M-SAFIRE chroma keyer

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What is it?

M-SAFIRE chroma keyer app

IP/SDI chroma keyer app.

Reason to choose it...

It’s the best chroma keyer we’ve ever produced – from the noise-free key to the easy setup using the quad split multiviewer. The fact you can use it with IP, SDI or both at the same time makes it perfect for any installation – including giving you the easiest possible upgrade to IP. Plus it's future-proof – when this functionality is no longer required you can get a different app for your MARBLE-V1 hardware.

Ideal for...

Any live IP or SDI virtual studio or sports production where you care about the quality of the chroma keying.

Control it...

Try out the M-SAFIRE VisionWeb GUI (opens in new window) – you'll see how easy it is to operate the M-SAFIRE app from your web browser, while exploring the full functionality of the product.

Need extra features?

This software-based platform makes it easy for us to add additional features to the M-SAFIRE to solve the particular problem you've got - and make your IP or SDI do exactly what you want. Just get in touch!

Got a question?

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

Main features

  • Real-time chroma keyer ideal for any live chroma keying or virtual set production
  • Software app that runs on the MARBLE-V1 media processor
  • Use it with SDI, IP or both at the same time: supports 31 video formats, SMPTE ST 2022-6 and ST 2022-7 protocols and video within ST 2110 (ST 2110-10, -20 and -21 standards)
  • Key on any colour, with fine control over backdrop colour selection

  • Gives excellent results and generates noise-free key
  • Numerous tools to optimise the picture including clip processing, colour correction, Edge shrink, colour spill processing, lighting compensation and shadow processing
  • Overrule the chroma keying: use the internal masks and External key/mask to force areas to be either foreground or background, such as for linear keying
  • Includes synchroniser and choice of multiple timing sources with fail-over (PTP, two analogue Black and Burst or tri-level syncs references via Vision frame, or video input)
  • Use the input and output video delay to offset the graphic generator's delay and compensate for other big system delays

  • Supports SMPTE ST 2022-7 redundant streaming and ST 2110 protect
  • Fitting up to four bi-directional 10GbE network interfaces allows you to separate your IP flows as required
  • Includes gateway functionality for hybrid systems, encapsulating SDI to IP and de-encapsulating SDI from IP
  • Includes IP to IP translation functionality, such as network address translation, unicast to multicast address translation, setting firewall restrictions and protocol translation between any of the input formats and any of the output formats
  • Tolerant of any input packet distribution, and includes output traffic shaping
  • Protect your SDI programme output with dual relay bypass protection option
  • Know your signal is present and valid, with SDI and IP flow signal monitoring
  • Use the quad split to assist setup: Output video, Output key, Keyed foreground and Keyed background can be viewed simultaneously, with zoom available for fine-detail checking
  • Inputs and outputs accessed by using an appropriate rear module (either VR04, VR06 or VR07)
  • Housed in Vision rack frames
  • Space-saving: MARBLE-V1 media processor is a ‘double slot’ 96mm x 325mm card, with up to ten MARBLE-V1 fitting in 3U
  • Flexible control and monitoring: frame integrated control panel, VisionPanel remote control panel, SBB-4 smart button box, SNMP, ASCII and JSON protocols or the web browser-based VisionWeb Control
  • Five year warranty on MARBLE-V1 hardware (with product registration)
  • One year of M-SAFIRE app support included, with additional years available to purchase
  • This product is available to either purchase or hire, with hire pricing typically 6% of list price per week (with one week minimum hire period and £200 minimum charge)

Details

The real-time chroma keyer for every virtual production

App cloudOffering Crystal Vision’s best picture quality yet with a noise-free key, the M-SAFIRE real-time chroma keyer is ideal for any live virtual production – from studio to sport.

Chroma keying is used to combine a virtual object (background) with a real image (foreground) by replacing a real colour (usually blue or green) with a virtual input.

With the ability to key on any colour, looking at both the hue and saturation gives the M-SAFIRE enhanced selectivity when choosing the backdrop colour.

The M-SAFIRE includes numerous tools to optimise the picture, including advanced clip processing.

The M-SAFIRE prevents unwanted keying by giving you precise control when dealing with colour spill from the backdrop appearing on foreground objects – while re-spill can be used to colour areas to make them look more natural.

You can match the look of the foreground to the background by using the foreground colour corrector and background video adjustments. It’s easy to clean up the edges on foreground objects using the Edge shrink tool.

The smooth quadrant backdrop lighting will compensate for unevenly lit backdrops – helping you get a uniform key signal across the image by boosting the key, while you can use the Shadow Density control to increase or reduce the appearance of shadows.

The chroma keyed foreground and keyed foreground can be faded up or down as a timed transition, with fade time set from 0-10 seconds.

Use it with IP, SDI or both

App cloudThe M-SAFIRE can be used with IP, with SDI or with both IP and SDI at the same time. Its support for multiple signal formats gives the easiest possible SDI to IP upgrade, while also making it perfect for mixed SDI and IP installations as well as fully IP or fully SDI environments.

It supports both SMPTE ST 2022 and ST 2110 video over 10GbE IP networks, including ST 2022-7 redundant streaming and the protect equivalent for ST 2110.

The IP flows can be separated and protected across up to four bi-directional 10GbE SFP+ network interfaces. There is a choice of fibre modules for the fibre SFP+ 10GbE IP network interfaces: either 850nm multi-mode for up to 300m or 1310nm single-mode for up to 10km.

When used with SDI or SMPTE ST 2022, the M-SAFIRE passes all ancillary data including embedded audio without modification. If ST 2110 is used, only the video content is output.

Other features include full VLAN support with no restrictions and unicast and multicast transmission support.

App cloudIt's a software app

The future-proof M-SAFIRE is a software app that runs on the MARBLE-V1 media processor – purpose-built GPU/CPU hardware that fits in the Vision frames.

Apps that are bought with the hardware can be replaced with different apps as needs change, helping you make the most of your budget.

MARBLE-V1 media processorMore about MARBLE-V1

Featuring a powerful CPU/GPU processor, the MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware has six bi-directional SDI connections and four 10GbE SFP+ network interface ports (as well as eight bi-directional discrete AES stereo channels for future products).

The software app installed determines the functionality.

MARBLE-V1's powerful GPU processor – which uses floating point precision calculations – allows the M-SAFIRE to generate a noise-free key.

Add virtual objects, logos and sports graphics

Two internal masks and the External key/mask can be used to force areas of foreground or background – making it easy to add virtual objects, linear key a logo or add sports graphics and more.

IP gateway and translation functionality included

App cloudThe M-SAFIRE's gateway functionality can be used to integrate SDI into an IP environment or IP into an SDI environment.

Its IP to IP translation functionality can be used for network address translation, protocol conversion (between any of the input formats and any of the output formats), unicast to multicast address conversion and the creation of media firewalls.

Traffic shaping

With the potential for networks and IP receivers to not be very tolerant to bursty traffic, the M-SAFIRE will ensure a nicely constructed IP output (with a choice of traffic shaping options), while its tolerant IP input is designed to be robust to bursty traffic.

Choice of timing sources - with flexible delay options

Timing sourcesThe M-SAFIRE includes a framestore synchroniser timed to an external Black and Burst or tri-level syncs analogue reference or PTP.

The chosen reference is the global reference source for all input and output flows.

Reference redundancy offers peace of mind in case the main reference source is disrupted or needs to be taken down for maintenance, while cross-locking allows for mixed reference type and format installations if required.

There are up to ten options for the reference selection, selectable via VisionWeb. (See the Specification for full details.) Should the timing source at the top of the list become missing or invalid, the card will move down the list until it finds a valid timing reference source.

The output timing can be fully adjusted with respect to the chosen reference using three time-based controls (0 - 42ms adjustable in 0.1ms steps, 0 - 100us adjustable in 1us steps and 0 - 1us adjustable in 5ns steps), with the selected timing alignment global to all output flows.

Additional delay (adjustable in one frame steps) is also available both on the input and output. Eight frames of input video delay (in addition to the two frames of minimum processing delay) allows delay compensation between the input sources. The ten frames of flow output video delay allows compensation for any big system delays.

Easy to make adjustments - with the quad split multiviewer

The quad split multiviewer makes it easy to set up your chroma key – especially when dealing with any issue that really benefits from close inspection.

You can view the Output video, Output key, Keyed foreground and Keyed background simultaneously and zoom into any area for fine-detail checking.

Quad split multiviewer

Monitoring your signals

Signal monitoringFeatures are provided to speed up system trouble shooting, particularly helpful with IP being more challenging to debug than SDI. Comprehensive SDI, IP and PTP monitoring information is available and can be used to generate SNMP traps.

The status indications available are video present and time present, video format, video black, video frozen, video error, Reference 1 and 2 present and time present, Reference 1 and 2 format, PTP master and backup clock present and time present and audio groups present. The video black and video frozen alert can be delayed by up to 120 seconds to prevent false alarming during brief video pauses.

PTP presence and statistics (network delay, delay variation, reference offset and sync period) are monitored.

The IP flow monitoring includes network error, packet loss, duplicated packets, packet delay variation, Ethernet interface ignored packets and Ethernet interface ignored multicast.

13 built-in test patterns can also help with fault finding.

Flexible control

All control is done remotely, with a choice of remote control and monitoring options for the M-SAFIRE app running on the MARBLE-V1 media processor.

Hardware control options include an integrated control panel on the Vision 3 frame, the VisionPanel remote control panel and the SBB-4 smart button box.

Software control options include SNMP, our ASCII and JSON protocols and the VisionWeb web browser control. Try the M-SAFIRE VisionWeb demo...

Control

16 presets can be assigned and recalled.

Crystal Vision frameSave rack space

Fitting in the standard Vision frames (currently available in 3U size), MARBLE-V1 is a space-saving 96mm x 325mm card that sits in one frame slot – allowing up to ten media processors in 3U.

The double slot VR04, VR06 or VR07 frame rear module is used to access the three inputs and two outputs on the M-SAFIRE app.

Protect your SDI output - with relay bypass protection

The VR07 frame rear module provides dual relay bypass protection when the M-SAFIRE is used with both SDI inputs and SDI outputs to help maintain programme output.

The relay bypass protection protects the video output on frame power failure or if the MARBLE-V1 card loses power or is removed. It prevents signal loss by mechanically connecting an SDI input to an SDI output. SDI In 1 is connected to SDI Out 1 and SDI In 2 is connected to SDI Out 2.

The VR07 additionally includes four 10GbE network interface, making it easy to upgrade to IP when required – with the resilience then provided by IP best practice.

 

Specs

M-SAFIRE app running on MARBLE-V1 media processor...

MECHANICAL

‘Double slot’ Vision card 96mm x 303mm (96mm x 325mm including finger pull)

Weight: 355g

Power consumption: 25 Watts, plus 1 Watt for each SFP+ fitted to MARBLE-V1

INPUT AND OUTPUTS

Inputs can be IP and/or SDI

Outputs can be IP and/or SDI

Five BNCs for SDI and up to four fibre SFP+ 10GbE IP network interfaces. Choice of fibre modules: either 850nm multi-mode (for up to 300m) or 1310nm single-mode (for up to 10km)

Inputs and outputs can be mixture of ST 2022 and ST 2110. Video can be passed between ST 2022 and ST 2110, although audio and any other non-video data will be lost

IP only, SDI to IP and IP to SDI applications require at least one SFP+ transceiver option, up to a maximum of four. Use one SFP+ to put all signals together, use two SFP+ to have main and protect or multicast and unicast on separate network interfaces and use three or four SFP+ to further separate flows

Uses VR04, VR06 or VR07 frame rear modules. VR04 or VR07 must be used when more than two SFP+ are fitted

SDI VIDEO INPUTS

(NB. Some or all of the inputs can be IP instead)

Up to three 3Gb/s or HD or SD SDI inputs

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 using Belden 1694A. HD cable equalisation up to 140m with Belden 1694A or equivalent (approx. 100m with Belden 8281). SD cable equalisation >250m Belden 8281 or equivalent

IP FLOW INPUTS

(NB. Some or all of the inputs can be SDI instead)

Up to three 3Gb/s or HD or SD video over IP inputs

Packet distribution is not important as variable input buffer will compensate for any timing irregularities. Any traffic shaping option from ST 2110-21 can be used, or packets can come from a device which does not meet the shaping requirement of ST 2110-21

A protect input for SMPTE ST 2022-7 seamless protection switching or the equivalent protect input in ST 2110-20 can come from any of the 10GbE IP network interfaces. This protects the stream from lost packets by creating two streams of the same data using different routing to the destination. Flow analyser handles the analysis and reconstruction of the protected stream. Any IP input can come from any of the 10GbE IP network interfaces and can either be multicast or unicast

SDI VIDEO OUTPUTS

(NB. Some or all of the outputs can be IP instead)

Up to two 3Gb/s or HD or SD SDI outputs

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

IP FLOW OUTPUTS

(NB. Some or all of the outputs can be SDI instead)

Up to two 3Gb/s or HD or SD video over IP outputs

Any of the 10GbE IP network interfaces can be used to provide a protected output for SMPTE ST 2022-7 or ST 2110 seamless protection switching, which protects the stream from lost packets by creating two streams of the same data using different routing to the destination

Alternatively it is possible to have a unicast on some network interfaces and a multicast on others

RELAY BYPASS PROTECTION (SDI ONLY)

The VR07 frame rear module provides dual relay bypass protection when M-SAFIRE is used with both SDI inputs and SDI outputs

The relay bypass protection protects the video output on frame power failure or if the MARBLE-V1 card loses power or is removed

An electromechanical relay switch on the VR07 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 an SDI input to an SDI output: SDI In 1 is connected to SDI Out 1 and SDI In 2 is connected to SDI Out 2

NB. Use of the VR07 requires issue 5 or later of MARBLE-V1

VIDEO FORMATS SUPPORTED

The video formats supported are 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)

IP PROTOCOLS

Protocols supported on network interfaces: SMPTE ST 2022-6, SMPTE ST 2022-7, SMPTE ST 2110-20 (uncompressed video), SMPTE ST 2110-10 (system architecture and synchronisation), SMPTE ST 2110-21 (traffic shaping), IGMPv3, ARP, ICMP ping, IPv4, IEEE802.1q, VLAN, IEEE802.3-2012 (10G Ethernet), LLDP

Packing options of the ST 2110 output are selectable per flow between BPM and GPM (Block Packing Mode or General Packing Mode)

Packet shaping and distribution (compulsory in ST 2110 and optional in ST 2022) is selectable per flow between TPNL and TPN (narrow linear or narrow gapped packet distribution). There is also a mode for burst packet distribution with a control for the burst rate limit. This is for connecting between Crystal Vision and other compatible devices that allow for a reduced transmission delay

SMPTE ST 2022-7 and ST 2110 flow protection facilitates the dual stream output

KEYER SOURCES AND OUTPUTS

Background source can be set to Flow in 1 or Flow in 2 or Flow in 3 or Matte

Foreground source can be set to Flow in 1 or Flow in 2 or Flow in 3

External key/mask source can be set to Flow in 1 or Flow in 2 or Flow in 3

Keyer Aux Output shows processed Output video only

Keyer Main Output can be set to show processed Output video, Output key, Output key inverted, Suppressed foreground, Background source, External key source, Keyed foreground, Keyed background or Output video/Output key/Keyed foreground/Keyed background quad split

The quad split option is useful for checking details during configuration and allow close inspection of the adjustments to the key across the picture. Controls are Quad zoom (0-100%), Quad H position and Quad V position. The single set of controls are applied to all four quads. Zoom of 0% shows the entire images in the quads and zoom of 100% expands a single pixel to fill each quad. When the image is expanded, the position controls define the area of the image to be displayed

INTERNAL MATTE GENERATOR

The keyer background source can be replaced with a colour produced by an internal matte generator

CHROMA KEY ADJUSTMENTS

The Chroma key menu is used to set up the chroma keyer functions

M-SAFIRE allows the user to set both the colour and saturation range of the area to be suppressed and background inserted

Enable: Enables/disables chroma key processing

Saturation: Sets the saturation level of the foreground area to create the key. Range is 0-100

Saturation acceptance: Sets a range of saturation that will be used to create the final key and can be used to fine-tune adjustments. Range is 0-100

Hue: Sets the colour in the foreground to be used to create the key signal. Range is 0-360

Hue acceptance: Sets the range of colours that the Hue colour will use to create the key signal and can be used to fine-tune adjustments. Range is 0-180

Min clip: Adjust to increase gain and to raise the lower clip level. Range is 0-100

Max clip: Adjust to increase gain and to lower the upper clip level. Range is 0-100

Main output: The source for the Main output can also be selected from the Chroma key menu (see KEYER SOURCES AND OUTPUTS for full details)

FOREGROUND SPILL SUPPRESSION

The FG spill suppression menu assists in removing any areas where colour spill from the backdrop on foreground objects is causing unwanted keying of the background or is causing backdrop colour tints on foreground objects

Mode: Use Chroma key settings (default) uses the same settings from the Chroma key menu to set all the spill suppression parameters. Enabled activates the Saturation, Saturation acceptance, Hue and Hue acceptance settings set in the Spill suppression menu

BACKDROP LIGHTING AND SHADOW PROCESSING

The Backdrop lighting control provides quadrant gain control to assist in poorly lit or variably lit backdrops
Enable: Enables/disables all controls in this menu

There are four quadrant gain controls – Left, Right, Top and Bottom – which can be adjusted to produce an even key in the left, right, top and bottom areas of the image

Radial is an overall lighting spotlight control. Increasing lowers overall gain, decreasing increases overall gain

The Backdrop lighting menu also contains the Shadow density control for enhancing or rejecting natural occurring shadows on the backdrop. Range -100 to 100. Increasing enhances shadows, decreasing rejects shadows

EDGES AND KEY REMOVAL

Edge shrink control is used for softening and cleaning up edges on foreground objects. Range is 0-100. Increasing value reduces created key while simultaneously softening the edge

Black key removal is available for low luminance objects in the foreground that are suffering from unwanted background keying

FOREGROUND RE-SPILL

Foreground re-spill can be used to throw a new spill colour back on to the suppressed foreground in situations requiring a false spill effect for a more natural composite picture

Percentages (0-100%) of red, green and blue in re-spill colour can be set, while Gain setting controls amount of re-spill applied to composited image

COLOUR CORRECTION

Pre-key FG colour allows correction to the RGB lift of the foreground signal before keying. These red, green and blue controls (each with a range of -20 to 20) can be used to compensate for any colour loss from high levels of spill suppression

Post-key FG colour allows correction to the RGB lift and gain colour correction of the foreground signal after keying. Controls are Red gain & lift, Green gain & lift and Blue gain & lift, each with a range of 80-120%

Post-key gain & lift adjusts the keyed foreground and background signals to achieve a more realistic composite. Controls are Foreground chroma gain, Foreground video gain, Foreground Y lift, Background chroma gain, Background video gain and Background Y lift, each with a range of 80-120%

KEY AND MASK CONTROL

The Key/mask control menu is used to force either foreground objects or background into the composite chroma key

In Key mode, objects in the foreground will be forced using the key signal luminance and will not be subject to the chroma key suppression. ‘On (External)’ uses the external key input to generate the key. ‘On (Foreground)’ uses the luminance in the foreground input to generate the key

When Mask mode is set to 'On (External)', objects in the background will be forced based upon the luminance of the external source selected as the key/mask

The key and mask can be inverted

Key processing is multiplicative by default. For additive keying, untick the External key multiply FG box
The Min Clip and Max Clip controls can be used to increase or reduce transparency in the key or mask

INTERNAL MASKS

Two internal masks can be turned on or off to force areas of foreground and background

The masks can be inverted and adjusted in position and size

Edge softness controls prevent hard edge on mask, with each edge individually selectable

The internal masks are independent of the external mask and can be used at the same time if required

MIXER

Chroma keyed foreground and keyed foreground can be faded up or down as a timed transition, with fade time set from 0-10 seconds

Fade level can be manually adjusted between 0% and 100%

ROUTING

The keyer processing block provides a Keyer Main and Keyer Aux output. The aux output shows the final result of the keyer processing (output video), whereas the main output can show different stages of processing (see KEYER SOURCES AND OUTPUTS section)

The flow output routing allows selection between Keyer Main and Keyer Aux for each of the two flow outputs. For example, Flow Out 1 could be set to Keyer Aux and therefore display the final output video of the keyer processing, whereas setting Flow Out 2 to Keyer Main allows this output to be used to preview different stages of the keyer processing. Additionally the Flow Out routing can be set to any of the three input flows

VIDEO LOSS CONTROLS

The video loss/format mismatch controls – available at both the input and output stages – allow the user to select what will happen to a flow in the event that the video is lost or the video format does not match the specified format. The user can specify to freeze the last good frame or show a black or blue screen or 100% colour bars (with or without an initial delay of three seconds). No output can also be selected. This is independently adjustable on each flow

TEST PATTERNS

The test pattern controls allow the user to override an input and force the output flow to output a test pattern including Colour Bars, Blue, Black, EqCheck, PllCheck, Pluge, Checkfield, Grey Horizontal Steps, Grey Vertical Steps, Luma Horizontal Ramp, Luma Vertical Ramp, Cycle Colour or Checker Board, or to freeze the picture. This is independently adjustable on each flow

SYNCHRONISER AND TIMING ADJUSTMENTS

Video sources are synchronised to common reference timing source

Choice of timing options:

  • PTP (SMPTE ST 2059-2) master and backup, via 10GbE IP network interface
  • Two tri-level syncs or analogue Black and Burst references (Reference 1 and Reference 2), connected via the Vision 3 frame
  • SDI video input, where available (defaults to SDI 1)

Chosen reference is the global reference source for all inputs and outputs

There are up to ten options for the reference selection, selectable via VisionWeb. The hierarchy runs from left to right – should the timing source at the top of the list become missing or invalid, the app will move down the list until it finds a valid timing reference source. When used with IP inputs, the SDI reference option is not applicable and therefore the reference will move to the next valid timing source:

  • PTP>Ref1>Ref2>Hold
  • PTP>Ref1>Hold
  • PTP>Ref2>Ref1>Hold
  • PTP>Ref2>Hold
  • PTP>Hold
  • PTP>Ref1>Ref2>SDI>Hold
  • PTP>Ref1>SDI>Hold
  • PTP>Ref2>Ref1>SDI>Hold
  • PTP>Ref2>SDI>Hold
  • PTP>SDI>Hold

(“PTP” means PTP Master>PTP Backup. “SDI” means SDI1>SDI2>SDI3>SDI4>SDI5 >SDI6, dependent on number of SDI available. “Hold” means it will hold the timing of the last good reference)

When using video reference, video inputs can be different formats but only inputs with the same frame rate as reference video will be locked to that reference. Input signals of same frame rate as reference will be locked together and locked to external reference. Inputs with a differing frame rate will be locked and maintain timing with no drift, but their sync point will be undefined (all same frame rate signals will, however, be locked to each other)

When using PTP reference, input sources of different format and/or frame rate will all be correctly locked to the PTP reference

PTP timing reference should be used when there is a ST 2110-20 output to ensure the RTP timestamp is related to the time of day. However without a PTP reference, a valid ST 2110-20 signal will still be generated using a free running RTP timestamp

When Auto relock enable is selected, the card will automatically relock when a lost reference is restored. Selecting Force lock (with Auto relock disabled) will force the synchroniser to relock after a reference is restored, and can be activated at a non-critical time to avoid video disturbance

Minimum flow input delay is two frames which equates to the minimum processing delay. Eight additional frames of flow input video delay (adjustable in one frame steps) allows delay compensation between the input sources

Output timing can be fully adjusted with respect to the reference using three time-based controls: 0 - 42ms adjustable in 0.1ms steps, 0 - 100us adjustable in 1us steps and 0 - 1us adjustable in 5ns steps. Sub frame timing alignment to chosen reference is global to all outputs

Ten frames of flow output video delay (adjustable in one frame steps) allows compensation for any big system delays. This delay can be configured individually for each SDI output or IP output flow

ANCILLARY DATA

All ancillary data (including audio) is passed from SDI or ST 2022 input to SDI or ST 2022 output. When ST 2110 input or output is selected, all ancillary data is discarded

LED INDICATION OF:

Power okay

PRESETS

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

SIGNAL MONITORING

Comprehensive SDI, IP and PTP monitoring information is available and can be used to generate SNMP traps

Checks can be performed on the following video and audio parameters:

  • Video present and time present
  • Video format
  • Video black
  • Video frozen
  • Video error
  • Audio group 1 present
  • Audio group 2 present
  • Audio group 3 present
  • Audio group 4 present

Black or frozen video will be indicated by an amber LED. This alert can be delayed by 1-120 seconds to prevent false warnings during brief video pauses

The following IP parameters are monitored for input flows:

  • Network error
  • Packet loss
  • Duplicated packets
  • Packet delay variation. Shown as the skew (difference in time of packet arrival) between the main and protected input, and also as the min and max nano second gap between the packets on each input

The Ethernet interfaces are monitored for:

  • Count of packets ignored by the app (general network traffic non-media packets, which do not require processing by the app). Jumps in 100 step increments indicate network traffic flood
  • Ignored multicast packets. LED indicates multicast traffic not requested by the app is present on the Ethernet Interface, indicating incorrectly configured IGMP at the network switch

References are monitored for:

  • Reference 1 and 2 present and time present
  • Reference 1 and 2 format
  • PTP master and backup clock present and time present
  • PTP statistics – network delay, delay variation, reference offset and sync period

REMOTE CONTROL

Software:

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

Hardware:

Control from integrated control panel on Vision 3 frame

Control from VisionPanel 3U remote panel

SBB-4 smart button box connects to the frame via Ethernet and provides four programmable LCD switches (which are configured for each order). The SBB-4 uses information from VisionWeb for settings. Uses Power over Ethernet so must be used with PoE enabled switch

 

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 M-SAFIRE...

VR04 rear module label and connections

More about the VR04

Connectors: 6 BNCs and 4 dual LC fibre

Frame slots used: 2

Boards in 3U: 10

Why use it: It's ideal for any M-SAFIRE application, and can be used with up to four SFP+

Also used for: M-CLEANIT, M-COCO-2, M-KEY, M-PIP, M-SAFESWITCH-2, M-SAFESWITCH-2L, M-VIVID100-3, M-VIVID200-2, M-VIVID400-2, M-VIVID800 and M-WEBKEY

 

M-SAFIRE inputs and outputs with VR04 rear module

VR04 rear module with signal connections for M-SAFIRE

VR06 rear module label and connections

More about the VR06

Connectors: 6 BNCs, 1 D-Type and 2 dual LC fibre

Frame slots used: 2

Boards in 3U: 10

Why use it: You can use it for any M-SAFIRE application involving two or less SFP+

Also used for: M-CLEANIT, M-COCO-2, M-GWIPSDI-6, M-GWSDIIP-6, M-KEY, M-PIP, M-SAFESWITCH-2, M-SAFESWITCH-2L, M-VIVID100-3, M-VIVID200-2, M-VIVID400-2, M-VIVID800 and M-WEBKEY

 

M-SAFIRE inputs and outputs with VR06 rear module

VR06 rear module with signal connections for M-SAFIRE

VR07 rear module label and connections

More about the VR07

Connectors: 6 BNCs and 4 dual LC fibre (with dual SDI relay bypass)

Frame slots used: 2

Boards in 3U: 10

Why use it: You want SDI relay bypass protection

Also used for: M-CLEANIT, M-COCO-2, M-KEY, M-PIP, M-SAFESWITCH-2, M-SAFESWITCH-2L, M-VIVID200-2, M-VIVID400-2, M-VIVID800 and M-WEBKEY

 

M-SAFIRE inputs and outputs with VR07 rear module

VR07 rear module with signal connections for M-SAFIRE

 

For more visual technical information, download the M-SAFIRE block diagram.

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First you need the software app...

M-SAFIRE
IP/SDI chroma keyer. Supports 3G/HD/SD and ST 2022-6, ST 2022-7 and ST 2110-20 protocols. Software app which runs on the MARBLE-V1 media processor

Now choose your media processor hardware and SFP+ modules...

MARBLE-V1
Media processor hardware which runs Crystal Vision’s software apps. Housed in the Vision frames, with up to ten MARBLE-V1 in 3U. Requires between one and four 850nm or 1310nm SFP+ transceiver modules when used with M-SAFIRE app and IP signals
SFP+10G-850MM
Multi-mode 850nm 10GbE SFP+ transceiver module for MARBLE-V1 media processor – fit between one and four when M-SAFIRE app used with IP signals
SFP+10G-1310SM
Single-mode 1310nm 10GbE SFP+ transceiver module for MARBLE-V1 media processor – fit between one and four when M-SAFIRE app used with IP signals

Next select your frame...

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

VR04

Two slot frame rear module. Allows ten M-SAFIRE in 3U. Inputs and outputs can be any mixture of SDI via BNCs and IP via up to four 10GbE network interfaces on dual LC. Gives access to three SDI (3G/HD/SD) or IP inputs and two SDI or IP outputs

VR06
Two slot frame rear module. Allows ten M-SAFIRE in 3U. Inputs and outputs can be any mixture of SDI via BNCs and IP via up to two 10GbE network interfaces on dual LC. Gives access to two SDI (3G/HD/SD) or IP inputs and two SDI or IP outputs
VR07
Two slot frame rear module. Allows ten M-SAFIRE in 3U. Inputs and outputs can be any mixture of SDI via BNCs and IP via up to four 10GbE network interfaces on dual LC. Provides dual relay bypass protection for up to two inputs when used with SDI inputs and outputs. Gives access to three SDI (3G/HD/SD) or IP inputs and two SDI or IP outputs. NB. Use of the VR07 requires issue 5 or later of MARBLE-V1

Next - control. Complimentary options include the frame's integrated control panel, the VisionWeb web browser control, SNMP and our ASCII and JSON protocols. Alternatively order one of the items below...

VisionPanel
3U Ethernet remote control panel with touch screen
SBB-4
Smart button box with four programmable LCD switches. It is powered by PoE (Power over Ethernet) and therefore needs to be connected to a PoE enabled switch

Finally - extended support if required...

App support
Purchase with M-SAFIRE app to get software upgrades for changes in standards, new features and bug fixes plus telephone and e-mail operational support (with support for the first year included for free)

 

Who's using it?

Users of the chroma keyers in the Vision and Indigo ranges include...

  • 7D-Vision Tech (China)
  • ABC (USA)
  • ABC Television (Australia)
  • ABCL - Associated Broadcasting Co. Pvt. Ltd. (India)
  • ABP News Network (India)
  • Accelerate Global Sales (USA)
  • Adriatic TV (Croatia)
  • Advanced Media Trading (UAE)
  • Al Basrah University (Iraq)
  • All Systems International (UK)
  • Almajd Satellite Broadcasting (UAE)
  • ARTTEK (Turkey)
  • Asianet News Network (India)
  • Associated Press and Television News (USA)
  • Ateksis (Turkey)
  • ATG Danmon (UK)
  • Atlantic Marketing (USA)
  • AVANZO (Spain)
  • Avkom Teknoloji (Turkey)
  • AV Solutions (Iraq)
  • Azzurro Group (USA)
  • Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany)
  • BBC (UK)
  • BBC America (USA)
  • BBC Lagos (Nigeria)
  • BBC Millbank (UK)
  • BBC Scotland (UK)
  • BBC Studioworks (UK)
  • BBC Wales (UK)
  • Beck Associates (USA)
  • Beehive Systems (India)
  • BesTV Network Technology Development (China)
  • BFE Studio (Germany)
  • Bob Jones University (USA)
  • Brainwaves Systems Middle East (Egypt)
  • Bright Space Technologies (UK)
  • Captain Media (India)
  • Caracol Televisión (Colombia)
  • Channel-Tek (Pakistan)
  • Channel TV (UK)
  • Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs (UK)
  • China Radio International (China)
  • Christian Broadcasting Network (USA)
  • City University London (UK)
  • Closed Caption Latina (Colombia)
  • Cologne Broadcasting Center (Germany)
  • Communications Engineering, Inc. (USA)
  • Conference Technologies - CTI (USA)
  • Comtech Telecommunications Corporation (USA)
  • Comtelsat (Mexico)
  • Danmon Norge AS (Norway)
  • Datateknik Bilgisayar (Turkey)
  • dB Broadcast (UK)
  • Dega Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • De Montford University (UK)
  • Dhaka Bangla Channel (Bangladesh)
  • DigitAlb (Albania)
  • Digital Video Group (USA)
  • DigiTurk (Turkey)
  • Diversified Systems (USA)
  • DIVERT Technologies (Germany)
  • Dream TV (Egypt)
  • Duel (Italy)
  • Duet Broadcast Systems (Singapore)
  • EAP Broadcasting Company (Sri Lanka)
  • EBS (South Korea)
  • EIKON Group (UK)
  • Escape Audio (Mexico)
  • ESPN (USA)
  • Euro Media Group (France)
  • Eurovision Americas, Inc. (USA)
  • Evolution Gaming (Latvia)
  • Fedex TV (USA)
  • Fidelity Bank (USA)
  • Finer Associates (USA)
  • First Gulf (Saudi Arabia)
  • FOX Broadcasting Company (USA)
  • FOX Sports LA (USA)
  • Frostburg State University (USA)
  • Geo TV (Pakistan)
  • Globelynx (UK)
  • Glück TV (Germany)
  • GMTV (UK)
  • Greenville Media (USA)
  • Groupone Unlimited Media Innovation (Afghanistan)
  • GTV (Italy)
  • Hangzhou Justtong Network Technology (China)
  • Hangzhou TV (China)
  • HB Communications (USA)
  • Headline News Facilities Production (Belgium)
  • Honda Research and Development (USA)
  • Howard Community College (USA)
  • HTV - Ho Chi Minh City Television (Vietnam)
  • Human Circuit (USA)
  • Hybrid MC (France)
  • Ice 9 Productions (USA)
  • IEC (France)
  • India TV (India)
  • ING Bank (UK)
  • Internet Videocommunications (UK)
  • IPE (UK)
  • Isoft (Turkey)
  • ITV (UK)
  • ITV Millbank (UK)
  • ITV West Country (UK)
  • Jiangsu Television (China)
  • Jinan TV (China)
  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (USA)
  • John Naulls Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • Kabel Plus Sport (Czech Republic)
  • Kazakhstan Media Center (Kazakhstan)
  • LA7 (Italy)
  • LRT (Lithuania)
  • LTS Maroc (Morocco)
  • MBC (South Korea)
  • McGraw Hill Financial (UK)
  • MeCast (Iraq)
  • Mediadot (Hungary)
  • Media Version Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (China)
  • Megahertz Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • Metro Cable 14 (USA)
  • Metus Inc. (USA)
  • Modern Media Systems (Saudi Arabia)
  • Motion Analysis Corporation (USA)
  • MTV (Hungary)
  • Netventure (Germany)
  • Novalis (Croatia)
  • NY1 News (USA)
  • Orad (Israel)
  • ORF (Austria)
  • Plazamedia (Germany)
  • Polsat (Poland)
  • Pro Flix Sales (USA)
  • PVI Virtual Media Services (USA)
  • Quintillion Business Media Pvt (India)
  • Riyadh TV (Saudi Arabia)
  • RTL (Germany)
  • RTP (Portugal)
  • RT Software (UK)
  • RTVS (Slovakia)
  • Samaa TV (Pakistan)
  • Satellite Broadcast Facilities (UK)
  • Saudi Broadcasting Authority (Saudi Arabia)
  • Screen Media (Norway)
  • Shandong Television (China)
  • Sharjah Media Corporation (UAE)
  • Show TV (Turkey)
  • Shukutoku University (Japan)
  • Sky (UK)
  • Sky Italia (Italy)
  • Simply New Inc (USA)
  • SIS - Sports Information Services (UK)
  • Smart TV (UK)
  • SMT/Sportvision (USA)
  • Sony Pictures Networks (India)
  • Splus Media Pvt Ltd (India)
  • SRG SSR (Switzerland)
  • SRSG (Bangladesh)
  • ST Sportservice (Germany)
  • Star Media Services (UAE)
  • Star TV (India)
  • Steamport Media (UAE)
  • Studio Hamburg (Germany)
  • Sudan TV (Sudan)
  • SWR (Germany)
  • TBS (USA)
  • Technical Video Systems, Inc. (USA)
  • Tek Signals (UAE)
  • Telebasel (Switzerland)
  • Telefe (Argentina)
  • Televisão Bahia (Brazil)
  • Television Metropolitana (Mexico)
  • Teltechco (Vietnam)
  • TF1 (France)
  • Thameside (UK)
  • The BET Network (USA)
  • The Federation of Small Businesses (UK)
  • The Lerro Corporation (USA)
  • The Senate of Pennsylvania (USA)
  • The Systems Group (USA)
  • Thoroughbred Racing Productions (Australia)
  • Time Warner Cable (USA)
  • TNT (USA)
  • Trafficlink (UK)
  • TRT (Turkey)
  • TruTV (USA)
  • TSL (UK)
  • Turner Argentina (Argentina)
  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. [Network Operations Division] (USA)
  • TV 2 (Denmark)
  • TV3 (Malaysia)
  • TV 360 (Turkey)
  • TV Azteca (Mexico)
  • TVC (Lithuania)
  • UBS Bank (UK)
  • undbitte entertainment (Germany)
  • Universal Media Services (USA)
  • Université de Toulon (France)
  • University of Salford (UK)
  • UTV (UK)
  • Vantec (Portugal)
  • VGL (Chile)
  • Visuals (Switzerland)
  • Vizrt (Austria)
  • Vizrt (China)
  • Vizrt (USA)
  • WAKA (USA)
  • WCCB-TV (USA)
  • Westgate Media (UK)
  • WFMZ-TV (USA)
  • WTS Broadcast (UK)
  • Yahoo! Studios (USA)
  • YLE (Finland)
  • YNN (USA)
  • Yugra TV (Russia)
  • Z&B Video AG (Switzerland)
  • ZDF (Germany)
  • Zvezda TV (Russia)
 

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From the Vision frame system...

  • MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware which runs Crystal Vision's software apps
  • M-WEBKEY IP/SDI web page keyer app
  • M-KEY IP/SDI linear keyer app

From the Indigo frame system...

Not sure which keyer is best for your application? Have a look at our Indigo and Vision keyers comparison chart to help you make a decision...