What is it?
3G/HD/SD colour corrector and legaliser.
Reason to choose it...
It's space-saving, feature-packed and affordable. Filled with numerous colour correction tools, you'll get features not usually found at this price level – including independent gain, lift and gamma in the RGB domain, a clever way of correcting gamut errors and the options of relay bypass protection and fibre input or output. Plus it works with an amazing 25 different video standards.
Anywhere you need to perform whole picture colour correction or ensure the legality of the broadcast colour gamut – such as adjusting the colour on in-shot plasma delays or setting the range of colours to be transmitted by an encoder. See who's using it.
Try out the CoCo 3G VisionWeb demo (opens in new window) – you'll see how easy it is to operate CoCo 3G from your web browser, while exploring the full functionality of the product.
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- Main features
- What outputs do I get?
- What do I order?
- Who's using it?
- Colour corrector and legaliser for whole picture adjustments in the RGB and YUV domains
- Use it with any source: works with 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources and 25 different video standards
- Wide range of RGB colour correction tools: with independent gain, lift and gamma
- Wide range of YUV video level tools: with independent and overall lift and gain, hue phase adjustment and Black clean up
- Legalise naturally and maintain the colour: changes YUV colours illegal in RGB to be valid in RGB by desaturating the colour without changing the hue
- Preview and perfect your adjustments: wipe horizontally or vertically between the processed and unprocessed signal for a 'before' and 'after' comparison
- Easily spot the problem areas: highlight any pixels containing illegal signal values
- Remove any unwanted picture material: with adjustable horizontal and vertical cropping
- Use it with embedded audio sources: passes ancillary information, including embedded audio
- Save yourself time: use the 16 user memories to store regular adjustments
- Inputs and outputs accessed by using an appropriate rear module (either RM41, RM57 or RM64)
- Protect your programme output with relay bypass protection option (with RM64 rear module)
- Get integrated fibre connectivity in a single slot by fitting the FIP fibre input option or FOP fibre output option
- Housed in Indigo rack frames
- Space-saving: 100mm x 266mm module allows 12 CoCo 3G in 2U (six in 1U and two in desk top box)
- Flexible control: dedicated 1U control panel (CoCo 3G Controller), board edge, GPI, frame integrated control panel, VisionPanel remote control panel, SNMP, Statesman Lite PC software or the web browser-based VisionWeb Control
- Five year warranty (with product registration)
Colour correction for 25 video different standards
CoCo 3G is a colour corrector and legaliser for 25 different video standards. Designed for whole picture colour correction or for ensuring that the broadcast colour gamut is always legal, it allows flexible adjustments in both the RGB and YUV colour spaces.
With control options to suit all preferences, CoCo 3G includes an impressive list of features, including numerous RGB and YUV adjustments, advanced correction for gamut errors, preview mode with illegal signal value highlighting, relay bypass protection and even optional integrated fibre input/output connectivity.
What can you use it for?
CoCo 3G is ideal for manipulating the colours in any digital image whenever you need to correct for camera or lighting problems or standardise pictures shot at different times.
Popular applications include adjusting the colours on in-shot plasma displays, being placed before an encoder to set the range of colours to be transmitted and the correction of computer-generated or post production outputs. Its small size also makes it ideal for multi-channel applications.
CoCo 3G can be used with embedded audio sources, passing all ancillary data including embedded audio without modification.
Which video standards will it work with?
CoCo 3G supports 25 different video standards, including the 23.98, 24 and 25 frames per second progressive video standards for film to HD video transfers.
The video formats supported are 625, 525, 720p23.98, 720p24, 720p25, 720p29.97, 720p30, 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1035i59.94, 1035i60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 and 1080p60.
Wide range of RGB adjustments - with gain, lift and gamma
There's an impressive range of colour correction tools available, with independent gain, lift and gamma in the RGB domain.
The gain and lift tools are used together to effortlessly increase or reduce the red, green or blue individually, allowing CoCo 3G to perform true colour correction.
Overall gamma is used to lighten or darken the picture without crushing the blacks or the whites, while independent adjustment of red, green and blue gamma - rarely seen at this price level - allows extremely sophisticated colour manipulation.
Wide range of YUV adjustments
The YUV video level adjustment tools on offer include independent lift, independent gain, overall lift and gain and hue phase adjustment.
With Black clean up, Y levels below a user-defined value are forced to black which can be useful for cleaning up noise. The range of adjustment for the Black clean up threshold is 0-10% of peak white.
The best way to correct gamut errors
CoCo 3G is an excellent legaliser.
It has advanced correction for gamut errors, changing any YUV colours that are illegal in RGB to be valid in RGB in a brilliant and subtle way. CoCo 3G legalises by reducing the colour saturation without changing the hue, processing the RGB components on each pixel at the same time and achieving a legal and natural-looking picture.
When there is no RGB processing, the signal is legalised in the YUV domain to make it RGB legal, avoiding the distortion inevitable when changing colour space. Thanks to some clever processing CoCo 3G will correctly pass transients caused by the different bandwidths in the RGB and YUV colour spaces.
YUV adjustable soft clipping is also available and limits the gamut to a YUV range by providinga combination of adjustable threshold and slope controls.
Preview and perfect your adjustments
It's easy to preview and perfect any adjustments. Using Preview Mode, the auxiliary outputs can be connected to a monitor and will allow the operator to wipe horizontally or vertically between the processed and unprocessed signal for a split-screen 'before' and 'after' comparison.
Spot illegal colours
The auxiliary outputs can also be used to highlight any pixels containing illegal signal values using the Gamut Error Highlighter, making it easier to locate the problem and make any adjustments to equipment in the system.
You can even remove unwanted parts of the picture by using the adjustable horizontal and vertical cropping tools, from zero to full image width left and right and zero to full image height top and bottom.
Fibre connectivity - on the board
Should you need to colour correct or legalise signals from beyond the local equipment bay, it's easy to give CoCo 3G integrated fibre connectivity - and still only use a single frame slot.
Simply request either the FIP fibre input option or FOP fibre output option to be fitted to the motherboard by Crystal Vision.
Designed for SMPTE 297-2006 short haul applications the FIP and FOP use a Class I laser, with the FIP used to receive an optical input and the FOP used to transmit an optical output.
If a FIP is fitted, you can select your video input source to be taken either from the input BNC or the optical input.
Having the fibre integral to the board reduces the need to use up additional rack space for separate fibre optic transmitters and receivers - and also saves you money.
CoCo 3G can also support a CWDM laser if required.
The instinctive user interface makes CoCo 3G extremely simple to operate - with a choice of control methods to suit all preferences.
Ideal for live use, the CoCo 3G Controller is a dedicated 1U control panel for up to 12 colour correctors.
Fitting easily into any control desk, it has seven dedicated shaft encoders for the most commonly used adjustments (video gain, chroma gain, black level, red gain, green gain, blue gain and gamma) with the values shown in a display, as well as quick set-up buttons to implement the common combinations.
Statesman Lite and the VisionWeb web browser control are available for those who prefer software control. Try the CoCo 3G VisionWeb demo...
For a permanent set up, such as for legalising, an integrated control panel on the AE frames or Crystal Vision's VisionPanel general remote control panel are ideal, while there's also full board edge control. SNMP monitoring and control is also available.
You can use the 16 presets to save yourself time: being able to store the precise adjustments for future use is ideal, for example, if you need to continually correct a feed from the same camera.
Save rack space
CoCo 3G will also save you rack space. The 100mm x 266mm module fits in the Crystal Vision frames alongside any of the other products, allowing 12 colour correctors in 2U, six in 1U or two in a desk top box.
CoCo 3G can be used with three different frame rear modules, depending on your requirements.
The default rear module is the RM41 which gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD or SD input, two main outputs and three auxiliary outputs.
The RM57 rear module should be used for fibre applications and gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD or SD input (available on fibre if a FIP fibre option is fitted), one main output and three auxiliary outputs, plus one copy of the auxiliary output on fibre if a FOP fibre option is fitted.
The RM64 rear module, meanwhile, is ideal for those using CoCo 3G with the CoCo 3G Controller control panel, as it allows one-to-one RS422 wiring from the CoCo 3G Controller straight to the board - allowing the same RJ45 cable to be used for any slot. It gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD or SD input, two main outputs and one auxiliary output.
Protect your output - with relay bypass protection
The RM64 rear module also gives CoCo 3G relay bypass protection - which helps maintain programme output in the event of power failure or board removal.
It prevents signal loss by mechanically connecting CoCo 3G's input signal to main output 1 should the supply to the RM64 be interrupted.
Standard Crystal Vision module 266mm x 100mm
Power consumption: 11 Watts; 0.6 Watts (FIP and FOP)
One 3Gb/s or HD or SD input with reclocking
When using FIP fibre input option allows selection between one optical and one electrical input
270Mb/s or 1.5Gb/s or 3Gb/s serial compliant to EBU 3267-E, SMPTE 259, SMPTE 292-1 and SMPTE 424/425-A
The 25 video formats supported are 625, 525, 720p23.98, 720p24, 720p25, 720p29.97, 720p30, 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1035i59.94, 1035i60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 and 1080p60
3Gb/s cable equalisation up to 80m using Belden 1694A. HD/SD cable equalisation up to 140m with Belden 1694A or equivalent (approx. 100m with Belden 8281)
Input return loss: -15dB for 50MHz to 1.5GHz
Auto data rate and video format selection
Using RM41 rear module: Five 3Gb/s or HD or SD outputs (two main, three auxiliary)
Using RM57 rear module with FIP fibre input option: Four 3Gb/s or HD or SD outputs (one main, three auxiliary). Select between one fibre and one electrical input
Using RM57 rear module with FOP fibre output option: Four 3Gb/s or HD or SD outputs (one main, three auxiliary), plus one copy of the auxiliary output on fibre
Using RM64 rear module: Three 3Gb/s or HD or SD outputs (two main, one auxiliary). Allows one-to-one RS422 wiring from the CoCo 3G Controller straight to the board meaning the same RJ45 cable can be used for any frame slot. The RM64 provides relay bypass protection to help maintain programme output. An electromechanical relay switch needs power to hold the switch in one state and will revert to the other state (board bypass) on loss of power. It prevents signal loss by mechanically connecting the input to main output 1 on complete frame power failure or board removal
Serial output: 270Mb/s or 1.5Gb/s or 3Gb/s serial compliant to EBU 3267-E, SMPTE 259, SMPTE 292-1 and SMPTE 424/425-A. Output follows the input format
INTEGRATED FIBRE OPTIONS
CoCo 3G can be given integrated fibre connectivity by fitting either the FIP fibre input option or FOP fibre output option. The chosen option should be fitted at the factory
To access the optical inputs or outputs an RM57 frame rear module must be used
When fitted with a FIP or FOP, CoCo 3G can be housed in any frame slot position but due to its extra height it is not possible to place most Standard Definition or audio boards directly above it when the CoCo 3G is in even numbered slot positions. 3Gb/s and HD boards do not share this restriction
FIP and FOP meet the SMPTE 297-2006 short-haul specification, allowing operation with single-mode and multi-mode fibre
Connector type: SC/PC
Optical wavelength: 1260-1620nm
Input level maximum: -1dBm
Input level minimum: Typical -20dBm (-18dBm 3Gb/s pathological)
Optical power: Max -0.0dBm, min -5.0dBm (typical -2.0dBm or 630uW)
Fibre pigtail: Single-mode 8/125uM
Optical wavelength: 1290-1330nm (1310 typical)
Extinction ratio: 7.5dB
Laser safety classification: Class 1 (EN 60825), Class I (21CFR1040.10)
DELAY THROUGH BOARD
ANCILLARY DATA/EMBEDDED AUDIO
All data in the vertical and horizontal blanking interval is passed through unprocessed with full 20 bits. The unit will pass through embedded audio and any ancillary data with a delay that matches the default processing delay
Increase/decrease overall lift and gain
Increase/decrease Y channel lift and gain
Increase/decrease U channel lift and gain
Increase/decrease V channel lift and gain
Hue shift U/V channels
Black clean up (Y levels below a user-defined value are forced to black)
Increase/decrease R channel lift and gain
Increase/decrease G channel lift and gain
Increase/decrease B channel lift and gain
Increase/decrease overall gamma
Increase/decrease R gamma
Increase/decrease G gamma
Increase/decrease B gamma
Set and soft limit Y channel positive and negative excursions independently
Set and soft limit U channel positive and negative excursions symmetrically
Set and soft limit V channel positive and negative excursions symmetrically
Set and limit R, G, B channel positive and negative excursions
Includes sophisticated processing to deal with transient errors
RGB gamut errors are corrected without changing the hue of the affected area
Set horizontal and vertical active picture area cropping region on final output (0 to full image width left and right and 0 to full image height top and bottom)
GAMUT ERROR HIGHLIGHTER
The auxiliary outputs can be used to highlight any pixels containing illegal signal values, making it easier to locate the problem and make any adjustments to equipment in the system
Bypass mode allows all the processing and legalising functions to be turned off so the input is passed unchanged. The signal is put through a matching delay so that the board can be switched between bypass and processing while continuing to output valid video
The current board settings can be saved in one of 16 locations to be recalled as required
LED INDICATION OF:
Power supplies okay
Not cal (gains or levels not at their default values)
GPI 5 active
GPI 6 active
GPI INPUT LEVELS
Active pull to ground, pulled up to +5V through 10 kohm
GPI OUTPUT LEVELS
Electrically: Open collector transistors 30V, 270 ohm current limit resistors. Pulled up to +5V through 6800 ohm
Four GPI inputs select one of 16 presets
Connections are also used for RS422 link to dedicated control panel
Two GPI outputs
YUV clip status/RGB clip status
Full control using intuitive board edge interface with two select buttons, shaft encoder and ten character alphanumeric display
19200 baud, 8 bits, 1 stop no parity
CoCo 3G Controller 1U control panel operates up to 12 CoCo 3G modules
Control from integrated control panel on AE frames and remote panel
Statesman Lite allows control from any PC on a network
VisionWeb Control is available via the web server on the frame and allows operation using a standard web browser on a PC or tablet
SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option
What outputs do I get?
RM41 rear module label and connections
More about the RM41
Connectors: 6 BNCs
Frame slots used: 1
Boards in 2U: 12
Boards in 1U: 6
Boards in desk top box: 2
Why use it: Standard non-fibre applications
Also used for: 3GDA105C, 3GDA105N, 3GDA105R, ARC-20MC, MADDA105, Q-Down-AG 3G, Q-Down-ATG 3G, SYN103, SYN 3G, SYN-A 3G, Up-Down 3G, Up-Down-A 3G, Up-Down-AFD 3G, Up-Down-AT 3G, Up-Down-ATX 3G, Up-Down-AS 3G, Up-Down-AFDS 3G, Up-Down-ATS 3G, Up-Down-ATXS 3G, ViViD 3G, ViViD 3G-20, ViViD 3GS and ViViD 3GS-20
RM57 rear module label and connections
More about the RM57
Connectors: 5 BNCs and 1 optical input/output connector
Frame slots used: 1
Boards in 2U: 12
Boards in 1U: 6
Boards in desk top box: 2
Why use it: Fibre input or output applications
Also used for: ARC-20MC, Q-Down-AG 3G, Q-Down-ATG 3G, SYN103, SYN 3G, SYN-A 3G, Up-Down 3G, Up-Down-A 3G, Up-Down-AFD 3G, Up-Down-AT 3G, Up-Down-ATX 3G, Up-Down-AS 3G, Up-Down-AFDS 3G, Up-Down-ATS 3G, Up-Down-ATXS 3G, ViViD 3G, ViViD 3G-20, ViViD 3GS and ViViD 3GS-20
RM64 rear module label and connections
More about the RM64
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: 2
Why use it: You want relay bypass protection
Also used for: No other boards
For more visual technical information, download the CoCo 3G block diagram.
What do I order?
First you need the 100mm x 266mm module...
- CoCo 3G
- 3G/HD/SD colour corrector and legaliser
To get integrated fibre connectivity select one of the following...
- Fibre input option for CoCo 3G motherboard
- Fibre output option for CoCo 3G motherboard. For CWDM laser options, contact Crystal Vision
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
- 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...
- Single slot frame rear module. Allows maximum number of CoCo 3G in frame (12 in 2U, six in 1U, two in desk top box). Gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD or SD input and two main and three auxiliary outputs
- Single slot frame rear module. Allows maximum number of CoCo 3Gin frame (12 in 2U, six in 1U, two in desk top box). Designed for applications using fibre inputs or outputs. When using fibre input, allows you to select between one fibre and one electrical 3Gb/s, HD or SD input, and gives access to one main and three auxiliary outputs. When using fibre output, gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD or SD input and one main and three auxiliary outputs, along with one copy of the auxiliary output on fibre
- Single slot frame rear module. Allows maximum number of CoCo 3G in frame (12 in 2U, six in 1U, two in desk top box). Provides relay bypass protection. Gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD or SD input and two main outputs, one auxiliary output and RS422 control connection
Finally - 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...
- CoCo 3G Controller
- Dedicated 1U remote control panel for up to 12 CoCo 3G colour corrector modules
- 3U Ethernet remote control panel with touch screen
- Statesman Lite
- Free-of-charge PC Control System - download the latest version
- SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option
Who's using it?
Users of Crystal Vision colour correctors include...
- 3SixtyMedia (UK)
- ABN (Malaysia)
- Al Arabiya (Lebanon)
- Al Jazeera (Qatar)
- Alsumaria TV (Lebanon)
- Altered Images (UK)
- Arqiva (UK)
- ATG Broadcast (UK)
- ATM (Poland)
- AVC (UK)
- BBC (UK)
- BBC Millbank (UK)
- BBC Studios and Post Production (UK)
- Bonito TV (Germany)
- Channel 5 (UK)
- Channel 9 Queensland (Australia)
- CTV Outside Broadcast (UK)
- CVP (UK)
- dB Broadcast (UK)
- Dega Broadcast Systems (UK)
- Digital Garage (UK)
- EastEnders (UK)
- EBS (South Korea)
- Essel Shyam (India)
- Gearhouse Broadcast (UK)
- General Electric (USA)
- Impress Telefilm (Bangladesh)
- ITN (UK)
- ITV (UK)
- Kydon TV (Greece)
- Music Choice (USA)
- Nepal Broadcasting Channel Pvt. Ltd. (Nepal)
- NetWork (Bangladesh)
- Nine Network (Australia)
- NRJ (France)
- ORF (Austria)
- PERFORM (UK)
- Playbox India (India)
- Portland TV (UK)
- ProSiebenSat.1 Media (Germany)
- Puls 4 (Austria)
- Puls TV (Germany)
- Qatar Signals and Systems (Qatar)
- Russia Today – London Bureau (UK)
- Riverside TV (UK)
- RTP (Portugal)
- SBS Television (Australia)
- Services Sound & Vision Corporation / BFBS (UK)
- Siemens (UK)
- Studio Hamburg (Germany)
- STV (UK)
- Televideo (UK)
- Television Media Network (Pakistan)
- Thameside (UK)
- Thessalian Radio Television (Greece)
- The Hospital Club (UK)
- The London Studios (UK)
- TSL (UK)
- Universal Media Services (USA)
- Wellen+Nöthen (Germany)
- WMBB-TV (USA)
- ZDF (Germany)
- What does it cost? Request a quote for CoCo 3G...
- What controls has it got? Try out the VisionWeb demo for CoCo 3G...
- Want more information? Get the CoCo 3G user manual (and SNMP MIB) by signing up for the Registered Area now
- The CoCo 3G module needs to be housed in a rack frame - look at the frame options
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Crystal Vision Ltd. is registered in England number 03139895. Registered office: Lion Technology Park, Station Road East, Whittlesford, Cambridge, CB22 4WL, England.
Tel: +44 (0)1223 497049 Fax: +44 (0)1223 497059 E-mail: email@example.com