posted by Laley23
I got mine for about $300, but there are different versions. You can typically find the Decimator DMOD Quad Split for about that.
Now, from there it gets a bit tricky. Because this is used commercially for TV Trucks (mostly), the input is SDI. They have HDMI to SDI cable out there, but not sure how expensive. I took mine from work. So, as you say with the cable box’s and fire stick, you’ll have to go hdmi into the converter and then sdi out and into the quad. For the OTA I went with a tuner, as OTA signals are analog and your tv is digital (most TVs have a digital tuner built in now, but we are bypassing this to get a split).
Lastly, the operation. You can set it to be many different things. 4-3-2-1. Can program different sizes and can switch the routing or the window that is playing the audio. I fucking love it, and I personally think it’s worth the (slight) hassle of setting up. Using the program you’ll need a laptop or tablet (anything with a USB port, really) and simply toggle through whatever setting you want at that time. I have an old tablet that functions as a “remote” just sitting by my couch. You can switch all that manually, but getting up and down if wanting to swap stuff can be annoying.
Ill post some pictures to give you a better sense of what I mean.
And I can also send you SDI cables if you want and save you the money.
I tried to quote all your responses and pictures but apparently it didn't post. That is pretty slick. I'll have to hit you up with questions when this is closer to reality. How does SDI compare to HDMI? Noticable difference?