VESA Releases DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 Standard

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The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced that it has released version 2.0 of the DisplayPort Alternate Mode (“Alt Mode”) standard. DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 provides seamless interoperability with the new USB4 specification published by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), and fully enables all of the features in the latest version of the DisplayPort […]

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Extron Introduces Microphone that Integrates with eBUS-Enabled Control Systems

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Extron has introduced the VoiceLift Pro Microphone EB, designed to integrate with eBUS enabled control systems to provide voice amplification for a wide variety of installations. The VoiceLift receiver connects to the eBUS port on an Extron IPCP control processor for power and customizable control of events such as Instant Alert or recording start/stop. Wireless […]

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Giant Security Update to Zoom Rolls Out Starting Today

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Today Zoom announced security enhancements with the upcoming general availability of Zoom 5.0, a key milestone in its 90-day plan to proactively identify, address and enhance the security and privacy capabilities of the Zoom platform. By adding support for AES 256-bit GCM encryption, Zoom will provide increased protection for meeting data and resistance against tampering. […]

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Facebook Just Entered the UCC Market (Sort-of) with Fully-Encrypted Messenger Rooms

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Although aimed at the consumer market, Facebook’s new Messenger Rooms feature allows you to invite anyone to join your video call, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. The company also said it’s end-to-end encrypted. Rooms will soon hold up to 50 people with no time limit. You can start and share rooms on […]

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How Will Installation Verticals Weather the Storm of COVID-19?

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By James Kirby Futuresource Consulting Through its research in recent years, Futuresource has identified the install audio markets as a key opportunity for brands across the professional audio industry, ranging from large system touring vendors, through to business music brands and conferencing microphone suppliers. However, as with many professional audio segments and other areas of […]

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Updated: How Zoom’s Recent Success Has Put Them Square in the Security Spotlight

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P.T. Barnum is credited for saying,”There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” You may have heard other variations of this old saying, such as “There’s no such thing as bad press.” Does this apply to recent headlines about Zoom? If you have lost track, I will do my best to summarize and put it all […]

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Blackmagic Design Lowers Price of Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K to Under $2K

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Blackmagic Design today announced a new lower price for the popular Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K of US$1,995. This is a reduction of $500, which will help make this camera more affordable for users working on digital film as well as live production with the new ATEM Mini switchers. With the current demand for multi-camera […]

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Comprehensive Connectivity Intros SimpliShare Wireless Presentation System

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Comprehensive Connectivity Company just introduced the SimpliShare SSH-4000W Wireless Presentation System, a BYOD collaboration device for wireless screen sharing of 4K60 video and audio. The SimpliShare 4000W doesn’t use dongles or buttons and provides its own stand-alone in-room wireless network and access point. It supports up to 14 connected devices and provides three-level security and […]

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Extron’s XTP DTP 24 Shielded Twisted Pair Cable Compatible With MS-TestPro HDBaseT Tester from MSolutions

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Extron announced this week that its XTP DTP 24 Shielded Twisted Pair Cable is fully compatible with the MS-TestPro HDBaseT tester by MSolutions. This handheld test device provides the data needed to verify signal integrity and stability of HDBaseT installations. Features include quick and efficient signal analysis, built-in monitoring, logging and diagnostics capabilities, and comprehensive […]

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AVI Systems Becomes New USA Partner for GPA

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In a brilliant move, GPA announced today that AVI Systems is now a GPA Regional Business Unit for the United States. Becoming part of the GPA global community, requires a “special” organization given the unique foundational pillar to the GPA global brand and value proposition. It takes organizations with the same foundations of people-first culture, […]

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ClearOne Intros UNITE 20 Pro Webcam for Bringing Professional Video to Personal Collaboration Spaces

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Specified to bring pro-quality video collaboration options to personal spaces, ClearOne today introduced the new UNITE 20 Pro Webcam. The UNITE 20 Pro Webcam mounts on a PC or laptop and is native 1920×1080 at 30fps with an ultra wide-angle field-of-view up to 120°. As it’s USB and USBC, the UNITE 20 Pro Webcam works […]

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Kramer Electronics Intros SDVoE-Based, AV-Over-IP Transceiver

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Kramer Electronics’ KDS-8 is a zero-latency, SDVoE-based (10G) AV-over-IP transceiver for distributing AV signals via Ethernet over copper cable. The KDS-8 streams up to 4K@60Hz (4:4:4) resolution signals over a 10G network interface, providing lossless compression. The KDS-8 is a fully standard and compliant SDVoE codec, and it enables compatibility with other software and hardware […]

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Intel Unite, LG, Kramer and Barco Are Just Some of the Great Brands to Support LAVNCH WEEK

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The AV industry doesn’t quit, even when the world slows down. So when 2020’s biggest AV trade shows started to release their postponement and cancellation announcements one by one, starting as early as February, it was time to expedite the release of a new platform, called LAVNCH — something rAVe has been working for more […]

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Extron Announces Eight-Input Seamless Dynamic Presentation Switcher/Scaler

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Extron has announced the availability of the ISS 608, an eight-input seamless switcher for the dynamic presentation and scaling of DisplayPort and HDMI content at resolutions up to 4K/60 @ 4:4:4 at a maximum data rate of 18 Gbps. Advanced, presentation-enhancing features include Extron Vector 4K scaling technology and multiple transition effects, as well as […]

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Almo Pro A/V Adds Work-From-Home Hardware Bundle

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In a great example of pivoting, Almo Professional A/V is helping ensure integrators are able to keep business professionals, educators and learners alike more connected with its newest “Work-From-Home” hardware bundle. The new bundle features a Yamaha portable USB and Bluetooth speakerphone and a Huddly Go conferencing camera. The new Work-From-Home kit (GO-BLK/YVC-200-WHT/BLK-KIT) is lightweight […]

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JVC Professional Video’s New Series of PTZ Cameras Can Stream Directly to Facebook

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JVC Professional Video launched the GY-HM250 Series of PTZ cameras that stream directly to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and other CDNs. JVC’s ongoing collaboration with the Facebook Live technology team enables users to log in to their Facebook account directly from the camera and publish livestreams with a push of the button, no PC or outboard […]

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Lumens Digital Optics UHD, Full HD PTZ Cameras Now Integrated With Extron Control Systems

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Lumens Digital Optics announced its UHD and Full HD PTZ cameras are now integrated with Extron control systems. This means that Lumens PTZ cameras now combine with the Extron IPCP, IPL and TLC series controller via RS232 and Ethernet. The control drivers enable the Extron Touch Screen and the Extron App to fully manage the […]

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Broadcast Pix Debuts StreamingPix Streaming Kit for Schools, Churches, Businesses and More

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Broadcast Pix just debuted StreamingPix, a complete live production and streaming solution. StreamingPix is a kit that uses the same acquisition, production, automation and streaming tools as the company’s professional products, but with simpler control interfaces and a library of graphics and clips to give content a polished and professional look. It’s aimed at corporations, […]

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Verizon to Buy BlueJeans, the Rodney Dangerfield of Videoconferencing Companies

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Today Verizon announced that it will acquire BlueJeans, a cloud-based enterprise videoconferencing and event platform, pending regulatory approval. The transaction will combine BlueJeans’ meeting platform with Verizon’s UCaaS business immediately, according to the news release, and will be deeply integrated with Verizon’s 5G product roadmap. Here’s what rAVe founder Gary Kayye had to say: “The […]

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Extron Offers New Matrix Switcher With Video Scaling, Switching and Integration Features

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Extron announced the immediate availability of the DTP2 CrossPoint 82, an 8×2 presentation matrix switcher that provides state-of-the-art video scaling, switching and integration features. With a maximum data rate of 18 Gbps, it supports video resolutions up to 4K@60Hz (4:4:4) and is HDCP 2.2 compliant. The DTP2 CrossPoint matrix switcher incorporates Extron-patented Vector 4K scaling […]

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Studio Technologies’ New Party-Line Intercom Solution Can Host 16 Users

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Studio Technologies launched the new Model 5421 Dante Intercom Engine, a Dante Audio-over-IP (AoIP) party-line intercom solution for up to 16 users. It incorporates an intercom-specific Auto Mix algorithm that optimizes party-line audio quality and reduces ambient interference from open mics. The compact half-rack enclosure is intended for use with Studio Technologies’ 370-series of Dante-enabled […]

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Extron and Lenovo Partner to Create Scalable Meeting Solutions

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Extron announced that the company is working with Lenovo to create scalable meeting solutions for modern workspaces. Designed to integrate room automation, audio and signal extension capabilities with the Lenovo ThinkSmart, Microsoft Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms solutions, the Extron/Lenovo partnership will bring control capabilities to the ThinkSmart Tiny and ThinkSmart Hub across the enterprise. […]

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Hypersign’s New All-in-One UCC Application Integrates With Zoom and Webex Teams

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Hypersign’s new Huddleup is a new UCC application for its all-in-one Hypersign+ system. It’s a single-tap wrapper that integrates with Zoom, Whereby (formerly appear.in) and Webex Teams. Features include: Interactive whiteboarding: Whiteboarding is built directly into the application, so you don’t need traditional whiteboards in the meeting area. Live TV: Huddleup brings live TV to […]

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Flipping Training — Ideas for Better Adoption

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My oldest daughter is extremely smart.  She is artistic, creative and is an amazing writer. She does very well in school; however, her one challenge has always been math. She usually starts slow and then builds steam toward the end of the year. As parents, we always reinforce that the thing that matters most is […]

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David Labuskes, Eric Yuan to Keynote LAVNCH WEEK

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THE rAVe Agency, rAVe [PUBS] and Zoom are collaborating on a one-of-a-kind virtual event. If you receive our newsletter or follow us on social media, you’ve likely heard about it. LAVNCH WEEK (pronounced “launch” week) is a five-day virtual event focused exclusively on AV education through high-level keynotes, interactive discussion panels and new product launches. […]

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How the Post COVID-19 Will Be a Boon for AV, DS and UCC

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AVIXA has been publishing a monthly ProAV Business Index since mid-2016, gauging sales and employment indicators for the ProAV industry. The index is calculated from a monthly survey that tracks trends. Two diffusion indexes are created using the data, the AV Sales Index (AVI-S) and AV Employment Index (AVI-E). This month’s AV Sales Index (AVI-S) […]

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Key Digital Says KD-CAMUSB PTZ Camera Is COVID-19 Ready

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Key Digital says its KD-CAMUSB, a USB-based PTZ camera, is COVID-19-ready. Natively compatible with Skype, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, RingCentral and Google Hangouts the KD-CAMUSB is aimed at e-learning, virtual classrooms, worship, trainings and at-home performances. The KD-CAMUSB requires no additional software installation and is compatible with computers using Windows, MAC, and Linux operating systems. […]

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Extron and Sennheiser Partner for Audio Solutions for Modern Workspaces

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Extron and Sennheiser jointly announced this week that they’re working together to create easy-to-deploy audio solutions for modern workspaces. Starting with a new control system and audio DSP resources that simplify the integration of Sennheiser Dante microphone arrays with Extron devices, using an Extron DMP Plus series audio DSP connected to a Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling […]

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Remote Camera Controls in Zoom Bring Videoconferencing to the Next Level

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM PTZOPTICS   By Paul Richards Chief Streaming Officer, PTZOptics Zoom videoconferencing has many little known features that are quite powerful for specific verticals and power users. One of these little known features is called far-end camera control. Far end cameras control is a feature that Zoom admins can enable […]

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Marshall Electronics Now Offering Four New IP Cameras

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Marshall Electronics just introduced four new IP cameras: the CV730-BK camera, the CV630-IP PTZ camera, the CV420-30X-IP camera and the CV355-30X-IP camera. These new cameras provide a variety of resolution options. The CV730-BK PTZ Camera provides up to UHD (3840×2160) video resolutions at 60fps through IP, HDMI and 12GSDI simultaneous outputs. The CV630-IP PTZ Camera […]

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X2O Media Announces Partnership With FutureDJs — Bringing the Classroom to Music Students

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X2O Media announced a global partnership with music education company FutureDJs this week. X2O Media, part of the STRATACACHE family of marketing technology companies and FutureDJs will make music education widely accessible globally, all through X2O Media’s virtual classroom technology. FutureDJs is providing ways to support teaching music, making music education globally accessible with its […]

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Pexip’s Q1 2020 Earnings Seem to Indicate It’s COVID-19-Proof

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The video communications provider, Pexip, today announced a record 50% year-on-year growth in contracted annual recurring revenue (ARR) after the first quarter of 2020, further enhancing the recently reported growth of 32% in 2019. Q1 2020 finished with a significant increase in delta annual recurring revenue (DARR) of 9.5MUSD, giving a total contracted annual recurring […]

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