64x64 DigitalMedia Switcher
Featuring I/O blades and redundant power supplies, the DM-MD64X64 provides ultimate reliability for massive, mission-critical projects. Supports 4K signal routing.
Crestron® DM® Switchers provide the foundation for a complete DigitalMedia system, delivering an advanced 4K ultra high-definition AV signal routing solution that's extremely flexible and installer-friendly. The DM-MD64X64 is a modular matrix switcher designed for large-scale projects demanding ultimate reliability. It delivers ultra fast signal routing and pure, lossless distribution of HDMI® and other signals to support all the Blu-ray Disc® players, HDTV receivers, digital media servers, computers, cameras, and display devices that fill any modern facility. DigitalMedia thoughtfully manages all of the disparate AV signals and devices to deliver a transparent user experience, and ensure an optimum video image and audio signal at every location.
Featuring a scalable blade-based design, the DM-MD64X64 affords maximum input and output count in a condensed 14U rack-mountable chassis. The DM-MD64X64 is field-configurable to handle up to 64 inputs and 64 outputs, supporting HDMI, HDBaseT®, analog audio, and all types of DigitalMedia 8G signals. Through a selection of hot-swappable input and output blades, and a variety of DM 8G® transmitters and receivers, the DM-MD64X64 allows extensive connectivity throughout a commercial or residential facility, supporting a wide range of signal types all through one switcher!
Integrated Ethernet networking and USB distribution provide a complete connectivity solution combined with built-in Crestron control for managing the displays and other room devices without necessitating any additional wiring. Hot-swappable redundant power supplies and advanced system-wide monitoring ensure continuous, dependable operation for mission-critical applications. User-friendly operation, setup, and troubleshooting tools are provided through the front panel touch screen or Web browser interface to make setting up a complete multiroom 4K video distribution system easy.
4K Ultra HD
Crestron DigitalMedia continues to advance the standard for digital AV signal distribution, delivering the world’s first end-to-end 4K system solution. From day one, the DM-MD64X64 was designed to meet the extreme bandwidth requirements for handling 4K and Ultra HD video signals. Support for 4K video also ensures support for the latest generation of computers and monitors with native resolutions beyond 1080p and WUXGA.
As the leader in HDMI and control system technologies, Crestron developed DigitalMedia (DM) to deliver the first complete HD AV distribution system to take HDMI to a higher level. DigitalMedia allows virtually any mix of HDMI and other AV sources to be distributed throughout a room, building, or campus. The latest generation of DM is called DigitalMedia 8G (DM 8G). Engineered for ultra high-bandwidth and ultimate scalability, DM 8G provides a true one-wire lossless transport for moving high-definition video, audio, Ethernet, and control signals over a choice of low-cost twisted pair or fiber optic cable.
DM 8G handles uncompressed Full HD 1080p, Ultra HD, 2K, and 4K video signals with support for 3D, Deep Color, and HDCP. Audio capabilities include support for high-bitrate 7.1 audio formats like Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio as well as uncompressed linear PCM. All signals are transported over one CAT type twisted pair cable or one strand of multimode or single-mode fiber. DM 8G enables wire distances up to 330 feet (100 m) via DM 8G+ (DM 8G over twisted pair copper wire)[1,4,7], 1000 feet (300 m) via DM 8G Fiber (DM 8G over multimode fiber)[5,7], or 7.5 miles (12 km) via DM 8G SM Fiber (DM 8G over single-mode fiber)[6,7].
Crestron DigitalMedia 8G+ technology is designed using HDBaseT Alliance specifications, ensuring interoperability with other HDBaseT certified products. Via DM 8G+, the DM-MD64X64 can be connected directly to an HDBaseT compliant device without requiring a DM transmitter or receiver. HDBaseT connectivity through the DM-MD64X64 converges uncompressed Full HD and 4K digital video, audio, Ethernet, power, and control signals through a single CAT5e or CAT6 cable.[1,4]
The DM-MD64X64 features a modular architecture with 8 input blade slots and 8 output blade slots. Each blade slot on the DM-MD64X64 is field-installable, allowing for easy and flexible system configuration with the ability to make changes to the system as needs change. The input and output blades are hot-swappable to facilitate servicing without shutting down the whole switcher. I/O blades are offered to support the choice of HDMI, HDBaseT, analog audio, DM 8G+, DM 8G Fiber, and DM 8G Single-Mode Fiber. Each blade provides eight inputs or outputs of any one type. 
Handling high-definition digital media means handling HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), the encryption scheme that content providers use to protect their DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and broadcast signals against unauthorized copying. Viewing HDCP encrypted content requires a source device to "authenticate" each display and signal processor in the system and issue it a "key" before the content can be viewed. Ordinarily this causes a complete loss of signal for up to 15 seconds each time a new source or display is selected anywhere in the system. To make matters worse, every source device has a limited number of keys available, so connect too many displays and the source will simply stop outputting a signal without warning.
Not to worry — Crestron QuickSwitch HD manages the keys for every HDCP-compliant device in the system, maintaining continuous authentication for each device to ensure fast, reliable routing of any source to any number of display devices.
Crestron Auto-Locking Technology enables super fast signal switching by instantaneously configuring every device in the signal path as soon as the signal hits the first device. Whether switching between sources or TV channels, Auto-Locking significantly reduces the time it takes each device to sense the new signal and configure itself to handle the changes, virtually eliminating any noticeable gap while switching.
EDID Format Management
With all of today's varied AV sources comes a multitude of confusing video and audio formats to keep track of, and chances are not every device in your system supports all of the same formats. Such conflicts can wreak havoc any time you route one source to more than one display or audio component. The Blu-ray player that's feeding your 1080p projector in the theater may restrict itself to a lower resolution, or even shut off completely, if someone decides to view the same signal on a 20" TV in another room. And, instead of enjoying your theater's incredible 7.1 surround sound, you may find yourself limited to 5.1 or even plain old stereo.
DigitalMedia eliminates such conflicts by managing the EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) that modern digital devices use to communicate their capabilities. Through the DM-MD64X64, the format and resolution capabilities of each device can be assessed, allowing the installer to configure EDID appropriately for the most desirable and predictable behavior.
A Scaler for Every Display
Scaling capability can be added to any DM system using select DM receivers with built in high-definition scalers. By placing an independent high-performance scaler at every display device, DigitalMedia truly delivers the most flexible and user-friendly solution for routing multiple disparate sources to many different display devices. This "Distributed Scaler Approach" ensures an optimal image on every screen no matter what sources are selected. Distributed scaling allows a high-res computer source to be viewed on any display in the building. It also allows a high-definition 3D source to be viewed on lower-resolution 2D displays without compromising the original signal, letting you share your theater's full HD 1080p 3D image with smaller, lesser displays in other rooms.
Built-in Ethernet Switch
In addition to transporting digital video and audio, DigitalMedia can also extend 10/100 Ethernet out to each display and source device via select DM receivers and transmitters, providing high-speed connectivity for any room device that requires a LAN connection. Ethernet is also utilized internally by the Crestron control bus to manage all of the DM devices in the system and provide display control in each room. Through its Gigabit Ethernet port, the DM-MD64X64 provides a single-point connection to a corporate LAN or home network, requiring just one IP address for the complete DM system including all connected DM receivers and transmitters.
Along with video, audio, and Ethernet, DigitalMedia also provides for the routing of USB HID (Human Interface Device) signals, allowing a USB HID compliant keyboard and/or mouse at one location to control a computer or media server in another location, whether just across the room or in another building. USB HID connectivity is provided through select DM receivers and transmitters.
Crestron also offers USB extenders to enable the routing of virtually any type of USB peripheral to any host device, all managed through the DigitalMedia system. Connect a USB over Ethernet Extender host module (USB-EXT-DM-LOCAL) to each computer, media server, game system, annotator, and any other host that you want to control or communicate with. Then, install a device module (USB-EXT-DM-REMOTE) at every display location to connect keyboards, mice, game controllers, whiteboards, flash drives, cameras, and mobile devices. Every module communicates with the DM switcher over the local Ethernet network or via a direct connection to the LAN port of a DM transmitter or receiver.
CEC Embedded Device Control
The primary objective of every Crestron system is to enable precisely the control desired for a seamless user experience. DigitalMedia provides an alternative to conventional IR and RS-232 device control by harnessing the CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) signal embedded in HDMI. Through its connection to the control system, the DM-MD64X64 provides a gateway for controlling many devices right through their HDMI connections, potentially eliminating the need for any dedicated control wires or IR emitters. Through proper CEC signal management, DigitalMedia allows you to take control of each device as you like.
Touch Screen Front Panel
Simplified setup and operation of the DM-MD64X64 is provided through a large 15" color touch screen. Through its user-friendly graphical interface, the touch screen enables the routing of AV signals with the ability to view resolution and format information for every input and output signal, and even preview a live video image of any input. Configuration and diagnostics capabilities include monitoring of the status for each i/o blade, fan tray and power supply, configuration of Ethernet settings, and updating of the firmware for all connected devices.
Web Browser Control
The DM-MD64X64 also includes a built-in Web server, enabling full operation and monitoring through any networked computer with a Web browser. Password protection prevents unauthorized access to this feature.
Hot-Swappable Redundant Power Supplies
The DM-MD64X64 delivers enhanced reliability for mission critical applications, employing hot-swappable redundant power supplies to ensure continuous operation throughout the life of the system. Each of its two onboard power supplies has a demonstrated MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of over a half million hours, and in the unlikely event of an individual power supply fault, the switcher will continue to operate unhindered on only one power supply. Clear indication of such a fault is provided on the unit's front panel, and the power supplies can even be remotely monitored via a control system touch screen, mobile device, or Crestron Fusion RV® Remote Asset Management Software. A modular hot-swappable plug-in design allows either supply to be replaced in seconds without ever shutting down the switcher or removing it from the equipment rack.
Please refer to the DigitalMedia Resources Webpage at http://www.crestron.com/dmresources/ for additional design tools and reference documents.
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, AIR, Auto-Locking, CresFiber, DigitalMedia, DigitalMedia 8G, DigitalMedia 8G+, DM, DM 8G, DM 8G+, Fusion RV, and QuickSwitch HD are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Crestron Electronics, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Blu-ray Disc is either a trademark or registered trademark of the Blu-ray Disc Association in the United States and/or other countries. Dolby and Dolby Digital are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories in the United States and/or other countries. DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio, and the DTS logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of DTS, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. HDBaseT and the HDBaseT Alliance logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of the HDBaseT Alliance in the United States and/or other countries. HDMI and the HDMI Logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC 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. 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.
|Commercial Integrator BEST Awards|
The Commercial Integrator BEST Awards recognize superior products and services that help Commercial Integrator readers run their businesses better and be more profitable. A panel of industry members, including editors of Commercial Integrator magazine and top integrators, selected the winners in each category.
Crestron won three 1st place awards:
Video Distribution Systems 64X64 DigitalMedia Switcher
Motorized Window Treatments Crestron Automated Shades
Networking & Storage 64X64 DigitalMedia Switcher
|SCN Installation Products Awards|
The SCN/InfoComm Installation Product Awards showcase the most innovative commercial AV Products of 2013. InfoComm International and NewBay Media created this award to recognize excellence in the integration of audio, video, control and networking products in the installation market.
The following Crestron products were first place winners:
Most Innovative Video Signal Management Product
Most Innovative AV Control Hardware for Commercial Installation
Last Updated: Sep 12, 2014