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FEBRUARY 1995

AC095A

AC096A

ProVideo Converter

Video Scan Converter II

Converter

ProVideo

 

UNDER

 

SCAN

MAGNIFY

HOME

 

INPUT

TEST

POWER

 

INPUT

TEST

POWER

 

-FREEZE

ANTI

FLICKER

II

Video

Scan

Converter

 

 

 

-FREEZE

 

ANTI

UNDER

FLICKER

SCAN

 

CUSTOMER Ordertoll-free in the U.S. 24 hours, 7 A.M. Monday to midnight Friday:877-877-BBOX SUPPORT FREE technical support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: Call724-746-5500 or fax724-746-0746

INFORMATION Mail order:Black Box Corporation, 1000 Park Drive, Lawrence, PA15055-1018

Web site: www.blackbox.com • E-mail:info@blackbox.com

FCC AND IC STATEMENTS, TRADEMARKS

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

AND

INDUSTRY CANADA

RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE STATEMENTS

This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and if not installed and used properly, that is, in strict accordance with the

manufacturer’s instructions, may cause interference to radio communication. It has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A computing device in accordance with the specifications in Subpart J of

Part 15 of FCC rules, which are designed to provide reasonable protection against such interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause interference, in which case the user at his own expense will be required to take whatever measures may be necessary to correct the interference.

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class A limits for radio noise emission from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulation of Industry Canada.

Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de bruits radioélectriques dépassant les limites applicables aux appareils numériques de classe A prescrites dans le Règlement sur le brouillage radioélectrique publié par Industrie Canada.

TRADEMARKS USED IN THIS MANUAL

Apple, Mac, and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.

IBM is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation. RCA is a registered trademark of General Electric Co.

UL is a registered trademark of Underwriters Laboratories Incorporated.

Any other trademarks mentioned in this manual are acknowledged to be the property of the trademark owner.

PROVIDEO CONVERTER AND VIDEO CONVERTER II

NORMAS OFICIALES MEXICANAS (NOM) ELECTRICAL SAFETY STATEMENT

INSTRUCCIONES DE SEGURIDAD

1.Todas las instrucciones de seguridad y operación deberán ser leídas antes de que el aparato eléctrico sea operado.

2.Las instrucciones de seguridad y operación deberán ser guardadas para referencia futura.

3.Todas las advertencias en el aparato eléctrico y en sus instrucciones de operación deben ser respetadas.

4.Todas las instrucciones de operación y uso deben ser seguidas.

5.El aparato eléctrico no deberá ser usado cerca del agua—porejemplo, cerca de la tina de baño, lavabo, sótano mojado o cerca de una alberca, etc..

6.El aparato eléctrico debe ser usado únicamente con carritos o pedestales que sean recomendados por el fabricante.

7.El parato eléctrico debe ser montado a la pared o al techo sólo como sea recomendado por el fabricante.

8.Servicio—Elusuario no debe intentar dar servicio al equipo eléctrico más allá a lo descrito en las instrucciones de operación. Todo otro servicio deberá ser referido a personal de servicio calificado.

9.El aparato eléctrico debe ser situado de tal manera que su posición no interfiera su uso. La colocación del aparato eléctrico sobre una cama, sofá, alfombra o superficie similar puede bloquea la ventilación, no se debe colocar en libreros o gabinetes que impidan el flujo de aire por los orificios de ventilación.

10.El equipo eléctrico deber ser situado fuera del alcance de fuentes de calor como radiadores, registros de calor, estufas u otros aparatos (incluyendo amplificadores) que producen calor.

11.El aparato eléctrico deberá ser connectado a una fuente de poder sólo del tipo descrito en el instructivo de operación, o como se indique en el aparato.

NOM STATEMENT

12.Precaución debe ser tomada de tal manera que la tierra fisica y la polarización del equipo no sea eliminada.

13.Los cables de la fuente de poder deben ser guiados de tal manera que no sean pisados ni pellizcados por objetos colocados sobre o contra ellos, poniendo particular atención a los contactos y receptáculos donde salen del aparato.

14.El equio eléctrico debe ser limpiado únicamente de acuerdo a las recomendaciones del fabricante.

15.En caso de existir, una antena externa deberá ser localizada lejos de las lineas de energia.

16.El cable de corriente deberá ser desconectado del cuando el equipo no sea usado por un largo periodo de tiempo.

17.Cuidado debe ser tomado de tal manera que objectos liquidos no sean derramados sobre la cubierta u orificios de ventilación.

18.Servicio por personal calificado deberá ser provisto cuando:

A:El cable de poder o el contacto ha sido dañado; u

B:Objectos han caído o líquido ha sido derramado dentro del aparato; o

C:El aparato ha sido expuesto a la lluvia; o

D:El aparato parece no operar normalmente o muestra un cambio en su desempeño; o

E:El aparato ha sido tirado o su cubierta ha sido dañada.

PROVIDEO CONVERTER AND VIDEO CONVERTER II

 

 

Contents

 

Chapter

 

Page

1.

Specifications .............................................................................................

1

2.

Introduction ...............................................................................................

4

3.

Installation ..................................................................................................

5

 

3.1

Initial Steps ..........................................................................................

5

 

3.2

Hooking Up Video Output ................................................................

5

 

3.3

Selecting Your Video Standard ..........................................................

7

 

3.4

Booting Your Converter System .........................................................

7

4.

Operation ...................................................................................................

8

 

4.1

Indicators .............................................................................................

9

 

4.2

Using the Front-PanelControls .........................................................

9

 

4.3

Other Features ..................................................................................

11

5.

What to Expect from Converted Computer Images ..............................

13

6.

Troubleshooting ......................................................................................

15

 

6.1

Common Concerns ...........................................................................

15

 

6.2

Calling Your Supplier .......................................................................

17

 

6.3

Shipping and Packaging ...................................................................

17

Appendix A: S-Video,theImproved-QualityVideo Standard ......................

18

Appendix B: Connector Pinouts ....................................................................

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CHAPTER 1: Specifications

 

1. Specifications

Approvals —

FCC Part 15 Class A, IC Class/classe A

System Software

 

Required —

None

Standards —

Input, Computer Output: VGA, SVGA, or Mac video

 

at the refresh rates and resolutions listed below;

 

Television Output: NTSC or PAL composite,

 

S-Video(includingHi-8andBeta-ED),and/or RGBS

Compatibility —

All operating systems and environments

Color —

Up to 24-bit(“true”) color (16.8 million colors)

Refresh Rates and

 

Resolutions —

ProVideo Converter (AC095A):

 

VGA, SVGA:

 

320 x 200, 640 x 200, and 640 x 350 at 70 Hz;

 

640 x 480 at 60, 72, 73, or 75 Hz;

 

720 x 350 and 720 x 400 at 70 Hz;

 

800 x 600 at 56, 60, 70, 72, 73, and 75 Hz;

 

1024 x 768 at 60, 70, 72, 73, and 75 Hz;

 

Mac:

 

640 x 480 at 66 Hz;

 

832 x 624 at 75 Hz;

 

1024 x 768 at 60 Hz;

 

Video Converter II (AC096A):

 

VGA, SVGA:

 

320 x 200, 640 x 200, and 640 x 350 at 70 Hz;

 

640 x 480 at 60, 72, 73, or 75 Hz;

 

720 x 350 and 720 x 400 at 70 Hz;

 

800 x 600 at 56, 60, 70, 72, 73, and 75 Hz;

 

Mac:

 

512 x 384 at 60 Hz;

 

640 x 480 at 66 Hz;

 

832 x 624 at 75 Hz

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PROVIDEO CONVERTER AND VIDEO CONVERTER II

Computerand TV-

Video Processing — Input Sampling:24-bit(8 bits per RGB), 708 samples per active portion ofcomputer-videoline;

Graphics-ModeDetection: Automatic; Video Processing:24-bitseparate RGB;

Video-MemorySize: 708 x 740 x 24 bits (1 video frame);

Video-EncodingProcess:24-bitRGB encoding with10-bitoutput D/A;

RGB Output Processing: 24-bitRGB with 3 x8-bit

 

output D/A;

 

Differential Gain: Less than 1%;

 

Differential Phase: Less than 1˚;

 

Frequency response for composite, S-Video:6.5 MHz

 

(–3dB)

User Controls —

(9 [AC096A] or 10 [AC095A]) External:

 

(1)

Rear-mountedslide switch for NTSC/PAL

 

selection;

 

(8 [AC096A] or 9 [AC095A]) Front-mounted

 

pushbuttons:

 

 

Both models: (1) Underscan, (1) Flicker

 

 

Reduction, (1) Freeze Image, (1) Test,

 

 

(4) Image Positioning;

 

 

AC095A only: (1) Magnify

Indicators —

(6 [AC096A] or 7 [AC095A]) Front-mountedLEDs:

 

(2) on panel: Power, Input;

 

(4 [AC096A] or 5 [AC095A]) on buttons:

 

Both models: Underscan, Flicker Reduction,

 

 

Freeze Image, Test;

 

AC095A only: Magnify

Connectors —

(6) Rear-mounted:

 

(1)

DB15 female for VGA input or Mac output;

 

(1) DB15HD female for Mac input or VGA

 

output;

 

(1)

RCA phono jack for composite output;

 

(1)

4-pinmini-DINfemale forS-Videooutput;

 

(1)

DB9 for RGBS output;

 

(1)

Inverted phono jack for power

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CHAPTER 1: Specifications

Power —

From UL®, CSA, and TUV certified desktop power

 

supply:

 

Input range: 95to 250-VAC,47 to 63 Hz

 

(autosensing) at 0.9 amps;

 

Output: 5 VDC at 5 amps

Size —

1.5"H x 7.25"W x 6.25"D (3.9 x 18.5 x 15.9 cm)

Weight —

3 lb. (1.4 kg)

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PROVIDEO CONVERTER AND VIDEO CONVERTER II

2. Introduction

Thank you for purchasing the ProVideo Converter or Video Converter II. We are sure you will find it to be a reliable and useful product. You now have the ability to convert your computer monitor’s signal into a form suitable for recording on a VCR, displaying on a conventional TV or video monitor, or integrating into a multimedia production system. And you can do this without installing any boards or software in your computer!

Chapters 3 and4 of this manual show you how to install and operate your Converter.Chapter 5 gives you some guidelines on what you should (and shouldn’t) expect from your converted computer images and explains how to get the best quality of image display.Chapter 6 gives you tips for handling problems that might occur with your Coverter system.Appendix A explains whatS-Videois and why it should be used as output from your Converter whenever possible. Lastly,Appendix B shows the pinouts of all of your Converter’s connectors.

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CHAPTER 3: Installation

3. Installation

Follow the procedure outlined in this chapter to install your ProVideo Converter or Video Converter II.

3.1Initial Steps

1.Disconnect your monitor from the monitor port on your computer.

2.Connect one end of the special 6-foot(1.8-m)input cable provided with the Converter to the monitor port on your computer. (SeeSection 4.3.3 for more info on this cable.) Plug the other end into the appropriate connector on the rear panel of the Converter: either the one labeled VGA IN if you are taking VGA video from an IBM® PC or compatible or the one labeled MAC IN if you are taking Macintosh® video from

an Apple® Macintosh. SeeFigures 3-1 and3-2 on the next page.

3.If you want your monitor to continue to display, connect it to the appropriate MONITOR output connector, either VGA OUT or MAC OUT. See the next section for a description of this ouput.

4.Plug the output cord of the power supply provided with the Converter into the connector labeled POWER. Plug the power supply’s input cord into the wall outlet to provide power to the Converter. (If you ever need an AC-linecord specific to another country, call Black Box.)

5.Connect your video equipment to one or more of the Converter’s video outputs (refer to the next section).

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