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The power to convert.
With support of all broadcast video formats, the FS family make matching up
disparate video and audio systems simple, with comprehensive analog and
digital I/O, up/down/cross conversion and frame synchronization.
AJA’s FS family brings the full power of our hardware conversion expertise within compact 1RU rack
units that offer unrivalled flexibility.
Delivering AJA’s industry standard up/down/cross converter technology for the highest quality images,
FS units are ideal for high-density applications such as mobile trucks and packed machine rooms, able
to replace multiple hardware units in a single rack slot. The widest range of conversion possibilities
makes them perfect for converting disparate sources to a common format, or handling whatever
formats the production environment might throw at them.
Supporting virtually any input, FS1 features a flexible I/O and can simultaneously work with SD and HD
video - as well as converting between both. FS2 adds the ability to process two independent streams
of 3G/HD/SD 10-bit broadcast-quality video and two independent groups of 16-channel AES audio,
opening a new world of conversion possibilities.
Built to the exacting standards of all AJA hardware, FS frame synchronizers are backed by our worldclass support network, 5-year international warranty and advanced exchange service.
Easy to use and fully networkable via buit in 10/100/1000MB Ethernet ports, FS1 and FS2 are easily
integrated into a facility and can be rapidly configured by any computer on the network via a standard
web browser. FS units also accept automation control from external GPI commands.
FS1
FS2
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Family features
Digital and analog I/O flexibility
AJA hardware conversion technology
Remote configuration and control
FS frame synchronizers are loaded with comprehensive I/O
that lets them handle the widest range of analog and digital
signals - and convert between them.
AJA’s powerful hardware conversion technology ensures
the highest image quality for your productions. Key
conversion features include:
• SD/HD up/down-conversion
• SD/SD aspect ratio conversion
• HD/HD cross-conversion (720p/1080i)
• Up/down/cross-conversion with both the input and
converted formats on SD/HD SDI outputs (both
synchronized)
• HD cross-conversion with simultaneous down-converted
SDI output
• Closed Caption conversion (CEA-608/CEA-708 standards)
• AFD conversion or pass-through (user selectable)
FS units are network ready and support SNMP monitoring
and web-based remote control. Units can be connected
to any Ethernet network via the built-in 10/100/1000MB
Ethernet port, allowing control and configuration of
multiple FS units from any web browser on a connected
computer. Configurations can be saved and applied
to multiple units, ensuring consistency and quick
configuration in large installs.
Perfect for use in broadcast and post production
environments, FS units feature Dual HD/SD-SDI inputs and
outputs, comprehensive multi-channel audio connections
and I/O for analog video equipment, including HD and SD
component.
FS2 also features HDMI I/O with support for 3D output, and
a Fiber connectivity option.
To integrate smoothly with the existing automation of
a facility, both FS1 and FS2 can also receive external GPI
commands to trigger a variety of functions, from freezing
an input source to switching between saved presets.
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Universal Frame Synchronizer/Converter.
FS1 is a powerful and flexible frame synchronizer and high quality
converter that helps you work with mismatched signal types to
establish a consistent format for post production or broadcast.
Featuring a flexible input, output, and control architecture, the FS1 Universal HD/SD Audio/
Video Frame Synchronizer and Converter can simultaneously work with both HD and SD video
all in full 10-bit broadcast quality video and 24-bit audio.
For audio, FS1 supports 8-channel AES, balanced analog, or 16-channel embedded audio
with full flexibility and audio processing controls. You can choose from any of the 4 groups of
embedded audio for 8-channel output on the AES or analog audio.
Supporting virtually any input or output, analog or digital, HD or SD, FS1 can up-or downconvert between SD and HD, and provide simultaneous HD and SD outputs. Up, down,
cross conversion between HD formats are also supported, with simultaneous output of
both formats.
FS1 also supports closed captioning and the conversion of closed captioning between SD and
HD formats—including full conversion of CEA-608 captions to the CEA-708 standard.
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Front and rear panels
Alphanumeric Display
Displays status information and Control information (for
viewing and changing functions/parameters).
Remote
Displays remote
control menu.
Status
Displays current machine
status and/or error conditions.
Select and Adjust Buttons
Select Parameters and adjust their
values.
Fully Redundant AC Power Supplies
Two independent AC power supplies with independent power connectors. The power supplies autosense
from 100 to 240VAC, 50/60Hz. Only one has to be connected for operation; connect both for redundancy.
Alarm monitoring alerts locally and remotely if a power supply fails.
Audio Connections
• 8-channel balanced analog, 25 pin D (Tascam pinout)
• 8-channel AES (BNC)
• 16-channel HD/SD-SDI embedded
• Audio A/D, D/A: 24 Bits, 48Khz
• Audio Levels: +12dBu, +15dBu, +18dBu, +24dBu, (Full Scale Digital)
• Channel mapping
Power and Status LEDs
Shows the AC power status and any alarm
conditions.
Activity LEDs
Displays at-a-glance the settings and
current FS1 conditions.
HD/SD-SDI
• Dual HD/SD-SDI inputs and output, SMPTE
259/274/292/296
LAN and GPI Connections
• 2x GPI inputs/outputs, TTL, isolated.
• RJ45 10/100 LAN connector-offers DHCP,
SNMP and embedded Web Server
Remote Control
Reference Video with Loop-Through
• Synchronize FS1 outputs to house reference video signal
(blackburst or composite sync for SD, or Tri level for HD).
Analog Video
• HD component YPbPr/RGB (RGB is output
only), SMPTE-274
• SD component/composite/YC (S-Video)
• Video A/D, D/A: 12 bits 2x oversampled (HD),
4x oversampled (SD)
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Architecture
Remote Web
Browser Control
LAN or WAN Ethernet
Connection
SNMP Control via
Command Line
Remote Control Panel
VTECS 2 or VTECS 5
Embedded
Web
Server
FS1
CPU
Front
Panel
Control
GPI Outputs (2)
RS422
GPI Inputs (2)
Ref
Ref
Loop
Input
Genlock
Audio
Embed
SD-SDI Out or
HD-SDI Out (#1)
Audio
Embed
SD-SDI Out or
HD-SDI Out (#2)
Norm
Framesync
SD/HD SDI In (#1)
Bypass
Downconvert 2
SD/HD SDI In (#2)
Video
Select
Component YPbPr In
S-Video In
Down
Converter 2,
Farmesync,
ARC1
Composite In
AES/EBU digital
Audio 8-channels
Up/Down/Cross
Converter,
Framesync
ARC1
SD1
SD2
AES/EBU
Audio
Select
Audio
Processor
Analog
Norm
Component YPbPr or
RGB Out
Bypass
Downconvert 2
S-Video Out
Composite Out
AES/EBU digital
Audio
8-channels
Analog Audio
Outputs
8-channels
(Tascam-style cabel)
Analog Audio Input
8-channels
(Tascam-style cable)
Notes: ARC1=Aspect Ratio Converter
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A world of conversion possibilities.
With dual-channel conversion and frame synchronizing in a slim
1RU space, FS2 can do the work of two separate devices or combine
both processors together for maximum flexibility.
Offering huge flexibility and the power to adapt to meet the needs of rapidly changing environments,
FS2 offers unprecedented conversion and frame synchronization power in a single 1RU space.
Capable of simultaneously working with two independent streams of 3G/HD/SD 10-bit broadcastquality video and two independent groups of 16-channel AES audio, each FS2 video channel supports
virtually any input or output: analog component or composite, 3G/HD/SD-SDI, Dual Link (1.485 Gb),
Fiber and HDMI I/O. A Fiber I/O option allows fiber cable runs of up to 10 kilometers to be connected
directly to the FS2 without the need for separate fiber to SDI conversion.
FS2 can be used as two separate Frame Synchronizers/Format Converters, or the two channels can be
linked with the internal FS2 keyer to do the work of three or more devices - for example HD sidebar
keying where both the video and background graphics are upconverted and combined.
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FS2 can up or down convert between SD, HD, and 3G HD (1080p50/60), and cross convert between HD
formats including 3G HD. Additionally, FS2 has full input and output signal routing, allowing any I/O port
to be assigned to either processing channel.
For audio, FS2 has two audio processors, each supporting 16-channel AES/EBU digital audio, 16-channel
embedded audio, and 8-channel balanced analog audio with a variety of controls for maximum
flexibility. The output of each processor can be embedded in its respective video processor output
(SDI, Fiber, or HDMI), or sent to the AES or balanced outputs. For 3G and Dual Link inputs, the audio
processors can have access to all 32 channels. A built-in Dolby decoding option adds the ability to
handle encoded Dolby audio as part of the signal path without the need for specialized equipment.
The FS2 supports closed captioning and the conversion of closed captioning between SD and HD
formats - including full conversion between CEA-608 and CEA-708 caption standards.
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Front and rear panels
Status
Displays current machine
status and/or error conditions.
Remote
Displays remote control
menu.
Alphanumeric Display
Displays status information and Control information (for
viewing and changing functions/parameters).
Video and Audio select Buttons
Fully Redundant AC Power
Two independent AC power supplies with independent power connectors.
The power supplies autosense from 100 to 240VAC, 50/60Hz. Only one has to be
connected for operation; connect both for redundancy. Alarm monitoring alerts
locally and remotely if a power supply fails.
Audio Connections
• 8-channel balanced, 25 pin D
• 16-channel AES/EBU, 25 pin D
• 16-channel HD/SD-SDI embedded
• Audio A/D, D/A: 24 Bits, 48Khz
• Audio Levels: +12dBu, +15dBu, +18dBu, +24dBu, (Full Scale Digital)
• Optional Dolby® E Encoding
• Optional Dolby® E Decoding
Power and Status LEDs
Shows the AC power status and any alarm
conditions.
Select and Adjust Buttons
Select Parameters and adjust their
values.
Digital Video Connections: Fiber, SDI, and HDMI
• 2x 3G/HD/SD SDI Inputs and Outputs with embedded audio
• 2x Fiber 3G/HD/SD SDI Inputs and Outputs with embedded audio (optional)
• 1 HDMI Input and 1 HDMI Output, with 3D output support
LAN and Control Connections
• 4x GPI inputs/outputs, TTL, isolated.
• RJ45 10/100/1000 LAN connector-offers DHCP,
SNMP and embedded Web
Server Remote Control
• RS-422 (future)
Activity LEDs
Displays at-a-glance the settings and
current FS1 conditions.
Reference
• Passive Reference Loop –
Color Black or Tri-Level Sync
Analog Video Connections
• Component Analog Video Inputs and Outputs,
YPbPr/RGB (RGB output only)
• Composite Analog Video Inputs and Outputs
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Architecture
Embedded
Web
Server
LAN or WAN Ethernet
Connection
Remote Web
Browser Control
SNMP Control via
Command Line
Front/Remote
Panel
Control
FS2
CPU
GPI
Outputs
(4)
Inputs
Genlock
GPI Inputs (4)
Genlock
to Procs
Outputs
Processing
Ref
Loop
Passive
Reference
Loop
Processor 1
Optional
Fiber In 1
Optional
Fiber In 2
Embedded
Audio
Video
SD-SDI In 1
or HD-SDI In 1
SD-SDI In 2
or HD-SDI In 2
HDMI In
Video
Converter
and
Framesync
Audio
Video
and Audio
Input
Crosspoint
Matrix
Color
Corrector
Composite In
Audio
Video
Sidebar
Keyer
Audio
Embedder
Video
Converter
and
Framesync
Optional
Fiber Out 1
Optional
Fiber Out 2
Video 1
SD-SDI Out 1
or HD-SDI Out 1
SD-SDI Out 2
or HD-SDI Out 2
Audio 1
HDMI Out
Video
and Audio
Output
Crosspoint
Matrix
Processor 2
Video
Analog Audio
Inputs
8-channel
(Tascam-style cable)
Video Proc
Amp
Audio
Processor
Component YCbCr
or RGB In
AES/EBU digital
Audio Inputs
16-channel
Still Store
Frame Buffer
Component Out
YCbCr or RGB
Still Store
Frame Buffer
Video Proc
Amp
Color
Corrector
Audio
Processor
Video
Sidebar
Keyer
Audio
Embedder
Video 2
Down
Converter
Composite Out
AES/EBU digital
Audio Outputs
16-channel
Audio 2
Analog Audio Out
8-channel
(Tascam-style cable)
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Case study
TL Mobile Goes the Distance with AJA FS2
Nicholas Appleton is the VP of Operations/Engineer for TL Mobile Television, based in Springfield, MO.
In his own words, he describes how FS2 has become an invaluable part of his workflow.
“TL Mobile Television is a Springfield, MO-based mobile truck operator working with a broad range of
clientele including ESPN and Fox. Our 53-foot HD Digital Expando is almost always on the road covering
sporting events in the mid-and southwest.
As VP of Operations/Engineer for TL Mobile, it’s often my job to make sure that everything is running as
smoothly as possible. We provide all of the equipment that a crew would need to broadcast a sporting
or entertainment event along with two or three on-site engineers. We’ve been using AJA products at
TL Mobile as long as we’ve been in business, since 1997. We use AJA equipment primarily for conversion
purposes, and have had many different Mini-Converters from AJA over the years.
Nicholas Appleton - VP of Operations/Engineer for TL Mobile Television
We were recently introduced to the AJA FS2 dual channel universal frame synchronizer/format
converter by our local distributor. We already have several AJA FS1s on our truck, and with the FS2,
we’re getting the added benefit of dual channel features in a 1RU design. Without AJA converters
we wouldn’t have the flexibility to adjust to the constant changing demands of a live production
environment.
FS2 also provides a lot of power in one box—as an example, everything from cameras to switchers to
tape machines to the graphics package all needs to work together seamlessly for live broadcast. In a
live production environment it is hard to mix different flavors of HD, so FS2 is ideal for a simple crossconversion solution when your final output needs to be another signal. Often our network clients want
720p for replays or other uses, but we might be working on a broadcast package where the live output
to uplink needs to be 1080i because that is the standard for that network or show. We can use FS2 to do
the conversion and send it to the uplink, or vice versa, to cross convert to another flavor of HD.
“We love that the AJA FS2 packs so much functionality into a single
rack unit...All at a price point that’s lower than the competition with
the reliability and support that goes hand in hand with all of AJA’s
products.”
We also love that the AJA FS2 packs so much functionality into a single rack unit. Dual channel 10-bit up,
down and cross convert between so many different SD and HD formats along with analog to digital and
digital to analog audio/video conversion. All of that at a price point that’s lower than the competition
with the reliability and support that goes hand in hand with all of AJA’s products.
One of our favorite things about the FS2 is that we can IP into them so they’re all listed in our truck
computer and we don’t have to go to each device individually to change settings. It’s really convenient
to just be able to log in and see all of our devices right there—this holds true for our FS2s and our
FS1 units as well. We added the FS2s a few months ago and they’ve been working hard on the truck
primarily on projects for ESPN sports.
We first started using AJA gear in 1997 when we needed their converters to help us get from analog to
digital and digital to analog back when our switcher was digital but other components in the truck were
analog. Some of those original components even still live on the truck today. We continue to use AJA
gear today—they helped us make the full transition over to HD and we anticipate that they’ll continue to
meet our future needs with products that provide best-in-class support for the latest broadcast formats. “
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Incredible 5-year warranty
AJA Video warrants that Converter products will be free from
defects in materials and workmanship for a period of five years
from the date of purchase.
About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer
of video interface and conversion solutions, bringing
high-quality, cost-effective digital video products to the
professional broadcast and post-production markets.
AJA offers the Io and KONA desktop video products, Ki Pro
family of recorders, miniature standalone converters, and a
complete line of rack mount interface and conversion cards
and frames.
With a headquarters and design center located in Grass Valley,
California, AJA Video offers its products through an extensive
sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the
world. For further information, please see our website at
www.aja.com
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