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InfoComm Honors Founder and Chairman of Kramer Electronics, Dr. Joseph Kramer, with the 2013 Adele De Berri Pioneer of AV Award

InfoComm International®, the leading professional audiovisual trade association representing the professional audiovisual industry, is pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Kramer has been honored with the Adele De Berri Pioneer of AV Award. The award was presented at InfoComm 2013; the world’s largest commercial audiovisual trade show.

Since founding Kramer Electronics more than 30 years ago, Dr. Joseph Kramer has fostered many audiovisual technology innovations that impacted users in various ways. He’s given them the ability to perfect image quality in audiovisual systems to the highest level possible; offered pro-AV solutions that simplify the design and installation of effective audiovisual systems; and offered system designers, installers, and users easy-to-operate, value-oriented and reliable products that conform to the highest specifications available in the market.

Dr. Kramer’s innovations have improved the jobs and lives of designers, installers, and users by giving them simplified installations and greater functionality at lower costs. With a presence in 23 countries worldwide, Kramer Electronics has created innovative products such as video-correction processors, presentation switchers, scaler/switchers, and compact solutions such as the Kramer TOOLS™ line. Such developments generate opportunities for more and newer visual and audio presentation applications. Today, Dr. Kramer is developing and promoting the concepts of wireless signal distribution and IP-based video systems that are expected to fuel the digital signage and overall pro-AV marketplace.

“The innovative spirit of Dr. Joseph Kramer has propelled the industry forward,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director, InfoComm International. “Thanks to his leadership, many AV professionals are able to do their jobs better, faster and more collaboratively, and InfoComm is pleased to recognize his contributions.”

“This award is an important, worldwide recognition of Kramer and the achievements it has reached,” said award winner, Dr. Joseph Kramer. “It is also a personal recognition that makes me look back and appreciate the pile of unique products I have developed throughout the years. I am extremely proud of the human resources at Kramer Electronics. Our accomplishments of over 30 years of activity are products of our employee dedication and wisdom.”

The Adele De Berri Pioneer of AV Award is issued annually by InfoComm International to current or former employees of InfoComm member companies who have made an important contribution to the science of audiovisual technology, whether as an inventor or leader who advanced the development of a new product, segment, or service of the AV industry. The award is sponsored by Sound & Communications.

For more information about Kramer Electronics please visit www.kramerus.com.

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Kramer Introduces the VP-425 Computer Graphics Video & HDTV to HDMI ProScale™ Digital Scaler

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the high−performance VP−425 digital scaler for computer graphics video and component HDTV signals. The Kramer VP−425 up− or down−scales the PC or component video input and embeds the stereo audio into the HDMI output.

The VP−425 is HDTV compatible and features a non−HDCP encrypted HDMI or DVI output signal on an HDMI connector. The built−in ProcAmp allows convenient signal adjustment and the On−Screen Display (OSD) makes it easy to set up and adjust. The OSD is accessible via the unit’s front−panel buttons. A freeze button is also included in the unit.

The VP−425 has a maximum resolution of up to WUXGA and 1080p. Its non−volatile memory retains the last settings used. Controlling the VP−425 is done directly via the front panel push buttons and the on−screen display (OSD).

The VP−425 is housed in a compact MegaTOOLS™ enclosure. Two units can be rack mounted side−by−side in a 1U rack space with the optional RK−T2B universal rack adapter.

The VP−425 is ideal for projection systems in conference rooms, boardrooms, hotels and houses of worship, as well as up−scaling home theater and rental and staging applications.

The VP−425 is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.

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Kramer Introduces the VP−28, a 14−Input Multi−Format Presentation Switcher with Stereo Audio

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the most recent member of Kramer’s highly successful line of multi−format switchers, the VP−28.
The VP−28 is a 14−input presentation switcher that handles composite video, HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, computer graphics video and stereo audio and microphone signals.
The VP−28 operates as a 3×1 composite video, 3×1 HDMI, 3×1 computer graphics video, 3×1 DVI−I, & 2×1 DisplayPort switcher, each with unbalanced stereo audio. The 3×1 DVI (digital) sections can be used for DVI signals or it can be used for 3 more computer graphics video (analog) signals using special breakout cables that are included with the device.
The VP−28 can operate as a 5×1 video switcher and a 14×1 audio switcher. The unit’s Audio Level Memory remembers and returns to the last audio level setting for each audio input signal during switching. It has button selectable options for condenser or dynamic microphones and microphone & audio mixing options, including muting of the master audio output when a microphone signal is sensed. The VP−28 is also HDCP compliant and HDTV compatible.
The VP−28 has flexible control options including IR remote, Ethernet, and RS−232 (supplied with PC control software), and two microphone inputs with a mixing facility.
The VP−28 is housed in a 19” 1U rack mountable enclosure, with rack “ears” included.

The VP−28 is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.

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Kramer Introduces the 9−Input VP−690 Analog, HDMI & 3G HD−SDI ProScale™ Presentation Digital Scaler/Switcher

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the VP−690 presentation scaler/switcher for 3G HD−SDI, HDMI, computer graphics, composite video and component video signals up to 2K resolution.
The Kramer VP−690 accepts one of nine input signals from amongst one SD/HD/3G HD−SDI input, two HDMI inputs, two computer graphics inputs on 15−pin HD connectors, two composite video inputs on RCA connectors and two component video inputs on RCA connectors. The unit scales the video, embeds the audio, and outputs the signal simultaneously to an HDMI output, a computer graphics video output and an RGBHV video output together with both a digital audio output and an analog stereo audio output.
The VP−690 automatically detects and selects the audio source for the HDMI input. If HDMI is not detected, then the machine uses the audio from the analog input. The unit is also HDTV compatible and HDCP compliant, which allows copy−protected data on the HDMI input to pass only to the HDMI output.
The VP−690 features Kramer’s extremely high−performance K−Storm™ Scaling Technology with high−quality 3:2 and 2:2 pull down de−interlacing and full up− and down−scaling of computer graphics video input signals.

The VP−690 has 20 output resolutions, a looping 3G HD−SDI input and a non−volatile memory that saves the unit settings.
Controlling the VP−690 can be done directly, via the front panel push buttons, by RS−232 serial commands transmitted by a touch screen system, PC, or other serial controller, via included handheld remote control, or via the built−in Ethernet port.
With its K−Storm™ Scaling technology, 2K output resolution, versatile video inputs and advanced feature set, the VP−690 is a perfect solution for mixing analog and digital formats in presentation applications such as boardrooms, conference rooms, churches and classrooms.
The VP−690 is housed in a 19” 1U rack mountable enclosure, with rack “ears” included.
The VP−690 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 go to www.kramerelectronics.com.

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Kramer Introduces the VS−808TP 8X8 Twisted Pair Matrix Switcher

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the high−performance VS−808TP 8X8 Twisted Pair Matrix Switcher for analog twisted pair signals.

The VS−808TP features eight inputs and eight outputs for remote connection with compatible TP transmitters and receivers. The switcher is designed to work with the auto−adjusting TP−133/TP−134 transmitter/receiver pair. An additional, switchable VGA, stereo audio and RS−232 local input (built−in transmitter) and output (built−in receiver) allows direct connection of the signals (analog video up to WUXGA, audio and RS−232) with these compatible units. The VS−808TP also includes audio−follow−video or breakaway switching for audio signals and 15 user−programmable presets for quick−change configurations.

The VS−808TP is designed especially for presentation and multimedia installations where a high level of control possibilities are required from extended distances. It utilizes economical TP (Twisted Pair) cabling, which is commonly pre−installed in buildings, schools, hospitals, etc. The unit routes and distributes signals both from a local and/or remote source, at extended ranges of up to 200m (656ft). Kramer recommends using Kramer BC−DGKat524, BC−DGKat623 and BC−DGKat7a23 cables for optimum range and performance.

Using Kramer’s TP−133 and TP−134 transmitter/receiver pair with a standard CAT−5 cable automatically makes the system equalize and de-skew the signal for different cable lengths.

The two−line LCD display of the VS−808TP shows separate routing information of video, audio or RS−232 signals. The unit is controlled via its front panel buttons, RS−232, RS−485 and Ethernet.

The VS−808TP is a standard 1U 19” rack mount size and comes with included rack “ears.”

The VS−808TP is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.

For more information about Kramer Electronics please visit www.kramerus.com.

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Kramer Electronics and Women in AV (WAVE) Unite to Launch Monthly Webinars in 2013

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Kramer Electronics, Inc. a leading global provider in audio and video signal management products is pleased to announce it will sponsor monthly webinars in partnership with the Women in AV (WAVE) organization to educate, support and inspire women in the AV industry. Experts will cover a range of interests for women; including career advancement, mentoring, personal presence, and cutting edge technical topics such as digital to analog conversion and AV/IT convergence.

“The Women in AV (WAVE) are thrilled and honored to partner with Kramer Electronics in delivering a monthly webinar series for the women in our industry,” says founder Jennifer H. Willard. “As females in a male−dominated industry, we can never have enough opportunities to come together in the spirit of learning and helping each other further our careers. This webinar series directly supports our core mission to promote the growth and performance of women by empowering women to feel recognized, respected, productive, and important to the AV industry. With the breadth of Kramer’s experience and expertise in providing industry leading technical training and education, we look forward to delivering relevant and critical content throughout the year.”

Malissa Dillman, Training & Education Manager at Kramer Electronics USA stated, “At Kramer Electronics we believe whole−heartedly in education. We are on a mission to teach to as many people as possible the newest technologies and principles all Pro AV professionals should know in order to best design, sell, and install profitable digital AV systems in today’s market. Partnering with WAVE to help us accomplish this goal is a tremendous privilege. WAVE is one of the most active and most important groups in the AV market today.” Vice President of Marketing at Kramer USA, Clint Hoffman added, “We are so proud of what WAVE is accomplishing, and we also are proud that our Training and Education Manager, Malissa Dillman, is one of InfoComm’s two winners of the 2012 ‘Women in AV award’ and an active member of WAVE.”

The webinars will be held the last Friday of every month from 3−4PM EST and each session will be recorded for on−demand playback. The kick−off webinar will be held Friday, January 25, 2013 and will provide an overview of the series, while seeking input from attendees on the topics and areas women are most interested in receiving expert advice and guidance on in future webinars. Attendees can register for the event at the following link: https://student.gototraining.com/r/8953022266336114176. After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about attending the training.

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Kramer Introduces the C−HM/HM/PRO High−speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet

The C−HM/HM/PRO is the perfect cable for the most demanding HDMI installations

Kramer Electronics is pleased

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C-HM/HM/PRO High-speed HDMI Cable

to introduce the C−HM/HM/PRO high−speed HDMI cable with Ethernet capability. The Kramer C−HM/HM/PRO cable is designed for advanced equipment that requires high speed cable connections to ensure a high definition experience with the maximum audio and visual impact.
Kramer’s C−HM/HM/PRO is a recently−released high speed HDMI cable from a series of HDMI cables, all supporting the latest−generation HDMI features including HDMI Ethernet Channel (HEC), Audio Return Channel, 3DTV, and 4K resolution capability.
The C−HM/HM/PRO features a high data transfer rate of up to 10.2Gbps. It supports resolutions of 720p/1080i/1080p and is ideal for connecting HD devices to HD/full HD plasma/LCD, PSP3, Blu−ray and HD DVD.
The C−HM/HM/PRO supports multi−channel audio stream for external decoding by AV receivers and automatic audio syncing capabilities. It also supports Deep Color, including 24−bit, 30−bit, 36−bit and 48−bit (RGB or YCbCr) color depths. This feature makes the C−HM/HM/PRO ideal for multimedia applications or home cinema and surround systems.
The C−HM/HM/PRO is equipped with Kramer’s unique, flexible jacket that holds the cable tightly in place while simultaneously providing flexibility for challenging installations. The C−HM/HM/PRO also comes with Kramer’s pull resistant connectors which can withstand up to 15 lbs of force. This pull resistant connector design is available on more Kramer cables, such as the C−HM/HM, C−HM/HM/PRO, C−HM/HM/FLAT/ ETH and C−MHM/MHM HDMI . The cables are HDMI compliant and are backwards compatible. The gold−plated connectors resist corrosion and provide the best possible connectivity.
The C−HM/HM/PRO can be ordered pre−terminated in a varied selection of lengths from 0.9m to 15.2m (3, 6, 10, 15, 25, 35 and 50ft). It is the perfect cable for highly demanding installations.
The C−HM/HM/PRO is currently in stock and available for ordering from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.
For more information about Kramer cable solutions as well as Kramer Electronics and Sierra Video’s products, please go to www.kramerelectronics.com.

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Kramer Introduces the VP−790 8−Input ProScale™ Digital Scaler/Switcher with Genlock

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the high−quality VP−790 ProScale™ digital scaler/switcher, Kramer’s first scaler to incorporate 3G HD−SDI signal processing and genlock capability. The unit takes one of the inputs, scales the video, embeds the audio, and outputs the signal to the computer graphics, DVI/HDMI and 3G HD−SDI outputs simultaneously.
With its genlock input and other unique characteristics, the VP−790 is ready to tackle any live event and ideal for use in broadcast video applications. The unit’s HQV® (Hollywood Quality Video) scaling engine ensures incredible image quality. The VP−790 represents the state−of−the−art in video processing technology, with the highest quality de−interlacing (with 3:2 & 2:2 pull down), noise reduction, and scaling performance for both standard−definition and high−definition signals.
The VP−790 can accept signals of up to 3Gbps (3G HD−SDI). It is HDTV compatible and HDCP compliant. This product offers multiple aspect ratio selections of full, overscan, underscan, letterbox & panscan. The built−in ProcAmp includes color, hue, sharpness, noise, contrast, and brightness while the unit’s non−volatile memory saves the final settings.
The VP−790’s Video Warping feature takes user−generated screen coordinates to match any linear or non−linear surface. Other unique features include picture rotation and edge−blending, that facilitates building large images using multiple projectors by feathering the overlapped edges.
The VP−790 features a wide variety of flexible control options: OSD (on−screen display), IR remote, Ethernet and RS−232. Its variety of inputs and outputs including the Genlock input, fully flexible Picture−in−Picture feature, HQV scaling engine and host of advanced image enhancement features make this scaler/switcher an outstanding choice for any live show venue.
The VP−790 is a standard 1U 19” rack mount size and comes with included rack “ears”.
The VP−790 is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. Complete product information can be found at www.kramerelectronics.com.

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Digital Step-in™ System wins Product of the Year 2012 AV Award

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce the winning of the Systems Product of the Year in the 2012 AV Awards. The award was presented at a gala dinner in the Park Lane Hilton in London.

Over 800 of the leading European manufacturers, dealers and consultants gathered at this prestigious venue to hear the announcement of the winners. Kramer Electronics entered two categories in the 2012 AV Awards; Systems Product of the Year with two products in the final list, and Manufacturer of the Year. The Digital Step-in system won the distinguished Systems Product of the year award. In addition, the second product family entered in this category, the Kramer CORE™ Multi-Format Modular Routers, consisting of the VS-1616D, VS-3232D and VS-6464D, was also chosen as a finalist in this award category. In the Manufacturer of the Year category, Kramer received the only commendation among many other market leaders, another outstanding achievement for Kramer Electronics.

The Digital Step-in™ System brings incredible flexibility and versatility to any state-of-the-art boardroom allowing users to seamlessly connect to the boardroom projector from
any source with any known video interface. The system consists of a switcher and up to eight Step-in modules, each connected by one twisted pair cable (Kramer’s DGKat cable is recommended), with two additional local inputs (DVI, HDMI) also available. It allows each of the participants to connect their source to the system and take control of the main display by pressing the Step-in button on their individual control module. Control modules are offered in HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort and 15-pin HD computer graphics video, all with separate audio input. An additional multi-format module, the X1, combines all the video interfaces, to meet every possible need.

Winning this year’s AV Award for Systems Product of the Year, and also receiving a prestigious commendation in the Manufacturer of the Year category encourages us to look forward to next year’s 2013 AV Awards ceremony where we will have even more new and exciting products to be considered.

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

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Kramer Welcomes AV Veteran Darrin Kimsey as Central Regional Sales Support Engineer

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce Darrin Kimsey has joined the Technical Support Department as a Sales Support Engineer for the Central Region.
Kimsey comes to Kramer Electronics USA with an extensive background in AV and Networking technology and support. Having been in the Pro AV industry for over 15 years, he holds InfoComm’s CTS certification, is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). In his new role, he will be responsible for supporting the dealer/integrators in the central sales region for Kramer USA. He will provide first hand technical support and technical training, as well as general sales support along with the Kramer US central region sales team consisting of Regional Sales Manager, David Goldsmith, Associate Sales Manager, Zach Bright, and Inside Sales Associate, Michele Cree. Kramer will now have a 4−member, fulltime dedicated sales and technical support team for the central region.
“We are extremely pleased and also very excited to announce the addition of Darrin Kimsey to the Kramer Team,” stated Chris Kopin, VP of Technology. “Darrin brings a wealth of firsthand experience and knowledge to the position, and he is already well−known and highly respected in the central sales region by all of the dealer/integrators. He is a tremendous addition to our Kramer USA staff.”
Prior to joining Kramer, Kimsey worked as a Midwest Regional Application Specialist for Extron Electronics, and before that he worked for Automatic Data Processing (ADP) as the lead Network Administrator and Division Technical Trainer. He has taught at InfoComm, NSCA and regional dealer shows. Kimsey has also taught highly technical courses in networking principals, as well as several Microsoft Certified System Engineering tracks for several years at Elgin Community College, in Illinois.
“I am very excited about joining the team at Kramer,” Kimsey stated. “Their level of professionalism and support for customers exceeds expectations, and I cannot wait to assist in any way possible. I look forward to putting my experiences into practice.”
Kimsey currently resides in Elgin, IL, with his wife Monica and children Austin (13), and Alexa (9).

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