The technology behind one of Crestron’s biggest product launch in years is now compatible with fiber. DigitalMedia fiber input cards and transmitter are now shipping, adding new flexibility to the DM family of products.
Previewed last year and launched this year at CEDIA EXPO, DM has been designed to provide switching and distribution of all analog audio and video, high-res computer, HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, Ethernet and USB keyboard/mouse control. DM fiber solutions are fully HDCP-compliant, and enable full 1080p60 with Deep Color transmission up to 1,000 ft/300m using Crestron CresFiber or third-party multimode fiber for multi-room and long-distance cable runs.
The DMC-F and DMC-F-DSP cards provide a fiber input to the modular DM-MD8X8 and DM-MD16X16 switchers and the single-card DMCI enclosure.
In addition to providing a single HDMI digital AV output, both cards feature an analog stereo audio output with programmable volume control.
Additional DSP processing is enabled by the DMC-F-DSP, which is designed to “break out” and simultaneously distribute uncompressed 7.1 channel HD surround sound and 2-channel audio, according to Crestron. The DMC-F-DSP is recommended for use with Blu-ray Disc players and other HD sources that output multi-channel surround sound audio via HDMI.
The DM-TX-100-F is a fiber transmitter that provides the ability to add remote sources to a DM switcher system up to 1,000 feet away. Via its HDMI input, the DM-TX-100-F supports HDMI 1.3a w/Deep Color and HDCP, handling WUXGA computer resolutions and 1080p60 HDTV with multi-channel HD lossless audio.
The HDMI input can also handle DVI and DisplayPort multimode signals using an adapter or dongle. For example, in a commercial installation a presenter can plug a new laptop or MacBook into a DM-TX-F at the podium in an auditorium, and transmit HD content to a receiver feeding the display device or to a DM switcher in the equipment room.
For a total custom installation solution, Crestron also offers a range of professional AV interface cables and wall plates.