What Is a Multiviewer and Its Advantages in the AV Industry

What Is a Multiviewer and Its Advantages in the AV Industry

  •  June 30, 2021

Multiviewers have become a necessity in today’s AV industry. With the ability to display multiple video sources on a single display monitor, multiviewers have changed the way production and broadcast control rooms are designed and implemented. They may have gotten their start in control rooms along with production switchers, but have evolved helping engineers check signal distribution paths from their routers and are now being used as a high-quality multi-signal live preview and recording device.

Not only are multiviewers used for broadcasting, they’re suitable for many other applications like digital signage, presentation spaces, conference rooms, live events, houses of worship, gaming, and entertainment. They improve every viewing experience as multiviewers are designed to display multiple video inputs from sources like game consoles, computers, Blu-ray players, and cable TV onto a single screen. The main goal is to view anywhere from one to four sources by using the division of individual video frames on a single TV display.

Multiview screen

Sports enthusiasts and gamers can really take advantage of these setup types. It maximizes their game time while allowing them to keep track of their favorite programming. Sports bars and restaurants also benefit by running multiple programs on a screen at the same time and even being used for digital signage for marketing and advertising purposes.

Now, a multiviewer may sound similar to a video wall. While video walls require a dedicated TV display for each video source, multiviewers only require one display. Multiviewers are able to showcase full, split, quad, and custom configurations capable of adjusting quadrants to preferred locations and sizes on a display. Advantages of a multiviewer over a video wall include energy efficiency, cheaper costs, easier installation, and no TV frame or bezel intrusion on the picture.

BZBGEAR BG-UHD-QVP-4X2

BZBGEAR has a great multiview option in the 4K Quad-View/Multiviewer Video Processor BG-UHD-QVP-4X2.

BG-UHD-QVP-4x2 front and back views

The auto-scaling and integrated USB 3.0 capture outputs at 1080p resolutions with two-channel audio to use with programs such as Zoom, Skype, vMix, or OBS Studio. BG-UHD-QVP-4X2 is capable of routing UHD video sources from four UHD HDMI input sources to two HDMI display outputs and one HDMI loop output simultaneously while delivering [email protected] 4:4:4 using HDMI 2.0a technology. It also extracts audio via the 3.5 mm output.

BG-UHD-QVP-4x2 back panel

There are various control options for BG-UHD-QVP-4X2 including its front panel button, a built-in web interface, and third-party control via IR and RS-232. Select a customizable layout, choose your video inputs, and route them to the desired display windows. Fitted with options including PIP, PBP, fade in/out, zoom, blend, and more, the BG-UHD-QVP-4X2 gives you studio-quality results with every presentation.

BG-UHD-QVP-4x2 diagram

 

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