BrightSign 4K1042 Multi-Control Interactive Player
BrightSign is the global market leader in digital signage players. The perfect partner to Spectra's leading-edge displays and signs, you'll benefit from ultra-reliability and fan-less, solid-state performance for turnkey content and management and delivery.
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- Plays native 4K, H.265, 10-bit video @ 60fps via HDMI 2.0. Recommended H.265 encoding bit-rate is about the same as for MPEG-4 / H.264, i.e. 18-20Mbps. A 4K media file encoded to H.265 will be about the same as an equivalent HD media file encoded at MPEG-4 H.264. Acceptable frame rates for H.265 encoding are 24/25/30fps input, 25/30/50/60p output.
- Powerful Video Engine with superior scaling technology and uncompromised decoding power for:
- - dual video decoding of 4K (3840x2160@60p) and Full HD (1920x1080@60p)
- - simultaneous playback from local and networked IP streaming content sources
- - sharp 4K upscaling of 1080p content
- - accelerated JPEG decompression for instant image display
- Abundant content support - 4K videos, images, audio, HTML5, Live feeds, video walls, IP streaming, 3D and more
- Basic interactivity via GPIOs
- UDP controls supported via the Ethernet port for BrightWall™ video wall synchronization, mobile device interactivity and messaging between BrightSign and third-party devices
- Supports IP streaming of Full HD and 4K video, MJPEG and audio streams and even serves IP video streams from local storage
- BrightSign App compatible for user variable updates and UDP command interactivity
- POE (power over Ethernet) to power, update and manage your signage remotely (optional wireless module available)
- Effortless presentation creation with included BrightAuthor software
- Flexible storage options including an SD slot, internal micro SD slot and mSATA
- Locking power connector ensures accidents don’t happen
- Low power consumption keeps operating costs down
- Highly reliable solid-state platform and a slim OS - no PC down-time
- WiFi Module also available - see our 'Digital Player Accessories' section also.
The following information will also be of interest re 4K content;
What is the difference between HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0?
HDMI 1.4 supports 4K video frame rates up to 30p, while HDMI 2.0 supports 4K video frame rates up to 60p. The HDMI 2.0 standard also allows you to display 4K videos encoded using the Main 10 profile (10 bits of color depth with 4:2:0 chroma sampling).
The 4K evaluation player you received supports the HDMI 2.0 standard and can play 4Kp60 video; however, to play 60p videos, your 4K display must also support the HDMI 2.0 standard.
So far only a few 4K display models support HDMI 2.0. Note that HDMI 2.0 is backwards compatible with HDMI 1.4, so you should encounter no issues using the evaluation player with HDMI 1.4 displays.
What should I do if my display only supports HDMI 1.4?
The SD card included with the evaluation player contains content that is encoded at 60p. If your display does not support HDMI 2.0, we suggest downloading the 4Kp30 card image located on the Resources page. Alternatively, if you'd like to create your own presentation using the 4Kp30 content, you can download the 4Kp30 presentation.
Do BrightSign 4K evaluation players support 4K images?
BrightSign 4K players do not currently support 4K image display. The only way to display 4K images is to encode them as a video.
Do BrightSign 4K evaluation players support 4K video that is encoded using H.264?
No. 4K video content must be encoded using H.265.
How do I create 4K video presentations in BrightAuthor?
Note: You must be using BrightAuthor versions 4.0.0.x or later to create a 4K video presentation.
When creating a new presentation (File > Create Presentation), you will be given the choice of several 3840x2160 video modes:
If you have HDMI 2.0 capable equipment and plan on using the 4Kp60 content provided by BrightSign, select the "3840x2160x60p" mode. Note that you can play 30p content on a 60p-capable display without issues.
If you do not have HDMI 2.0 capable equipment and plan on using the 4Kp30 content provided by BrightSign, select the "3840x2160x30p" mode. Note that attempting to play 60p content on a 30p-capable display may cause jittering and other undesirable effects.
BrightAuthor also offers 4K video at 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, and 24p modes if you have other 4K content that matches one of these frame rates.
The 4K canvas appears as 1920x1080 in BrightAuthor. Will my presentation display correctly on a 4K display?
Yes. The BrightAuthor UI components for 4K content have not been completely built yet, but the 1920x1080 canvas will scale properly when the presentation is published. When building multi-zone presentations, the X-Y size and position numbers must be doubled for all zones: For example, if you wish to display a second video that is HD (1920x1080) in the lower-right corner of the screen, you will need to set the video zone size (W:H) and position (X:Y) to 960x540.
Note: Since BrightSign 4K players do not currently support image sizes greater than 1920x1080, using a zone that is larger than 960x540 to display images may cause undesirable results.
What kind of SD card should I use to play 4K video?
4K video must be played from a Class 10 SD card.
Does BrightSign have recommended software for encoding 4K videos?
Not yet. We are currently investigating different 4K video encoders; we'll update this FAQ and post encoding instructions once we find a reliable solution.
What are the guidelines for encoding a 4K video for a BrightSign evaluation player?
Video Codec: The video must be encoded as an H.265 (HEVC) file.
Main Profile: If your display components support HDMI 2.0, you can encode the file using the Main 10 profile (10 bits of color depth with 4:2:0 chroma sampling). Otherwise, we recommend a Main profile at level 5.0.
Container Format: The following container formats are supported: .ts, .mov, .mkv.
Bitrate: BrightSign 4K players support video bitrates up to 70 Mbps. However, for 4K videos we recommend a constant bit rate (CBR) between 30 and 40 Mbps. Using a higher bitrate does not result in noticeably better video quality, and it restricts the amount of bandwidth available for additional video content (for example, a second zone displaying an HD video).
Merge Mode: If you are using B-frames as references in H.265 “merge mode”, the size of the references list should be limited to two or less.
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