Cobalt Digital has launched OBSIDIAN3G, a range of frame-based products that combine high-quality performance and improved density with a sensible price structure to accommodate all broadcasting facilities as well as mobile truck environments.
Developed using the latest chip technology, the series debuts with a downconverter series that combines low power with a high-density design allowing up to 20 cards per frame when a dual-channel unit becomes available in the future. Features include 3G/HD/SD-SDI input, frame sync, SDI reclocking, SD-SDI and analog video/audio outputs. The 9501-DCDA auto-detects and downconverts SMPTE 425/292/259M formats, performs aspect ratio conversion, and can pan and zoom.
A GUI-based output crosspoint allows flexible SDI or CVBS outputs on four process-output BNC. Full embedded audio processing with selectable downmix and analog audio-de-embed is included. OBSIDIAN3G offers full proc control, full timecode and closed-captioning capabilties. It includes complete SMPTE SAA/STA overlays, assignable to composite or SDI outputs, or both.
Models include the OBSIDIAN3G 9501-DCDA-3G, for those requiring comprehensive 3G downconversion; the OBSIDIAN3G 9501-DCDA-HD, for when 3G downconversion isn't presently needed but will be in the future; and the OBSIDIAN3G 9501-DCDA-3G, for when production is switching to 3G but still needs to interface to legacy HD gear.