The world's most versatile image processor

The Christie Spyder gives you total control and flexibility to mix and manage content with remarkable ease - without a hitch, every single time.
Christie Vista Spyder Image Processor

Christie Spyder image processor

Choice. Control. Flexibility. What every integrator wants.



There’s a reason why Spyder is the world’s most powerful video processor. In a word, versatility. When it comes to dynamic visual effects, the only limit is your imagination:


  • Supports up to 32 independent windows, 16 mixers, or any combination in between
  • Adapts perfectly to widescreen (edge-blended), single and multi-screen discreet applications
  • Permits 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
  • Switches inputs easily from any mode during normal operation, making all Christie Spyder inputs fully capable (not dedicated purpose)
  • Adds inputs, outputs and pixel real estate with powerful expansion capabilities

More pixels for stunning clarity and brightness

Christie Spyder achieves stunning clarity and brightness in part because it has three times the pixels of any other presentation system. You can use the same input channels across more pixels, and you can view them through multiple outputs. The Integrated Operators Monitor allows you to see what the audience sees and preview what they will see next, all on a single monitor. Also, the system’s resolution independence allows you to use multiple projectors to increase pixel space and resolution beyond what any single display device could handle.

Mixing and multiple key frame effects

  • Full path editing including tension, continuity and bias control at each key frame
  • Full speed editing including Ease In, Ease Out, and Velocity control at each key frame
  • Adjustable PIP aspect ratio with smooth transitions between
  • PIP borders, including drop shadows and soft inside edge with smooth transitions
  • PIP clone (mirror and offset) with smooth transitions
  • Image cropping with smooth transitions


  • Luminance keyer on every input
  • Color keyer on every input
  • Alpha channel bitmaps on every input, for alpha channel titling or bugs from your favorite graphics application

 Image processing

  • Up to 6.5-million-pixel display capacity from a single frame
  • Multiple outputs from the same box, up to 2048 x 1200 resolution on each output
  • Inputs accept virtually any input up to 2048 x 1200 resolution
  • 10-bit analog inputs and outputs
  • 12-bit scaling for the highest quality images
  • Low delay (< 1.5 interlaced frames)
  • Motion adaptive de-interlacing (SD & HD)
  • 3:2 and 2:2 pull-down detection
  • Aspect ratio correction
  • Still frame (freeze) capability on every input
  • Output synchronization: free-run or vertically referenced to NTSC/PAL black burst via framelock input
  • Read/write Still Store. Load bmp, png, tiff, or jpg images to (or capture images from) any Christie Spyder input.
  • Any output can be a scaled output for recording widescreens
  • Any output can be an operator's monitor, displaying preview and program for a given pixel space simultaneously on a single output
  • Frame stacking capability, with the expansion (X) option, allows inputs/outputs from other Christie Spyder systems to contribute/view a single pixel space
  • S-Video and composite, with composite/S-Video (C) option, for inputs and outputs
  • Fully integrated test pattern generator on each input, output and pixel space

 Powerful 5th-generation programming environment

  • So easy to use, anyone can create results quickly
  • Powerful enough to satisfy the most demanding programming needs
  • Powerful preset programming allows simple two-state on/off presets, or elaborate multi-step builds and motion presets
  • Powerful scripting environment
  • Smooth-go processor allows quick, surefooted navigation from any window look to any other look. Options are user-definable with every preset.
  • Results are predictable, highly user programmable, and most importantly, reproducible every time, all with a single button press
  • Easy-to-use programming environment allows you to focus on your desired results, rather than the mechanics of getting there 

Customized solutions

Working alongside our national dealer network, Christie’s comprehensive services team will work with you to design, deploy and support a customized digital signage solution that’s right for you and within your budget.


Input number
  • 1-7 dependent upon model number
  • Standard inputs: Universal, HD15, DVI-D (X2), HDSDI/SDI
  • Optional inputs: Analog composite BNC, S-Video
Input signals
  • Analog RGB, RGBS, RGsB, YUV, composite, component
  • DVI
Input pixel clock
  • Analog up to 165 MHz
  • DVI up to 210 MHz
Input resolutions
  • Up to 2048 x 1200 on analog and 2048 x 1200 on DVI-D
Input scan rates
  • Up to 120Hz dependent on pixel clock rate maximum
Output number
  • 0-10 dependent upon model number
  • Standard outputs: Universal, HD15, Dual-link DVI-D (X2), HDSDI/SDI
Output signals
  • Analog RGB, RGBS, RGsB, YUV, composite, component
  • DVI, single-link and dual-link
Output pixel clock
  • Analog up to 165MHz
  • DVI up to 210MHz
Output resolution
  • Up to 2048 x 1200 on analog and 2048 x 1536 on DVI-D
Output scan rates
  • Up to 120Hz dependent on pixel clock rate maximum
Control and networking
  • RS232 In/Out
  • Ethernet (10/100)
Enhanced feature sets
  • Output rotation feature on DX4 output cards only
  • 2 out of 4 outputs available only with rotation
  • Remote CPU option for secure environments
  • Space requirements: 2RU and 3RU
  • Size:
    • 200: (L x W x H): 22 x 17.3 x 3.5" (561 x 439 x 89 mm)
    • 300: (L x W x H): 22 x 17.3 x 5.3" (561 x 439 x 134 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 200: 25lbs (11kg)
    • 300: 33lbs (15kg)
Limited warranty
  • 2 year parts and labor 
  • Contact an authorized Christie representative for full details of our limited warranty

Due to constant research, specifications and features are subject to change without notice.