Arista Corporation has announced a partnership that will streamline system cabling for audio-visual setups by delivering the industry’s first combined 4K video and multichannel audio over a single fibre or CAT-6 cable solution.
This unique solution—identified as the IP Flash Caster Combo for 4K Video and Multichannel Audio—uses Arista’s IP flash caster SDVoE products for 4K HDMI or SDI video and NetworkSound’s Mamba Audio over IP via a single CAT-6 or fibre cable to deliver pristine 4K video and professional quality multichannel audio.
Installers who want to transport video and multichannel audio use two or more fibre/CAT-6 lines to carry video and audio on different cables. The combined Arista and Mamba Audio solution employs a single cable to deliver both 4K video and up to 64 x 64 channels of audio. With the combination of video, audio, and Ethernet control on a single cable and nicely housed in a 3U carry-on rackmount case, the IP Flash Caster Combo for 4K Video and Multichannel Audio offers an ideal, streamlined solution for both AV installers and event production professionals to quickly establish a very capable AV setup.
The entire system is Plug & Play by simply connecting power and the Fiber/CAT-6 cable between the units. The audio system’s Dsub to XLR/TRS break-out cables provide a seamless solution for directing multiple audio channels to one’s audio equipment.
The IP Flash Caster Combo for 4K Video and Multichannel Audio incorporates a wealth of features. ON the video side of the equation, Arista’s IP Flash Caster products facilitate broadcast quality scaling, the ability to display adaptive scaling in 1xn signal distribution and facilitate true seamless switching in nxm signal switching. Further, the equipment provides Adaptive Clock Re-Synchronisation (ACR), colour space conversion, frame rate conversion, the choice of multi-view, PIP, and PAP, and video wall processing. IP Flash Caster products also incorporate USB, RS-232, IR Extension and Switching options and provide Ethernet control over a 10GbE network switch.
Paul Shu, President of Arista Corporation, commented: “Whether for installed applications or live event production, the ability to transport both 4K video and multichannel audio in an efficient manner has been a challenge.
Audio specifications include support for 16×16 channels up to 64×64 channels at 24 bits/48K, with a 1RU form factor for up to 16×16 channels and a 3RU form factor for 48×48 and 64×64 audio channels. The system supports line level inputs and outputs with the ability to use external microphone preamps for mic inputs. The system uses high-quality AKM audio converters, provides plug & play operation, and the use of standard D-Sub connectors for analogue audio in and out.
Paul added: “This partnership product offering with NetworkSound takes the guesswork out of the equation and streamlines the cabling process—with both picture and sound travelling down a single cable. The combination of Arista’s IP Flash Caster with NetworkSound’s Mamba Audio over IP creates a very capable, efficient, and intuitive solution to what has been a vexing issue for many integrators and live event production professionals.”