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At the 2020 NAB Show Crystal Vision will be showing the latest picture processing software apps for its MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware, all of which can work with IP, with SDI or with both IP and SDI at the same time. The functionality offered by these apps – which support ST 2022, ST 2110 video and 31 different SDI standards including 1080p – includes web browser keying, linear keying, picture-in-picture, clean switching, video delay, colour correction and up and down conversion. Their support for multiple signal formats gives the easiest possible SDI to IP upgrade, while also making the apps perfect for mixed SDI and IP installations as well as fully IP environments. One of the booth highlights will be the unique M-WEBKEY IP/SDI web browser keyer app, which provides a cost-effective alternative to a full graphics system. Other SDI products on show include the popular Cleanit profanity delays and Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer.

Two of the new software apps being shown are keyers, ideal for channel branding as well as providing news, weather, advert and emergency information overlays for both IP and SDI infrastructures. All of Crystal Vision's software apps run on the MARBLE-V1 media processor (a card housed in the Vision 3 frame) which features a powerful CPU/GPU processor, six bi-directional SDI connections and four 10GbE SFP+ network interface ports and allows different apps to be installed when needs change. The M-WEBKEY is an IP/SDI web browser keyer and is unique because it can key a web page on to a video input. For those wanting a more traditional linear keyer which uses video sources for the background, key and fill, the new M-KEY software app is available – which can be used with IP, with SDI or with both IP and SDI at the same time.

Also being launched at the show is the M-PIP software app, an IP/SDI dual picture-in-picture device. The M-PIP has been designed for IP or SDI playout applications that need one or two picture-in-picture boxes to be inset on the main programme. It allows two input flows to be sized, positioned and cropped in advance (with edge softness and border generation available), and then layered – when required, using preset recall – over either the third input flow or an internal matte generator.

Crystal Vision's clean routing switches have always been popular and the NAB Show sees the launch of a dual channel IP fail-safe routing switch that also works with SDI

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