Pressroom

Press releases

Welcome to the Crystal Vision pressroom. Here you'll find a selection of our latest press releases, covering topics such as new product launches, case study reports and exhibition previews.

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Flexible security added to Crystal Vision's frames

Safire 3 chroma keyer

Added 25th October 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. Designed to make the control of the company's SDI and IP cards more secure, it is now possible for a user to individually disable FTP, HTTP, SNMP, ASCII, SSH and the Statesman PC control software in order to prevent unwanted access to the frames. It is also possible to remove the Network Configuration, SNMP Configuration and Software Upgrade menus, should this be required.

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Crystal Vision shows flexible IP platform and reduced-price chroma keyer at IBC 2018 (Stand 2.C28)

MARBLE-V1 media processor

Added 17th July 2018

On Stand 2.C28 at IBC 2018 Crystal Vision will be showing its flexible IP platform, the MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware and the initial six software apps which run on it. These apps are IP gateways between SDI and SMPTE 2022 or 2110, and IP to IP translators for making adjustments to IP flows including protocol conversion between ST 2022 and ST 2110. Amongst the full range of modular SDI interface and keying products on show will be the Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer, which now combines its high quality keying, easy workflow and five year warranty benefits with a significant price drop.

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Big price reduction for Crystal Vision's flagship chroma keyer

Safire 3 chroma keyer

Added 25th April 2018

Crystal Vision has significantly reduced the price of its Safire 3 chroma keyer, making it now the lowest cost of the industry's best real-time chroma keyers and with the price drop bringing benefits to both large and small broadcasters. With its advantages including Crystal Vision's responsive technical support and five year warranty, the Safire 3 modular chroma keyer is ideal for real-time applications from weather to immersive virtual studios, with a simple intuitive workflow for setting up a key, support for resolutions from SD to 1080p and features such as lighting compensation, colour correction and video delay to help solve common real world issues. Enhancements over the last year include new colour spill processing, as well as improved live operation following changes made to the VisionPanel control panel.

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Crystal Vision brings SMPTE 2110 apps to the 2018 NAB Show (Booth N2516)

IP-SDI6-2110 app running on MARBLE-V1 media processor

Added 6th February 2018

On Booth N2516 at the 2018 NAB Show Crystal Vision will be showing its flexible IP platform, the MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware and the initial six software apps which run on it. These apps are IP gateways between SDI and SMPTE 2022 or 2110, and IP to IP translators for making adjustments to IP flows including protocol conversion between ST 2022 and ST 2110. Designed for smaller projects and ideal for housing MARBLE-V1, the new Vision 1 1U frame brings further flexibility to the Vision frame system and incorporates the usual Vision benefits including numerous signal outputs. Crystal Vision will also be showing the keyers, video delays and fail-safe routing switches from its well-established Indigo frame system, including the acclaimed Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer which in addition to gaining new features has been significantly reduced in price opening up its high quality chroma keying to systems that previously had to rely on the chroma keyer in their mixers.

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Crystal Vision brings IP apps to BVE 2018 (Stand M01)

MARBLE-V1 media processor

Added 3rd January 2018

Stand M01 at BVE 2018 will be showing the MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware Crystal Vision's flexible IP platform which runs software apps and fits in the company's Vision frames. With the initial apps being gateways between SDI and SMPTE 2022 as well as an IP to IP translator for making adjustments to IP streams, MARBLE-V1 provides the easiest upgrade path to SMPTE 2110 with the simple installation of a new low-cost app. Ideal for housing MARBLE-V1, the new Vision 1 1U frame brings further flexibility to the Vision frame system, providing housing for up to four cards and incorporating the usual Vision benefits including numerous signal outputs, dual reference syncs distributed from the frame and the ability to be used with higher bandwidth signals such as IP and 4K.

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Crystal Vision brings upgraded chroma keyer and a unique approach to IP to CABSAT 2018

VisionPanel control of Safire 3

Added 28th November 2017

Crystal Vision will be co-exhibiting with its distributor Ariston FZC on stand ZB5-116 at CABSAT 2018 to show the new control features of the Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer. At its best, and Crystal Vision's most popular product in the Middle East, the Safire 3 has been upgraded with improved live operation from the VisionPanel control panel making it even easier to use. Crystal Vision also brings a unique approach to the IP world with its MARBLE-V1 media processor and software apps, giving the flexibility needed to react to the changing requirements of IP.

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Control upgrade brings improved workflow to Crystal Vision's chroma keyer

VisionPanel

Added 24th October 2017

Crystal Vision has further improved the operation of its Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer in a live situation following significant changes to the VisionPanel universal control panel. VisionPanel is designed to operate up to 16 Crystal Vision Indigo or Vision frames, with its physical controls making it well suited to those products that need regular adjustment, such as Safire 3. As broadcasters search for increased efficiency, the VisionPanel enhancements all result in faster and easier operation, with various improvements made to the 3U Ethernet control panel's touch screen, knobs and hard buttons following consultation with expert users who operate chroma keyers on a daily basis.

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Multi-functional synchroniser for Crystal Vision's new frame system

SYNNER-VF

Added 16th August 2017

Crystal Vision has released a video synchroniser for its new Vision frame system. The best solution for any embedding, de-embedding and timing requirements, SYNNER-VF combines multiple functions on one card to simplify system designs and save broadcast engineers money and rack space. Working with 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources and both AES and analogue audio, SYNNER-VF combines a video synchroniser, tracking audio delay, embedder, de-embedder, audio processor and video proc-amp, and includes flexible delay compensation, advanced handling of Dolby E, comprehensive signal monitoring and optional integrated fibre input/output. SYNNER-VF gives more video outputs than Crystal Vision has offered before on a synchroniser, and takes advantage of the dual reference syncs distributed from the Vision frame, resulting in easier wiring and the option of a backup reference.

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Crystal Vision appoints Emerald Communications as Southeast USA rep

States represented by Emerald Communications

Added 31st July 2017

Crystal Vision has appointed Emerald Communications as its manufacturer's representative for eight states throughout the Southeast United States. Emerald Communications will be using its extensive dealer and systems integrator relationships to educate and specify Crystal Vision products into end user projects throughout the Southeast. The combined experience and knowledge of Emerald's team gives them a unique understanding of both customer needs and the concerns of manufacturers in the Southeast region.

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Formal release of Crystal Vision's IP gateways at IBC 2017 (Stand 2.C28)

IP gateways

Added 19th July 2017

Stand 2.C28 at IBC 2017 will see the formal release of Crystal Vision's future-proof IP gateways, which combine purpose-built video over IP hardware with flexible software-based processing. With useful features including status monitoring, clean switching, sophisticated synchronising (including PTP support), delays and IP traffic shaping, the gateways initially support the SMPTE 2022-6 and SMPTE 2022-7 protocols and can be easily reconfigured via a software upgrade to support SMPTE 2110 essence-based protocols. The introduction of the Vision 1 1U frame brings further flexibility to the Vision frame system, providing housing for up to four cards and incorporating the usual Vision benefits including numerous signal outputs, dual reference syncs distributed from the frame and the ability to be used with higher bandwidth signals such as IP and 4K. The Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer gets improved live operation from the VisionPanel control panel while continuing to benefit from Crystal Vision's acclaimed support and five year warranty.

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Four up and down converters for Crystal Vision's new frame system

UP-DOWN-A-VF

Added 27th June 2017

Crystal Vision has released four up and down converters for the Vision frame system, each with different features for different applications. Performing flexible up, down and cross conversions between 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources, the UP-DOWN-VF range has inherited the excellent picture processing which has seen broadcasters standardise on Crystal Vision up and down converters and also introduces some new benefits for the first time – including more video outputs, relay bypass protection, complimentary SNMP and the option of a backup reference for the synchronising versions.

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Crystal Vision appoints Paradigm Marketing Group as Central USA rep

Bob Phillips of PMG

Added 7th June 2017

Crystal Vision has expanded its US sales force with the appointment of Paradigm Marketing Group (PMG) as its manufacturer's representative for 18 states throughout the Central United States. Although recently established, PMG staff have over 30 years of experience providing technical and operational support to the broadcast and professional video industries, and have established strong relationships with all of the leading design consultants, dealers, end users and systems integrators in the Central United States. PMG is currently the representative for three other manufacturers 360 Systems Broadcast, Link Electronics and MNC Software.

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Flexible embedder/de-embedder for Crystal Vision's new frame system

TANDEM10-VF

Added 18th May 2017

Crystal Vision has added flexible embedding and de-embedding to its new Vision frame system. Working with 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources, TANDEM10-VF is a powerful four group audio embedder/de-embedder with the ability to embed and de-embed a mixture of up to eight external AES stereo pairs and four stereo pairs (or eight mono channels) of external analogue audio making it equally suited to those who need to embed and de-embed at the same time or to those who want a single product for use as an embedder or de-embedder as required. Giving more video outputs than the company's previous embedders/de-embedders, the feature-rich TANDEM10-VF includes full audio routing, audio and video processing, flexible delay compensation, fibre input/output connectivity and comprehensive signal monitoring.

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Crystal Vision underpins expansion for major UK broadcaster at MediaCityUK

BBC North

Added 4th April 2017

As part of a BBC-wide strategy to migrate towards IP contribution methods, BBC North has expanded the ability to land IP circuits directly into the MediaCity campus. A number of modular devices from Crystal Vision have been used as part of this expansion in order to interface with existing HD/SDI infrastructure.

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Crystal Vision releases fibre transmitter and receiver for its new frame system

FTX-VF and FRX-VF

Added 16th March 2017

Crystal Vision has released a fibre optic transmitter and receiver for its new Vision frame system. The FTX-VF dual channel fibre transmitter and FRX-VF dual channel fibre receiver have been designed to transmit and receive 3Gb/s, HD and SD signals over large distances. Meeting the SMPTE 297-2006 short-haul specification, they can be used with single-mode or multi-mode fibre and are perfect for moving signals around in big installations. With up to 20 space-saving cards (40 channels) fitting in 3U, the useful features include full DVB-ASI compatibility and the ability to fit CWDM lasers along with multiple outputs and loop-throughs which reduce the need for additional distribution amplifiers.

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Crystal Vision's new frame system and future-proof IP gateways at the 2017 NAB Show (Booth N3010)

Vision 3 frame system

Added 9th February 2017

Booth N3010 at the 2017 NAB Show will be showing Crystal Vision's forward-looking Vision frame system suitable for SDI, IP and 4K which is now shipping, along with its core interface cards including up and down converters, synchronisers, fibre optic transmitters and receivers, audio embedders/de-embedders and distribution amplifiers for analogue and digital video and audio. Crystal Vision will be discussing its future-proof IP gateways: initially supporting the SMPTE 2022-6 and SMPTE 2022-7 protocols and including PTP as a timing source option, they can be easily reconfigured via a software upgrade for the new standards as they emerge. Crystal Vision will also be showing its well-established Indigo frame system with its popular chroma keyers, logo keyers, video delays and fail-safe routing switches.

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Crystal Vision is getting ready for the future of the broadcast industry at CABSAT 2017

Vision 3 frame system

Added 17th January 2017

Crystal Vision will be on stand B2-56 at CABSAT 2017 to show how it is getting ready for the future of the broadcast industry with its exciting new Vision 3 frame system which is now shipping. It has core cards of up and down converters, synchronisers, fibre optic transmitters and receivers, audio embedders/de-embedders and distribution amplifiers for analogue and digital video and audio. Crystal Vision also has its proven Indigo range with the choice of three different frame sizes and 75 cards to include its Safire 3 chroma keyer which is very popular with its Middle Eastern customers.

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Crystal Vision shows its now-shipping new frame system at BVE 2017 (Stand M01)

UP-DOWN-A-VF

Added 4th January 2017

Stand M01 at BVE 2017 will be showing Crystal Vision's forward-looking Vision frame system which is now shipping, along with its initial core cards essential for any interface system including up and down converters, synchronisers, fibre optic transmitters and receivers, audio embedders/de-embedders and distribution amplifiers for analogue and digital video and audio. With its ability to work with higher bandwidth signals such as IP and 4K (as well as SDI), benefits offered by the Vision 3 frame include high packing density of up to 20 cards, numerous outputs and dual syncs distributed from the frame. Visitors to the London show will also be able to discuss Crystal Vision's unique approach to video over IP which has led to the development of flexible IP gateway products which will be housed in the Vision frame.

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