Summary of DIMAX404K Product Services:
- DIMAX404K matrix switch of 4 x HDMI inputs to 4 x HDMI outputs
- Separate matrix for audio signals
- Audio de-embedding, audio embedding and L,R analogue audio handling
- Handling of 4K input and 4K output signals with HDCP protection
- Controllable HDCP handling at the input and output side also
- Programmable custom output resolutions to different outputs
- Limitless cropping of input signals’ window size
- Mapping the input signals’ window to any size or coordinate over the output frame
- Up and down scaling of input signals to any output resolution
- Real time display of input information over the outputs
- Real seamless switching of signals, under VSYNC signal, no black frames
- Fade-in of new inputs with programmable interval
- Cross-fade switch between 2 input signals with programmable interval
- Fade-out of signals when switched off with programmable interval
- Picture-in-Picture display (PIP) of second input to the very same output in real time
- On-Screen-Display text over any output video
- Internal media player with movie play scenario service
- Web processor to display web pages, remote vnc signals, IP streams of video cameras
- Platform independent, professional web based user interface for remote control
- Intuitive layout management by front panel buttons and remote user interface
The DIMAX404K products can be accessed in a 1.5U high 19” rack compatible chassis. Robust mechanics and logical interface design guarantee easy installation and operation. The box contains 2 pieces of regulated, internal fans. The fans are regulated in order to achieve optimally low noise level and sufficient cooling for the long term, stable operation.
The chassis contains internal power supply supporting all of the international mains electricity standards from 90V up to 265V. The small matrix can be switched on and switched off by the following methods.
- Back panel switch
- Front panel, standby switch
- LAN connector based switch-on or switch-off by remote command
Power Switches, standby mode
There are two switches controlling the switch-on and switch-off operation.
The mains switch on the back side and near the 230V mains connector performs full mains SWITCH ON or SWITCH OFF relating to the 230V power. The front switch of the chassis has special function if the back panel mains switch is on. The product can be put into standby phase by using the front panel switch. The very last status and output content is saved during the standby phase. The second push of the front panel switch deactivates the standby phase so the very last state of operation appears.
Please note to switch off first and then remove the power supply cable if opening the chassis for any reason.
Remote switch-on and switch-off
The DIMAX404 can be switched on and switched off remotely in case of the mains power switch is on. The TCP/IP based remote command can force the DIMAX to standby or can return the product from the standby phase.
Programmed wake-up and standby
The DIMAX contains separate scheduler to wake up the device or send to standby mode. This scheduling can be programmed and works according to the internal calendar clock.
Front LED and push buttons for setup
The front panel LED displays status information for setup and control. There are push buttons for navigation and control inside the setup to handle setting up of basic configuration information
- Setting of DHCP or fixed IP address and additional LAN parameters
- Function assignment of signal driving push buttons
- Setting of RS232C signals’ connection parameters
- OSD display settings
- Factory reset setting
Push buttons for signal control
There is a set of push buttons for input signal and a separate set for output signal management. They can work for multiple purposes:
- The input buttons can select a certain input signal to be displayed on a certain output channel identified by the output button. This can be used for signal display one-by-one, usually for testing.
- The user can generate layouts and can assign them to push buttons. In this case the push of a certain button recalls the pre-designed layout on a rather straightforward way.
Disable of push button operation
Front panel push button operation can be disabled using a special system setting. In this case user can prevent un-authorized user action from the front panels and so improve system responsibility.
The DIMAX404 products contain control interfaces as
- 1 x LAN connection to be connected to TCP/IP networks, to be used for setup and remote control
- 1 x RS-232C connector to handle remote control commands
- 4 x USB2.0 connectors for firmware upgrade, save/reload configuration information or loading of media player content
Input connectors and signals of DIMAX404K product
- 4 x HDMI input connectors, handling HDMI 1.4 signals up to 4K30 resolution
- 4 x Phoenix connectors for base line L, R analogue audio
- HDMI input handling supports HDMI 1.4 standard signals with input resolution from 640x 480 pixels up to UHD as 3840×2160 30Hz or 4K as 4096×2106 30Hz in progressive mode. Colour spaces supported
- RGB 8
- YUV 4:4:4 or
- YUV 4:2:2
The audio connectors have 2 roles depending on user interface setting
- Input of base line, L, R analogue audio signal for internal matrix switch and output audio generation
- Output of audio signal de-embedded from the corresponding HDMI input channel
Output connectors and signals of DIMAX404K product
- 4 x HDMI output connectors, handling HDMI 1.4 signals up to 4K30 resolution
- 4 x Phoenix connectors for base line L, R analogue audio
- HDMI output handling supports HDMI 1.4 standard signals with output resolutions as 640x 480 pixels up to UHD as 3840×2160 30Hz or 4K as 4096×2106 30 Hz in progressive mode. Colour spaces supported
- RGB 8
- YUV 4:4:4 or
- YUV 4:2:2
The user can set the required colour space support in software settings. The audio connectors drive base line, L, R analogue audio signals received from the independent internal audio matrix.
Real time signal handling for perfect customer satisfaction
The DIMAX products perform all operations in real time. So the output signals are displayed in real time from the inputs regardless of the signal resolution, scaling, PIP and number of signals controlled. No drop of frames, no black frames or transitions can be experienced
Unlimited scaling of input signals to outputs
The DIMAX404 devices contain two output signal scaling engines for each of the output channels. The scaling operation has no limit so the scale up from any input resolution as for example 640×480 or 1024×768 to any output resolution up to 1920×1080, 3840×2160 or even 4098×2160 is possible. The scale down from any input resolution as for example 3840×2160 can be performed to any output resolution as 1280×720 is possible. One of the scaling engines serve the main output while the second one supports the PIP channel. The scaling operation results crystal clear image displayed in real time with no drop of frames.
The Picture-in-Picture visualization means display of a second input over the main output window. This second window can display any of the input sources in any position and any scaling/size over the main image. Cropping and arbitrary positioning are supported while the visualization is performed in real time.
These DIMAX404 matrices offer seamless switching of two inputs to the very same output. This best-in-class effect has perfect transition of the signals, meaning no distortion and no black frames. Practically this is perfect switch with zero latency because the change of input frame A to input B is performed during the VSYNC, i.e. the vertical synchron signal active period. This operation is performed by complex hardware FPGA devices.
Fading in means that the video image will open slowly fading from the background. The background can be a solid colour background or even other live video image from any video input. You can customize the time frame to your application.
Fade-out means that the video image fades slowly out to the background. The background can be a solid colour background or even other active video image from any video input. You can customize the desired time to your application.
Cross-fade means that the video image of input A slowly fades to video image B through a smooth transition. This operation is performed in real time of course.
OSD over output signals (On-Screen-Display)
There is a built-in information text about the current output settings and input connections. This information text can be visualized on the OSD (On-Screen-Display) panel. The visibility settings of the OSD panel can be changed here.
- Auto: the information panel is automatically displayed in case of any changes in the settings.
- Yes: the information panel is visualized permanently.
- No: the information panel is not visible.
By default, the information panel can be seen on the top-left corner of each display output. The position, size, timing, content, background colour, the text colour and the highlighted colour can also be specified in the OSD panel.
Professional HDCP handling
The products offer professional HDCP handling as supporting HDCP 1.4, 2.0 or 2.2 standards for the perfect integration of the boxes to complex environments. The user can set up at the input side to reflect handling of
- No HDCP
- HDCP 1.4
- HDCP 1.4 or 2.0 or 2.2
The device handles all HDCP standards at the output side depending on the peripheral connected. All the HDCP rules are strictly kept when displaying signals with different HDCP standard.
Perfect EDID handling
The EDID handling at the output and input side has been developed to support easy system integration. Different EDID handling method include the chance to develop custom EDID to be presented to special input sources.
Custom output resolution
The devices handle all standard output resolutions. Additionally there is the chance to specify custom output resolution. Custom Output Timing Editor helps to create a new output timing, modify a created timing or delete one of created timings. The Custom Output Timing feature will expand the output timing list on output settings page, if it is compliant with the output card capabilities. Several custom timings can be created and they can be used for several output channels also.
This editor gives total access to the parameters in order to create a custom output timing:
- The Pixel Frequency (unit: MHz) – the number of pixels per second
- The Active Area Width (unit: pixels) – the number of visible pixels per line
- The H Blanking Interval (unit: pixels)
- The H Front Porch (unit: pixels)
- The H Sync Width (unit: pixels)
- The Active Area Height (unit: lines) – the number of visible lines
- The V Blanking Interval (unit: lines)
- The V Front Porch (unit: lines)
- The V Sync Height (unit: lines)
- The Sync polarities (positive or negative)
Easy-to-use remote control by graphics user interface
The DIMAX404 devices can be controlled remotely from a Web browser of any platform. We offer possibilities to use Windows, Linux, Android, or iOS based Web browser for the remote control. The user has to start the browser, type in the TCP/IP address of the DEXON device. Now the user receives an easy-to-use graphics interface where simple mouse clicks can control setups and operation also.
Local language support
The graphics user interface supports users with the option to select a local language for the operation. A lot of different local language options are supported:
- English as default
Different user rights
The web based remote user interface includes handling of different users with different rights. There is an Administrator account that is able to define other administrators or users with different access and control rights.
Operations inside the graphics user interface
The user can perform device and layout management operations by simple mouse clicks. The interface is rather easy to understand and supports all the functions for the remote device control.
Input signal handling option
The user may receive valuable information about the input signals as
- status of input signals one-by-one
- HDCP status
- display of detected input resolution
Comprehensive input signal management can be performed also, as
- name assignment to that certain input
- setting of required HDCP management
- setting up of custom EDID
- management of input audio as assigning of L,R analogue audio to that certain channel or de-embed the audio from the HDMI signal and drive to the audio connector
Input and output signals assignment
The assignment of input signals to the outputs can be performed by the push-buttons arranged in a matrix-like area. There are 3 independent push button areas to manage
- switching of certain input signals to certain output or to multiple outputs as main window
- switching of second input signal to a certain or to multiple selected outputs as second video displayed in Picture-in-Picture mode
- switching of certain audio input to a certain or multiple audio outputs
Output signal status options
The output ports and displayed signals have a status area reflecting
- Assignment of main input signal
- Assignment of PIP input signal
- HDCP status
- Audio status
Output signal parameters management
The output signal management provides full control of the following parameters
- Output resolution
- HDCP handling
- EDID handling
- Assigned background colour
- Assigned cropping
- Placement inside the output resolution area
- Assigned bezel compensation
- Support of video wall mode
Automatic test mode operation
A large set of different test patterns and schedules can be recalled and run to each of the output channels where static or even moving test patterns are available. The sequence of different settings with coloured picture can be generated with a single mouse click.
Layout management and signal assignment by push buttons
Special area of push buttons can be used to recall pre-designed signal assignment patterns. From 8 up to 32 layout controlling buttons can recall full system assignment pattern in a glimpse. The buttons can have own name, colour for active and inactive state, even sequential display of patterns can be set up by assigned stepping time and sequence.
Improved system reliability by logging
You can initiate precise logging procedure that saves all the system parameters to files for later revision. The device has 6 levels of logging to save critical data of the configuration and operation.
Sophisticated system parameters
The clever management of this device offers a lot of advanced and sophisticated parameter setting possibilities in the assigned area of the user interface.
- Signal input and output assignment scheme can be developed by the help of a separate page
- System configuration presets of the full DIMAX can be defined and recalled
- TCP/IP network parameters can be set up for the remote control
- RS232 parameters can be set up also
- Passwords for Administrator and users can be defined
- Different user rights can be assigned
- Current date and time setting
- Seamless switch and different fade effects’ control
- Loading of .png logo to be displayed in user interface window
- OSD panel definition
- Start of test sequences for continuous operation
- Define and start of system parameter logging
- Internal status of fans, temperatures, supply voltages
- Perform a factory reset to initiate all the system parameters to factory default
Remote supervision of device health, info page
Full hardware monitoring information is collected by the software system. There are four types of data:
- PS – Power Supply
- PWR – Internal voltage levels
- FAN – Tachometer
- TEMP – Temperature
The status of these parameters is permanently displayed over the remote user interface while user can check all the status information in detail. The status of these parameters is saved to special log files also.
All-in-one solution with internal media player
The built-in internal media player feature allows you to create digital-signage presentations. The presentations can be performed with various types of contents.
- videos (file or directory) (1080p, H.264)
(supporting MPEG2, MPEG4, H.264 codecs and AVI, MPG, MKV file formats)network video (file or directory) (1080p, H.264)
- IP streaming from IP cameras (over rtsp protocol up to 1080p)
- HTML5 web pages from the Internet
- VNC Client to support remote operator PC’s screen content
This media player can apply the sophisticated, calendar based scheduling to start or to stop display of content.
Advanced scheduler for calendar based device operation
The advance internal scheduler can be programmed to start or to stop layout display, manage internal media player, to send command strings through the RS232C interface to achieve external device control.
External keyboard or X-keys handling
You can connect a standard keyboard or a programmable keypad (X-keys) to recall any of the layouts. The user can control the device operation by simple key buttons and display pre-designed layout according to his wish.