FS-HDR, a 1RU, rackmount, universal converter/frame synchronizer, is designed specifically to meet the High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) needs of broadcast, OTT, production, post, and live event AV environments, where real time, low latency processing and color fidelity is required for 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD workflows. Developed in partnership with Colorfront, the FS-HDR’s HDR/WCG functionality is powered by Colorfront Engine™ proprietary video processing algorithms.
In Single Channel Mode, FS-HDR also serves as a full, 1-Channel up, down, cross-converter for 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD HDR/WCG transformation. In 4-Channel Mode, FS-HDR offers 4 independent channels of 2K/HD HDR/WCG transformations as well as up, down, and cross conversions.
TV Mode is an operational mode that provides a simple to use transform selection interface with minimal controls required for live television production. It addresses color correction and camera correction while adding two new controls essential for HDR/SDR transforms. These new controls are for Knee Point and Knee Slope and they help to manage highlights and roll-off in HDR to SDR and HDR to SDR conversions. They also improve the quality of the SDR output by using more of the information available in the HDR program. Shouldn’t your SDR deliverable benefit from all the effort put into your HDR production?
The Colorfront Engine uses conversion algorithms based on the human visual system that provide better SDR to HDR color transformation as well, improving the overall look of SDR sources used in your HDR production. To protect and maintain color fidelity of SDR brand colors used in graphics or in-camera, the combination of SDR to HLG and HLG to SDR transforms using the Colorfront Engine TV Mode provides the necessary “round-tripping” capabilities.
A perceptual transform integrates the various human perceptual phenomena into a model or perceptually linear transform space. Unique to the FS-HDR Colorfront Engine TV Mode, transforms are calculated in this perceptual space. Dynamic range, surround illumination, color volume, perceived saturation, and perceived hue are accounted for.
Deliver more immersive content to audiences with the power and flexibility of AJA FS-HDR. See how FS-HDR and the Colorfront Engine can simplify real time HDR/WCG transformations and makes it easy to maintain the look you’ve worked to achieve across SDR to HDR, HDR to HDR, and HDR to SDR for both 4K and HD needs.
Learn more about the device’s extensive capabilities, including extensive camera log translations and more.
The pursuit of High Dynamic Range (HDR) is the dream of getting closer to the Human Visual System (HVS) in all that we experience as viewers. FS-HDR has been designed to get us all there faster with a low profile, stand-alone, and real time device uniquely designed to bridge SDR to HDR, HDR to SDR, and HDR to HDR, all in real time.
Up and Down Conversion examples:
As sports fans have come to expect a more dynamic, interactive experience, augmented reality (AR) is quickly becoming a common and valuable production asset, but one that requires additional video processing time. For seamless integration of AR into live productions, larger frame buffering capacities are required to delay other sources.
FS-HDR offers the largest configurable frame delay in its class of up to 20 frames per channel, ensuring all sources stay in time.
Maintaining Perceptual Integrity
FS-HDR’s HDR/WCG capabilities leverage video and color space processing algorithms within the Colorfront Engine, specially licensed by AJA from Colorfront, and developed by Colorfront’s CTO Bill Feighter and Lead Engineer Tamas Perlaki.
Powered by the Colorfront Engine, FS-HDR’s extensive HDR and WCG processing support enable real time processing of a Single Channel of 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD including down-conversion to HD HDR or up to four channels of 2K/HD simultaneously. FS-HDR also enables the conversion of popular camera formats from multiple vendors into the HDR space, plus conversion to and from BT.2020/BT.709 as needed, critical for the widespread acceptance of HDR alongside SDR in broadcast and OTT workflows.
Colorfront Engine TV Mode provides specific conversions and simplified controls for highlight and roll-off management in live television broadcast productions.
Colorfront Engine Live Mode provides conversions and controls that support live applications such as broadcast, OTT, A/V, and venue.
Colorfront Engine Film Mode provides conversions and controls, including ASC CDL, for applications such as on-set camera preview and look creation.
FS-HDR provides parametric controls for Colorfront Engine’s HDR transforms and color correction in Live, TV and Film Modes. Each parametric control is accessible via FS-HDR’s front panel, the web GUI on any browser, or REST interface, and settings can be stored to a preset for recall later or copied to other FS-HDR units.
Colorfront Engine parametric controls enable the following:
FS-HDR can take incoming imagery from some of the most popular professional cameras in the world today and convert their LOG output in real time to 4K/UltraHD or 2K/HD and output as either HDR or SDR. This greatly simplifies workflows in a mixed camera environment and provides for a unified input workflow to HDR or SDR capable switchers and more. Additionally, FS-HDR provides the ability to convert to Sony S-Log3 S-Gamut on output from any of these sources for workflows requiring this Log feed to compatible switchers and more.
The Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) is becoming an industry standard for managing color throughout the life cycle of a motion picture or television production. From capture through editing, VFX, mastering, public presentation, archiving, and future remastering, ACES ensures a consistent color experience that preserves the creative vision.
FS-HDR offers an ACES Grading Color Space with ACEScct Input and Output Dynamic Ranges for real time integration with ACES workflows.
Colorfront Engine in Film Mode offers built-in LOOK selection including film stock emulation and popular aesthetic looks, valuable tools for on-set and episodic production and you can even mix between any two for unique specific aesthetic needs:
BBC HLG LUTs Mode offers additional functionality that adds HDR conversion options, particularly for television broadcasters who are looking for specific conversion criteria.
NBCU LUTs, developed by NBCUniversal Media, LLC in collaboration with Cromorama, enable a workflow for single-master live production of simultaneous HDR and SDR content. Designed for television broadcasters, NBCU LUTs include SDR, HLG and PQ LUTs that maximize the dynamic range and color volume in HDR, without compromising core SDR broadcasts.
NBCU LUT Conversions
3D LUTs place color and luma in a 3D space, a much more representative way of how color works in the real world and useful for capturing and relaying more complex color grades than 1D LUTs.
FS-HDR supports uploads of user created 3D LUTs (33 point .cube format), with the ability to store and recall as needed through the FS-HDR's simple visual GUI. This is ideal for bringing a standard desired look to a production, applying a creative LUT previously designed for the sake of the project, or potentially loading a film emulation LUT for a particular look.
FS-HDR also supports Dynamic LUT uploads from 3rd party software for live playout, with the ability to see changes as you implement them.
Single Channel Dynamic LUTs support 4K resolutions while Four Channel Mode supports Multi-Channel HD workflows, with integration support for TVLogic’s WonderLookPro and Pomfort’s LiveGrade Pro grading software for continuous real time LUT updates.
Dynamic LUT support for both Single Channel and Multi-Channel workflows
Dynamic LUT support for both Single Channel and Multi-Channel workflows
The Colorfront Engine SDR Preview Mode allows a user to quickly see what an HDR output will look like if it were converted to SDR by an FS-HDR. This is extremely useful in functions like camera shading, where the operator is making adjustments to an HDR camera while viewing the image on an HDR display. A key question is "what will this picture look like when down-converted to SDR?" The FS-HDR's unique SDR Preview Mode provides a fast way to answer this question without requiring an HDR to SDR equipment chain or reconfiguring the existing HDR monitor.
When SDR Preview is enabled, the Colorfront Engine maps the video into the currently selected HDR space (PQ or HLG), but with values that will exactly represent the SDR image. This eliminates the time normally required to change the output format to SDR and the wait for the display to reconfigure. By simply controlling the on/off state of SDR Preview (from the front panel, Web GUI, or GPI), the operator can make quick, glitch free A/B comparisons of the HDR and SDR images.
FS-HDR opens a range of exciting possibilities for the integration of HDR within a range of workflows:
4K/UltraHD Conversion Power with simultaneous 2K/HD outputs.
4K/UltraHD delivery, processing and synchronization is fast becoming the next standard, and FS-HDR gets you there with a wealth of digital video connectivity including Quad 1.5G, Dual 3G, Quad 3G with built in BNC connectors and 12G/6G over optional 12G-SDI HD-BNC and 12G-SDI LC Fiber SFP modules.
In Single Channel Mode, FS-HDR will up-convert your HD or SD materials to 4K/UltraHD or down-convert your 4K/UltraHD to HD, and supports a huge array of audio channels over Embedded SDI, AES, and MADI for an incredible 272x208 matrix of audio processing capabilities.
Enhanced Single Channel Mode offers simultaneous 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD outputs for Single Master HDR workflows. In this Mode, HDR processing can be performed on true 4K or UltraHD signals and down-conversion with HDR processing is available for HD HDR or HD SDR needs via the SDI monitor output.
The channel’s color transform can be configured for Colorfront Engine TV Mode, Colorfront Engine Live Mode, Colorfront Engine Film Mode, BBC HLG 3D LUTs, NBCU 3D LUTs, User 3D LUTs, or Dynamic LUT Mode to accomplish the desired HDR transform.
Multi Channel HD HDR Processing.
In Four Channel Mode FS-HDR provides incredibly powerful Multi-Channel conversion with up to four channels of simultaneous HDR processing for 2K/HD and SD signals. Powerful conversion processing also allows Region of Interest (ROI) scaling, color correction, proc amp controls, motion adaptive deinterlacing and much more.
Each channel can be independently configured for Colorfront Engine TV Mode, Colorfront Engine Live Mode, Colorfront Engine Film Mode, BBC HLG 3D LUTs, NBCU 3D LUTs, User 3D LUTs, or Dynamic LUT Mode to accomplish the desired HDR transform.
In Four Channel Mode you can also bring in a single HD source and process four separate outputs from it, each with their own HDR/SDR transformations.
Multi-channel density in a 1RU Chassis conserves space, power, and weight.
Video and Audio deserve the connectivity and bandwidth required to meet the demands of your projects.
FS-HDR utilizes standard BNC as well as optional SFP inputs and outputs to integrate easily into a variety of workflows and facilities with support for SDI workflows all the way up to 12G.
FS-HDR has Coax and Fiber* inputs and outputs to accept 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD resolution SDI signals in Single Channel Mode. In Four Channel Mode 2K/HD/SD inputs can be routed to multiple locations simultaneously without the need for any external signal distribution.
A looping Reference Input allows the FS-HDR to be locked to your house reference signal for rock solid stability.
Digital Audio can be disembedded and embedded between SDI, MADI, and AES for an incredible array of routing possibilities
* SFP inputs and outputs are optional.
Moving to 4K is never an instant change. Legacy signals and archival material need to be integrated into the 4K environment while 4K/UltraHD sources need to be down-converted for current 2K/HD pipelines.
Utilizing AJA's remarkable conversion algorithms, FS-HDR supports up, down, cross-conversion from 2K/HD/SD to 4K or UltraHD video and back over 12G/6G/3G-SDI. Both Square Division (SQD) and Two Sample Interleave (2SI) pixel mapping formats are supported.
AJA's powerful hardware conversion technology ensures the highest image quality for your productions. Key conversion features include:
All done in beautiful 10-bit with dedicated hardware.
FS-HDR's SFP options include both 12G/6G-SDI HD-BNC and Fiber LC I/O options including single or dual channel and Single Mode or Multi-Mode options, allowing great SDI flexibility and fiber cable runs of up to 10 kilometers to be connected directly to the FS-HDR without the need for separate fiber to SDI conversion. Also available are 3G-SDI Fiber LC and SC SFP options.
Optional 12G/6G-SDI SFPs:
Optional 3G-SDI Single Mode SFPs:
Optional 3G-SDI Multi-Mode SFPs:
Integrated control of AJA’s FS family of frame synchronizers and converters with SKAARHOJ’s line of hardware based control panels. The new Rack Control Duo, developed in partnership with broadcast services provider NEP, supports AJA’s FS-HDR, FS4, FS2, and FS1 devices and is capable of ganging control of multiple FS products and processing channels together, making set-up and on-the-fly adjustments faster and easier for operators and engineers with a single tactile hardware control panel.
Ideal for any production environment involving multiple source signals, Rack Control Duo is an intuitive hardware control panel with tactile knobs and buttons to easily perform simultaneous adjustments across multiple AJA frame synchronizers.
Operators can also use the panel to recall and implement presets from previous setups across one or more FS devices. When used in conjunction with FS-HDR real time HDR/WCG converters, RGB color corrections can be performed via Rack Control Duo prior to HDR to SDR or SDR to HDR transforms, harnessing the power of AJA’s FS-HDR.
The Tangent Element Kb twelve knob panel provides remote real time adjustment control of the FS-HDR’s Colorfront Engine parameters for HDR. This enables quick access and tactile control for key FS-HDR parameters in live production.
A free standalone app, FS-HDR Control Link, can be run on a local PC or Mac to provide communications between the Tangent panel’s USB interface and an Ethernet LAN, and ultimately connect to the FS-HDR. With v2.6 firmware and above and FS-HDR Control Link software, you can control Colorfront Engine parameters across multiple FS-HDRs and utilize 4x FS-HDRs simultaneously for 8K needs.
Control Link software can be found alongside the FS-HDR firmware under the Software panel on FS-HDR's Support page and instructions for use are included in the FS-HDR manual.
Note: The Tangent Element Kb hardware is not sold through AJA and must be sourced through normal third party channels.
FS-HDR is network ready and supports 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.
FS-HDR features unique over the network control of HDR settings from within its elegant interface available from any browser, anywhere.
FS-HDR includes an HDMI 1.4 output for 2K/HD monitoring of your HDR conversions.
FS-HDR provides HDR infoframe generation to support HDR displays per HDMI v2.0b/CTA-861-G. The Monitor outputs (SDI and HDMI) support 2K/HD/SD formats, so when monitoring a 4K or UltraHD output, the monitor outputs (both SDI and HDMI) will be automatically down-converted to 2K or HD with HDR transforms respectively.
For full HDMI 2.0 to 4K/UltraHD displays, pair your FS-HDR with either an AJA Hi5-12G for 12G-SDI 4K/UltraHD or a Hi5-4K-Plus Mini-Converter for Quad 3G-SDI.
AJA’s Hi5-12G preserves your vision with pristine image fidelity and HFR support up to 60p for 4K/UltraHD 12G-SDI to HDMI 2.0 conversion needs. Both the Hi5-12G and Hi5-4K-Plus can generate HDR metadata in accordance with HDMI v2.0b/CTA-861-G.
Hi5-4K-Plus provides a simple monitoring connection from professional 4K devices like the FS-HDR, using Quad 3G-SDI, Quad 1.5G-SDI, or Dual 3G-SDI outputs to new displays with 4K/UltraHD HDMI 2.0 inputs, for cost effective monitoring for 4:2:2/4:4:4 60p professional workflows.
The growth of 5.1 and 7.1 audio has increased the number of audio channels that must be managed in a production, The MADI standard provides a convenient way to transport huge numbers of audio channels along a single cable, simplifying the cabling demands for broadcasters, mobile trucks and production. FS-HDR supports both fiber and coax MADI input and output. An internal 277x208 mono audio matrix allows you to route 1 to 1 or 1 to many with full routing of MADI, mixdowns, and all audio coming from SDI, fiber, and AES sources for an incredible amount of audio processing capability in a single box.
FS-HDR supports Closed Captioning and the conversion of Closed Captioning between 2K/HD/SD and 4K/UltraHD formats - including full conversion of CEA-608 and CEA-708 standards. FS-HDR can preserve Closed Captioning even when converting between formats, removing the need to reinsert Closed Captioning after conversion.
Automatically sets Active Format Description information to match the converted signal. This means AFD information does not have to be inserted after conversion and provides accurate information for devices that understand AFD.
Watch this video to learn how to configure FS-HDR utilizing the FS-HDR’s built-in web interface for both 4K/UltraHD, and multi-channel HD HDR to HDR, SDR to HDR, and HDR to SDR needs.
AJA’s technical support is recognized as among the best in the industry and is available to all AJA customers. If you need assistance with any aspect of your FS installation, configuration, operation or encounter any technical issue, AJA Support will work with you to get up and running.
FS products are covered by a generous five year warranty. Please see the individual Product’s Manual for additional specifics around warranty conditions for the product itself.