We wanted to have a little discussion on HDR because we see a lot of information (and some misinformation) flying around. HDR, when implemented properly, is the most impressive advancement in video technology since color television. Let's get to the truth.
First. Bandwidth is KING. While you can support HDR in low resolutions and low chroma subsampling resolutions, i.e 4K24 4:2:0 and 1080P HDR (1080 HDR does not exist by the way), you have to look at the bandwidth. Most video distribution products are 10.2 Gbps which means you can support "Faux K" and "Not So HDR". As you can see by the chart demonstrated below, you are really missing a lot. Now we understand there are all sorts of budgets and job requirements and sometimes you just have to put in what is in the budget, then by all means use a 10.2 Gbps device, be aware you will have to do clever EDID management to POSSIBLY get HDR from the source devices in this system. If you need to do this, we recommend you still call us, we are the experts and have pioneered HDR connectivity from the get go. That leads me to my next point.
AVProConnect has been designing products with HDR in mind for a long time - In fact our low cost 4x4 and 8x8 matrixes were the first on the PLANET to support HDR in the 10.2 Gbps format (trust us, if you have a budget job these are your best friends) and our AC-EX70-UHD extender has always supported HDR.
Now, what makes us really special is the fact that we can also offer you true 18Gbps HDR, 4K, 8K, etc, etc, etc...Our AUHD line is THE ONLY line of full 18Gbps products shipping today, it is what others are striving to get to and telling you they will have.... sometime. We have it now and are shipping it now, this means if you order it today you can have it tomorrow (or today if you're in South Dakota).
What about "going the distance"? Don't worry we have you covered there too. We feature distance HDMI cables and Fiber cables that "go the distance" on 18Gbps.
What about CAT5/6/7? HDBaseT? We are on it.... The HDBaseT alliance, which we are proud card carrying members of, has a solution coming soon. It uses a light compression algorithm called "DSC" or Display Stream Compression. Effectively, it can sense or understand what the input signal is (because when it comes to HDR there are several) and apply the proper compression. Equally as important, the receiving unit has to decompress it back to its original integrity (as well as it can). Why is this important? Most infrastructure is copper (CAT cable) and you HAVE to compress to get higher bandwidths down the pipe, it is just a limitation of copper PERIOD, if someone tells you they can run 18Gbps over CAT cable uncompressed...run. We will offer this DSC solution when it is available, and we will have it first. You can expect to start seeing working products using this new chip around March.
So - Now you understand that CAT cable will always use compression when it comes to higher bandwidth. We get asked all the time "why don't you out HDBaseT on your matrices?". The answer is simple; HDMI gives YOU the flexibility to run the necessary cabling no matter the bandwidth requirement. If you need fiber, run fiber. If you want to use a balun, use a balun (but know the limitations).
The perfect matrix for today's world. The AC-MX88-AUHD is so popular because it is the ultimate 18Gbps switch. You can manage the inputs and optimize the sources using EDID management and scale on the outputs (Each output has independent scalers) - This means that you can send full bandwidth to some displays, 10.2 Gbps 4K to some and even 1080P to some displays. All of this with included audio de-embedding, WebOS, and a full suite of drivers for Crestron, Control 4, Elan, RTI and more; this matrix will not leave you in the dark.
1. Enable HDR on the Display/Projector's - On most displays and projectors you have to "enable" HDR. Yes...Even the high end ones. What this effectively does is change the EDID structure of the panel or projector to "ask" for high bandwidth content. This is done by navigating the menu to "HDMI" settings, or "About" settings and turning it on. The terminology varies, but it is always relative to a specific HDMI input. We know that on some panels it is called "HDMI Deep Color" and others it is called "Extend HDMI". If you have a specific question on how to do this, we have the resources in out state of the art lab to provide you the correct info.
Do you need to go the distance with HDR?
We are working with cable manufactures to ensure our clients get cabling that can go up to 1000 feet and still hold that 18Gbps 4K60 (4:4:4) signal without any compression. Just tell us what you need to do and we can find you a solution from these cable companies below.