its Workstation view, pull down the Clips menu and click on Import. You
will see that you can import from another Turbo unit via Stream or a
File from a connected device or drive. Click on My Computer from the
AppCenter screen and you’ll see a familiar view of devices. Here, we’re
going to import an MPEG-2 file from a connected USB 2.0 disk drive. Any
file type that Turbo can import will show up in its view. Double click
on the file that you want to import and the name will appear in the
lower part of the screen. Press OK and the content will start moving
onto the Turbo’s internal hard drives. Files are imported into Turbo
using MPEG-2, 4:2:0, Long GoP compression. Standard-definition clips
are either kept in their original bit rate or, if they are transcoded,
they are generated into a 15 Mb/s clip. High-definition imported clips
are processed into a 25 Mb/s clip. The Turbo can import MPEG, AVI
(DV25), QuickTime, WMV/WMV HD, wrapper types as well as many different
still files and create clips that play back on either of its two
2.0, IEEE-1394 (FireWire), Gigabit Ethernet and shared drives. You can
connect different devices such as DVD-ROM, USB sticks, disk drives and
Iomega REV removable media drive with the Turbo-R model, and even DV
and HDV camcorders or VTRs via the FireWire connection. The transport
functions of these devices can be controlled using the Turbo buttons,
similar to how you control an NLE. Certain HDV cameras provide a "live"
MPEG-2 transport stream that can be recorded by putting the Turbo
Record channel in IEEE-1394 input mode and pressing record.
|Standard||Resolution||Field Order||Color Sample||Bit Rate||Frame Rate||Aspect Ratio|
|SD (NTSC)||720×480||Top Field First||4:2:0||Equal to or Less than 20 Mb/s||29.97 fps||4:3 or 1:9|
|SD (PAL)||720×576||Top Field First||4:2:0||Equal to or Less than 20 Mb/s||25 fps||4:3 or 1:9|
|HD||1920×1080||Top Field First||4:2:0||Equal to or Less than 25 Mb/s||25 or 29.97 fps||16:9|
|HDV-1(JVC)||1280×720||Progressive||4:2:0||Equal to or Less than 25 Mb/s||25 or 30 fps||16:9|
|HDV-2 (Sony, Canon)||1440×1080||Top Field First||4:2:0||Equal to or Less than 25 Mb/s||25 or 29.97 fps||16:9|
Under the Clips menu, click on Send To (Export). You will see that you get a similar screen to the Import screen. The Send To menu allows you to "send" the Clip by various means. It can be sent to another Bin in the TURBO Clips Bin management system, it can be "Streamed" to another TURBO on a Gigabit Ethernet network at a very high speed or it can be sent out as a File to devices that were outlined in the Import step. Here, the selected File is being exported to the TURBO-R unit's built-in Iomega REV drive for archiving. You'll see that there is a pull-down menu within the Export screen that allows you to select different wrapper types to send the file out as.
The wrapper types are MPEG-2, which is standard to TURBO, GXF (SMPTE Standard 360M), AVI to make DV25 type Clips and Windows Media Video. For WMV, TURBO can export a standard definition Clip at selectable bit rates so that web-based streaming files can be created that can be used on a separate streaming server. WMV HD Clips can be created from TURBO HD Clips as well. So once you pick the output file type, press OK and the clip is on its way. You can monitor progress of the transfer using the Transfer Monitor as we used above in Step 2 and by clicking on the Send To button. It's just that easy!
|Type||HD or SD||Comments|
|MPEG-2||Both||Turbo’s native format; use for fastest imports and to archive|
|AVI Wrapper||Both||Best used for AVI DV 25; Turbo transcodes DV 25 to 20 Mb/s MPEG-2, 4:2:0 Long GoP|
|QuickTime||Both||Can be used for QT DV25, animation CODEC, uncompressed and H.264 with Turbo 2.2 SW VER|
|Windows Media Video (WMV)||SD||WMV-encoded clips are transcoded into Turbo MPEG-2|
|WMV HD||HD||This is a great way to get low bit-rate HD content into Turbo that looks very good (Check out demo content on Microsoft’s web site).|
|GXF (SMPTE 360)||Both||Used by Turbo units for streaming over Ethernet.|
|DVD .vob files||SD||Uncopyrighted DVD .vob MPEG-2 on DVD. Files can be imported from the VideoTS folder; bit rate is kept the same as .vob file|
|MPEG-2||Both||Turbo’s native format; use for fastest exports and to archive|
|AVI Microsoft||SD||Export Type 1 or Type 2 DV25 files for NLEs|
|Windows Media Video (WMV)||SD||Export SD files at lower bit rates; creates small file sizes for Web; does take some time to SW transcode|
|WMV HD||HD||Good for lower bit-rate HD files to play on PCs|
|GXF(SMPTE 360)||Both||Used by Turbo units for streaming over Ethernet|
standard definition record channel, that same clip can be edited in
Player Channel One using the Sub-Clips function. You can play back the
same Sub-Clips (both SD and HD) in Player Channel Two in a Play List
mode. Or you can put both Player Channels in Play List mode with
different or the same clips. Turbo’s outputs connect to HD plasma,
projectors and LCD screens using DVI-I connections or SD devices using
S-Video, Composite or SDI output connections.
than 28 years. With Grass Valley, he’s been involved with bringing
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playback system is, in effect, a bridge between a traditional VTR and a
video server that builds on PC technology. One reason for its
increasing popularity among video and audio pros is that it can
function as a professional AV center, all in one package. You no longer
need multiple VTRs for SD and HD recording and playback for live events
or other fixed facility media use. But how easy is it to import
content? This tutorial shows you how to do it by using either the
Turbo’s Front Panel or AppCenter Workstation mode.
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