Distributing video in a home, office, bar, or restaurant used to mean one of two things - either modulate every video signal to a TV channel and suffer the low-grade picture quality, or pull a ton of bulky, expensive RG6 cable and wire it all up to a huge matrix router. Crestron's CNX-PVID8 video distribution switchers provide a better solution, combining the flexibility of several matrix routers with the simplicity of Crestron Home® CAT5 Video Distribution technology. Variable combinations of video and HDTV signals are easily configured to route a rack full of high-end video sources to television monitors, plasma displays, and video projectors throughout any facility.
Up to 32 Sources x Up to 32 Rooms
The CNX-PVID8X3 is a versatile video distribution switcher incorporating three 16 x 8 matrix switchers with Crestron's innovative CAT5 balanced interface in a compact 3-space rack mount chassis. The CNX-PVID8X3 is configurable to handle anywhere from 16 to 32 video inputs and distribute them to 8 remote room locations up to 750 feet away* over inexpensive CAT5E cable. Up to four CNX-PVID8X3's may be combined to handle as many as 32 rooms**. The inputs accept an assortment of composite, S-Video, and high-definition component sources.
Crestron Home® CAT5 Balanced Video
Crestron video distribution switchers are designed to provide maximum flexibility through the use of CAT5 balanced technology. Each CAT5 output port transmits up to three simultaneous signals based upon the selected input. For instance, a component signal utilizes the first, second, and third pairs to transmit the Y, Pb, and Pr components. Switching to an S-Video signal then utilizes just the first and second pairs to transmit S-Video's Y and C components. Composite utilizes only the first CAT5 pair. To maximize the performance of video over CAT5, adjustable video compensation is employed on each of the three video pairs. The fourth pair is not used.
Out of the box, the first three wire pairs of each CAT5 output correspond with the CNX-PVID8X3's three matrix levels. This configuration allows any of 16 inputs to accept any type of video source. Additional configurations are made possible through a simple internal jumper modification, permitting alternate configurations with up to 32 inputs (16 composite + 16 S-Video or composite) or 24 inputs (8 composite + 8 S-Video/composite + 8 component/S-Video/composite).
Room Solution Boxes
At each remote room location, one of Crestron's "Room Solution Boxes" must be connected to the local display device (television, plasma, etc.) to receive the CAT5 signal and serve as a local switcher. Models include the CNXRMC, CNXRMCLV, and C2N-DAP8RC (each sold separately). The room solution box automatically routes the incoming video signals to the appropriate inputs on the display device allowing the viewer to select any head end video source using a touchpanel, keypad or handheld remote. Operation is transparent to the end-user with all switching occurring smoothly under the command of the control system.
Extending the system's capabilities even further, the CNXRMCLV and C2N-DAP8RC boxes also support a "return" video signal over a second CAT5E cable allowing the signal from a local video source to be routed to the head-end for redistribution to other rooms. To enable this capability, one or more CNX-PBVR4 balanced video receivers must be included at the head end to convert the CAT5 return signals to standard RCA unbalanced, allowing each signal to be connected to any available input on the CNX-PVID8X3.
Alternate Conventional Outputs
In addition to the eight CAT5 outputs, the CNX-PVID8X3 also includes conventional RCA type unbalanced video outputs to allow for direct coaxial connections to video display devices. When using the unbalanced outputs, it should be observed that the CNX-PVID8X3 behaves like any other matrix or "system" switcher so that a separate output must be used for each type of video signal. In other words, routing composite, S-Video, and component signals to a single video projector without using a room solution box requires a total of three unbalanced video outputs. Also, the unbalanced outputs are functionally paralleled with the CAT5 outputs so that using a given unbalanced output might exclude the use of the corresponding CAT5 output for a given application.
Built-in Video Sensing
Video signal sensing on every input reports the presence of any active input signal to the control system to provide useful information about a device's power status, or to enable auto-switching capability.
Crestron's video distribution switchers work together with any 2-Series control system to provide an extensively customizable video distribution solution. Crestron's SystemBuilder software can make system programming a quick and simple task for most applications. And for advanced, highly-custom applications, every matrix crosspoint is independently programmable through Crestron's SIMPL Windows and SIMPL+® programming software.