C8621

C8621
digital audio
modular
processing system
C8000
C8621
Dolby® E / D / D plus decoder
Features:
®
• Dolby D / D+ / E decoding
• Supports Audio Description
• Pro Logic II decoding and encoding
• Metadata generator
• RDDD-6 metadata output
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• Unbalanced AES input for Dolby encoded signals
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• Automatic format detection (Dolby D / D+ / E / PCM)
• Automatic PCM pass through
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• Unique Dolby subset metadata transport (via AES USER Bit)
• 2Ch Delay for PCM audio and / or metadata
• Program monitoring down mix output
Block diagram:
BACK PLANE audio interface
32 bus Lines (I/O, 2/ 8 Ch mux)
SYNC
CAN-BUS
System sync
inertface
interface
MODULE CONTROLLER
Frame Controller commmunication
Preset management
GPI/O handling
Audio router / Metadata – extractor / – inserter
Metadata processor
Metadata generator
IN (encoded)
10 Ch
8 Ch
Front Panel status display
Audio
Delay
OUT (downmix)
STATUS
LED
DECODING
DOLBY® CAT1100 OEM Board
LED
Ch 1/2
Ch 3/4
Ch 5/6
Ch 7/8
Dolby E
Dolby D
Dolby D+
decoder
Ch 1/2
Ch 3/4
Ch 5/6
Ch 7/8
Downmix
C8621 Carrier Board
C8621_manual_EN_160404.doc
Metadata out
METADATA
I/O
digital audio
modular
processing system
C8000
Dolby® E / D / D plus decoder
C8621
Technical data:
®
Standards
Decoder for compressed multichannel audio supporting proprietary Dolby
formats.
Audio Formats
PCM (24bits)
®
Dolby Pro Logic II
®
Dolby E (16/20 bits, video frame rates: 23.975, 24, 25, 29.97, 30fps)
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Dolby D
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Dolby D+ (Audio Description supported)
Audio Channels
8 inputs (2 compressed or up to 8 PCM)
12 outputs (8 decoded audio + 2 downmix + 2 delayed)
Channel Modes
up to 7.1
Audio Sample Rate
48kHz
Audio Delay
0 … 340ms for 2 channels, user settable and routable
AES/EBU Input
(External)
Relevant specifications comply with AES3-X-2009, IEC 60985 and
AES11-2009
2 channels (1 stereo input), BNC connector
24bits, PCM or compressed audio, decoder input
AES/EBU Output
(External)
Impedance
75Ohm
Input level
0.3 … 5Vpp @ 75Ohm single-ended
Relevant specifications comply with AES3-X-2009, IEC 60985 and
AES11-2009
2 channels (1 stereo output), BNC connector
24bits, PCM audio, downmix / Pro Logic II, decoder output
Metadata Output
(External)
Decoding Latency
Impedance
75Ohm
Output voltage
1Vpp (typ.) @ 75Ohm single-ended
®
Relevant specifications comply with SMPTE RDD6-2008 (Dolby
Metadata).
Connector type
D-Sub9 connector female
Output conditions
3Vpp (typ.) @ 110Ohm differential, RS485,
115kbaud
Dolby E
1 video frame, depending on signal
Dolby D
64...67ms (nom.), depending on mode
Dolby D+
64...67ms (nom.), depending on mode
PCM
20ms … 1 video frame, depending on mode
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Power Supply
5Vdc (4.75 … 5.25V), max. 800mA
Dimension
3RU, 4HP, 160mm depth (DIN41612 backplane connector)
Environmental
Operating temperature 0 … 40ºC,
Non-operating -20 … 70ºC,
Humidity < 90%, non-condensing
General Features
•
•
•
•
•
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Decoding of compressed multichannel audio up to 7.1
®
Decoder and encoder for Dolby Pro Logic II coded / downmixed
audio
Auxiliary delay path (stereo) to compensate decoder latency
Metadata extraction from encoded audio
®
Metadata generator to generate or alter Dolby metadata
Audio Description supported
Metadata output pin assignment (D-Sub9 female):
Pin
Function
1
GND
2
TX13
TX2+
4
GND
5
6
GND
7
TX1+
8
TX29
GND
Shell
GND
(TX1 and TX2 carry the
same signal)
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Installation:
SW1
3
ID +16
2
1
ON
DIP
4
ADDRESS
BUS-EN
BDS
INIT
BOOT
GND
FAIL
Set the ADDRESS rotary encoder to an address, which is not in use by another module
of a C8000 frame (for details regarding CAN addressing, see C8k system manual).
BUS-EN
SW-1B
SW-1C
ID +16
= OFF will disable the bus driver circuits on power up
= not used, must be OFF
= not used, must be OFF
= ON enables the CAN “+16” address scheme to handle up to 32 modules
Important Note! If the module has an unknown bus configuration, you must set BUS-EN=OFF, before
inserting the module into a C8000 frame. Otherwise you risk disturbing other channels of the frame.
When you press the INIT button during power up, it will initialize the module parameters to factory
default values.
Status LEDs:
On the front panel are 2 status LEDs:
STATUS
DECODING
green
red
flashing
green
off
=
=
=
=
=
OK
bad
module is in focus of the frame controller (under GUI control)
the decoder reads a proper Dolby encoded signal
no Dolby encoded signal is present
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Remote configuration via web interface:
OVERVIEW:
Clicking on the
module.
spanner tool within the module graphics of the C8621 will open the pages of that
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PRESETS
Important Note! The module may be controlled in ON AIR mode I.e. all settings have immediate effect.
While in OFF AIR mode you may prepare presets without affecting the current operation.
In this case online functions like preset clip board are not available.
If you hover with the mouse over
that switch in OFF AIR mode the hint:
"Processing is active, but settings are
offline" will be displayed.
This pop-up appears when you switch
back to ON AIR mode.
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DOLBY METADATA
Load
C8621
Since the C8621 also offers a metadata generator a bank of 16
presets to recall Dolby metadata parameters is implemented.
[1: "name" … 16: "name"]
Select a preset by number/name and press <LOAD>.
The preset number and name loaded automatically appear in the
Save as # and Name field below.
Programs loaded
from preset
[Prog 1 – "preset name xy" … Prog 4 – "preset name xy"
/ Common - "preset name xy"]
Shows the preset name and number [xy] from which the
respective program metadata or common ones (e.g. Dolby E
frame rate, program configuration etc) have been loaded.
Initially the preset names and numbers are empty, represented
by a dash.
Important Note! The metadata structure of the c8k system is defined for a maximum number of four
supported programs. I.e. the metadata generator will generate up to four independent sets of metadata
for a RDD6 compliant stream. If derived from the Dolby decoder, the generator will enter the reversion
mode if the number of programs of the Dolby E stream received does not match this definition.
Save as #
[1 … 16]
You must elect a preset memory number where you would like to
save the actual metadata parameters.
Name
[16 character ASCII text]
Assign a name to the preset you are about to save here.
Programs to include
in preset
Tick the check box(es) for which program this preset shall be
saved and press <SAVE>.
The number and the name automatically appear in the "Load"
fields as well because they are active now.
DECODER SETUP
Refers to the DECODE pane
Load
[17: "name" … 32: "name"]
Select a preset by number/name and press <LOAD>.
The preset number and name loaded automatically appear in the
Save as # and Name field below.
Save as #
[17 .. 32]
Select a preset memory number where you
would like to save the actual audio program parameters.
Name
[16 character ASCII text]
Assign a name to the preset you are about to save
(up to 16 digits) and press <SAVE>.
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SETUP/INPUT BUS ROUTING
(FROM C8000 BUS)
Refers to the SETUP / ROUTING pane
A bank of 8 presets to recall device settings.
Load
[33: "name" … 40: "name"]
Select a preset by number/name and press <LOAD>.
The preset number and name loaded automatically appear in the
Save as # and Name field below.
Save as #
[33 … 40]
Select a preset memory number where you would like to save
the actual audio program parameters.
Name
[16 character ASCII text]
Assign a name to the preset you are about to save
(up to 16 digits) and press <SAVE>.
Preset Clipboard
Copy the active presets to a clipboard, the data may be used by
other modules inside the same frame.
Backup Presets to File
Creates a backup XML file which may be stored to the PC.
Restore Presets from File
You can <browse> for a backup file from the PC and restore it
by pressing the <RESTORE> soft button.
STATUS DISPLAY
If you are controlling a specific module you will see a status frame on the
left hand side that also appears if you hover with the mouse over the
graphical boxes in the GUIs OVERVIEW display. If the GUI size does not
fit your screen well you may reduce the size of the status display by
clicking on the little arrows in the upper left hand corner to get a smaller
view.
Dolby Metadata Preset
Name of the actual preset loaded
Decoder Setup Preset
Name of the actual preset loaded
Setup/Input Bus Routing Preset Name of the actual preset loaded
The word "modified" appears as a
prefix if a parameter has been
changed by the operator
Temperature
Temperature of the module PCB
Mode
[Dolby E / Dolby Digital / Digital +]
Program Count
[1 … 8]
Decoding Error
[grey / red]
Metadata Valid
[green / red]
Reversion Status
[grey / red]
Input Source
[External BNC / Internal]
Input Status
Signal status of the respective input
BNC
[OFF (grey)
PCM (green)
AC3 / Dolby + / Dolby E (yellow)
ERROR (red)]
Ch 1/2 … Ch 7/8
Similar to BNC
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DEVICE
INFO
Device Name
[16 digit ASCII text]
Pressing <CHANGE NAME> will do so.
Platform
[C8621]
Hardware related descriptor.
Parameter Version
[x]
Software related descriptor (feature set).
FIRMWARE
Controller
[xy]
Actual version of the module controller firmware.
Metadata Controller
[xy]
Actual version of the metadata subsystem.
FPGA
[xy]
Actual version of the system FPGA.
Dolby Decoder
[e.g. 1.6.0.7]
Actual firmware version of the Dolby OEM board CAT1100.
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Important Note! The firmware of the Dolby OEM board CAT1100 can be updated via the
frame controller: C8702 > SOFTWARE UPDATE > MODULES FIRMWARE SINGLE UPDATE:
The process of uploading the firmware from the PC via the frame controller will take approx. 20mins.
The GUI can not display the progress, it just polls the frame controller to find out if the upload has
finished. If you want to see some progress you may connect a terminal program to the serial port of the
frame controller (see C8702 manual for details) and observe the acknowledge dots of the flash
programming of the module.
It is a two tier process. After the upload is finished you must go to this DEVICE page and start the
update of the CAT1100 from here by pressing the <UPDATE> button:
You will get a progress display:
And a success message (or not if it fails):
This process will take approx. 2mins. Afterwards the module will automatically restart.
RESET
Restart Module
<RESTART>
Pressing the soft button will warm start the module
Initialize and Restore
Factory Defaults
<INITIALIZE>
Pressing the soft button, will clear the parameter memory and
will initialize all parameters to their factory default values.
Restart CAT1100
In case of a malfunction of the Dolby module you may warm start
it by pressing <RESTART>.
BACKUP / RESTORE
Backup Settings and
Presets to File
<BACKUP>
Pressing the soft button will create an XML file that one may
store on a PC.
Restore Settings and
Presets from File
<RESTORE> l
Pressing the soft button will upload a backup file that has been
selected via soft button <BROWSE> and move the previously
4stored settings back to the module.
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SETUP/ROUTING:
BNC Input
C8621
Setup of the module and the audio bus routing
You may connect an AES signal to the BNC front panel connector that
carries an encoded Dolby stream.
From C8000 System Bus
8 Ch Mux
[S1 … S32]
Selection of a backplane bus that carries an eight channel multiplex.
The check boxes select which pair from the multiplex stream will feed the
respective input(s) of the DECODER.
Ch 1/2 … Ch 7/8
[S1 … S32]
Here you may select the inputs of the decoder. The radio button on the
first input selects between this bus selector and the front panel BNC
connector. An extra delay is provided for a 2Ch PCM signal. The delay
can be used to match the Dolby decoding latency for a stereo program.
It may also be used to delay subset metadata from the decoder output
(subset metadata will automatically be attached to all PCM audio outputs
from Ch 1/2 to Ch 9/10 of the module).
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Decoder
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[Dolby E / Dolby D / Dolby Digital + / PCM / n.a.]
Within the Decoder box you will see the format of the incoming stream.
In case of Dolby E, the number of programs and the respective program
configuration (e.g. 5.1 + 2) are shown.
In case of AC3 or Digital plus you will get the channel mode of the
encoded program (e.g. 3/2L).
The example above shows a Dolby E stream containing 2 programs
(5.1 + 2).
Important Note: If the input format of the decoder is PCM, such signal will automatically be sent
to the first output pair (Ch1/2), AKA "PCM pass through".
Downmix
[Auto / Lt/Rt / Lo/Ro / Pro Locic II (cons)]
Display of the downmix mode
DELAY
An independent two channel delay block.
Coarse
[0 … 335] ms
Fine
[0 … 240] samples
Important Note! The output 7/8 of the decoder or the output of the delay can be selected as Ch 7/8
for the 8ch Mux (multiplex) mode.
BNC Output
Downmix output from the Dolby OEM board.
To C8000 Bus
The outputs from the decoder can be assigned to the C8k audio busses.
8ch Mux
You can send the 8 channels from the decoder in 8ch multiplex mode
via one audio bus line. Ch 1/2 to Ch 7/8 are multiplexed that way.
Enable Bus Driver
[OFF / ON]
You can disable the output drivers by un-checking the Enable Bus Driver
check box.
Important Note! The bluish labels on the bus selectors represent the signal configuration of the decoder
output lines. This depends on the actual program configuration of the decoded stream. Downstream
equipment must be configured to receive the correct audio channels.
Bus Error Detection
BNC Error Detection
[ON / OFF]
The serial audio data from the frame bus can be monitored for proper
positioning of an Error-Flag. A bad Error-Flag is an indication that
there is disturbance upstream (input signal, input module). The BNC
input is monitored for the AES status.
The Error Detection can be turned off and on in general or per input.
You will see the status on the left hand side: “Input Status”.
A grey “LED” shows that the detection is disabled. While green is OK,
red indicates an error condition.
The bus status as well as the external input (BNC) status may be
presented to external monitoring systems via SNMP. The frame controller
summarizes such status information and generates SNMP traps for the
frame as an entity or may activate GPOs (if a GPI/O module is installed).
The SNMP manager may afterwards poll the “modulesStatus” for more
detailed status information per input
(see SNMP documentation for details).
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SNMP: Metadata Error
DECODER:
Decoder
C8621
[OFF / ON]
The metadata error is part of the module status information presented via
SNMP. To avoid unnecessary alarms you may disable this function in
case the module is temporarily not in use.
display of general decoder parameters and setup of decoder functions:
Depending on the actual input signal you will first see general
information of the signal format received.
Bitstream Format
[Dolby E 16Bit / Dolby E 20 Bit / Dolby D / Dolby D+]
Shows the format of the decoded Dolby bit stream.
Bit Stream Data Rate
(kbps)
[e.g. 240]
In case of a decoded consumer format
Decoder Status
[OK / Fail]
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Program Configuration
[5.1 / 5.1 + 2 / 4x2 etc]
In case of Dolby E
Channel Mode
[e.g. 3/2L]
In case of a consumer format
Dolby E Frame Rate
[25 / 29,97 / 30 fps]
Dolby D+ Decoding
[Main Only / Mixed Main & AD / AD Only]
Here you can tell the decoder which signal shall be appear at the
output of the decoder.
Downmix Output Format
[Auto / Lt/Rt / Lo/Ro / Pro Logic II (cons)]
General switch for the 2 Ch downmix output
Decoding and DRC
The decoder may also be used to apply the metadata to the
decoded PCM signals. In this case it may act as a STB.
Dolby D/D+ Main
[Bypass DRC & Dialnorm / Apply Dialnorm Only / Line Mode /
RF Mode / Mute Dolby D/D+]
Dolby D/D+ Downmix
[Line Mode / RF Mode]
Dolby E Main
[Bypass DRC & Dialnorm / Mute Dolby E]
Dolby E Downmix (Progr 1)
[Line Mode / RF Mode]
PCM Main
[Bypass DRC & Dialnorm / Mute PCM]
For special applications where PCM and Dolby E are altering at the
decoder input, you can mute PCM to avoid remainders of Dolby E
data packets appearing at the decoder output.
E.g. when playing a tape from shuttle or stop to play.
PCM Downmix (Prog 1)
[Line Mode / RF Mode]
PCM Latency
[Matched / Minimum]
If you frequently change between baseband PCM and decoded
signal it my be good idea if both paths have the same latency.
Pro Logic II Decoding
Enable
[OFF / ON]
Decoder Mode
[Movie / Pro Logic Emulation]
Important Note! If a ProLogic encoded signal is received over a Dolby Digital or Dolby Digital plus
stream, the Channel Mode must be 2/0. Otherwise the ProLogic decoder will reject the signal.
The Dolby metadata system is too complex to describe in detail in a product manual such as this.
If you are not familiar with it, we recommend you study the many publications from Dolby Inc.
Especially the Dolby Metadata Guide is essential for understanding the parameters.
For details please visit the Dolby web site:
http://www.dolby.com/gb/en/professional/technology/landing.html
We cannot guarantee that the link is active forever so you may browse other Dolby resources as well.
Specifically concerning metadata we also recommend the SMPTE document RDD6-2008.
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METADATA GENERATOR
The C8621 provides an extra metadata generator that can be used transparently (decoded metadata
appear at the outputs) or controlled via the setup data. In the latter case the output metadata may be
derived selectively from the decoder.
D.SUB Output
The output of the metadata generator is available at the D-Sub
connector in asynchronous RDD6 format.
To C8000 System Bus
Metadata will automatically be attached to the bus outputs except
for channels Ch 7/8 and 11/12 if it is derived from the delay output,
so one may use the delay for metadata delay as well.
Metadata
A specific bus can be used to move metadata alongside the back
plane in asynchronous RDD6 format like at the D-Sub output.
Metadata Generator
Generator Mode
[Transparent / Setup Mode]
Generator Program Config
[5.1+2 / 4x2 / 5.1 / 3x2 / Follow Input]
Current Program Config
[5.1+2 / 4x2 / 5.1 etc]
Generator Sync Source
[Bus/Vsync / Audio (25 / 29.97 / 30fps)]
Current Frame Rate
[25 / 29,97 / 30fps]
Reversion
In case of an input failure or a mismatch between input program
configuration and the possible system program configurations, the
generator may enter the reversion mode.
Metadata Reversion Status
[Inactive / Reversion]
Metadata Reversion Mode
[Preset / Last Valid]
The generator can either continue using previous metadata or
it will use the metadata from a preset
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Reversion Preset
METADATA PROGRAMS:
C8621
[Metadata Preset x]
A pre-defined preset that will automatically be recalled if the
generator enters the reversion mode.
Display of program-specific Metadata
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These Input values are for display only, that is why the fields are grey and the content can not be
changed. The Follow Input check boxes determine if metadata is used from the decoder or from a
preset. The example above shows the metadata of the first program of a Dolby E stream that must be
encoded to transmit two programs 5.1 +2 (surround and stereo).
At the input side we decode a Dolby E stream that is encoded for a 5.1 program.
As per definition the Junger Dolby implementation only supports the program configurations:
5.1 / 3x2 / 5.1+2 / 4x2 so a maximum of 4 tab sheets will contain Output metadata. The other tabs are
for the display of incoming metadata only (if the number of programs is higher than the generator
set-up). In this example we have two program tabs Prog 1 and Prog 2 because the generator is set for
5.1+2 and the input only has one program (5.1).
GPI/O
GPIs are useful if you want to recall settings (e.g. by loading presets) or turn functions on or off
remotely. A C8k frame can handle 127 independent virtual GPI numbers. You must assign a unique
number to the respective preset / function. Such numbers are generated by the brc8x Broadcast
Remote Controller or by the C8817 GPI/O interface module. If the C8621 receives such a number
via the CAN bus, it will load the respective preset.
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GPOs are meant to present status information to external devices. A C8k frame can handle 127
independent virtual GPO numbers. You must assign a unique number to the respective
preset / function. If a preset is loaded either manually via the GUI or remotely via the
brc8x or via a GPI/O module, the assigned number will be broadcast over the CAN bus.
A GPI/O module which has that number assigned to a physical output, will engage that relay and / or
use it for logical combinations. A brc8x may turn on an assigned button tally light.
Clear GPO on
Preset modified
If a GPO indicates that a certain preset is loaded and if you
change parameters which are related to that preset the word
"modified" will be displayed in line with the preset name in the
status window.
In this case you may clear that GPO to indicate that the
parameters are not the same as the content of the previously
loaded preset.
Important Note! GPOs from modules and GPIs to modules do not "see" each other.
I.e. you can’t use a status GPO of module A to load a preset for module B by simply assigning
a GPO number of module A as a GPI number of module B. If this is a requirement you
must involve the GPI/O logic function of the C8817 GPI/O module (see manual for details) to convert
system GPOs into system GPIs.
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