Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons is editor-in-chief of rAVe [Publications] and 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.

Dynamic Projection Institute Announces MDC-X Media Server

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Dynamic Projection Institute just announced improvements to the MDC-X Media Server including smoother playback. The upgraded MDC-X/DH370 uses an 8th generation Intel processor and is integrated with Intel UHD graphics with DDR4 RAM, M.2 SSD storage, USB3.1, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and designed for 24/7 operation. And, the handling of the timeline has been improved, the […]

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Visix to Add a New Room Sign Lineup Called Touch at InfoComm 2019

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Visix will debut new user interface designs for both Touch and Connect room signs in booth 2321 at InfoComm 2019. The new Touch UI offers more customization options than any competitive product currently available. Touch room signs are driven by Visix’s AxisTV Signage Suite software and support calendar display and bidirectional booking with Exchange and […]

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QSC Adds Surface-Mount Loudspeaker Without a Transformer to AcousticDesign Series

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Earlier today, QSC launched a transformer-less surface-mount speaker in the form of the AD-S6, a 6.5-inch two-way loudspeaker. As part of the AcousticDesign Series, this new loudspeaker is designed for foreground and background music (BGM/FGM) applications, as well as installations specifically requiring higher SPL foreground sound reinforcement. With a 105° conical DMT coverage and integrated […]

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Logitech Intros Kits for Zoom Rooms

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The Logitech Tap (a development partnership between Extron and Logitech) touch controller and Logitech conference cameras (MeetUp, Rally and Rally Plus) will now support single-SKU bundles that include all the core components needed to deploy Zoom Rooms for huddle rooms and large conference rooms. These kits will include Logitech Tap and an Intel NUC i5 […]

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Details Emerge for InfoComm 2019’s Emerging Trends Day

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InfoComm 2019 will host the annual Emerging Trends Day on Tues., June 11, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The day’s lineup of analysts, integrators, end users, and technologists will examine the forces impacting pro AV, from internet protocol, to disruptive audio and video, to unified communications and collaboration (UCC) and its […]

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IMAX Switches to Barco Projectors for Laser Upgrades

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Barco and IMAX Corporation announced the expansion of their international partnership to continue providing audiences with the next level of awe-inspiring, immersive cinematic experiences. The companies collaborated to launch IMAX’s new ground-breaking laser experience for commercial multiplexes, IMAX with Laser. IMAX and Barco’s partnership began in 2012 and together the companies have achieved remarkable results […]

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Supersphere Audiophile Series is THE Audio for VR and 360 Live Events

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Supersphere today announced the launch of its new Audiophile Series. Available on Oculus Venues, the series marks the first time that live VR/360° broadcasts will offer end-to-end natively mixed ambisonic audio for primary delivery, enhancing the level of event experiences so that fans worldwide can feel even closer to the show. The Audiophile Series will kick off in New Orleans in May with three shows: The Revivalists (at the Fillmore […]

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VMS-741 4K MultiViewer from RTI Ships

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RTI today announced that the company is now shipping its VMS-741 7×1 4K Quad MultiViewer, a 4K switcher and scaler to combine video from up to four sources onto one display. The VMS-741 4K MultiViewer is designed for conference rooms, lecture halls, worship spaces and other installations requiring multiple video sources with differing resolutions and formats. Supported […]

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New ClearOne COLLABORATE Space Enterprise Is an On-Premise Version

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Today, ClearOne launched something called COLLABORATE Space Enterprise, a new on-premise collaboration platform. In addition to the new, on-premise Enterprise platform, COLLABORATE Space is available in cloud-based Basic and Pro versions. All three COLLABORATE Space versions are audio and video conferencing applications with a suite of collaboration features. COLLABORATE Space includes everything for online meetings, […]

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Broadsign Buys Ayuda

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Broadsign announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Ayuda Media Systems. Both companies are headquartered in Montreal. For out-of-home (OOH) media owners who have an increasingly complex mix of digital and classic inventory/locations, the combination of Broadsign and Ayuda will enable them to streamline business operations across all of their inventory, digital and […]

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AOPEN Now Has Affordable 4K Media Players

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AOPEN today announced the launch of two Windows-based Digital Engine models, the DE5500 and DEX5550 with AIoT Edge Control capabilities. With a fanless design that integrates into kiosks and behind displays, the UHD (4K) DEX5550 is designed for 24/7 enterprise applications and for interactive kiosks, 3D wayfinding and digital signage. The DEX5550 is ruggedized and […]

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Atlantic Technology Adds FS-252 SKAA Wireless Bookshelf Audio System

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The FS-252 system is the first of a new range of wireless products from Atlantic Technology that features SKAA wireless technology for receiving and transmitting high-quality audio. Derived from the pro music industry, SKAA is a standard designed for audio creating a dedicated ecosystem that far surpasses Wi-Fi in terms of sound quality, distance, ease-of-use […]

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AxisTV Alert for CAP-Compliant Emergency Notifications on Digital Signs Debuts from Visix

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Visix now shipping the full release of its AxisTV Alert software application for digital signage. This stand-alone alerting platform can be used with any content management solution, including Visix’s own AxisTV Signage Suite, and easily integrates with popular third-party alerting suites like Alertus and Rave Mobile Safety. AxisTV Alert is built around Common Alerting Protocol […]

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New Key Digital HDMI Switchers Are Aimed at Consumer SoundBar Applications

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Key Digital just introduced the KD-S2x1X and KD-S4x1X 4K/18G HDMI switchers – including push button and optical IR switching, status-monitoring LEDs, support for HDR10, HDCP 2.2 and 4K. These switchers claim UHD/4K support of 4096×2160 or 3840×2160 24/25/30/60hz at 4:4:4 (signals up to 18Gbps bandwidth). Designed for AV installations in presentation, theater and gaming spaces, […]

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Parasound Intros New Integrated Amp with Built-in DAC

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Parasound has turned its most-affordable preamplifier and DAC design into its most-affordable integrated amplifier and DAC with the addition of a 110-watt-per-channel power amplifier stage. The resulting Parasound NewClassic 200 Integrated Amplifier and DAC has all the same preamplifier features as the NewClassic 200 Pre, plus the ability to drive high quality loudspeakers without buying […]

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MuxLab Debuts New SDI Converters

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MuxLab unveiled two new SDI converters today, including the 12G-SDI to Quad/Dual Link SDI Converter (model 500725) down-scales a 12G-SDI signal to a lower bandwidth dual link 6G-SDI or quad link 3G-SDI format. The lower bandwidth standards are output via traditional coaxial cable using BNC connectors. The Converter has one BNC input supporting 12G-SDI and […]

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BenQ Launches New Cinema 4K Projector in CinePrime HT5550

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BenQ today announced the new CinePrime HT5550, a native 4K DLP projector aimed at dedicated home theaters and living rooms, with HDR-PRO and CinematicColor DCI-P3 technologies for 100% coverage of Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI)’s DCI-P3 wide color gamut standard. The HT5550 CinePrime projector is native 3840×2160 resolution and 8.3 million distinct pixels for each frame. […]

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Yamaha Debuts New Line of DXRmkII Powered Loudspeakers

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Yamaha today announced the DXRmkII series of powered loudspeakers — DXR15mkII, DXR12mkII, DXR10mkII and DXR8mkII. The DXRmkII models reach a higher SPL than the previous series, thanks to a larger, 1.75″ voice coil HF compression driver and precise amp tuning. To develop the larger and lighter HF driver, Yamaha collaborated once again with the company’s […]

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NSCA Launches ProAV Career Site

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The NSCA Education Foundation announced the launch of igniteyourcareer.org – an online portal to attract and retain talent in the communications technology industry. Currently, lack of awareness among up-and-coming students and young professionals means that great jobs in the industry go unfilled. Graduating students aren’t aware of the promising and lucrative careers available in communications […]

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MSE Audio’s Three-Way Landscape Speaker from Rockustics, Cherry Bomb, Ships

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MSE Audio is now shipping the Rockustics Cherry Bomb. The Rockustics’ Cherry Bomb, featuring a patented three-way speaker, is a fully weather-proof, direct-burial speaker designed to blend into outdoor landscaping. The three-way design includes a 5” double-chamber, band-pass subwoofer, a 4” woofer and a 0.75” tweeter all in one compact housing. By including the subwoofer […]

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BenQ Ships Amazon Voice-Enabled LCDs

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BenQ has enhanced its Premium RP Series of interactive flat panels (IFPs) with voice control powered by AWS. Directly integrating AWS with BenQ’s Saffi voice-assistant technology, the RP Series IFPs use a voice-enabled remote that simplifies instruction tasks and introduces more flexibility in the classroom. The voice capability is available as an Amazon skill and […]

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Extron Ships HC 404 Integrated with Zoom Room Control

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Extron told rAVe that it’s already shipping the HC 404 Meeting Space Collaboration System, which extends control capabilities to Zoom Rooms. It provides a one-touch user experience for conferencing, collaboration and AV room control. A single interface on your Extron TouchLink Pro Series touchpanel is all you need to control every conferencing and audiovisual function. […]

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AtlasIED ARCAT BIM Content Libraries Debut for AV Designers and Integrators

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AtlasIED announces that Building Information Modeling (BIM) objects, families and system files for AtlasIED products are now available through ARCAT, an online resource of free building product information. Making it easier for members of the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) community to more accurately specify AtlasIED solutions into projects of any size and scope, the new BIM library can also […]

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B-Tech Buys Mode-AL

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B-Tech AV Mounts has acquired Mode-AL Display Engineering. Founded in 2000, they are a manufacturer of multiple monitor mounting solutions for digital signage, broadcast, the collaborative environment, the retail sector and high-end AV. Typically catering for high-end bespoke products and solutions, these solutions have been installed in a variety of applications from monitor stacks and […]

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NV5 Acquires The Sextant Group

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NV5 Global announced today that it has acquired The Sextant Group. The Sextant Group has 11 locations and project offices throughout the US and is well-known for creating integrated technology solutions for a wide range of public and private sector clients. The Sextant Group’s 80 technology professionals have provided expertise on over 2,000 projects in 46 states. The acquisition was an all-cash transaction […]

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PreSonus Ships FLEX DSP-Powered StudioLive 64S and Series III S Mixers

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PreSonus is now shipping its new StudioLive 64S, with 76 mixing channels, 43 buses and 526 simultaneous effects. Thirty-two individually configurable FlexMixes allow you to create your preferred combination of aux mixes, matrix mixes and subgroups for your application. StudioLive 64S mixers feature an independent main mono/center bus; each channel has a dedicated level control and a center divergence control […]

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Signagelive and NEC Display Solutions Partner to Deliver Real-Time Digital Signage Content and Analytics with NEC Analytics Learning Platform (ALP)

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Signagelive’s deep integration with NEC Display Solutions ALP enables real-time digital signage content playback decisions and analytics, providing network owners with business intelligence. The NEC Analytics Learning Platform (ALP) Pro optimizes message delivery with automated content creation and recommendations for targeted customers using AI-based analytics, enabling retailers to customize their content based on age, gender, events and weather. For retailers, NEC ALP […]

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Almo ProAV Unveils Digital Signage Services as Products at DSE 2019

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Almo ProAV (DSE Booth #DC4) is showing its newest Digital Signage Services during the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) in Las Vegas, March 27-28. These services are now available as products on Almo’s line card, enabling AV integrators to incorporate them at the outset of every installation. The following Almo Digital Signage Services are now available […]

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AOPEN’S New DEV5400 Players Compatible with Quividi Analytics Platform

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AOPEN and Quividi have partnered to offer a Quividi-compatible solution on the newest line of AOPEN products. The AOPEN DEV5400 has been tested by Quividi to ensure the full capabilities of Quividi’s VidiReports software – for measuring a digital signage audience and contextualizing communications for visual retail and DOOH. The DEV5400 is a compact solution […]

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NEC Display Launches ALP Pro for AI Level Analytics of Digital Signage

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NEC Display Solutions of America today announced the evolution of its business intelligence analytics platform for retailers that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver real-time content and data measurement. The NEC Analytics Learning Platform (ALP) Pro optimizes message delivery with automated content creation and recommendations for targeted customers using AI-based analytics, enabling retailers to customize […]

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