VidOvation at InfoComm 2018

At InfoComm 2018, VidOvation will demonstrate its Enterprise IPTV video networking system, a turnkey in-house system for flexible, scalable distribution of high-quality video, live television, and digital signage over an enterprise, corporate, or facility network. For added value, VidOvation’s system is one of the few that can also stream digital programming to computer desktops, smartphones, tablets, displays, smart TVs and set-top boxes. Additionally, users can schedule recordings via a programming guide on their PCs and provide recorded content for on-demand, time-shifted viewing. The VidOvation Enterprise IPTV system is one of the few to support industry-approved digital rights management using either Pro:Idiom or Verimatrix. Through the VidOvation Enterprise IPTV system, businesses or facilities can use internal TV channels to communicate with, train and guide employees, even issuing appropriate instructions during emergency situations. The system fully integrates with and supports live content from DirecTV, Dish Networks, cable and more.

On display at InfoComm 2018 will be VidOlink Reacher 3000, VidOvation’s newest broadcast-grade wireless video transmitter and receiver link. It supports line-of-sight wireless transmission of HDMI or HD-SDI signals up to 3,000 feet thanks to a high-gain receiver antenna. VidOlink Reacher 3000 operates on the 5-GHz band and transmits uncompressed 4:2:2 video with less than one millisecond of latency. The system is ideal for any video application in which wires would get in the way, including those in high school and collegiate sports, houses of worship, video production facilities and studios, corporate audiovisual departments, live-event venues and more.

For the first time at InfoComm, VidOvation will demonstrate ABonAir’s flagship wireless video link — AB512. The AB512 system delivers video at a mere seven-millisecond delay without compromising the long-range, high-performance, broadcast-grade transmission quality for which ABonAir is renowned. In addition to offering an extraordinarily low delay, the AB500 product family includes a proven H.264 codec that was designed explicitly to reduce latency and increase picture quality in wireless video systems. Using codec-wireless optimization, ABonAir increased the wireless range to an incredible 2 miles (3 kilometers). The system features an automatic RF spectrum analyzer that automatically selects and hops to the best RF channel without dropping a single bit, while the manual channel selection option is ideal for frequency coordination. The system also features adaptive modulation and adaptive bit rate based on RF link conditions.

ABonAir’s AB512 wireless video system enables camera teams to wirelessly transmit video directly from cameras to media centers or OB trucks. Built on a bidirectional radio channel between transmitter and receiver, ABonAir’s wireless video links acknowledge the correct acceptance of each group of pixels, thus providing exceptionally robust and reliable transmission. The AB512 supports ABonAir’s Fiber Coverage Extension (FCE), which enables connection of a single receiver to multiple FCE units in various locations within a venue (e.g., horse racetrack, stables, and the winner’s circle) or even at completely separate sites (e.g., football stadium, basketball arena and swimming pool) — all via fiber cables with unlimited range.

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At InfoComm 2018, VidOvation will demonstrate AVIWEST’s HE4000 4K Ultra HD (UHD) HEVC live encoder, which relies on the public internet and bonded cellular to contribute and distribute video, thereby helping to eliminate high satellite and fiber costs. The HE4000 is ideal for real-time delivery of live UHD or HD content over unmanaged IP networks. The compact half-RU encoder combines 10-bit and 4:2:2 HEVC encoding with the latest generation of AVIWEST SafeStreams technology to deliver live video content over IP at low latencies and bit rates. At the show, visitors will see the HE4000 in action with the latest version of AVIWEST’s StreamHub transceiver and decoder platform, which offers integrated 4K UHD HEVC recording and decoding functions.

Based on the latest generation of best-in-class HEVC/H.265 technology, the HE4000 revolutionizes video coding by delivering the same visual quality as H.264/AVC at 50 percent of the bit rate, with the ability to support SD, HD, and 4K resolutions.

InfoComm 2018 visitors will see the AVIWEST AIR320 ultracompact bonded cellular transmitter. By implementing the best state-of-the art HEVC/H.265 hardware encoder, the AIR320 enables video producers to seamlessly live-stream, store, and forward high-quality videos with a versatile and truly portable solution. Thanks to AVIWEST SafeStreams® technology, the AIR320 detects and bonds together multiple IP network interfaces such as 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and satellite connections. Moreover, the AIR320 adapts the video encoding bit rate according to real-time network conditions in order to cope with the unpredictable performance of IP networks and to guarantee reliable transmission.

The units can also be controlled by AVIWEST’s StreamHub transceiver, its Manager network management system, or any device connected to the unit through the network. The AVIWEST live IP video contribution system (via Manager and/or StreamHub) can operate in either a rack-mount or cloud-based configuration.

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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 (, a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (, 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