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For.A FA-9500 Multi-Purpose Signal Processor 3G/HD/SD

B&H # FOFA9500 Mfr # FA-9500
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This is a special order item and is non-cancelable and non-returnable. Est. arrival at B&H is 2-4 weeks (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at time of shipment.

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You Pay: $3,349.95
Product Highlights
  • Supports 3Gb/s Signal Processing
  • Frame Synchronizer
  • Automatic Video Optimizer
  • Up/Down/Cross Converter
  • Color Corrector

The FA-9500 Multi-Purpose Signal Processor 3G/HD/SD from For-A is a one-stop shop for signal processing within your facility. The FA-9500 features two 3G-SDI inputs alongside a wide variety of other video and audio inputs, outputs, and processing functions. Suitable for both 60Hz and 50Hz regions, the signal processor supports emerging video formats via the 3G-SDI inputs and outputs, making it a future-proof link in your signal chain.

The FA-9500 is an upconverter, a downconverter, a cross-converter, an aspect ratio converter. It's a frame synchronizer, a color corrector, an automatic video optimizer. It does SD. It does all the popular flavors of HD. It does analog and digital versions of both. Optionally, it can handle optical video signals and function as a frame-rate converter and logo generator, among other possibilities. Analog HD/SD component I/O with Y/C is a future option. For seamless integration into your facility, the FA-9500 signal processor can be monitored and controlled over the web.

Multi-Format Video I/O
Standard with the FA-9500 are three video inputs: two 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs, and one analog composite input. The 3G-SDI I/O makes possible full processing of 3Gb/s signals such as 1080p. You can add up to two additional inputs, allowing you to choose one channel from the total of five inputs. The two SDI channels are synchronously coupled independently, meaning that during switch-over there is no "shock" to either the video or audio. Each SDI input has error detection, which enables the system to effect a seamless switch to the other channel when an error is detected or a signal is lost. Input signals pass through a converter circuit of two internal channels and get output as SDI and analog component signals. Each channel has two distributed outputs. SDI and analog composite inputs all enjoy an I/O bypass function in case power is cut.
Frame Synchronizer
Key to the performance of a frame synchronizer is its facility for handling poor-quality video signals. The FA-9500 inherits For-A's well-established proficiency for handling subpar signals and features three modes for synchronization: Frame, Line, and Input. In Line Synchronizer mode, the FA-9500 operates as AVDL to auto-adjust the input signal (adjustment range: 5H in HD, 1H in SD). In each mode, ancillary data can be passed through with both horizontal and vertical. (Note: when input/output formats differ, there are limitations on the packets that can be passed through.) The FA-9500 also handles video delay.
Signal Conversion
One of the FA-9500's areas of strength is its versatility at signal conversion. It does digital-to-analog conversion as well as analog-to-digital. In terms of resolution, it goes up, down, and across, and it does aspect-ratio conversion to boot. The FA-9500 does mutual conversion of not only HD and SD but also the 1080i and 720p HD formats. A second conversion channel handles down/cross/aspect-ratio conversion, but does not do up-conversion. This second channel comes in handy when a simultaneous SD output is needed.
Automatic Video Optimizer (AVO)
The Automatic Video Optimizer (AVO) function is ideal for correcting over- or underexposed video. AVO monitors video and in real time sets various video parameters to normal levels, including the white level, black level, and gamma curve. AVO's dynamic range correction recognizes dark and bright areas in video and makes corrections only to those areas that need it, resulting in better-viewable video with a wider dynamic range. You can set the range to which the level adjustments will apply – for instance, set a level that will trigger the correction of dark areas. The module's mask function allows you to set aside areas within the source video that are unnecessary to monitor, such as sections where captions will be displayed.
Color Corrector
The frame synchronizer also features a color correction function with three modes. Balanced mode is designed for correction of RGB signals. Differential mode allows you to correct colors without affecting the signal's white balance (for YPbPr signals). Sepia mode can be used to effect a monochrome color scheme. You can also apply existing colors to a selected color space using either gamma adjustment (with high, mid, and low tones) or various level adjustments. The FA-9500 features various clip functions (Y white, C white, Y black) and a 2D/3D comb filter for Y/C separation.
Audio I/O
The FA-9500 provides 16 synchronous/asynchronous channels of embedded audio, 8 channels of AES/EBU, and 4 channels of analog audio, adding up to a total of 28 input signals and 28 output signals. (That's the total possible in HD. In SD, only synchronous audio is supported, and at most there can be 16 input and 12 output channels.)
Audio Signal Processing
The signal processor offers many functions for audio processing, including embedding with and de-embedding from video signals, and A/D and D/A conversion. Each audio channel has an individual sampling-rate converter. Multi-channel audio is also flexibly supported: the audio signal can be from embedded SDI, AES/EBU, analog, or a mix of those. For processes such as delay adjustment, level adjustment, down-mixing, and remapping, signal processing without any phase gap between channels is possible.
Optional I/O
With the FA-9500, For-A offers a broad range of options for formats and functions. To the standard supported I/O formats you can add optical video (OE), and on the audio side, Dolby Digital (input only) and Dolby E. You can also add two extra video input channels for a total of five. For-A plans to offer HD/SD analog component I/O with Y/C as a future option.
Optional Functions
Frame rate conversion, based on technology developed for For-A's FRC series, is an optional function of the FA-9500. For monitoring and control of the device over a network, you can add SNMP monitoring. An optional logo generator lets you impose images, such as corporate logo or a graphical side panel for 4:3 video, over video. The logo data is maintained even when the FA-9500 is powered off.
Video Standards 1080/60p, 1080/59.94p, 1080/50p, 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 1080/24PsF, 1080/23.98PsF, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, 525/60 (NTSC), 625/50 (PAL)
(Optional: 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/30PsF, 1080/29.97p, 1080/29.97PsF, 1080/25p, 1080/25PsF, 1080/24p, 1080/23.98p, 720/60p)
Video Input 3G-SDI: 2.97 Gb/s or HD-SDI: 1.5 Gb/s or SD-SDI: 270 Mb/s, 75Ω, 2 inputs, BNC
Analog composite: 1.0Vp-p, 75Ω, 1 input, BNC
(Optional: Optical (OE) - Convert from optical signal to any other supported format. Future option: HD/SD analog component with Y/C)
Video Output 3G-SDI: 2.97 Gb/s or HD-SDI: 1.5 Gb/s or SD-SDI: 270 Mb/s, 75Ω, 4 outputs, BNC (2 x 2 outputs)
Analog composite: 1.0Vp-p, 75Ω, 2 outputs, BNC
(Optional: Optical (OE) - convert to optical signal from any other supported format, 1 port. Future option: HD/SD analog component with Y/C)
Genlock Input BB: NTSC: 0.429Vp-p/PAL: 0.45Vp-p
or Tri-level Sync: 0.6Vp-p, 75Ω, 1 each, BNC
Processing 4:2:2 digital component
Quantization 12-bit (Analog Composite), 10-bit (3G/HD/SD-SDI)
Frequency Response 100 kHz - 4.2 MHz: -0.5 dB - +0.5 dB; 4.2 MHz - 5.0 MHz: -1.0 dB - +1.0 dB; roll-off above 5.0 MHz (NTSC, composite)
100 kHz - 4.2 MHz: -0.5 dB - +0.5 dB; 4.2 MHz - 5.5 MHz: -1.0 dB - +1.0 dB; roll-off above 5.5 MHz (PAL, composite)
Differential Gain 1% (composite)
Differential Phase 1º (composite)
Signal to Noise Ratio 60dB (without quantization noise, composite)
K-Factor 1% (composite) (2T pulse)
Comb Filter 2D or 3D (selectable, composite)
Internal Processing Selectable 1 source from 3 inputs (standard) or 5 inputs (maximum input)(auto-detect or manual setting)
Reference Input BB: NTSC: 0.429Vp-p / PAL: 0.45Vp-p
or Tri-level Sync: 0.6Vp-p, 75Ω or loopthrough, 1 input, BNC
Synchronizer Mode Frame sync mode
Line sync mode (AVDL)
Input sync mode (minimum delay)
Video Delay Maximum 8 frames (adjustable by frame/line/clock)
Sampling Frequency 3G-SDI: Y: 148.5 MHz, C: 74.25 MHz
HD-SDI: Y: 74 MHz, C: 37 MHz
SD-SDI: Y: 13.5 MHz, C: 6.75 MHz
Phase Control Frame Sync mode
- H phase: -1/2H - +1/2H
- V phase: -1/2 frame - +1/2 frame, 0 - 8 frames
- Minimum delay: +1H

Line Sync mode (AVDL)
- H phase: -1/2H - +1/2H
- V phase: -1/2 frame - +1/2 frame
- Minimum delay: +1/2H

Input Sync mode (minimum delay)
- H phase: -1/2H - +1/2H
- V phase: -1/2 frame - +1/2 frame, 0 - 8 frames
- Minimum delay: +400clk
Video Processing Functions Up/down/cross/aspect ratio converter
Proc amp
Color corrector
Automatic Video Optimizer (AVO)
Second converter (down/cross/aspect ratio)
Additional Video Functions - Optional Frame rate converter
Logo generator
Proc Amp Video level: 0% - 200%
Chroma level: 0% - 200%
Black level: -20.0% - 100%
Chroma phase: -179.8º - +180º
Video Clip YPbPr mode
GBR mode (with color correction function)
Composite mode (with color correction function, analog composite output only)
Color Correction Balanced mode for GBR signals
Differential mode for YPbPr signals
Sepia mode for monochrome signals
Frame Rate Converter - Optional 1080i to 1080i, 1080i to 720p, 1080i to 525/60, 1080i to 625/50, 720p to 720p, 720p to 525/60, 720p to 625/50, 525/60 to 625/50, 1080p/PsF to 1080i, 1080p/PsF to 720p, 1080p/PsF to 1080p/PsF, 1080p/PsF to 525/60, 1080p/PsF to 625/50
Conversion method: Linear conversion (not supported motion compensation technology)
Audio Input Embedded Audio: 16 channels (Group 1 - 4)
- Sampling frequency: 48 kHz
(Synchronous/asynchronous 3G/HD-SDI or synchronous SD-SDI)
- Quantization: 16-bit - 24-bit

AES/EBU: unbalanced, 75Ω, 4 inputs (4 channels stereo), BNC
*Selectable for AES/EBU output
- Sampling frequency: 32 kHz / 44.1 kHz / 48 kHz
- Quantization: 16-bit - 24-bit

Analog Audio: Balanced or unbalanced, 4 inputs (2 channels stereo), 1 port, 25-pin D-sub (female)
*Shares analog audio output
- Input Impedance: 600Ω/High impedance
- Sampling frequency: 48 kHz
- Quantization: 24-bit
Audio Output Embedded Audio: 16 channels (Group 1 - 4)
*SD-SDI: 12 channels
- Sampling frequency: 48 kHz
(Synchronous/asynchronous 3G/HD-SDI or synchronous SD-SDI)
- Quantization: 16/20/24-bit

AES/EBU: unbalanced, 75Ω, 4 outputs (4 channels stereo), BNC
*Selectable for AES/EBU input
- Sampling frequency: 48 kHz
- Quantization: 16/20/24-bit

Analog Audio: Balanced or unbalanced, 4 outputs, (2 channels stereo), 1 port, 25-pin D-sub (female)
*Shares analog audio input
- Output Impedance: less than 100Ω
- Sampling frequency: 48 kHz
- Quantization: 24-bit
Audio Delay 0-1000 ms (Each channel is adjustable in 1 ms steps)
Audio Processing Functions Sampling rate converter (SRC)
Gain control
Down mix
Channel remapping
Channel mute (each function set in each channel)
Additional Audio Functions- Optional Dolby E decoder
Dolby E encoder
Interfaces Ethernet: 10 Base-T / 100 Base-TX / 1000 Base-T, 2 ports, RJ-45
Remote (GPI): 1 port, 9-pin D-sub (male) (7 terminals), TTL negative logic level signal or make contact
Temperature 32-104°F (0-40ºC)
Humidity 30-90% (no condensation)
Power 100-240VAC ±10%, 50/60Hz
Consumption 60W at 100VAC
Dimensions (HxWxD) 1.73 x 16.92 x 13.78" (4.4 x 43.0 x 35.0 cm)
Options Input/Output options:
- HD/SD analog component with Y/C input/output card (future option)
- Optical input/output card

Additional functions:
- FRC (Frame Rate Converter) (includes additional standards)
- Logo generator
- Dolby E decoder
- Dolby E encoder
- SNMP function (management, control)

Other options:
- Redundant power supply unit
- Blank panel for front face (for central operation)
- Remote control unit
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