Video Storm Offers HDCP-Enabled Network-Based HDMI Matrix

March 30, 2015
NetPlay AV by Video Storm is an HDCP-enabled network-based HDMI matrix that utilizes high-quality H.264 video encoding, the same technology used to master Blu-ray discs.
 NetPlay AV by Video Storm is an HDCP-enabled network-based HDMI matrix that utilizes high-quality H.264 video encoding, the same technology used to master Blu-ray discs.

According to Video Storm, NetPlay HDMI distribution enables applications that were previously cost-prohibitive. The company asks integrators to imagine being able to retrofit a full HDMI video, cloud audio, and IR/RS232 control residential distribution system without having to run a single wire. How about commercial systems with hundreds of displays and sources? NetPlay delivers these solutions.

Other features include video tiling, video walls, pop-up video PIP, textual OSD, integrated video and audio file players, and streaming to mobile devices.

The NetPlay AV product line has two parts. The VTX100 encoder accepts HDMI sources and connects them to the network. In each display zone, a VRX010 decoder mounts behind the output display. Everything is connected using unmanaged network switches and standard consumer network practices.

Scaling is enabled with NetPlay, and users can purchase as many input and output devices as they need. Users are also not limited to traditional HDMI matrix boundaries; NAS drives and IP cameras can be added directly to the network by connecting with an Ethernet jack.

Audio can be received at each zone four different ways. Local audio can be passed through the VRX010 to the TV, sound bar, or amp. Centralized audio can be routed through Video Storm’s CMX-A2 NetPlay Audio matrix with customizable lip sync adjustment. The installer can also use a combination or centralized and decentralized audio distribution to achieve desired effect. Video Storm also provides audio return channel (ARC) for smart TVs to bring sound back to the rack for centralized audio distribution.

NetPlay is fully integrated with Control4, RTI, and Savant. Integration with other systems is in development.

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