Apantac introduces Tahoma and expands Micro platform
US-based manufacturer Apantac has unveiled the Tahoma Ultra-4K multiviewer, delivering four outputs for driving a single ultra high resolution monitor with 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels). The multivewer is intended, Apantac says, for ‘high-end applications that use 4K monitors or a 2 x 2 videowall consisting of four 1,920 x 1,080 displays’.
Based on the Tahoma DE, LE and DL platforms, the Ultra-4K includes an integrated Cat-x extender for extending video and computer sources up to 35m. While the Tahoma DE-Ultra and DL-Ultra are compatible with Tahoma Cynergy software for controlling a number of multiviewers via a single mouse and keyboard. The new unit also offers customisable on-screen displays.
Elsewhere, the MicroQ-S, Micro-Single, and Micro-UDX have all been added to Apantac’s Micro platform range.
The MicroQ-S is effectively a smaller version of the MicroQ, designed as a simplified quad-split multiviewer for facilities requiring a more affordable 3G multiviewer. The unit accepts four auto-detect, CV/SD/HD-SDI/3G (50/60Hz) inputs and provides on-screen displays of labels as well as eight channels of audio meters. Unlike its larger sibling, the MicroQ-S does not support production requirements such as dynamic tally, UMD and on-screen safe area markers.
The Micro-Single scaler/converter accepts 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs (50/60Hz) and provides simultaneous HDMI and SDI outputs. It supports dynamic tally/UMD via IP or GPI and supports a variety of visual monitoring features via an on-screen display, with up to eight channels of audio meters from SDI embedded audio, audio/video alarms and safe area markers. A built-in de-interlacer is also included.
A final addition to the Micro platform range, the Micro-UDX is an up/down/cross converter equipped for composite (PAL/NTSC) to 3G/-HD/SD-SDI inputs/outputs. The HDMI monitoring output matches the SDI output, and audio monitoring for analogue and embedded audio is supported.
The manufacturer has also integrated loudness metering into SDI to HDMI conversion with its new Pinnacle converter. The Pinnacle SDI to HDMI converter/scaler with loudness monitoring, dubbed Pinnacle-L, is a companion product to the Tahoma MiniQ multiviewer for production monitor wall applications. It is described by Apantac as ‘an ideal solution for turning a low-cost consumer LCD panel into a broadcast quality loudness monitoring device’.
The converter supports the on-screen display of ATSC A/85 and EBU R128 loudness monitoring whilst sporting 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs and displaying an HDMI/DVI output up to 1080p resolution. Additionally, it provides an HD-SDI output that matches the HDMI output resolution, meaning that in addition to offering loudness monitoring the converter boasts user-selectable on-screen display options including audio and video alarms, up to 16 channels of audio meters, labels, tally and safe area markers.
Other features include analogue audio monitoring and native support for Apantac AXP, while a version without loudness monitoring is also available.
Lastly, the manufacturer has introduced an extender/receiver set for extending control over EVS’ XT3 video production server. Named MT Hood EVS XT and comprising the models EVS-1-E and EVS-1-R, the extender/receiver set allows the placement of a server up to more than 180m away from the operator via a single Cat-5e/6 cable. The set-up facilitates the use of a VGA console, a PS2 keyboard and up to two RS-422 controllers, plus a USB port for future interface support.