Is there a monitor or converter I can use to watch 4 video outputs on one screen?

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I have many video outputs that I would like to simultaneously overview with a control monitor, but I don't want to buy a monitor for each video output itself. So I'm looking for a similar solution what we can see at surveillance systems, where the monitor is connected to a DVR unit, which processes multiple camera images, and we can see them displayed in some kind of grid.

DVR monitor

Is there such a device for regular VGA or HDMI outputs? It doesn't matter if it is built into the monitor itself or if it has, for example, 4 or more inputs with one output I can connect to a monitor. It would be nice if the output layout could be configurable to different layout styles like in the picture below, but it isn't a requirement.

Multiple video output layout styles

totymedli

Posted 2015-09-09T20:57:44.543

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If the purpose is to create a demo, then this SO link can be of help!

Vivek 2015-09-10T09:11:38.100

Budget? Throughput?Gilles 2015-09-10T12:26:36.543

@Gilles Doesn't matter.totymedli 2015-09-10T13:27:04.823

What type of DVR do you use? Is it possible to run 3rd party software on it, does it have a central platform as an option?Gram 2015-09-16T23:14:52.813

@Gram I didn't said I have a DVR. That was just an example for what layout I'm looking for. I would be surprised if a DVR device would be prepared for this kind of usage. DVR inputs are usually not HDMI/VGA. Even in that case it wouldn't be the intended usage and I would also pay for other functionality that is not related to what I'm loking for.totymedli 2015-09-16T23:39:54.453

Answers

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I have some potential options that may be helpful.

Option 1: Using an in-between hardware solution

One option would be Screens a product that resides between the screen itself and your inputs. It is in Kickstarter now but allows you to customize a good number of inputs by running its own internal software. Another option that is available now from my understanding is the Cadent.

Option 2: Using software at the source to split the image

The cheapest option would be to use software on the host to do this for you, however I think this may not be an option based on the source of the content (camera or central DVR unit) you have.

Option 3: The continued search for a screen with more than two hardware inputs

Currently, most monitors/or TVs that allow multiple simultaneous input only allow two inputs and are in the expensive price range for example. For example I have the (as cheap as I could find 4k) Samsung LU28D590DS. It has two HDMI inputs that can be run at the same time. However as 4k becomes more mainstream there might be more options for simultaneous inputs.

Edit1: @Aditya Somani found one with four inputs

Edit2: @Nathan Osman Also found a screen that should work.


On a side note, a DVI cable can be converted to HDMI though a cheap adapter. Likewise a Displayport adapters exist however are slightly more dependent on the source of the signal or require an active signal processer.

Gram

Posted 2015-09-09T20:57:44.543

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Here's a monitor that matches option #3: http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&sku=210-AHSQ

Nathan Osman 2017-09-13T05:38:40.247

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I currently use an LG 29UM67 which is a 21:9 monitor which supports the features you are talking about. I was able to get it on Amazon for about 350USD and it supports upto 4 inputs simultaneously, either with different inputs or daisy chaining I believe.

Here is a link to LG's website for the same - http://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-29UM67-P-ultrawide-led-monitor

Aditya Somani

Posted 2015-09-09T20:57:44.543

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2That's awesome. I didn't realize a mainstream brand like LG made a multiple-input monitor. Nice recommendation!Adam 2015-09-17T19:20:44.137