M-PIP picture-in-picture device
What is it?
IP/SDI double box picture-in-picture device app.
Reason to choose it...
It's a really easy way to add one or two boxes to your programme – with the useful features including flexible image positioning within the box, coloured borders and fades. The fact you can use it with IP, SDI or both at the same time makes it perfect for any installation – including giving you the easiest possible upgrade to IP. Plus it's future-proof – when this functionality is no longer required you can get a different app for your MARBLE-V1 hardware.
Any IP or SDI playout application where you need to inset one or two boxes on your programme or on a coloured background.
Try out the M-PIP VisionWeb GUI (opens in new window) – you'll see how easy it is to operate the M-PIP app from your web browser, while exploring the full functionality of the product.
Need extra features?
This software-based platform makes it easy for us to add additional features to the M-PIP to solve the particular problem you've got - and make your IP or SDI do exactly what you want. Just get in touch!
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- Main features
- What outputs do I get?
- What do I order?
- Video demo
- Dual source picture-in-picture device, which can inset one or two boxes on main programme or a matte colour
- Software app that runs on the MARBLE-V1 media processor
- Use it with SDI, IP or both at the same time: supports 31 video formats, SMPTE ST 2022-6 and ST 2022-7 protocols and video within ST 2110 (ST 2110-10, -20 and -21 standards)
- Set size and position of the two boxes, as well as size and position of images within boxes
- Coloured border can be added to the boxes
- Edges of the boxes can be softened
- Fade the boxes and background in and out
- Includes synchroniser and choice of multiple timing sources with fail-over (PTP, two analogue Black and Burst or tri-level syncs references via Vision frame, or video input)
- Input and output video delay available to compensate for big system delays
- Supports SMPTE ST 2022-7 redundant streaming and ST 2110 protect
- Fitting up to four bi-directional 10GbE network interfaces allows you to separate your IP flows as required
- Includes gateway functionality for hybrid systems, encapsulating SDI to IP and de-encapsulating SDI from IP
- Includes IP to IP translation functionality, such as network address translation, unicast to multicast address translation, setting firewall restrictions and protocol translation between any of the input formats and any of the output formats
- Tolerant of any input packet distribution, and includes output traffic shaping
- Protect your SDI programme output with dual relay bypass protection option
- Know your signal is present and valid, with SDI and IP flow signal monitoring
- Inputs and outputs accessed by using an appropriate rear module (either VR04, VR06 or VR07)
- Housed in Vision rack frames
- Space-saving: MARBLE-V1 media processor is a ‘double slot’ 96mm x 325mm card, with up to ten MARBLE-V1 fitting in 3U
- Flexible control and monitoring: frame integrated control panel, VisionPanel remote control panel, SBB-4 smart button box, SNMP, ASCII and JSON protocols or the web browser-based VisionWeb Control
- Five year warranty on MARBLE-V1 hardware (with product registration)
- One year of M-PIP app support included, with additional years available to purchase
- This product is available to either purchase or hire, with hire pricing typically 6% of list price per week (with one week minimum hire period and £200 minimum charge)
The easy new way to do picture-in-picture
The M-PIP has been designed for IP or SDI playout applications that need one or two picture-in-picture boxes to be inset on the main programme. This double box generator allows two input flows to be sized and positioned in advance and then layered – when required – over either the third input flow or an internal matte generator.
Controls are available to independently size and position the two inset boxes on the screen, as well as to manipulate the size and position of the images inside those boxes. A coloured border, as well as edge softness, can be applied to each box if required.
The boxes can be faded in and out, while the background can be faded out to black.
Use it with IP, SDI or both
The M-PIP can be used with IP, with SDI or with both IP and SDI at the same time. Its support for multiple signal formats gives the easiest possible SDI to IP upgrade, while also making it perfect for mixed SDI and IP installations as well as fully IP or fully SDI environments.
It supports both SMPTE ST 2022 and ST 2110 video over 10GbE IP networks, including ST 2022-7 redundant streaming and the protect equivalent for ST 2110.
The IP flows can be separated and protected across up to four bi-directional 10GbE SFP+ network interfaces. There is a choice of fibre modules for the fibre SFP+ 10GbE IP network interfaces: either 850nm multi-mode for up to 300m or 1310nm single-mode for up to 10km.
When used with SDI or SMPTE ST 2022, the M-PIP passes all ancillary data including embedded audio without modification. If ST 2110 is used, only the video content is output.
Other features include full VLAN support with no restrictions and unicast and multicast transmission support.
In-built scaling allows the M-PIP to be used with mixed SDI input flow formats – for example, SD boxes can be overlaid on to an HD background flow if required.
It's a software app
The future-proof M-PIP is a software app that runs on the MARBLE-V1 media processor – purpose-built GPU/CPU hardware that fits in the Vision frames.
Apps that are bought with the hardware can be replaced with different apps as needs change, helping you make the most of your budget.
More about MARBLE-V1
Featuring a powerful CPU/GPU processor, the MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware has six bi-directional SDI connections and four 10GbE SFP+ network interface ports (as well as eight bi-directional discrete AES stereo channels for future products).
The software app installed determines the functionality.
IP gateway and translation functionality included
The M-PIP's gateway functionality can be used to integrate SDI into an IP environment or IP into an SDI environment.
Its IP to IP translation functionality can be used for network address translation, protocol conversion (between any of the input formats and any of the output formats), unicast to multicast address conversion and the creation of media firewalls.
With the potential for networks and IP receivers to not be very tolerant to bursty traffic, the M-PIP will ensure a nicely constructed IP output (with a choice of traffic shaping options), while its tolerant IP input is designed to be robust to bursty traffic.
Choice of timing sources - with flexible delay options
The M-PIP includes a framestore synchroniser timed to an external Black and Burst or tri-level syncs analogue reference or PTP.
The chosen reference is the global reference source for all input and output flows.
Reference redundancy offers peace of mind in case the main reference source is disrupted or needs to be taken down for maintenance, while cross-locking allows for mixed reference type and format installations if required.
There are up to ten options for the reference selection, selectable via VisionWeb. (See the Specification for full details.) Should the timing source at the top of the list become missing or invalid, the card will move down the list until it finds a valid timing reference source.
The output timing can be fully adjusted with respect to the chosen reference using three time-based controls (0 - 42ms adjustable in 0.1ms steps, 0 - 100us adjustable in 1us steps and 0 - 1us adjustable in 5ns steps).
Additional delay (adjustable in one frame steps) is also available both on the input and output. Eight frames of input video delay (in addition to the two frames of minimum processing delay) allows delay compensation between the input sources. The ten frames of flow output video delay allows compensation for any big system delays.
Monitoring your signals
Features are provided to speed up system trouble shooting, particularly helpful with IP being more challenging to debug than SDI. Comprehensive SDI, IP and PTP monitoring information is available and can be used to generate SNMP traps.
The status indications available are video present and time present, video format, video black, video frozen, video error, Reference 1 and 2 present and time present, Reference 1 and 2 format, PTP master and backup clock present and time present and audio groups present. The video black and video frozen alert can be delayed by up to 120 seconds to prevent false alarming during brief video pauses.
PTP presence and statistics (network delay, delay variation, reference offset and sync period) are monitored.
The IP flow monitoring includes network error, packet loss, duplicated packets, packet delay variation, Ethernet interface ignored packets and Ethernet interface ignored multicast.
All three inputs have an individual test pattern generator, which can be helpful during setup if video flows are unavailable.
All control is done remotely, with a choice of remote control and monitoring options for the M-PIP app running on the MARBLE-V1 media processor.
Hardware control options include an integrated control panel on the Vision 3 frame, the VisionPanel remote control panel and the SBB-4 smart button box.
Software control options include SNMP, our ASCII and JSON protocols and the VisionWeb web browser control. Try the M-PIP VisionWeb demo...
The 16 available presets can be used to create different looks for the boxes. An ideal way to recall these presets is by using Crystal Vision's ASCII or JSON protocols with your own control system; alternatively the VisionWeb control software can be used.
Save rack space
Fitting in the standard Vision frames (currently available in 3U size), MARBLE-V1 is a space-saving 96mm x 325mm card that sits in one frame slot – allowing up to ten media processors in 3U.
The double slot VR04, VR06 or VR07 frame rear module is used to access the three inputs and two outputs on the M-PIP app.
Protect your SDI output - with relay bypass protection
The VR07 frame rear module provides dual relay bypass protection when the M-PIP is used with both SDI inputs and SDI outputs to help maintain programme output.
The relay bypass protection protects the video output on frame power failure or if the MARBLE-V1 card loses power or is removed. It prevents signal loss by mechanically connecting an SDI input to an SDI output. SDI In 1 is connected to SDI Out 1 and SDI In 2 is connected to SDI Out 2.
The VR07 additionally includes four 10GbE network interface, making it easy to upgrade to IP when required – with the resilience then provided by IP best practice.
M-PIP app running on MARBLE-V1 media processor...
‘Double slot’ Vision card 96mm x 303mm (96mm x 325mm including finger pull)
Power consumption: 25 Watts, plus 1 Watt for each SFP+ fitted to MARBLE-V1
INPUTS AND OUTPUTS
Inputs can be IP and/or SDI
Outputs can be IP and/or SDI
Five BNCs for SDI and up to four fibre SFP+ 10GbE IP network interfaces. Choice of fibre modules: either 850nm multi-mode (for up to 300m) or 1310nm single-mode (for up to 10km)
Inputs and outputs can be mixture of ST 2022 and ST 2110. Video can be passed between ST 2022 and ST 2110, although audio and any other non-video data will be lost
IP only, SDI to IP and IP to SDI applications require at least one SFP+ transceiver option, up to a maximum of four. Use one SFP+ to put all signals together, use two SFP+ to have main and protect or multicast and unicast on separate network interfaces and use three or four SFP+ to further separate flows
Uses VR04, VR06 or VR07 frame rear modules. VR04 or VR07 must be used when more than two SFP+ are fitted
SDI VIDEO INPUTS
(NB. Some or all of the inputs can be IP instead)
Up to three 3Gb/s or HD or SD SDI inputs
270Mb/s or 1.5Gb/s or 3Gb/s serial compliant to SMPTE 259, SMPTE 292-1 and SMPTE 424/425-A
3Gb/s cable equalisation up to 100m using Belden 1694A. HD cable equalisation up to 140m with Belden 1694A or equivalent (approx. 100m with Belden 8281). SD cable equalisation >250m Belden 8281 or equivalent
IP FLOW INPUTS
(NB. Some or all of the inputs can be SDI instead)
Up to three 3Gb/s or HD or SD video over IP inputs
Packet distribution is not important as variable input buffer will compensate for any timing irregularities. Any traffic shaping option from ST 2110-21 can be used, or packets can come from a device which does not meet the shaping requirement of ST 2110-21
A protect input for SMPTE ST 2022-7 seamless protection switching or the equivalent protect input in ST 2110-20 can come from any of the 10GbE IP network interfaces. This protects the stream from lost packets by creating two streams of the same data using different routing to the destination. Flow analyser handles the analysis and reconstruction of the protected stream. Any IP input can come from any of the 10GbE IP network interfaces and can either be multicast or unicast
SDI VIDEO OUTPUTS
(NB. Some or all of the outputs can be IP instead)
Up to two 3Gb/s or HD or SD SDI outputs
270Mb/s or 1.5Gb/s or 3Gb/s serial compliant to SMPTE 259, SMPTE 292-1 and SMPTE 424/425-A
IP FLOW OUTPUTS
(NB. Some or all of the outputs can be SDI instead)
Up to two 3Gb/s or HD or SD video over IP outputs
Any of the 10GbE IP network interfaces can be used to provide a protected output for SMPTE ST 2022-7 or ST 2110 seamless protection switching, which protects the stream from lost packets by creating two streams of the same data using different routing to the destination
Alternatively it is possible to have a unicast on some network interfaces and a multicast on others
RELAY BYPASS PROTECTION (SDI ONLY)
The VR07 frame rear module provides dual relay bypass protection when M-PIP is used with both SDI inputs and SDI outputs
The relay bypass protection protects the video output on frame power failure or if the MARBLE-V1 card loses power or is removed
An electromechanical relay switch on the VR07 needs power to hold the switch in one state and will revert to the other state (card bypass) on loss of power. It prevents signal loss by mechanically connecting an SDI input to an SDI output: SDI In 1 is connected to SDI Out 1 and SDI In 2 is connected to SDI Out 2
NB. Use of the VR07 requires issue 5 or later of MARBLE-V1
VIDEO FORMATS SUPPORTED
The video formats supported are 625i, 525i, 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30, 2048x1080p23.98*, 2048x1080p24*, 2048x1080p25*, 2048x1080p29.97*, 2048x1080p30*, 2048x1080PsF23.98*, 2048x1080PsF24*, 2048x1080PsF25*, 2048x1080PsF29.97*, 2048x1080PsF30* (*= YUV 4:2:2 10 bit)
Input flows can be different formats, with a control provided to set the output format. When set to ‘Auto’ the output format automatically follows the flow assigned to Foreground A
Protocols supported on network interfaces: SMPTE ST 2022-6, SMPTE ST 2022-7, SMPTE ST 2110-20 (uncompressed video), SMPTE ST 2110-10 (system architecture and synchronisation), SMPTE ST 2110-21 (traffic shaping), IGMPv3, ARP, ICMP ping, IPv4, IEEE802.1q, VLAN, IEEE802.3-2012 (10G Ethernet)
Packing options of the ST 2110 output are selectable per flow between BPM and GPM (Block Packing Mode or General Packing Mode)
Packet shaping and distribution (compulsory in ST 2110 and optional in ST 2022) is selectable per flow between TPNL and TPN (narrow linear or narrow gapped packet distribution). There is also a mode for burst packet distribution with a control for the burst rate limit. This is for connecting between Crystal Vision and other compatible devices that allow for a reduced transmission delay
SMPTE ST 2022-7 and ST 2110 flow protection facilitates the dual stream output
The flow output routing allows selection between the picture-in-picture composite, Flow in 1, Flow in 2 and Flow in 3 for each of the two flow outputs
Up to two boxes (Foreground A and Foreground B) can be inset on the background when required, either by selecting the required foreground flow source or by using preset recall
Background source can be set to Flow in 1, Flow in 2, Flow in 3 or a colour produced by an internal matte generator
Foreground A box source can be set to Flow in 1, Flow in 2, Flow in 3 or disabled
Foreground B box source can be set to Flow in 1, Flow in 2, Flow in 3 or disabled
Box size is set using width and height controls (0% to 100%), while box position is set using H and V position controls (-200% to +200%)
The size and location of the image within the boxes is set using width and height controls (0% to 100%) and H and V position controls (0% to 100%)
The Softness controls can be used to soften the edges of the box, with Horizontal and Vertical settings (0% to 100%). If a border is applied, the edges of the border will be softenedThe size, position and softness adjustments are independent on each box
A border can be added to the Foreground A and Foreground B boxes
The border size can be set using width and height controls
The border colour can be set using Red, Green and Blue controls
The size and colour adjustments are independent on each box
The background and boxes (Foreground A and B) can be faded up or down as a timed transition, with fade time set from 0-10 seconds
Fade level can be manually adjusted between 0% and 100%
VIDEO LOSS CONTROLS
The video loss/format mismatch controls – available at both the input and output stages – allow the user to select what will happen to a flow in the event that the video is lost or the video format does not match the specified format. The user can specify to freeze the last good frame or show a black or blue screen or 100% colour bars (with or without an initial delay of three seconds). No output can also be selected. This is independently adjustable on each flow
The test pattern controls allow the user to override each individual input or force the output flows to output a test pattern including Colour Bars, Blue, Black, EqCheck, PllCheck, Pluge, Checkfield, Grey Horizontal Steps, Grey Vertical Steps, Luma Horizontal Ramp, Luma Vertical Ramp, Cycle Colour or Checker Board, or to freeze the picture. This is independently adjustable on each flow
SYNCHRONISER AND TIMING ADJUSTMENTS
Video sources are synchronised to common reference timing source
Choice of timing options:
- PTP (SMPTE ST 2059-2) master and backup, via 10GbE IP network interface
- Two tri-level syncs or analogue Black and Burst references (Reference 1 and Reference 2), connected via the Vision 3 frame
- SDI video input, where available (defaults to SDI 1)
Chosen reference is the global reference source for all inputs and outputs
There are up to ten options for the reference selection, selectable via VisionWeb. The hierarchy runs from left to right – should the timing source at the top of the list become missing or invalid, the app will move down the list until it finds a valid timing reference source. When used with IP inputs, the SDI reference option is not applicable and therefore the reference will move to the next valid timing source:
(“PTP” means PTP Master>PTP Backup. “SDI” means SDI1>SDI2>SDI3>SDI4>SDI5>SDI6, dependent on number of SDI available. "Hold" means it will hold the timing of the last good reference)
When using video reference, video inputs can be different formats but only inputs with the same frame rate as reference video will be locked to that reference. Input signals of same frame rate as reference will be locked together and locked to external reference. Inputs with a differing frame rate will be locked and maintain timing with no drift, but their sync point will be undefined (all same frame rate signals will, however, be locked to each other)
When using PTP reference, a video input of any supported standard will be correctly locked to the PTP reference
PTP timing reference should be used when there is a ST 2110-20 output to ensure the RTP timestamp is related to the time of day. However without a PTP reference, a valid ST 2110-20 signal will still be generated using a free running RTP timestamp
When Auto relock enable is selected, the card will automatically relock when a lost reference is restored. Selecting Force lock (with Auto relock disabled) will force the synchroniser to relock after a reference is restored, and can be activated at a non-critical time to avoid video disturbance
Minimum flow input delay is two frames which equates to the minimum processing delay. Eight additional frames of flow input video delay (adjustable in one frame steps) allows delay compensation between the input sources
Output timing can be fully adjusted with respect to the reference using three time-based controls: 0 - 42ms adjustable in 0.1ms steps, 0 - 100us adjustable in 1us steps and 0 - 1us adjustable in 5ns steps. Sub frame timing alignment to chosen reference is global to all outputs
Ten frames of flow output video delay (adjustable in one frame steps) allows compensation for any big system delays. This delay can be configured individually for each SDI output or IP output flow
All ancillary data (including audio) is passed from SDI or ST 2022 input to SDI or ST 2022 output. When ST 2110 input or output is selected, all ancillary data is discarded
LED INDICATION OF:
The current app settings can be saved in one of 16 locations to be recalled as required
Comprehensive SDI, IP and PTP monitoring information is available and can be used to generate SNMP traps
Checks can be performed on the following video and audio parameters:
- Video present and time present
- Video format
- Video black
- Video frozen
- Video error
- Audio group 1 present
- Audio group 2 present
- Audio group 3 present
- Audio group 4 present
Black or frozen video will be indicated by an amber LED. This alert can be delayed by 1-120 seconds to prevent false warnings during brief video pauses
The following IP parameters are monitored for input flows:
- Network error
- Packet loss
- Duplicated packets
- Packet delay variation. Shown as the skew (difference in time of packet arrival) between the main and protected input, and also as the min and max nano second gap between the packets on each input
The Ethernet interfaces are monitored for:
- Count of packets ignored by the app (general network traffic non-media packets, which do not require processing by the app). Jumps in 100 step increments indicate network traffic flood
- Ignored multicast packets. LED indicates multicast traffic not requested by the app is present on the Ethernet Interface, indicating incorrectly configured IGMP at the network switch
References are monitored for:
- Reference 1 and 2 present and time present
- Reference 1 and 2 format
- PTP master and backup clock present and time present
- PTP statistics – network delay, delay variation, reference offset and sync period
VisionWeb Control is available via the web server on the frame and allows control and monitoring using a standard web browser on a computer, tablet or phone
SNMP monitoring and control available as standard
Control using ASCII and JSON protocols
Control from integrated control panel on Vision 3 frame
Control from VisionPanel 3U remote panel
SBB-4 smart button box connects to the frame via Ethernet and provides four programmable LCD switches (which are configured for each order). The SBB-4 uses information from VisionWeb for settings. Uses Power over Ethernet so must be used with PoE enabled switch
What outputs do I get?
VR04 rear module label and connections
More about the VR04
Connectors: 6 BNCs and 4 dual LC fibre
Frame slots used: 2
Boards in 3U: 10
Why use it: It's ideal for any M-PIP application, and can be used with up to four SFP+
VR06 rear module label and connections
More about the VR06
Connectors: 6 BNCs, 1 D-Type and 2 dual LC fibre
Frame slots used: 2
Boards in 3U: 10
Why use it: You can use it for any M-PIP application involving two or less SFP+
VR07 rear module label and connections
More about the VR07
Connectors: 6 BNCs and 4 dual LC fibre (with dual SDI relay bypass)
Frame slots used: 2
Boards in 3U: 10
Why use it: You want SDI relay bypass protection
For more visual technical information, download the M-PIP block diagram.
What do I order?
First you need the software app...
- IP/SDI double box picture-in-picture device. Supports 3G/HD/SD and ST 2022-6, ST 2022-7 and ST 2110-20 protocols. Software app which runs on the MARBLE-V1 media processor
Now choose your media processor hardware and SFP+ modules...
Next select your frame...
- Vision 3
- 3U frame with integrated control panel and smart CPU for up to 20 Crystal Vision cards from the Vision range. Includes two PSU3-VF power supplies for redundancy. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
You need a rear module to access your inputs and outputs...
Two slot frame rear module. Allows ten M-PIP in 3U. Inputs and outputs can be any mixture of SDI via BNCs and IP via up to four 10GbE network interfaces on dual LC. Gives access to three SDI (3G/HD/SD) or IP inputs and two SDI or IP outputs
- Two slot frame rear module. Allows ten M-PIP in 3U. Inputs and outputs can be any mixture of SDI via BNCs and IP via up to two 10GbE network interfaces on dual LC. Gives access to three SDI (3G/HD/SD) or IP inputs and two SDI or IP outputs
- Two slot frame rear module. Allows ten M-PIP in 3U. Inputs and outputs can be any mixture of SDI via BNCs and IP via up to four 10GbE network interfaces on dual LC. Provides dual relay bypass protection for up to two inputs when used with SDI inputs and outputs. Gives access to three SDI (3G/HD/SD) or IP inputs and two SDI or IP outputs. NB. Use of the VR07 requires issue 5 or later of MARBLE-V1
Next - control. Complimentary options include the frame's integrated control panel, the VisionWeb web browser control, SNMP and our ASCII and JSON protocols. Alternatively order one of the items below...
- 3U Ethernet remote control panel with touch screen
- Smart button box with four programmable LCD switches. It is powered by PoE (Power over Ethernet) and therefore needs to be connected to a PoE enabled switch
Finally - extended support if required...
- App support
- Purchase with M-PIP app to get software upgrades for changes in standards, new features and bug fixes plus telephone and e-mail operational support (with support for the first year included for free)
- What does it cost? Request a quote for the M-PIP...
- Want to hire instead? Request a hire quote...
- What controls has it got? Try out the VisionWeb demo for the M-PIP...
- Want more information? Get the M-PIP user manual (and SNMP MIB) by signing up for the Registered Area now
- Should you buy app support? Find out more about it in the App support conditions document
- The M-PIP app runs on the MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware which needs to be housed in a Vision 3 rack frame - find out more about the frame...
From the Vision frame system...
- MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware which runs Crystal Vision's software apps
From the Indigo frame system...
- LKEY-SQZ 3G/HD/SD squeeze back keyer
Not sure which picture scaler is best for your application? Have a look at our Indigo and Vision keyers and picture scalers comparison chart to help you make a decision...
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