Safire 3

What is it?

Modular 3G/HD/SD real-time chroma keyer.

Reason to choose it...

It's the best full HD chroma keyer - perfect for those demanding applications using full virtual environments. Broadcast engineers select it for its picture quality, ease-of-use and long list of features – including lighting compensation, colour correction and video delay. Safire 3 is a pleasure to operate, using hardware control panel or any web browser. And you'll save rack space – it's a module that fits in our standard rack frames.

Ideal for...

Any 3Gb/s, HD or SD live virtual studio or sports production where you care about the quality of the chroma keying. See who's using it.

Control it...

Try out the Safire 3 VisionWeb demo (opens in new window) – you'll see how easy it is to operate Safire 3 from your web browser, while exploring the full functionality of the product. Plus watch the two videos, including one filmed at IBC 2016.

safire3pcb  safire3greenscreen  safire3weathermap


Main featuresoutputsVideo Demos

  • Real-time chroma keyer for use with 3Gb/s, High Definition and Standard Definition sources (31 different video standards)
  • Ideal for any live chroma keying or virtual set production - the Safire chroma keyers are used by broadcasters and sports graphics providers across the world
  • Get excellent results with minimal sensitivity to camera noise: uses extremely sophisticated algorithm to determine how the key is derived
  • Easy to set up and operate: with cursor-based multi-point sampling to set up the optimised default settings - and input freeze to make things even easier
  • Tweak the picture until you're happy: range of fine-tuning tools to optimise the picture in more challenging conditions
  • Key on any colour: select blue, green or any colour you like - including sporting surfaces such as grass
  • Works with reflective and transparent objects, from spectacles to smoke: linear chroma keying allows areas of the final picture to be a mixture of both Foreground and Background
  • Create a natural-looking composite picture: match the look of the Foreground to the Background with the Foreground colour correction and the Background video adjustments
  • Correct any timing errors automatically: includes a frame synchroniser on each input timed to an analogue reference
  • Offset the graphic generators' delay: with ten frames of video delay adjustment on each input
  • Overrule the chroma keying: use the internal masks and flexible External Key to force areas to be either Foreground or Background - ideal for inserting graphics on to any sporting surface
  • Use it as a linear keyer: key any graphics over a video source
  • Inputs and outputs accessed by using an appropriate rear module (either RM50 or RM73)
  • Optional relay bypass protection (when used with RM73 rear module)
  • Housed in Indigo rack frames - mix with any interface products
  • Space-saving: 100mm x 266mm module allows 12 Safire 3 in 2U (six in 1U and two in desk top box)
  • Flexible control: VisionPanel remote control panelGPISNMP or the web browser-based VisionWeb Control
  • Five year warranty (with product registration)

Signal inputs and outputs are accessed by using an appropriate rear module.

The rear modules slot on to the back of the frame and typically feature BNC, D-Type, 'easywire' DIN 41612, RJ45 and optical connectors. The single and double slot rear modules can be used with all three frame sizes, while the quad slot rear modules just fit the 2U frames.

There are two rear modules available for the Safire 3...

RM50 rear module label and connections

More about the RM50

Connectors: 6 BNCs

Frame slots used: 1

Boards in 2U: 12

Boards in 1U: 6

Boards in desk top box: 2

Why use it: It's the standard rear module for Safire 3

Also used for: LKEY 3 and Safire 3 Xpress

Real RM50 rear module

RM50 rear module label for Safire 3

Safire 3 inputs and outputs with RM50 rear module


RM73 rear module label and connections

More about the RM73

Connectors: 6 BNCs (with relay bypass)

Frame slots used: 1

Boards in 2U: 12

Boards in 1U: 6

Boards in desk top box: 2

Why use it: You want relay bypass protection

Also used for: LKEY 3 and Safire 3 Xpress

Real RM73 rear module

RM73 rear module label for Safire 3

Safire 3 inputs and outputs with RM73 rear module