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 Latest on the New HDMI Standard: HDMI 2.1

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By John Purvey Belden To support higher video resolution and refresh rates and real-time, interactive technology such as virtual reality, the HDMI Forum continues to update HDMI specifications. First announced in late 2017, the newest HDMI standard for video cables and connections – HDMI 2.1 – is faster than its predecessors, and ready to support […]

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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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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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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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Intelix Adds Wireless HDMI Transmitter

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Liberty AV’s Intelix group is shipping an HDMI wireless transmission system called the SKYPLAY-MX. It also manages EDID, has multichannel audio support, and the potential for up to four transmitters in a single installation. Using the Amimon Pro wireless chipset, Liberty says the SKYPLAY-MX will distribute a 1080p video signal with audio up to 100 […]

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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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Extron Now Shipping New Compact HDMI Fiber Optic Extender

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Extron is now shipping its HFX 100 HDMI Fiber Optic Extender, a transmitter and receiver set for long distance transmission of HDMI video and embedded audio signals over one fiber optic cable. It extends HDCP-compliant HDMI signals over amultimode fiber at lengths up to 300 meters (984 feet). This compact extender uses all-digital technology to deliver perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of images up to1920x1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. The HFX 100 […]

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