Masterpiece  - 12G-SDI Master Control Switcher

Masterpiece - 12G-SDI Master Control Switcher

Total Control for all standards up to UHD Production and Playout

Total Control for all standards up to UHD Production and Playout

SAM has a rich history in helping media organizations deliver content on time, on budget and to the right audience across whatever distribution mechanisms are appropriate. Building on our world firsts in deploying UHD technologies we are introducing the Masterpiece 12G-SDI, which is a new market-defining master control switcher.

Whatever your application, whether it’s sports, news or live entertainment and whatever your distribution - a single over-the-air (OTA) channel, multichannel content distribution or real-time streaming, Masterpiece 12G-SDI has the power and flexibility to provide you with dynamic and rock-solid master control 24/7/365.

For us, UHDTV is all about empowering our customers to create ever more compelling content and to deliver an ever more immersive viewing experience resulting in more lucrative revenue streams.

Masterpiece 12G-SDI Switcher
Masterpiece 12G-SDI switcher

  • UHD / 1080p Master control switcher
  • 10 x 12G-SDI inputs
  • 40 x 1080p/1080i/720p Inputs
  • UHD PGM/PST and clean outputs
  • 4 Keyers
  • 2 channels of DVE assignable to backgrounds and Keyers
  • Internal UHD clipstore with 2mins of storage
  • 4 Channel audio mixer
  • 4 Pre-fade listen channels
  • Embed / De-shuffling and routing
  • Controlled via SAM Morpheus Automation
  • Optional control panel, built in audio control faders

Masterpiece Features

With an intuitive and compact control panel, SAM’s Masterpiece 12G-SDI offers unbeatable master control operation. This is essential in today’s complex master control environments where decisions have to be made quickly by operators across multiple channels to ensure the quality of output that’s required.

Features include:

  • UHD processing
  • A single link SDI connection
  • Keying for channel branding
  • A video mixer
  • Includes SAM’s FormatFusion3 for multi-format workfl ows
  • A DVE for functional squeeze backs and effects
  • Audio embedding, de-embedding and shuffling
  • An audio mixer for mixing voice-over and voice-under
  • Automation and manual control
  • A dedicated panel for easy operations
  • FormatFusion3 for multi-format operations supporting HD, 1080p and UHD
  • UHD supports quad link and 2SI
  • 12G over SDI single link

Technical Specifications

Video/TV Standards

TV Standards

2.97Gbps Video Standards (1080p)
2.97Gbps Video Standards (1080p) 1080p 59.94Hz SMPTE-424M 1080p 59.94Hz SMPTE-425M/Level A 1080p 59.94Hz SMPTE-425M/Level B 1080p 50Hz SMPTE-424M 1080p 50Hz SMPTE-425M/Level A 1080p 50Hz SMPTE-425M/Level B

1.485Gbps Video Standards (HD)
1080i 60Hz SMPTE- 274M(4),-292M(D) 1080i 59.94Hz SMPTE-274M(5), -292M(E) 1080i 50Hz SMPTE- 274M(6), -292M(F) 1035i 60Hz SMPTE -260M,- 292M(A) 1035i 59.94Hz SMPTE-260M,-292M(B) 1080p 30Hz sF 1080p 29.97Hz sF 1080p 25Hz sF 1080p 24Hz sF 1080p 23.976Hz sF 1080p 30Hz SMPTE- 274M(7) -292M(G) 1080p 29.97Hz SMPTE- 274M(8) -292M(H) 1080p 25Hz SMPTE- 274M(9) -292M(I) 1080p 24Hz SMPTE- 274M(10) -292M(J) 1080p 23.976Hz SMPTE - 274M(11) -292M(K) 720p 60Hz SMPTE- 296M(1), -292M(L) 720p 59.94Hz SMPTE- 296M(2), -292M(M) 720p 50Hz SMPTE- 296M(2), -292M(M)

Reference Analog genlock High definition tri-level syncs signal or SD 1V B and B.



Video Signal Inputs

10 x 12G-SDI (SMPTE 2082) single link BNC connectors 40 x HD/SD/1080p (270Mbps / 1.485Gbps / 2.97Gbps). Serial digital interface As REC601/ SMPTE/292M / SMPTE424M via BNC connectors. Genlock reference 2 off Analog Sync (loop A and B through).

Video Signal Outputs

3 x 12G-SDI (SMPTE 2082) single link BNC connectors 14 x HD/SD/1080p (270Mbps / 1.485Gbps / 2.97Gbps). Serial digital interface As REC601/ SMPTE/292M / SMPTE424M via BNC connectors.

Audio Signal Inputs

16 AES (48KHz) mono channels per SDI Input (PGM/PST/Background Utility/HD Utility). 8 AES (48KHZ) mono channels x 4 via 25Way Dtype connector

Audio Mixer

4 Input Channel Mixer (mixes up to 16 AES mono signals per channel)

Audio Signal Outputs

Programme / Preset and Clean (16 AES (48KHz) per output). 4 x Pre Fade Listen outputs.


Control Interfaces - Automation
SAM Morpheus Automation via TCP/IP connection using proprietary protocol.


44 GPI Tally/GPO Outputs Assignable GPI / GPO Isolated contact closures via 2 x 25 way D Type. Assignable as GPi or GPo.
10/100/1000 baseT 3 x RJ45 Ethernet connectors fixings.
2 RS422 control ports.
2 x USB.
Kula mainframe Auto sensing 100-250.
VAC Power supply.
50/60 Hz nominal. Two fully independent hot swappable PSU modules, with separate mains power feeds via 2 x 13A IEC - 320-C14 socket.


Consumption <400W.
Temp range 41 to 104 ° F, 5 to 40° C non condensing operating.

Mainframe Mechanics

2-rack unit.
Height 87mm, 3.42”.
Depth 604.8mm, 23.81”.
Weight Approx 14Kg ~ 30.3lb.

Masterpiece Control Panel

Width 482.6mm (19”).
Height 163.6mm (6.47”).
Depth 265.9mm (10.47”).

Masterpiece Mainframe Communications

2 x 16 10/100/ 1000 baseT 3 x RJ45 Ethernet connectors fixings.
Connection 6 x RJ45 Ethernet connectors fixings.
CAT5 or above cables - crossover cables are Not suitable.
2 x USB 2 Ports.
1 x Monitor connection to local touchscreen.
PSU 2x Fully independent external PSU modules with separate mains power feeds via
2x 10A IEC leads.
Output from each PSU 12V DC 100W via Kycon KPPX 4 Pin or Compatible connectors
2 supplied as standard.

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