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UP-DOWN-A-VF

What is it?

UP-DOWN-A-VF up/down/cross converter3G/HD/SD up/down/cross converter with embedded audio handling.

Reason to choose it...

It can perform two different conversions at the same time – with the dual outputs making it easy to get both HD and SD copies of the feed – and gives the output picture quality that broadcasters standardise on. You'll get the most outputs we've ever offered plus more features for your money.

Ideal for...

Up, down or cross converting sources that demand the highest quality conversion, and perfect for studios and playout areas that need to operate in HD and SD simultaneously. See who's using our up and down converters.

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

  • Combined up, down and cross converter for use with 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources
  • Exceptional output picture quality: includes motion adaptive video de-interlacing, adjustable detail enhancement, noise reduction, acclaimed proprietary down conversion, horizontal and vertical low pass filtering, four vertical filter characteristics and RGB and YUV lift and gain
  • Can perform two different conversions simultaneously and provide dual outputs: easy to output co-timed HD and SD copies of a feed at the same time
  • Use it with up to four audio groups
  • Includes aspect ratio converter with ability to deal with any misshaped image using Anamorphic, Letterbox, Pillarbox and Full Screen conversions and customised picture size, position and cropping
  • Will compensate for video delays generated by other equipment, with variable video delay of up to one frame
  • Get integrated fibre connectivity in a single slot by fitting the FIP-VF fibre input option, FOP-VF fibre output option or FIO-VF fibre input and output option
  • Prevent signal loss: relay bypass protection on power failure or card removal for extra peace of mind (with VR03 rear module)
  • Get peace of mind by knowing the status of your signal: easily monitor a large number of video and audio alarms
  • Inputs and outputs accessed by using an appropriate rear module (either VR01, VR03 or VR14)
  • Housed in Vision rack frames
  • Space-saving: 96mm x 325mm card allows up to 20 UP-DOWN-A-VF in 3U
  • 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

The picture quality and features that win evaluations

UP-DOWN-A-VF allows flexible up, down and cross conversions between 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources, gives the output picture quality that broadcasters standardise on, and can perform two different conversions at the same time – providing configurable dual outputs and perfect for studios and playout areas that need to operate in HD and SD simultaneously.

With four up/down/cross converters available in the Vision range, UP-DOWN-A-VF is the converter to choose for applications where signal timing and data processing are not required.

Which conversions can it do?

Up conversions
Down conversions
Cross conversions
SD to 720p 720p to SD 720p to 1080i 1080i to 1080p
SD to 1080i 1080i to SD 720p to 1080p 1080p to 1080i
SD to 1080p 1080p to SD 1080i to 720p 1080p to 720p

Picture processing when up and cross converting

UP-DOWN-A-VF wins side-by-side evaluations on the quality of its up conversion.

A good up converter will create an HD picture that is as good as the original SD picture. That is all that can be achieved – and it often isn't. Many up converters will create an HD signal that looks significantly worse than the original SD material. Pictures containing horizontal movement and a high level of detail are common in many television applications and require careful processing. High quality de-interlacing is the key to good up conversion.

UP-DOWN-A-VF's up and cross conversion uses motion adaptive video de-interlacing, which maximises the picture’s vertical resolution while choosing the best processing method based on the video content. The vertical resolution of the picture is doubled by considering both fields, and even if the picture has moved during the time delay between the two fields, UP-DOWN-AS-VF's movement detection allows it to use the full vertical resolution available – therefore preserving the detail.

Adjustable detail enhancement and noise reduction are also available. Up converting will give an apparently softer picture and therefore adjustable detail enhancement allows the image to be sharpened without ringing, with the options of using either the Fine detail enhancement to apply sharpening to the entire image, or the Edge enhancement to apply sharpening only to object edges. Noise reduction ensures that MPEG encoders do not waste unnecessary bandwidth on detail that is not really part of the picture.

Picture processing when down converting

Crystal Vision down conversion has been tested by many of the world’s largest broadcasters and then selected because of the quality of the conversion.

A High Definition picture with a lot of detail is surprisingly difficult to down convert well. This process is helped by a good de-interlacer, but is dependent on the quality of the horizontal and vertical filters. Ideally you want a perfect filter that will keep everything that can be shown in the Standard Definition bandwidth and remove everything that cannot. If the filter is less than perfect you get a soft picture (some of the picture unnecessarily removed) and aliasing (frequencies that are out of band for SD, creating false imaging).

UP-DOWN-A-VF features Crystal Vision’s acclaimed proprietary down conversion, which avoids aliasing while retaining picture sharpness thanks to the sophisticated two dimensional filtering.

Enhanced motion adaptive video de-interlacing can remove ‘jaggies’ on near horizontal lines, such as the lines on a tennis court or football ground, while horizontal and vertical low pass filtering can reduce the flickering of a slow vertical pan on shots with significant detail.

Four vertical filter characteristics (sharpest, sharp, soft and softest) are additionally available for those who want to optimise the performance for their material when down converting.

Easy to maintain colour fidelity

For further picture improvements there is a video proc-amp, with RGB and YUV lift and gain controls allowing independent digital image adjustments in both the RGB and YUV domains to help maintain colour fidelity.

Perform two conversions at the same time (and get dual outputs)

UP-DOWN-A-VF can perform two conversions at the same time, with two separate converters on the card: one is used for the up and cross conversion, with the other used for the down conversion.

This makes it the perfect up/down/cross converter for the installations that work in multiple definitions: it allows them to simultaneously create HD and SD copies of a feed from this one card and so easily fulfil their requirement to offer both HD and SD programming.

UP-DOWN-A-VF gives dual outputs, with two output groups – 1 and 2. Each output group can be individually selected as either SD or 3G/HD, making it possible to configure both outputs as SD, both outputs as 3G/HD (720p, 1080i or 1080p), or one output as 3G/HD with the other as SD. If Outputs 1 and 2 are both selected as 3G or HD, then the outputs will be identical. Providing up to three copies of each output also reduces the need for additional distribution amplifiers in the system.

One of UP-DOWN-A-VF's particularly powerful features is that it will constantly put out HD and SD on the same pins regardless of the input, thanks to its smart routing. Once set, the output selection will remain true irrespective of any change in the input format – which means you won’t need to change your wiring.

Individual controls allow you to correctly time the outputs into your HD and SD systems. It’s easy for the signals to all have the same timing if required: each output can either be converted from the input or given a matching delay.

Use it with four audio groups

UP-DOWN-A-VF can be used with up to four audio groups – making it ideal as your main signal path up/down/cross converter if you're working with embedded audio. It will de-embed the four groups and convert them to the appropriate format before re-embedding them.

Dolby E data will be automatically detected and processed appropriately.

Deal with any aspect ratio conversion requirements

UP-DOWN-A-VF has the ability to deal with any aspect ratio conversion requirements when up and down converting.

A multitude of different aspect ratio conversions are available, meaning that UP-DOWN-A-VF can deal with any conceivable misshaped image that comes in, allowing you to quickly put anything on air that you get from anywhere in any condition. (See the specification for full list of conversions.) Each of the standard aspect ratios can be individually adjusted away from the default values to create customised versions by using independent sets of size, position and crop controls.

UP-DOWN-A-VF also ensures the picture is the right shape at all times by coping with both analogue and digital SD blanking widths – which prevents an HD signal having black lines down the side when up converting, and prevents SD signals from losing the sides of the picture when down converting.

UP-DOWN-A-VF can be used as an SD to SD aspect ratio converter if required – useful for those who need to change the aspect ratio of their Standard Definition sources and prefer to buy an up converter (rather than a dedicated ARC) as a long-term purchase.

Easy to match the timing of all your signals

On top of the minimum delay of one frame, a variable video delay of up to one frame allows UP-DOWN-A-VF to compensate for video delays generated by other equipment. There are three time-based controls to adjust the output timing: 0 - 40ms (adjustable in 0.1ms steps), 0 - 100us (adjustable in 1us steps) and 0 - 1us (adjustable in 5ns steps), with independent timing adjustments for each supported video format.

Flag up faulty signals

UP-DOWN-A-VF has video and audio signal probe functionality making it useful for flagging up faulty signals, especially in multi-channel applications. It can monitor a wide range of parameters including video format and presence, video black, video frozen, audio present, audio silent and Dolby E present, with the card able to provide warnings of any problems via SNMP traps.

Video frozen and video black can be delayed before an alarm is asserted to prevent false alarming during brief video pauses. All audio parameters can be delayed before an alarm is asserted to prevent false alarming during quiet audio periods.

Timecode passing

UP-DOWN-A-VF can pass Ancillary Timecode from the input to the output and use the ATC data to get the interlace phasing correct when down converting from 1080p or 720p.

Fibre connectivity - on the card

Fibre connectivityIf you need to up and down convert signals from beyond your local equipment bay, it’s easy to give UP-DOWN-A-VF integrated fibre connectivity. Just order either the FIP-VF fibre input option, FOP-VF fibre output option or FIO-VF fibre input and output option.

Designed for SMPTE 297-2006 short-haul applications, the FIP-VF is used to receive an optical input and the FOP-VF to transmit an optical output using a Class 1 laser. The FIO-VF can do both – giving you simultaneous fibre input and output.

With a FIP-VF or FIO-VF 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.

UP-DOWN-A-VF can also support a CWDM laser if required.

Flexible control

The remote control and monitoring options for UP-DOWN-A-VF include an integrated control panel on the Vision 3 frame, the VisionPanel remote control panel, SNMP and the VisionWeb web browser control. Try the UP-DOWN-A-VF VisionWeb demo...

See the REMOTE CONTROL section of the Specification for the extensive list of features that can be controlled and monitored.

Crystal Vision frameSave rack space - and protect your output

Fitting in the standard Vision frames (currently available in 3U size), UP-DOWN-A-VF is a space-saving 96mm x 325mm card that sits in one frame slot - allowing up to 20 up and down converters in 3U.

UP-DOWN-A-VF can be used with three different single slot frame rear modules to access the inputs and outputs.

The default rear module is the VR01 which provides three feeds of each output.

Giving three feeds of the first output and two feeds of the second, the VR03 rear module includes relay bypass protection on power failure or board removal, giving the system an extra layer of security and preventing signal loss – most useful for those using the first output bank to distribute multiple unchanged copies of the input.

The single slot VR14 is designed for those using a fibre input or output option (the FIP-VF, FOP-VF and FIO-VF). It provides two feeds of Output 1 and three feeds of Output 2, along with a copy of Output 1 on fibre when using the FOP-VF or FIO-VF fibre options.

 

Specs

MECHANICAL

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

Weight: 180g

Power consumption: 13 Watts (UP-DOWN-VF); 0.6 Watts (FIP-VF and FOP-VF); 1 Watt (FIO-VF)

INPUT TO OUTPUT CONVERSIONS

Up conversions:

625/50 to 720p50

525/59.94 to 720p59.94

625/50 to 1080i50

525/59.94 to 1080i59.94

625/50 to 1080p50

525/59.94 to 1080p59.94

 

Down conversions:

720p50 to 625/50

720p59.94 to 525/59.94

1080i50 to 625/50

1080i59.94 to 525/59.94

1080p50 to 625/50

1080p59.94 to 525/59.94

 

Cross conversions:

720p50 to 1080i50

720p59.94 to 1080i59.94

720p50 to 1080p50

720p59.94 to 1080p59.94

1080i50 to 720p50

1080i59.94 to 720p59.94

1080i50 to 1080p50

1080i59.94 to 1080p59.94

1080p50 to 1080i50

1080p59.94 to 1080i59.94

1080p50 to 720p50

1080p59.94 to 720p59.94

VIDEO INPUT

One 3Gb/s, HD or SD input with reclocking

When using FIP-VF or FIO-VF fibre input options allows selection between one optical and one electrical input

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

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

HD cable equalisation up to 125m with Belden 1694A or equivalent (approx. 100m with Belden 8281)

SD cable equalisation up to 160m Belden 8281 or equivalent

Automatic de-embedding to SMPTE 272 or SMPTE 299-1 (only level A for 1080p)

INTEGRATED FIBRE OPTIONS

UP-DOWN-A-VF can be given integrated fibre connectivity by fitting the FIP-VF fibre input option, FOP-VF fibre output option or FIO-VF fibre input and output option. The chosen option should be fitted at the factory

To access the optical inputs or outputs a VR14 frame rear module must be used

FIP-VF, FOP-VF and FIO-VF meet the SMPTE 297-2006 short-haul specification, allowing operation with single-mode and multi-mode fibre

Connector type: LC

FIP-VF or FIO-VF input:

Optical wavelength: 1260-1620nm

Input level maximum: -1dBm

Input level minimum: Typical -20dBm (-18dBm 3Gb/s pathological)

FOP-VF or FIO-VF output:

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

Loss of input will automatically disable the laser output. The output can also be manually enabled and disabled

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-VF and specify the wavelength required

VIDEO OUTPUTS

UP-DOWN-A-VF can perform two different conversions at the same time, making it easy to create HD and SD copies of a feed. Each output will either be converted from the input or given a matching delay to ensure they remain consistently timed, with further timing adjustments available

There are two output groups, 1 and 2. The user can select whether an output group will be either SD or 3G/HD. The output groups can be configured as either:

  • 1=SD and 2=SD
  • 1=3G/HD and 2=3G/HD
  • 1=SD and 2=3G/HD
  • 1=3G/HD and 2=SD

If High Definition is selected for any group, the HD format control will determine the output format (720p, 1080i or 1080p). If Output 1 and Output 2 are both selected as 3G/HD, the outputs will be identical

Once set the output selection will remain true, irrespective of any change in the input standard

Using single slot VR01 rear module: Two co-timed outputs, with three feeds of Output 1 and three feeds of Output 2

Using single slot VR03 rear module: Two co-timed outputs, with three feeds of Output 1 and two feeds of Output 2. The VR03 provides relay bypass protection to help maintain programme output. An electromechanical relay switch needs power to hold the switch in one state and will revert to the other state (card bypass) on loss of power. It prevents signal loss by mechanically connecting the input to the first feed of Output 1 on complete frame power failure or card removal

Using single slot VR14:

  • With FIP-VF fibre input option:  Two co-timed outputs, with two feeds of Output 1 and three feeds of Output 2
  • With FOP-VF fibre output option: Two co-timed outputs, with two feeds of Output 1 and three feeds of Output 2, along with a copy of Output 1 on fibre
  • With FIO-VF fibre input and output option: Two co-timed outputs, with two feeds of Output 1 and three feeds of Output 2, along with a copy of Output 1 on fibre

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 follows the input format

Audio is embedded to SMPTE 272 or SMPTE 299-1 (only level A for 1080p)

On loss of input the output can be user selected as black, blue or no output

PICTURE PROCESSING WHEN UP AND CROSS CONVERTING

Pixel based motion adaptive de-interlacing means that UP-DOWN-A-VF will automatically choose the best processing method based on the video content. In video containing significant movement the output picture will look natural and smooth

Adjustable detail enhancement allows the user to sharpen the edges in the image, reducing the perceived softness of an up converted image. Fine detail enhancement applies sharpening to the entire image, while the Edge enhancement applies sharpening only to object edges

Noise reduction is available and can be used to ensure that MPEG encoders do not waste unnecessary bandwidth on detail that is not really part of the picture

Video proc-amp for picture optimisation, with adjustment for the video gain, black level and independent RGB and YUV gains

PICTURE PROCESSING WHEN DOWN CONVERTING

UP-DOWN-A-VF uses Crystal Vision's proprietary down conversion, which avoids aliasing while retaining picture sharpness thanks to the sophisticated two dimensional filtering

Enhanced motion adaptive compensation de-interlacing can remove ‘jaggies’ on near horizontal lines

Horizontal and vertical low pass filtering can reduce the flickering of a slow vertical pan on shots with significant detail

When down converting the performance can be further optimised by choosing one of four alternative vertical filter characteristics (sharpest, sharp, soft, softest)

Video proc-amp for picture optimisation, with adjustment for the video gain, black level and independent RGB and YUV gains

BYPASS MODE

To maintain the best picture quality UP-DOWN-A-VF will automatically enter a bypass mode when the input is the same as the selected output standard, bypassing the major processing blocks and adding a matching delay

ASPECT RATIO CONVERSION

The following aspect ratio conversions are available when up converting from SD to HD or 3Gb/s:

For 16:9 SD systems: 16:9 Anamorphic, 16:9 to 4:3 Letterbox with centre cut, 14:9 to 4:3 Letterbox compromise and 16:9 to 4:3 Letterbox

For 4:3 SD systems: 4:3 to 16:9 Pillarbox, 4:3 to 14:9 Pillarbox compromise and 4:3 to 16:9 Full Screen

The following aspect ratio conversions are available when down converting from 3Gb/s or HD to SD:

For 16:9 SD systems: 16:9 Anamorphic, 4:3 to 16:9 Pillarbox, 4:3 to 14:9 Pillarbox compromise and 4:3 to 16:9 Full Screen

For 4:3 SD systems: 16:9 to 4:3 Letterbox, 16:9 to 14:9 Letterbox compromise and 16:9 to 4:3 Full Screen with centre cut

The following aspect ratio conversions are available for SD to SD sources:

For 16:9 SD systems: 16:9 Anamorphic, 4:3 to 16:9 Pillarbox, 4:3 to 14:9 Pillarbox compromise and 4:3 to 16:9 Full Screen

For 4:3 SD systems: 16:9 to 4:3 Letterbox, 16:9 to 14:9 Letterbox compromise and 16:9 to 4:3 Full Screen with centre cut

The standard aspect ratios can be adjusted from their default values by using independent sets of size, position and crop controls (except when using the HD to HD or 3Gb/s to 3Gb/s ARC):

Vertical and horizontal picture size adjustment: continuous adjustment of approximately +/- 25% of nominal image size

Vertical and horizontal picture position adjust +/- 50%

Vertical and horizontal picture crop adjust +/- 100% of picture size

Copes with both analogue and digital SD blanking widths. When analogue blanking width is selected, the Anamorphic conversion uses 702 pixels of SD (rather than 720 pixels) to create the 1920 pixels of 1080i or 1080p, and all other aspect ratios are adjusted by a similar amount

VIDEO DELAYS

Delay through board: Minimum delay of one video frame

Maximum delay of two video frames

On top of the minimum delay, a variable video delay of up to one frame allows it to compensate for video delays generated by other equipment. There are three time-based controls to adjust the output timing: 0 - 40ms adjustable in 0.1ms steps, 0 - 100us adjustable in 1us steps and 0 - 1us adjustable in 5ns steps. Independent timing adjustments for each supported video format

EMBEDDED AUDIO PASSING

De-embeds and re-embeds all four audio groups

Dolby E data will be automatically detected and processed appropriately

Bypass: Audio bypassed in HANC space, with the same delay as the video

AUDIO SILENCE

An audio level check is performed. The audio silence level setting can be selected from -48dBFS, -54dBFS, -60dBFS, -66dBFS, -72dBFS, -78dBFS, -84dBFS and -90dBFS. If the audio signal level falls below the selected level for a period of time from 2 to 120 seconds, then an alarm is triggered. The audio on the channels must be continuously silent for the full period – a single non-silent sample restarts the delay period

TIMECODE TRANSPORT

Can pass Ancillary Timecode from the input to the output

The Ancillary Timecode can be used to get the interlace timing correct and maintain a correct field sequence when down converting from 1080p or 720p to an interlaced output

LED INDICATION OF:

Power okay

PRESETS

The current card settings can be saved in one of 16 locations to be recalled as required

Presets can be backed up and restored using the Vision frame

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

NB. No board edge control available

Checks can be performed on video and audio parameters (see below), with warnings of any problems provided via SNMP traps. The video black and video frozen parameters can be delayed by up to 40 seconds before an alarm is asserted to prevent false alarming during brief video pauses. The audio parameters can be delayed by up to 120 seconds before an alarm is asserted to prevent false alarming during quiet audio periods

 

Remote control of:

Video output 1 format (SD or HD), video output 2 format (SD or HD), video output HD format (720p, 1080i or 1080p), lock output to ATC input, video format to delay, video delay setting, what to show on video input loss, fixed aspect ratio settings for SD to HD, HD to SD and SD to SD (including bypass, SD analogue line length and WSS line blank options), custom aspect ratio (size and position), custom crop, noise reduction (detail and edge), vertical filters, RGB proc-amp, YUV proc-amp, video black time delay, video frozen time delay, audio silence indication time delay and threshold, laser input or output enable, presets save and recall and card defaults

 

Remote monitoring of:

Video present

Video input format

Video black

Video frozen

Video output 1 format

Video output 2 format

Video output aspect ratio

Input group 1 present

Input group 2 present

Input group 3 present

Input group 4 present

Output 1 group 1 present

Output 1 group 2 present

Output 1 group 3 present

Output 1 group 4 present

Output 2 group 1 present

Output 2 group 2 present

Output 2 group 3 present

Output 2 group 4 present

Input audio silence group 1 channels 1 and 2

Input audio silence group 1 channels 3 and 4

Input audio silence group 2 channels 5 and 6

Input audio silence group 2 channels 7 and 8

Input audio silence group 3 channels 9 and 10

Input audio silence group3 channels 11 and 12

Input audio silence group 4 channels 13 and 14

Input audio silence group 4 channels 15 and 16

All audio silent

Input ATC present

Current delay in lines and pixels for the selected format

SD ARC mode enabled

ARC values not default

De-interlaced down converter active

With fibre input option fitted:

Received power (-25dBm to 0dBm in 1dBm steps)

Optical input power level (Overload, High, Good, Low or Too low)

With fibre output option fitted:

Laser level (laser is producing low output power and should be replaced)

Laser bias (laser bias current above threshold indicating imminent failure)

 

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 UP-DOWN-A-VF...

VR01 rear module label and connections

More about the VR01

Connectors: 7 BNCs

Frame slots used: 1

Boards in 3U: 20

Why use it: Use it for standard non-fibre and non-relay bypass applications

Also used for: UP-DOWN-AS-VF, UP-DOWN-ATX-VF and UP-DOWN-ATXS-VF

 

UP-DOWN-A-VF inputs and outputs with VR01 rear module

VR01 rear module label for UP-DOWN-A-VF

 

VR03 rear module label and connections

More about the VR03

Connectors: 6 BNCs (with relay bypass)

Frame slots used: 1

Boards in 3U: 20

Why use it: You want relay bypass protection

Also used for: UP-DOWN-AS-VF, UP-DOWN-ATX-VF and UP-DOWN-ATXS-VF

 

UP-DOWN-A-VF inputs and outputs with VR03 rear module

VR03 rear module label for UP-DOWN-A-VF

 

VR14 rear module label and connections

More about the VR14

Connectors: 6 BNCs and dual LC fibre

Frame slots used: 1

Boards in 3U: 20

Why use it: Fibre input, fibre output, or fibre input and output applications

Also used for: UP-DOWN-AS-VF, UP-DOWN-ATX-VF and UP-DOWN-ATXS-VF

 

UP-DOWN-A-VF inputs and outputs with VR14 rear module

VR14 rear module label for UP-DOWN-A-VF

 

For more visual technical information, download the UP-DOWN-A-VF block diagram.

What do I order?

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

UP-DOWN-A-VF
Up/down/cross converter for 3Gb/s, HD and SD with four group embedded audio handling

To get integrated fibre connectivity select one of the following...

FIP-VF
Fibre input option for UP-DOWN-A-VF card
FOP-VF
Fibre output option for UP-DOWN-A-VF card. For CWDM laser options, contact Crystal Vision
FIO-VF
Fibre input and output option for UP-DOWN-A-VF card

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...

VR01
Single slot frame rear module. Allows 20 UP-DOWN-A-VF in 3U. Gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD or SD input and two co-timed outputs (configurable as 3G/HD or SD), with three feeds of Output 1 and three feeds of Output 2
VR03
Single slot frame rear module. Allows 20 UP-DOWN-A-VF in 3U. Provides relay bypass protection of the input. Gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD or SD input and two co-timed outputs (configurable as 3G/HD or SD), with three feeds of Output 1 and two feeds of Output 2
VR14
Single slot frame rear module. Allows 20 UP-DOWN-A-VF in 3U. Designed for applications using fibre inputs and/or outputs. When using FIP-VF fibre input, allows you to select between one fibre and one electrical 3Gb/s, HD or SD input, and gives access to two co-timed outputs (configurable as 3G/HD or SD), with two feeds of Output 1 and three feeds of Output 2. When using FOP-VF fibre output, gives access to one 3Gb/s, HD or SD input and two co-timed outputs (configurable as 3G/HD or SD), with two feeds of Output 1 and three feeds of Output 2, along with one copy of Output 1 on fibre. When using FIO-VF fibre input and output, allows you to select between one fibre and one electrical 3Gb/s, HD or SD input, and gives access to two co-timed outputs (configurable as 3G/HD or SD), with two feeds of Output 1 and three feeds of Output 2, along with one copy of Output 1 on fibre

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 up and down converters in the Indigo range include...

  • 365 Media (Iceland)
  • 4KXL (UK)
  • 4S (Brazil)
  • Aardman Animations (UK)
  • ABN (Malaysia)
  • Advanced System Integrated Co., Ltd. (Taiwan)
  • ANTV (Vietnam)
  • Arqiva (UK)
  • ATG Broadcast (UK)
  • Atos (UK)
  • AVC (UK)
  • AVIT-Systems (Denmark)
  • BBC (UK)
  • BBC Millbank (UK)
  • BBC Northern Ireland (UK)
  • BBC Scotland (UK)
  • BBC Studios and Post Production (UK)
  • BFE Studio (Germany)
  • BRF (Belgium)
  • Channel 4 (UK)
  • CTV (UK)
  • Custom Consoles (UK)
  • CVP (UK)
  • Czech TV (Czech Republic)
  • dB Broadcast (UK)
  • Dega Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • DigiTurk (Turkey)
  • Duna TV (Hungary)
  • EastEnders (UK)
  • Elektronika (Slovakia)
  • EPIC (UK)
  • ERT (Greece)
  • ES Broadcast (UK)
  • Eurotek (Ireland)
  • Expert TV (Russia)
  • FAL Systems (UK)
  • FB TV (Turkey)
  • Fedex TV (USA)
  • Feltech (UK)
  • FOR-A Italia (Italy)
  • Fundação Rádio e Televisão Educativa de Uberlândia (Brazil)
  • Giga-Com (UK)
  • Habertürk TV (Turkey)
  • HB Communications (USA)
  • Hessischer Rundfunk (Germany)
  • Hollyoaks/Lime Pictures (UK)
  • Indira Ghandi National Open University (India)
  • Input Media (UK)
  • IPE (UK)
  • ITV (UK)
  • JVC (Egypt)
  • Konatus (Turkey)
  • KT - Korean Telecom Media (South Korea)
  • Megahertz (UK)
  • Mitcorp (UK)
  • Mohegan Sun (USA)
  • MTV (UK)
  • MTVA (Hungary)
  • NASA (USA)
  • News 24 (Albania)
  • Nine Network Australia (Australia)
  • ORF (Austria)
  • Pinellas County Communications (USA)
  • Playbox Technology (UK)
  • Polish National Film & TV School (Poland)
  • Prolink Television Facilities (UK)
  • ProSiebenSat.1 Media (Germany)
  • Puls 4 (Austria)
  • Puls TV (Germany)
  • Qatar Foundation (Qatar)
  • Radio Televisyen Malaysia (Malaysia)
  • Red Bee Media (UK)
  • re: fine (UK)
  • RTC Télé Liège (Belgium)
  • RTÉ (Ireland)
  • RTP (Portugal)
  • RTV Slovenija (Slovenia)
  • RTVS (Slovakia)
  • RUV (Iceland)
  • Sat-Comm (UK)
  • Satellite Productions (Greece)
  • Scottish Parliament (UK)
  • Services Sound & Vision Corporation / BFBS (UK)
  • Show TV (Turkey)
  • Siemens (UK)
  • SIS LIVE (UK)
  • SKAI TV (Greece)
  • SmartCast GmbH (Germany)
  • Snader (USA)
  • Sony (Italy)
  • Studios A/S (Denmark)
  • STV (Spain)
  • STV (UK)
  • TBS (Taiwan)
  • Telemedia (South Africa)
  • Télésambre (Belgium)
  • Televisão de Moçambique (Mozambique)
  • Televideo (UK)
  • The Hospital Club (UK)
  • The First Baptist Church of Panama City (USA)
  • The London Studios (UK)
  • The Military Broadcasting Centre (Vietnam)
  • The One Show (UK)
  • TRT (Turkey)
  • TRC (Italy)
  • TRT (Turkey)
  • TSL (UK)
  • TV 2 (Denmark)
  • TV3 (Spain)
  • TV 360 (Turkey)
  • TV AlHijrah (Malaysia)
  • TV Bandeirantes (Brazil)
  • TV Nova (Czech Republic)
  • TVNZ (New Zealand)
  • TVP (Poland)
  • TV Pioneira (Brazil)
  • TV Skyline (Germany)
  • Universal Media Services (USA)
  • University of Central Florida (USA)
  • University of Uberlândia (Brazil)
  • UTV (UK)
  • Vidau Systems (Russia)
  • Video Design (UK)
  • Videowork Srl (Italy)
  • Vinh Puhc TV (Vietnam)
  • VTC (Vietnam)
  • VTV5 (Vietnam)
  • Wellen+Nöthen (Germany)
  • Westminster Live (UK)
  • William Hill (UK)
  • WJHG-TV (USA)
  • WGGB-TV (USA)
  • WMBB-TV (USA)
  • ZDF (Germany)
 

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Up and down conversion

From the Vision frame system...

  • UP-DOWN-ATX-VF 3G/HD/SD up/down/cross converter (audio/AFD/audio routing/timecode/teletext/closed captions)
  • UP-DOWN-AS-VF 3G/HD/SD synchronising up/down/cross converter (audio)
  • UP-DOWN-ATXS-VF 3G/HD/SD synchronising up/down/cross converter (audio/AFD/audio routing/timecode/teletext/closed captions)

From the Indigo frame system...

  • Up-Down 3G 3G/HD/SD up/down/cross converter
  • Up-Down-AFD 3G 3G/HD/SD up/down/cross converter (audio/AFD)
  • Up-Down-AT 3G 3G/HD/SD up/down/cross converter (audio/AFD/audio routing/timecode)
  • Up-Down-ATX 3G 3G/HD/SD up/down/cross converter (audio/AFD/audio routing/timecode/teletext/closed captions)
  • Up-Down-AS 3G 3G/HD/SD synchronising up/down/cross converter (audio)
  • Up-Down-AFDS 3G 3G/HD/SD synchronising up/down/cross converter (audio/AFD)
  • Up-Down-ATS 3G synchronising 3G/HD/SD up/down/cross converter (audio/AFD/audio routing/timecode)
  • Up-Down-ATXS 3G 3G/HD/SD synchronising up/down/cross converter (audio/AFD/audio routing/timecode/teletext/closed captions)
  • Q-Down-AG 3G 3G/HD/SD short-delay broadcast down converter (audio)
  • Q-Down-ATG 3G 3G/HD/SD short-delay broadcast down converter (audio/timecode/closed captions)
  • Q-Down Mini HD/SD minibox short-delay broadcast down converter

Not sure which converter is best for your application? Have a look at our Vision up and down converters comparison chart to help you make a decision...