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Just Add Power Ship 3G Ultra HD over IP Video Distribution System

Following CEDIA 2015 where they won the CE Pro BEST award for Multiroom A/V, Just Add Power have announced that they are now shipping their award-winning 3G Ultra HD over IP transmitters and receivers, with built-in 4K scaling and seamless HDCP handling capabilities, which allow every integrated screen to display its optimum resolution up to and including 2160p.

CE Pro Editors · October 26, 2015
Officially launched at CEDIA 2015, Just Add Power’s new 3G Ultra HD over IP platform provides a readily-available solution for video matrixing 4K and lower content from multiple HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.x sources to any combination of HDMI 2.0 and 1.x screens over a Gigabit network and Cat 5e / 6 cabling infrastructure.

By using Just Add Power’s 3G Ultra HD over IP transmitters and receivers alongside a Layer 3 Gigabit Managed switch, integrators can build any size of 4K-capable / HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI matrix and be guaranteed that each integrated screen will display source content in the highest resolution that it is capable of. As a result, there is no need to set HDMI source devices to output the “lowest common denominator” resolution or purchase additional signal management boxes / EDID correctors, to place between HDMI sources and displays.

The newest generation of Just Add Power hardware is ideal for projects in which integrators are faced with having 4K / HDMI 2.0 panels with HDCP 2.2 only in the primary viewing zones but legacy 1080p / 720p panels elsewhere- in bathrooms and pool areas, for example. In this scenario, the 3G Ultra HD over IP transmitters and receivers can be deployed alongside a Gigabit Managed switch to make a 4K source device with HDCP 2.2, such as the Sony FMP-X10 UHD player, Red Ray 4K player or NVidia Shield, be simultaneously viewed in 2160p (4K UltraHD) on 4K displays, in 1080p on Full HD displays, and in lower resolutions on earlier HD panels. All scaling and HDCP handling is carried out by Just Add Power’s 3G receivers, located behind each screen. Scaling is two-way, meaning that the 3G receivers can downscale a 4K signal with HDCP 2.2 to 1080p or lower for viewing on HDMI 1. x screens and also upscale a Full HD 1080p or lower signal from any HDMI 1.x device, outputting it at a maximum of 4K 2160p for viewing on 4K TVs. 3g-clean-TX.png

If you don’t want the receivers to scale source content up or down, there is a selectable passthrough mode on each receiver, which delivers the same video resolution output by the source directly to the TV. This passthrough mode is useful for new 4K panels with scaling functionality, as it will allow the 4K panel to carry out the upscaling process itself as opposed to the Just Add Power 3G receiver.

In addition to giving your clients the ability to Watch Everything Everywhere in optimum resolution, the 3G Ultra HD over IP platform boasts advanced audio capabilities and can support all uncompressed multichannel audio formats including Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS: X. The transmitters have an on-board licensed Dolby Digital DSP processor that converts Dolby Digital 5.1 to Dolby PLII before sending it over the network to the receiver locations, with the result being that 5.1 is output in every multi-channel zone, while 2-channel is simultaneously output in all stereo zones. Stereo audio extraction with adjustable lip sync delay (up to 170 ms) and full variable audio control is available on both the 3G transmitters and receivers. 3G transmitters also have two analog audio inputs (stereo-in and Mic-in) that can be mixed with the HDMI audio stream.

3G Ultra HD over IP products make specifying and planning a job with 4K distribution requirements simple: all that is required is a single 3G Ultra HD over IP transmitter per HDMI 2.0 or HDMI 1.x source, a layer 3 Gigabit Managed switch with enough ports for the job (various models of Cisco and Luxul switches are recommended dependent on the project size), a 3G receiver per HDMI 2.0 or 1.x screen and a compatible control system. For instances where you need to take an HDMI further than 330 ft, you can stack supported models of switches using fiber optic cabling- allowing you to take an HDMI signal up to 10km! Control of a Just Add Power 3G Ultra HD over IP system is via two-way RS232 or IP. 3G devices can additionally support two-way CEC and IR control. Fully supported professional drivers are available free of charge for a range of third party control brands, including Control4, RTI, AMX, Crestron, Elan, On Controls, and URC. A profile is also available for Savant. Alternatively, the Media Switcher software allows for full control from a PC or Mac.

Ed Qualls, president and founder of Just Add Power, commented: “ after our busiest CEDIA show ever we are excited to announce that we are shipping 3G Ultra HD over IP. For us, 4K is an evolution, not a revolution. We don’t believe in telling people to toss out what they bought last year or four years ago — 3G Ultra HD over IP uses the same switches, same cabling, same control system drivers, but offers more features and better performance. Unlike with fixed format products, integrators can actually use the new 3G Ultra HD over IP platform to update and integrate new 4K / HDMI 2.0 devices into their existing sites that are using earlier second generation (2G/ 2G+) Just Add Power products for Full HD 1080p video matrixing. We’ve safeguarded our dealers’ investment in our product, as earlier Just Add Power systems can remain in place and 4K sources and screens can be integrated by bridging 2G and 3G systems on the same network. For existing dealers we have created detailed documentation on how you can best create a blended 2G/3G system for when your clients decide to add 4K / HDMI 2.0 devices to their current setup.”

Enhanced Video Wall functionality for commercial projects has also been added to the 3G Ultra HD over IP platform, enabling installers to integrate video walls in 4K from 2x2 to 16x16 in size, with support for portrait and flipped displays. An Image Pop feature unique to the 3G range enables you to overlay a full color image or logo on top of the HDMI signal with alpha channel transparency- great for on-screen branding. All 3G products are POE-preferred, but are now also safe to use with almost any DC power supply - DC 4.7~23V.

The 3G Ultra HD over IP transmitters and receivers are shipping now. To find your local Just Add Power distributor visit www.justaddpower.com. For more information about the new 3G Ultra HD over IP platform email sales@justaddpower.com.

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