Steven Jani

  1. Why You Should Use Integrated Downscaling AV Equipment

    There has been a recent trend in AV, involving the integration of built-in downscalers to equipment such as splitters, switches, and matrixes. With little documentation on the topic, this post aims to give some background and explain its importance. We will quickly review what downscaling is and express three reasons why AV installers, enthusiasts, streamers, and the typical user should be excited about it.

    Let’s dive right in.

    4K and 1080p screens

    What is Downscaling?

    Downscaling allows for content from one source to be played on displays in their native resolution. For example, if your video source outputs 4K (2160p) and you have one 1080p display and one 4K di

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  2. Create a Multi-Monitor Workstation with MST: Boost Productivity and Invite Creativity

    Create a Multi-Monitor Workstation with MST: Boost Productivity and Invite Creativity

    As business professionals, we are always searching for ways to increase productivity and get the most out of our work week. One of the most proven ways of doing this is to create a multi-display system, by adding one, two, three, or even six external monitors. In fact, Core Communications, sums up four studies which quantify the productivity boost of just one extra monitor. According to one study by the University of Utah, a second monitor can save each employee 2.5 hours each day if they use it for all their tasks. In turn, this time saved equates to money saved.

    Fortunately, DisplayPort’s Multi-Stream Technology (MST) has provided an easy and cost-effective way to add multiple displays to your workstation. MST allows a DisplayPort

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  3. Why Do We Need HDMI Extenders?

    HDMI has replaced older analog video solutions and has provided an easier, more efficient way to transmit audio and video data. It is one of the core components of multimedia systems and it is hard to imagine ever going back to analog. That doesn’t mean it’s perfect.

    Problem 1:

    HDMI cables are the most familiar hardware and we love their simplicity. However, as with anything, HDMI cables have their downfalls. In this particular case, we will focus on distance.

    HDMI cables lose effectiveness and reliability at certain lengths. 50 feet is generally known as the max distance you would consider using an HDMI cable, but it isn’t recommended to use an HDMI cable over 30 feet. Even after 15 feet, HDMI cables are more prone to signal degradation, leading to blinking, loss of signal, or snowy dots on the screen. HDMI cables 50 feet and over can prove to be very costly and are often

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  4. Pros and Cons of Wireless HDMI Extenders

    Pros and Cons of Wireless HDMI Extenders

    You just learned using an HDMI extender, AKA “Balun”, is the most cost-efficient way to extend HDMI video and audio to remote and distant locations. Now you’re scouring the internet for the right extender and come across a wireless HDMI extender. Sounds interesting.

    What is a Wireless HDMI Extender?

    Wireless HDMI involves transmitting HD video and audio from your source device, such as a cable box, Blue-Ray player, or laptop, to a TV, monitor, or projector, wirelessly. With a traditional HDMI extender, a transmitter and recei

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