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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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Analog Way completes its LiveCore™ series at InfoComm 2013 – Booth #2015

April 2012 – After the successful introduction of the NeXtage 16 and the SmartMatriX Ultra, Analog Way will unveil the Ascender 32 and Ascender 48 during InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, FL – USA. Based on the LiveCore™ platform, Ascender 32 and 48 offer unmatched processing capabilities with 32 and 48 Scalers respectively. The powerful new AV processors will be demonstrated in Analog Way’s booth #2015 from June 12-14.

In early 2013, Analog Way introduced a new generation of high-end AV processors based on the LiveCore™ platform. As the most important R&D project ever undertaken by Analog Way, this ultra-powerful platform combines ruggedized design, versatile connectivity and state-of-the-art processing to fit with the most demanding applications.

During InfoComm 2013, Analog Way will complete its LiveCore™ series with Ascender 32 and Ascender 48, two powerful Multi-screen Seamless Switchers with 32 and 48 Scalers.
Both systems offer 12 seamless inputs and 42 input plugs: 6 x HDMI, 9 x DVI-I, 3 x DisplayPort, 12 x 3G/HD/SD-SDI and 12 x Universal Analog. The devices 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.
As all LiveCore™-based systems, Ascender 32 and Ascender 48 include an independent Dual-Link output for monitoring purposes, with a Live Source Mosaic layout. The products deliver varied display configurations to adapt to almost any application: Mixer, Hybrid, Hard Edge and Soft Edge configurations.

In addition to a native background layer, up to 4 true-seamless scaled layers per output can be displayed through the Ascender 32, and up to 6 true-seamless scaled layers per output for the Ascender 48. Layers can be controlled individually in time and transition. All layers, including 50 logos and 50 frames that can be stored in the memory bank, are uniformly controlled and can be fully resized.
The Ascender 48 offers advanced layer management. When an output is disabled, its layers can be shifted to another output offering higher flexibility.

Up to 2 units of Ascender 32 or Ascender 48 can be linked. Inputs and outputs are shared and added, thus resulting in impressive 24×8 Scaled Seamless Matrix systems with 2 Live Mosaic previews.

Ascender 32 and Ascender 48 can be controlled directly from their front panel through a TFT color display, or through the Web-based Remote Control Software (Web RCS) specifically designed for the LiveCore™ platform.
The Web RCS offers a user-friendly graphic interface enabling operators to fully prepare a show and control it live.
Through the Web RCS, users can access Remote Services and Assistance is also available.

Analog Way proves reliability of its new LiveCore™ platform during the 2013 “Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles Morocco”


April 2013 – For the 23rd edition of the “Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles Morocco”, Analog Way was pleased to sponsor team 222 who entered the competition with a NeXtage 16 unit on board. During the race between Paris, France, and the Moroccan desert, the Analog Way team tested the ruggedness of the new LiveCore™ platform under extreme transport conditions.

The “Rallye AÏcha des Gazelles Morocco” is an automobile competition for women only. Completely off-road and without GPS, the rally is based on old-fashioned navigation. The objective of the racing teams is to perform the different trials with the most accurate course.

On March 16, 2013, about 150 teams and 30 nationalities were present on the starting line. Among them, team 222 sponsored by Analog Way left from the foot of the Eiffel Tower with a NeXtage 16 in its vehicle, a new high-end AV processor based on the LiveCore™ platform.
Riding in a basic flight case, the NeXtage 16 took to the road for a 15 day race, including 3500km (2175 miles approx.) driven in the Moroccan desert.

Franck Facon, Marketing & Communications Director at Analog Way explains: “Beyond the incredible adventure and the values of solidarity displayed in the “Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles Morocco”, the race was a great opportunity to thoroughly test the durability of our new platform. The design of the LiveCore™ platform was carefully conceived to ensure maximum reliability even in the worst conditions.”

With no other protection than a basic flight case, the NeXtage 16 was transported in the trunk of the Analog Way team’s truck in tough conditions: vibrations, bumps, dust, etc.
After 6 days of trials in Morocco, the Analog Way team came back to Paris in early April ending a journey of more than 6500km (4000mi). The NeXtage 16 was then returned to Analog Way’s headquarters where the unit was submitted to a series of tests: the product was switched on normally; it was then controlled through the TFT screen on its front panel, and also from a PC through its Web-based Remote Control Software.
All tests were successful proving the ruggedness and reliability of the LiveCore™ platform.

“In addition to other series of tests we did in laboratories, the two weeks of the “Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles Morocco” demonstrated the solidity of our new generation of mixers. The work done on the selection of components, the mechanical design and the assembly processes have proved their worth during this demanding race.”


The NeXtage 16, the first system introducing the new generation of high-end processors based on the LiveCore™ platform, started shipping April 15, 2013.

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Analog Way exhibits SmartMatriX Ultra, a new Multi-Screen Seamless Switcher at NAB Show 2013 – Booth #SL4229

March 2013 – Analog Way is pleased to exhibit SmartMatriX Ultra (Ref.SMX12x4), a new high-end Matrix Seamless Switcher. Based on Analog Way’s new LiveCore platform, the SmartMatriX Ultra offers state-of-the-art live processing and multi-screen management for impressive presentations. It will be exhibited in Analog Way’s booth #SL4229 during NAB Show, from April 8 to 11 in Las Vegas, USA.

SmartMatriX Ultra (Ref.SMX12x4) is a high-end 12×4 Scaled Native Matrix with ruggedized design for outstanding durability. It offers versatile AV connections for any set-up through 12 true seamless inputs and 42 plugs: 6 x HDMI, 9 x DVI-D, 3 x DisplayPort, 12 x 3G-SDI and 12 x Universal Analog. Included SFP Cage on the outputs is compatible with a large choice of SFP Optical modules. SmartMatriX Ultra supports any source from composite video to 2560×1600, and outputs a variety of formats including HD-TV and Computer format up to 2560×1600 and 4K.

The new state-of-the-art LiveCore platform

SmartMatriX Ultra features Analog Way’s new LiveCore platform offering powerful live image seamless processing and switching.
The machine provides 2 true seamless scaled layers per output, which can be controlled individually in time and transition. All layers are uniformly considered, meaning any source can be fully resized. Up to 50 frames and 50 logos can be easily stored in the device memory via a USB plug. They are all fully resizable and support all settings and transitions of the layers. The Native Background allows creative customization and an additional 3rd layer on any output.
With 2 independent true seamless scaled layers per output, SmartMatriX Ultra provides dedicated live processing for demanding presentations.
SmartMatriX Ultra offers a Full Preview for all 4 outputs with all PIPs available, as well as a customizable Live Source Mosaic Monitoring on an independent output. All sources and layers can be displayed in real time on the Program, the Preview and the Live Source Mosaic Monitoring output.

Additive modularity for impressive solutions

Two units of the SmartMatriX Ultra can be linked. In this configuration, inputs and outputs are shared and added, thus resulting in an impressive 24×8 Scaled Seamless Matrix system + 2 customizable mosaic previews.
In Mixer mode, sources can be perfectly mixed and switched, using PIPs and transitions without restriction. Hard Edge is also available on the SmartMatriX Ultra, allowing both horizontal and vertical wide displays.

User-friendliness and comfort of operation

SmartMatriX Ultra can be controlled directly from its front panel or using a Web Remote Control Software.
The front panel offers a large TFT color display with a new graphic user interface allowing the monitoring of sources directly on the screen. A new specific operating mode is directly available on the LCD screen for quick use of the device.
To facilitate the preparation of any presentation, a new optimized web-based Remote Control Software (Web RCS) was specifically designed by Analog Way. With a user-friendly graphic interface, the Web RCS can be run from virtually anywhere on any computing device. A Wizard mode, available on an intuitive dashboard, leads operators in the setup of the product and the preparation of the show.
Up to 5 operators can simultaneously use the RCS and see all tasks performed in real time on the Program, Full Preview and Mosaic Monitoring outputs.
Remote Services, including Support and Assistance, are available on the SmartMatriX Ultra. Through the Web RCS, users can quickly clone a show via a USB plug, access data related to the utilization of the machine, or have Analog Way’s Technical Support teams take control of their device for assistance or support.

Analog Way offers new optimized Remote Control Software for intuitive show control

Web RCS

Analog Way is pleased to deliver brand new Web-based Remote Control Software for its new LiveCoreTM platform-based systems. By offering advanced monitoring resources as well as Remote Maintenance opportunities, this intuitive and user-friendly Remote Control Software (Web RCS) will help users create sophisticated presentations easily.

At ISE 2013, Analog Way introduced a brand new generation of high-end AV Processors. Based on the new LiveCore platform, the NeXtage 16 and SmartMatriX Ultra include a new optimized User Interface for improved creativity and control. Being web-based, the new Remote Control Software (Web RCS) can be run virtually anywhere on any computing system connected to the Internet: PC, Mac or tablet.

The Web RCS offers a user-friendly graphic interface consisting of 3 independent sections: Setup, Edition and Live.
A Wizard mode leads operators in the setup of the device and the preparation of the show.
With updating snapshots of the connected sources available in the interface, the intuitive dashboard allows operators to fully prepare their shows, and control them live during their events. An innovative Sequences mode in the Live menu allows easy organization of presets through drag and drop. To save time and increase creativity, up to 5 operators per device can connect on the Web RCS and work from different computing systems on different tasks simultaneously. Any operation is seen in real time by all the Web RCS users, thus ensuring effective preparation and monitoring.

The Web RCS allows the NeXtage 16 and SmartMatriX Ultra to support multiple Remote Services. Among the advantages offered, users can quickly clone a set-up if needed. Important data related to the use of the machine is also stored (working hours per show, in total,…). Remote Support and Assistance is also available. Analog Way’s Technical Support team can remotely connect to the machine to support users whenever requested.

Franck Facon, MarCom Director at Analog Way, comments: “With our new LiveCore based systems, we intend to deliver powerful live processing capabilities, but also peace of mind. Our new processors were designed to ensure easy utilization and monitoring in the field. Our brand new Web Remote Control Software is key in this process: intuitive and user-friendly, it makes our processors easy to configure, easy to use and easy to maintain whenever needed.”

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