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Kramer Introduces the VP−794, 8−Input Universal Live Events Scaler/Switcher/Blend & Warp for Projection & LED Videowalls


Integrated Systems Europe 2014 will see the introduction of the very first model in Kramer’s new professional & events range, the VP−794 multi−input scaler designed for scaling, scan conversation, professional edge−blend and warping of video content on to projection and LED video wall displays as well as for general purpose events & broadcast scaling. The VP−794 is multi−personality; it can be switched between LED, Projection or Scaler/Scan Converter modes, greatly appealing to rental and staging providers as it permits a single model to be held in an inventory.

The introduction of the VP−794 is a result of the recent announcement of the joint cooperation between Calibre UK, British electronics manufacturer and electronics designer, manufacturer and supplier, Kramer Electronics, Ltd.

“The most powerful and easy to use scaler in its class, the VP−794 is targeted towards rental, large venue and fixed installations as well as premium digital signage applications,” said Tim Brooksbank, Chairman of Calibre UK who also manages this new product range within Kramer Electronics, Ltd.

Performance and functionality combined
The VP−794 is based on Calibre UK’s HQView architecture optimised for low latency scaling to arbitrary active image sizes. The VP−794 features powerful dual−processor architecture with 16−bit professional−grade blend processing with de−gamma, post−warp blending for optimal blend and warp performance and curved screen warping.

The VP−794 can capture a live image for display as a still, for example a customer logo screen or backdrop. Unlike other scalers available in the market, the VP−794 can scale, warp and blend this captured image, which is a valuable benefit for LED & Projection displays.

Offering the industry’s best image calibration and flexibility, the VP−794 offers per input channel RGB, Bri/Con/Saturation/Hue controls, including on digital and computer graphics inputs. This is an important feature for color matching images and displays on−set.

The VP−794 video inputs include HDMI, DVI, VGA, Component, Composite, YC/SVideo and 3G−SDI inputs and Separate Genlock. Audio pass−through and de−embed is achieved from 3G−SDI & HDMI to 3G−SDI, HDMI & SPDIF. The VP−794 has a Built−in Test Pattern Generator including SMPTE Bars, Pluge, Aspect Ratio Test, Greyscale as well as custom downloadable test patterns that are accessible via web browser interface.

With ease of use in mind, the rack−mountable VP−794 has front panel LCD menu with a jog−shuttle wheel for fast setup. Remote control over a network takes advantage of an inbuilt webserver.

Designed with the application in mind
In projection environments, the VP−794 can be used for scaling, edge blending, warping, geometry correction and color correction. For use with flat panel displays, the VP−794 performs outstanding scaling and switching, scan conversion, rotation, portrait mode and color correction.

For video wall display, the VP−794 performs vital functions such as downscaling, pixel accurate sizing, arbitrary image size and color correction. The VP−794 has a dedicated LED videowall processing mode with ultra−easy to configure output window sizing using ‘drag and drop’ and automatic pan/tilt/zoom adjusting to the fit LED videowall, which remains correct even if the input resolution or channel is changed.
See the VP−794 multi−input scaler first at the Kramer Electronics stand 1F20 at Integrated Systems Europe 2014, Amsterdam RAI.

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Kramer Introduces the VP−460, a 3−Input Analog & 3G HD−SDI ProScale™ Presentation Scaler/Switcher

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the VP−460, a high−quality presentation scaling switcher for computer graphics video, SDI and composite video, along with unbalanced stereo audio signals.

The VP−460 has three video inputs and two video outputs. It scales the video to a maximum resolution of 2K, embeds the audio and simultaneously outputs the signal to the HDMI output as well as a digital audio output. The VP−460 features Kramer’s PixPerfect™ precision pixel mapping and high quality scaling technology to scale the video signal, as well as Kramer’s ultra−fast Fade−Thru−Black (FTB™) glitch−free switching technology.

The VP−460 supports HDMI and HDCP, as well as HDMI Deep Color. It also includes advanced input and output EDID management and an option for selectable power saving modes. As part of a new line of presentation scaling switchers, the VP−460 offers an attractive feature set that includes Picture−in−Picture functions, luma−keying, 2K resolution, picture zooming, and more.

With RS−232 or IR control, the VP−460 is ideal for broadcast, professional AV installations, churches, lecture theaters and training rooms. It provides smooth switching and precision scaling when used with DVD players, satellite decoders, document cameras, and videoconferencing systems delivering the desired native resolution of the display device and enabling fast glitch free switching.

The VP−460 sells in the United States at a list price of $2,190.00 and is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.

For more information on all Kramer & Sierra Video products, please visit www.kramerus.com.

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Kramer Electronics and Calibre UK Join Forces to Deliver Premium Pro−AV Products

Electronics designer, manufacturer and supplier, Kramer Electronics, Ltd., and Calibre UK, British electronics manufacturer, announce their global joint sales, supply, development and business co−operation agreement.
Integrated products focused on innovation

Calibre’s key models for the Pro−AV & Broadcast industries are to be incorporated into Kramer’s product line−up in Q4 this year. This strengthens Kramer’s range by the addition of a new line of premium scalers including powerful low−latency processing, warping, geometry correction and edge blending with models for fixed installation and rental and staging, as well as models targeted at LED video walls and television broadcast studios.

With obvious customer benefits, the two companies have also agreed to work together to accelerate Calibre’s future product developments and have ambitious plans to roll out a comprehensive range of market−leading premium video processing, routing and control products.

Think local, act global

To support customers and the implementation of new product introductions, Kramer Electronics will supply dedicated resources to support and market these new models throughout Kramer Electronics’ worldwide network of more than 20 regional offices.

Tim Brooksbank, Chairman at Calibre, will head up this effort within Kramer as well as maintaining his Calibre role: “Having just passed our 25−year anniversary at Calibre, this cooperation with Kramer marks an exciting start to our next quarter century. We will continue independently with our OEM and own−label business activities, but with Calibre−branded products being progressively merged into the Kramer range. This opens up access to a far wider market for our products and helps Kramer strengthen its presence in its premium markets. I’m really enthusiastic about being able to work so closely with the people at Kramer. Our planned future product developments are particularly interesting and will greatly expand both companies’ capabilities and market.”

“This strategic co−operation with Calibre is of great benefit to both companies and to our customers alike”, says Dr. Joseph Kramer, Founder, President & Chairman of Kramer Electronics and recent recipient of the 2013 Pioneer of AV Award. “Kramer and Calibre together offer market−leading technologies with outstanding performance and customer support from a truly international, professional AV organisation. Together we will move forwards developing a comprehensive range of powerful premium video processing and control products for the live events, rental, staging and fixed install markets with a focus on class−leading visual and functional performance. There are exciting times ahead.”
For more information about Kramer Electronics please go to www.kramerelectronics.com
For more information about Calibre please go to www.calibreuk.com

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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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