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HDMI Video Matrix over IP… The next big Thing in the Video Distribution.

Any-size Matrix

One of HD/IP’s primary benefits is that when it is used in conjunction with a compatible Managed Ethernet switch setup, a flexible, any-combination HDMI matrix switching distribution solution can be created.

Practically Limitless (source x display) distribution combinations can be created. From 1-source x 200-screen scenarios in a commercial setting, to a 10-source x 30-screen matrix switch in a luxury home. With the 2G solution it is theoretically possible to have a 4000-source x 65,000 screen matrix switch. This is made possible by the process of “stacking” compatible Ethernet switches making it possible to grow beyond the normal 48 port limit. Only the number of ports available on your chosen Ethernet LAN setup limits the scope of the project (the example to the right is a 19 Transmitter x 31 Receiver configuration all running on a Cisco SG300-52P).

The units can of course be made to perform as a simple HDMI splitter using a standard Gigabit switch. Transmitters and Receivers, with their plug and play operation, will also act as better baluns in a point to point solution for HDMI transmission over CatX. Their ability to perform over single catX cable runs and be immune from traditional HDMI balun problems can make them useful for troublesome projects.

19 Transmitters x 31 Receivers

With our HD/IP technology at your fingertips you can now do more with HDMI than you might have imagined.

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Video Walls

The HD/IP Video Wall App is a free option for the 2G/2G+ HD over IP family of products. This App can accommodate anything from a 2×2 up to an 16×16 video wall, and any just about any combination within that (i.e. 2×4, 1×8, 5×5, 6×2, 6×14, 12×16).

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Instant Switching

Just Add Power HDMI switching is the fastest HDMI video switching technology in the world, with full support for instant seamless switching between same resolution sources. No other technology can compete with HD/IP’s video switching speed. Switching speed between different resolution sources is dependent on the TV monitor processor speed and capabilities.

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Decentralised

When you design an HD/IP system the sources can be rack centralized, decentralised or even a mixture of both. Cascading multiple Ethernet switches allows displays to be located very away from the source devices, while sustaining consistent 1080p HD video and audio quality.

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1080p Video Over IP

The Just Add Power HD/IP devices support full 1080p video up to 50/60fps. For best results a PROGRESSIVE video signals should always be chosen over an INTERLACED signals (i.e. 720p content is natively better looking vs. 1080i).

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Multi-Channel Audio

The 2G/2G+ HD/IP devices support a wide variety of compressed audio formats. This includes the most popular Stereo 2.0, Dolby 5.1, and THX 7.1 formats. If your application requires support for the un-compressed formats found exclusively on some Blu-Ray discs then it is the best practice to place a player in the lossless zone as a distributed shared resource.

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Shared Gigabit LAN

With HD/IP you can use 1 CATx cable to a TV zone to deliver the Just Add Power HDMI over IP solution and Gigabit speed Internet Services to the television monitor. Other distibuted video solutions like HDBT only support 100BaseT network speeds to the TV zone. Just add a simple Desktop Gigabit switch in the zone and configure the network according to Just Add Power’s Layer-3 Drivers and best practices techniques.

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3D Support

All 2G/2G+ HD/IP devices provide support for side by side and top and bottom 3D video sources

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Long Distance

Great distances (several miles) can be covered by stacking compatible switches with fiber optic cable connections and other advanced connectivity technologies between switches, breaking down the traditional HDMI matrix transmission distance barriers. While settle for 100M (330ft) With HD/IP you are only limited by the design of your Gibabit LAN infrastructure.

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USB 2.0 over IP

Allowing keyboards, mice and even game controllers to be attached to the 2G+ devices and communicate over the network. Most USB devices are plug-n-play (excludes isochronus cameras). HD/IP allows 2G+ devices to remotely control practically any source with USB devices and interfaces.

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IR over IP

IR over IP is implemented with the Just Add Power IR Manager accessory for 2G and 2G+ devices. This IR Manager is a programmable learning remote controller that connects to any 2G/2G+ device via RS232. IR Manager is a great alternative for situations where CEC or RS232 control of the attached device is not an option.

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RS232 over IP

Every Just Add Power HD/IP device has an RS232 port that can be used to control any device with an RS232 interface. Sending RS232 over IP is easy with our wide range of control system drivers.

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CEC over IP

Just Add Power transforms the CEC protocol into a controlled structured environment. Most other HDMI Matrix solutions allow CEC to run wild, delivering undesired results. With 2G+ HD/IP we isolate the CEC signals, allowing the control system to decide what CEC signals to send, and where to send them. Now you can reliably turn displays ON/OFF and perform any other CEC function without ugly IR bugs being attached to the displays and sources.

On Screen Display

On Screen Display

All 2G/2G+ HD/IP devices have a built in On Screen Display API. Computers and
Control Systems can use this OSD API to send an overlay text message to any or all of the devices on the network. The text can be any size, color, and your choice of opaque or transparency. Great for transmitting information to all types of applications from emergency response alerts and home automation fuctions to custom signage messages and customer entertainment.

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Image Push

Over the network you can PUSH a JPEG picture onto any or all of the 2G/2G+Receivers. This includes support for storing multiple JPEG images on the Receivers, allowing these HD/IP devices to function as digital signage players. If the network goes down, the saved picture(s) can automatically be shown instead of an annoying blank screen.

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Analog Audio

The 2G+ HD/IP devices (Transmitters andReceivers) have integrated stereo audio extractors with programmable delay (up to 170ms). The desired delay can easily be set through our control system drivers or by simply pressing the +/- delay buttons on the bottom of the 2G+ devices. The audio delay setting is stored in the devices memory and is retained after a power outage.

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Whats Next?

At Just Add Power Labs we are constantly working to solve problems and develop new features and functions. Often our new features are a result of one of our customers telling us “I wish I could….”. There is nothing we like to do more than making those wishes come true. Pleasecontact us if you have an idea you’d like to share.

Analog Audio Delay

Image Pull

Over the HD/IP network you can PULL a BMP picture from the 2G/2G+ Transmittersor Receivers. This ability to take an HDMI ‘snapshot’ allows the owner to be certain what is being shown anywhere on the HDMI over IP network at all times. Custom Applications can present a relatively live image at up to 10fps. This type of realtime confirmation is not possible with legacy HDMI Matrix solutions.

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More Play™

Perhaps the most important difference between HD/IP and all of the other legacy HDMI Matrix solutions like HDBT™ is the demonstrated ability to deliver more and more function over time via free firmware updates. No other video distribution solution in the world delivers so much rich function over a single CATx cable

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How an HD/IP Matrix Works

The key element within the system is the Managed Ethernet switchsetup; this is an essential requirement to create an HDMI over IP matrix with source switching. It is important to understand that the HDMI over IP devices themselves are not capable of performing any switching functions, the units function on the LAN as simple plug and play devices. It is the configuration adjustments of the Managed Ethernet switch that performs the switching operation between sources.

Source Transmitters use virtual local area networks (VLAN’s) set up on the Managed Ethernet Switch to create HDMI audio and video streams. Each Transmitter has its own VLAN creating a number of individual networks on the switch, each with an HDMI “channel” created on them. Display Receivers attached to a port on the Managed Ethernet switch can be connected to any chosen VLAN to display that particular HDMI channel.

For example, you could have a Satellite TV box on one VLAN, a Blu-ray player on another VLAN, a HD Games Console on another, and so on. It is possible to control which VLAN a Display Receiver views by adjusting the port configuration of the Managed Ethernet Switch. This sounds complicated, but it’s made easy with RS232 and IP drivers available for practically any automation system on the market. This same video switching function is also possible on computers, pads, and handheld devices using our specially developed programs and third party applications.

Switching Sources

It is possible to control these configuration settings on a compatibleManaged Ethernet switch via its own web interface (where applicable), with IP commands or the RS232 control port on the switch.

Control software on a PC, or other control system hardware (such as Control4 or Crestron) can be setup and used to simplify the process of commanding the Managed Ethernet switch to assign Display Receivers to the desired VLAN HDMI channels. This then makes the end user action of switching between HDMI sources a simple matter of pressing A, B or C on your chosen user interface, whether that be a remote control, touch screen panel, iPad or iPhone.

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Switching, Integration & Control

Control software on a PC, or other control system hardware (such as Control4 or Crestron) can be setup and used to simplify the process of commanding the Managed Ethernet switch to assignDisplay Receivers to the desired VLAN HDMI channels.

This then makes the end user action of switching between HDMI sources a simple matter of pressing A, B or C on your chosen user interface, whether that be a remote control, touch screen panel, iPad or iPhone.

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Example of a 3×4 HDMI over IP setup using Crestron.

An example of a 2G matrix setup, using Crestron to command the managed Ethernet switch, is shown in the diagram below.

 

 

 

 

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Why has DIRECTV Slowed the Addition of More HD Channels?

Why has DIRECTV Slowed the Addition of More HD Channels?
It was not so long ago that DIRECTV seemed to be adding HD channels faster than thought possible. Lately though that trend seems to have reversed, but the question is why? In fact it seems that they have actually stopped adding new channels altogether.

In recent months their HD expansion has slowed down to less than a crawl, and the SAT provider has even decided to not add many channels like the Pac 12 Network, CSN houston,  SportsNet LA, the SEC Network, as well as many others.

The reasons behind this shift has to do with their satellite fleet. Currently they are at near capacity in terms of what their Satellites can handle broadcasting. This means that they do not have much room at all for any new HD channels, or SD channels for that matter.

The future is bright though, due to DIRECTV’s plan to launch a new satellite in the upcoming fourth quarter of this year, and another one sometime in early 2015. DIRECTV states that the satellite being launched later this year is slated to be used to allow the company to offer more HD channels to their line up.

This means that approx. 60-120 days after the new sat is launched into space it will become fully functional and able to broadcast for the company. New HD channels will not become available to consumers until after the first of the year, and that is only if DIRECTV is able to negotiate the HD rights for any new channels it decides it would like to add to their line up. Having said that, DIRECTV is probably already in the process, or possibly even completed the process of negotiating for these rights.

Given time, DIRECTV has plans in place to offer a large selection of new channels in both HD and SD for its customers. The launching of two new satellites adds a large amount of room to their broadcasting capabilities.

 

3 Easy and Simple Ways to Make Sure Your TV Lasts A Long Time

3 Ways to Keep Your TV A Long, Long Time
Most people want the things they buy to last as long as possible, but do not always know or think about ways to ensure they get the most time out of their purchase. Listed below are three easy and simple ways to help you extend the life of your Television purchase.

 

 

1. Turn It Off
If you are not watching your TV, turn it off. Every item we buy, including a TV is only going to last us so long. Why waste the life of your TV by having it run when you are not there to enjoy it? If you are going to be out of the room for more than 5 minutes, turn your set off. Following this one simple rule can save you dozens of hours of TV life over the course of two to three years.

2. Brightness

Most TVs come straight from the factory with their brightness level turned much higher than it actually should be or needs to be. Unless you insist on having a super bright picture, make sure you turn it down as soon as you get the TV set up in your home. Having the brightness set too high causes your TV to have to work so much harder to throw out all that extra light. When something has to work harder, it usually means that it will not last nearly as long as it could. Have someone help you adjust the brightness on your new purchase so that the picture appears much more realistic, which usually means it will also show alot more detail than it does when you first plug it in.


3. Contrast
The contrast setting on a TV shows the difference between the darkest and lightest colors displayed on the screen. If your TVs contrast (also sometimes called picture level) is set to high, it causes your TV to have to work that much harder once again leaching hours away from the life of your purchase. Most TVs give you the option of watching in Standard mode or Vivid/Dynamic mode. If the option is there, always take the standard mode setting as this will keep your TV working at a much more efficient level, thus extending its life by a considerable amount of hours over the next two to three years. Another benefit to using Standard mode on your TV is that it will display a more realistic HD picture for you and your family to enjoy.

 

 
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