It always seems to happen the same way. No matter how much prep work you do advancing an event. The guest speaker shows up with something other than what was specified. His laptop has a DVI out and the technology gremlins just ran off with the adaptor. Now the tech guys are scrambling like the engineers at NASA trying to get Apollo 13 home. By the event start time the video on the screen is dark, grainy, and has hum bars.
When Northview’s new auditorium was finished, it was a technology playground for the techie. However one thing was missing, the ability to get a DVI signal from a laptop into our system while maintaining the signal quality. Often times we would need to take that signal – convert it to VGA then into a scan converter. The scan converter would then turn the signal into a composite source. Then down in the control room the signal had to be upscaled to 720p and converted again to SDI. All these conversions eventually added latency, grain, and distortion. We needed something different.
The newest tool we have in our bag of tricks is the Matrox Convert
DVI Plus. What I thought would be just another scan converter has become
a swish army knife to our video needs. The ability to take a raw DVI
source signal input and send it out – SDI, Component, and Composite is
worth the money. No longer do we have to route the video through
multiple pieces of equipment to get it our screens. read more...