Ensemble Designs

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BrightEye Compact Coverters, Embedders and Test Signal Generators

The BrightEye™ line of compact converters from Ensemble Designs takes advantage of the newest technology to bring you the best video and audio converters. With over 50 different BrightEye units to choose from, you’ll find the right unit for your video processing needs. BrightEye units solve your needs for video routing, scan conversion, audio embedding, reference generation, video conversion and more.

These self-contained converters interface to a full range of video formats: high definition and standard definition SDI, 3 Gb/s, analog component, analog composite, and Y/C (S-Video). Analog audio and AES digital audio converters and embedders round out the BrightEye family. HDMI and fiber optic I/O choices let you integrate any type of signal.

Whether you’re upconverting analog video to HD for a projection system, converting a camera feed to fiber in an arena, or feeding Tri-Level Sync to a non-linear editor, BrightEye is there to help. With their multi-format inputs and outputs, BrightEye converters are the flexible and cost-effective answer to any conversion requirement. BrightEye’s easy configuration interface and signal status indicators make it simple to install and troubleshoot a system. Their compact size lets you put conversion right where it’s needed: at a camera, non-linear editor, or projector. The new BrightEye NXT Compact Router provides clean quiet switching of video and audio sources and has an exclusive front panel LCD that displays realtime full motion video of your router sources.

Easy Transition to Digital

Going HD is simple with BrightEye up and downconverters. And feeding Tri-Level Sync to a non-linear editor is easy with one of the BrightEye master sync pulse generators and test signal generators. Reliable and easy to install, these units make your transition to HD simple. And they’re affordable too!

Powerful and Palm-sized

BrightEye may offer the world’s smallest Time Base Corrector/Frame Synchronizer, but the features, specifications, and performance are far from tiny. All analog I/O is performed at 12 bits of resolution. Composite decoding incorporates sophisticated comb filters, and all internal processing meets or exceeds SMPTE television broadcast specifications. BrightEye converters provide superb video quality where fine detail and subtle shading are faithfully reproduced.

You can install 3 to 6 BrightEye converters with the optional rack mount kit. 6 single high units or 3 double high units (BrightEye 90 family) fit in just 1RU.

Fiber Optic Interfaces

When distances take you beyond the reach of ordinary copper cable, look to BrightEye’s fiber optic interfaces. With both laser diode fiber drivers and photo diode receivers, BrightEye can handle both ends of a fiber optic link. Fully compliant with SMPTE 274M, 296M and 297M, BrightEye’s optical interfaces operate at a wavelength of 1310 nm. Integral SC type connectors make it easy to connect into fiber infrastructure. BrightEye has been designed without internal fiber pigtails, so all optical converters support both multi and single mode fiber. BrightEye’s fiber interconnect carries the same digital bitstream that makes up the electrical SDI interface. Data is carried by pulses of light rather than pulses of electricity. This rugged transmission system can carry serial digital signals with no loss or degradation for twenty kilometers or more on single mode fiber.

Coax + Fiber Cables Electrical and optical connectors for digital audio and video

Control That’s Easy-to-use

Front Panel Convenience

BrightEye devices have clearly labeled front panel controls, which allow you to choose output formats and other settings, quickly and easily without futzing with DIP switches.

BrightEye Mac and PC Software

For more advanced controls, you can use the included BrightEye Mac or PC software. Adjust video levels, output timing and mix audio channels are easy with the BrightEye control software. BrightEye Mac or PC connect using USB, and can control multiple BrightEye units with one computer. Additionally, you can use it to upgrade BrightEye units as new software versions become available. BrightEye Mac and PC software are included with each unit at no charge.

BrightEye NXT routers have a built-in web browser providing control from your web browser.

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