Cobalt Digital Adds Sapphire BIDI-2h2S openGear Card

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Cobalt Digital is debuting the Sapphire BIDI-2H2S openGear card, bringing new 3G and HD conversion options to pro AV and broadcast applications. Cobalt and the openGear initiative will also be “previewing additional members of its new Sapphire converter series including the Sapphire 8JXS-8S, a ST 2110 JPEG-XS to SDI bulk gateway in openGear form factor, and the Sapphire BBG-2110-H/S & Sapphire BBG-2110-2H mini converters.”

Cobalt’s Sapphire BIDI-2H2S is a dual-channel bidirectional HDMI to SDI / SDI to HDMI converter. Each channel can be independently configured to have either SDI or HDMI inputs and each channel has simultaneous SDI and HDMI outputs. This provides input and output options with independent paths of true 3G and HD conversions to and from all the SD-SDI, HD-SDI and 3G-SDI formats and HDMI. With both SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs (two each), each path is equipped with frame sync as well as full input and output audio cross-points and optional per-path color correction. Input and output SDI and HDMI cross-points allow bidirectional program sourcing and distribution across both sets of inputs and outputs.

In existing openGear installations, the bidirectional capacity is a space-saver that offers an alternative to using throwdown devices, providing an additional measure of installation integrity. Preset save/load allows custom card settings to be saved with an instant revert to factory settings. Layered presets allow changes to be invoked that are only related to a specific area of concern (audio routing, for example) while not changing any other processing settings or aspects. Full-user DashBoard or Remote Control Panel remote control allows full status and control access locally or across a standard Ethernet network.

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The Sapphire BIDI-2H2S is shipping now.