Multiviewers

Jun 25, 2018

4K Multi-Image Processor with KVM Control for Operator Stations

Introducing RGB Spectrum's new QuadView® KVM – a complete, turnkey solution that combines a high-performance 4K multi-image video processor with remote keyboard/mouse control of connected computers. It is designed for displaying and controlling up to four inputs in a variety of layouts on a 4K resolution monitor. Touch-enabled routing of audio and video with synchronized switching provides fast access to any of up to seven signal sources.

Connect the QuadView processor to a display device up to 4K resolution and you're ready for the next generation in multiviewer performance. You can mix and match input resolutions, scale any video input up to 4K resolution and route any input to any window on the screen. Inputs can be displayed without downscaling, taking full advantage of the QuadView processor's remarkable image processing. Seven inputs are available, from which up to four can be displayed simultaneously.

The QuadView KVM's integrated keyboard and mouse control reduces desktop clutter and enables enhanced operator response. For example, if a door alarm is triggered an operator can quickly select the access control computer, investigate where the door is located, and respond to the alarm—without having to guess which keyboard and mouse is connected to which computer system.

The system comes preconfigured as a complete turnkey solution with multiviewer, touch panel controller, USB switch and cabling.

Key features include:

  • Integrated keyboard and mouse control for up to seven inputs
  • Multi-headed computer support
  • Eight screen layouts including single, side-by-side, and quad views
  • Compatibility with monitors up to 4K resolution
  • Switchable inputs
  • Dedicated touch panel controller

Jul 25, 2014

A 4K/Ultra HD Update: 18 Months Later

By now, you’ve probably heard the hype about 4K, also known as Ultra HD, which made its mainstream debut at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). 4K is a new video format that offers four times the resolution of HD (3840 x 2160 instead of 1920 x 1080). In recent months, major television manufacturers have been heavily promoting 4K technology and many have introduced 4K monitors. To support this movement, RGB Spectrum offers a feature-packed multiviewer, the SuperView 4K, which enables multi-windowed displays of UHD/HD content on compatible 4K monitors.

4K technology has applications in many different market areas: broadcast, digital signage, corporate boardrooms, as well as security, military and medical displays. To assess the direction that 4K technology is headed, let’s consider some recent developments in 4K implementation.

Throughout the year, and continuing into CES 2014, the buzz surrounding 4K has been non-stop. If you walk into any electronics store, you’ll see 4K televisions that deliver an incredible eight megapixels of resolution, often at an equally incredible price. At the low end are smaller models that come in at under $600. A mid-range television will set you back a few thousand, while industrial quality 84” monitors are available for around $15,000.

As the technology has become more mainstream (and generally more affordable), 4K products are being deployed in a wide range of applications. For example, Fox Sports Network is using 4K cameras and replay systems for football games and other sports telecasts. These enable zooming in on a particular area of the action without losing resolution, resulting in higher clarity and a superior viewing experience compared to regular HD television.

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 4K monitor, advertisers get the same resolution as a 2x2 wall without the visual inconvenience of the monitor bezels, and at a comparable price-point. Our SuperView 4K multiviewer, like a video wall processor, enables a range of creative layout possibilities.

4K is also making inroads in the boardroom. As businesses replace HD projectors with 4K projectors and monitors, they gain a dramatic increase in brightness, clarity and visibility. The result is an impressive installation that makes a statement. The higher resolution provided by 4K displays combined with the multi-windowing capabilities of 4K multiviewers enable enhanced collaborative workflows for decision-making, as well as improved videoconferencing.

For operations centers, control rooms and other security applications, operators rely on high-resolution visuals and video feeds to enable them 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 applications require the visual clarity and precision of 4K technology. 8 Megapixel (4K) monitors and RGB Spectrum’s 4K multiviewer are ideal for a number of different applications including vehicle, vessel and airborne consoles, mobile command centers, tactical operations centers, and UAV ground control stations. Ruggedized monitors developed specifically for military applications enable the use of 8 megapixel displays in even the harshest environments.

Finally, one of the most compelling applications of 4K imagery is in the medical industry. Doctors and medical technicians should 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 enabling the simultaneous display of patient data, vital signs, video from the surgeon’s forehead mounted camera, video from endoscopes and other instruments, etc. A 4K monitor working with a multiviewer provides 8 megapixels of resolution to display all kinds of data.

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.

4K monitors and multiviewers offer significant advantages over older technology. Applications in various markets are capitalizing on these benefits, suggesting that 4K is here to stay.

Oct 26, 2017

Explore Zio’s Powerful, Simple User Interface

RGB Spectrum’s Zio AV-over-IP technology delivers a complete turnkey solution for the distribution and display of video and audio over a conventional IP network.

Explore Zio’s innovative technology with a new video series called QuickShots. Each short video highlights a unique feature demonstrating the key benefits of Zio’s intuitive, easy to use Unified Management System.

These new two-minute QuickShot videos allow you to see how the Zio Networked AV platform is both simple, yet powerful. Topics range from more advanced, administrative features to the simple basics of the user interface.

Zio product page video

The QuickShot video series topics include:

QuickShot videos can be found on the Zio product pages under the Video sections.

They are also available on a single page for quick, easy access at: www.rgb.com/zio-quickshots

More Zio QuickShot videos are planned for the coming months, so check back for the latest video.

 

The Zio AV-over-IP Architecture Advantage

RGB Spectrum’s novel Zio® AV-over-IP technology offers video and audio distribution over an IP network, replacing traditional dedicated switchers. Zio endpoints attach to a 1Gig Ethernet switch, with encoders accepting computer and video signals at resolutions up to 4K, and decoders for feeding displays. The Zio system offers seamless switching over the IP network infrastructure. Both dedicated and shared networks are supported.

For moving large amounts of data, an IP infrastructure excels. However, distributed video sources and destinations create unique challenges for time-sensitive and time-ordered video streams. Zio’s transport technologies and unique peer-to-peer architecture address these problems, with exceptional user control and performance management. An AV-over-IP system with a distributed management platform avoids costly server architectures and “single point of failure” vulnerability.

A room, a building, a campus, a city, or the world – LANs, WANs, even satellite links – Zio is up to the challenge.

Oct 31, 2017

Introducing RGB Spectrum’s Innovative AV-over-IP 4K Multiviewer

RGB Spectrum’s new Zio® Networked AV multiviewers allow multiple video streams and browser-based content to be viewed on a single display. A variety of models provide options for every application.

The compact Zio D2000 Series multiviewer allows up to four 1080p streams, or more at lower resolutions, to be displayed simultaneously. For applications requiring more streams, the Zio D3000 Series multiviewers build on this functionality, increasing the number of simultaneous streams displayed. For example, the D3124 model allows up to sixteen 1K, eight 2K or two 4K streams, or more at lower resolutions.

All multiviewer models can display Zio’s new WebView browser-based content along with video streams. Web pages, tickers, analytics – anything that can be displayed in a web browser – can be dragged and dropped onto a window on the screen along with encoded video streams. This unique feature facilitates digital-signage and data analytics applications.

Zio multiviewers are available in 2K and 4K models. Each can display a mix of streams at varying resolutions, scale any input up to 4K and route any stream to any display window. Both 2K and 4K inputs can be displayed without downscaling.

The Zio multiviewer product line is packed with versatile features, including displaying windows any size, anywhere on the screen, H.264 and H.265 decoding, a powerful scripting interface for external system control, HDCP compliance, zoom and pan, and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE). Custom presets allow you to easily save source routing and window layouts for quick recall.

The Zio user interface is the most intuitive in the industry. Operation is remarkably simple, providing for drag-and-drop of sources to displays. Live thumbnails of each stream and powerful search tools make finding the right content quick and easy.

The Zio AV-over-IP Architecture Advantage

RGB Spectrum’s novel Zio® AV-over-IP technology offers video and audio distribution over an IP network, replacing traditional dedicated switchers. Zio endpoints attach to a 1Gig Ethernet switch, with encoders accepting computer and video signals at resolutions up to 4K, and decoders for feeding displays. The Zio system offers seamless switching over the IP network infrastructure. Both dedicated and shared networks are supported.

For moving large amounts of data, an IP infrastructure excels. However, distributed video sources and destinations create unique challenges for time-sensitive and time-ordered video streams. Zio’s transport technologies and unique peer-to-peer architecture address these problems, with exceptional user control and performance management. An AV-over-IP system with a distributed management platform avoids costly server architectures and "single point of failure" vulnerability.

A room, a building, a campus, a city, or the world – LANs, WANs, even satellite links – Zio is up to the challenge.

Find out more about Zio networked AV over IP solutions at www.rgb.com/zio

Aug 27, 2014

Making Flights Safer at NASA Ames Research Center

For over 60 years, the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, has been the site of cutting-edge avionic and aeronautical research and development. From concept to testing to final design, the facility supports a wide range of research related to aerospace vehicles, aerospace systems and operations, and aviation safety.

During a recent upgrade, NASA enhanced the display capabilities of their Advanced Concepts Flight Simulator (ACFS) with the addition of an RGB Spectrum matrix switcher and a number of multiviewers. The new equipment helps improve workflow and increase the efficiency of the AFCS system.

Commissioned in the mid-1980s, the AFCS is a highly customizable, reconfigurable aircraft simulator mounted on a six-degree-of-freedom synergistic motion system, which provides pilots with a highly realistic test flight experience. The AFCS is presently used to simulate two aircraft models: a generic narrow body transport vehicle (similar to a Boeing 757) and a C-17 transport.

The audiovisual system of the AFCS is built around RGB Spectrum’s 32x32 Linx matrix switcher, which routes input signals to various display devices. PC inputs to the system include unique flight profiles, avionics, target acquisition, weapons control and radar maps, as well as database inputs that depict specific airports and their surroundings under a variety of temporal and meteorological conditions. These pass through a distribution amplifier, which sends one set of signals to the simulator cockpit display, and the other to the Linx switcher for routing to multiviewers or directly to display devices.

Two separate console systems are used to control the flight simulation. The primary console consists of four single-monitor work stations where operators can view flight simulation data or video from cockpit cameras. Located directly above these workstation monitors are four repeater monitors, which display the glass cockpit avionics.

Two large 46” display devices mounted above these eight monitors provide the entire operator team and additional observers with a full view of the simulation imagery. The switcher routes imagery from the cockpit to two QuadView multiviewers, each of which configure up to four signals for display on the 46” monitors. Operators monitor the displayed information and can make changes to the flight simulation to test the pilot’s response to different variables.

A secondary control station, designed for supervisory use, features a 36” 4K monitor with a spectacular 8 megapixels of resolution. A SuperView 4K multiviewer enables the display of multiple HD images on this monitor without downscaling in a very compact architecture. The supervisor can view the same signals as the operators at the same level of precision and clarity but in a reduced size format. Alternatively, they can zoom in on particular areas of the display to analyze information in more detail or monitor pilot response.

RGB Spectrum is honored to have been a part of the cutting-edge aviation research conducted at the NASA Ames Research Center, as a long-standing supplier to this NASA facility over the past twenty years.

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 contact us online.

Feb 29, 2016

McKesson Worldwide Vision Center

McKesson is the oldest and largest health care company in the U.S. The McKesson Worldwide Vision Center occupies the entire second floor of its San Francisco corporate headquarters, showcasing the company’s products and services to more than 2,000 health care professionals each year.

Medical imaging technology has revolutionized how doctors measure, manage, diagnose and treat medical illnesses and conditions. By 2014, the Vision Center was featuring more than 60 products and services, including advanced medical imaging technologies, presented in many different health care settings. The content was remarkable, but McKesson’s existing audio visual system could not back up that claim. Presenters at the Vision Center were struggling with a four head computer system, each driving an individual display. The result was disconnected presentations that varied in resolution. The gap between the technology on display, and the technology used to promote it, undermined not just the quality but also the credibility of the presentation.

RGB Spectrum’s SuperView™ 4K multiviewer was chosen to make the Vision Center’s accomplishments shine. Prominently located among the exhibits, the SuperView™ 4K feeds the stunning Planar 85” 4K display. Avidex, a leading integrator on the West Coast, designed the new system to be an easy-to-use solution to allow the presenter to control slideshows, lights and audio.

“When we were planning this, I had the idea for a 4K display to replace the four separate resolutions, and RGB’s SuperView 4K was the only product that fit the client’s requirements exactly,” said Jim Scalise, Avidex General Manager.

RGB Spectrum’s robust API allowed the system to be controlled by an iPad. As the presenter moves to each display location, they can start and stop content and interact with the audience for real-time question and answer dialog.

The most important outcome is that the client’s expectations were met. RGB Spectrum’s SuperView 4K multiviewer delivered on their specific demands for the highest resolution possible, reliability even during power outages, and the ability to show radiological images at native resolution when desired.

“It’s one of the biggest ‘wow factors’ for visitors to the Vision Center! It is 100% completely rock solid,” said Jerry Thomas, ACSP Senior Support Analyst.

Mar 25, 2014

New Ruggedized 8 Megapixel Multiviewer Displays

RGB Spectrum, in partnership with Secure Communications Inc., is pleased to announce the development of ruggedized display solutions which provide an 8 megapixel canvas for high-resolution imagery. These new monitors deliver reliable performance in harsh operating environments. 31.5-inch and 28-inch models will be available soon.

When used with the SuperView® 4K multiviewer, the monitors provide an eight megapixel display space for ultra high-resolution content or for the display of multiple high-resolution images without downscaling. With 4 times more pixels than regular HD displays, the ruggedized monitor's 3840 x 2160 resolution and 1000:1 contrast ratio delivers superb visual clarity.

Manufactured by Secure Communications, the monitors allow RGB Spectrum's SuperView 4K multiviewer to provide powerful multi-image display processing in even the most demanding military applications. The ruggedized display is built to withstand a range of challenging conditions such as those found on vehicle, vessel and airborne control consoles, mobile command centers, tactical operations centers (TOCs), and UAV ground control stations.

The 8 megapixel monitors are designed to be customizable according to the specialized requirements of land, sea and airborne deployments. The displays meet MIL-STD-461 specs, and offer baseline environmental condition support for 2g vibration, 30gs (crash safety) shock, and support for a range of operating temperatures. 28VDC is standard; available options include extended temperature range, higher shock tolerance (100gs) and enhanced vibration protection.

Advanced features include dynamic window sizing and positioning, input grouping, smooth panning and zooming within images, borders, titles, HDCP support and programmable presets. Images can be arranged anywhere on the 8 megapixel display - in any size or aspect ratio, with or without overlaps. Options include a redundant power supply, RGB Spectrum's unique SinglePoint KvM™ control of displayed computer signals, and a BP-16 remote panel for recalling preset window layouts.

The rugged display was developed to bring the advanced visual capabilities of the SuperView 4K multiviewer to military applications. Monitor prototypes are now available for evaluation. For more information, please contact RGB Spectrum at 510-814-7000, ext. 630.

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 rgb.com.

Feb 5, 2018

QuadView 4K Multiviewer Keeps Luxury Superyacht on Course

Luxury superyacht owners have very discriminating tastes. When it comes to the operation of their vessels, they require state-of-the-art equipment.

VEI Marine is an audio-visual integrator that specializes in marine installations, designing integrated bridge systems that combine functional ergonomics with elegant, stylish presentation. They design RGB Spectrum’s QuadView® UHD high performance multiviewer into their intelligent bridge control. The QuadView UHD-based “glass bridge” design provides a clean presentation of the integrated instrumentation.

The QuadView UHD multiviewer and presentation switcher/scaler displays up to four inputs simultaneously on a single screen in a variety of creative layouts. You can mix and match input resolutions, scale any video/graphic input up to 4K and route any input to any window. Both HD and UHD inputs can be displayed without downscaling, taking full advantage of the QuadView UHD’s 4K resolution and remarkable image processing. HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA analog inputs are supported.

Superyacht bridge console
Superyacht bridge console

VEI’s latest project is the glass bridge for the M/Y Carpe Diem 191-foot tri-deck super yacht. VEI’s system consists of integrated controls for engines, steering, thrusters, critical pumps, horns, wipers, video matrix switch, and more. The QuadView UHD processor receives a variety of content feeds, including compass and steering, navigation sensors, radars, sonar, GPS mapping, electronic chart display (ECDIS), and Global Marine Distress and Safety (GMDSS) radio communication systems. Two QuadView UHD processors consolidate these inputs and display them on large-format monitors inset in the port and starboard sides of the bridge console. QuadView UHD control is simple - choose a display layout, select inputs, and route to the desired windows. Crewmembers can switch input sources instantly or choose from up to 16 preset display layouts. Source switching and layout selection is made using VEI’s touch screen controls.

VEI Marine, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is an audio-visual integrator that specializes in marine installation, including AV systems for super and mega yachts. For more information, call 954-304-5148.

Jun 6, 2013

RGB Spectrum and JVC Professional to Demonstrate an 8 MP Multiviewer

RGB Spectrum and JVC Professional will provide attendees of InfoComm 2013 with an opportunity to experience the new SuperViewTM 4K, a real-time multiviewer designed specifically for 4K or "Ultra HD" displays. To illustrate the impressive capabilities of a 4K multiviewer, RGB Spectrum's exhibit will demonstrate a working system using a JVC Pro 84-inch 4K UltraHD monitor.

The powerful SuperView 4K multiviewer on an Ultra HD monitor can display images with a native resolution of up to eight megapixels (3840x2160)-four times higher than HD video. The multiviewer's high-performance, real-time architecture allows users to display and manipulate native 4K images, a combination of 4K and HD (1920x1080) windows, or up to eight HD graphic or video windows on an Ultra HD display like JVC's stunning new 84" panel.

"We are pleased that RGB Spectrum has chosen our 4K UltraHD monitor to demonstrate their SuperView 4K multiviewer," remarked Gary Klasmeier, product engineering manager at JVC Professional. "This system provides the perfect platform to view native 4K images along with lower resolution sources in multiple windows. Now applications such as telepresence, board rooms and visual imaging can achieve resolutions 4 times the resolution of full HD on a single panel without the need for multiple monitors."

"The SuperView 4K multiviewer provides a remarkable degree of power, flexibility and value," said Jed Deame, vice president of marketing at RGB Spectrum. "The processor allows Ultra HD panel and projector users to maximize the potential of their displays and creates opportunities for unique video presentations and layouts, including multiple full-resolution HD windows on a single display."

The SuperView 4K multiviewer's enhanced features provide users with a vast array of creative options, including dynamic window sizing and positioning, smooth panning and zooming, custom borders and titles, HDCP support and programmable presets. Multiple images can be arranged anywhere on an Ultra HD display-in any size, with or without overlaps, and with any desired priority.

For control applications, the SuperView 4K multiviewer offers RGB Spectrum's SinglePoint KvM™ control of all computer sources displayed.

The SuperView 4K processor can be connected to Ultra HD devices via single-link or dual-link DVI. Control is provided via RS-232 or through the system's Web Control Panel (WCP), an intuitive graphical user interface accessible through a web browser.

The new multiviewer, along with each of RGB's other innovations, will be on display at booth #3600 at InfoComm 2013, June 12-14 in Orlando, Fla.

RGB Spectrum will hold a special training session entitled "An Introduction to 4K in the Professional Marketplace" on Thursday, June 13th from 1-2:30 p.m. in room W221B at InfoComm 2013. This session will review the evolution of 4K technology from its emergence in high-end camera systems to today's consumer and professional 4K displays. Additional topics will include 4K digital cinema projectors and 4K multiviewer technology.

For more information on the SuperView 4K multiviewer and all RGB Spectrum products, visithttp://www.rgb.com.

About JVC Professional

JVC Professional Products, located in Wayne, N.J., a division of JVC Americas Corp., is a leading manufacturer and distributor of a complete line of broadcast and professional equipment. More information is available at http://referenceseries.com.

About RGB Spectrum

RGB Spectrum's mission is to offer innovative solutions for the display, recording, and transmission of computer and video signals. Since its establishment in 1987, RGB Spectrum has established itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge audio-visual solutions for industrial, medical, educational, commercial, and military applications. With advanced capabilities, proven reliability, and flexible user interfaces, RGB Spectrum's offerings are preferred by a "Who's Who" list of major global organizations. Capabilities include multiviewers, video wall display processors, matrix switchers, streaming codecs, video recorders and multi-user KVM and control room management systems.

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 http://www.rgb.com.

Jan 26, 2015

RGB Spectrum Announces In-House Design Services

RGB Spectrum is pleased to announce the launch of a new design services program to better meet the needs of our valued partners world-wide. As part of our expanded Technical Services department, a team of highly-qualified Applications Engineers now provide custom-designed system solutions for specific projects.

Launched in September 2014, the Design Services team has created over 500 system drawings in response to engineering services requests. A large number of these requests have been for applications involving our Galileo Display Processor and MultiPoint Control Room Management System (Enterprise MCMS), but system drawings have incorporated components from our extensive range of products.

Our Technical Services team members design real solutions in response to real projects. They understand the intricacies of our products, and are trained to design systems which best utilize their capabilities. In response to a request, the team will create CAD drawings embedded with full, detailed information/specifications related to each system component. Completed drawings are accompanied by an automatically generated Bill of Materials (BOM), a full listing of the included components that reduces the possibility of human error. By providing drawings that can easily be incorporated into a larger overall system, our design services program is intended to complement the work done by our partners’ design teams.

Guided by strong design principles and a process that combines extreme consistency with the creativity to design innovative system solutions, the team focuses on developing the most efficient system that meets a customer’s requirements. For example, the team often receives design requests which appear to be extremely complicated; in response, however, the team has been able to break down the requirements and design alternative solutions that are more simple and elegant, and that address the challenges of the project much more effectively, than the original system request.

“The new Design Services department combines RGB Spectrum’s “purpose-built” approach to system design with exceptional talent and the freedom to create system solutions that dramatically mitigate the element of human error” remarked Tim Carrigan, manager of Technical Services. “This program is effectively accomplishing a number of key goals: to increase accuracy, to illustrate signal flow and functionality, and above all, to increase awareness and educate our partners and customers about the full range of RGB Spectrum’s offerings.”    

To access this new resource, you must be an authorized RGB Spectrum partner (rep, integrator, specifier or consultant) with access to our website partner portal. If you do not currently have access, please click here to request an account. If you are already registered and would like design help with a specific project, please log into the portal and submit an Engineering Services Request.

Jul 15, 2013

RGB Spectrum Joins AVAD and JVC for 4K Multiviewer Distribution

RGB Spectrum is proud to announce a partnership with AVAD and JVC Professional for the distribution of RGB Spectrum's SuperView 4K Multiviewer in conjunction with JVC's new 84-inch 4K LCD monitors.

The SuperView 4K processor is a real-time multiviewer designed specifically for "Ultra HD" monitors with a native resolution of 3840x2160, four times that of HD video. Based on RGB Spectrum's real-time architecture, users can display and manipulate native 4K images, a combination of 4K and high-definition (1920x1080) windows, or up to eight HD graphic or video windows (scaled or unscaled) on a single Ultra HD device. When combined with a JVC ProVérité 84" 4K monitor, the result is a remarkable eight-megapixel multiviewer, with unprecedented multi-window clarity and resolution.

Two JVC ProVérité models are compatible with the SuperView 4K processor. The model RS-840UD is designed for CEDIA installations, and offers a gamma profile specifically tailored for home theaters. The model PS-840UD is designed for industrial, commercial and digital signage applications. The combined SuperView 4K / PS-840UD system was recently shown at InfoComm 2013, in both the RGB Spectrum and AVAD booths - and generated exceptional customer, dealer and system integrator interest.

AVAD is a leading provider of residential and commercial audiovisual solutions. With 23 showrooms throughout North America, the company is well positioned to market, demonstrate and distribute the SuperView 4K / ProVérité multiviewer system. SuperView 4K / JVC ProVérité systems will be installed in key AVAD showrooms, enabling customers to experience firsthand an advanced 4K multiviewer system.

"The emerging 4K market is on every system integrator's mind, and the partnership with JVC and AVAD enables us to address this emerging requirement with a complete system solution for 4K," remarked Jed Deame, vice president of marketing at RGB Spectrum. "Together we can demonstrate a variety of applications that benefit from 4K technology. From the board room to teleconferencing to high-end home theaters, the SuperView 4K multiviewer plus the JVC ProVérité series offers customers an extraordinary new level of performance."

Meeting today's demand for the highest resolution possible, the SuperView 4K multiviewer delivers unequalled reliability, robustness and creativity - and puts eight million pixels of high-quality performance at your fingertips. For further information about the SuperView 4K multiviewer, or to submit inquiries for SuperView 4K applications, please email sales@rgb.com.

About AVAD LLC

As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators with access to the industry's top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 23 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

About JVC Professional

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment. For product information, visit JVC's Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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 graphics and video processors, and decision support systems. With advanced capabilities, proven reliability, and flexible user interfaces, RGB Spectrum's products are preferred by a "Who's Who" list of major global organizations in commercial, industrial, medical, educational, and military markets. Company offerings include multiviewers, video wall display processors, matrix switchers, streaming codecs and recorders, as well as integrated solutions for multi-user KVM and control room management.

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 http://www.rgb.com.

Apr 26, 2013

RGB Spectrum Showcases the SuperView 4K Multiviewer at NAB 2013

RGB Spectrum is proud to announce that its SuperView® 4K multiviewer was used to demonstrate 4K windowing at the 2013 NAB Convention in Las Vegas, April 8-11. With 4K technology taking the spotlight as the dominant NAB theme, RGB Spectrum partnered with professional display manufacturer Planar to introduce the SuperView 4K multiviewer. As the only 4K windowing demonstration of its kind at the convention, RGB Spectrum underscored the value-added capability of a multiviewer in the emerging 4K workflow.

Using the SuperView 4K processor as the front end to Planar's 84" UltraRes™ 4K professional display, RGB Spectrum demonstrated both 2K and 4K windows on the eight megapixel canvas, with the ability to size, position, and set priority for all windows.

When combined with 4K monitors and 4K projectors, the SuperView 4K processor creates a new generation of multiviewers. Based on RGB Spectrum's high performance, real-time architecture, users can connect both 2K and 4K video and computer sources, and display up to eight windows in any desired layout. The processor supports graphic signals up to 1920x1200, HD video inputs up to 2048x1080, and Ultra HD signals (e.g., 3840x2160 and 4096x2160). In addition, using RGB Spectrum's Single-Point KvM option, users can interact with any computer source on the 4K screen with a single mouse and keyboard.

RGB Spectrum's 4K windowing exhibit attracted a lot of attention at NAB, with keen interest from the post-production, graphics, digital signage and teleconferencing communities. Jed Deame, Vice President of Marketing for RGB Spectrum, commented on the NAB introduction. "For the post-production and graphics communities in particular, the SuperView 4K multiviewer sparked tremendous interest at NAB," said Deame. "These are key areas in which 4K workflow is proven, and our multiviewer enables both 2K and 4K content to be displayed simultaneously on one screen. Effectively, we've added a new dimension of value to the edit suite and the screening room."

Meeting today's demand for the highest resolution possible, the SuperView 4K multiviewer delivers unequalled performance, reliability, and robustness - with eight million pixels of creative workspace at your fingertips. For further information on the SuperView 4K multiviewer, or to submit inquiries for SuperView 4K applications, please email sales@rgb.com.

About RGB Spectrum

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 http://www.rgb.com.

Jan 26, 2015

RGB Spectrum Technology in Service to Education

In recent years, Washington University in St. Louis has strengthened its impact and reputation by expanding facilities, recruiting top-notch faculty, and developing new and innovative educational programs. As a result, demand has surged for the educational experience provided by Washington University in St. Louis. Each year, over 30,000 prospective students compete for approximately 1,500 places in the freshman class. Enrollment has increased from 13,761 students during the 2009-2010 academic year to over 14,500 students.

Like most institutions of higher learning, Washington University in St. Louis understands that the most valuable commodity is time in class with a tenured professor. To meet the educational needs of the rapidly-growing student body, it is essential to leverage that commodity as much as possible. And, to ensure that a postsecondary education remains affordable and accessible to all who aspire to it, this must be done in the most cost-effective manner possible. To that end, Washington University in St. Louis’s Olin Business School has partnered with AVI Systems, a leading audio/visual, telepresence and broadcast systems integrator headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN, to provide ongoing technology renovations, upgrades and support for the facility’s technology infrastructure.

One example of this partnership at work is the recent expansion of the 102,000-square-foot Olin Business School. Over time, the school made significant investments in technology for each teaching facility to eliminate the need to move equipment from place to place. One of the goals of this project was to transform the existing A/V Control Room in the Charles Knight Executive Education Center into a centralized facility for managing and distributing educational visual content from a wide variety of sources to multiple facilities.

Other key project requirements were low latency in transmission, high performance, and the ability to support legacy, analog video formats as well as current technologies such as 4K/UltraHD, dual-link DVI and HDCP-protected content. To provide the foundation for a state-of-the-art, fiber-based video network, AVI Systems chose the RGB Spectrum Opto 320 Fiber Optic Matrix Switcher. The Opto 320 is the largest of a family of high-performance, non-blocking, modular matrix switchers that provide complete, end-to-end routing of video and peripheral signals over single-mode or multimode fiber optic cable.

In each facility, Opto Stand-Alone Transmit Modules (Model FS-T1S-AD) extend copper (HDMI or DVI) signals from local sources over fiber optic cable. Sources include PCs, video conferencing systems, satellite receivers, document cameras, and video cameras. Opto Stand-Alone Receive Modules (Model FS-R1S-AD) convert the fiber optic signals back to copper (HDMI or DVI) for output on projectors and/or flat-panel displays.

AVI Systems deployed the Opto 320 in the Control Room. Source signals from each facility – which include an auditorium, learning lab, forum room, and several classrooms – connect to the Opto switcher in the Control Room via single-mode fiber. Each of sixteen Opto outputs is connected to an Opto Stand-Alone Receive Module (Model FS-R1M-AD) that converts the multimode fiber signal to copper (DVI) for display.

The DVI signals connect to an RGB Spectrum MediaWall® 4500 Display Processor for high-impact display on a 1 × 4 video wall that Control Room personnel can use to monitor network activity and resource usage.

Washington University AV diagram

Figure 1: Olin School of Business/Knight Center Simplified System Diagram

To provide a tactile user interface for controlling and routing both local and remote network elements, an AMX® control system ties everything together.

AVI Systems reports that the Olin Business School is pleased with the performance and ease of operation of the new system, and that the RGB Spectrum Opto solution will continue to play a significant role as the system continues to expand throughout the Olin Business School. 

Sep 22, 2010

RGB Spectrum's Multiviewers Improve Situational Awareness for Missile Defense System Operators

The Swedish Armed Forces utilizes an advanced ground-to-air defense missile system, the RBS 23 BAMSE manufactured by Swedish company Saab Bofors Dynamics. The BAMSE system is designed to combat a wide range of threats, including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, unmanned aircraft, air-to-ground missiles, cruise missiles, anti-radiation missiles, and guided bombs. It offers a target range exceeding 10 miles and coverage to an altitude up to 50,000 feet.

The BAMSE battery comprises a Surveillance Coordination Center (SCC) and two to four Missile Control Centers (MCC). The mobile truck-transported SCC system can be deployed and prepared for firing in less than ten minutes and can coordinate MCCs up to 10 miles away. The SCC automatically selects the optimum missile control center to engage the target and disseminates target data.

The MCC, operated by a crew of one or two, executes continuous real-time threat evaluation and combat coordination, including target acquisition, identification, tracking and prioritization. It is housed in armored vehicles designed to be protected from projectiles and nuclear, biological, and chemical threats.

The MCC is also equipped with embedded simulators allowing training and mission planning using a large library of simulation scenarios.

The operator consoles require the real-time display of graphics and video imagery in a correlated arrangement. To fulfill this mission critical requirement, Saab Bofors Dynamics equips the BAMSE MCC consoles with RGB Spectrum's RGB/View® multiviewers.

The RGB Spectrum multiviewer is a compact VME board that displays multiple computer and video imagery on a single console monitor. It is fed multiple high resolution computer and video inputs and combines these in real-time on the operator's console screen. The computer imagery includes target data, maps, weapons control and ordnance data, and system status information on searching, tracking and missile status. Video imagery consists of thermal imaging and targeting video. The multiviewer consolidates the various input signals and resizes them to fit the console monitor. Signals are displayed in windows that can be scaled to any size and placed anywhere on the screen. RGB Spectrum's multiviewers are available in both stand-alone and VME board configurations.

The multiviewer's advanced de-interlacing delivers excellent vertical resolution and motion characteristics. It has proven to be a powerful visualization tool that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the BAMSE system operation.

RGB Spectrum® is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink® line of scan converters, the Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.

Jun 7, 2013

SuperView 4K Demonstration

RGB Spectrum and JVC Professional will provide attendees of InfoComm 2013 with an opportunity to experience the new SuperViewTM 4K, a real-time multiviewer designed specifically for 4K or "Ultra HD" displays. To illustrate the impressive capabilities of a 4K multiviewer, RGB Spectrum's exhibit will demonstrate a working system using a JVC Pro 84-inch 4K UltraHD monitor.

The powerful SuperView 4K multiviewer on an Ultra HD monitor can display images with a native resolution of up to eight megapixels (3840x2160)-four times higher than HD video. The multiviewer's high-performance, real-time architecture allows users to display and manipulate native 4K images, a combination of 4K and HD (1920x1080) windows, or up to eight HD graphic or video windows on an Ultra HD display like JVC's stunning new 84" panel.

"We are pleased that RGB Spectrum has chosen our 4K UltraHD monitor to demonstrate their SuperView 4K multiviewer," remarked Gary Klasmeier, product engineering manager at JVC Professional. "This system provides the perfect platform to view native 4K images along with lower resolution sources in multiple windows. Now applications such as telepresence, board rooms and visual imaging can achieve resolutions 4 times the resolution of full HD on a single panel without the need for multiple monitors."

"The SuperView 4K multiviewer provides a remarkable degree of power, flexibility and value," said Jed Deame, vice president of marketing at RGB Spectrum. "The processor allows Ultra HD panel and projector users to maximize the potential of their displays and creates opportunities for unique video presentations and layouts, including multiple full-resolution HD windows on a single display."
The SuperView 4K multiviewer's enhanced features provide users with a vast array of creative options, including dynamic window sizing and positioning, smooth panning and zooming, custom borders and titles, HDCP support and programmable presets. Multiple images can be arranged anywhere on an Ultra HD display-in any size, with or without overlaps, and with any desired priority.
For control applications, the SuperView 4K multiviewer offers RGB Spectrum's SinglePoint KvM™ control of all computer sources displayed.

The SuperView 4K processor can be connected to Ultra HD devices via single-link or dual-link DVI. Control is provided via RS-232 or through the system's Web Control Panel (WCP), an intuitive graphical user interface accessible through a web browser.

The new multiviewer, along with each of RGB's other innovations, will be on display at booth #3600 at InfoComm 2013, June 12-14 in Orlando, Fla. RGB Spectrum will hold a special training session entitled "An Introduction to 4K in the Professional Marketplace" on Thursday, June 13th from 1-2:30 p.m. in room W221B at InfoComm 2013. This session will review the evolution of 4K technology from its emergence in high-end camera systems to today's consumer and professional 4K displays. Additional topics will include 4K digital cinema projectors and 4K multiviewer technology. For more information on the SuperView 4K multiviewer and all RGB Spectrum products, visit http://www.rgb.com.

About JVC Professional

JVC Professional Products, located in Wayne, N.J., a division of JVC Americas Corp., is a leading manufacturer and distributor of a complete line of broadcast and professional equipment. More information is available at http://referenceseries.com.

About RGB Spectrum

RGB Spectrum's mission is to offer innovative solutions for the display, recording, and transmission of computer and video signals. Since its establishment in 1987, RGB Spectrum has established itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge audio-visual solutions for industrial, medical, educational, commercial, and military applications. With advanced capabilities, proven reliability, and flexible user interfaces, RGB Spectrum's offerings are preferred by a "Who's Who" list of major global organizations. Capabilities include multiviewers, video wall display processors, matrix switchers, streaming codecs, video recorders and multi-user KVM and control room management systems. 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 http://www.rgb.com.

Mar 26, 2013

SuperView 4K Multiviewer Offers Abundant Content for UHD Displays

RGB Spectrum is proud to announce the release of SuperView 4K, a real-time multiviewer designed specifically for "Ultra HD" monitors and projectors. An Ultra HD display device (also known as a 4K display) has a native resolution of eight megapixels (3840x2160), four times the resolution of HD video. To experience the beauty of an eight megapixel palette, imagine four HD monitors placed edge to edge with the bezels removed.

When combined with an Ultra HD monitor or projector, the SuperView 4K processor creates a new kind of multiviewer, able to display multiple images at full resolution. Based on RGB Spectrum's high performance, real-time architecture, users can display and manipulate native 4K images, a combination of 4K and high-definition (1920x1080) windows, or up to eight HD graphic or video windows on a single Ultra HD device.

The SuperView 4K multiviewer unlocks your creativity with a full array of features. These include dynamic window sizing and positioning, input grouping, smooth panning and zooming, custom borders and titles, HDCP support and programmable presets. Images can be arranged anywhere on an Ultra HD display - in any size, with or without overlaps, and with any desired priority. For control applications, the SuperView 4K multiviewer offers SinglePoint KvM™ control of computer sources displayed on the Ultra HD device.

Connectivity to Ultra HD devices is accomplished via single-link or dual-link DVI. The SuperView 4K processor supports graphic signals to 1920x1200, HD video inputs to 2048x1080, and Ultra HD signals. Control is provided via RS-232 commands or through the system's Web Control Panel (WCP), an intuitive graphical user interface accessible with any web browser.

Jed Deame, Vice President of Marketing for RGB Spectrum, commented on the release of the SuperView 4K processor. "The SuperView 4K turns an Ultra HD display into a remarkably versatile and high quality multiviewer," said Deame. "The SuperView 4K processor is ready today with a solution for both HD and Ultra HD multiviewing on these spectacular new displays."

Meeting today's demand for the highest resolution possible, the SuperView 4K multiviewer delivers unequalled reliability, robustness and creativity - with eight million pixels of high-quality performance at your fingertips.

For further information about the SuperView 4K multiviewer, or to submit inquiries for SuperView 4K applications, please email sales@rgb.com.

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 http://www.rgb.com.

Sep 18, 2012

Taking Control with RGB Spectrum

As the industry leader in decision support technologies, RGB Spectrum's video processing gear is used on a daily basis to enhance all aspects of content visualization. Each multiviewer, media wall and matrix switcher, however, requires a control method to suit the customer's exacting requirements. To this end, RGB Spectrum offers a full suite of control methodologies, each purpose-built for simplicity and versatility - whether the user is the system integrator or end customer.

At the most basic and direct level, "command line" control is provided via RS-232 for all RGB Spectrum processors. Each product's RS-232 port can connect to an ASCII terminal, any computer with a serial port, or an external device such as a touchscreen controller. Drawing from an extensive and full-featured list, commands are issued from the terminal or computer to control all aspects of RGB Spectrum processors.

As an alternative to the command line interface, each product includes an internal web server that runs a GUI (Graphical User Interface) called WCP - Web Control Panel. Using Ethernet connectivity, either directly or over a LAN (Local Area Network), the WCP allows setup, configuration and operation of an RGB Spectrum processor with ease and convenience. For example, moving or resizing windows on a multiviewer is performed with click-and-drag simplicity. Similarly, changing routes on a matrix switcher is performed at the click of a preset button.

For versatile and convenient control from a standalone panel, RGB Spectrum offers the proven BP-16 - a compact 16-button remote control panel. Designed for flexibility, the BP-16 is available in two different models: the BP-16LX controls input to output routing on a Linx™ DVI 8x8 switcher, while the BP-16PS controls preset selection on any Linx DVI switcher, QuadView® multiviewer or MediaWall® processor. For convenience in any installation, customers can rack mount the BP-16, place it on top of a console, or flush mount the unit - as required.

Because customers have a wide choice in their selection of physical and virtual control panels, often the need arises to integrate RGB Spectrum products into a customer's existing control infrastructure. To this end, RGB Spectrum supports control systems from third party manufacturers such as AMX, Crestron and RTI. For AMX and Crestron, RGB Spectrum provides downloadable code blocks. In practice, a code block functions essentially as "middleware," enabling system integrators to seamlessly connect RGB Spectrum processors to a customer's current set of panels, and easily achieve full functionality - without complex programming.

While the AMX and Crestron code blocks provide middleware, the newest addition to the "code block" family from RTI adds a specialized control surface to the mix. The RTI Universal Controller is a compact wireless unit designed to interface with RGB Spectrum processors. With a unique drag-and-drop touchscreen GUI, the RTI Universal Controller allows users to select presets as well as various window parameters. The unit includes a docking station and all the tools necessary to control RGB Spectrum processors with wireless convenience.

To complete the company's comprehensive suite of control offerings, RGB Spectrum has introduced a special "app" for handheld wireless devices such iPad®, iPhone® and Android™. The ControlApp 1000 enables users to trigger presets on the company's switchers, multiviewers and media walls, with security enabled through the processor's administration menus. On the handheld device, the only prerequisite is the ability to enable Java® script in the web browser.

"It's all about control and convenience," said Bob Marcus, CEO of RGB Spectrum. "With all of our new control options, our goal is to provide the customer with the most flexible and powerful control methods available, whether the requirement is via command line, touch screen or wireless device."

Jan 7, 2013

Tech Brief - A Layman's Guide to 4K

A new breed of 4K monitors and projectors are now entering the global market, and in fact, this technology is being called the next generation television standard. The term 4K refers to a panel or projector that has four times the resolution of high definition (HD) video. Some manufacturers are using the term "4K," while others, including the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) are calling them Ultra HD (UHD) devices. Regardless of the name, the images are stunning and the quality is a major advance in photo realism.

Imagine four HD panels arranged in a quad - remove the bezels, stitch the pixels together behind the glass, and you'll get a good idea of just how impressive these panels are. HD video has a pixel resolution of 1920x1080, which rounds off to 2 million pixels (or 2 megapixels). Ultra HD has a resolution of 3840x2160, which rounds off to 8.3 megapixels. It's extraordinary, to say the least.

Connectivity

Most every consumer HD television uses a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port to connect their panel to a cable box, satellite receiver, or Blu-ray player. HDMI version 1.3, released in 2006, is today's de facto consumer standard. This protocol supports HD resolutions (1920x1080) plus audio, and a variety of HDMI connectors and adapters are readily available for peripheral devices such as cameras.

Some current 4K panels have four DVI input ports or four HDMI 1.3 ports. These connections allow users to input four individual HD signals - one to each of the panel's four quads. Using the panel's internal scaling capability, any HD input can be zoomed up to the full 4K dimensions - but one is not looking at a true 4K source. In this "scaled" mode, pixels are being duplicated.

To display a true 4K source using HDMI 1.3 or DVI connectivity, one has to load the 4K source on a PC with a quad-head graphics card. As shown below in Figure 2, the graphics card splits the signal into four HD sections, which are then connected to the 4K panel and seamlessly stitched together.

Let the Research Begin

Today, there's a wealth of HD content available - from Blu-rays to live broadcasts to "on-demand" HD services. At the consumer level, however, hardly any native 4K content is available for Ultra HD displays, and a solution will certainly lag behind the distribution of 4K panels.

Sony has temporarily solved the problem by providing their new Ultra HD customers with a proprietary 4K server loaded with 4K films. Concurrently, other companies and trade associations are moving forward with 4K research. For example, the Blu-ray Disc Association (blu-raydisc.com) is studying how their technology can be modified for 4K bitrates. Satellite communications firms such as Northern Sky Research (nsr.com/research-reports/satellite-communications) are also studying how to stream 4K content, and "compression" companies such as Eyeio (eyeio.com) are finding new ways to squeeze more data into smaller pipelines.

The RGB Spectrum Solution

Given today's technology and the lack of 4K content, what can a new Ultra HD customer do with their eight million pixels? Once again, RGB Spectrum is at the forefront with SuperView 4K - a remarkable multiviewer designed to display up to eight HD images on a single 4K panel, or a single 4K image plus up to four HD images.

With a SuperView 4K multiviewer connected to a 4K panel or projector, a customer doesn't actually require 4K content in order to realize the full potential of their new display.

Essentially, the SuperView 4K processor is a fully-featured multiviewer. It can turn an Ultra HD panel into a creative mixed array of 4K, HD and computer sources - with multi-format inputs, scaling, positioning, and presets for storing image layouts on the screen. With SuperView 4K at your command, customers can certainly be patient - while the content catches up to today's display and processing technology.

The Next Step Forward

All is not entirely rosy in 4K land. In addition to content, the problem is also price. These 4K panels are just starting to arrive in stores, and prices run from the $6000.00 range up to the $25,000.00 range for the large 84" models. Remember that consumers rejected 3D home technology almost entirely, and one hopes that price does not become the gating item with 4K. On a positive note, HD television prices have dropped significantly over the last three years, as the LCD "glass" makers ramped up their production lines. As factory yields increased, the costs went down proportionally. Based on supply and demand, one would expect the cost for 4K "glass" to decline as well.

In a recent industry announcement, Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the CEA, was very upbeat about this new technology direction. "Ultra HD is the next natural step forward in display technologies, offering consumers an incredibly immersive viewing experience with outstanding new levels of picture quality."

Without a doubt, we're on the leading edge of a new era of displays. At the high end, even without 4K content, RGB Spectrum's SuperView 4K is available now for key business, medical, industry and military applications that require the industry's finest ultra HD multiviewer.

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 www.rgb.com.

  • For automotive and architectural applications, conduct a design review in ultra HD.
  • For printing and publication requirements, proof the final layout and all the graphics in ultra HD.
  • For military or reconnaissance applications, view satellite maps in the highest resolution possible.
  • For radiology and catheterization applications, perform surgical procedures and advanced diagnosis with the quality of ultra HD.

Jul 28, 2004

UCLA Equips Its New Medical Center Operating Rooms with Multi-Window Display Technology

When the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center embarked upon the construction of a new hospital, one goal was to incorporate the latest visual communication technologies. The hospital's Neurosurgery Department was targeted for this state-of-the-art technology integration. The UCLA Medical Center selected Karl Storz Endoscopy America to provide the department's endoscopy systems and audio video equipment for the project.

According to Roderick Plummer, A/V Systems Integration Manager for Karl Storz Endoscopy America, "During neurological surgery, the surgical team must have access to a variety of surgery visuals, patient vitals data, and historical medical information of the patient. These visuals and information have been decentralized. Different members of the surgical team had access to different visuals and data, requiring surgical team members to constantly inquire and communicate this information between them. In complex, intricate neurological surgery, time is critical. The objective was to centralize all of the operating room visuals and data so the entire surgical team had comprehensive, immediate access to them, significantly increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the surgery."

Plummer added, "The challenges involved supporting a number of different signal sources, limited space, and the requirement for displaying high resolution imagery. After extensive research, we designed a system for the neurology operating room using RGB Spectrum's QuadView multiple window display processor with two flat panel screens. The QuadView receives live video feeds from an endoscopic camera inserted into the patient during surgery, a wall-mounted operating room camera, and a camera placed inside the main surgery room light fixture. The QuadView also integrates computer-generated inputs comprised of patient radiology images from the hospital's Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), real-time patient vital signs displaying patient heart rate, blood pressure, blood gas levels, oxygenation measurement of the blood going to the patient's brain from the profusionist's patient monitor, EEG electroencephalogragh data depicting numerical values for cerebral activity, patient medical history, and lab results.

The QuadView processor combines these signals and outputs them to a distribution amplifier which feeds an 18" LCD display suspended on a mechanical boom above the operating table and a wall-mounted Sony 50" plasma display. Surgical personnel use a pre-programmed AMX touch screen controller to operate the display system, selecting signal sources, routing images to the QuadView processor, and choosing display configurations. The surgical team can view any of the inputs in four window quad mode or full screen.

Plummer concluded, "QuadView was the ideal solution for the hospital. It supports the variety of signals required and displays up to four of these at a time on the operating room displays with exceptional clarity and quality. The QuadView's feature set allowed me to meet the expressed functional desires of different surgical specialties such as neurosurgery or urology.

The QuadView XL is the first of a new generation of windowing systems. With the most powerful image processing available and outstanding image quality, plus new features such as web-based control, dynamic window sizing, borders, titling, and smooth zoom/pans functions. The QuadView XL is ideal solution for any application requiring the display of multiple images on a monitor or projector. The QuadView XL accepts high resolution RGB, HDTV, S-Video, component, and NTSC/PAL composite video, and optional DVI inputs. Up to sixteen sources can be connected; four of which can be displayed simultaneously.

Karl Storz Endoscopy is a worldwide organization that manufactures high quality instruments and medical devices to support minimally invasive surgical techniques in addition to consulting, design, and installation of audio-visual technology in surgical operating room environments. Karl Storz Endoscopy America is based in Culver City, California and can be reached at 310-338-8100 and on the internet at www.ksea.com. Roderick Plummer is AV Systems Integration Manager for Karl Storz Endoscopy America and has been involved with integration design for Karl Storz since 1999.

The UCLA Medical Center has been awarded "the Best Hospital in the West" for the 15th consecutive year. For more information on the Center, visit www.ucla.edu.

RGB Spectrum is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink® line of scan converters, the DGx digital recording system, Quadra® universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and SuperWall, ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 or contact us online.

Apr 9, 2018

Zio AV/IP Solution Expands to Include Multiviewers and Video Walls

Many vendors of AV/IP solutions think in terms of a video stream being encoded on one end and decoded for display on the other. But if you need a lot of IP encoded video, the single monitor/single decode paradigm quickly becomes unwieldly. Leveraging over 30 years of video wall processor and multiviewer expertise, RGB Spectrum’s award-winning networked video system has been expanded to include multiviewers and wall processors for multi signal decoding and display.

What Is Zio AV/IP?

Zio® networked AV/IP deliver real-time video and audio over any size network. It is controlled through a simple user interface that offers drag-and-drop functionality for routing streams, allowing even non-technical people to easily operate the system without a 3rd party controller. Live thumbnails of each Zio encoded stream assist the user in routing video to displays. Automatic discovery of Zio encoders even makes it easy to add devices to the network.

The Zio AV over IP system offers a unique combination of benefits:

  • More than an in-room AV/IP solution, the Zio platform brings your far-flung operations together.
  • We are enterprise capable - at home on WANs as well as LANs.
  • We also support smart displays without separate hardware, simplifying installation and saving space and cost.
  • Unique among IP decoders, Zio endpoints offer the ability to display web-based content along with live video.

Now, our solution goes further, including multiviewers and video walls for multi-signal presentation.

IP-based Multiviewers

The Zio multiviewer line-up includes easy-to-deploy, handy-sized models and higher capacity, rackmounted units. Zio multiviewers allow simultaneous decodes multiple streams on displays or projectors at up to 4K resolution.

The new Zio D3000-series can display up to 32 SD streams, or eight HD streams on a single display delivering unmatched performance in a 2RU package. The D2000-series multiviewer is a handy-sized endpoint capable of displaying up to 16 SD streams or 4 HD streams simultaneously. Power over Ethernet (PoE) is supported which, when combined with the small size, allows the endpoint to be placed closer to the display or projector than a larger, rackmounted multiviewer.

Networked AV Wall Processor

RGB Spectrum's IP wall processors are the next generation of video wall controllers. Combining an elegantly simple user interface with advanced networked AV capabilities, the new Zio D3000-series wall processors include models to support from 4 to 16 displays. Designed to work with Zio encoders and other H.264/H.265 compliant devices, each model features a drag-and-drop user interface and robust administration tools. The new wall processors decode and display up to fifteen 2K resolution streams or four 4K resolution streams and provide instantaneous switching between video streams.

For more information, go to rgb.com/zio.

Mar 16, 2017

Zio Shines Bright at ISE Conference

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.