For those of you with high end displays and numerous inputs, the DVDO may be just what you need. What it is: it is both a HD video switching device, providing 12 video inputs and 2 video outputs and a video scaler. It also offers 9 audio inputs and 2 digital audio outputs.
So what does this all mean? It means you can connect all your inputs to the DVDO, and not only will it act as a switch for your video sources, but it will also scale all of them to the output resolution you desire from 480p to 1080p. They refer to this as “any rez in – any rez out”. It is HDCP compliant over all 4 of it’s HDMI inputs.
Until the A/V receivers catch up with all the different video input technologies, this may be a necessary product, though at $1999 it is not a cheap solution. Almost all high end displays can scale their inputs to the native reolution, so it would initially appear that what you end up with is an expensive video switching device. The one saving grace is the ability to to use its’ flexible horizontal and vertical zooming and panning controls to let you accurately control exactly what part of the picture you want to see on your screen, eliminating those pesky sidebars without using the standard stretching and zooming functions that are built into the TV which cause you to lose some of the picture.
So, if you have a high end HD set up and are looking to add that final piece that will bring it all together while adding some additional video processing to have ultimate control over your picture, then this may be just what you are looking for.
Check out all the specs at DVDO’s site.
Posted by Jeff