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Megapixel VR adds ST 2110 and cloud to HELIOS

Megapixel VR helps power sets such as this for 1899. Photo Credit: Alex Forge / NETFLIX
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Megapixel VR helps power sets such as this for 1899. Photo Credit: Alex Forge / NETFLIX

Megapixel VR has scored what it claims as a world’s first by rolling out SMPTE ST 2110 support for its HELIOS LED Processing Platform, and its added remote cloud access too.

Megapixel VR helps power sets such as this for 1899, Photo Credit: Alex Forge / NETFLIX

LED processing platforms are an understandably critical part of LED volumes, and Megapixel VR has scored a noted boost for its HELIOS platform with the introduction of SMPTE ST 2110 support. This brings LED volumes up to date with the surge of IP-based production workflows being established across the industry, folding it more easily than ever into more productions.

The company reckons that users gain increased flexibility for signal distribution and routing with a complete IP workflow, eliminating the need for dedicated signal conversion gear and legacy video signals with accompanying cable length restrictions.  

HELIOS supports up to four simultaneous ST 2110 inputs for ultra-large canvases beyond 8K, with stitching capability allowing for traditional 2x2, super-tall 1x4, or ultra-wide 4x1 applications. 

Megapixel Cloud, meanwhile, is a new service that allows full remote access to display systems via the cloud. This could be an interesting new development for central maintenance and support of retail deployments, architectural spectaculars, and time-sensitive live events and broadcasts. 

“Our launch of ST 2110 support in HELIOS is another exciting industry first that continues our investment in bringing cutting-edge new technologies to the display industry. Along with the exciting new workflows that ST 2110 brings, we are also tremendously excited to be launching our Megapixel Cloud platform that enables seamless monitoring and operation of display systems from anywhere in the world,” says Megapixel CEO, Jeremy Hochman.

There’s quite a lot of other stuff crammed in to the new release as well, with beefed up security and the ability to upload SSL certificates an interesting and timely addition. Elsewhere, v22.11 adds:

  • Upload multiple images to HELIOS and playback still images as test patterns. 
  • Tile-generated test pattern that displays the tile cabling topology regardless of current mapping, greatly simplifying manual mapping for complex screen configurations. 
  • Sync different tile types when using Tile Low Latency mode. 
  • Eco-friendly low-power tile mode, drawing up to 90% less power than video black on certain tiles.
  • New fiber stats report to easily view all the SFP fiber conditions across the entire system in a single view.
  • Scheduler functionality to automate functions based on time of day, including brightness, blackout, input selection, and saved configurations.
  • Additional input signal failover behavior options include blackout, still-store, or alternate input until the source returns. 
  • Now display Camera Mode and GhostFrame subframe timings as shutter angles or frame fractions, ideal for those working on set.
  • Custom EDID support allows input bandwidth to be reallocated for more efficient use of the pixel canvas.
  • Pixel error detection to identify the quantity and location of pixel and driver failures in a screen.

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