One Tester to Rule Them All: Test HDMI AND HDBaseT With One Simple, Future-Proof Device from MSolutions

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM MSOLUTIONS “Get it done right the first time and it’ll pay off in the long run.” How many times have you heard this advice? Have you committed to it in your AV installations? What tools will actually help you get it done right the first time? With HDBaseT, getting […]

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The Truth About the New TechLogix “Gaming Market” Fiber Optic Cables

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TechLogix Networx has launched HDMI and DisplayPort video cables that they claim are specifically designed for electronic gaming and esports competition. Huh? The press announcement said, “Unlike traditional video cables which are limited in length and video-processing speed, TechLogix cables leverage a fiber optic core that supports true, real-time 8K and 4K120 video with bandwidths […]

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KanexPro Launches USB-C and HDMI Switcher

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KanexPro has announced a 2×1 USB-C and HDMI Switcher with USB 3.0 ports dubbed the SW-2X1USBC. In addition to HDMI and USB-C switching, the SW-2X1USBC de-embeds to a balanced analog audio output for applications like ceiling speakers. The SW-2X1USBC is spec’d to switch resolutions up to 4Kx2K@60Hz, 4:4:4, 8-bit and 1080p/60 and supports device extension […]

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Extron Ships HDMI Optical Cables That Deliver 4K/60 Signals up to 300 Feet

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Extron has announced the availability of the HD Pro Plenum Series of active, hybrid optical-copper cables for high-speed transmission of HDMI digital video and audio signals. They support data rates up to 18 Gbps, video resolutions up to 4K/60 @ 4:4:4, HDR, EDID, HDCP and CEC, as well as all HDMI audio formats. These active […]

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Kramer Announces WP-211T Automatic Switching Wall-Plate

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Kramer’s new WP-211T wall-plate is an automatic switcher for 4K, HDBaseT, HDMI 1.4, HDCP 2.2 video signals. Offering priority and last-connected switching options, the WP-211T automatically switches according to the selected switching scheme based on active video signal detection. The WP-211T wall-plate can be powered through PoE over the HDBaseT connection. The WP-211T wall-plate can […]

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Xantech Introduces New HDMI Distribution Line

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Nortek Security & Control (NSC) today introduced its all-new line of Xantech HDMI distribution solutions — including extenders, switchers and distributions amps. Xantech, traditionally known as a control accessory company, is expending its video product line considerably with these new products — all centered around sending HDMI signals longer distances as well as solving quirky HDMI routing […]

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The HDMI Forum Finally Releases the HDMI 2.1 Specification

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The HDMI Forum today announced the release of Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification which is now available to all HDMI 2.0 adopters. This latest HDMI Specification supports a range of higher video resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120 and resolutions up to 10K. Dynamic HDR formats are also supported and bandwidth capability is increased up to 48 […]

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The Declaration of AV Independence

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In the spirit of the 4th, I submit the AV Declaration of Independence from the Tyranny of … HDMI. Enjoy:) When in the course of industry events it becomes necessary for AV people to dissolve the political bands which have restricted their devices from being connected to one another and to assume among the powers […]

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Extron’s New HDMI 4K/60 @ 4:4:4 Cable Equalizer Ships

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Extron is shipping its new HD 4K 101 Plus, an HDMI cable equalizer supporting video signals at resolutions up to 4K@60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling. Used at the destination end of a long cable run, the HD 4K 101 Plus actively equalizes poor or marginal source signals, reduces jitter and skew and adds output pre-emphasis to reliably extend […]

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Are HDMI, LLC and MPEG LA, LLC Part of the Digital Mafia?

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I was talking to one of my oldest industry friends at ISE this week here in Amsterdam and he told me how he’d be “shaken-down” by the MPEG LA (the licensing people for DisplayPort). Basically, some two years after he’d been selling products with DisplayPort ports, he was called, out of the blue, by the MPEG LA […]

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HDMI Forum Announces Version 2.1 to Even Handle 8K Resolutions and 48G Cables

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HDMI Forum this week announced the upcoming release of Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification. This latest HDMI Specification supports a range of Higher Video Resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, Dynamic HDR and increased bandwidth with a new 48G cable. Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification is backward compatible with earlier versions […]

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HDMI Releases Alternate Mode for USB Type-C Connector Enabling 4K HDMI Signals with No Adapters

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HDMI Licensing, LLC today announced that it is releasing the HDMI Alternate Mode (“Alt Mode”) developed by the HDMI Founders for the USB Type-C Specification. This will allow HDMI-enabled source devices to utilize a USB Type-C connector to directly connect to HDMI-enabled displays, and deliver native HDMI signals over a simple cable without the need […]

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Kramer Intros VM-4HDT Is an HDMI to HDBaseT 1×4 DA

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The VM−4HDT is a 1×4 HDMI to HDBT distribution amplifier that takes one HDMI input, equalizes and reclocks the signal and distributes it to four identical HDBT outputs. The VM-4HDT can handle resolutions of up to 4K and features include: Maximum Data Rate — 10.2Gbps (3.4Gbps per graphic channel), supports 4K UHD. HDMI Support — […]

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4K Demystified – 4K UHD Field Testing Headaches (Part 3)

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By AVPro Store In HDMI 2.0 installations we expected that everything would work as described in manuals. Many of us have done that and got terribly frustrated – it’s like troubleshooting in the dark – divide and conquer – replace potential defective components with known good components…unfortunately at this point in time the cards are […]

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Atomos Takes HDMI One Step Closer to SDI Professional Video Standard

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Atomos today announced a move to standardize HDMI for the professional video industry by focusing on ease of use and customer experience. One of the big advantages of SDI over HDMI has been auto triggering and timecode communication between cameras and external devices like monitors and recorders. Atomos has now made HDMI more usable and […]

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Weekly Wrap-Up: July 11, 2014

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It’s Friday and time for the Weekly Wrap-Up! Every week we give you a second look at some of the top stories from the week. This week’s wrap-up features some new product announcements from Extron and Christie, a post from Matt Cooper on the state of virtual reality in the AV industry, a review of […]

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HDMI Forum Releases Compliance Test Spec for 2.0

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HDMI Forum has released the Compliance Test Specification (CTS) for Version 2.0 of the HDMI specification, the document by which adopters can ensure that their 2.0-enabled HDMI products are compliant with Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification. Launched late in 2013, Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification offers a significant increase in bandwidth (up to […]

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Is CEDIA Irrelevant?

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The annual CEDIA Expo is the industry’s premier HomeAV trade show, where every major manufacturer of home automation, whole-home audio and video distribution systems, HDMI gadgets, HDTVs, projectors and set-top boxes convene annually to show their new stuff. And, the 2013 edition opens this week in Denver, Colorado. We have a handful of reporters there […]

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CEDIA to Offer Training on New HDMI 2.0 Specification at CEDIA EXPO 2013

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CEDIA has announced an addition to the training lineup at CEDIA EXPO 2013 aimed to help home technology professionals understand the just released HDMI 2.0 Specification. The HDMI 2.0 update course will be held on Thurs., Sept. 26  12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Home technology professionals who attend this course will have the opportunity to […]

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Atlona Ships 4K HDMI Distribution Amplifiers

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Atlona is now shipping its AT-HDDA-2 (1×2) and AT-HDDA-4 (1×4) HDMI distribution amplifiers. The AT-HDDA-2 and AT-HDDA-4 extend HDMI sources to two or four zones, respectively, for commercial applications. Atlona says they support 4K resolution. The AT-HDDA-2 and AT-HDDA-4 distribution amplifiers are ideal for small- and medium-sized TV showroom and digital signage applications. For larger […]

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rAVe Reviews! HDMWhy?

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One of my previous articles on my HDMI Extender Shootout at InfoComm13 yielded a few comments.  One of those came form Jason Griffing at DSI in Los Angeles, and asked if I had read “HDMI Uncensored” by Boccaccio and Flickinger.  I related that I hadn’t but that I was familiar with Mr. Boccaccio and needed to get […]

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Extron Now Shipping Larger HDMI Distribution Amplifiers

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Anaheim, California (July 1, 2013) – Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of two new, larger HDMI distribution amplifiers as part of its HDMI DA Series product line. The HDMI DA4 with four outputs, and HDMI DA6 with six outputs, are HDCP compliant and support HDMI specification features including data rates up to 6.75 Gbps, 12-bit […]

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Howard Hughes AVator Award for Courage at InfoComm13

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InfoComm 13 is over, and after 3 days on the floor there, I started asking myself if I found what I was looking for.   I made a comment that I was looking for three Howard Hughes-esque traits in manufacturers or their employees.  Those traits were Courage, Passion, and Innovation. I only received a couple nominations […]

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FSR to Intro Compact Table Boxes, iPad Table Mounts, HDMI Ribbon Cables at InfoComm

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FSR is going to use InfoComm next month to launch new compact table boxes for conference and classrooms, an iPad table mount aimed at digital signage applications and very cool and very thin HDMI cables. Power Coaster Mini Table Box Series FSR’s new so-called Power Coaster mini table boxes are designed for meeting, conference and […]

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