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GeckoFlex 8964FS 4-Channel SD to SD Frame Synchronizer

The 8964FS provides a very compact and efficient alternative to the 8981FS by providing four complete SDI frame synchronizers. Using the latest technology enables the 8964FS to achieve unsurpassed density, providing 40 full featured frame synchronizers in just 2 RU. This board can also operate in a fixed delay mode with no reference required. In either mode, the output can be phased relative to input or reference up to one frame in increments of 37 ns. All adjustments can be performed on the board's card-edge controls. The on-screen display capability greatly simplifies card-edge configuration.

  • Four 270 Mb/s frame synchronizers
  • One output per input
  • Looping color black reference input
  • Automatic 525/625 lines selection
  • Output timing locked to reference input and adjustable in 37 ns steps over a full frame
  • Passes or blanks horizontal ancillary data (HANC)
  • Passes or blanks vertical interval ancillary data (VANC)
  • Monitors its input signals for EDH errors
  • Inserts new EDH on output
  • Hot swappable
  • Freeze mode
  • On-screen display simplifies local configuration and control
  • Compatible with Ethernet-based Newton control system
Supported Chassis Types
GeckoFlex with 8900V-R GeckoFlex Video rear board, Gecko video chassis: 8900TX-V, 8900TF-V, 8900TFN-V

Power Rating
8 Watts – single slot

Number of inputs: Four, one for each synchronization path
Signal type: SMPTE 259M, 10-bit, 270 Mb/s serial component digital
Connector: Terminating 75Ω BNC
Return loss: >15 dB to 270 MHz

Reference Input
Number of inputs: One NTSC/PAL
Signal type: Color Black, SMPTE 170M (525 lines) or CCIR624 (625 lines)
Return loss: >36 dB to 5 MHz

Number of outputs: Four, one for each synchronizer
Signal type: SMPTE 259M, 10-bit, 270 Mb/s serial component digital
Connector: Terminating 75Ω BNC
Return loss: >15 dB to 270 MHz

Signal path: 10-bit
Error detection and insertion: EDH
Min. electrical length (delay mode):
  • 525 lines: 5 lines + 55.22 µs
  • 625 lines: 4 lines + 55.90 µs
Output timing range: One frame
Output timing resolution: 37 ns
Operating temperature: 0° to 45°C
Operating humidity range: 0% to 90% non-condensing

Indicators and Controls
Indicators: Input video present, reference present, communication active, power, fault
Controls: Vertical blanking, sync/delay modes, test signal, EDH, OSD
Remote: All indicators and controls via Ethernet
November 25, 2013
Hillsboro, Ore., November 25, 2013 — Brazil's Canção Nova, a non-profit Catholic Community located in Cachoeira Paulista in the state of São Paulo, is upgrading its broadcast infrastructure with a range of Grass Valley® solutions including five Maestro™ branding and master control systems, five Concerto™ 64x64 routing switchers, five GeckoFlex™ signal processing systems, and six K2 Summit® servers for optimized live event workflows. The system will be live in November and span five locations.
Hillsboro, Ore., November 12, 2013 — Bank TV, a satellite broadcaster in the Ukraine, has launched a complete, end-to-end high definition (HD) news production solution from Grass Valley® to facilitate the smooth delivery of its 24/7programming. At the core of the broadcaster's new structure is GV STRATUS® nonlinear media production tools for enhanced production and a streamlined workflow. GV STRATUS is being used in tandem with EDIUS® multiformat nonlinear editing software and GV Edge™ Integrated Playout System with K2 Edge™ playout nodes for 24/7 playout. This deal with Bank TV builds upon the recent momentum generated by Grass Valley in the Ukrainian broadcast market as well as traction gained by GV STRATUS in the EMEA region.
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