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December 10, 2010 8:25:00 PM

Hello,

My boss has given me the assignment of finding a solution to upgrade our current system. The way we use our current audio/visual system is to project (4) different feeds (DVD, VHS, Television, and one live feed from an outdoor camera) side by side on the wall simultaneously. What we are using now is an old Dell computer from the early 2000's with Windows XP that has a PCI muti-view Colorgraphic Predator Pro Media video card that has a (4) cable single doggle that connects to the graphics card and allows us to project the 4 feeds simultaneously using (4) ceiling mounted projectors. The card is no longer made and I can't seem to find anything comparable.

We originaly paid about $600 when we bought the Pro-Media card but now you can buy one on Ebay new for about $20. I was thinking that I could just build a new computer and buy the card on Ebay but the card dosen't work with Windows 7. My boss was against it anyway as he wants to buy a component that we can plug our feeds into like a home theatre A/V Receiver that can be operated with a remote control.

If anybody knows of a component like this, can you let me know?

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December 16, 2010 8:02:50 PM

What's your budget for this? Any A/V company can give you a pretty long list of devices that do this. A good clean solution will cost you, I worked on setting up a A/V system for a biotech company (did not do the work, I was outlining what we needed installed), the hardware for good signal quality with some features is not cheap.

You're looking for something like this http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat_id=3116&sku=4...
http://www.cablestogo.com/categories.asp?cat_id=8831004
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December 16, 2010 9:08:53 PM

Thank you for the replies!

My boss isn't afraid to pay the money to get what he wants - so price isn't the main concern.
Whats important is that the different feeds that go into the component be able to be simultaneously sent to the ceiling projectors so that the different feeds are projected side by side on the wall. For example one projected feed would be a live traffic camera, the feed on the wall next to it would be a cable TV feed, the next projected screen would be a DVD feed, and the last projection on the wall would be a VHS feed. We would also connect the component to an internal routed cable so that a feed could be sent to 6 other monitors in the building.

Thanks again for the replies!
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December 17, 2010 12:36:56 PM

What you want is doable, but needs some equipment. We had a setup to go to a ceiling projector, another ceiling 3D projector, a VCR and a Video Conference from one input. I don't recall the exact cost for our setup, I think between the hardware and cabeling it was around $23,000, maybe more (minus the projectors and TVs). Our main 3D projector was 20,000 alone. I know I signed for some invoices but they were smaller in the 1-2k range for support.
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December 17, 2010 1:41:49 PM

hang-the-9 said:
What you want is doable, but needs some equipment. We had a setup to go to a ceiling projector, another ceiling 3D projector, a VCR and a Video Conference from one input. I don't recall the exact cost for our setup, I think between the hardware and cabeling it was around $23,000, maybe more (minus the projectors and TVs). Our main 3D projector was 20,000 alone. I know I signed for some invoices but they were smaller in the 1-2k range for support.


Thanks hang-the-nine!

All the cabling, projectors, and monitors are in place, I just need the component that
will centralize and control the viewing operations.

Thanks alot for the replies! I have learned alot just from the links that
have been sent!
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December 18, 2010 4:38:02 PM

Best answer selected by Grizly87.
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