PDA 5280

Digital Audio Processor and Dolby Transcoder + Frame Sync


De-embedder, Digital Audio, embedder, Frame Synchronizer



  • Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus encoding of 2.0 PCM or DolbyE input signals
  • Supports SD/HD and 3GBit/s standards (auto-detect)
  • Video Frame Synchronizer
  • Individually configured ports as inputs or outputs
  • Two versions: one for balanced AES3 I/O and the other for unalanced AES3id I/O
  • Existing embedded audio can be de-embedded
  • Delete, replace or shuffle existing embedded audio
  • Mono audio crossbar
  • 32 Channel audio processing (mono gain, test tone, mute, phase invert, mix, overload and silence detection)
  • Up to 62 frames of programmable video delay in frame, line and pixel increments
  • Up to 10 seconds of programmable audio delay in individual audio sample increments
  • Embedded audio group selection
  • Audio embedded into test pattern if no SDI input present
  • Selectable Horizontal and Vertical Video Blanking
  • Remote control and status monitoring when used with the APPolo control system.


The P DA 5280 is a fully featured DolbyE to DolbyD Trans-coder with an integrated SDI frame synchronizer. The module is suitable for use with SD/HD and 3G video formats.

A DolbyE encoded audio stream can be trans-coded into a Dolby Digital or Dolby Digital Plus stream. Alternatively, a standard 2.0 PCM audio stream can be encoded into a Dolby Digital or Dolby Digital Plus stream.

32 channels of internal audio processing are provided which includes adjustable gain, phase, invert, sum and mute. Each channel also has overload and silence detection.

The frame synchronizer uses a flywheel concept and as such can accommodate the most demanding SDI inputs. Sophisticated processing ensures no “pops of clicks” are present in the audio when dropping or and adding frames. Up to 62 frames of programmable delay is provided

The 8 external AES audio ports can be individually configured by the user as audio inputs or outputs. Existing embedded audio can be de-embedded internally, processed and routed through an audio mono crossbar in addition to up to eight external audio inputs.

Two versions are available: The PDA 5280 D has SubD connections for balanced AES3 audio I/O. The other version PDA 5880 U uses DIN 2.3/1.0 connections for unbalanced AES3id

Note: This module uses double width back panels, so it will require two rack slots


Ordering Information

UPC / EANModelDescription
4250479322493PDA 5280 UDigital Audio Processor and Dolby Transcoder (unbalanced AES)
4250479322486PDA 5280 DDigital Audio Processor and Dolby Transcoder (balanced AES)
4250479324411RFR 5018 US2RU 19" Rack Frame + PSU for up to 10 Modules
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