Crystal Vision will be unveiling a mixture of its specialist products plus some essential 'broadcast plumbing' interface modules at BVE 2013, taking place at ExCeL in London between 26th and 28th February. Products on show on Stand D01 will include Crystal Vision's most impressive chroma keyer yet, plus a new range of 3Gb/s-compatible video delays, a very flexible video synchroniser with Dolby decoder, and three new features for the company's up and down converters.
BVE 2013 will see the UK launch of Crystal Vision's new real-time chroma keyer, Safire 3, with the London venue providing an excellent opportunity for broadcasters to view the quality of the keying through hands-on demonstrations. Safire 3's 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 video delay adjustment for offsetting the delay caused by the graphics generators. Ideal for all live virtual productions, Safire 3 forms part of a space-saving modular system, with this single height module allowing up to 12 chroma keyers in 2U.
Unveiled for the first time will be another of Crystal Vision's specialist products: the ViViD 3G variable video delay available in four versions to suit all applications and ideal for matching any system delays, from virtual studio graphics to MPEG encoders and decoders. New features appearing on a Crystal Vision video delay for the first time include 3Gb/s support, integrated fibre input/output, video proc-amp and signal timing with a framestore synchroniser on the 'S' versions making it possible to apply a long delay to a video path and lock the signal to a station reference using a neat single board solution. ViViD 3G and ViViD 3GS provide half a second of video delay in 3Gb/s, one second in HD and 5.5 seconds in SD. Where a longer delay is needed, ViViD 3G-20 and ViViD 3GS-20 give ten seconds in 3Gb/s, 20 seconds in HD and 110 seconds in SD. With the flexible adjustments available in increments of pixels, lines, frames and seconds, it is easy to set the exact delay required.
SYNNER 310 is the latest addition to Crystal Vision's embedded audio range and combines multiple functions on one board to save engineers money and rack space as well as simplify system designs. SYNNER 310 is a video synchroniser, tracking audio delay and embedder/de-embedder for 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources and up to two groups of analogue and four groups of digital audio, with the additional ability to decode Dolby E by fitting the DBE-D Dolby decoder top board.
Crystal Vision has added three significant new features to its range of Up-Down 3G up/down/cross converters. Up-Down 3G allows flexible up, down and cross conversions between 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources and can perform two different conversions simultaneously and give out co-timed dual outputs, while the synchronising version uses two synchronisers downstream of the converter to keep the output valid at all times.
Up-Down 3Gs down conversion performance has been further improved to ensure it maintains its best-in-industry status, including enhanced motion compensation de-interlacing to remove jaggies on near horizontal lines, and improved horizontal and vertical low pass filtering to reduce the flickering of a slow vertical pan on shots with significant detail. A multitude of new aspect ratio conversions have also been added to Up-Down 3G to deal with any conceivable misshaped image that comes in, which means that the broadcaster can quickly put anything on air that they get from anywhere in any condition, particularly useful for news applications. Finally, the Up-Down-ATX 3G and Up-Down-ATXS 3G variants can now support SMPTE 2031 (as well as OP-47) to carry teletext information across different definitions.
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.