VideoLogic launches Captivator PCI range for low-cost, Internet/direct- dial videoconferencing and video capture

VideoLogic has today launched a revolutionary low cost internet/direct dial video conferencing and video capture card range targeted at PC OEMs and the upgrade market. The Captivator PCI range enables any internet user to add video-conferencing capability to their PC for under £70.00.

"Supported by Microsoft and Intel, video-conferencing over the internet or direct dial is the next big phenomenon for everyday computing and communication," said Kevin Dale, European sales and marketing manager for VideoLogic. "Until now, the major hurdle preventing commonplace video-conferencing has been the cost, but with the internet backbone, high speed modems and the new Captivator PCI range, PC users everywhere can enjoy a whole new world of communication for very little cost."

Captivator PCI will add full hardware video capability to the next version of Microsoft's net-conferencing software - NetMeeting. NetMeeting 2.0 (currently in beta) is an enhanced conferencing application with full support for video and is downloadable from Microsoft's web site. In addition, Captivator PCI also supports Intel's Internet Video Phone software (also in beta), which works alongside existing web browsers.

Beta versions of both software conferencing packages are available to download for free from the Microsoft and Intel web sites. Trial versions of alternative conferencing software is also available to download from the web from several other software companies.

Based on the Brooktree Bt848 video processor, this range of standalone PCI half cards are available in two versions - delivering high quality video capture and instant online video-conferencing from a standard Pentium PC, with modem and sound card. Captivator PCI supports s-video and composite video signal formats and comes with a complete set of internet video-conferencing software. By connecting a standard camcorder or dedicated desktop colour camera to Captivator PCI, the user is ready to transmit and receive live video over the internet to anywhere in the world through their existing service provider.Captivator PCI

Captivator PCI is a Plug and Play, PCI-based video capture card and is compatible with all Direct Draw enabled Windows 95 graphics cards. The card comes with full support for Video for Windows, as well as trial versions of several internet video-conferencing software packages. Captivator PCI has an RRP of £69.00, with an expected street price of £59.00 and is available now from VideoLogic's existing network of distributors and resellers.

Captivator PCI/VC

The Captivator PCI/VC combines a full motion video capture card, with a high quality Philips desktop colour camera and integrated microphone, and a full suite of internet video-conferencing software. This option also comes bundled with several trial versions of other "internet video phone" software for free. Captivator PCI/VC has an RRP of £199.00 and an expected street price of £175.00. This product will be shipping in April.

High Quality Video Capture

Based on the Brooktree Bt848 video processor, Captivator PCI produces high quality 4:2:2 video capture, with both horizontal and vertical interpolation, and filtering. This enables the card to capture high quality motion AVI video clips at up to 30fps at resolutions of 320x240, and capture video stills in various graphics file formats. In addition, applying the bundled ProLabs "VideoWork" graphics software (see later) means that video clips can be edited on a frame by frame basis to create custom video sequences, or by using the bundled ProLabs "ImageFolio" software package allows video stills to be edited and converted into different formats instantly.

Video for Windows and Customer Support

Captivator PCI comes bundled with Video for Windows capture driver support, providing a standard interface to all popular Windows 95 videoconferencing and capture applications. The Captivator PCI is backed by a five year warranty, with 24-hour on-line internet, CompuServe, MSN and Bulletin Board support.

Free Prolab Software Bundle

As part of the Captivator PCI customer pack, VideoLogic is also bundling £200 of Prolab multimedia software, free of charge. The Prolab software package consists of three software titles - Image Folio, VideoWork and MediaScope.

  • Image Folio is a multimedia image processing application that allows you to edit, re-shape and colour images, with full twain capability for scanner interface.
  • VideoWork is a video capturing, editing and playback application that can manipulate and compress multiple video formats. Using over 150 transition effects and a wide range of video and audio special effects, VideoWork produces professional customised video on your PC.
  • MediaScope is a three-in-one on-screen multimedia CD player that gives the PC user an easy to use and visual interface for playing Media CDs, Music CDs and MPEG CDs.