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Runco Introduces DHD 3 Processor/Controller

8/17/2009 12:44:44 PM Eastern

Beaverton, Ore. - Runco International said Monday it is now shipping a new Digital High-Definition (DHD 3) external video processor controller, with 1080p up-scaling/processing, standard with several of its high-performance video projectors.

Runco said the DHD 3 continues to be "installer dependent," although it has been designed with enhanced ease-of-installation features.

The unit offers full ISF calibration suite and make the calibration process "more seamless." This enables individual display calibration through the controller and eliminates the need to access the onscreen display controls.

Once proper calibration is achieved for one display, a new Backup, Recovery and Clone (Runco BRiC) tool allows the installer to apply the calibration settings, including preset commands, input timing or connector, to other networked video displays.

"With simple copy-and-paste functionality, installers can easily save, recover and clone the settings for the networked displays," Runco said in a statement announcing the DHD 3.

The unit also includes a firmware upgrade capability via USB or serial connections.

"Runco's BRiC was created to offer a quick and easy solution that will significantly reduce set-up and downtime for our installers and their clients," stated Ben Clifton, Runco technology VP. "The BRiC is a unique safeguard that only Runco can offer and it protects installers from losing settings in the case of unforeseen events. An installer can connect a laptop via a USB cable directly to the DHD 3 and save all the settings to a single file."

A broad area of connectivity options on the controller include: HDMI v. 1.3 with HDCP, RJ-11 and communication control ports. Other set-up enhancements include auto detection for each video display connected via analog or HDMI inputs, as well as access to a displays' color space and color gamut controls, simultaneously supporting up to eight displays.

Runco's DHD 3 is the first processor to feature Runco's advanced Vivix III 1080p processing with Vivix VirtualWide and new VirtualCinema aspect ratios.

It supports all video aspect ratios, and optimizes signal reproduction for anamorphic, letterbox and 4:3 aspect ratios, with VirtualWide converting 4:3 images to 16:9 without affecting image quality.

The DHD 3 matches output resolution, sync types and output formats to prevent "double scaling," the company said.

The DHD 3 is compatible with a number of Runco flat-panel LCD and plasma displays and projection systems, and is said to offer "significantly increased compatibility with consumer video sources that boast full 1080i and 1080p processing."

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