HDMI Licensing Group: 8K Certification Isn’t Optional, It’s Mandatory

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To ensure quality Ultra High Speed HDMI cables reach the market and support 4K and 8K video, HDR, VRR, eARC and all other HDMI 2.1 features, HDMI Forum, Inc. today announced a mandatory certification program for all Ultra High Speed HDMI cables. Ultra High Speed HDMI cable certification includes testing to meet current EMI requirements to minimize wireless interference. […]

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Samsung Sero Comes to US

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Back in April, we published a story about a little-known launch (in Korea) of a Samsung TV that rotates from landscape to portrait modes, called Sero. Now it’s being debuted this week in the U.S. at CES! The Sero is the first consumer TV that can be used in both horizontal and vertical (portrait and […]

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The Top 9 AV News Stories of 2019

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2019 was like no other year I can recall. While the AV-economy experienced explosive growth, at the same time, a few big brands nearly disappeared, namely InFocus and Polycom. How can the Kleenex of projectors, InFocus, literally divest themselves of projectors? Well, it happened and, that happened to be our biggest story of 2019. In […]

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The “Can I” Question

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Anyone who has ever sat in on a project meeting with end users, purchasers, IT, corporate, architects (and all the other professionals likely to be at the table) knows that perspectives are often significantly distorted. How? They’re distorted by either too much or too little understanding of the technologies involved. In this hypothetical project meeting, […]

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Extron Ships IN1804 DI/DO Scaler

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Extron is shipping its IN1804 DI/DO, a new member of the IN1804 family of compact, four-input scalers that provide scaling, switching and integration features. It supports HDMI 2.0 data rates up to 18 Gbps and is HDCP 2.2 compliant. To ensure best-in-class image quality, the switcher incorporates the Extron-exclusive Vector 4K scaling engine with 4:4:4 […]

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The ITSM Architecture

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This is part three of a four-part series from Christopher Gillespie. Read his introduction here and his piece on the AV bill of materials here. Years ago, maintaining and reporting on the inventory was a matter of many spreadsheets, maybe a home-baked database, perhaps it was some hybrid, or maybe it was Crestron Fusion or […]

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Extron Launches XTP II CP 4i HD DMA 4K PLUS Input Board

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Extron announced the launch of its XTP II CP 4i HD DMA 4K PLUS, an XTP input board that provides four HDMI inputs with multi-channel audio downmixing and stereo audio connectivity. It’s HDCP 2.2 compliant and accommodates data rates up to 18 Gbps for support of video resolutions up to 4K/60 at 4:4:4 color sampling. […]

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Barco Partners With Kaltura to Bring Video Platform to Classrooms

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Barco has parnered with Kaltura in a strategic partnership focused on the education and corporate training sectors. Under the partnership, Barco and Kaltura will focus on delivering Barco’s weConnect with Kaltura’s video platform in classrooms. By opening APIs between the two companies adaptable systems, educational institutes and business schools around the world will now have […]

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MuxLab Ships AV-Over-IP PoE Transmitter

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MuxLab just started shipping its 1Gbps AV-over-IP PoE Transmitter integrated with Dante conversion (model 500759-TX-Dante), which is specified to deliver HDMI at up to 4K@30Hz (4:4:4) together with Dante audio signals with HDR. It uses JPEG 2000 compression, which is specified to only use up to 5000Mbps. Installation requires a connection to a 1G Ethernet […]

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Comparing Wired and Wireless Lighting Control

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By Andrew Jimenez Vice President of Technology, Anixter The commercial building lighting controls market is experiencing a period of rapid transformation. With commercial lighting technology making the shift from traditional fluorescent to LED lighting fixtures, legacy analog lighting controls are being replaced by more scalable and reliable digital controls that can operate over a wired […]

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A LIVE Demo of Teleportivity Deployed in a UNC Classroom

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM TELEPORTIVITY Last month, I wrote about Teleportivity, a scalable and fully integrated help desk solution. Here is a takeaway from that article from a University campus help-desk perspective: “We need to fix this stat: On university campuses, fewer than 10% of Level 1 support inquiries and service calls are […]

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Extron Adds to PLUS Series of Matrix Switchers

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Extron just added the DXP 42 HD 4K PLUS to the DXP HD 4K PLUS Series of high-end HDMI matrix switchers. This 4×2 model supports data rates up to 18 Gbps and video resolutions up to 4K@60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling. To maintain signal integrity and reliability, it provides automatic cable equalization on each input […]

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LG Business Solutions Ships New UltraFine IPS LED Monitors

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LG Business Solutions is shipping two new UltraFine IPS LED monitors aimed at macOS users; one is a 24-inch 4K (3840×160) display and the other is a 27-inch 5K (5120×2880) display. Both are commercial-grade displays specified at 500 nits of brightness. The 24MD4KLB-B LG UltraFine IPS LED monitor is a 23.74-inch 4K (3840×2160) model with […]

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Vaddio Ships Plenum-Rated USB 3.0 Active Optical Cable

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Vaddio just started shipping its plenum-rated USB 3.0 Active Optical Cable. Vaddio’s shielded Type C to Type A active optical fiber cable supports the full bandwidth of USB 3.0 and can be used to extend products up to 30 meters without additional hardware or external power. Since it is port-powered and does not utilize any […]

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The AV Bill of Materials (BOM)

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Standardization… the holy grail of the corporate customer. Years ago, when building out a technology space, enterprises relied 100% on the expertise of AV integrators and consultants. This worked well when the spaces consisted almost exclusively of just a few really big complex ones (auditoriums, boardrooms, EBCs, etc.), but over time, starting in the early […]

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Barco Announces Critical Security Update to ClickShare, Addressing Vulnerability Discovered by “Ethical Hackers”

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Barco announced this week that a security vulnerability was discovered within its ClickShare product, which is fixed with an update available immediately, ClickShare update 1.9.1. This vulnerability was discovered by security consultants F-Secure through a process known as “ethical hacking.” “In October of this year, consultants from reached out and shared that they had managed […]

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Atomos Releases Update for Shogun 7 HDR Monitor-Recorder-Switcher

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A new update for the Atomos Shogun 7 HDR monitor-recorder-switcher (AtomOS 10.4) was released today, and it adds touch-controlled switching, quad monitoring and ISO recording functionality. This allows the user to switch back and forth between four live HD SDI video streams (up to 1080p@60Hz). Tapping on an input stream’s window (while in the quad-view […]

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Extron Launches New Portrait Wall Mount TouchLink Pro Touchpanel

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Extron has launched the TLP Pro 300M 3.5-inch portrait wall mount TouchLink Pro Touchpanel. The TLP Pro 300M can control video, audio, lighting, shades, HVAC, security and other systems within virtually any environment and uses a native 320×480 capacitive LCD that’s scratch and smudge-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. The TLP Pro 300M also features Power over […]

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Xantech Now Shipping 4K Video-Over-IP Solution

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Xantech just started shipping its Premium 4K AV-over-IP solution that streams 4K over a 1 GB network with one frame of latency. The solution includes three products — a transmitter, a receiver and a control module — that work together to deliver HDMI signal, bidirectional IR and RS232 over a single category cable at lengths […]

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Just Add Power Now Shipping 1G AV-over-IP Solution

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Just Add Power (J+P) has started to ship its 1G AV-over-IP accessory called Warp Engine. It’s a 1RU transmitter/receiver explicitly designed for video walls to allow the content to be displayed at any imaginable angle — thus, allowing you to use varying display configurations to create “shapes” or “galleries” of monitors making up one wall. […]

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Key Digital Has a New Line of Plenum-Rated HDMI Cables

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Key Digital launched a line of plenum active optical HDMI fiber cables available in lengths from 10 meters / 33 feet to 100 m / 328 ft. This active optical copper hybrid cable series is 4K-capable and supports up to support up to 4K 24/25/30 Hertz 4:4:4/12 bits or 50/60 Hertz 4:2:0/12 bit, as well […]

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Why Everyone Has “as a Service” Wrong — Including (and Especially) AVaaS

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After writing a couple blogs in 2017 about the equally loved and hated potential of “as a Service” (aaS) models to take off in AV, I took a break for a while and watched as the industry discussed the idea. If you missed my original posts on this, you can catch up here: AV as […]

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AVer Information Enters Technology Partnership with Telestream

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AVer Information announced Tuesday that the company had entered a technology partnership with global digital media solutions provider Telestream. The technology integration with AVer Pro AV cameras and Telestream Wirecast software will allow Telestream customers to control AVer cameras and easily stream live feeds through the company’s award-winning Wirecast software. AVer professional autotracking and PTZ […]

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Extron 300 Series Can Now Connect with Panopto Enterprise Video Platform

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Extron just added features to connect the Extron SMP 300 Series Streaming Media Recorder to Panopto enterprise video management systems. The LinkLicense for Enhanced Panopto Features enables users to livestream to Panopto and fully manage SMP recording schedules for lectures and presentations with the Panopto video platform. This brings additional capability to the existing control […]

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Atlona Releases New 4K/UHD HDBaseT Receiver

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  Atlona just told us about the AT-OME-RX11 4K/UHD HDBaseT receiver with audio de-embedding capabilities, as part of its Omega Series. Atlona will demonstrate the OME-RX11 alongside other Omega Series innovations in stand 5-T50 at the upcoming ISE 2020 show in Amsterdam. Paired with an Atlona HDBaseT transmitter or HDBaseT-output switcher, the OME-RX11 enables the […]

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Eiki Debuts Two New HDR Large Venue Laser Projectors

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Eiki International just debuted two WUXGA (1920×1200) 1-chip DLP laser projectors with HDR: the EK-818U and the EK-812U, both aimed at digital signage, auditoriums, large conference rooms, theaters, houses of worship and other large venue applications. The EK-818U is specified at 9,500 lumens brightness with a 100,000:1 contrast ratio while the EK-812U laser projectors is […]

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dnp Intros New “Floating” Version of dnp Supernova XL Projection Screen

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The dnp Supernova XL is a large optical front projection screen that’s available as a single-screen solution in sizes up to 230″ (vertical). dnp has announced a new version of the Supernova XL which, thanks to a new frame design, now appears to be floating 10 millimeters from the wall to which it is mounted. […]

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Yamaha UC Announces Integration With Intel Unite

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Yamaha Unified Communications announced today that its CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System and USB speakerphones now integrate with Intel Unite, a customizable wireless collaboration solution that enables users to start meetings quickly and securely without the need for dongles, adaptors or cables. From the Intel Unite app, users can control Yamaha audio and video products […]

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Waves Audio Releases eMotion LV1 V11

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Waves Audio just announced the eMotion LV1 V11, an updated version of its eMotion LV1 live software mixer with new user-requested features, including the new MyMon Personal Monitor Mixing App. Based on Waves SoundGrid technology, each of the mixer’s channels has its own plug-in rack capable of running up to eight Waves and third-party plug-ins. […]

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Sony Electronics Introduces TEOS Workplace Management Solutions

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Sony Electronics announced Tuesday the North American launch of TEOS, a suite of new workplace management solutions that gives AV, IT and facilities managers full control over devices, signage and content across the entire workplace ecosystem. From meeting rooms to reception areas, the TEOS workplace management solutions offer a simple, scalable and cost-effective way to […]

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INOGENI Announces Ultra HD to USB 3.0 and HDBaseT to USB 3.0 Converters

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INOGENI has announced the release of the 4KXUSB3 Ultra HD (4K) to USB 3.0 and Magni HDBaseT to USB 3.0 converters. It features an HDMI loop output, analog audio I/O and a VISCA port for PTZ cameras. It requires no drivers, making it a reliable and convenient tool to capture uncompressed video with audio from […]

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