SVSi Announces Uncompressed Video Support for voLANte Video-over-IP Line

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voLANte now supports both uncompressed and compressed video codecs in current production models of encoders and decoders. Distribution is still over network appliances with the same ease-of-use but customers now have a choice of visually loss-less compression or totally uncompressed for the absolute highest quality video. voLANte's built-in matrix switching capability remains the same with one matrix now managing both compressed and uncompressed video.

SVSi is pleased to announce a major codec enhancement to all voLANte encoders and decoders that allows full uncompressed video transmission. Developed primarily for spreadsheet and other PC-generated media in a presentation environment where the absolute smallest detail must be preserved, voLANte's uncompressed video capability offers the ultimate in video fidelity. This feature addition also includes a more efficient, network-friendly default bit-rate of 25-Mbps for voLANte's standard JPEG2000 compression codec. All encoders (VRT107 Rack-mount Multi-Transmitter, VMT105 Stand-alone Transmitter, VTC103 PC Card Transmitter) and decoders (VRR104 Digital AV Receiver, VRR204 Digital AV Receiver) shipping as of Jan 31, 2011, support this uncompressed mode as well as voLANte's original JPEG2000 codec. Network management control options (Conductor NetLite, Conductor Server, and Conductor DiVAS) allow selection of either standard compressed video or uncompressed mode through a software checkbox in each encoder's set-up page.

voLANte's virtual matrix switching capabilities remain unchanged with the new feature addition. One matrix now controls both compressed and uncompressed video. Each decoder recognizes whether its assigned stream is compressed or uncompressed and displays accordingly. Any combination of compressed or uncompressed streams can now ride on one video network for the ultimate in display flexibility. Just as with a compressed video stream, an unlimited number of displays can be attached to an uncompressed stream with no loss of video quality, no additional bandwidth requirements, nor additional switch processor overhead.

voLANte's JPEG2000 stream can be adjusted between 1-100Mbps (25-Mbps default) in control software for high-quality video delivery to match any network bandwidth requirement. Uncompressed video requires 300-800Mbps and necessitates either a dedicated network or use of a layer-3 network switch capable of multi-cast routing (IGMP). The low cost and availability of layer-3 switches with IGMP capability from numerous manufacturers facilitates installation even in a retrofit project. Pricing across the voLANte product line remains the same even with this feature enhancement. By continuing to expand voLANte's video-over-IP distribution capabilities to both higher quality and lower bandwidth with multiple control options, SVSi provides its Pro AV dealers the tools with which to be competitive into the future.

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