AJA FS1 Frame Synchronizer and Bi-directional Converter

AJA FS1 Frame Synchronizer and Bi-directional Converter - HD and SD, Digital and Analog Audio, Rackmountable

AJA FS1 Frame Synchronizer and Bi-directional Converter - HD and SD, Digital and Analog Audio, Rackmountable

B&H # AJFS1 MFR # FS1-R1
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AJA FS1-R1 overview

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The AJA FS1 is a universal SD/HD audio/video frame synchronizer and converter. This converter offers an "everything in, everything out" architecture. The FS1 can work simultaneously with both HD and SD video for broadcast quality video and 24-bit audio. Featuring BNC connectivity.

Video Conversion
The FS-1 can up or down-convert between SD and HD, and provide simultaneous HD and SD outputs.
Cross Conversions
Cross-conversions between HD formats are also supported, with simultaneous output of both formats.
Audio
The FS1 supports 8-channel AES, Balanced analog, or embedded audio offering the same any input to any output conversion.
Closed Captioning
The FS-1 supports closed captioning and the conversion of closed captioning between SD and HD formats.
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AJA FS1 Frame Synchronizer and Bi-directional Converter - HD and SD, Digital and Analog Audio, Rackmountable
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    AJA FS1-R1 specs

    Input Component Video, R-Y,B-Y,Y, on BNC connectors
    Composite video, 1 Vpp @ 75 ohms, on a BNC connector
    Y/C (S-Video), Y: 1 Vpp C: 0.7 Vpp @ 75 ohms, on a 4-Pin connector
    AES/EBU Digital Stereo Audio x4, 8 channels, on an BNC connectors
    SDI Digital Video x2, HD and SD, on BNC connectors
    Sync Input, on a BNC connector
    Balanced Stereo Audio x4, Analog, on a multi-pin connector
    RS-232, remote control, on a 9-Pin connector
    LAN or WAN, on an RJ-45 connector
    Output Component Video, R-Y,B-Y,Y, on BNC connectors
    Composite Video, 1 Vpp @ 75 ohms, on a BNC connector
    Y/C (S-Video), Y: 1 Vpp C: 0.7 Vpp @ 75 ohms, on a 4-Pin connector
    AES/EBU Digital Stereo Audio x4, 8 channels, on an BNC connectors
    SDI Digital Video x2, HD and SD, on BNC connectors
    Sync Input, on a BNC connector
    Balanced Stereo Audio x4, Analog, on a multi-pin connector
    RS-232, remote control, on a 9-Pin connector
    LAN or WAN, on an RJ-45 connector
    Conversion SDI Digital Video, AES/EBU Digital audio and Video to Analog Component, Composite and Y/C Video, Analog Stereo Unbalanced audio; also converts the opposite direction
    Control Front Panel:
    Menu LCD & Push Buttons for I/O Selection
    Power On/Off
    Standards NTSC & PAL
    Power Source 120-240 VAC @ 50/60 Hz
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 19 x 12 x 1.75"
    48.26 x 30.4 x 4.45cm
    Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 10.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.05 x 18.3 x 8.8"

    AJA FS1-R1 reviews

    FS1 Frame Synchronizer and Bi-directional Converter is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from HD & SD, now they really can get along Most of the videos we receive and send out are of the SD variety. Let's face it, it is still an SD world and until recordable Blu-Ray disks get down to 25 cents a piece like the standard DVD-R, and Blu-Ray players are sold at..., the SD stuff will be around for awhile. Our studio classroom presents in HD but the control room facility is still SD. So we needed something that will allow the two to make nice with each other. The FS-1s are the closest thing we have found. And B&H Photo sells these units at a very reasonable price. We will probably get a couple more once the control room is converted over to HD. It has solved a number of problems for us. Nice work AJA!
    Date published: 2010-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from majic This is a great product for those with mixed HD and SD formats. It is an excelent tool for the transition to HD.
    Date published: 2008-08-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not all that you might think it is! While it is useful for upconverting/cross converting certain types of sd/hd, be aware that it really isn't as the descriptions read!! The product page states anything in, anything out - which is misleading to say the least. There is limited 23.98 cross conversion, and no standards conversion ability. There's a reason why boxes that do that cost more. Just beware before you buy it! With that said, it does a good job of all the things it can do, good simple interface, and web interface is coming along fine.
    Date published: 2008-08-21
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Limited Functionality, not a converter Be careful what you buy this for. While AJA says anything in, anything out, that doesn't mean it can convert anything in to anything out. It is not a frame rate converter so it does not convert, say, 23.94 to 59.94 (at least not in 720p, it will convert 10pSF23.98 to 1080i59.94, according to the manual) or 50 to 60, or even 60 fps to 59.94 fps, according to the operators manual. It will convert 1080 to 720 or vice versa but only with the same frame rate. So basically, this is a modern day TBC for the digtial world. It does have some proc amp control like the old TBC. But this is not a complete format converter, only a raster converter and frame sync, one frame at a time. This unit is helpful if you need to convert 1080i/59.94 to 720p/59.94 or from analog of a given format to a digital one. But again, it will not convert if in a different frame rate, it only converts the raster. It will lock to an external reference, which is what a frame sync is for. And it will use NTSC black burst (some other devices will only lock to tri-level for HD outputs). However, the reference must be the same rate as the input and output. And it cannot magically reproduce or interpolate frames so don't be surprised if you see a stutter or jump if the incoming source is wild and running faster or slower than the reference. Overall, I did not find much use for this device except for one: we have a device that only puts out 1080i/59.94 and we use it to convert it to our production format of 720p/59.94. And it helps to have all three devices connected to the same reference.
    Date published: 2010-09-24
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