POSTED ON 04/02/2019

We're excited to announce a significant investment in our video department, having invested over £1m in video equipment over the last year. The latest additions to equipment focus on bolstering our 4K offering and sees heavy investment in infrastructure from Lightware and Barco.

With a long-standing history of working with Lightware products, We have added two of their MX2-16x16-HDMI2.0 Matrices to our hire shelves. The standalone product is a member of the Lightware HDMI 2.0 matrix switcher family, supporting uncompromised 4K UHD resolution at 60Hz 4:4:4. Alongside this, we've also purchased six channels of HDMI2.0-OPTC-TX/RX220-Pro, an HDMI 2.0 compatible, HDCP 2.2 compliant extender pair for video, RS-232 and Gigabit Ethernet signals, supporting uncompressed 4K UHD resolution.

We've also upgraded our Barco Event Master E2 and S3 products, investing in 4K Quad HDMI 2.0 input cards, 4K Quad DP 1.2 input cards and 4K Quad HDMI 2.0 output cards. On top of this, we've added the Barco Event Master EX to our range. The EX, a 4K60p scaler with the same processing power as four ImagePROs, works alongside the E2 and S3 processors to add input and output capacity, expanding the scaling and switching power of the entire system.

The expansion follows on from our investment in Barco’s UDX 4K-32 laser projectors last year. You can read more about that here.

Talking about why he chose to invest in the Lightware & Barco products, David Barton, our Group Head of Video said: ”We pride ourselves on supplying our clients with the latest, highest-quality equipment and this investment demonstrates our commitment to that. We have an excellent relationship with both manufacturers, so they were the obvious choice when we were looking at further enhancing our inventory. We have heavily invested in Lightware fibre systems and signal distribution in the past and the new items of equipment allow us to deliver full 4k across one connector, working hand in hand with our Barco UDX projectors and the Event Master system.”

Having taken delivery of the new items this week, all of the equipment mentioned is available to hire now.