Quantel has announced the details of a Pay-as-you-Go HD facility for its eQ editing, effects, grading and mastering system.
The concept of Pay-as-you-Go is already well established in the mobile phone industry, and Quantel has adapted this concept to meet the needs of the post-production industry as it transitions from SD to a multi-resolution, HD environment. Hence an eQ purchased with Pay-as-you-Go HD is a fully equipped system, but ingest and playout is limited to SD until a password is loaded into the system. Weekly or monthly passwords can be purchased from Quantel.
Pay-as-you-Go also eliminates the temptation for customers to put up with cheap, low performance HD systems that will ultimately disappoint clients, potentially putting them off HD altogether.
An eQ purchased in Pay-as-you-Go HD configuration costs 60 percent of the price of the standard always on system. A one-week Pay-as-you-Go HD password is priced at $2250. At anytime an always-on password can be purchased as the HD usage on the system climbs.
For more information, visit www.quantel.com.