Kaleido-X

High Picture Count Multiviewer with Advanced Alarming

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Kaleido-X Insights & Highlights
Unmatched Picture Quality and Display Elements
Kaleido-X (7 RU)
Kaleido-X (4 RU)
Creating A Larger System Using Two 7 RU Frames
Remote Control of Integrated Routing and Multiviewer Systems
Sophisticated Alarm Displays
Superior Display Flexibility with Kaleido-X
2,304 Audio Channels Per Frame
Multiroom Production Monitoring with a Single Multiviewer
Multichannel Playout Monitoring with a Single Multiviewer
Using Integral Router for Monitoring
Router Integration: High Picture Counts Per Display

Unmatched Picture Quality and Display Elements

Picture Quality
The Kaleido multiviewers system offers unmatched picture quality — irrespective of picture size — using Grass Valley’s polyphase scaling technology. Windows can be resized all the way from very small windows up to full screen display, without the loss of definition that is commonly associated with multiviewers. This high performance, combined with superior on-screen graphics, makes Kaleido ideal for the most critical monitoring applications.

Audio Meters
Kaleido multiviewers can display four group, 16 channels, multichannel audio for multilingual and 5.1 applications. Audio level meters are extracted from analog, AES or embedded signals, and can be positioned inside the video window in transparency or outside. Ballistics and scales are configurable, and a phase correlation meter can be displayed with each pair. Dolby E audio can be extracted from an embedded audio signal for on-screen metering. An audio meter can readjust itself based on inserted Program Configuration metadata.

Automatic Aspect Ratio control and Safe Areas
Aspect ratio and safe area markers can be positioned over video windows to simplify multiformat monitoring. Free form safe area markers, based on a user’s bitmap, can be overlaid on top of each video window. This feature is useful to protect graphical or branding that will be applied downstream after production.
The processor can automatically change a signal’s aspect ratio between 16:9 and 4:3, based on the Active Format Description (AFD), Wide Screen Signaling (WSS ) or source resolution. Image formatting rules are followed during conversion, including letter/pillar boxing and resizing/cropping.

Dynamically Updated UMDs
Text labels (UMDs) can be displayed inside or outside windows, and updated by a UMD controller. Dynamic text can be driven by NVISION and many third-party routers, and by some automation vendors. Kaleido multiviewers also offer a serial interface for leading production switchers, which provides tally updates as well as sources and destination labels. Text fonts are flexible and support UNICODE for multilingual texts

Clocks and timers
Multiple analog and digital clocks/timers (with date) can be displayed with programmable offsets and configurable colors. The clocks/timers can be driven by LTC, referenced internally, or to an NTP server. Each output module features three independent LTC inputs.

Picture-in-Picture and Display Customization
Picture-in-picture displays can be generated for easy comparisons between playout and return feed signals or for the playout server’s backup confidence monitoring. Main/backup comparison is also available via split-screen monitor configuration with both main and backup videos in one channel.
Bitmap images can be displayed to customize the display background with channel logos and other graphics.

Signal Validity Monitoring
The following parameters can be detected and presented on-screen, or reported to SNMP-based signal and facility monitoring systems, including Grass Valley’s iControl systems:

Video Probing
  • Video black
  • Video frozen
  • Video level too high
  • Loss of video
  • EAV /SAV error
Audio Probing
  • Audio silence
  • Audio overload
  • Audio mono
  • AudioOUT of phase
Metadata Monitoring
  • XDS data including V-Chip rating
  • Closed captioning and teletext (608, 708 and WST 42 and 47) is presented in the format seen by television viewers in their homes
  • DVB Subtitling display and monitoring over IP inputs
Probing points can be configured with different thresholds, and a specific probing zone within the video can be configured for the freeze and black detection.

Loudness/Dolby Monitoring
In addition to displaying the Dialnorm value encoded in the video signal, Kaleido processors can also measure the perceived loudness of the audio signal and compare it to the encoded value. The system can alert operators when signals exceed thresholds, by comparing the Dialnorm and measured loudness against a target values. The loudness is measured using LEQ-A or ITU-R-BS-1770.

Display of Closed Captions, Subtitles, XDS and Dolby E Metadata
Closed captions and subtitles are presented in the format seen by television viewers in their homes. XDS data, including V-Chip information, can also be overlaid in each video window, along with the Dolby E metadata, AFD/WSS formats, and audio/video signal format. DVB subtitles display and monitoring over IP with unique multilanguage DVB subtitling monitor widget for efficient use of screen real estate.

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Kaleido-X (7 RU)

96 Inputs / 8 Multiviewer Outputs
  • 7 RU modular frame
  • Up to 96 video inputs, 8 independent multiviewer display outputs and 48 unprocessed router outputs
  • Modular configuration with 16 autosensing 3G/HD/SD/analog video input modules and dual multiviewer output cards
  • Stereoscopic 3D support (dual link 1.5 Gb/s, SMPTE-292M)
  • Expansion by connecting a second 7 RU frame or by interfacing with a router
  • 8 channel analog/digital audio monitoring outputs
  • 2 router modules with 24 HD/SD outputs can be fitted in each frame
  • DVI and compressed (MPEG) video can be accepted with optional interfaces
  • DXF-200 optical DVI extension uses multimode fiber with SC connector to simplify long runs of up to 1 kn (3,280 ft.). Provides EDID detection from the display allowing automatic resolution adjustment
  • Choice of multiviewer remote control panels: simple Kaleido-RCP2 and advanced RCP-200 with router control
  • Internal router control by NVISION control panel system
  • Uses same input/output and GPI/genlock modules as 4 RU frame

Kaleido-X (4 RU)

32 Inputs / 4 Multiviewer Outputs
  • 4 RU modular frame
  • Up to 32 video inputs and 4 independent multiviewer display outputs
  • Modular configuration with 16 autosensing 3G/HD/SD/analog video input modules and dual multiviewer output cards
  • Stereoscopic 3D support (dual link 1.5 Gb/s, SMPTE-292M)
  • Expansion through combination with upstream router
  • 4-channel analog/digital audio monitoring outputs
  • DVI and compressed (MPEG) video can be accepted with optional interfaces
  • DXF-200 optical DVI extension uses multimode fiber with SC connector to simplify long runs of up to 1 km (3,280 ft.). Provides EDID detection from the display allowing automatic resolution adjustment
  • Choice of multiviewer remote control panels: simple Kaleido-RCP2 and advanced RCP-200 with router control
  • Uses same input, output, and GPI/genlock modules as 7 RU frame

Creating A Larger System Using Two 7 RU Frames

By using Kaleido-X’s mid-plane expansion module, two Kaleido-X (7 RU) frames can be connected to display up to 192 video inputs over up to 12 displays. This configuration provides easy system expansion without losing any of Kaleido-X’s extreme signal flexibility, due to the full interconnectivity of video, audio and metadata, as well as timecode and control signals.

Remote Control of Integrated Routing and Multiviewer Systems

Integrated multiviewer and routing systems can be controlled using a choice of remote control panels. One simple option is to use a traditional router control panel to assign any source, anywhere, any number of times on the monitor wall. This mimics what the router would do to a traditional monitor wall, by allowing the user to assign any source to any destination. This type of control is available with the NVISION control panels, as well as third-party router control panels from Snell (Pro-bel) and Nevion.

The highly graphical RCP-200 touchscreen remote panel offers more advanced control of combined multiviewer and routing systems. The panel provides multiviewer layout pre-set selection and quick router source assignment control via a category/index graphical interface. The RCP-200 is a multifunctional panel, and can also be used for control of Densité Series interfaces.

Intuitive control across multiviewers
Kaleido multiviewer systems can be easily controlled by one or more dedicated remote control panels, or by on-screen mouse control. Simple to use, on-screen mouse operated drop-down menus are contextual to speed operations, and offer numerous functions, such as changing aspect ratios, checking the safe area, assigning an input and changing text in a UMD.

Users can also instantly change layout configurations, and dynamically zoom one source larger for quality control, or audio monitoring of an on-screen source. The Kaleido-RCP2 remote panel exemplifies this simplicity, and provides easy multiroom, multioperator control over Ethernet, with local connections for a mouse and keyboard.

Sophisticated Alarm Displays

The Kaleido-X offers very sophisticated alarm display elements, which are activated when video/audio, metadata or SNMP alarms are detected. Informative text and graphics alert operators at the monitor wall, with color coded on-screen alarm status indicators. These status indicators can be configured to latch the status, in case of sudden faults that cannot be intercepted by the operators. Acknowledgement mechanisms are available, with interaction by an on-screen mouse.

A new virtual alarm configuration tool allows grouping of alarm statuses to create a single "virtual" alarm. It also offers alarm severity configuration and logical operations like AND, OR, and XOR between alarms.

Kaleido-X alarms can be shared with Grass Valley’s iControl system for fully integrated facility monitoring.

Superior Display Flexibility with Kaleido-X

Kaleido-X offers superior signal flexibility due to the system’s high bandwidth performance. This allows an operator to focus on the ideal monitoring configuration, without worrying about system limitations.

Any source
Auto-sensing inputs allow multiple source formats to be combined. DVI and MPEG are input via external options.

Any resolution
Simultaneously display across monitors of different resolutions up to 1920x1200, and display across flat panels and projection cubes.

Any size
Signals can be displayed at any size up to full screen at full HD resolution.

2,304 Audio Channels Per Frame

Kaleido-X offers exceptional audio performance, with the ability to monitor up to 2,304 channels of audio per 7 RU frame (1,536 embedded audio channels plus 768 discrete audio channels), including embedded, discrete AES or discrete analog.
The amount of cabling needed for discrete (non embedded) audio is minimized by the Audio Bridge Terminals, which accept analog (balanced or unbalanced) and digital audio (75 ohm or 110 ohm). The Audio Bridge Terminals can fit in the back of racks, and can be located up to 250m (800 ft.) away from a Kaleido-X frame, with connection over standard video
coax. With this configuration, it is no longer necessary to route individual audio signals to the multi-image processor/router.
Audio Bridge Terminals offer two coaxial outputs which provide redundancy and allow audio inputs to be shared among multiple frames. Power for the Audio Bridge Terminals originates from external supply or from the Ethernet switch using Power over Ethernet (PoE).
  • Elegant Audio Bridge Terminals offer highly space efficient monitoring of up to 768 discrete audio channels per frame
  • Dolby E metatada can be extracted from an embedded audio signal to feed 5.1 audio level meters. Audio meter assignment is slaved from the Dolby E Program Configuration, and this allows precise monitoring of Dolby E audio without additional hardware

Multiroom Production Monitoring with a Single Multiviewer

Kaleido-X offers highly effective, multiroom production monitoring, with fully independent display layouts and control panels in each room. The monitoring displays can be quickly reconfigured for different productions, with full flexibility over window positioning and sizing. The processor’s high quality multiviewer outputs also make it ideal for the most critical live monitoring applications.

Multichannel Playout Monitoring with a Single Multiviewer

Kaleido-X’s flexible architecture makes it highly suitable for multipod, playout monitoring applications. Each pod can have an independent display layout, with independent control using a dedicated remote panel. All sources can be shared across the pods, which allows easy pod layout changes to handle more or fewer channels, as commonly happens during night shifts with reduced operator crews.

Using Integral Router for Monitoring

The Kaleido-X system features built-in routing which eliminates the need for separate routing in control rooms, and provides a significant cost saving.
These router outputs can be used to feed high quality monitors, test equipment such as waveform scopes, as well as ISO recorders. The outputs can even feed other multiviewers.
The router outputs can be controlled by the on-screen mouse menus, a NVISION remote panel, and by the iRouter application. Additionally, the outputs can be selected by a production switcher’s auxiliary bus controls.

The built-in router improves integration, and reduces cabling and equipment costs. The routing capability eliminates the need for a separate router for the following applications:
  • Feeding baseband high quality monitors anywhere in the facility
  • Feeding test equipment for quality control monitoring
  • Feeding a secondary multiviewer for output expansion
  • Feeding an ISO recorder in production studios

Router Integration: High Picture Counts Per Display

Kaleido-X offers rich integration with the NVISION router family, and third-party routers, to allow expansion up to 1,152 video inputs and 96 multiviewer outputs. Grass Valley’s Cluster Feature enables multiple multiviewers to behave like a single system from an operator’s perspective, with full layout flexibility.
Since the 7 RU Kaleido-X frame can accept up to 96 video inputs (3G/HD/SD/analog), the number of video windows per monitor can be much higher than with the smaller Kaleio-Modular and Kaleido-X16 multiviewers.
This higher image density per screen can be beneficial for high channel count continuity monitoring applications, such as playout centers.
For example, two NVISION 8576 routers are integrated with 12 Kaleido-X (96x8) multiviewers. Each Kaleido-X frame can process up to 96 video inputs and provide up to 512 instances of virtual video monitors over eight multiviewer outputs. The entire system is fully integrated to offer seamless control of the source assignments via on-screen mouse operation or by a router control panel.