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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

Passive Adapter vs. Active Adapter, that is the question

Posted by Frank Farnsworth on Fri, Aug, 19, 2016 @ 09:08 AM

We’ve all been there, scratching our heads, slowly losing our sanity saying, “What’s the difference between passive and active adapters and what is that double plus sign above the port anyways?” DisplayPort is being seen more and more in the world of hardware for digital signage and video walls, and for good reason!


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

From OK to 4K

Posted by Frank Farnsworth on Tue, Jul, 12, 2016 @ 10:07 AM

You’re a visual media producer -  the master of the message, the purveyor of extraordinary experiences and the optical magician of the advertising world. Are you satisfied with just OK? Or is it time to move to 4K?

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Topics: media player, HD, Resolution, Digital Media, Visual Media, UHD, 1080, 4k

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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