The BrightEye™ line of compact
converters from Ensemble Designs is a complete conversion
solution. These self-contained converters interface
to a full range of video formats: high definition and
standard definition SDI, analog component, analog composite,
and Y/C (S-Video). Analog audio and AES digital audio
converters and embedders round out the BrightEye family.
Additionally, with fiber optic I/O choices, BrightEye
can take you farther than any ordinary converter.
Up to six BrightEyes fit in 1RU
with the optional rack kit
Whether you’re upconverting analog video to HD
for a projection system, converting a camera feed to
fiber in an arena, or feeding HD Tri-Level Sync to a
non-linear editor, BrightEye is there to help. With
their multi-format inputs and outputs, BrightEye converters
are the flexible and cost-effective answer to any conversion
requirement. BrightEye’s easy configuration interface
and signal status indicators make it simple to install
and troubleshoot a system. Their compact size lets you
put conversion right where it’s needed: at a camera,
non-linear editor, or projector.
Going HD is simple with BrightEye up and downconverters.
And feeding HD Tri-Level Sync to a non-linear editor
is easy with one of the BrightEye master sync pulse
generators and test signal generators. Reliable and
easy to install, these units make your transition to
HD simple. And they’re affordable too!
Electrical and optical connectors
for digital audio and video.
BrightEye may offer the world’s smallest TBC/Frame
Synchronizer, but the features, specifications, and
performance are far from tiny. All analog I/O is performed
at 12 bits of resolution. Composite decoding incorporates
sophisticated comb filters, and all internal processing
meets or exceeds SMPTE television broadcast specifications.
BrightEye converters provide superb video quality where
fine detail and subtle shading are faithfully reproduced.
You can install 3 to 6 BrightEye converters with the
optional rack mount kit. 6 single high units or 3 double
high units (BrightEye 90 family) fit in just 1RU. A
power supply needs to be ordered for each unit.
Fiber Optic Interfaces
When distances take you beyond the reach of ordinary
copper cable, look to BrightEye’s fiber optic
interfaces. With both laser diode fiber drivers and
photo diode receivers, BrightEye can handle both ends
of a fiber optic link. Fully compliant with SMPTE 274M,
296M and 297M, BrightEye’s optical interfaces
operate at a wavelength of 1310 nm. Integral SC type
connectors make it easy to connect into fiber infrastructure.
BrightEye has been designed without internal fiber pigtails,
so all optical converters support both multi and single
mode fiber. BrightEye’s fiber interconnect carries
the same digital bitstream that makes up the electrical
SDI interface. Data is carried by pulses of light rather
than pulses of electricity. This rugged transmission
system can carry serial digital signals with no loss
or degradation for twenty kilometers or more on single
mode fiber. With the use of a launch attenuator, multimode
fiber is supported.
BrightEye makes it easy to take advantage of fiber
optic technology. Choose from converters that include
analog video I/O or units that interface directly to
HD or SD SDI signals. Fiber interfaces are ideal for
outdoor events and remote broadcasts. Fiber is not only
a great solution for long distances, but since it is
electrically non-conductive it also provides complete
electrical isolation between the two connection points.
Fiber connectivity completely eliminates concern for
AC ground loops and hum. Optical transmission over fiber
is also immune to radio frequency interference (RFI)
and electromagnetic interference. Even nearby lightning
strikes will not compromise the signal.
Front Panel Convenience
BrightEye devices have clearly labeled front panel
controls, which allow you to choose output formats and
other settings, quickly and easily without futzing with
BrightEye Mac and PC Software
For more advanced controls, you can use the included
BrightEye Mac or PC software. Adjust video levels, output
timing and mix audio channels are easy with the BrightEye
control software. BrightEye Mac or PC connect using
USB, and can control multiple BrightEye units with one
computer. Additionally, you can use it to upgrade BrightEye
units as new software versions become available. BrightEye
Mac and PC software are included with each unit at no