Selected for use at the upcoming 2019 World Rugby event, 2020 Tokyo Summer games, and new professional football leagues in Europe, FOR-A’s FRC-9100 broadcast frame rate converters and FA-9600 dual channel signal processors are gaining attention from premiere broadcasters looking for the highest quality image conversion technology at these high profile events.

At IBC this year, FOR-A will introduce the new FRC-9100 frame rate converter. The FRC-9100 builds upon the success of FOR-A’s FRC-9000 frame rate converter – trusted by broadcasters throughout the world to deliver the highest quality live frame rate conversion for sports and other events. Designed for live broadcast transmission, the FRC-9100 offers up to two independent channels of 3G/HD/SD-SDI frame rate conversion, along with optional 4K and 12G-SDI support. The FRC-9100 will be deployed by several broadcasters to deliver high-quality conversion for next year’s Tokyo Summer Games in both HD and 4K/UHD operation.

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Main features of new FRC-9100 include:

  • 3G/HD/SD multi-format support
  • SD to 3G/HD up conversion
  • Conversion with motion-compensated processing
  • Interlace-to-Progressive conversion
  • Timecode (LTC/VITC) conversion
  • 4K UHD (SQD/2SI) and 12G-SDI support (Optional)
  • Up/down/cross frame rate conversions between 4K and HD (Optional)
  • Simultaneous conversion of 2-channel video inputs (Optional)
  • Able to store up to 4 Dolby E encoder/decoder modules (Optional)

Also at IBC will be the latest version of FOR-A’s FA-9600 multi-purpose signal processor, which was first shown at NAB in Las Vegas this April. The new optional SFP+ card allows the FA-9600 to install SFP+ modules. With it, the FA-9600 can convert IP inputs to SDI, SDI inputs to IP output, as well as SDI inputs to optical output. The FA-9600 is ideal for use in HDR live production or 4K HDR and HD-HDR/SDR simultaneous production.

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The latest version of the FA-9600 supports 3D LUT for advanced color grading and Sony’s SR Live workflow for live HDR production. The FA-9600 flexibility allows for customers own LUT’s to be loaded into the FA-9600 and saved to a user LUT for instant recall. The dual-channel unit also provides HDR and Wide Color Gamut support and conversion of multiple formats, such as: 12G-SDI, 4K UHD, 1080p, and SD/HD-SDI. SR Live for HDR to 2K-SDR down conversion provides the same picture quality without deterioration.

In addition to conversion, each channel offers independent frame sync, frame delay (up to 8 frames), color correction, processing amplification, 1080p/1080i level A/B conversion, and many more features for video and audio processing.

FOR-A will also debut the MCC-4K-A motion-compensated UHDTV standards converter at the show. The MCC-4K-A provides high-quality frame rate and format conversion with motion adaptive capability for 4K UHD (12G-SDI/quad link 3G-SDI)/3G/HD-SDI signals and offers support for quad link 2SI or SQD format, as well as single link 12G BNC and SFP connectivity. The MCC-4K-A offers dynamic range conversion between PQ, HLG, S-Log 3, SDR and other log curves, and provides color gamut conversion between ITU-R BT.709 and ITU-R BT.2020 standards.

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The MCC-4K-A is ideal for live frame rate conversion applications where UHD content sourced at a chosen production frame rate needs to be converted to other frame rates for international contribution and distribution, including sports, concerts and breaking news environments. The MCC-4K-A makes simultaneous transmissions in UHD and HD easy, and is also a perfect solution for integrating HD and 3G content into UHD programming. The MCC-4K-A is developed by UK-based InSync Technology Ltd, and will be exclusively distributed worldwide by FOR-A.

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