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3GDA-VF

What is it?

3GDA-VF 3G/HD/SD distribution amplifier with signal reporting3G/HD/SD video and MADI audio distribution amplifier with signal reporting.

Reason to choose it...

The flexibility! You can configure it to be reclocking or non-reclocking, it will distribute any digital video (3Gb/s, HD and SD), it's DVB-ASI compatible and it's not even limited to video with its ability to distribute MADI audio. Plus the 3GDA-VF gives us more outputs per slot than we've ever had before on a digital DA - and your control system will know whether every DA has got an input thanks to the remote monitoring.

Ideal for...

Distributing signals in multi-standard big systems, where you want status information about your signal and need multiple outputs. See who's using our 3GDAs.

Control it...

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  • Main features
  • Details
  • Specs
  • What outputs do I get?
  • What do I order?
  • Who's using it?

Main features

  • 3G/HD/SD video and MADI audio distribution amplifier
  • Gives you multiple copies of a signal - choice of six, nine or 12 outputs
  • Distributes a wide range of video signals: works with 3Gb/s, HD, SD and DVB-ASI
  • Use it as a MADI audio distribution amplifier: get multiple copies of your MADI (AES10) signal to send to all your audio areas, with different sample rates supported
  • High performance distribution with optional signal reclocking, high quality equalisation and excellent jitter performance
  • Ideal for big systems: remote monitoring of input present and signal type
  • Auto detection of input available – recognises whether the standard is HD or SD and switches the output slew rate automatically
  • Inputs and outputs accessed by using an appropriate rear module (either VR15, VR16 or VR20)
  • Housed in Vision rack frames
  • Space-saving: 96mm x 325mm card allows up to 20 3GDA-VF in 3U (ten with VR15 rear module fitted)
  • Flexible control and monitoring: frame integrated control panel, VisionPanel remote control panel, SNMP, ASCII and JSON protocols or the web browser-based VisionWeb Control
  • Five year warranty (with product registration)

Details

Distribute video signals in multi-standard environments

SourcesThe 3GDA-VF is designed for the distribution of 3Gb/s, HD or SD sources. All outputs are DVB-ASI compatible – a useful feature given the wide use of ASI within the broadcast environment.

This ability to distribute so many different signals makes 3GDA-VF ideal for multi-standard environments or for engineers who want to 'future proof' their installations.

Get access to all your audio everywhere

The 3GDA-VF can additionally provide a convenient and inexpensive way to send all your audio channels to all your audio areas, without you having to worry about the details in advance.

Designed for transporting a large amount of audio as a block, MADI (AES10) is an audio signal format used for getting many channels of audio down a single coax cable, with these multiple AES streams packed together and sent with a higher data rate. MADI makes it easy to have a very flexible audio system by providing all your areas with ‘raw’ audio channels, not just a selected mix or subset. The 3GDA-VF can take in a MADI data stream and create up to 12 copies of this data stream which can then be sent to different places.

When distributing MADI, the 3GDA-VF supports the industry standard payload of 64 channels at a sampling rate of 48 kHz, with sampling rates up to 96 kHz also supported for those requiring fewer channels in return for the cleanest possible sound.

Choose your outputs

How many outputs do you need? With the 3GDA-VF, the number of outputs you get (and the number of frame slots it uses) is determined by which of the three rear modules you choose.

The 3GDA-VF gives more outputs per slot than Crystal Vision has ever offered before. Using standard BNCs you'll get six outputs with the single slot VR20 rear module and 12 outputs with the double slot VR15. For those happy using Micro BNCs, the VR16 rear module gives you nine outputs in a single slot. The ASI-compatible outputs are all non-inverted.

Choose reclocking or non-reclocking

There is no need to buy a different device for when you want to reclock or not reclock your signals. The 3GDA-VF includes user selectable reclocking and non-reclocking, which helps make it suitable for that wide range of signals.

The Reclocker mode has four settings – Auto, Bypass, MADI and DVB/ASI – which are selected remotely based on the input signal. ‘Auto’ will reclock SDI signals and automatically set the correct output slew rate (as SD or HD/3G). ‘Bypass’ will bypass the reclocker on SDI signals, with the output slew rate then manually set to SD or HD/3G to match the input signal. For MADI signals you should select ‘MADI’ to bypass the reclocker and automatically set the output slew rate to SD. Finally selecting ‘DVB/ASI’ for DVB-ASI signals will force the reclocker into a 270Mb/s mode and set the output slew rate to SD.

The 3GDA-VF will always choose an appropriate cable equaliser for the signal type, ensuring an SD cable length in excess of 250m with Belden 8281 or equivalent, and up to 140m for HD and 100m for 3Gb/s with Belden 1694A.

Control and monitor your signals

All control is done remotely. The control and monitoring options for the 3GDA-VF include an integrated control panel on the Vision frame, the VisionPanel remote control panel, our ASCII and JSON protocols, SNMP and the VisionWeb web browser control. Try the 3GDA-VF VisionWeb demo...

There is remote control of Reclocker mode and slew rate, while your broadcast control system will know whether every DA in the system has got an input thanks to the remote monitoring of input present and 3G/HD or SD signal. SNMP additionally allows alarms to be set on loss of input and change in signal type. The 3GDA-VF is therefore ideal for those seeking information about their signal, especially in big systems.

Crystal Vision frameSave rack space

Fitting in the standard Vision frames (currently available in 3U size), the 3GDA-VF is a space-saving 96mm x 325mm card that sits in one frame slot - allowing up to 20 DAs in 3U, depending on the rear module fitted.

 

Specs

MECHANICAL

Standard Vision card 96mm x 303mm (96mm x 325mm including finger pull)

Weight: 150g

Power consumption: 4 Watts

VIDEO INPUT

One 3Gb/s or HD or SD input (NB. Not available if input has been selected as MADI)

DVB-ASI compatible

270Mb/s or 1.5Gb/s or 3Gb/s serial compliant to SMPTE 259 or ASI data, SMPTE 292-1 and SMPTE 424/425-A

Works with the following video standards: 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)

3Gb/s cable equalisation up to 100m with Belden 1694A or equivalent

HD cable equalisation up to 140m with Belden 1694A or equivalent (approx. 100m with Belden 8281)

SD cable equalisation >250m Belden 8281 or equivalent

VIDEO OUTPUTS (only available if input is video)

Up to 12 reclocked or non-reclocked 3Gb/s, HD or SD outputs depending on frame rear module used:  six outputs with VR20, nine with VR16 and 12 with VR15

DVB-ASI compatible, with all outputs non-inverted

270Mb/s or 1.5Gb/s or 3Gb/s serial compliant to SMPTE 259 or ASI data, SMPTE 292-1 and SMPTE 424/425-A. Output follows the input format

AUDIO INPUT

One MADI (AES10) input (NB. Not available if input has been selected as video)

Sampling rates supported (as specified in AES10-2008): 32 kHz to 48 kHz +/- 12.5%, 56 channels; 32 kHz to 48 kHz nominal, 64 channels; 64 kHz to 96 kHz +/- 12.5%, 28 channels

MADI cable equalisation up to 250m using Belden 1694A or equivalent

AUDIO OUTPUTS (only available if input is MADI)

Up to 12 non-reclocked MADI (AES10) outputs depending on frame rear module used:  six outputs with VR20, nine with VR16 and 12 with VR15

RECLOCKER MODE AND SLEW RATE

The Reclocker mode has four settings – Auto, Bypass, MADI and DVB/ASI – which are selected based on the input signal

Select ‘Auto’ for SDI signals to automatically set the correct output slew rate (as SD or HD/3G)

Select ‘Bypass’ for SDI signals to bypass the reclocker and manually set the output slew rate to SD or HD/3G using the ‘Slew Rate’ control

Select ‘MADI’ for MADI signals to bypass the reclocker and automatically set the output slew rate to SD

Select ‘DVB/ASI’ for DVB-ASI signals to force the reclocker into a 270Mb/s mode and automatically set the output slew rate to SD

DELAY THROUGH BOARD

50ns max

LED INDICATION OF:

Power okay

REMOTE CONTROL

Control from integrated control panel on Vision frames and remote panel

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

Remote control of Reclocker mode and slew rate

Remote monitoring of input present and 3G/HD or SD or unknown signal

NB. No board edge control available

 

What outputs do I get?

Signal inputs and outputs are accessed by using an appropriate rear module.

The Vision rear modules slot on at the back of the frame and typically feature BNC, Micro BNC, D-Type and LC fibre connectors.

There are three rear modules available for the 3GDA-VF...

VR15 rear module label and connections

More about the VR15

Connectors: 14 BNCs

Frame slots used: 2

Boards in 3U: 10

Why use it: Use it when you want the maximum number of outputs (12) and you're happy to use two frame slots for your 3GDA-VF

Also used for: No other boards

 

3GDA-VF inputs and outputs with VR15 rear module

vr15 rear module label for 3GDA-VF

 

VR16 rear module label and connections

More about the VR16

Connectors: 10 Micro BNCs

Frame slots used: 1

Boards in 3U: 20

Why use it: It's the way to get the most outputs from a single frame slot - you'll get nine outputs if your wireman is happy using Micro BNCs

Also used for: No other boards

 

3GDA-VF inputs and outputs with VR16 rear module

VR16 rear module label for 3GDA-VF

 

VR20 rear module label and connections

More about the VR20

Connectors: 7 BNCs

Frame slots used: 1

Boards in 3U: 20

Why use it: Perfect if you only need six outputs. It's the easiest single slot rear module to wire and you'll fit 20 cards in the frame

Also used for: DADA-VF

 

3GDA-VF inputs and outputs with VR20 rear module

VR20 rear module label for 3GDA-VF

 

For more visual technical information, download the 3GDA-VF block diagram.

What do I order?

Request a quote...

Read the ordering info below then fill in this form to request a quote for the 3GDA-VF video DA and accessories...

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Items for quote

First you need the 96mm x 325mm card...

3GDA-VF
3G/HD/SD video or MADI (AES10) audio distribution amplifier with up to 12 outputs and signal reporting

Next select your frame...

Vision 3
3U frame with active front panel featuring smart CPU and integrated control panel 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...

VR15
Two slot frame rear module. Allows ten 3GDA-VF in 3U. Gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD, SD or MADI input and 12 3Gb/s, HD, SD or MADI outputs
VR16
Single slot frame rear module. Allows 20 3GDA-VF in 3U. Uses Micro BNCs. Gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD, SD or MADI input and nine 3Gb/s, HD, SD or MADI outputs
VR20
Single slot frame rear module. Allows 20 3GDA-VF in 3U. Gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD, SD or MADI input and six 3Gb/s, HD, SD or MADI outputs

Finally - control. Use the frame's integrated control panel, the VisionWeb web browser control or SNMP (both included in the frame for free), or alternatively order the item below...

VisionPanel
3U Ethernet remote control panel with touch screen

 

Who's using it?

With Vision being a brand new system, users of the 3GDA digital video distribution amplifiers in the Indigo range include...

  • 4KXL (UK)
  • ABN (Malaysia)
  • Advanced System Integrated Co., Ltd. (Taiwan)
  • A.F.M. Medientechnik (Germany)
  • Antenna TV (Greece)
  • ANTV (Vietnam)
  • Arabsat (Saudi Arabia)
  • Astro (Poland)
  • ATG Broadcast (UK)
  • AVC (UK)
  • Bắc Ninh TV (Vietnam)
  • Bath Spa University (UK)
  • BBC (UK)
  • BBC Millbank (UK)
  • BBC Moscow (Russia)
  • BBC Northern Ireland (UK)
  • BBC Studios and Post Production (UK)
  • Services Sound & Vision Corporation / BFBS (UK)
  • BFE Studio (Germany)
  • BRF (Belgium)
  • British Telecom (UK)
  • BSkyB (UK)
  • Calvary Chapel Melbourne (USA)
  • CBS (USA)
  • Chicopee Telecom (USA)
  • Church Conference Centre (Malaysia)
  • City of Glasgow College (UK)
  • City University London (UK)
  • Coronation Street/ITV Studios (UK)
  • Cotswold Communications (UK)
  • Custom Consoles (UK)
  • CVP (UK)
  • Czech TV (Czech Republic)
  • dB Broadcast (UK)
  • Dega Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • DigitalWide srl (Italy)
  • Doordarshan Kendra (India)
  • Duna TV (Hungary)
  • EastEnders (UK)
  • EDI Effetti Digitali Italiani Srl (Italy)
  • Editworks (UK)
  • Elektronika (Slovakia)
  • Emmerdale/ITV Studios (UK)
  • Encore Broadcast Solutions (USA)
  • ENGs – Electronic News Gathering Services (Greece)
  • ERT (Greece)
  • ESPN Star Sports/Fox Sports (Singapore)
  • FAL Systems (UK)
  • FB TV (Turkey)
  • Fedex TV (USA)
  • Feltech (UK)
  • Fountain Studios (UK)
  • Fuji TV (Japan)
  • Gearhouse Broadcast (UK)
  • Gems TV (India)
  • Gestmusic (Spain)
  • Giga-Com (UK)
  • Habertürk TV (Turkey)
  • Hai Duong Radio and Television Station (Vietnam)
  • Hangzhou Justtong Network Technology (China)
  • Hangzhou TV (China)
  • Hanoi TV (Vietnam)
  • HB Communications (USA)
  • Hollyoaks/Lime Pictures (UK)
  • Houses of Parliament (UK)
  • IBC - International Broadcasting Technology Development Joint Stock Company (Vietnam)
  • Ideal Shopping Direct (UK)
  • INA TV (Greece)
  • Input Media (UK)
  • International Criminal Court (Netherlands)
  • Interspot (Austria)
  • ITFC (UK)
  • ITV (UK)
  • JKS Inc. (USA)
  • KT - Korean Telecom Media (South Korea)
  • Links Broadcast (UK)
  • LoveWorld TV (UK)
  • MAD TV (Greece)
  • Media Broadcast Technology (Vietnam)
  • Mediaplus Group UK (UK)
  • Mediaspec (UK)
  • Megahertz Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • MEGA TV (Cyprus)
  • Mike Vasilinda Productions (USA)
  • Mitcorp (UK)
  • MST (UK)
  • MTV (Greece)
  • MTVA (Hungary)
  • National Performing Arts Center (Taiwan)
  • News 24 (Albania)
  • Nos Energies GIE (Belgium)
  • ORF (Austria)
  • Pinellas County Communications (USA)
  • Pixagility (France)
  • Playbox Technology (UK)
  • Plazamedia (Germany)
  • Polish National Film & TV School (Poland)
  • Portland TV (UK)
  • Proactive UK Ltd. (UK)
  • Prolink Television Facilities (UK)
  • ProSiebenSat.1 Media (Germany)
  • RAI (Italy)
  • Red Bee Media (UK)
  • Roundhouse Trust (UK)
  • Royal College of Music (UK)
  • Royal Opera House (UK)
  • RTC Télé Liège (Belgium)
  • RTV Slovenija (Slovenia)
  • RTVS (Slovakia)
  • Russia Today – London Bureau (UK)
  • Sanoma Publishing (Hungary)
  • Sat-Comm (UK)
  • Satcom Scientific, Inc. (USA)
  • Savvakis-Karipiadis (Greece)
  • Scottish Parliament (UK)
  • Screen Subtitling Systems (UK)
  • Services Sound & Vision Corporation / BFBS (UK)
  • Show TV (Turkey)
  • SKAI TV (Greece)
  • Sirina TV (Greece)
  • Sirius Satellite Services (Latvia)
  • SIS Live (UK)
  • Solo Satellite Communications (UK)
  • Spectra Television (UK)
  • Studios A/S (Denmark)
  • STV (Spain)
  • STV (UK)
  • Supersport (South Africa)
  • Survision Satelite (Spain)
  • Telefe (Argentina)
  • Télésambre (Belgium)
  • Teltechco (Vietnam)
  • Televideo (UK)
  • Telewave (Greece)
  • The Edit Store Group (UK)
  • The London Studios (UK)
  • The Military Broadcasting Centre (Vietnam)
  • The One Show (UK)
  • Tilts Integration (Latvia)
  • TRT (Turkey)
  • TSL (UK)
  • Türkmeneli Televizyonu (Turkey)
  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. [Network Operations Division] (USA)
  • TV 2 (Denmark)
  • TV 360 (Turkey)
  • TV AlHijrah (Malaysia)
  • TV Lux (Luxemburg)
  • TV Nova (Czech Republic)
  • TVNZ (New Zealand)
  • TVP (Poland)
  • TV Skyline (Germany)
  • TV Visjon Norge (Norway)
  • Universal Broadcast Company (Singapore)
  • University of Central Florida (USA)
  • University of East Anglia (UK)
  • Universal Media Services (USA)
  • University of Essex (UK)
  • University of Lincoln (UK)
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington (USA)
  • University of York (UK)
  • Video Design (UK)
  • Video Europe (UK)
  • Video Service Production srl (Italy)
  • Viettel (Vietnam)
  • Vizrt (Austria)
  • VSC Design (UK)
  • VTC (Vietnam)
  • VTV5 (Vietnam)
  • Vysoká škola Danubius (Slovakia)
  • West Ent Productions (UK)
  • Westminster Live (UK)
  • WGGB-TV (USA)
  • William Hill (UK)
  • WMBB-TV (USA)
  • WMGT-TV (USA)
  • WTS Broadcast (UK)
  • WXXV-TV (USA)
  • XL Video (UK)
  • YFM (South Africa)
 

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