Since the beginning of 2013, the biggest buzz in the A/V industry was and still is surrounding the future of 4K. To address the rapid oncoming of this new era of immersive visual experiences, manufacturers have developed and marketed not-so-ready 4K products and solutions as the only answers to 4K connectivity.

4K Distribution – The Good, the Bad, and the Distant Truth

Contributed by | PureLink

 

Typical HD video applications in markets such as medical, education, corporate IT, and broadcast, require managing multiple signals over long distances without losing signal integrity – a challenge that is magnified by 4K integration. While 4K video delivers stunning picture quality, the enormous bandwidth places extreme demands on the vast majority of existing HD infrastructures.

Even with a rise in 4K adoption, manufacturers have only just begun realizing that copper cable infrastructures do not provide enough bandwidth for full 4K HDMI distribution with full pixel density and color depth. Fiber, however, does.

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Successful 4K video transmission, that is...

By only offering HDBaseT® 4K scaling and distribution, a leading control automation manufacturer's 4K certified switching solution fails to address multiple signal transmissions to remote locations over greater distances. 

 

For example, a university campus A/V system design requires multi-building connectivity with full 120x110 matrix switching of multiple SD, HD, and Ultra HD/4K video sources to multiple 1080p and 4K displays. 

System Requirements:

Sources
(Total: 120)

Displays
(Total: 110)

• 60 x 4K HDMI (less than 33 ft)

• 70 x 4K (over 330 ft)

• 36 x 4K HDMI (over 330 ft)

• 24 x 1080p (over 330 ft)

• 12 x 1080p HDMI (less than 33 ft)

• 16 x 1080p (less than 33 ft)

• 12 x SD Analog (less than 33 ft)

 


Technology Requirements:

Technology

PureLink™

"Leading" Manufacturer

• 128x128 Cross-Platform Matrix Switching

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• Fiber Transmission w/4K to 1080p Downscaling

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• Fiber Transmission w/1080p to 4K Upscaling

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• Fiber Transmission w/Analog SD to 4K Upscaling

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• 4K to 1080p Downscaling for Local Displays

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• 4K Fiber Transmission

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PureLink's PureMedia™ 4K matrix switching system offers the industry’s first and only 4K fiber scaling solution with the PM-FR102-U Fiber Optic Receiver, featuring proprietary Don’t Blink™ 4K Up/Downscaling Technology powered by Motore™.  The PM-FR102-U provides a convenient and reliable solution for extending 4K video, audio, and control signals over 6000 feet.

Together with its universal, cross-platform architecture up to 256x256, wall plate and rack mountable extension packages, and comprehensive options such as Quad View outputs, PureMedia™ truly covers all the bases in Ultra HD. Smart. Functional. Scalable. Ready.

To learn more about Ultra HD/4K scaling solutions powered by PureMedia™, please visit our website or contact our Sales & Support team at sales@purelinkav.com.

 

 

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PureLink

PureLink is the leading provider of digital connectivity solutions to commercial audio/video and IT markets worldwide. PureLink has pioneered a powerful line of matrix-switching, format conversion, signal distribution, and long-distance extension systems that are optimized to support any consumer or commercial application. Government, military, business, education, entertainment, and healthcare markets rely on PureLink's technology every day. PureLink goes Beyond 4K.

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