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Multi-Channel Signal Processor

FA-1616 Series

*This information is as of March, 2022. All specification and contents are subject to change without prior notice.
 

Software-defined architecture provides an efficient migration path

Multi-channel processor series with essential video production features in a compact 1 RU enclosure. Besides its core role as a frame synchronizer for up to 16 channels, supporting IP/SDI (12G/3G/HD-SDI) and 4K, the FA-1616 series also serves as a color corrector, video processing amp, and audio remapper. Software-defined architecture enables to choose just the right configuration for your needs. Build an optimal system without unnecessary costs by adding exactly what you need with VoIP cards*1 and a range of audio (including Dante and MADI) and GPI cards*2.
*1 Optional. *2 Optional, to be supported.

Product lineup

FA-1616HB-12G

  • 12G-SDI*1 supported, 16 inputs/16 outputs model.
  • 32 HD-BNC connectors are mounted.
    Input: 75Ω HD-BNC ×16, 12G/3G/HD-SDI×8, 3G/HD-SDI×8.
    Output: 75Ω HD-BNC ×16, 12G/3G/HD-SDI×8, 3G/HD-SDI×8.
  • IP input/output.
    Add the option(s)*2 to choose any mode*3.
    <SMPTE ST 2110>
     - Transmission only: HD×16/UHD×4.
     - Receive only: HD×16/UHD×4.
     - Transceiver: HD×8/UHD×2.
     <SMPTE ST 2022-6>
     - Transceiver: HD×16/3G×14.
    *1 12G compatibility applies to only 8 of the 16 inputs/outputs.
    *2 FA-16VOIP, FA-16VOIP-EX.
    *3 Mode can be set per card. Number of channels indicated is for each card.
    Note: This external view is a tentative version.

FA-1616B-12G

  • 12G-SDI supported, 16 inputs/outputs*1 model.
  • All terminals support 12G-SDI.
  • 16 normal HD connectors are mounted.
    Input/output*2: 75Ω BNC ×16, 12G/3G/HD-SDI×16.
  • IP input/output.
    Add the option(s)*3 to choose any mode*4.
    <SMPTE ST 2110>
     - Transmission only: HD×16/UHD×4.
     - Receive only: HD×16/UHD×4.
     - Transceiver: HD×8/UHD×2.
     <SMPTE ST 2022-6>
     - Transceiver: HD×16/3G×14.
    *1 Input or output is selected in a menu for each channel.
    *2 Used for both input and output.
    *3 FA-16VOIP, FA-16VOIP-EX.
    *4 Mode can be set per card. Number of channels indicated is for each card.

FA-1616HB-3G

  • 12G-SDI supported, 16 inputs/outputs*1 model.
  • 32 HD-BNC connectors are mounted.
    Input/output*2: 75Ω HD-BNC ×32, 3G/HD-SDI×32.
  • IP input/output.
    SDI to IP encapsulation and IP to SDI de-encapsulation for up to 32 channels.
    Add the option(s)*2 to choose any mode*3.
    <SMPTE ST 2110>
     - Transmission only: HD×16/UHD×4.
     - Receive only: HD×16/UHD×4.
     - Transceiver: HD×8/UHD×2.
     <SMPTE ST 2022-6>
     - Transceiver: HD×16/3G×14.
    *1 Input or output is selected in a menu for each channel.
    *2 Used for both input and output.
    *3 FA-16VOIP, FA-16VOIP-EX.
    *4 Mode can be set per card. Number of channels indicated is for each card.
    Note: This external view is a tentative version.

Features

  • Control and monitoring
    - Control from a browser and via Ember+ or NMOS IS-04/05.
    - Browser-based control: No need to install a dedicated GUI.
    - Ember+ control: Enables control GUI development by users*1.
    - SNMP monitoring.
    - Management/control system redundancy also ensured, with 2 dedicated LAN ports (1000BASE-T).*2
    *1 Using Lawo VSM. *2 FA-16VOIP is required.
  • GENLOCK input
  • Timecode
    - LTC, ATC (LTC, VITC) time code generating and offset adjustment.
    - Equipped with LTC I/O terminals; supports ancillary time code multiplexing.
  • Others - Standard redundant power supply. With the fan, hot-swappable from the front.
    - Compact, relatively shallow 1 RU enclosure. 430(W)×500(D)×44(H) mm.

Software-defined

Instantly build the system you need with software-defined architecture

FA-1616 units are equipped with 2 processor blocks. Thanks to the processor’s software-defined architecture, each block can be customized to get the functions and channels you need. By selecting an optimal configuration* from 3 choices, hardware resources are applied more efficiently and flexibly for increasingly diverse video production. Instant reconfigurability also makes it a useful portable processor for events with constantly changing requirements.
* Video processing capacity varies depending on the configuration selected. For details, contact your FOR-A dealer.

Processor block A / Processor block B

2 blocks process video and audio for output via SDI and IP. Equipped with up to 4 processors each, the blocks can be set up in the same or different configurations, depending on your application.

  • Processing available per video processor
    - Video: 1 channel for 4K, 4 channels for 2K.
    - Audio: 4×16 channels.
  • Configuration example: Same configuration

  • Configuration example: Different configurations

Configurable functions for processor block

Main functions for processor block

  • Audio input/output
    - Mux/demux, remap, delay adjustment, and other processing for SDI embedded audio.
  • Robust frame synchronization
    - Synchronization Mode: Selectable from Frame, Line, AVDL, or Line (Min).
  • Advanced conversion
    - Interlace/progressive (from HD to 4K).
    - Up/down/cross(from HD to 4K).
    - Aspect ratio.
    - Resize/repositioning.
    - 2SI/SQD/3G-SDI Level-A/B conversion.
    - Single Link 12G-SDI/Quad Link 3G-SDI interconversion.
  • ProcAmp
    - Adjustment of video level, chroma level, and hue.
  • Robust color correction
    - 2 color correction modes: Balance (RGB) mode and color difference (YCbCr) mode.
    - Supports and converts between the broad ITU-R BT.2020 gamut and the conventional ITU-R BT.709 gamut.
    - Compensates for differences among external devices by using EOTF/OETF corresponding to various HDR or SDR curves.
    - EOTF/OETF log curves and gamut can be registered from a computer.
    - SDR/HDR conversion designed for an array of log curves (including HLG, PQ, and SDR) and reliable round-trip performance.
    - 1D and 3D LUTs supported.

Table of configurable functions for processor blocks


Configuration lineup selectable according to application

Configuration 1: Standard configuration

Configuration 1 Features

  • 4 video processors used for 2K (×4 channels) and UHD (×1 channel). Frame synchronization: up to 16 channels*1 for 2K, 4 channels*1 for UHD.
  • Adding optional VoIP cards enables use as an SDI/IP gateway with FS.
  • Audio processing: 256 channels standard. Optional cards enable audio processing for up to 128 additional channels.
    *1 Configuring both processor blocks (A and B) in this way doubles the number of channels.


Table of functions available in Configuration 1

Configuration 2*1: Optional configuration (Up/down conversion, SDR/HDR conversion)

*1 To be supported.

Configuration 2 Features

  • Configuration for switching between upconversion, downconversion, or other processing based on source signals.
  • 2 high-performance processors are available.


Table of functions available in Configuration 2

Configuration 3*1: Optional configuration (Up/down conversion, SDR/HDR conversion)

*1 To be supported.

Configuration 3 Features

  • Configuration for switching between upconversion, downconversion, or other processing based on source signals.
  • 3D LUT-based upconversion and downconversion supported.
  • Without upconversion or downconversion, can also be used as a 3D LUT converter for HD/3G (×8 channels*2) or 4K (×2 channels*2).
    *2 Configuring both processor blocks (A and B) in this way doubles the number of channels.


Table of functions available in Configuration 3

IP support

FA-1616 supports SMPTE ST 2110/ST 2022-6 encapsulation and de-encapsulation with an optional VoIP card. It can also be used as an IP gateway for up to 32-channel SDI/VoIP conversion. Add as many as 2 VoIP cards with four 25G SFP ports (2 redundant channels). Ready for production where IP is already in use, where a mix of IP and SDI is used, or where future IP migration is planned.

  • Video
    - SMPTE ST 2110/ST 2022-6 encapsulation or de-encapsulation for up to 32 channels.
    - Encapsulation/de-encapsulation capacity per VoIP card
     For SMPTE ST 2110: 16 channels for HD/3G-SDI or 4 channels for 4K.
     For SMPTE ST 2022-6: 16 channels for HD-SDI or 14 channels for 3G-SDI.
    - 2 VoIP cards can be added to expand capacity and enable SMPTE ST 2022-6/ST 2110 transcoding.
  • Audio
    - Convert various type of audio data to IP audio data. Audio data received over IP can also be output via an array of optional audio interfaces. of channels.

FA-1616 signal processing

SDI up/down/cross-conversion is supported as well as conversion between SDI/IP and SMPTE ST 2110/ST 2022-6. Besides the added functionality of software-defined architecture and expansion cards, effective signal processing makes the FA-1616 valuable in many production environments.

Expansion card options

The extensive options available include cards that add IP capabilities and expand audio and GPI interfaces.

Expansion cards for video over IP

  • FA-16VOIP: Video over IP card
    Enables SMPTE ST 2022-6/ST 2110 encap/decap and PTP synchronization. Only one card can be installed.
  • FA-16VOIP-EX: VOIP Expansion card
    Expands VoIP functionality. Only one card can be installed.
    Note: FA-16VOIP is required.

Expansion cards for audio interface

  • FA-16DNT*1: Dante audio card
    Enables sending/receiving of Dante audio. Supports RJ45x2, RX/TX 64ch each.
    Note: Dante® is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.
  • FA-16AES-PNL*1: AES audio expansion card
    Expands I/O channels for AES audio. BNCx4.
    Note: FA-16VOIP is required.
  • FA-16MADI*1: MADI audio card
    Enables input/output of MADI audio. Supports BNCx2, RX/TX 64ch each.
  • FA-16ANA-AUD*1: Balanced analog audio card
    Enables input/output of analog audio. DSUB-25 pin x1, Balanced audio for 4 Rx and 4 Tx channels.
  • FA-16AES-UBL*1: Unbalanced AES audio card
    Enables input/output of AES audio. BNCx4, Rx/Tx switching supported for 8 channels.
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Expansion cards for GPI interface

  • FA-16GPI*1: General purpose interface card
    Adds support for GPI control. DSUB-25 pin x 1, 10 inputs + 10 outputs + power + GND.
  • FA-16GPI-PNL*1: GPI Extension panel
    Expands channel control via GPI. DSUB-25 pin x 1.
    Note: FA-16GPI is required.

*1 To be supported.

Examples of applications

Production studios are only the start. Can be set up at live/events, in OB vans, and in many other settings.

Live/Event

  • In LED wall staging: Color correction
    Coordinate the colors of LED walls and floors or projections at event venues to create a unified space.

    In LED wall staging: Resizing
    In multi-screen staging, resizing function enables 2 video signals to be enlarged, aligned, or otherwise scaled to fit LED displays.

    Audio selector applications
    With support for SDI embedded audio, SMPTE ST 2110-30, MADI, Dante, AES, and other interface formats, a single FA-1616 unit can integrate the many audio interfaces used at venues. Also useful as an audio selector for remapping, delay or gain adjustment.

OB Vans

  • Up to 16 channels of video signals and embedded audio can be managed from a compact 1 RU processor that offers color correction and frame synchronization. In addition, it is possible to select optimum configuration for the operation. In OB vans with size and weight constraints, the FA-1616 series is an ideal solution.