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Signal Distribution: Products

New products for signal distribution from Black Box, Kramer Electronics, Gefen, Lightware and more.

Signal Distribution: Products

Sep 16, 2014 9:32 PM


Black Box’s MediaCento IPX controller enables IP-based video matrix switching and videowall control for HDMI-over-IP solutions. It is a network appliance that enables browser-based control for managing network connections between content sources and endpoints. The MediaCento IPX system enables extension of HDMI video and USB over an IP network to a virtually unlimited number of screens and videowalls. Using the internal Web server interface, users can switch from any source to any display, create presets and combine multiple receivers into a videowall, and control and switch videowall zones remotely. The controller also features mobile support to allow users to easily access and activate presets from their mobile phone or tablet device. Because it is IP-based, there are no port limitations, and it can support hundreds of individual screens and videowalls up to 8×8 in size. The controller has two Ethernet ports to coordinate video connections on one network and receive control signals from another network.

4K HDMI Input Card

The Crestron DMC-4K-HD is an input card for a Crestron DigitalMedia switcher, providing one HDMI input. The HDMI input supports full HD 1080p, Ultra HD, 2K, and 4K video signals with HDCP, Deep Color, 3D, and high-bitrate HD multichannel audio. The HDMI input can also handle DVI and DisplayPort multimode signals using an appropriate adapter or interface cable. In addition to the HDMI input, the DMC-4K-HD also includes HDMI and stereo analog audio outputs, and a USB HID device port. The HDMI output can be used to pass the input signal through to a local audio processor or video monitor, or to feed a second DM switcher for output expansion purposes. The analog audio output, which features programmable volume control and breaks out the stereo audio signal from the HDMI input and passes it through to feed a multiroom audio distribution system.

CPU Switch /Converter

IHSE USA’s new 484 series VGA 8×1 CPU switch/converter allows up to eight VGA CPU sources to be connected and switched through a single DVI extension port. The extension port can be connected directly to a workstation receiver or attached to an IHSE tera enterprise or tera compact matrix switch port for distributed access. Two models are available: L484- 8VECWR for Cat-x and L484-8VESWR for fiber. With IHSE’s exclusive high-efficiency conversion algorithms, each input port has a built-in scaling function that maintains video integrity up to 1920×1200 @60Hz. Each input port provides for a VGA (HD15 connector), USB-HID (Type B), and stereo audio (3.5mm) connections. All settings are stored in nonvolatile memory for retention should a power failure occur.


Kramer Electronics’ SID−X2N, is a HDBaseT four-in-one, twisted-pair transmitter from the Digital Step-in family. The unit includes four input types: computer graphics video, HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort. In addition, the SID−X2N includes an unbalanced stereo audio input and output. The SID−X2N works as a standalone unit together with the TP−580RXR/WP−580RXR receivers, using RS-232 commands over a twisted-pair cable. Although this product can be used with any Cat cable, Kramer recommends the use of the Kramer BC-HDKat6a cable to reach up to 130 meters (430ft.) in normal mode and up to 180 meters (590ft.) in XTRA (Long Reach) mode (1080p @60Hz @24BPP). It is compatible with both analog and digital AV signals, has unbalanced stereo audio input and output, has a single twisted-pair cable that carries both data and control, and switching between inputs is available when working with an HDBaseT receiver using RS-232 commands. The line supports BYOD requirements.


Analog Way’s Ascender 32 (Ref. ASC3204) is a multiscreen seamless switcher based on the LiveCore platform. It offers state-of-the-art processing, soft edge, and 4K capabilities for top-notch presentations. Ascender 32 currently supports 4K 60Hz 4:4:4, and will feature full 4K on a single connection as an optional feature in Q4 2014. The system offers 12 seamless inputs with 42 input plugs: six HDMI (including three HDMI 4K optional), nine DVI-I, three DisplayPort, 12 3G/HD/SD-SDI, and 12 universal analog. The Ascender 32 can handle any source from composite video up to 4096×2160 and outputs a variety of formats, including HDTV and computer format up to 3840×2160 (UHD) and 4096×2160 resolutions (native resolution for DCI-compliant 4K). The Ascender 32 includes an independent dual-link output for monitoring purposes, with a live mosaic preview layout. In addition to a native background layer, Ascender 32 can display up to four true-seamless scaled layers per output. The unit can be controlled through the Web RCS, an intuitive Web-based Remote Control Software. For more demanding shows, Ascender 32 can be controlled through the Vertige, a remote console featuring a new design and an innovative approach to show creation and management. Analog Way also provides a full series of drivers, control apps, and literature for control of the Ascender 32 through AMX, Crestron, and tablets.


A true game-changing technology for AV signal distribution, AptoVision’s BlueRiver NT is the world’s first and only mainstream chipset to enable the extension, switching, and compositing of realtime, uncompressed Ultra HD AV signals with zero-frame latency over off-the-shelf (OTS) 10GbE switches. The BlueRiver NT also supports 100-meter Cat-x and 30-kilometer fiber extension of Ultra HD video signals, Gigabit Ethernet, and 480Mbps USB 2.0, making it a compelling alternative to HDBaseT technology.

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Signal Distribution: Products

Sep 16, 2014 9:32 PM


Aurora Multimedia introduced new streaming media solutions, the HPX series and JPX series. The HPX series is a high-performance H.264 streaming media encoder/decoder solution for high-definition signal delivery over IP networks. Series consists of HPX-TX1/ TX2 encoders and HPX-RX-SM/RX-VW decoders to provide a complete end-to-end streaming media system as well as videowall and multi-view modes. It features HDMI and VGA inputs with loop-through and adopts standard H.264/MPEG-4 AVC encoding. The JPX series is a JPEG2000 visually lossless video system over IP that allows you to simultaneously send out an HDMI signal (1080p video with 2.1 audio, USB, and RS-232) to one or more HDMI video display devices using Cat-5e/6/7 cable over a standard Ethernet infrastructure. The JPX series, consisting of the JPX-TX1 encoder and JPX-RX1 decoder, can be used to distribute HD digital content from multiple sources to multiple destinations in a matrix topology on a 1Gbps LAN. In addition, the JPX series has a videowall mode and does not require a managed switch. Advanced internal video compression adapts to available network bandwidth if needed for a stable image at all times.


Gefen’s HD KVM over IP sends high-def content over a LAN with the option to integrate various video formats and create a virtual, cross-point matrix. This sender/receiver system allows the remote control of computers from any workstation using a Gigabit Ethernet switch. Users can access content using keyboard, video monitor, and mouse at any location on the LAN. High-def video in the HDMI format, four USB peripherals, bidirectional audio, RS-232 control signals, and IR are transported over the LAN with optional extension up to 100 meters on both sender and receiver sides using a single Cat-5 cable. This extension system uses a method of visually lossless compression and boasts latency of less than two frames. It also supports up to 256 additional sender and up to 256 receiver units on the same LAN. Each sender and receiver can be configured to a unique IP address. Resolutions are supported up to 1920×1200 at 60fps.


Altinex’s Muse HDMI+Power+IR transmitter and receiver promises to dramatically change the way integrators approach AV systems. With the ability to power a display with up to 150W of power and carry HDMI, RS-232, and IR control signals up to 300ft. (90 meters) over a single, low-voltage, unshielded Cat-6 cable, Muse enables AV integrators to eliminate the worry of electrical outlet placement— providing AV installers full control over their projects. Muse consists of the MU400-111 transmitter and the MU500-112 receiver. The output of the MU400-111 transmitter is monitored for power consumption and when power is exceeded, the output is turned off to protect the system. Muse is designed to withstand direct shorts both on the low-voltage side and high-voltage side. The current consumption is monitored continually and output is disabled if an overload or short is detected. The MU400-111’s built-in cooling fan provides temperature control. The durable metal MU500-112 receiver is small enough to fit behind a monitor, provides reliable operation over a wide temperature range, and is powered by the Muse transmitter and provides both power and video to a display for a trouble-free installation. Both units are fully compliant with HDMI and HDCP standards and UL 60950 listed.


DVIGear has launched the DVI-7520 and DVI-7525, the first in a new range of HDBaseT extenders targeted for professional AV system installations and rental and staging applications. The DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 provide simple and affordable solutions to extend uncompressed HDMI or DVI, embedded audio, bidirectional RS-232 and IR, and Ethernet (DVI-7525 only) using a single twisted-pair Cat-x cable. These extenders support the full range of HDBaseT features, including: 5Play, support for 4K/30p (UHD) resolution, bidirectional IR, POH, and long-range operation. The DVI-7520 can transport 4K/30p signals up to 130ft. (40 meters) and 1080p signals up to 230ft. (70 meters). The DVI 7525 can transport 4K/30p signals up to 230ft. (70 meters) and 1080p signals up to 330ft. (100 meters).

HDBaseT Switcher and Extender

Lightware USA has furthered its support of HDBaseT with its HDBaseT-enabled 65×65 and 80×80 modular matrix switchers and the new UMX-TPS product family, featuring HDBaseT extenders. HDBaseT’s 5Play feature set—which delivers uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power, and control signals over a single Cat-5e/6 cable—makes it ideal for commercial integration. “By supporting HDBaseT, Lightware is responding to needs from the integration space for remote power and the ability to extend RS-232 and Ethernet from the matrix to all end points. Our UMX transmitters also can support any connection type,” says Drew Taylor, director of sales and applications at Lightware USA. The new UMX-TPS product line includes HDBaseT extenders with wall- and floor-plate models. Targeted to environments such as small boardrooms and classrooms, these devices transmit universal video at resolutions up to 4K, audio, and control up to 180 meters over one Cat cable. The UMX-TPS-TX140 transmission unit is compatible with both Lightware’s HDBaseT extenders and matrix switchers.

Encoder and Decoder

SVSi’s 4K Ultra HD encoders and decoders provide the ultimate detail and image quality with resolution up to 3840×2160. The company’s networked AV media distribution and seamless switching solutions maximize the benefits of 4K resolution while offering the dependability, scalability, and flexibility. The N2151 4K encoder and N2251 4K decoder offer visually loss-less quality at ultra-low latency for pro AV applications. The product line accepts HD or SD and scales to Ultra HD for legacy video sources, offers JPEG2000 compressed mode 900Mbps and uncompressed mode 6Gbps, and uses industry-standard layer-3 switches.

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