Feb 24, 2015
4K is an ultra high-resolution video format that offers four times the resolution of HD (3840 x 2160 instead of 1920 x 1080). Over the past year, the buzz surrounding 4K technology has been intensifying. 4K monitors are everywhere, and audiovisual companies are rushing to launch video processing systems compatible with these UHD displays. This was very noticeable at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show this year, where 4K seemed to be the predominant theme.
In contrast, RGB Spectrum has been at the forefront of 4K product development with its SuperView® 4K Multiviewer (launched in early 2013), which enables the multi-window display of UHD/HD content on a single 4K monitor, and its new MediaWall® V Display Processor, the world’s first true 4K video wall processor with video synchronization and fully-scalable windows.
4K technology is becoming more mainstream, and 4K monitors more affordable. As a result, we are increasingly seeing 4K UHD products deployed in a wide range of market areas: broadcasting, digital signage, and corporate boardrooms, as well as display applications in the security, military and medical verticals. To assess the direction that 4K technology is headed, let’s consider some recent developments in 4K implementation across market segments.
In the broadcasting industry, for example, Fox Sports Network is using 4K cameras and replay systems for football games and other sports telecasts to provide higher clarity when compared to regular HD television, and enable commentators to zoom in on particular areas of the action without losing resolution. When spectators view this ultra high-resolution video on 4K monitors, the result is an enhanced viewing experience.
In the digital signage market, there is a growing realization that one large 4K monitor may be superior to a 2x2 video wall of narrow bezel monitors. With a large 4K monitor, advertisers get the same resolution as a 2x2 wall array at a comparable price-point and without the visual inconvenience of monitor bezels. For larger installations, a video wall of 4K monitors would have far fewer bezels than an HD video wall of comparable size, again enhancing the viewing experience.
4K is also making inroads into corporate boardrooms. As businesses replace HD projectors with 4K projectors and monitors, they benefit from a dramatic increase in brightness, clarity and visibility. The result is an impressive installation that makes a statement. Higher resolution 4K surfaces, whether individual monitors or a video wall array, enable the simultaneous display of more data, provide improved clarity for corporate applications like videoconferencing, and enhance collaborative workflows for decision-making.
For security operations centers, control rooms and surveillance applications, operators rely on high-resolution visuals and video feeds to be able to monitor a range of factors and facilities. More and more companies are developing ultra high-resolution surveillance cameras that provide security operators with the sharpest, most precise imagery possible. With 4K-compatible display processors and monitors, operators can view this imagery without downscaling, and can zoom in farther without affecting clarity. This enables them to better monitor and analyze system resources and respond to potentially critical situations.
Many military/defense applications require the visual clarity and precision of 4K technology. A single 8 Megapixel (4K) monitor used with a SuperView 4K multiviewer is ideal for a number of display applications including vehicle, vessel and airborne consoles, mobile command centers, tactical operations centers, and UAV ground control stations. With the robust MediaWall V processor, 4K video walls can be used to provide enhanced situational awareness in a range of mission critical military applications.
Finally, one of the most compelling applications of 4K imagery is in the medical industry. Doctors and medical technicians need to have access to the highest-resolution imagery possible to make accurate decisions about patient care. The advent of 4K monitors certified for use in surgical suites is revolutionizing the operating room by enabling the simultaneous display of patient data, vital signs, video from a surgeon’s forehead mounted camera, video from endoscopes and other instruments, etc., all on a single monitor. Whether powered by multiviewers or video wall processors, 4K monitors provide 8 megapixels of resolution to display all kinds of medical information and imagery.
The real advantage of a 4K display may have little to do with 4K imagery, but rather with the usefulness of 8 megapixels of resolution to display multiple images simultaneously without downscaling. RGB Spectrum’s SuperView 4K multiviewer allows users to manipulate native 4K images, a combination of 4K and high-definition video, or up to eight graphic or video windows (scaled or unscaled) on a single 4K monitor. Similarly, the MediaWall V processor supports 4K inputs and outputs, as well as lower resolution input/output signals. Our 4K display processors effectively handle a range of signals to deliver fully-scalable windowed imagery (on one or across an array of 4K monitors) with incredible clarity and ultra high definition resolution.
The myriad benefits of ultra high-resolution suggest that 4K technology is here to stay.
Mar 28, 2017
A massive 32-panel 4K video wall is making quite a splash in the newly renovated entrance hall in the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk in Connecticut. Engaging visitors with a dynamic “Sketch and Release” interactive feature presented in ultra-high-definition by a RGB Spectrum MediaWall V Display Processor, the video wall invites visitors to dive right in to an immersive sea life experience.
Walking in through what is now known as Newman’s Own Hall, guests of all ages are drawn in by the video wall’s creative approach to learning about Long Island Sound wildlife and conservation. Using interactive kiosks, visitors select and personalize a sea creature and then release it in 3D on the big screen. There it swims with up to 200 other visitor-designed Long Island Sound native sharks, fish, seals, sea turtles and squid in a virtual seascape.
Exhibit producers at Richard Lewis Media Group (RLMG) developed Sketch and Release as a virtual reality application, so the video wall technology had to have top-level processing capabilities. A robust solution was designed and implemented by AV integration specialist Everett Hall Associates.
RLMG’s VR content was written in Unity, and runs on a powerful multiprocessor outfitted with Matrox cards. To optimize the user-generated content and the 3D seascape for display on the 4x8 grid of Samsung 55-inch thin-bezel LED displays required a 4K-capable video processor. Enter RGB’s MediaWall V, the first truly 4K-capable video wall processor.
The MediaWall V processor enables the entire wall to be treated as a single seamless display, or positions multiple windows anywhere on the wall. This versatility is key, because in addition to Sketch and Release, the video wall displays educational videos, promotional content, and presentations for special events. A touch panel control system handles presets for signage, presentations, the VR interactive aquarium, or live video.
Using the MediaWall V for the first time on the Maritime Aquarium project, Everett Hall Associates General Manager Joel R. Rollins was impressed: “When you’re trying to push the edge with regard to software and the way it interacts with the public, the fact that the hardware pieces could be depended upon makes it work. We also knew that in addition to a VR-Based exhibit, we would have to accommodate expansion and future sources. We’ve had zero issues. I’ve programmed a lot of systems using previous MediaWall display processors, and they were always reliable, and this was no different.”
Mar 30, 2015
Original photo courtesy of Viappy / Shutterstock
4K ultra high definition (UHD) resolution offers considerable value in control room environments. Delivering 3840x2160 (8.3 million) pixels per display, it significantly enhances an operator’s ability to monitor finely detailed imagery. However, the limitations imposed by human vision raise some interesting questions about 4K deployment. What applications can benefit most from this higher pixel density and, by extension, in which situations is the incorporation of 4K UHD processing technology most effective?
Viewing Distance vs. Resolution
Human vision is confined to a narrow spectrum of wavelengths and resolutions. The eye is capable of resolving various densities and sizes of pixels, but this ability is greatly affected by the distance between the operator and display, the “viewing distance.”
Display devices are available in a wide range of sizes. The smaller the screen or monitor, the more densely packed its pixels will be, and the closer you would need to be to discern a visible difference between lower and higher resolutions.
The display size and the typical viewing distance are two critical criteria that help determine the situations in which 4K UHD resolution adds value to an application. The following chart compares screen size and pixel density and illustrates the ideal viewing distances for each combination:
This excellent chart was produced by Carlton Bale. Please read his full article on this topic.
As the chart shows, if you are viewing 4K signals on a small screen of ~50 inches, your ideal viewing distance is no more than about five feet. If you are farther away than this, imagery on a 4K display will effectively appear identical to that on an HD display. With 4K imagery on a larger screen, e.g. 105 inches, the ideal viewing distance increases to 12-15 feet. In contrast, the ideal viewing distance for a ~50 inch 1080p HD display is approximately 12-15 feet, and 15-20 feet for a 105 inch 1080p display.
Bezels and Video Walls
When constructing a multi-monitor video wall, another consideration is the total amount of continuous display space between monitor bezels. Bezels provide a rigid support structure for the panels (“glass”) in a display. However, on a video wall, bezels also break up the continuous appearance of images that may be scaled over multiple monitors. With a 4K UHD video wall, you can use larger format display devices, reducing the total number of bezels on the wall. If continuous imagery is important to your application, then 4K UHD resolution monitors offer this added benefit.
4K UHD Video Wall Placement
If you need to construct a video wall with the fewest bezels possible and your wall will likely be viewed from a maximum distance of 10-15 feet, then a very large format 4K UHD display (84”-104”) may be the best fit for your installation. In contrast, if you want to use smaller monitors, and/or plan to view the wall from farther away, then 1080p displays may be a more cost-effective choice for your application.
Most control room applications typically involve work stations located a specific distance from a central video wall, so the viewing distance/display size guidelines can help you choose what kind of a wall is most appropriate for your system. RGB Spectrum’s new MediaWall V display processor can configure a range of resolutions for display on either 4K UHD or 1080p HD video walls.
Some video wall applications are apparent exceptions to the guidelines above because they often require close-up inspection of ultra high resolution imagery. These include:
- Medical imaging
- Simulation modeling such as oil & gas exploration
- Manufacturing inspection systems
- Aerial reconnaissance
- Megapixel surveillance
In these cases, users needing more visibility are likely to walk right up to a video wall, shortening their viewing distance of imagery so much that it makes sense to choose the highest resolution displays. 4K UHD processing equipment and video wall monitors are a logical choice in applications like these where minute details matter and video wall imagery may be subjected to close-up inspection.
Don’t Forget About Inputs
If you choose to build a video wall out of 2K HD displays, does a 4K UHD processor still have value? Absolutely. Typically, a variety of input signals will feed into a processor for display on a video wall, and these images may be spread out across multiple monitors. The pixel density of the input will determine how large it can be expanded on a video wall without negatively impacting clarity.
For example, a 2K HD (1920x1200), 24-monitor video wall array offers a total of 55 million pixels, enough real estate to display seven 4K input signals at full resolution. However, the lower pixel density of the monitors means that those 4K UHD signals can be spread out across more video wall monitors (expanded to a larger size) while still maintaining image quality. This use case is particularly relevant for installations with very large walls that require the display of finely detailed imagery such as multi-megapixel surveillance, satellite telemetry, industrial control applications, and geospatial modeling.
With 4K UHD inputs you have the pixel density required to configure large windows on a large wall, regardless of whether that wall is built with 2K HD or 4K UHD displays.
Put a Wall On Your Desk
A 4K workstation monitor packs 8.3 million pixels into a desktop size display. What are the applications of this deployment of 4K technology?
Video wall imagery is typically composed of windows containing graphics or video content provided by a source system like a computer or set top box. Today, most source systems output 1080p video that would entirely cover one 1080p monitor if displayed unscaled.
However, if you have 4K UHD monitors and use an RGB Spectrum MediaWall V processor, you could display four full-resolution (unscaled) 1080p input windows on a single 4K UHD monitor. To take this further, you could divide each 1080p window into three D1 sub-windows, up to 24 CIF sub-windows, or 81 QCIF sub-windows. Thus, a single 4K UHD monitor could be used to display up to 324 QCIF images at full, unscaled resolution.
If you create a user workstation with three 4K UHD displays, then an operator could monitor 972 full resolution QCIF cameras feeds. That is a lot of data, and it could all be displayed on a single user workstation using the MediaWall V processor.
In fact, one MediaWall V processor could drive up to four such multi-monitor workstations. In this scenario, one large 4K wall would effectively be broken up into four smaller “desktop walls”, which would offer operators all of the benefits of 4K resolution. For added functionality, the MediaWall V processor is compatible with RGB Spectrum’s Enterprise MCMS, a powerful control room system that allows operators to share keyboard and mouse control over system resources. The result is a customizable workstation-based control room solution with incredibly powerful UHD video display capabilities.
Who Needs a Desktop Wall?
A 4K desktop wall is appropriate for anyone who needs to track real time video/graphic information from a multitude of sources: e.g. traffic management centers, casinos, municipal emergency operations centers, central station surveillance companies, and more. The pixel density provided by a 4K desktop wall results in unsurpassed image clarity, no matter how closely an operator views the monitors.
With RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall V display processor for 4K UHD/2K 1080p video and graphics, you can support a variety of control room configurations: large 4K video walls, large 2K video walls, 4K “desktop walls”, 2K “desktop walls”, or a combination of video walls and “desktop walls”. The MediaWall V processor configures 4K UHD, 2K HD, and standard lower resolutions inputs to delivers superb image quality on large or small video walls.
Sep 20, 2016
We hope you had the opportunity to see our latest products in action in our Security Operations Center (SOC) at ASIS 2016, the security profession’s premier education and networking event. Some 20,000 security professionals from around the world gathered in Orlando, Florida to discover the latest in security technologies.
We showcased our new Zio® encoders and decoders, an innovative family of products for AV over IP. Visitors admired the range of the Zio system’s advanced capabilities, particularly its intuitive interface. Zio networked AV is compatible with signal sources and displays up to 4K UHD resolution. It uses industry-standard 1G or 10G Ethernet switches, with encoders that support standard HDMI video and audio signals from media players, computers, and other sources, and decoders that drive displays. Video, audio, and control data are converted to IP packets that can be switched and routed to any location on the network. As system requirements grow, additional endpoints can easily be added.
Our award-winning MediaWall V® processor was on display at ASIS, too. The MediaWall V display processor delivers stunning visuals in real time. Visitors were treated to a spectacular 4K video wall mixing both HD and UHD resolutions in windows spread across the wall. MediaWall V display processor can handle an astounding 96 million pixels at 60 frames per second plus switching, routing, and real-time scaling of images. Its multiple wall option allows up to three walls to be independently controlled from a single processor, resulting in substantial cost savings.
We exhibited another cost-effective solution at ASIS as well—the VIEW Controller. Those who stopped by our booth got a firsthand glimpse at our technology that streamlines operation of our MediaWall display processors. VIEW Controller is fast to implement and economical, replacing complicated third-party controllers that require custom programming. VIEW Controller features an easy-to-use GUI where you can drag-and-drop sources to quickly route them for display, live thumbnails of signal sources as convenient visual aids for managing workflow, real-time processing for immediate routing and window-resizing, preset recall of window layouts and routings, and the ability to scale sources across any part or all of the video wall.
Zio Networked AV, MediaWall V Display Processor, and VIEW Controller are a testament to RGB Spectrum’s position as an innovator in video and display processing technology for your SOC.
For more information about these and other RGB Spectrum solutions, visit our website or contact your Regional Sales Manager.
May 28, 2015
You’ve heard the buzz and read the previews. Now you can experience the power of our new MediaWall® V Display Processor for yourself at InfoComm 2015, booth #1843. The MediaWall V is an innovative, new 4K UHD video wall processor, offering up to 4K resolution I/O, single-wire connectivity, full video synchronization, and scalable, “drag-and-drop” windows.
The processor’s hybrid architecture combines the real-time processing and reliability of a hardware-based processor with the flexibility of a separate, dedicated processor to run applications. Add in integrated IP capabilities, extensive user-friendly features, enhanced security and an intuitive, easy-to-operate control interface and you get a 4K video wall processing system with unsurpassed power and versatility.
A MediaWall V processor can display ultra high-resolution 4K video and graphics together with HD sources on a wall array of 2K/HD or 4K/UHD display devices. 4K content can be scaled out to a larger size on an HD video wall without losing image clarity. At our booth, a dynamic video wall display will show you the benefits provided by 4K content on an HD wall. Inputs can be scaled larger, enabling the display of more data and visuals in greater detail than ever before to improve situational awareness, assessment and response.
High Performance Video Processing
The MediaWall V processor can display any configuration of window layouts across a multi-screen array. Windows can be sized as required anywhere, within or across screen boundaries, in any aspect ratio and zoomed in to emphasize details. Signal switching and preset layout recall are fast and seamless.
A purpose-built architecture dedicates processing resources for each input. This allows each input to be displayed in real-time at full color, frame and pixel rates, without common video wall artifacts such as dropped frames or image tearing. The result is superb performance and an enhanced visual experience.
The MediaWall V’s application processor supports the decoding and display of IP camera and other H.264 streams, and also runs Windows® applications. With two separate processing subsystems, video wall processing functions are from application processing, allowing the wall display to operate continuously even in the event that the second processor is compromised by problems like malware or software failure.
HDCP capability allows protected content, such as the output of a Blu-ray player, to be displayed on the video wall.
The MediaWall V processor offers a range of control options. The web-based set-up GUI supports both local and remote access, "drag-and-drop" window positioning and scaling, wall layout presets, and input selection. In addition, RGB Spectrum’s newly introduced VIEWTM Controller adds a graphically-enhanced user interface with live thumbnails, providing operators with a very intuitive user interface. The processor can also be controlled by a variety of third-party devices.
For the most demanding applications, the MediaWall V processor is compatible with RGB Spectrum’s MultiPoint® Control Room Management System (Enterprise MCMSTM) — an innovative hardware and software platform that provides operators with arbitrated keyboard and mouse (KVM) control over system resources.
Enterprise MCMS is ideal for use in mission-critical control room applications such as command centers, debriefing centers, security operations centers (SOCs), emergency operations centers (EOCs), industrial/process control and SCADA system monitoring. The system's unique design isolates critical systems from the network, effectively protecting sensitive data from external tampering, malware and viruses.
Powerful Capabilities in the Control Room and Beyond
A MediaWall V processor has the ability to power a video wall plus auxiliary monitors or even multiple video walls, making it suitable for the most sophisticated audio-visual environments. When used with projectors, the processor provides adjustable overlaps for edge-blending to enable immersive, seamless UHD displays that span entire rooms - ideal for museums, theatres, auditoriums and a range of other venues. With 4K/UHD resolutions fully supported, the MediaWall V processor is ideal for graphically rich AV and control room applications.
Be sure to visit Booth #1843 for a demo of our powerful, new MediaWall V display processor, and range of control room and video processing solutions.
May 28, 2015
We’re gearing up for InfoComm 2015. As we put the finishing touches on our booth design, we’re offering you a sneak peek into what’s new at RGB Spectrum. Here’s a hint: it’s all 4K-compliant!
We’re very excited to announce the launch of a range of new products with full support for 4K input and output signals. Stop by booth #1843 to experience the power of our new MediaWall® V Display Processor and the QuadView® UHD Multiviewer
Whether used as standalone systems or incorporated into a comprehensive control room solution, our switchers, video walls and multiviewers allow users to capitalize on the benefits of 4K technology. When you visit the booth this year, you’ll be able to try them out for yourself as part of our 4K-capable control room management solutions.
Offering 4 times the resolution of standard HD (1920 x 1080), 4K UHD inputs and display devices offer stunning clarity and detail for the most graphically-demanding applications. To fully realize the benefits of 4K, you need to choose equipment purpose-built to handle ultra-high resolution signals. As you’ll see at our booth, our new 4K products combine all the benefits of 4K technology with intuitive control, 24/7 reliability and real-time processing capabilities. Delivering outstanding features and superb value, these new 4K UHD video processors are ideal for a wide range of applications.
We are seeing a significant acceleration in the deployment of 4K technology. RGB Spectrum started as a pioneer in the development of 4K video processing systems. Now we continue our industry leadership with the launch of these powerful and versatile new products. And even if you don’t need 4K resolution now, you’ll want to think about future-proofing all of your AV technology acquisitions.
Visit our InfoComm booth (#1843) this year and let us show you how our innovative solutions are changing the face of 4K video processing. Click here to get your free exhibits pass.
Oct 2, 2017
Image courtesy of InterContinental New York Barclay
The InterContinental New York Barclay hotel celebrated the culmination of its $180 million property-wide renovation with the debut of its luxurious two bedroom Penthouse. The top-story Penthouse exudes an opulent, contemporary design that is true to the hotel’s original 1920’s Federalist interior style. The Penthouse enhances its allure of glamour, elegance and distinction with the living room’s state-of-the-art video wall entertainment system powered by RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall® V 4K display processor.
The MediaWall V processor drives the large, touch-screen 3 x 3 display array which offers a wide variety of viewing content. The advanced video wall system is conducive to both business and leisure activities. Guests can keep apprised of news and sporting events, conduct video teleconferencing, access the internet, keep up with social media, enjoy entertainment from local and global television broadcasts and a selection of movies, and play video games.
The MediaWall V processor receives input from a variety of sources, including five cable television boxes, a blu-ray player, Xbox video gaming console, and multiple PCs. The MediaWall V processor consolidates these diverse sources and displays them in windows of any size, anywhere on the wall array. Guests can select inputs and choose display layouts from a selection of up to 60 presets from a touch panel. The processor’s advanced video wall features let guests overlap images and pan and zoom to view items of particular interest.
Offering superior image quality, versatility and reliability, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall display processors are an ideal choice for entertainment, hospitality, sports and casino venues, lobby displays, and digital signage applications.
May 30, 2017
A large medical center in Wisconsin has improved the efficiency and effectiveness of care across three affiliated hospitals’ cardiac units with a new centralized Telemetry Heart Monitoring Hub. Now medical technicians can monitor up to 120 heart patients’ vitals using the advanced display capabilities of two 65-inch 4K LCD panel video stations enabled by RGB Spectrum MediaWall V Display Processors.
Assisting nurses and physicians with data analysis, dedicated telemetry technicians use streamlined mouse and keyboard control integrated with the MediaWall V to zoom in on specific cases while maintaining an overview of patients’ vitals. Display presets give technicians a variety of visual configurations for keeping an eye on critical patient data.
The mission-critical nature of the patient monitoring led AV systems integrator Techteriors, LLC to RGB Spectrum for its robust MediaWall V Display Processor. When it came time to choose a processor to feed the commercial-grade NEC displays, RGB Spectrum was an ideal solution source. “One of the reasons we selected RGB Spectrum was because we knew it was top-tier equipment that was going to last for years and be very reliable,” said Jeremy Vierck, Director of Technology for Techteriors, LLC.
Two MediaWall V processors were used, one per monitoring station, to process the outputs of twelve GE Healthcare PCs connected to the hospital network. Each PC provides up to 10 patients’ vitals via GE Healthcare software.
Techteriors found that the MediaWall V processor provided excellent 4K video quality for the output of the PCs. With the MediaWall V output set to 3820x2160 resolution, “There was no need to scale anything, so there was no compression of the image, giving it lossless quality,” explained Matt Gliszczinski, System Engineer with Techteriors, LLC. Scaling only occurs when technicians zoom in on a specific piece of data. “The scaling looks fantastic as well,” he added, “When the tech has zoomed in to do measurements on heart signals, for example, the quality is excellent.”
The two viewing stations are set up in a redundant configuration; the use of two separate MediaWall processors helps eliminate any single point of failure. Each piece of equipment has a redundant power supply, with additional failure protection provided by the hospital’s generator.
Reaction to the Telemetry Monitoring Hub technology integration has been extremely positive. The efficiencies provided by the centralized monitoring approach produce significant return on investment. The hospital group is already considering plans to add more monitoring stations like the one in Grafton.
“The technicians who use it on a daily basis are very happy with the system,” Vierck noted. “It has really impacted their work. They have more capabilities than they had before, and that’s a big win.”
Sep 2, 2015
RGB Spectrum’s award-winning MediaWall® V 4K video wall processor has been expanded with a new, larger chassis option and additional capabilities, including IP stream decoding.
The new MediaWall V Model 550 display processor supports wall arrays of up to 24 HD/2K displays. The 6RU chassis provides the ideal wall processing solution for screen arrays including 4x6, 3x8, 2x12, among others. The model 550 also supports up to 12 UHD/4K displays.
A wide range of input/output resolutions include 4K (4096 x 2160), UHD (3840 x 2160), HD (1920 x 1080), and lower resolutions. Inputs are fully scalable for a video wall of 4K or standard HD monitors.
New functionality for both the original Model 500 and the new Model 550 MediaWall V display processors includes a dedicated Application Processor (AP) option capable of decoding up to four 1080p/30fps or twenty-four 640x480p/30fps IP streams. Users can run Windows 7 applications directly on the AP. It functions separately from the wall processing engine, ensuring that applications and video wall operations each receive dedicated resources.
Additional features include image overlap to support projector edge blending, full HDCP support on all outputs including unscaled Auxiliary (AUX) outputs, and a foreground graphics display to support an on-screen logo or other uses.
The MediaWall V received three awards at the recent InfoComm 2015 Trade Show: Commercial Integrator Best Product Award & Best of Show Awards from both Sound & Video Contractor and Government Video magazines. MediaWall V’s unique architecture combines real-time, reliable hardware-based processing, integrated IP and application capabilities, extensive user-friendly features, and intuitive control interfaces.
Unsurpassed quality, power, and versatility – the MediaWall V video wall processor.
Find out more at http://www.rgb.com/products/mediawall-v-display-processor
Jul 12, 2016
RGB Spectrum's MediaWall V® Display Processor showed off its new and improved capabilities recently at InfoComm. The 4K-capable video wall powerhouse, combined with the MultiPoint® Express control room solution, wowed crowds with its upgraded flexibility and improved ease of use.
Enhancements included an integrated (internal) switcher, which can obviate the need for an external switcher, and the ability to feed and control three display walls simultaneously.
MediaWall V system upgrades offer increased overall performance and improvements to the user interface. The VIEW Controller for MediaWall V is now more responsive and easier to use.
People who saw it said it performed like a whole new system. If you missed it at InfoComm you should schedule a demo with your local regional sales office.
We encourage you to see MediaWall V’s many dramatic enhancements for yourself. With offices and demo centers around the world, chances are you are a short distance away from seeing the true power of the MediaWall V video wall processor in person.
Jun 9, 2017
Cape Canaveral’s Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida has a long history in space exploration, commercial aerospace and military defense. Today, CCAFS is home to the U.S. Air Force Space Command’s 45th Space Wing. Its Morrell Operations Center (MOC) is the main command center for all missile and space launches from the Kennedy Space Center facilities, tracking space vehicles and missile tests and monitoring their performance. The Morrell Operations Center is now transitioning its activities to support commercial aerospace firms such as SpaceX.
The MOC is comprised of two rooms, the main command center and a redundant backup room, which serves as a failsafe. To meet increasing launch support demand, CCAFS is implementing a modernization effort aimed at renovating the visual display systems in both rooms.
In their search for the optimal display technology, CCAFS conducted an exhaustive evaluation of various video wall processors. In the stringent shootout, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall® V 4K processor was the overwhelming winner, outperforming the rest of the field with unmatched image quality and capabilities. CCAFS selected the MediaWall V processor as the core of their modernization project.
Each of the MOC rooms is equipped with a Mediawall V Model 550 processor. The processors also replace legacy matrix switchers and provide new, sought-after capabilities, such as higher resolution, in addition to advanced video wall features, including multi-window display, overlapping images, and pan and zoom. Each processor drives two edge-blended HD projectors in a 1x2 array. The processor supports image overlap for edge-blending, for a stunningly high quality, seamless display experience.
The MediaWall V processor receives feeds from the launch pad, long-range video cameras, and PCs covering weather conditions, data analysis of geo synchronization, telemetry, trajectory, and aerial traffic, launch pad security systems, and range detection. The processor consolidates these inputs and displays them, real-time, in multiple windows on the video wall. The processor allows operators to switch inputs and choose display layouts from a selection of up to 60 presets from a simple touch panel.
Images and data can now be viewed in higher resolutions on a brighter “visual canvas” to facilitate better decision making. The response from MOC management has been extremely favorable. Kyle Lee, Facility Operations Manager for USAF Morrell Operations Center, stated "We are very pleased with the system upgrade results and we have no doubt that this will enhance range operations."
Offering unsurpassed real-time performance, superior image quality and mission-critical reliability, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall display processors are an ideal choice for defense and aerospace applications.
Mar 23, 2017
The upcoming International Security Conference & Exposition, ISC West, is the largest event in the U.S. for the physical security industry. Attendees will get a chance to see RGB Spectrum’s control room solutions including the new Zio® Networked AV encoders, decoders, and multiviewer products integrated with the MediaWall V® video wall processor. The show runs from April 5 to 7 in Las Vegas, NV at the Sands Expo (Booth 2103).
Named “Best of Show” at its InfoComm 2016 debut, Zio encoders, decoders, and multiviewers provide simple scalability and ease of use through its unique peer-to-peer architecture. Zio networked AV is compatible with signal sources and displays up to 4K UHD resolution. It uses industry-standard 1G or 10G Ethernet switches, with encoders that support standard HDMI video and audio signals from media players, computers, and other sources, plus decoders that drive displays. Video, audio, and control data are converted to IP packets that can be switched and routed to any location on the network. As system requirements grow, additional endpoints can easily be added.
Zio AV over IP products complement RGB Spectrum’s award-winning MediaWall V video wall processor. Wall outputs can be encoded for remote display, providing the ability to duplicate or mimic any content on the video wall or the video wall itself.
Make sure to stop by Booth 2103 for a demonstration and discussion about upcoming projects. More information on all of RGB Spectrum products and services can be found at www.rgb.com.
Nov 30, 2015
RGB Spectrum’s award-winning MediaWall® V display processor now includes a second, larger chassis and expanded features bringing more flexibility and capability to the product line.
The new Model 550 MediaWall V wall processor offers more inputs and outputs in high definition (HD) and 4K/ultra high definition (UHD) formats. Input capacity has been doubled to 36 direct sources plus IP inputs. Increased output capacity supports wall arrays of up to 24 HD/2K displays or up to 12 4K/UHD displays.
Functionality is further expanded with new switched output modules. These can take the place of an external matrix switcher, providing up to 18 additional outputs, a convenient, cost-effective way to route sources to other displays, operator control stations, conference rooms, or other downstream devices such as digital video recorders. Any input can be routed to any number of outputs, providing significant switching flexibility built right into the display processor.
These expanded input and output capabilities enhance RGB Spectrum’s MultiPoint® Control Room Management System (MCMS™) which adds arbitrated KVM control over system resources for the ultimate in control room management.
An optional Application Processor decodes incoming IP streams. IP camera and other H.264 streams at resolutions up to 4K/UHD (3840x2160/30) are decoded on a separate processor embedded in the MediaWall V chassis. This unique dual-processor architecture guarantees adequate CPU resources to video wall operations while the second processor handles IP decoding.
MediaWall V’s unique architecture combines real-time, reliable processing, with integrated IP and application capabilities, and an intuitive control interface. The result is a video wall processor with unsurpassed power and versatility.
Nov 30, 2015
RGB Spectrum is pleased to announce the addition of New York City to its growing list of demo facility locations worldwide. Located in Midtown Manhattan, the facility allows potential customers to get a hands-on demonstration of our control room solutions and other video processing equipment.
The room is built around the new MediaWall® V video wall processor used in our Enterprise MultiPoint® Control Room Management Solution (MCMS). The MediaWall V processor can display video and graphics at up to 4K UHD resolution on a video wall of HD or 4K/UHD displays. MCMS is a powerful and highly-intuitive hardware and software system that combines support for multi-user collaboration, secure KVM access and simplified remote control over a LAN/WAN.
RGB Spectrum’s Regional Sales Manager for Northeastern US, Jim Reinhardt, is happy to have the added resources. “The best way to appreciate the quality of our processing and get a feel for how easy our products are to operate is to come in for a demo,” said Reinhardt. “This new facility allows me to bring in our partners and their customers to let them see for themselves the quality of the RGB Spectrum products.”
The New York demo center is located at 1370 Broadway @ 37th Street, Suite 527 in the Midtown section of Manhattan. Contact Jim Reinhardt (firstname.lastname@example.org, 631-901-9709) to schedule a demo or discuss a project.
The New York facility adds to the increasing worldwide presence of RGB Spectrum. Facilities around the world include offices and demo centers throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. For more information or to schedule a demo, contact your Regional Sales Manager at www.rgb.com.
May 25, 2017
This year’s InfoComm will be like no other for RGB Spectrum! Stop by booth 1142 for unique environments that allow you to see and work with our products in real-life situations. On display will be our new Zio® family of AV/IP products, Galileo and MediaWall® V wall processors, and QuadView® UHD multiviewer. Five areas representing a Lobby, Huddle Room, Medical Facility, Entertainment Venue, and Control Room depict real-life situations where our award-winning products are used every day.
RGB Spectrum’s Zio networked AV products deliver seamless AV over IP, replacing traditional dedicated switchers to deliver real-time video and audio over any size network. This intuitive, scalable, network video distribution and control system features powerful admin tools and an easy-to-use GUI with drag-and-drop capabilities and live thumbnails.
The Galileo wall processor is an IP-enabled, PC-based video wall processor with remote desktop capabilities. Galileo’s powerful features include an advanced user GUI and unlimited number of windows for graphics/video, a scripting interface for system control, up to 56 inputs and 56 displays, inputs up to 4K UHD resolution, and HDCP.
RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall V display processor’s 4K Ultra HD capabilities enable the display of more data and visuals in greater detail than ever before. MediaWall V processors support 4K content and displays. Up to three walls and switching can be independently controlled from a single MediaWall V chassis, resulting in considerable cost-savings.
The QuadVidew UHD is a high performance quad screen splitter and presentation switcher/scaler designed for displaying up to four sources simultaneously on a single screen in a variety of layouts.
Contact your RGB Spectrum Regional Sales Manager to setup an appointment at the show or stop by booth 1142.
Jan 12, 2018
Research and Collaboration Advances at University of Oregon with State-of-the-Art Visualization Technology
In the past, libraries emphasized quiet spaces for individual study. Not anymore. The University of Oregon's newly renovated Allan Price Science Commons and Research Library has upgraded its visualization lab with leading-edge audio-visual technology to dynamically engage students and foster collaboration. The UO's visualization lab provides multiple information access points from all scientific fields.
The core of the visualization lab is its new 50-million pixel video wall powered by RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® V 4K display processor. The visualization lab's massive MediaWall-based 24-screen video wall allows researchers to gain new insights into huge datasets, build 3D simulations and explore vistas ranging from nanoparticles to vast expanses of outer space.
The MediaWall V processor receives input from two high-resolution, multi-head workstations. These feed the processor with content from multiple disciplines, including biology, chemistry, computer science, human physiology, geology, and physics. Astrophysicists observe and study images of distant galaxies, neuroscientists examine brain scans, computer scientists design and render 3D visualizations, and social scientists depict graphical data plots to review behavioral patterns and trends. The processor consolidates these diverse source signals and displays them in windows of any size, anywhere on the 4 x 6 wall array. Researchers and faculty can select inputs and choose display layouts from a touch panel from a selection of up to 60 presets.
MediaWall V processors offer outstanding image quality, 4K UHD input and output, support for a diverse range of image types, HDCP, and ease of use. Moreover, they offer an embedded architecture for 24/7 reliability. The processors deliver unmatched display versatility with the ability to display imagery in windows of any size, anywhere on the video wall array, overlap windows, and pan and zoom to view items of particular interest.
Observers are amazed at the lab's energy, activity level, and impressive increase in numbers of participants. Students engage in small collaboration groups, often with most seating areas completely full. Students are excited by the new educational technology. Faculty members are quickly finding new ways to utilize it in their teaching and research.
The Sextant Group was the technology consultant for the Alan Price Science Commons and Research Library Visualization Lab. The Sextant Group, founded in 1995, is a national independent, technology consulting firm specializing in the planning and design of collaboration, presentation, communication, healing, and entertainment spaces. The Sextant Group works with architects, interior designers, owners and facility planners as technology adviser and consultant. Principal Tim Waters CTS and Senior Designer Dan Nelson CTS-D, RCDD contributed to this article.
Photos courtesy of The Sextant Group.
The UO's Allan Price Science Commons and Research Library earned the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Award. Additional firms involved in this project: Architect: Opsis Architecture (opsisarch.com); General Contractor: Andersen Construction (andercon.net); Audiovisual Contractor: Compview (compview.com), a Diversified Company (diversifiedus.com).
Offering superior image quality, versatility and reliability, RGB Spectrum's MediaWall display processors are the ideal choice for education, training, corporate boardrooms, meeting facilities, entertainment, hospitality, sports and casino venues, lobby displays, and digital signage applications.
Jul 12, 2016
Georgia Power opened a state-of-the-art Social Media Center to meet the increasing demand for enhanced customer service and communication. Housed at the company's Atlanta headquarters, RGB Spectrum solutions play a vital part in facilitating fast and accurate online communications between the Social Media Center and Georgia Power's customers.
Previously, the company relied on telephones, email and other traditional methods which resulted in longer wait times for customers and stalled workflows for employees. RGB Spectrum solutions allow operators in the new Social Media Center to simultaneously display multiple social media feeds and share desktops/tablets on interactive SMART boards, and other displays to facilitate responses. Customers with general inquiries about billing, service, or energy efficiency can now expect a response within ten minutes via social media. In the event of severe weather, the social media platform enables immediate communication with the public, quick responses and better problem solving.
Avyve, an AV integration firm in Atlanta, designed and implemented the project. They chose RGB Spectrum products for their cutting-edge innovation, 24/7 reliability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness. MultiPoint® Control Room Management stations control the Media Wall V® Display Processors feeding two edge-blended Panasonic laser projectors. A total of 26 CAT Linx HDBaseT Extenders transmit video signals in and out of the Center. In addition, the installation uses DSx 264 encoders to stream content to employees throughout the building and in remote locations.
Programmer Michael Hrebenak, CTS, faced several challenges. The biggest was to design a unified AV system that could display a variety of information sources simultaneously. He needed a control management system that would consolidate and simplify control of all the devices in the room. MultiPoint was chosen for its intuitive GUI, ease-of-use, and many capabilities. In addition, RGB Spectrum's MultiPoint quickly and easily enables routing and control of the source computers. Finally, the design called for an edge-blended presentation system plus several secondary local displays. The video wall processor had to be capable of handling nearly 18 sources and up to 24 outputs. RGB Spectrum's versatile MediaWall V met the requirements perfectly.
"Understanding how these components work together is one thing," said Hrebenek. "But seeing the end-users on the system first-hand is where the WOW factor really kicks in." He continued, "Not only does the final result look great, the system is easy to use and helps the team to be more efficient at managing Georgia Power's social network and corporate communications."
The progressive, 21st Century collaborative work space, made possible by RGB Spectrum, has positioned Georgia Power at the forefront of the utility industry in the way they communicate online with the public.
Oct 26, 2017
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) provides aerospace and maritime monitoring and warning for North America. The U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) provides homeland defense, civil support and security cooperation to defend and secure the United States and its interests. NORAD and USNORTHCOM are located at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado with command centers located at both Peterson AFB and Cheyenne Mountain.
RGB Spectrum recently installed new video wall systems equipped with its advanced MediaWall® V 4K UHD video wall processors at the command centers in Cheyenne Mountain. The RGB Spectrum video wall systems adhere to stringent display requirements, including the ability to display disparate visual sources in real-time, with no dropped frames.
MediaWall V processors offer outstanding image quality, 4K UHD input and output, support for a diverse range of image types, ease of use and an embedded architecture for 24/7 reliability. The processors deliver unmatched display versatility with the ability to display imagery in windows of any size, anywhere on the video wall array, overlap windows, and pan and zoom to view items of particular interest.
In the first command center room, a MediaWall processor drives a 2 x 6 wall array of 55-inch LCD displays. In the second, a MediaWall processor feeds a smaller 2 x 2 wall array of similar displays.
Each processor receives inputs from a variety of situational awareness and video teleconferencing (VTC) feeds. The MediaWall processor consolidates these signals and displays them, real-time, in scalable windows on the video wall. Operators can instantly switch input sources and choose from up to 60 customizable display layouts.
RGB’s MediaWall processors have the highest overall ratings from average consumers, with notation for exceptional image quality, top-level performance, and reliability.
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Apr 5, 2016
RGB Spectrum circles the globe with MediaWall® V, QuadView® UHD, and MCMS Express.
RGB Spectrum, a leading designer and manufacturer of video and decision support solutions for industrial, medical, government, and military applications, kicked off its 2016 road show in Mexico City on March 17. The exclusive event included meetings with the company’s chief executive officer, Bob Marcus, and other key executives. Demonstrations of RGB Spectrum’s control room and video processing solutions were conducted by Carlos Otero, director of sales for Latin America.
“Our road show provides an opportunity for customers to fully experience RGB Spectrum’s products first hand,” said Bob Marcus, CEO. “People don’t realize the visual impact that MediaWall V delivers, or the simplicity of MCMS Express – and how easy it is to use – until they’ve tried it for themselves.”
The next stop will be Singapore on May 5 & 6 at the spectacular Marina Bay Sands hotel, followed by Moscow on November 10 & 11. RGB Spectrum will be demonstrating its newest products, MCMS Express, MediaWall V and QuadView UHD.
MCMS Express is a cost-effective solution for smaller control rooms of up to three operators, allowing shared keyboard/mouse (KVM) control of up to 18 sources. It is ideal for use in mission-critical control room applications such as command centers, debriefing centers, security operations centers (SOCs), emergency operations centers (EOCs), industrial/process control and SCADA system monitoring.
The MediaWall V display processor offers up to 4K UHD resolution I/O, single wire connectivity and fully scalable windows. These capabilities enable the display of more data and visuals than ever before, improving situational awareness, assessment and response. MediaWall V features an architecture that combines the real-time processing and reliability of a hardware-based processor with the flexibility of a separate, dedicated processor to run applications and decode IP streams. Its multiple wall option allows up to three walls to be independently controlled from a single display processor, resulting in substantial cost savings.
The versatile QuadView UHD multiviewer allows users to fully capitalize on the benefits of 4K UHD’s superb video quality. The high performance multiviewer, presentation switcher, and scaler is designed for displaying up to four sources simultaneously on a single screen. Up to 16 layouts are provided — including quad split, full screen, triple windows, and side-by-side mode. Both HD and UHD inputs can be displayed without downscaling, taking full advantage of the QuadView UHD’s remarkable resolution.More cities may be added to the tour based on demand. To schedule a consultation, please call 510-814-7000, email email@example.com, or visit www.rgb.com.
About RGB Spectrum
RGB Spectrum provides innovative solutions for the display, recording, and transmission of computer and video signals. Since its founding in 1987, RGB Spectrum has established itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge video/graphics processors and decision support systems. Company offerings include multiviewers, video wall processors, matrix switchers, codecs, recorders, and integrated solutions for control room management. RGB Spectrum's products are preferred by major global organizations in industrial, security, medical, educational, commercial and military markets. RGB Spectrum is a privately held company based in Alameda, California. For more information about our products, please call 510-814-7000 or visit us online at www.rgb.com.
Feb 24, 2015
RGB Spectrum is pleased to announce the launch of the world’s first true UHD video wall processor, the MediaWall® V, offering up to 4K resolution I/O, single wire connectivity and fully scalable windows.
The MediaWall V display processor features an architecture that combines the real-time processing and reliability of a hardware-based processor with the flexibility of a separate, dedicated processor to run applications. Add in integrated IP capabilities, extensive user-friendly features, enhanced security and an intuitive, easy-to-operate control interface. The result is a 4K wall processing system with unsurpassed power and versatility.
A true video wall is not simply a wall of monitors; rather, it is a continuous multi-screen surface upon which to display a combination of graphics and video. Not all systems that claim to be 4K wall processors provide video synchronization, required for the seamless display of high-motion graphics, or fully scalable windows, which allow imagery to be displayed anywhere, including across monitor bezels. The MediaWall V processor delivers all of these capabilities.
With a MediaWall V processor, you can display ultra high-resolution 4K video and graphics together with HD sources on a wall array of 4K UHD display devices. A 4K UHD video wall offers dramatically higher pixel density, with up to 4x more total resolution than a conventional HD video wall of similar size. With fewer bezels to interfere with displayed imagery, a video wall made of large 4K monitors further enhances the overall viewing experience. The MediaWall V processor’s 4K capabilities enable the display of more data and visuals in greater detail than ever before – improving situational awareness, assessment and response.
The processor also supports standard resolution display devices, while still delivering the benefits of ultra high resolution when 4K input signals are spread across multiple displays.
High Performance Video Processing
The MediaWall V processor supports up to 36 video/graphic direct inputs and up to 28 outputs/display devices. It processes a full range of input and output resolutions: 4K UHD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1152/1080), HD (1920 x 1080) and others. Inputs are fully scalable, whether for output to a UHD video wall or for display on standard video walls. The processor supports IP decoding and display via an optional Application Processor (AP), which can decode IP camera and other H.264 streams. In addition, HDCP capability allows protected content, such as the output of a Blu-ray player, to be displayed on a video wall.
The MediaWall V processor can display any configuration of window layouts across a multi-screen array. Windows can be put anywhere, in any size, within or across screen boundaries, in any aspect ratio and zoomed in to emphasize details. Signal switching and preset layout recall are fast and seamless.
A purpose-built architecture dedicates processing resources for each input. This enables the MediaWall V processor to display each input in real-time at full color, frame and pixel rates, without common video wall artifacts like dropped frames or image tearing. The result is superb performance and an enhanced visual experience.
A hybrid architecture, with two separate processing subsystems, isolates video wall processing functions from application processing, allowing the wall display to operate continuously even in the event that the application processor is compromised by problems like malware, memory leaks in software, etc.
The MediaWall V processor offers a versatile range of control options. The built-in set-up and configuration GUI supports both local and remote access, "drag and drop" window positioning and scaling, wall layout presets, and input selection. In addition, our newly introduced VIEW Controller adds a graphically-enhanced user interface with live thumbnails to enhance system operation. The processor can also be controlled by a variety of third-party devices.
For the ultimate in flexibility, the MediaWall V processor is compatible with RGB Spectrum’s MultiPoint® Control Room Management System (Enterprise MCMS) — an innovative hardware and software platform that provides operators with arbitrated keyboard and mouse (KVM) control over system resources.
Enterprise MCMS is ideal for use in mission-critical control room applications such as command centers, debriefing centers, security operations centers (SOCs), emergency operations centers (EOCs), industrial/process control and SCADA system monitoring. The system's unique design isolates critical systems from the network, effectively protecting sensitive data from external tampering, malware and viruses.
Powerful Capabilities in the Control Room and Beyond
A MediaWall V processor has the ability to feed a video wall plus auxiliary monitors or even multiple video walls, making it suitable for very sophisticated audio-visual environments.
With 4K UHD resolutions fully supported, the MediaWall V processor is ideal for graphically rich applications like simulation & training, modelling, and high-resolution video surveillance. In addition, when used with 4K projectors, the processor’s edge-blending support can generate immersive, whole-room UHD displays for museums, theaters, auditoriums and a range of other venues.
Mar 10, 2017
There is a new game in town at Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, Nevada. A $2 million renovation to its William Hill Race and Sports Book included the addition of two large-scale LED video walls managed by a RGB Spectrum MediaWall V display processor.
Walking into the new sports book, Silver Legacy guests will be captivated by the two 27’ x 9’ high-definition LED walls. The wide-open space offers 167 seats of unobstructed viewing.
The two video walls provide seamless high-definition images on a bank of video displays spanning the width of the 7,200-square-foot sports book. The MediaWall V processor provides the advanced video wall flexibility and scaling required to optimize images for the unconventional 3:1 configuration of the LED displays.
The MediaWall V delivers several DirecTV sources and advertising content to the two video walls which are made up of Absen N4 3.9mm LED panels. The processor’s intuitive user interface enables presentation of content into a range of layouts.
Silver Legacy audiovisual personnel quickly learned how to configure their display sources within one day of on-site training by a RGB product specialist. Since then, Audio Visual Director Phillip Karam’s team has found it easy to maintain and configure the video walls themselves.
After the video wall layouts are decided upon, they are saved as presets in a Crestron AV control processor. Basic switching of sources and layouts is handled by operators at the bar or betting counter.
The MediaWall V provides perfect pixel allocation and reliability for Silver Legacy, which places high value on image quality and engagement of its guests. The new William Hill Sports Book is becoming increasingly important to the casino and its parent company Eldorado Resorts, which places good odds on the excitement brought by having video displays throughout the space.
May 23, 2017
Taco Bell is expanding in a bold, innovative way with the launch of a new “Cantina” restaurant concept on the Las Vegas Strip. The Cantina’s inventive interior combines advanced technology and cool design using a large video wall for a fun, social dining experience. The captivating video wall, powered by RGB Spectrum's MediaWall V display processor, engages and entertains patrons as they browse, order and dine.
The MediaWall V processor drives the Cantina’s massive 14-foot by 8-foot video wall which is arranged in a 4 x 4 array of 27” LG screens. This immense display lets patrons throughout the restaurant watch the latest live-streamed broadcast, sporting, and news events, as well as catch up on social media posts while dining. The MediaWall V processor receives input from a variety of sources, including broadcast receivers, live camera feeds from the Strip, and PCs handling social media content. It consolidates these disparate sources and displays them in windows of any size, anywhere on the wall array. Up to 60 user-customizable presets are used to change the video wall layouts as desired.
The MediaWall V processor was chosen for a number of reasons. Its embedded processing architecture delivers exceptional 24/7 reliability for a high-traffic, high-visibility installation. Additionally, the processor’s ability to display imagery in windows of any size, anywhere on the video wall canvas, and seamlessly change layouts, enhances the entertainment experience. Unsurpassed image quality, 4K UHD input and output capability, support for a diverse range of image types, and ease of use were key benefits. At its grand opening, the Taco Bell Cantina management was ecstatic with the results.
Offering superior image quality and reliability, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall display processors are an ideal choice for entertainment, sports and casino venues, lobby displays, and digital signage applications.
Sep 2, 2015
IP cameras have made enormous gains in image quality, resolution and frame rate in a very short time. Today it is not uncommon to see video resolutions of 20 megapixels or greater at frame rates of 15 to 30 fps. IP surveillance architectures rely on distributed processing to encode and compress video from raw formats captured by the camera imager into streams which pass across common Ethernet networks. Every camera is an encoder, and as you add more cameras, you naturally need more encoding capacity. The question is, how do you scale up decoding capacity to view the rapidly growing population of cameras?
Video Management Servers (VMS) are generally designed to receive the encoded video from cameras and write the video data as a file directly to disk, without the need to decode the video. This is ideal for storage, as the files remain compressed and the CPU/ GPU of the receiving VMS are not taxed with much processing.
VMS design has traditionally been premised on forensic, post event, evidence storage and review in order to prosecute criminals or avoid trip and fall liability law suits. Generally VMS systems assume a very limited number of live cameras being simultaneously viewed. For this reason, scalable IP decoding has not been a focus for VMS manufacturers.
However, as IP cameras proliferate, their utility for purposes such as safety monitoring, industrial operations monitoring, traffic monitoring, and general situational awareness increases. Security Operation Centers, Traffic Management Centers, and Operation Management Centers increasingly demand more cameras to be displayed. But traditional VMS architectures are not up to the task.
A modern x86 architecture PC with a contemporary GPU is capable of decoding about 150 frames per second of 1080p (2 megapixel) H.264 compressed video. This represents only 5 video streams at 30fps, and only 1 stream at 4K (8 megapixels). A common trick of the trade is to encode two streams at each camera, one for recording at full frame rate and resolution, and one at lower resolution and frame rate for live viewing. But doesn’t this defeat the purpose of using a megapixel camera? Why compromise the quality of the video that they operator can see?
An Ultra High Definition video wall processor is the solution. For instance the RGB Spectrum MediaWall V can connect to up to 36 PC workstations, each capable of decoding 5 1080p streams. That’s 180 1080p30 streams or 720 D1 streams. Each pc input can be routed into a scalable window which can be displayed on a video wall. And the video wall can span up to 24 1080p monitors. That’s 49.7 million pixels on the wall! The video wall processor allows you to leverage the IP decoding capacity of many disparate computers, yet combines the results into a single large display canvas.
In addition, RGB Spectrum offers the ability to control all source computers, including decoding engines, with using its innovative Multipoint Control Room Management System (MCMS), allowing an operator to change the settings on any computer feeding the wall processor.
Using a video wall processor in combination with multiple computers serving as IP decoders is an effective way to scale up the number of cameras that can be simultaneously viewed. Contact RGB Spectrum for more details on how you can architect your big wall solution. www.rgb.com
Mar 15, 2017
The U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command (SMDC) provides global missile defense and support to U.S. military branches and multinational Allies against missile attack. Its mission is to enhance deterrence and detection of intercontinental ballistic missile attack. SMDC has co-headquarters at Redstone Arsenal, in Huntsville, Alabama and Peterson Air Force base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. With a global web of satellites, both facilities provide complete, continuous worldwide surveillance and monitoring 24/7.
The SMDC facilities at Redstone Arsenal and Peterson AFB have recently upgraded their classified briefing rooms with new, state-of-the-art display and video teleconferencing technology. SMDC contracted with integrator, M3 Technology Group, based in Nashville, TN, to deploy RGB Spectrum’s leading-edge MediaWall® V 4K UHD multi-screen display processor for the rooms’ new video wall systems.
SMDC’s briefing rooms are used for Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communication System (JWICS) video teleconferences and DoD Secret Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) network presentations. Each facility’s briefing room is equipped with a MediaWall V 4K processor for real-time display onto a 2 x 4 LCD video wall array.
The MediaWall V receives input from a wide variety of sources: multiple laptop PCs (up to 17), document cameras, local video teleconferencing cameras, external video teleconferencing feeds, HD cameras placed in multiple locations throughout the briefing rooms, and set-top tuners. MediaWall V consolidates these disparate sources, instantly scales them to the desired resolution, and displays them in windows of any size, anywhere on the wall array. Up to 60 user-customizable presets can be selected to change the video wall display layouts.
RGB Spectrum’s XtendView™ fiber DVI extenders are also installed for long distance transmission of video signals across the facilities’ fiber-optic networks, sustaining optimal image quality end-to-end.
According to Allen Brooks, Senior Account Manager at M3 Technology Group, “MediaWall V was the chosen core wall processing system for many reasons. Firstly, MediaWall V’s field-proven 24/7 operational reliability was essential for this mission-critical, classified application. Secondly, MediaWall V delivered on a key requirement to provide real-time, dynamic display window scaling with imagery that could be any size, anywhere on the video wall canvas. It’s 4K UHD capability met another key requirement. Lastly, MediaWall V offered the desirable ability to instantly revert to any one of many window display layouts on the wall.”
M3 Technology Group, based in Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee, specializes in audio visual systems integration and managed services. M3 provides AV and IT consultation, design, build, and installation services.
Offering unsurpassed real-time performance, clarity and reliability, RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall display processors are an ideal choice for mission-critical applications.
Jun 14, 2018
A renowned university in California has expanded its facilities with a new 300-person event center to host alumni and donor events. The visual centerpiece of the event center is its massive video wall, designed by audio-visual consulting firm TEECOM. The video wall consists of 42 LED microtiles in a 6 x 7 array powered by RGB Spectrum's MediaWall® V display processor.
The MediaWall V processor is the ideal choice for increasingly popular LED video walls. LED displays have unconventional pixel resolutions. Unlike other video wall processors, MediaWall V has the ability to support LED displays' unusual requirements with customizable resolution settings.
TEECOM's engineers selected the MediaWall V processor for its exceptional image quality and its 4K UHD input and output support. They also liked the MediaWall processor's embedded architecture which avoids the kind of vulnerabilities to hacking and tampering a PC-based processor would risk.
The video wall was designed to present an impressive visual experience to enthrall viewers and inspire donors. The MediaWall-based system delivers the stunning visual impact the university was looking for. The processor allows the University to use any content source, such as PowerPoint presentations, local and national broadcasts, coverage of university sporting events, and promotional videos of the university and campus life. It consolidates the sources and displays them in multiple windows of any size, anywhere on the wall array. The versatile processor can even display overlapping windows and offers pan and zoom to view areas of particular interest within a source image. Presenters can select inputs and choose display layouts using a simple third-party touch panel controller.
Offering superior image quality, reliability, and feature-rich capability, RGB Spectrum's MediaWall display processor is an ideal choice for entertainment, sports and casino venues, lobby displays, and digital signage applications.
TEECOM is an engineering design and project management firm headquartered in Oakland, California. TEECOM provides an array of services including strategic consulting, technology project management, and engineering services for the IT infrastructure, wired and wireless networks, immersive environments, acoustics, audio-visual, safety and security systems. For more information, visit teecom.com.
Project Audio-Visual Integrator: ICS – Integrated Communications Systems. ICS is a multi-disciplined communications contractor/integrator serving audio-video, fire/life safety, enterprise security, and voice/data and IT support. For more information, visit ics-integration.com.
Feb 8, 2018
Brazilian-born artist Romero Britto enjoys international fame for his colorful, pop-inspired pieces. His work has been exhibited at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France, as well as the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, Mexico. He has created public art installations for the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, New York, the 02 Dome in Berlin, Germany, and for a performance by Cirque du Soleil at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. His mass appeal has led a number of world-famous brands to commission Britto, including Absolut Vodka, Audi, Bentley, Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, Evian, and Mattel.
The Romero Britto Gallery, located in Miami Beach, Florida, is dedicated to showcasing the prolific artist’s original and commissioned pieces in a space designed to tell his story, and explain how his artworks were conceived. An RGB Spectrum Mediawall V 4K video wall processor drives a 3X3 array of 46-inch Samsung flat panels serving as a visualization wall to generate biographical video of the artist. The system doubles as a presentation surface for Britto and his staff during meetings and special events with materials from a laptop or live video when required. Sources include a high-definition digital media player, a PC, as well as an HDMI input for laptops and other devices. This technology is controlled via a third-party control system.
Installed by AHT Global, an audiovisual design and integration firm based in Miami, Florida, the RGB Spectrum Mediawall V display processing system acts as a focal point for presentations to potential clients interested in commissioning his work, and as a digital signage system that tells his story to visitors who come to the gallery during normal business hours. At the same time, this technology offers gallery staff a hassle-free operation and management experience.
Shaun Ellwin, project manager at AHT Global, notes the RGB Spectrum Mediawall V’s solid performance, and points out that its image quality exceeds expectations. “The Mediawall V worked great, was very granular in the controls for setup, and allowed us to tweak in the best-looking image we could,” he says. “RGB Spectrum worked with us to make sure we had the unit on the time schedule that [we required], and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”
Mar 16, 2017
More than 73,000 people from around the world converged in Amsterdam for the 2017 Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in February. RGB Spectrum’s new Zio® Networked AV products, video wall processors and multiviewer products were on display.
Named “Best of Show” at its InfoComm 2016 debut, Zio encoders, decoders, and multiviewers provide simple scalability and ease of use through a unique peer-to-peer architecture. Zio networked AV is compatible with signal sources and displays up to 4K UHD resolution. It uses industry-standard 1G or 10G Ethernet switches. Encoders accept standard HDMI video and audio signals from media players, computers, and other sources; decoders drive displays. Video, audio, and control data are converted to IP packets that can be switched and routed to any location on the network.
Attendees were impressed by the integration of Zio products with RGB Spectrum’s award-winning MediaWall® V and Galileo video wall processors and QuadView® UHD multiviewer. Zio encoded IP streams can be decoded directly on the Galileo wall processor. Signals distant from the processing equipment can be encoded, sent across the network and decoded for input. Outputs from a wall processor can also be encoded for remote displays providing the ability to duplicate or mimic any content on the video wall including the entire video wall.
To find an upcoming event near you, visit www.rgb.com/events.