Apr 29, 2014 10:35 AM, By Christopher Maione
Blackmagic Design’s Videohub is a broadcast-quality video switcher with 72 inputs and 144 outputs. Capable of handling SD, HD, and 3Gbps SDI components, the Videohub automatically manages video patching through a software interface that easily changes video connections, re-clocks the SDI signal for long cable lengths, and allows multiple users to access any SDI video source all at the same time. Control is via the company’s Pushbutton View router control software that is designed to work on touchscreen monitors. Pushbutton Viewer features a library of icon buttons common to postproduction equipment and can handle multiple pages of sources and destinations.
The DM-MD64x64 switcher is the second largest of the DM-MD family of Crestron switchers. It can handle 64 independent sources and distribute them to up to 64 different outputs. To support the size, the 64X64 uses up to 16 blade slots, eight for inputs and eight for outputs, which, along with redundant power supplies, can be swapped out on the fly. Depending on the blade configuration, acceptable input resolutions include everything from 640x480 @60Hz up to 4K 4096x2160 @24Hz. Blade configuration also dictates cabling requirements and media distribution distance; the maximum being 1,000ft. by using Crestron’s proprietary optical cable, CRESFIBER8G. Crestron’s DigitalMedia 8G+ is designed for compatibility with HDBaseT components with no digital media receiver required. At 14RU, the 64X64 is large enough to house a 15in. touchpanel display on its front side for configuration and setup. EDIDs are configurable such that all outputs display optimally.
DVIGear’s MXP Series are non-blocking crosspoint digital matrix switchers that offer a range of cross-platform routing capabilities. The core of the MXP series is a high-speed digital routing engine that is available in multiple card frames, enabling I/O configurations from 9x9 up to 80x80. Using a modular architecture, the MXP series offers more than 60 I/O cards that use HDBaseT technology and support HDM/DVI signal extension over Cat-X cables up to 180 meters (590ft.); accommodates many different signal formats including single-link DVI, dual-link DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, analog VGA, component video, etc.; and connection of several cable types directly to and from the router. The MXP series also features Advanced EDID Management and can be controlled by USB connection, RS-232/RS-422 serial port, TCP/IP Ethernet connection, and LAN using a built-in web interface.
Ensemble Designs’ Avenue Signal Integration System includes modules for video up/down conversion, audio embedding, synchronization, routing, noise reduction, protection switches, and test signal generators. A tray-based signal integration system, Avenue is housed in a 1RU or 3RU frame and includes realtime video thumbnails, which depict the video sources on the front of the router panel. Built-in networking allows the connection of multiple Avenue systems together. All frames and modules in the system can be accessed from multiple locations in a facility, including remotely. Comprehensive management and control is achieved by using any combination of Avenue Control Panels and/or Avenue PC software.
The Extron DTP CrossPoint 84 is a 4K, 8x4 matrix switcher with HDMI and DTP twisted-pair inputs and outputs, scaling, an integrated audio power amplifier, and comprehensive audio DSP. The DTP CrossPoint 84 provides a complete, powerful AV integration solution for presentation environments requiring multiple displays and sound reinforcement. It supports local and remote sources, and displays with six HDMI inputs and two DTP inputs, plus two HDMI outputs and two DTP outputs. Integrated DTP extension allows connection to DTP 230 and DTP 330 endpoints, each over a single Cat-X cable up to 330ft. (100 meters). The DTP CrossPoint 84 can also be integrated into an XTP System to provide connectivity between presentation spaces and a larger, facility-wide system. Each DTP output also includes independent high-resolution scaling up to 1080p and 2K. Full audio optimization is available with an integrated digital audio matrix processor featuring Extron ProDSP, which can be linked to an Extron DMP 128 processor for expanding I/O capacity, automixing, and acoustic echo cancellation (AEC).
The DV-MFSW-94 by FSR is a hybrid matrix switcher that allows both analog and digital video sources to be routed to as many as four digital displays. The compact, 3RU unit will accept up to nine sources and four HDMI outputs with key features including HDMI v1.3 and HDCP v2.1 compatible, three-fiber or Cat-X inputs that can be used for distance sources, an additional audio output that provides sound systems with an analog audio feed from any source, and IP and RS-232 control capability.
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