News

News

This is a good page to visit if you want to find out what's been happening in the world of Crystal Vision recently.

Read about newly-launched products and additional features for existing products. Or discover how the products are helping broadcast engineers in our case studies.

Then there's often some news on our staff and distributors - and more.

 

Vision frame ships

First Vision shipment

Added 14th December 2016

The first Vision shipment left the building on 7th November on its way up to Scotland. The Vision 3 frame and the first 12 cards in the Vision range are therefore now officially released and available for you to order.

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Synchronising and more with SYNNER-VF

SYNNER-VF synchroniser

Added 14th December 2016

SYNNER-VF is the multi-functional video synchroniser from the Vision frame system – designed as always to save 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.

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Embedding with Vision

TANDEM10-VF embedder and de-embedder

Added 14th December 2016

For those that don't need the synchronising features of SYNNER-VF, TANDEM10-VF is a dedicated audio embedder/de-embedder with the ability to embed and de-embed a mixture of up to four groups of AES and two groups of analogue audio at the same time. TANDEM10-VF gives you more video outputs compared to TANDEM 310 from the Indigo range, offering up to three 3Gb/s, HD or SD outputs with 110 ohm AES or analogue audio and four outputs (three BNC plus one fibre) with 75 ohm AES.

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Standardise on our new up and down converters

UP-DOWN-VF up and down converters

Added 14th December 2016

Crystal Vision has released four up and down converters for the Vision frame system. The UP-DOWN-VF family has inherited the excellent picture processing from Indigo's Up-Down 3G range – which has seen broadcasters standardise on the output picture quality of Crystal Vision up and down converters – and also introduces some new benefits for the first time.

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New distributor for Portugal

Portugal distributor

Added 14th December 2016

Novabase is the new Crystal Vision distributor for Portugal. Novabase is a large company with 2,400 staff based in offices in Portugal, Spain, UAE, Mozambique, Angola and the UK, with its main business to provide software solutions for a variety of industries. A broadcast-focused department at the Lisbon office was keen to become the Crystal Vision distributor for Portugal due to our high quality products and support. This Novabase team includes extremely knowledgeable people who have previously worked for the national broadcaster RTP, and are therefore skilled in advising customers on appropriate solutions. Customers based in Portugal should contact Bruno Gama on 213 836 300 or bruno.gama@novabase.pt.

Who's buying what

Who's buying what

Added 14th December 2016

Find out who has been placing orders with us in the last few months, which includes customers from Austria, Belgium, China, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, UK, USA and Vietnam.

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The official release of Vision 3

Vision 3 frame

Added 6th September 2016

Stand 2.B11 at IBC 2016 will see the official release of Crystal Vision's forward-looking Vision frame system along with its core cards essential for any interface system. 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 in 3U, numerous outputs and dual syncs distributed from the frame.

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Distributing audio with Vision 3

AADA-VF

Added 6th September 2016

Two of the Vision cards have been designed for the distribution of discrete audio. DADA-VF is used for the distribution of digital audio and AADA-VF for the distribution of analogue audio.

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Moving signals with Vision

FTX-VF

Added 6th September 2016

Fibre optic transmitters and receivers have always been products that Crystal Vision traditionally sells in large quantities for transporting signals over large distances, and two such cards will therefore be amongst the initial Vision product releases.

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Which IP standard should you use?

SMPTE meeting video

Added 6th September 2016

There's now an easy way to get a clear explanation of the different approaches to passing media content over an IP system. The edited recording of the SMPTE meeting hosted by us in March is now available on our website at www.crystalvision.tv/resources/videos.html.

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New Dolby feature for up and down converters

Up-Down-AS 3G

Added 6th September 2016

Crystal Vision has added a new feature to its Indigo synchronising up and down converters that could be useful for those using Dolby E. This customer-requested new feature will detect the presence of Dolby E in selected audio channels in up to four groups on the embedded input and trigger two GPI output alarms.

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Should you upgrade your board software?

Product Software and Firmware Version document

Added 6th September 2016

29th July saw a major update to our Product Software and Firmware Version document, with the addition of information on the new software added to 43 products in the last year. The document tells you everything you need to know about the current and previous versions of the software and firmware for each product, including release dates and modification details, and therefore allows you to see if there is any advantage to updating your products to get the optimum performance from them.

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New distributor for the Czech Republic

Czech distributor

Added 6th September 2016

Crystal Vision is delighted to announce that it has appointed IVC (International Video Communication spol.s r.o.) as its new distributor for the Czech Republic, following the retirement of previous distributor Ivan Javorsky. Based in Prague and representing manufacturers such as Fujinon and Sachtler, IVC has been a successful distributor for 25 years.

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Who's buying what

Who's buying what

Added 6th September 2016

Find out who has been placing orders with us in the last few months, which includes customers from Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Lativa, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Thailand, UAE, UK and USA.

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Distributing video with Vision 3

3GDA-VF and VDA-VF

Added 22nd June 2016

We're still on track to release the first wave of Vision products, along with the Vision 3 frame, in September. Profiled here, therefore, are two Vision products that will be amongst the initial card releases and which haven't been documented anywhere else. Introducing the 3GDA-VF and VDA-VF...

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Try the interactive VisionWeb GUIs

VisionWeb GUIs

Added 22nd June 2016

Recently added to the Crystal Vision website at www.crystalvision.tv are interactive VisionWeb GUIs for all the remotely controllable products we currently offer – with this VisionWeb demo the most convenient way for you to explore the control options for every board. Each VisionWeb GUI in the website demo is interactive and you can click on the various tabs, accordions, sliders, routing grids and tick boxes – allowing you to get a real feel for what that product can do.

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Accessible signals from a wallbox

Wallbox Q-Down

Added 22nd June 2016

Crystal Vision is well known for discussing a customer's requirements with them and then creating specific products to provide a solution. One such product came about following a recent discussion with BBC Studioworks in the UK. The result was Wallbox Q-Down, a custom-designed wallbox which provides a convenient mixture of easily accessible down converted signals and input loop-throughs at the front of the box – making it easy to distribute signals within a studio for local monitoring. The studio operator will get the video signal of interest routed to a specific wallbox and then pick up the format they need.

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SNMP MIBs guide and other online resources

Online resources

Added 22nd June 2016

There's been lots of new resources added to the Registered Area on our website during the last month. If you don't have a login for the Registered Area yet, request one now. These resources include a new SNMP MIBs build along with a helpful new guide to the SNMP MIBs, a new XML files build and a major update to the Indigo 2 manual to include VisionWeb Control.

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Who's buying what

Who's buying what

Added 22nd June 2016

Find out who has been placing orders with us in the last few months, which includes customers from Austria, Bangladesh, China, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Malaysia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, USA and Vietnam.

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September release for Vision

Vision 3 frame

Added 31st March 2016

There's a new release date for the Vision 3 frame. Crystal Vision has taken the decision to hold off releasing the new frame until September, following feedback from customers which indicated that they needed to have the video and audio DAs available in order to use the new frame in their systems.

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Reasons to visit Crystal Vision at NAB

2016 NAB Show

Added 31st March 2016

Come along to Booth N3919 at the 2016 NAB Show and you'll be guaranteed a warm welcome. It's a great chance to see the Vision frame as well as the latest enhancements to Indigo, and to meet with our sales team including Stewart McGhie, Michael Hall and Chris McLendon.

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Crystal Vision's new US office

US office

Added 31st March 2016

Crystal Vision's US operations are now based in Georgia. Heading up the new US office is US Product Manager Chris McLendon, who can provide both commercial information and technical support. Chris McLendon's long career as a broadcast engineer has included nine years as Chief Engineer for a TV station in Georgia, where he was in charge of the entire technical operation of the station.

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Standing room only at Crystal Vision's SMPTE meeting

SMPTE meeting

Added 31st March 2016

On the evening of Tuesday 8th March Crystal Vision hosted a SMPTE meeting in Whittlesford on the future of modular infrastructure in an IP world. Such was the appeal of this topic that nearly 50 people had registered, with UK broadcasters, systems integrators and manufacturers travelling from as far afield as Manchester and Swindon to be there.

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Who's buying what

Who's buying what

Added 31st March 2016

Find out who has been placing orders with us in the last few months, which includes customers from Austria, Bangladesh, China, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Latvia, Mozambique, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and USA.

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