New Products: August 2010

New Products: August 2010

Extron HAR 100 HDMI Audio De-Embedder

Extron Electronics’ HAE 100 is an audio de-embedder that extracts the audio from the HDMI signal and provides simultaneous outputs for analog stereo and digital S/PDIF audio. The HAE 100 supports data rates up to 6.75 Gbps for compatibility with HDMI 1.3 Deep Color. It is HDCP compliant and compatible with HDTV 1080p/60 or computer-video resolutions up to 1920x1200. The HAE 100 is equipped with several integrator-friendly features, including a buffered HDMI video output with EDID Minder for simplified EDID management between the input source and the display, plus input cable equalization and comprehensive LED status display.

Roland Systems Group Multi-Viewer/Matrix Switcher

Roland Systems Group’s MVS-12 multi-viewer/ switcher can group and display up to 12 SD video signals to a single HD or RGB monitor. This multi-viewer is a companion for the line of Edirol SD video mixers such as the LVS-800 and V-8. The MVS-12 is ideal for many applications where users need to preview multiple video sources at once such as in worship, school, corporate, rental, and event applications. The MVS-12 is designed to eliminate the need for individual preview monitors, combining 12 SD inputs into one LCD display. In addition to the multi-viewer function the MVS-12 has a built-in matrix switcher allowing up to 12 video sources to be routed to up to four separate outputs such as separate rooms, screens, or web-streaming devices for live broadcasts.

DiGiCo/Waves SoundGrid

DiGiCo/Waves’s SoundGrid provides up to 16 low latency Waves stereo processor racks on the SD8 and SD9, and up to 32 on the SD7. With this module added to a console and linked to an external PC, users can enjoy multi-effect engines built into the SD7, SD8, and SD9. Once registered, all Waves TDM plug-ins can be used in the SoundGrid, with the same integrated benefits. These plug-ins include Mercury, SSL 4000 Collection, GTR3, JJPAnalog Legends, Studio Classics Collection, The API Collection and Gold, while other popular options for DiGiCo consoles include L2 Ultramaximizer and C4 Multiband.

Altinex CP452009 In-Wall Multitouch Panel

Altinex’s CP452-009 In-Wall Multi- Touch Panel is designed around the Intel Atom processor and features an embedded solid state hard disk drive. The CP452-009 provides smooth, tactile, on-screen slider movement for control over volume, lighting, and similar incremental adjustments. It also features an 8.9- inch color screen.

Crestron And Stewart Filmscreen Custom Device Driver

Stewart Filmscreen and Crestron have released a customized Crestron device-driver for the operation of Stewart Filmscreen control technology products, including motorized screens and LED lighting systems. The driver enables Crestron dealers and programmers to easily integrate control of Stewart screens and lighting products into any Crestron operating system, and is available now for download on the Crestron website. The Crestron driver package supports Stewart’s IMC-100 intelligent motor controller family of state of the art motor control for projection screens and window coverings. These controllers are integral to a wide range of Stewart products that include the Cabaret and Americana projection screens, as well as many other Stewart automation products.

RTI XP-3 Central Processor

With a 532 MHz i.MX processor and 128 MB of nonvolatile flash memory, RTI’s XP-3 improves the whole user experience by providing a much higher degree of control and automation than using a stand-alone remote control. The processor offers a value with a feature set that includes a built-in astronomical time clock for time-based events, in addition to support for ZigBee RF transmission to allow bidirectional communications with compatible RTI remote controls and third-party electronics. The multipurpose I/O port is intended to accept a standard IR emitter input or can be used with RTI accessory devices to sense voltage or video to manage the power status and deliver intelligent control of thirdparty connected devices.

EAW QX Series Loudspeakers

EAW’s QX Series loudspeakers are optimized for installed system applications that require directivity in a low-profile form. The QX Series provides high output point source clusters. The series is geared toward medium-to-large-sized spaces including sports arenas but is also designed for a wide range of other venues requiring coverage in a compact housing, including houses of worship, outdoor stadiums, performing arts venues, theaters, and clubs. The passive, wired-for-biamplification QX Series draws on the knowledge and engineering resources gained through the development of EAW’s AX Series. The natural sound of the QX Series is unmistakable, and its ability to create custom arrays.

Tripp Lite Hot-Swap Power Distribution Units

Tripp Lite’s Hot-Swap Power Distribution Units make it possible to remove standard plug-in UPS systems for maintenance or replacement without interrupting power to the connected load. The Hot-Swap PDUs feature dual input power cables that connect both to the UPS and directly to the primary power source. During normal operation, the PDU supplies conditioned power from the UPS to connected equipment.

Panamax MD2 Surge Protectors

Panamax MD2 family of surge protectors is bolstered to include Panamax’s exclusive Protect or Disconnect circuitry while offering a new paintable cover and slim, unobtrusive design to complement any room. With Panamax’s Protect or Disconnect circuitry, the MD2 units disconnect AC power to connected equipment in the event of a catastrophic surge, such as lightning. For a clean, professional look in any application, the surge protectors have been completely redesigned. The models feature a removable front cover that can be painted to match any wall color and a compact size of 3.25 inches by 5.25 inches, with a depth of only 1.5 inches.

Martin Audio Maxedia Broadcast

Martin Audio’s Maxedia Broadcast is available on i7 hardware along with the new Maxedia 4 engine, delivering performance and allowing up to eight simultaneous video playbacks in full high definition resolution. This latest software update includes over 40 new features from low latency video input engine performance to a new user interface with enhanced controls. A series of enhanced controls has been implemented which is intended to accelerate workflow. The new user interface includes a new color scheme to facilitate long programming hours in the darkness, yet will still be familiar to Maxedia users.

Sennheiser SK 5212-II Bodypack Transmitter

Sennheiser’s SK 5212-II bodypack transmitter features a switching bandwidth of up to 184 MHz and has a special mode for more interference-free transmission frequencies. This is designed to allow sound engineers to adapt to worldwide transmission conditions more easily and avoid interference from other transmitters with the same channel separation and signal immunity that they are accustomed to. In addition to a wider switching bandwidth, another new feature of the SK 5212-II bodypack transmitter is the low intermodulation mode, which significantly reduces transmitter intermodulation.

Sharp 3D Ready DLP BrilliantColor Projector Series

Sharp’s 3D Ready DLP BrilliantColor professional projectors offer a variety of brightness levels, resolutions and features for almost any venue or application. The series incorporates DLP Link technology and when used with compatible 3D content, PC/graphics card and optional 3D active shutter 3D glasses that support the DLP Link System, this full suite of models captivates audiences with 3D imagery. The projectors feature DLP BrilliantColor technology for color accuracy, creating vibrant colors. These models also offer several features for energy savings, including low standby power consumption and expanded lamp life when operated in eco mode.

dnp denmark Supernova

dnp denmark’s Supernova 23-23-screen material performs well in high ambient light environments, with uniform picture quality and high contrast. The ISF Certified 08-85 material offers wide horizontal viewing angles. dnp denmark now has two optical screen materials that will perform in high ambient light environments, with uniform picture quality and ultra-high contrast.

MultiDyne HalfCuBE Fiber Solution

MultiDyne Video & Fiber Optic Systems’ HalfCuBE portable fiber optic field transport system allows production teams to bring oncein- a-life-time events to life. Designed for the fiber optic field transport of composite, HD video, PL, IFB, audio and more, the HalfCuBE can solve the challenges presented by multiple audio feeds by allowing for up to 40 channels over just one fiber. The HalfCuBE can also solve the challenges of camera video, viewfinder and intercom feed requirements for both fixed and roaming production cameras. The Half- CuBE is format friendly, ready for standard cameras or the latest 3G HD 1080P production cameras.

Atlona HDAir

The HDAiR is Atlona Technologies’ USB-to-HDMI wireless converter. Today, Atlona announces new features for the HDAiR including point to multipoint, and Macintosh compatibility. The first release of the HDAiR in 2009 was a video-only solution. The new HDAiR has the ability to output audio in both 3.5mm analog, as well as embedded on the HDMI output, making it a viable solution for a much broader range of users. This latest update to the HDAiR allows users to connect up to four receivers to a single transmitter, making it even more beneficial in educational environments, as well as localized digital signage and retail.

Electro-Voice RE-2PRO

Electro-Voice’s new additions to its RE-2PRO wireless microphone line include the WTU-2 compact bodypack and the PHTU-2 handheld transmitter. The RE-2PRO is a programmable wireless system featuring Electro-Voice’s one-touch Auto-ClearScan function. Equipped with an array of features derived from the REV system and offering the performance of the RE-2 system, the RE-2PRO offers of wired sound quality.

PESA Sabertooth

PESA’s new Sabertooth fiber optic miniextenders are designed to transport SD/ HD/3G-SDI video over long distances using just one fiber optic cable. As one of the smallest profile coax-to-fiber and fiber-to-coax digital video media converters, the Sabertooth has a diameter of 0.55-inches and is only 3.14-inches long. They provide high performance media conversion between BNC equipped 75-Ohm coax and LC connector- style single mode or multimode fiber cable. With a diameter smaller than a BNC connector, the Sabertooth is designed for the tightest possible unit-tounit pitch available making them ideal for sharing fiber and coax connections on a standard BNC-based router.

Kramer VP-200N5 1x2 Computer Graphics Video Distribution Amplifier

Kramer Electronics’ VP-200N5 is a high-performance, HDTV compatible distribution amplifier for computer graphics video signals with resolutions up to and exceeding UXGA. The unit accepts one computer graphic input, provides buffering and isolation, and then distributes the signal to two identical outputs on a high-density 15-pin HD connector. The VP-200N5 has a video bandwidth of 370MHz, to ensure performance with high-resolution graphics modes such as UXGA.

Renkus-Heinz CF/ CFX Loudspeaker Series

Renkus-Heinz’s CF/CFX Series is a modular point source line array loudspeaker system. Designed for power, portability, and versatility, the CF/CFX Series is designed to meet the needs of small and mid-sized venues, from auditoria and theaters to nightclubs and houses of worship. With the flexibility to be flown, ground-stacked, or pole-mounted, the CF/CFX Series is designed to deliver the performance and pattern control of a line array, with the clarity of a point source system, in a compact design. The CF101-LA Point Array Module is a 10-inch, two-way design that offers a 15-degree vertical coverage pattern, integrated crossover, and Renkus-Heinz’s Tuned Conic Diverter waveguide.

Mackie VLZ 3 4-Bus Mixers

Mackie has introduced two mid-format analog consoles, each featuring dual internal FX processors, dedicated compression and four-track recording via USB. Mackie VLZ3 4-Bus Premium FX Mixers with USB deliver performance in a compact design with the channel count needed for SR applications. The Mackie 2404-VLZ3 and 3204-VLZ3 feature low-noise, high-headroom XDR2 mic channels and two dedicated channels for stereo inputs. Inline compression is available on each of the four subgroups and on four select channels. Dual 32-bit RMFX effects processors offer 16 presets, including tap delay.

Clear-Com HelixNet Platform

Clear-Com’s HelixNet is a unified intercom platform that delivers intercom products. HelixNet simplifies the setup, management and use of intercom systems often required in multiplatform production workflows, including those of houses of worship and live venues. Based on Clear-Com’s I.V.Core technology, HelixNet breaks down the silos of separate intercoms and allows operators to connect and control multiple system connections on a single communications platform, whether it’s a main station, portable beltpack, digital panel, wall-speaker unit, or software-based client.

AMX ViewStat Color Communicating Thermostat

AMX’s ViewStat Color Communicating Thermostat comes with a 3.5-inch color display and is programmable for automatic scheduling, automatic temperature, and relative humidity adjustments and features an EPArecommended comfort recovery mode that incrementally adjusts indoor temperatures to achieve desired settings prior to a residents’ arrival. The ViewStat features a seven-day programmable, four-set-point interface and displays the five-day weather forecast for a convenient way to manage the heating and cooling in a home, business or any other environment. The updated ViewStat Communicating Thermostat features an energy-saving comfort recovery mode, which adjusts settings over a period of time in lieu of taxing the system abruptly.

Extron VLH 102 Handheld Microphone

Extron Electronics’ VLH 102 handheld microphone is an infrared wireless microphone with a cardioid capsule and durable polycarbonate enclosure for use with Extron VoiceLift classroom sound field systems. VoiceLift Microphone Systems create a sound field within the classroom so that students can hear the instructor over ambient noise levels. Designed for student use in the classroom, the easy-to-hold lightweight VLH 102 microphone features an anti-roll collar to keep the microphone from rolling off flat surfaces and helps prevent the IR emitters from being blocked during use.

OWI AMP-1SGRN Speaker Amplifier

OWI’s AMP-1SGRN green speaker amplifier recently earned UL Environment’s Energy Efficiency Certification Mark for Energy Star compliance. The AMP- 1SGRN Speaker Amplifier integrates audio along with an emergency paging solution through its priority override. Audio on the priority input suspends the audio on the normal input and switches the speaker amplifier to pass the priority audio. This feature is becoming more important to handle any emergency from natural disasters to other situations such as lockdowns.

Audio-Technica ATCS-60 IR Conference System

Audio-Technica’s ATCS-60 IR is a self-contained wireless distributed audio system using infrared communications technology, designed for corporate, government, and educational applications. The system offers many practical features, providing ease of setup and operation, and eliminating the need for microphone wiring and ceiling speakers. The ATCS-60 IR conference system offers all the advantages of infrared communication, including security, high noise immunity, and low power requirements and features wireless microphone units. As a result, it offers more flexibility, with freedom to easily change microphone locations and system configurations. Even for a conference scenario of over 100 participants, the setup takes far less time than other conference systems.

Midas PRO9

Midas’ PRO9 is a new addition to its PRO Series of digital audio systems that includes the PRO3 and the PRO6. PRO9 features an 88 channel input count and 35 buses, with the dual stage boxes offering placement flexibility up to 200m apart and 500m from the FOH position. The PRO9 benefits from the full range of Midas I/O box options, including the DL251 fixed format stage box and the DL431 24 channel five-way mic splitter offering three mic preamps per channel and dual digital network connections, both with full redundancy. The range also includes the new Klark Teknik DN9650 digital format converter offering connectivity to many different digital protocols, including MADI and Dante.

OmniMount HM1 Furniture Mount

OmniMount’s HM1 is a flat panel furniture mount that offers quality construction and built-in security for flat panels up to 37-inches. The HM1 is the first product offering by the company targeted specifically to the hospitality market. OmniMount’s HM1 was designed for situations where wall mounting a flat panel isn’t preferred or possible. This unique product mounts flat panels securely to a piece of furniture in one of two ways, either through surface with the included retention ring or on surface with screws or adhesive.

FSR FL-500 And FL-600 Series

FSR’s Intelli-Tool line offers amplifiers for both stereo and mono applications. The stereo model operates with eight Ohms, while the mono version is available with 70 volts. Both feature remote mute and are rack 1 RU units. The Intelli-Tools mixer and mixing amplifiers have four line inputs, a mic/line input, volume control/ mute and serial control with pass thru.

Sound-Craft Pods For Presentation

Sound-Craft Systems offers permanently mounted i-Pod/i-Phone docking stations as an option on its lecterns and workstations. Both basic and deluxe models are offered, allowing the user to select the model that best meets their intended application. The basic I-Dock-B package includes a permanently installed docking station in a customer selected location, a remote control, docking adaptors, and a cable port for cable management. With customer-supplied cables, it can be connected to a computer, stereo or powered speakers, or video and controlled with the supplied remote. The I-DOCK-B is compatible with the iPhone, iPod video, iPod nano 3rd generation, iPod classic, and iPod touch.

Xantech SmartPanel LCD Touchpanels

Xantech’s SmartPanel LCD touchpanels all offer room control via RS422/232, IR, GPIO trigger, and now IP for full control connectivity. With SmartPanel touchpanels, users can control audio, video, automation, teleconferencing, and other components from one high-resolution, durable, professional-grade TFT display. The Xantech SmartPanel series is perfect for classrooms, conference rooms, digital signage, house-of-worship and hotel/hospitality applications. The new units range in screen size from 3.5-inches to 10.1 inches.

Digital Projection E-Vision

Digital Projection International’s EVision series is the newest platform in DPI’s high-brightness, high-value projection line. The E-Vision WXGA 600 serves as a bright projector benefitting from the imaging fidelity of Texas Instruments’ DLP technology. With numerous lens options, user swappable color wheels and advanced color controls, the 6,000 lumen E-Vision WXGA 600 is designed for lecture halls, conference venues, houses of worship, corporate auditoriums and boardrooms, and digital signage.

PPC PRO Connectors And Cables

PPC’s PRO line of connectors and cables are designed to provide flexibility for AV professionals at live events, in the studio, and for commercial installations. The devices allow for solderless, customized cable lengths suited to many runs and venues, saving installers time and hassle in the field while reducing human error. The PRO devices feature a compact, low-profile design while providing the same signal strength, integrity, and mechanical retention of soldered connections.

Clark Wire & Cable ModBox System

Clark Wire & Cable’s ModBox modular fiber rack system has been expanded to include Clark Focus Guide, Clark DataTac, T-FOCA, Triax, and Neutrik OpticalCon connector formats. Expansion units for the Clark ModBox system are available in two types, self-contained breakout modules or flat panel bulkhead mount connectors. Breakout type modules feature electrical and fiber connectors on the back-panel to facilitate local onsite termination, eliminating the need for specialized tooling and labor. Flat Panel bulkhead expansion units are pre-punched connector mounts that allow cable-terminated, bulkhead style connectors to be mounted in the ModBox frame. Up to eight different connector modules can be mixed and matched within a single 2RU ModBox frame.

Wohler CD-1 Closed Caption Video Monitor Adaptor

Wohler’s closed caption video monitor adaptor decodes and renders closed caption subtitles for any video monitor to display, conveniently allowing the operator to confirm the presence and accuracy of critical video and caption data using existing monitors that lack caption display capability. Suitable for any point in the broadcast or production chain, this small, externally-powered unit translates an HD/SDSDI multi-rate input containing closed captioning signaling into a burned-in HD/SD-SDI or DVI signal with open captions added to the picture. The CD-1 is designed to automatically detect and decode WST, OP-47, and EIA-608/EIA-708 subtitles. Output options include two open-caption HD/SDI outputs, a DVI open-caption output, and an RS-232 output of closed caption contents.

ComNet ValueLine FVT/FVR812

ComNet’s ValueLine FVT/FVR812 transmits eight channels of digitally encoded video with two data channels over a single optical fiber. Suitable for use in unconditioned roadside or out-of plant installations, the FVT/FVR812 is compatible with NTSC, PAL, and SECAM video transmission protocols and supports bidirectional RS232, 422, and 485 data. Bi-Color LED indicators are provided to indicate the status of the system, video, and data. These units may be directly plugged into the ComNet Rack or they can operate as standalone modules.

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