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openGear, the industry standard platform of choice

openGear is an open-architecture, modular frame system designed by Ross Video and supported by a diverse range of terminal equipment manufacturers. The platform offers the freedom to choose technology from a wide range of products to meet the needs of a broadcast, production, or distribution facility while maintaining a compatible openGear frame infrastructure.

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Featured Product
Latest Product
Mar 6

9990-TRX-MPEG Broadcast Transcoder

The 9990-TRX-MPEG broadcast transcoder represents a new option for system architects and for applications where a high-density/low cost product is not needed. It also has interfaces for both IP (Gigabit Ethernet) and DVB-ASI giving it tremendous flexibility.

Key Features:

  • ASI and IP Inputs and Outputs.
  • MPEG-2 and H.264 codec support.
  • RTMP, Transport Stream(UDP and RTP) and HLS protocols.
  • Base model offers two input streams(channels) and up to two output streams.
  • Optional license offers up to four input streams(channels) and up to four output streams.

ImmediaTV, now a division of Cobalt Digital, develops cost effective, high performance digital video processing solutions for the professional broadcast, studio, IPTV, Contribution and Distribution markets. Based on the high availability openGear® platform, ImmediaTV’s products are built to address the open architecture needs demanded by today’s new media markets. Visit our web site at www.cobaltdigital.com or contact us at sales@cobaltdigital.com.

Feb 23

Cobalt Digital 9970-QS Five Input Expandable 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Multiviewer

 

The all-new, multi-award winning Cobalt® 9970-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Quint-Split Multi-Image Expandable Display Processor integrates five discrete 3G/HD/SD-SDI or CVBS inputs onto a single 3G/HD/SD-SDI quint-split output, with each input image being flexibly inserted into the output image area.

While the 9970-QS offers unprecedented flexibility, it also offers an unprecedented ease of use. Fully-flexible layouts using any of several one-button template presets or fully customizable layouts using easy to use sizing/positioning custom controls. Custom layouts can be saved to user presets. Any template layout or custom layout changes can be done “on-the-fly” in real time, without tedious setup compiler or layout programs like many other split/multiviewer products.

Multiple 9970-QS cards can be cascaded to provide splits greater than the base quint-split. The 9970-QS PIP5 input can be used in a cascaded chain of 9970-QS cards that provides multiviewer layouts of up to 8×8 (64:1). The QuickSet grid definer precisely and easily sets up a multiviewer grid where columns and rows of each of the cards PIPs are arranged to work together in a cascaded aggregate arrangement. Low-latency processing allows multiple 9970-QS cards to be cascaded without significant accumulated delays within the chain.

Advanced graphics such as user identify text, PiP input video format, audio meter bars, tally/UMD, reticules, and timecode can be burned into any PiP with full user attributes control. CEA 608 Ch1 text strings can serve as user text overlays, allowing direct closed captioning presence/quality compliance checks for up to 5 simultaneous video streams per card. User-configurable Quality Check allows subjective criteria such as black/frozen frame or audio silence events to propagate an on-screen alarm/alert to the output image (such as alert text burn-in or border alert highlighting).

A master output up-down-cross convert scaler provides scale-to HD or 3G SDI formats for the combined multiviewer output, which also includes an HDMI output (with audio embedding) to directly feed a wall monitor.

The openGear® card-based form factor of the 9970-QS provides scalable, easily integrated multi-image functions for the 20-slot frame form factor with easy to use DashBoard™ remote control. Each PiP input is provided its own independent timing alignment controls with lock to reference, allowing asynchronous inputs to be directly accommodated.

Full user DashBoard™ or Remote Control Panel remote control allows full status and control access locally or across a standard Ethernet network. Tally can be communicated by GPI, Ethernet, or serial interfaces.

  • Scalable PiP solution. Single card provides up to 5:1 split, with up to ten 5:1 splits per frame
  • Allows easy, real-time “on the fly” custom layout changes without needing setup compiler or layout programs
  • Easy to configure PiP sizing and borders. Advanced graphics include audio meters, character burn, and reticules. PiP sizing/splits using one-button templates or easy-to-use, intuitive DashBoard controls. Custom settings can be saved to user presets.
  • Closed captioning overlays provide direct closed captioning presence/quality compliance checks for up to 5 simultaneous video streams per card
  • Fully flexible input compatibility – mixed formats on inputs can be automatically sized and outputted in a combined output scaled to desired broadcast SD/HD/3G output format. Each input automatically detects and sets up for SDI or CVBS input. Supports asynchronous inputs using per-PiP ref lock. Per-PiP independent ARC settings and controls.
  • openGear® card-based form factor provides easy and economical integration
  • Wall-clock time burn-in on merged output or within PIPs. NTP sync via IP connection with timezone localization.
  • Cascading Mode and QuickSet grid definer offers easy to set up scalable multiviewer functions (up to 64:1) using multiple cascaded (daisy-chained) 9970-QS cards. Two cards can provide an 8:1 multiviewer, with up to 16 cards providing a 64:1 multiviewer.
  • Low-power/high-density design – less than 18 Watts per card
  • Per-PIP audio meter, tally, user text, and timecode overlays. UMD text can be local user-entered or imported via router integration.
  • GPI, Ethernet, and serial tally inputs provide dual, per-PiP tally indicators
  • User quality criteria (such as frozen/black frame) alert/alarms can be propagated to output image with alarm text and border highlighting
  • Audio routing directs selected PiP audio to combined-stream outputs. Audio downmixing also provided.
  • 3G/HD/SD-SDI 2x DA and HDMI with audio embed outputs
  • DashBoard™ remote control status monitoring and setup/control
  • Five year warranty

For more information click HERE.

Dec 1

9990-DEC-MPEG HD/SD MPEG-2/H.264 IRD

Cobalt Digital’s 9990-DEC-MPEG is the most flexible Receiver/Decoder in the Industry. It supports both ASI and IP network inputs and outputs. Decoder outputs include; SDI, HDMI and composite. IP protocol support includes; UDP, RTP, RTMP (Adobe Flash), HLS (Apple) and RTSP.

 

Applications include:

  • ENG – MPEG-2 and H.264
  • Traffic Camera reception (RTSP, RTP)
  • Monitoring
  • Video transport over IP links or the Internet

Optional Licenses:

  • IP Output
  • Genlock
  • Dolby decode/down-mixing
  • SMPTE 2022 Forward Error Correction

The data sheet can be found by clicking here.

Feb 23

Cobalt Digital 9223 Dual-Channel 3G/HD/SD MPEG-4 Encoder

The 9223 Dual-Channel 3G/HD/SD MPEG-4 Encoder provides a card-based solution for distribution of MPEG-4 encoding. Utilizing the openGear® open-architecture platform, the 9223 offers scalable incorporation and the easy-to-use DashBoard™ setup and control operator interface. Up to 10 of the 9223 cards can be installed in a 20-slot frame, offering distribution delivery of up to 20 individual or simulcast channels in a single frame, using less than 150W total, for reduced operating expenses.  In addition to SD/HD-SDI inputs, the 9223 provides the flexibility of supporting SD analog composite video and an analog audio stereo pair per input channel (using MPEG-1 Layer II audio encoding as standard).

The 9223 offers the latest advances in video compression that delivers excellent video quality at very low bit rates. Unique encoding designs allow delivery of multiple HD and SD video services simultaneously. In addition to two ASI outputs, the 9223 provides two Ethernet outputs, supporting full-duplex 100 Mb/s and 1 Gb/s operation. Input video auto-detect mode allows encoding to automatically configure an output that correspond to the input, with resolution and frame rate same as input, and scaling set to same as input or other applicable choices.

When using the Ethernet output, the 9223 supports the traditional UDP/RTP/SPMTE 2022 FEC protocols, as well as the HTTP Live Streaming protocol for transmitting live video over the Internet.  Using HTTP Live Streaming, the 9223 can transmit broadcast-quality video to mobile phones (Apple and Android 4.0 supported), tablets, and a variety of consumer set-top boxes (such as the Amino A140 and the Roku Player).

Full user remote monitor/control allows full card status and control access across a standard Ethernet network.  Status monitoring is also available at card edge.

For more information click HERE.

Jul 20

Cobalt Digital 9415DA-SFP 3G/HD/SD-SDI / ASI / MADI Reconfigurable Video SFP Transceiver/Distribution Amplifier with Full-Flexibility Crosspoint and Externally-Accessible SFP Module

The all-new Cobalt® 9415DA-SFP 3G/HD/SD-SDI / ASI / MADI Reconfigurable Video SFP Transceiver/Distribution Amplifier with Full-Flexibility Crosspoint and Externally-Accessible SFP Module provides a card-based solution for high-density conversions between coax SDI/ASI, fiber, HDMI, and MADI. With an externally-accessible SFP cage on the card rear module, SFP modules can be easily hot-swapped for maintenance or card repurposing. Because all connections are direct to the card rear module and external SFPs, all cabling remains undisturbed for card removal/installation.

A crosspoint (which is user-configurable via DashBoard™ remote control) allows the card to apply any of the card inputs to various coax DA outputs as well as up to 2 Rx and Tx paths through the external SFP. Up to 10 coaxial DA outputs are available per each card. Using a high-density split rear module, up to 20 cards can be installed in a frame, providing 40 channels of conversion.

The card accepts non-MSA video SFP modules, with single and dual-channel Tx and Rx modules available, supporting an extensive range of electrical/coax and fiber conversions. Excellent receive performance allows coaxial receive EQ for up to 110m 3G, 180m HD, and 360m SD cable length (1694A). Full user DashBoard™ or Remote Control Panel remote control allows full status and control access locally or across a standard Ethernet network.

For more information click HERE.

Feb 20

Cobalt Digital 9941-RTR-12×4-12G 12G/3G/HD/SD-SDI 12×4 Router

Now available with built in up/down/cross, test signal generation, and clean and quiet outputs!

The 9941-RTR series offer built-in Ethernet ports, as well as multiple serial and GPIO control interfaces. Also supported are easy-to-use JSON-based ReFLEX, SNMP, and third-party router protocols that allow for easy integration with A/V control and automation systems. GUI choices include an integrated HTML-5 Web server and support for the DashBoard™ control system, allowing users to design custom control panels that provide the most intuitive remote control and monitoring interfaces possible. DashBoard user matrix provides easy to use manual routing setup.

The 9941-RTR integrates perfectly with other advanced Cobalt products such as our 9970-QS Expandable Multiviewer with Advanced On-Screen Graphics cards. This synergy provides a dynamically reconfigurable, nonblocking 20 x 4 multiviewer, with configurations of four independent 5 x 1 multiviewers all the way up to a 17-window system – or any number of intermediate cascade combinations.

Full user DashBoard™ and Remote Control Panel remote control allows full setup, status, and local control across a standard Ethernet network.

  • Exclusive openGear card-based scalable router solution
  • High-density design in openGear form offers compact 2RU solution
  • Available in several matrix sizes with rear IO modules suited to your requirements
  • Integrates seamlessly with Cobalt 9970-QS Expandable Multiviewer
  • Flexible control/monitoring options including Ethernet, JSON-based ReFLEX, SNMP, and third-party router protocols
  • Fully embedded software/processing platform with all processing done locally on card
  • Supports software upgrades allowing expanded functionality without removing cards and minimal disruption
  • DashBoard™ remote control status monitoring and setup/control
  • Five year warranty

For more information click HERE.

Feb 23

Cobalt Digital 9934-AUD-PRO 3G/HD/SD-SDI Advanced Audio Processor

The Cobalt® 9934-AUD-PRO  3G/HD/SD-SDI Advanced Audio Processor with DSP Audio Options Support and Full Embed/De-Embed provides a DSP-based platform that supports multiple audio DSP options. When optioned with various diverse audio processing options, the DSP-based processing core (which supports numerous simultaneous processing engines) uses license “credits” which allows flexible tailoring of multiple proc function instances. In this manner, the 9934-AUD-PRO provides much more flexibility than other audio processors that used fixed processing assets (for example, this flexibility allows “trading” credits for more Dolby encoders while backing out of loudness processors or other engine assets).

  • DSP-based platform supports multiple audio DSP options, with multiple instances available using allocatable license “credits”
  • Dolby encoding/decoding, Dolby Real-Time Loudness Leveling (RTLL) loudness leveling with full parametric control setup, and Linear Acoustic UPMAX™ DSP audio options available
  • Advanced audio processing allows routing, gain, smooth delay, and flexible mixing as standard features
  • Full audio crosspoint with 5.1-to-stereo downmix (standard) available for all audio outputs
  • CVBS analog video I/O and analog/AES embed / de-embed available
  • Option +ANC adds full user VANC/HANC packet insertion/extraction access to DID/SDID ancillary data such as camera PTZ, SCTE 104, closed captioning, and other specialized user payloads
  • Option +TTS provides Text-To-Speech synthesis, directly converting EAS text to high-quality digital audio speech with no baseband signal breakouts or add-on units
  • High-density design
  • Remote control/monitoring via Dashboard™ software or OGCP-9000 remote control panels
  • Five year warranty

    For more information click HERE.

Feb 23

Cobalt Digital 9902-2UDX 3G/HD/SD-SDI Dual-Channel Up-Down-Cross Converter/Frame Sync/Audio Embed/De-Embed


The Cobalt® 9902-2UDX 3G/HD/SD-SDI Dual-Channel Up-Down-Cross Converter/Frame Sync/Audio Embed/De-Embed offers two independent signal paths of up/down/cross conversion, frame sync, and audio embedding /de-embedding in a single openGear® card. Using our HPF-9000 20-slot frame, this provides up to 40 channels of processing in a single frame. The 9902-2UDX represents a new level of openGear packaging density!

  • Multi-input RP168 clean switch, with manual selection or GPI controlled input selection. Path inputs can also be sourced from opposite path output with no external patching.
  • Auto-Changeover can be set to invoke failover for basic input loss. Quality Check option (+QC) provides alert actions on criteria such as black/frozen frame, audio silence, and closed-captioning absence. Threshold and hold-off are user configurable.
  • Up/Down/Cross Conversion with user and AFD, VI, and WSS ARC specifically tailored for broadcast video
  • Frame Sync with full H/V offset and manual/LOS video pattern generator. Pattern generator for each channel can provide raster/test pattern and patterns for LOS failover
  • Timecode processing can prioritize, filter for, and convert between specific SMPTE embedded-video or audio LTC
  • Advanced audio processing allows routing, gain, delay, and flexible mixing as standard features
  • Full audio crosspoint with delay control and 5.1-to-stereo downmix available for all audio outputs
  • Video options include color correction
  • CVBS analog video input and analog/AES embed / de-embed with 4-line Adaptive Comb Filter
  • Pattern generator for each channel can provide raster/test pattern and patterns for LOS failover insertion
  • Low-power/high-density design – less than 18 Watts per card
  • Remote control/monitoring via DashBoard™ software or OGCP-9000 Remote Control Panel
  • Five year warranty

More information is available HERE.

Feb 23

Cobalt Digital 9902-UDX 3G/HD/SD-SDI Up-Down-Cross Converter/Frame Sync/Audio Embed/De-Embed

The Cobalt® 9902-UDX 3G/HD/SD Up-Down-Cross Converter/Frame Sync/Audio Embed-De-Embed with Multi-Input Auto-Changeover provides a high-density card-based solution that offers unprecedented multi-input support and flexibility.

  • Multi-input, with manual selection or intelligent Auto-Changeover failover
  • Closed-captioning absence detection and flagging, with GPO, automated alert email, go-to user preset, or other actions
  • Auto-Changeover can be set to invoke failover for basic input loss. Quality Check option (+QC) provides failover on subjective criteria such as black/frozen frame. Threshold and hold-off are user configurable.
  • Moving-box/motion insertion enable serves as a dynamic raster confidence check even in cases where the input video image is static
  • Low-power/high-density design – less than 18 Watts per card
  • Up/Down/Cross Conversion with user and AFD, VI, and WSS ARC specifically tailored for broadcast video
  • Supports import of user trouble slate graphic file for LOS failover insertion
  • Frame Sync with full H/V offset and manual/LOS video pattern generator
  • Dual independent burn-in text string insertion allows condition-based insertion (such as basic ID text for valid input and different text message for failover conditions)
  • Option +ANC adds full user VANC/HANC packet insertion/extraction access to DID/SDID ancillary data such as camera PTZ, SCTE 104, closed captioning, and other specialized user payloads.
  • Option +TTS provides Text-To-Speech synthesis, directly converting EAS text to high-quality digital audio speech with no baseband signal breakouts or add-on units
  • Full audio crosspoint with delay control and 5.1-to-stereo downmix available for all audio outputs
  • Timecode processing can prioritize, filter for, and convert between specific SMPTE embedded-video or audio LTC, with output/burn-in timecode using selected format
  • CVBS analog video I/O and analog/AES embed / de-embed available
  • 3:2 pulldown optimization allows A-frame alignment correlated to received timecode or 6 Hz external input over GPI
  • Audio options include loudness processing, upmixing, and Dolby decode/encode
  • Video options include CGMS support, color correction, and keying
  • Remote control/monitoring via Dashboard™ software or OGCP-9000 remote control panels
  • Five year warranty

More information is available HERE.

Feb 23

Cobalt Digital +SCTE104 SCTE 104 Insertion Software Option

SCTE 104 provides a flexible and easily incorporated segment/interstitial insertion automation solution which can be propagated across the plant via baseband SDI (using the ANC space). Option +SCTE104 provides generation and insertion of SCTE 104 messages into baseband SDI. Message send can be triggered from automation GPI or other event action modes. The option can also execute card actions based on SCTE 104 messages received by the card, as well as send triggered SCTE 104 packets to other downstream systems.

  • SCTE104 integrates and leverages other card options (such as +LOGO) for easily incorporated, single-card automation solutions
  • SCTE 104 insertion available using ancillary data, GPI, SNMP, or JSON via HTTP POST / WebSocket
  • Full control of splice start, end, and cancel as well as pre-roll and break duration offsets
  • Easy to use interface based on common SCTE 104 operations: Splice Start Normal, Splice Start Intermediate, Splice End Normal, Splice End Intermediate, and Splice Cancel (splice_request_data variants)
  • Easy to setup GPO based on SCTE splice start and end
  • Event trigger sources selectable from source material, automation system, live trigger, or local content trigger events
  • SCTE 104 message triggered actions include ANC insertion, GPO, and card event actions that can be triggered by SCTE 104 messages
  • Added option +SCTE104-FAST provides Frame Accurate SCTE Trigger, allowing SCTE actions such as insertions on the exact specified video frame

+SCTE104 option is available for the following cards and models on product purchased new or as field software upgrade:
• 9902-UDX, 9902-2UDX, 9902-UDX-FS, 9902-UDX-DSP, 9902-UDX-DSP-CI,
9903-UDX-ADDA, 9922-FS, 9922-2FS, 9950-EMDE-ANC
• BBG-1000 series standalone/desktop units BBG-1002-UDX,
BBG-1002-2UDX, BBG-1002-UDX-FS, BBG-1002-UDX-DSP,
BBG-1003-UDX-ADDA, BBG-1022-FS, BBG-1022-2FS, BBG-1050-EMDE-ANC

More information is available HERE.