Powerful video processing, flexible matrix switching

The Christie Spyder X20 is a versatile video processor and presentation switcher that is ideal for medium-to-large events. Its integrated source monitoring enables simultaneous, real-time, full frame rate monitoring of all inputs.
Christie Spyder X20 Image and Video Processor

Christie Spyder X20 video processor

Part Number: 120-052108-XX | 120-064101-XX

20 megapixel video processing, matrix switching and integrated source monitoring

The Christie® Spyder X20 combines the power of a video processor with the flexibility of a video matrix switcher to easily convert and route any signal to any combination of display devices. Drive multiple displays in any combination of edge-blended widescreen, single and multiscreen applications and achieve higher brightness, enhanced image quality and improved resolution.

When it comes to creative visual effects, the only limit is your imagination. Any input can operate as a Native High Resolution Channel, Scaled PIP, Scaled Background or Key Channel on any display in the system. The Christie Spyder X20 gives users a 20 megapixel bandwidth for 16 video layers of unrestricted blending, windowing, mixing and scaling along with key frame effects for dynamic content programming capabilities in both live and pre-programmed video environments.

The Christie Spyder X20 is easy to deploy and install with all components in one unit, reducing the number of wires, boxes and rack space you need. You can add inputs, outputs and pixel real estate with powerful expansion capabilities that allow inputs/outputs from other Christie Spyder systems to contribute to a single pixel space


Mixing and multiple key frame effects

  • Smooth transitions automatically interpolate between the first look and the second look according to user-defined duration
  • Real-time window resizing and positioning
  • Full motion path editing with velocity control at each key frame
  • PIP borders, including drop shadows and soft inside edge
  • Adjustable PIP aspect ratio correction as well as cropping, pan and zoom
  • Quickly apply looks to multiple video layers with user-defined treatments
  • Integrated Operators Monitor allows you to see what the audience sees and preview what they will see next, all on a single monitor.


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

Presets and timed cues

  • Save Command Key presets for a single video layer or a complete on-screen look that includes all layout information as well as machine control for ancillary devices
  • Save multiple keyframes in scripted sequences that advance manually or automatically based on timed cues.

Background buffers

  • Two native or scalable resolution background buffers allows mixing between high-resolution, still backdrops for PIP images or background inputs without having to use any of Christie Spyder X20's inputs to prevent screens from going to black

Video processing

  • 10-bit analog inputs and outputs
  • Low delay (<1.5 interlaced frames)
  • 3:2 and 2:2 pull-down detection

Need support? Have questions?

Existing customers

  • Technical support: 888-404-4001 or 602-943-5700
  • Service and order status support: 866-880-4462
  • Note: Christie will continue to honor existing Vista Systems warranty agreements.

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Backed by Christie's industry-leading warranties, service and support, you can feel confident investing in the Christie Spyder X20. If you have any questions, or if you'd like to speak to a Christie sales representative, please contact us.

Input number
  • X20-0808: 8 Inputs total - 4 Supporting composite, S-Video, Component Analog, HDSDI, SDI and 3G SDI (SMPTE 424M) - 4 Supporting Progressive DVI and Progressive RGBHV
  • X20-1608: 16 Inputs total - 8 Supporting composite, S-Video, Component Analog, HDSDI, SDI and 3G SDI (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)
  • Motion adaptive de-interlacing (SD & HD)
Pixel clock
  • Analog up to 165 MHz
  • DVI up to 330 MHz
  • 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 dependent on pixel clock rate maximum
Output number
  • 8 @ (< 2048x1200) or 4 @ (2560x1600) or combination of 4 dual-link and 4 single-link resolutions
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)
  • Any output can be a scaled output for recording widescreens
  • Integrated source monitoring at full frame rates
  • Any output can be an operator's monitor, simultaneously displaying preview and program for a given pixel space or the entire show on a single output
  • Output synchronization: free-run or vertically referenced to NTSC/PAL black burst
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 including 4K
Output scan rates
  • Up to 120Hz dependent on pixel clock rate maximum
Control and networking
  • RS232 In/Out
  • Ethernet (10/100)
Enhanced feature sets
  • Independent aspect ratio and frame rate setup
  • Overlays
  • Transitions
  • Aspect ratio conversions
  • Output rotation (portrait)
  • Optional active and passive stereoscopic support
  • Optional HDCP support
  • Still frame (freeze) capability on every input
  • Read/write still store. Load bmp, png, tiff, or jpg images to (or capture images from) any Spyder input.
  • ​Standard: User manual (CD-ROM and quick manual), 2 AC power cords, Christie Spyder X20 control software, rack hardware
​Power requirements
  • ​Operating voltage: 100 VAC to 240 VAC @ 50/60Hz 
  • Max current: 9.0 A @ 100VAC 
  • Max power: 900 W 
  • Dissipation: <750 BTU/hr
​Operating environment
  • Temp: 40 to 95° F ( 5 to 35° C )
  • 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
  • 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.

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