AJA FS1-X Frame Synchronizer / Format Converter


AJA FS1-X HD/SD Frame Synchronizer / Format Converter

Product Code: FS1-X

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• 2x 3G-SDI Inputs
• 2x Fiber 3G-SDI Inputs (optional)
• HD component YPbPr, SMPTE-274 (3x BNC) Input
• 2x 3G-SDI Outputs
• 2x Fiber 3G-SDI Outputs (optional)

AJA FS1-X Frame Synchronizer / Format Converter

AJA FS1-X is the next evolution in frame synchronization and conversion. Building on the best of FS1 and adding support for 1080p while maintaining support for analog ensures you are ready for what came before and what comes next. Within its compact 1RU chassis, FS1-X integrates an amazing array of video and audio connectivity and processing, including 56- and 64-channel MADI audio over coax or fiber.

Incredible Capabilities

Matching up and synchronizing disparate video and audio formats is a critical part of any broadcast, mobile or postproduction environment. Within its compact 1RU chassis, FS1-X integrates an amazing array of video and audio connectivity and processing. Featuring a flexible architecture, FS1-X simultaneously works with a range of video connectivity from analog to 3G-SDI 10-bit broadcast quality video and incorporates embedded audio, AES, MADI, and analog audio.

Utilizing AJA’s remarkable conversion algorithms, FS1-X supports up, down and cross-conversion between SD and HD signals for the highest quality output possible.

Massive audio flexibility

The growth of 5.1 and 7.1 audio has increased the number of audio channels that must be managed in a production. The MADI standard provides a convenient way to transport huge numbers of audio channels along a single cable, simplifying the cabling demands for broadcasters, mobile trucks, and production.

FS1-X supports both fiber and coax 64-Channel MADI input and output. An internal 224 x 224 audio matrix allows full routing of MADI and all audio coming from SDI, fiber, AES and analog sources for an incredible amount of audio processing capability in a single box.

High-quality conversion

AJA’s hardware conversion technology ensures the highest image quality for your productions.

Key conversion features include:

SD/HD up, down-conversion
SD/SD aspect ratio conversion
HD/HD cross-conversion (720p/1080i)
Up, down, cross-conversion with both the input and converted formats on SD/HD SDI outputs (both synchronized)
HD cross-conversion with simultaneous down-converted SDI output
Automatic Reverse Telecine detection and removal
Closed Caption conversion (CEA-608/CEA-708 standards)
AFD conversion or pass-through (user-selectable)

Extensive Connectivity

FS1-X is loaded with comprehensive I/O for converting between the widest range of analog and digital signals. Perfect for use in all broadcast and post production environments, featuring 3G-SDI inputs and outputs, HDMI, comprehensive multi-channel audio connections supporting the latest standards, and I/O for analog video equipment, including HD and SD component.

Remote configuration and control

FS units are network ready and support SNMP monitoring and web-based remote control. Units can be connected to any Ethernet network via the built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, allowing control and configuration of multiple FS units from any web browser on a connected computer. Configurations can be saved and applied to multiple units, ensuring consistency and quick configuration in large installs.

Video Input/Output Formats The FS1-X supports a wide variety of video formats and connectors, as listed below.
SDI and Fiber The FS1-X has two standard SDI video inputs and outputs, and two optional Fiber video inputs and outputs.
All SDI video inputs and outputs, including Fiber, are YCbCr 4:2:2 pixel format.
Fiber connections support 3G-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296, 8- or 10-bits (optional)
Single channel LC connector modules
Single channel SC connector modules
Dual channel LC connector modules
2.97 Gb 3G-SDI Level B (SMPTE 425-B / SMPTE 372)
2K 1080p 50
1080p 50 (SMPTE 274)
3G-SDI Level B 2.967 (2.97/1.001) Gb (SMPTE 425-B / SMPTE 372)
2K 1080p 59.94
1080p 59.94 (SMPTE 274)
3G-SDI Level A 2.97 Gb (SMPTE 425-A)
2K 1080p 50
1080p 50 (SMPTE 274)
3G-SDI Level A 2.967 (2.97/1.001) Gb (SMPTE 425-A)
2K 1080p 59.94
1080p 59.94 (SMPTE 274)
Dual link HD-SDI, 2x 1.485 Gb (SMPTE 372)
2K 1080p 50
1080p 50
Dual link HD-SDI, 2x 1.4835 Gb (SMPTE 372)
2K 1080p 59.94
1080p 59.94
HD-SDI, 1.4835 Gb (SMPTE 292)
2K 1080p 23.98, 29.97
1080p 23.98, 29.97
1080PsF 23.98, 29.97
1080i 59.94
720p 59.94
SD-SDI, 270 Mb (SMPTE 259-C)
625i 50
525i 59.94
HDMI The HDMI input only accepts SMPTE video formats, and accepts embedded audio. Video input formats are RGB or YCbCr 4:2:2 pixel format for consumer video scan formats. Computer scan rates are not supported.
1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
1080i 50, 59.94
720p 50, 59.94
625p 50
625i 50
525p 59.94
525i 59.94
Component HD/SD Analog The Component Analog Input accepts YCbCr 4:2:2 pixel format, configurable to SMPTE or Betacam levels. If the composite input is used, the component input is not available.
1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97
1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97
1080i 59.94
720p 50, 59.94
625i 50
525i 59.94
Composite SD Analog The FS1-X composite analog video input/output formats are listed below. If the component inputs are used, the composite input is not available.
625i 50
525i 59.94 (switchable to NTSC 7.5 IRE or 0 IRE setup)
Reference 1080p 50 tri-level sync
1080i 50, 59.94 tri-level sync
720p 50, 59.94 tri-level sync
525i 59.94, 625i 50 analog composite
Genlock available to the current Video Processor 1 Input
Free run
Format Exceptions The following formats are not supported:
720p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97
All 30, 60 frame rates
4:4:4 YCbCr, RGB, or XYZ inputs
4:2:2 YCbCr 12-bit inputs
Video Format Conversion
Standard FS1-X Conversions The standard FS1-X can convert almost any input format to nearly any output format, as long as the frame rates are of the same frame rate family. The three families are:
23.98, 29.97, 59.94
25, 50
Conversion Exceptions Selecting the following format and frame rate conversions will cause a Video Format alarm.
Non-Supported Conversions
Input Format Output Format
525i 59.94 1080p 23.98; 1080PsF 23.98
1080i 59.94 1080p 23.98; 1080PsF 23.98
720p 29.97, 59.94 1080p 23.98; 1080PsF 23.98
1080p 29.97; 1080PsF 29.97 1080p 23.98; 1080PsF 23.98
625i 50 1080p 24; 1080PsF 24
1080i 60 1080p 24; 1080PsF 24
720p 30, 60 1080p 24; 1080PsF 24
1080p 30 1080p 24; 1080PsF 24
Video Format Alarms When incompatible I/O formats are detected, an alarm can be triggered with these results:

Lights the relevant alarm LED on the front panel (FMT ERROR, 1 or 2)
Displays an alarm in the browser user interface
Influences selection of the first-displayed status screen
Generates an SNMP trap (if configured)
Triggers a GPI Output (if configured)

Video A/D, D/A Converters 12-bits
2x oversampled (HD)
4x oversampled (SD)
Audio Inputs/Outputs The FS1-X can accept and route any audio inputs to any audio output.
8-channel balanced analog I/O, DB-25F 25-pin connector (Tascam pinout)
16-channel AES/EBU I/O (BNC), DB-25F 25-pin connector
16-channel SDI/HD-SDI embedded BNC (2)
16-channel SDI/HD-SDI embedded Fiber (2)
64-channels MADI digital audio. BNC
64-channels MADI digital audio. Fiber
Audio Analog Levels Analog audio input and output levels, as referenced to full scale digital, can be set to:
+12 dBu (consumer), +15 dBu, +18 dBu, +24 dBu (professional)
Audio Adjustments Individual audio channels (or channel pairs) can adjusted for:
Level: +/- 18 dB
Phase: Normal or Reverse
Delay: -768 to +12288 samples (-2.7 ms to +256 ms)
LAN Interfaces 10/100/1000 automatic configuration
Automatic cable crossover (auto MDI-X)
Embedded web server
GPI Interface DB-15F: Single connector provides four inputs and four outputs. See Appendix B for a connector pinout and GPI specifications
Size (w x d x h) 19.0″ x 16.0″ x 1.75″ (1RU) (482.6 x 406.4 x 44.45 mm)
Weight 7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)
Power 100-240 VAC 50/60 Hz, (Dual, redundant power supplies), 55W typical, 60W with FRC option; 70W max.
Environment Cooled via two internal fans and side vents
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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