Modular interfacing and conversion

Synapse is the industry’s most powerful and comprehensive audio and video processing system. Synapse modules make it possible to process, distribute, convert or analyse any type of uncompressed video and audio signal. Some examples: frame synchronization, video up & down conversion, audio (de)embedding, Dolby processing, integrity checking, logo insertion, multiviewing, etc.


Core Benefits

  • Flexible

    Using the right combination of cards makes it possible to create any kind of transmission chain you could possibly want. This flexibility makes any type of processing job possible. 

  • Massive processing power

    Not limited by a single function but integrating a wide variety of functions combined on a single processing board, resulting in lower footprint in power consumption and space. 

  • Easy deployment, low wiring

    The frame has an internal add-on bus which can transport audio from one card to the other internally without any external wiring. Less wiring means easy deployment.

  • Easy to use and intuitive interface

    Configuration and control of Synapse is done via Cortex (FOC) or Cerebrum in an intuitive and easy to use graphical user interface. 

  • Lower cost of ownership

    Synapse is based on a single form factor. This will protect your investment and makes swapping cards between frames possible when systems change, or the infrastructure is dynamic like in OB-vans.

Components and modules

Synapse has a vast portfolio of processing modules. There are ±200 different cards available, each with it's own functionality and application. The modules listed here are currently the most popular frames and processing cards.


  • Robust design
  • Central genlock inputs for all cards
  • Ethernet connection for remote control and monitoring
  • Easy, hot swappable fans
  • Auto input range power supply
  • Front control to control of all card parameters
  • Internal Synapse ADD-ON daisy chain bus
  • Separate rack controller which doesn’t take up a slot
SFR18 Straight Front Closed
SFR18 Straight Front Open
SFR18 perspective closed
SFR18 perspective open
SFR18 Rear side

SDI integrity checking probe

  • 4 free selectable inputs per probe
  • Clean back-up switching through built-in frame synchronizers
  • Clean audio switch-over through V-fade
  • Video content freeze and black detection
  • WST and OP47 presence detection
  • Audio silence and clip detection
  • Dolby presence detection
  • Test pattern generator
GIX110 block schematic

Modular Multiviewer

  • 8 SDI inputs to two individual heads on 8 SDI outputs
  • Each input can be displayed on each head with an individual scale and position
  • Very low latency (20ms for 50Hz)
  • 32 free assignable audio bars per head
  • Three assignable UMD regions in or under each picture
  • 2 Digital and/or analog clocks per head, assigned to VITC, ATC, LTC or NTP
  • 4 TSL or ACP controlled Tallies per picture
  • Cascades to other multiviewer building blocks to increase the amount of on screen pictures
MGU200 block schematic

UHD up/down/cross converter

  • Up/down/cross conversion using Motion Optimized Quality De-interlacing
  • Up and down conversion to and from UHD 4-wire
  • Video proc-amp and color corrector
  • Frame sync with auto-phaser
  • Aspect Ratio Converter
  • 16 free programmable preset banks
  • Multiple GPI inputs and outputs
  • Embedded domain 64x64 audio shuffling
UXU500 block schematic

SDI audio de-embedder

  • Up to 8 AES/EBU outputs (available with 110 Ohm and75 Ohm connectors)
  • 8 extra AES/EBU inputs through the Synapse bus
  • 2x SDI + embedded audio outputs
  • Pre and post delay de-embedding
  • Audio gain, phase and offset delay up to 5 seconds
  • Audio Silence and peak detection
  • GPIs to control presets
GDB880 block schematic

UHD & HDR toolbox

  • Fully featured 4K (3840x2160) Ultra HD 4 wire toolbox
  • LUT based color space and dynamic range conversion
  • 16 LUT presets for standard LUT tables (.cube, .lut or .txt file extensions)
  • 1D LUT 10 bits 1024 RGB values (1024x3 rows)
  • 3D LUT 10 bits 35937 RGB values (33x33x33)
  • Side by side split screen mode with slider for evaluation of LUT values
  • LUT bypass mode
  • Compatible with BT709 and BT2020 I/O
  • Includes a Dolby E encoder and decoder
U4T240 Block Schematic

UHD distribution amplifier

  • Quad channel DA with 16 outputs
  • Conversion between SMPTE standards
  • GPI controlled input swapping and status monitoring
  • Bypass function of the reclocker for non-standard frequencies
  • Flexible choice of I/O standards, like fiber or HDMI I/O, through the use of SFP modules
GDR416 Block Schematic

Live production toolbox

  • Low-latency up/down/cross conversion in the same frame-rate
  • Dual frame-synchronization
  • Dual input backup functionality with integrity checking
  • VBI insertion
  • Cross input audio (de-)embedding and shuffling, also though the Synapse audio bus
  • 4 GPI inputs for ARC and Shuffle triggers
GXT110 Block Schematic

Synapse Modules Catalog

Wired SFR18 shot from the backside of the frame

Often called “glue” or “infrastructure equipment”, Synapse modules make it possible to process, distribute, convert and analyze any type of uncompressed video and audio signals.

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