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Kramer Introduces the VS-211HDxl 3G HD-SDI Automatic Standby Switcher
Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Kramer Introduces the VS-211HDxl 3G HD-SDI Automatic Standby Switcher

Unique Switching Solution for the Broadcast and Post Production Markets


Kramer Electronics, a worldwide supplier of innovative and reliable signal management products, introduces the VS-211HDxl 2x1 automatic standby switcher for SDI, HD-SDI and 3G HD-SDI signals.  When configured as a standby switcher, the unit switches automatically to the secondary input when the signal on the primary input is lost.  The unit automatically switches back to the primary input when the primary signal is restored.  The VS-211HDxl is a unique new product and it is ideal for broadcast, studio and post-production applications.

The VS-211HDxl has two inputs and two outputs and it is compatible with SDI (SMPTE 259M), HD-SDI (SMPTE 292M) and 3G HD-SDI (424M) signals with or without embedded audio.  Either of the two inputs can be manually switched via contact closures to the outputs or the unit can be set to switch automatically.  A switch on the unit can be set to indicate which input is the primary input.  If the unit detects a loss of signal on the designated primary input, it switches automatically to the secondary input.  When the unit detects the presence of the primary signal it automatically switches back to the primary input.  The unit has two identical outputs for distribution to two destinations simultaneously.

The VS-211HDxl is fully compatible with ASI signals on both inputs and on output 1.  When using the VS-211HDxl with ASI signals, it functions as a two input, single output switcher only.  The switcher is housed in a compact Kramer DigiTOOLS™ enclosure and it has a maximum data rate of 3Gbps along with LED indicators to show the active input.

The VS-211HDxl is available through authorized Kramer Electronics resellers worldwide.