Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons is executive editor of rAVe [PUBS] and managing director of THE rAVe Agency. She is also a graduate of the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Reach her at sara@ravepubs.com or on Twitter @SaraAbrons. Pronouns: she/her.

Kramer Intros New 4K@60HZ 8×8 Matrix Switcher

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Kramer introduced the VS−88H2 Thursday. The VS-88H2 is an 8×8 matrix switcher for 4K@60Hz (4:4:4) HDR signals and digital audio. It reclocks and equalizes the signals and can route any one of 8 HDMI, HDCP 2.2−compliant sources (selectable) to any or all outputs simultaneously. The VS-88H2 features independent audio routing. Any of the eight embedded […]

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AtlasIED IPX Series Voice Over IP Speaker Now Compliant With Avaya IX Workplace

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AtlasIED announced Thursday that its IPX Series VoIP speaker is compliant with key Avaya IX Workplace solutions. According to the company, these solutions enable customers to improve measures of engagement and productivity with powerful capabilities related to calling, collaboration and meetings, as well as a range of flexible, connected phones and devices. The IPX Series […]

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Sony Now Shipping Two New PTZ Cameras

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Sony is now shipping its two new PTZ cameras — the SRG-XP1 (POV) and SRG-XB25 (BOX) — 4K@60p and IP-enabled. With product availability starting in August 2020, users can select the wide-angle SRG-XP1 or the powerful optical zoom SRG-XB25, which offers users new options for hard-to-access sites where there is no space for a full-sized […]

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Epson’s Eight New Laser Projectors Are Aimed at the Education Market

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Epson just launched eight new laser projectors aimed at the education market: the BrightLink 735Fi and 725Wi and non-interactive PowerLite 725W, 720, L200SW, L200SX, L200W and L200X. Offering long-throw, short-throw, ultra-short-throw and interactive models, the new projectors support a variety of teaching environments. The BrightLink 735Fi offers ultra-wide 110-inch, 16:6 images supporting split-screen and side-by-side […]

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Roland Intros ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer Plug-in

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Roland has introduced the ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer, an expandable plug-in version of the Roland ZEN-Core Synthesis System for macOS and Windows. ZENOLOGY allows music-makers to create with ZEN-Core directly in their DAWs and introduces new sound compatibilities between software and a range of hardware. With thousands of sounds available, ZENOLOGY’s browser allows users to filter […]

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Ross Updates Voyager Graphics Rendering Solution — Version V4.0

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Ross has announced the launch of Voyager V4.0 — the latest version of its graphics rendering solution for virtual studio and augmented reality applications. Voyager is based on Epic Games’ Unreal engine and provides content creators with creativity and realism when producing on-air graphics. Voyager V4.0 has been built on the latest Unreal V4.25 release […]

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Sony Electronics Releases New BRAVIA 4K Displays for Commercial Market

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Sony Electronics launched its new BRAVIA 4K HDR BZ40H series of professional displays for the commercial market. The new models include 55-inch (FW-55BZ40H), 65-inch (FW-65BZ40H), 75-inch (FW-75BZ40H) and 85-inch (FW-85BZ40H) options for use in various B2B applications. The BZ40H series integrates Sony’s system on a chip platform with features including a redesigned with input from […]

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Radial Engineering Releases New HotShot 48V Microphone Switcher

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Radial Engineering announced its new HotShot 48V Microphone Switcher Monday. The Hotshot 48V uses a foot switch and allows a live performing artist to redirect a condenser or dynamic microphone signal away from the main house system to the stage monitoring or in-ear system for discrete communication with band members or technicians. The HotShot 48V […]

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Aveo Systems’ New Mira Connect Me Allows Users to Control AV Systems from Personal Devices

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Aveo Systems has introduced Mira Connect Me — patent-pending technology for all Mira Connect systems — that allows users to control their audiovisual systems from their smartphones, tablets and computers. Users who want the flexibility of using their own devices or prefer not to touch a shared touch screen can now access a room’s Mira […]

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Extron Announces the XMP 240 — its New Expansion Matrix Processor

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Extron announced the availability of the XMP 240 Expansion Matrix Processor, featuring a mix matrix with 24 channels of Acoustic Echo Cancellation. It also has 48×48 Dante connectivity in a half-rack space. The XMP 240 can also be used stand-alone for matrix processing in an all-network audio system. When connected to a DMP Plus Series […]

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Powersoft Amplifiers Can Now Be Specified Within D-Tools Software

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Powersoft has announced that its full line of amplifiers will be available for specification within the D-Tools software for systems integrators. Powersoft dealers will be eligible for a free 45-day trial of D-Tools Cloud. D-Tools’ on-premises software — System Integrator (SI) — and cloud-based platform — D-Tools Cloud — streamline project workflows for system integrators. […]

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Barco Unveils 4K Matrix Switcher for Live Events and Permanent Installs

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Barco’s new PDS-4K is an 8 x 2 (+2) 4K matrix switcher with mixing program outputs for both live events and permanent installs. The PDS is base don the Barco Event Master platform and incorporates its Athena scaling technology for seamless mixing and switching. The PDS-4K is compatible with all the Barco visualization solutions and […]

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Renewed Vision Updates ProPresenter Software, Adds Livestreaming Capabilities

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Renewed Vision debuted an update Wednesday of its ProPresenter (7.1) that adds livestreaming and recording capabilities via RTMP. ProPresenter 7.1 enables users to choose any one of the software’s multiple simultaneous output screens and stream it live using the RTMP protocol, record it to disk or do both concurrently. The livestream can be output directly […]

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Visix Releases New Electronic-Paper Room Sign

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Visix has announced the release of its newest electronic-paper room sign, the EPS 125. This 12.5-inch E Ink sign is the third e-paper sign from Visix, alongside its EPS 60 and EPS 74 models. New EPS 125 room signs have a large display surface with a resolution of 1304 x 984 pixels (4:3), which is […]

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NEC Display Solutions Announces New 4K Projector Aimed at Higher Ed, Retail, Corporate

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NEC Display Solutions announced its P506QL projector Tuesday. Joining the P Series, the P506QL provides native 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution with 5,000 lumens of brightness. The first in the NEC P Series projector lineup to offer Native 4K UHD resolution, the P506QL uses laser-based projection, eliminating the need for bulb replacement. The projector’s 1-Chip […]

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Extron DMP Plus Series Audio DSP Processors Now Compliant with Avaya IX Workplace Solutions

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Extron announced Monday that its DMP Plus Series Audio DSP Processors are compliant with key Avaya IX Workplace solutions. According to the companies, this will help enable customers to improve measures of engagement and productivity with capabilities related to calling, collaboration and meetings, as well as a range of flexible, connected phones and devices. “The […]

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Almo Pro A/V Virtual E4 Brought Together 1,400 AV Pros

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Last week, Almo Professional A/V unveiled the first E4 Evolution (E4v), a predominantly live, regionally-focused virtual learning event — part of the E4 Experience. Attended virtually by more than 1,400 participants, the three E4vs (West Coast, Central, East Coast) included live sessions worth AVIXA CTS Renewal Units (RUs) delivered by presenters who tackled topics such […]

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AJA Video Systems Announces New Single-Channel 4K/UltraHD Recorder and Player

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AJA Video Systems has announced Ki Pro Ultra 12G, a new single-channel 4K/UltraHD recorder and player or four-channel HD recorder. It features 12G-SDI connectivity with a host of unique and powerful features. Ki Pro Ultra 12G offers single-channel 4K/UltraHD up to 50/60p recording and playback to and from Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR, with connectivity […]

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Powersoft Releases New Plug-Ins for Mezzo Series and Amplifier Platforms

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Powersoft has released new plug-ins supporting Mezzo Series, and its non-DSP install dedicated amplifier platforms ranges for the Q-SYS and Crestron control ecosystems. These free-to-download plug-ins allow for network-based control of amplifier functionality via third-party systems. Also, a new Q-SYS plug-in supporting DSP+D versions of Duecanali, Quattrocanali, Ottocanali, X and T series is slated for […]

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Matrox Announces KVM Extender With WAN Support

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Matrox just announced wide-area-network (WAN) support with its high-performance Matrox Extio 3 IP KVM extenders. This new mode of operation enables organizations to introduce new remote work and collaborative workflow infrastructures by allowing users to access, share and control any centralized workstation located in another building or city. Featuring 4K and multidisplay extension and switching […]

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Atlona Has Two New Camera Models for HDBaseT and HDMI Interfacing

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Atlona has expanded the HDVS-CAM family of PTZ cameras with two new camera models that are purpose-built for HDBaseT and HDMI interfacing. The Atlona HDVS-CAM family is aimed at UCC systems as well as lecture capture and distance learning. The two new models are native 1080@60Hz, include auto-focusing, a quick pan-and-tilt mechanism with minimal noise […]

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CEDIA EXPO Officially Canceled for 2020, Virtual Experience Planned

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The producers of CEDIA EXPO, Emerald Expositions, have just sent out an announcement that the 2020 show, scheduled for September 8-12 in Denver, Colorado, will be canceled for this year. This is due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the fact that the Colorado Convention Center, the location of CEDIA EXPO 2020, has been […]

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DPA Microphones Releases 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun Microphone

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DPA Microphones just launched the 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun Microphone. Featuring the same sonic qualities as the brand’s super-cardioid choir microphone, the 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun has been optimized to pick up speech from a distance. Incorporated into the company’s new 4097 CORE Interview Kit, the mic has been designed for use with a lightweight […]

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Bose Professional Announces ES1 Ceiling Audio Solution

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Bose Professional announced the Bose ES1 Ceiling Audio Solution. It’s an in-ceiling UCC audio system designed to compete with ClearOne and Shure — and it is now certified for Microsoft Teams. In addition to a Sennheiser component, the ES1 system includes three Bose products: the ControlSpace EX-440C Dante-enabled conferencing signal processor, the EdgeMax EM180 in-ceiling […]

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Tripleplay Announces TripleView Server as Part of Its Caveman 3.0 Software

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Tripleplay announced its TripleView Server monitoring functionality as part of the latest Caveman 3.0 software release. Designed for large clients with multisite rollouts, this feature is another simple innovation that allows Tripleplay clients to stay ahead of the competition. For clients that have installed the Tripleplay solution in multiple offices and locations around the globe, […]

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Planar to Expand LED Display Options With FX Series Line

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Planar announced an expansion Wednesday to the company’s portfolio of LED display solutions with the Planar FX Series’ introduction. Planar FX Series fine pixel pitch LED video wall displays bring image detail and resolution historically reserved for lower light private spaces (in indoor and outdoor applications). The Planar FX Series offers outdoor models available in […]

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Radial Engineering Releases BT-Pro V2 Bluetooth-Enabled Stereo Direct Box

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Radial Engineering dropped the new BT-Pro V2. It’s a Bluetooth-enabled stereo direct box that connects wirelessly to smartphones and tablets. It also provides a pair of balanced audio outputs to feed a PA system, studio interface or powered speakers. Applications include houses of worship, installed sound environments (gyms, dance studios), live sound environments, studios, DJ […]

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DSE to Host Webinar Series on How to Manage Digital Signage Networks During COVID-19 — Beginning June 2

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Digital Signage Expo (DSE) has announced a free webinar series covering specific business verticals and their efforts to manage digital signage networks during the time of COVID-19. The first installment — for higher education — is entitled “Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Ed Digital Signage Networks” and will be presented Tuesday, June 2, at 2 […]

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T1V to Host Webinar On the Impact of COVID-19 In the UCC Space

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On May 21, T1V will host a webinar featuring Dr. David B. Agus, CEO of the Ellison Institute of USC and contributor to CBS News, as the company addresses COVID-19 and the impact on unified communications and collaboration. While stay-at-home orders have been in place in most parts of the country since March, many questions […]

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PS Audio Releases Stellar Strata Integrated Amplifier

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PS Audio announced Monday the introduction of its Stellar Strata Integrated Amplifier — a 200 watt-per-channel amplifier (into 4 ohms). The Strata integrated amplifier is balanced from input to output for sound quality and quiet operation. Its preamplifier stage features PS Audio’s analog Gain Cell (a control center that eliminates the sonic degradation that can […]

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Here’s the Lowdown on ZeeVee’s Product Offerings for Streaming AV-over-IP

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As streaming video explodes, ZeeVee is reminding the market of its AV-over-IP capabilities with streaming. The company’s streaming product offerings include the H.264 Media Module (quad encoder blade) for the HDbridge 3000 encoder, ZyPerMX2 and ZyPerMX4 H.264 encoder appliances, STBi3 Set Top Box and the ZyPerMX Player (EPG). H.264 Media Module for HDbridge 3000: The […]

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Collaboration Squared Upgrades “Always On” Video Window Portal

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Collaboration Squared has upgraded its always-on videoconferencing portal Video Window. Video Window is a platform that creates an extension of physical space for inter-office and remote employee communication. The new Video Window Office adds features attention-grabbing features by allowing users to tap on the screen to “knock” to the far side. (No calls to set […]

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