“A broadcaster came to us and said they needed a superior quality scan converter, a way to take YouTube™ to air with the best possible quality. So we built a product for them,” said Mondae Hott, Director of Sales at Ensemble Designs. “When we brought the unit to the customer for testing they were completely amazed at how good the HD output looked.”
Mitto’s intuitive user interface allows the broadcaster to select a portion of the computer video display using just a mouse, and send it to air. The region selected for output determines if Mitto acts as an upconverter or downconverter. The filters automatically adjust in accordance with the conversion being performed.
“Bringing progressive images from the desktop into the interlaced world of video used to be a compromise between sharp details versus interfield flicker,” said David Wood, President of Ensemble Designs. “The proprietary filtering we came up with satisfies both of these seemingly contradictory requirements. The result is that the output looks as good or better than the original material, which makes it useable in the most demanding broadcast facilities.”
A small stand-alone unit, the BrightEye Mitto, offers 1.5 and 3 Gb/s HD outputs. The genlock reference input allows the output to be timed to house. Analog or digital audio inputs provide for embedded audio on the output.
Mitto comes from the Latin root for transmit or send. Mitto is also the root word of uncompromising.
Based in Grass Valley, California, Ensemble Designs is in their 20th year of business and is a leading provider of signal processing and infrastructure products to the professional broadcast industry. Customers include RAI, CBS News, NASA, Major League Baseball, Olympic Broadcast Organisation, Sky, ESPN and TVNZ.