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Kramer Introduces the SID−X2N 4−Input Multi−Format Video over HDBaseT™ Twisted Pair Transmitter

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the SID−X2N, Kramer’s HDBaseT four−in−one twisted pair transmitter − a high−performance, cost−effective, step−in commander from the award winning Digital Step−in Family. The unit includes four input types: computer graphics video, HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort. In addition, the SID−X2N includes an unbalanced stereo audio input and output.
The SID−X2N works as a stand−alone unit together with the HDBaseT receivers, e.g. the TP−580RXR/WP−580RXR, using RS−232 commands over a twisted pair cable. Although this product can be used with any CAT cable, Kramer recommends the use of the Kramer BC−HDKat6a cable, to reach up to 130m (430ft) in normal mode, and up to 180m (590ft) in XTRA (Long Reach) mode (1080p @60Hz @24BPP).

The SID−X2N all−in−one transmitter has several unique features making it the perfect solution for designing your state−of−the−art boardroom: compatible with both analog and digital AV signals, unbalanced stereo audio input and output, a single twisted pair cable carries both data and control, switching between inputs is available when working with anHDBaseT receiver using RS−232 commands.

The Step−In multi−Format Inputs Family includes also the SID−X1N with DGKat output and the SID−X3N with HDMI output. The family’s versatile products support any “Bring−Your−Own−Device” requirements, therefore is the top choice for designing your up−to−the−minute boardroom.

The Step−in™ family won the 2013 Most InAVative Video Distribution Product Award and the 2012 Systems Product of the Year AV Award.

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Kramer Electronics Announces Strategic Investment in WOW Vision

Kramer Electronics, a worldwide supplier of innovative and reliable signal management products, is pleased to announce it has acquired 50% of Singapore based WOW Vision. WOW Vision is a manufacturer of product solutions for corporate and hospitality meeting spaces and educational facilities. Their products enable convenient wireless connection to, and the sharing of, large screen displays from laptops and mobile devices and provide effective, efficient, productive two−way collaboration.
As a result of this new partnership between Kramer and WOW Vision, Kramer will assume responsibility for worldwide branding and distribution of Wow Vision’s products. WOW Vision will continue to conceive and develop industry leading products that make meetings and learning environments more productive and more interactive.
“We have developed the industry’s leading technologies for facilitating the effective wireless connection of meeting participants to a large screen display, and for providing unparalleled meeting collaboration in the corporate and education markets. We pride ourselves on our ability to develop unique technology solutions for this market segment,” stated Dr. Dinesh Tripathi, CEO of WOW Vision. “In this relationship with Kramer, we believe we have found the perfect partner. Kramer has incredibly well developed worldwide distribution channels coupled with a very strong brand name recognized for producing reliable products, and supported by knowledgeable and dedicated employees.”
“We are very excited about adding WOW Vision to the Kramer family because BYOD, collaboration and wireless applications are increasingly critical in today’s converging AV/IT world. WOW Vision offers the best solutions in the market and this partnership allows us to add these products to our already comprehensive line of solutions,” stated Dr. Joseph Kramer, CEO of Kramer Electronics. “Most importantly though, as WOW Vision continues to design and build cutting edge product solutions to make meetings smarter and more productive in business and education environments, we can leverage the strengths of our Kramer brand, our marketing acumen and our worldwide distribution channels to get the products into the hands of our customers.”
Kramer Electronics will be launching its first two products: the Kramer VIA Collage™ and the Kramer VIA Connect™. The products will be introduced at InfoComm 2014 which will be held June 18th through the 20th at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For the burgeoning collaboration market, only the fully featured BYOD oriented Kramer VIA Collage can do all of the following: wirelessly allow up to six participants to show their screens on one display, with the possibility of using two displays and allowing up to twelve participants to be simultaneously displayed; it allows collaboration from any mix of devices – PC’s, Mac’s, tablets, Smartphone’s and more; it enables meeting participants to simultaneously create and edit a common document through their individual devices; it provides the ability for documents to be shared and saved instantaneously by all team participants utilizing the VIA Collage; its interactive whiteboard function offers multiple users the ability to annotate, edit or highlight any image on the screen via their touch enabled devices. In fact, every member of the meeting can participate in brainstorming activities simply by using the keyboard and mouse on their own device.
The compact VIA Connect is a wireless presentation hub which provides quick and easy wireless connection to, and sharing of, a large screen device by several users. Multiple meeting participants can display their images or at any time one individual presenter can easily choose to have their device be the only image displayed. As with the VIA Collage, the VIA Connect can accommodate any PC, Mac, iOS or Android device.
The Kramer VIA Collage and the Kramer VIA Connect will be on display at the InfoComm show in Kramer booth C7736 located in the Central Hall of the Convention Center.

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Kramer Introduces the VM−4HN HDMI Distribution Amplifier

The VM−4HN is a 1:4 HDMI distribution amplifier for HDMI signals. It relocks and equalizes the signal and distributes it to four identical outputs. The VM−4HN, with its maximum data rate of 10.2Gbps (3.4Gbps per graphic channel) distributes signals with resolutions up to Quad HD (38x40x2160), 24hz refresh with 8−bit/10−bit/12−bit color, and 30 Hz refresh with 8−bit color. It also supports WUXGA (1920×1200) up to 12−bit color, and 1080p at all color bit depths.
The VM−4HN supports Deep Colour, x.v.ColorTM, Lip Sync, HDMI Uncompressed Audio Channels, Dolby TrueHD, DTS−HD, and CEC. It is HDCP compliant and features I−EDIDProTM Kramer Intelligent EDID ProcessingTM, an intelligent EDID handling and processing algorithm that ensures Plug and Play operation for HDMI systems. In addition the default, pre−programmed EDID allows the VM−4HN to be connected quickly and without having to connect a display to the output. The VM−4HN passes 3D.
Housed in a compact DigiTOOLS® enclosure, the VM−4HN comes supplied with a 5v power adapter.

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Kramer Electronics’ Educational Partnership with AQAV is off to a Successful Start

In November 2013, Kramer Electronics announced their newly minted educational partnership with the Association for Quality in Audio Visual Technology (AQAV); becoming the first educational partner in this program.

AQAV upholds their motto, “Saving the AV industry … one system at a time,” by offering courses designed to help personnel at Pro AV dealer/integrators, and technology managers who purchase and use AV equipment to improve the quality of every step in the installation and commissioning process. Focusing on quality results in greater profitability for the AV integrators, and effective and trouble free systems that are fully operational from the day they are installed.

Since the establishment of the partnership, Kramer Electronics has held five successful AQAV trainings with many individuals completing the workshop and earning their AQAV certifications. The trainings, which have taken place at the Kramer Electronics US Headquarters in Clinton, New Jersey and at Newcomb & Boyd, a consulting company in Atlanta, Georgia, have all been met with great turnouts and enthusiasm. Those who have successfully earned their AQAV certifications continue to see their work pay off in their projects. Both end users and Pro AV integrators are able to attest to the benefits of AQAV. End user, Elaine Manfredonia, Vice President of JPMorgan explained, “Being AV9000 compliant is a major plus for providers that want to work for us. It eliminates untold costs and aggravation that the client won’t and the integrator shouldn’t accept. No question the business is trending this way.”

Pro AV integrators, such as Jeremy Elsesser of the Pro AV integrator Level 3 Audio Visual in Mesa, AZ, are also aware of the advantages of being AQAV certified. Jeremy stated, “Since Level 3 Audio Visual started down the path of AV9000 and began implementing the systems into our daily workflows, we have seen a large increase in team collaboration along with a significant reduction of time spent in the field. Culturally, AV9000 has provided a mechanism to get everyone on the same page and pursuing the highest quality of work we can provide.”

In addition, higher education markets are also reveling in the AQAV benefits. Dan Doolen, Chief Instructional Media Systems Engineer at the University of Illinois, explains how his team has embraced the AQAV standards, “We’ve built AV9000 into our campus facility standards and follow it on all our installations. It has everyone working from the same page and explains the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how.’ It’s turned into a friendly competition between the installation team and the commissioning team.”

Kramer Electronics plans to build on the momentum of these first workshops, with three more upcoming AQAV trainings: two in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 14-16, and one in Dallas, Texas on July 29-31.

Examples of companies who are embracing the AQAV standards are Level 3 Audio Visual, Illinois State University, The University of Illinois, Sensory Technologies, Vistacom Audio Video Solutions, Comprehensive Technical Group, Newcomb Boyd, Technical Innovations and Whitlock.

For more information about AQAV, please visit the AQAV section of the Kramer website at www.kramerus.com/academy/aqav.asp or the AQAV web site at www.aqav.org.

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Kramer White Paper Guide to Wireless AV Connectivity

Kramer’s latest White Paper provides a comprehensive look at devices for connecting HD video and audio over high-bandwidth wireless connections, and details the current and pending “white space” spectrum allocations for wireless AV connectivity in North America. The paper also explores the challenges of reliable transmission and reception of high bitrate HDMI and HD-SDI signals over 5 GHz and 60 GHz wireless links, including a discussion of both forward error correction (FEC) and techniques for multipath and echo compensation.

Several wireless systems are compared and contrasted and include 802.11n/a/an/ad Wi-Fi, Wireless High Definition Interface (WHDI), and Wireless High Definition (WiHD). Practical examples of each system are cited, along with their transmitting range and resistance to interference from co-channel and adjacent channel wireless devices. The paper concludes with a general discussion of design and operating parameters for wireless AV systems, including best practices.
Download Kramer’s Guide to Wireless AV Connectivity: http://www.kramerus.com/downloads/white-papers/kramer_wireless_guide.pdf

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Kramer’s Newest ProScale™ Digital Scaler/Switchers Have Built-In Mass Notification & Emergency Communication System

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce that its newest line of ProScale™ digital scaler/switchers, the VP-770, VP-771, VP-773, VP-774, VP-773AMP and VP-774AMP are all equipped with a unique built-in Mass Notification & Emergency Communication (MNEC) feature.

This essential feature provides the ability to have an education facility, corporate campus, or stadium-wide emergency notification immediately displayed on connected projection screens and monitors. When connected to a network, the Kramer ProScale digital scaler/switchers can be set up to automatically display an alert message. Notifications include flexible options such as the inclusion of an audio alert siren, and the choice of displaying either a text crawler or a text window. The system can even have the Kramer ProScale digital scaler/switchers power up displays that are off in order to display these important messages.

Messages with “Extreme” and “Severe” headers appear nearly full screen and cover any other content. Messages with lower levels of severity appear as text crawls along the bottom of the image. The new Kramer line of presentation switchers only requires an ethernet connection to the appropriate campus network.

Emergency alert messages are composed and transmitted using the XML-based Common Alert Protocol (CAP) application. This allows a warning message to be consistently disseminated simultaneously over many warning systems to multiple proprietary applications and devices. These CAP alerts can include specifics about weather (hurricanes, flooding, storms, etc.), safety and security, as well as secondary functions, such as alert tones, horns, buzzers, and sirens.

The system complies with the official national warning system standard in the United States, the Emergency Alert System (EAS), which works in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and a number of US national emergency agencies.

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

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Kramer Introduces the PT-1C EDID Processor


Kramer Electronics, a worldwide supplier of innovative and reliable signal management products, is pleased to introduce the PT-1C EDID Processor.

The PT-1C draws its power from the HDMI cable and is housed in a compact Kramer Pico-Tools™ enclosure. The key to its versatility are the four DIP-switches located on the back panel.

Many installers have experienced problems with the way Apple handles HDCP, especially when integrating Video Conferencing systems. One of the DIP-switches on the PT-1C turns HDCP on or off. When placed immediately downstream from a Mac with the HDCP off, the Mac outputs a non-encrypted signal that solves these issues with Apple’s implementation of HDCP. The PT-1C does not bypass HDCP rules and cannot remove HDCP from a signal if it is present.

Another DIP-switch on the PT-1C limits color depth. In situations where bandwidth on certain legacy equipment does not support Deep Color, the PT-1C can be used to ensure that only 8-bit color is passed.

The audio DIP-switch provides a means for limiting the output of an upstream device to 2-channel LPCM (Linear Pulse Code Modulation) for cases where the target EDID is asking for an audio type that other system devices do not support.

Finally, the EDID lock switch allows the user to lock in the EDID from the connected display or other displays/EDID sources.

The PT-1C is in stock and available from Kramer sales offices around the world.

For information about all of Kramer Electronics, Sierra Video, Minicom Digital Signage and Kramer Powered by Calibre products please visit www.kramerus.com.

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Kramer Introduces the VP−470 3G HD−SDI Scaler

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce the introduction of the VP−470 3G HD−SDI Digital Scaler. The VP−470 is a digital scaler for SDI signals up to 3G HD−SDI resolution. It up or down−scales SD, HD and 3G HD−SDI signals to one of 16 resolutions of up to 1080p @60Hz.
The VP−470 is ideal for use in broadcast applications. The output of the VP−470 can be used to feed a production switcher, edit suite, or router in a television studio. It can takethe feed from a satellite receiver and scale it before it is sent out live over the air. In production, it can scale camera feeds coming in from the field before ingesting the footage into a video server.
The VP−470 has one SDI input and looping output for a local monitor on BNC connectors to accept an SD, HD or 3G SDI signal. Its input automatically detects the incoming signal format. Supported formats include SMPTE standards 259M (SDI), 292M (HD−SDI) and 424 M (3G HD−SDI). The VP−470 simultaneously outputs the scaled signal to two active outputs on BNC connectors.
The VP−470 supports output resolutions of 480i @59.94Hz, 576i @50Hz, 720p @50/59.94/60 Hz, 1080i @50/59.94/60Hz, 1080p @23.98/24/25/29.97/30Hz and 1080p @50/59.94/60Hz.
The VP−470 features a built−in proc amp that can adjust the brightness, contrast, and color of the output signal. These picture can be conveniently adjusted via the on−screen display (OSD) of the VP−470, accessed by the front panel buttons. Also included on the front panel is a button for image freeze. These settings are stored in non−volatile memory that retains the last settings used.
The VP−470 also has selectable output aspect ratio settings of Full (default), 16:9, 16:10, 4:3 or Best Fit and it has the ability to turn over−scan on or off.
The VP−470 features an external 5V DC power source, making it suitable for field operation and it is housed in a compact Kramer MegaTOOLS™ enclosure. The VP−470 is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.

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Kramer Introduces the Newest Additions to its Award Winning ProScale™ Presentation Scaler/Switcher Line

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the VP−773 and the VP-774 ProScale™ digital presentation scaler/switchers. The VP−773 has 8 inputs and the VP-774 has 9 inputs, including four HDMI inputs, one DisplayPort (DP) input, one composite video input and two computer graphics video inputs. The VP-774 also includes a 3G HD-SDI input. These models scale the video, embed the audio where applicable, and output the scaled video signal simultaneously to two HDMI outputs and one HDBaseT (Twisted Pair) output. The VP-774 also includes a 3G HD-SDI output. The audio output is simultaneously available on digital and unbalanced analog stereo outputs.
The VP-773 and VP-774 support multiple output resolutions, up to 2K and including 1080p. The units feature Kramer’s PixPerfect™ Scaling Technology – Kramer’s precision pixel mapping and high-quality scaling technology which results in superior image quality. They also incorporate Kramer’s FTB™ (Fade-Through-Black) switching technology that ensures ultra-fast, glitch−free switching.

The VP-773 and VP-774 are HDTV compatible, HDCP compliant and support HDMI Deep Color. They also feature advanced input and output EDID Management and the ability to set a user-selectable EDID for each input on the unit. This is a significant advancement in scaler/switcher design and results in improved integration into AV systems and a significantly enhanced user experience.

These scaler/switchers have a built-in ProcAmp that allows for individually setting color, sharpness, contrast, brightness and gamma for each input. They also include a built-in time base corrector to stabilize video sources.

The VP-773 and VP-774 advanced feature sets also include:

Mass Notification Emergency Communication System – a unique and important feature that provides the ability to have a national or campus-wide notification immediately displayed when an emergency situation develops. Notifications include flexible options such as the inclusion of an audio alert siren, and the choice of displaying either a text crawler or a text window. The system uses the industry standard Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) to ensure compatibility with existing systems.
Full Web Page Management – an easy-to-use, built-in web server activates when connected through Ethernet, to provide simplified setup and switching, windows customization, scaling and deinterlacing functions, and more.
Kramer’s K-IIT XL™ Picture-in-Picture Image Insertion technology – the image from any video source can be inserted into or positioned next to a computer graphics video source image 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.
The VP-773 and VP-774 also include powerful audio DSP functions and a microphone input that supports mix and talk−over features, as well as 0−90msec adjustable delay to prevent feedback. The units offer flexible control options through their 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-773 and VP-774 are housed in a standard 19″ 1U rack-mountable enclosure, with rack “ears” included. The VP-773 and VP-774 are currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.

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Kramer Introduces the Newest Addition to its Award Winning ProScale™ Presentation Scaler/Switcher Line


Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the VP−773AMP. The VP−773AMP has eight inputs, including four HDMI inputs, one DisplayPort (DP) input, one composite video input and two computer graphics video inputs. The VP−773AMP scales the input signal, embeds the audio where applicable, and outputs the video signal simultaneously to two HDMI outputs and one HDBaseT Twisted Pair output. The audio output is simultaneously available on digital, unbalanced analog stereo and two 10 watt amplified speaker outputs.

The VP−773AMP supports multiple output resolutions, up to 2K and including 1080p. The unit features Kramer’s PixPerfect™ Scaling Technology − Kramer’s precision pixel mapping and high−quality scaling technology which results in superior image quality.
The VP−773AMP has a built−in ProcAmp, with which color, sharpness, contrast, brightness and gamma can be set individually for each input. The unit also has a built−in time base corrector to stabilize any unstable video sources. The VP−773AMP is exactly the same as Kramer’s standard VP−773 but with the addition of a built−in power amplifier.

The VP−773AMP advanced feature set also 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. 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 and the system utilizes the industry standard Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) to ensure compatibility into existing systems.
• Full Web page Management − an easy−to−use, built−in web server, which is activated when connected through Ethernet, allowing simplified setup and
switching, windows customization, scaling and deinterlacing functions, and more.

The VP−773AMP also includes powerful audio DSP functions, and 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-773AMP is housed in a standard 19″ 1U rack-mountable enclosure, with rack “ears” included. The VP−773AMP scaler/switcher is ideal for homes, boardrooms, hotels, churches, lecture theatres and training rooms, as well as more complex installations.

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