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Up-Down-AFD 3G

What is it?

Up-Down-AFD 3G up/down/cross converter3G/HD/SD up/down/cross converter with embedded audio handling and AFD functionality.

Reason to choose it...

It can perform two different conversions at the same time – with the dual outputs making it easy to get both HD and SD copies of the feed – and gives the output picture quality that broadcasters standardise on.

Ideal for...

Up, down or cross converting any sources that demand the highest quality conversion, and perfect for studios and playout areas that need to operate in HD and SD simultaneously - particularly those that use AFD to automatically select the aspect ratio conversion.

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

Main features

  • Combined up, down and cross converter for use with 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources
  • Exceptional output picture when up and cross converting: with motion adaptive video de-interlacing, adjustable detail enhancement and noise reduction
  • Exceptional output picture when down converting: with acclaimed proprietary down conversion, enhanced motion compensation de-interlacing, horizontal and vertical low pass filtering and four vertical filter characteristics
  • Maintain the picture's colour fidelity with the RGB and YUV lift and gain controls
  • Performs two conversions simultaneously and provides co-timed dual outputs: easy to output HD and SD copies of a feed at the same time
  • Smart routing means outputs remain constant in format once set, even if the input changes
  • Use it with up to four audio groups
  • Includes aspect ratio converter with ability to deal with any misshaped image using Anamorphic, Letterbox, Pillarbox and Full Screen conversions and customised picture size, position and cropping
  • Automatically choose the aspect ratio: includes SMPTE 2016 AFD, WSS and Video index insertion and reading
  • Can be used for live playout: will reconfigure itself instantly should the input format change, allowing aspect ratio to be changed live on air
  • Will compensate for video delays generated by other equipment, with variable video delay of up to one frame
  • Flag up faulty video and audio signals: with status indications of video not present, video frozen, video black, audio not present and audio silent
  • Can pass Ancillary Timecode from the input to the output and set the phase of the interlaced output based on the ATC data
  • Get integrated fibre connectivity in a single slot by fitting the FIP fibre input option or FOP fibre output option
  • Get six reclocked input loop-throughs by fitting the DA6 top board
  • Inputs and outputs accessed by using an appropriate rear module (either RM41 or RM57 - or RM41 + RM34 or RM57 + RM34 if Up-Down-AFD 3G is fitted with DA6 top board)
  • Housed in Indigo rack frames
  • Space-saving: 100mm x 266mm module allows 12 Up-Down-AFD 3G in 2U (six in 1U and two in desk top box)
  • Flexible control: board edge, GPI, frame integrated control panel, Ethernet remote control panel (REMIND-E), SNMP or PC software
  • Five year warranty (with product registration)

Details

The picture quality and features that win evaluations

Up-Down-AFD 3G allows flexible up, down and cross conversions between 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources, provides an output picture of exceptional quality and includes special features to allow studios to easily operate in HD and SD at the same time - with its ability to perform two different conversions simultaneously and give out co-timed dual outputs that remain unchanged in format, even if the input changes.

Up-Down-AFD 3G regularly wins evaluations on its output picture quality - with the quality so good that it has been specified by some broadcasters as their mandatory up/down/cross converter.

With nine Crystal Vision up/down/cross converters available, Up-Down-AFD 3G is the converter to choose for applications involving AFD insertion or reading where signal timing is not required.

Which conversions can it do?

Up conversions
Down conversions
Cross conversions
SD to 720p 720p to SD 720p to 1080i 1080i to 1080p
SD to 1080i 1080i to SD 720p to 1080p 1080p to 1080i
SD to 1080p 1080p to SD 1080i to 720p 1080p to 720p

Picture processing when up and cross converting

Up-Down-AFD 3G wins side-by-side evaluations on the quality of its up conversion.

The up and cross conversion uses motion adaptive video de-interlacing, which maximises the picture's vertical resolution while choosing the best processing method based on the video content.

On the up and cross conversion there is both adjustable detail enhancement and noise reduction.

Up converting will give an apparently softer picture and therefore adjustable detail enhancement allows the image to be sharpened without ringing, with the options of using either the Fine Detail Enhancement to apply sharpening to the entire image, or the Edge Enhancement to apply sharpening only to object edges. Noise reduction ensures that MPEG encoders do not waste unnecessary bandwidth on detail that is not really part of the picture.

Picture processing when down converting

Crystal Vision down conversion has been tested by many of the world's largest broadcasters and then selected because of the quality of the conversion.

Up-Down-AFD 3G features Crystal Vision's acclaimed proprietary down conversion, which avoids aliasing while retaining picture sharpness. The sophisticated two dimensional filtering gives broadcast results without the complication of looking at multiple fields or movement detection - resulting in reliable, artefact-free conversion.

Enhanced motion adaptive compensation de-interlacing can remove ‘jaggies’ on near horizontal lines, such as the lines on a tennis court or football ground, while horizontal and vertical low pass filtering can reduce the flickering of a slow vertical pan on shots with significant detail.

Four vertical filter characteristics (sharpest, sharp, soft and softest) are additionally available for those who want to optimise the performance for their material when down converting.

Easy to maintain colour fidelity

For further picture improvements there's a video proc-amp, with RGB and YUV lift and gain controls allowing independent digital image adjustments in both the RGB and YUV domains to help maintain colour fidelity.

Perform two different conversions at the same time

The combination of project-winning picture quality and configurable dual outputs makes Up-Down-AFD 3G a very special up/down/cross converter.

Up-Down-AFD 3G can perform two conversions at the same time, with two separate converters on the board: one is used for the up and cross conversion, with the other used for the down conversion.

This makes it the perfect up/down/cross converter for the installations that work in multiple definitions: it allows them to simultaneously create HD and SD copies of a feed from this one board and so easily fulfil their requirement to offer both HD and SD programming.

Get co-timed dual outputs

Up-Down-ATX 3G up/down/cross converterUp-Down-AFD 3G gives co-timed dual outputs, with two output groups - A and B. Each output group can be individually selected as either SD or 3G/HD, making it possible to configure both outputs as SD, both outputs as 3G/HD (720p, 1080i or 1080p), or one output as 3G/HD with the other as SD. If Outputs A and B are both selected as 3G or HD, then the outputs will be identical.

Providing two copies of Output A and three copies of Output B also reduces the need for additional distribution amplifiers in the system.

It's easy for the signals to all have the same timing: each output will either be converted from the input or given a matching delay as required - enabling the use of common audio.

No need to change your wiring if the input format changes

One of Up-Down-AFD 3G's particularly powerful features is that it will constantly put out HD and SD on the same pins regardless of the input, thanks to its smart routing. Once set, the output selection will remain true irrespective of any change in the input format - which means you won't need to change your wiring.

Use it for any application - including live playout

Up-Down-AFD 3G can be used for any applications - including studio and live playout. It can reconfigure itself cleanly in a single frame blanking period should the input format change, with the aspect ratio able to be changed live on air.

Integrated fibre input or output connectivity - on the board

If you need to up and down convert signals from beyond your local equipment bay, it's easy to give Up-Down-AFD 3G integrated fibre connectivity - and still only use a single frame slot. Just order either the FIP fibre input option or FOP fibre output option.

Designed for SMPTE 297-2006 short-haul applications, the FIP is used to receive an optical input and the FOP to transmit an optical output using a Class I laser. With a FIP 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 - as well as saving you money.

Up-Down-AFD 3G can also support CWDM lasers if required.

Deal with any aspect ratio conversion requirements

Up-Down-AFD 3G has the ability to deal with any aspect ratio conversion requirements when up and down converting and can even be used as an SD to SD aspect ratio converter.

It can deal with any misshaped image that comes in, which means that the broadcaster can quickly put anything on air that they get from anywhere in any condition, particularly useful for news applications.

There is the option of selecting Anamorphic, 4:3 to 16:9 Pillarbox, 4:3 to 14:9 Pillarbox compromise, 4:3 to 16:9 Full Screen, 16:9 to 4:3 Letterbox, 16:9 to 14:9 Letterbox compromise and 16:9 to 4:3 Full Screen with centre cut conversions.

Each of the standard aspect ratios can be individually adjusted away from the default values to create customised versions by using independent sets of size, position and crop controls.

Up-Down-AFD 3G also ensures the picture is the right shape at all times by coping with both analogue and digital SD blanking widths. When analogue blanking width is selected, the Anamorphic conversion uses 702 pixesl of SD (rather than 720 pixels) to create the 1920 pixels of 1080i or 1080p, and all other aspect ratios are adjusted by a similar amount. This prevents an HD signal having black lines down the side when up converting , and prevents SD signals from losing the sides of the picture when down converting.

Automatically choose the correct aspect ratio

HD programmes are often made of a mixture of true High Definition sources and SD-originated sources that have been up converted, and the AFD data in the signal gives information about which areas of the screen contain a picture and which areas have black 'padding'. Up-Down-AT 3G includes AFD functionality.

Up-Down-AFD 3G can automatically select the appropriate output aspect ratio according to the SMPTE 2016 AFD data, Video index or WSS embedded in the input video - with live update of the aspect ratio thanks to its ability to instantly reconfigure.

The effect of the AFD data varies depending on the conversion being done, with three auto modes available: Auto 16:9, Auto 4:3 and Auto Adaptive.

Help downstream equipment select the correct aspect ratio

Up-Down-AFD 3G can also be used to provide picture format information to downstream equipment, by inserting SMPTE 2016 AFD data, Video index and WSS into the video output - either manually or by following the incoming AFD.

Match video delays in your system

Up-Down-AFD 3G can compensate for video delays generated by other equipment in your system. It provides up to two frames of video delay adjustable in both lines and pixels: on top of the minimum fixed delay of one frame minus 16 lines there is a fully flexible variable video delay of up to one frame plus 16 lines.

Use it with four audio groups

Up-Down-AFD 3G can be used with up to four audio groups - making it ideal as your main signal path up/down/cross converter if you're working with embedded audio.

Up-Down-AFD 3G will de-embed the four groups and convert them to the appropriate format before re-embedding them. A matching audio delay of up to one frame can be added to match the video conversion and so co-time the video and audio.

Flag up faulty signals

Up-Down-AFD 3G has video and audio signal probe functionality making it useful for flagging up faulty signals, especially in multi-channel applications.

The status indications available are input missing, video black, video frozen, input incompatible, audio missing and audio silent, with Up-Down-AT 3G able to provide warnings of any problems via Statesman alarms or SNMP traps.

Video frozen and video black can be delayed before an alarm is asserted to prevent false alarming during brief video pauses. All audio parameters can be delayed before an alarm is asserted to prevent false alarming during quiet audio periods.

Dealing with timecode

Up-Down-AFD 3G can pass Ancillary Timecode from the input to the output and use the ATC data to get the interlace phasing correct when down converting from 1080p or 720p.

Save rack space

Crystal Vision frameIntegration with the full Crystal Vision interface, keying and picture storage range is intentionally easy, with this space-saving 100mm x 266mm module housed alongside any other product in the standard frames - available in 2U, 1U and desk top box sizes - and with up to 12 boards fitting in 2U.

The inputs and outputs are accessed by using the RM41 or RM57 frame rear modules, with the RM57 designed for fibre applications.

By fitting a DA6 top board which gives six reclocked feeds of the input, Up-Down-AFD 3G becomes a 'double decker' board and takes two frame slots, and requires an RM34 to be used with either the RM41 or RM57 to create a double height rear module.

Choose your control

The flexible control options include board edge switches, an integrated control panel on the AE frames, a remote control panel, SNMP and the Statesman PC software.

 

Specs

MECHANICAL

Standard Crystal Vision module 266mm x 100mm

With DA6 top board fitted: 'Double decker' module 266mm x 100mm (uses two frame slots)

Weight: 180g; 240g with DA6 fitted

Power consumption: 11.9 Watts (plus 3 Watts for DA6 and 0.6 Watts for FIP or FOP)

INTEGRATED FIBRE OPTIONS

Up-Down-AFD 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, Up-Down-AFD 3G can be housed in any frame slot position but due to its extra height it is not possible to place Standard Definition or audio boards directly above it when the Up-Down-AFD 3G is in even numbered slot positions. 3Gb/s and HD boards do not share this restriction. If a DA6 top board is also fitted, this positioning restriction does not apply

FIP and FOP meet the SMPTE 297-2006 short-haul specification, allowing operation with single-mode and multi-mode fibre

Connector type: SC/PC

FIP:

Optical wavelength: 1260-1620nm

Input level maximum: -1dBm

Input level minimum: Typical -20dBm (-18dBm 3Gb/s pathological)

FOP:

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)

INPUT TO OUTPUT CONVERSIONS

Up conversions:

625/50 to 720p50

525/59.94 to 720p59.94

625/50 to 1080i50

525/59.94 to 1080i59.94

625/50 to 1080p50

525/59.94 to 1080p59.94

 

Down conversions:

720p50 to 625/50

720p59.94 to 525/59.94

1080i50 to 625/50

1080i59.94 to 525/59.94

1080p50 to 625/50

1080p59.94 to 525/59.94

 

Cross conversions:

720p50 to 1080i50

720p59.94 to 1080i59.94

720p50 to 1080p50

720p59.94 to 1080p59.94

1080i50 to 720p50

1080i59.94 to 720p59.94

1080i50 to 1080p50

1080i59.94 to 1080p59.94

1080p50 to 1080i50

1080p59.94 to 1080i59.94

1080p50 to 720p50

1080p59.94 to 720p59.94

VIDEO INPUT

One 3Gb/s, HD or SD input with reclocking

When using FIP fibre input option allows selection between one optical and one BNC 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

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

VIDEO OUTPUTS

Up-Down-AFD 3G can perform two different conversions at the same time, making it easy to create HD and SD copies of a feed. Each output will either be converted from the input or given a matching delay to ensure they remain co-timed

There are two output groups, A and B. The A-B matrix control allows the user to select whether an output group will be either SD or 3G/HD. The output groups can be configured as either:

  • A=SD and B=SD
  • A=3G/HD and B=3G/HD
  • A=SD and B=3G/HD
  • A=3G/HD and B=SD

If High Definition is selected for any group, the HD format control will determine the output format (720p, 1080i or 1080p). If Output A and Output B are both selected as 3G/HD, the outputs will be identical

Once set the output selection will remain true, irrespective of any change in the input standard

Should the input format change, Up-Down-AFD 3G will reconfigure itself cleanly in a single frame blanking period

Using RM41 rear module: Two co-timed outputs, with two feeds of Output A and three feeds of Output B

Using RM57 rear module with FIP fibre input option: Two co-timed outputs, with one feed of Output A and three feeds of Output B (select between one fibre and one electrical input)

Using RM57 rear module with FOP fibre output option: Two co-timed outputs, with one feed of Output A and three feeds of Output B along with a copy of Output B on fibre

Outputs can be individually configured as either 3G/HD or SD. If outputs are both selected as 3G/HD, the outputs will be identical

If a DA6 top board is fitted, the Up-Down-AFD 3G will also output six reclocked loop-throughs of the 3Gb/s, HD or SD input. In this case Up-Down-AFD 3G will use two frame slots and the RM41 or RM57 rear modules need to be used with an RM34 to create a 'double height' rear module

Output frame rate same as input frame rate

PICTURE PROCESSING WHEN UP AND CROSS CONVERTING

Pixel based motion adaptive de-interlacing means that Up-Down-AFD 3G will automatically chose the best processing method based on the video content. In video containing significant movement the output picture will look natural and smooth

Adjustable detail enhancement allows the user to sharpen the edges in the image, reducing the perceived softness of an up converted image. Fine Detail Enhancement applies sharpening to the entire image, while the Edge Enhancement applies sharpening only to object edges

Noise reduction is available and can be used to ensure that MPEG encoders do not waste unnecessary bandwidth on detail that is not really part of the picture

RGB and YUV lift and gain controls allow independent digital image adjustments in both the RGB and YUV domains

PICTURE PROCESSING WHEN DOWN CONVERTING

Up-Down-AFD 3G uses Crystal Vision's proprietary down conversion, which avoids aliasing while retaining picture sharpness. Sophisticated two dimensional filtering gets broadcast results and avoids the complication of looking at multiple fields or movement detection, resulting in reliable, artefact-free conversion with broadcast filter quality

Enhanced motion adaptive compensation de-interlacing can remove ‘jaggies’ on near horizontal lines

Horizontal and vertical low pass filtering can reduce the flickering of a slow vertical pan on shots with significant detail

When down converting the performance can be further optimised by choosing one of four alternative vertical filter characteristics (sharpest, sharp, soft, softest)

RGB and YUV lift and gain controls allow independent digital image adjustments in both the RGB and YUV domains

BYPASS MODE

To maintain the best picture quality the Up-Down-AFD 3G will automatically enter a bypass mode when the input is the same as the selected output standard, bypassing the major processing blocks and adding a matching delay

DELAY THROUGH BOARD AND VARIABLE VIDEO DELAY

Minimum delay of one video frame less 16 lines

On top of the minimum delay, a variable video delay of up to one frame plus 16 lines, adjustable in lines and pixels, allows it to compensate for video delays generated by other equipment (maximum delay is therefore two frames in total)

EMBEDDED AUDIO PASSING

De-embeds and re-embeds the first four numbered audio groups

Bypass: Audio bypassed in HANC space, with the same delay as the video

ASPECT RATIO CONVERSION

The following aspect ratio conversions are available when up converting from SD to HD or 3Gb/s:

  • For 16:9 SD systems: 16:9 Anamorphic, 16:9 to 4:3 Letterbox with centre cut, 14:9 to 4:3 Letterbox compromise and 16:9 to 4:3 Letterbox
  • For 4:3 SD systems: 4:3 to 16:9 Pillarbox, 4:3 to 14:9 Pillarbox compromise and 4:3 to 16:9 Full Screen

The following aspect ratio conversions are available when down converting from 3Gb/s or HD to SD:

  • For 16:9 SD systems: 16:9 Anamorphic, 4:3 to 16:9 Pillarbox, 4:3 to 14:9 Pillarbox compromise and 4:3 to 16:9 Full Screen
  • For 4:3 SD systems: 16:9 to 4:3 Letterbox, 16:9 to 14:9 Letterbox compromise and 16:9 to 4:3 Full Screen with centre cut

The following aspect ratio conversions are available for SD to SD sources:

  • For 16:9 SD systems: 16:9 Anamorphic, 4:3 to 16:9 Pillarbox, 4:3 to 14:9 Pillarbox compromise and 4:3 to 16:9 Full Screen
  • For 4:3 SD systems: 16:9 to 4:3 Letterbox, 16:9 to 14:9 Letterbox compromise and 16:9 to 4:3 Full Screen with centre cut

The standard aspect ratios can be adjusted from their default values by using independent sets of size, position and crop controls:

Vertical and horizontal picture size adjustment: continuous adjustment of approximately +/- 25% of nominal image size

Vertical and horizontal picture position adjust +/- 50%

Vertical and horizontal picture crop adjust +/- 100% of picture size

Copes with both analogue and digital SD blanking widths. When analogue blanking width is selected, the Anamorphic conversion uses 702 pixels of SD (rather than 720 pixels) to create the 1920 pixels of 1080i or 1080p, and all other aspect ratios are adjusted by a similar amount

ACTIVE FORMAT DESCRIPTION, VIDEO INDEX AND WIDESCREEN SIGNALLING

Up-Down-AFD 3G can use the SMPTE 2016 AFD, WSS or Video index data embedded in the input video to automatically select the output aspect ratio. Aspect ratio can be changed live on air due to the up/down/cross converter's ability to reconfigure itself cleanly within a single frame blanking period

If more than one type of AFD data is present, the priority order is SMPTE 2016, then Video index, then WSS

SMPTE 2016 AFD data can be inserted into the output video for use by downstream equipment - either manually or by automatically following the incoming AFD data. One of 16 AFD codes is embedded in an ANC data packet, which is carried in the vertical blanking

Widescreen signalling information can be inserted in 625 line SD outputs for use by downstream equipment. WSS can be inserted manually or be set to automatically follow the incoming AFD value and the conversion used. If WSS data is present on the input video this can either be passed to the output unchanged or substituted for a user selectable code. WSS data can also be set to be blanked

Video index can be inserted into the output video for use by downstream equipment. The Video index AFD value can be selected manually or automatically based on the incoming AFD value and the conversion used. Video index data can be set to be blanked or pass the input data to the output unchanged

 

Response to WSS and SMPTE 2016/Video index AFD codes:

The effect of AFD varies depending on the conversion being done, with three auto modes. In these modes the conversion applied (and output AFD data) will depend on the input coded frame and AFD code, which may be presented as WSS, Video index or SMPTE 2016.

Auto 16:9: The output coded frame is fixed at 16:9. If the input coded frame is 16:9, there will be an Anamorphic conversion and the output AFD will follow the input AFD. If the input coded frame is 4:3 then AFD codes for undefined/reserved, 14:9 and full frame inputs will produce a Pillarbox output. AFD codes for 16:9 Letterbox inputs will produce a conversion to a full frame output

Auto 4:3: The output coded frame is fixed at 4:3. If the input coded frame is 4:3, there will be an Anamorphic conversion and the output AFD will follow the input AFD. If the input coded frame is 16:9 then AFD codes for full frame and 14:9 inputs will produce a Letterbox output. AFD codes for a Pillarbox input will produce a conversion to a full screen output

Auto Adaptive: If the input coded frame is 16:9, a 4:3 Pillarbox AFD will produce a 4:3 full frame output, with appropriate Video index and/or WSS. All other AFD values will cause an Anamorphic conversion and the output AFD will follow the input value. If the input coded frame is 4:3, a 16:9 Letterbox AFD will produce a 16:9 full frame output, with appropriate Video index and/or WSS. All other AFD values will cause an Anamorphic conversion and the output AFD will follow the input value

VIDEO SIGNAL CHECKS

Checks can be performed on four video parameters, with warnings of any problems provided via Statesman alarms or SNMP traps

The video parameters are: input missing, video black, video frozen and input incompatible

The video black and video frozen parameters can be delayed before an alarm is asserted to prevent false alarming during brief video pauses

AUDIO SIGNAL CHECKS

Checks can be performed on nine audio parameters, with warnings of any problems provided via Statesman alarms or SNMP traps

The audio parameters are: input audio missing, silence group 1 channels 1 and 2, silence group 1 channels 3 and 4, silence group 2 channels 1 and 2, silence group 2 channels 3 and 4, silence group 3 channels 1 and 2, silence group 3 channels 3 and 4, silence group 4 channels 1 and 2 and silence group 4 channels 3 and 4

All parameters can be delayed before an alarm is asserted to prevent false alarming during quiet audio periods

TIMECODE TRANSPORT

Can pass Ancillary Timecode from the input to the output

The Ancillary Timecode can be used to get the interlace timing correct and maintain a correct field sequence when down converting from 1080p or 720p to an interlaced output

LED INDICATION OF:

Power supplies on board

SD input or input not present

HD input or input not present

ARC selected

GPI output 5 active

GPI output 6 active

PRESETS

The current board settings can be saved in one of 16 locations to be recalled as required

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

GPI INPUTS

Four GPI inputs can recall one of 16 presets

GPI OUTPUTS

Two GPI outputs. Selectable from loss of input, video black and frozen, audio missing, audio channel silence and input incompatible

LOCAL CONTROL

Intuitive board edge interface with two select buttons, shaft encoder and ten character alphanumeric display

REMOTE CONTROL

RS422/485

19200 baud, 8 bits, 1 stop no parity

Control from integrated control panel on AE frames and remote panel

Statesman allows control from any PC on a network

SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option

 

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 are four rear modules available for the Up-Down-AFD 3G...

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, CoCo 3G, Q-Down-AG 3G, Q-Down-ATG 3G, SYN103, SYN 3G, SYN-A 3G, Up-Down 3G, Up-Down-A 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

Real RM41 rear module

RM41 rear module label for Up-Down-AFD 3G

Up-Down-AFD 3G inputs and outputs with RM41 rear module

 

RM41 + RM34 rear module label and connections

More about the RM41 + RM34

Connectors: 12 BNCs

Frame slots used: 2

Boards in 2U: 6

Boards in 1U: 3

Boards in desk top box: 1

Why use it: Non-fibre applications where a DA6 top board is fitted

Also used for: 3GDA111C, 3GDA111R and 3GDA111N, and the following when fitted with a DA6 top board: ARC-20MC, Q-Down-AG 3G, Q-Down-ATG 3G, Up-Down 3G, Up-Down-A 3G, Up-Down-AT 3G, Up-Down-ATX 3G, Up-Down-AS 3G, Up-Down-AFDS 3G, Up-Down-ATS 3G and Up-Down-ATXS 3G

Real RM41 + RM34 rear modules

RM41 + RM34 rear module label for Up-Down-AFD 3G

Up-Down-AFD 3G inputs and outputs with RM41 + RM34 rear module

 

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, CoCo 3G, Q-Down-AG 3G, Q-Down-ATG 3G, SYN103, SYN 3G, SYN-A 3G, Up-Down 3G, Up-Down-A 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

Real RM57 rear module

RM57 rear module label for Up-Down-AFD 3G

Up-Down-AFD 3G inputs and outputs with RM57 rear module

 

RM57 + RM34 rear module label and connections

More about the RM57 + RM34

Connectors: 11 BNCs and 1 optical input/output connector

Frame slots used: 2

Boards in 2U: 6

Boards in 1U: 3

Boards in desk top box: 1

Why use it: Fibre input or output applications where a DA6 top board is fitted

Also used for: The following boards when fitted with a DA6 top board: ARC-20MC, Q-Down-AG 3G, Q-Down-ATG 3G, Up-Down 3G, Up-Down-A 3G, Up-Down-AT 3G, Up-Down-ATX 3G, Up-Down-AS 3G, Up-Down-AFDS 3G, Up-Down-ATS 3G and Up-Down-ATXS 3G

Real RM57+ RM34 rear modules

RM57 + RM34 rear module label for Up-Down-AFD 3G

Up-Down-AFD 3G inputs and outputs with RM57 + RM34 rear module

 

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

Up-Down-AFD 3G
Up/down/cross converter for 3Gb/s, HD and SD with four group embedded audio handling and AFD insertion and reading

If you want additional input loop-throughs...

DA6
Top board for Up-Down-AFD 3G motherboard providing an additional six reclocked input loop-throughs (NB. Makes Up-Down-AFD 3G a 'double decker' board which requires two frame slots)

To get integrated fibre connectivity select one of the following...

FIP
Fibre input option for Up-Down-AFD 3G motherboard
FOP
Fibre output option for Up-Down-AFD 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 Statesman CPU and integrated control panel for up to 12 Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC running Statesman
Indigo 2SE
CoolFlow 2U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring Statesman CPU for up to 12 Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC running Statesman
Indigo 1AE
1U frame with active front panel featuring Statesman CPU and integrated control panel for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC running Statesman
Indigo 1SE
1U frame with active front panel featuring Statesman CPU for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC running Statesman
Indigo 1AE-DP
1U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring Statesman 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 running Statesman
Indigo 1SE-DP
1U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring Statesman CPU for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Includes two fixed PS-80i power supplies. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC running Statesman
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 Statesman CPU for up to two Crystal Vision modules. Includes fixed power supply. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC running Statesman
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...

RM41
Single slot frame rear module. Allows maximum number of Up-Down-AFD 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 co-timed outputs (configurable as 3G/HD or SD), with two feeds of Output A and three feeds of Output B
RM41 + RM34
Two single slot frame rear modules used together for when DA6 top board is fitted. Allows six Up-Down-AFD 3G in 2U, three in 1U and one in desk top box. Gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD or SD input, six reclocked input loop-throughs and two co-timed outputs (configurable as 3G/HD or SD), with two feeds of Output A and three feeds of Output B
RM57
Single slot frame rear module. Allows maximum number of Up-Down-AFD 3G in 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 two co-timed outputs (configurable as 3G/HD or SD), with one feed of Output A and three feeds of Output B. When using fibre output, gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD or SD input and two co-timed outputs (configurable as 3G/HD or SD), with one feed of Output A and three feeds of Output B, along with one copy of Output B on fibre
RM57 + RM34
Two single slot frame rear modules used together for when DA6 top board is fitted. Allows six Up-Down-AFD 3G in 2U, three in 1U and one 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 six reclocked input loop-throughs and two co-timed outputs (configurable as 3G/HD or SD), with one feed of Output A and three feeds of Output B. When using fibre output, gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD or SD input, six reclocked input loop-throughs and two co-timed outputs (configurable as 3G/HD or SD), with one feed of output A and three feeds of output B, along with one copy of output B on fibre

Finally - control. Use board edge switches, the integrated control panel if you've selected one of the 'AE' frames, or alternatively order one of the items below...

REMIND-E
19" Ethernet remote control panel (control an unlimited number of Crystal Vision frames over an Ethernet network)
Statesman
PC Control System
SNMP
SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option

 

Who's using it?

Users of the up/down/cross converters range include...

  • 4S (Brazil)
  • Aardman Animations (UK)
  • Advanced System Integrated Co., Ltd. (Taiwan)
  • Arqiva (UK)
  • ATG Broadcast (UK)
  • Atos (UK)
  • AVC (UK)
  • AVIT-Systems (Denmark)
  • BBC (UK)
  • BBC Studios and Post Production (UK)
  • BFE Studio (Germany)
  • BRF (Belgium)
  • Channel 4 (UK)
  • CTV (UK)
  • CVP (UK)
  • Czech TV (Czech Republic)
  • dB Broadcast (UK)
  • Dega Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • Duna TV (Hungary)
  • EastEnders (UK)
  • Elektronika (Czech Republic)
  • EPIC (UK)
  • ERT (Greece)
  • ES Broadcast (UK)
  • Eurotek (Ireland)
  • Expert TV (Russia)
  • Fedex TV (USA)
  • Feltech (UK)
  • FOR-A Italia (Italy)
  • Giga-Com (UK)
  • HB Communications (USA)
  • Hessischer Rundfunk (Germany)
  • Indira Ghandi National Open University (India)
  • ITV (UK)
  • JVC (Egypt)
  • Megahertz (UK)
  • Mitcorp (UK)
  • MTV (UK)
  • MTVA (Greece)
  • NASA (USA)
  • News 24 (Albania)
  • Nine Network Australia (Australia)
  • ORF (Austria)
  • Playbox Technology (UK)
  • Polish National Film & TV School (Poland)
  • ProSiebenSat.1 Media (Germany)
  • Puls 4 (Austria)
  • Puls TV (Germany)
  • Red Bee Media (UK)
  • re: fine (UK)
  • RTC Télé Liège (Belgium)
  • RTP (Portugal)
  • Satellite Productions (Greece)
  • Siemens (UK)
  • SIS LIVE (UK)
  • SKAI TV (Greece)
  • Snader (USA)
  • Sony (Italy)
  • Studios A/S (Denmark)
  • STV (Spain)
  • Telemedia (South Africa)
  • Televideo (UK)
  • The London Studios (UK)
  • The One Show (UK)
  • TRC (Italy)
  • TRT (Turkey)
  • TSL (UK)
  • TV2 (Denmark)
  • TV AlHijrah (Malaysia)
  • TV Bandeirantes (Brazil)
  • TV Nova (Czech Republic)
  • TVNZ (New Zealand)
  • TVP (Poland)
  • TV Skyline (Germany)
  • Universal Media Services (USA)
  • University of Central Florida (USA)
  • Vidau Systems (Russia)
  • Videowork Srl (Italy)
  • VTC (Vietnam)
  • Wellen+Nöthen (Germany)
  • Westminster Live (UK)
  • WJHG-TV (USA)
  • WGGB-TV (USA)
  • WMBB-TV (USA)
  • ZDF (Germany)
 

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