In our newsletter last month, we highlighted the advanced scaling, warp and blend capabilities of DP’s new VIP 3000. With the highest quality scaling and image zoom and pan, the VIP 3000 is a great solution for warp and blend applications where one source signal is to be spread across multiple projectors.
High quality signal resizing typically brings a small penalty of video signal latency, and that is also the case with the VIP 3000. Depending on the resolution of the native source, as well as the amount of resizing required, the video latency introduced by the VIP 3000 can be between 3-7 frames. Since delaying audio to match video is easily accomplished, video latency does not present a problem for the vast majority of applications. However, for real-time applications, such as IMAG and live televised events, where live presenters and the projected images may be visible at the same time, or for simulation, where on-screen imagery must immediately respond to trainee input, video latency must be as close to zero as possible.
With the latency concern in mind, DP is proud to announce the Fusion platform. DP’s FUSION MD and FUSION 3D processors were created to specifically provide the most advanced multi channel warp and blend for these critical real-time applications. The advanced architecture of the FUSION processors results in video latency that equates to just a few lines of a single video frame - basically, near-zero latency. Considering the precise warp and blend being performed, the transparency of the system is nothing short of amazing.
From a system design perspective, one FUSION MD or FUSION 3D processor is configured for each projector in the application. Each projector’s input source simply loops through the related FUSION processor, then into the projector. FusionNet, DP’s new network control application, provides complete access to all adjustments for both the projectors and the FUSION processors, via a single window desktop application. Warp, blend and all projector alignments, for as many channels as the application requires, are intuitive and precise.
Here are some specifics on the two FUSION processors:
FUSION MD (minimum delay): This high bandwidth, near-zero latency processor provides warp and blend for sources with resolution up to WUXGA (1920 x 1200) at 60 Hz, and outputs to projectors with native resolution up to WUXGA as well. This makes the FUSION MD the perfect warp and blend solution to match nearly any of DP’s projectors with native resolution of WUXGA or less. There is no scaling in the FUSION MD processor, so optimally, the source input should match the native resolution of the projector. If the input resolution does not match the projector resolution, projector scaling can be applied after the required warp and blend has been achieved by the FUSION MD processor.
FUSION 3D: This extreme bandwidth, near-zero latency processor provides warp and blend for sources with resolution up to WQXGA (2560 x 1600) at 60 Hz, and outputs to projectors with native resolution up to WQXGA as well. This makes the FUSION 3D the perfect warp and blend solution to match our soon to be launched dVision 35-WQXGA (see related article here). Alternatively, the FUSION 3D can provide near-zero latency warp and blend for sources up to WUXGA at 120 Hz, enabling it to support warp and blend for projectors being employed in the highest resolution 3D applications. This makes the FUSION 3D the perfect warp and blend solution to match with any of DP’s iVision, TITAN or LIGHTNING 3D displays! Like the MD processor, there is no scaling, so optimally, the source input to the Fusion MD processor should match the native resolution of the projector. If the input resolution does not match the projector resolution, projector scaling can be applied after warp and blend has been achieved by the Fusion MD processor.
These are really powerful, application enabling products, but they are surprisingly easy to put to work. FusionNet seamlessly integrates the operation of the FUSION processors and the DP projectors they serve, thus ensuring large projector arrays can be expertly aligned on complex-geometry projection surfaces by technicians or projectionists with a simple understanding of the FusionNet application.
FUSION MD and 3D processors, and DP’s new FusionNet application, can be employed with all of DP’s iVision, dVision, TITAN and LIGHTNING products, so no matter what level of projector performance or resolution your application requires, DP can provide a fully integrated, FUSION-powered warp and blend solution... with near zero latency.