Drake Dual Multiplexing Encoder Enables HD Digital Signage

DSE 2 PLUS encodes analog and digital inputs, yields multiplexed QAM output
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MIAMISBURG, OHIO —R.L. Drake has released its DSE 2 PLUS dual multiplexing encoder intended for digital signage applications. Combining encoding and QAM modulation capabilities within one stand-alone unit, the DSE 2 PLUS can also be deployed to simplify HD video distribution.

“Handling multiple input types and offering both encoding and modulation capabilities, the DSE 2 PLUS makes it easy to launch or expand digital HD program delivery,” said Andy Ruffin, vice president of sales at Drake. “Users imagine and create the content, and the DSE 2 PLUS looks after the rest."

The DSE 2 PLUS digitally encodes two uncompressed HDMI, high-resolution component video or VGA inputs to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4/H.264, and then uses an internal multiplexing QAM modulator and low-noise upconverter to enable distribution of two HD channels over existing legacy fiber and coaxial networks. The bandwidth savings provided by the encoder allow users either to double the HD channels they can deliver, or to cut by half the bandwidth required to deliver multiple channels. As a result, DSE 2 PLUS users can leverage existing networks of digital HD displays to provide informational video, revenue-generating advertising or promotional content.

The Drake DSE 2 PLUS offers reliability and consistency. The dual multiplexing encoder receives high-resolution component video, VGA or HDMI from two separate sources and encodes these inputs to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4/H.264 at resolutions of up to 1080i. Audio is encoded to Dolby Digital or the MPEG-1 Layer 2 compression format. Support for closed-captioning assures the continued accessibility of captioned content.

The encoder's GUI-based remote network control and monitoring gives users the option of configuring and adjusting parameters either via an Ethernet connection or by using the front panel. The DSE 2 PLUS is offered as a rack-mount unit, but a desktop configuration is also available.