Crystal Vision has released Q-Down Mini, a new version of its Q-Down broadcast downconverter and distribution amplifier. It's the company's first "mini=box" and is designed for attaching directly to the back of SD monitors in space-challenged environments with no spare rack space.
Crystal Vision Q-Down Mini Q-Down Mini boasts a processing delay of just 16 lines, eliminating the need to compensate audio signals for video delay.
It features flexible outputs with a reclocked loop-through of the HD or SD input, a dedicated SDI output and three SD outputs individually link-selectable between analog (composite, Y/C, YUV and RGB) and digital. It can down convert 720p and 1080i HD at both 50Hz and 59.94Hz, with the downconverter bypassed if the input is standard-definition.
Other features include four alternative vertical filter characteristics (softest, soft, sharp and sharpest) and will deal with any aspect ratio conversion requirements. There are also three video delay settings available.
It measures just 160x70x28mm, which means it fits easily on the back of a monitor.
"Q-Down Mini was introduced because the existing standalone down converters did not meet the requirements of some broadcasters," said Crystal Vision Managing Director Philip Scofield. "Those that believe that a down converter needs a short delay and want to keep the maximum quality of an HD signal can now use a converter in a minibox and get exceptional value for their money."
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