Now shipping, Picturestore makes its UK show debut at Broadcast Video Expo with four technically-innovative picture storage products which combine the different strengths of solid-state fast reading and writing DRAM and Flash permanent memory. Designed for branding HD or SD television stations, MultiLogo is Crystal Vision’s sophisticated modular logo keyer – a space-saving board which provides three layers of keying from a variety of internal and external sources, including a generous 4 GB eight-port non-volatile video store that can read six images and write two images all at the same time. Ideal for sports or live events programming, Clip N Key allows a special clip or sting of up to 30 seconds in HD or 150 seconds in SD to be played repeatedly, making it the most convenient way to add extra video sources to a mixer to enhance transitions without tying up a valuable server port. Playback is Crystal Vision’s innovative instant replay device which can replay 30 seconds of HD video or 155 seconds of SD at a significantly lower price than the hard drive alternatives, making sports replay technology affordable for the first time. Finally ViViD HD-20 is a variable video delay line designed for engineers who need to match extra long delays in their system, providing 21 seconds of delay in HD and 119 seconds in SD.
Crystal Vision will also be using Broadcast Video Expo to launch its first 3GHz products – four distribution amplifiers designed to suit all budgets and applications. All four DAs can distribution 3G HD, HD or SDI, making them ideal for multi-standard environments. Ideal for economical distribution, the 3GDA105N provides five non-reclocked outputs, while the ‘double decker’ 3GDA111N provides eleven. For those engineers who prefer to reclock their signals, there is the 3GDA105C (five reclocked outputs) and the 3GDA111C (eleven outputs), while both boards have auto detection of input – recognising whether the standard is HD or SD and switching the output slew rate automatically. Visitors to Stand D64 can also find out about Crystal Vision’s long-term plans for 3G HD, with 3GHz versions of the company’s popular embedding and synchronising products due for release in 2009.
Also new at the show will be three analogue video distribution amplifiers able to indicate the presence of HD video, making them ideal for distributing HD or SD analogue reference or video. The single channel VDA110M HD and VDA110R HD and dual channel VDA210M HD each offer a flexible configuration of outputs and provide high quality equalisation to correct any distortion to the analogue signal caused by up to 300m of cable length, as well as gain adjustments of +/-3dB.
Visitors will also be able to try out the SNMP monitoring which Crystal Vision has recently added to its frames and boards to give them improved integration with station management software. Able to work with any SNMP manager, Crystal Vision’s SNMP agent can either report the status or generate traps on a status change of any board in the frame. To use SNMP, customers need a Crystal Vision frame running Linux, upgraded front panel software and appropriate MIBs.
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.