Sends Live Video and Audio over Existing Ethernet Data and Voice Networks
Black Box Corporation has introduced its high-definition, high-resolution video and audio over Ethernet (VAoE) media distribution system. This technology provides a very affordable and efficient method of sending live video and audio over Ethernet data and voice networks.
With the Black Box Video and Audio over Ethernet Extender System (part #s AC1140A, AC1140C, and AC1141A), anyone can leverage their existing Ethernet network to display video, digital signage, live TV, or many other video and audio applications.
“This breakthrough technology provides a very cost-effective alternative to today’s expensive solutions,” said Mario Calabro, Black Box Multimedia Products Manager. “With this system, all you need is a CAT5, CAT5e, or CAT6 network infrastructure and you can transmit Hi-Def video and audio to one or more displays as far as 300 feet away. To go farther, you just add a standard network switch to the system.”
Completely digital from end to end, the system transmits broadcast-quality video without amplifiers or any signal tuning. It works with any brand of single-link DVI or HDTV display and supports 480p, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 720p, 1080i and 1080p resolutions, no matter what the distance or the number of displays. “And because the extender system simulcasts video and audio synchronously, there’s no lag from the first display to the last,” Calabro added.
The extender system clones a host PC’s display using the DVI output from a graphics adapter, or accepts DVI or HDMI input from other sources. It also supports the live video streams from a camera. Altogether, the system provides up to six independent media streams including PowerPoint®, Flash, DVD or HDMI content over CATx cable.
Though no software is required for the signal conversion, the system includes an application for uploading and scheduling content. “Through this user-friendly interface, you can instantly publish and update content, as well as assign content distribution schedules to the system’s transmitter or receiver,” Calabro explained. “If necessary, you can also interrupt scheduled content to broadcast an emergency announcement or ad-hoc messaging. It’s that versatile.”
The Video and Audio over Ethernet (VAoE) products are part of Black Box’s extensive offering of digital signage solutions, including media players, extenders, splitters, converters and switches. For more information, visit www.blackbox.com.