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BrightEye NXT 450 Compact Router with H.264 Encoder/Decoder and Up/Down/Cross Conversion

A Set of Signal Processing Resources Tied Together with a Flexible Routing Matrix Imagine this. You’re out in the field. You’ve just been handed a variety of signals, in different formats, and you’re expected to input them, switch, and dissolve them live; convert them to a standard format for distribution; and now the producer wants live streaming AND to take in an MPEG encoded signal coming from another location.
How many different processors are you going to need? How about one!

High Quality, High Profile, Professional Contribution MPEG Encoder/Decoder
The new BrightEye NXT 450 Compact Router with professional MPEG contribution Encoder/Decoder integrates a powerful set of features alongside a built-in high quality, high profile MPEG Encoder/Decoder. Now it’s possible for users to hook up SDI, HDMI, or Fiber baseband, and MPEG, or DVB-ASI encoded signals without worrying about timing issues, convert them to a common standard definition or high definition format as simply as selecting a source and pushing the TAKE button, intercut or dissolve them seamlessly to a very high quality MPEG encoder for realtime streaming, while simultaneously sending them to SDI or HDMI destinations. All this in a device the size of a paperback novel.

Convert While You Route With Dual Up/Down/Cross Converters

The new BrightEye NXT 450 allows format conversion to take place while routing signals to destinations. Now, various formats of high definition and standard definition content can be converted to a common format and routed seamlessly to destinations. Standard definition sources can be up converted to high definition as part of the routing process, as well as cross converting from one HD format to another. All you have to do is select a SMPTE standard for a particular destination, and all sources routed to that destination will be converted to that format automatically. Imagine dissolving cleanly between a standard definition source and a 720p source with a 1080i output all at the touch of the TAKE button.

Instantaneous Clean Switching and Mixing

The new BrightEye NXT 450 Compact Router with U/D/C conversion and Clean and Quiet Switching cleanly and instantly switches or dissolves your sources. The output switches instantaneously, never a glitch or pop. Feed the NXT 450 with cameras and other sources and take the output to air or to production equipment. The built-in frame synchronizer provides two clean-switched outputs. Great for fly packs, ENG trucks and aircraft, or anywhere you need a small router, this new BrightEye has incredible power in a small 1RU high by 1/3 RU wide footprint. The exclusive front panel LCD displays realtime full motion video of your router sources.

Full Control From The Front Panel
The BrightEye NXT 450 allows full set-up and control from the front panel of the unit. That means all encoding and decoding settings, router configuration, U/D/X conversion format, Clean Switch assignment – the works. There is no need for external computer control. Of course, if you’d like to use your computer, the built in web server provides the same kind of set-up and control functionality from virtually anywhere with any web browser enabled device.

Control From Third Party Devices
BrightEye NXTs can be controlled from third party devices using serial protocols via TCP/IP, RS-232 and SNMP. If RS-232 control is desired, please specify at time of purchase and your unit will come with the connector cable pre-installed. Field installation after the fact is not supported.

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The BrightEye NXT 450’s new encoding functionality produces simultaneous transport streams including one high-resolution and one low-resolution unicast stream, one multicast stream, and a DVB-ASI stream. Sources can be seamlessly routed to the encoder that outputs the various streams to an RJ-45 Ethernet connector on the back of the unit. The DVB-ASI formatter produces a DVB-ASI format stream that can be sent to a BNC or Fiber port for distribution.

The BrightEye NXT 450 also includes an MPEG decoder. Gigabit Ethernet can be received via the RJ-45 connector as either unicast or multicast MPEG-4 decoded to 3G, HD, SD SDI with embedded audio, and can be mixed or intercut with other sources connected to the router. Decoded and encoded video can be seen in realtime and full motion on the LCD display on the front of the unit. The full duplex codec allows simultaneous use of the encoder and decoder.

Features You Can Use

With format conversion, the NXT 450 makes it easy to integrate and cleanly switch signals from all types of equipment, regardless of the video format. The H.264 encoder allows live unicast, multicast and streaming to take place while simultaneously clean switching incoming MPEG decoded video with SDI, Fiber and HDMI sources. Direct Take allows instant switching or dissolving of sources – a necessary feature in a live environment. Router Salvos allow multiple destinations to be routed at the touch of a single button. Audio Breakaway lets you have a single audio source in the embedded output while live switching video sources – such as a reporter in a helicopter or news vehicle. Input-by-input audio adjustment of all sixteen audio channels and audio channel reassignment provide unparalleled control of your program audio. The SFP (small format pluggable) cages can be populated with dual SFPs that have fiber optic or other connectors, allowing you to determine the best connector for your installation. Adding SFPs gives you true flexibility in combining electrical BNC, HDMI and fiber optic inputs and outputs. Built-in test signal generators allows black and bars to be routed without burning valuable inputs. The built-in Web Server allows full control of the routing and setup functions from virtually anywhere with any browser-enabled device such as iPads, iPhones, or Android devices. The LCD display shows full motion video of your sources, audio meters, and the source currently routed to a destination. Route or switch with full confidence. Fully Genlockable and Timable.


  • Router for 3G, HD and SD SDI and HDMI Video
  • Exceptional built in High Quality, High Profile MPEG Encoder/Decoder
  • Advanced H.264 Coding Techniques Give Superb Performance at Low
  • Bit Rates
  • Built in Dual Up/Down/Cross Converters
  • Dissolve and Cut Transitions
  • Direct Take Mode
  • Salvo Registers – Save/Recall From Your Tablet and Computer
  • System Wide Configuration Registers
  • Flexible I/O – You Configure BNCs and SFPs as Inputs or Outputs
  • Clean Switching of Video and Embedded Audio
  • Audio Level Adjustments
  • RS-232 and TCP/IP Interfaces – Use With Any 3rd Party Device
  • Front Panel and Web-Based Control
  • LCD Display With Realtime Full Motion Video of Your Sources
  • Safe Driving Mode
  • Built-in Test Signal Generators
  • Compact and Rugged
  • Genlockable and Timeable
  • 5-Year Warranty and Free Software Upgrades Forever