IP extender creates, controls video walls

Avenview's HDM-C6VWIP-SET is a modular device with KVM functionality that provides extension of high definition video and high quality audio over IP.

Avenview (Kenmore, NY), a manufacturer of video wall and digital signage processors, has launched what it calls "its most advanced and fully featured IP extender" product to date. The HDM-C6VWIP-SET is a modular device with KVM functionality that provides extension of high definition video and high quality audio over IP. The device's primary advantage is that it comes with Avenview's ControlPro software, which eliminates the need for managed switches and allows users to easily configure the device's multiple functions.

With the HDM-C6VWIP, users can extend video for point-to-point or point-to-multipoint configurations, or create and control a video wall or video matrix. Via the modular device, a transmitting encoder can be attached to any source signal (i.e. a media player, PC or server, BluRay player, or digital signage player). Then, using existing CATX infrastructure, users can connect CATX to an HDM-C6VWIP receiving decoder anywhere on the same gigabit network. The decoder connects directly to a screen or TV, delivering 1080p uncompressed HD video and audio performance.

With the new modular device's functionality, the media distribution possibilities are many, notes Avenview. The IP extender can be leveraged in custom deployments, using combinations of transmitting encoders and receiving decoders along with network switches, allowing sources and outputs to be connected and controlled over long distances. Possible applications and market sectors may include medical, board rooms, menu boards, digital signage, sports bars, etc.

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Avenview emphasizes that its included ControlPro software eliminates the need for managed switches, thereby eliminating the need for IT departments to get involved in setting these up. The ControlPro software also gives users access to multiple functions, including (but not limited to) its Scene Configurator, Schedule Builder and 3rd Party Integration Control capabilities -- unprecedented features for an IP extender, notes the company.

With Scene Configurator, users can create any layout they need, from 1x2 up to 8x8. All created scenes can be saved and used as needed in the system. The Schedule Builder then comes into play; users can use these pre-saved scenes and schedule different sources and different layouts to be activated at different times of the day. If a user is already using a Crestron, Control4, or other control system, Avenview also provides 3rd party integration with an IP controller box, which allows seamless communication between the HDM-C6VWIP-Set and other controllers.

Avenview will be showcasing the new IP Extender at its booth #N3047 at the upcoming InfoComm 2014 show in Las Vegas (June 14-20). Learn more.

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