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Aja FS4 1RU 4K/UltraHD/HD/SD frame sync and converter. 1-Channel 4K/Ultra HD, or 4 independent channel HD/SD frame syncs.

Aja FS4 1RU 4K/UltraHD/HD/SD frame sync and converter. 1-Channel 4K/Ultra HD, or 4 independent channel HD/SD frame syncs.

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FS4 is a 4-Channel 2K/HD/SD or 1-Channel 4K/UltraHD frame synchronizer and up, down, cross-converter. AJA’s flagship frame synchronizer and converter offers incredible versatility and connectivity in a sleek 1RU frame for all your 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD/SD conversion needs. Offering a wide range of connection options for both video and audio, FS4 can do the work of four separate devices in 2K/HD/SD or combine all processors and channels together for maximum flexibility for 4K/UltraHD productivity.

Single or Four Channel Modes in a 1RU frame

FS4 offers two modes for comprehensive conversion and signal processing:

Single Channel mode provides a full suite of 4K/UltraHD processing and up, down, cross-conversion to and from 2K, HD or SD.

Four Channel mode offers 4 x 2K/HD/SD channels of simultaneous conversion and processing, all within an elegant 1RU chassis for multi-channel high-density delivery.

 

4K/UltraHD delivery, processing and synchronization is fast becoming the next standard, and FS4 gets you there with a wealth of digital video connectivity including Quad 1.5G, Dual 3G, Quad 3G over 3G-SDI and 12Gb/6Gb over optional 12G-SDI BNC and 12G-SDI LC Fiber SFP modules.

 

In single channel mode, FS4 will up scale your HD or SD materials to 4K/UltraHD and back, with a huge array of audio channels over Fiber, 3G-SDI, AES, and MADI for an incredible 272 x 208 matrix of audio possibilities.

In four channel mode FS4 provides incredibly powerful multi-channel conversion with up to 4 channels of simultaneous processing for 2K/HD and SD signals. Powerful processing allows Region of Interest (ROI) scaling, color correction, proc amp controls, motion adaptive deinterlacing and much more.

 

Multi-channel density in a 1RU Chassis. Space, energy and power
possibilities preserved.

New Thinking, New Interface

New thinking requires a new layout and FS4’s front panel has been redesigned to simplify and speed your access to the product’s wealth of features. The panel has also been designed to provide straightforward operation in single channel or four channel mode. In four channel mode, all four VIDx buttons under Channel Select are lit up. In single channel mode, only VID1 is lit and VID2-4 are off.

Up, Down, Cross-Conversion

Moving to 4K is never an instant change. Legacy signals and archival material need to be integrated into the 4K environment while 4K sources need to be down-converted for current 2K/HD pipelines.

Utilizing AJA's remarkable conversion algorithms, FS4 supports up, down, cross-conversion from SD, HD or 2K over 12G/6G/3G-SDI video to 4K or UltraHD video and back.  Both Quadrant (Square Division) and 2SI (Two Sample Interleave) output formats are supported.

AJA's powerful hardware conversion technology ensures the highest image quality for your productions. Key conversion features include:

  • 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD up, down-conversion
  • SD/SD aspect ratio conversion
  • HD/HD cross-conversion (720p/1080i)

All done in beautiful 10-bit with dedicated hardware.

Incredible Digital Connectivity

Video and Audio deserve the connectivity and bandwidth required to meet the demands of your projects.

FS4 utilizes standard BNC as well as optional SFP inputs and outputs to integrate easily into a variety of workflows and facilities with support for SDI worklows all the way up to 12G.  

FS4 has BNC and Fiber* inputs and outputs to accept 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD resolution SDI signals in Single Channel Mode. In Four Channel mode 2K/HD/SD inputs can be be routed to multiple locations simultaneously without the need for any external signal distribution.

A looping Reference input allows the FS4 to be locked to your house reference signal for rock-solid stability.

Digital Audio can be disembedded and embedded between SDI, MADI and AES for an incredible array of routing possibilities.

12G/6G BNC and
Fiber SFP Options

FS4's SFP options include both 12G/6G-SDI HD-BNC and Fiber I/O options, allowing great SDI flexibility and fiber cable runs of up to 10 kilometers to be connected directly to the FS4 without the need for separate fiber to SDI conversion.

Optional 12G/6G-SDI SFPs:

HDBNC-2TX-12G: 12G/6G-SDI Dual Coax HD-BNC Transmitter

HDBNC-2RX-12G: 12G/6G-SDI Dual Coax HD-BNC Receiver

FIBERLC-2TX-12G: 12G/6G-SDI Dual Fiber LC Transmitter Single Mode 

FIBERLC-2RX-12G: 12G/6G-SDI Dual Fiber LC Receiver Single Mode

Single and Dual Channel Fiber connectors supported:

Single-channel LC connector modules
Single-channel SC connector modules
Dual-channel LC connector modules

Possible CWDM options:

Choose from multiple wavelength CWDM SFPs, allowing advanced multiplexing of signals over a single fiber connection.

  • Dual TX 1271/1291
  • Dual TX 1311/1331
  • Dual TX 1351/1371
  • Dual TX 1391/1411
  • Dual TX 1431/1451
  • Dual TX 1471/1491
  • Dual TX 1511/1531
  • Dual TX 1551/1571
  • Dual TX 1591/1611

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. FS4 supports both fiber and coax MADI input and output.  An internal 277 x 208 mono audio matrix allows you to route 1 to 1 or 1 to many with full routing of MADI, mixdowns and all audio coming from SDI, fiber and AES sources for an incredible amount of audio processing capability in a single box.

Closed Caption conversion

ContentFS4 supports closed captioning and the conversion of closed captioning between 2K/HD/SD and 4K/UltraHD formats - including full conversion of CEA-608 and CEA-708 standards. FS4 can preserve closed captioning even when converting between formats, removing the need to re-insert closed captions after conversion.

Active Format Description

ContenAutomatically sets Active Format Description information to match the converted signal. This means AFD information does not have to be inserted after conversion and provides accurate information for devices that understand AFD.


Remote Configuration and Control

FS4 is network ready and supports SNMP monitoring and web-based remote control. Units can be connected to any Ethernet network via the built-in 10/100/1000MB 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.

To integrate smoothly with the existing automation of a facility, FS4 can also receive external GPI commands to trigger a variety of functions.

 

 


Video Formats

• (4K) 4096 x 2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60

• (UltraHD) 3840 x 2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
• (2K) 2048 x 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
• (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) 525i 59.94
• (SD) 625i 50

• YCbCr, 4:2:2, 10-bi


Video Input Digital

• 4 x 3G-SDI inputs, 4 x BNC
• 4 x 3G-SDI inputs, 4 x Fiber or HD-BNC (optional SFP modules)
  • SFP fiber modules, 3G-SDI, dual LC, single LC, or single SC, SMPTE-297
  • SFP fiber module, 12G/6G-SDI, dual LC, SMPTE-297
  • SFP coax module, 12G/6G-SDI, dual HD-BNC
• 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD, SMPTE-259/292/424/2081/2082
  • Single Link 12G/6G-SDI (with optional SFP module)
  • Quad Link 3G-SDI Level A or B-DL (4 x 3G), SMPTE-425-5
  • Dual Link 3G-SDI Level B-DS (2 x 3G), SMPTE-425-3
  • Single Link 3G-SDI Level A, B-DL, or B-DS, SMPTE 425
  • Quad Link HD-SDI (4 x 1.5G)
  • Dual Link HD-SDI (2 x 1.5G), SMPTE-372
  • Single Link HD/SD
• Quadrant (Square Division) or 2SI (Two Sample Interleave) 4K/UltraHD input pixel mapping
• 8 x 1 selector feeds video processor(s)


Video Output Digital

• 4 X 3G-SDI outputs, 4 x BNC
• 4 x 3G-SDI outputs, 4 x fiber or HD-BNC (optional SFP modules)
  • SFP fiber modules, 3G-SDI, Dual LC, Dual LC CWDM, Single LC, or Single SC, SMPTE-297
  • SFP fiber module, 12G/6G-SDI, dual LC, SMPTE-297
  • SFP coax module, 12G/6G-SDI, dual HD-BNC
• 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD, SMPTE-259/292/424/2081/2082
  • Single Link 12G/6G-SDI (with optional SFP module)
  • Quad Link 3G-SDI Level A or B-DL (4 x 3G), SMPTE-425-5
  • Dual Link 3G-SDI Level B-DS (2 x 3G), SMPTE-425-3
  • Single Link 3G-SDI Level A, B-DL, or B-DS, SMPTE 425
  • Quad Link HD-SDI (4 x 1.5G)
  • Dual Link HD-SDI (2 x 1.5G), SMPTE-372
  • Single Link HD/SD
• Quadrant (Square Division) or 2SI (Two Sample Interleave) 4K/UltraHD output pixel mapping


Monitor Output Digital

• 1 x BNC, 1 x 3G-SDI output 
  • 3G-SDI/HD/SD, SMPTE-259/292/424, 10-bits
• 1 x HDMI, 1 x HD output
  • 2K/HD/SD, HDMI v1.4a
• Monitored Video Processor output (video and audio) is simultaneously output on both connectors
• 4K/UltraHD down-converted to 2K/HD
• Crop control on HDMI output


Video Processing

• Motion adaptive deinterlacer
• Proc amp controls
• Color corrector
• Legalizer
• Framerate conversion/film cadence removal/insertion (3:2, 1:2, 2:1, 2:3)
• Adjustable delay 0-6 frames with H and V timing controls
• Closed Caption conversion (CEA-608/CEA-708)
• AFD input detection, down-convert control, and output pass through or overwrite
• Freeze (manual or on input signal loss) to black or last good frame
• Matte generator for background fill
• Video test generator
• Nominal video delay
  • 4K/UltraHD, 3 frames (LFR), 6 frames (HFR)
  • HD/SD, 2 frames (LFR), 4 frames (HFR)


Format Conversion

• Convert any supported input format to any supported output format, within the same frame rate family. These three families are:
  • 59.94, 29.97, 23.98
  • 50, 25
  • 60, 30, 24


Scaling

• Supported in 2K/HD/SD formats
  • Zoom in and out
  • Reposition
  • Region of Interest (ROI)


Up-Conversion

• Hardware 10-bit
• Zoom 14:9: results in a 4:3 image zoomed slightly to fill a 14:9 image with black side bars
• Zoom Letterbox: results in image zoomed to fill fullscreen
• Zoom Wide: 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
• Anamorphic: fullscreen
• Letterbox: image is reduced with black top and bottom added to image area with the aspect ratio preserved
• Crop: image is cropped to fit video output format


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


Audio Input Digital

• 48 kHz sample rate
• 8 x SDI embedded inputs (16-Channels each)
  • 128-Channels, 24-bit (20-bit SD), SMPTE-272/299
• 8 x balanced AES inputs (16-Channels), 1 x DB-25
  • 16-Channels, 24-bit, AES-3
• 2 x MADI inputs, 1 BNC, 1 x ST Fiber
  • 128-Channels, 24-bit, AES-10


Audio Output Digital

• 48 kHz sample rate
• 1 x SDI embedded output per Video Processor (16-Channels each)
  • 16-Channels (in single Video Processor mode), 24-bit (20-bit SD), SMPTE-272/299
  • 64-Channels (in four Video Processor mode), 24-bit (20-bit SD), SMPTE-272/299
• 8 x balanced AES outputs (16-Channels), 1 x DB-25
  • 16-Channels, 24-bit, AES-3
• 2 x MADI outputs, 1 BNC, 1 x ST Fiber
  • 128-Channels, 24-bit, AES-10


Audio Processing

• 277 x 208 mono audio matrix, route 1 to 1, 1 to many
  • Inputs: 128 embedded, 16 AES, 128 MADI, 2 stereo mixdowns, 3 tone generator
  • Outputs: 64 embedded, 16 AES, 128 MADI
• Input adjustment controls for each channel
  • Gain +18 to -18 dB in 0.5 dB steps
  • Phase invert
• Input adjustment controls for each channel pair
  • Delay -16ms to +1sec in 20.8 us steps
• Two independent 5.1 or 7.1 to stereo mixdown processors with gain adjust
• High quality Sample Rate Conversion on all audio inputs
• SRC bypass for non-PCM audio (e.g. Dolby E, AC-3, etc)
• Audio tone generator (mute, 400 Hz, 1 kHz)


Reference Input

• External, 2 x BNC
  • Looping, nonterminating
  • Blackburst or tri-level sync


Genlock

  • Lock to External Reference
  • Lock to SDI input 1 thru 8
  • Free run based on Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator


Network Interface

• 1 x RJ-45, 10/100/1000 Ethernet
• Embedded web server for remote control
• SNMP


Front Panel

• Display
• Keypad with status LEDs
• Two rotary/push knobs
• Comprehensive alarm indicators


Presets

• Each mode supports 40 Presets


GPI

• 1 x 25-pin D-Connector
    • Four optically isolated GPI inputs
    • Four optically isolated GPO outputs


Size (w x d x h)

• 17.5” x 16” x 1.75” (1RU) (444.5mm x 406.5mm x 44.4mm)


Weight

• 7.0 lb (3.6 kg)


Power

• 100-240 VAC 50/60 Hz (Dual, redundant power supplies), 55W typical; 70W max. 15A max.


Environment

• Operating temperature: 0 to 40 degrees C (32 to 104 degrees F)
• Storage temperature: -40 to 60 degrees C (-40 to 140 degrees F)
• Operating Relative Humidity: 10 to 90%, noncondensing
• Operating altitude: <3,000 meters (<10,000 feet)

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