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Crystal Vision brings 10 new IP apps to NAB 2020

At the 2020 NAB Show, Crystal Vision will be showing the latest picture processing software apps for its MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware, all of which can work with IP, with SDI or with both IP and SDI at the same time. The functionality offered by these apps – which support ST 2022, ST 2110 video and 31 different SDI standards including 1080p – includes web browser keying, linear keying, picture-in-picture, clean switching, video delay, colour correction and up and down conversion. Their support for multiple signal formats gives the easiest possible SDI to IP upgrade, while also making the apps perfect for mixed SDI and IP installations as well as fully IP environments. One of the booth highlights will be the unique M-WEBKEY IP/SDI web browser keyer app, which provides a cost-effective alternative to a full graphics system. Other SDI products on show include the popular Cleanit profanity delays and Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer.

Two of the new software apps being shown are keyers, ideal for channel branding as well as providing news, weather, advert and emergency information overlays for both IP and SDI infrastructures. All of Crystal Vision’s software apps run on the MARBLE-V1 media processor (a card housed in the Vision 3 frame) which features a powerful CPU/GPU processor, six bi-directional SDI connections and four 10GbE SFP+ network interface ports and allows different apps to be installed when needs change. The M-WEBKEY is an IP/SDI web browser keyer and is unique because it can key a web page on to a video input. The M-WEBKEY allows Flow 1 or a matte to be set as the background source, with the overlaid foreground source and key signal (which defines the graphic’s location and transparency) coming from the URL that is entered. With traditional keying, the external key and fill have to be created and output as video which requires expensive dedicated character generator hardware, whereas keying a web page means that the key and fill source never become video. The M-WEBKEY plus a web designer and web server could provide all the graphics for a channel – saving broadcasters money compared to a traditional graphics system. The M-WEBKEY can be used with IP, with SDI or with both IP and SDI at the same time for hybrid systems. Features include the ability to fade the key up and down, masks and cropping, a framestore synchroniser plus ten frames of video delay to help with system integration and extensive signal monitoring.

For those wanting a more traditional linear keyer which uses video sources for the background, key and fill, the new M-KEY software app is available – which can be used with IP, with SDI or with both IP and SDI at the same time. It allows Flows 1, 2 or 3 or a matte to be used as the background, and Flows 1, 2, or 3 to be used as the key signal and foreground overlay. Features include fades, masks, cropping and signal monitoring, along with a framestore synchroniser and up to ten frames of video delay to help sort out any timing issues.

Also being launched at the show is the M-PIP software app, an IP/SDI dual picture-in-picture device. The M-PIP has been designed for IP or SDI playout applications that need one or two picture-in-picture boxes to be inset on the main programme. It allows two input flows to be sized, positioned and cropped in advance (with edge softness and border generation available), and then layered – when required, using preset recall – over either the third input flow or an internal matte generator.

Crystal Vision’s clean routing switches have always been popular and the NAB Show sees the launch of a dual channel IP fail-safe routing switch that also works with SDI. Including two independent 2 x 1 switches, the M-SAFESWITCH-2 software app has been designed to guarantee a clean switch. With a full framestore synchroniser on each input (plus the ability to delay the earliest arriving input by up to ten frames), it can correct for any timing difference between the two inputs – resulting in no disruption to the output picture when a switch takes place. Further protection comes from the user-defined timing source priority for redundancy, with the option of selecting from the two analogue references on the Vision 3 frame as well as PTP master and backup signals – should the main syncs become invalid, it will automatically switch to the specified backup syncs. Ideal for planned maintenance switches to manually re-route a good signal around broken equipment, the M-SAFESWITCH-2 can also be used as a very sophisticated auto changeover switch, with the option of selecting from ten different fault conditions to automatically trigger the switch. These fault conditions are input missing, input video standard incorrect, active video black, active video frozen, video error, packet loss, audio group 1 missing, audio group 2 missing, audio group 3 missing and audio group 4 missing.

Always well known for its video delays, Crystal Vision will be showing four new video delay software apps which work with IP, with SDI or with both and are designed for matching any system delays, such as those caused by virtual studio graphics, MPEG encoders and decoders, audio processing, HD radio links and satellite links. All include a framestore synchroniser and support PTP in addition to analogue references as a timing source. The triple channel M-VIVID100-3 provides up to 100 frames of video delay per channel (two seconds in 3Gb/s and four seconds in HD and SD). The dual channel M-VIVID200-2 provides up to 200 frames of video delay per channel (four seconds in 3Gb/s and eight seconds in HD and SD). The dual channel M-VIVID400-2 offers up to 400 frames of video delay per channel (eight seconds in 3Gb/s and 16 seconds in HD and SD). Finally – for those big delay requirements – the single channel M-VIVID800 provides up to 800 frames of video delay (16 seconds in 3Gb/s and 32 seconds in HD and SD).

The M-COCO-2 is a dual channel IP/SDI colour corrector and legaliser software app and has been designed for manipulating colours to correct for camera or lighting problems or to standardise pictures shot at different times. Its colour correction tools include RGB gain, RGB lift, YUV gain, YUV lift, Video gain, Chroma gain, Chroma hue and both overall and individual RGB Gamma adjustment as well as – new for Crystal Vision – Black Stretch and Highlight Stretch, which are particularly useful for correcting in shot picture monitors.

Crystal Vision has always been known for the excellent picture quality of its up and down converters, and the tenth and final new software app being launched at the NAB Show is the M-UPDOWN-2 – a dual channel IP/SDI up and down converter. Perfect for any video-only application requiring format conversion in an IP infrastructure, it can also work with SDI or with both IP and SDI for hybrid installations. The M-UPDOWN-2 can up, down and cross convert between SD, 720p, 1080i, 1080psF and 1080p, with the 1080psF conversions offered by Crystal Vision for the first time. Each input flow has two independent outputs that can be different formats, perfect for studios and playout areas that need to operate in HD and SD simultaneously.

Some of Crystal Vision’s most popular SDI products in the US will also be available for demonstration on Booth SL7409. These include the Cleanit video and audio profanity delay system, which allows a live content stream to be delayed by up to 20 seconds (in HD), giving the operator time to react and prevent the broadcast of unwanted or offensive video or audio material. Also available for demonstration will be the Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer, with its simple intuitive workflow for setting up a key, support for resolutions from SD to 1080p and features such as lighting compensation, colour correction and video delay.

Crystal Vision releases IP gateways that work with both ST 2110 and ST 2022 video

Crystal Vision recently released three IP gateways which work with ST 2110 video as well as ST 2022, increasing their usefulness in broadcast systems. IP inputs and outputs are individually selectable between ST 2022 and ST 2110, allowing use with both protocols at the same time if required. Designed for transporting uncompressed video over 10GbE IP networks, Crystal Vision’s IP gateways are software apps that run on the MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware and offer an extensive set of features that make it easy to get and keep IP systems working.

The M-GWSDIIP-6 gateway software app encapsulates SDI to IP. It converts up to six HD/SD or three 3Gb/s SDI input connections and allows flexible assignment of the converted flows to either of the two output 10GbE IP network interfaces; alternatively the second 10GbE network interface can be configured for ST 2022-7 redundant streaming or the protect equivalent for ST 2110. The M-GWIPSDI-6 gateway software app de-encapsulates SDI from 10GbE IP networks. It converts to six HD/SD or three 3Gb/s SDI output connections, with flexible assignment of the converted flows from either of the two input 10GbE IP network interfaces; alternatively the second 10GbE network interface can be configured for ST 2022-7 redundant input streaming or the protect equivalent for ST 2110. The M-GWIPIP-6 IP to IP translator software app de-encapsulates and re-encapsulates video (up to six HD/SD or three 3Gb/s) between up to four bi-directional 10GbE IP network interfaces, with flexible assignment of the flows to the networks. All three software apps run on the MARBLE-V1 media processor (a card housed in the Vision frame) which features a powerful CPU/GPU processor, six bi-directional SDI connections and four 10GbE SFP+ network interface ports.

These software apps are suited to any ST 2022 system and to ST 2110 studio environments when the video and audio are processed separately. The M-GWSDIIP-6 and M-GWIPSDI-6 IP gateways are designed for integrating SDI into an IP environment and IP into an SDI environment, whether those environments are ST 2022, ST 2110 or a mixture of both. Where different IP areas are connected together, the flexible M-GWIPIP-6 IP to IP translator app can be useful in many applications. Examples include network address translation, to translate unicast addresses to multicast addresses, as a media firewall providing security isolation, and for ST 2022-6 to 2022-7 protocol translation or the equivalent conversion with ST 2110-20 main and protect.

The IP gateways come with an extensive list of features which bring multiple benefits to the broadcaster. The M-GWSDIIP-6, M-GWIPSDI-6 and M-GWIPIP-6 software apps are all available to buy now.

Crystal Vision to introduce 16 new apps at IBC2019

At IBC 2019 Crystal Vision will be rolling out the latest software apps for its flexible MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware, with MARBLE’s mixed SDI and IP I/O making it easy to transition between SDI, ST 2022 and ST 2110. These software apps – which can be replaced as needs change – offer functionality such as video delay, synchronisation, colour correction, IP to IP processing and gateways, with different versions available to help those working in an IP, SDI or mixed SDI/IP environment. The rest of the interface and keying product range – including the Cleanit profanity delays and Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer – will all be available for demonstration at Crystal Vision’s new front of Hall 2 location.

A card housed in the Vision frame, the flexible MARBLE-V1 media processor features a powerful CPU/GPU processor, six bi-directional SDI connections, four 10GbE SFP+ network interface ports and eight bi-directional discrete AES stereo channels. MARBLE-V1’s functionality comes from the installation of a software app, with apps that are bought with the hardware able to be replaced with different apps as needs change – helping broadcast engineers to make the most of their budgets. The initial apps for MARBLE-V1 were IP gateways and IP to IP translators for making adjustments to IP flows. These are now joined by an additional 16 apps providing powerful solutions for a wide range of IP and SDI video delay and colour correction requirements.

Eight of the software apps being launched at IBC are video delays. These are available with different numbers of channels (single or dual) and delay lengths as well as either SDI, IP or both SDI and IP connectivity and all include a framestore synchroniser allowing engineers to delay and synchronise at the same time. The industry’s first video delays to offer IP connectivity, the VIVID1-IP app is a single channel IP video delay while the VIVID2-IP is a dual channel IP video delay. Four apps are available for those working in mixed SDI/IP environments: the VIVID1-IP-SDI (single channel) and VIVID2-SDI-IP (dual channel) combined SDI to IP gateways and video delays, along with the single channel VIVID1-IP-SDI and dual channel VIVID2-IP-SDI which are combined IP to SDI gateways and video delays. Finally the single channel VIVID1-SDI and dual channel VIVID2-SDI introduce an SDI video delay to the Vision frame system for the first time while offering an easy upgrade path to IP and a lower price than the Indigo frame versions. All the video delay apps are suitable for matching any 3Gb/s, HD or SD extended system delays, such as those caused by virtual studio graphics, MPEG encoders and decoders, audio processing, HD radio links and satellite links. The single channel versions provide up to 800 frames of video delay, which is 16 seconds in 3Gb/s and 32 seconds in HD and SD. The dual channel versions provide up to 400 frames of video delay per channel, therefore eight seconds in 3Gb/s and 16 seconds in HD and SD. The apps with IP connectivity work initially with SMPTE ST 2022 with future upgrade to ST 2110 video.

The other eight software apps making their debut on Stand 2.B59 are colour correctors, ideal for manipulating colours to correct for camera or lighting problems or to standardise pictures shot at different times. Like the video delays, the colour corrector apps are available in single and dual channel versions and with either SDI, IP or both SDI and IP connectivity. The single channel COCO1-IP and dual channel COCO2-IP are the broadcast industry’s first IP colour correctors. Also available are four apps which combine an IP gateway with colour corrector, with the single channel COCO1-IP-SDI and dual channel COCO2-IP-SDI providing conversion from IP to SDI, and the single channel COCO1-SDI-IP and dual channel COCO2-SDI-IP allowing conversion from SDI to IP. Two SDI versions (the single channel COCO1-SDI and dual channel COCO2-SDI) give the Vision frame system an SDI colour corrector for the first time, with the benefits of an easy upgrade path to IP as well as support for even more SDI video standards than the Indigo frame version, with 31 standards supported. The apps with IP connectivity work initially with SMPTE ST 2022 with future upgrade to ST 2110 video. All eight apps offer an extensive range of colour correction tools including RGB gain, RGB lift, YUV gain, YUV lift, Video gain, Chroma gain, Chroma hue and both overall and individual RGB Gamma adjustment, while they also include a legaliser. Uses for the colour corrector apps include adjusting the colours on in-shot monitors, being placed before an encoder to set the range of colours to be transmitted and the correction of computer-generated or post production outputs.

Other products on the Crystal Vision stand will include the new Cleanit video and audio profanity delay system, which allows a live content stream to be delayed by up to 20 seconds (in HD), giving the operator time to react and prevent the broadcast of unwanted or offensive video or audio material. Available either to buy or for short-term hire, Cleanit has already been used for protecting a diverse range of applications, from television broadcasts to the Internet transmission of eGaming events. IBC also gives visitors an opportunity to try out the Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer, with its simple intuitive workflow for setting up a key, support for resolutions from SD to 1080p and features such as lighting compensation, colour correction and video delay to help solve common real world issues.

Crystal Vision releases Cleanit profanity delay system

Cleanit is Crystal Vision‘s new profanity delay system. One of the few products available for protecting video as well as audio, Cleanit allows a live content stream to be delayed by up to 20 seconds in HD (ten seconds in 3Gb/s or 110 seconds in SD), giving the operator time to react and prevent the broadcast of unwanted or offensive video or audio material – such as expletives, obscene gestures, wardrobe malfunctions, bloopers, competitor mentions, coughing fits or technical problems. Features which make Cleanit the ideal profanity delay solution include its budget-friendly flexibility (multiple packages allow the broadcaster to just pay for the amount of protection needed), the ability to delay the programme by the exact amount required and the simple, intuitive control using a smart button box or computer GUI – with the choice of either manual or automatic operation of the cover/uncover functions.

Shipping now, Cleanit enables broadcasters to get the perfect level of protection needed for their production. This easy-to-use fully integrated solution – which is based on the Crystal Vision Indigo range of modular products and frames – is available in different versions to suit all requirements and budgets. Cleanit 1 and Cleanit 3 are both designed for video containing embedded audio. Cleanit 1’s audio cover allows the operator to mute (or shuffle) up to 16 channels of embedded audio to mask unwanted content, while Cleanit 3’s audio and video cover allows for audio mute (or shuffle) of up to 16 channels of embedded audio as well as video freeze (or black). Cleanit 2 is designed for video and discrete audio, with its audio cover allowing for audio mute (or shuffle) of eight channels of 110 ohm AES or four channels of analogue audio. Cleanit Custom is for those who need any additional functionality – such as the insertion of a graphic or audio file or clean switching to another source. Cleanit Custom can also be used to get extra video outputs or video outputs in different formats, synchronise the programme, get additional delay or use discrete 75 ohm AES or fibre input or output – and will be custom designed to meet the broadcaster’s exact requirements. Cleanit makes the most of rack space: one standard Cleanit will fit in a desk top box, with up to three in a 1U frame or six in a 2U frame.

Configuration and operation is straightforward. VisionWeb is a free-of-charge way of operating Cleanit from a web browser running on any device connected to the same network, with its simple GUI making it easy to set the delay timings and activate the audio and video covers, as well as providing feedback status of when the system has been initiated and when it returns to normal operation. The SBB-4 smart button box is perfect for live operation: with four big buttons to press, it features clear text (using LCD graphics) and colour indications of function and status. Using VisionWeb or the SBB-4, the cover/uncover functions can be activated either manually or automatically and can be either delayed or (for missed profanities) immediate.

Explained Crystal Vision’s managing director, Philip Scofield: “Customers have told us that the Cleanit profanity delay gives them confidence to make programmes which engage with the audience. Anything inappropriate is simply and safely removed. The configuration options ensure that the operation meets the exact requirement and provides value for money.”

Crystal Vision at NAB 2019

At the 2019 NAB Show, Crystal Vision will be showing its flexible IP platform, the MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware and its initial software apps: IP gateways between SDI and SMPTE 2022 or 2110, and IP to IP translators which can make adjustments to IP flows and are ideal for use as a media firewall. The company will also be demonstrating its popular SDI chroma keyers, logo keyers, video delays, colour correctors and fail-safe routing switches – including its new profanity delay range which make it easy to remove unwanted audio or video from a live feed.

The MARBLE-V1 media processor is the industry’s most flexible solution to video over IP. Crystal Vision’s IP products are software apps which run on MARBLE-V1 hardware, with apps that are bought with the hardware able to be replaced with different apps as needs change – helping broadcast engineers to make the most of their budgets. A card housed in the Vision frame, MARBLE-V1 has a powerful CPU/GPU processor, six bi-directional SDI connections, four 10GbE SFP+ network interface ports and eight bi-directional discrete AES stereo channels. The initial six software apps are IP gateways for the transport of uncompressed video over 10GbE IP networks, converting to and from SMPTE 2022 or SMPTE 2110, and IP to IP translators which can help broadcasters solve any IP problems. A particularly popular application for the IP to IP translators is as the perfect media firewall: they automatically stop everything going through apart from video and audio and include features which sort out all the issues that people are having. Crystal Vision’s IP software apps include support for 31 SDI video standards, redundant streaming, clean switching between flows, sophisticated synchronising, PTP reference, video delay, unicast and multicast transmission, signal and flow monitoring, support for AES67, SDP reading and writing, traffic shaping and features to ensure network security.

At the 2019 NAB Show Crystal Vision will be launching Cleanit, its new range of SDI profanity/obscenity delays. All live broadcasts in the US require protection of content, with this application becoming increasingly prevalent in other parts of the world. Cleanit allows a live video and audio content stream to be delayed by up to 20 seconds (in HD), giving the operator time to react and prevent the broadcast of unwanted or offensive audio or video material. Cleanit works with 3Gb/s, HD and SD video and with embedded audio as well as discrete AES and analogue audio and is based on Crystal Vision’s Indigo range of modular products and frames. There is simple, intuitive control of the fully integrated solution using either a computer GUI or the SBB-4 smart button box which features four programmable LCD switches and connects to the Crystal Vision frame via Ethernet. The controls allow for automation of the cover/uncover functions as well as instant control. The four standard versions of Cleanit take care of the most common applications. Cleanit 1 allows for audio mute or shuffle (to another embedded source or external discrete source) of up to 16 audio channels of embedded audio. Cleanit 2 is designed for those using discrete audio and allows for audio mute or shuffle of up to eight audio channels of analogue audio or 110 ohm AES. Cleanit 3 gives the ability to freeze or black the video in addition to the audio muting or shuffling. Finally, Cleanit 4 allows a switch to another video source in addition to the audio muting or shuffling. With Cleanit Custom, different functions can be added to the mix – such as inserting a graphic from a clipstore – with flexible customisation of the control GUIs and button box to satisfy individual requirements.

New applications have resulted in a recent surge in the popularity of Crystal Vision’s niche SDI products, with products on show this year including the chroma keyers, logo keyers, video delays, colour correctors and fail-safe routing switches. Broadcasters are increasingly finding more and more uses for PCs – from automated playout using channel in a box systems to automatic generation of subtitles by processing the audio – but users worry about their reliability. Putting a Safe Switch 3G intelligent and clean 2 x 2 fail-safe routing switch in the system builds in redundancy and is allowing broadcasters to confidently use equipment that doesn’t meet their quality of service requirement while saving money. Monitoring 18 different fault conditions, Safe Switch 3G automatically switches to a good signal. Its two independent framestore synchronisers ensure no disruption to the output on switching and it can automatically compensate for timing differences, with up to 25 frames of delay to ensure the switch is seamless.

Crystal Vision at BVE 2019

At BVE 2019 Crystal Vision will be showing its flexible IP platform, the MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware and the initial six software apps which run on it. These apps are IP gateways between SDI and SMPTE 2022 or 2110, and IP to IP translators which can make adjustments to IP flows and are ideal for use as a media firewall. Crystal Vision will also be showing its extensive range of modular interface and keyers for those planning SDI projects, including its popular chroma keyers, video delays and fail-safe routing switches.

Crystal Vision’s IP products are software apps which run on the MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware, a card housed in the Vision frame and featuring a powerful CPU/GPU processor, six bi-directional SDI connections, four 10GbE SFP+ network interface ports and eight bi-directional discrete AES stereo channels. The initial six software apps are IP gateways for the transport of uncompressed video over 10GbE IP networks, converting to and from SMPTE 2022 or SMPTE 2110, and IP to IP translators which can help broadcasters solve any IP problems. There is currently considerable interest in using the IP-IP-2022 IP to IP translator as a media firewall, particularly for applications such as connecting to the cloud, providing signals to and from Telcos, connecting “inside” and “outside” areas together and connecting together two “inside” areas where different options have been selected. The IP-IP-2022 automatically stops everything going through apart from video and audio – as well as including features which sort out all the issues that people are having. These features include network security, unicast to multicast conversion, Network Address Translation, data shaping and flexible network redundancy.

The Safire 3 chroma keyer has always been a popular choice for UK broadcasters (who use it for weather, general election coverage and many other applications) and it is now the lowest cost of the industry’s best real-time chroma keyers following a significant price drop.

Also available on Stand E50 will be highlights from Crystal Vision’s popular range of SDI interface, including up and down converters, video delays, fail-safe routing switches, synchronisers, colour correctors, audio embedders and fibre transmitters and receivers. New applications have resulted in a recent surge in the popularity of Crystal Vision’s niche SDI products. For example, broadcasters are increasingly finding more and more uses for PCs – from automated playout using channel in a box systems to automatic generation of subtitles by processing the audio. PCs running Windows operating systems with broadcast graphics cards create powerful systems at a reasonable price – but users worry about their reliability. Putting a Safe Switch 3G intelligent and clean 2 x 2 fail-safe routing switch in the system builds in redundancy and is allowing broadcasters to confidently use equipment that doesn’t meet their quality of service requirement. Monitoring 18 different fault conditions, Safe Switch 3G automatically switches to a good signal. Its two independent framestore synchronisers ensure no disruption to the output on switching and it can automatically compensate for timing differences, with up to 25 frames of delay to ensure the switch is seamless. If the PC is delaying the signal by more than that 25 frames, extra delays can be added to the path by using a device such as Crystal Vision’s ViViD 3G-20 video delay, which can delay a 1080i signal by up to 20 seconds.

 

Flexible security added to Crystal Vision frames

Crystal Vision has recently added flexible security to its Indigo and Vision frames, with the ability to switch off services that are not required. Designed to make the control of the company’s SDI and IP cards more secure, it is now possible for a user to individually disable FTP, HTTP, SNMP, ASCII, SSH and the Statesman PC control software in order to prevent unwanted access to the frames. It is also possible to remove the Network Configuration, SNMP Configuration and Software Upgrade menus, should this be required.

Restricting access to the frames is particularly useful in large installations where many people have access to the control network and disgruntled staff are often considered the biggest security risk. The new feature was introduced following the request of a broadcaster who was making its control network accessible anywhere from within and outside the premises and therefore wanted to make it more secure and only available to those with authority to use it.

Explained Crystal Vision’s managing director, Philip Scofield: “With these changes our customers can further protect themselves from malicious attacks from people who have network access to the control and monitoring of Crystal Vision products – whether SDI or IP. As each service is individually enabled or disabled, the customer can make their own choice between security and flexibility of access.”

Crystal Vision offers two frame systems. The long-established Indigo frame system offers a choice of three frame sizes – 2U, 1U and desk top box – and the biggest range of products, including chroma keyers and a full range of SDI interface. FTP, HTTP, SNMP, ASCII and the Statesman software can be disabled on the Indigo frames. The forward-looking Vision frame system is aimed at those planning an IP installation or who want the most features on their SDI interface products. FTP, HTTP, SNMP, ASCII and SSH can be disabled on the 3U Vision frame. The new security features are available with Indigo frame software V5.9 and Vision frame software V1.5.

Disabling unwanted services is straightforward. After requesting a password from Crystal Vision support, the operator needs to FTP into the control folder on the Crystal Vision frame where a number of files can be found, each dedicated to a service. To disable a service the file either needs to be removed or renamed, so that the frame cannot find it on boot up. Services can be restored by adding a removed file or restoring the original name.

Crystal Vision at IBC 2018

At IBC 2018 Crystal Vision will be showing its flexible IP platform, the MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware and the initial six software apps which run on it. These apps are IP gateways between SDI and SMPTE 2022 or 2110, and IP to IP translators for making adjustments to IP flows – including protocol conversion between ST 2022 and ST 2110. Amongst the full range of modular SDI interface and keying products on show will be the Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer, which now combines its high quality keying, easy workflow and five year warranty benefits with a significant price drop.

The MARBLE-V1 media processor is the industry’s most flexible solution to video over IP. Crystal Vision’s IP products are software apps which run on MARBLE-V1 hardware, with apps that are bought with the hardware able to be replaced with different apps as needs change – helping broadcast engineers to make the most of their budgets. Featuring a powerful CPU/GPU processor that runs Linux and a Crystal Vision developed operating system layer which is the connecting fabric to the software-defined apps, MARBLE-V1 is a card housed in the Vision frame. It has six bi-directional SDI connections, four 10GbE SFP+ network interface ports, eight bi-directional discrete AES stereo channels and multiple referencing capabilities. The initial software apps – SDI6-IP-2022, IP-SDI6-2022, SDI6-IP-2110 and IP-SDI6-2110 – are IP gateways for the transport of uncompressed video over 10GbE IP networks, converting to and from SMPTE 2022 or SMPTE 2110. The unique IP to IP translator apps – IP-IP-2022 and IP-IP-2110 – can be used for network address translation, multicast to unicast address conversion, the creation of media firewalls and ST 2022 to ST 2110 protocol conversion – and so help broadcasters solve any IP problems. The gateway and translator apps include support for 31 SDI video standards, redundant streaming, clean switching between flows, sophisticated synchronising, PTP reference, video delay, unicast and multicast transmission, signal and flow monitoring, traffic shaping and features to ensure network security. Additional features on the 2110 apps include support for AES67 (including the input or output of external digital audio via the DIOP8 piggyback), SDP reading and writing and AMWA NMOS IS-04 and IS-05.

IBC is always a good place to have demonstrations of the Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer, which is now the lowest cost of the industry’s best real-time chroma keyers following a significant price drop. With its advantages including Crystal Vision’s responsive technical support and five year warranty, Safire 3 is ideal for applications from weather to immersive virtual studios, with a simple intuitive workflow for setting up a key, support for resolutions from SD to 1080p and features such as lighting compensation, colour correction and video delay to help solve common real world issues. Enhancements over the last year include new colour spill processing, as well as improved live operation following changes made to the VisionPanel control panel. The new price makes it easier for large broadcasters to justify a chroma keyer on each camera which gives the most flexible system when using a virtual set that works from different camera angles, improving the workflow and reducing the stress levels of the operators during live applications. For smaller broadcasters who previously had to rely on the lower quality chroma keyers in their studio mixers, the new pricing allows them to have better quality keying.

With some broadcasters expressing general concerns about being hacked, Crystal Vision will be showing the increased security it has recently added to its Indigo and Vision frames – including the ability to prevent access to the frames via FTP, SSH, HTTP, SNMP and ASCII control protocols.

Also available on Stand 2.C28 will be highlights from Crystal Vision’s popular range of SDI interface, including up and down converters, logo keyers, video delays, fail-safe routing switches, synchronisers, colour correctors, audio embedders and fibre transmitters and receivers.

Big price reduction for Crystal Vision chroma keyer

Crystal Vision has significantly reduced the price of its Safire 3 chroma keyer, making it now the lowest cost of the industry’s best real-time chroma keyers and with the price drop bringing benefits to both large and small broadcasters.

With its advantages including Crystal Vision’s responsive technical support and five year warranty, the Safire 3 modular chroma keyer is ideal for real-time applications from weather to immersive virtual studios, with a simple intuitive workflow for setting up a key, support for resolutions from SD to 1080p and features such as lighting compensation, colour correction and video delay to help solve common real-world issues. Enhancements over the last year include new colour spill processing, as well as improved live operation following changes made to the VisionPanel control panel.

Crystal Vision’s managing director, Philip Scofield explained: “Safire 3’s high quality chroma keying will add realism to any virtual set. Not only does Safire 3 provide the best quality keying for some of the most prestigious broadcasters in the world, the new pricing means that it can now be used as a significant upgrade to systems that rely on the lower quality chroma keyers provided with some mixers.”

Safire 3 is used by many major broadcasters and the price reduction allows larger broadcasters to buy more chroma keyers. The new price makes it easier for them to justify a chroma keyer on each camera which gives the most flexible system when using a virtual set that works from different camera angles, improving the workflow and reducing the stress levels of the operators during live applications. There are a number of advantages to having a chroma keyer on more than one camera. Firstly, it allows the operator to preview the chroma keyed shots before taking them to air. When using a single chroma keyer, the composite picture only exists when it is on air and the operator has to select the green screen as the next shot; with an extra chroma keyer it is possible to check what the composite looks like before selecting it. Secondly, it is easier to keep a chroma keyer set up for a single camera – for example, lighting can vary between the different angles – and reduces the need to recall presets to cope with different chroma key settings for different cameras. Finally, broadcasters prefer the multiviewer showing the studio mixer inputs to show composites rather than the green screens.

The new Safire 3 pricing allows smaller broadcasters – who previously had to rely on the lower quality chroma keyers in their studio mixers – to have better quality keying. Safire 3 will always produce better and more reliable results for live virtual productions than studio mixers – especially when the conditions are not perfect. Studio mixers struggle to chroma key if the foreground is similar to the key colour, the production includes shadows or the lighting is not perfect. Safire 3 overcomes these challenges with its excellent foreground suppression of the key colour, key shrink to remove unwanted outlines, shadow enhancement and powerful lighting compensation for uneven illumination of the backdrop – where it boosts the key to get a uniform key signal across the image.

The price reduction came into operation on 1 February 2018 and has already resulted in an increased number of enquiries.

Based at Whittlesford near Cambridge in the UK and providing a full range of interface and keyers, Crystal Vision helps people transition through a range of technologies – from SD to HD and from HD to IP.

Control upgrade brings improved workflow to Crystal Vision’s chroma keyer

Crystal Vision has further improved the operation of its Safire 3 real-time chroma
keyer in a live situation following significant changes to the VisionPanel universal
control panel. VisionPanel is designed to operate up to 16 Crystal Vision Indigo or
Vision frames, with its physical controls making it well suited to those products that
need regular adjustment, such as Safire 3. As broadcasters search for increased
efficiency, the VisionPanel enhancements all result in faster and easier operation, with
various improvements made to the 3U Ethernet control panel’s touch screen, knobs
and hard buttons following consultation with expert users who operate chroma keyers
on a daily basis.

Benefitting from Crystal Vision’s responsive technical support and five year warranty,
the Safire 3 modular real-time chroma keyer is ideal for applications from weather to
immersive virtual studios, with a simple intuitive workflow for setting up a key,
support for resolutions from SD to 1080p and features such as lighting compensation,
colour correction and video delay to help solve common real world issues. With the
competitively-priced Safire 3 currently enjoying its highest level of popularity to date,
Crystal Vision chose to make the enhancements to VisionPanel at this time to make its
chroma keyer even more attractive to those seeking the easiest workflow.

VisionPanel’s touch screen improvements include making it more responsive, as well
as increasing the size of the Home button to make it easier to press. The drop down
menus on the touch screen have been replaced with a ‘radio group’ style control which
allows faster operation – where it used to take two steps to select something, it now
takes one. New navigation has also significantly quickened the workflow when moving
between menus: it is no longer necessary to go via the home screen to change
menus, as tabs for all the other menus within that menu group are now displayed.

VisionPanel’s knob improvements include swapping the coarse and fine adjustment for
easier operation: turning the knob now defaults to the more commonly-used faster
speed adjustment. To get the less-used slow speed adjustment, the operator now
needs to hold down the Shift hard button while turning the knob. There is also a
useful new cal function, where pressing down on the knob defaults the value of the
slider being adjusted.

VisionPanel’s hard button improvements include reassignment of the right-hand hard
buttons to get immediate access to some of the most frequently-used chroma keyer
menus (Key Status and Gain and Spill) as well as to provide a chroma key on/off
toggle. Changes have also been made to make it more obvious which hard button
needs to be pressed to select a particular board: the button for the board currently
being controlled is now lit bright, while the board list on the touch screen now shows
the hard button number in addition to displaying the board name.

Explained Crystal Vision’s Managing Director, Philip Scofield: “We listened to our
customers who work with Safire 3 everyday and they have guided us with this latest
upgrade. Anyone within their five year warranty can bring their existing systems to
the latest standard with no charges for the new software and free advice on how to
install and use it. A Crystal Vision purchase is the beginning of a long-term
relationship.”

The new features are all available now. Existing VisionPanel customers wishing to
upgrade should contact the Crystal Vision support team to request VisionPanel
software v1.6, Safire 3 software v1.9 and Indigo frame software v5.7.

VisionPanel is one of the most popular ways to control Safire 3, but other options are
available. The free VisionWeb Control allows Safire 3 to be operated from a web
browser running on any device which is connected to the same network – from PC to
tablet and mobile phone. For those who like their control as simple as possible, GPIs
can be used to recall presets, fade the keys up and down and switch the key on and
off. Finally, control is also available from SNMP, allowing Safire 3 to be easily
integrated into a third party control system, with SNMP traps available to alert the
operator to a loss of video inputs or other fault conditions.

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