M-SAFIRE chroma keyer
What is it?
IP/SDI chroma keyer app.
Reason to choose it...
It’s the best chroma keyer we’ve ever produced – from the noise-free key to the easy setup using the quad split multiviewer. 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 live IP or SDI virtual studio or sports production where you care about the quality of the chroma keying.
Try out the M-SAFIRE VisionWeb GUI (opens in new window) – you'll see how easy it is to operate the M-SAFIRE 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-SAFIRE 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?
- Who's using it?
- Real-time chroma keyer ideal for any live chroma keying or virtual set production
- 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)
- Key on any colour, with fine control over backdrop colour selection
- Gives excellent results and generates noise-free key
- Numerous tools to optimise the picture including clip processing, colour correction, Edge shrink, colour spill processing, lighting compensation and shadow processing
- Overrule the chroma keying: use the internal masks and External key/mask to force areas to be either foreground or background, such as for linear keying
- 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)
Use the input and output video delay to offset the graphic generator's delay and compensate for other 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
- Use the quad split multiviewers to assist setup, with zoom available for fine-detail checking
- 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
- One year of M-SAFIRE 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 real-time chroma keyer for every virtual production
Offering Crystal Vision’s best picture quality yet with a noise-free key, the M-SAFIRE real-time chroma keyer is ideal for any live virtual production – from studio to sport.
Chroma keying is used to combine a virtual object (background) with a real image (foreground) by replacing a real colour (usually blue or green) with a virtual input.
With the ability to key on any colour, looking at both the hue and saturation gives the M-SAFIRE enhanced selectivity when choosing the backdrop colour.
The M-SAFIRE includes numerous tools to optimise the picture, including advanced clip processing.
The M-SAFIRE prevents unwanted keying by giving you precise control when dealing with colour spill from the backdrop appearing on foreground objects – while re-spill can be used to colour areas to make them look more natural.
You can match the look of the foreground to the background by using the foreground colour corrector and background video adjustments. It’s easy to clean up the edges on foreground objects using the Edge shrink tool.
The smooth quadrant backdrop lighting will compensate for unevenly lit backdrops – helping you get a uniform key signal across the image by boosting the key, while you can use the Shadow Density control to increase or reduce the appearance of shadows.
The chroma keyed foreground and keyed foreground can be faded up or down as a timed transition, with fade time set from 0-10 seconds.
Use it with IP, SDI or both
The M-SAFIRE 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-SAFIRE 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.
It's a software app
The future-proof M-SAFIRE 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.
MARBLE-V1's powerful GPU processor – which uses floating point precision calculations – allows the M-SAFIRE to generate a noise-free key.
Add virtual objects, logos and sports graphics
Two internal masks and the External key/mask can be used to force areas of foreground or background – making it easy to add virtual objects, linear key a logo or add sports graphics and more.
IP gateway and translation functionality included
The M-SAFIRE'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-SAFIRE 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-SAFIRE 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 inputs and outputs.
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), with the selected timing alignment global to all output flows.
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 output video delay allows compensation for any big system delays.
Easy to make adjustments - with the quad split multiviewers
To aid setup, there are two quad split multiviewers available – selectable as the Main output – which show four signals composited on to one screen. You can zoom into each of the quads – especially useful when you are dealing with shadows, spill or any other issue that really benefits from close inspection.
Output video/Output key/External key source/Suppressed foreground quad split
Output video/Output key/Keyed foreground/Keyed background quad split
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, audio groups present, channels within the audio group present and channels within the audio group present but silent. The video black and video frozen alert can be delayed by up to 120 seconds to prevent false alarming during brief video pauses. The audio silence alert is triggered at an audio level of -93dbFS and can be delayed by up to 120 seconds to prevent false warnings during quiet audio periods.
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.
14 built-in test patterns can also help with fault finding.
All control is done remotely, with a choice of remote control and monitoring options for the M-SAFIRE 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-SAFIRE VisionWeb demo...
16 presets can be assigned and recalled. App settings and Input/Output configuration settings can be stored and recalled independently - useful for all users and very advantageous in an IP environment.
- Find out more about the frame integrated control panel
- Find out more about VisionPanel
- Find out more about the SBB-4 smart button box
- Find out more about VisionWeb Control
- Find out more about SNMP
- Find out more about the ASCII and JSON protocols
Save rack space
Fitting in the standard Vision frames (currently available in 3U size, but with a desk top box coming soon), 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-SAFIRE app.
Protect your SDI output - with relay bypass protection
The VR07 frame rear module provides dual relay bypass protection when the M-SAFIRE 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-SAFIRE 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
INPUT 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. All IP inputs and outputs can be received and transmitted on a single network interface. The use of two or more interfaces is recommended for separating main and protect video flows associated with the IP input/output. Multicast and unicast addresses are supported on a single network interface or can be divided across multiple interfaces
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
(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 video flow from lost packets by creating two streams of the same data using different routing to the destination. IP packet analyser handles the analysis and reconstruction of the protected video flow. 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
(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-SAFIRE 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)
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), LLDP
Packing options of the ST 2110-20 video flow are selectable per IP output between BPM and GPM (Block Packing Mode or General Packing Mode)
Packet shaping and distribution of the video flow (compulsory in ST 2110 and optional in ST 2022) is selectable per IP output 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 video flow protection facilitates the dual stream output
KEYER SOURCES AND OUTPUTS
Background source can be set to Input 1 or Input 2 or Input 3 or Matte
Foreground source can be set to Input 1 or Input 2 or Input 3
External key/mask source can be set to Input 1 or Input 2 or Input 3
Keyer Aux Output shows processed Output video only
Keyer Main Output can be set to show processed Output video, Output key, External key source, Output key inverted, Foreground source, Background source, Keyed foreground, Keyed background, Suppressed Foreground, Output video/Output key/External key source/Suppressed foreground quad split or Output video/Output key/Keyed foreground/Keyed background quad split
The quad split options are useful for checking details during configuration and allow close inspection of the adjustments to the key across the picture. Controls are Quad zoom (0-100%), Quad H position and Quad V position. The single set of controls are applied to all four quads. Zoom of 0% shows the entire images in the quads and zoom of 100% expands a single pixel to fill each quad. When the image is expanded, the position controls define the area of the image to be displayed
INTERNAL MATTE GENERATOR
The keyer background source can be replaced with a colour produced by an internal matte generator
CHROMA KEY ADJUSTMENTS
The Chroma key menu is used to set up the chroma keyer functions
M-SAFIRE allows the user to set both the colour and saturation range of the area to be suppressed and background inserted
Enable: Enables/disables chroma key processing
Saturation: Sets the saturation level of the foreground area to create the key. Range is 0-100
Saturation acceptance: Sets a range of saturation that will be used to create the final key and can be used to fine-tune adjustments. Range is 0-100
Hue: Sets the colour in the foreground to be used to create the key signal. Range is 0-360
Hue acceptance: Sets the range of colours that the Hue colour will use to create the key signal and can be used to fine-tune adjustments. Range is 0-180
Min clip: Increase to force lower key levels to zero for when small amounts of key level remain in foreground object areas causing breakthrough of the new background. Range is 0-100. Does not affect Max clip levels
Max clip: Reduce the Max clip level value to force variations in key level to full key value by amplifying and clipping. Range is 0-100. Does not affect Min clip levels
Main output: The source for the Main output can also be selected from the Chroma key menu (see KEYER SOURCES AND OUTPUTS for full details)
FOREGROUND SPILL SUPPRESSION
The FG spill suppression menu assists in removing any areas where colour spill from the backdrop on foreground objects is causing unwanted keying of the background or is causing backdrop colour tints on foreground objects
Mode: Use Chroma key settings (default) uses the same settings from the Chroma key menu to set all the spill suppression parameters. Enabled activates the Saturation, Saturation acceptance, Hue and Hue acceptance settings set in the Spill suppression menu
BACKDROP LIGHTING AND SHADOW PROCESSING
The Backdrop lighting control provides quadrant gain control to assist in poorly lit or variably lit backdrops
Enable: Enables/disables all controls in this menu
There are four quadrant gain controls – Left, Right, Top and Bottom – which can be adjusted to produce an even key in the left, right, top and bottom areas of the image
Radial is an overall lighting spotlight control. Increasing lowers overall gain, decreasing increases overall gain
The Backdrop lighting menu also contains the Shadow density control for enhancing or rejecting natural occurring shadows on the backdrop. Range -100 to 100. Increasing enhances shadows, decreasing rejects shadows
EDGES AND KEY REMOVAL
Edge shrink control is used for softening and cleaning up edges on foreground objects. Range is 0-100. Increasing value reduces created key while simultaneously softening the edge
Chroma key removal controls can attenuate the created key signals in areas of foreground in dark and light luminance levels. ‘Dark FG areas’ control (range 0-100) is available for low luminance objects in the foreground that are suffering from unwanted background keying. ‘Light FG areas’ control (range 0-100) is available for high luminance objects in the foreground that are suffering from unwanted background keying. Enable the ‘Add contrast’ control to add additional contrast into the areas forced by Dark and Light FG areas controls
Foreground re-spill can be used to throw a new spill colour back on to the suppressed foreground in situations requiring a false spill effect for a more natural composite picture
Percentages (0-100%) of red, green and blue in re-spill colour can be set, while Gain setting controls amount of re-spill applied to composited image
Pre-key FG colour allows correction to the RGB lift of the foreground signal before keying. These red, green and blue controls (each with a range of -20 to 20) can be used to compensate for any colour loss from high levels of spill suppression
Post-key FG colour allows correction to the RGB lift and gain colour correction of the foreground signal after keying. Controls are Red gain (range 80-120%), Green gain (range 80-120%), Blue gain (range 80-120%), Red lift (range -20 to 20%), Green lift (range -20 to 20%) and Blue lift (range -20 to 20%)
Post-key gain & lift adjusts the keyed foreground and background signals to achieve a more realistic composite. Controls are Foreground chroma gain (range 80-120%), Foreground video gain (range 80-120%,), Foreground Y lift (range -20 to 20%), Background chroma gain (range 80-120%,), Background video gain (range 80-120%) and Background Y lift (range -20 to 20%)
KEY AND MASK CONTROL
The Key/mask control menu is used to force either foreground objects or background into the composite chroma key
In Key mode, objects in the foreground will be forced using the key signal luminance and will not be subject to the chroma key suppression. ‘On (External)’ uses the external key input to generate the key. ‘On (Foreground)’ uses the luminance in the foreground input to generate the key
When Mask mode is set to 'On (External)', objects in the background will be forced based upon the luminance of the external source selected as the key/mask
The key and mask can be inverted
Key processing is multiplicative by default. For additive keying, untick the External key multiply FG box
The Min Clip and Max Clip controls can be used to increase or reduce transparency in the key or mask
Two internal masks can be turned on or off to force areas of foreground and background
The masks can be inverted and adjusted in position and size
Edge softness controls prevent hard edge on mask, with each edge individually selectable
The internal masks are independent of the external mask and can be used at the same time if required
Chroma keyed foreground and keyed foreground 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%
The keyer processing block provides a Keyer Main and Keyer Aux output. The aux output shows the final result of the keyer processing (output video), whereas the main output can show different stages of processing (see KEYER SOURCES AND OUTPUTS section)
The output routing allows selection between Keyer Main and Keyer Aux for each of the two outputs. For example, Output 1 could be set to Keyer Aux and therefore display the final output video of the keyer processing, whereas setting Output 2 to Keyer Main allows this output to be used to preview different stages of the keyer processing. Additionally the output routing can be set to any of the three inputs
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 an input or output 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 input/output
The test pattern controls allow the user to override each individual input or force the output 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, Checker Board or Colour Square, or to freeze the picture. This is independently adjustable on each input/output
AUDIO MUTE CONTROL
The input and output audio mute controls allow the user to mute the audio embedded within any of the SDI or ST 2022 inputs or outputs
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 outputsThere 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, input sources of different format and/or frame rate will all 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 input delay is two frames which equates to the minimum processing delay. Eight additional frames of 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 output video delay (adjustable in one frame steps) allows compensation for any big system delays. This delay can be configured individually for each SDI or IP output
All ancillary data (including audio and locked Dolby E) 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
App settings and Input/Output configuration settings can be stored and recalled independently
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
- Audio present on group 1 channel 1
- Audio present on group 1 channel 2
- Audio present on group 1 channel 3
- Audio present on group 1 channel 4
- Audio present on group 2 channel 5
- Audio present on group 2 channel 6
- Audio present on group 2 channel 7
- Audio present on group 2 channel 8
- Audio present on group 3 channel 9
- Audio present on group 3 channel 10
- Audio present on group 3 channel 11
- Audio present on group 3 channel 12
- Audio present on group 4 channel 13
- Audio present on group 4 channel 14
- Audio present on group 4 channel 15
- Audio present on group 4 channel 16
- Silence group 1 channel 1
- Silence group 1 channel 2
- Silence group 1 channel 3
- Silence group 1 channel 4
- Silence group 2 channel 5
- Silence group 2 channel 6
- Silence group 2 channel 7
- Silence group 2 channel 8
- Silence group 3 channel 9
- Silence group 3 channel 10
- Silence group 3 channel 11
- Silence group 3 channel 12
- Silence group 4 channel 13
- Silence group 4 channel 14
- Silence group 4 channel 15
- Silence group 4 channel 16
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 audio silence alert is triggered at an audio level of -93dbFS and can be delayed by 1-120 seconds to prevent false warnings during quiet audio periods
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-SAFIRE 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-SAFIRE 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-SAFIRE block diagram.
What do I order? (Form not working, please send e-mail instead)
First you need the software app...
- IP/SDI chroma keyer. 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-SAFIRE 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-SAFIRE 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 two SDI (3G/HD/SD) or IP inputs and two SDI or IP outputs
- Two slot frame rear module. Allows ten M-SAFIRE 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-SAFIRE 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)
Who's using it?
Users of the chroma keyers in the Vision and Indigo ranges include...
- What does it cost? Request a quote for the M-SAFIRE...
- Want to hire instead? Request a hire quote...
- What controls has it got? Try out the VisionWeb demo for the M-SAFIRE...
- Want more information? Get the M-SAFIRE user manual 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-SAFIRE 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
- M-WEBKEY IP/SDI web page keyer app
- M-KEY IP/SDI linear keyer app
From the Indigo frame system...
- Safire 3 3G/HD/SD real-time chroma keyer
- Safire 3 Xpress 3G/HD/SD real-time chroma keyer
- LKEY 3 3G/HD/SD linear keyer
- MultiLogo V132 HD/SD logo keyer with 4 GB store
- MultiLogo V132 8G HD/SD logo keyer with 8 GB store
- MultiLogo V432 HD/SD logo keyer with 4 GB store and four external inputs
- MultiLogo V432 8G HD/SD logo keyer with 8 GB store and four external inputs
Not sure which keyer is best for your application? Have a look at our Indigo and Vision keyers comparison chart to help you make a decision...
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