Video & Audio HDMI Media Player
Video & Audio HDMI Media Player.
There are hundreds of media players on the market (Roku, Apple TV, Boxee, Goggle TV, etc). Ours is the first designed to be simple to integrate in your system. While the competition is pushing proprietary solutions that try to lock your customer into one brand or ecosystem, we use open source community developed media players that support everything on the internet and in your home. Then to complete the solution we add customized software and hardware for each supported control system, simplifying your install and making it work the way YOU want it to.
VRX series also supports Netplay video and audio live streaming solutions. NetPlay AV allows you to distribute live content protected HDMI content across your standard Ethernet home network. This next generation technology will completely replace HDMI matrix switching, delivering new features, flexibility, and an integrated user experience.
Video Storm Netplay streaming media players make your installation headache free and give your customers access to more live, stored, and cloud media than anyone else.
Netplay AV features
Live HDMI video streaming via any standard IP network.
- Live HDMI (HDCP) streaming over your local 100Mbps network
- Cat5, single coax, or even wireless
- Unmanaged switches are ok for most installations
- Unlimited scalability. Build the exact solution you need and add
sources or TVs at any time.
- One encoder per HDMI source (VTX100 is our NetPlay encoder solution)
- One decoder per TV (VRX010 is our NetPlay decoder solution)
- Support for inexpensive 3rd party sources such as HDHomeRun cable / terrestrial sources and IP cameras
- Supports all video formats up to 1080p60 with optional 3D
- Supports all major audio formats (DTS, Dolby, AES, PCM, etc)
- Video automatically scaled and/or deinterlaced at each decoder
- TV never has to resync
- Every TV always receives the highest resolution possible
- Best audio stream automatically selected or downmixed at each decoder
- Simulataeous support for multichannel and stereo
- Audio return channel supported via IP: Play audio from your TVs app via your centralized audio system
- Play up to 4 streams at once on your TV (2x2 video grid)
- Fully sychronized customizable video wall support (up to 64 displays)
- Stream live video directly to mobile devices and some smart TVs
- Play any media files stored in NAS libraries
- CEC, IR, and RS232 control at each TV via VRX010
- Advanced Bluray codec for the highest video quality
- VRX010 also incorporates all the streaming audio functionality from NBX010
Preview video (low resolution for web streaming, NetPlay is 1080p with no visibile artifacts)
Home automation features
Ethernet control features allow external control of matrix switches, your TV, and XBMC by supported control systems or mobile apps.
- Ethernet to RS232: Control any CMX or VMX matrix switch from VRX using our IOS apps
- Ethernet to CEC: Control your TV via Ethernet using CEC built into the HDMI connection
- Ethernet to XBMC: Control XBMC via Ethernet
- Ethernet to IR: Control any external IR device (such as TV, receivers, etc) from supported control systems
- IR to Ethernet: Send local IR commands back to supported control systems
- Ethernet to GUI: Send notifications and user messages to the local display & audio from supported control systems
Media player features
VRX010 uses XBMC as its media player engine. We believe that XBMC is the most powerful, flexible, and universally compatible player available. Here is a very abbreviated list of some of the most important features.
- Extensive video and audio library support (NAS drives, other servers, etc)
- Playback of virtually any video or audio format (up to full HD 1080p)
- Playback of any media from the internet or cloud applications (literally thousands of add-on channels to choose from)
- Supports video and audio renderer playback from any mobile device (virtual speaker and screens for your phones and tablets)
- Supports HD video streaming from IP security cameras
- Easy to use ADD-ONs allow new internal channels to be dynamically added whenever they become available
- Many different user interface skins to choose from
- Open source, community developed and supported platform with millions of users worldwide
VRX010 has 2 running mode options, Slave mode and XBMC gui mode. Slave mode uses a static gui and plays media as directed by an external control system driver. This mode is recommended when the integrator does not want to use the XBMC gui. XBMC gui mode should be used when you want to give media library browsing and other options via the XBMC gui.
- External TCP control (control system drivers)
XBMC GUI mode
- External TCP control (JSON control system drivers)
- Control by integrated web server (web pages)
- Control by Android or IOS apps (many available)
- Control by any IR remote using IR receiver cable
- Control by USB MCE IR remote
- Control by USB or Bluetooth keyboard/mouse
- Control using the TV remote and CEC back to XBMC (XBMC can also control TV through CEC)
VRX010 features a standard USB host port for expandability. Supported or planned modules include wireless Ethernet adapters, Bluetooth adapters, Microphone inputs, USB storage, and Stereo capture inputs.
Video Storm offers affordable customization options on VRX010. Customization options include different/redesigned enclosures, customized software, and customized control options. Please contact sales for details.
size="2">This product is covered by our 100% risk free guarantee and our standard warranty.
We are continuously improving and adding capabilities to this product through new internal and 3rd party software. All new features can be easily enabled by running our web updater and then selecting the desired features through the web config interface. Some features on the website may be work in progress, and other new features may not be shown here. Here is the latest NetPlay feature support matrix.
- VRX010 device
- USB power supply and cable
- 1 year warranty
- HDMI output
Autoconfigable resolution, up to 1080p60 or WUXGA
CEC bidirectional control
Digital audio support, including multichannel audio formats
Supports streaming AV from NetPlay AV encoders
HDCP copy protection to enable support for DRM content
RJ45 autosensing network jack, 10/100 Mbps
Wireless connection via optional USB dongle
DHCP or static IP addressing (DHCP preferred)
Configurable host name and UUID
2 x USB 2.0 host ports
Built in support for most peripherals (keyboards, remotes, mouse, bluetooth, wifi, mics, hubs, etc)
Analog stereo output via 3.5mm stereo jack
Analog stereo input via 3.5mm stereo jack
Digital audio output via HDMI or TOSLINK
Digital audio input via COAX (2 inputs) or TOSLINK
Support for audio streaming from internet or any mobile device
Support for audio return channel ethernet streaming to Netplay audio devices
Micro USB port for power, require 700mW (3.5W max)
Designed to use either the USB port on the TV OR USB wall charger for power
Ethernet to RS232 functionality
RS232 port via 3.5mm stereo jack
Infrared input via 3.5mm jack (compatible with optional 3.3V IR receiver)
Infrared input can be used to control XBMC and be sent to external controllers via ethernet
Infrared output via 3.5mm jack (compatible with optional 3.3V IR blaster)
Infrared output can be used by XBMC or be controlled by external controller via ethernet
- Cvbs video
Standard definition cvbs output
- Flexible, open platform
Linux based system which allows easy addition of new 3rd party AV players/codecs
Eco friendly PLA plastic enclosure
VESA mounting holes
Small enough to easily mount behind TV: 4.3" x 2.6" x 1"
Designed and manufactured in the USA
- Internal design
High speed ARM processor with hardware accelerated AV datapath
Linux operating system with 4GB of removable flash storage
Fully digital datapath
Music and video libraries using the Aeon skin:
Internet video and add-ons
Streaming audio and video from mobile devices
Using a remote control app
HDTV Supply has this in stock in our California warehouse so place your order at the above ADD TO CART button by 11AM PST and it can ship today or call us at 800-841-9238 to place your order.
10 reasons NOT to buy a HDMI/HDbaseT matrix
HDMI distance transmission is error prone. Sending 8Gbps over copper is just unreliable. Using HDBaseT or fiber optics can improve this, but at a very significant cost increase. HDbaseT is basically a HDMI matrix plus HDBaseT transmission. Other than reducing transmission issues, it does not address any of the issues below.
HDMI matrixes do not do video format conversion. This means that true non-blocking matrixes must force all sources to the lowest common resolution supported by all displays. This process should be automatic, but since many devices have errors in their EDID tables time consuming manual intervention is usually needed. This also needs to be redone each time sources or displays are added/removed. This means that the video format will be limited to 1080p or 720p in every real installation. The claims of 4K support are of no practical value.
HDMI matrixes do not do audio format conversion. This means that true non-blocking matrixes must force all sources to the lowest common format supported by all displays. This process should be automatic, but since many devices have errors in their EDID tables time consuming manual intervention is usually needed. This also needs to be redone each time sources or displays are added/removed. This means that audio is usually limited to PCM stereo, which is a limitation for connected receivers that should get Dolby/DTS through HDMI, but can't.
HDMI matrixes claim to have superior video quality since it is uncompressed. This is very misleading. All video sources begin as compressed, generally at a bit rate of 10-20Mbps. If this is later re-encoded using as good or better codec with a higher bit rate, there is no loss of quality (and sometimes the video processor can actually improve the subjective quality). The uncompressed HDMI video just makes it harder to transmit and leads to artifacts from transmission errors.
Requires dedicated cabling for video distribution. HDBaseT can share it with low speed Ethernet, but again at a high cost.
Switching speeds can be slow because sources are not synchronized. HDMI to display link must be reset each time.
Fixed matrix sizes, can't add sources/zones easily. Can't scale to very large systems due to key limitations and high bandwidth signal switching limitations.
HDMI matrixes claim that their low latency is a benefit. Once again, this is not something that works in a real system. The average digital TV latency is around 120ms, so even if your matrix has zero delay it is already too much for good lip sync with in wall speaker systems. The bottom line is every installation using centralized in wall audio MUST HAVE audio delay for lip sync correction. Once you have this, it doesn't matter what the total video latency is, it just must be constant.
HDMI matrixes are made only for centralized video distribution. Unfortunately (for them), technology is rapidly moving toward a more distributed and cloud based methods. This will greatly limit their future usability.
Finally, the biggest reason HDMI matrixes are a poor choice is that they cost about 3x more than prior technology (component) and do not bring any new usable features to the customer. This is just bad business for everyone.
Why Netplay video over IP is better
Netplay uses standard Ethernet for distribution, with an average bit rate of 30 Mbps. This means it can be sent over existing 100Mbps networks, Gigabit networks, wireless links, Ethernet over coax (MOCA), and many other options. Netplay delivers error free flexible distribution.
Netplay decoders do full format conversion from the transmitted video format (always the native source resolution) to whatever format the display supports. For example, if your source is 1080p the Netplay encoder will transmit 1080p. Each Netplay decoder that tunes that channel will then scale the format to whatever the native format of the display is automatically. The source and display formats are no longer inter-dependent, meaning you will always get the best picture without hassles or limitations.
Netplay decoders do full format conversion from the transmitted audio format (always the native source resolution) to whatever format the display supports. For example, if your source is DTS the Netplay encoder will transmit DTS. Each Netplay decoder that tunes that channel will then convert the format to whatever the audio format is needed. The source and display formats are no longer inter-dependent, meaning you will always get the best audio without hassles or limitations.
Netplay uses H.264 for compression, which is the same codec used by Blu-Ray. The bit rate is user programmable, but as long as you use a value larger than the source material there is no loss of quality (default is set for Blu-Ray quality).
Netplay uses standard Ethernet and does not need it's own private network. One Ethernet cable is all you need.
Switching is fast because Netplay decoders automatically synchronize all sources and never force the TVs to resynch, renegotiate HDCP, or even change format.
Netplay is infinitely scalable. You can add sources and zones 1 at a time. There is no upper limit since Ethernet switching can effectively accommodate any bandwidth requirement. Netplay encryption over IP also does not suffer from HDCP key limitations.
Netplay works seamlessly with our CMX-A2 audio matrix switches to automatically synch your audio and video. It will also report the constant video delay for each display so other audio matrix products can be used.
Not only is Netplay designed for both centralized and cloud based video distribution, it integerates them in a common interface.
Netplay distribution networks cost the same or less than an equivalent HDMI matrix, but they also bring many new features that can help you sell the system to your customers (see below).
NetPlay bonus features:
|Audio and video streaming from the internet and NAS libraries|
|Audio and video streaming from mobile devices|
|Full IR, RS232, and CEC control over Ethernet|
|Audio return channel that doesn't require support via HDMI (which is uncommon)|
|Full scaled video wall and digital signage capabilities|
|Interactively view multiple video streams at once (dynamic selection)|
|GUI and OSD for user interaction and notifications|
|Easy hardware and software upgrade path|
|Much more is possible and coming in the future!|
- IR receiver and IR blaster: 3V IR receiver and 5V IR blasters for VRX010
- RS232 cable: 3.5mm to DB9 cable for VRX010
- Bluetooth adapter: Purchase this to enable Bluetooth remote controls or Bluetooth streaming audio
- MCE remote: Optional wireless IR remote to control VRX010
- MPEG2/VC1 license: If you use mpeg2 or vc1 formats in your library, purchase this license
- USB external hard drive (for AV libraries if you don't use NAS) (not sold here)
Questions & Answers
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