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Alex Horvath
HDTV Hardwareplayer
on Apr 25, 2008 at 10:05:02 am

Does anyone know an affordable HighDef Hardwareplayer which is synchronizable (3 player) with DVI or VGA out. Should be conrolled by wings showcontrol an idiotproof for the "facilitymanager"

thanks
alex

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Thomas Leong
Re: HDTV Hardwareplayer
on Apr 25, 2008 at 11:07:48 am

Hi Alex,

Cheapest one I know of is rokulabs Brightsign HD2000 which has HDMI, VGA and component out but no DVI. You could use a HDMI-to-DVI adaptor. Up to 1080i media which plays via compact flash. Has RS-232 which Wings can set commands to, but if I read their forum right, you might not need Wings showcontrol at all. I can't vouch for Brightsign's reliability nor sync capabilities.

There was an enquiry to sync 3 units together at their forum, and reply was that the units need a special cable -
http://forums.rokulabs.com/viewtopic.php?t=14588
The support seems pretty good.

Maybe you could apply for an evaluation unit ($299) for tests.

Thomas Leong




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Alex Horvath
Re: HDTV Hardwareplayer
on Apr 25, 2008 at 12:19:20 pm

Thanks Thomas for your answer.

Yeah I know this players, there are a lot of the same in use only different branded.
These are nice players suprisingly very reliable, but only as long as you leave it alone as a standalone player with a fixed setup (like Player+ monitor with ac on and off).
For my current project (3-panorama) I´ve choosen the wings showcontrol with 3 CF Player as a source, because people can choose the video (show1/2/3 etc) with stumpfls IR-remotecontrol. The problem is that Stumpfl´s CF-player are available only as SDTV with YC out. As we produce the content with the REDone(4k) camera we would have enough pixels in the length for this panoramicprojection, but with SDTV Players we will loose this benefit. Unfortunately using 3 PCs as our source is out of question (customer).
Stumpfl says that they will have an HDTV Player maybe end of this year. (to late for now)

So I´m still looking for better synchronizeable HD-players

alex

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Thomas Leong
Re: HDTV Hardwareplayer
on Apr 25, 2008 at 2:02:09 pm

Hi Alex,

Yes Stumpfl is a bit late to market with a HD compact flash player...then again, maybe not since there are not many around. Most are made for digital signage more than anything else. Market is there I suppose. Here are a few more for your research -

Edje units seem intereting but it does not seem to work with a Wings SCMaster. The guff says it takes its initial instructions (playlist) from a PC instead. You could contact them to clarify. Should have a US outlet though the site below is UK - http://www.pixels.uk.com/products/Soloist4111/FrameAccurateSynch.htm

CodexNovus is another product. Seems expensive though -
http://www.codexnovus.com/products.aspx?catId=763&prodId=1373

Electrosonics HD FrEND - http://www.electrosonic.com/hd_frend.shtm

Best of luck, and do let us know if you find a suitable solution.

Thomas



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Thomas Leong
Re: HDTV Hardwareplayer - Edje
on Apr 25, 2008 at 2:08:11 pm

Here is the US outlet for the Edje. It is made by Adtec Digital, a US company - http://www.adtecinc.com/products/signEdje




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Nicholas Rivero
Re: HDTV Hardwareplayer - Edje
on Apr 28, 2008 at 6:43:42 pm

Don't know whether it helps or matters but you could check our Renewed Visions ProVideo Player. It runs on Mac OS so you could run it on a Mac Mini. You can sync together as many nodes as you want and it's MIDI controllable so you could remote control it. It's not a dedicated hardware solution but just a thought... http://www.renewedvision.com

//nick


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Thomas Leong
Re: HDTV Hardwareplayer - Edje
on Apr 28, 2008 at 8:09:04 pm

Uh..uh...per his post, Alex already has Wings+Windows licence. No point incurring extra costs for production software and hardware plus learning curve jumping to another platform, eh? Besides his planned delivery system to client needs to play off compact flash, both controller and players. I don't think Renewed Vision's stuff does that. Horses for courses.



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Nicholas Rivero
Re: HDTV Hardwareplayer - Edje
on Apr 30, 2008 at 3:05:03 pm

that's why i said...
Don't know whether it helps or matters but...




//nick


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