Acknowledging a trend toward interfacing broadcast equipment with off-the-shelf consumer display hardware, Apantac said it has added HDMI 2.0 outputs to its high-end multiviewers, bringing 60Hz 4:4:4 UHD 4K to HDMI 2.0-compatible displays for the first time.

At IBC next month, the company will demo the Crescent Mi-16-UHD and Crescent Mi-8 12G-UHD, both of them with the same features as their HD-only predecessors, but now including HDMI 2.0 and 12G-SDI outputs for UHD, as well as HDMI and SDI outputs for downconverted 1080p output.

T-Sharp 4-RY modular multiviewer

T-Sharp 4-RY modular multiviewer

At the same time, HDMI 2.0 can be added to the customizable T-Sharp multiviewer platform through the introduction of a new UHD output card that can be used instead of or in conjunction with other hot-swappable IO boards, including IP and SFP input cards.

The addition of HDMI 2.0 opens up a world of options for using inexpensive, if not color-critical, consumer UHD displays in a professional environment along with high-quality professional broadcast monitors. “Broadcast-quality multiviewers used with off-the-shelf displays are affordable and effective for a variety of content applications,” the company said in a press release.

Apantac will exhibit these HDMI-2.0-enabled multiviewers and more at IBC stand 8.E43.