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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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Analog Way’s LiveCore™ series now easily compatible with Crestron 2-series and 3-series Control Systems

October 2013 – Analog Way is pleased to announce that all models of the LiveCore™ series, its range of Premium AV Switchers, can now be controlled by 2-series and 3-series Control Systems from Crestron Electronics.

To facilitate the ease of integration of the NeXtage 16, SmartMatriX Ultra, Ascender 32 and Ascender 48 in high-end installations, Analog Way now provides drivers to control its Presentation Mixers through Crestron’s advanced Control Systems.

Developed by Technidream, an official Crestron Service Provider, a comprehensive set of tools is available including: a driver library, program examples, VTPro project samples for XPanel and iPad, as well as help files in French and English.
Using this package, integrators can access standard commands on the LiveCore™ series through Crestron 2-series and 3-series Control Systems.
Moreover, the drivers provided are open so that they can be modified to add new commands to fill the needs of specific installations.

Franck Facon, Marketing & Communications Director at Analog Way, comments: “The LiveCore™ series has a lot to offer to the integration market. By providing drivers for control through Crestron Control Systems, we intend to optimize the integration of our products within sophisticated automation environments.”

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Analog Way announces Pulse²


October 2013 – Analog Way is excited to introduce Pulse², a new versatile Mixer / Native Matrix Switcher. Pulse² 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, Saphyr, Eikos² and Pulse².

Analog Way is pleased to renew its line of mid-range Mixers Seamless Switchers with the Midra™ platform. Based on Midra™, the Pulse² offers a new design and innovative functionalities, including some advanced features inherited from the LiveCore™ series, Analog Way’s range of Premium Presentation Mixers.

A new architecture
Compared to the Pulse which was launched in 2009, the new Pulse² benefits from several major improvements, bringing the product to the next level. Pulse² comes in a 2RU enclosure with a deeper chassis, ensuring better air circulation and cooling of the device.
The product offers upgraded connectivity, through 8 seamless inputs and 14 input plugs: 4 x Universal Analog, 4 x DVI-D, 4 x HDMI and 2 x 3G-SDI plugs. Thanks to the CleanCut effect, the Pulse² 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.
Pulse² features a matrix mode with 2 outputs. To fit any display resolution, including non-standard formats like LED walls and rear-projection cubes, Pulse² offers custom output format management.

Ultra-performing processing with smart functionalities
Thanks to optimized programming and a new architecture, the Pulse² offers Fast Seamless Switching, with a 50% speed gain in control parameter response. The de-interlacing process on the Pulse² was significantly improved, similar in quality to the process available on the LiveCore™ series.
Pulse²offers two frame layers, with background and foreground positions. Thanks to the new Quick Frame function, a foreground frame can quickly hide all other layers when necessary.
Preset management was also optimized, and the Pulse² offers smart functions such as Swap and Split. Available using hot keys, these functions allow users to switch between a PIP and a live background source (Swap), or the display of two PIPs side-by-side on a colored or frame background (Split).

Advanced audio management
Major new assets available on the Midra™ generation of Mixers Seamless Switchers also include advanced management of audio and embedded audio. The Pulse² 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.
The signal to noise ratio was notably improved, and fine-tuning of the gain on analog signals can be easily made through a comprehensive audio section available on the machine user interface. Routing mode allows the audio of any input to be associated to any output.

A new user interface: the RCS²
The RCS² is a user-friendly graphic interface designed for the Midra™ platform, and inspired by the Web RCS of the LiveCore™ 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 Pulse²: Setup, Edit and Live.
The section to control audio signals includes the main elements of an audio console, including a potentiometer and a VU meter.
The Midra™ series can also be controlled by several Analog Way’s Remote Controllers, including Orchestra and Vertige (available 1st semester 2014).

All products based on the Midra™ platform received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification.
Analog Way’s new Pulse² will be demonstrated at several international tradeshows starting October 2013: InfoComm Middle East & Africa (United Arab Emirates – Booth #TA-115), Satis (France – Booth #D65) and LDI (United States of America – Booth #2231).

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Analog Way exhibits Ascender 48, impressive new Multi-screen Seamless Switcher with 48 Scalers InfoComm Middle East & Africa 2013 – Booth #TA-115

September 2013 – Analog Way is pleased to exhibit the new Ascender 48, a powerful Multi-screen Seamless Switcher. Based on the LiveCore™ platform, Ascender 48 offers unmatched processing capabilities with 48 Scalers. The powerful new AV processor will be demonstrated in Analog Way’s booth #TA-115 during InfoComm Middle East & Africa from October 20-24 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Ascender 48, a powerful Multi-screen Seamless Switcher with 48 Scalers, is part of Analog Way’s LiveCore™ series.
The system offers 12 seamless inputs with 42 input plugs: 6 x HDMI, 9 x DVI-I, 3 x DisplayPort, 12 x 3G/HD/SD-SDI and 12 x Universal Analog. It can handle any source from composite video, up to 2560×1600, and outputs a variety of formats, including HD-TV and Computer format up to 2560×1600 and 4K.
Ascender 48 includes an independent Dual-Link output for monitoring purposes, with a Live Source Mosaic layout. The product delivers varied display configurations: Mixer, Hybrid, Hard Edge and Soft Edge configurations.

In addition to a native background layer, Ascender 48 can display up to 6 true-seamless scaled layers per output. Up to 50 frames and 50 logos can be stored in the device’s memory bank. Layers, including frames and logos, can be controlled individually in time and transition, and can be fully resized.
Ascender 48 offers advanced layer management. When an output is disabled, its layers can be added to another output offering higher flexibility with much more layering capability.

Up to 2 units of Ascender 48 can be linked. Inputs and outputs are shared and added, thus resulting in an impressive 24×8 Scaled Seamless Matrix system with 2 Live Mosaic previews.

Ascender 48 can be controlled directly from its front panel through a TFT color display, or through the Web-based Remote Control Software (Web RCS) specifically designed for the LiveCore™ platform.
Ascender 48 will also be controllable through the Vertige console, a new innovative Event Controller, which will be available in late 2013.

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Analog Way’s LiveCore™series now shipping

 

 

July 2013 – Analog Way is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the entire LiveCore™  series, its latest innovative range of Premium Multi-screen Seamless Switchers.

Following the release of the NeXtage 16 and the SmartMatriX Ultra, now the whole LiveCore™ series is shipping with the immediate availability of the Ascender 32 and Ascender 48.
Analog Way’s new ultra-powerful range of Premium AV Switchers combines ruggedized design, versatile connectivity, and state-of-the-art processing to fit with the most demanding applications.

The LiveCore™ series comes in two layouts: 8×2+1 for the NeXtage 16, and 12×4+1 for the SmartMatriX Ultra, Ascender 32 and Ascender 48. For easy and safe monitoring, all systems feature an independent Dual-Link output with versatile display options including Full Preview and Live Mosaic.

The LiveCore™ series offers the latest in digital connectivity including HDMI, DisplayPort, and 3G/HD/SD-SDI input plugs to fit a variety of applications. In addition to powerful operating modes available to create a great variety of display layouts – mixer, dual mixer, hard edge, vertical and/or horizontal soft edge, 4K display – the systems embed stunning visual effects that will impress any audience.

The LiveCore™-based systems include from 16 to 48 scalers, thus ensuring easy and seamless management despite the sophistication of the units. To make preparation and control of shows even easier, Analog Way designed an intuitive Web Remote Control Software (Web RCS) with a user-friendly graphic interface consisting of 3 independent sections: Setup, Edit and Live.
Thanks to dynamic snapshots of the connected sources, operators can easily create and organize their show presets using drag & drop operation. Through the interface, remote services and remote maintenance tools are available to users.
A new version of the Web RCS was released in July, adding the capability to create and manage Master presets to make management of groups of presets even easier for Multi-Screen applications.

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Analog Way expands its distribution in Germany

June 2013 – Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of presentation switchers and image converters, is pleased to announce the conclusion of a new partnership with publitec. Since June 1, 2013, publitec has been distributing Analog Way’s AV processing solutions in Germany.

Analog Way is pleased to bolster its distribution in Germany with a new distribution agreement concluded with publitec. As a leading actor in images and media technology for events and in fixed installation projects, publitec sells and rents a wide array of AV equipment from renowned manufacturers to help its customers produce outstanding events as well as impressive and efficient state-of-the-art installations.

Effective June 1, 2013, publitec has been distributing Analog Way’s processing systems including its new generation of powerful high-end AV processors based on the LiveCore™ platform.

John De Cet, EMEA Sales Director at Analog Way, comments:publitec is a well-established distributor delivering all necessary components for powerful AV systems at the best price/performance ratio. Analog Way’s high-end conversion and processing solutions fits perfectly with this offer. With help of publitec’s team of specialists, we’re confident that our solutions will significantly grow within the German events market.”

“We are very much impressed on how Analog Way´s vision and strategy concerning product quality and marketing match ours”, says Andreas Flemming, CEO of publitec. ”For this reason, we are highly convinced of the success of this partnership. The LiveCore™ platform will be a vital part of our rental portfolio and therefore will be available in sufficient quantities to feed the market.”

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