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Today Blackmagic Design announced they have purchased Teranex Systems Inc, a company that specialises in hardware frame rate conversion, noise reduction, film restoration and compression.

Blackmagic have again purchased a niche developer and manufacturer of high quality video products. This time they have added Teranex, a company that also owns many patents on hardware, software and processing algorithms. They were a part of Lockheed Martin before being spun off into a separate company.

“Teranex is a strategic acquisition for Blackmagic Design,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Its technology, solutions and market complement our own efforts and its high quality video processing technology enables us to provide our customers with even higher levels of video quality -- extending Blackmagic Design’s product range for the broadcast, feature film and high end post production markets.”

“This is an exciting milestone for our company,” said Mike Poirier, General Manager of Teranex. “We are extremely happy to be part of the Blackmagic Design team. Blackmagic Design’s global reach, leading edge technologies, widely recognized brand name, strong systems and networking expertise and worldwide customer relationships make it an ideal partner for Teranex.”

So who are Teranex, what do they do and how will this add or change future BlackMagic products? You might have come across the name when broadcasters have specified their converters for supplying finished programmes in different formats. Take a look at what their VC100 series of broadcast image processors is capable of.

"extremely high quality deinterlace, up conversion, down conversion, SD and HD cross conversion, SD and HD standards conversion, automatic cadence detection and removal even with edited content, noise reduction, adjustable scaling, aspect ratio conversion and smart aspect ratio 4:3 to 16:9 conversion, all with full time code and multi channel audio conversion."

So hopefully we will see some of their technologies filtering down into lower priced products just as Blackmagic did with Resolve. It will be interesting to see if the 3D capabilities from Teranex also make it into future products.

"The company’s new 3D toolkit now adds 3D camera alignment, 3D dual channel conversions and new patent pending 3D simulation that is dramatically better than other products available today."

Does this mean that new Blackmagic boxes could offer more 3D capabilities such as 2D to 3D conversion? We will probably have to wait until NAB to find out. In the meantime just as a taster, here is the Teranex VC100 Universal Frame Synchroniser and Converter in operation.


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