Kramer Intros VP-794 Live Events Scaler, First Product Released as Part of Calibre UK Partnership

kramer-vp-794-1213At ISE, Kramer will introduce the first model in its new professional and events range, the VP-794, which is the first product to come out of its recent partnership with Calibre UK. The VP-794 multi-input scaler is designed for scaling, scan conversation, professional edge-blend and warping of video content on to projection and LED video wall displays as well as for general purpose events and broadcast scaling. The VP-794 can be switched between LED, projection or scaler/scan converter modes, greatly appealing to rental and staging providers as it permits a single model to be held in an inventory.

The VP-794 is based on Calibre UK’s HQView architecture, optimized for low latency scaling to arbitrary active image sizes. The VP-794 features powerful dual-processor architecture with 16-bit professional-grade blend processing with de-gamma, post-warp blending for optimal blend and warp performance and curved screen warping. It can capture a live image for display as a still, for example a customer logo screen or backdrop, which the device can scale, warp and blend this captured image.

It VP-794 offers per input channel RGB, brightness/contrast/saturation/hue controls, including on digital and computer graphics inputs. Video inputs include HDMI, DVI, VGA, component, composite and YC/S-video, as well as 3G-SDI inputs and separate genlock. Audio pass-through and de-embed is achieved from 3G-SDI and HDMI to 3G-SDI, HDMI and SPDIF. The VP-794 has a built-in test pattern generator including SMPTE bars, pluge, aspect ratio test, greyscale as well as custom downloadable test patterns that are accessible via Web browser interface.

With ease of use in mind, the rack-mountable VP-794 has front panel LCD menu with a jog-shuttle wheel for fast setup. Remote control over a network takes advantage of a built-in Web server.

The VP-794 will be shown for the first time on Kramer’s stand at ISE 2014, which will be held in early February at the Amsterdam RAI. For more information on the VP-794, click here.

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