|What is Casablanca?
Put simply, Casablanca is a very special kind of digital video
Actually, it's not just one machine. It's more like 4 different
machines combined in one user-friendly interface:
You can edit, cut, re-arrange and sort your video scenes as you please.
Adding effects and various kinds of cuts is done without the usual
quality loss you get when following the traditional way of editing
(thus making several copies). This is because of Casablanca's digital
|Video editing system - For
cutting videos. |
|Video effect machine - For
giving your videos incredible effects. |
|Video titler - For titling
your videos using different fonts and functions. |
|Audio mixing - For mixing the
If you are unhappy about the order of the scenes, simply re-arrange them
in real time. No quality-loss and as
often as you wish.
Three digital stereo tracks can be mixed to give your video that final
Casablanca works without video tapes, making it immune to the typical
aging of mechanical parts.
Once happy with your work, record the finished version to tape. You
will only need one video recorder and one TV set to make use of the
fantastic possibilities Casablanca offers.
Casablanca is simply plugged into your TV or video-monitor. Using the
on-screen menus and the supplied trackball, you can whiz through the
functions, making Casablanca's interface not a lot more complicated than
a video recorder's.
The method of digitally saving video data opens up a sheer unlimited
array of possibilities for Casablanca.
The following is a rough list of the functions and possibilities.
Casablanca is not fixed to these functions. Instead, the concept of the
software is: "Flexible and expandable". You can add new
functions and effects without sending the machine to the manufacturer.
All additions are simply bought from the retailer.
|Record video films to Casablanca. |
|Split the material into single scenes. |
|The scenes are then edited, trimmed, deleted. |
|Rearrange the video's scenes in the story-board. |
|Playback the result in real time without quality-losses and make
|Add effects. For e.g.:
|hard cuts or gentle fades going from one scene to the other.
|many effects like page turning, roll, shove, colour fades,...|
|Image processing effects:
|Colour corrections, coal drawings, mirror, relief,... |
|Slow motion, backwards, strobe, false colours,...|
|Add various titles to the scenes: text tables, scroll texts. |
|Mix the sound, add background sound to the original. |
|Record the final video to video tape.|
The Casablanca-Software comes in many
different languages, depending on the country.
At the moment the following languages are available:
Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian,
Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Spanish,
Casablanca I - Technical data
||PAL-B/G 50 Hz or NTSC-M 60 Hz, digital standard CCIR 601
||5,8 MHz (-3 dB)
||>700 Horizontal, >560 Vertical (PAL), >460
||CVBS and YC at the front and rear of the machine (typ. 75
Ohm), I-Link DV (optional)
||CVBS and YC and RGB at the rear of the machine (typ. 75
Ohm), I-Link DV (optional)
||Stereo-cinch, at the front and at the rear (typ. 22 kOhm),
I-Link DV (optional)
||Stereo-cinch, at the rear (<600 Ohm, typ. 0,707 Vrms,
max. 2.8 Vpp), I-Link DV (optional)
||0.5 - 3.5 MBytes/Second (without Audio), Bitrate control
||internal up to 18 GB, external up to 2048 Gigabyte
||Approximate running time in
||S-VHS, Hi8, DV
|Depending on the video material, the running times
can be above or below these figures, especially when VHS
The running time also depends on the used harddisk. This can
make up differences of up to several minutes. Some harddisks can
be up to 100 Megabytes smaller (in some cases even larger) than
The capacity information given by Casablanca is a approximate
figure which does not necessarily have to be identical with the
table above. Due to technical reasons, there may be differences
between software versions too.
||443mm * 113 mm * 372mm
||about 7 Kg