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Analog Way enhances the LiveCore™ series with outstanding new features and accessories – InfoComm 2014 – Booth #C7125 -

June 2014 – To complement its LiveCore™ line of Premium AV processors, Analog Way is pleased to unveil new features and accessories. They were all demonstrated in Analog Way’s booth during InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, USA.

Analog Way’s LiveCore™ series of Premium AV Switchers come in two layouts: 8×2+1 for the NeXtage 16, and 12×4+1 for the SmartMatriX Ultra, Ascender 32 and Ascender 48. From fall 2014, full 4K will be available as an optional feature on all LiveCore™ series, including early stage units already in the field. Depending on the reference, several frame rates will be available as 4K/30P and 4K/60P.
In addition, the Ascender 48 will feature real-time Perspective Layers. This exclusive functionality allows outstanding visual effects and transitions, which are easily managed via the Web RCS live.

Additional output capability can be added to the 12×4+1 models through the new LiveCore™ Output Expander. The product comes in three different references: LOE016 for the SmartMatriX Ultra, LOE032 for the Ascender 32 and LOE048 for the Ascender 48.
Once linked to its LiveCore™ Switcher, the LiveCore™ Output Expander adds 4 additional outputs, plus 1 monitoring / aux output, resulting in an impressive 12×8+2 scaled seamless Matrix systems.

Moreover, the Secure Power Unit is now available to protect the 12×4+1 LiveCore™ models against mains loss or unstable power. Featuring dual power supplies and a battery backup, this innovative power accessory provides approximately 10 minutes to restore power or back up the system in case of branch circuit failure.

Finally, Analog Way introduces the Vertige™, a powerful Remote Console featuring a brand new design and an innovative approach to show creation and management. The Vertige™ presents a large 16/9 TFT color touch screen, and a variety of direct keys, contextual buttons, sliders, knobs, as well as a joystick and T-Bar to operate the device.

Other solutions are already available to control the LiveCore™ series, including the Web RCS, a user-friendly web-based interface, and the Shot Box, a key pad for preset control. Analog Way also provides a full series of drivers and literature for control of the LiveCore™ series through AMX and Crestron systems.

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Ascender 48 multi-screen Mixer Seamless Switcher to feature exclusive real-time perspective layer animation – InfoComm 2014 – Booth #C7125 -

June 2014 – Analog Way is pleased to unveil an outstanding new feature developed for the Ascender 48: real-time perspective layers. An exclusive preview of the Ascender 48 updated with this unprecedented functionality will be available in Analog Way’s booth #C7125 during InfoComm 2014, on June 18-20 in Las Vegas, USA.

Analog Way is pleased to add perspective layer animation to the Ascender 48 (Ref.ASC4806) Mixer Seamless Switcher. Compatible with computer and video sources, this new feature allows creation and animation of layers with a virtual viewing perspective in real time to create top-notch presentations.
The perspective layers can support the same seamless transition effects as any other layer.
Using the Preview/Monitoring output of the Ascender 48, the operator can display the perspective layers in real time in order to see and arrange all layers and presets as wanted.

Creation and management of the perspective layers can be managed without limitation directly from the Ascender 48’s Web RCS, a user-friendly interface designed to fully prepare a show and control it live.

Equipped with 48 scalers, the Ascender 48 is a powerful 12×4+1 Multi-screen Seamless Switcher offering Mixer, Hybrid, Hard Edge and Soft Edge configurations to fit any application.
An exclusive preview of the Ascender 48 featuring perspective layers will be offered during InfoComm 2014 in booth #C7125. Visitors will have the chance to experience real-time management and flexibility of perspective layers directly using the Ascender 48’s Web RCS.

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Analog Way introduces full 4K resolution on the LiveCore™ series – InfoComm 2014 – Booth #C7125 -

May 2014 – Analog Way is pleased to introduce full 4K resolution on the LiveCore™ series of Premium AV Switchers. With the new 4K technology, it offers the latest generation of HDTV standards (UHD & DCI 4K).
An Ascender 48-4K will be unveiled in Analog Way’s booth #C7125 during InfoComm 2014, on June 18-20 in Las Vegas, USA.

As technology continues to evolve, Analog Way brings a significant improvement to the LiveCore™ series of AV processors with the addition of new connectors: HDMI 4K and DVI 4K. Three HDMI 4K inputs and 2 x DVI 4K outputs will be available on the SmartMatriX Ultra, Ascender 32 and Ascender 48. The NeXtage 16 will come with 2 x HDMI 4K inputs and 1 x DVI 4K output.

Several frame rates are available as 4K/30P 4:4:4, 4K/60P 4:2:0 or 4K/60P 4:4:4 according to the reference. The LiveCore™ series supports 3840×2160 (UHD) and 4096×2160 resolutions (native resolution for DCI-compliant 4K).

The powerful processing capabilities of the LiveCore™ series allows managing different 4K display combinations without losing the use of true seamless layers. To ensure optimum efficiency, the LiveCore™ series offers the ability to perfectly switch a 4K native background or 4K layers. Advanced layer management ensures the highest flexibility: when one output is disabled, its layers can be added to another output, resulting in up to 12 true seamless layers per output in 2K, or 6 true seamless layers in 4K.

Thanks to the LiveCore™ Output Expander which adds up to 4 outputs to 12×4+1 LiveCore™ models, the features are amplified and offer other powerful combinations around 4K resolution for input and output. Custom Monitoring will allow personalization of the Preview/Monitoring output with the ability to display all sources in 4K.
An Ascender 48-4K will be demonstrated during InfoComm in Analog Way’s booth #C7125. The unit will be controlled through the Web RCS, a user-friendly user interface enabling operators to fully prepare a high resolution show and control it live.

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Analog Way announces the LiveCore™ Output Expander

May 2014 – Analog Way is pleased to announce the LiveCore™ Output Expander, a new system to add 4 + 1 outputs to the SmartMatriX Ultra, Ascender 32 and Ascender 48. The LiveCore™ Output Expander will be unveiled at InfoComm 2014, from June 18-20 in booth #C7125. 

To offer additional output capability on select LiveCore™-based Presentation Mixers, Analog Way introduces the LiveCore™ Output Expander.

Based on the LiveCore™ platform, the SmartMatriX UltraAscender 32 andAscender 48 are 12×4 + 1 systems designed for advanced presentations in the staging or integration environment.
For applications requiring a larger number of outputs, the LiveCore™ Output Expander provides up to 4 additional outputs, plus 1 monitoring output.
The system comes in in three different references: LOE016 with 16 scalers embedded for the SmartMatriX UltraLOE032 with 32 scalers for the Ascender 32, and LOE048 with 48 scalers for the Ascender 48.
Ethernet and link cables are provided with the LiveCore™ Output Expander. Once linked to its LiveCore™ Switcher, outputs are shared and added resulting in a 12×8 + 2 scaled seamless Matrix system.

The LiveCore™ Output Expander models offer a downgrade mode providing higher flexibility in the management of rental stock. For example, a LOE048 is capable of being linked with a SmartMatriX Ultra or an Ascender 32.

Units linked can be controlled through the Web RCS, the user-friendly user interface designed for the LiveCore™ series, or through the brand new Vertige™ Remote Console.

Analog Way
 will start shipping the LiveCore™ Output Expander in July 2014.

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Analog Way announces new Orchestra² Remote Controller

April 2014 – Analog Way is pleased to announce Orchestra², a revamped and improved new Remote Console designed to control a wide selection of Analog Way’s mid-range Mixers / Seamless Switchers.

After the successful release of the Orchestra Controller in 2009, Analog Way is pleased to introduce Orchestra², a revamped version of the Remote Console.

Orchestra² (Ref.ORC50) allows control of several generations of Analog Way’s switchers, including the Di-VentiX II, Eikos, Pulse as well as the new Midra™ series such as the Saphyr, Pulse² and QuickVu. In total, the Orchestra² is compatible with 16 Switchers from Analog Way.

Orchestra² can manage, independently or simultaneously, several Switchers, either as stand-alone boxes or in combination, including Soft Edge Blending. It controls up to 6 independent screen configurations in different locations and stores up to 64 presets per screen configuration.

The Console comes with a new design and a Quick Frame button was added to control the Midra™ series. Orchestra² features off-line programming enabling programming of the Console when Seamless Switchers are not connected. In addition, the Remote Console features the new Snap function, a powerful tool to help quickly position layers.

Its numerous user-friendly, customizable and configurable presets enable the set-up of the screen configuration, so that they are easily accessible during the presentation. A last minute modification is easy thanks to the direct input/output selection access.
Also equipped with a USB port, the complete configuration of the event can be saved both internally and externally for future use.

Analog Way will start shipping the Orchestra² in May 2014.
Orchestra and Axion2 owners will be able to download the new firmware on Analog Way’s website ensuring compatibility with the Midra™ series. The Quick Frame key will be available upon request by contacting Analog Way’s Technical Support teams.

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Analog Way announces the Vertige™, a new Remote Control Console designed for Analog Way’s latest generations of Mixers/Seamless Switchers

April 2014 – Analog Way is pleased to announce the Vertige™, a new Remote Console designed to control Analog Way’s LiveCore™ and Midra™ series of Mixers/Seamless Switchers. With a brand new design and an innovative approach to show creation and management, the Vertige™ Console will help unleash the full potential of the Switchers controlled.

In addition to the Web RCS and RCS², two intuitive user interfaces designed for the LiveCore™ and Midra™ series, the Vertige™ offers a new creative Remote Console for wide single or multi-screen configurations.

An ergonomic Console at the heart of Analog Way’s new generation of Mixers & Seamless Switchers

In order to control its latest and future Mixers & Seamless Switchers, Analog Way introduces the Vertige™ Console.
“When conceiving the Vertige™ Console, we carefully thought out its design, ergonomics and functionalities to make it capable of controlling a wide range of our Mixers”, says Franck Facon, Marketing & Communications Director at Analog Way.

Version 1.0 of the Vertige™, compatible with the LiveCore™ series of Premium Presentation Mixers, will start shipping in June 2014. A new firmware version ensuring compatibility with the Midra™-based systems is due in the first semester of 2015. Future developments will also include compatibility of the Vertige™ Console with a selection of Analog Way’s legacy Mixers.

Vertige™ presents a large operations panel of 510mm depth and 740mm wide (20”x29.2”), showing different sections to set-up and control a show: Source, Layer, Preset, Edit, Control and Transitions. These sections feature direct keys, contextual buttons, sliders, knobs as well as a joystick and T-Bar to operate the Console.
In addition, Vertige™ includes a large 16/9 TFT color touch screen allowing the display of the Program, Preview and content snapshots on the same page. The representation of the whole scene on the touch screen will be particularly valuable when working on multiple layers from different screens simultaneously.

Conceived and built to provide optimal efficiency and simplicity

To easily identify groups of sources, layers and presets, contextual buttons are available. Users can assign a name and a color to each button, thus helping structuring the elements of a show. They can also be organized in different pages and be easily recalled when needed.

Layers can be selected and edited using a joystick, coders or a keypad. Contextual buttons are available here to provide access to shortcuts and other tools.

Motorized sliders can be assigned to screens through contextual buttons. The sliders can be used for effects like a T-Bar, or in an Alpha mode for keying. A large T-Bar allows simultaneous action on all sliders.

In addition, libraries of effects and borders will be included in the Vertige™. Operators will have the opportunity to personalize and complete these libraries and even export them if needed.

To ensure optimum efficiency, Vertige™ is based on “screen” management: each Mixer’s output can be managed independently and considered as one screen. Operators can quickly organize and manage their screens as wanted. For example, a layer can be changed simultaneously on all screens within seconds. Advanced combinations can be performed and saved for later use.

Safe and flexible utilization

When setting-up the Vertige™, different user profiles can be created – Administrator, User, etc. – ensuring different levels of access and permissions.

To secure show creation and provide higher flexibility, the Vertige™ Controller allows the recording and export of a show at different levels of its programming.

“With its innovative features and philosophy, the Vertige™ Console perfectly supplements our Mixers and Switchers as it provides fast and advanced capabilities to show creation and management”, concludes Facon.

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Analog Way announces the Secure Power Unit, an innovative new external accessory for select LiveCore™ Switchers

March 2014 – Analog Way is pleased to introduce the Secure Power Unit, an innovative external power accessory compatible with three models of the LiveCore™ series of Premium Switchers.

The Secure Power Unit (Ref.SPU001) is a new power protection module designed for the SmartMatriX Ultra, Ascender 32 and Ascender 48.
The Secure Power Unit features dual power supplies providing redundancy against branch circuit failure or unstable power.
Its battery module provides approximately 10 minutes in case of mains loss, thus offering time to restore power or back up the system.

The Secure Power Unit can be managed from the Web RCS, the user interface designed for the LiveCore™ series, offering advanced status monitoring.
This can be achieved by simply connecting an included RS232 cable between the LiveCore™ device and the Secure Power Unit.

The new Secure Power Unit will start shipping by late April.

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Analog Way names Philippe Vitali as Head of a new Integration and Application Software team

February 2014 – Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative presentation switchers and image converters, is pleased to announce the appointment of Philippe Vitali as Integration and Application Software Director. Philippe Vitali will manage Analog Way’s new R&D team dedicated to the development of accessories and tools for the integration of its lines of processors.

Analog Way is pleased to announce the appointment of Philippe Vitali as Integration and Application Software Director. Based in Analog Way’s headquarters near Paris – France, Philippe Vitali joined the company a few months ago to form and manage a new R&D team, working particularly on tools and other services to supplement its lines of Mixers & Seamless Switchers.

Philippe has a strong background in software development and team management, gained within leading global companies.
Now in charge of Analog Way’s new Integration and Application Software department, Philippe and his team will work on the development of solutions to easily deploy Analog Way’s systems into automation and IT environments. This will include the creation of drivers enabling third party control, mobile applications to control the company’s devices, and remote maintenance solutions. In addition, Philippe Vitali will also provide services to support integrators and consulting firms in the integration of Analog Way’s processors.

The new Integration and Application Software team already released a complete series of drivers to facilitate the integration of its LiveCore™ and Midra™ series of Mixers & Seamless Switchers. These systems can now be controlled through AMX and Crestron 2 and 3-series control systems. Packages are available online, with full documentation and ready-to-use samples.

“I’m excited to join Analog Way as Integration and Application Software Director”, comments Philippe Vitali. “Whether you need to control AV presentations, distribute live or produced content in event venues or in secured command centers, Analog Way will assist you with solutions to make your job easier”.

Adrien Corso, Analog Way’s CEO comments: Analog Way is determined to reinforce its presence in the Systems Integration market. With the nomination of Philippe and his team, we’re confident that we will provide all necessary tools and support to integrators in order to improve their experience with our systems”.

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Analog Way announces new Seamless Matrix Scalers

December 2013 – Analog Way is pleased to introduce the SmartMatriX² and QuickMatriX, two new Seamless Scaling Matrix Switchers based on Analog Way’s Midra™ platform. The products will be exhibited in Analog Way’s booth #11-F58 during Integrated Systems Europe 2014, on February 4-6, in Amsterdam, NL.


SmartMatriX²
(Ref.SMX250)
and QuickMatriX (Ref.QMX150) are part of Analog Way’s new Midra™ series of mid-range Mixers/Seamless Switchers.

The products come in 2RU enclosures for optimized air circulation and cooling. They offer a large variety of connectivity with 10 inputs and 16 input plugs for the SmartMatriX², and 8 inputs and 14 input plugs for the QuickMatriX, including DVI-D, HDMI and 3G-SDI. Both systems feature 2 outputs, and EDID management is customizable for all computer sources.

The products offer very fast processing and true seamless switching, with synchronous and asynchronous Matrix modes. Outputs can be managed independently.
The SmartMatriX² offers an advanced matrix mode with capability to display up to 2 layers on a frame background + 1 logo per output. It also includes a video output with digital and analog connectivity.
The QuickMatriX allows display of a live background, or one still background with different titling on each output.

SmartMatriX² and QuickMatriX feature a Quick Frame function that places a foreground frame over all other layers when necessary. A simple button push allows return to the previous display.
Digital audio can be easily embedded or de-embedded on HDMI and DVI-D connectors on inputs and outputs.
For easy routing of audio signals, some functions such as Fast Routing and Audio Breakaway mode are available.

Both systems can be controlled through the RK-350, a brand new Remote Keypad, or the RCS², a user-friendly and intuitive graphic interface designed for the Midra™ series. As an AIR application, the RCS² is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux. It offers 3 main sections to setup and control the units: Setup, Edit and Live.
To facilitate the ease of integration of the Midra™ series, Analog Way provides a full package of drivers for easy control through Crestron and AMX control systems.

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Analog Way announces QuickVu, a Tri-Scaler Mixer / Switcher

November 2013 – Analog Way is pleased to introduce QuickVu, a new Mixer / Seamless Switcher with 3 Scalers. QuickVu is based on Analog Way’s new Midra™ platform, the core of a brand new line of mid-range Mixers / Seamless Switchers. The Midra™ platform consists of 6 products: QuickVu, QuickMatriX, SmartMatriX², Pulse², Saphyr and Eikos².

Based on Midra™, the QuickVu (Ref.QVU150) offers a large variety of connectivity, through 8 seamless inputs and 14 source plugs: 4 x Universal Analog, 4 x DVI-D, 4 x HDMI and 2 x 3G-SDI plugs. Thanks to the CleanCut effect, the QuickVu can operate fast and seamlessly switch between any of its 14 input plugs without fade through black or loss of sync. EDID management is now standard for inputs 1 through 6 for computer sources.
To fit any display resolution, including non-standard formats like LED walls and rear-projection cubes, QuickVu offers custom output format management, with a main layer fully resizable and that can be positioned anywhere.
QuickVu provides the ability to modify the Program in real time without using the Preview.

Thanks to the new “Quick Frame” function, a foreground frame, among 8 available, can quickly hide all other layers when necessary. A simple button push allows return to the previous display. For immediate results, the “Quick Frame” is displayed directly on the Program output, without using the Preview. In addition, QuickVu offers 8 presets from the front panel.
The “Keying/Titling” function will be available through the upcoming RK-350 (Ref.RK-350) Keypad.
The QuickVu can easily embed or de-embed digital audio on HDMI and DVI-D connectors on inputs and outputs, ensuring better processing and quality of the video and audio mix.

QuickVu can be controlled through the RCS², a user-friendly graphic interface designed for the Midra™ platform. As an AIR application, the RCS² is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux. It offers 3 main sections to setup and control the QuickVu: Setup, Edit and Live.
QuickVu can also be controlled by the RK-350 Keypad (end of 2013) and the Orchestra Remote Console (1st semester 2014).

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