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New Audio/Video Connections Arrive

Last week, we announced that new equipment has begun to arrive for this summer's rewiring season. On Friday, we installed a few additional items.

Last week, we announced that new equipment has begun to arrive for this summer's rewiring season.

On Friday, we installed a few additional items.

The first was a Blackmagic Intensity Pro video card, which offers HDMI video capture, as well as HDMI video output, component video capture and component video capture. This means the new Mac Pro will be able to capture standard-definition or high-definition video, in analog or digital formats, from the other video devices in the room. We'll have to rewire the room for this, but provisions have been made in the current wiring diagram for this to be integrated into the room's wiring.

Blackmagic Intensity Pro HDMI/Component Video In/Out System

 

Next, we received a VGA-to-DVI-D video conversion box. DVI-D video signal is the same as HDMI video, and is entirely digital. This conversion box will be placed at the new laptop station, for people who bring laptops that only have analog (VGA) video output. When they connect the VGA cable to their laptop, this box will convert the signal into an all-digital signal that will integrate into the rest of the room's switching and capture systems. We think this will be important as more of our members begin to use netbooks, low-cost laptops which frequently only come with VGA-video-out.

VGA to DVI-D Converter

 

 We also received an HDfury2 video converter, which will convert HDMI (digital) video to either VGA-out (analog) or component video out (analog). This will help us route digital video signals from the room's DVI-D video switching system out to the component video inputs on all the monitors in the room. This will allow any video source in the room (analog or digital) to be output to all screens, as well as to the projector, if desired.

HDMI to Component/VGA Converter


These new devices will take some time for our members to learn and master, but they're not very tricky; the integrate well into our current systems. So, with luck, these will simply help us to incorporate new technologies into our current video systems.

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