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DCTV Software
Company
Digital Creations / Progressive Image, USA
 Date
1991
 Amiga
any Amiga
 Interface
RGB port
 
    video display and digitiser
  • DCTV - Digital Composite Television - turns digital data from the RGB port to composite television signal
  • uses the RGB port as an I/O port for sending compressed video information:
    • the information is encoded into special Amiga display screens that DCTV recognises by a signature in the upper-left corner
    • these screens contain the digitised and compressed form of the analogue waveform data required to create the composite display
  • the resulting composite image quality is far better and much worse than a normal Amiga RGB display:
    • for pictures that contain a lot of colour changes (like photographic materials) the quality is as good as everyday television
    • in case of pictures with a lot of detail (like text) the display is blurry
  • uses the Amiga RAM as framebuffer - requires at least 1 MB of memory for functioning
  • supports resolutions from 640×200 to 736×482/566 (NTSC/PAL) in 24 bit
  • slow scan video digitiser - captures a still video frame in 6 to 10 seconds
  • the parallel port is used for sending digitised images to the Amiga
  • composite (RCA) input and output
  • DB23 RGB connector passthrough for connecting two monitors at the same time - one for the Amiga (RGB) and one for the DCTV (composite)
  • although DCTV does not interfere with normal genlock operation, its output cannot be fed into a genlock without the DCTV RGB Converter



DCTV RGB Converter
Company
Digital Creations / Progressive Image, USA
 Date
1992
 Amiga
any Amiga
 Interface
RGB port
 
  • allows DCTV to output its display onto an RGB monitor instead of composite
  • allows a genlock to superimpose the DCTV picture over live video
  • allows combining DCTV and standard Amiga screen modes in presentations


Kitchen Sync Photo
Company
Digital Creations / Progressive Image, USA
 Date
1991
 Amiga
A2000, A3000, A4000
 Interface
ISA
 
    time base corrector & sync generator
  • two infinite window time base correctors on one card
  • completely synchronizes two independent video sources
  • multiple Kitchen Syncs can be used together for even more channels
  • completely accurate sync generator - totally regenerates all sync and blanking signals
  • built in proc amp
  • external LCD control panel
  • S-VHS and Hi8 compatible inputs - can use composite or S-Video into either channel
  • advanced sync output
  • S-VHS output option
  • genlock option
  • jitter free freeze frame, field1 or field2
  • variable rate strobe
  • external contact closure interface for freeze
  • three user presets and one factory setting stored internally



SuperGen
Company
Digital Creations / Progressive Image, USA
 Date
1988
 Amiga
any Amiga
 Interface
RGB port
 
    external genlock and video encoder
  • genlocks to external NTSC video
  • encodes Amiga RGB into NTSC video
  • overlays Amiga graphics onto external NTSC video
  • selectable 3.58 MHz notch filter
  • 64 levels of dissolve
  • selectable internal and external blanking source
    connectors
  • RGB In - receives the RGB output from the Amiga
  • RGB Pass Thru (DB25 converted to DB23) - display Amiga graphics on an RGB monitor
  • Key Out (BNC) - key signal for video switcher, tells when Amiga colour 0 is present or not
  • Video In (BNC) - source video from VTR, sync-generator, etc.
  • Video Thru (BNC) - untouched signal from Video In
  • Video Out (2× BNC) - combined output of input video and the encoded Amiga graphics
    controls
  • graphics dissolve slider - controls the percentage of foreground graphics against external video
  • background dissolve slider - controls the percentage of background colour against external video
  • interpretive dissolve switch - controls whether or not the darkness of an Amiga colour is to be interpreted as a level of dissolve
  • notch filter switch - removes colour artifacts or some forms of flicker


SuperGen 2000s Photo
Company
Digital Creations / Progressive Image, USA
 Date
1989
 Amiga
A2000
 Interface
video slot
 
    internal Y/C genlock
  • consists of three parts: main video board, video breakout box, dissolve controller console
  • main board:
    • DB9 connector for the dissolve controller
    • DB25 connector for the breakout box
  • breakout box:
    • allows for transcoding various video formats in and out of the Amiga
    • mounted onto the back of the A2000
    • eight BNC connectors: Preview Chroma output, Preview Composite / Luma output, Fast Key input, Key output, Composite input, Composite thru, two Composite Overlay outputs
    • four S-VHS connectors: Y/C input, Y/C thru, two Y/C Overlay outputs
    • four switches: Preview select, Input select, Composite termination, Y/C termination
  • dissolve controller:
    • allows for overlaying video with Amiga graphics in a variety of ways via two sliders (graphics and background)
    • the Composite and S-VHS modes can be selected with a dual position rocker switch
  • software:
    • adjustable Dissolves (64 levels), VPos/Saturation, Chroma Phase, Horizontal Pos
    • Auto Dissolve, Notch Filter (significantly reduces the effects of chroma crawl and rainbowing artifacts), Internal Blanking (built-in sync generator), Auto Gain Chroma (helps to correct input video that has incorrect amplitude levels and also corrects colorburst to RS-170A level), Internal Key, Fastsync Clamp, Vertical Interval, Timing Enable, Alpha Key, RGB Termination

    Photo
    Digital Creations / Progressive Image SuperGen 2000s - Main board front side
    Main board, front side

    Digital Creations / Progressive Image SuperGen 2000s - Breakout box top side
    Breakout box, top side

    Digital Creations / Progressive Image SuperGen 2000s - Breakout box bottom side
    Breakout box, bottom side



SuperGen SX
Company
Digital Creations / Progressive Image, USA
 Date
1994
 Amiga
any Amiga
 Interface
RGB port
 
    external genlock and video encoder
  • genlocks to Y/C or Composite video
  • encodes Amiga RGB into Y/C or Composite video
  • overlays Amiga graphics onto external Y/C or Composite video
  • transcodes between Y/C and Composite
  • selectable 3.58 MHz notch filter
  • computer controllable dissolve of 64 levels
  • selectable internal and external blanking source
  • AGA compatible
  • NTSC only
    connectors
  • RGB In - receives the RGB output from the Amiga
  • RGB Out - display Amiga graphics on an RGB monitor
  • Key Out (BNC) - key signal for video switcher, tells when Amiga colour 0 is present or not
  • Composite In (BNC), S-Video In - source video from VTR, sync-generator, etc.
  • Composite Out (BNC), S-Video Out - combined output of input video and the encoded Amiga graphics
  • Remote controller (RJ-11)
    controls
  • graphics dissolve slider - controls the percentage of foreground graphics against external video
  • background dissolve slider - controls the percentage of background colour against external video
  • S-Video select switch - toggles between S-Video and Composite inputs
  • genlock disable switch for productivity mode use
  • interpretive dissolve switch - controls whether or not the darkness of an Amiga colour is to be interpreted as a level of dissolve
  • notch filter switch - removes colour artifacts or some forms of flicker


Video Slot Box Photo
Company
Digital Creations, USA
 Date
1994
 Amiga
A2000, A3000, A4000
 Interface
video slot
 
    expansion chassis
  • 4× extended video slots
    • if multiple "video slot master" cards are installed (such as the Video Toaster or a genlock), only one of them can be active at a time
    • a front panel selector lets choose which card is actually in control of the Amiga video slot
    • passive devices (such as the DCTV or a flicker-fixer) can remain active all the time
    • all four cards can be disabled giving the ability as though nothing is in the video slot of the Amiga - useful with higher frequency scanrates of the AGA chipset
    • A2000 style slot covers
    • compatible with SuperGen 2000s, Magni genlock, Kitchen Sync, Video Toaster, Opal Vision, A2300, A2320, AGA-2000
  • 3× ISA slots
  • 2× 3.5" drive bays
  • 2× 5.25" drive bays
  • 230W switching power supply
    Video Slot Box Interface card
  • plugs into the video slot of the Amiga to act as the interface between the Amiga and the VSB
  • one VSB Interface card is included with each Video Slot Box system
  • by purchasing additional VSB Interface cards the Video Slot Box can be easily moved from Amiga to Amiga
    Video Slot Converter card
  • converts a Video Slot Box video slot into a 23 pin RGB and a 25 pin parallel port
  • allows the use of external devices such as the DCTV, SuperGen, SuperGen SX, G-Lock

    Photo
    Digital Creations Video Slot Box - Exterior front side
    Exterior, front side

    Digital Creations Video Slot Box - Motherboard front side
    Motherboard, front side

    Digital Creations Video Slot Box - Motherboard back side
    Motherboard, back side

    Digital Creations Video Slot Box - Interface card front side
    Interface card, front side

    Digital Creations Video Slot Box - Interface card back side
    Interface card, back side

    Digital Creations Video Slot Box - Converter card front side
    Converter card, front side

    Digital Creations Video Slot Box - Converter card back side
    Converter card, back side




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