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.

Datapath Launches 4K Four-Way Splitter

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Datapath just launched the 1×4 IQS4 4K resolution video wall applications. When paired with Datapath’s Image4K graphics cards, the IQS4 offers an entry-level solution for powering video walls of up to 96 screens. Mounting flexibility means the IQS4 can be used for any application. VESA mounting is supported for direct mounting behind displays. Where the […]

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Magewell Introduces New Models in Its Pro Convert Line of Encoders/Decoders

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Magewell has introduced three new models in its Pro Convert family of low-latency video-over-IP encoders and decoders. The Pro Convert 12G SDI Plus encoder converts 4K at 60 frames per second, 12G-SDI input signals into full-bandwidth NDI streams, while the Pro Convert for NDI to SDI and Pro Convert H.26x to SDI decoders transform NDI, […]

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Planar Announces HRO Series Outdoor, Residential LEDs

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Planar just announced outdoor, residential LEDs in the form of the Planar HRO Series. The Planar HRO Series expands the company’s portfolio of LED display solutions with a high brightness, fine pixel pitch LED offering that is built for close-up daylight video viewing. The Planar HRO Series delivers impactful visual experiences for audiences, even in […]

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Kramer Electronics Releases New 8×8 Matrix Switcher

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The new Kramer Electronics VS−88H2A is an 8×8 matrix switcher for 4K@60Hz (4:4:4), HDR, HDMI signals and analog/digital audio routing. The VS-88H2A re-clocks and equalizes signals and can route any one of eight HDMI, HDCP−compliant sources (selectable) to any or all outputs simultaneously. The VS-88H2A features independent audio routing. Any embedded digital or analog audio […]

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AmpliVox Sound Systems Upgrades 3230 Multimedia Lectern Series

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AmpliVox Sound Systems has upgraded its 3230 Multimedia Lectern series with custom colors and finishes and optional rack rails for securely mounting electronic components. The 3230 series offers six standard colors: mahogany, oak, maple, walnut, cherry and black. And now, there are also 10 premium colors such as beechwood, dark gray, ivory and more. There […]

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Extron and Lutron Announce Seamless Control Partnership

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Extron announced its partnership with Lutron, a lighting control and automated shading solution company — combining Extron control with the Lutron Vive Wireless in smart-building projects. Facility managers and AV Pros can use the same Vive hub they have installed for lighting control flexibility and add an Extron control processor and a touch panel — […]

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Macnica Announces Evaluation and Development Kit for Product Developers

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Macnica, the industry’s first IPMX (AV-over-IP’s only proposed standard) chip company, announced the availability of an evaluation and development kit for product developers. The new EASYSS10 EVK allows any manufacturer to accelerate the creation of broadcast and ProAV products with SMPTE ST 2110 interoperability built-in. According to Macnica, the company is a vocal proponent of […]

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FSR Releases New Symphony Pedestal Charging Station

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FSR has released its new Symphony Pedestal, extending its Symphony Collection of power and charging solutions. The new Symphony Pedestal offers a form factor that allows for customization options to connect a CAT6, 6a or 7 along with AV cables to bulkhead AV connections. This floor standing unit provides AC power and USB charging, along […]

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Sony to Upgrade BRC Camera Range with New AR/VR Features

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As part of ongoing efforts to help productions work safely and remotely, Sony is upgrading its BRC camera range with a new set of features. Designed for remote production, the V2.1 firmware upgrade to the BRC-X1000/1, BRC-X1000/WPW and BRC-H800/1, BRC-H800/WPW will allow producers and operators to simplify their VR/AR production workflows. Through this update, the […]

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BrightSign’s BSN.cloud Control App to Now Work with Embed Signage CMS

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BrightSign today announced that it has expanded its list of available CMS partners in BSN.cloud Control Cloud to include embed signage. BSN.cloud Control Cloud is a free subscription included with every BrightSign player running BrightSign OS 8. It delivers cloud connectivity for real-time player control from anywhere, as well as simple setup and provisioning features […]

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SAVI Controls Releases New AV Control and Automation Solution

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SAVI Controls has introduced SAVI 3 AV control and automation solution. Featuring new and simplified programming software, an intuitive user interface and a new hardware lineup built to support commercial projects, SAVI 3 systems claim hours, not weeks, to design and program. According to the company, SAVI transforms the way technicians program commercial AV systems […]

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Black Box Intros Solutions for IoT Buildings

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Black Box today introduced Connected Buildings — a suite of solutions and services that the company says enables digital experiences in smart, IoT buildings. The Black Box Connected Building is enabled by multiple technologies: 5G/CBRS and Wi-Fi to augment existing wireless systems and create fully connected buildings; edge networking and data centers to collect data […]

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Yamaha Releases Two RX-V AV Receivers Aimed at HomeAV

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Yamaha just released two new RX-V AV receivers for the HomeAV market. Redesigned from the ground up, the new RX-V line added support for 8K, HDMI 2.1 and HDR10+. The RX-V4A and RX-V6A, offering five and seven channels of support, respectively, are both 4K and 8K and pass-through via HDMI with the RX-V6A having seven […]

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Yamaha Unified Communications Partners With Promethean Interactive Displays and DisplayNote for New Collaboration Tool

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Yamaha Unified Communications is partnering with Promethean Interactive Displays and DisplayNote to outfit conference rooms with a three-for-one enterprise-grade plug-and-play collaboration tool. Exclusively available from Promethean, the display system is designed to simplify meetings. It provides conference and collaboration spaces with professional audio, video and meeting room software; it features Yamaha’s CS-700 video sound bar, […]

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Screen Innovations Updates Janus Power and Control Hub

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Screen Innovations offers a new version of its Janus power and control hub, which is expressly engineered for commercial integrators’ needs. Tested and certified by the NEC, NFPA and UL for fire-resistance and low-smoke production, Janus Plenum meets all safety regulations for plenum installation. The new plenum-rated Janus includes all of the original Janus features, […]

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New Marantz Integrated Amplifier and CD Player Now Available

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Marantz announced the new PM6007 Integrated Amplifier and CD6007 CD Player. Both are aimed at the custom install market. The PM6007 Integrated Amplifier ($599): The PM6007 is a two-channel integrated amplifier, delivering the most musical performance from both digital and analog sources. Featuring a Toroidal power transformer, larger power supply capacitors and carefully selected components […]

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iRoom Announces New Motorized Docking Station

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iRoom just announced touchDock, its new motorized docking station. The touchDock is a scratch-resistant tempered glass for all 10.2” iPad or larger screen sizes, and its in-wall flush mount flexible installation capability (vertical or horizontal mounting). The new touchDock integrates iRoom’s docking technologies as iPad antitheft protection and hands-free unlocking of the iPad screen. The […]

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Meyer Sound Releases MAPP 3D Upgrade to Its System Design Tool

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Meyer Sound announced the release of MAPP 3D, the largest upgrade to its system design tool since the original MAPP Online software program was introduced in 2001. MAPP 3D works on both the Mac and Windows platforms, employs local processing (no Internet connection required) and is now available as a free download from the Meyer […]

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LG Business Solutions USA Wins Architectural Technology Innovation Award

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The American Institute of Architects, California, presented LG Business Solutions USA with its Architectural Technology Innovation Award during a virtual ceremony celebrating the completion of a large-scale digital display installation at its Northern California headquarters. “This award recognizes LG for their significant and meaningful contributions to the architectural profession in California, and for pushing the […]

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Visionary Solutions Releases New Encoder, Decoder With USB-C Connectivity

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Visionary Solutions has announced the release of the PacketAV DUET 2 Encoder and Decoder. According to the company, they are the world’s first AV-over-IP endpoints with built-in USB-C connectivity for distributing 4K UHD Video and Dante/AES67 over Gigabit Ethernet. The new DUET 2 encoders and decoders deliver 4K UHD video, Dante/AES67 connectivity and control, all […]

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Extron Expands DXP HD 4K PLUS Series of Matrix Switchers With Two New Models

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Extron has just released 16×8 and 16×16 models to the DXP HD 4K PLUS Series of HDMI matrix switchers. They support data rates up to 18 Gbps and video resolutions up to 4K@60Hz with 4:4:4 color sampling, HDR, Deep Color up to 12-bit, 3D, HD lossless audio formats and CEC. Extron technologies such as EDID […]

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Epson Releases LS500 3LCD-Based Laser Projector

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Integrated with Epson’s Enhanced 4K (pixel-shifting technology) and HDR, the new Epson LS500 is a 3LCD-based laser projector that allows for images up to 120” from less than 2 feet away — it’s packaged with an ALR screen, too. Combined with Epson’s proprietary 4K PRO-UHD2 3LCD technology, it combines an Ultra Short Throw Laser Projector […]

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EonDigital Incorporates BrightSign Media Player in New Temperature-Screening Solution

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BrightSign announced Monday that EonDigital has incorporated the BrightSign HD1024 media player in its new temperature-screening solution, ExoMetrics Wrist. This new solution achieves temperature measurements by taking hundreds of temperature readings in seconds. According to EonDigital, it also all but eliminates false positive readings and enables businesses to safely screen patrons with minimal disruption. Temperature […]

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Pro-Ject Audio Systems Adds to Debut Collection With New Turntable

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Pro-Ject Audio Systems unveiled the new Debut Carbon Evolution turntable as an addition to its Debut Collection. The product features the brand’s one-piece carbon fiber tonearm technology, electronic speed selection, suspension elements from the EISA X1 and a factory-mounted Sumiko Rainier phono cartridge. After more than 20 years in business, Pro-Ject says the Debut is […]

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Extron Releases EMS Express Mobile Software – Quantum Ultra for Windows 10 Devices

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Extron just released the EMS Express Mobile Software – Quantum Ultra. The software is now available for Windows 10 platform devices, including Microsoft Surface. EMS-Quantum Ultra combines the freedom of wireless control with an easy-to-use application. The software is operated with familiar finger gestures: drag and drop, swipe and tap. It also includes capabilities like […]

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D-Tools System Integrator Version 14 Now Available

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D-Tools announced the availability of System Integrator version 14, which includes new capabilities for its end-to-end estimation, design, project and service management software solution. D-Tools System Integrator (SI) is an end-to-end software solution that the company says improves operating efficiencies by streamlining the entire project workflow — from estimating, through system design and documentation, procurement, […]

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Black Box Releases Reserva Line of Touch Screen Meeting Room Signage Solutions

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Black Box introduced the Reserva line of touch screen meeting room signage solutions Thursday. The line is powered by the company’s iCompel digital signage platform. Available in three screen sizes, Reserva signs can provide a customizable user interface that enables users to locate and schedule rooms in an instant. The Reserva line is available in […]

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Barco Now Offering New RGB Laser Rear-Projection Video Walls for Mission Control Rooms

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Barco just introduced its new generation RGB laser rear-projection video walls for the mission-critical control room market. According to the company, the Barco RGB Laser ODL series was introduced in 2016 and has been the flagship solution ever since. With the introduction of this newest generation laser engine, the ODL series now gets a major […]

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InReality Picks Ryan Cahoy as Chief Revenue Officer

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InReality just announced the addition of Ryan Cahoy, long-time digital signage veteran, to its executive team as chief revenue officer. InReality’s venue analytics platform harnesses multiple sensor technologies and data streams into one view of key metrics and KPIs for businesses and retailers. In April, the company began to dedicate itself to helping companies address […]

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New App from Philips Professional Display Solutions Helps Ease Germ Concerns on Hotel TV Remotes

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A new app from tech firm Philips Professional Display Solutions has been launched to help hotels worldwide reopen safely and prevent the spread of potentially harmful viruses — such as COVID-19. Compatible with selected Philips PDS MediaSuite Hospitality pro TVs, including the 5014 and 6014 Google-certified models, the health and hygiene inspired GuestConnect app allows […]

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Brightline Upgrades Select SeriesONE Studio Light Fixtures

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Brightline announced Thursday that it has upgraded its L1.2 and L1.4 LED SeriesONE studio light fixtures with variable color temperature and improved color rendering. Plus, the fixtures are now available with optional wireless DMX/RDM (remote device management) control that provides bidirectional RF signal distribution between the transmitter and lighting console and eliminates the need for […]

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Atlona Intros Avance Series HDBaseT Extender Kits for Commercial AV

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Atlona has expanded its line of HDMI extension products with the new Avance Series of HDBaseT extender kits. Five Avance Series kits provide installation options for commercial AV applications ranging from conference rooms and classrooms to extended-distance video distribution. Four transmit 4K/UHD 60Hz 4:2:0 video up to 130 feet (40 meters) or 1080p 60Hz video […]

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