Apr 29, 2014 10:35 AM, By Christopher Maione
The Gefen 8x8 Crosspoint Matrix for HDMI routes up to eight high-definition sources at resolutions up to 1080p full HD with deep color and multichannel digital audio to any eight HDTV displays. This switcher eliminates the need to disconnect and reconnect HDMI sources and displays, and supports 3DTV and advanced digital audio formats such as Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The system is equipped with Gefen’s Fast Switching Technology software that allows connecting/disconnecting and the turning off/on of HDTV displays without affecting other displays within the AV distribution system. The switcher is HDCP compliant, uses advance EDID Management, and supports DVI sources and displays using HDMI-to-DVI adapters or cables as well as IR and RS-232 control and IP control via an internal web server.
Kramer Electronics VP−773 and the VP−774 ProScale are digital presentation scaler/switchers. The VP−773 has eight inputs and the VP−774 has nine inputs, including four HDMI inputs, one DisplayPort input, one composite video input, and two computer graphics video inputs. The VP−774 also includes a 3G HD−SDI input. These models scale the video, embed the audio where applicable, and output the scaled video signal simultaneously to two HDMI outputs and one HDBaseT output. The VP−774 also includes a 3G HD−SDI output. The audio output is simultaneously available on digital and unbalanced analog stereo outputs. The VP−773 and VP−774 support multiple output resolutions, up to 2K and including 1080p. The units feature Kramer’s PixPerfect scaling technology, Kramer’s precision pixel mapping and high-quality scaling technology. They also incorporate Kramer’s FTB (Fade−Through−Black) switching technology that ensures fast, glitch−free switching.
Magenta Research’s Mondo Matrix III has addressable duplex serial capability that enables digital signage applications to collect individual display data and metrics in addition to independent control over each display. The unit is field upgradable to allow for the addition of inputs and outputs in increments of 16, and supports a maximum configuration of 256x512. Compatibility with all MultiView products enables the extension of 1920x1200 video, stereo audio, and serial signals over a range of 2,000ft. Programmable and controllable via its onboard touchscreen, Windows HyperTerminal, Magenta’s Mondo Matrix Control software, or third-party control systems, the Mondo III now also includes front-panel indicator lights, allowing switch operators to check status on the unit’s power supplies, fans, filter, and temperature at a glance. It also adds a replaceable air filter, two DB9 serial connections, true redundant power supplies, and a new backlit 2x16-character LCD to aid in configuration and diagnostics.
The Opticis OMM-25000 enables matrix switching up to 32 DVI/HDMI/SDI sources to 32 different digital displays by using general PC software like hyperlink terminal, telnet, or web browser. It can be configured in a variety of sizes up to 32x32 using input and output cards. Programming is accomplished in various manners such as manual input of front key or command line (ASCII or binary code) input with various interfaces of RS-232 and TCP/IP, and it offers you flexible installation with other video controllers or control software. The input and output cards are composed of four ports DVI/HDMI/SDI, therefore users can configure any input and output channels from 4x4 to 32x32 by plugging the cards into the OMM-2500 mainframe. Optical DVI input and output cards works with OPTICIS 1 fiber DVI extension module and DVFX-100, and maximum 1Km DVI signal extension can be managed with this combination.
Pesa’s Cheetah 4K fiber router system is a modular fiber-optic switch system for ultra-high-definition 4K/2K video applications. The Cheetah 4K starts with a basic four-input and four-output multi-mode card set supporting data rates up to 12Gbps. Each frame can be fully expanded to 16x16. The 4RU frame supports redundant power, control, and a hot-swappable 16x16 x 4K Crosspoint matrix. I/O cards allow expansion in groups of four inputs or four outputs per card, which simplifies future expansion. The frame system is based on the Cheetah line of routers.
SnapAV’s Binary HDMI 4x4 (model B-100-HDMATRIX-4x4) simultaneously routes four sources to up to four different displays using HDMI cables for direct connection. It can also be extended via extender modules to send signals to distant locations. The switch is configured using Binary setup software and the unit includes built-in bidirectional RS-232 and a powered IR input. It supports HDMI (with 3D), deep color (36bit), and HDCP 2.0 as well as Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master and LPCM audio formats. The included PC Configuration utility provides the ability to manage EDID settings, test inputs and outputs, and update firmware.
Thinklogical’s MX48 is a protocol agnostic switcher that supports a variety of formats, including DVI, dual-link DVI, 3G, HD, SD SDI, dual-link SDI, USB HID, USB 1.1, USB 2.0 (high-speed, full 480 Mbps), FireWire 800, serial, PS/2, and bi-directional audio. Expandable from 16x16 up to 48x48, the MX48 has 16-port scalability for in and out cards, which are all hot swappable. The embedded touchpanel provides an interface for configuration and control. Complete control is also available using Thinklogical’s X4 Configurator software.
TVOne’s C3-340 CORIO is a 4RU matrix switcher with 16 AV module slots with the ability to add DVI-U or 3G-SDI. By choosing scaled output modules, the C3-340 also provides up, down, and crossconversion between a variety of analog and digital video formats thru 3G-SDI. All the functions can be controlled via serial connection via RS-232 or IP. Other features include digital flicker elimination circuitry and high 4:4:4 full bandwidth sampling rate ensures crisp, clear images, while full bandwidth chroma sampling ensures faithfully reproduced, high-resolution colors. Pixel-level motion-adaptive diagonal interpolation and noise reduction ensures high-quality de-interlacing of PAL, NTSC, and 1080i signals, while 3:2 pull-down ensures proper 24fps film extraction from NTSC and 1080i sources. An optional audio module can provide AES and analog or digital I/O breakout capabilities as well as audio delay and can link to the A2-7300 range of audio break-out units. Audio routing control is implemented in the Windows software and also available using the command line interface.
Christopher Maione is a recognized leader and expert in the AV industry with more than 28 years of AV expertise. Maione is an adjunct InfoComm faculty member and an accredited CTS RU provider, and serves on a variety of key industry standard committees. Contact him at email@example.com and www.chrismaione.com.
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