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.

Marshall Electronics Partners With BR Remote to Create Micro P/T Head

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Marshall Electronics has partnered with pan/tilt head designer, BR Remote, to design and build a micro P/T head — the CV-PT-HEAD — for Marshall miniature cameras. The new P/T head is compatible with all Marshall 500 series cameras, including the CV503, CV503-WP, CV506, CV506-H12, CV565 and CV566. According to Marshall, the CV-PT-HEAD body is fewer […]

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Blackmagic Design Announces ATEM Mini Pro ISO Production Switcher

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Blackmagic Design announced the ATEM Mini Pro ISO Thursday. It’s a new live production switcher with a five-channel stream recording engine that allows all video inputs to be recorded — allowing a live production to be edited after the event. This also allows users to get a clean feed of all inputs and use edit […]

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Marantz Adds Slimline 8K Ultra HD AV Receiver

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Marantz announced its latest slimline 8K Ultra HD AV receiver, the NR1711, on Thursday. Identical power is provided on all channels (50 watts per channel: 8-ohm, 20 hertz – 20 kilohertz, THD: 0.08%, two-channel drive) with low-impedance driver capability. The NR1711 enables users to transform and upgrade their home cinema experience to support multidimensional object-oriented […]

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Here Is the Latest Info on Almo’s “Distance Learning Preparedness” Webinar

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In the face of a global pandemic, Almo Professional A/V offers its partners with a distance learning plan comprised of Revenue Generating Connectivity Solutions, products and the preparation needed to be a valuable asset to educational institutions for the 2020-21 school year and beyond. Today’s educators face the start of a school year unlike any […]

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Barix Adds Upgrades to RetailPlayer Background Music Streaming Solution

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Barix has announced upgrades for its RetailPlayer multisite background music streaming solution that enhance its versatility, help fault tolerance and expand the network connectivity options for its hardware endpoints. New Wi-Fi support is complemented by extended scheduling and fail over capabilities along with automated or manual playback of prerecorded announcements. Offering the latest background music […]

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Panasonic Expands Studio Camera Lineup with New 4K Solution

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Panasonic announced an expansion to its studio camera lineup with the AK-UC3300, designed to provide production teams with a 4K solution for inside studios and live events. (The AK-UC3300 camera was designed specifically for live production, broadcast, houses of worship, rental and staging and esports environments.) Like Panasonic’s flagship AK-UC4000 studio camera, the AK-UC3300 supports […]

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Atomos Enables 4K ProRes RAW Recording With Sony Alpha 7S III

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Atomos just announced RAW recording at up to 4K@60Hz via HDMI from Sony’s new Alpha 7S III (ILCE-7SM3) full-frame mirrorless camera to the Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder. The Alpha 7S III has a CMOS image sensor, and the Ninja V can record its full dynamic range in Apple ProRes RAW for maximum detail and latitude […]

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Want to Learn More About the Industry’s Only Proposed AV-over-IP Standard, IPMX?

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The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) launched a new website Monday dedicated to the alliance’s Internet Protocol Media Experience (IPMX) proposed set of open standards and specifications. “The IPMX website makes it easy for anyone to learn more about this exciting approach to AV over IP,” said David Chiappini, working group chair, Pro AV […]

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Séura Releases Follow-up to Shade Series Outdoor TV

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Séura just released the Shade Series 2 Outdoor TV, a follow-up to its original Shade Series Outdoor TV. The Shade Series 2 features improved brightness and contrast, a micro-edge design, better integration with streaming devices and a higher waterproof rating. Shade Series 2 enhancements include: 43-inch TV size option for $1,999 MSRP, soundbar included IP56 […]

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LogMeIn Announces 7 Hardware Bundles for GoToRoom Solution

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LogMeIn has announced seven new hardware bundles for its GoToRoom huddle, conference and boardroom solution. The new, all-in-one videoconferencing offerings from partners Dolby, Logitech and Poly provide choices for home offices to large meeting spaces. Also, a new partnership with Extron enables custom setups for outfitting corporate boardrooms. GoToRoom, launched in March of 2019, has […]

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Poly Issues Hybrid Working Report for Creating the “Next Normal”

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Poly (formerly Plantronics and Polycom) issued a new report highlighting a granular shift in focus from “place” to “purpose” of work as businesses respond to the COVID-19 crisis, redesign their operations and reinvent the way they work. Out of city coworking spaces, ergonomic at-home work setups and virtual water cooler moments — the effects of […]

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EnGenius Technologies Releases Two Multi-gigabit Switches for IT and AV-over-IP Applications

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EnGenius Technologies released the EnGenius Cloud ECS2512 and ECS2512FP multi-gigabit switches — aimed at both IT and AV-over-IP applications. Both the EnGenius Cloud ECS2512 ($499) and ECS2512FP ($749) multi-gigabit switches include a full-featured layer 2+ switching capacity (120G), eight high-speed 2.5G ports, and four dual-speed 10G SFP+ slots for fiber uplinks. These switches deliver high […]

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Magewell Adds New 4K M.2 Video Capture Card to Its Eco Capture Family

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Magewell announced the sixth model in its Eco Capture family of ultra-compact, power-efficient, M.2 video capture cards Wednesday. Providing input signal compatibility for older 4K source equipment, the Eco Capture QL-SDI 4K M.2 captures one video channel — with embedded audio — up to 4096×2160 at 60 frames per second over quad-link, 3G-SDI connectivity. Magewell’s […]

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Extron Shows 4K Capable USB-C to HDMI Converter

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Extron just debuted the USB-C HD 101 interface that converts USB-C signals to HDMI, providing an easy way to integrate USB-C sources into an existing AV system. The interface offers up to 60 watts of power to charge a connected USB-C source device, and it supports USB-C Alt Mode video resolutions up to 4K/60 for […]

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NC-based Smarter Systems Grows

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Smarter Systems is moving its headquarters to accommodate growth. The new space in Southwest Charlotte’s Whitehall Technology Park will add square footage for personnel and warehouse space. “I choose this particular space and area to make sure it fit our current needs and allowed for more growth in the years to come,” said CEO and […]

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Forrester Forecasts Five Pandemic-Induced Trends That Will Change Business and Tech in the Next Decade

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According to Forrester, the lasting global impact of COVID-19 will usher in five macro shifts that will permanently alter business and technology. A new report, “The New, Unstable Normal: How COVID-19 Will Change Business And Technology Forever,” describes how, despite modern healthcare and the implementation of extensive pandemic management protocols (PMPs), the effects of COVID-19 […]

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Ricoh Picks Utelogy for Its Managed AV Services Offering

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Ricoh announced the launch Thursday of its AV Managed Services designed to help customers make best use of space using use-data. The services include AV remote control, monitoring and troubleshooting. The three packages from Ricoh — ranging from reactive response to remote monitoring, all the way to the most comprehensive option of proactive monitoring, control […]

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DSE Rescheduled a Second Time, Moved to November 11-13, 2020

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Digital Signage Expo, originally scheduled for March 31-April 3, 2020 and then moved to September 15-18, 2020 in Las Vegas, has been moved to November 11-13, 2020 due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. Access to the exhibit hall will be on Thursday and Friday, November 12 and 13, with pre-show conferences […]

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Almo Professional A/V Announced Availability of New Screening, Messaging and Sanitizing Products. Here’s the List.

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Almo Professional A/V announced the availability Wednesday of new screening, messaging and sanitizing products designed to help keep people informed and protected while ensuring their environment is safely sanitized. The Mimo Monitor Temperature Taking Bundle, Hanover Disinfectant Fogger Kit and RCSTARS Digital Signage and Hand Sanitizer Kiosk help provide protection, awareness and trust in public […]

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Screen Innovations Adds to Nano Shade Lineup with the Nano 375 Box Coupled

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Screen Innovations (SI) just widened its Nano product category with the addition of Nano 375 Box Coupled. With the rest of the SI shade lineup, the Nano 375 Box provides integrators with a simple, decorative, economical and functional solution for banks of windows up to 24 feet in size. According to SI, the new coupled […]

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NETGEAR Announces Availability of Two New 16-port Gigabit PoE+ Switches

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NETGEAR announced the availability Tuesday of GS716TP and GS716TPP, two new 16-port Gigabit Ethernet PoE+ Smart Managed Pro Switches with two SFP Ports with optional cloud management and 180-watt and 300-watt Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) budgets respectively. According to NETGEAR, the 16 G GS716TP and GS716TPP Gigabit Smart Managed Pro Switches are ideal for most advanced small […]

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DPAA Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board Begins Projects With IRTS and Media for All

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DPAA announced today that its recently created Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board has taken action on two projects — with the IRTS Foundation and Media for All — to help build pathways to minority representation and success in the OOH industry. The DPAA Advisory Board, launched in June, will provide the OOH industry’s first involvement […]

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MXL Microphones Now Shipping AC-44 Miniature USB Conferencing Microphone

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MXL Microphones is shipping its AC-44 Miniature USB Conferencing Microphone to customers worldwide, starting July 21. According to MXL, the AC-44 is a microphone solution for a range of applications that require pristine audio capture, including web conferencing, telemedicine, huddle spaces, classrooms and more. It can also be incorporated into OEM applications. MXL’s AC-44 utilizes […]

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CEDIA to Resume a Number of In-person Trainings in August

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CEDIA is set to resume offering a select number of in-person training opportunities at CEDIA headquarters in the coming months. Through a series of comprehensive, safety-focused measures, CEDIA will host the training facility courses at the CEDIA Global Headquarters in Fishers, Indiana. The first training opportunity, Cabling and Infrastructure Technician (CIT) Program, is a hybrid […]

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AVer Information Releases New Auto Tracking PTZ Streaming Camera — the TR311HN

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AVer Information announced the TR311HN AI Auto Tracking 12X NDI PTZ Streaming camera Monday. The automated TR311HN is AVer’s answer for helping organizations operate the many cameras they now need for teaching, collaborating or training in a remote-based world. The camera features 12X optical zoom and 12x digital zoom, full HD 1080p@60Hz and AVer’s most […]

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Blackmagic Design Announces New Family of Control Panels

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Blackmagic Design announced the all-new ATEM 2 M/E Advanced Panel and the ATEM 4 M/E Advanced Panel Friday. They’re a new family of control panels designed to work with all ATEM switchers. The ATEM Advanced Panels are large enough, so the user has dedicated controls for the largest ATEM switchers. Features included up to four […]

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Lumens Releases New VC-B2U Videoconferencing Camera

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Lumens just unveiled a new VC-B2U videoconferencing and UCC camera. The USB-based webcam is native 1080p@30fps and includes a 90° field-of-view. Integrated with two built-in omnidirectional microphones, one located on each side of the camera, it can capture sound from a distance of 3.6-meters. The VC-B2U is compatible with Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or Microsoft […]

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Vanco International Now Shipping In-room Powered Subwoofers From Beale Street Audio

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Vanco International announced it is shipping the in-room powered subwoofers from its Beale Street Audio brand. The BPS-65 and BPS-80 deliver bass to even constricted spaces due to Beale Street Audio’s patented Sonic Vortex technology. The Beale Street Audio in-room subwoofers are engineered with solid wood cabinets wrapped in a black matte finish. Under the […]

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Philips Professional Display Solutions Has a Series of Brand-new Programs: Here’s What They Are

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Philips Professional Display Solutions has announced the launch of a series of brand new programs — offering product deals, finance packages and sales incentives — all via a new dedicated website designed to help businesses ease back into work, post lockdown. Conceived as a direct response to the current market conditions and challenges faced by […]

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Legrand | AV Offering New Family of LundHalsey 24/7 Control Room Consoles

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Middle Atlantic Products (a brand of Legrand | AV) announced Tuesday the release of the new LundHalsey Visionline 24/7 control room consoles. Visionline is the latest console family directly available from Legrand | AV and manufactured by solutions partner U.K.-based LundHalsey — a company that designs, manufactures and installs control room furniture solutions. Visionline features […]

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MSolutions IP Network Analyzer Software Now Available

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MSolutions announced the availability of its IP Network Analyzer software, originally introduced at ISE 2020 in February. In fact, here’s a video of it we shot at ISE: Available for use on its MS-TestPro portable test device, the specialized, secure software gives integrators an affordable toolset to test AV signal integrity and performance over IP […]

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