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Long Distance Signal Extension with Multiple Technologies in the Home

The modern home is becoming a technology hub with devices in constant communication across multiple rooms. Centralised signal management has become a large part of the home technology experience. As more devices are added, further away from this central location, cost-efficient and versatile extenders become necessary. This scenario explores the use of four differing extension technologies from Lindy, including powerful fibre optic extenders, to distribute signals up to 300m in residential environments.

Modern residential buildings often feature multiple displays and media sources that use a variety of media signals to transmit audio and video across longer distances as annex or out-buildings become more popular.

In this example four sources are controlled and distributed by a central matrix around a home and to an out-building. The four sources are connected via HDMI cables to a local 4×4 Matrix Pro which then outputs the four signals using different transmission methods for signal extension over a variety of distances. This matrix supports 4K 18G inputs and outputs to ensure that, if the source permits, the entire solution can utilise the full 18G bandwidth capacity of the latest HDMI standards.

In this scenario the matrix outputs to four different transmission technologies. The first, and simplest, of these is a standard local HDMI cable that is provides the 4K connection directly over short distances to a local display. Using audio extraction, the audio signal is first routed to an amplifier before the TV so that a speaker system may be used inplace of the TV’s integrated speakers.

The second output from the matrix is transmitted via an 18G active HDMI cable to a room close to the location of the matrix. The third output passes through a 100m HDMI over CATX extender system. The transmitter unit is connected to the matrix by a simple HDMI cable before the signal is sent along inexpensive CATX cable to the receiver unit which is upstairs/some  distance from the matrix. This receiver is placed close to another 4K display which the signal is finally sent to via HDMI cable.

The fourth, and final, output from the matrix is sent to an out-building, annex, pool area etc. via a fibre optic extender system that features both transmitter and receiver units. By using fibre optic cables to make this connection, large distances up to 300m can be covered using cheap, efficient and easy-to-install duplex fibre optic cabling. This method of signal transmission benefits from EMI & RF resistance so that other electrical cables or equipment located nearby don’t cause artefacts or errors in the transmission. The fibre optic connection allows IR signals to be sent to the display for remote control of the source while also delivering the full 18G bandwidth with no compression, ensuring content arrives at the display exactly how it left the source.

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InfoComm Webinar powered by LINDY: Overcoming the Limits of HDBaseT – Lossless Compression and HDBaseT

HDBaseT is an ideal solution for simplified, high performance signal distribution while eliminating cable clutter. However, HDBaseT currently faces two limitations: the 100m maximum transmission distance and the 8Gbps bandwidth that allows resolutions of 4k 4:2:0.

Integrators are patiently awaiting the release of HDBaseT 3.0. In the meantime, two new HDBaseT advances have been made that overcome the limitations of the current HDBaseT technology. Lindy will demonstrate these advances in this webinar.

The first of these advances is the introduction of a lossless compression that supports a higher bandwidth and allows 4K 60Hz 4:4:4 video signals with very low latency. The second is HDBaseT over IP, which allows the extension of HDBaseT over 100m. Additionally this advance allows you to leverage existing pro-AV installations and interfaces to achieve cross-floor and cross-building AV sessions.

What will you learn in this webinar:
– How to overcome the current HDBaseT bandwidth limits to achieve 4K 60Hz 4:4:4 resolution.
– How to approach and integrate lossless compression in a project
– Understand whether OverIP transmission technology is suitable for your installations.

Instructor: Chris Shipley, Product Manager AV Technologies, LINDY

 

 

 

 

 

Chris has been with LINDY United Kingdom for over eight years. He is responsible for the research, evaluation and introduction of new technology products for inclusion into LINDY’s product range. He has a strong technical background, previously working as a Technical Engineer in various roles around the North East of England supporting blue chip organisations such as the BBC, Siemens and AMEC. His interests and skills span a wide range of subjects including network installation, data backup solutions, server hardware commissioning. Away from work, he has personal interests in AV installation, automotive maintenance and building / electrical work.

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DEPLOYING A VIRTUAL TV STUDIO WITH A LINDY MODULAR MATRIX SYSTEM

THE PROJECT: CREATING A STATE-OF-THE-ART PRO AV INSTALLATION FOR SKY TV

The demand for professional audio video signal management solutions is increasing dramatically as complex AV installations become commonplace at events, trade fairs, conferences, airports and shopping centres. The field of broadcasting has been at the forefront of developments in AV signal management. Modern broadcast studios now use sophisticated AV technology such as video projection, 3D mapping and elaborate content management systems to create ‘virtual TV studios’ where almost anything is possible including seamless and on the fly production.

Sky’s TV Studio 6 in Milan has recently undergone an upgrade programme to include the latest in professional AV technology. The studio was equipped with this technology by the AV technology solutions company Events on Stage (EoS). The project was led by Marco Landini who was able to hand over a completely new studio with modern AV systems in just one week.

REQUIREMENTS PROFILE: HIGH PERFORMANCE, RELIABLE COMPONENTS FOR MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY IN SIGNAL MANAGEMENT

The new studio was designed to be enclosed on three sides by 50m projection screens to provide a dynamic and interactive background for different programs. To ensure uniform and continuous projection, six projectors were used and the Dataton Watchout presentation system was selected and installed on 10 media servers to provide multi-display projections.

“Because of the challenges of working within the TV environment, and the complexity of the installation, it was vital that the solution would be 100% reliable and without any failures. All devices were chosen from a narrow range of specialist manufacturers with a reputation for high quality, reliable solutions and excellent customer service” explains Landini. “Lindy’s modular matrix solution was chosen because of its flexibility and reliability, allowing users to combine the input and output of HDMI, DVI, VGA, or HDBaseT signals to Ultra HD resolution displays.”

SOLUTION: POWERFUL, VERSATILE & COST-EFFECTIVE AV SOLUTIONS

The heart of the AV system is the 32 x 32 Modular Matrix from Lindy. This modular matrix solution makes it possible to combine different signal sources and distribute them to each display device. Built-in redundancy provides the highest possible reliability in the event of any unexpected failures, both in the matrix itself and in the inputs and outputs to the sources and projectors.
The new studio also uses two mapping projectors from Panasonic that were installed perpendicular to the floor and are used for projections on horizontal surfaces such as consoles. The projectors function interactively by using capacitive sensor systems that are connected to the transmission software.
Everything within the installation is controlled by software from EoS, which allows the end user to monitor the condition of each device in real time. To compliment this software a closed system of Panasonic HD cameras allow images to be monitored from the production control room.
“The versatility of such a studio not only increases the flexibility in practical use, but also reduces the production costs as stage designs and background scenery become unnecessary to construct and store” explains Landini.

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INSTALLED DEVICES

– 1 x Lindy Modular AV Matrix 32×32
– 2 x 24 Port Gigabit Switch
– 4 x Lindy HDBaseT Extender
– 2 x Lindy RS232/CAT5 Extender
– 6 x Video Projectors RLMW14
– 2 x Video Projectors PTDZ12000 to projection to the floor/ pult
– 1 x Projection Screen 50 x 5,5m
– Fiber Optic Cabling
– Fiber Optic DVI Extender
– 10 x Watchout Medienserver 6 IN HDSDI / 4 OUT DVI
– 2 x Watchout Producer
– 1 x 40” Monitor 4K for Watchout Producer
– 2 x Audio Interfaces
– 3 x 23” Full HD Monitors
– 2 x Full HD Security Cameras
– 2 x Capacitive Sensor Systems (owned resource)
– 2 x Watchout System Interfaces (owned resource)

USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapters

New 4K Adapter and Updated HDMI Adapter Connects Monitors Via USB 3.0

We now have two great ways to connect high-end monitors via a computer’s USB 3.0 port, without the hassle of adding a suitable internal graphics card.

The LINDY USB to 4K DisplayPort Adapter enables users to connect a 4K Ultra HD monitor by simply installing the driver and connecting the adapter to the computer using the supplied USB 3.0 Type A to Micro-B cable. Once installed the 4K monitor can be connected to the adapter using a normal DisplayPort cable. The adapter supports 4K resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 @30Hz and includes the ability to transfer audio from the computer to the monitor.

The LINDY USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter allows users to display Full HD 1080p video and graphics on their TV, monitor or projector via their computer’s USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port. Connected in a similar fashion as the 4K DisplayPort Adapter above, the converter supports resolutions up to 1920×1200, including 1080p. This latest adapter is a newer version of a previous model and is now available at a lower cost.

“While installing an internal graphics card into a computer is a relatively simple process, it’s not something everybody feels confident in doing, particularly when it’s just to connect a monitor temporarily,” says Andrew Ingram, Product Manager of LINDY Electronics. “Our new adapters allow users to connect the very latest high resolution monitors quickly and easily. They are ideal for laptop users that often challenged with different connection options everywhere they go, as well home users who just want to add another screen to their set-up.”

Both the LINDY adapters allow monitors to be used for primary, mirrored or extended desktop. They are bus powered and therefore require no addition power, have a compact design making them east to carry and store and are guaranteed for 2 years.

Are You Ready for 4K?

With more and more tech companies expanding into the world of 4K, here at LINDY we are gearing up for the 4K takeover with our range of compatible cables and accessories. More and more TV’s, monitors and projectors will soon become available in 4K technology.

For those aren’t aware of 4K, it’s basically an improved resolution which can be found on TV’s, monitors and projectors. At the moment most resolutions only reach 1080p, under 2k, with this new release you will receive 4x more improved picture quality.

At the moment 4K products are slowly but steadily making their way into the consumer mainstream, but it is mostly professional companies such as cinemas and the movie projection industry who are currently using 4K technology. But it is predicted that over the coming years, 4K will become more accessible to the everyday consumer with cheaper products available in this resolution.

TV shows will also need to become more compatible with 4K products. As more and more people purchase 4K TV’s. Earlier this year, Netflix began streaming the American TV show, House Of Cards in 4K. Those with a HEVC Decoder could then watch the programme in a higher resolution.

With the release of more 4K products, the need for higher quality cables and accessories will also increase. Higher speed cables available at LINDY can be used along with 4K TV’s, monitors and projectors. Look for the HDMI High Speed Sticker for compatible cables, as seen below –

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Compatible Lindy Products

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High Speed 2m Premium cable

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Our Gold Range

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2 Port 4K HDMI UHD Splitter