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Swank Audio Visuals Goes for Analog Way’s Processing and Switching Solutions

Swank Audio Visuals is an international technology service provider, partnering with more than 375 four-five star resorts and hotels in 165 major locations. Swank Audio Visuals relies upon 75 years of experience and a large team of dedicated technology specialists to accommodate everything from intimate gatherings to large conventions.

When upgrading its fleet of equipment, Swank Audio Visuals opted for Analog Way’s processing and switching systems. Over the past months, the Company purchased a number of Analog Way’s mixers and switchers, including 28 Pulses, 11 Smart Vu LEs, eight Di VentiX II, five OPS300, as well as nine Orchestra Event Controllers.With the Analog Way products selected, Swank Audio Visuals can perform multi-format, mixing, seamless matrix switching and edge blending to answer the needs of a variety of events.

For its Annual National Leadership Meeting, Swank Audio Visuals showcased some of the Analog Way’s models acquired. During the event held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, the Company’s entire leadership team could enjoy a show featuring the latest technologies. Scott Buford, Area Technical Director at Swank Audio Visuals, explains: “To perform this event, we needed a creative, original look, which would allow for various types of data to be displayed, including IMAG, PowerPoint presentations, video, live Internet demonstration, etc.”

The show included widescreen surfaces for the presentation: a 12’ x 36’ widescreen blend, a portrait oriented 83” x 144” screen and a landscape oriented 10’ x 17’ screen. The projection was achieved through four 18K HD video-projectors. A wide variety of sources were used for the show: MacBook Pro running Playback Pro software, PC laptops running PowerPoint presentations, Sony EX-MW3 XDCAM running HD-SDI, two Sonic Foundry Mediasite webcasting systems, I-Phone and much more. Part of the processing and switching needs was handled by several Analog Way products.

“Swank Audio Visuals has just recently decided to start using Analog Way systems after solely using Barco/Folsom. I had never used any Analog Way products and wanted to take this opportunity to see what they could do,” said Buford.
Analog Way’s Di-VentiX II, a versatile Multi-Layer Mixer Switcher, was used in Soft Edge mode for the 12’ x 36’ wide screen. “The ability to soft-edge blend with ease and with one box, and have the ability to have a preview monitor is awesome,” comments Buford. “Using the box for the first time, I was able to get a flawless looking soft edge blend in a very short timeframe.”

Swank Audio Visuals also used two Pulses, a Dual Scaler Mixer Seamless Switcher from Analog Way, and one Orchestra Event Controller, to flawlessly juggle with the different sources. Buford notes:“We faced constant last-minute changes in presentation materials. The flexibility of the Analog Way pieces and the wide variety of inputs was extremely valuable. It allowed us to easily accommodate all presenters and hook up a variety of inputs at a moment’s notice.”

Swank Audio Visuals’ Annual National Leadership Meeting went smoothly, and Scott Buford was satisfied by his first experience with Analog Way solutions. “I think Analog Way’s processors offer a great combination in the number and types of inputs that allows the units to straddle the digital/analog world that we are in right now.”

The support provided by Analog Way was another key point to Scott Buford: “The technical support was awesome. Any question that arose was quickly answered by Analog Way. I can’t speak highly enough of how great it is to know that this kind of technical support is there.”  

Swank Audio Visuals
Founded in 1937, Swank Audio Visuals is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2012. The Company has a rich legacy of providing superior expertise, creativity, full-service support and state-of-the-art technology for the hotel, resort, meeting and conference center industries. Provided with a hospitality approach, services include audio, video, lighting, stage design, production, Internet connectivity, webcasting/webarchiving, 3D renderings and more for events of all sizes, from intimate gatherings to large conventions. As an industry leader, Swank developed SwankDraw, a unique proprietary iPad app that allows room renderings to be created instantly on-site. Swank also enhances clients’ meetings and events by engineering and offering Mobile Meeting Manager (M3), a customizable web based app providing agendas, speaker information and more on attendees’ smartphones and tablets. Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, Swank Audio Visuals employs more than 1,400 talented professionals in approximately 375 destination resorts and hotels in 65 major markets, representing more than 165 cities in the U.S. and Canada.
Please visit www.swankav.com for more information.

 About Analog Way
Analog Way is a leading designer and manufacturer of image converters and presentation switchers. The company designs a wide range of computer to video scan converters, scalers, seamless switchers and up/down converters. The products provide the most advanced solutions in the Broadcast, AV, Rental & Staging, Church, Corporate and Industrial markets.

 

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Analog Way releases a series of demo and training videos

Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of presentation switchers and image converters, is pleased to release a series of videos on its products. The first videos
are available on Analog Way’s new website www.analogway.com and on AnalogWayTV, the company’s YouTube channel. To help customers and prospects discover its wide range of products, Analog Way is releasing a set of
videos. To meet the expectations of varied customers, different types of videos have been created.
On one hand, short videos of 2-3 minutes show a quick presentation of a given product and its main features and effects. Thanks to these videos, A/V professionals can get a quick overview of the product’s capabilities and determine their interest for specific applications.
On the other hand, training videos were created to simplify the setup of a product. Approximately 15 minutes long, these videos present the main steps a user should follow to easily configure the product of his choice.

Franck Facon, Marketing & Communications Director at Analog Way, states:
“We always pay great attention to the design of our mixers and switchers, with development of unprecedented functionalities and effects. To present these state-of-the-art features, a video is worth a thousand words. With these videos, we intend to provide better support to our customers by giving them the simple procedures to optimally utilize our solutions.”
The first demo (Eikos,…) and training (Di-VentiX II, Pulse…) videos can be viewed on Analog Way’s new website at www.analogway.com or on AnalogWayTV, which is Analog Way’s YouTube channel.

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Analog Way exhibits at NAB 2012 – Booth #C12027 -

Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of presentation switchers and image converters, is pleased to exhibit at NAB 2012. Analog Way will demonstrate a selection of its powerful solutions in booth #C12027, from April 16 to 19, in Las Vegas, NV, USA.

> Eikos: Multi-Layer Hi-Resolution Mixer, Matrix Scaler, Seamless Switcher with 4 Scalers
Awarded “Most InAVative Commercial Video Processing or Distribution Product” at ISE and “Best Video Signal Processing or Distribution Product/Matrix Switching” at InfoComm 2011
Eikos (Ref.EKS500) is a Multi-Layer Mixer Scaler Seamless Switcher offering up to 12 inputs including 4 fitted with SDI and 2 fitted with DVI-D. Eikos offers 3 operating modes: Multi-Layer Mixer,12 by 2 Seamless Native Matrix and QuadraVision modes.
In Multi-Layer Mixer mode, Eikos can display up to 6 layers: 3 Live Sources, 1 Frame and 2 Logos. Up to 2 PIPs can be displayed on a live background, or 3 PIPs on a still background. Live layers can be customized by the user. New effects are also available and can be combined during transitions. Eikos offers a classic preview as well as a Still Mosaic Full Preview function.
Eikos also offers a 12×2 scaled native matrix with true seamless switching. In this mode, up to 2 PIPs can be added on a still background and a mirror function is available.
In QuadraVision mode, Eikos allows the display of 4 computer or video sources on the main output.
A Video Output card provides SD or HDTV formats in various signals from Composite Video to HD SDI. Eikos also comes in a Light Edition, Eikos LE (Ref.EKS400).

> Smart MatriX: High-End Scaled Native Matrix
Smart MatriX (Ref.SMX200) is a powerful Scaled Matrix with Native Hi-Resolution Output equipped with 4 Scalers. It offers up to 12 inputs including 4 fitted with SDI and 2 fitted with DVI-D. With state of the art 100% digital processing, Smart MatriX outputs Digital and Analog Signals in DVI and VGA (RGBHV) simultaneously with a selection of many formats from HDTV to Computer 2K. Smart MatriX offers a 12×2 Scaled Native Matrix mode with true seamless switching. In addition, Smart MatriX offers PIP features: up to 2 PIPs can be displayed on a still background on each output, or 1 PIP on a still background still giving access to seamless effects during transitions. A PIP layer can also be used as a title effect over a live background. PIPs can be customized by the user with various attributes and a mirror function is available.
A Video Output card provides SD or HDTV formats in various signals from Composite Video to HD SDI. Smart MatriX also comes in a Light Edition, Smart MatriX LE (Ref.SMX100).

> Pulse: Multi-Layer Hi-Resolution Mixer Seamless Switcher with 2 Scalers
Pulse (Ref.PLS300) is a Multi-Layer Mixer Scaler Seamless Switcher with Full High Resolution Digital processing. This high-grade and easy-to-use solution is particularly adapted to large screen projections, conference rooms and Houses Of Worship.Pulse offers 10 direct inputs including 2 fitted with digital DVI and 2 fitted with SDI. In Mixer mode, Pulse can display 2 Live Sources. Live layers can be customized with various attributes (borders, movements, zoom, cut, fade, wipe or slide). Pulse offers many Live effects including Keying and PIP animation. Integrated Audio Stereo switcher features 8 inputs (6 analog and 2 from embedded SDI) and 1 output.

> Axion2: High End Remote Controller – New features!
Axion2 (Ref.ARC200) is a powerful Remote Controller specifically designed for live events and multi- screen venues. Axion2 is compatible with Analog Way’s new generation of Seamless Switchers. The machines can be controlled either as stand-alone processors or in combination, including Soft Edge Blending configurations. Axion2 can control up to 6 independent screen configurations in different locations (single display or multiple projectors in Soft Edge Blended mode) and store up to 90 presets per screen configuration. A Sequences mode allows the creation of up to 9 sequences per screen configuration. Axion2 offers useful features to easily program and control a show in a live environment (off-line programming, Snap button, Toggle Preset…). Axion2 was recently upgraded with 14 new key features. These improvements include the automatic display of IP addresses and all the connected devices on the screen’s setup page.

> RK-300: Remote Keypad
RK-300 (Ref.RK-300) is an intuitive user-friendly Remote Control Keypad designed to control Analog Way’s new multi-scaler Seamless Switchers: Eikos, Eikos LE, OPS300, OPS200, Pulse, Pulse LE, Smart MatriX, Smart MatriX LE, Smart Vu, Smart Vu LE, Smart Quad and Smart Edge. The Remote Console allows full control of menu and settings of the switchers and direct access to PIPs, logos, frames and sources selection. Layers properties can be defined by the user and stored in the console’s memory. A mini joystick allows easy control of the displayed elements. RK-300 is fitted with an Ethernet LAN RJ45 connector for easy connection and utilization.

> Broad Scan HD: Very High Resolution to Video and HDTV Scan Converter with Genlock and Embedded Audio
Fitted with Digital DVI and Analog RGB inputs, the Broad Scan HD (ref. BHD930-DG) converts Workstation, PC or Mac graphic images up to 1600×1200@60Hz (1920×1200 RB) into NTSC / PAL video or HDTV formats. Each computer input has its own monitor loop through for the connection of a control display. Output signal can be both analog and digital thus Broad Scan HD can provide full digital processing path from the input to the output. The Broad Scan HD features powerful broadcast Genlocks. Genlocks inputs are fitted with a loop through output allowing chaining devices. The Broad Scan HD includes computer input format memory: up to 16 user presets can be stored in the machines corresponding to 16 different input formats. Broad Scan HD offers 8 presets memories.

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Analog Way names new Global Customer Service and After Sales Support Director

Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative image converters and presentation switchers, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jérôme Tancray as new Global Customer Service & After Sales Support Director.

Analog Way is pleased to announce the appointment of Jérôme Tancray as new Global Customer Service & After Sales Support Director. Based next to Paris in France, where Analog Way’s Headquarters are located, Jérôme Tancray will develop Customer Service and will take charge of Analog Way‘s worldwide Technical Support divisions.

Prior to joining Analog Way, Jérôme worked in the medical instrumentation sector where he gained extensive experience in Customer Service. His position involved varied tasks, from on field technical support, to the development and implementation of training programs and service offers.
Taking lead of Analog Way’s Technical Support divisions, Jérôme’s mission will include the introduction of new tools and value added services to improve both pre-sales and after-sales service provided to Analog Way’s customers.

“I’m thrilled to now be part of Analog Way, a blossoming high-end manufacturer in the Pro A/V field, which is a fascinating sector”, comments Jérôme Tancray. “My mission at Analog Way is to take Customer Service to the next level with the intention of being more pro-active and closer to our customers’ requirements.”

Talking about the appointment of Jérôme Tancray, Adrien Corso, Analog Way’s CEO, says: “We are thrilled to welcome Jérôme as new Customer Service and After Sales Support Director. His expertise in BtoB customer support management will be instrumental in the development of improved Customer Service for Analog Way’s customers and partners worldwide.”

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Analog Way releases new website and goes mobile

Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of presentation switchers and image converters, is pleased to announce the release of its new website during ISE 2012. The new website offers improved design and new, useful content for customers. In addition, Analog Way launched mobile versions of the website for optimized access to product information from smartphones.

Analog Way has chosen Integrated Systems Europe 2012 to unveil its new website in booth #3A112. Completely re-designed, the new website offers improved organization to help users quickly find useful information. Users can easily browse Analog Way’s wide range of Mixers & Seamless Switchers, Event Controllers, Scan Converters, Multi-format Converters, Scalers and Interfaces.

The Products section was improved with new comparison charts, application notes, as well as demo and training videos. Pages dedicated to Technical Support offer optimized aypresentation of firmware and remote control software. White papers on different topics are also available online to answer customers’ recurring questions.
RSS feeds are also available and allow subscription from customers so that they automatically receive alerts on the subjects of their choice.

Last but not least, customers can access key information when they are on an integration project or a live event using the mobile version of the new website, available from any Smartphone.
Mainly focusing on products’ information and resources, the mobile website offers a simplified interface and the organization of elements has been optimized to better fit mobile devices.
Customers still have the choice to switch to the full version of the website from their mobile phone.

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