News

News

This is a good page to visit if you want to find out what's been happening in the world of Crystal Vision recently.

Read about newly-launched products and additional features for existing products. Or discover how the products are helping broadcast engineers in our case studies.

Sometimes there's news on our staff and distributors - and more.

 

Why do broadcast systems need a media firewall?

IP media firewalls

Added 8th January 2019

There is currently a good deal of interest in firewalls for uncompressed video over IP. Creating an IP-based broadcast facility allows huge flexibility in the way the system is used and systems designers will create restrictions on their network to suit the individual requirements. If you use a standard IP switch as a firewall you are reliant on the correct rules having been entered into the system, whereas Crystal Vision's IP-IP-2022 (a software app running on the MARBLE-V1 media processor and used with SMPTE ST 2022 signals) automatically stops everything going through apart from video and audio – as well as including features which sort out all the issues that people are having. Using the IP-IP-2022 allows systems to connect together securely, with redundancy and with the knowledge that all network choices are available on both sides of the firewall. Where are we seeing requirements for a media firewall and what features does the perfect firewall need?

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Solving new SDI problems

Protecting broadcast PCs

Added 8th January 2019

The Safe Switch 3G intelligent and clean 2 x 2 fail-safe routing switch is finding new applications. Broadcasters are increasingly finding more and more uses for PCs – from automated playout using channel in a box systems to automatic generation of subtitles by processing the audio. PCs running Windows operating systems with broadcast graphics cards create powerful systems at a reasonable price – but users worry about their reliability. Putting a Safe Switch 3G in the system is allowing broadcasters to confidently use equipment that doesn't meet their quality of service requirement.

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Talk to us in 2019

2019 exhibitions

Added 8th January 2019

The benefits of exhibitions are many. Getting to know us in person, asking us detailed product questions not covered by our written documentation or telling us about your unusual requirements which might be perfect for our flexible MARBLE-V1 media processor. And more! You can see us at two shows in early 2019 – and we've moved location at both!

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Who's buying what

Who's buying what

Added 8th January 2019

Find out who has been placing orders with us in the last few months, which includes customers from Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Greece, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA and Vietnam.

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IP and more at IBC

IP and more at IBC

Added 20th September 2018

Crystal Vision's MARBLE-V1 media processor and its initial software apps are approaching completion and should begin shipping later this year. It has taken time to create our IP platform – we have started from scratch and created a CPU/GPU processor and software platform, rather than simply modifying our SDI products with the addition of internal converters – and the result is the industry's most flexible IP solution. The broadcasters we have spoken to are very excited about the possibilities it offers.

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Flexible new security option for Indigo and Vision frames

SMPTE meeting

Added 20th September 2018

Crystal Vision has recently added flexible security to its Indigo and Vision frames, with the ability to switch off services that are not required. It is now possible for a user to disable all services except ping in order to prevent unwanted access to the frames. FTP, HTTP, SNMP and ASCII can be disabled on all our frames. SSH can also be disabled on the Vision frames and Statesman disabled on the Indigo frames. It is also possible to remove the Network Configuration, SNMP Configuration and Software Upgrade menus, should this be required.

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Who's buying what

Who's buying what

Added 20th September 2018

Find out who has been placing orders with us in the last few months, which includes customers from Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Faroe Islands, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Korea, Switzerland, UK, USA and Vietnam.

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An alternative view of IP at SMPTE meeting

SMPTE meeting

Added 16th July 2018

Crystal Vision hosted its SMPTE regional meeting on "Making SMPTE 2110 installations work" during the evening of Tuesday 15th May. Such was the appeal of this topic that over 60 people had registered, with UK broadcasters, systems integrators and manufacturers travelling from all over the UK to be there. It seems clear that people are realising that, in the very near future, everyone that puts broadcast systems together will need to know how to put an IP system together.

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Watch the SMPTE meeting video

SMPTE meeting video

Added 16th July 2018

If you're disappointed that you were unable to attend our SMPTE meeting in person, we have the next best thing. The edited recording of the SMPTE meeting is now available on our website or on our YouTube channel. Great to watch if you need convincing that an IP system can really be simple, or you want to find out more about dealing with the challenges presented by SMPTE ST 2022 and 2110. The professionally shot, hour-long video features the presentation given by Richard Lawrence and Philip Scofield, followed by the Q&A session with the attending broadcast engineers. So you can hear exactly what we had to say, as well as discover what questions people are asking about IP.

 

Previewing the TAB Show in Texas

TAB Show 2018

Added 16th July 2018

Crystal Vision will be exhibiting at the 2018 TAB Annual Convention and Trade Show on 2nd August in Austin, Texas. Taking place at the JW Marriott hotel, the TAB show is the largest state broadcast meeting in the USA with over 100 companies showcasing their products and services and more than 1,200 registrants. Crystal Vision will be co-exhibiting with its Central United States rep, Paradigm Marketing Group (PMG), on Booth 808 right by the front entrance.

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New distributor for Australia

Interface Technologies Australia

Added 16th July 2018

Interface Technologies Australia is the new Crystal Vision distributor for Australia. Based in Roseville, New South Wales, Interface Technologies Australia specialises in solutions for digital TV – including digital stream analysis and logging, digital ad insertion, DSNG encoders and receivers and transport of SDI, ASI and Ethernet over fibre.

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Meet our new Sales Administrator

Sue Bradshaw

Added 16th July 2018

Sue Bradshaw joined Crystal Vision in April as Part-Time Sales Administrator, providing maternity cover for Robyn Tate. Sue has settled in very quickly – helped by this being a similar role to her previous job which she held for 27 years. Sue works mornings alongside our other Sales Administrator – Elaine Mingay – with them sharing all the sales admin tasks between them.

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Who's buying what

Who's buying what

Added 16th July 2018

Find out who has been placing orders with us in the last few months, which includes customers from Austria, Greece, Israel, South Africa, Turkey, UAE, UK and USA.

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