XVideo and PowerVideo Card Photo XVideo

XVideo Family for Sun Workstations

XVideo-VIO was discontinued effective 12/31/97. Only refurbished XVideo-VIO cards are available for purchase.

PowerVideo and MultiVideo cards were discontinued effective 6/15/98. Some refurbished PowerVideo and MultiVideo cards are available for purchase.

Technical specifications for XVideo, PowerVideo, and MultiVideo

XVideo®, PowerVideoTM, and MultiVideoTM deliver corporate quality video for Sun workstations in a multi-depth framebuffer. They suit a range of demanding video applications, from live display to real-time capture to multi-point video conferencing. Full video resolution with 24-bit true color accurately renders details for precise, lifelike imaging.

XVideo includes a second live display for monitoring and analog output for archiving images and video. Fast JPEG hardware compression and decompression is independent of the CPU and has excellent image integrity. Select PowerVideo or MultiVideo if you prefer a streamlined feature set for end-users.

Get started quickly with the applications provided, or create powerful custom solutions with the Video Development Environment.

XVideo and PowerVideo Screen Shot

"Distributed video, in conferencing, training, and on-line TV services, is central to growth in the telecom industry. Parallax Graphics quality and application support have defined the standard for video in our market."

--JOHN McMENAMIN, Associate Director, NYNEX

Technical Specifications
XVideo, PowerVideo,
and MultiVideo
Video Display XVideo: Display up to two simultaneous live video windows from composite and/or S-VHS (Y/C) analog inputs
PowerVideo and MultiVideo: Display one live video window from a composite analog input
Video Input Formats XVideo: NTSC, PAL, SECAM as composite or S-VHS (Y/C), software selectable
PowerVideo or MultiVideo: NTSC, PAL, or SECAM as composite
Video Output Formats XVideo (only): Send digital video overlay out to a VCR or other device as NTSC or PAL, as composite or S-VHS (Y/C)
Compression XVideo and PowerVideo (only): Hardware accelerated 4:2:2 JPEG compression and decompresson for real-time motion video capture and playback, and for live networked video (compression ratios 15:1 to 100:1)
Video I/O Cable/s XVideo: HD15 to 3 BNC and 2 DIN cable, 5W1 to BNC cable, plus RCA adapters
PowerVideo or MultiVideo: RCA to RCA cable, plus BNC adapter
Software VideoTool, MovieTool, Video Development Environment (see decriptions below)
Video Performance NTSC 640 x 480 pixels @ 60 fields (30 frames) per second (525 line)
PAL/SECAM 768 x 576 pixels @ 50 fields (25 frames) per second (625 line)
Sampling Frequency Square pixels 525 line: 12.2727 MHz, 625 line: 14.75 MHz
Placement Arbitrary placement on screen; real-time image sizing; switch video on a pixel-by-pixel basis
Clipping/Stenciling Pixel-by-pixel masking of live video
and Display
32-bit Framebuffer Multidepth (24-bit and 8-bit) with graphics acceleration
Image Memory 1152 x 900 x 32 bits
Display sizes XVideo: 1152 x 900 @ 76 or 66 Hz
PowerVideo or MultiVideo:1152 x 900 @ 76 or 66 Hz; 1024 x 768 @ 72 Hz, 640 x 480 @ 60 Hz
Color Modes 24-bit RGB video and graphics, 8-bit pseudocolor graphics
Display Connector 13W3 (connects to Sun standard display cables)
Software Support Applications VideoTool supports video display and still image capture;
MovieTool supports motion video capture and playback
Developer Tools Video Development Environment includes API, libraries, widgets, and sample source code and programs so you can build your own video applications
Driver Device driver for Sun Solaris
Interoperability Interoperable with Parallax Graphics SBus/Solaris and PCI Bus/Solaris video overlay cards and software (XVideo Xtra) and EISA Bus/HP-UX video overlay cards and software (XVideo700, PowerVideo700, and MultiVideo700); captured movies, networked video, and still images can be used by third party software applications
Video Architecture Video Framebuffer Card (1152 x 900 x 32 bit framebuffer)
Platform Sun workstations with SBus slots (see Release Notes for a current list of tested systems)
Bus Interface XVideo: Two adjacent SBus slots
PowerVideo or MultiVideo: One available SBus slot
Operating System Solaris 1 (SunOS 4.1.x) or higher (tested with 1 through 2.5)
Window Environment OpenWindows or CDE
Available Disk Space 35 Megabytes (MB) space on a local hard drive
System RAM 64 MB recommended (32 MB minimum)
Swap Space 64 MB recommended (32 MB minimum)
Display Resolutions XVideo: 1152 x 900 @ 76 or 66 Hz
PowerVideo or MultiVideo:1152 x 900 @ 76 or 66 Hz; 1024 x 768 @ 72 Hz, 640 x 480 @ 60 Hz
Environment Power Requirements XVideo: 4.3A@+5VDC 5%; 0.065A@12VDC 10%
PowerVideo and MultiVideo: 3.2A@+5VDC 5%; 0.02A@12VDC 10%
Operating Temperature 10 - 50 degrees C (50 - 120 degrees F)
Calculated MTBF XVideo: 40,000 hours (Mil 217 at 25C)
Warranty 1 year limited hardware warranty (included). Extensions available (optional).


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