These products will join the existing Gefen Video over IP products and add 4K support, a built-in scaler, videowall capability, Power over Ethernet (PoE) and digital/analogue audio break-out.
Gefen’s next generation Video over IP products can transmit 4K video content up to 3,840 x 2,160 at 60Hz and 4:2:0 chroma subsampling, using a time-tested compression codec to ensure the most popular formats for today’s 4K sources are supported. They also have the ability of Gefen’s current generation to exist on the most commonly deployed Gigabit network infrastructures.
“These award-winning Video over IP products build on our tradition of providing high performance, scalable, expandable, and secure AV routing and distribution over a standard 1G local area network (LAN). Combined with our existing Video over IP 1080p senders and receivers – and quick system set-up and control through the Gefen EXT-CU-LAN matrix controller – these new products fully address the needs of commercial, light commercial and ProAV applications,” said Gefen product manager Jason Fitzgerald.
Both new products support HDMI input resolutions up to 4K 60Hz 4:2:0 and output resolutions up to 4K 30Hz 4:4:4, HDCP 2.2 and 1.4 and 7.1 channels of high bit rate (HBR) lossless and LPCM digital audio up to 100m.
“Traditionally, videowalls require the use of expensive and external videowall processors, but Gefen’s new 4K-capable Video over IP products provide an easy and cost-effective alternative to creating customised videowalls in any combination up to a 16×16 display array. Bezel compensation, internal timing synchronisation and built-in scaling functions guarantee precise and effective videowall deployments,” said Jason.
The sender and receiver can be used as KVM extenders in a one-to-one system or as nodes in a virtual matrix environment where any source can be routed to any or all displays. The sender is in a 1U tall and half-rack-width enclosure and, as with the receiver, can be surface mounted or placed on a shelf. The receiver also features a low-profile enclosure that can fit in tight places when hiding it is not an option.
Additionally, both the sender and receiver units support the concurrent connection of a VGA and HDMI device, with the sender acting as a switcher to allow the user to select either the analogue VGA input or digital HDMI input as a source. On the receiver, the VGA and HDMI outputs are both active and function as a video splitter, providing analogue and digital outputs for nearly any display present. The VGA input and output support VESA resolutions up to 1,920 x 1,200 at 60Hz.
This product also provides RS-232 and two-way IR routing between the sender and the receiver units, enabling the transfer of IR commands and RS-232 communications among all sources and the displays.
Gefen is distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Amber Technology.