Mar 26, 2013

RGB Spectrum Introduces New Secure-Access Codec

RGB Spectrum has expanded its line of DSx™ codecs with the introduction of its new DSx 300M secure access model. The DSx 300M codec is specially designed for streaming and recording of graphics and HD video in mission critical environments. The new model is designed without USB ports for extra security, preventing unauthorized access and transfer of confidential data.

The DSx 300M codec offers advanced H.264 compression, providing an unmatched combination of best-in-class image quality, performance and feature-rich capability for recording and streaming. The codec records, streams, and replays graphics and HD video at up to 1920x1200 and 1600x1200 resolutions. The DSx 300M codec uses H.264 high profile compression to deliver superior image quality when compared to the main and baseline profiles used in most other codecs.

The DSx 300M codec offers recording to external network storage devices, such as RAIDs or servers. Moreover, streaming and recording can be done concurrently - a DSx exclusive. IP streams can be decoded with commercial off-the-shelf PC software or, where very low latency is required, DSx codecs. When decoding, the unit can display one graphics/HD image or four SD images.

Exclusive DSx capabilities include concurrent recording and streaming, graphics resolutions support up to 1920x1200 and 1600x1200, event marking, variable speed playback, and its unique recording failsafe feature.

Additional leading-edge features include on-screen display (OSD) with titling and time code, external time code synchronization, event marking, variable speed playback, random access, extended-range bit rate adjustment, and signal confidence monitoring. Operation is made simple using an embedded web-based graphical user interface. DSx codecs can be interconnected to support multi-channel, concurrent recording, streaming, and replay. Multi Channel Manager™ software provides simultaneous control of multiple DSx units.

The DSx 300M codec is mil-spec packaged in a compact, fanless, rugged enclosure. To assist integration, the unit offers Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) as well as external power.

The combination of superb image quality, rich feature set, compact size, robust packaging, and 24/7 reliability makes the DSx 300M codec the ideal solution for mission-critical applications, including vessel and vehicle consoles, command and control, simulation, training, missile testing, TOCs, and C4ISR.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, Opto™ fiber optic products, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint MCMS™ control room management systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at

Mar 15, 2017

U.S. Space & Missile Defense Command Deploys Video Wall Processors in Briefing Rooms

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.