What is it?
3G/HD/SD video synchroniser.
Reason to choose it...
It's the most cost-effective way to get a robust Crystal Vision video frame synchroniser which works with 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources, with the added bonus of delay compensation, video proc-amp and integrated fibre I/O.
Fixing any timing problems in a 3Gb/s, HD or SD environment, whether you need to synchronise sources timed to a different reference or correct any processing delays. Designed principally for sources without embedded audio, it is perfect for synchronising in the studio or before the vision mixer, or alternatively for use on the input or output of a station with separate video and audio. See who's using it.
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- Main features
- What outputs do I get?
- What do I order?
- Who's using it?
- 3G/HD/SD video frame synchroniser
- Use it with a variety of sources: works with 3Gb/s, HD and SD
- Use it as a synchroniser or fixed delay line: synchronise incoming video signals not locked to the local reference or compensate for timing delays within the video system
- Features cross-locking: conveniently use any existing timing signals, with any source referenced to either HD tri-level syncs or SD Black and Burst
- Compensate for mistimed sources elsewhere in the system or match large system delays: full vertical and horizontal timing adjustments from 0-1 frame, plus up to three frames of additional user video delay
- Use it as a simple still store: manual and automatic freeze
- Optimise the video: with video proc-amp allowing adjustment of the video gain, black level and independent YUV gains
- Optional integrated fibre input/output connectivity means you won't be limited by cable lengths
- Save yourself a distribution amplifier on the output: features four video outputs
- Use it with embedded audio sources when output locked to input
- Inputs and outputs accessed by using an appropriate rear module (either RM41, RM57 or RM67)
- Relay bypass protection available on RM67 rear module
- Housed in Indigo rack frames
- Space-saving: 100mm x 266mm module allows 12 SYN 3G in 2U (six in 1U and two in desk top box)
- Flexible control: GPI, frame integrated control panel, VisionPanel remote control panel, SBB-4 smart button box, SNMP, ASCII and JSON protocols, Statesman Lite PC software or the web browser-based VisionWeb Control
- Five year warranty (with product registration)
- 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)
Cost-effective 3Gb/s-compatible synchronisation
SYN 3G is the most cost-effective way to get a robust Crystal Vision video frame synchroniser which works with 3Gb/s, HD or SD sources.
Designed principally for applications without embedded audio and ideal for synchronising in the studio or before the vision mixer, it can correct any timing problems - whether you need to synchronise sources timed to a different reference or correct system processing delays.
It includes useful features such as delay compensation, video proc-amp and integrated fibre input/output connectivity, while the inclusion of four video outputs allows you to easily send the synchronised signal to multiple places.
Synchronise the video
SYN 3G can both synchronise incoming video signals which are not locked to the local reference and compensate for timing delays within the video system.
It has two operational modes: synchroniser and delay line.
Synchroniser mode is ideal for external sources that are not timed to station references such as satellite or remote contribution feeds. In synchroniser mode SYN 3G takes its timing from the external analogue reference and will automatically synchronise sources that are up to one frame apart, fixing any incorrect frame rates plus any delays.
The ability to cross-lock allows it to conveniently use any existing timing signals, with a 3Gb/s, HD or SD input referenced to either HD tri-level syncs or SD Black and Burst.
Delay mode takes its timing from the video input and is ideal for when the frame rate is correct but the source has been passed through other equipment and therefore been delayed for a few lines. The delay is adjustable in samples, lines and whole frame steps.
Should the reference be removed or the board powered without a connected reference, SYN 3G will revert to delay mode.
You can easily compensate for mistimed sources elsewhere in your system by adjusting the output timing relative to the reference through an entire frame using horizontal and vertical settings.
Further fixed delays can then be added: a switchable one, with up to three frames of video delay – adjustable in whole frame steps – allowing you to match any big video delays in the system, such as compensating for Dolby E encoding and decoding.
SYN 3G is principally designed for use with video-only sources, but can pass through embedded audio transparently if the input and output frame rates are locked together.
Both automatic and manual freeze are available, with manual freeze allowing SYN 3G to be used as a simple still store. You can choose to show the last good frame or alternatively a black or blue screen or 100% colour bars, with an optional initial delay of three seconds.
Optimise the video
SYN 3G includes a video proc-amp for picture optimisation and to help maintain colour fidelity, with adjustment of the video gain, black level and independent RGB and YUV gains.
Fibre connectivity - on the board
SYN 3G allows you to have fibre input or output straight into the board – ideal when you need to send and receive signals beyond the local equipment bay. 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 1 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.
SYN 3G can also support a CWDM laser if required.
Get multiple outputs
With SYN 3G you’ll get up to four video outputs – saving you the expense of a distribution amplifier on the output if you need to send the synchronised signal to multiple places.
Save rack space - and protect your output
SYN 3G is a space-saving 100mm x 266mm module which is housed in the Indigo frames, available in 2U, 1U and desk top sizes and with up to 12 boards fitting in 2U.
It can be used with a choice of three frame rear modules – either the default RM41, the RM57 for fibre applications or the RM67 where relay bypass protection is required.
The RM67 includes relay bypass protection on power failure or board removal, giving that extra layer of security and preventing signal loss. Ideal when you need to ensure that the main signal continues - whatever happens.
Easy and flexible control - and always know the status of your signal
Operating SYN 3G is very straightforward, with control options including an integrated control panel on the AE frame, the VisionPanel remote panel, the SBB-4 smart button box, SNMP, GPIs, the Statesman Lite PC software and the VisionWeb web browser control. Try the SYN 3G VisionWeb demo...
Signal monitoring is possible thanks to the two GPI outputs reserved for alarm indication, which may be assigned any number of four video alarms: video missing, reference missing, video black and video frozen. The video black and video frozen alarms can be delayed by up to 40 seconds before an alarm is asserted.
Up to 16 user-defined presets, containing the board setup data, may also be stored and recalled.
Standard Crystal Vision module 266mm x 100mm
Power consumption: 9 Watts; 0.6 Watts (FIP and FOP)
One 3Gb/s or HD or SD input
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 SMPTE 259, SMPTE 292-1 and SMPTE 424/425-A
The video formats supported are 625, 525, 720p50, 720p59.94, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080p50 and 1080p59.94
3Gb/s cable equalisation up to 80m 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
Input return loss: -15dB for 50MHz to 1.5GHz
May contain embedded audio when input and output frequencies are locked
Using RM41 rear module: Four 3Gb/s, HD or SD outputs
Using RM57 rear module with FIP fibre input option: Three 3Gb/s, HD or SD outputs
Using RM57 rear module with FOP fibre output option: Four 3Gb/s, HD or SD outputs (one on fibre and three on BNC)
Using RM67 rear module: Four 3Gb/s, HD or SD outputs
The RM67 frame rear module provides relay bypass protection. An electromechanical relay switch needs power to hold the switch in one state and will revert to the other state (board bypass) on loss of power. It prevents signal loss by mechanically connecting the input of the SYN 3G to one of its outputs on complete frame power failure or board removal
Serial output: 270Mb/s or 1.5Gb/s or 3Gb/s serial compliant to SMPTE 259, SMPTE 292-1 and SMPTE 424/425-A. Output usually follows the input format
With or without an input present, the output format can be forced to any of the formats handled by SYN 3G and give either a 100% colour bars, black or blue output
INTEGRATED FIBRE OPTIONS
SYN 3G can be given integrated fibre connectivity by fitting 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, SYN 3G can be housed in any frame slot position but due to its extra height it is not possible to place most Standard Definition or audio boards directly above it when the SYN 3G is in even numbered slot positions. 3Gb/s and HD boards do not share this restriction
FIP and FOP meet the SMPTE 297-2006 short-haul specification, allowing operation with single-mode and multi-mode fibre
Connector type: SC/PC
Optical wavelength: 1260-1620nm
Input level maximum: -1dBm
Input level minimum: Typical -20dBm (-18dBm 3Gb/s pathological)
Optical power: Max -0.0dBm, min -5.0dBm
Fibre pigtail: Single-mode 9/125uM
Optical wavelength: 1290-1330nm (1310 typical)
Extinction ratio: 7.5dB
Laser safety classification: Class 1 FDA and IEC60825-1 Laser Safety compliant
CWDM laser can be fitted on request. The 18 output wavelengths defined by the ITU are 1271, 1291, 1311, 1331, 1351, 1371, 1391, 1411, 1431, 1451, 1471, 1491, 1511, 1531, 1551, 1571, 1591 and 1611nm. For CWDM, order the FOP-CWDM and specify the wavelength required
Tri-level syncs or analogue Black and Burst or video
3Gb/s, HD or SD source can use either type of reference
When cross-locking it is necessary for both the video input and reference to share the same frame rate
Amplitude of syncs 150mV to 600mV
Link on PCB selects 75 ohm termination or high impedance
SYNCHRONISER TIMING ADJUSTMENTS
In synchroniser mode SYN 3G takes its timing from the external analogue reference and will automatically synchronise sources that are up to a frame apart. Further fixed delays can be added for matching purposes. Should the reference be removed, SYN 3G will revert to delay mode
In delay mode timing is derived from the 3Gb/s, HD or SD input, with the video delay adjusted in samples, lines and whole frame steps up to a maximum of four video frames
In both synchroniser and delay modes the timing can be fully adjusted using horizontal and vertical settings. Increasing the vertical setting will delay the output relative to the reference in increments of one line. Increasing the horizontal setting will increase this delay in increments of approx. 74ns for SD and 13.5ns for HD. With maximum adjustment of vertical and horizontal timing, the delay can be set between 220us and four frames
DELAY THROUGH BOARD
0 to 1 frame video synchroniser delay
Optional one frame (33.3ms or 40ms), two frames (66.7ms or 80ms) or three frames (100ms or 120ms) video delay can match other big video delays in the system
Manual freeze allows SYN 3G to be used as a simple still store. Automatic freeze is available when input fails through loss of signal. The user can specify to show the last good frame or alternatively a black or blue screen or 100% colour bars (with or without an initial delay of three seconds)
Video proc-amp for picture optimisation, with independent lift and gain adjustment for RGB and YUV:
RGB lift: Offset the colour component by +/- 10%
RGB gain: Modify the gain of the colour component from +80% to +120%
Y lift: Offset the luminance component by +/- 10%
Y gain: Modify the luminance gain from +80% to +120%
U/V lift: Offset the U or V component by +/- 10%
U/V gain: Modify the U or V component gain from +80% to +120%
Ancillary data passed
LED INDICATION OF:
Power supplies on board
Video input HD/SD
GPI output 5 active
GPI output 6 active
External reference connected
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
Four GPI inputs can be used to recall stored presets, either level or pulse triggered
Two GPI outputs (GPI 5 and GPI 6) are reserved for alarm indication. They may be assigned any number of four video alarms:
Video missing and reference missing will assert an alarm immediately. The video black and video frozen alarms can be delayed by up to 40 seconds before an alarm is asserted
VisionWeb Control is available via the web server on the frame and allows operation using a standard web browser on a PC or tablet
Statesman Lite allows control from any PC on a network
SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option
Control using ASCII and JSON protocols
Control from integrated control panel on Indigo 1AE-DP 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
NB. Board edge control was removed from this product in 2018
What outputs do I get?
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, 3GDA105R, CoCo 3G, MADDA105, Q-Down-AG 3G, Q-Down-ATG 3G, SYN-A 3G, Up-Down 3G, Up-Down-A 3G, Up-Down-AFD 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
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: CoCo 3G, Q-Down-AG 3G, Q-Down-ATG 3G, SYN-A 3G, Up-Down 3G, Up-Down-A 3G, Up-Down-AFD 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
RM67 rear module label and connections
More about the RM67
Connectors: 6 BNCs
Frame slots used: 1
Boards in 2U: 12
Boards in 1U: 6
Boards in desk top box: 2
Why use it: You want relay bypass protection
For more visual technical information, download the SYN 3G block diagram.
What do I order?
First you need the 100mm x 266mm module...
- SYN 3G
- 3G/HD/SD video synchroniser
To get integrated fibre connectivity select one of the following...
- Fibre input option for SYN 3G motherboard
- Fibre output option for SYN 3G motherboard. For CWDM laser options, contact Crystal Vision
Next choose your frame size and power supplies - from 2U to desk top box...
- Indigo 2SE
- CoolFlow 2U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to 12 Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
- Indigo 1AE-DP
- 1U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart 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
- Indigo 1SE-DP
- 1U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Includes two fixed PS-80i power supplies. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
- 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 smart CPU for up to two Crystal Vision modules. Includes fixed power supply. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
- 160 Watts power supply for Indigo 2SE frame. Requires 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...
- Single slot frame rear module. Allows maximum number of SYN 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 four 3Gb/s, HD or SD outputs
- Single slot frame rear module. Allows maximum number of SYN 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 three 3Gb/s, HD or SD outputs. When using fibre output, gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD or SD input and three 3Gb/s, HD or SD outputs, along with one copy of the output on fibre
- Single slot frame rear module. Allows maximum number of SYN 3G in frame (12 in 2U, six in 1U, two in desk top box). Provides relay bypass protection of the input. Gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD or SD input and four 3Gb/s, HD or SD outputs
Finally - control. Use the integrated control panel if you've selected the 'AE' frame, a web browser running the free VisionWeb Control (included within the frame software), or 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
- Statesman Lite
- Free-of-charge PC Control System - download the latest version
- SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option
Who's using it?
Users of the SYN range of video synchronisers include...
- What does it cost? Request a quote for SYN 3G...
- Want to hire instead? Request a hire quote...
- What controls has it got? Try out the VisionWeb demo for SYN 3G...
- Want more information? Get the SYN 3G user manual (and SNMP MIB) by signing up for the Registered Area now
- The SYN 3G module needs to be housed in a rack frame - look at the frame options
- Bought Crystal Vision products in the last 60 days? Register these products now to upgrade your standard three year warranty to five years
From the Indigo frame system...
- SYN-A 3G 3G/HD/SD synchroniser
- SYNNER 310 3G/HD/SD synchroniser, tracking audio delay and AES/analogue audio embedder/de-embedder
From the Vision frame system...
- SYNNER-VF 3G/HD/SD synchroniser, tracking audio delay and AES/analogue audio embedder/de-embedder
Not sure which synchroniser is best for your application? Have a look at our Indigo synchronisers comparison chart to help you make a decision...
Crystal Vision Ltd. is registered in England number 03139895. Registered office: Lion Technology Park, Station Road East, Whittlesford, Cambridge, CB22 4WL, England.
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