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Two New 4K Ultra HD Extenders from Gefen Offer Advanced Features and an Expanded Distance for Signal Delivery

Gefen today announced the addition of two new extension solutions. Both products use HDBaseT™ to deliver resolutions up to 4K with various methods of control supported. In addition, the maximum signal delivery range has been increased from 100 to 150 meters. Varying price points and control options differentiate the two solutions, offering installation options for audio/video integrators.

The 4K Ultra HD ELR-POL Extender w/RS-232, Ethernet and IR (EXT-UHD-CAT5-ELRPOL) delivers HDMI at 1080p full HD up to 150 meters over a single CAT-5 cable, an improvement of 50 meters over previous solutions. 4K UHD content is delivered up to 70 meters over a CAT-5 cable, or up to 100 meters over a CAT-6 cable. A 10/100BaseT Ethernet connection is provided on the receiver unit at the display side, allowing IP connectivity without additional hardware or cabling required. Gefen’s ELR (Extra Long Range) implementation of HDBaseT extends up to 7.1 channels of high bit rate, lossless digital audio formats with zero delay. RS-232 and bi-directional IR are transmitted along the same cable, offering convenient options to control source and display from both local and remote locations. POL (Power over Line) technology is employed to allow the installer to power either the sender or the receiver, streamlining cabling and hardware in the viewing environment. Advanced EDID management tools make for a simple installation and non-stop performance.

The Gefen ToolBox 4K Ultra HD ELR-POL Extender w/RS-232 and IR (GTB-UHD2IRS-ELRPOL-BLK) is a streamlined solution that delivers HDMI at 1080p full HD an extended range up to 150 meters over one CAT-5 cable. 4K UHD content can be sent up to 70 meters over a CAT-5 cable or up to 100 meters over a CAT-6 cable. In each instance, lossless digital audio formats, RS-232 and bi-directional IR are extended over the same cable. This solution also offers POL technology, eliminating the need for power at the viewing location.

Both extenders support 4K resolutions up to 3840×2160 @60Hz, 4:2:0 color space and 4096×2160 @24Hz with HDCP compliance and 3D pass-through. Locking power supplies ensure a snug connection for an unfailing performance. Surface mountable enclosures with small footprints allow for an easy installation.

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Gefen Ships New Scalers/Converters that Integrate Analog and Digital Devices to Lengthen Product Life

Don’t throw away those old devices just yet. Gefen today announced the release of three new scalers that bridge the gap between legacy equipment and digital high definition systems. All three scalers convert the output from video sources using a VGA connection to enable compatibility with digital displays, projectors and other downstream devices. Each features a different type of digital output (HDMI, DVI, SDI), making them ideal for anyone wanting to extend the life cycle of traditional devices with portable solutions that offer versatile installation options.



The HDMI & VGA to 3GSDI Scaler/Converter is unique in its ability to support a VGA, HDMI or DVI (with adapter) source input. Video is converted and scaled to SDI for post-production and broadcast applications. Single-link HD-SDI, SD-SDI and 3G-SDI formats are supported. Users select the VGA or HDMI input for the conversion to SDI using a high quality scaling engine. An on-screen display menu guides users through the selection of test patterns and advanced configuration options, which include color correction and aspect ratio adjustments. EDID management and additional custom input timings can be configured using the included Gefen Syner-G™ software.

The VGA to DVI Scaler/Converter performs an effective conversion of analog video to digital DVI, scaling resolutions up to 1920×1200. A comprehensive and intuitive on-screen display menu provides configuration options that ensure an easy setup and reliable performance. Aspect ratio control provides additional viewing options. The automatic scaling feature matches the display’s native resolution, producing a pixel-perfect conversion that makes this product well suited for environments that demand the highest level of quality, such as conference halls, boardrooms and digital signage applications. The Gefen Syner-G™ software provides EDID management and customization of input timings to support non-standard resolutions.


The VGA & Audio to HDMI Scaler/Converter converts analog video and two channels of audio to the HDMI format, perfect for linking older equipment to modern high definition displays and projectors. Cutting-edge features include automatic input detection and advanced EDID management. The Gefen Syner-G™ software adds the ability to customize input timings and provides a simple path for firmware upgrades. The system’s Test Pattern Generator allows users to further refine the settings of their video for optimum results.

All three scalers are shipping in December 2014. Details and specifications may be found online at www.gefen.com.

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SightDeck uses Gefen Technology to Enable a Seamless Back-end Performance that Drives State-of-the-Art Presentations

Distance Learning Using Green Screen Technology.

Distance Learning Using Green Screen Technology.

One presenter stands in a Los Angeles office interfacing with the background image projected behind her. The other presenter stands right next to her, working in tandem with the background image, but is physically based in Ohio. Welcome to SightDeck, where Hollywood’s green screen technology meets corporate and educational applications.

Since 1976, Ultimatte has proven itself a leader in green screen compositing technology designed for television and motion picture applications. Ten years ago, Ultimatte began to develop a similar technology without the green screen for corporate, presentation and educational applications. SightDeck’s goal was simple: deliver green screen-inspired technology to the corporate world, assisting in distance learning, sales pitches and related applications.

To achieve this and create a solid, plug and play package, Ultimatte turned to Gefen for digital signal management solutions that would prove to be extremely reliable in the field.

“We saw nearly unlimited applications because SightDeck works exceedingly well with projected images and we already had the masking technologies of green screens,” says Lynne Sauve, president, Ultimatte. “We knew that to be successful, SightDeck had to be easy to implement, and we envisioned an absolutely plug and play system with a little help from Gefen.”

SightDeck creates a mask of the presenter(s) in real time and enables complete interactivity with background graphics, created beforehand. SightDeck is essentially a hardware system, including a screen, camera, projector and server card backed by Gefen signal management hardware to enable seamless connectivity.

When two or more SightDecks are combined you can double your imagery with two simultaneous outputs. So your colleague in Ohio can present in real-time right alongside you. Presenters can see each other and reference each other. In this way, SightDeck enables the creation of panel discussions with people located all over the world, looking as if they are all in the same room.

SightDeck’s high definition camera supports two images: the masked presenter(s) and the projected graphics. It will work with most projectors with a less than 3 frame delay and minimal thermal drift. It supports touch screen technology so presenters are able to manipulate and interact with projected content and other presenter’s movements in a seamless fashion.

“You really have to see this in action to believe it,” says Sauve. “After ten years of intensive development, we perfected the essence of green screen for the corporate world. It’s basically a kind of virtual reality that can encourage and support live interactions between people located all over the world. It really takes presentations to the next level.”

With touch screen technology applied to the projected background, presenters can control, edit, change or add to content being projected. “Anything you can control on the PC, you can control on the touch screen behind you,” explained Sauve. All content can be simultaneously output in high definition format, streamed live and recorded with a first generation quality output.

Editing tools on the GUI can appear projected on the background image or hidden from everyone but the presenter. Everything is user controlled. A video conferencing codex is built into the system so someone can dial-in and be heard as well as seen by the presenter or everyone participating. The system is totally interactive and contains multilayered transparencies to bring people into the picture, visually dissect issues, collaborate and problem solve.

Content is output as 720p/60 HDSDI and SightDeck includes two Gefen Scalers to support the 720p output. “The Gefen Scalers are highly reliable and work intuitively behind the scenes. They really help make the system plug and play; nobody has to play around with video resolutions.”

Gefen’s USB Extender is also included for remote touch screen applications. “Gefen is an integral part of the SightDeck solution,” adds Sauve.

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Gefen Syner-G™ Suite Changes the Game of Signal Management, Offering a Software Suite of Tools for System Integrators

Value-Added Features for Discovering, Configuring, Monitoring, Updating and Managing Gefen Products Now Available in One Convenient Solution

CHATSWORTH, CA – Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced the availability of Gefen Syner-G™ software suite, a signal management solution providing powerful add-on features. This new foray into the software side of signal management is a first for Gefen, and is indicative of its belief that the future will be IP connected products.

The new Gefen Syner-G™ suite has all the capability to discover, control, monitor, manage and upgrade Gefen products over a local IP infrastructure and through direct connections using USB. Included are advanced EDID management tools, IP product management, an automated firmware update engine and remote product configuration options.

With the Manage feature, Gefen’s powerful EDID tools control what EDID is presented to equipment connected to select Gefen products. The EDID stored in Gefen devices can be remotely manipulated and users can build their own EDIDs from scratch using the EDID Generator, as well as upload/download unique EDIDs, store them for later use and modify any EDID in the program for unique installation scenarios.

“Many failed attempts to get the best picture, or any picture, on a display are often the result of EDID issues,” said Orrin Charm, Gefen’s product manager. “Even beyond the picture, proper EDID settings are critical to getting desired audio outputs, as EDID affects audio settings as well. This new tool solves all these EDID related issues.”

The Configuration aspect of Gefen Syner-G™ suite gives convenient access to settings on Gefen hardware that does not already incorporate a web GUI, allowing product settings to be changed on the fly.

The Discovery tool lists all connected Gefen equipment on an IP network, enabling a simple way to view and control select Gefen hardware from anywhere on the network. This makes adding new Gefen products to an existing network very easy. In the past, integrators needed both familiarity with and access to network administration settings in order to add new devices to a network. Generally, it required changing network configuration settings on connected PCs in order to access the device, remember and then return settings to their original values afterwards—a challenging task for inexperienced network professionals. Plus, if multiple devices were added to a network with overlapping IP addresses, it was basically impossible to access any of them. With the Discovery tool, integrators can connect new Gefen devices directly to the network, as well as access, configure and change IP settings, all from a PC, laptop or smartphone.

Updating Gefen equipment is also extremely easy and seamless. When the Update feature is activated, current firmware updates can be immediately downloaded and installed.

“The Gefen Syner-G™ suite combines the world’s best EDID manager with tools for IP discovery, software configuration and firmware updates into a single seamless package, bringing a new standard in video management to the AV and IT professional,” added Charm.

Gefen Syner-G™ software may be downloaded from www.gefen.com. The mobile Gefen Syner-G™ Discovery Apps are available on iTunes and Google Play. All are free of charge. Currently available on select models, all functionalities and features of Gefen Syner-G™ suite will be included on all Gefen hardware beginning in 2015.

Gefen® G-logo™ and Syner-G™ are trademarks of Gefen, LLC © 2014

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Award-Winning Gefen Solution Distributes HDMI with USB, RS-232, IR and Audio over a Local Area Network with Option to Create Virtual Matrix Switching Solution

CHATSWORTH, CA – Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced that its HD KVM over IP solution won the AV Technology Best of Show Award at InfoComm 2014.

Gefen’s HD KVM over IP sends 1080p high definition content over a LAN with the option to integrate various video formats and create a virtual, cross-point matrix. The sender/receiver system allows the remote control of computers from any workstation on the LAN when using a Gigabit Ethernet switch. Users access content using a keyboard, video display and mouse (KVM). Video resolutions in the HDMI format up to 1080p, four USB peripherals, bi-directional audio, RS-232 control signals and IR are transported on the LAN with optional extension up to 100 meters on both sender and receiver sides using a single CAT-5 cable. This extension system boasts latency of less than two frames.

One of the best features of this new solution is its ability to support additional sender and receiver units on the same LAN. Each sender and receiver can be automatically or manually configured to a unique IP address to support multiple units. Up to 256 sender and a theoretical limit of just over 65,000 units total can be routed through the LAN, creating a scalable, virtual cross-point matrix with no additional wiring. The HD KVM over IP can also be combined on the same LAN with Gefen’s DVI and VGA KVM over IP extenders. These integrated systems support both analog and digital video in a virtual matrix that sends data to any workstation regardless of the video format. Resolutions are supported up to 1920×1200 at 60 FPS.

Gefen’s HD KVM over IP helps facilities improve performance by increasing remote control options and streamlining equipment. Each system includes a web server interface for easy configuration and setup. Each receiver unit comes equipped with an Ethernet switch and two Ethernet ports for connecting additional computers at the remote location.

The Best of Show designation is awarded to those companies with outstanding products exhibited at InfoComm. Winners were selected by panels of professional users and editors, and on judges’ inspection at the convention.

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Gefen Wins Three Awards

Building upon its heritage in delivering best-in-class solutions, Gefen has been recognized with three awards
in Q1 2014. While each award honors a unique product from Gefen’s lineup, reliability, quality and innovation played crucial roles in the key areas of wireless high definition signal extension, fiber optic extension and system integration.

Wireless HD Extension

The GefenTV Wireless for HD 60GHz extender took home the Electronic House Product of the Year award at CES 2014. Selected by a panel of distinguished industry leaders along with the editors of Electronic House and CE Pro, this new solution joins an exclusive group of products deemed the most noteworthy at CES. The Wireless for HD 60GHz extender transmits uncompressed 1080p full HD content up to 33 feet (10 meters) supporting 3DTV and all audio formats including High Bit Rate (HBR) 7.1 channel Dolby True-HD and DTS-HD Master Audio. It uses wireless technology based on the 60 GHz EHF (Extremely High Frequency) radio band. This method of extension eliminates the need to run cables, making it a great solution for retrofits or any environment that wants to streamline cabling. Because data is transported wirelessly, this solution is ideal for use in hotels, cruise ships, conference centers, historical buildings and anywhere it is challenging to run long-range cables.

High Resolution Signal Extension

Gefen was recognized for its part in the implementation of Reality Deck at Stoney Brook University at the Digital Signage Expo 2014. The Silver Apex Award was received by Gefen at the opening-night banquet in Las Vegas. This winning project was chosen from a field of more than 100 entrants. All projects were individually assessed on the basis of originality and innovation by three independent panels, all of whom have long reported on the digital signage sector and are recognized as versant in current industry trends.

Reality Deck is a permanent installation in the Center for Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology in Stony Brook University’s Research & Development Park. It the first 1.5 billion pixel surround installation of high resolution LCD displays with real-world immersive capabilities. After a decade of planning, Reality Deck tiled more than 400 displays along four walls so anyone standing in the room has a very realistic view of large-scale, scientific, computerized data. To transport data from the machine room to the Reality Deck, the team selected an assortment of Gefen DisplayPort Extreme Fiber Optic extenders in 75 and 100 foot distances. Displays had to support very high video resolutions of 2560×1440 to ensure an absolutely pristine transmission of video with no degradation.

System Integration

Gefen’s 32×32 Modular Matrix for HDMI took home an award from NewBay Media’s first annual Product Innovation Awards. Honoring product introductions that serve TV, professional video and broadcast/online radio users, Gefen’s 32×32 Modular Matrix was recognized in the Video/TV category for excellence in manufacturing. Winners were selected by a panel of professional users.

This solution routes up to 32 sources to 32 displays in any configuration. Optional extension over CAT-5 cable via 8x output boards using HDBaseT adds flexibility to the customization of the infrastructure. Displays can be located anywhere within a 330 foot (100 meter) distance of the matrix frame. Users can tailor their outputs to enable displays in increments of eight to be connected locally or extended using modular output boards. Gefen’s POL (Power Over Line) technology eliminates the need to power the receiver units, which obtain their power from the matrix. Gefen FST (Fast Switching Technology) is included, improving the HDCP authentication process and reducing switching time to nearly zero. EDID management settings are included to ensure a stable connection even when powering on/off individual displays and/or sources. Dual, redundant power supplies offer added security for a reliable performance.

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Gefen’s New Wireless for HDMI 60 GHz Extender Delivers Uncompressed 1080p Full HD with Near-Zero Latency for an Unbeatable Performance

Gefen’s new Wireless for HDMI 60 GHz is designed for any in-room transmission of high quality, 1080p full HD video up to 33 feet (10m). It delivers 3DTV, is plug and play and supports all audio formats including the new lossless High Bit Rate (HBR) 7.1 channel Dolby True-HD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The ability to pass through uncompressed video, lossless audio and 3DTV is ideal for cutting-edge, high performance commercial or residential installations.

This extender uses the best technology currently available for an impeccable method of wireless extension that takes full advantage of the WirelessHD specification, which is based on the 60 GHz EHF (Extremely High Frequency) radio band. This high quality method of extension eliminates the need to run cables, making it a great solution for retrofits or any environment that wants to streamline cabling.

Due to its in-room transmission and use of the uncluttered 60 GHz frequency band, this extender can perform seamlessly alongside other wireless devices in adjacent rooms with zero interference. It is very easy to install, requiring a connection of the video source to the sender and of the display or projector to the receiver. Content is transported wirelessly at 4Gbps from source to display. This extender also features a small footprint and a compelling MSRP. Included is a risk-free warranty backed by Gefen’s reputation and well-regarded customer support team.

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New DVI KVM over IP Extender from Gefen Gives Flexible, Scalable Access to Computers in Network-Based Environments

Seamlessly Access Real-Time Data with Ease from any Preferred
Workstation with Local Output for Video Monitoring

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today
announced the availability of its new DVI KVM over IP extender with
local DVI output. This new product facilitates remote access to
servers from workstations placed up to 660 feet (200m) away over an
existing Local Area Network. It supports high resolution digital video
in the DVI format, four USB ports for connecting keyboard, mouse and
other peripherals, analog audio from server to workstation and RS-232
extension over the LAN. Each sender and receiver can be connected
directly or through a Gigabit network switch using a single CAT-5
cable. Each cable run can be up to 100 meters.

((Ideal for demanding applications in hospitality, retail,
post-production, broadcast, telecommunications and mission-critical
control centers, Gefen’s DVI KVM over IP can help improve the
efficiency of data access, increase productivity and streamline
equipment setup. Because a workstation can be placed anywhere within a
100 meter distance from the network switch, this high performance
solution vastly improves the ability to access data from a remote
location.((

A robust set of features further strengthens performance and
versatility. Each sender and receiver can be configured to operate in
a one-to-one relationship in which the receiver can only access a
specific sender, or all senders and receivers on the LAN can be
assigned unique IP addresses to facilitate the routing of up to 256
senders to any receiver. This creates a scalable, virtual cross-point
matrix without any additional wiring. In this configuration, each
receiver will be able to access any of the senders within its network.
The DVI KVM over IP can also be combined on the same LAN with
Gefen’s HDMI and VGA KVM over IP extenders, allowing a convenient
and efficient method of video format conversion within the
infrastructure.

((Each sender is also equipped with a loop-through DVI output so that
users can install a local display at the computer (sender) side for
monitoring video. The receiver also includes a built-in Ethernet
switch and two additional Ethernet ports for connecting IP-enabled
devices at the remote location. Each DVI KVM over IP extender includes
a web server interface for easy operation, configuration and setup.
Alternative methods of control include keyboard switching software or
the push-buttons on the front panel.

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Best-in-Class Seamless Switching, Progressive Features and Cost-Effective Pricing Support Demanding Professional Applications

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced the latest first in its product range: the 4×4 Seamless Matrix for HDMI. This new matrix provides full cross-point routing of four sources to four displays, the first to offer true seamless switching that guarantees an immediate delivery of high definition audio/video content. The built-in scaler allows precise video refinements up to 1080p full HD with the added ability to resize each image for an impeccable alignment and performance.

A few enhanced features make the Gefen 4×4 Seamless Matrix for HDMI shine in the field. It provides the unique ability to configure up to ten routing scenarios for professional installations. Users can assign names to all inputs and outputs, then configure and recall them at any time using ten pre-sets on the front panel for added versatility. Users can upload configurations on the fly using IP connectivity, making this new matrix a must-have solution for demanding applications such as live productions and events. The ability to route, upload and save EDID information from any connected display to the internal memory, then assign it to any source virtually eliminates compatibility issues among different sources and displays. HPD and DDC control further increases cohesion among all connected equipment.

With a MSRP of $1999, this new matrix is priced competitively to provide a best-in-class solution with features that typically can only be found on larger, more expensive matrix systems.

The matrix’s intuitive on-screen menu keeps critical data within reach at any time via the front panel display and web interface, including routing information, scaling, HDCP status, EDID and more. All switching and control options are available through the matrix’s front-panel buttons, IR remote, RS-232 port and IP connectivity. HDCP-compliant, 1080p full HD video in the HDMI format is fully supported with all lossless audio formats.

Installation requires a simple connection of all four sources and all four displays to the matrix’s four HDMI inputs and four HDMI outputs. Locking HDMI ports and a locking power supply on this rack mountable matrix ensures stable and secure connections.

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Gefen’s New 4×1 Switcher for HDMI Delivers Resolutions up to 4k Supporting the Newest Ultra HD Displays

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced that its 4×1 Switcher for HDMI 4k/2k is available to order, with shipments beginning in October 2013. This new switcher connects four high definition sources using HDMI to one display. HDMI 2.0 support is included for this and all Gefen Ultra HD products supporting 4k 60Hz resolutions with 3D pass-through. The inclusion of Gefen FST (Fast Switching Technology) virtually eliminates signal latency, providing an instant switch of audio/video content.

“These new features and the fact that it can also support 1080p full HD makes the new 4×1 Switcher for HDMI 4k/2k best suited for installations that have upgraded their display to 4k and still want access to their sources such as gaming consoles and satellite set-top boxes as well as laptops and computers,” said Hagai Gefen, president, Gefen. “Ultra HD content will be delivered at 4k resolutions while high definition content will be delivered at 1080p resolutions.”

Full HDCP (high-bandwidth digital content protection) compliance, and support for lossless audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio complete the features.

As a Gefen ToolBox product, this switcher comes in a flat black or white wall-mountable enclosure that can be discreetly mounted behind the display or anywhere that is convenient for the integrator, providing an alternative to traditional rack mount equipment.

Control options include traditional push-button access, IR remote, RS-232 or IP via Telnet and UDP. This switcher can also upgrade its firmware from anywhere by using the mini-USB and IP ports for a lifetime of performance.

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