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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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InfoComm Recognizes Kramer Electronics Training & Education Manager with InfoComm International 2012 Women in AV Award

Hampton, New Jersey – Kramer Electronics is very pleased to announce Malissa Dillman, CTS−D, CTS−I, Kramer’s Training and Education Manager, has received the 2012 InfoComm International Women in AV Award. This prestigious award acknowledges the important contributions of female InfoComm members, who not only are achieving rewarding and successful careers in the AV industry, but have also achieved excellence in the AV field.
Dillman received the award in recognition of her extraordinary contributions, noteworthy leadership, and dedication to promote the audiovisual and information communications industries. In her capacity as an educator for Kramer, Dillman prepared approximately 300 people to take their InfoComm CTS exam, and taught a combined total of more than 600 people in the past year. She has also served as a role model and encouraged many of her trainees to pursue advanced InfoComm Certifications. She also conceived and successfully executed Kramer’s highly successful “Designing in a Digital Age Road Show” program, creating regional opportunities for industry members to spend a full day earning InfoComm CTS renewal units while receiving essential industry technology training.
InfoComm said in its announcement of their yearly awards, that winners of this award “… are in the upper echelon of AV professionals and symbolize the strength of entrepreneurship and excellence in developing tomorrow’s AV talent.”
“I am honored to receive this most distinguished award from the association who represents the industry I love so much,” said Dillman. “My husband I have both been fortunate enough to work for many years in the AV industry, so it is a family affair for us. The AV industry is my passion and I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of it every day.”
Since Dillman joined Kramer Electronics in May of 2011, she has trained over 600 AV professionals from all over the country. She has over twelve years of extensive A/V experience and brings her diversified skills and vast experiences to the classroom when she teaches. Dillman has been active on several important InfoComm Committees, including most recently being one of the inaugural 9 members of the InfoComm Certification Committee. While serving on the Certification Committee she was the Chairman of the CTS Subcommittee, as well as being recognized as a “Subject Matter Expert” for test development. Through her years in the industry, Dillman has also owned and operated an AV installation company, worked as both a Regional Sales Manager and Division Sales Manager at AV dealerships, and also served as a Regional Field Sales Engineer for a prominent industry manufacturer.

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Kramer CORE™ Products at Heart of San Antonio Main Event Entertainment™ Complex

Main Event Entertainment Complex Debuts All−Digital AV Infrastructure

The newest Main Event Entertainment™ complex in San Antonio, TX, boasts the company’s first center with a fully digital AV infrastructure, and it is powered by Kramer Electronics CORE products.

The complex, which features bowling, laser tag, obstacle courses, arcades, pool tables, rope course and food and beverage offerings all under one roof, has integrated a completely digital sight and sound experience into the building. Designed and installed by SAVE Electronics, a local professional electronics design and integration company, the San Antonio site features 35 big screen TVs ranging in size from 47− to 70−inches, as well as 11 WXGA projectors. Bowlers in the 22−lane bowling alley enjoy programming on 11 screens that span two lanes each. Music videos, advertising and programming are transmitted from six digital satellite receivers, six digital signage PCs, and five laptop connections.

According to Tim Boyd, owner of SAVE Electronics, building an all−digital system required switching equipment that could both handle the heavy source volume and be expandable for the future. “No one had a big enough switcher that would send video from the satellite receivers to all the TVs. Kramer was the only one that could handle it at the resolution we required,” Boyd said. “The system lets us send anything, anywhere throughout the building.”

Clint Hoffman, vice president of marketing for Kramer Electronics, noted that the Kramer CORE products were ideal for the Main Event Entertainment application. “The CORE products are designed to be complete end−to−end solutions − − they handle any Pro AV signal type and allow for easy future expansion,” he said.

The system features two Kramer Electronics CORE VS−3232D matrix switchers, each of which can be populated with boards up to four inputs or four outputs per board. The Main Event system in San Antonio is populated with a total of 12 HDCP compatible DVI input cards and 12 HDCP compatible DVI output cards, making it capable of distributing 48 sources to 48 displays. Forty Kramer PT−571 and PT−572 DGKat™ technology twisted pair transmitter/receivers for HDMI signals, six Kramer TP−581T and TP−582R HDBaseT™ transmitter/receivers for HDMI signals, and six Kramer WP−121 and TP−122 wall plate transmitter/receivers for computer graphics video signals convert the various sources to HDMI for long−distance routing around the facility. Six Kramer VP−434 ProScale® Digital Scalers and 20 Kramer VM−2HXL 1:2 distribution amplifiers for HDMI signals are used to scale the video to a uniform resolution and distribute it to every display. A Kramer VS−1616A 16×16 audio matrix switcher handles the audio signal routing in the system.

The system also uses Kramer Electronics power supplies, rack mounting kits and over 16,000 feet of Kramer DGKat™ cable. The switchers and sources are all housed in a dedicated control room on the building’s second floor.

Main Event Entertainment officials say they plan to upgrade and retrofit the company’s other locations to completely digital AV entertainment systems.

About Main Event Entertainment™ Complexes

Main Event Entertainment is an expanding, Dallas−based company that was founded in 1998 and currently operates 10 high−volume family entertainment centers throughout Texas. Main Event Entertainment, LP operates as a subsidiary within Ardent Leisure Group of Australia. Voted in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as “Best Place to Bowl,” as well as “Best Party Place” by the Austin Chronicle and “Best Indoor Play” by Austin Family Magazine, Main Event family entertainment centers house 45,000−75,000 square feet of high quality recreational bowling, billiards, laser tag, a unique selection of interactive games, a tempting array of quality food and beverage, as well as complimentary Wi−Fi and flexible meeting and event space with VIP accommodations for corporate meetings or group gatherings. For more information, visit http://www.maineventusa.com.

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Kramer Electronics Brings its Successful “Designing in a Digital Age” Road Show to the NY/NJ Area

Free One Day Workshop Worth 10 CTS RU’s Comes to Newark, NJ

Kramer Electronics’ premiere training event, the “Designing in a Digital Age” Road Show, will be held on October 16, 2012, in Newark, NJ. This one day workshop will cover the intricacies of designing and implementing professional digital AV solutions as well as demonstrating the technology involved. At the end of the day attendees will understand the key concepts and concerns when working with digital AV signals. They will leave with knowledge and drawings that can be used immediately to aid in system designs.

The NJ road show will continue the momentum that began with Kramer’s first Road Show in March of this year in Chicago, IL. “The response to our first Kramer Academy Road Show was overwhelming. Numerous Kramer dealers, integrators, consultants and users had previously indicated that they would like to gain a better understanding of how to design and work with digital AV signals; resulting in the creation of Kramer’s ‘Designing in the Digital Age’ Road Show,” stated Malissa Dillman, Kramer’s Training and Education Manager.

The Road Show, conducted by industry consultant and expert, Pete Putman of ROAM consulting, will provide attendees with a full understanding of digital signals. Specifically, attendees will learn how to avoid common mistakes with EDID, HDMI and HDCP. “The most successful and unique component of the Kramer Academy Road Show is the concept of taking only one day to delve into all aspects of digital systems design. It is an extremely comprehensive training program,” Dillman explained. Participants will also earn 10 InfoComm CTS Renewal Units for attending the one day event, receive a free lunch, and be entered for the chance to win door prizes, including a Kindle Fire.

In addition to the free Road Show workshop, Kramer will also host a special bonus event entitled “Challenges of Digital Signal Integration” on October 17, 2012. Led by two of Kramer’s Engineers, this will be a rare opportunity to discuss one on one the challenges of digital AV signal system design and troubleshooting.

This bonus event will include over a dozen “live” demonstrations including how to uncover and solve problems regarding the effects of HDMI color space and bandwidth, signal cross talk, HDCP handling and signal re−clocking and re−equalization. The session will also cover analog and digital EDID handling, analog and digital signal transport over twisted pair cabling, the differences between skew free and non skew free cabling and much more. This training session will teach attendees how to save money by teaching what every professional needs to know, to allow you to get home from the job site sooner. Those who participate in the bonus event will receive an additional 8 InfoComm CTS RUs.

Kramer believes that your time is valuable and we continue to strive to bring commercial free educational offerings of high value directly to our clients through our Kramer Academy. Wherever there is an audience, Kramer stands ready to provide training services at your desired location. Invite our instructors to your office for an afternoon of education, a lunch and learn, regional trade shows, or ask us to conduct a webinar for your team; our Kramer Academy will bring the education and training that you need to stay current with the latest trends in technology.

Joining Kramer in sponsoring the “Designing in a Digital Age” Road Show in Newark, NJ will be AQAV, Projection Design, Quantum Data, SpectraCal, and Stewart Filmscreen.

For more details about this road show and full schedule of the event, visit www.kramerus.com.

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Kramer Introduces the VS-88DTP High-Performance 8×8 DVI Matrix Switcher with Twisted Pair Outputs

Kramer's 8x8 Matrix SwitcherHampton, New Jersey – Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the high−performance VS−88DTP Twisted Pair Matrix Switcher for DVI signals. The unit reclocks and equalizes the signal, and can route any or all inputs to any or all DGKat twisted pair outputs simultaneously.

The VS−88DTP has a maximum input data rate of 1.65Gbps and is HDTV compatible. The VS−88DTP has eight DVI−D inputs on DVI−I connectors, and eight DGKat twisted pair outputs on RJ−45 connectors. The unit features Kramer’s re−Klocking™ & Equalization technology, which rebuilds the digital signal to travel longer distances.

The VS−88DTP has a system range of up to 225 ft. (90m) at 1080i, or up to 98 ft.m (30m) at 1080p on Kramer shielded BC−DGKat524 cable. On Kramer shielded BC−DGKat623 cable, the unit has a range of up to 295 ft. (90m) at 1080i, or up to 230 ft. (70m) at 1080p, and on Kramer shielded BC−DGKat7a23 cable, it has a range of up to 330 ft. (100m) at 1080i or up to 295 ft. (90m) at 1080p.

The VS−88DTP features Kramer’s DGKat™ Signal Integration – unique technology for converting digital TMDS signals such as DVI or HDMI as well as control and communication to signals that run over twisted pair cables. For best performance, Kramer strongly recommends using DGKat cables designed specifically for optimum range and compatibility with Kramer twisted pair transmitters and receivers.

The VS−88DTP provides convenient features for easy operation including a front panel lockout button. The unit can be controlled via the front−panel touch switches, through its serial RS−232 and RS−485 ports, via Ethernet, or by the included IR remote control. The unit also includes K−Router™ Windows®−based control software, and Windows®−based Ethernet Configuration Manager & Virtual Serial Port Manager. The unit has sixteen memory locations to store setups for quick access to the most frequently used configurations.

The VS−88DTP also features Kramer’s I−EDIDPro™ Intelligent EDID Processing™, an algorithm that ensures “Plug and Play” operation in DVI systems.

The VS−88DTP operates with a worldwide power supply, and is housed in a standard 19” rack mount, with “ears” included.

The VS−88DTP sells in the United States at a list price of $4,195 per unit. It is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. Complete product information for the VS-88DTP and for all Kramer Electronics and Sierra Video products can be found at www.kramerus.com.

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Kramer Introduces the 840Hxl HDMI Test Pattern Generator

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the high-performance 840Hxl HDMI Test Pattern Generator. The 840Hxl can generate 32 preset patterns including several unique patterns incorporating motion, at 16 popular predefined resolutions. In addition, this unit has the ability to setup and store seven user−defined resolutions.

The 840Hxl can be used not only as a basic pattern generator, but also as an invaluable advanced HDMI troubleshooting device. The user can easily select the pattern, the resolution, the color depth, and the color space of the output HDMI signal, either through the front panel buttons or the included computer software. The 840Hxl also has extensive audio capabilities allowing the user to change the unit’s sampling frequency (44kHz, 48kHz, 88kHz, 96kHz, 176kHz and 192kHz) and bit depth (16 bit, 20 bit and 24 bit).

An important feature of the 840Hxl is the ability to read and adapt to the display’s EDID (Extended Display Identification Data). The 840Hxl has an “Output Native Resolution” setting which reads the detailed mode line of the native resolution of the display’s EDID. It then sets its output to send the optimum resolution to the connected display. In this mode, the 840Hxl operates less like a test pattern generator and more like a computer graphics card that adapts to whatever is connected to it. In today’s world of non-standard resolutions where every display is slightly different, this ability is indispensable.

Another unique and powerful troubleshooting feature included in the 840Hxl is the ability to toggle HDCP on and off. This allows the user to individually isolate the HDCP signal with one button, to determine whether HDCP is the reason that a source is not working.

The 840Hxl has an HDMI output, five dual-function control buttons, and two single-function buttons. It includes a USB port, and RS−232 port, for connecting to a controlling PC (PC control software is included). The unit has a two-digit display, power LED, and an onboard EPROM option that saves the last unit settings.

The 840Hxl is housed in a compact Kramer MultiTOOLS® enclosure, and sells in the United States at a list price of $640.00 per unit. The 840Hxl is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. Complete product information can be found at www.kramerus.com.

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Kramer Introduces the RC-74DL Master Room Controller with Unique LCD Group Text Labels

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce the introduction of the highly versatile RC−74DL master room controller. The RC−74DL can function either as a standalone unit that controls room facilities such as: lights, screens, drapes, etc., or as part of a more demanding K−Net™ room control system.

The RC−74DL provides a convenient end−user experience through the combination of the 12 configurable, multi−color front panel buttons with unique LCD text button group labels. Each button of the unit supports the ability to hold multiple layers of functionality for the same button. The RC−74DL also has a rotary controller that may be configured as a digital volume control knob or set up for any other function, utilizing variable settings and adding to this unit’s flexibility and intuitive ease−of−use.

The unit has an Ethernet port and three bidirectional RS−232 ports for controlling AV equipment, four relay contact closure ports that conveniently control other room items related to the AV system and two general purpose I/O ports that can function as digital inputs/outputs or analog inputs, interfacing with a variety of devices such as sensors, switches, LEDs, or relays.

The RC−74DL is compatible with Kramer’s Site−CTRL™ software for remote room control and monitoring over Ethernet. The unit’s features are configured via Kramer’s GUI based configuration software, K−Config™.

The RC−74DL fits a standard US 3 gang electrical box, facilitating easy integration into any environment. Installation in wooden or plaster walls is extremely easy using the supplied mud−ring.
The unit can also be mounted on a podium or a table using Kramer’s K−POD301 Podium Table Bus. The RC−74DL is available in white, black, gray and brushed aluminum.

The RC-74DL sells in the United States at a list price of $995.00 per unit. The RC-74DL is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.

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Kramer Appoints Max Kopsho as Director of Group Sales & Consultant Relations

Kramer Electronics USA, Inc., is pleased to announce Max Kopsho has been appointed to the position of Director of Group Sales & Consultant Relations. In this role, Max will be responsible for providing product, technology, and application support to AV group sales channels and consultants throughout the United States.

Kent Cawthorne, Kramer’s Vice President of Sales states, “Kramer USA is excited to have Max Kopsho in the role of Director of Group Sales & Consultant Relations. He brings years of experience, a wealth of industry knowledge, and technical abilities that allow him to expertly work with AV consultants.”

Max Kopsho, CTS-D, CTS-I, MCSE, DSCE, has worked in the AV industry for over 14 years in various management and technical roles; including product management, sales and sales management, channel marketing, and field technical services and training. Most recently he was the General Manager – GA Region at Xerox Audio Visual Solutions, before returning to Kramer. Over the last 23 years, Max has acquired an extensive background in supporting AV systems, computer networks, telecom, and VTC systems.

As a Senior Academy Faculty Instructor for InfoComm, Kopsho serves as a Subject Matter Expert on an as needed basis. In 2010, he was awarded InfoComm’s Educator of the Year and has helped prepare over 800 students for the CTS exam. Kopsho has been the keynote speaker for several partner events throughout the industry, and at the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Conference. He also taught for the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) University and at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual show. Max has worked in various roles and departments from executive management to business development, and can now add group sales and consultant relations to his areas of expertise.

Kopsho looks forward to his new position and states, “It is great to be back with Kramer in this new role. Kramer has grown in so many great ways over the last year and I believe this role will give me the opportunity to grow and contribute in new and challenging ways that will serve the best interests of our channel partners, consultants and Kramer. I look forward to working very hard to serve our systems integration customers and the Pro AV consultant community.”

Dave Bright, President of Kramer USA, stated, “Max is a tremendous asset to Kramer and we are thrilled to have him back and anticipate an immediate positive impact on our group sales members and AV consultants.”

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