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  MediaMAX4 Software
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  BladeHD Firmware
v2.0.99.18 (09/02/2015)

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Products - PlayBack Engines - DVS BladeHD



The BladeHD is the latest digital video player from DVS to join the Blade Technology range of products. This is one of the most powerful and advanced player on the market today with many outstanding features.

The BladeHD is a small playback system that delivers fantastic video and audio to broadcast standards. With full 1080p HD resolution utilising many video codec formats, the BladeHD provides a powerful statement for delivering media rich content. Now high quality Advertising, Branding, Public Information videos and images can be delivered in a controlled way at a touch of a button.

The BladeHD has a high quality resolution scaler engine this enables video and images to be up or down scaled to suit the resolution size of the screen or projector. This feature can be employed to great effect in the digital signage arena. Now smaller resolution/file size videos or images can be sent quickly over the internet then increased in size using the onboard scaler engine. This dramatically increases delivery speed and reduces bandwidth usage, this is so important in large deployed retail estates.

The BladeHD is controlled by BladeRUNNER software. There are three versions of software that power the BladeHD, these are;- BladeRUNNER HD Lite, BladeRUNNER HD and BladeRUNNER HD WEB.

• BladeRUNNER HD Lite software provides all the functions to setup and control BladeHD’s as a standalone HD player over a network.

• BladeRUNNER HD is a more advanced version of our control software. It expands on the BladeRUNNER HD Lite software, having a slightly different interface with additional features giving more control and flexibility to BladeHD’s. The BladeRUNNER HD Software is aimed at users who have a good understanding of BLADE technology and want to become more creative with their BLADE HD’s. In more complex and demanding conditions BladeRUNNER HD Software allows the user to control multiples of BladeHD’s to playout video in sync over a network.

• BladeRUNNER HD WEB software provides multi-cast content delivery from corporate "mission control" or third party locations via ADSL, WAN and LAN. This software is user friendly giving the operator freedom and flexibility to administer and manage the BladeHD's within an estate from any location using network or internet access. Flexibility of control is key to the BladeHD, with the ability to communicate via TCI/IP, RS232, OSD, contact closure and IR remote control. Storage capacity for HD is not an issue, the BladeHD can store video clips on either 2.5" PATA or SSD Drives.

BladeRUNNER HD Lite and BladeRUNNER HD are both application based software packages.

The BladeHD is only 215Lx156Wx38Hmm in size and can be installed using visa mounting or rack mounted using an additional 1U rackmount panel. This 1U panel will accommodate two BladeHD's.

Designed, developed and built in-house, the BladeHD looks and performs like no other digital signage/display product.

Latest Firmware Release......Video Synced Playback and Softedge Blending

BladeHD’s can frame accurately video sync to each other through a hub or over a network. This means any number of BladeHD’s can be synced into play groups over a network to create an exciting HD visual experience.


For detailed information on how to encode content including synced content for the BladeHD, click here.

A quick demo of BladeHD's being use to create a 12 screen video wall:

Supported Software



Video Output
VGA (15-pin Female D-Sub)
HDMI (DVI to HDMI Adaptor)
S-Video (Y/C) (Mini-Din 4 socket)
Composite (CVBS) (RCA/Phono socket) (Optional)
Fully scaleable video output - up and down-scale

Supported Video/Content Formats
HD & SD compatible - 720i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p Full HD video playback 1920x1080 resolution
MPEG2 PS and TS Codecs
XVID Streams in .AVI Container
DIVX Streams in .AVI Container
DVD (.VOB) Streams (Unencrypted) in .AVI Container
Static Images - .JPEG in .AVI Container

Supported Video Frame & Bit Rates
23.97, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60fps
Maximum MPEG SD Muxed Video/Audio Bitrate: 15 Mbit/s
Maximum MPEG HD Muxed Video/Audio Bitrate: 25 Mbit/s
Maximum XVID Streams in .AVI Container Muxed Video/Audio Bitrate: 25 Mbit/s
Maximum DIVX Streams in .AVI Container Muxed Video/Audio Bitrate: 25 Mbit/s

Supported Video Resolutions
PAL - 720x576 Interlaced
NTSC - 720x480 Interlaced

VGA Only
640x480 @ 60Hz
800x600 @ 60Hz
1024x768 @ 60Hz

DVI Only
1400x1050 @ 60Hz Ver.1 Progressive
1400x1050 @ 60Hz Ver.2 Progressive
1080p25 1920x1080 @ 25Hz Progressive
1080p30 1920x1080 @ 30Hz Progressive
1080p29 1920x1080 @ 29.97Hz Progressive
1080p24 1920x1080 @ 24Hz Progressive
1080p23 1920x1080 @ 23.97Hz Progressive
1080p59 1920x1080 @ 59.94Hz Progressive
1080p50 1920x1080 @ 50Hz Progressive

Automatic monitor resolution detection (EDID) (Best resolution) NB. Some monitors will report the wrong information and therefore will not give it’s maximum resolution.
480p 720x480 Progressive
720p 1280x720 Progressive
1080i 1920x1080 Interlaced
1080p 1920x1080 Progressive
1280x1024 @ 60Hz Progressive
1360x768 @ 60Hz Progressive
1366x768 @ 60Hz Progressive
1024x768 @ 60Hz Progressive
1440x900 @ 60Hz Progressive

Audio Output
Stereo - Line Out (Left, Right) 1x 3.5mm socket
Stereo - Amp 6Watts (Left, Right) 1x 3.5mm socket (Optional)
Stereo (Left, Right) 2x RCA/Phono socket (Optional)
5.1 Optical (Optional)

Supported Audio/Content Formats
Elementary MPEG Layer I/II Audio
DVD audio quality
AC3 5.1

Audio Sampling Frequencies
32, 44.1, 48 kHz
MPEG Layer I/II Audio Bitrates up to 224 Kbit/s

Storage Formats
2.5" PATA HDD Hard Disk Drive
2.5" SSD Solid State Disk Drive (Solid State) (Optional)

Communication Control
Network Ethernet 10/100BaseT (RJ45 socket)
TCP/IP Support

I/O Control
RS232 (9-pin Male D-sub)
Push Button Control - 7 Buttons
Infrared (IR) Remote Control (Optional)
On Screen Display (OSD) Menu
Keyboard and Mouse control with OSD

Web and Application versions of BladeRUNNER software
Simple user friendly GUI
Able to customise software to suit client applications

Products - PlayBack Engines - DVS BladeHD
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