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REFGEN

What is it?

REFGEN analogue and digital black generatorAnalogue and digital black generator.

Reason to choose it...

It can output four analogue and four digital reference signals at the same time – allowing it to be used with a wide variety of broadcast equipment and reducing the need for additional distribution amplifiers in a system.

Ideal for...

When you don't have a master reference or you want to create offset timing references from the station master. See who's using it.

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

  • Analogue and digital black generator
  • Can output analogue and digital reference signals at the same time
  • Ideal for creating offset timing references from the station master or for generating master reference in applications that do not require broadcast accurate reference
  • Up to four composite and four SDI outputs
  • Choice of black or blue outputs
  • Reference signals are free running or timed to an analogue input
  • Optional fixed delay of between 0 and 2 fields (adjustable by line and pixel)
  • Inputs and outputs accessed by using an appropriate rear module (either RM01, RM02, RM18 or RM23)
  • Housed in Indigo rack frames
  • Space-saving: 100mm x 266mm module allows 12 REFGEN in 2U (six in 1U and two in desk top box)
  • Flexible control: board edge, GPI, frame integrated control panel, VisionPanel remote control panel, SNMP, Statesman Lite PC software or the web browser-based VisionWeb Control
  • Five year warranty (with product registration)

Details

Get analogue and digital reference signals - at the same time

REFGEN brings real flexibility. With the ability to output both analogue and digital reference signals at the same time, REFGEN is ideal for creating offset timing references from the station master or for generating the master reference in applications that do not require a broadcast accurate reference

Generate eight reference signals

By producing up to four analogue and four digital reference signals simultaneously, REFGEN has the capability to send eight reference signals to a wide variety of broadcast equipment, including to those products that require a digital reference.

The extensive number of outputs available also brings cost-savings by reducing the need for additional distribution amplifiers in the system.

Time your output to an analogue reference

REFGEN's reference signals are either free running or timed to an analogue input.

When free running REFGEN does not have a reference and provides the fundamental system timing signal, with the output reference timed to an on board clock generator.

When locked to an analogue input, REFGEN is used to either provide a digital reference or to provide a second analogue reference locked to the first but with a fixed delay.

Many studio systems rely on multiple references with an offset between them and REFGEN provides a simple way of achieving this, with a full two fields of adjustment by line and pixel.

Black or blue?

While a black reference output is the industry standard and set as REFGEN's default, a blue output can alternatively be selected by those engineers who like the more obvious signal present indication given by a blue screen.

The quality of the SDI reference is excellent with virtually no output jitter when used both with and without an analogue reference.

Save rack space - and get flexible outputs

Crystal Vision frameREFGEN is a 100mm x 266mm module, fitting in the standard Crystal Vision frames which are available in 2U, 1U and desk top box sizes - and with up to 12 boards fitting in 2U.

The outputs can be configured to suit you, with the opportunity to choose from four different frame rear modules.

The RM01 gives two SDI and three composite outputs, while the RM02 gives four SDI with three composite. You'll get the maximum four SDI and four composite outputs if you use the RM18, while the RM23 provides two SDI and two composite outputs, along with an external reference loop-through which is not reliant on the board and will therefore still be present should REFGEN be removed.

Flexible control

REFGEN can be controlled manually from board edge or remotely using an integrated control panel on the AE frames, the VisionPanel remote control panel, Statesman Lite PC software, VisionWeb web browser control or SNMP. Try the REFGEN VisionWeb demo...

 

Specs

MECHANICAL

Standard Crystal Vision module 266mm x 100mm

Weight: 225g

Power consumption: 11 Watts

ANALOGUE REFERENCE (OPTIONAL)

Analogue Black & Burst, mixed syncs or video

Amplitude of syncs 100mV to 4V

PCB link selects 75 ohm termination or high impedance with loop-through

TIMING

In synchroniser mode REFGEN takes its timing from the external analogue reference and will automatically lock its output to this. A delay of between 0 and 2 fields in lines and pixels can be added to the output reference with respect to the external reference

In free running mode the output reference is timed to an on board clock generator. Free running accuracy of 50 ppm

Switching between free running and synchroniser mode is automatic when external reference is added or removed

REFERENCE OUTPUTS

Selectable black or blue output

Maximum of four reclocked SDI and four analogue composite outputs (two SDI and three composite with frame rear module RM01, four SDI and three composite with RM02, four SDI and four composite with RM18 and two SDI and two composite with RM23)

270Mb/s serial compliant to EBU 3267-E and SMPTE 259

Will drive >200m Belden 8281 or equivalent

Reference rear module loop-through available with RM23 - loop does not need REFGEN to be fitted as rear module has all circuitry required. Reference board loop-through available with RM02 and RM18 - loop needs REFGEN to be fitted

LED INDICATION OF:

External reference analogue sync input present

Power supplies okay

LOCAL CONTROL

Board edge adjustment of output colour (black or blue), output standard, delay in lines and delay in pixels

Ten character alphanumeric display

REMOTE CONTROL

Control from remote panel

Statesman Lite allows control and status monitoring from any PC on a network

VisionWeb Control is available via the web server on the frame and allows operation using a standard web browser on a PC or tablet

SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option

 

What outputs do I get?

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

The rear modules slot on to the back of the frame and typically feature BNC, D-Type, 'easywire' DIN 41612, RJ45 and optical connectors. The single and double slot rear modules can be used with all three frame sizes, while the quad slot rear modules just fit the 2U frames.

There are four rear modules available for REFGEN...

RM01 rear module label and connections

More about the RM01

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 to use just one frame slot and only need two SDI and three composite outputs - you'll get an extra composite compared to the RM23

Also used for: ADDEC-210, ALLDAC, DADA208, DADA208D, DADA208N, MON210, VDA110M HD, VDA110R HD and VDA210M HD

Real RM01 rear module

RM01 rear module label for REFGEN

REFGEN inputs and outputs with RM01 rear module

 

RM02 rear module label and connections

More about the RM02

Connectors: 27 BNCs (shared by 3 boards)

Frame slots used: 4

Boards in 2U: 9

Boards in 1U: N/A

Boards in desk top box: N/A

Why use it: It's a good way to get the full four SDI outputs if you are you are using three or more REFGEN (or the other boards listed below) - you'll save rack space compared to using the RM18

Also used for: ALLDAC, DADA208, DADA208D, DADA208N, MON210, VDA110M HD, VDA110R HD and VDA210M HD

Real RM02 rear module

RM02 rear module label for REFGEN

REFGEN inputs and outputs with RM02 rear module

 

RM18 rear module label and connections

More about the RM18

Connectors: 12 BNCs

Frame slots used: 2

Boards in 2U: 6

Boards in 1U: 3

Boards in desk top box: 1

Why use it: You want the maximum outputs - four SDI and four composite

Also used for: ALLDAC, MON210, VDA110M HD, VDA110R HD and VDA210M HD

Real RM18 rear module

RM18 rear module label for REFGEN

REFGEN inputs and outputs with RM18 rear module

 

RM23 rear module label and connections

More about the RM23

Connectors: 6 BNCs

Frame slots used: 1

Boards in 2U: 12

Boards in 1U: 6

Boards in desk top box: 2

Why use it: It's the single slot rear module that will give you a loop-through of your analogue reference (plus two SDI and two composite outputs)

Also used for: ADDEC-210

Real RM23 rear module

RM23 rear module label for REFGEN

REFGEN inputs and outputs with RM23 rear module

 

For more visual technical information, download the REFGEN block diagram.

What do I order?

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Items for quote

First you need the 100mm x 266mm module...

REFGEN
Analogue and digital black generator

Next choose your frame size and power supplies - from 2U to desk top box...

Indigo 2AE
2U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU and integrated control panel for up to 12 Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
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
1U frame with active front panel featuring smart CPU and integrated control panel for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 1SE
1U frame with active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to six 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
PSU-160i
160 Watts power supply for 1U (non-DP) and 2U frames. 1U frames require one PSU-160i (no redundancy). 2U frames require 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...

RM01
Single slot frame rear module. Allows maximum number of REFGEN in frame (12 in 2U, six in 1U, two in desk top box). Gives access to two SDI outputs and three composite outputs
RM02
Four slot frame rear module. One rear module used for three REFGEN, allowing nine REFGEN in 2U. Gives access to four SDI outputs, three composite outputs and a Black and Burst board loop-through
RM18
Two slot frame rear module. Allows six REFGEN in 2U, three in 1U and one in desk top box. Gives access to four SDI outputs, four composite outputs and a Black and Burst board loop-through
RM23
Single slot frame rear module. Allows maximum number of REFGEN in frame (12 in 2U, six in 1U, two in desk top box). Gives access to two SDI outputs, two composite outputs and a Black and Burst rear module loop-through

Finally - control. Use board edge switches, a web browser running the free VisionWeb Control (included within the frame software), or alternatively order one of the items below...

VisionPanel
3U Ethernet remote control panel with touch screen
Statesman Lite
Free-of-charge PC Control System - download the latest version
SNMP
SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option

 

Who's using it?

Users of the REFGEN black generator include...

  • 4Vision (Poland)
  • Accelerate Global Sales (USA)
  • Al Basrah University (Iraq)
  • Antenna TV (Greece)
  • AVC (UK)
  • AVI Systems (USA)
  • Bắc Ninh TV (Vietnam)
  • Bank of America (USA)
  • BBC (UK)
  • BBC Moscow (Russia)
  • Bridgewater TV (USA)
  • Bright Space Technologies (UK)
  • Channel 20, Florida (USA)
  • Channel TV (Jersey)
  • City of Cary (USA)
  • City of Glasgow College (UK)
  • Community of Faith Church (USA)
  • Daktronics (Turkey)
  • Dega Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • Feltech (UK)
  • Gatlinburg Baptist Church (USA)
  • Greatneck Schools (USA)
  • GTRK Perm (Russia)
  • Hangzhou Justtong Network Technology inc.,Ltd. (China)
  • Hangzhou TV (China)
  • Harvard University (USA)
  • Hastings College (USA)
  • HD Vietnam (Vietnam)
  • Hudson Cable TV (USA)
  • IEC (France)
  • Internet Videocommunications (UK)
  • JVC (Nigeria)
  • Mediaspec (UK)
  • Media Broadcast Technology (Vietnam)
  • Megahertz Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • Miami-Dade County Water Commission (USA)
  • ORF (Austria)
  • Playbox Technology (UK)
  • RT Software (UK)
  • Soc Trang TV (Vietnam)
  • Soico Televisão (Mozambique)
  • Sunil Tech (South Korea)
  • TCS Telecom e Serv. Srl (Italy)
  • The ADI Group (UK)
  • The Church of Resurrection (USA)
  • Türkmeneli Televizyonu (Turkey)
  • TV Lages (Brazil)
  • UBS Bank (UK)
  • Union High School (USA)
  • Universal Media Services (USA)
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington (USA)
  • University of Teeside (UK)
  • VSC Design (UK)
  • WBCC TV (USA)
  • WJHG-TV (USA)
  • WMBB-TV (USA)
 

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