A/V Binloop HD - Frequently Asked Questions
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Q I want to play a video with surround sound audio (i.e. Dolby Digital). Where does the Binloop output digital audio? 
A The digital audio outputs are available on the connector labeled AES/EBU. Each reproducer has a (-) and a (+) output on this connector. When wiring to a standard RCA coax digital audio cable, the (-) should be wired to the shield and the (+) should be wired to the tip. When playing a video with 2-channel MPEG or AAC audio, this output generates a S/PDIF signal. When playing a video with digital audio, the analog outputs of the Binloop are silent and this connector outputs a signal that must be fed to a decoder/receiver.
   
Q The Binloop HD has 4 different types of video outputs for each channel. Are they always on? 
A Yes. The analog component, HDMI, and HD-SDI outputs will always display the currently configured Video Output Format (which is 1080i by default). The composite video output will always display a Standard-Definition mixdown of the HD output. No configuration necessary. 
   
Q What's the best way to control the Binloop using an AMX, Crestron, or other 3rd party control system? 
A Using the Pioneer/AMI ASCII protocol on the 'Show Control' RS-232 port or via Ethernet on UDP port 2638. If you are using RS-232, a NULL cable is required and the settings are 9600-8-n-1. See the Binloop manual for a complete list of commands. 
   
Q What types of video files does this product play? 
A It will play video elementary streams that are encoded with MPEG2, H.264, or VC-1. It will also play Transport Streams that contain 1 of those 3 video types, as well as an MPEG, AAC, or AC3 audio track. It WILL NOT play Program Streams, Quicktime MOV, WMV, MP4, M4V or AVC multiplexed files. See the Media Files section of the manual for detailed information. 
   
Q Will this product play Standard Definition video files? 
A Yes. However, it will not play Program Streams. The SD video must be encoded as an elementary stream or a transport stream.
   
Q What's the best way to play 2 or more channels in sync?
A First, assign the channels to a group using the Binloop Config software or front-panel interface. Name the video files that will be playing in sync with the exact same file number and copy them to each channel's compact flash card. Using either the Serial, Ethernet, or Timecode control interface, send a Synchronous Play command to the group in which the channels are assigned. 
   
Q Do the HDMI outputs and HD-SDI connectors output audio?
A Yes. The HDMI connector will output S/PDIF audio or a surround sound bitstream (i.e. Dolby Digital) depending on what type of audio is encoded in the video file. The HD-SDI output will only embed audio when playing 2-channel audio formats.  
   
Q Is there a limit to how large my video files can be to play in the Binloop HD?
A Yes, and no. The Binloop HD reproducers use the FAT32 file system, which has a maximum file size of 4GB. This means you cannot directly play a file larger than 4GB in the Binloop HD. However, you can divide this file into several 'chunks' using a file splitting program. As long as those chunks are named properly, the reproducer will treat them as if they were one single file. No need to use the Play Next command. See the Media Files section of the Binloop HD manual for details. 
   
Q Can I play files from the DVM-8400 on a Digital Binloop HD?
A Yes. The Digital Binloop HD can play DVM8400 video files. However, the Binloop does not support playlists or schedules.
   
 




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