Blustream Releases Line of HDMI-Over-HDBaseT Extension Solutions, the HEX18GARC-KIT Extender Set

October 14, 2021

Blustream announced its line of uncompressed 18Gbps HDMI-over-HDBaseT extension solutions, the HEX18GARC-KIT extender set. It uses the latest HDBaseT technology for the distribution of bit-for-bit 4K HDMI video and audio up to 328 feet over a single Cat6A cable. The set also offers support for USB 2.0/KVM, eARC, ARC and 1Gb Ethernet pass-through. The HEX18GARC-KIT […]

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

January 6, 2020

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

October 1, 2019

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

July 3, 2019

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

January 22, 2019

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

December 21, 2018

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

July 24, 2018

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

April 13, 2018

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

April 5, 2018

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

November 28, 2017

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

July 3, 2017

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

March 15, 2017

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?

February 9, 2017

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

January 5, 2017

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

September 1, 2016

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

June 13, 2016

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)

September 4, 2015

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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Streaming Media Stick Wars

December 23, 2014

It began in August 2013 when Google introduced the Chromecast. A small, Rubenesque HDMI dongle that allows you to stream music and video to your TV or home theater, the $35 Chromecast was an instant hit. This groovy petite player allows popular media services like Pandora, YouTube, and Netflix to easily be sent to your home theater from any […]

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Atomos Takes HDMI One Step Closer to SDI Professional Video Standard

August 5, 2014

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

July 11, 2014

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

May 6, 2014

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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Shootout in Orlando Illustrates Need for Tighter Controls.

January 31, 2014

Experts are still analyzing a June 2013 shoot out in Orlando that injured two and nearly injured a third. A recent publication by one Leonard Suskin, brought into question the motivation for the shoot out in the first place and also leveled some criticism at the way the responding officer, AV Phenom, handled the situation […]

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Gefen Ships 4×4 HDMI Matrix

October 30, 2013

Gefen has debuted a new 4×4 Matrix for HDMI signals, claiming that it does seamless switching between sources. A built-in scaler scales all non-HD content to 1080p and has the ability to resize each image to 16:9 aspect ratio. Some features include the ability to assign names to all inputs and outputs (that show up […]

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Keep on Truckin’! HDMI, HDBaseT, and BJ and the Bear

October 21, 2013

I had the pleasure of supporting a distributor of ours, Almo ProAV at their E4 Expo in Irvine last week.  That event was kicked off by a keynote from rAVe’s very own Gary Kayye.  During the Q&A section of the keynote, someone asked is Gary saw HDBaseT as a replacement for HDMI in the future, […]

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Is CEDIA Irrelevant?

September 25, 2013

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

September 9, 2013

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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Intelix Adds Wireless HDMI Transmitter

August 29, 2013

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

August 21, 2013

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?

August 8, 2013

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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InfoComm 2013 Awards: Best New AV Accessory: FSR HDMI Ribbon Cables

July 29, 2013

        To see a list of all the awards we are giving as part of our 2013 rAVe Best of InfoComm awards, click here. To see all our of InfoComm 2013 coverage, click here. Best New AV Accessory: FSR HDMI Ribbon Cables FSR’s HDMI Ribbon Cables allow high speed HDMI signal transmission […]

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Extron Now Shipping Larger HDMI Distribution Amplifiers

July 1, 2013

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

June 18, 2013

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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