Userful integrates Blackmagic Design for Real-Time 4K Video Wall Content

Userful, provider of a centralized display software appliance for A/V and IT professionals, has announced integration and support for Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink Duo, DeckLink Quad and Intensity Pro 4K capture and playback cards. The integration enables just a single standard PC to capture multiple real-time SD, HD or 4K UHD video streams and deliver them over the network onto individual displays or video walls of up to 25 displays, the company said.

Userful supports Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink Duo and DeckLink Quad as well as the Intensity Pro 4K, enabling A/V and IT professionals to capture and display over the network multiple inputs of real-time content. These PCIe capture and playback cards coupled with Userful’s appliance software transform a standard PC into a high performance video wall and AV over IP server, dramatically reducing the cost of deploying video walls and other centrally managed displays, the company said.

Up until now, the company said, A/V and IT professionals have had to rely on proprietary and expensive video processors and controllers in order to capture high-resolution HDMI and SDI content and redisplay it on video walls or other network displays. The Userful Network Video Wall with the DeckLink and Intensity cards eliminates the need for specialized hardware, according to Userful. Instead, A/V and IT professionals can use a standard PC running Userful software with the appropriate Blackmagic Design capture and playback cards installed. The combination is intended to make for a simple and cost effective way to capture content from multiple sources onto a single video wall (with displays arranged in any either a grid or mosaic artistic layout) or onto multiple displays within the network.

“Blackmagic is one of the leading cost-effective brands for both consumer 4K-capture cards and professional-grade cards,” said Tim Griffin, founder and CTO of Userful Corp., in the announcement. “Userful’s plug-and-play supporting for these popular cards frees A/V and IT professionals from the need to use expensive proprietary video wall servers and controllers. They now only need an off the shelf PC, Blackmagic and Userful, and their lives are a whole lot simpler and their wallets a whole lot fuller.”