QED Spyder 344 rack

2 x Spyder 344, UPS, DVI matrix, 6 x DVI/Ethernet fibre transmitters


The Vista Spyder gives you total control and flexibility, so you can mix an incredible number of sources in multiple windows, create all kinds of picture-in-pictures (PIPs), define, shape and blend borders with remarkable ease, and do it all without a hitch, every single time.


Supports up to 32 independent windows, 16 mixers, or any combination in between
Adapts perfectly to widescreen (edge-blended), single and multi-screen discreet applications
Permits unrestricted window and picture-in-picture (PIP) placement
Allows any input to operate as a Native High Resolution Channel, Scaled PIP, Scaled Background, or Key Channel
Switches inputs easily from any mode during normal operation, making all Spyder Inputs fully capable (not dedicated purpose)
Adds inputs, outputs and pixel real estate with powerful expansion capabilities

Technical Specification

Send virtually any input signal to Spyder, and it will process it with ease. Input channels support analog, SDI, HD-SDI and DVI. Spyder accepts composite and S-Video (NTSC, PAL, SECAM), SDI/ HD-SDI formats, and computer resolutions up to 2048 x 1200.

Analog HD formats are just as comprehensive, including 720p, 1080I, 1080p, HD-SDI video, 2048-1080p digital cinema video, and plasma display resolutions.

Each input channel is universal and capable of a full range of processing:

  • Native high resolution Input for pixel-perfect backgrounds
  • Scaled input for scaled background or PIP window with borders and shadows
  • Native or scaled luminance keyer, color keyer, PIP and mixer (which requires two input channels)

You can configure an input as a color or luminance key, or as a PIP. You can use any two inputs as a mixer. You can size and position PIP and key images at any location on the screen in real-time, and keep track of them easily. You can use key images to create a variety of key effects such as superimposing titles on the image or creating special mask effects.

Seamless transition effects, window borders, drop shadows and a variety of keying effects are fully supported. Vista’s proprietary high-performance scaler features motion-adaptive de-interlacing for SD/HD, 3:2 and 2:2 pull down. It also provides very low video delay, as well as quick aspect-ratio correction, image cropping and real-time window resizing and positioning.

Spyder gives you two native or scalable resolution background buffers to provide a high-resolution still backdrop for PIP images or background inputs. These buffers have preview/program display, which you can transition just like a mixer. This allows a scene or theme graphic to be your background without having to use any of Spyder's inputs. It also eliminates the need to use one or more inputs to prevent screens from going to black.

Output resolutions include computer resolutions of up to 2048 x 1200, analog HDTV resolutions of 720p, 1080I, 1080p, HD SDI video, and 2048 x 1080p digital cinema video, as well as plasma display resolutions. Output synchronization is supported to lock the output frame rate to an externally applied NTSC/PAL black burst signal in studio environments. Outputs also support the DVI 'Twin' specification that allows greater bit depth to the projector or display.
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