Crystal Vision will debut new IP gateways

Crystal Vision
Neal Romanek
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July 19th 2017 at 5:20PM : By Neal Romanek

Crystal Vision's IP gateways are aimed at helping customers transition from SDI into an IP environment

At IBC2017 Crystal Vision's will show new IP gateways, which combine purpose-built video over IP hardware with flexible software-based processing. New 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 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, for 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.

Crystal Vision's IP gateways are aimed at integrating SDI into an IP environment, combining purpose-built video over IP hardware with software-based processing and features like clean switching between flows, unicast and multicast transmission support, signal status monitoring, up to ten frames of video delay and IP traffic shaping.

Making its world debut at IBC 2017 will be the Vision 1 1U frame, which aims to bring flexibility to the Vision frame system by providing housing for smaller projects involving up to four cards.

Like the Vision 3 3U frame, Vision 1 has the ability to handle higher bandwidth signals including IP and 4K (as well as SDI), and currently houses the company's IP gateways as well as the 12 video and audio core interface cards from the Vision range which provide more outputs than Crystal Vision has ever offered before. Other useful frame features include redundant power supplies (allowing increased card functionality), a common dual reference distributed to every card, complimentary SNMP, powerful remote backup and restore of all card settings and presets for added system security and two 1Gb/s Ethernet connections to the outside world for control and file transfer. 

Crystal Vision has also upgraded the live operation of its Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer, with recent enhancements to the VisionPanel universal control panel. Safire 3 is aimed at applications from weather to immersive virtual studios, with support for resolutions from SD to 1080p and including features such as lighting compensation, colour correction and video delay.

VisionPanel is a 3U Ethernet control panel designed to operate up to 16 Crystal Vision Indigo or Vision frames and well suited to those products that need regular adjustment thanks to its physical controls. Touch screen improvements have made it more responsive, replacing the two-step drop down menus with a one-step radio group style control and removing the requirement to go via the home screen to change menus. Tabs for all the other menus within that menu group are now displayed. Knob improvements include swapping the coarse and fine adjustment (with it now defaulting to the more commonly-used faster speed adjustment) and a new cal function, where pressing down on the knob defaults the value of the slider being adjusted.