Cobalt® Digital, an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of award-winning edge devices for live video production and master control, and a founding partner in the openGear® initiative, has answered the need for handling and processing multiple video feeds with its 9905-MPx multi-channel processor. The 9905-MPx is a next-generation advanced scaler/frame openGear synchronizer developed in direct response to customer needs for a single module that supports four independent signal paths. The card was highlighted during a press briefing held virtually on October 6th and hosted by Suzana Brady, Cobalt’s SVP Worldwide Sales & Marketing, who noted that the 9905-MPx was developed in response to customer requests for increased density, unprecedented multi-input support, and enhanced flexibility. The event also featured presentations by Dr. Ciro Noronha, EVP of Engineering, and Ryan Wallenberg, VP of Engineering.
The 9905-MPx, an audio/video processor for baseband digital signals, is capable of handling up to four independent 3G signals in a single, dense, cost-effective package that provides all common broadcast processing functions without any quality compromises. The card includes individual up/down/cross conversion scalers that are specifically designed for broadcast video formats, with full ARC control suitable for conversions to/from 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. The multi-path design offers discrete AES and MADI audio embedding/routing/mixing/de-embedding to any of the four processing paths. Standard 3D LUT features and available color correction accommodate SDR and HDR processing for downstream HDR systems, on a per-channel basis. The card also supports per-channel logo insertion, as well as ancillary data insertion/extraction.
The 9905-MPx’s openGear form factor allows it to be integrated into existing broadcast frames. When used with Cobalt’s HPF-9000 20-slot chassis, customers can build a chassis with up to 24 channels (6 cards) of processing in a single frame, representing a new level of openGear packaging density and resulting in unprecedented multi-input support and flexibility with inherent features of openGear such as hot-swappable cards and dual redundant hot-swappable power supplies.
Additionally, the 9905-MPx offers very flexible audio routing, with MADI and AES support and can serve as a full-featured audio router capable of cross-connecting any audio channel from any of the inputs to any of the outputs, as well as the MADI inputs and outputs. All this functionality is provided in a single, dense, low power package that is unique in the industry.
“Sports and studios typically have multiple cameras that are switched/selected by the director for broadcasting,” explained Brady. “All these signals have the same processing requirements: they may need to be color-corrected, frame-synchronized, and, if HDR is in use, they may need to be format converted by using one of many custom 3D-LUTs. In such situations, high density without compromising quality is key. This is especially true for broadcast trucks that go to sports venues, where space and power are at a premium. The 9905-MPx is ideal for such applications. It includes all the necessary functions without any quality compromises. Every channel gets best-of-class processing without compromise and without channel-to-channel dependency. Moreover, the openGear form factor allows for channels to be added as needed. Customers can add processing to existing chassis or build a high-density video processing solution by filling a chassis with multiple 9905-MPx cards. These features make the 9905-MPx perfect for any multi-signal environment.”
Like many Cobalt cards, the 9905-MPx offers peace-of-mind via the Company’s five-year warranty.
About Cobalt Digital
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning IP and 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD conversion, throwdown, and multiviewer technology for the production and broadcast television environment. As a founding member in the openGear® initiative, Cobalt offers a full range of openGear compliant solutions as well as video and audio processing products for closed caption compliance, production trucks, master control, HD news, signal transport, audio loudness processing, and color correction. Cobalt’s Blue Box Group™ line of interface converter throwdown boxes streamlines and simplifies a wide range of IP and 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD conversion and processing tasks. In addition, the company’s multi-image display processors enable multiviewer capabilities in the most demanding studio and remote production/ broadcasting environments. Cobalt Digital products are distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships. For further information visit: www.cobaltdigital.com