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GeckoFlex 8990ARC SD Aspect Ratio Converter

The 8990ARC addresses the need to convert between standard and widescreen formats resulting from various DTV standards worldwide. Flexible aspect ratio control is offered whether you're starting with 4:3 or 16:9. GPI control allows the selection of several predetermined aspect ratio modes while local or remote control, via the Ethernet interface, provides more complete aspect ratio control. Additional control modes include WSS widescreen signaling and video index data embedded in the SDI video stream.

  • SDI 270 Mb/s I/O
  • Operates at 50 and 59.94 Hz
  • Converts between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios
  • Various aspect ratio modes with controllable crop location
  • Simple GPI remote control via BNC
  • Supports networked control and monitoring
Supported Chassis Types
GeckoFlex with 8900V-R GeckoFlex Video rear board, Gecko video chassis: 8900TX-V, 8900TF-V, 8900TFN-V

Power Rating
6.5 Watts – single slot

Signal type: SMPTE 259M-C, EBU 3267-E
Connector: Differential loop-through BNC
Supported data rate: 270 Mb/s
Return loss: >15 dB up to 270 MHz
Cable equalization: <225 meters

Signal type: SMPTE 259M-C, EBU 3267-E
Number of outputs: Four
Connector: 75Ω BNC
Return loss: >15 dB (up to 270 Mb/s)

Signal path processing: 12-bit 16:9 to 4:3
Conversion mode:
  • Letterbox: full height, 14:9 sub-image
  • 4:3 to 16:9 conversion mode: side panels, full width, 14:9 sub-image
EDH insertion: WSS and VID
Reclocking data rates: 270 Mb/s
Delay: 75 lines
Operating temperature: 0° to 45°C
Humidity: 10% to 90% non-condensing

Indicators and Controls
Indicators: Video present, aspect ratio mode, fault, power, communication active, configuration, remote override
Controls: Aspect ratio mode, vertical and horizontal position
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.
November 12, 2013
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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