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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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KRAMER INTRODUCES THE VP-471 AND VP-473 PROSCALE™ DIGITAL SCALERS

Kramer is pleased to announce the addition of the VP-471 3G HD−SDI to DVI ProScale digital scaler and VP-473 3G HD−SDI to computer graphics ProScale digital scaler to the existing VP-472 3G HD−SDI to HDMI ProScale digital scaler. With this addition, Kramer now offers a family of scalers that meets any serial digital scaling need through 3G SDI.

The VP-471, VP-472 and VP-473 are indispensable assets in any video broadcasting environment since they provide a bridge between the broadcast and the Pro-AV worlds. These three digital scalers for SDI, HD-SDI and 3G HD-SDI signals up or down scale the incoming video signal and output to different formats, as described below.

The VP-471, VP-472 and VP-473 digital scalers scale the incoming serial digital signal to one of several selectable computer graphics video, standard definition or high definition video resolutions and output them via a DVI connector for the VP-471, via an HDMI connector for the VP-472 and via a 15-pin HD connector for the VP-473. In addition, the VP-471 de-embeds the audio as either a S/PDIF signal or as an unbalanced stereo audio signal on RCA connectors. The VP-471 and the VP-473 also de-embed the audio to unbalanced stereo audio on RCA connectors.

The VP-471, VP-472 and VP-473 have one SDI input and one SDI looping output on BNC connectors to accept an SD, HD or 3G SDI signal. They automatically detect the incoming signal format. Supported formats include SMPTE standards 259M, 292M, and 424M. The maximum data rate for these products is 3Gbps. The units are HDTV compatible and they include a reclocked and equalized looping Input. All three units feature a non-volatile memory that retains the last settings used.

The VP-471, VP-472 and VP-473 come in a compact MegaTOOLS™ size. Two units can be rack mounted side-by-side in a 1U rack space. Operation is done directly via the front panel push buttons with OSD (On-screen Display) which allows an easy setup and adjustment. A freeze button is also available. The built-in ProcAmp conveniently adjusts the signal in terms of color hue, sharpness, contrast and brightness. Each scaler also features an external 5V DC power source, making it suitable for field operation.

The VP-471, VP-472 and VP-473 are currently in stock at a list price of $1295.00 per unit in the United States. These scalers are available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. Complete product information can be found at www.kramerus.com.

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ASPEN™ 3232HD3G HONORED WITH TV TECHNOLOGY STAR AWARD AT NAB 2012

After four days with over 90,000 media and entertainment professionals in attendance, Kramer Electronics and Sierra Video’s Aspen 3232HD3G was recognized as one of the best and brightest products at the 2012 NAB show, when conferred the prestigious STAR award from TV Technology Magazine.

The STAR award (Superior Technology Award Recipient) recognizes superior technological innovations in the industry. Selection is made by a panel of broadcast industry experts who review the products and services found at the show and evaluate their overall contribution to the industry. The Aspen 3232HD3G was one of the few select products recognized and honored this year at our industries largest trade show.

This award, now in its twelfth year, is a shining recommendation of the Aspen 3232 3G-HD-SDI matrix switcher. This matrix switcher is a part of the Aspen line consisting of general utility 3G HD−SDI routing switchers ideal for use in any professional video installation, including rental and staging applications, higher education facilities, houses of worship, hospitals, broadcast facilities, broadcast production trucks, and post production facilities.

This high performance matrix switcher is compact, energy efficient and capable of driving long cable runs. Due to its advanced technology, the Aspen 3232HD3G router can drive signals farther than most typical 3G HD−SDI routing switchers. The device can drive 3G signals up to 557 feet (170 meters) with a high quality cable compared to a typical industry performance level of 328 feet (100 meters).

In addition to longer signal range, another stellar feature of the Aspen 3232HD3G is energy efficiency. This “green” device requires less than 32 Watts of power including the power consumed by its standard built−in routing switcher control system and front panel. This is far less than other comparable models available in the market today.

Another unique and extremely beneficial feature of the Aspen 3232HD3G is its embedded controller which can be accessed via a TCP−IP or RS 232/422 serial interface making it easy to integrate into any automation or control system. The built−in web server offers convenient control and setup functions and works with any OS, browser and most handheld devices. The user can even access an IP address from the front panel allowing for quick and convenient set up.

The Aspen 3232HD3G has a list price of $13,995.00. For more information on the Aspen line and the 3232HD3G, please visit www.kramerus.com.

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Kramer’s First “Road Show” Training Event a Tremendous Success!

Kramer Electronics’ Designing in a Digital Age Road Show, training event held on March 20, 2012 in Chicago, IL, was an immense success. A packed house of over 80 attendees joined Kramer and other road show sponsors, for a one day technology workshop that taught how to design and implement professional digital AV solutions.

“The response to our first Kramer Academy Road Show was overwhelming. Numerous Kramer clients had previously indicated that they would like to gain a better understanding of how to design and work with digital signals; resulting in this conception of the Kramer Road Show,” stated Malissa Dillman, Director of Training and Education at Kramer Electronics.

Kramer’s Road Show entitled Designing in a Digital Age provides attendees with a full understanding of digital signals, how to design and avoid common mistakes with EDID, HDMI and HDCP. “The most successful and unique component of the Kramer Academy Road Show was the concept of taking only one day to delve into all aspects of digital systems design. We completed the day employing what we had learned into real world applications; it is an extremely comprehensive training program,” Dillman continued. The entire event was free of charge, and participants also earned 10 InfoComm CTS Renewal Units for attending.

In addition to Kramer, other sponsors of this highly successful event in Chicago were Da-Lite, Chief, Biamp, Salitek and Mitsubishi. Attendees not only received a great education and 10 InfoComm CTS RU’s, they also were provided with a wonderful breakfast and lunch. Plus, several attendees also won door prizes, including one lucky attendee that took home a brand new Apple® iPad®.

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.

Due to the tremendous success in Chicago, more of these educational opportunities will be added to our 2012 schedule. Watch for a Kramer Road Show training event coming to a location near you soon!

For more information on all Kramer Academy courses, please visit www.kramerus.com.

Kramer Academy Director Malissa Dillman and Kramer Consultant Pete Putman will also be presenting at the upcoming 2012 InfoComm show in Las Vegas. For more information on their presentations, visit www.infocommshow.org. Kramer will be exhibiting in booth #N1240 at InfoComm; stop by to see our exciting new products!

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Kramer Introduces the MV-6 3G HD-SDI Multiviewer

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the MV-6, a versatile, high−performance multiviewer for 3G HD−SDI video signals. The device can display up to six inputs in any combination, and output the image in multiple formats supporting either pre−programmed or customizable screen divisions.

The MV-6 features Kramer’s re−Klocking™ and equalization technology on each input, which rebuilds the digital signal so that it can travel longer distances. In addition to being HDTV compatible, the multiviewer has a maximum input data rate of 3Gbps.

The device supports standard definition, high definition, and 3G high definition serial digital video signals (SD/HD-SDI/3G HD-SDI). Specifically, the MV-6 is compatible with SMPTE 259M, 292M, and 424M signals and supports data rates of 270Mbps, 1483.5Mbps, 1485Mbps, 2967Mbps, and 2970Mbp. Furthermore, each input also has a corresponding looping output. On the output side, the MV-6 supports SDI (259M), HD-SDI (292M), and 3G HD-SDI (SMPTE 424M) serial digital signals, and has an HDMI and composite video output as well.

The MV-6 is housed in a standard 19” 2U rack-mountable enclosure with rack “ears” included. The flexible control options featured are via IR remote and Ethernet & RS−232 (supplied with PC control software). The two−row 4.3” color LCD preview screen (16:9) displays the output signal on the front panel. The front panel also features buttons to freeze, resize, and position the picture; in addition to, four pre−programmed and two user−definable screen handling buttons making the unit easy to monitor and control.

The MV-6 multiviewer is the ideal device for use in professional broadcasting, production studios, rental & staging, and presentation applications.

The MV-6 is available and in stock from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. This device has a list price of $5,395.00. Complete product information can be found at www.kramerus.com.

Kramer Electronics’ Cathy Penyak Promoted to Vice President

Kramer Electronics USA, Inc., is pleased to announce, as of March 1, 2012, Cathy Penyak has been promoted to Vice President of Finance and Human Resources.

Cathy joined Kramer USA in August 2007 as Controller, with an extensive background (20+ years) in finance and accounting. She currently holds a BS in Accounting from Allentown College, as well as an MBA degree from DeSales University. She currently resides in Easton, PA, with her husband Jim, and three sons David, Kevin and Brian.

As Kramer’s Vice President of Finance and Human Resources, Cathy will be responsible for Finance, including the Accounting, A/R and A/P Departments, as well as Operations, Inventory Control and Human Resources.

Dave Bright, President of Kramer USA, stated, “Cathy has wonderful leadership, management and communication skills, and does a great job of balancing multiple responsibilities…a must at a lean and mean operation like Kramer USA. Over the past five years, Cathy has served as my trusted confidant and voice of reason, especially while helping me navigate the company through the recent tough economic times, while continuing to attain double-digit annual growth.”

Bright further added, “Cathy attaining her new status as VP is a well-earned and well-deserved promotion. I am delighted to have her in my corner for the exciting years ahead.”

For more information about Kramer Electronics, and all of Kramer’s products, please visit our website at www.kramerus.com.

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Sierra Video Announces Aspen™ 3232 Multi-format Routing Switcher

GRASS VALLEY, CA – Sierra Video today announced the release of the Aspen 3232, the first model in a new line of compact video 3G HD-SDI routing switchers. The Aspen line will be a line of general utility 3G HD-SDI routing switchers ideal for use in any video installation, including rental and staging applications, higher education facilities, houses of worship, hospitals, broadcast facilities and post production facilities. The Aspen 3232 is a multi-rate router compatible with 3G, HD-SDI and SDI signals from 19 Mb/s to 2.97 Gb/s (3G).

The Aspen 3232 is compact at only 2.5” deep and takes up just 2RU in a standard equipment rack. The Aspen 3232 is also tremendously energy efficient, requiring less than 32 Watts of power including the power consumed by its standard built-in routing switcher control system and front panel panel..

A unique feature of the Aspen 3232 is that, due to its advanced technology, this router can drive signals farther than most typical 3G HD-SDI routing switchers. The Aspen 3232HD3G can drive 3G signals over 500ft (155 meters using Belden 1694A cable).

The Aspen 3232 routing switcher is a format-flexible 3G HD-SDI routing switcher capable of handling all SMPTE serial digital video signal formats on every input of the router including SMPTE 424M, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 344M and DVB-ASI up to 540 Mbps and 3G and HD-SDI video signals conforming to SMPTE 292M (1.485GBps single link). The Sierra Video Aspen 3232 router also provides user control of the Input Equalization and Output Re-clocking circuitry. When using non-SMPTE signals the Re-clockers can be bypassed if required, so they do not interfere with the signal.

The introduction of the Aspen 3232 coincides with the introduction of Sierra’s new control system architecture based on IP, SNMP, and a web interface. The Aspen 3232’s embedded controller can be accessed via the TCP-IP or RS 232/422 serial interface making it easy to integrate into any automation or control system. The built-in web server offers convenient control and setup functions and works with any OS, browser and most handheld devices.

The Aspen 3232 includes a front panel control lockout and offers the ability to create and launch salvos. Companion audio routers are also available for the Aspen 3232 and are controllable by the embedded controller. A redundant power supply option is also available.

The Aspen 3232 multi-format routing switcher is the first model in a line of compact Aspen routers to be introduced in coming months and it is currently available from Sierra Video Systems and its worldwide reseller network.

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Kramer Introduces Unique VP-81KSi Step-In Switcher

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the high−performance VP-81KSi, an analog Step-in switcher for computer graphics video. The unit can switch any one of eight inputs to one computer graphics video, one unbalanced and one balanced stereo audio and one twisted pair output. The VP-81KSi is designed to work with a family of Step-In modules: the SI-1VGA, SI-1VGAT and WSI-1VGA. These Step-in modules are part of Kramer’s Table Mount Solution Products, such as the line of TBUS models, which are mounted in or below conference room tables.

With the VP-81KSi, meeting attendees can connect the computer graphics video and audio from their laptops into the module located in a TBUS at their seat. The module is prewired to the switcher that is connected to the projector. Every attendee can make his laptop the active device on display by pressing a switch in the module.

The VP-81KSi is HDTV compatible and has a very high video bandwidth of 440 MHz (-3dB) to ensure transparent performance for signals with resolutions up to WUXGA. It also includes Kr-isp™, Kramer’s innovative integrated sync processing technology. Kr-isp™ restores the sync signal waveform to provide a sharp, stable image even when the sync level is too low.

Additional features include: audio-follow-video (AFV) switching and an audio breakaway option that switches video and audio channels independently; DDC (Display Data Channel) communication between the selected input and output on pins 12 and 15 of the 15-pin HD connector; Kramer’s I-EDIDPro™ intelligent EDID processing algorithm that ensures plug and play operation for analog systems; a volume control for the audio inputs; a standard 15-pin HD output connector and a CAT 5 output for compatible Kramer twisted pair receivers to provide long distance signal transmission.

Larger virtual systems can be created by cascading eight VP-81KSi switchers to form a 57 input virtual switcher for use in a very large conference center installation.

The VP-81KSi switcher offers several very flexible control options including front panel buttons, remote step-in modules, RS-232, RS-485, Ethernet via a built-in web server, contact closure & IR remote control (remote is included). It has a worldwide power supply that operates on 100-240V AC, fits a standard 19” rack mount and includes a standard pair of rack mount “ears.”

The VP-81KSi sells in the United States at a list price of $1295.00. The VP-81KSi 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 VM-114H4C, 2×1:4 HDMI/DGKat™ Digital Switcher, Twisted Pair Transmitter and Distribution Amplifier

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the high-performance VM-114H4C, the first digital switcher/distribution amplifier in a family of new digital switchers featuring varying output combinations. The VM-114H4C accepts two input signals, one HDMI and one DGKat (HDMI over twisted pair), and switches between these two inputs while outputting the signal selected over four identical DGKat outputs.
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Kramer Introduces the SPK-CCF848 PRO and the SPK-CCF848 EDU Ceiling Speakers with ESD™ Complete K-overage

Kramer’s SPK-CCF848

Kramer’s SPK-CCF848

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the high-performance SPK-CCF848, Equal Sound Dispersion (ESDTM) ceiling speaker that provides an unmatched sound experience.

The SPK-CCF848 ESD™ ceiling speaker comes in a PRO version for the professional video market or an EDU version, for the educational market, in eight different configurations of stereo or mono, full-tile or half-tile versions.

The Complete K-overage ESD, with a patent pending design, is the only speaker in the industry with built−in stereo separation. It is constructed with a central driver and four pivoting tweeters that direct the sound, based on the room environment, for equal sound dispersion (ESD). This patent allows an unmatched, true 180° sound dispersion with no need for multiple standard speakers.

The SPK-CCF848 speaker provides smooth frequency response. The professional version (PRO) is optimized for music and high−quality voice reproduction making it ideal for boardrooms, hotel lobbies, airports, etc. The more

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