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Harris Broadcast: Multiviewers -- Predator II-GX: Expandable, Dual-Head, Auto-Sensing Multiviewer

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Harris Broadcast: Multiviewers -- Predator II-GX: Expandable, Dual-Head, Auto-Sensing Multiviewer


The Harris® Predator II-GX™ is more than just an HD multiviewer — it is a complete HD control and monitoring solution. It features auto-sensing support for multiple input standards and a modular architecture that allows smaller models to be expanded as demand grows. Combining pristine-quality images, easy-to-use editing software and an array of standard video and audio monitoring capabilities, the Predator II-GX also offers extensive ancillary data decoding capabilities. An optional computer graphics card allows for the addition of test, monitoring or control sources onscreen as part of the multi-image display.


Predator II-GX I/O Overview





  • Available in either a 1 or 2RU frame
  • Available in a range of models capable of auto-detecting 4 to 32 HD-SDI, SDI or composite video inputs
  • Optional DVI-I input card options to allow computer source inputs (DVI or VGA)
  • Two DVI-I outputs driving two independent displays at resolutions of up to 1920x1080 (up to 1920x1200 in single-head mode)
  • Less than one frame processing delay from source to output; ideal for production applications
  • Standard, easy-to-use Z-Configurator™ software included
  • Integrated audio monitoring capabilities — onscreen ballistic meters and alarming features; embedded audio monitoring for up to 16 sources per video source (standard); and discrete analog and AES monitoring options. 2RU model includes a dedicated audio monitor output in simultaneous analog and AES
  • Decodes aspect ratio data (AFD or WSS) to display sources correctly onscreen; a range of screen aspect ratio and safe area markers help support monitoring a multi-aspect ratio production
  • Extensive alarm monitoring capabilities — ability to monitor numerous video and audio faults such as loss, freeze, black, metadata loss, audio silence or over level; range of response options including onscreen notification, SNMP messaging and GPO trigger
  • Supports for dynamic UMD and tally indicator via a number of industry-standard protocols
  • Direct communication with the Platinum™ router to display source and/or destination names for each input from Platinum
  • Decode and display of Closed Caption data (608/708) on any video source
  • Multiple-clock display in different formats, with options to sync to LTC, NTP or PC time sources
  • Up and down timer support with various trigger options
  • D-VITC decoding for display of embedded time code on video
  • Downloading and display custom bitmaps; allows information display or branding capability

Product Details

The Predator II-GX comes with a variety of input options. The 1RU frame offers options from 4 to 12 video inputs, while the 2RU range offers models from 12 to 32 inputs. The unique Predator II-GX architecture allows the user with a smaller model to expand input capacity by simply adding processing cards to match any future increase in monitoring needs. This highly flexible multiviewer also offers options for monitoring PC sources onscreen alongside video sources — for example, placing playout server control onscreen alongside the playout sources to mix monitoring and control on the same displays.

Designed to perfection for demanding applications with features and capabilities targeted to specific needs, Predator II-GX is a high-performance multiviewer solution for many areas.

Outside Production
truck.jpgWith its compact size, rugged design and excellent production capabilities, Predator II-GX is a popular choice in outside broadcast vehicles. Each Predator II-GX multiviewer is capable of driving two independent displays, so a large number of displays can be driven from multiple Predator II-GX systems.

  • Excellent picture quality
  • Dual-head display
  • Lowest frame delays
  • Easy setup and reconfiguration
  • Dynamic UMD and tally updates


Production Flycases
The compact design and easy setup of Predator II-GX make it ideal for SNG and flycase applications.

  • Auto-detects up to 32 HD-SDI, SDI and composite video inputs via BNC (1080i, 720p, 625, 525, PAL, NTSC)
  • Multiple-clocks display in digital and analog format; NTP or LTC timecode input option available for synchronization to master clock
  • Metadata displays in multiple up/down timers
  • Support for dynamic UMD and tally indicators, as well as many industry-standard protocols


Production Studios
AlfacamTelevisionFacilities.jpgWhether for call letter stations or national broadcasters, the Predator II-GX ticks all the boxes for high-quality, high-performance multi-image viewing.

The excellent picture quality, low processing delay, and simple control and configuration options make Predator II-GX an enormously popular solution. Integrated UMD decoding and display, as well as numerous tally style options, make identifying and highlighting sources easily customizable all standard features. Embedded audio monitoring is also a standard feature, while analog or AES audio monitoring is available as an option.


Master Control Rooms
Predator II-GX provides all the necessary tools for channel launch and control. Boasting a large number of monitoring features such as video loss, video freeze, black picture, caption loss, audio loss, silence or over-level, auto-sensing support for composite/HD/SD inputs and optional graphics inputs, Predator II-GX should be considered in smaller to mid-end master control applications.

  • Signal status
  • Alarm monitoring
  • Metadata displays
  • Clocks and timers
  • AFD/WSS status


Large-System Monitoring
Combining Predator II-GX with Platinum routers provides an excellent solution for medium- to large-scale monitoring systems. By using a single Platinum router, up to 512 sources can be fed to up to 64 Predator II-GX systems. Source and destination names can be extracted from the router for display with the video, while Z-Configurator soft-ware allows the user to dynamically switch router sources, offering the ability to pull any router source to any PIP.




Predator II-GX supports a range of input standards, such as 1080p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30Hz, and includes on video display of D-VITC information. These features, along with the excellent image quality and optional DVI inputs, make the Predator II-GX an excel-lent choice for post-production editing suites.



Predator II-GX 2RU model with 32 video inputs


Predator II-GX 1RU model with 12 video inputs


Predator II-GX 2RU model with 16 video inputs and 8 DVI-I inputs


Predator II-GX 1RU model with 8 video inputs and 4 DVI-I inputs




Specifications and designs are subject to change without notice.

Video Inputs
Input Type HD-SDI (SMPTE 292M, 1.485 Gb/s)
SDI (SMPTE 259M 270 Mb/s)
Composite (PAL/NTSC)
Number of Inputs 1RU: 4, 8, 12
2RU: 12, 16, 20, 24, 32
Connector BNC
Input Resolution Supports 1080i 50/59.94/60, 720p, 50/59.94/60, SDI 525, SDI 625, PAL, NTSC
Display Outputs
Operates as a single- or dual-output system to give any mix of inputs across two displays
Output Type 10-bit DVI or RGBHV (via adaptor) output
Number of Outputs 2: duplicate (in single-output mode) or dual output
Connector DVI-I connector
Output Resolution Single-output display mode: user-programmable up to 1920x1200
Dual head display mode: user-programmable up to 1920x1080
System Front-panel LCD menu, onscreen display
Software Z-Configurator layout configuration software
Serial Interfaces 1 RS-232 port
1 RS-232/422 port (user-selectable)
Ethernet Ethernet control, via RJ45
GPI 2 inputs per video input
Audio Output Stereo, analog audio + simultaneous AES (2RU models only)
Master GPO Can be used to trigger external alarm devices (2RU models only)
Housing 19-in. rackmount: 1RU high (HD 4/HD 8/HD 12); 2RU high (HD 12/HD 16/HD 20/HD 24/HD 32)
Dimensions W x D x H
1RU: 18.8 x 15.1 x 1.7 in. (480 x 386 x 44 mm)
2RU: 18.8 x 15.1 x 3.4 in. (480 x 386 x 88 mm)
Weight ZP2-HD4-FR1RU: 9 lbs (4.1 kg)
ZP2-HD8-FR1RU: 10.3 lbs (4.7 kg)
ZP2-HD12-FR1RU: 11.4 lbs (5.2 kg)
ZP2-HD12: 17.2 lbs (7.8 kg)
ZP2-HD16: 18.5 lbs (8.4 kg)
ZP2-HD20: 19.4 lbs (8.8 kg)
ZP2-HD24: 20.7 lbs (9.4 kg)
ZP2-HD32: 22.9 lbs (10.4 kg)
Power Auto-detected of 100 or 240 V and within 47/63 Hz; uses a 2.2 A fuse; single mains power adaptor (supplied)
Environmental Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
Storage: 32° to 122° F (0° to 50° C)
Humidity: 70% max
Front Panel 6 configuration/menu buttons
Rear Panel Power on/off, rear I/O 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 32 HD/SD I/O BNC pairs, each with GPI/O 9-pin RS-232, 9-pin RS-232/422 and Ethernet as standard
Compliance CE product emission standard EN 55 022:1994, CE generic immunity standard 50082-1:1992 (as per the EMC directive 89/336/EEC), FCC Class A digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC rules; RoHs-compliant
Ancillary Data Decode Closed Caption decode and display (EIA 608, 708)
D-VITC decode and display (RP188)
Source ID (SMPTE 291M)
UMD Protocol Support TSL
Thomson ASCII
Image Video
Graphics Overlay Ability to download bitmaps for logos on screen
Stylized video window skins
In-picture embedded audio bargraphs
2 analog clocks
6 up/down timers
4 tally lamps - red, green, yellow,blue
Dynamic UMD/tally
6 digital clocks
Fault Detection And Alarms Loss of video sync
Frozen picture
Audio over-level
Loss of V-chip rating
Black picture
Loss of audio/audio under-level
Loss of closed captioning
Loss of source ID
Status Indicators Closed caption detection
Source ID
V-chip status
Input standard






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