QMOD The Next Generation Features: AC3, Captioning, HD RF, IPTV, Flex Encoding, Scaling Upgrade, 2-Channel Options. QMOD’s debut five years ago changed the rules for HDTV applications. For the first time, sites could afford to distribute HD video, HD-SDI, and digital signage over their in-house RF system. No more science fair integration; juggling multiple, expensive components to deliver each HD cable channel – everything was already inside, so installation became a matter of simply connecting a source and setting the channel. Quality wasn’t sacrificed, either, as QMOD employs broadcast-quality encoding.
Over the years, we listened to our customers’ ideas, worked with their integration issues, and began a design process to address them all. The result is the next QMOD generation, a statement that the QMOD revolution is ongoing and as disruptive as before.
Based on totally new architecture, these units have evolved by the power of two. New QMOD 1.5 modulators start at single-channel operation and price, yet can be upgraded to two channels by entering an optional software key, while QMOD 2 products start out with two channels.
In addition, the modulators support two video streams (RF and IP), two audio formats (AC-3 and AES stereo), two captioning options (708/608 and Line 21), and two MTS language programs for each channel. They all mount two-across in one rack space.
All units feature unique flex encoding – the ability to convert non-ATSC video formats into a QAM cable channel. For example, some houses of worship want to use consumer HD cameras that use non-broadcast 60 Hz refresh rates, with some studios moving to 3G HD-SDI. While conventional SDI modulators cannot accept those signals, the new QMODs can. In addition, all QMODs will up-convert SD video to HD, and an optional upgrade key enables a full range of up- and down-conversion and scaling features.
GigE Ethernet is included in all QMODs, supporting IPTV streaming, IP control and onboard Web pages for setup, operation, monitoring and firmware updates, while screw terminals allow control for EAS broadcast. In addition, the new architecture offers future-proof operation that is open to adding any imaginable encoding methods and features from future firmware updates.
- The QMOD-SDI1.5 features HD-SDI (up to 3G), Component, and Composite/CC inputs, and supports SDI embedded, digital coax, optical and stereo audio.
- Designed for general and digital signage applications, the QMOD-HDMI1.5 includes HDMI (non-HDCP), RGBHV/Component inputs. Dual Composite/CC, stereo and coax audio inputs support single and dual-channel modes of operation. The RGBHV/Component input will support 1080p/720p 60 Hz video from PCs or consumer HD cameras; additional resolutions, scaling and positioning are available with the optional scaling upgrade key.
- The QMOD-YPB2 HDTV Modulator delivers cost-effective dual-channel distribution of Component cable and satellite TV sources, supported by dual Component, Composite/CC, stereo and coax audio inputs.
The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices are: QMOD-SDI1.5, $2,520, QMOD-HDMI1.5 $1,990 and QMOD-YPB2 $2,225. Software upgrades to two channels and the addition of scaling to the QMOD-HDMI1.5 are available for a nominal charge.