Networks and Signal Distribution

PESA Launches Digital Media Switcher

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 C58 Digital Media System

At InfoComm, PESA launched the C58 Digital Media System for recording, playback, and distribution of critical live video and audio content.

Meant for court recording systems, medical forensic storage, video teleconferencing and training rooms and security and surveillance facilities, the C58-DMS combines up to 8 channels of audio and 5 channels of video, regardless of format, and delivers synchronized live and on-demand playback.

With 5 independent video inputs and 6 outputs, the C58-DMS can simultaneously stream up to 6 video output streams over IP, including one for each individually selected source and a quad view composed of 4 selected sources. The system can capture H.264 IP camera streams, SDI video up to 720p/60 resolution and NTSC analog video simultaneously, and it can synchronize discrete audio inputs to discrete video and IP video inputs.


Extron Ships 800-Watt Energy Star-Qualified Amp

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 XTRA Series XPA 4002

Extron Electronics announces the immediate availability of the XTRA Series XPA 4002 two channel power amplifier.

This compact 1U, convection cooled amplifier delivers 400 watts rms per channel into 4 ohms or 200 watts per channel into 8 ohms. The XPA 4002 replaces the XPA 2002 amplifier at the same price. It is an Energy Star-qualified amplifier with an advanced Class D amplifier design.

The XPA 4002 also features patented CDRS - Class D Ripple Suppression technology that provides a smooth, clean audio waveform, which Extron says is an improvement in signal fidelity over conventional Class D amplifiers. It is half the size of comparable amplifiers, conserving rack space and weighing only 9 pounds (4 kilograms).

The XPA 4002 includes an auto power-down feature that automatically places the amplifier into standby after a period of inactivity, and consumes 30 watts or less when idle and less than 1 watt in standby mode. It also has an ultra low inrush current draw to prevent power circuit overload that occurs when multiple amplifiers are switched on simultaneously. Extron says this feature eliminates the need for power sequencing in systems with multiple amplifiers in large centralized equipment racks, and prevents other equipment from experiencing power interruption from associated power surges.

Additionally, the XPA 4002 amplifier features very low thermal dissipation under full load, which keeps racks and equipment racks cool.

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BrightSign Adds Commercial Audio Distribution Product

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BrightSign AU32

The global market leader in digital signage players (31.6% according to IMS Research) announces the BrightSign AU320, a commercial audio distribution product. The AU320 is a networkable audio solution that integrates messaging playback and background music in retail outlets and other commercial settings.

BrightSign AU320 functions as standalone audio device, but also integrates with digital signage installations for a complete audio/videosolution.

“While people don’t often realise it consciously, audio is pervasive in commercial settings and it directly influences our frame of mind when we’re visiting those businesses,” says Jeff Hastings, BrightSign CEO.

The AU320 is a scalable solution that enables everything from simple background music to single-zone audio that integrates with and complements even the most robust digital signage implementations. It can be used in countless applications with unique requirements – picture a tour bus company that wants to loop specific audio tracks when geo-location features of the BrightSign product indicate the bus is moving within a certain geographical radius.

In addition to background music, the BrightSign audio device delivers an inaudible, high frequency sound that is detected by a popular mobile app on shoppers’ mobile phones, initiating the push of discounts and other promotions to customers while they shop. This non-intrusive form of real-time, location-based marketing demonstrates how commercial audio players are being used for much more than just music delivery.

BrightSign AU320 will be available in August 2012.

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Extron Ships Quantum HDCP-Compliant HDMI Input and Output Cards

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Extron Quantum Cards

Extron Electronics is now shipping HDMI Input and Output Cards which add HDMI connectivity and HDCP compliance to the Extron Quantum Elite Videowall Processing System.

These cards enable presentation of Blu-ray Disc, digital satellite or cable, and other HDCP-encrypted sources on HDCP-compliant displays. The Quantum HDMI Input Cards accept two HDMI inputs at resolutions up to 1920x1200 and HDTV 1080p/60. The Quantum HDMI Output Cards include two HDMI outputs for driving two video wall displays at resolutions up to 1920x1200 and HDTV 1080p/60, and display up to 128 windows per output card.

The input and output cards feature high performance scaling technology to optimize real-time image processing and ensure high quality image presentation on videowall displays. The Quantum Connect videowall processor is also available in HDCP-compliant system configurations.

The Quantum Elite and Quantum Connect are video wall processing systems that allow for multi-image presentations in demanding, mission-critical environments. Extron says it features high performance, dedicated graphics and video processing, plus a high-speed video bus that maintains real-time performance under heavy input loading.

The Quantum Elite and Quantum Connect can simultaneously display hundreds of source windows of high quality graphics and video. The Quantum Series supports video wall system sizes from small to very large in environments including public spaces, corporate buildings, surveillance, visualization, and command and control.

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World’s Only PoE Gigabit Ethernet Extender

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 Enable-IT 828

Now, for just a few hundred euro, integrators can use an all-in-one Gigabit solution to blow past Ethernet’s 100m distance limit (328 feet). For example in IP security, you can deploy multiple far off HD IP cameras out to 240 m (800 feet) away, through a single unit, or up to 610m (2000 feet)away, in series or tree.

Ethernet Extension Experts brings out the Enable-IT 828 with three built-in PoE Gigabit Ethernet ports and a ruggedized aluminum case, along with options for PoE injection via Midspans, and standalone injectors.


DVDO Ships Wireless HDMI Adapter

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DVDO ships its DVDO Air Wireless HDMI mobile solution that allows users to wirelessly connect a wide range of HDMI devices to their HDTVs – and not just Blu-ray Discs, cable or game consoles, but also smart phones, tablets and computers – all in what DVDO claims is full 1080p and in 7.1 channel sound.

DVDO Air is a wireless hardware solution that enables customers to easily wall-mount or place HDTVs anywhere in the room without visible HDMI cables. Mount the HDTV and wireless receiver on the wall, connect DVDO Mobile or any other HDMI source component to the wireless transmitter, and with plug-and-play simplicity the wireless link is ready to go.

DVDO Mobile utilizes Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology to connect to the latest MHL-enabled smartphones, tablets and mobile devices. DVDO claims that the DVDO Air + Mobile combo delivers uncompressed picture and sound from the mobile device to the big screen HDTV wirelessly and keeps your device fully powered at the same time.


Niveo: Networking With You in Mind

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In AV, it's all about the network these days. Yet now that we are ready to engage the digital shift to networked video, it's clear the network infrastructure isn't prepared with video in mind.

We need internet access, WLANs, routers, network storage, uninterrupted power and more--but most of that networking kit was designed in that "data-is-king" days and hasn't changed.

If that sounds like the perfect business opportunity, meet Niveo Professional. An international company with a Dutch and UK headquarters, Niveo launches a range of networking product designed specifically for audio/video installation.

"We're providing an alternative to those traditional networking suppliers who don't specialize and who don’t come from an AV background," says Arthur C.D. de Jager, Niveo’s Managing Director. He doesn't have to name these companies but we know he means HP, Cisco, Netgear... the IT guys.

Niveo range

“Niveo is not a one-size-fits-all IT brand that is sold in the corner shop. Unlike the IT networking business, it's important to the AV business model that the brand is not over-distributed, that you don’t find yourself competing with web shops," continues de Jager.

The Niveo products, says the maker, are built with the AV administrator in mind. The IT administrator, for example, is used to pushing the RE-SET button. But AV requires more stability in the first place as the administrator is not always available on site.


TLS Converter & Scaler AD/D

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The new TLS Converter & Scaler AD/D converts analogue input signals into digital signals and allows for connecting DVI devices such as projectors, TFTs and LCDs to analogue sources such as the VGA output of a graphics card.

The 118 x 42 x 148 mm aluminum TLS Converter & Scaler AD/D with remote control is equipped with an automatic recognition of all common VGA resolutions up to 1920x1200 and allows for scaling the input signals (also DVI) to a selectable format (e.g., to the native resolution of the output device).

Inputs include DVI-I female and Mini USB. Output is DVI-D female. The external power supply is 100-240 VAC; 50-60 Hz / 5 VDC; 3 A. Weighs 450 gm.

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Lightware Launches UMX4x4-Pro

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Lightware develops the UMX4x4-Pro, an all-around universal matrix switcher for small board rooms and classrooms. This supports various analog and digital audio visual formats (such as VGA, YUV, digital DVI, HDMI 1.3 with HDCP, stereo analog and S/PDIF digital audio signals).

Each input port incorporates an individual EDID Manager, a video A/D converter and a Digital/Analog video switch. No frame delay occurs if an analog signal is digitized. Each port contains an auto sync function, but the picture parameters can also be fine-tuned manually. The built in frame detector and graphical signal analyzer helps make adjustments in precision while the company’s Pixel Accurate Reclocking technology provides signal regeneration capability.

To its additional features, such as RS-232 and IP control and a comprehensive software suite, the UMX4x4-Pro can add the ability to input HDMI with embedded audio and DVI with HDCP encryption, VGA, component video and Analog or Digital audio. De-embedding audio from the incoming HDMI stream, re-embedding at output from a different audio source and even routing audio separately from video is easily handled with the UMX switcher. Up to 8 video sources can be connected to the system, 4 digital and 4 analog, with accessible simultaneously.

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