i am planning to use vvvv as a replacement for max msp and a reason to switch to more powerfull windows hardware.
I am mainly going to playback video on a 4 screen installation and also have a 5th screen for the interface. (maybe some videomixing too, also some parallel video recording from usb to composite adapters)
what would be the best way to connect 4 screens (i thought the 5th screen would be best connected via a IGP (intel HD or AMD) ?
The cables will be arround 20-30m long and will run allong the cables for high power theatrical lighting. I thought that a VGA connection would mabe the most reliable, but there is no graphics card with 4 vga outputs anymore. The screens will be HD but the signal does not necessarily have to be in HD resoltion (for my puroses)
Also what hardware needs will i have for 4 different videos (maybe rapidly switching) playing at the same time (possibly also recording sequences from usb2composite adapters)?
is vvvv the best choice for this anyway ?
greetings and thanks for every answer
You could use 2 x Nvidia GTX 660 which are around 180 € and manage 3+1 screens.
You would have 4 native DVI outputs and will work also as VGA outputs with adaptors for your video flow.
Then you will have 4 extra outputs for monitoring or future video outputs
Check out the Nvidia website for all specifications and functions of those GPU.
Concerning your differents videos depending on the resolution, frame rate, bit rate. But anyway buy a SSD drive is the best solution to store your video.
And finally, vvvv can be good choice for your purpose.
Fibre Optic is quiet expansive. If you go with VGA your Signal might get disturbed due to problems with electrical grounding. If you can’t efford the fibre-optic converters, you might want to considder using a laptop.
my budget is a big concern. i have to make it all possible with arround 700 euro (i know that is redicolous)
i am more familiar with nvidia, but as far as i know 5 displays on one card will not be possible (unless its an absolut high end card)
i found a configuration for arround 660 euro something like this :
for the VGA signal issues. i found a repeater for about 30 euro (i know they are probably not high quality) but i guess in case of bad signals vga + repeater is still cheaper than HDMI (with expensive high quality cabling/ repeaters). DVI and DP both are not specified for long distances.
Do you think that configuration will have enough power ?
Also, because the GPU is only available once, and i am note sure when i will order, what would be an alternative for it ?
Will SLI/CrossfireX utilize both GPUs equaly ? I read a little in the forums here about SLI/CF and it sounded like there would could be some issues.
thanks again for reading
i own a 670 and i was able to connect 4 dislay at the same time
i also tested 3 matrox th2g on the 2 dvi and hdmi ports and used a Dp to VGA for my full hd monitor. Worked just fine, 9 outputs at 1280x1024 + my monitor at full hd
I also tested 2 projector with 2 hdmi cablses 20m with no problem at all
just get a i5/i7 , a 670 nvidia card, and a 64g/120g ssd. thats all you need :)
this surround span super doggy, i tryed with 3 t2go was working at home but on setup i sweared every bad word. Hating that you can’t select witch actually monitors you want to span… forget this crap use 11