Christie Spyder X20 image processor


The Christie Spyder X20 (1608 version) is a versatile hardware-based video processor combined with the flexibility of a universal routing switcher. Its integrated source monitoring enables simultaneous, real-time, full frame rate monitoring of all inputs.

The Spyder X20 provides users with a 20 megapixel bandwidth to blend, window, mix and scale any source format and then routes the signal to any destination device or combination of display devices – quickly and easily.

Christie-Spyder-X20-image_3It is easy to deploy and install because of its advanced architecture and reduces the amount of wires, boxes and rack space traditionally required because everything is all in one unit.

The Spyder X20 offers a unique architecture that allows for a resolution and video format-independent environment. Users are no longer restricted to the resolution of a single computer or video source, or a single display destination. Multiple displays can be combined to generate an enhanced resolution to exceed what any single display can support.

With its 20 megapixel bandwidth, the Spyder X20 can drive multiple displays to achieve higher brightness and enhance image quality and resolution than has been historically possible.

Spyder X20 can be used in many different environments with any display device (projectors, plasma screens, LED walls, rear projection cubes, etc.) or any combination of display devices.

The X20 can come with The ST420-VSS Shotbox. This provides a fast and easy means to access and recall Vista Advanced Command Keys on Spyder and play them out. The Shotbox may be used in addition to or instead of Vista’s control panel. The Shotbox connects directly to Spyder over an Ethernet interface.

    • 20 megapixel bandwidth
    • Internal matrix switching
    • Integrated source monitoring
    • True, live preview capabilities, with online editing
    • Sources can be in preview and program
    • Intuitive user interface
    • Universal input/output capabilities
    • Built in conversion for analog/digital, interlaced/progressive, resolution, aspect ratio and frame rate Seamlessly routes any source to any user-configurable output
    • Single point of control for all processing and signal distribution functions
    • Small form factor (4RU)
    • Simple cohesive control through front panel functionality, Vista Control software and external control via Ethernet or serial port
    • Redundant hot swappable power supplies
    • Unsurpassed, proprietary scaling, image quality
    • Virtual software enables you to build configurations and program without hardware
    • Supports widescreen and single screen destinations within the same unit
    • Enables 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
    • Compatible with HDCP (optional)
    • Click here for X20 brochure pdf


Input Number
  • X20-1608: 16 Inputs total – 8 Supporting composite, S-Video, Component Analog, HDSDI, SDI and 3G SDO (SMPTE 424M) – 8 Supporting Progressive DVI and Progressive RGBHV
Input Signals
  • Analog RGB, composite, component
  • DVI, single-link and dual-link (8 inputs are dual-link capable)
  • SDI, HD-SDI and 3G HD-SDI (SMPTE 424M)
  • Optional HDCP support
Pixel Clock
  • Analog up to 165MHz
  • DVI up to 265MHz
  • Horizontal resolutions up to 2560 and vertical resolutions up to 2160 within 330MHz (any resolution greater than 2048 x 1200 uses 2 input channels)
Scan Rates
  • Up to 120Hz dependant on pixel clock rate maximum
Output Number
  • 8 @ (< 2048×1200) or 4 @ (2560×1600) or combination
Output Signals
  • Analog RGB, component
  • DVI, single-link and dual-link (4 outputs are dual-link capable)
  • SDI, HD-SDI and 3G HD-SDI (SMPTE 424M)
Output Pixel Clock
  • Analog up to 165MHz, DVI up to 265MHz
Output Resolution
  • Horizontal resolutions up to 2560 and vertical resolutions up to 2160 within 330MHz (any resolution greater than 2048 x 1200 uses 2 input channels)
Output Scan Rates
  • Up to 120Hz dependant on pixel clock rate maximum
Control & Networking
  • RS232 In/Out
  • Ethernet (10/100)
Enhanced Feature Sets
  • Independent aspect ratio and frame rate setup
  • Overlay’s
  • Transitions
  • Aspect ratio conversions
  • Integrated source monitoring
  • Output rotation (portrait)
  • Advanced ‘auto-sync’ functionality
  • Optional stereoscopic support
  • Bitmap borders
  • Window titling
  • Optional HDCP support
  • Standard: User Manual (CD-ROM and Quick Manual), 2 AC power cords, Spyder X20 control software, rack hardware
Power Requirements
  • Operating Voltage: 100V AC to 240V AC @ 50/60Hz
  • Max Current: 9.0 A @ 100V AC
  • Max Power: 900 W
  • Dissipation: <750 BTU/hr
Operating Environment
  • Temp: 5 to 35° C (40 to 95° F)
  • Humidity: 20 – 80% non-condensing
  • Size: 4RU
  • Dimensions:(L x W x H): 21.9 x 17.3 x 7.0″ (556 x 439 x 178 mm)
  • Shipping dimensions:(LxWxH) 32.3 x 25.5 x 15.0″ (820 x 648 x 381mm)
  • Volume: 2652 cubic in
  • Weight: 59 lb (27 kg)
  • Shipping weight: 70.5 lb (32 kg)
  • This product conforms to the following regulations related to product safety, environmental requirements and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC):
  • UL/CSA/IEC 60950 (3rd Edition)
  • FCC Class A, CE, CCC
  • RoHS, WEE
Limited Warranty
  • 1 year parts and labour
  • Contact an authorised Christie representative for full details of our limited warranty

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