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Flanders Scientific’s BoxIO and Hardshell Case

New firmware for Flanders Scientific’s BoxIO advanced color management process now has expanded support for more 4K formats.

Earlier this month at the NAB Show in New York, Flanders Scientific, Inc. (FSI) released firmware version 1.39 for their BoxIO advanced dual-channel color management device, giving it support for 2 wire square division 4K formats.

“One of the unique features of our BoxIO 3D LUT box is that it has two SDI ins and outs,” Bram Desmet, CEO of Flanders Scientific, told The Broadcast Bridge. “What that allows you to do is support 4K over two 3Gb/s signal paths for a combined 6 Gb/s of bandwidth which is what a lot of 4K formats need. Our BoxIO has supported this with what is called the ‘two sample interleave process’ almost since its release earlier this year.”

That allowed BoxIO to manage both true 4K (4096 X 2160) and UHD (3840 X 2160) formats.

With this new firmware 1.39 upgrade, BoxIO can now handle an alternative process called “two wire square division 4K” which is required by some devices from vendors such as AJA Video Systems.

“So now our BoxIO color management system works with virtually every type of 4K flavor you can send over a two wire system,” Desmet said.

At the risk of oversimplifying the situation, the two sample interleave process is actually taking four 1920 X 1080P signals, assembled serially onto two signal streams over two wires. These get re-assembled by the receiving device into 4K.

With the two wire square division approach to 4K you have two SDI 3G level B signals, each with two separate 1.5 G signals inside it. Again, they are put together by the receiver into 4K.

The advantage of the two sample interleave approach is that because each link carries the whole image at ¼ resolution, you can monitor the picture on a standard 1080P display. With the square division scheme, you have to reassemble the whole 4K image to see it.

Thanks to custom cut interior foam, FSI’s hardshell case for its 21-inch monitor is the size of a 17-inch monitor case

Thanks to custom cut interior foam, FSI’s hardshell case for its 21-inch monitor is the size of a 17-inch monitor case

Flanders Scientific has also released some new hardshell cases for their AM210 and BM210 21.5-inch monitors.

“We worked hard with the Nanuk case manufacturer, engineered and constructed in Canada by Plasticase, to create custom internal foam,” Desmet said. “This gives you the internal space for our 21-inch monitor in a case the size and weight usually reserved for a 17-inch monitor.”

Each case is waterproof, dustproof and supports the monitor with either a desktop stand or FSI Solutions VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) to light stand adapter attached.

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