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Barco switchers join the Dante network

Barco switchers join the Dante network

Barco switchers join the Dante network

A collaboration between Barco and Audinate has resulted in the creation of Barco’s first Dante-enabled presentation switcher. The recently introduced Barco PDS-4K switchers offer 4K processing and switching for smaller events in addition to boardrooms, auditoriums and other corporate environments. The switchers were initially designed to provide video switching capabilities, including eight 4K inputs and two 4K seamless mixing programme outputs. With the availability of the new Dante-enabling audio option card, PDS-4K users can now manage both digital audio and high-quality video from source to output through the same device.

The Dante-enabled PDS-4K audio and video presentation switcher reduces the complexity of the setup, replacing the multiple analogue or multicore cables and eliminating the need for extra audio switching equipment. The PDS option card has access to all outputs on the multi-audio channels and each output allows for its own independent audio-over-IP switching, allowing operators to broadcast different audio variations for the online streams or push translated audio to a break-out room. In addition, the audio option card functionality manages audio and video sync automatically by default. If required, however, the delay of the audio output can be manually changed to match the latency of the display and keep both the audio and video synchronised.

“The Dante solution has been adopted by many leading professional audio manufacturers, making it the industry standard for digital audio networking,” commented Barco’s director of image processing, Wouter Bonte. “It is used extensively in the live events industry in addition to broadcast, recording and production settings as well as communication systems. Having the PDS-4K upgraded with the Dante (de)embedding technology, will make our customers and partners get even more out of their Barco solution.”

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