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Kramer Rolls Out HD-SDI Auto Standby Switcher

Kramer Electronics has unveiled an automatic standby switcher for SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G HD-SDI signals. When configured as a standby switcher, the VS-211HDxl switches automatically to the secondary input when the signal on the primary input is lost.

Kramer Electronics has unveiled an automatic standby switcher for SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G HD-SDI signals. When configured as a standby switcher, the VS-211HDxl switches automatically to the secondary input when the signal on the primary input is lost, says the company. The unit then automatically switches back to the primary input once the primary signal is restored. The VS-211HDxl is suited to broadcast, studio, and post-production applications.

The VS-211HDxl has two inputs and two outputs, and is compatible with SDI (SMPTE 259M), HD-SDI (SMPTE 292M), and 3G HD-SDI (424M) signals with or without embedded audio. Either of the two inputs can be manually switched via contact enclosures to the outputs, or the unit can be set to switch automatically. A switch on the unit can be set to indicate which input is the primary input. Two identical outputs simultaneously distribute to two destinations.

According to the company, the VS-211HDxl is fully compatible with ASI signals on both inputs and on one output. When using the unit with ASI signals, it functions as a two-input/single-output switcher only. The switcher is housed in a compact Kramer DigiTools enclosure and has a maximum data rate of 3Gbps, along with LED indicators to show the active input.

The VS-211HDxl is available through authorized Kramer Electronics resellers for a list price of $995.



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