FOR-A Forges 12G and IP Switcher Path

At IBC, expect to see and hear a lot about the combined benefits of 12G-SDI and IP-based technology at the FOR-A booth. The company’s current 12G 4K-compatible product line is being augmented with a range of IP-based products for encoding and distribution.

“With four times the bandwidth of HD, 12G is ideal for high-resolution 4K production,” said Peter Hattan, General Manager of FOR-A UK. “We firmly believe 12G is the right standard for sports, concerts, corporate events, as well 4K productions. Producers can take advantage of our combined IP/SDI Gateway solutions optimized for both the 12G standard and IP-based transmission.”

FOR-A is developing IP interfaces and remote control capability via standard protocols for all the company’s 12G products and designing IP interfaces for the existing 3G/HD product line.

The new HVS-1200 is a 1.5ME 4K12G /3G/HD switcher. Featuring up to 10 12G inputs and eight 12G outputs, the switcher is for 4K/12G productions and/or use of a fly away system in conjunction with an MFR-1000 routing switcher. It offers two MEKEY and one FLEXaKEY (assignable to ME, AUX or DSK), up to four channels of 2.5D DVE, Still/Clip Store, Macro, and Event Memory.

Offering 12G-SDI capability on all inputs and outputs, the 4K 3 M/E HVS-6000 vision mixer makes its IBC debut after its introduction at the NAB. The HVS-6000 the latest unit in FOR-A’s popular line of HANABI switchers. With a maximum of 80 inputs/32 outputs or 64 inputs/48 outputs in 12G-SDI, the HVS-6000 is a 12 RU switcher that’s ideal for users upgrading from HD to full 4K. It offers scalability to users looking to transition to 8K further down the line.

The new MFR-1000 8 X 8 12G (maximum 16 X 16 12G) matrix routing switcher will be introduced at IBC. A 4K- and 8K-compatible routing switcher, the MFR-1000 offers 4K-UHD conversion and 12G compatibility across all inputs and outputs. It provides support for 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD-SDI and DVB-ASI input and output. Automatic signal detection determines the type of SDI input supplied.

FOR-A will also show its new MFR-6000 SD/HD/3G/6G/12G routing switcher. Offering 12G-SDI compatibility across a matrix of up to 144 inputs and 144 outputs, the MFR-6000 brings powerful support to 4K and 8K routing. The MFR-6000 routing switcher enables matrices of 144 x 144 inputs and outputs and supports versatile signal formats, including 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD-SDI and DVB-ASI.

FOR-A will also introduce an integrated baseband/IP control and monitoring system for use in a mixed SDI/IP environment. Designed with future cloud-based operation, it enables gradual integration of SDI systems into the IP era. The system also features a web interface for access from multiple computers.

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