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Ensemble Designs Introduces Instantaneous HDMI Clean Switching

5 August 2013, Grass Valley, CA – When HDMI and SDI signals are used together in a broadcast facility or at live event, it can be challenging to switch cleanly between video sources. The new Ensemble Designs BrightEye NXT 410 Clean HDMI Router has built-in clean switches that provide seamless video and audio switching of all sources, including those that are asynchronous. Ensemble Designs will show the new router at the International Broadcasters Convention on stand 8.B91 in Amsterdam, 13-17 September 2013.

This new router provides a clean way to integrate a mix of SDI and HDMI cameras and other sources in a live event. Switches are instantaneous, even when using HDMI sources. Pops, glitches and flashes are eliminated with the router’s built-in frame syncs. The router’s outputs can be fed to projectors, flat screens and production equipment.

The BrightEye Router accepts 3G, HD and SD signals. A signal can come in as HDMI and be output as SDI, and vice versa. The output format follows the inputs. The flexible I/O configuration allows changes to the number of router inputs and outputs providing flexibility that saves time for engineers when setting up a job.

BrightEye NXT 410 has four HDMI inputs; one HDMI output; two dedicated SDI inputs; two dedicated SDI outputs; one flexible SDI port that can be either an input or output; and an SFP (small format pluggable) port that can be fiber or mini BNC, and either inputs or outputs.

The SFP (small format pluggable) cage can be populated with dual SFPs that have fiber optic or other connectors, allowing the engineer to determine the best connector for a particular installation. Adding SFPs provides total flexibility in combining electrical BNC, HDMI and fiber optic inputs and outputs. SFPs are about the size of a stick of gum and can be hot-swapped on the fly.

The router’s front panel LCD displays realtime full motion video of the router sources. Operators can look at the video source on the router’s LCD before doing a take. This eliminates the need for a separate video monitor during operation, saving the facility money.

The NXT router is easily configure from the router’s front panel or with a web browser. The front panel menus are straight forward, making it quick to time outputs, verify the input format, and check audio levels.

The router’s on-board web browser interface enables control from a computer or iPad. Video thumbnails of the router’s sources can also be viewed on the web browser control window; thumbnails are updated several frames per second. It’s useful to have the ability to view video sources and to control the router remotely. Engineers can log in from home or from the road to easily check and switch equipment.

BrightEye NXT 410 Clean Router has illuminated front panel buttons, interactive LCD display, BNC and SFP connectors for flexible I/O configuration, and an Ethernet port for control and configuration. The internal test pattern generator provides bars without tying up router inputs. It’s genlockable and timeable. It’s chassis is compact, about the size of a sandwich. The new compact router is an excellent fit for television, boardroom, medical and presentation applications.

Based in Grass Valley, California and formed in 1989, Ensemble Designs is a leading provider of signal processing and infrastructure products to the professional broadcast industry, and other government and commercial applications. Customers include RAI, CBS News, NASA, Major League Baseball, Olympic Broadcast Organisation, Sky, ESPN, The Moving Picture Company and TVNZ.

Brief video demo here.


Press Contact:
Cindy Zuelsdorf
Ensemble Designs
+1 530.478.8328
IBC Stand 8.B91