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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Timeline Television, a major provider of outside broadcasts, post-production and studio-based services for major UK networks, continues to invest in TSL Products to supply its RF truck fleet with Precision Audio Monitoring (PAM2-MK2) units. Timeline’s RF1 truck has been used for major sporting and live events, including the IAAF Athletics, BBC’s Live Lesson series and the ITV’s Love Island reality television series, which recently contracted RF1 again for the current season. Timeline’s new RF truck, RF2, was deployed at the UEFA Champions League Final for BT Sport followed by the Royal Wedding in May for BBC, whilst the recently commissioned RF3 was used for BBC’s coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on its first outing.

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Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 Art Lens Wins Prestigious 2018-19 EISA Award Posted: 15/08/2018
Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 Art Lens Wins Prestigious 2018-19 EISA Award
Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessories manufacturer, announced today that it has been honored with the esteemed 2018-19 EISA DSLR Zoom Lens Award for its large-aperture, ultra-wide-angle, full-frame 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art lens. It is the fourth award this year for the lens that boasts imperceptible distortion, great sharpness and virtually no chromatic aberration, making it the ideal solution for landscape and architecture photography. With robust build quality and protective sealing against dust and splashes, this lens can be used with confidence in most weather conditions. Available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts for just $1299 USD, the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 Art radically outperforms its competitors and furthers Sigma’s mission to facilitate artistic expression with the best quality optics available on the market.
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Cogeco Connexion selects MediaKind end-to-end IPTV solution to drive next generation media experiences to viewers in Canada Posted: 15/08/2018
Cogeco Connexion selects MediaKind end-to-end IPTV solution to drive next generation media experiences to viewers in Canada

MediaKind, a global media technology leader, today announces it has been selected by Cogeco Connexion, the second largest cable operator in Ontario and Quebec, to deliver immersive consumer experiences through the deployment of its next generation end-to-end IPTV solution. The new rollout of the end-to-end MediaKind solution will include MediaFirst TV Platform with Android Google Mobile Services, Encoding On-Demand, Video Storage and Processing Platform (VSPP), Content Management System (CMS) and Professional Services.

Tags: IPTV | Cogeco | MediaKind | broadcast | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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Post House DigitalFilm Tree Moves Facility to DaVinci Resolve 15 Studio Posted: 15/08/2018
Post House DigitalFilm Tree Moves Facility to and nbsp;DaVinci Resolve 15 and nbsp;Studio
Blackmagic Design announced today that post production facility DigitalFilm Tree (DFT) has moved its full pipeline, including editorial, color, visual effects (VFX) and delivery, into the newest release of DaVinci Resolve Studio, version 15, which was released this month.
Tags: Blackmagic Design | DaVinci Resolve | Resolve 15 | DigitalFilm Tree | Post Production | VFX | Editing | Color | Fusion | Fairlight
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ChyronHego at IBC2018 Posted: 14/08/2018
ChyronHego at IBC2018
News and Weather
At IBC2018, ChyronHego will preview CAMIO 4.5, the next release of the company’s industry-leading graphic asset management solution, with key features designed to make producer-driven news workflows even more versatile, flexible, and cost-effective. CAMIO 4.5 enhancements include a powerful new render engine; the ability to publish content straight from the newsroom to social media; and the latest version of LUCI5, the HTML5 plugin for fulfillment interface.
Tags: ChyronHego | graphic servers | graphic asset management | weather graphics | news production | news workflows | IBC2018 | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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Combination of Dejero GateWay and FileCatalyst gives broadcast field crews even faster on the go file transfer abilities Posted: 14/08/2018
Combination of Dejero GateWay and FileCatalyst gives broadcast field crews even faster on the go file transfer abilities
Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that provide video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, has partnered with FileCatalyst, a pioneer in managed file transfers with a world-leading accelerated file transfer solution, to enable broadcasters to move large data quickly, securely, and reliably back to base while in the field.
Tags: Dejero | GateWay | FileCatalyst | cloud-managed solutions | accelerated file transfer solution | fast transfers | video content | blending cellular connections | Kevin Fernandes | IBC2018 | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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MBO gives Argosy renewed focus Posted: 14/08/2018
MBO gives Argosy renewed focus
Argosy, a leading international supplier of broadcast and AV cables and infrastructure products, has completed a management buyout from its previous parent company. It is now under the direct control of the existing directors, Chris Smeeton and Josh Simons.
Tags: Argosy | service technology distribution | infrastructure products | Chris Smeeton | Josh Simons | management buyout | AV industry | cutting edge technologies | life-style management | termination services | bespoke solutions | IBC2018 | MBO | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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Apantac Showcases New Modular Multiviewer with Router Outputs at IBC 2018 Posted: 14/08/2018
Apantac Showcases New Modular Multiviewer with Router Outputs at IBC 2018
Apantac, internationally recognized manufacturer and pioneer of cost-effective yet feature-rich multiviewers, video walls, extension and signal processing solutions will be demonstrating its new TX # (pronounced TX Sharp) Multiviewer with Router Outputs at IBC 2018, stand 8.E37.
Tags: TAHOMA | TX# | Apantac | Multiviewer with Router outputs | Multiviewers | IP Multiviewers | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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Apantac Showcases HDMI 2.0 Multiviewer for 4K UHD at IBC 2018 Posted: 14/08/2018
Apantac Showcases HDMI 2.0 Multiviewer for 4K UHD at IBC 2018
Apantac, internationally recognized manufacturer and pioneer of cost-effective and feature-rich multiviewers, video walls, extension and signal processing solutions is growing its already expansive range of Multiviewers with HDMI 2.0 supported products.
Tags: HDMI 2.0 Multiviewer | 4K Multiviewer | UHD Multiviewer | Apantac | UE Series | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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Apantac Launches KVM over IP Extenders Matrices at IBC 2018 Posted: 14/08/2018
Apantac Launches KVM over IP Extenders and amp; Matrices at IBC 2018
Apantac, an internationally recognized manufacturer and pioneer of cost-effective and feature-rich multiviewers, video walls, extension and signal processing solutions expands its line of KVM over IP extenders and matrices, which it will showcase at IBC 2018, stand 8.E37. These new solutions offer pristine picture quality and very low latency.
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IBC 2018: Broadcast Pix Introduces BPswitch RX Mobile Integrated Production Switcher Posted: 14/08/2018
IBC 2018: Broadcast Pix Introduces BPswitch RX Mobile Integrated Production Switcher

Broadcast Pix will introduce BPswitch™ RX, a portable model in its popular line of integrated production switchers, at IBC2018 (Hall 7, Stand C06), which runs Sept. 14-18 at RAI Amsterdam. A self-contained unit complete with touchscreen display and integrated streaming to Facebook Live and other CDNs, BPswitch RX provides multi-camera production and high-end motion graphics for live production on location.

Tags: video production | mobile production | production switcher | IBC2018 | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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Euronews and Dalet Nominated for the IBC2018 Innovation Award Posted: 14/08/2018
Euronews and Dalet Nominated for the IBC2018 Innovation Award

Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, announced today that they have been shortlisted alongside Euronews for the IBC2018 Innovation Awards content creation category. Lauded as one of the most coveted awards in the media industry, the competitive competition celebrates technical and creative excellence, acknowledging collaboration between organizations like Euronews and Dalet to achieve clever and innovative solutions for real business challenges.

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Qligent Amplifies QoE Monitoring with Vision-VOD at IBC2018 Posted: 14/08/2018
Qligent Amplifies QoE Monitoring with Vision-VOD at IBC2018

Qligent, a specialist in cloud-based, enterprise-level content monitoring and analysis, will introduce Vision-VOD, a new automated, file-based solution for front-end QC and back-end quality of experience (QoE) verification ofvideo-on-demand (VOD) content. The fully virtualized application stands apart from competitive systems by taking the responsibility for last-mile content verification out of the broadcaster’s hands, and without limitation as to where and how widely it can be deployed.

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