AJA FS Mini Frame Synchronizer / Mini Converter


AJA FS Mini Frame Synchronizer / Mini Converter

Product Code: FS Mini

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• Utility frame sync function, times input signals to an external reference
• Supports bi-level and tri-level references
• High quality 10-bit video processing
• Low latency processing, nominal video delay of 1 frame
• Synchronizes 3G, HD and SD video formats
• Loss of input management: Freeze, Black, or Mute

AJA FS Mini Frame Synchronizer / Mini Converter

AJA FS-Mini is a broadcast quality utility frame sync that packs the production-proven reliability of AJA’s leading FS frame sync technology into a portable Mini-Converter supporting frame synchronization of untimed 3G-SDI, HD, and SD video signals at an affordable price.

FS-Mini allows users to synchronize and convert a wide range of video formats to their house standard with a 3G-SDI input and output, HDMI output, and a 2-channel RCA style audio output. The FS-Mini also provides high quality up, down, cross-conversion.

The device also features a reference input that can be used to lock to a local reference. It can be simply controlled via local DIP switches or USB with AJA's Mini-Config application.

Simplified Block Diagram

FS-Mini is designed to meet demands of broadcast engineering and live event production while providing incredible flexibility. It receives an untimed signal, frame syncs it, processes it and automatically routes it to both the SDI output for use in production and the HDMI output for monitoring. The user selects which 2-channels of audio are routed to the RCA-style audio monitor outputs.

USB and Mini-Config Support

AJA’s free Mini-Config software can be used with any USB-enabled AJA Mini-Converter and provides an easy-to-use graphical interface with detailed information about the current input and output formats. Control all the parameters of any supported AJA Mini-Converter as well as loading firmware updates from AJA that add new features and functionality.

Utility Frame Sync Aligns and times input video to reference
Video Formats (HD) 1920 x 1080p
(HD) 1920 x 1080PsF
(HD) 1920 x 1080i
(HD) 1280 x 720p
(SD) 625i
(SD) 525i
CbCr, 4:2:2, 10-bit
Video Input Digital 1x 3G-SDI input, 1x BNC
3G/HD/SD, SMPTE-259/292/424
Single Link 3G-SDI Level A, SMPTE-425-1
(HD) 1920 x 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
(HD) 1920 x 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
(HD) 1920 x 1080i 50, 59.94, 60
(HD) 1280 x 720p 50, 59.94, 60
(SD) 625i 50
(SD) 525i 59.94
Video Output Digital 1x 3G-SDI outputs, 1x BNC
3G/HD/SD, SMPTE-259/292/424
Single Link 3G-SDI Level A, SMPTE-425-1
(HD) 1080p 23.98 (for 23.98 video inputs)
(HD) 1080p 24 (for 24 video inputs)
(HD) 1080p 25 (for 50 video inputs)
(HD) 1080p 29.97 (for 59.94 video inputs)
(HD) 1080p 30 (for 60 video inputs)
(HD) 1080p 50 (for 50 video inputs)
(HD) 1080p 59.94 (for 23.98, 59.94 video inputs)
(HD) 1080p 60 (for 24, 30 or 60 video inputs)
(HD) 1080PsF 23.98 (for 23.98 video inputs)
(HD) 1080PsF 24 (for 24 video inputs)
(HD) 1080PsF 25 (for 50 video inputs)
(HD) 1080PsF 29.97 (for 59.94 video inputs)
(HD) 1080Psf 30 (for 30 or 60 video inputs)
(HD) 1080i 59.94 (for 23.98, or 59.94 video inputs)
(HD) 1080i 60 (for 24, 30, or 60 video inputs)
(HD) 1080i 50 (for 25 or 50 video inputs)
(HD) 720p 50 (for 50 video inputs)
(HD) 720p 59.94 (for 23.98, 59.94 video inputs)
(HD) 720p 60 (for 24, 30, or 60 video inputs)
(SD) 625i 50 (for 25 or 50 fps video inputs)
(SD) 525i 59.94 (for 23.98 or 59.94 video inputs)
Monitor Output Digital 1x HDMI standard type A connector
Color space, YCbCr or RGB
Bit depth, 8 or 10
RGB Range, SMPTE or Full Range
Video Processing Frame rate conversion/film cadence removal/insertion (3:2)
Loss of input management: Freeze, Black, or Mute
AFD input detection, down-convert control
Nominal video delay HD/SD, 1 frame
Up-Conversion Hardware 10-bit
4×3 Pillar: results in a 4×3 image at center screen with black sidebars
14×9 Pillar: results in a 4×3 image zoomed slightly to fill a 14×9 image with black side bars
Full Screen: results in a 4×3 image stretched horizontally to fill in a 16×9 screen
Letterbox to Full: results in image zoomed to fill fullscreen
Wide Zoom: results in a combination of zoom and horizontal stretch to fill a 16×9 screen; this setting will introduce a small aspect ratio change
Down-Conversion Hardware 10-bit
Crop: image is cropped to fit new screen size
Anamorphic: HD image is converted to full-screen SD with a 16×9 aspect ratio
14×9: image is reduced slightly with aspect ratio preserved, black is added top and bottom, and the left and right sides are cropped
Auto AFD: automatically selects the best down-convert mode based on the input video’s Active Format Description (AFD) code
Letterbox: image is reduced with black top and bottom added to image area with the aspect ratio preserved
Cross-Conversion Hardware 10-bit
1080i to 720p
720p to 1080i
720p to 1080PsF
Aspect Ratio Conversion for
SD to SD
Letterbox: transforms SD anamorphic material to a letterboxed image
H Crop: produces a horizontally stretched effect on the image; transforms anamorphic SD to full frame
SD Pillarbox: produces an image in the center of the screen with black borders on the left and right sides and an anamorphized image in the center
V Crop: transforms SD letterbox material to an anamorphic image
14×9: anamorphic to 14×9 conversion
Audio Input Digital 48 kHz sample rate
1x SDI embedded input
16-channels, 24-bit (20-bit SD), SMPTE-272/299
Audio Output Digital 48 kHz sample rate
1x SDI embedded output
16-channels, 24-bit (20-bit SD), SMPTE-272/299
Audio I/O 16-channel embedded SDI audio input
16-channel embedded SDI audio output
2 or 8-channel HDMI audio output
2x RCA style analog outputs at -10 dBu (nominal)
Ancillary Data Supports pass-through of PCM embedded audio
Supports pass-through of non-PCM audio when source is in time with the selected ref (SDI In or Ext Ref). Non-PCM audio is not supported during frame sync operation.
All other ANC data is not passed
Reference Input External, 1x BNC
Blackburst or tri-level sync
75-ohms terminating
Genlock Lock to External Reference
Lock to SDI input
Free run
HDCP The FS-Mini does not encode the HDMI output with HDCP encryption. By definition, HD-SDI inputs to the FS-Mini are unencrypted. The HDMI specification requires HDMI monitors to support unencrypted inputs.
User Interface USB port used with supplied cable and Mini-Config software application to configure device via PC or Mac
External DIP switches
Size (w x d x h) 5.8″ x 3.1″ x 1.0″ (147.32 x 78.74 x 25.4 mm)
Weight 0.7 lb (0.3 kg)
Power +5VDC Regulated, 7.0 Watts, Power Supply Required (included with purchase)
Environment Safe Operating Temperature: 0 to 40 C (32 to 104 F)
Safe Storage Temperature (Power OFF): -40 to 60 C (-40 to 140 F)
Operating Relative Humidity: 10-90% noncondensing
Operating Altitude: <3,000 meters (<10,000 feet)

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