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Product Spotlight: Tango

Nov 19, 2001  •  Post A Comment

What it is: A quad split processor from Miranda MTI, based in Glendale, Calif. The product was introduced at NAB 2001.
What it does: Tango takes four standard-definition video signals and displays them jointly on a single monitor. There is no scaling involved in the display, and all four signals can be viewed on a high-resolution screen at the same time, said Darin Crosby, president of Miranda. Since standard-definition signals are sent in 720-by-486 resolution and a high-resolution VGA monitor is 1,600-by-1,200 pixels, all four signals can fit within the screen.
How it helps: To view four different video signals, most broadcasters have needed four different monitors. Tango can save space for trucks, edit areas and small production rooms that don’t have a lot of wall space.
Additional benefits: Tango includes four GPI (general purpose interface) triggers, which can send loss-of-signal error messages externally in the event of a signal failure. The device also accepts UMDs for each video input to display the names of the video signals, such as “camera one” or “camera two.” Tango is about a half-rack unit in measurement.
Target market: Broadcast TV stations, networks, mobile truck companies, post-production houses.
Cost: $4,400.