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Novastar MX40 Pro LED Display Controller

The MX40 Pro LED display controller revolutionizes visual experiences with its versatile features, including Frame Rate Adaptive, Dynamic Booster, and Full Grayscale Calibration. With seamless integration and stunning performance, it empowers users to unleash the full potential of their LED displays.
Novastar MX40 Pro LED Display Controller

Overview

The Novastar MX40 Pro is a state-of-the-art all-in-one LED display controller, representing the pinnacle of the COEX control system series developed by Xi’an NovaStar Tech Co., Ltd. This flagship controller boasts 20 Ethernet ports, seamlessly integrating video processing and control functions in a single unit. With versatile video input connectors, advanced output options, and compatibility with NovaStar’s VMP software, the MX40 Pro delivers an exceptional operation and control experience.

Features

Multiple Types of Inputs

The Novastar MX40 Pro LED Display Controller offers a wide range of input options, ensuring compatibility with various video sources. It features three HDMI 2.0 inputs with loop-through capability, allowing for seamless connection and daisy-chaining of devices. Additionally, it provides a DP 1.2 input and a 12G-SDI input, both with loop-through functionality, further expanding the range of supported input sources. With these multiple input types, users have the flexibility to connect different devices and easily switch between video sources.

10-bit and 8-bit Video Inputs

The MX40 Pro supports both 10-bit and 8-bit video inputs, accommodating different video formats and ensuring accurate color reproduction. Whether working with high-definition content or standard video sources, the controller can handle the varying color depths to deliver stunning visual quality. This flexibility in accepting different bit depths enhances the versatility of the MX40 Pro and makes it compatible with a wide range of video equipment and formats.

Versatile Output Capabilities

The MX40 Pro is equipped with three types of outputs, providing versatile connectivity options for LED display setups. It offers 20 Gigabit Ethernet ports, allowing for seamless connection to LED display panels. With a load capacity of up to 9 million pixels, the controller can drive large-scale displays with ease. Additionally, the MX40 Pro features four 10G optical ports, enabling high-speed data transmission for demanding applications. Furthermore, it includes an SPDIF digital audio port, ensuring synchronized audio output alongside the visuals.

Various Control Options

To facilitate seamless control and operation, the MX40 Pro offers multiple control interfaces. It includes a Genlock signal input with loop-through capability, allowing for precise synchronization with external video sources. The controller also provides two Ethernet control ports and an auxiliary port, enabling easy integration with other devices and systems. These control options ensure efficient signal routing, adjustment of settings, and synchronization of playback, enhancing the overall control experience for users.

Independent Layers

The MX40 Pro supports up to four independent layers, providing users with greater flexibility in content management. With the ability to handle up to four 4K layers, users can easily organize and present multiple visual elements simultaneously. The layer priority adjustment, based on the Z order functionality, allows for precise control over the visual hierarchy, ensuring optimal display arrangements and smooth transitions between content layers.

Image Scaling

With its image scaling capabilities, the MX40 Pro offers precise control over the display of images. It supports four image scaling modes: custom, pixel-to-pixel, snap-to-canvas, and fill screen. The custom mode allows users to define specific scaling parameters, ensuring accurate image representation. The pixel-to-pixel mode displays images in their original resolution, preserving the integrity of the content. The snap-to-canvas mode adjusts the image to fit the display area while maintaining the aspect ratio. Finally, the fill screen mode stretches the image to cover the entire display area. These options give users the flexibility to adapt the display to different content requirements and optimize the visual experience.

Color Replacement

The MX40 Pro introduces the color replacement feature, enabling users to freely replace any color in an image without affecting the performance of other colors. This functionality opens up creative possibilities for customization and allows for dynamic visual effects. To achieve the best results, it is recommended to focus on replacing highly saturated colors, ensuring that the desired effect is achieved without compromising the overall image quality.

14Ch Color Correction

For precise color adjustment, the MX40 Pro offers 14-channel color correction capabilities. Users can finely adjust the hue, saturation, and brightness of black, white, and the 12 derived standard colors of the RGB primary colors. This level of control allows for accurate color representation, ensuring vibrant visuals and maintaining consistent color accuracy across the LED display. By fine-tuning the color parameters, users can achieve the desired color reproduction and ensure that their content is displayed exactly as intended. Whether it’s adjusting the warmth of a white hue or enhancing the saturation of specific colors, the MX40 Pro’s 14-channel color correction empowers users to create visually stunning and captivating displays.

Curves

With its curve adjustment feature, the MX40 Pro enables users to modify the RGBW mapping curves of an image. This functionality allows for precise control over the tonal characteristics and contrast of the displayed content. By manipulating the curves, users can enhance specific areas of an image, correct for any irregularities, or create unique visual effects. The MX40 Pro’s curve adjustment feature provides the flexibility to fine-tune the display output and achieve the desired visual impact.

3D LUT

The MX40 Pro supports 3D Look-Up Tables (LUTs), specifically the 17×17×17 3D LUT .cube files. This feature allows users to adjust the colors of the video source, ensuring accurate color representation on the LED display. By applying custom LUTs, users can achieve precise color calibration and tailor the display output to their specific requirements. The MX40 Pro’s 3D LUT support provides advanced color management capabilities, enabling users to achieve exceptional color accuracy and consistency.

Dynamic Booster

The MX40 Pro incorporates a Dynamic Booster feature that analyzes each frame in real-time and dynamically adjusts the display contrast and image details. This functionality significantly enhances the visual experience by delivering improved contrast, sharpness, and overall image quality. Furthermore, the Dynamic Booster helps to control and reduce the display power consumption, leading to energy efficiency and an extended service life for the LED screen. Users can enjoy visually stunning content with enhanced detail and clarity while benefiting from power-saving capabilities.

Full Grayscale Calibration

In collaboration with NovaStar’s high-precision calibration system and the C3200 scientific grade camera, the MX40 Pro enables Full Grayscale Calibration. This process generates unique calibration coefficients for each grayscale, ensuring uniformity and consistency across all shades of gray. By dramatically improving the image quality and reducing color discrepancies, Full Grayscale Calibration enhances the overall visual performance of the LED display. Users can expect precise grayscale representation, sharper images, and improved color reproduction, resulting in an immersive viewing experience.

Support for 3D

The MX40 Pro offers support for 3D content when used in conjunction with specified receiving cards, a 3D emitter, and 3D glasses. This feature allows users to create a captivating and immersive 3D viewing experience on the LED display. By leveraging the MX40 Pro’s compatibility with 3D technology, users can showcase content with depth and dimension, opening up new possibilities for entertainment, advertising, and interactive applications.

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

The MX40 Pro supports HDR technology, including HDR10 and compliance with the SMPTE ST 2084 and SMPTE ST 2086 standards. With HDR, the display can reproduce a wider range of colors and a higher contrast ratio, resulting in more vibrant and lifelike visuals. Whether it’s capturing the intricate details in dark or bright areas of the image or presenting content with more vivid colors, HDR support enhances the overall visual impact and creates a captivating viewing experience.

Low Latency

Furthermore, the MX40 Pro ensures low latency performance, with a controller latency of 0 frame (less than 1 ms), guaranteeing real-time response and seamless synchronization between the input source and the LED display. This instantaneous response time preserves the integrity of fast-paced content and interactive applications, providing a smooth and uninterrupted visual experience. Additionally, the MX40 Pro offers the flexibility to add additional latency if required, allowing users to fine-tune the latency settings based on their specific needs. With the MX40 Pro, users can achieve a responsive and synchronized display, ensuring an optimal viewing experience.

Brightness Overdrive

The MX40 Pro introduces a brightness overdrive feature that enhances the maximum screen brightness while maintaining uniformity across the display. By balancing the brightness distribution, this functionality enables a better High Dynamic Range Perceptual Quantizer (HDR PQ) effect. Users can enjoy a higher dynamic range, more vivid colors, and a visually striking display that captures every detail of their content.

Display Mode Switching

In addition. the MX40 Pro empowers users with the ability to switch display modes based on different application scenarios. This feature allows a single cabinet to use different sets of effect parameters, optimizing the display effect according to the specific content or environment. Whether it’s adjusting brightness, contrast, or other visual parameters, users can easily switch between display modes to achieve the desired visual outcome for various applications.

Frame Rate Adaptive

With its frame rate adaptive capability, the MX40 Pro seamlessly adapts to various video input frame rates, including decimal frame rates. This ensures smooth playback and eliminates issues such as stuttering or screen tearing. Additionally, custom frame rates are supported, allowing users to fine-tune the frame rate with precision, making it ideal for applications that require specific frame rate synchronization or specialized visual effects.

Display System Monitoring

The MX40 Pro offers comprehensive display system monitoring, enabling users to actively monitor the device status and screen status. This feature provides real-time feedback on any faults or alarms, allowing for proactive troubleshooting and maintenance. Users can stay informed about the performance of their LED display system, ensuring its optimal operation and minimizing any downtime.

Two Working Modes

The MX40 Pro supports two working modes: the All-In-One Controller mode and the Send-Only Controller mode. In the Send-Only Controller mode, users can reduce latency by one frame, ideal for applications that require minimal delay. In the All-In-One Controller mode, users have access to advanced features such as layer and scaling functions, providing greater flexibility and control over the display output. The MX40 Pro’s two working modes cater to different user preferences and application requirements.

VMP Software Control

The MX40 Pro stands out with its seamless integration of the VMP software, an innovative display control solution that combines design, management, and monitoring functionalities into a unified platform. By connecting the device to the VMP software, users can effortlessly operate and manage the MX40 Pro, ensuring a hassle-free experience. The intuitive interface of VMP enables users to easily configure settings, control parameters, and design captivating visual content. Additionally, VMP facilitates smart device management by allowing real-time monitoring of performance and status, enabling proactive troubleshooting and optimizing the overall performance of the LED display system. With its all-in-one capabilities, the VMP software control feature of the MX40 Pro empowers users to achieve exceptional display outcomes with utmost convenience and efficiency.

Support for SNMP and Art-Net Protocols

The MX40 Pro extends its compatibility by supporting industry-standard protocols such as Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and Art-Net. This allows for seamless integration into existing network infrastructures and facilitates centralized monitoring and control of the LED display system. Users can leverage the MX40 Pro’s support for these protocols to enhance system management efficiency and simplify integration with other network devices.

Cascading Control via Ethernet

And more, the MX40 Pro features Gigabit Ethernet control ports that support the TCP/IP protocol and star topology. This eliminates the need for additional switches or routers when deploying multiple MX40 Pro devices on the same local area network (LAN). The built-in network switching function enables easy cascading of devices, simplifying the setup process and optimizing network efficiency.

Function Limitations

The MX40 Pro LED display controller offers advanced functions; however, it has certain limitations that users should be aware of. Firstly, the Frame Rate Adaptive function can only be utilized when paired with the A10s Pro receiving card and supported driver ICs such as MBI5264, MBI5253B, ICND2055, ICND2065, ICND2059, and ICND2069. 

Additionally, the Dynamic Booster function requires the A10s Pro receiving card and pre-operation brightness correction using the CA410-VP427, CA410-P427, or EYE2-400 color analyzer. The brightness overdrive and display mode switching functions are achievable with the A10s Pro receiving card and the use of the .ncp file generated by NovaStar’s Cabinet Tool. Full Grayscale Calibration is possible when the MX40 Pro is paired with the A10s Pro receiving card. To utilize the 3D function, specific 3D glasses are required, and users are advised to contact NovaStar technical support for further details. 

Lastly, when using the HDR function with the A10s Pro receiving card, the load capacity of the MX40 Pro is reduced by less than half.

Appearance

Front Panel

Front Panel of novastar MX40 Pro LED Display Controller
  • Running Indicator: 
    Solid red: Standby
    Solid blue: The device is being started.
    Solid green: The device is running normally.
    Flashing red: The device is running abnormally.
  • Standby Button: 
    Press the button to power on or power off the device.
    Hold down the button for 5s or longer to restart the device.
  • USB 2.0: 
    Connect to a USB drive only to export the device diagnostic result.
    Only the NTFS and FAT32 file systems are supported. Others are not supported.
  • TFT Screen: A 3.5-inch screen to display the device status, menus, submenus, and messages for parameter settings
  • Knob: 
    On the home screen, press the knob to enter the main menu screen.
    On the main menu screen, rotate the knob to select a menu item or adjust the parameter value. Press the knob to confirm the operation.
    Hold down the knob and BACK button simultaneously for 5s or longer to lock or unlock the buttons.
  • BACK: Go back to the previous menu or cancel the current operation.

Rear Panel

Rear Panel of novastar MX40 Pro LED Display Controller
  • HDMI 2.0-1 IN: 1
  • HDMI 2.0-2 IN: 1
  • HDMI 2.0-3 IN: 1
  • DP 1.2: 1
  • 12G-SDI IN: 1
  • 1–20: 20 Gigabit Ethernet output ports. Support hot backup between Ethernet ports. Max device load capacity: 9 million pixels. The maximum load capacity per Ethernet port is as follows.
    8bit@60Hz: 659,722 pixels
    10bit@60Hz: 494,791 pixels (available only with the A10s Pro receiving card)
    10bit/12bit@60Hz: 329,861 pixels
  • OPT 1-4: 4 × 10G optical output port
  • HDMI 2.0-1 LOOP: HDMI loop through. Up to 8 devices can be cabled in one loop.
  • HDMI 1.4-2 LOOP: HDMI loop through. Up to 8 devices can be cabled in one loop.
  • HDMI 1.4-3 LOOP: HDMI loop through. Up to 8 devices can be cabled in one loop.
  • 12G-SDI LOOP: 1 SDI loop through. Up to 8 devices can be cabled in one loop.
  • SPDIF OUT: A digital audio output (Reserved)
  • ETHERNET: 2 Gigabit Ethernet control ports. Support TCP/IP protocol and star topology.
  • GENLOCK: A pair of Genlock signal connectors. Support Bi-Level and Tri-Level.
  • AUX: An auxiliary port that connects to the central control device (RS232) (Reserved)
  • 100-240V~, 50/60Hz, 1.5A: An AC power input connector and switch

Dimensions

Size: 482.6 mm × 94.2 mm × 466.7 mm

Dimensions chart of Novastar MX40 Pro LED Display Controller

Ethernet Port Load Capacity

When Working with A10s Pro Receiving Card

The formula for calculating the load capacity per Ethernet port and the detailed parameters are as follows.

  • 8bit: Load capacity × 24 ×Frame rate < 1000 × 1000 × 1000 × 0.95
  • 10bit: Load capacity × 32 ×Frame rate < 1000 × 1000 × 1000 × 0.95
  • 12bit: Load capacity × 48 ×Frame rate < 1000 × 1000 × 1000 × 0.95
Novastar MX40 Pro Load Capacity When Working with Other Armor Series Receiving Cards

When Working with Other Armor Series Receiving Cards

The formula for calculating the load capacity per Ethernet port and the detailed parameters are as follows.

  • 8bit: Load capacity × 24 × Frame rate < 1000 × 1000 × 1000 × 0.95
  • 10bit: Load capacity × 48 ×Frame rate < 1000 × 1000 × 1000 × 0.95
  • 12bit: Load capacity × 48 ×Frame rate < 1000 × 1000 × 1000 × 0.95
Novastar MX40 Pro Load Capacity When Working with Other Armor Series Receiving Cards

Specification / Datasheet

User Manual

Firmware

Frequently Asked Questions

The MX40 Pro offers multiple input types, including 3x HDMI 2.0 (with loop through), 1x DP 1.2, and 1x 12G-SDI (with loop through), providing versatile connectivity for various video sources.

The MX40 Pro features 20x Gigabit Ethernet ports with a load capacity of up to 9 million pixels, ensuring seamless transmission and display of high-resolution content.

The MX40 Pro supports up to 4 independent layers, allowing users to create dynamic and visually appealing displays by overlaying and adjusting multiple content layers.

The MX40 Pro provides four image scaling modes: custom, pixel to pixel, snap to canvas, and fill screen, enabling precise adjustment and optimization of the displayed content.

bsolutely, the MX40 Pro can bring a fascinating and immersive 3D viewing experience when used in conjunction with specified receiving cards, 3D emitters, and 3D glasses, allowing for captivating visual content presentations.

Yes, the MX40 Pro supports HDR10 and complies with the SMPTE ST 2084 and SMPTE ST 2086 standards, providing enhanced brightness and contrast for a more vibrant and lifelike display. It also supports HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) for HDR content playback.

The MX40 Pro supports two working modes: All-In-One Controller mode and Send-Only Controller mode. In the Send-Only Controller mode, latency can be reduced by one frame, while the All-In-One Controller mode provides access to layer and scaling functions for enhanced control and versatility.

Yes, the MX40 Pro can be easily connected to the VMP software, which offers intuitive and convenient operations as well as smart device management. The VMP software integrates design, management, and monitoring into a single platform, providing a seamless user experience.

The MX40 Pro LED display controller is competitively priced in the range of $8500 to $9500, making it an affordable yet high-quality solution for demanding visual display projects. For accurate and up-to-date pricing details, it is advisable to consult authorized NovaStar dealers or distributors or contact us.

Novastar MX40 Pro LED Display Controller

The MX40 Pro LED display controller revolutionizes visual experiences with its versatile features, including Frame Rate Adaptive, Dynamic Booster, and Full Grayscale Calibration. With seamless integration and stunning performance, it empowers users to unleash the full potential of their LED displays.
Novastar MX40 Pro LED Display Controller

Overview

The Novastar MX40 Pro is a state-of-the-art all-in-one LED display controller, representing the pinnacle of the COEX control system series developed by Xi’an NovaStar Tech Co., Ltd. This flagship controller boasts 20 Ethernet ports, seamlessly integrating video processing and control functions in a single unit. With versatile video input connectors, advanced output options, and compatibility with NovaStar’s VMP software, the MX40 Pro delivers an exceptional operation and control experience.

Features

Multiple Types of Inputs

The Novastar MX40 Pro LED Display Controller offers a wide range of input options, ensuring compatibility with various video sources. It features three HDMI 2.0 inputs with loop-through capability, allowing for seamless connection and daisy-chaining of devices. Additionally, it provides a DP 1.2 input and a 12G-SDI input, both with loop-through functionality, further expanding the range of supported input sources. With these multiple input types, users have the flexibility to connect different devices and easily switch between video sources.

10-bit and 8-bit Video Inputs

The MX40 Pro supports both 10-bit and 8-bit video inputs, accommodating different video formats and ensuring accurate color reproduction. Whether working with high-definition content or standard video sources, the controller can handle the varying color depths to deliver stunning visual quality. This flexibility in accepting different bit depths enhances the versatility of the MX40 Pro and makes it compatible with a wide range of video equipment and formats.

Versatile Output Capabilities

The MX40 Pro is equipped with three types of outputs, providing versatile connectivity options for LED display setups. It offers 20 Gigabit Ethernet ports, allowing for seamless connection to LED display panels. With a load capacity of up to 9 million pixels, the controller can drive large-scale displays with ease. Additionally, the MX40 Pro features four 10G optical ports, enabling high-speed data transmission for demanding applications. Furthermore, it includes an SPDIF digital audio port, ensuring synchronized audio output alongside the visuals.

Various Control Options

To facilitate seamless control and operation, the MX40 Pro offers multiple control interfaces. It includes a Genlock signal input with loop-through capability, allowing for precise synchronization with external video sources. The controller also provides two Ethernet control ports and an auxiliary port, enabling easy integration with other devices and systems. These control options ensure efficient signal routing, adjustment of settings, and synchronization of playback, enhancing the overall control experience for users.

Independent Layers

The MX40 Pro supports up to four independent layers, providing users with greater flexibility in content management. With the ability to handle up to four 4K layers, users can easily organize and present multiple visual elements simultaneously. The layer priority adjustment, based on the Z order functionality, allows for precise control over the visual hierarchy, ensuring optimal display arrangements and smooth transitions between content layers.

Image Scaling

With its image scaling capabilities, the MX40 Pro offers precise control over the display of images. It supports four image scaling modes: custom, pixel-to-pixel, snap-to-canvas, and fill screen. The custom mode allows users to define specific scaling parameters, ensuring accurate image representation. The pixel-to-pixel mode displays images in their original resolution, preserving the integrity of the content. The snap-to-canvas mode adjusts the image to fit the display area while maintaining the aspect ratio. Finally, the fill screen mode stretches the image to cover the entire display area. These options give users the flexibility to adapt the display to different content requirements and optimize the visual experience.

Color Replacement

The MX40 Pro introduces the color replacement feature, enabling users to freely replace any color in an image without affecting the performance of other colors. This functionality opens up creative possibilities for customization and allows for dynamic visual effects. To achieve the best results, it is recommended to focus on replacing highly saturated colors, ensuring that the desired effect is achieved without compromising the overall image quality.

14Ch Color Correction

For precise color adjustment, the MX40 Pro offers 14-channel color correction capabilities. Users can finely adjust the hue, saturation, and brightness of black, white, and the 12 derived standard colors of the RGB primary colors. This level of control allows for accurate color representation, ensuring vibrant visuals and maintaining consistent color accuracy across the LED display. By fine-tuning the color parameters, users can achieve the desired color reproduction and ensure that their content is displayed exactly as intended. Whether it’s adjusting the warmth of a white hue or enhancing the saturation of specific colors, the MX40 Pro’s 14-channel color correction empowers users to create visually stunning and captivating displays.

Curves

With its curve adjustment feature, the MX40 Pro enables users to modify the RGBW mapping curves of an image. This functionality allows for precise control over the tonal characteristics and contrast of the displayed content. By manipulating the curves, users can enhance specific areas of an image, correct for any irregularities, or create unique visual effects. The MX40 Pro’s curve adjustment feature provides the flexibility to fine-tune the display output and achieve the desired visual impact.

3D LUT

The MX40 Pro supports 3D Look-Up Tables (LUTs), specifically the 17×17×17 3D LUT .cube files. This feature allows users to adjust the colors of the video source, ensuring accurate color representation on the LED display. By applying custom LUTs, users can achieve precise color calibration and tailor the display output to their specific requirements. The MX40 Pro’s 3D LUT support provides advanced color management capabilities, enabling users to achieve exceptional color accuracy and consistency.

Dynamic Booster

The MX40 Pro incorporates a Dynamic Booster feature that analyzes each frame in real-time and dynamically adjusts the display contrast and image details. This functionality significantly enhances the visual experience by delivering improved contrast, sharpness, and overall image quality. Furthermore, the Dynamic Booster helps to control and reduce the display power consumption, leading to energy efficiency and an extended service life for the LED screen. Users can enjoy visually stunning content with enhanced detail and clarity while benefiting from power-saving capabilities.

Full Grayscale Calibration

In collaboration with NovaStar’s high-precision calibration system and the C3200 scientific grade camera, the MX40 Pro enables Full Grayscale Calibration. This process generates unique calibration coefficients for each grayscale, ensuring uniformity and consistency across all shades of gray. By dramatically improving the image quality and reducing color discrepancies, Full Grayscale Calibration enhances the overall visual performance of the LED display. Users can expect precise grayscale representation, sharper images, and improved color reproduction, resulting in an immersive viewing experience.

Support for 3D

The MX40 Pro offers support for 3D content when used in conjunction with specified receiving cards, a 3D emitter, and 3D glasses. This feature allows users to create a captivating and immersive 3D viewing experience on the LED display. By leveraging the MX40 Pro’s compatibility with 3D technology, users can showcase content with depth and dimension, opening up new possibilities for entertainment, advertising, and interactive applications.

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

The MX40 Pro supports HDR technology, including HDR10 and compliance with the SMPTE ST 2084 and SMPTE ST 2086 standards. With HDR, the display can reproduce a wider range of colors and a higher contrast ratio, resulting in more vibrant and lifelike visuals. Whether it’s capturing the intricate details in dark or bright areas of the image or presenting content with more vivid colors, HDR support enhances the overall visual impact and creates a captivating viewing experience.

Low Latency

Furthermore, the MX40 Pro ensures low latency performance, with a controller latency of 0 frame (less than 1 ms), guaranteeing real-time response and seamless synchronization between the input source and the LED display. This instantaneous response time preserves the integrity of fast-paced content and interactive applications, providing a smooth and uninterrupted visual experience. Additionally, the MX40 Pro offers the flexibility to add additional latency if required, allowing users to fine-tune the latency settings based on their specific needs. With the MX40 Pro, users can achieve a responsive and synchronized display, ensuring an optimal viewing experience.

Brightness Overdrive

The MX40 Pro introduces a brightness overdrive feature that enhances the maximum screen brightness while maintaining uniformity across the display. By balancing the brightness distribution, this functionality enables a better High Dynamic Range Perceptual Quantizer (HDR PQ) effect. Users can enjoy a higher dynamic range, more vivid colors, and a visually striking display that captures every detail of their content.

Display Mode Switching

In addition. the MX40 Pro empowers users with the ability to switch display modes based on different application scenarios. This feature allows a single cabinet to use different sets of effect parameters, optimizing the display effect according to the specific content or environment. Whether it’s adjusting brightness, contrast, or other visual parameters, users can easily switch between display modes to achieve the desired visual outcome for various applications.

Frame Rate Adaptive

With its frame rate adaptive capability, the MX40 Pro seamlessly adapts to various video input frame rates, including decimal frame rates. This ensures smooth playback and eliminates issues such as stuttering or screen tearing. Additionally, custom frame rates are supported, allowing users to fine-tune the frame rate with precision, making it ideal for applications that require specific frame rate synchronization or specialized visual effects.

Display System Monitoring

The MX40 Pro offers comprehensive display system monitoring, enabling users to actively monitor the device status and screen status. This feature provides real-time feedback on any faults or alarms, allowing for proactive troubleshooting and maintenance. Users can stay informed about the performance of their LED display system, ensuring its optimal operation and minimizing any downtime.

Two Working Modes

The MX40 Pro supports two working modes: the All-In-One Controller mode and the Send-Only Controller mode. In the Send-Only Controller mode, users can reduce latency by one frame, ideal for applications that require minimal delay. In the All-In-One Controller mode, users have access to advanced features such as layer and scaling functions, providing greater flexibility and control over the display output. The MX40 Pro’s two working modes cater to different user preferences and application requirements.

VMP Software Control

The MX40 Pro stands out with its seamless integration of the VMP software, an innovative display control solution that combines design, management, and monitoring functionalities into a unified platform. By connecting the device to the VMP software, users can effortlessly operate and manage the MX40 Pro, ensuring a hassle-free experience. The intuitive interface of VMP enables users to easily configure settings, control parameters, and design captivating visual content. Additionally, VMP facilitates smart device management by allowing real-time monitoring of performance and status, enabling proactive troubleshooting and optimizing the overall performance of the LED display system. With its all-in-one capabilities, the VMP software control feature of the MX40 Pro empowers users to achieve exceptional display outcomes with utmost convenience and efficiency.

Support for SNMP and Art-Net Protocols

The MX40 Pro extends its compatibility by supporting industry-standard protocols such as Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and Art-Net. This allows for seamless integration into existing network infrastructures and facilitates centralized monitoring and control of the LED display system. Users can leverage the MX40 Pro’s support for these protocols to enhance system management efficiency and simplify integration with other network devices.

Cascading Control via Ethernet

And more, the MX40 Pro features Gigabit Ethernet control ports that support the TCP/IP protocol and star topology. This eliminates the need for additional switches or routers when deploying multiple MX40 Pro devices on the same local area network (LAN). The built-in network switching function enables easy cascading of devices, simplifying the setup process and optimizing network efficiency.

Function Limitations

The MX40 Pro LED display controller offers advanced functions; however, it has certain limitations that users should be aware of. Firstly, the Frame Rate Adaptive function can only be utilized when paired with the A10s Pro receiving card and supported driver ICs such as MBI5264, MBI5253B, ICND2055, ICND2065, ICND2059, and ICND2069. 

Additionally, the Dynamic Booster function requires the A10s Pro receiving card and pre-operation brightness correction using the CA410-VP427, CA410-P427, or EYE2-400 color analyzer. The brightness overdrive and display mode switching functions are achievable with the A10s Pro receiving card and the use of the .ncp file generated by NovaStar’s Cabinet Tool. Full Grayscale Calibration is possible when the MX40 Pro is paired with the A10s Pro receiving card. To utilize the 3D function, specific 3D glasses are required, and users are advised to contact NovaStar technical support for further details. 

Lastly, when using the HDR function with the A10s Pro receiving card, the load capacity of the MX40 Pro is reduced by less than half.

Appearance

Front Panel

Front Panel of novastar MX40 Pro LED Display Controller
  • Running Indicator: 
    Solid red: Standby
    Solid blue: The device is being started.
    Solid green: The device is running normally.
    Flashing red: The device is running abnormally.
  • Standby Button: 
    Press the button to power on or power off the device.
    Hold down the button for 5s or longer to restart the device.
  • USB 2.0: 
    Connect to a USB drive only to export the device diagnostic result.
    Only the NTFS and FAT32 file systems are supported. Others are not supported.
  • TFT Screen: A 3.5-inch screen to display the device status, menus, submenus, and messages for parameter settings
  • Knob: 
    On the home screen, press the knob to enter the main menu screen.
    On the main menu screen, rotate the knob to select a menu item or adjust the parameter value. Press the knob to confirm the operation.
    Hold down the knob and BACK button simultaneously for 5s or longer to lock or unlock the buttons.
  • BACK: Go back to the previous menu or cancel the current operation.

Rear Panel

Rear Panel of novastar MX40 Pro LED Display Controller
  • HDMI 2.0-1 IN: 1
  • HDMI 2.0-2 IN: 1
  • HDMI 2.0-3 IN: 1
  • DP 1.2: 1
  • 12G-SDI IN: 1
  • 1–20: 20 Gigabit Ethernet output ports. Support hot backup between Ethernet ports. Max device load capacity: 9 million pixels. The maximum load capacity per Ethernet port is as follows.
    8bit@60Hz: 659,722 pixels
    10bit@60Hz: 494,791 pixels (available only with the A10s Pro receiving card)
    10bit/12bit@60Hz: 329,861 pixels
  • OPT 1-4: 4 × 10G optical output port
  • HDMI 2.0-1 LOOP: HDMI loop through. Up to 8 devices can be cabled in one loop.
  • HDMI 1.4-2 LOOP: HDMI loop through. Up to 8 devices can be cabled in one loop.
  • HDMI 1.4-3 LOOP: HDMI loop through. Up to 8 devices can be cabled in one loop.
  • 12G-SDI LOOP: 1 SDI loop through. Up to 8 devices can be cabled in one loop.
  • SPDIF OUT: A digital audio output (Reserved)
  • ETHERNET: 2 Gigabit Ethernet control ports. Support TCP/IP protocol and star topology.
  • GENLOCK: A pair of Genlock signal connectors. Support Bi-Level and Tri-Level.
  • AUX: An auxiliary port that connects to the central control device (RS232) (Reserved)
  • 100-240V~, 50/60Hz, 1.5A: An AC power input connector and switch

Dimensions

Size: 482.6 mm × 94.2 mm × 466.7 mm

Dimensions chart of Novastar MX40 Pro LED Display Controller

Ethernet Port Load Capacity

When Working with A10s Pro Receiving Card

The formula for calculating the load capacity per Ethernet port and the detailed parameters are as follows.

  • 8bit: Load capacity × 24 ×Frame rate < 1000 × 1000 × 1000 × 0.95
  • 10bit: Load capacity × 32 ×Frame rate < 1000 × 1000 × 1000 × 0.95
  • 12bit: Load capacity × 48 ×Frame rate < 1000 × 1000 × 1000 × 0.95
Novastar MX40 Pro Load Capacity When Working with Other Armor Series Receiving Cards

When Working with Other Armor Series Receiving Cards

The formula for calculating the load capacity per Ethernet port and the detailed parameters are as follows.

  • 8bit: Load capacity × 24 × Frame rate < 1000 × 1000 × 1000 × 0.95
  • 10bit: Load capacity × 48 ×Frame rate < 1000 × 1000 × 1000 × 0.95
  • 12bit: Load capacity × 48 ×Frame rate < 1000 × 1000 × 1000 × 0.95
Novastar MX40 Pro Load Capacity When Working with Other Armor Series Receiving Cards

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Frequently Asked Questions

The MX40 Pro offers multiple input types, including 3x HDMI 2.0 (with loop through), 1x DP 1.2, and 1x 12G-SDI (with loop through), providing versatile connectivity for various video sources.

The MX40 Pro features 20x Gigabit Ethernet ports with a load capacity of up to 9 million pixels, ensuring seamless transmission and display of high-resolution content.

The MX40 Pro supports up to 4 independent layers, allowing users to create dynamic and visually appealing displays by overlaying and adjusting multiple content layers.

The MX40 Pro provides four image scaling modes: custom, pixel to pixel, snap to canvas, and fill screen, enabling precise adjustment and optimization of the displayed content.

bsolutely, the MX40 Pro can bring a fascinating and immersive 3D viewing experience when used in conjunction with specified receiving cards, 3D emitters, and 3D glasses, allowing for captivating visual content presentations.

Yes, the MX40 Pro supports HDR10 and complies with the SMPTE ST 2084 and SMPTE ST 2086 standards, providing enhanced brightness and contrast for a more vibrant and lifelike display. It also supports HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) for HDR content playback.

The MX40 Pro supports two working modes: All-In-One Controller mode and Send-Only Controller mode. In the Send-Only Controller mode, latency can be reduced by one frame, while the All-In-One Controller mode provides access to layer and scaling functions for enhanced control and versatility.

Yes, the MX40 Pro can be easily connected to the VMP software, which offers intuitive and convenient operations as well as smart device management. The VMP software integrates design, management, and monitoring into a single platform, providing a seamless user experience.

The MX40 Pro LED display controller is competitively priced in the range of $8500 to $9500, making it an affordable yet high-quality solution for demanding visual display projects. For accurate and up-to-date pricing details, it is advisable to consult authorized NovaStar dealers or distributors or contact us.

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