Cobalt Digital Enhances OpenGear Options

Colbalt Digital is debuting a range of cross convertors, audio encoders and VOD contributors for both openGear frames and the Cobalt’s BBG-1000 Series stand-alone units

Cobalt Digital is to introduce a system that combines FAST (frame-accurate SCTE 104 trigger) insertion with enhanced HLS SCTE 35 streaming on a single platform.

Built for both openGear frames and Cobalt BBG-1100 Series units, the FAST-Stream system is described as providing HLS streams with frame-accurate boundary points complete with the SCTE 35 metadata contained in the associated manifest file. Applications range from on-the-fly C3 VOD contribution to embedded DRM for distributing protected content.


Also new is a 9223-A8 H.264 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS video and eight-channel audio encoder for both openGear and Cobalt BBG-1100 Series. The enhanced audio encoding capacity supports four audio PIDs — up to four stereo or eight mono channels. The firm says that this capability makes the 9223-A8 product a cost-effective solution for broadcast-contribution scenarios where SDI source signals often carry embedded 5.1+2 PCM (surround + SAP) audio that must be maintained throughout ASI and IP transport layers using the MPEG-TS protocol.


Also on display in Vegas will be Cobalt's new 9971-MV-4K-SH UHD Hybrid HDMI 2.0 and 12G-SDI input and output multiviewer. The multiviewer's UHD 3840 x 2160 output is available via 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 concurrently, “making it a cost-effective means of leveraging professional and widely available consumer-grade 4K monitors.”


This makes more pixel space available to source signals while maintaining as much original picture information as possible. The input stage accepts six 3G-SDI signals, with an option to upgrade to 12G-SDI and/or add four HDMI 2.0 inputs to the mix. The multiviewer modules are cascadable, which means users can expand the system as 4K production and broadcast becomes widely adopted.

Visitors to Cobalt's booth will see the new 9904-UDX-4K-12G UHD 12G/3G/HD/SD-SDI up/down/cross converter designed for both openGear frames and Cobalt's BBG-1000 Series stand-alone units. The 9904 can up-convert 3G/HD/SD-SDI to UHD1 3840 x 2160, providing either quad 3G-SDI-based square division or two-sample interleave formats or optional ST 2082 12G-SDI. The unit can also perform the reverse in down-converter mode and has two HDMI 2.0 outputs for monitoring.

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