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HDMI block cameras


30x block camera with native HDMI output
30x block camera with native HDMI output

skoopia is pleased to announce a further extension of its block camera portfolio. Both the 10x and 30x block cameras are now also available as block cameras with native HDMI output.


Why native HDMI output?

  • Your application only requires direct display of the HDMI image on the screen

  • Your application makes use of an HDMI grabber

  • Very affordable.

  • Compact, the HDMI block camera remains same size


Advantage of direct HDMI to display

  • No need for any computer or intermediate device (e.g. DVR, converter).

  • Super low latency, offering the operator immediate feedback.


Advantage of direct HDMI to grabber

  • Affordable, as no converters are required

  • Super low latency still possible, as HDMI splitters are abundantly available (and not very costly) offering HDMI native output directly to the monitor and directly to the grabber without any delay


Advantage of native HDMI output

  • Near all existing block cameras offer LVDS output. LVDS to HDMI converter boards add significant cost.

  • Although more affordable, also SDI to HDMI converters add cost to the effective video solution.

  • Although LVDS to HDMI converter boards are limited in size, they still increase the size of the block camera. SDI to HDMI converters are bulky, require separate powering and separate Rx/Tx for controlling the camera, making it an even more cumbersome solution.


Native HDMI block camera solutions from skoopia offer significant advantages over standard block cameras in any application requiring HDMI video output.


 

Easy sample / interface board available

To further allow easy sampling and/or immediate solution, skoopia provides an easy interface board from KEL connector to "regular world" connectors, being:

  • HDMI type 1 connector

  • 12 V DC jack

and for communication

  • USB type B connector for Rx/Tx and VISCA commands

or

  • Key input via integrated small joystick for OSD usage / zoom& focus

(both available, but need to be pre-selected (cannot be used at the same time, default we deliver HDMI blocks with VISCA command).

 

HDMI output instead of LVDS output


Although the interfacing from a pure physical point of view is the same of the block cameras -

21Z10S -> 21Z10H (10x block camera)

21Z30S -> 21Z30H (30x block camera)

HDMI blocks have a different electrical layout on the famous KEL connector (KEL USL00-30L).


30 pin reverse KEL connector cable
30 pin reverse KEL connector cable

Enclosed are the differences in the electrical interface:


21Z10H|21Z30H 21Z10S|21Z30S

Pin 1 GND TXOUT3+ (LVDS)

Pin 2 TMDS Clock - TXOUT3- (LVDS)

Pin 3 TMDS Clock + TXCLKOUT+ (LVDS)

Pin 4 GND TXCLKOUT+ (LVDS)

Pin 5 TMDS Data 0- TXOUT2+ (LVDS)

Pin 6 TMDS Data 0+ TXOUT2- (LVDS)

Pin 7 GND TXOUT1+ (LVDS)

Pin 8 TMDS Data 1- TXOUT1- (LVDS)

Pin 9 TMDS Data 1+ TXOUT0+ (LVDS)

Pin 10 GND TXOUT0- (LVDS)

Pin 11 TMDS Data 2- GND

Pin 12 TMDS Data 2+ TXD (UART output) High Min 4.5V

Pin 13 GND RXD (UART input) High Min 2.5V

Pin 14 N.C. DC (9-15 V)

Pin 15 N.C. DC (9-15 V).

Pin 16 N.C. DC (9-15 V).

Pin 17 Hot Plug Detect DC (9-15 V).

Pin 18 +5 V DC Output DC (9-15 V).

Pin 19 N.C. Key input.

Pin 20 GND GND

Pin 21 Key input TXOUT7+ (LVDS)

Pin 22 N.C. TXOUT7- (LVDS)

Pin 23 GND TXOUT6+ (LVDS)

Pin 24 RXD (UART input) High Min 2.5V TXOUT6- (LVDS)

Pin 25 TXD (UART output) High Min 4.5V CVBS output

Pin 26 IR remote control (optional) EXT. Reset (Normal Open 3,3V)

Pin 27 DC (9-15 V) TXOUT5+ (LVDS)

Pin 28 DC (9-15 V) TXOUT5- (LVDS)

Pin 29 DC (9-15 V) TXOUT4+ (LVDS)

Pin 30 DC (9-15 V) TXOUT4- (LVDS)


As you can see, intermixing of cabling is possible (same amount of pins, same connector), but intermixing of electrical interface is not.


Other interfaces of the 21Z10S/21Z10H and 21Z30S/21Z30H remain identical, i.e. all four cameras keep the SDI output, all four cameras keep the 9 pin FFC with CVBS output.


 

HDMI Block camera VISCA command set

The VISCA command set of the HDMI block camera is extensive. The underneath excerpt is merely included to provide insight in the structure of the VISCA command set.


For the complete VISCA command set, we recommend you contact skoopia offices, under the reference VISCA command set for the HDMI block camera (21Z10H and/or 21Z30H).



VISCA Protocol


Specification: 9600/ 19200/ 38400/ 115200bps, 8bit data, 1stop bit, none parity


 

Example Commands 

CAM_Freeze Still Image ON/OFF On 8x 01 04 62 02 FF

Off 8x 01 04 62 03 FF

CAM_PictureFlip Picture flip ON/OFF

On 8x 01 04 66 02 FF

Off 8x 01 04 66 03 FF

  x stands for the camera ID (1-8), if uncertain, select camera ID = 1 as all cameras are default having camera ID = 1


If commands are correctly executed they provide feedback:


Completion

ACK X0 4Y FF with X = 9 to F: Camera address + 8

Completion X0 5Y FF

Y: socket number


For standard cameras with default camera ID = 1 and Socket number = 0 the response would be like:


ACK 90 40 FF

Completed 90 50 FF


If wrongly executed they provide feedback:


Error message

Length error executed command X0 6Y 01 FF

Syntax Error X0 6Y 02 FF

Command buffer full X0 6Y 03 FF

Command cancelled X0 6Y 04 FF

No socket (to be cancelled) X0 6Y 05 FF

Command not executable X0 6Y 06 FF


again with X = 9 for default camera ID =1 and Y = 0 for default socket = 0


The beauty of VISCA is the bi-directional commnunication, which therefore also allows to query the camera on settings, see examples below:


FreezeModeInq 8x 09 04 62 FF -> response on: y0 50 02 FF

response off: y0 50 03 FF


so for testing whether the freeze of video is on or off you would for the default camera ID of the HDMI block camera send:


81 09 04 62 FF


and get the response 90 50 02 FF if video freeze was on.


 

HDMI Block Camera OSD menu


WB CONTROL MODE

AWB / ATW / PUSH / INDOOR / OUTDOOR / MANUAL

PUSH

RED 0 ~ 100

BLUE 0 ~ 100


AE CONTROL MODE

AUTO/SHUT PRI/IRIS PRI/AGC PRI/BRIGHT/

MANUAL SHUT

30/60/90/100/125/180/250/350/500/725/1000/1500/2K/3K/4K/6K/10K


IRIS F1.6 ~ F16


AGC 0 dB ~ AGC LIMIT 0~ 15


SENS UP OFF~ X15


EXPCOMP 0~ 14


FLICKERLESS OFF/AUTO/ ON


FOCUS CONTROL

FOCUS MODE AUTO/MANUAL

PUSH -> PRESS OK

AF MODE

NORMAL / INTERVAL/ ZOOM TRIG

WIDE LIMIT X1 ~ X29

TELE LIMIT X2 ~ X30

DZOOM OFF/ ON

ZOOM SPEED 0 ~ 7

NEARLIMIT 0.5M/1M/ 2M/ 3M/ 5M/ 10M/ 30M

AF INTERVAL 0 ~ 255

AF AREA/SIZE

USERMODE OFF/ ON

WIDTH 4~24

HEIGHT 4~16

MOVE HOR 0 ~ 39

MOVE VER 0 ~ 25


BACK LIGHT

BACKLIGHT BLC LEVEL 0~255

DISPLAY OFF/ON

WIDTH 0~48

HEIGHT 0~33

MOVE HOR 0~48

MOVE VER 0~33

HLM AREA DISPLAY OFF/ ON

LEVEL 0~20

BLACK MASK OFF/ON

WIDTH 0~48

HEIGHT 0~33

MOVE HOR 0~48

MOVE VER 0~33

SPOT AE

DISPLAY OFF/ ON

WIDTH 0~48

HEIGHT 0~33

MOVE HOR 0~48

MOVE VER 0~33


WDR OFF/ON

DWDR

STRENGTH 0 ~ 16

SATURATION 0 ~ 16

LOCALRATIO 0 ~ 16

SAT. SYNC OFF/ON

AUTO LEVEL LOW/ MID/ HIGH

DEFOG

STRENGTH 0 ~ 16

THRESHOLD 0 ~ 3

AUTO LEVEL LOW/ MID/ HIGH

IMAGE CONTROL

COLOR LEVEL 0 ~ 20

SHARPNESS 0 ~ 20

CONTRAST 0~ 20

HUE -10 ~ 0 ~ 10

IMAGE EFFECT OFF/ NEGA/ GRAY

IMAGE FLIP OFF/MIRROR/V-FLIP/ROTATION

DNR MODE

OFF/ 2D/ 3D/ 2D+3D

3DNR LEVEL LOW/MID/HIGH/AUTO

2DNR LEVEL LOW/MID/HIGH/AUTO

APERTURE 0~4

GAMMA DEFAULT/1.0~ 0.4

GAMMA OFFSET -64 ~ 64

COLOR SUPPRESS OFF/ LOW/ MID/ HIGH

LENS SHADING OFF/ ON

DISPLAY

DAY/NIGHT MODE AUTO/ DAY/ NIGHT

DELAY [SEC] 0 ~ 60

D->N LEVEL 0 ~ 28

N->D LEVEL 0 ~ 27

NIGHT COLOR OFF/ ON

COLOR BURST OFF/ ON

CAM TITLE OFF/ ON

ZOOM MAG OFF/ ON

PRIVACY

MODE OFF/ ON

TYPE SQUARE/ POLYGON

MASK NO. MASK1 ~ MASK8

DISPLAY OFF/ ON

COLOR BLK/WHT/GRN/BLE/RED/CYAN/MAG/YEL/GRAY1~6,MOSAIC

POLY SELECT L-TOP/ R-TOP/ L-BOT/ R-BOT

POSITION HOR 0 ~ 255

POSITION VER 0 ~ 216

WIDTH 0~120

HEIGHT 0~68

MOTION

AREA 1~ 4

AREA ACTIVE OFF/ ON

AREA DISPLAY OFF/ ON

SIZE POSITION SENSITIVITY 0 ~ 40

MOTION VIEW OFF/ ON

DEFECT PIXEL OFF/ON/STATIC/FIXED

IMAGE STABILIZER OFF/ ON


SYSTEM

SETUP RS232C

CAM ID 1 ~ 255

ID DISPLAY OFF/ON

BAUDRATE 2400/4800/9600/19200/38400/115200

SAVE

OUTPUTFORMAT 1080P60/59/50/30/29/25 1080I60/59/50

720P/60/59/50/30/29/25

DOORMODE INDOOR / OUTDOOR

VER.

RESET MODE FACTORY/ USER

EXIT




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