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Jami McGraw

Jami McGraw has worked in partnership with Seneca Data since 2010, and officially became part of the Seneca Family in 2014 as a Product Development manager focused on the Digital Broadcast market. Jami is also a producer, engineer, author and technologist specializing in the design of Audio and Video computers and appliances.

Recent Posts

PC Sticks Aren't Created Equal

Posted by Jami McGraw on Wed, Oct, 19, 2016 @ 15:10 PM

Perhaps the biggest attraction of shrinking a regular PC down to a tiny, candy bar-sized stick can be summed up in one word, clutter.

A computer on an HDMI stick can plug into a port on the back of a desktop display or digital signage screen, and disappear. It’s clutter-free, and for a lot of jobs, seemingly an ideal solution. It’s important to understand that all PC sticks are not created equal.

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Topics: media player, digital signage, active adapter, passive adapter

One Small Step for Digital Signage

Posted by Jami McGraw on Fri, Mar, 04, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

Technology continues to grow at a rapid pace. The evolution of the mobile phone is a great example. The first phones were the size of a brick. Bulky, but an attractive status symbol. Each year it grew smaller, then smarter, and now the technology is ubiquitous. Size now seems less relevant when choosing a mobile phone. Instead, features, functions and brand are strong factors. Digital signage media players are evolving in a similar fashion. In the early days, they were big and bulky. Each year brings new advances to make them smaller, faster and more efficient. The latest example is the evolution of the “media stick” segment. But is there a tradeoff choosing such a small solution?

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Topics: media player, digital signage, media stick, HDs, seneca HDS

Unseen Technology - Part 2

Posted by Jami McGraw on Thu, Jan, 07, 2016 @ 11:01 AM


Technology to Keep You Protected and Synced

Often the most important ingredient in a recipe is naked to the eye, diligently working just beneath the surface; invisible yet essential all the same. In part 1 of Seneca’s “Unseen Technology” blog, we discussed the importance of HDCP compliance for the proper pass through/display of HDCP encrypted content. Now in part 2 of our blog series, we will discuss another hidden ingredient in the recipe for a smooth video wall installation; GPU sync in the video wall setting. 

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Topics: video wall controllers

Unseen Technology - Part 1

Posted by Jami McGraw on Tue, Jan, 05, 2016 @ 08:01 AM


Technology to Keep You Protected and Synced

When integrating a visual media solution, there are many do’s and don’ts which set the parameters for a successful signage or video wall installation. From the basics—screen alignment and proper visibility—to the more complex such as resolution and content, it can often be a daunting endeavor to manage all the necessary criteria needed to do a sound rollout of your solution. 

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Topics: video wall controllers

Playback Comparison: Media Players and Video Wall Controllers

Posted by Jami McGraw on Wed, Oct, 07, 2015 @ 13:10 PM


We will be comparing the different playback functionality of media players compared to video wall controllers. We will then discuss playback scenarios and which system would be the best solution for it.

Let’s first breakdown what each system’s main function is.

Media Player Function: A media player is a small form-factor device that delivers media to one or multiple displays directly.

Video Wall Controller Function: A video wall controller is a device with multiple inputs and outputs that can capture and distribute content to multiple displays; either independent or aggregate.

In most scenarios, both of these devices will deliver content with the aid of a content management system (CMS).

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Topics: media player

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