Crystal Vision debuts new chroma keyer plus latest embedding and synchronising technology at IBC 2012 (Stand 2.B11)

Date: 13/07/2012

At IBC 2012 Crystal Vision will be unveiling its first new chroma keyer for five years on Stand 2.B11 along with the latest multi-functional interface products designed for embedding, synchronising and routing 3Gb/s, HD and SD signals and the companys first venture into Dolby E decoding with a very neat solution. 

 Crystal Vision will be previewing its new real-time chroma keyer, Safire 3, at IBC with a significant increase in performance and features making it ideal for all live virtual productions, from studio to sport. Working with 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources, Safire 3 is suitable for the most demanding applications and joins the existing Safire HD 2 and Safire chroma keyers to become the new top of the range product. The enhanced chroma keying uses an extremely sophisticated algorithm, giving excellent results with minimal sensitivity to camera noise. New key processing features add even more realism to the key, with shaping and softening of edges, key noise reduction, colour spill processing and two-dimensional compensation for uneven illumination of the backdrop with separate corrections for linear and radial lighting problems. Crystal Vision chroma keyers have always been known as the easiest to set up, and Safire 3 brings an improved auto-setup which can use multiple points on the backdrop as well as on the foreground object such as the presenter to set up the optimised processing. 

Safire 3 includes functionality colour correction and video delay previously provided by separate products and useful for aiding system integration. Foreground colour correction enables adjustment of the foreground after the key has been extracted but before it is combined with the background, allowing the look of the foreground to be matched to the background to create a natural-looking composite. Also included is foreground delay adjustment up to ten frames, ideal for offsetting the delay caused by the graphics generators, while correct timing is ensured by input synchronisers and an analogue reference. Safire 3 maintains the special features which make it ideal for inserting graphics on to sporting surfaces during live events. Safire 3 continues to form part of a space-saving modular system, with this single height 100mm x 266mm module allowing up to 12 chroma keyers in 2U alongside any other interface products. Inputs and outputs are accessed by using the RM50 frame rear module. Due for release in October and with demonstrations available at IBC, Safire 3 will be introduced with control from the Statesman PC control software, with a dedicated control panel available towards the end of 2012. 

Crystal Vision launches its most powerful audio embedder/de-embedder to date with TANDEM 310 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 is Crystal Visions first embedder able to decode Dolby E as well as the companys first 3Gb/s-capable embedder for analogue audio making it ideal for studios where microphones make analogue audio popular. TANDEM 310 embeds and de-embeds external audio by fitting up to two audio piggybacks to the main board. The HD-AIP2 piggyback is used for embedding two analogue stereo pairs or four mono channels, the HD-AOP2 for de-embedding two analogue stereo pairs or four mono channels and the DIOP4 for embedding or de-embedding four AES stereo pairs, with four bi-directional AES ports available on each piggyback and the engineer able to select whether to embed or de-embed each channel independently. Analogue and digital piggybacks can be mixed to create a hybrid system ideal for those using analogue microphones with digital audio mixers. Shipping in August, other features include full audio routing, audio and video delays, audio and video processing and integrated fibre input/output connectivity. 

TANDEM 310 can be fitted with the new 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. The DBE-D is perfect for those embedded audio applications where the audio within the Dolby E stream needs to be processed in some way, or where the Dolby E needs to be decoded before transmission. 

Crystal Vision will be launching a second new embedder/de-embedder at IBC, designed for price-sensitive or space-sensitive applications. The dual channel TANDEM 320 works with 3Gb/s, HD and SD and provides economical embedding and de-embedding for one group of analogue audio or two groups of AES per channel, while allowing 24 channels of embedding or de-embedding to fit in 2U. Using the HD-AIP2, HD-AOP2 and DIOP4 audio piggybacks, the features include audio routing, audio and video delays and audio and video processing. 

SYNNER 310 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. SYNNER 310 can both synchronise incoming video signals which are not locked to the local reference and compensate for timing delays within the video system, and includes cross-locking, full horizontal and vertical timing adjustment and ten frames of video delay for matching any big system delays. The internal audio delay tracks the video delay, running the audio fast or slow to ensure the video and linear audio stay correctly timed and to avoid lip sync errors. SYNNER 310 can embed and de-embed both analogue and digital audio, using the HD-AIP2 and HD-AOP2 piggybacks for embedding and de-embedding analogue audio and the bi-directional DIOP4 for embedding and de-embedding AES. 

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, which allows 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. Shipping in August, other features include full audio routing, flexible audio delays, audio and video processing and integrated fibre input/output connectivity. 

IBC also sees new features added to the Safe Switch 3G fail-safe 2 x 2 routing switch, which uses a full framestore synchroniser on each input and loss of reference protection to guarantee a clean switch and which can be used either for planned maintenance switches or as an intelligent emergency transmission switch. Safe Switch 3G can now cope with signal path delays of +/-25 frames between the two inputs. The backup feed will often be routed through less processing equipment and therefore arrive several frames earlier than the main input and, with this new feature, input timing differences greater than one frame can be corrected by delaying the earliest arriving input by up to 25 frames in one frame steps. Input timing differences up to one frame will continue to be automatically corrected by the existing on-board framestore synchronisers. The second customer-requested new feature means that Safe Switch 3G can now choose from 17 different fault conditions to automatically trigger a switch. It can now be set to switch on frozen Ancillary Timecode within the video stream, switching either immediately or after a delay of up to 120 seconds. 

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 | Safire 3 | chroma keyer | Safire HD 2 | Safe Switch 3G | TANDEM 310 | TANDEM 320 | SYNNER 310 | IBC 2012 | Dolby E | HD | SD | audio routing | audio and video delays | audio and video processing | IBC 2012
Submitted by Stewart McGhie (Crystal Vision Ltd.)
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Tags: MacOS | IOS | UltraSync BLUE Ecosystem | Softron | PureBlend | Software | Timecode-Over-Bluetooth Solution | Timecode Systems
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First-Time Exhibitor Wisycom USA Presents High-End In-Ear Monitoring Solutions at NAMM 2019 Posted: 10/01/2019
First-Time Exhibitor Wisycom USA Presents High-End  In-Ear Monitoring Solutions at NAMM 2019

Wisycom USA, which was established this year to grow the Italy-based Wisycom brand throughout the Americas, is exhibiting for the first time at NAMM 2019 (Booth 15222). The company will present its line of high-end in-ear monitoring solutions and wireless RF systems, which are steadily growing in popularity in the live touring industry.

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EditShare Appoints Sundeep Menon to Sales Director South Asia Posted: 10/01/2019
EditShare Appoints Sundeep Menon to Sales Director South Asia

EditShare® a technology leader in intelligent scale-out storage, AQC and media management solutions, announced today that business development expert Sundeep Menon has joined EditShare as the Sales Director for South East Asia. A skilled media enterprise strategist, Menon will be responsible for defining the business development strategy across all sectors of Media and Entertainment, supporting EditShare market expansion which saw more than 30% growth in 2018.

Tags: EditShare | workflow | director | sales | editing | collaboration
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FilmLight activates v5 for Baselight STUDENT Posted: 10/01/2019
FilmLight activates v5 for Baselight STUDENT

Baselight STUDENT, FilmLight’s free macOS application, has been enhanced with the innovative and creative advances from the core Baselight v5 software. Baselight STUDENT v5 will allow those developing their skills as a colourist to have the full range of creative features, based on the same platform as every Baselight system.

Tags: FilmLight | Baselight Student | Baselight v5 | colourist | colorist | free macOS applications | innovative | creative advances | creative features | Base Grade | colour manipulation | Boost operators | Justin Tran | Steve Chapman | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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New digital clips service generates 46 million online views, while 32 live broadcast feeds are delivered worldwide Posted: 10/01/2019
New digital clips service generates 46 million online views, while 32 live broadcast feeds are delivered worldwide

London-based sports production specialists Input Media captured and delivered complete coverage of The Emirates FA Cup third round for the first time, with all 32 matches made available as world feeds for The FA’s international rights-holders and a new digital clips service racking up 46 million views on social media.

Tags: Input Media | Gravity Media | Group | FA Cup
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Barry Revels appointed Business Development Director at Gravity Media Group Posted: 10/01/2019
Barry Revels appointed Business Development Director at Gravity Media Group

Gravity Media Group (GMG), the owner of worldwide production and broadcast services specialists Gearhouse Broadcast, Hyperactive Broadcast and Input Media, has appointed Barry Revels as its Business Development Director. Based at its Watford, UK, headquarters, Barry will spend much of his time on the road, meeting with customers and assessing new markets that could benefit from Gravity Media’s wide range of innovative production services.

Tags: Gravity Media Group | Gearhouse | Appointment | Barry Revels | LAWO
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TVU MediaMind and TVU Producer Win 2018 Production Innovation Awards from Future Publishing Posted: 10/01/2019
TVU MediaMind and TVU Producer Win 2018 Production Innovation Awards from Future Publishing

TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced the company was awarded two 2018 Product Innovation Awards from Future Publishing. Publishers of TV Technology, Government Video, Radio World and Creative Planet/DV and VE magazines, the annual Future Publishing awards honor the year’s top product introductions in TV, professional video and broadcast/online radio technology.

Tags: TVU Networks | Production Innovation Award | Future Publishing
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Simplestream enhances VOD in a Box platform with offline downloads and chromecast for iOS and Android Posted: 10/01/2019
Simplestream enhances VOD in a Box platform with offline downloads and chromecast for iOS and Android

Simplestream, the leader in live, live-2-VOD and on-demand OTT services, has strengthened its VOD in a Box technology with download for offline viewing and Chromecast integration across its mobile services.

Tags: Simplestream | VOD in a Box | OTT | on-demand | Live-2-VOD
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Australias Stage Mums Shot with URSA Mini 4.6K and Edited with DaVinci Resolve Studio Posted: 10/01/2019
Australias Stage Mums Shot with URSA Mini 4.6K and Edited with DaVinci Resolve Studio
Blackmagic Design today announced that season one of the popular Australian television comedy “Stage Mums” was shot using its URSA Mini 4.6K and Pocket Cinema Camera digital film cameras. The show’s editing, audio editing and color correction were also completed using DaVinci Resolve Studio.
Tags: Blackmagic Design | Blackmagic | TV Series | Comedy | URSA Mini | Pocket Camera | Filmmaking | Editing | DaVinci Resolve | Resolve
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DPA Microphones Appoints A New Distributor in the Philippines Posted: 10/01/2019
DPA Microphones Appoints A New Distributor in the Philippines
DPA Microphones is pleased to announce the appointment of Music & Audio Solutions & Services as its new distributor in the Philippines, with immediate effect and across all markets including live sound, House of Worship, broadcast, pro audio, film and theatre.
Tags: DPA Microphones | New Distributors | Music & Audio | Philippines | APAC
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Globecast launches the first CIS HD channel on Eutelsat HotBird - Belarus 24 HD Posted: 10/01/2019
Globecast launches the first CIS HD channel on Eutelsat HotBird - Belarus 24 HD
The biggest media company in the Republic of Belarus - The National State TV and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus - has selected Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, to launch the HD variant of its international satellite channel Belarus 24.
Tags: Distribution | channel distribution | satellite | public internet | HD
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Riedel Products at ISE 2019 Posted: 09/01/2019
Riedel Products at ISE 2019
At this year's ISE show, Riedel Communications will showcase its latest innovations in real-time signal distribution and networking solutions for broadcast and live performance. Riedel's product line reflects the company's continued support of standards and interoperability, ongoing development and expansion of software app-based solutions, and groundbreaking concept of decentralized signal routing.
Tags: Riedel | ISE 2019 | Bolero Standalone Wireless Intercom System | SmartPanel 1200 Series | MediorNet MicroN IP App
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Viaccess-Orca Joins Forces With Technicolor, Bringing New Security Features to the Android TV Environment Posted: 09/01/2019
Viaccess-Orca Joins Forces With Technicolor, Bringing New Security Features to the Android TV Environment
Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that it has teamed up with Technicolor to simplify the delivery of Android TV experiences. VO's DRM solution and its secure VO Player have been integrated on Android TV set-top boxes (STBs) from Technicolor in full compliance with the TV Input Framework (TIF). By making the plug-in for its DRM available in the media DRM format, VO ensures seamless integration into Android TV platforms and minimizes complexity for STB device manufacturers.
Tags: Viaccess-Orca | VO | Technicolor | Security Features | Android | TV Environment | DRM | Secure VO Player | Android TV Input Framework | STB Integration
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Magewell to Highlight Practical Solutions for Transition to Video over IP at ISE 2019 Posted: 09/01/2019
Magewell to Highlight Practical Solutions for Transition to Video over IP at ISE 2019

Magewell -- the award-winning developer of innovative video interface, streaming and conversion devices -- is kicking off its extensive 2019 trade show schedule by bringing its rapidly-expanding product range to Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2019 in Amsterdam. The company will showcase new and established offerings in stand 8-G430 at the event from February 5-8, with an emphasis on solutions that simplify streaming production and make the transition from baseband signal transport to video-over-IP more affordable and practical.

Tags: NDI | converter | conversion | IP | network | capture | video capture | live | streaming | encoder | hardware | recorder | recording | encoding | broadcast | professional AV | HDMI | Magewell | IBC | production | SDI | USB | OEM | M.2 | 4K | Ultra HD | UHD | UltraHD | SDK | playout
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