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Clip N Key V121

What is it?

Clip N Key V121 clip and sting storeHD/SD clip and sting store with 4 GB of internal storage for 30 seconds of HD video or 150 seconds of SD video.

Reason to choose it...

You could use it to store all the short clips you'll ever need! (Up to 250 of them in fact.) Clip N Key is the most convenient way to add extra video sources to a mixer to enhance transitions, allowing a special clip with optional key signal and audio to be played repeatedly. It won't take up much space (ideal for your OB truck) and it won't involve you tying up a server port unlike other solutions.

Ideal for...

You’re working on any live events including sports programming and have a special clip that you want to play again and again. See who's using it.

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  • Main features
  • Details
  • Specs
  • What outputs do I get?
  • What do I order?
  • Who's using it?

Main features

  • HD/SD clip and sting store
  • Use it to replay the same clip repeatedly in live events programming, such as sports coverage
  • Convenient way to add extra video sources to a mixer to enhance transitions - without tying up a server port
  • 4 GB video store with DRAM and Flash memory can hold up to 250 clips
  • Can store 30 seconds of moving HD video (15 seconds with key signal)
  • Can store 150 seconds of moving SD video (75 seconds with key signal)
  • Clips are created either by recording from the video input (with easy trimming) or are downloaded to the board over 100MBit Ethernet as a graphics file
  • Clip playout can be triggered from a variety of standard protocols including Sony VTR and VDCP
  • Specific driver for Clip N Key provided on the FOR-A HVS-350HS video mixer - means you can trigger specific clips using the mixer control panel
  • Clips can include audio: embed audio from internal store into the video outputs
  • Inputs and outputs accessed by using an appropriate rear module (RM52)
  • Extra peace of mind: relay bypass protection of input to output 1
  • Housed in Indigo rack frames
  • Space-saving: 100mm x 266mm module allows 12 Clip N Key V121 in 2U (six in 1U and two in desk top box)
  • Flexible control: MultiLogo Control Software, board edge, GPI, frame integrated control panel, VisionPanel remote control panel, SNMP or Statesman Lite PC software or the web browser-based VisionWeb Control
  • Five year warranty (with product registration)

Details

The way to play out clips at live events

WipeClip N Key V121 is a low-cost clip and sting store - perfect for that special clip you want to play again and again. With its ability to store and play out up to 150 seconds of moving video, it's the most convenient way to add extra video sources to a mixer to enhance transitions.

Ideal for sports or live events programming, Clip N Key V121 allows a special clip or sting with optional associated key signal and accompanying audio to be played repeatedly - for example, the same moving image each time a team scores a goal.

Clips are created either by recording from the video input (with easy trimming) or are downloaded to the board over 100MBit Ethernet as a graphics file.

Clip playout can be triggered from a variety of standard protocols including Sony VTR and VDCP.

MultiLogo Control Software and file formats

Clip N Key is shipped with a CD containing a special cut-down version of Crystal Vision's instinctive-to-use drag-and-drop MultiLogo Control Software which runs on the graphics computer and allows easy board control and files conversion. The software stores a list of IP addresses at which any Clip N Keys can be found, with the user able to easy change the control from one clip store to another by selecting from the list.

Clip N Key supports the BMP, JPG, TGA, PNG, SCI and WAV file formats. The Image Converter program (included in the MultiLogo Control Software) can be used to convert other file formats to the required Clip N Key format or to convert a series of images to a single file to create a moving image.

Clip N Key's uCLinux operating system results in sophisticated file handling and stability. There is also excellent connectivity with a PC, with the video clips and audio clips transferred over 100Mbit Ethernet from the PC directly into the internal store on the board which allows extensive information to be transported easily.

Store up to 150 seconds of clips

Clip N Key offers a choice of different sources for your clips both internal and external.

The internal store is available with 4 GB of memory. Video and audio clips are copied from the graphics PC to both the DRAM and Flash memories on Clip N Key over 100Mbit Ethernet, providing the dual benefits of DRAM's fast reading and writing and the Flash's non-volatile storage which retains the data even when the power is off. The 4 GB internal store can hold 30 seconds of moving HD video (15 seconds if it includes a key signal) or 150 seconds of moving SD video (75 seconds with key signal). The actual figures are determined by the video standard.

The number of clips able to be stored is dependent on the total length of time used, with a maximum of 250 clips. Each screen in the MultiLogo Control Software indicates how much space you have remaining in the store another useful feature.

It's very easy to transfer video and audio clips from a PC to Clip N Key's internal store using the Store tab on the MultiLogo Control software, with its familiar-looking directory tree. The upper panes show the PC file structure. Just browse to the folder that contains the files you wish to upload and then drag and drop them into the Clip N Key file store in the lower pane.

External sources are also available: Clip N Key can record signals from its external video inputs using the Recorders tab convenient for those clips that are supplied to you on tape or that you need to take from a live video feed. Clip N Key V121 has one external input for the clip or sting. You can record the fill only or key only, set the number of frames to be recorded and trim the recorded video. Mask controls allow the recorded picture size to be reduced to contain just the part of the image of interest and optimise the file size. Any recordings are initially stored in the DRAM memory and need to be copied to the Flash for permanent storage.

Playing out clips

Being a solid-state device, Clip N Key will cue instantly so that any video clip is available to play without the delay that may occur on a disk or tape-based device. Clip N Key's clip playout can be easily triggered using a video mixer or automation system, as required.

The Animation section of the Players tab on the MultiLogo Control Software controls how a stored clip plays out. Normal tells the file to play to the end and then freeze on the final frame. Loop tells the file to play again from the start and is most useful for clips that stay on the screen for an extended period. If you're short of time to make your clip loop cleanly, then you can have the last frame identical to the first with the Bounce control, which plays the clip forwards then backwards repeatedly.

Clip N Key includes easy trimming of recorded video clips which makes it simple to transfer a clip and key from tape and allows flexible use of any clip that has not been prepared for computer download. Simply step through the clip frame by frame using the Next and Previous controls in the Stills section and set your Mark in and Mark out points. The clip will then run from these points, and you can either trim the clip to get rid of the unwanted sections or alternatively cancel the selection and return to the original.

The position of the clip on the screen can be controlled – ideal if you have a less than full screen graphic, as you can place it exactly where you need it to be within the active picture area by moving it horizontally and vertically. To make a clip move from one part of the screen to another, a series of differently-positioned still images can be rendered into one moving image using the Image Converter program.

Always get a correctly-timed output

Clip N Key can be left to free-run or can be locked to either the video input or to an external Black and Burst or tri-level syncs reference using the Genlock source buttons on the Engineering tab. This analogue reference combined with the one-line TBC means that Clip N Key always gives out a correctly-timed, uninterrupted output even after a hot cut from an upstream switch therefore avoiding any transmission problems.

In auto mode the output format will follow the input format or the format of the external reference. Should this not be desired, Clip N Key can be forced to cross-lock by selecting the output video standard.

The output delay sliders can be used to add an offset delay of up to one video line between the input or external reference and the output allowing you to time the Clip N Key output into the rest of your system.

Create simple text

Quick Text is Clip N Key's simple text creation feature.

Useful for applications such as creating a studio ident for internal use, it allows the operator to use the MultiLogo Control Software to type in text and then convert that text to a graphic format which is saved in the Flash store on the Clip N Key board. The graphic can be output from the Clip N Key as a source to a downstream keyer or router.

Quick Text can be used with an unlimited number of characters and with any available Windows font. The text box background can be any 24 bit colour and can be sized up to full screen 1080p.

Give your clips audio

Clip N Key can embed a single audio group into its video outputs, with the audio sourced from 32kHz, 44.1kHz or 48kHz sampled PCM WAV files held in the audio store on Clip N Key.

The audio and video ports can be locked together so that the files can be played out at the same time, with the option to loop the audio or just play it once – perfect for giving the clip accompanying audio. Alternatively the audio and video can be started at different times.

The power of presets

Up to 256 presets can be stored, and are useful for recalling different graphics and audio playout content. Identifying text can be assigned to each numbered preset, such as giving the clip's name and purpose making it quicker for the operator to select the correct preset.

The Preset Import/Export feature allows the operator to easily copy settings from one board to another and allows increased flexibility in backing up and restoring the state of the Clip N Key. The presets are copied to a file on the PC, and this file can then be downloaded to another Clip N Key, giving the same controls and presets as the original. It's perfect for those systems involving multiple clip stores. Where all the Clip N Keys are identical, only one board has to be set up and then the presets can be copied on to the rest. Or if every Clip N Key is different, should a board die then the Preset Import/Export feature provides a quick way to put in a different board and make it look the same as the original in terms of operation. You can choose to import/export either all presets or an individual one, while presets can also be deleted. The current control state of the board is always saved and exported with the presets.

You can also save time with the Save Power On control which allows you to save the state of the Clip N Key after power up and then recall it using the Recall Power On control.

More control options

The MultiLogo Control Software offers the most complete control of Clip N Key. However, it's not the only option available.

Four configurable GPI inputs can be toggled between recalling presets and transition control. If the GPI is set to 'transition' it can trigger the playout of Output 1, Output 2 and the Audio store whichever of these is selected using the MultiLogo Control Software. Clip N Key copes with both pulse and latching GPIs.

Clip N Key supports the VDCP and Sony VTR for those that wish to use these industry standard protocols for operating the clip store using a mixer or automation system made even easier by the dedicated RJ45 connector on the RM52 frame rear module.

Crystal Vision's own ASCII protocol can be easily implemented for simple button box type control, offering a short, simple message structure with no handshaking or error recovery. Supporting both Ethernet and RS422, it provides a method to get and set the value of controls, with Clip N Key's XML file describing all the controls available.

Basic control is also available from Crystal Vision's usual methods board edge switches, an integrated control panel on the AE frames, the VisionPanel remote control panel, SNMP, the Statesman Lite PC software and the VisionWeb Control web browser software.

Save rack space - and protect your output

Crystal Vision frameClip N Key V121 will save you rack space, with up to 12 clip and sting stores fitting in 2U. The 100mm x 266mm module fits in Crystal Vision’s Indigo frames – available in 2U, 1U and desk top box sizes – allowing it to be easily integrated with any of the interface and keying products, while making it ideal for saving space in a sports OB vehicle.

Clip N Key V121 also includes relay bypass protection of the input in the event of power failure or board malfunction or removal.

 

Specs

MECHANICAL

Standard Crystal Vision module 266mm x 100mm

Weight: 200g

Power consumption: 12.5 Watts

OPERATING SYSTEM

Clip N Key runs the uCLinux operating system

VIDEO AND AUDIO STORE

Non-volatile multi-port internal store for pre-prepared clips (4 GB store)

Internal store is duplicated in RAM and Flash

Moving HD video: Clip N Key V121 can store approximately 30 seconds in 50Hz (15 seconds with key signal) and approximately 25 seconds in 59.94Hz (12 seconds with key signal)

Moving SD video: Clip N Key V121 can store approximately 150 seconds (75 seconds with key signal)

Number of clips able to be stored is dependent on total length of time used, with maximum of 250 clips

Flash store is used to preserve all video and audio data when the board is powered down, with data then copied to RAM on power up

DRAM store has two video output streams and one audio output stream

VIDEO INPUT

One HD or SD input for clip (Key signal needs to be input separately)

Sections of the live HD or SD input can be recorded. Number of frames to be recorded can be selected and whether to record fill only or key only. Mask controls can be used to reduce the recorded picture size to the area of interest only

270Mb/s or 1.5Gb/s serial compliant to EBU 3267-E, SMPTE 259 and SMPTE 292-1

HD cable equalisation up to 140m with Belden 1694A or equivalent (approx. 100m with Belden 8281). SD cable equalisation >250m Belden 8281 or equivalent

Input return loss: -15dB for 50MHz to 1.5GHz

Auto 50/59.94Hz and video format selection

ANALOGUE REFERENCE AND DELAY THROUGH BOARD

The output can be locked to an SD Black and Burst or HD tri-level syncs analogue reference

Each input has a one-line TBC to align the input signal timing

SD delay: 6.5us min - one line plus 6.5us max

HD delay: 1.7us min - one line plus 1.7us max

Output timing can be from either an analogue reference or input 1, with a user offset of up to one video line. When locked to an analogue reference, the relative timing will be 0.0us plus any user set delay. Using input 1 as the reference source will give the minimum delay plus any user set delay

Input to output embedded audio processing delay: 4 lines

VIDEO OUTPUTS

One HD or SD clip output and one key output using RM52 frame rear module

Relay bypass protection of the input to the main output

Serial output: 270Mb/s or 1.5Gb/s serial compliant to EBU 3267-E, SMPTE 259 and SMPTE 292-1

In auto mode Clip N Key will default to outputting either the input standard or the external reference standard. When the output required is HD and the reference is SD Black and Burst, Clip N Key can be forced to cross-lock as long as the output format selected and external reference share the same frame rate. The output video standard can be fixed so that the Clip N Key can be powered without input and used as a standalone video source

PLAYING OUT CLIPS

The supported file types are BMP, JPG, TGA, PNG, SGI and WAV (32, 44.1 and 48kHz PCM audio). The included Image Converter program can be used to convert other file formats to the required Clip N Key format or to convert a series of images to a single file to create a moving image

The animation controls set the way the selected clips are played out and are Play, Pause, Stop, Normal, Loop and Bounce

The position of the graphics on the screen can be controlled

Recorded video clips can be easily trimmed: go through clip frame by frame using Previous and Next controls and select Mark in and Mark out points. The clip will then run from the new Mark in and Mark out points and can be either trimmed to permanently remove the unwanted sections or cancelled to return to the original

Outputs can be locked together to ensure fill and key signals play out at the same time and are same screen position

QUICK TEXT

Simple text insertion feature which is part of the MultiLogo Control Software

Allows operator to type in text for internal use, such as for a studio ident, and then convert the text to a graphic format which is saved in the Flash on the Clip N Key board. The graphic can be output from the Clip N Key as a source to a downstream keyer or router

Can be used with an unlimited number of characters and any available Windows font

Text box background can be any 24 bit colour and can be sized up to full screen 1080p

Text defaults to centre alignment

Type \n to put text on a new line

AUDIO

Clip N Key can embed a single audio group into its video outputs. The audio is sourced from 32kHz, 44.1kHz or 48kHz sampled PCM WAV files held in an audio store on Clip N Key and will be embedded into group 1 of the chosen video output(s)

Audio and video ports can be locked together so files can be played out at the same time allowing a clip to have accompanying audio. Alternatively the audio and video can be started at different times if the audio is not locked to the video playout starting point

Audio player controls are: Play, Stop, Pause, Normal (play once), Loop (play continuously), Lock to Output 1, Lock to Output 2 and Unlock. The audio player controls are inactive when an audio file is locked to a video port

ANCILLARY DATA

Ancillary data including audio can be taken from one of the inputs

Ancillary data can be passed directly from the selected input to the outputs. If an internal audio source is selected the ancillary data will be blanked before the audio insertion

PRESETS

Up to 256 presets can be stored and recalled from the MultiLogo Control Software or GPI

Clip N Key V121 can recall up to 16 presets by GPI

Identifying text can be assigned to each numbered preset

State of Clip N Key after power up can be saved using Save Power On control and recalled using Recall Power On control

The Preset Import/Export feature allows settings to be easily copied from one board to another. Using the MultiLogo Control Software, either all presets or an individual preset can be imported/exported. Presets can also be deleted. The current control state of the board is always saved and exported with the presets. The presets are copied to a file on the PC, and this file can then be downloaded to another Clip N Key, giving the same controls and presets as the original

GPI INPUTS

Four GPI inputs

The four GPIs can be toggled between recalling presets and transition control

When transition control is chosen, each GPI can be individually selected to play out Output 1, Output 2 and the Audio store

Active: pull to ground, pulled up to +5V through 10 kohm

Works with pulse or latching GPI levels

LED INDICATION OF:

Power supplies okay

Input present

SD/HD input

LOCAL CONTROL

Board edge with ten character alphanumeric display

REMOTE CONTROL

100Mbit Ethernet connectivity from the graphics PC straight into the internal store on the board, via the RJ45 connector on the RM52 rear module, for easy transfer of clips and audio files

MultiLogo Control Software is included on a CD with Clip N Key and allows full control of the clip store

MultiLogo Control Software stores a list of IP addresses at which any Clip N Keys can be found, with the user able to easily change the control from one clip store to another by selecting from the list

Basic control from integrated control panel on AE frames and remote panel

Statesman Lite allows basic control from any PC on a network

VisionWeb Control is available via the web server on the frame and allows basic operation using a standard web browser on a PC or tablet

SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option

Industry standard protocols help Clip N Key to work with automation systems. Second serial port (link select instead of GPI inputs) allows connection to automation systems and video mixers

Crystal Vision's ASCII protocol can be easily implemented for simple button box type control

RM52 frame rear module includes dedicated RJ45 connector for RS422 control

Manufacturer FOR-A has provided a specific driver for Clip N Key on its HVS-350HS video mixer

 

What outputs do I get?

Signal inputs and outputs are accessed by using an appropriate rear module.

The rear modules slot on to the back of the frame and typically feature BNC, D-Type, 'easywire' DIN 41612, RJ45 and optical connectors. The single and double slot rear modules can be used with all three frame sizes, while the quad slot rear modules just fit the 2U frames.

There is one rear module available for Clip N Key V121...

RM52 rear module label and connections

More about the RM52

Connectors: 4 BNCs and 2 RJ45 connectors (with relay bypass)

Frame slots used: 1

Boards in 2U: 12

Boards in 1U: 6

Boards in desk top box: 3

Why use it: It's the only rear module for Clip N Key V121 8G

Also used for: Clip N Key V121 8G, MultiLogo V132 and MultiLogo V132 8G

Real RM52 rear module

RM52 rear module label for Clip N Key V121

Clip N Key V121 inputs and outputs with RM52 rear module

 

For more visual technical information, download the Clip N Key V121 block diagram.

What do I order?

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Items for quote

First you need the 100mm x 266mm module...

Clip N Key V121
HD/SD clip and sting store with 4 GB internal store and one external video input

Next choose your frame size and power supplies - from 2U to desk top box...

Indigo 2AE
2U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU and integrated control panel for up to 12 Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 2SE
CoolFlow 2U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to 12 Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 1AE
1U frame with active front panel featuring smart CPU and integrated control panel for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 1SE
1U frame with active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 1AE-DP
1U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU and integrated control panel for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Includes two fixed PS-80i power supplies. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 1SE-DP
1U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Includes two fixed PS-80i power supplies. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo DT
Desk top box with passive front panel for up to two Crystal Vision modules. Includes fixed power supply
Indigo DTSE
Desk top box with active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to two Crystal Vision modules. Includes fixed power supply. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
PSU-160i
160 Watts power supply for 1U (non-DP) and 2U frames. 1U frames require one PSU-160i (no redundancy). 2U frames require either one PSU-160i (no redundancy) or two PSU-160i if power supply redundancy is required

You need a rear module to access your inputs and outputs...

RM52
Single slot frame rear module. Allows maximum number of Clip N Key V121 in frame (12 in 2U, six in 1U, two in desk top box). Provides relay bypass protection. Gives access to one HD/SD input with one clip output and one key or second clip output

Finally - control. The most popular method is to use a cut-down version of the MultiLogo Control Software (supplied free on a CD when you buy Clip N Key). Alternatively for basic control use board edge switches, the integrated control panel if you've selected one of the 'AE' frames, a web browser running the free VisionWeb Control (included within the frame software), or alternatively order one of the items below...

VisionPanel
3U Ethernet remote control panel with touch screen
Statesman Lite
Free-of-charge PC Control System - download the latest version
SNMP
SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option

 

Who's using it?

Users of the Clip N Key clip and sting stores include...

  • Accelerate Global Sales (USA)
  • Alston Elliot (UK)
  • BBC (UK)
  • Bonito TV (Germany)
  • Echolab (USA)
  • FAL Systems (UK)
  • FOR-A Italia (Italy)
  • Fountain Studios (UK)
  • Houses of Parliament (UK)
  • Jamuna Television Limited (Bangladesh)
  • Kabel Plus Sport (Czech Republic)
  • Megahertz Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • ORF (Austria)
  • Solo Satellite Communications (UK)
  • Televideo (UK)
  • The Federation of Small Businesses (UK)
  • Timeline TV (UK)
  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. [Network Operations Division] (USA)
  • TV 2 (Denmark)
  • TV 2 Odense (Denmark)
  • TVC (Lithuania)
  • TVP (Poland)
  • TV Skyline (Germany)
  • Videowork Srl (Italy)
 

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