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gchambers

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Multi output player that works with MS
« on: March 16, 2015, 11:26:06 AM »
All,
I am looking for a media player that will work with the MS software that has 4 outputs.  The mediabox 300 player can drive 2 to 3 but I need something that can drive 4 at 1080p.  Any recommendations?

criley

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Re: Multi output player that works with MS
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2015, 01:21:05 PM »
All the same content or different content for each screen?

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Re: Multi output player that works with MS
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2015, 03:33:23 PM »
The ability to display different content on each screen...

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Re: Multi output player that works with
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2015, 06:21:56 PM »
The only reason to have one player is if you're going to have content stretched across all 4 monitors. You could do it with three players but syncing can be tricky but not impossible. I have not tried it, so I'm not sure if it is possible to utilize multiple video cards with the player. It's very hard to give advice on setup as there are more variables that play rather than just a simple answer. When I give my answer, I assume the user has the screens right next to the players and there is nothing in between. It's important to note this because your requirements may need multiple appliances that may require something completely different than what I recommend. Idealy, having one player per screen would be best as you would have at least one redundant system, meaning if one player goes down, you could piggyback off another player until you get the other one fixed.

Now if you have a rather large budget...I would try the Matrox C680 card in a workstation that you build. This card can push out content to up to 6 monitors. They have a 4 monitor unit, but it's less than the current res specs of MS to get you the 4 screens. So for this card, it will run you about $650. Matrox has been the industry leader for video wall systems. The CPU doesn't need to be a beast, but you need to make sure you have a power unit stong enough to run the card with the rest of the system.
« Last Edit: March 16, 2015, 09:32:38 PM by criley »

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Re: Multi output player that works with MS
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2015, 12:10:29 AM »
Thanks Criley...
The screens would be physically together and the content would be designed to span the screens but not all the time.  The client that I am working with right now doesn't really have the space for a workstation and does not have a budget for 4 media player boxes. Theoretically, I could have 2 boxes and have each one span 2 screens but timing could be an issue if I needed to sync some content together.
The size of the media player boxes are attractive so I wish MS had an offering that was between a dedicated workstation and the media players.  Anyway, I will update this post once I find a player that fits the bill.

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Re: Multi output player that works with MS
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2015, 04:58:04 PM »
Double check the max resolution for a media signage layout. It does not support four 1080 screens side by side.

We run three screen using aftermarket video cards. Two Screens we use the NUC.
4 screens plus I use a video wall controller.

 

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