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Kramer is Proud to be an Educational Partner with the Association for Quality in AV Technology (AQAV)

“Saving the AV Industry…one system at a time.” – Mario Maltese, Executive Director of AQAV

In keeping with the AQAV motto, Kramer Electronics is proud to announce its agreement to become an Educational Partner and Sponsor of the AQAV program. As one of the first manufacturers to join and endorse this program, Kramer Electronics continues to demonstrate its commitment to being an industry leader who believes in, develops and delivers quality AV training and education.

“The addition of the AQAV course and certification program to our current educational offerings is just one more step in Kramer’s focus of offering quality education to the AV industry,” said Malissa Dillman, Kramer’s Training and Education Manager. “We are very excited to be one of the first manufacturers to partner with AQAV and to be the first partner who is able to teach this training program.”

The AQAV program is an organization that is dedicated to improving the operational art of designing and installing audio visual technology. Engineered audio visual systems continue to become more complex and difficult to integrate. By focusing on the quality management of these systems, and of those who design and install them, we can benefit the AV industry and all its stakeholders.

Kramer Electronics will be sponsoring and conducting AQAV certification classes in the coming months with our first class being held on December 10-12th in Clinton, NJ. During 2014, Kramer will host additional AQAV courses in strategic markets throughout the U.S. If you would like more information on AQAV and the certification classes please visit their website at www.aqav.org or contact Malissa Dillman at mdillman@kramerus.com.

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Kramer Introduces the Award Winning VP-771, 9−Input ProScale™ Presentation Scaling Switcher


Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the VP−771, a high−quality presentation scaling switcher with an advanced feature set. The VP−771 accepts one of nine inputs, including one component video, one DisplayPort (DP), one 3G HD−SDI, two computer graphics video, two composite video and two HDMI inputs. It scales the video, embeds the audio, and outputs the video signal simultaneously to one HDMI, one computer graphics, one 3G HD−SDI and one DGKat Twisted Pair, and outputs the audio signal simultaneously to a digital audio output, an unbalanced stereo audio output and a 2×10−watt amplified balanced stereo speaker output.

The VP-771 supports multiple output resolutions, up to 2K and 1080p. The unit features Kramer’s K-Storm™ Scaling Technology for converting the incoming video signal to a scaled output resolution with a minimum of motion artifacts. The VP-771 also incorporates Kramer’s FTB™ (Fade-Through-Black) switching technology that ensures ultra-fast, glitch−free switching.

The VP-771 is HDTV compatible, HDCP compliant and supports HDMI Deep Color. It features multi-standard operation and SDI channeling that selects one active signal and three bypassed signals from eight embedded stereo audio channels. It also features advanced input and output EDID Management and built-in ProcAmp, in which color, sharpness, contrast, brightness and gamma are set individually for each input. The unit also has a built-in time base corrector to stabilize any unstable video sources.

The VP-771 advanced feature set includes:
Kramer’s K-IIT XL™ Picture-in-Picture Image Insertion technology – any video source can be inserted into or positioned next to a computer graphics video source or vice versa. Using this technology, both images can be sized in any manner and positioned anywhere on the screen.
Luma Keying technology – an easy-to-use method of compositing two video sources into a single image. By setting up a “key” image or clip on a black background, this image can be merged onto the primary video.
Emergency Alert Notification – an incredibly unique and extremely important feature that provides the ability to have a national or campus-wide notification immediately displayed when an emergency situation develops and when connected to a network. Notifications include flexible options such as the inclusion of an audio alert siren, and the choice of displaying via either a text crawler or a text window.
Full Web page Management – an easy-to-use, built-in web interface, which is activated when connected through Ethernet, allowing simplified setup and switching, windows customization, scaling and deinterlacing functions, and more.
The VP-771 also includes a microphone input that supports mix and talk−over features, as well as 0−90msec adjustable delay to prevent feedback. The unit offers flexible control options through its front panel buttons with OSD (on-screen display), contact closure capability, IR remote interface and the included Control Application software, which is available for use via the unit’s Ethernet and RS−232 control ports.

The VP-771 is housed in a standard 19″ 1U rack-mountable enclosure, with rack “ears” included. The VP-771 sells in the United States at a list price of $3,595.00 and is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.

For information about all of Kramer Electronics and Sierra Video products please visit www.kramerus.com.

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Kramer wins Manufacturer of the Year Award at AV Awards 2013, together with Systems Product of the Year Award for the VP−771

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce its recent winnings at the 2013 AV Awards event: Manufacturer of the Year 2013, and Systems Product of the Year 2013, with the VP−771 Switcher/scaler. The awards were announced at a gala dinner attended by manufacturers, dealers and consultants from all over Europe, in the Park Lane Hilton in London, on Friday, 11 October.
Kramer Electronics entered two categories in this year’s awards: the prestigious category of Manufacturer of the Year, and a product−specific category, Systems Product of the Year, with the VP−771 Presentation Switcher/Scaler.
For over 30 years, Kramer Electronics has been providing solutions to the vast range of challenges that confront the AV industry, developing creative, reliable and value−oriented top−of−the−line products and distributing them worldwide with an uncompromising level of service and support. Our products serve a broad range of market segments, with a guarantee for best performance, reliability and quality, and up to seven years of warranty for most products.
It is no wonder, therefore, that the judges had decided to give the distinguished Manufacturer of the Year Award to Kramer Electronics, leaving other industry leaders way behind.
But not only that, Kramer also won a second award category at the same event, for Systems Product of the year, which Kramer won for the second year in a row. This year, the award had been given for the 9−input, VP−771 presentation switcher/scaler,
The VP−771 is a high−quality, 9−input presentation switcher and scaler from the new line of Kramer’s presentation scaling switchers, ideal for boardrooms, hotels, churches, lecture theatres and training rooms. The VP−771 accepts one of nine inputs: component video, DisplayPort (DP), 3G HD−SDI, two computer graphics, two composite video and two HDMI signals. It offers a versatile feature set that includes Luma−Keying, Picture−in−Picture functions, 2K resolution, emergency alert notifications, built−in web pages, and more. The VP−771 offers the ultimate in image manipulation and processing, using the latest digital signal processing technologies.
Winning the distinguished Manufacturer of the Year award, as well as Systems Product of the Year award for the second year in a row, encourages us to look forward to next year’s AV Awards, where new and exciting products will be introduced.
For information about all of Kramer Electronics products please go to www.kramerelectronics.com.

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Kramer’s K-TV is Ready for Prime Time

Kramer Electronics is proud to announce the premiere of their new K-TV YouTube Channel videos, produced and filmed on location at Kramer Electronics’ new U.S. Headquarters. These videos will serve as tutorials for audiovisual professionals, giving them practical advice for solving common interfacing problems they may encounter when working with professional A/V products. Viewers will enhance their skill set, making them more efficient and confident at troubleshooting and fixing interfacing issues, while minimizing their reliance on Kramer technical support.

In the first two videos, Sales Support Engineering Manager Matt Kopin walks viewers through straightforward solutions to two common audiovisual interfacing headaches: Crosstalk Problems with Unshielded Twisted Pair Cabling and EDID-Related Audio Problems. Both issues are the subject of frequent tech support calls, yet each can be resolved effectively in the field by integrators and installers working on their own. The K-TV videos show precisely why these problems occur and explain in detail how to resolve both problems at the design and/or installation stages of a project.

The Crosstalk, EDID Audio, and subsequent K-TV videos are characterized by their high production values, with custom set pieces and studio-quality lighting and audio used throughout the series. Each video covers information that Kramer instructors also teach in the Kramer Certified Digitalist classes (KCD).

While Kramer Academy classes and road shows (taught by InfoComm’s 2013 Educator of the Year Malissa Dillman) have been extremely well-received, the company believes that its diverse selection of Academy classes should be accessible to everyone, even if they cannot attend in person. With each new K-TV video, Kramer affirms its commitment to provide the highest-quality digital AV training programs to the industry.

To view these new videos, please visit http://youtube.com/kramerelectronicsltd.

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Kramer Introduces the KW−11 Wireless High Definition Transmitter/Receiver Set

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the KW−11, a wireless high definition transmitter/receiver set that sends the HDMI signal wirelessly, up to 40 feet (12 meters).

The KW−11 Transmitter and Receiver set is a wireless high−definition HDMI system, utilizing WHDI™ technology. The KW−11T converts the HDMI signal into a wireless signal that it transmits to the KW−11R. The KW−11R converts the wireless signal back into an HDMI signal. The units send the uncompressed video resolutions up to 1080p @60Hz with zero latency.

The KW−11 can be installed under the table or in a closet with no direct line of sight required. It features robust MIMO 5GHz technology, and a very secure AV link through its AES−128 encryption.

The transmission of the wireless HDMI signal is compatible with any copy−protected HDCP content. EDID and CEC information is supported as well. Installation and operation requires no special configuration: simply connect the KW−11T with the AV source and the KW−11R with the display.

The Kramer KW−11 is part of Kramer DigiTOOLS® family of compact, high−quality and cost−effective solutions. This wireless high−definition transmitter and receiver pair is ideal for professional video installations as well as for use with other Kramer products, for presentations, multimedia applications, home theater usage, and other short range video and audio distribution applications.

The KW−11 sells in the United States at a list price of $675.00, and is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. Complete product information for the KW−11 and for all Kramer Electronics and Sierra Video products can be found at www.kramerus.com.

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Kramer Introduces the TP−580T and TP−580R HDBaseT Transmitter and Receiver

Kramer Electronics, a worldwide supplier of innovative and reliable signal management products, introduces the TP−580T and TP−580R transmitter and receiver using HDBaseT LiteTM technology to send HDMI with embedded audio, bi−directional RS−232 and IR over distances of up to 230 ft. (70m). For resolutions above 1080p60 and up to 4k by 2k, distances of up to 131 ft. (40m) can be achieved. The products are ideal for use in diverse applications such as lecture theatres, houses of worship, boardrooms, classrooms; anywhere that HDMI needs to be sent over long distances, or where it is easier to run shielded category cable than traditional HDMI cables.

The TP−580T and TP−580R support HDCP, 3D Pass−through, Deep Colour, x.v.ColourTM, CEC, Lip Sync, HDMI Uncompressed Audio Channels, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS−HD. They are each housed in a compact Kramer Tool enclosure and powered by the supplied 12v adapter. The TP−580T and TP−580R are ideally partnered with Kramer HDMI cables and the Kramer BC−DGKAT623 DGKat™ shielded CAT 6 cable.

The TP−580T can be used with a receiver, or connected directly to the certified HDBaseT input of display devices from companies such as Panasonic and Epson.

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Kramer Technology Consultant Pete Putman to Present and Chair at SMPTE’s 2013 Fall Technology Conference

Pete Putman, CTS, KT2B; owner and principal of ROAM Consulting and technology consultant for Kramer Electronics USA, will present, moderate, and also chair a session at the annual technology conference of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. The conference will be held from October 21 – 24 at the Loew’s Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA.

The Fall Technology Conference brings together many of the brightest minds in television and film production from around the world. Among the topics to be featured this year is Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV), also known as “4K.” The first day of the conference (Monday, October 21) will feature a 4K symposium with twin tracks (business and technical) focused on UHDTV.

Putman will present a paper during this session on the state of consumer UHDTV displays, titled“UHDTV Consumer Update: The Big Picture on Big Pictures.” Earlier in the day, Putman will also moderate a session titled, “4K Delivery: Who Will Step Up?” featuring panelists from Ericsson, eyeIO, and BskyB.

On Day 4 (Thursday, October 24), Putman will chair an afternoon session titled “More, Better, Faster Pixels.” The six presenters in this session will present on a diverse array of topics including new SMPTE standards for UHDTV, a compact 120−Hz 8K camera, multi−link 10 gigabit/second camera interfaces, and a new, immersive 4K hemispheric themed ride in Vancouver, BC.

Putman has been a member of SMPTE for over a decade and serves on the conference’s program committee. He also played keyboards in the SMPTE Jam Band at last year’s banquet and hopes to repeat that performance again in 2013!

For more information on the conference, please visit https://www.smpte.org/atc2013.

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Kramer Electronics USA Opens a BYOD/Wireless Lab

Kramer Electronics USA announces the opening of its new BYOD / Wireless Lab at its corporate offices in Clinton, NJ. This new lab will allow Kramer engineers to test and compare the latest in wireless and wired connectivity products for tablets, notebooks, smartphones, and media players in a dynamic, “real world” meeting room environment.

BYOD’s (Bring Your Own Devices) are fast becoming the preferred portable/mobile computing model at home, at work, and at school. Although these devices can be connected through conventional digital interfaces (Mobile High−Definition Link (MHL®), Lightning, micro HDMI), their small size and lightweight design has increased demand for wireless connectivity, using both 802.11−based and proprietary interfaces such as WHDI™.

“Wireless AV connectivity is here, and growing in importance every day. More manufacturers are bringing wireless products to market and the radio spectrum allocated for wireless AV and IT products is becoming more congested,” said Peter Putman, owner of ROAM Consulting, technology consultant for Kramer Electronics and long−time InfoComm instructor. “The purpose of this room is to let us see how all of these wireless products work together – or don’t – so Kramer can better advise consultants, dealers, and integrators on the best ways to integrate wireless AV into their designs and installations,” concluded Putman.

Putman’s annual InfoComm class on wireless AV connectivity is always popular and has featured live simultaneous demonstrations of a wireless Nook HD+ tablet prototype using WHDI, wireless Blu−ray and set−top box connectivity, and wireless notebook computers running PowerPoint’s and videos. Now, those demonstrations are part of a permanent setup in Kramer’s new test lab.

One of the products featured in the lab is Kramer’s new KW−11 wireless kit, which uses WHDI (Wireless High Definition Interface) technology. The KW−11 transmitter can connect notebook computers, DVD and Blu−ray players, set−top boxes, gaming consoles, and cameras to a companion receiver at a maximum resolution of 1920x1080p/60, using HDMI connections at either end.

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Kramer USA Moves to New Headquarters Facility

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce the opening of their new United States headquarters facility, the new home for the Kramer USA sales, marketing and product development/support teams. The new facility is located in the Township of Union, in Hunterdon County, NJ; about two miles from the company’s previous US headquarters facility.

Tremendous sales growth along with a strong desire and commitment to further promote the professional AV industry through education, were the key factors for the Kramer USA relocation to this 60,000sq ft building. The new headquarters facility boasts a state of the art training center fully equipped with cutting-edge technology, which will allow for an unparalleled training experience.

“Our sales, marketing, and product teams in the US have grown so much due to the continued success our products have in the market. We had to find a new facility, one that would have the capacity necessary to allow for our continued rapid growth,” stated Dave Bright, President of Kramer USA. “We found the perfect facility to move our headquarters operation to in the US. The new building has a state of the art classroom, which is exactly what we needed to continue our mission to educate people in the Pro AV industry about the key technologies and concepts that will allow them to excel at their jobs and increase their company’s bottom line,” added Bright.

The training center in Kramer’s new headquarters facility will allow a more hands-on and interactive learning environment for students. Amongst many things, Kramer will be using the new training facility to provide Kramer Digital Systems Training (KDST) which can lead to certification as a Kramer Certified Digitalist (KCD). This training is an in-depth examination of the technologies and key principles all Pro AV professionals should know in order to best design, sell, and install profitable digital AV systems. It will focus on real-world Best Practices with a concentration on diagnosing and correcting digital signal flow challenges in both the design and installation phases. Accreditation, which includes a certificate and permission to use and display the KCD logo, will be awarded upon passing an open-book examination on the material presented during the training. Attendance at this training also earns the student valuable InfoComm Renewal Units.

“Our expansion to this new facility validates Kramer’s commitment to the Pro AV market. We will continue to develop and sell reliable, high quality signal management and processing products for this market. We will also continue to provide and expand upon our valuable education programs which cover the important technologies and concepts that permeate the market in this new ‘Digital Pro AV age’ we live and work in,” concluded Bright.

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InfoComm Recognizes Malissa Dillman, Kramer Electronics Training & Education Manager, with 2013 InfoComm Educator of the Year Award

InfoComm International®, the leading professional audiovisual trade association, presented its Educator of the Year Award to Kramer Electronics’ Malissa Dillman, CTS-D, CTS-I. The award was presented at InfoComm 2013, the largest professional audiovisual and information communications tradeshow worldwide, held at the Orange County Convention Center in FL. Malissa is the 21st recipient of this prestigious yearly award, and the first woman ever to receive the award.

Malissa is Kramer Electronics USA’s Training and Education Manager. She has worked in the AV industry for over 12 years, during which time she has owned and operated an AV installation company, worked as both a regional sales manager and division sales manager at the dealer level, and served as a regional field sales engineer for a prominent communications company. She has brought this experience to the classroom to help others learn and expand their skill set. This past year, Malissa prepared 212 people to take their Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exam, and also trained more than 200 industry professionals on key industry principles.

During the past year, Malissa also developed and perfected a successful Kramer road show program. This program offers regional educational opportunities for AV professionals to spend a full day earning up to 10 CTS renewal units, while gaining the most current and topical technology education available today. Malissa also created a popular webinar Analog Sunset, Digital Sunrise and authored a condensed version of Kramer’s Introduction to Digital Technologies for Today’s Pro AV Professional, which serves as an introductory-level training on today’s complicated transition from analog to digital. Malissa was also a recipient of InfoComm’s Women in AV Award at InfoComm in 2012 and was one of the first four women in the world to achieve both the CTS-D and CTS-I credentials.

“Malissa Dillman has been named InfoComm Educator of the Year because of her strong commitment to bettering the industry through the delivery of quality industry training,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “Her deep commitment to the professional development of her students and her strong support of the industry are evident to everyone who encounters her.”

“We are so proud of Malissa and all her achievements here at Kramer Electronics,” said Clint Hoffman, CTS, VP of Marketing for Kramer Electronics USA. “She is extremely deserving of this award and of all the recognition and accolades that go along with it. Malissa is the best and we are very fortunate to have her as a part of the Kramer family.”

The Educator of the Year Award is nominated by InfoComm’s Professional Education and Training Committee (PETC) and selected by the InfoComm Board of Governors, to honor an individual who works to develop the skills and knowledge of others in the AV industry. Kramer Electronics is so proud and pleased that InfoComm chose Malissa Dillman as this year’s recipient!

Malissa Dillman Wins InfoComm 2013 Educator of the Year Award

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