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Micro Character Generator

Real Time Clock Option
Composite and S-Video Versions

The Burst Electronics MCG-2 Micro Character Generator is a genlockable unit that accepts a standard NTSC (or PAL) video signal and overlays basic black and white characters with a selectable black and white background. Character and background intensity are independently adjustable from white through black. A video input is required for operation.

Maximum number of characters displayable at one time is 180 (20 characters by 9 lines). There are 16 character sizes (4 character heights and 4 character widths) allowing page by page text emphasis control.

Display pages can be highlighted by the use of an adjustable background, and individual characters may also be set to blink for an additional effect. Built-in Menus, Help Screens and Self-test all add to ease of use.

Text input is performed with front panel push buttons in a "letter up/letter down" and "cursor left/cursor right" fashion. Up to 10 pages of text can be stored and recalled from battery backed memory. An RS232 interface for connection to a PC is standard. Text can be downloaded from a PC.

A Real Time Clock Option is available that allows Time of Day and Date information to be overlayed on video. The RTC is battery backed. The RTC can be programmed by the front panel or via the RS232 link for additional flexibility.

Applications include Source ID, Bulletin Board Displays, Subtitling, Message Screens, Time Keeping and Clock Display Applications.

Raster output of MCG-2
over SMPTE bars


Download owner's manual and example programs

Character Sizes (16 Combinations):

Height 1: 28 Scan Lines
Height 2: 56 Scan Lines
Height 3: 84 Scan Lines
Height 4: 12 Scan Lines
Width 1: 20 Characters per Line
Width 2: 13 Characters per Line
Width 3: 9 Characters per Line
Width 4: 6 Characters per Line

Options: Real Time Clock (RTC), Y/C, Rack mount.

Model MCG-RTC Real Time Clock

RTC option for MCG-2. Allows date and time to be displayed.

Specifications - MCG-2

Input/Output: 1 Volt standard video
Video Standard: Both NTSC and PAL (auto selects)
Input/Output Impedance: 75 Ohms 1%
Internal Mixer with On/Off Control
Character Size: 28, 56, 84 & 112 Scan Lines (16 Sizes)
Character Flash: Selectable
Character Display Level: 7.5 to 100 IRE (0 to 100% White)
Background Display Level: 7.5 to 100 IRE (0 to 100% White)
Remote Control via RS232 to a PC, up to 9600 Baud - see adapter drawing
RS232 speeds 1200, 2400, 4800, or 9600 bps, format 8N1
Simple Two Letter Remote Control Commands
Page Storage: 10 Pages, Battery Backed
Video Connectors: BNC, 4 Pin MiniDIN on S-Video
Size: 5.6W x 1.5H x 7.3D inches Aluminum and Steel Enclosure
DC Powered: 11-14 Vdc (see chart for current requirements)
Wall module (included): 120 VAC 60 Hz, 12 Vdc 500 mA, UL Listed
Warranty: Two Years Parts and Labor

Burst Electronics, Inc
Phone (505) 898-1455
FAX   (505) 898-0159

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