12.01.15

Boeckeler updates Pointmaker streaming system

AUTHOR: Inavate

Boeckeler Instruments has updated its Pointmaker CPN-6000 live streaming annotation system. The hardware-based video processor has added audio and video streaming to an iPad, as well as volume control from either an iPad or a third-party control system.

By using the CPN-6000 annotation system as a video switcher and scaler, an audio de-embedder, and an audio and video distribution amp with volume control and streaming, integrators can simplify an installation and cut component costs.

As a scaler, the HDCP-compliant CPN-6000 receives up to nine video inputs in composite, Y/C, VGA and HDMI formats, and scales them to output high resolution formats up to 1920 x 1200. This model distributes video signals using three video outputs, plus the streaming video option.

In the summer 2014 launch of the system, the Pointmaker CPN-6000 streamed video to a networked Windows 7 computer. With this upgrade, the model also streams video to iPad 3 and 4, plus the second generation iPad Mini.

With the addition of streaming audio, users now have four ways to output audio: by passing it over HDMI, using the analog audio out, outputting audio via an USB port, or by streaming audio over a network.

The new volume menu in the CPN-6000 allows independent fine-tuning of analog and digital outputs, and features a master control to adjust overall volume. With the updated PVI Control app for iPad, users can adjust the volume from the Control Panel. As with other commonly used Pointmaker features, volume can also be controlled from most third-party control systems.

The recent upgrade also includes the ability to change the reported native resolution of the Pointmaker via a new EDID (Extended Display Identification Device) menu. By default, the CPN-6000 reports a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz, but users can now change this reported resolution. This feature is particularly useful to force a resolution change in a connected video source, such as a computer.