Cobalt Digital at IBC2017

At IBC 2107, Cobalt Digital will introduce their 9971-MV-4K Series multiviewers and the 9904-UDX-4K 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD-SDI UHD up/down/cross-converter for openGear frames.

9971-MV-4K Series 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD-SDI UHD Multiviewers

On display at IBC2017 will be Cobalt's new 9971-MV-4K Series UHD multiviewers with12G-SDI support. The multiviewers' UHD 3840 x 2160 output is available via 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 concurrently, making them 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.

For maximum flexibility in system design, two models are available. The 9971-MV6-4Kaccepts six 12G-SDI inputs, with an order-time option to add four HDMI 2.0 inputs to the mix. For larger system requirements, the 9971-MV18-4K supports up to 18 12G-SDI inputs and will drive two independent UHD display outputs. The multiviewer modules are cascadable, which means users can expand the system as 4K production and broadcast become widely adopted. Support for native ST 2022-6 and 2110 uncompressed audio and video over IP is planned for introduction in the fourth quarter.

9904-UDX-4K 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD-SDI UHD Up/Down/Cross-Converter

Visitors to Cobalt's stand at IBC2017 will see the new 9904-UDX-4K 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD-SDI UHD up/down/cross-converter and frame synchronizer designed for openGear frames. The 9904 can up-convert 3G/HD to UHD1 3840 x 2160, providing either quad 3G-SDI-based square division or two-sample interleave formats, as well as single-wire ST 2082 12G-SDI. The unit can also perform the reverse in down-converter mode and has two HDMI 2.0 outputs for cost-efficient monitoring. In the fourth quarter, Cobalt plans to introduce options for high dynamic range (HDR) as well as ST 2022-6 and 2110 uncompressed audio and video over IP.

Compression Product Feature Enhancements

Cobalt's compression products division has developed useful new features for the company's popular line of MPEG encoders and decoders, which will also be on display at IBC2017. These enhancements include the +RTP/ARQ license option that enables Automatic Repeat request (ARQ), which greatly enhances performance when streaming over the internet or otherwise unstable networks. Unlike SMPTE Forward Error Correction (FEC), the +RTP/ARQ technology doesn't use unnecessary overhead to accommodate potential packet loss. It requests only actual unreceived packets to be resent, which keeps the stream bit rate as economical as possible. Another key feature on display will be Cobalt's support for SMPTE 2038 VANC transport. This industry standard provides the ability to carry ancillary data packets in the MPEG-2 transport stream. Example applications include RS serial data transport and VANC timecode.

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