The AMSC Imaging Lab was designed to support the ingestion/archival of experiment video/film data and to provide a quick post-production capability for rapid generation of video presentations. The system will support digitizing to all current formats, duplication between all major video formats and archiving to uncompressed digital image sequences. The lab also supports composing post-mission data tapes for presentation and analysis purposes.
The all digital post-production facility can support all of the typical production operations:
- Non-linear editing, broadcast quality titling, and compositing
- Side-by-side, quad image, and multiple time registered video sequences & simulations
- Image processing and enhancement, including noise removal, background processing, motion compensation, etc.
- High quality animation sequences
- Sound track generation with sound booth, music and sound effects library
- Playback and recording of all broadcast standards (NTSC, PAL, SECAM, etc.) on VHS
- Multi-media authoring, including MPEG-1 or -2 on CD-R, video-CD, and DVD
The AMSC's video data digitization system consists of a DVS SD Station Pro real-time video disk and its video/computer network interfaces. Features include:
- Spatial Resolution - 480 (vertical) X 720 (horizontal)
- Quantization Levels - RS-170 Monochrome Video - 10 bit greyscale
- Composite Color Video (NTSC) to RGB Components - 10 bits per color component
- Component Video (RS-170 Format) - 10 bits per color component
The AMSC has two film digitizing systems, 6/35 mm and a 70 mm. The digitized data can be archived in all current image formats from uncompressed individual images to all current Mpeg/Avi formats.
- 70 mm: at 8/10/12 bits per pixel (monochrome)
Spatial Resolution: 1250x1250, 2500x2500, 5000x5000, 10000x10000 pixels - 35 mm: at 10 bits per pixel (monochrome)
Spatial Resolution: up to 6000x6000
- 16 mm: at 10 bits per pixel (monochrome)
Spatial Resolution - up to 2600x2600
The Trackeye software is used to capture and analyze the images from the 16/35 mm system. Built into the software are various analysis tools used to process the images. Part of the analysis capability is the tracking of moving objects. The software can track an unlimited number of objects at one time. An added advantage to the software is that it accepts almost any type of video/image file.