using channel numbers and modulators. I would like to distribute Ultimate TV, high def signal, cable, dvd, vcr and directv satellite to four locations and maintain the highest quality picture as possible. Do video processors do this? Thanks.
It's possible, but it won't be "inexpensive" -- however, for picture quality, it is the best way to do it.
You'll need a "matrix switcher" -- popular brands are Extron, AutoPatch, and Inline. A multi-room video distribution system could also handle it, but most of them (Xantech, Russound, etc.) only accomodate composite video.
Matrix switchers are available in a wide variety of configurations. Some are for video composite, some component, some RGBHV and some use a card frame design that will accomodate all of the above. Check out www.extron.com. They have one of the best web sites out there with tons of great articles and explanations.
Most multi-room video systems simply employ some type of matrix video switching, but most only accomodate composite video. ADA is one manufacturer of a multi-room audio/video system that I am aware of that makes one that will accomodate everything (component, RGBHV etc.) but it is VERY expensive (typically in the six figures for a complete system). Crestron also has a matrix video switcher that will do component - it is meant mainly for use with their systems.
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