Christie Takes on Crestron, AMX’s SVSi & Everyone with New Terra AV-over-IP Line

In addition to showing new 4K projectors, a new high-end Spyder processor and an all-new LCD lineup at InfoComm, Christie is getting into the AV-over-IP market as a founding member of the SDVoE Alliance and a new product line called Terra.

Christie Terra solutions  support video formats up to 4K at 60Hz (10-bit color) and provide the processing of uncompressed, zero-frame latency, video over 10G Ethernet components. Sure, there are a bunch of AV-over-IP products out there – and you’ll see at least 28 new manufacturers at InfoComm with them, but this is Christie. Christie. 

This is the first big-brand-named company to adopt the SDVoE AV-over-IP system from AptoVision. As soon as I saw the press release this morning, I jumped on a videocast with Karl Johnson  Sr. Product Manager for Christie Digital’s Image Processing department, and he showed me their first box and was surprisingly candid in saying that Christie intends to add SDVoE AV-over-IP as an input on their projectors and monitors as well as use it for their video wall products. The first three products Christie has include a transmitter, a receiver and a controller

Again, this is big news as this is the first giant company to adopt SDVoE. Some of the other SDVoE adopters with products ZeeVee, DVIGear, Aurora, iMAG, Belden, Arista and TechLogix. 

Christie will be in booth 2553 at InfoComm with the Terra line and it will ship late summer. Here are all the specs.

Watch my video interview with Karl below!

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..