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I've seen the thread on the GEFEN box and threads on video capture cards, but I don't think they are what I'm looking for. Let me start out by stating what I'm trying to accomplish, and then if you have any ideas, please point me in the right direction.
My company sells high quality fiber optic cables. We would like to create a demonstration that transmits video over a fiber optic link at high bit rates. Bit rates approaching 10Gbps would be ideal. I have found a device from Extron that seems like a pretty good fit, but I'm wondering how we create a high bit rate stream that we can repeat in the demonstration. The ideal thing would be to capture a 1080p/60fps stream to a hard drive and then be able to loop that image, while altering parameters of the fiber optic cable.
Oddly one of the few video sources that might be able to create a 1080p/60 image is the PS3 with some of the newer HD games. Since this is an interactive situation, I would like to be able to capture a gaming sequence and use that as a repeatable source. I think Sony makes a hard drive device that will capture and play back HD material, but I don't know if it does it at the HDMI level. All the HD camcorders I've looked at only do 1080p at 24 or 30 fps. The Extron box says it works with signals up to 1600x1200 60p, so it may not exactly fit the bill for converting from DVI to a serial optical signal.
If there are blu-ray discs that are mastered and play back at 1080p/60 that would also work and eliminate this capture requirement, but I don't know if any are encoded that way or not.
Anyone out there have any experience with this sort of thing, or have any ideas? Would a PC game allow for 1600x1200 60fps output? I have built high performance PCs for HTPC applications and gaming, but I'm not a gamer myself (motion sickness problems), so any input would be appreciated.