Volume 11, Issue 1 — January 12, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volume 11, Issue 1 — 12, 2018

Tiner’s Take

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Tiner's Take

ISE: If You Sell to Education, You Should Go

By Scott Tiner
rAVe Columnist

Integrated Systems Europe will take place this year from Feb. 6-9, in Amsterdam. Many of us in the United States view this show as “Europe’s InfoComm.” While the show takes place in Europe, it’s a viable show for people throughout the world. If you sell to education in any way, or work in education, you should seriously consider attending ISE this year.

First, I want to dispel a few possible misconceptions. The first one is that ISE, due to its location is simply too expensive. The logic is that of course it’s less expensive to send people to Las Vegas or Orlando than it is to another country. A quick search on the internet will show you that this is likely true in terms of flight only. A flight to Amsterdam for ISE will cost about $850, while a flight to Vegas in June will cost about $400. However, hotel and food is very comparable to what you will pay at either InfoComm location. A second concern for a lot of people is the idea of being in another country and the challenges it presents. While Dutch is the official language in Amsterdam, English is regularly spoken by everyone you meet. During my time at ISE last year, there was never a time when I could not speak with anyone from hotel staff to restaurant staff to taxi drivers. Everyone spoke fluent English. The food in Amsterdam is great and you don’t need to venture much from your usual palate if you choose. Although, the Dutch do seem to like mayonnaise more than Americans, and don’t seem to eat mustard.

With those misconceptions taken care of, let’s discuss why you should attend. For me, the first big issue is timing. Mid-winter is always a slow time for the higher education market. Classes are in session so there is a limited amount of installation work taking place. Additionally, our budgets for upgrades are likely spent, and now we are only maintaining spaces while we wait for a new fiscal year to begin in July. However, it is when we start thinking about the spaces we will be working on in the next year. We start to look at different products, different designs and try to catch up on some training that we have not had time to do since last winter. Attending ISE in February provides the perfect time for all of this. I don’t mean to knock InfoComm in this regard, but for many of us, it’s too late in the year to be valuable for the current set of installs. By mid-June our designs, programming and budgets are largely done. It is too late to look at new products and think about substituting. Your attendance at ISE will allow you to bring the new products to your customers when they need them. Even products that have a May or June release date may be viable, as that is still before the fiscal year turns for many educational institutions.

Another reason to attend ISE is to start and see what the rest of the world is doing in AV. I was fortunate enough last year to take place in a higher education forum at ISE. I met people from around the world and heard about their successes and their struggles. As a tech manager this helped me see the bigger picture for what we had to do at our institution. As an integrator or designer, this can also be an eye opening opportunity for you. Have you ever considered international business of any sort? What are higher ed institutions doing in Australia that are similar or different to those in the U.S.? Can you bring some value to either of those places, by learning about the other? Many smaller firms have been branching out regionally in the U.S. over the past several years. I recently found out that a small firm in Maine was actually doing international business in the rental and staging areas. So it’s possible to do, even if you have a small firm.

Most well run businesses will do some calculations on the value of attending trade shows, and educational opportunities. Obviously, you can not attend them all and some provide more value than others. By looking at the minimal additional cost to send people to ISE and the potential increase in value from the show, I believe you will find it to be a worthwhile investment in money and resources.

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4K Version of Vivitek NovoDS Ships

The new Vivitek NovoDS4K has started to ship. NovoDS4K could be called a digital signage player or it could be labeled a wireless presentation system (think small version of Barco ClickShare with 4K output). The NovoDS4K manages to output 4K video (with an HDMI loop-through), RS232, PoE (Power over Ethernet), is Wi-Fi, and 1Gbps LAN capable that can be hidden behind any display or connected projector. It includes 36 built-in drag-and-drop templates for signage applications that are customizable, including HTML5 rendering, and a playlist for editing content creation.

It’s compatible with Windows, Mac, and Android operating systems so you can literally send content to it wirelessly from nearly any device. Network-based management software is included so that content can be updated over the wired or wireless network and to manage and monitor devce playback status from anywhere. Output is 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD) and is 8-bit color at 60Hz or 10-bit color at 30 Hz.

Here are all the specs.

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Atlona Ships New BYOD Solution in AT-UHD-SW-510W Switcher

 

Atlona is now shipping the AT-UHD-SW-510W 5×1 universal switcher with wireless presentation capabilities. Aimed at the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement in corporate, educational and other commercial AV environments, the SW-510W claims to simplify system design, integration, and operation by supporting both wired and wireless AV connectivity in a single, compact unit. For local wired sources, the new switcher features one DisplayPort and two HDMI inputs alongside a USB-C input.

For wireless presentations, the SW-510W interfaces natively with iOS, Android, Mac, Chromebook and Windows devices over built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, and offers screen mirroring without requiring the installation of an app. The SW-510U can automatically switch between input sources based on the connection or disconnection of a wired or wireless AV device, providing exceptional ease of use.

On the output side, simultaneous HDMI and HDBaseT interfaces enable multi-destination presentation architectures such as concurrent primary audience and confidence displays, while the HDBaseT output can be paired with Atlona’s AT-UHD-EX-100CE-RX-PSE receiver to extend video, audio, control and Ethernet up to 100 meters. The SW-510W supports wired video signals up to 4K/UHD@60 Hz, plus support for 4K/60 4:4:4 and HDR (8-bit color at 60 Hz) formats on local ports (HDMI, USB-C and DisplayPort) and wireless video up to 1080p/30 (up to 1080p/60 with Miracast). The switcher is HDCP 2.2 compliant for compatibility with protected content.

Here are all the specs.

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Key Digital’s New KD-AMP220 Digital Audio Amplifier Designed for Small Rooms

 

Key Digital’s KD-AMP220 compact digital audio amplifier’s input connections accommodate microphone, line level balanced and line level 3.5-millimeter stereo analog audio inputs. The output is a mix of audio from the microphone input and the selected audio input. Each input has variable volume level set — perfect for presentation spaces as KD-AMP220’s internal pre-amp accepts direct microphone plugin and can provide 48V phantom power.

Speaker level output may be set to bridge, stereo or mono mode.  Integrators may sum left and right channels to a single speaker in bridge mode. For stereo applications, KD-AMP220 may be configured to send left and right channels to separate speakers. Mono mode can be useful in speech and voice enforcement applications.

Here are all the specs.

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Altia Systems Launches PanaCast 2s, the First Panoramic-5K 180º Real-Time Intelligent Vision Platform

Altia Systems today launched PanaCast 2s, the first software-defined Panoramic-5K (5120×1440 pixels per frame) video camera system that produces 78 percent higher resolution than Panoramic-4K video. PanaCast 2s is a software-scalable intelligent vision end-point platform designed for use in medium to large conference rooms, compatible with any video collaboration service.

PanaCast 2s complements PanaCast 2 and extends the range of the PanaCast family of products to address all collaboration spaces.

PanaCast 2s, recognized as a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree, implements the PanaCast video processor as a PanaCast Computer Vision Engine (PCVE), an industry first, software-scalable implementation with an OpenCL pipeline, which uses CPU and GPU processing to achieve high performance, low latency video. It delivers four-times lossless digital zoom up to 16 feet at 720p and 30 frames per second.

The platform enables easy integration of artificial intelligence technologies such as machine vision using Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) for video collaboration and distance learning applications.

The 180º field of view combined with intelligent vision capabilities such as ‘people counting’ and ‘facial recognition’ improve the range and accuracy of object recognition and tracking. The low latency flow-through software architecture delivers an immersive experience in applications such as video collaboration, education, telemedicine and virtual/augmented reality.

PanaCast 2s is recommended to be used with an Intel Core i7 processor based NUC mini PC. With Intel’s initial guidance on the OpenCL pipeline, Altia Systems developed the PCVE software for PanaCast 2s on Intel Core i7 processor based NUC.

The PanaCast 2s intelligent vision platform supports Altia Systems’ software products, including Intelligent Zoom and PanaCast Vivid. In the near future it will support PanaCast Whiteboard, people recognition and API for artificial intelligence and machine learning based applications.

The PanaCast 2s intelligent vision platform is available as a bundled offering through the company’s Authorized Intelligent Vision Providers (AIVP), including Synnex Corporation, Starin Marketing Inc., NEC Networks & System Integration Corporation (NESIC).

For more information on PanaCast 2s, go here.

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Optoma Intros New Line of High Brightness Projectors for Classroom and Corporate Environments

 

Optoma today announced five new projectors designed to bring high brightness into classrooms, corporate boardrooms and multipurpose offices: the WU465, EH465, EH460ST, W460 and X460.

The Optoma WU465 and Optoma EH465 are WUXGA (1920×1200) and 1920×1080 HD resolution projector spec’d at 4,800 lumens of brightness, a 20,000:1 contrast ratio and a 1: 1.5x zoom ratio. Pricing is $1,299 and $1,199, respectively.

The Optoma EH460ST is 1920×1080 HD resolution and also spec’d at a 20,000:1 contrast ratio but at 4,200 lumens. It’s priced at $1,099.

The Optoma W460 and Optoma X460 are WXGA (1280×800) and XGA (1024×768) resolution respectively, are also 20,000:1 contrast ratio and have a 1:1.2x zoom. The Optoma W460 is spec’d at 4,600 lumens of brightness, and the Optoma X460 4,500 lumens and they are available for $849 and $799, respectively.

All of the new Optoma 460 and 465 models feature two HDMI inputs (with MHL as well as VGA-in/out, audio-in/out, RJ45, USB reader and RS232C. These projectors also provide both USB display screen mirroring and wireless screen mirroring capabilities for Android, iOS, PC, Mac OS X and Windows devices.

Here are all the more detailed specs.

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Extron Intros New 4K/60 HDMI Distribution Amplifiers

 

Extron just introduced the new DA HD 4K PLUS Series one input, multiple output distribution amplifiers for HDMI signals at resolutions up to 4K/60 @ 4:4:4 chroma sampling. The DA HD 4K PLUS Seriesare HDCP 2.2 compliant, and support data rates up to 18 Gbps, HDR, Deep Color up to 12-bit, 3D and HD lossless audio formats. They also include integrator-friendly features such as automatic input cable equalization, automatic color bit depth management and selectable output muting via RS232. The DA HD 4K PLUS Series distribution amplifiers are available in two, four and six output sizes and are ideal for applications that require the distribution of a 4K/60 HDMI source signal to multiple displays.

To enhance and simplify integration, front panel indicators provide easy monitoring and troubleshooting. Outputs can be muted independently via RS232, allowing content to be previewed on a local monitor. Also featured are Extron EDID Minder and Key Minder technologies to maintain continuous EDID communication between connected devices, ensuring simultaneous distribution of HDCP-encrypted source content. Each output on the DA HD 4K PLUS Series provides +5 VDC, 250 mA for powering peripheral devices.

The DA2 HD 4K PLUS is housed in a 1″ (2.5 cm) high, quarter rack width metal enclosure that can be mounted in a rack or discreetly installed beneath a desk. It includes an external, universal power supply for worldwide power compatibility. The DA4 HD 4K PLUS and DA6 HD 4K PLUS are housed in 1U high, half rack width metal enclosures, are rack-mountable and are equipped with internal universal power supplies.

Here are all the tech specs.

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Delta Launches Indoor LED With New FE Series Family

 

Delta Display Solutions’ new FE Series Fine Pitch Indoor LEDs are designed for high ambient light environments and come in 1.26, 1.58, 1.9 and 2.5mm pixel pitches. And Delta now offers the LED cabinets in pre-configured sizes ranging from 110” to 220” in full HD and 220” up to 440” in UHD resolution. The fine-pitch pixels choices and size configurations accommodate a wide range of viewing distances and applications. Each is in an exact 16:9 aspect ratio, which fits standard content supplied via many sources.

The aluminum die-cast frame is designed so that each LED module attaches magnetically to the cabinet.

Key specs:

  • Each individual cabinet has a 16:9 aspect ratio with a 27″ diagonal
  • Full-HD configurations available in 110”, 137”, 165” and 220” diagonal
  • UHD configurations available in 220”, 275”, 330” and 440” diagonal
  • Front installation options
  • Certified UL, CB, CE, FCC, CCC

Delta’s FE Series of indoor LED Display Systems start from 75,000 EUR, not including installation. Here are the details.

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Gefen Ships 4K Scaler

 

Gefen from Core Brands today announced that its 4K 600 MHz 1:2 Scaler with EDID Detective and Audio-De-Embedder (EXT-UHD600A-12-DS) is now shipping. Gefen says that it has independent scalers built into each of its two HDMI outputs and one output can downscale a 4K 600 MHz signal to 1080p while the other can upscale an HD signal to 4K Ultra HD 600 MHz. In addition to its scaling and splitting capabilities, the unit also features advanced EDID management with built in, pass-through and user EDID capabilities. Gefen claims the scaler has the capability to handle 4096×2160 to 60 Hz 4:4:4 and 4K Ultra HD 3860×2160 to 60 Hz, 4:4:4 — both at 10-bit color — with HDR-10.

The new 1:2 scaler also de-embeds audio from HDMI, and outputs it as L/R analog and TOSLINK Optical Digital Audio (2 channel LPCM, and up to 5.1 channels of Bitstream). Multichannel digital audio includes 7.1 channels of LPCM and HBR (High Bit Rate) digital audio formats, such as Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, DTS:X and DTS-HD Master Audio are passed through to both HDMI outputs.

The new Gefen scaler also supports 1080p Full HD, WUXGA (1920×1200 to 60 Hz), 3DTV (1080p) and 12-bit Deep Color (1080p).

Here are the details.

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VESA Defines New Standard to Help Speed PC Industry Adoption of HDR in Laptop and Desktop Monitors

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced it has defined the display industry’s first fully open standard specifying high dynamic range (HDR) quality, including luminance, color gamut, bit depth and rise time, through the release of a test specification. The new VESA High-Performance Monitor and Display Compliance Test Specification (DisplayHDR) initially addresses the needs of laptop displays and PC desktop monitors that use liquid crystal display (LCD) panels. The first release of the specification, DisplayHDR version 1.0, establishes three distinct levels of HDR system performance to facilitate adoption of HDR throughout the PC market. HDR provides better contrast and color accuracy as well as more vibrant colors compared to Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) displays, and is gaining interest for a wide range of applications, including movie viewing, gaming and creation of photo and video content.

VESA Certified DisplayHDR brand logos representing three distinct levels of HDR system performance.

VESA developed the DisplayHDR specification with the input of more than two dozen active member companies. These members include major OEMs that make displays, graphic cards, CPUs, panels, display drivers and other components, as well as color calibration providers. A list of participating companies is available here.

DisplayHDR v1.0 focuses on LCDs, which represent more than 99 percent of displays in the PC market. VESA anticipates future releases to address organic light emitting diode (OLED) and other display technologies as they become more common, as well as the addition of higher levels of HDR performance. While development of DisplayHDR was driven by the needs of the PC market, it can serve to drive new levels of HDR performance in other markets as well.

The specification establishes three HDR performance levels for PC displays: baseline (DisplayHDR 400), mid-range (DisplayHDR 600) and high-end (DisplayHDR 1000). These levels are established and certified using eight specific parameter requirements and associated tests, which include:

  • Three peak luminance tests involving different scenarios — small spot/high luminance, brief period full-screen flash luminance and optimized use in bright environments (e.g., outside daylight or bright office lighting);
  • Two contrast measurement tests — one for native panel contrast and one for local dimming;
  • Color testing of both the BT.709 and DCI-P3 color gamuts;
  • Bit-depth requirement tests — these stipulate a minimum bit depth and include a simple visual test for end users to confirm results;
  • HDR response performance test — sets performance criteria for backlight responsiveness ideal for gaming and rapid action in movies by analyzing the speed at which the backlight can respond to changes in luminance levels.

For more information on the open DisplayHDR specification and test tool, go here.

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Extron TLP Pro 1025T Is All-New 10″ Touchpanel Design

 

Extron just launched the TLP Pro 1025T 10″ Tabletop TouchLink Pro Touchpanel. Extron redesigned this latest touchpanel inside and out with a new, high-performance quad-core processor, eight times more memory, a higher resolution, 1280×800 capacitive touchscreen built with scratch and smudge-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, and a sweeping back design. The TLP Pro 1025T also features PoE – Power over Ethernet, which allows it to receive power and communication over a single Ethernet cable. It is ideal in any environment requiring a stylish, tabletop touchpanel with a fully-customizable interface.

The TLP Pro 1025T has a quad-core processor, increased RAM that Extron says helps in faster background graphic loads and crisper page flips. These performance enhancements offer an enhanced user experience now. All TouchLink Pro touchpanels can be customized using Extron GUI Designer software. This powerful interface design software offers ready-to-use templates for a wide variety of rooms and presentation environments.

Here are all the technical specs.

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Samsung Flip Is New Digital Flipchart

 

Samsung Electronics just unveiled its new Samsung Flip digital flip chart display. Introduced at the company’s First Look event, the Samsung Flip 4K resolution WM55H allows for sharing, annotation, movement and even searching via a portrait-based, 55” LCD touch-screen. Additionally, the Flip’s portable, wheel-based stand transforms any location into a huddle room, meaning added flexibility to businesses with limited conference space.

Through simultaneous multi-user engagement, the Samsung Flip allows up to four different participants to content or annotate directly on screen at the same time using either their fingers or a dual-sided pen. It’s all mounted on a cart with integrated wheels.

For added interactivity, the Samsung Flip display also offers device compatibility through both wireless connectivity and USB, PC and mobile ports. An integrated screen-sharing functionality makes Flip content available on connected PCs, smartphones and tablets without interruption or reduced visual quality. Likewise, users also can import personally-stored content onto the Flip display’s screen and introduce fresh ideas to the discussion.

The Samsung Flip display delivers collaboration efficiency by condensing the multiple tools and processes required for a traditional meeting into an all-in-one design. Participants do not need a specialized touch pen to interact with the screen, and can erase notes through a quick palm swipe. Flip users also can access up to 20 pages of writing space, with embedded search functionalities available to instantly direct participants to specific content. This continuous, rolling stream avoids the lost time and interruptions that often result as participants have to search through multiple sheets of paper or lines of notes to locate a specific detail.
 
Each Flip display is customizable and can configure to portrait or landscape orientations to suit unique meeting needs. When coupled with its height-adjustable stand, the Flip also maximizes available writing space at users’ preferred positions. Should a meeting require more centralized, roundtable-style discussion, users can remove and connect the Flip display to a compatible wall mount.

Here are the details on the $2,699 Flip.

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Epson Ships Seven New Pro L-Series Laser Projectors and Ultra Short-Throw Lens for Live Events and Large Venue Applications

Epson today announced it is now shipping its seven new Pro L-Series laser large venue projectors and the ELPLX02 ultra short-throw lens. Epson’s Pro L-Series laser projectors are intended for use in large venues, including rental and staging events, lecture halls and digital signage installations.

The new Pro L-Series includes seven new models – six WUXGA projectors with 4K Enhancement ranging from 12,000 to 15,000 lumens of color and white brightness and one SXGA+ resolution projector with 15,000 lumens. The projectors feature BT.709 color space, flexible connection options, high native contrast ratio, and 360-degree installation. In addition, the three 15,000 lumen laser projectors operate from a standard 120V power outlet and feature the same compact cabinet as the rest of the line – this is a big, big deal for the rental market.

All six models are spec’d for up to 20,000 hours of laser light source operation. Epson is the first manufacturer to combine inorganic 3LCD panels with an inorganic phosphor wheel to achieve this level of brightness and colorimetry in a laser projector.

In addition, the new ultra short-throw ELPLX02 lens that projects from 100-inches up to 1000-inches is now available alongside Epson’s extensive selection of lenses. The ELPLX02 ultra short-throw lens is the perfect solution for space-constrained environments and rear-projection applications. It also enables the 12,000 and 15,000 lumen Pro L-Series laser projectors to deliver large-size images from very short distances. With a 0.35 throw ratio, negative offset and impressive lens shift range.

Each projector uses a solid-state laser light source and electrostatic air filter and inputs include HDBaseT, 3G-SDI, HDMI, VGA and are compatible with Crestron RoomView, AMX, Extron XTP, Control4 and Art-Net. There are nine optional interchangeable lenses including the new ultra short-throw ELPLX02. And, because they are SSD, you can install at any angle (full 360-degree installation flexibility). The new Epson Pro L-Series projectors are currently available and the ELPLX02 ultra short-throw lens (list $13,999) will be available in January 2018.

Here are the full specs on the projectors and here are details on the lens.

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Extron’s Collaboration Spaces Ships

 

Extron has just shipped the HC 404 AV system for collaboration spaces. The system features built-in control capabilities and integration with occupancy sensors to automate display power and source switching for an intuitive, effortless user experience. The low-profile HC 404 components can be discreetly mounted beneath a table or behind a display. HC 404 systems connect to GlobalViewer Enterprise, providing an AV system management solution to monitor and support all of your collaboration spaces throughout the enterprise.

The HC 404 switching transmitter and scaling receiver work together to extend video, audio, and power up to 230 feet over a single CATx cable for maximum performance and reliability. It features two HDMI inputs and one VGA input at the transmitter and one HDMI input at the receiver. Advanced Extron scaling technology in the receiver ensures excellent image quality with maximum detail and color accuracy. Add an Extron ShareLink wireless collaboration gateway to support BYOD – Bring Your Own Device environments, where users can share content from a wide variety of personal mobile devices for effective collaboration.

Here are all the details.

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Comprehensive Intros New CHE-HDBTWP230K — HDBaseT Wall Plate Extender Kit

 

Comprehensive Connectivity Company launched its new HDBaseT Wall Plate Extender TX/RX Kit (up to 70 meters) with HDMI, VGA and audio (CHE-HDBTWP230K).

This kit includes one wall plate and one receiver and extends HDMI, VGA and stereo audio signals up to 230 feet with a 1080p resolution over a single Cat5/Cat5e/Cat6 unshielded twisted pair network patch cable via HDBaseT technology. Connection to the wall box uses 90° cable connectors. Auto switching displays the last connected device, use the front button for manual switching or serial RS232 switching option from a control device. Supports any OS and requires no driver set up. Bi-directional power allows easy connection to either the wall plate end or receiver end. HDCP and EDID are supported via HDBaseT.

Features:

  • Transmit HDMI / VGA with analog audio signal up to 70 meters
  • Bi-directional power from either TX or RX
  • Includes one transmitter wall plate and one receiver
  • Auto EQ adjustment for optimal signal clarity
  • Input source sequence selectable via Auto, Manual and Serial RS232
  • Support resolutions up to UHD (3840×2160) and Full HD (1920×1080)

All the detailed specs are here.

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Vaddio Launches DocCAM 20 HDBT In-Ceiling Document Camera

 

Vaddio has launched the DocCAM 20 HDBT Camera, a new high definition, recessed in-ceiling overhead document camera which features 20x optical zoom and high-definition 1080p/60fps resolution.

Equipped with a OneLINK HDBaseT port, the DocCAM easily connects to Vaddio’s OneLINK extension systems or other HDBaseT-compatible devices to simplify cabling installation and extend video, power, control and network up to 328 ft (100 m). DocCAM 20 HDBT features a 59.5° horizontal field of view to capture more of the tabletop in the camera view. Its laser dot alignment feature frames the subject matter quickly and easily with a remote control.

With its USB 3.0 output, end-users can send uncompressed, high resolution video over USB by pairing with the OneLINK AV Bridge AV Interface. It’s capable of 1080p/60fps for the smoothest video available. DocCAM 20 HDBT has an intuitive web-based user interface for remote configuration, management, and control.

Here are all the details.

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Extron Introduces Pre-Configured Collaboration System in TeamWork Connect 300

 

Extron is pleased to introduce TeamWork Connect 300, a cost effective, pre-configured collaboration system for two digital and one analog source. The package includes two HDMI Show Me cables, one VGA Show Me cable, an HC 404 Meeting Space Collaboration System and other system cables. The Show Me cables facilitate simple source switching using the Share button at each device. Built-in control capabilities facilitate automatic source switching, display control, and integration with optional occupancy sensors for an easy and intuitive user experience. The VGA Show Me cable enables the system to support legacy analog computer sources. Low-profile mounting hardware is included and optional mounting hardware is available to facilitate a wide range of collaboration table and work surface designs. For applications with different requirements, use the online TeamWork System Builder to create a customized solution that meets your exact project needs. The TeamWork System Builder is an interactive tool that guides you through the creation of a customized solution best suited for your collaboration environment.

Extron says TeamWork Connect is simple and intuitive to use. Simply connect a Show Me cable to a laptop or tablet to automatically power on the system. When a user presses the Share button on a Show Me cable, the switcher selects that input and the Share button lights up for visual confirmation. TeamWork Connect works with most laptops, tablets, and flat panel displays, and supports full resolution computer and video signals up to 1920×1200, including 1080p/60 and 2K. Video is presented in full resolution at the highest quality, and the system also supports transmission of high fidelity audio. For ease of installation, all signals are sent over a single CATx cable connected between the transmitter, mounted near users and the receiver, typically mounted behind the display. A single HDMI cable transmits all audio, video and control signals from the receiver to the display. TeamWork Connect is ideal for corporate and education applications that require a cost-effective, easy-to-use collaboration system.

The TeamWork Connect 300 is here.

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Luxul Debuts New PDU Series of Network Power Distribution Products

 

Luxul today announced an extended product line with a new series of intelligent network power distribution units (PDU). The PDUs allow for the local monitoring and rebooting of unresponsive devices, while their self-healing function performs reboots automatically to avoid costly truck rolls and service calls. When used with third-party remote management platforms, like Domotz and Ihiji, the units’ capabilities expand to include remote access and control. This allows integrators to receive port status notifications, power-cycle unresponsive devices from anywhere and deliver a better overall customer experience.

Power management features for the PDU series include MOV surge and spike protection for connected equipment in addition to remote sequencing for controlled startup and shutdown. Luxul offers a lifetime limited warranty for connected equipment, while the PDUs are backed by a three-year limited warranty and lifetime remote support.

Luxul’s PDU series consists of the PDU 2, with two individual IP-controllable outlets; the rack-mountable PDU 8, with eight controllable outlets and one additional convenience outlet; and the PDU 16, with eight controllable outlets and eight additional convenience outlets.

Here are more detailed specs.

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TASCAM Expands Dante-Enabled Lineup With New Multichannel Interfaces

 

TASCAM has unveiled two new additions to its line of Dante-enabled offerings. Designed to provide flexible connectivity between analog and digital components, the TASCAM ML-32D and ML-16D are multichannel Line Level to Dante and Dante to Line Level interfaces.
 
With Dante-enabled devices becoming increasingly ubiquitous in professional AV systems, TASCAM’s ML-32D and ML-16D allow audio engineers and systems integrators to connect 32 or 16 channels of audio between the analog domain and Dante-enabled digital components, including the TASCAM DA-6400, SS-R250N and SS-CDR250 multichannel audio recorders.

The ML-32D and ML-16D deliver Dante connectivity, without  mid-level microphone preamps, MADI and S/PDIF interfaces, and other functions that add cost and complexity. Supporting Digital Audio at up to 24bit/96kHz, both units feature analog line level I/O via D-Sub connectors (eight on ML-32D and four on ML-16D) and feature front panel LED meters to display both signal level and overload for each active channel.
 
The TASCAM ML-32D and ML-16D will list for $2,299.99 and $1,599.99, respectively, and are scheduled to begin shipping in early 2018. Here are the details.

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New Extron HDMI Matrix Switchers Offer 18 Gbps Performance for 4K/60 Signals

Extron’s new DXP HD 4K PLUS Series supports signals up to 4K/60 with 4:4:4 chroma sampling. They support HDMI 2.0b specifications, including data rates up to 18 Gbps, HDR, Deep Color up to 12-bit, 3D and HD lossless audio formats. These HDCP 2.2 compliant matrix switchers incorporate Extron technologies such as SpeedSwitch, EDID Minder, and Key Minder as well as HDMI input equalization and output regeneration to ensure reliable system operation. Digital audio can be de-embedded from any input and assigned to digital or analog stereo outputs for ease of integration. Available in 4×4, 8×4 and 8×8 sizes, the DXP HD 4K PLUS Series is ideal for applications that require reliable, high performance matrix switching of 4K/60 HDMI signals.

The DXP HD 4K PLUS Series matrix switchers are designed for use with computers equipped with 4K graphics cards, media players, and similar signal sources, as well as 4K native resolution displays. With a maximum data rate of 18 Gbps, they support computer and video resolutions up to 4096×2160 at 60 Hz with eight-bit color in 4:4:4 color space. In addition, these matrix switchers fully support 1080p/60 with 12-bit Deep Color. To maintain signal integrity, they feature automatic cable equalization on inputs and output reclocking to reshape and restore timing of the video signal at each HDMI output. These features combined with Extron Pro Series High Speed HDMI Cables allow longer 4K signal runs, reducing the need for additional signal conditioning equipment by compensating for weak source signals or signal loss on long cable runs. Additionally, +5 VDC, 200 mA is available on each output for powering peripheral devices.

The DXP HD 4K PLUS Series is here.

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New TASCAM CD-400U Media Player Debuts

TASCAM has introduced its CD-400U media player. Combining a slot-loading CD player, AM/FM tuner, stereo SD recorder and Bluetooth wireless and USB connectivity, the CD-400U offers audio playback in real time or from reliable fixed media. The unit also can record from CD or the AM/FM source to CD or to USB media.

The CD-400U provides professional-class XLR balanced outputs, RCA unbalanced main outputs and a second set of RCA unbalanced outputs dedicated to the AM/FM source. An 1/8-inch auxiliary input admits audio from a variety of external sources, combining with the Bluetooth wireless input to accept sources such as smartphones, tablets and more. A high-quality ¼-inch stereo headphone output enables silent monitoring and confirmation of operation.

Once configured, a Panel Lock function can disable the panel buttons to avoid unauthorized operation or programming. A Power on Play function automatically starts playback upon power-up. These features combine to ensure tamper-proof, foolproof, automatic operation.

A standard RS-232C terminal enables external remote control. An optional IF-E100 Ethernet card will provide IP control over Ethernet in a future release. A two-line backlit LCD displays the settings for easy programming and operation.

Details on the TASCAM CD-400U are here.

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NEC Display Releases New Native 4K Resolution RB Laser Projectors

 

NEC Display Solutions today announced the release of two new projector models, the 30,000 Center (26,000 ANSI) lumen PH2601QL and the 40,000 Center (35,000 ANSI) lumen PH3501QL. Both are native 4K (3840×2160) resolution projectors.

Both projectors are designed for auditoriums, theaters, lecture halls, museums, sanctuaries and other large venues. NEC says they have dust protection for artifact free images and no loss of brightness over time. Built-in edge blending, stacking and geometric correction help support projection mapping when single or multiple projectors are required. These two models also offer the ability to provide image integrity, incorporating stable brightness (constant brightness) over a longer time period to alleviate image decay.

Additional benefits of the PH2601QL and PH3501QL include:

  • Viewable in high ambient lighting conditions
  • 4096×2160 native 4K resolution
  • True 4:4:4 4K signal support with HDR
  • Complete panel for digital inputs, including HDMI (V2.0), DisplayPort w/ HDCP (V.1.4), HDBaseT w/ HDCP
  • (V1.4/2.2), Quad 3G-SKI and an OPS slot
  • Screen size from 50 to 500 inches (1.27 to 12.7 meters)

Both new projectors will be available in January 2019. The PH2601QL will have a minimum advertised price of $129,999 and the PH3501QL will have a minimum advertised price of $149,999.

Here are all the specs on the PH2601QL.

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InFocus Introduces IN3140 Series Projectors Aimed at Classrooms and Meeting Rooms

 

InFocus Corporation just announced the IN3140 Series projectors — a less than seven pound line of 5,000 lumen (4,000 lumens in Eco Mode) projectors including the native resolution 1080p (IN3148HD), WXGA (IN3146) and XGA (IN3144).

The projectors offer 1.5x optical zoom and supports aspect ratios of 2.35:1, 4:3, 16:9, and 16:10 with a contrast ratio of 11000:1. Inputs include two HDMI v1.4 (one with MHL compatibility), two VGA, composite, s-video, as well as 3.5-millimeter and RCA L/R audio ports.

The IN3140 Series supports multiple forms of 3D content, including Blu-Ray, 3D broadcasting, video games, and PC connectivity. For easy network management, the IN3140 Series projectors also feature RS232 and RJ45 connections.

The IN3148HD, IN3146 and IN3144 are priced at $1,361, $1075 and $1,037 respectively. Here are the detailed specs.

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Sharp Debuts the 70″ PN-L705H 4K Resolution AQUOS BOARD

 

Sharp has introduced its first 4K Ultra-HD resolution (3840×2160) AQUOS BOARD interactive display system. The 70″ PN-L705H interactive display offers Sharp’s Pen-on-Paper user experience that they says makes writing comfort close to using an actual pen on paper. The PN-L705H interactive display is especially designed for architecture, design, corporate collaboration, museums and libraries because of it’s ability to be mounted in various configurations (including flat).

The LCD panel in the new AQUOS BOARD is native 3840×2160-pixel and is bonded directly to the protective glass layer, thereby eliminating the air gap between them, for a consistent and natural feel when writing. It uses capacitive touch technology and has an expansion slot compatible with the Intel Mini OPS system including a optional wireless board (PN-ZB03W), an HDBaseT receiver board (PN-ZB03H) or media player (PN-ZB03AO).

It lists for $15,795 and here are all the detailed specs.

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Barix to Unleash its Third-Generation Audio Signage Solution at ISE 2018

At ISE 2018, audio over IP company Barix will introduce the third generation of AudioPoint, the company’s audio signage platform that brings digital signage and TV content together with BYOD. AudioPoint helps end users deliver audio associated with video content to mobile devices over a local Wi-Fi connection, driving a more intimate connection with consumers and lending a voice to the screen.

AudioPoint 3.0 increases the value proposition for systems integrators and end users with an all-in-one integrated solution that removes the need for an external channel server. AudioPoint 3.0 is based on a brand-new hardware platform, engineered by Barix, that builds the channel server into the Barix Audio Signage Encoder to significantly reduce cost and integration time, according to the company. The encoder supports both single- and multi-channel audio streaming for up to 250 simultaneous users.

Enhanced networking intelligence underneath the hood also ensures that AudioPoint 3.0 works with most professional and off-the-shelf routers to immediately enable Wi-Fi streaming. As previous generations required a specific type of router, this flexibility in router choice removes testing and configuration headaches in advance of deployments.

Barix says that AudioPoint 3.0 reduces latency even further to tighten lip-sync. This optimizes AudioPoint 3.0 for new applications to serve hearing-impaired audiences, live translations and presentation support in corporate, worship and education environments. These benefits also make AudioPoint 3.0 an ideal audio delivery system in live event venues, where fans can see and hear the action in concourses and at concession stands in real time. That also means that for traditional AudioPoint applications in hotel lobbies, sports bars and museums, real-time, synchronized delivery is possible.

Beyond integrating components into a single platform, the AudioPoint architecture remains unchanged. Audio associated with a video feed is streamed from a mixer and/or microphone to a Barix Audio Signage Encoder’s analog audio input; that audio is sent to a Wi-Fi access point that consumers connect to from their mobile devices. The Barix Audio Signage App immediately enables the live stream on the consumer’s device. Channel selection is made available to consumers when multi-channel streams are enabled, allowing users to select another language or an alternative soundtrack for another local screen.

Barix says the latest version of Audio Signage Encoder that comprises the technical core of AudioPoint offers the company’s fastest signal processing to date. This ensures robust and reliable streams, while the devices remain plug-and-play for quick and simple deployments. Barix is here.

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TechLogix Expands Its 18G Over Twisted Pair Range

 

TechLogix Networx is expanding its 18G over twisted pair product portfolio with the launch of the TL-TP100-HDC2, a compact extender set which transmits HDMI, bi-directional control and Ethernet up to 100 meters over standard twisted pair cabling. The TL-TP100-HDC2 supports 18G 4K@60 4:4:4 HDMI, HDR, HDCP 2.2 and multi-channel audio.

The TL-TP100-HDC2 leverages VLC processing to extend full 18G 4K@60 4:4:4 HDMI up to 100 meters (330 feet). This unique technology senses signals over 10G and automatically compresses the color space for transport over lower bandwidth cables, such as Cat5 and Cat6. After transmission, the color space is then decompressed back to the original, full bandwidth.

Additional features include built-in audio return channel (ARC), analog and digital audio embedding, analog and digital audio de-embedding and flexible power at either the transmitter or receiver.

The TL-TP100-HDC2 is here.

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Atlona Ships AT-HDVS-210U-TX-WP HDMI/USB-C Wall Plate Switcher and HDBaseT Transmitter

 

Atlona is now shipping the AT-HDVS-210U-TX-WP wall plate switcher, which the company says is the industry’s first HDBaseT-compatible switcher/transmitter with direct USB-C input support. The new 2×1 switcher, which also supports HDMI connectivity, will make its European debut in the Atlona stand (5-U80) at the ISE 2018 show, being held February 6-9 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre.

The HDVS-210U-TX-WP features one HDMI and one USB-C input, the latter of which enables direct connectivity for new and emerging laptops, tablets, and smartphones equipped with AV-capable USB-C ports. Automatic input selection switches between the two interfaces when a new source is connected, using both hot plug detect (HPD) and active video detection technology to ensure reliable auto-switching even with source devices that maintain a high HPD signal when not actually delivering video.

Automatic display control powers up compatible displays and projectors without manual intervention when a presentationdevice is connected, streamlining operation. Input selection, audio volume and display power can also be controlled via RS232 or TCP/IP commands, enabling straightforward integration with third-party control systems.

The HDVS-210U-TX-WP’s HDBaseT transmitter enables 4K/UHD video at 60Hz with 4:2:0 chroma subsampling (8-bit color) to be delivered over Cat6a or Cat7 cable up to 330 feet (100 meters) alongside embedded audio, control and Ethernet signals. Power is supplied remotely by the receiver via Power over Ethernet (PoE).

The HDVS-210U-TX-WP features a U.S. one-gang, Decora-style form factor and ships with interchangeable black and white trim kits.

The HDVS-210U-TX-WP is one of a trio of dual-input wall plate switchers in Atlona’s HDVS-200 series of HDBaseT AV solutions. Its sibling AT-HDVS-210H-TX-WP features two HDMI inputs, while the AT-HDVS-200-TX-WP pairs an HDMI input with an analog VGA interface. All three wall plate models integrate seamlessly with Atlona’s AT-UHD-EX-100CE-RX-PSE receiver, HDVS-series receivers and scalers, and HDBaseT-equipped switchers.

Here are the tech specs.

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