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Fire Writer, Dv-Equipped Character Generator

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VIDEONICS - Fire Writer, Dv-Equipped Character Generator

Mfr Part# ASYF059601

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Product Description

FireWriter brings high quality titling to the videographer. Its IEEE1394 (,firewire)and analog inputs and outputs allow flexible integration with your existing sources and processing equipment.

FireWriter delivers high-resolution, 17.5 anti-aliased titles in a million colors. Add in the ability to assign text attributes such as font, color, shadow, outline, and size on a character-by-character basis and the FireWriter CG spells 'Winner' all the way! The full size keyboard includes accented characters for 21 different languages. Advanced features include patterns, gradients, multi-direction crawl, and fades, wipes and much more.

FireWriter uses digital video technology to produce high quality letters with smooth curves and sharp edges. It boasts sub-pixel, 17.5 ns resolution.

Your sources and your MX Pro DV support the IEEE-1394 interface, and now so can your character generator! FireWriter supports full transcoding between analog and DV inputs and outputs. All outputs are always active.

When creating your titles, outlines, backgrounds, and borders, you can select from over a million colors giving your titles a unique one-of-a-kind look and feel.

Choose from 26 built-in scalable fonts. Mix attributes on one line so that each character can be enhanced with its own unique drop shadow, font, font size, and color quickly and easily.

Special effects for transitions between title screens include cuts, fades, wipes, rolls, crawls, and more. Each effect can be executed at eight different speeds.

Built-in Ethernet support makes it easy to add FireWriter to your network. Using industry standard TCP/IP protocol and FTP commands you can save projects and graphics on your computer then import them back to FireWriter easily and quickly. Want to download and play projects directly over the Internet? Its a snap with FireWriter!

Titles can be superimposed over video, full color, gradient and JPEG graphic backgrounds. 256 levels of transparency can be assigned to characters, outlines, shadows, and colors independent of each other to create state of the art titles.

With FireWriters on-board flash 16,000-character memory, you can store multiple projects or hundreds of pages. FireWriters on-board flash memory even stores your projects when the unit is unplugged.

FireWriter?s preview output allows you to create and edit title pages without interrupting the incoming video signal. Preview pages instantly before going live.


  • Internet production streaming
  • Corporate and Industrial video
  • Event and Wedding videography
  • Classroom productions
  • Public, Education, and Government (PEG) TV Stations and Low Power TV Stations
  • Bulletin and Message Board systems
  • Plus many more

Major Features:
  • IEEE-1394 (i. LINK, FireWire) I/O
  • High Resolution titles: 17.5ns, anti-aliased characters PAL: 720x570, NTSC: 720x480
  • Built-in Ethernet using TCP/IP and FTP commands
  • Drop shadow, outline, borders, and variable character spacing
  • Over a million colors — apply separately to letters, outline/shadow, background and border
  • 20 special effects (fades and wipes), 8 speeds including scrolls and crawl
  • Superimpose: Titles over video
  • Mix fonts on a single line. Each character can have a different font, size, color, shadow, and 256 levels of transparency
  • Preview output allows you to change titles out of the audience?s view
  • Multiple play modes: Play a pre-arranged program with different settings for each page; play pages manually (slide show); play a sequence repeatedly (video bill board); play one page
  • Keyboard includes special and foreign characters such as ©, ?, o, ø, etc.
  • Includes pictorial characters (heart, bullets, etc.) and elegant "curled" quotes
  • Built-in demo mode shows features. Can be modified or used as a template project for new titles
  • GPI trigger input allows remote trigger of titles from external controller
  • Compatible with all video sources and tape formats
  • On-board flash 16,000 character memory: Store multiple projects and hundreds of pages even when power has been unplugged
  • Clock and calendar plus impact logos
  • Two year warranty
Controls and Connectors
  • Ethernet
  • Analog Video In (Y/C;Rca)
  • Analog Video Out(Y/C;Rca)
  • Dv In (4-Pin)
  • Dv Out (4-Pin)
  • Audio In And Out (Rca)
  • Preview Out - for second monitor if desired (Rca)
  • Gpi Control Jack
  • Power
  • Upside-Down Legends for easy reference
  • Serial Computer Connection


  • 4" high x 12" wide x 9.5" deep (100mm x 300mm x 240mm)
  • Weight: 3lbs. (1.4kg)
  • 110 VAC, 60 Hz supply included
  • UL and CSA Approved
  • 2 Channel Mode
  • Sampling:16-bit, 48 kHz
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • S/N Ratio: 85dB
  • 4 Channel Mode
  • Formats Available: NTSC and PAL
  • Time Base meets RS-170A Standard
  • Meets long-haul video broadcast specs including CCIR-601 sampling and RS-170A
  • Sampling:12-bit, 32 kHz
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz to 14.5 kHz
  • S/N Ratio: 80dB
  • DV: Standard sampling 13.5 MHz, 8-bit quantization
  • Horizontal resolution: 500 TV lines
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz +- 3 dB
  • S/N Ratio: 80dB
  • Digital conversion: 13.5 MHz: 4:2:2
  • (Y/C & composite): 8-bit quantization
  • S/N Ratio (Y/C and Composite): greater than 54dB
  • Horizontal resolution:
    NTSC: 480 TV lines
    PAL: 570 TV lines
  • Gain: Unity
  • Ethernet <10 BaseT> FTP using standard TCP/IP

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