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Snell Debuted ‘30 Series’ of Format Converter Cards

Dual-channel cards provide the freedom to output two channels independently

Snell debuted the 30 Series IQ range of format-converter cards, which provide adaptive broadcast-quality conversion with support for enough input and output types to enable up-, down- and cross conversion.

The 30 Series has a “modular infrastructure” design that allows output of an SD/HD simulcast in a single card while maintaining independent aspect ratios, metadata and audio for each channel, Snell said. Supporting up to 10 cards, the module allows 20 channels of conversion in a 3U rack space for remarkable space and power utilization.

“Cards in the new 30 Series IQ format converter range are ideal for handling a wide variety of common applications such as up conversion for re-purposing of SD content on HD channels, or down conversion to maintain SD output feeds,” said Steve Cole, Snell’s product manager. “With numerous processing options, a rich array of features, and multiple rear panel types, these versatile cards are suited to numerous applications and price points, and by condensing multiple functions into a single card they provide further cost savings to our customers,” he said.

The 30 Series’ broad input/output support enables handling of SDI and AES digital video and audio, analog video and audio (including HDMI), fiber and GPIs, according to Snell. All the cards in the series include a frame synchronizer capable of referencing to a SD bi-level or HD tri-level reference and a variable aspect ratio converter with reading and writing of WSS, VI, and 2016 AFD signaling.

Within the series, dual-channel cards give users the freedom to output two channels independently or to output an SD/HD simulcast while maintaining independent aspect ratios, metadata and audio for each channel, Snell said

The standard audio handling capabilities in the 30 Series include audio-channel routing, delay adjustment and level controls, Snell said. Video metadata such as time code, closed captions and teletext captions can be processed based on the output standard, according to the firm. Further tailoring of 30 Series cards to system requirements is made easy by software options that provide noise reduction and sidebar keying, the company said. Versions are also available with SFP cages that enable fiber conversion or the use of HDMI and additional electrical outputs on HD-BNCs.

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