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BrightSign announces the new 4K1240 digital signage player

7 Feb 2014 11:07 PM -
BrightSign 4K1240 diagram

Digital signage media player provider, BrightSign, has announced the launch of its new 4K media player, capable of encoding and decoding H.265 video and outputting at 60 frames-per-second.

What's new?

For content to remain 4K native and be delivered at the highest visual quality, video must be captured on a 4K-capable camera, encoded and decoded using the new H.265 compression standard at 10 bits/channel, and fed to the display via HDMI 2.0 to preserve the original 60 fps frame rate. Any broken link in this chain of events adversely impacts video quality, and the output falls short of what 4K is made to be. According to BrightSign, its new solid-state media player hits all those marks.

The player's support of H.265 HEVC compression and HDMI 2.0 transmission imply the ability to drive single-cable 4K/60Hz content, which would be a tremendous accomplishment. In today's environment, much of the available 4K video is encoded to H.264 MPEG4 and designed to run at 4K/30Hz or 24Hz over HDMI 1.4. Even at that slower refresh rate, it can be difficult to find PCs and player appliances that can properly play that content without skips or jitter. BrightSign's move to the next generation of these standards, and the prospect of supporting even higher frame-rate 4K is an exciting industry development.

Other interesting specs?

According to BrightSign, its new player also supports:

  • HTML5 – Users can build content using familiar development tools and layer HTML5 assets and high-bandwidth video for playback on the hardware-accelerated HTML5 engine.
  • IP Streaming – The player supports buffered playback of full-HD video, motion JPEG and audio streams in all common formats: HLS, UDP/RTP/RTSP, HTTP, SHOUTcast, etc.
  • Swipe – Users can add the popular swipe screen control to their presentations within HTML content.
  • BrightWall – Users can create video walls using this drag-and-drop BrightAuthor tool that uses a common clock to achieve frame-accurate synchronization.
  • BrightSign App – Users can update messaging and interact with locally networked signage using their iPads or iPhones. The app allows them to change user variables and trigger UDP events for instant signage updates.
  • Geo-Fencing – Users can play content targeted to the location of their moving digital signage using a USB GPS dongle.

The BrightSign 4K1240 is expected to be available in the 3rd quarter of 2014 at a price to be announced.

The range of BrightSign players is available from ICS Technologies in Brisbane, Australia along with commercial grade screens, projectors and Chief mounting brackets.

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