Pioneer Launches New Pro HD Products

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Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is expanding its line of professional video products for high-end play-out of high- definition video with upcoming launches of the new BDP-V6000 Professional Blu-ray Disc Player and the HD-V9000 Professional HD Video System, which uses solid state SD/SDHC memory cards.

The BDP-V6000 will be introduced in September and the HD-V9000 will become available in the first quarter of 2010, though the company was demonstrating prototypes of both products at the recent InfoComm Expo in Orlando Florida from June 14-19.

"These products offer our clients the power, control and convenience of being able to use and control the play-out of high definition video from either the Blu-ray disk or from solid state media." said Sandra Benedetto, director of professional video sales and product planning for Pioneer Electronics (USA).

Both products are targeted to professional audio visual users and are designed for use in a variety of applications, including broadcast, cable programming, digital signage, museums, houses of worship and public displays.

Benedetto notes that the BDP-V6000 Professional Blu-ray Disk Player supports playback of both Blu-ray disks and DVD media in both the NTSC and PAL formats and allows for the playback of 30, 25 and 24 frames per second HD content on video displays that support these various frame rates.

It is also one of the first professional Blu-ray players with the BD-Live capability that allows video content to be downloaded to the player.

Other features include Serial RS-232C support, which enables integrators to control the player through a variety of external devices.

Pioneer hasn't yet determined what size SD card it will be shipping with the HD-V9000 Professional HD Video System, but Benedetto noted that a 16 gigabyte card can hold about 70 minutes of AVC HD video.

The player has several key features, including support for the play-out of very high quality HD video--up to 80Mbps for MPEG-2 HD files and up to 50Mbps for H.264 file playback--and the ability to control it from a wide variety of external devices.

"You can control it via RS-232 or any kind of external control devices and it will be networkable," Benedetto said.
Its networking capabilities mean that an operator can use Pioneer's HD Pilot PC software or the embedded web server to update the content and manage the way the content is played out.

"You don't need a disk to be authored and someone to literally put it in the player," she said. "If I'm sitting in New York and have players in Chicago and London, I can communicate with them. I can upload new content, control that player, build playlists, add text crawls and overlays and redefine how I want that content to be shown."