Quite often in meeting rooms, there are instances where the input source needs to be changed. The conventional way would be to disconnect the devices and interchange them manually. Not only is this process time-consuming but it also creates unwanted distractions during meetings and presentations.
Luckily, this fumbling around is a thing of the past thanks to AV and presentation switchers. Today’s presentation switchers and AV scalers enable signal transmission from multiple sources to a single device. They are available in a variety of configurations and can easily support digital and analogue formats. They include all the essential features to make presentation environments seamless and time-saving. As these switchers are multi-functional, they are not created equally. Our blog shares a list of key features to look for when choosing a presentation switcher for your meeting room.
Seamless switching is paramount
When more than one source is required, it can be ineffective and time-consuming to switch in between sources. You should look for the ability to switch quickly between sources, like projectors and laptops, without latency. Downtime in a presentation can lead to losing the audience’s interest. Look for a presentation switcher with the most seamless switching capabilities. It is best to get in touch with an AV integrator to fully understand how beneficial seamless switching can be in a presentation environment.
Ease of connectivity
It’s very common to have a variety of analogue and digital sources that need to connect to a display during a meeting. Look for a presentation switcher that can accommodate a host of inputs, including HDMI, VGA, and DisplayPort among others. It is important to maximize flexibility when it comes to connectivity options. Advanced integrator-friendly models of switchers can sport features such as different switcher modes, microphone support, control via RS-232, Ethernet support and much more.
Built-in HDBaseT extension
HDBaseT is a global standard for the transmission of ultra-high-definition audio/video and other technologies. It enables users to present from remote sources or to transmit to a remote display over existing CAT5e and CAT6 cable. Using this technology you can send audio and video data along with power (PoE) with low cost twisted pair cable and RJ45 connectors. Presentation switchers with built-in HDBaseT extension empower you to take advantage of existing infrastructure saving you both time and money.
Keep an eye on futureproofing
Technology is always evolving, therefore, it is crucial to look for a presentation switcher that can accommodate change. Look for a presentation switcher that supports 4K UHD with the ability to scale signals up or down in order to match the display resolution. Currently, 4K UHD is the highest resolution we have, so finding a switcher that supports it ensures you never encounter display issues. Backwards compatibility is also necessary as you may encounter a variety of newer and legacy connecting requirements.
In today’s office AV and automation requirements, presentations that utilize multiple multimedia tools are crucial. Presentation switchers make multimedia presentations more impressive, interactive, and seamless. Not only do they enhance presentations but they also enhance the collaborative nature of a multimedia presentation. Whether you are switching between sources or switching between presenters, a presentation switcher will ensure the process is seamless and easy.
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