Crystal Vision Unveils New Video-Over-IP Frame System

Crystal Vision has announced a new frame system, Vision 3, which includes support for IP and 4K production and distribution. The video over IP solution helps convert signals between SDI and IP.

With higher packing density to house up to 20 cards, there is plenty of room for the Vision 3 product range—which includes chroma and linear keyers, up and down converters, synchronizers, embedders, video and audio delays and audio converters. Extra outputs ensure that more signals can be used, eliminating the need for external DAs. In addition, dual frame syncs distributed from the frame to each card allows easier wiring and redundant operation.

Vision 3 has two 1Gb/s Ethernet connections for control and file transfer which allows the card software to be updated remotely. There is also remote backup to restore all card settings and presets for added system security.

One of the many advantages of the Vision 3 frame is its ability to handle higher bandwidth signals and Crystal Vision will shortly be introducing gateway and firewall products to help broadcasters make the transition to an IP video infrastructure. Converting between SDI and IP signals and offering wide protocol support, the gateway products all have a fully functioning software-based IP stack providing support for ARP, IEEE802.1g (VLAN), IGMP (Multicasting), ICMP and ping. Multiple IP addresses can be used for each connection to allow access to multiple VLANs from the same physical connection.

An IP-only version of the product allows changing of the IP addresses and other network settings to provide firewall capability. There are video synchronizers on every stream and up to ten frames of delay – plus status reporting of video validity, video standard, black or frozen video and audio silence.

In other product lines, Crystal Vision has released three keying products in its new Vision range, that all support 3Gb/s, HD or SD sources and include extra main and auxiliary outputs. The SAFIRE 3-VF is ideal for virtual studios, complete with extra features like built-in color correction and video delay. The SAFIRE 3-VF XPRESS is an affordable high-quality chroma keyer with easy control, that’s ideal for weather, news bureaus and other single static camera applications. Lastly, for linear keying needs, the LKEY-VF is designed for the simple keying of one graphic over video streams and includes vital features such as a framestore synchronizer on each input, masks with adjustable edge softness and fades.

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.

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