Yamaha Unified Communications and Sharp Business Systems Team up to Make Remote Concierge Station

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Yamaha Unified Communications and Sharp Business Systems have partnered to provide the hospitality, enterprise, education, health care and government industries with a post-COVID Remote Concierge Station solution. This partnership results in a combination of Sharp’s 40-inch or 50-inch flat-screens and Yamaha’s CS-700 Video Sound Bar in a mobile stand to allow organizations to staff key […]

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Extron Now Shipping HAE 100 4K Plus Audio De-embedder

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Extron has started shipping its HAE 100 4K Plus audio de-embedder. The HAE 100 4K Plus extracts audio from a 4K HDMI source and provides outputs for stereo and dual-mono analog audio signals and digital audio multichannel or two-channel formats. It is HDCP compliant to ensure display of content-protected media and supports data rates up […]

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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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New L-Acoustics M1 Suite Pairs System Measurement and Control Software for One Solution

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L-Acoustics just introduced the M1 suite of measurement and monitoring tools for data acquisition and live monitoring. The M1 suite pairs system measurement and control software to work natively as one solution for calibration. Tuning of a venue requires both data capture and analysis and calibration processes typically involve estimating optimum EQ and alignment settings, […]

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Sony Debuts VPL-GTZ380 Flagship Projector Using New 4K DCI Chip — Capable of 120Hz Refresh Too!

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Sony Electronics launched the VPL-GTZ380 Monday — marketed as its new flagship elective 3LCD, SXRD projector with a native 4096×2160 4K DCI chipset. Integrated with 10,000 ANSI lumens, the VPL-GTZ380 features a newly developed 0.74” Native 4K SXRD panel that Sony specs at 16,000:1 contrast ratio. By adopting a new liquid crystal material for the […]

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ProAV Industry — Market Movements, Emerging Opportunities and the Road to Recovery

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Here’s a message from our LAVNCH EMEA partner, Futuresource, regarding the future of the ProAV market — as we start to move out of COVID-19 in 2021. In case you weren’t aware, Futuresource and rAVe have partnered for an all-EMEA virtual event taking place September 2-3 2020, called LAVNCH EMEA. It’s open for free registration […]

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Absen Debuts 0.9-mm MiniLED and New 2.5-mm and 3.9-mm LEDs

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Absen America just launched two new LED display products to the North American market: HC0.9, a MiniLED product incorporating 4-in-1 IMD and common cathode technology, and K Plus series, a cost-effective commercial display product. HC0.9 is Absen’s new 0.9-millimeter MiniLED display designed for the high-end control room market and other mission-critical environments that require ultra-high definition […]

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Williams AV Announces Caption Assist for Real-time Open Captioning and Audio Archiving

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Williams AV announced something called Caption Assist, an AI-based, real-time open captioning and audio archiving system. Powered by Google’s artificial intelligence platform, Caption Assist can transcribe up to 27 languages and 70+ dialects with up to 94% accuracy. Caption Assist employs a simple iOS and Android app for easy system setup and control. Billing is […]

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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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ARISTA Enters AV-over-IP Market Using 10G SDVoE

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ARISTA Corporation just launched into the AV-over-IP market with the RS-124-31 Series IP Flash Caster product line with six models: the RS-124-A31-TX01, RS-124-A31-TX02, RS-124-A31-RX01, RS-124-B31-TX01, RS-124-B31-TX02 and RS-124-B31-RX01. ARISTA’s RS-124-31 Series is a 1U rack-mount AV-over-IP product line that can be configured with either dual SDVoE encoders/decoders with copper or fiber interface and a variety […]

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Extron Now Shipping ENERGY-STAR-qualified Audio Power Amplifiers

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Extron announced that the company is shipping the XPA U 1004 SB and XPA U 2002 SB, ENERGY-STAR-qualified audio power amplifiers, featuring flexible channel pairs that can drive 8-ohm, 4-ohm, 70-volt or 100-volt loads. The individually bridgeable channel pairs of the XPA U 1004 SB can deliver two 100-watt channels into low-impedance systems or one […]

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We Should Be Promoting Diversity in the AV Industry

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On infrequent occasions, I write blogs that do not relate directly to technology or AV. I do this because I feel as though I should stick to the things that I know and have experience with. Yet, there are times when something is so important, I feel like I need to say something. Due to […]

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Pliant Technologies Details V1.8 Firmware Update for Its CrewCom Intercom

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Pliant Technologies announced the release of its version 1.8 firmware update for all CrewCom wireless intercom systems and devices. This new V1.8 firmware offers several significant improvements, including refined communications for network devices, and provides an overall enhanced user experience for Pliant’s CrewCom customers. The 1.8 firmware update includes a new group management feature in […]

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Torus Power Now Shipping AVR ELITE With TorusConnect Power Control

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Torus Power is now shipping its new AVR ELITE featuring TorusConnect Cloud-based monitoring and control. This model offers a combination of isolation-transformer-enhanced power management and remote operation capabilities. It features new PCB designs, a 32-bit processor, a separate power supply board for a higher-quality audio path, a larger LCD display and tighter voltage regulation than […]

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Roland Debuts its New 4K Video Scaler for Live Events, Fixed Application and Streaming

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Roland announced the debut of the VC-100UHD 4K Video Scaler, a next-generation AV signal management solution for live events, fixed installations and streaming applications. Integrated with Roland’s Ultra Scaler processing technology, the VC-100UHD allows users to input 4K and 1080p video sources and distribute them to multiple destinations at one time, including 4K LED walls, […]

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Ross Video Launches Kiva Live Presentation Server

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Ross Video announced the launch of the Kiva Live Presentation Server Tuesday. Kiva is a new media server platform that complements the existing Tria production server and Mira replay server solutions from Ross. The Kiva user interface presents various digital media into venue video boards, such as real-time video clips, “fill+matte” stills and animations, surround-sound […]

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Crew Call: Event Planning During a Pandemic

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Time marches on, but not fast enough. Our industry has been adept in helping clients transition from live events to virtual events, thereby keeping us all in business to some degree. However, some types of events — training, demos, straightforward business meetings — may never return to the live stage. Videoconferencing offers all the efficiency […]

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Epson Unveils New Version of Its Projector Professional Tool

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Epson announced a new version of its Projector Professional Tool (EPPT) Monday. The EPPT is a free software utility that helps users set up multiple Epson networked projectors in a large space. Version 1.3 provides support for macOS for the first time, in addition to Windows. This software offers access to the projection features built […]

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Marshall Electronics’ New Zoom Block Cameras Feature 2.5-12.4 Million Pixels

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Marshall Electronics just announced the release of its CV420-18X and CV355-10X zoom block cameras, one with 12.4 million pixels designed into a 1/1.7-inch 4K sensor and the other has 2.5 million pixels with 1/2.8-inch covering the HD range in a compact design. Both cameras are designed with the latest sensor technology and are refined to […]

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Extron’s Quantum Ultra Gesture-based Application for Video Walls Now Available

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Extron has announced the immediate availability of its Express Mobile Software — Quantum Ultra. Quantum Ultra is an application that gives intuitive user control of a Quantum Ultra or Quantum Ultra Connect video-wall system from devices running on iOS or Android platforms. It combines the freedom of wireless control with an easy-to-use application. The software […]

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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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Igloo Vision’s New Immersive Media Player Can Turn Any Space Into an Immersive Workspace

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Igloo Vision just launched the Igloo Immersive Media Player (IMP), a product that enables an organization to transform any room or office space into an immersive workspace. This packages all of Igloo’s Shared VR technology into a stand-alone unit and is designed for customers who want to use Igloo’s core technology to create their own […]

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InfoComm 2020 Connected: Sam Taylor Answers Your Questions

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Recently, Almo Pro A/V EVP/COO Sam Taylor participated in the InfoComm 2020 Connected LIVE Q&A with AVIXA President Dave Labuskes, following the keynote address, “A Better Normal: Reducing Friction and Finding Our Way in a Hybrid World.” During the 15-minute live Q&A, there were more questions than time allotted — so, Sam answered some of […]

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Neutrik USA Releases NPS-30W PoE Injector for Harsh Stage Conditions

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Neutrik USA just announced the NPS-30W PoE injector. The NPS-30W is a PoE injector made for harsh stage conditions, featuring a lockable powerCON TRUE1 TOP power connector and etherCON network connectors. Neutrik’s new NPS-30W PoE injector is a companion for the company’s NA2-IO-DPRO and NA2-IO-DLINE Dante interfaces and, indeed, any network device that requires a […]

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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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Neumann.Berlin Intros Mic Preamp With Industry’s Best Product Photography, Ever!

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Neumann.Berlin (a division of Sennheiser) just introduced the V 402, a microphone preamplifier with integrated headphone monitoring. The V 402 is Neumann’s first stand-alone microphone preamp — although the company has created several generations of preamp modules for its mixing consoles (such as the V 476 B of the 1980s). The V 402 is a […]

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L-Acoustics Picks Head of Americas Division, and Other New Positions

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L-Acoustics just picked Alan Macpherson to head its newly formed Americas division, including sales, application, support, fulfillment and finance activities for all countries in North, Central and South America. Alan will report to Laurent Vaissié, CEO L-Acoustics, and Hervé Guillaume, CEO L-Acoustics Group. L-Acoustics also moved B.J. Shaver to business development director for the installation […]

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Atomos and Z CAM Now Enable Apple ProRes RAW over HDMI Recording for Select Products

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Atomos and Z CAM announced Wednesday the companies would enable 12-bit 5.8K Apple ProRes RAW over HDMI recording. This will be enabled in the Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder in combination with the Flagship series Z CAM E2-F6, E2-F8 and E2-S6 large sensor cinema cameras, as well as 4K ProRes RAW recording from the Micro 4/3 […]

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New AmpliVox Maestro Adjustable Presentation Center Includes Reading Table and Other Features

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The new AmpliVox Maestro Adjustable Presentation Center (lectern) not only adjusts to presenters of different height (via touch) but includes 31” wide reading table that comfortably accommodates a laptop and other paperwork. Other features include: Cable pass-through grommets from the reading table to inside the cabinet’s lower storage compartment and the bottom of the lectern […]

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