NAB PREVIEW: Chyron intros low-cost HD CG

Chyron heads to NAB next week with a new technology called interFuse that reinvigorates graphics creation and a new low-cost HD character generator known as the HX200 that brings high-quality graphics to mid-market sports networks and broadcasters.

Kevin Prince, Chyron COO, is unable to divulge too much about the HX200 as the product won t officially be unveiled until the Chyron press event on April 23. But he says the system will cost about $27,500 and be HD and SD switchable.

While the HX200 will cause excitement in some circles Prince expects the interFuse technology and its impact on Lyric Pro graphics software to excite the entire market.

InterFuse lets the graphics creator build each element as if they were independent and then define how those elements interact, he says. This is a big departure from traditional graphics gear where scene graph data structures organize and manage the elements. InterFuse takes what was previous one scene graph and turns it into multiple smaller scenes.

Now artists can concentrate on bite-size chunks, says Prince.

Chyron will also display the latest developments for its Gold Standard Graphics System: HyperX. HyperX options include a compressed, real-time clip player, multi-layer video mixing, advanced timeline controlled audio effects mixing and an easy migration path from SD to HD.

Hyper X is now HD/SD switchable and completely symmetrical in terms of features for SD and HD, says Prince. There s also now a 3D DVE on each channel and any clips built in HD or SD can be switched over to the other format.

The X-Clyps graphics server is also now HD and SD compatible. Other new features include three- and four-point clip looping, clip-to-clip transitions for higher production values and a P-Bus interface for simple integration with switchers.

Also new from Chyron is Channel Box, an HD/SD switchable, turnkey branding system with 3D design and controllable playout for branding applications like tickers, bugs and crawls. The company says it features an intuitive and customizable GUI. Channel Box was announced at IBC and is build on the same technology as Lyric and X-Clyps, says Prince.