Datapath Releases the Fx4 4K Video Wall Driver

datapath-videowall-0516Datapath has introduced the Datapath Fx4, a multi-display controller with four outputs and three inputs from a single box.

Features include DisplayPort 1.2 capture (with loop-through) at 4K/UHD at 60fps and HDMI 1.4 4K capture at 30fps. All inputs and outputs support HDCP content and can be programmed and controlled independently through either a local USB connection or the on-board network interface. And, via the DisplayPort1.2 loop-through, any of the inputs can be daisy chained to build video walls. With dual Ethernet port capability, only one Datapath Fx4 in the chain requires connection to the physical LAN as Ethernet loop-through is supported on the second port, meaning multiple devices can be connected. Developed for stand-alone operation, the non-volatile operation of the Datapath Fx4 can adapt to input changes by automatically adjusting all scale factors.

With the assistance of Datapath’s Wall Designer software, varying video wall designs can be accomplished via an on-screen viewer that can be designed to mimic your wall configuration. Wall Designer allows users to add displays from a database of monitors. Users can also visualise their content by adding inputs, adjust display regions and instantly program all linked devices. With bezel correction, image rotation, cropping, scaling and mirroring options, as well as the ability to overlap or replicate any splice of the source material, there are limitless creative configurations.

The outputs are four “genlocked” HDMI or DisplayPort HD 1080p connections. Each output monitor can take its input from any region of the input image as all of the required cropping, scaling, rotation and frame-rate conversion is handled by the Datapath Fx4 hardware. These regions can overlap to permit any output to replicate another, or can be configured to support any creative splice of the source material. This allows the support of many non-rectangular screen arrangements, as well as any mix of monitor orientations, permitting users to create an almost unlimited multi-monitor canvas.

Datapath will be at InfoComm and the Fx4 is here.

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