CRYSTAL VISION MAKES ITS DEBUT AT BVE NORTH (STAND E39)

Date: 03/10/2012
CRYSTAL VISION MAKES ITS DEBUT AT BVE NORTH (STAND E39)

Crystal Vision will be bringing its IBC product releases to Manchester when the company makes its debut at the BVE North exhibition, taking place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in the North of England on 13th and 14th November. Products on show on Stand E39 will include a new chroma keyer for all live virtual productions, Crystal Visions most powerful embedder/de-embedder to date, four synchronisers to sort out any timing issues and a neat solution for Dolby E decoding.

Likely to be the highlight of Stand E39 will be Safire 3 with Crystal Visions new real-time chroma keyer offering a significant increase in performance and features making it ideal for all live virtual productions, from studio to sport. The enhanced chroma keying uses an extremely sophisticated algorithm, giving excellent results with minimal sensitivity to camera noise. New key processing features include blacks, whites and greys reject for realistic shadows and a solid key, edge shaping to eliminate hard outlines, key noise reduction through the application of various filters and two-dimensional compensation for uneven illumination of the backdrop. Working with 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources, Safire 3 makes it easy to set up a realistic chroma key by using up to 12 points on the backdrop as well as four points on the Foreground object to automatically set up the optimised processing. It includes Foreground colour correction and Background video adjustments to help create a natural-looking composite picture as well as up to ten frames of Foreground delay adjustment for offsetting the delay caused by the graphics generators. Safire 3 forms part of a space-saving modular system, with this single height module allowing up to 12 chroma keyers in 2U.

Crystal Vision has always been known for the powerful features of its audio embedders/de-embedders and TANDEM 310 brings two features not seen before on a Crystal Vision embedder: the ability to decode Dolby E and the companys first 3Gb/s-capable embedder for analogue audio. TANDEM 310 is a combined embedder and de-embedder for 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources with the ability to embed and de-embed a mixture of up to four groups of AES and two groups of analogue audio at the same time. TANDEM 310 embeds and de-embeds external audio by fitting up to two audio piggybacks to the main board, and allows analogue and digital piggybacks to be mixed to create a hybrid system perfect for those using analogue microphones with digital audio mixers. TANDEM 310 deals with Dolby E decoding in a very neat way. It can be fitted with the DBE-D Dolby decoder top board, allowing a Dolby E signal in the embedded video input (or from an input piggyback) to be decoded and either output as analogue or AES audio via an appropriate piggyback or re-embedded. The DBE-D includes a stereo down mix, which mixes the multiple audio channels within the 5.1 surround sound down to a single stereo pair for easier monitoring. Other TANDEM 310 features include full audio routing, audio and video delays, audio and video processing and integrated fibre input/output connectivity.

Crystal Vision will be bringing a synchroniser for every application to Manchester. All four synchronisers work with 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources,
can synchronise incoming video signals which are not locked to the local reference or correct any processing delays, and include integrated fibre input/output. The companys new flagship synchroniser is SYNNER 310 which combines multiple functions on one board including video synchroniser, tracking audio delay, embedder/de-embedder and Dolby decoder to save engineers money and rack space as well as simplify system designs. Using piggybacks SYNNER 310 can embed and de-embed up to two groups of external analogue audio and four groups of AES at the same time. Ideal for Dolby E users, SYNNER 310 can synchronise video containing a mixture of Dolby E and linear AES in the same audio group, includes guardband alignment and can also be used to decode Dolby E by fitting the DBE-D Dolby decoder top board.

For those who do not need to embed or de-embed external audio,
SYN-A 3G is a feature-packed video synchroniser designed for use with sources containing up to four groups of embedded audio, and includes audio routing and resampling, tracking audio delay, flexible delay compensation, sophisticated Dolby E handling (including automatic guardband alignment), video proc-amp and SMPTE 2016 AFD insertion to help downstream equipment automatically select the appropriate aspect ratio. There are also two new synchronisers for those working with video-only sources and perfect for synchronising in the studio or before the vision mixer: SYN 3G is the most cost-effective of Crystal Visions three 3Gb/s-capable video synchronisers, while SYN103 is Crystal Visions most sophisticated Standard Definition-only synchroniser to date, bringing features such as delay compensation, video proc-amp and integrated fibre input/output.

Based at Whittlesford near Cambridge in the UK, Crystal Vision provides digital keyers, picture storage modules and a full range of interface equipment including converters, decoders, encoders, distribution amplifiers and audio embedders to the professional broadcasting industry worldwide.



Tags: Crystal Vision | BVE North 2012 | chroma keyer | embedder | de-embedder | synchroniser | BVE North 2012
Submitted by Stewart McGhie (Crystal Vision Ltd.)
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