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DGE-2

Digital Graphics Engine w/HDMI® and DigitalMedia™ CAT Connectivity

A graphics engine for Crestron® V-Panel™ touch screens, the DGE-2 supports advanced touch screen performance, with dual video windows and extensive connectivity for high-definition digital and analog sources.


Click here for a quick compatibility cross reference between DGE-1, DGE-2 and V-Panels.

Designed for use with a Crestron® V-Panel™ HD Touch Screen Display[1,2], the DGE-2 Digital Graphics Engine allows for a very streamlined touch screen installation by placing the bulk of the electronics out of sight at the central equipment location. Mounted within an equipment rack, the DGE-2 connects directly to the head end AV sources, switchers, and control network, while the touch screen display can be up to 300 feet (91 meters) away with just a single cable between them[3].

The DGE-2 delivers the ultimate touch screen experience with advanced high-definition Smart Graphics™, high-performance H.264 streaming video, Rava™ SIP Intercom[4], onboard multimedia and Web browsing, audio feedback, and built-in annotation. Extensive connectivity is provided for displaying HD video from external AV and computer sources via HDMI®, DigitalMedia™, Ethernet, and various analog connections. Support for HDCP ensures complete compatibility with today's digital sources!

Smart Graphics™
Crestron touch screens use Smart Graphics to deliver the ultimate user experience and the ultimate value by enabling the creation of dynamically rich user interfaces with incredible efficiency and unparalleled functionality. Using Smart Graphics, programmers can swiftly integrate fluid gesture-driven controls, animated feedback, metadata, embedded apps, and full-motion video for a deeply engaging and ultra-intuitive touch screen experience.

Crestron Smart Graphics include the following enhancements:

  • Cool-looking graphical buttons, sliders, knobs, and gauges are intuitive and fun to use.
  • Kinetic effects enhance the feeling of realism with lists and toolbars that scroll with momentum at the flick of a fingertip.
  • Drag-and-drop objects snap into place offering an easy way to switch sources.
  • Dashboard widgets personalize the touch screen with clocks, weather, news, and other information.
  • Customizable themes allow a completely different look and feel for every user, event, or season.
  • Fully-developed SmartObjects™ enable sophisticated control over complex devices with minimal programming.

Embedded PC Applications
The DGE-2 provides everything you need to enjoy online music and videos, browse the Internet, and even review digital documents, all on your touch screen display without a separate computer. With Microsoft® Internet Explorer® embedded, you have full access to the entire World Wide Web including sites that use Flash® or Java®. Windows Media® Player ensures broad compatibility for playing most types of digital media. Adobe® Acrobat® Reader and Microsoft PowerPoint®, Word, and Excel® document viewers complete the online experience, allowing you to download and view documents and presentations.

In addition, VNC Viewer support delivers enhanced cross-platform interaction with computers over the network or Internet, allowing remote access and control of desktop applications to unleash a host of possibilities for system integration and multimedia presentation.

HD Streaming Video
High-definition streaming video capability makes it possible to view security cameras and other video sources over the network right on the touch screen. Native support for H.264 and MJPEG formats allows the DGE-2 to display live streaming video from an IP camera, a streaming server (Crestron CEN-NVS200[1] or similar), a DigitalMedia switcher, or a Capture HD® system. And, through its embedded Web browser and media player, it supports a wide variety of other streaming and downloadable video formats, enabling access to all kinds of content from media servers and Web sites like YouTube® and Netflix®[5].

HDMI® and Analog Video
In addition to handling streaming video, the DGE-2 also provides extensive connectivity for more conventional types of sources including HDMI. The DGE-2 can simultaneously generate two fully-scalable, full-motion video windows, each supporting SD or HD video and high-resolution computer signals from external digital and analog sources.

Input connections include two HDMI, two RGB, and two multi-format analog video. The HDMI inputs support digital HD sources including HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort Multimode[6]. The RGB inputs handle high-resolution analog VGA computer sources, and the multi-format video inputs accept analog composite, S-Video, and component HD video sources. External audio signals are handled by the HDMI inputs, and by a single analog line input.

HDCP Support
Industry-leading support for HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) ensures seamless compatibility with content-protected DVD, Blu-ray Disc®, digital HDTV, and multimedia computer sources.

Rava™ SIP Intercom[4]
Rava SIP Intercom Technology enables VoIP communication between any two Rava-enabled Crestron touch screens. Rava works over Ethernet, supporting 2-way intercom, video intercom[7], and paging without requiring any special wiring. VoIP phone capability is also possible through integration with an SIP-compatible IP phone system or SIP server.

The DGE-2 also supports legacy Crestron IP Intercom and Crestron Home® (CH) CAT5 wired intercom. Crestron IP Intercom enables compatibility with older Crestron touch screens that do not support Rava. CH CAT5 wired intercom provides compatibility with the C2N-IADS30X24[1] and other CH CAT5 based switchers and processors.

Keyboard/Mouse Options
On-screen keyboard and mouse capabilities enable complete control of the DGE-2's embedded Web browser and other applications, and can also be used to control computers running TouchPoint® Virtual Mouse & Keyboard Software (VMK-WIN). USB ports are also provided on the front and rear of the DGE-2, and on some V-Panel displays[1], allowing for the connection of a physical keyboard and mouse.

Real-Time Annotation
Whether conducting a high-level boardroom meeting, training seminar, or watching sports in your home theater, annotation helps put the fine point on any presentation. Native to the DGE-2, annotation provides the ability to illustrate your thoughts on-the-fly, letting you draw and write over high-definition video and computer images, and sketch out ideas on a whiteboard screen, without leaving the podium or your favorite chair while other viewers watch on the big screen.

Remote Annotation
Remote annotation capability allows multiple touch screen users to draw with their fingertips over the same video image or whiteboard screen, enabling enhanced interaction between several participants in a courtroom, classroom, or council chamber.

Presentation Output
Through its HDMI output, or via a DigitalMedia system, the DGE-2 allows the touch screen image to be sent to additional display devices, allowing videos, PowerPoint presentations, annotation, and other on-screen media to be shared with a live audience.

DigitalMedia™
DigitalMedia (DM®) connectivity opens up new ways to configure a touch screen control system. For instance, using a DM switcher such as the DM-MD8X8[1], multiple touch screens can be connected to a single DGE-2, providing a simple, cost-effective way for multiple participants to view and control the same graphical interface. DigitalMedia also provides a versatile means for distributing touch screen content to a larger audience, routing the DGE-2's DM output to feed additional video displays and sound equipment.

V-Panel Connectivity
The DGE-2 features a DM CAT type output, supporting the direct connection to a V-Panel touch screen model V12 or V15[1]. It can also connect to any DM switcher or receiver equipped with a DM CAT input. A single DigitalMedia cable carries all video, audio, Ethernet, USB, control, and power signals up to 300 ft (91 m) between the V-Panel and DGE-2.[2,3]

The DGE-2 is also compatible with the V24R-C series of V-Panel 24" HD Touch Screen Displays[1]. A DigitalMedia 8G+™ transmitter (DM-TX-201-C or equivalent)[1] provides the interface between the DGE-2's HDMI output and the DM 8G+™ input of a V24R-C. Alternately, when feeding a V24R-C display through a DM switcher, the DM 8G+ transmitter is not required.

The DGE-2 is also compatible with the TSD-2020 V-Panel 20” HD Touch Screen Display[1]. The TSD-2020 can be connected directly to the DGE-2 via HDMI and USB, or through a DigitalMedia CAT Receiver (DM-RMC-100 or DM-RMC-100-1[1]) for longer wire runs.

Key Features

  • Touch screen graphics and HD video processing for V-Panels™
  • Also compatible with third-party touch screens[2]
  • High-definition 24-bit color graphics
  • Smart Graphics™ support
  • Onboard PC applications for Web browsing, playing digital media, and viewing digital documents
  • VNC viewer for remotely accessing and controlling external computers
  • Native H.264 streaming video display
  • Dual-window, full-motion HD video display
  • Allows touch screen viewing of HDCP protected content
  • Handles video sources up to HD 1080p60
  • Handles high-res computer up to UXGA/WUXGA
  • HDMI®, RGB, composite, S-Video, and component video inputs
  • Presentation output via HDMI or DigitalMedia™
  • Built-in annotation
  • Customizable audio feedback
  • Rava™ SIP intercom and phone technology[4]
  • Crestron® IP intercom and wired analog intercom capability[4]
  • HDMI output allows direct connection to a third-party display or touch screen[2]
  • Audio input and output via HDMI, DM®, and balanced line-level
  • Crestron Home® (CH) CAT5 bidirectional audio port
  • USB keyboard/mouse ports
  • Onscreen keyboard and mouse capability
  • High-Speed Ethernet and Cresnet®
  • One-wire DigitalMedia connection to V-Panel or DM switcher[2,3]
  • Two space rack-mountable

Notes:

  1. Item(s) sold separately.
  2. The V-Panel touch screen must be equipped with a DM CAT type interface for direct connection to the DGE-2. V-Panel touch screens having a DM 8G+ type interface may be connected to the DGE-2 through a DM 8G+ transmitter (DM-TX-201-C) or DigitalMedia switcher. Other touch screens may be connected directly to the DGE-2 via HDMI and USB, or remotely through a DM CAT receiver (DM-RMC-100 or DM-RMC-100-1) or DigitalMedia switcher. Contact your Crestron representative for additional design assistance.
  3. For DigitalMedia CAT wiring, use DM-CBL DigitalMedia Cable. Maximum cable length is 300 ft (91 m). A single DM CAT Repeater (Model (Model DM-DR) is required for lengths over 150 ft (45 m). All wire, cables, and repeaters sold separately. Refer to the Crestron DigitalMedia Design Guide, Doc. #4546 for DM system design guidelines.
  4. Supports Rava SIP Intercom, as well as legacy IP Intercom and wired analog intercom. Supports push-to-talk mode only. Hands-free mode is not supported. Intercom is only supported using a V-Panel model V12 or V15. For Rava or IP Intercom, the V-Panel must connect directly to the DGE-2 via DM CAT with no repeaters or switchers in line.
  5. Accessing Netflix content requires an active Netflix account. See www.netflix.com for details.
  6. HDMI requires an appropriate adapter or interface cable to accommodate a DVI or DisplayPort Multimode signal. CBL-HD-DVI interface cables available separately.
  7. H.264 compatible IP camera required.

This product may be purchased from an authorized Crestron dealer. To find a dealer, please contact the Crestron sales representative for your area. A list of sales representatives is available online at www.crestron.com/salesreps or by calling 800-237-2041.

The specific patents that cover Crestron products are listed online at: patents.crestron.com.

Crestron, the Crestron logo, Capture HD, CresCAT, Cresnet, Crestron Home, DigitalMedia, DigitalMedia 8G+, DM, DM 8G+, DMNet, Rava, Smart Graphics, SmartObjects, TouchPoint, V-Panel, and V-Panels are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Crestron Electronics, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. 3M is either a trademark or registered trademark of 3M Company in the United States and/or other countries. Acrobat, Adobe, and Flash are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Blu-ray Disc is either a trademark or registered trademark of Blu-ray Disc Association in the United States and/or other countries. Compaq is either a trademark or registered trademark of Compaq Trademark B.V. in the United States and /or other countries. Elo is either a trademark or registered trademark of Elo Touch Solutions, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. YouTube is either a trademark or registered trademark of Google Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. HDMI is either a trademark or registered trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and/or other countries. HP is either a trademark or registered trademark of Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. and HPQ Holdings, LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Excel, Internet Explorer, Microsoft, PowerPoint, and Windows Media are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Netflix is either a trademark or registered trademark of Netflix, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Java is either a trademark or registered trademark of Oracle America, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. PQ Labs is either a trademark or registered trademark of PQ Labs Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. SD and SDHC are either trademarks or registered trademarks of SD-3C, LLC in the United States and/or other countries. CyberTouch is either a trademark or registered trademark of Transparent Devices, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other trademarks, registered trademarks, and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography. Specifications are subject to change without notice. ©2014 Crestron Electronics, Inc.

Last Updated: Feb 24, 2014

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