video segment. The longer the GOP, the less editable it is.

GPI

General Purpose Interface. An interface that controls an external device through a remote data signal. See also GPI trigger.

GPI trigger

The signal sent by a GPI that instructs an external device to execute a particular command, such as to start or stop playback of a video effect.

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H

hard key

A key effect in which areas of the keyed image are either completely transparent or completely opaque, creating a hard edge between the keyed image and background image. See also soft key.

hardware-accelerated effect

See realtime effect.

host bus

Computer system bus to which a

DigiSuite card is connected by insertion in the appropriate slot. This will be either a PCI, an

EISA, or an ISA bus.

hue

The tint or tone of a color. For example, the difference between the color green and red is its hue.

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I

IBP compression

See MPEG-2 IBP.

IEEE-1394

An international standard data transfer protocol created by Apple Computer under the FireWire trademark and standardized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics

Engineers (IEEE). It enables simple, low-cost, realtime data transfer between computers and consumer and prosumer electronics products, such as DV camcorders and DV decks. Commonly

referred to as 1394.

I-frame compression

See MPEG-2 I-frame.

I-frame (Intra-frame)

A frame created during the MPEG or MPEG-2 compression process that contains all the information required to reproduce a complete image. It allows random access points within a video stream, and acts as a reference point for B-frames and P-frames to be built. I-frames are editable because they contain enough data to construct an entire video frame, unlike B-frames or P-frames. See also MPEG-2 IBP, B-frame (Bidirectional frame), and P-frame (Predicted frame). insert editing

Recording new video and/or audio material onto a prerecorded (or striped) tape.

Insert edits can be made in any order, unlike assemble edits, which must be made sequentially.

inter-frame compression

A video compression method that compares a series of frames in a video sequence and removes the redundant data. Inter-frame compression treats all the frames in the sequence as an interdependent group. As a result, most of the frames can’t be edited independently. Also called temporal redundancy reduction. Contrast with intra-frame compression.

See also GOP.

interlaced scanning

A method of creating a video image by scanning only the odd numbered lines on the screen in one pass, then the even numbered lines in the next pass. Two passes are therefore required to create a complete frame of video. Non-interlaced scanning displays the odd and even lines sequentially so that the complete image is displayed in one pass. NTSC and PAL displays are interlaced, VGA displays are noninterlaced.

interpolate

To create a gradual transition between different DigiSuite effect settings applied to a clip. For example, interpolating between a blue tint effect and a red tint effect makes the clip gradually change from blue to red. See also keyframe.

intra-frame compression

A video compression method that removes redundant information from within a frame. Intra-frame compression treats each frame of a video segment independently. Several video compression formats use the intra-frame method. These include Motion-

JPEG, DV, and MPEG-2 I-frame. Also called spatial redundancy reduction. Contrast with interframe compression. See also I-frame (Intraframe).

ISA slot

Connection slot to a type of computer expansion bus found in most computers. It’s larger in size than the PCI slots found on most Pentiumbased computers and provides connections to the slower ISA bus. A variation found in some newer computers is the EISA bus.

J

JPEG

(pronounced “jay-peg”) Joint

Photographic Experts Group. A compression and storage standard used for still, digital images. See

also Motion-JPEG.

K

keyframe

A particular frame at which one or more DigiSuite effects have been defined on a clip using the DigiSuite Effects plug-in. Effects applied at a keyframe remain active on the clip until a later keyframe is defined to turn off or change the effects. See also interpolate.

Appendix B, DigiSuite Glossary

key source

The image that contains the colors or luminance values on which you key to create a chroma or luminance key effect.

L

lossless compression

See mathematically lossless compression.

lossless video

See uncompressed-quality video.

lossy compression

A method of compressing video that results in loss of image information, and thus degrades the image quality. The loss of image quality, however, may not be visible. On

DigiSuite, lossy compression performed using a high data rate creates video that’s virtually lossless. Contrast with mathematically lossless compression.

LTC

Longitudinal Time Code. Time code that is generally encoded as an audio signal onto a linear audio track of a tape. This type of time code can be read only while the tape is moving. See also

VITC.

luminance

The brightness portion of a video signal. The luminance of a pixel determines its brightness on a scale from black to white. See also chrominance.

luminance key

An effect that makes portions of a foreground image fully or partially transparent based on the luminance of that image (or another source), so that an underlying image can show through. See also key source, self-key, and filled key.

M

mark in

To select the first frame of a clip.

mark out

To select the last frame of a clip.

mathematically lossless compression

A method of compressing video without losing image quality. The video is identical to uncompressed video, but requires less disk space.

Contrast with lossy compression. See also uncompressed-quality video.

M-JPEG

See Motion-JPEG.

module board

Printed circuit board and mounted components that is attached to the base board using screws and spacers.

mosaic

An effect that “blurs” an image by copying pixels into adjacent pixels both horizontally and vertically. This gives the image a blocky appearance, often used to hide people’s identities on television.

Motion-JPEG

A compression and storage standard used for motion video. The JPEG compression process is applied to each video field, in succession. Also called M-JPEG.

Movie-2 bus

or

Movie-2 bus connector

Over-the-top connector used for high-speed data transfer. These two terms refer to the assembled component, which consists of a printed circuit board (backplane) with attached connectors.

MP@ML

Main Profile@Main Level. An

MPEG-2 video compression profile that supports

4:2:0 luminance/chrominance sampling at up to

720×576 pixel resolution, and data transfer rates up to 15 Mb/sec (2 MB/sec). This profile is used for broadcast transmission and distribution on

DVD. See also 4:2:2P@ML.

MPEG

A video compression standard that specifies a series of compression profiles and image resolution levels, introduced in 1990 by the

Motion Picture Experts Group. MPEG takes advantage of the redundancy inherent in video data through a combination of inter-frame and intraframe redundancy reduction. The MPEG standard supports data transfer rates of up to 1.5 Mb/sec

(0.2 MB/sec). Also called MPEG-1. See also

MPEG-2, inter-frame (IBP) compression, and intra-frame (I-frame) compression.

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MPEG-1

See MPEG.

MPEG-2

A video compression standard that improves upon the MPEG standard by supporting data rates of up to 100 Mb/sec (12.5 MB/sec), scalable modes, field or frame searching, and much larger screen sizes. See also inter-frame (Iframe) compression, intra-frame (IBP) compression, 4:2:2P@ML, and MP@ML.

MPEG-2 IBP

An MPEG-2 compression type that uses inter-frame compression to create a group of I, B, and P-frames. See also GOP and interframe compression.

MPEG-2 I-frame

An MPEG-2 compression type that uses only intra-frame compression (that is, only I-frames are created). See also intra-frame compression.

multi-layer compositing

The process of rendering a sequence that contains multiple layers of realtime effects on DigiSuite for the purpose of playing back the effects or saving them to an .avi file. This type of rendering isn’t as fast as an accelerated print-to-disk, but is faster than when you render sequences containing software effects.

N

nonlinear editing

Random access editing that generally uses video and audio clips stored on disks. Nonlinear editing programs let you rearrange and edit clips without having to redo the entire production, and provide instant cueing to any frame in a clip without waiting for tapes to rewind.

NTSC

National Television Systems Committee.

The NTSC RS-170A standard defines a method of broadcasting a color signal that can be received by both monochrome and color TVs. It uses a composite interlaced display comprised of 525 scan lines per frame, refreshed at a rate of approximately 30 frames per second. Broadcast systems in North America and Japan use the

NTSC standard.

P

PAL

Phase Alternate Line. A video standard that uses a composite interlaced display comprised of

625 scan lines per frame, refreshed at a rate of 25 frames per second. This is the broadcast video standard for most of Europe.

PCI retainer bracket

Bracket attached to

DigiSuite PCI cards with the function of extending their length to line up with and be inserted in standard ISA card guides.

PCI slot

Connection slot to a type of expansion bus found in most Pentium-based computers. It is smaller in size than older ISA slots and provides connections to the high-speed PCI host bus.

P-frame (Predicted frame)

A frame created during the MPEG or MPEG-2 IBP compression process. A P-frame is created by using motion vectors to predict the differences between it and the closest previous I-frame or P-frame. This forward prediction allows for higher compression than with I-frames, but not as high as with Bframes. P-frames, like B-frames, contain only predictive data and therefore cannot be edited independently. See also I-frame (Inter-frame) and

B-frame (Bi-directional frame).

pixel

Picture element. The smallest portion of an image that can be written to a display. Each pixel in an image represents a single dot on the computer screen. A picture’s resolution depends on the number of pixels on the screen. See also pixel, square.

pixel, square

A pixel having equal width and height. Graphics programs normally create images with square pixels. NTSC and PAL video pixels, however, are generally rectangular. This means that graphics displayed on a TV screen will be distorted (for example, a circle will display as an ellipse), unless the pixel aspect ratio of the graphics is adjusted to suit video. On DigiSuite with the standard 4:3 screen format, NTSC pixels

Appendix B, DigiSuite Glossary

have an aspect ratio of 0.9, and PAL pixels have an aspect ratio of 1.067. On DigiSuite with the wide screen 16:9 format, NTSC pixels have an aspect ratio of 1.185, and PAL pixels have an aspect ratio of 1.422. posterization

An effect that reduces the various luminance levels of an image so that it looks flat or two-dimensional, somewhat like a poster or paint-by-number picture.

proc amp

An electronic device that adjusts the different aspects of a video signal, such as its hue, saturation, and contrast.

R

realtime effect

An effect that is played back instantly, without having to be rendered by an editing program. Also called hardwareaccelerated effect. Compare with software effect.

render

To compute an image or effect using a nonlinear editing, compositing, or animation program. The result is generally saved in a file on the computer. Also called compile.

RGB video

A component video signal that uses three signals to carry the separate Red, Green, and

Blue channels of colored images.

roll

1. Vertical movement of text across the screen. Also called scroll. See also crawl.

2. Unwanted vertical roll of a video image, indicating unstable sync.

RS-232

A non-differential serial data transmission standard used for computer connections.

RS-422

A differential serial data transmission standard that is often used for linking video production equipment (VTRs, mixers, etc.).

Because this standard is differential, RS-422 connections are less subject to interference and noise than RS-232 connections.

S

saturation

A measure of the depth of a color.

Fully saturated colors are vivid, while colors that lack saturation look washed out or faded.

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scroll

See roll (1).

SDI

Serial Digital Interface. A communications standard for broadcast digital equipment in which data is transmitted and received one bit at a time over a signal line.

SDTI

Serial Digital Transport Interface.

self-key

A key effect in which the key source image is also the foreground image. Contrast with filled key.

serial control

A method of remotely controlling a device via a data line. The control data is transmitted in serial form (that is, one bit after another).

soft key

A key effect that has a fuzzy, soft edge or semi-transparent areas. See also hard key.

software effect

An effect that must be rendered by an editing program before it can be played back. Compare with realtime effect.

soft wipe

A split screen or wipe effect with a soft border or edge where the two images join.

spatial redundancy reduction

See intraframe compression.

striping a tape

Preparing a tape for editing by recording continuous control track, time code, and a video signal (such as black or color bars).

S-Video

See Y/C video.

sync

A circuit or signal that directs the electron gun in a camera or TV picture tube to hold a picture steady on the screen. It also synchronizes the electronics of other video equipment.

sync generator

An electrical device that generates sync (timing) signals used to

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synchronize video equipment and keep pictures stable on the screen.

T

TBC

See time base corrector.

temporal redundancy reduction

See interframe compression.

tile

A transition in which one image is gradually replaced by another image that appears part-bypart in successive squares. The squares follow a given pattern until the entire screen is filled with the new image.

time base corrector (TBC)

An electronic device that, when connected to the output of a

VTR, corrects the stability and timing of the

VTR’s playback video. This is achieved by stripping the unstable horizontal and vertical sync pulses from the video signal, and replacing them with new, clean sync pulses.

time code

A sequential code number assigned to successive video frames on tape. Each frame has its own time code, which is electronically encoded on the tape in the form hours:minutes:seconds:frames. See also dropframe time code, LTC, and VITC.

tint

An effect that replaces the chrominance information of an image with a single color, but keeps the luminance levels of the image intact. The result is an image formed with shades of only one color. This is useful for simulating “old-time” sepia images.

U

Uncompressed-quality video

Video that has the same image quality as uncompressed video, but has been compressed using mathematically lossless compression to optimize storage space.

Also called lossless video.

V

Video window

See DVE.

VITC

Vertical Interval Time Code. Time code that is encoded onto the vertical blanking interval of a video signal. VITC can be read by a VTR whenever an image is displayed, but not usually during high-speed operation. See also LTC.

Voice over

Narration added to a video segment and mixed in louder than the original background sounds.

W

wipe

A transition in which one image is gradually replaced by another image that is revealed in a given pattern. For example, the second image could be revealed from the top of the screen downwards until it fills the entire screen.

Y

Y/C video

A component video signal in which the luminance (Y) and chrominance (C) information are separate. S-VHS videocassette recorders use the Y/C video format. Also called

S-Video.

Y, R-Y, B-Y video

An analog component video signal comprised of three channels: Y

(luminance), R-Y (red minus luminance), and B-Y

(blue minus luminance).

Appendix B, DigiSuite Glossary

Customer Support

This appendix explains how to reach us to obtain customer support.

A p p e n d i x

C

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DigiSuite customer support

If you have a problem that you’re unable to solve by referring to your

DigiSuite documentation, please contact your Matrox DigiSuite representative. He or she should be able to help you quickly correct any installation or system configuration problem.

If your representative is unable to solve your problem, you may contact

Matrox for further information and assistance.

Contacting us

Matrox is proud to offer worldwide technical support. Please use the contact information for your area.

United States & Canada

Telephone ............................................................................ 1 800 810-2550

Fax ...................................................................................... 1 514 685-2853

Email ........................................................... [email protected]

Europe, Middle East, & Africa

Telephone (France) ..................................................... +33 (0) 1 45 60 62 09

Telephone (Germany) ............................................... +49 (0) 89 61 44 74 57

Telephone (UK, Middle East, and Africa) .................... +44 (0) 1753 665 679

Fax ............................................................................. +44 (0) 1753 665 599

Email ........................................................... [email protected]

All other countries

Telephone ............................................................1 514 685-7230, ext. 2388

Fax ...................................................................................... 1 514 685-2853

Email ........................................................... [email protected]

World Wide Web

We also invite you to visit our World Wide Web site for up-to-the-minute information about Matrox products, free software updates, access to our support databases, and a complete list of computer equipment compatible with the DigiSuite platforms.

Internet......................................................................www.matrox.com/video

Appendix C, Customer Support

DigiForum

If you’d like to join your peers on DigiForum, send Email to: [email protected]

The body of the message should contain:

SUBSCRIBE DIGIFORUM <your name>

Substitute your first and last name for

<your name>

.

Only customers who’ve purchased and registered a DigiSuite product will be allowed to join DigiForum.

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DigiSuite customer support

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Notes

Appendix C, Customer Support

Numerics

3D Studio MAX plug-in installing 50

A

A/V drives creating a stripe set 47 formatting SCSI drives 46 testing performance of 71 using 46 what to store on 46

Adobe Acrobat Reader installing 4

Adobe After Effects plug-in installing 50

Adobe Premiere RT controlling your VTR with 74 installing plug-in for 50

AGC

See Automatic Gain Control

Allow Super Black/Super White Output option 65

Always Restore Default Settings option 57

Apply Chroma Filtering to Graphics option 65

Apply Edge Filtering to Graphics option 64

Apply Edge Filtering to Key option 65

Apply Edge Sharpening to Video option 62

Aspect ratio selecting 60

Audio connections avoiding problems 32 using adapters 32

Audio genlock source selecting 68

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Audio input pairs adjusting default gain 69 selecting default 69

Audio output pairs selecting default 70

Automatic Gain Control 62

B

BIOS settings 48

Breakout boxes audio choosing your connection signals 29 connecting 28 mounting 27 video choosing your connection signals 35 connecting 35 mounting 33 termination 36

C

Cables analog audio 30 analog video 37 digital audio 31 digital video 39 internal (digital module) 21

Calibration Wizard running 76

Card configuration

See DigiSuite Configuration program

Card information displaying 73

Card installation card order 17 proper position 10 safety precautions 8 step-by-step instructions

DigiSuite LE (and digital module) 16

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multiple DigiSuite cards 19

Card operating temperature monitoring 13

Card order

DigiSuite LE (and digital module) and

DigiDesktop 17

DigiSuite LE (and digital module) and

Genie 17

DigiSuite LE (and digital module), Genie, and DigiDesktop 18

CFG files saving and loading 57

Chroma control 61

Chroma filtering applying to graphics 65

Ciprico RAID disk array 72

Ciprico Write Mode option 72

Computer system requirements 4

Configuring DigiSuite LE

See DigiSuite Configuration program

Connectors identifying

DigiSuite LE 24 digital module 24

Customer support 118

D

Defragmentation utilities 47

DigiConnect/Audio breakout box choosing your connection signals 29 connecting 28 mounting 27

DigiConnect/Video breakout box choosing your connection signals 35 connecting 35 mounting 33 termination 36

DigiDesktop installing display driver for 52

DigiForum subscribing to 119

DigiSuite compatible computers list 9 glossary 108 software installation 50 software removal 54 system requirements 4 updating current installation 54

DigiSuite Configuration program 56

A/V drive performance test 71

Always Restore Default Settings option 57 configuring audio settings 68 configuring video settings 61 configuring VTR settings 74

Default button 57 displaying card information 73 editing aspect ratio 60 genlock options 58 , 68

Load button 57

Permanent Settings option 57

Save button 57 striping tapes 79

DigiSuite Effects plug-in installing 50

DigiSuite LE connecting external devices 23 features 2 installing 7 specifications 101 troubleshooting 81

Digital key output selecting type 64

Digital module assembling with DigiSuite LE 14 connecting external devices 23 connecting internal cable 21 features 3 removing 22 specifications 101 termination 45

Index

DigiTools controlling your VTR with 74 installing 50

DigiUtils Setup installing software 50 preparing for 51 running 52 uninstalling software 54 updating current installation 54

DigiView installing 50

DirectShow files installing 50

Display source selecting default 63

Displaying card information 73

Drivers installing 50 , 52

E

Edge filtering applying to graphics 64 applying to keyed images 65

Edge sharpening applying to video 62

Editing aspect ratio 60

F

Factory default configuration restoring 57

Fine-tune H Phase control 66 , 67

Frame Accuracy Test Wizard running 77

G

Genlock source selecting 58

See also Audio genlock source

H

H Phase control 66 , 67

Heat buildup problems 12 monitoring card operating temperature 13

Hue control 61

I

Input Pair 1 adjusting default gain 69 selecting default 69

Input Pair 2 adjusting default gain 69 selecting default 69

Installing hardware

See Card installation

Installing software

See DigiUtils Setup

Internet

Matrox WWW site 118

K

Key H Phase (Analog and SDI) control 67

Key H Phase control 66

L

Level control 62

LightWave 3D plug-in installing 50

Loading configuration settings 57

M

Matrox contacting us 118

WWW site 118

Matrox DigiView installing 50

Matrox display card installing driver for 52

Matrox display driver installing 52

Matrox VFW software codecs installing 53

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Microsoft DirectShow installing runtime files 50

Movie-2 bus 15 avoiding damage 18

See also Card order 17

O

Operating system required NT version 51

Output Pair 1 selecting default 70

Output Pair 2 selecting default 70

P

PCI retainer bracket removing 13 using 13

PDF documents viewing 4

Permanent Settings option 57

Preview output selecting type of 64

Proc amp settings adjusting default 57 , 61

Program output selecting type of 64

R

Recorder

See VTR

Registration end-user ii

RS-422 device control configuring 74

S

Saving configuration settings 57

SC Phase control 66

SC/H Phase (Analog) control 67

Index

SCSI drives formatting 46

See also A/V drives

SDI Key Output Mode 64

SDI module

See Digital module

Service returns ii

Setup control 62

Slots identifying 10

Software codecs installing for DigiSuite 53

Software installation or removal

See DigiUtils Setup

Source has Built-in TBC option 62

Specifications electrical 102 environmental 105 mechanical 105

Speed Razor RT installing plug-in for 50

Storage devices recommended 46

See also A/V drive

Stripe set creating 47

Striping tapes 79

Style conventions 6

Super Black output 65

Super White output 65

System requirements 4

T

Tapes striping 79

Technical support

See Customer support 118

Temporary settings assigning to DigiSuite LE 57

Termination on DigiConnect/Video breakout box 36 on DigiSuite LE (termination switch) 14 on digital module cable 45

Test patterns selecting for video output adjustments 63

Time base corrector source device with/without 62

Timing settings with digital module 67 without digital module 66

Troubleshooting getting updated information 82 , 118 if nothing works 98 installation and configuration 83 operation 87 storage 96

U

Uninstalling

DigiUtils software 54

Use Automatic Gain Control option 62

V

V Phase control 67

Ventilation 12 monitoring card operating temperature 13

Video Clipboard for DigiSuite installing 53

Video for Windows drivers installing 50

Video for Windows software codecs installing 53

Video H Phase (SDI) control 67

Video source selecting default 61

VTR calibrating for frame accuracy 76 , 78 configuring for RS-422 device control 74 striping tapes 79 testing for frame accuracy 77

VTR driver installing 50

W

Warranty ii

Windows NT required version 51

WWW site 118

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Index

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Notes

Index

H e a d q u a r t e r s

Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd.

Video Products Group

1055 St. Regis Blvd.

Dorval, Quebec

Canada H9P 2T4

1-800-810-2550 (U.S. and Canada)

Telephone: (514) 685-7230, ext. 2388

Fax: (514) 685-2853

E-mail: [email protected]

U n i te d K i n g d o m

Matrox VITE Ltd.

Sefton Park

Stoke Poges

Buckinghamshire

SL2 4JS

Telephone: +44 (0) 1753 665 679

Fax: +44 (0) 1753 665 599

E-mail: [email protected]

F ra n ce

Matrox France SARL

2, rue de la Couture

Silic 225

94528 Rungis Cedex

France

Telephone: +33 (0) 1 45 60 62 09

Fax: +44 (0) 1753 665 599

E-mail: [email protected]

Digital Video Solutions

G e r m a n y

Matrox Electronic Systems GmbH

Inselkammerstraße 8

D-82008 Unterhaching bei

München, Germany

Telephone: +49 (0) 89 61 44 74 57

Fax: +44 (0) 1753 665 599

E-mail: [email protected]

P a c i f i c -A s i a

Matrox Asia Liaison Office

12/F

Guangdong Investment Tower

148 Connaught Road Central

Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Telephone: (852) 2281-5700

Fax: (852) 2537-9530

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