AV System Guide: A Matrix Switcher’s Part in Displaying Content
We rely on audio-visual systems for everyday life, with many of us needing them in our businesses, entertainment venues, conference rooms, and so much more! But have you considered the systems at play when you see an AV set-up? If the answer is no, you’re in the right place.
At DEXON, we make it a habit to ensure that you know the ins and outs of AV systems before you invest, so you can understand and appreciate the true value of your technology. To help you gain a more comprehensive understanding of the content display processes, we’ll be focusing on matrix switchers today, specifically, their role in video wall systems.
In this article, we define matrix switchers and explain their main responsibilities, as well as their key benefits, where they’re used, and where you can find your perfect matrix switcher.
So, whether you’re a total AV genius or you’re just starting out, we’ve got you covered!
What is a matrix switcher?
Before we explain the exact role of a matrix switcher, let’s discuss what exactly a matrix switcher is. Matrix switchers are an all-in-one control box that processes and switches different input and output signals. This system is a must-have for all demanding AV projects and allows users to amalgamate many functions into a single control box, limiting the amount of equipment that needs transporting and setting up.
A matrix switcher allows users to create dynamic and sophisticated displays by processing multiple input signals and controlling different screens, meaning that users can communicate high volumes of information with total ease!
Digital matrix switchers can work collaboratively with other technology, such as video wall controllers and video wall processors to create complex displays with different effects, quality, mitigation tactics and so much more!
There are several different chassis available on our website for you to choose from. It’s important to choose the correct chassis, as these will depend on the size of your video wall:
- 4RU: Configurations from 4×4 to 16×16
- 7RU: Configurations from 16×16 to 32×32
- 14RU: Configurations from 32×32 to 172×44
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What is the main responsibility of a matrix switcher?
So, now you know what a matrix switcher is, let’s discuss what it does. The main responsibility of a matrix switcher when displaying content is to help users navigate video walls. Video walls are a collection of monitors that work together to behave as a single surface.
With the help of video wall technology, such as a matrix switcher, users can command monitor screens to work independently of the rest of the surface, meaning that users can display different snippets of information from a single source. Video walls can come in a range of sizes, from 2×2 all the way to 172×44 in configuration. The sum total resolution of the video wall is the total of each monitor’s individual resolution.
We provide a large stock of highly modular matrix switchers, so you’ll be able to find a switcher that’s perfect for the size of your personal video wall!
As the name suggests, the key function of a matrix switcher is to switch between input signals seamlessly; however, the opportunities don’t stop there. Matrix switchers are also capable of scaling up and down, cropping, crossing, and converting content all from a single box.
Another key responsibility of a matrix switcher is to make the user’s life much easier with streamlined layout management. A matrix switcher allows users to recall their previous layouts, so you can save time and effort when next setting up your video wall.
This is especially beneficial if you’ve previously found the perfect video wall layout, as you won’t need to worry about not being able to replicate this in the future!
Where do we use a matrix switcher?
One of the best things about matrix switchers is that users have full control over where they choose to use them. We’re not in the business of putting you into a box, so you have full freedom to customize your own matrix switcher operation. However, there are some settings that we do recommend using a matrix switcher to optimize your operations. Here’s a guide:
We always recommend using a video wall matrix switcher in an educational environment. This is because you can transform boring lectures into dynamic displays with the built-in effects of a matrix switcher. This can help you improve classroom engagement, distribute higher volumes of information and turn a lesson into a high-production value experience!
One of the key benefits of a matrix switcher is that they allow users to connect to devices via a wireless network. This is extremely useful for surveillance settings, as users can connect their matrix switcher to all of their cameras and display their content on a video wall.
Users can manage their layout and assign different cameras to individual monitors, allowing users to have a bird’s eye view of all of their entrances and exits in a building.
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Improving the communication of information is one of the matrix switcher’s specialties, so they’re super useful in traditionally chaotic and confusing environments like transport settings.
With a video wall matrix switcher, you can control different screens to display different information while still providing all information from a single source. This means that commuters won’t need to scramble to locate individual screens for their departure or arrival times.
Control rooms are probably one of the most popular places to use a matrix switcher. This is because matrixes allow users to quickly and seamlessly switch between input signals showing different snippets of information.
Having this ability is essential in a control room as this is a time and mission-critical environment that relies on the seamless and efficient distribution of information. Therefore, a DEXON matrix switcher is a must-have for emergency services, security, and business control rooms!
We hope you now feel more prepared to start using a digital matrix switcher to begin transforming your content displays. Make sure you check out each of our DEXON matrix switchers that come complete with an application area guide.
This can help you make the best and most informed decision on which applications are best for your video walls.