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Planar VCS Video Wall Processor

All-in-one Complete Hardware and Software Solution

Clarity™ Visual Control Station (VCS) is a flexible and easy-to-use video wall processor designed to capture, display and manage multiple sources on a video wall. It supports a wide range of visual inputs including analog, digital and high definition audio and computer sources.

Planar’s Clarity VCS is fully configurable and can drive video walls of up to 60 high resolution displays. Using the Windows® 7 based VCS Control software, visual sources can be positioned and resized individually anywhere on the video wall or can instantly revert to one of many preset layouts of windows. Clarity VCS is designed to be easy to set-up, easy to use and easy to maintain.

New in the Next-Generation Clarity VCS

  • New chassis and backplane with increased bandwidth and quieter fans
  • New capture cards supporting up to four HDCP-compliant input sources each
  • New graphics cards with four DisplayPort outputs and adapters to HDMI, DVI or VGA
  • New software support for asymmetrical and non-standard display configurations

Clarity VCS Hardware

The Clarity VCS processor utilizes a 4U rack-mountable chassis with high performance PCI Express backplane. With its choice of powerful server-class CPUs, RAID 0,1 hard drives and redundant power supplies, Clarity VCS is both powerful and reliable. Clarity VCS is preloaded with 64 bit Windows® 7 ensuring compatibility with the latest applications. By adding one or more expansion chassis, Clarity VCS can expand to support larger numbers of displays and sources.

Broad Range of Source Capture

Clarity VCS offers a selection of capture cards to capture and display a wide range of visual sources. High resolution sources using DVI, HDMI, component HD, analog RGB, Dual Link DVI and SDI (SD, HD, 3G) can be captured, as well as standard definition video in composite and S-video formats. Windows applications can also be installed on the Clarity VCS and used as content sources. Through different configurations, varying combinations of captured and installed sources can be displayed at the same time. This provides flexibility and freedom of choice that is not achievable with many processors.

Control and Monitoring Software

Clarity VCS Control software provides a visual environment in which to control the entire video wall layout. With Clarity VCS Control, windows on the video wall can be opened, positioned and sized. Multiple layouts can be saved and recalled, and sources can be rotated with a carousel feature. The Clarity VCS Control interface dynamically adjusts to display whatever type of source is connected to the processor. The software’s interface complies with the familiar Windows® design standards making it intuitive and easy to learn.

Flexible Operation

Clarity VCS Control software runs directly on the Clarity VCS processor and can be managed locally on the processor’s Windows® 7 desktop on another network. Clarity VCS Control supports serial commands and, via RS-232 connection, can be driven by leading touch-based room control systems.

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