Miamisburg, Ohio — Drake is now shipping its DSE 2 Plus dual multiplexing encoder, which combines encoding and QAM modulation capabilities within a single stand-alone unit, thereby simplifying HD video distribution. Specifically designed to support digital signage applications, the company said the DSE 2 Plus also brings value to a variety of other applications within the house of worship, education, healthcare, government, and hospitality markets.
Leveraging the bandwidth savings provided by the multiplexing capability of the DSE 2 Plus, users can deliver twice as much content at half the bandwidth.
The DSE 2 Plus digitally encodes two uncompressed HDMI, high-resolution component video or VGA inputs to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4/H.264, and then uses an internal multiplexing QAM modulator and low-noise upconverter to enable distribution of two HD programs over existing legacy fiber and coaxial networks.
Leveraging the bandwidth savings provided by the multiplexing capability of the DSE 2 Plus, users can deliver twice as much content at half the bandwidth. This enables users to tap into existing networks of digital HD displays to provide informational video, revenue-generating advertising, or promotional content in a vibrant high- definition format while conserving valuable bandwidth on the network.
The Drake DSE 2 Plus dual multiplexing encoder receives high-resolution component video, VGA, or HDMI from two separate sources and encodes these inputs to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4/H.264 at resolutions of up to 1080i. Audio is encoded to Dolby Digital or the MPEG-1 Audio Layer II compression format. Support for closed-captioning ensures the continued accessibility of captioned content I(meeting government mandates).
The encoder’s GUI-based remote network control and monitoring lets users configure and adjust parameters either via an Ethernet connection or by directly connecting a laptop to the Ethernet port on site. While the system is offered as a rack-mount unit, a desktop configuration is also available as an option.
The encoder will be on display in the Drake booth N1763 at InfoComm 2014, June 18-20 in Las Vegas.