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Camplex Introduces New HDMI to Fiber Optic Converter

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – February 24, 2014 - Camplex, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of professional broadcast fiber optic interface gear, today announced the availability of a new HDMI to Fiber Optic Conversion System. The CMX-HDMIF accepts HDMI and converts it to ST Fiber allowing the signal to be sent over 10 miles using low cost fiber optic cable. The cost effective Camplex complete converter system is perfect for extended use of HDTV, LCD monitors, digital projectors, plasma TV’s and other equipment requiring HDMI to Fiber conversion.Camplex CMX-HDMIF HDMI to Fiber Optic Conversion System

“Taking into account the low cost of fiber we wanted to provide a simple solution to extend HDMI signals over long distances,” said Dan Coscarella, Product Manager at Camplex. “The Camplex HDMI over Fiber conversion system delivers broadcast results. With ST Fiber connectors and a locking power supply the CMX-HDMIF gives you the added assurance that you’re always connected.”

The Camplex HDMI to Fiber Optic Conversion System is available for pre-order now and is expected to start shipping on March 10th. To learn more about the CMX-HDMIF and other Camplex products visit www.camplex.com.

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About Camplex
Camplex is a popular broadcast industry manufacturer of fiber optic based camera adapter systems and other broadcast grade fiber optic interface gear. With our unique modular design philosophy, you can add high bandwidth, long length easily deployable fiber to any camera – from broadcast to pro-sumer at dramatically lower costs than other professional systems. Unlike other systems, our fiber optic equipment is instantly swappable to any camera. Camplex supports all formats including 4K and Ultra HD production.

Camplex is exclusively distributed by TecNec Distributing and is available through the entire TecNec dealer network and online at Markertek.com.

BenQ’s New Full HD 3D Wireless Projectors Shine in Corporate and Home Applications

The Company’s Latest Multi-Application Solutions, the MH680 Delivers Wireless Connectivity While the MH740 Features LAN Control

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Feb. 24, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today introduced its new MH680 and MH740 projectors. Designed to be the central components of any entertainment or presentation setup, the new devices combine crisp 1080p picture quality with 3D PC/Blu-ray readiness. The MH680 offers the flexibility to display content wirelessly via BenQ’s QPresenter app, while the MH740 boasts LAN control for remote monitoring. To lower the units’ total cost of ownership (TCO), the projectors also feature BenQ’s power-saving SmartEco(TM) technology, which extends projector lamp life up to an amazing 6,500 hours. more

Extron Shipping Next Generation Fiber Optic DisplayPort Extender for Signals up to 2560×1600

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the FOX II DP, a transmitter and receiver set for long haul transmission of HDCP-compliant DisplayPort video, multi-channel audio, RS-232 control, and IR control signals over fiber optic cabling. The FOX II DP brings support for higher resolutions up to 2560×1600, multi-channel audio, an audio return channel, and IR support to the FOX Series. Engineered for reliability and exceptional image performance, it uses Extron all-digital technology to deliver pixel-for-pixel DisplayPort computer-video images up to 2560×1600. The FOX II DP is ideal for point-to-point installations or in combination with a FOX Series matrix switcher for an enterprise-wide distribution system of high resolution DisplayPort video, multi-channel audio, and control signals. more

Christie Announces Executive Appointments

Christie today announced that Kenji Hamashima, Chairman, President and CEO of the Christie group of companies will step down from his current role effective April 1, 2014.

Jack Kline becomes Christie Chairman, President and CEO, effective April 1

Jack Kline, President and COO, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. will assume the role of Chairman, President and CEO of all of Christie’s operating companies, worldwide.

Mr. Hamashima will remain as Chairman, President and CEO of the Christie holding company, Christie Digital Systems Inc., as well as Ushio America Inc.

“For the past 14 years I have had the pleasure and privilege of serving alongside the dedicated staff of Christie worldwide, in our Christie group of companies, for which I am very grateful,” said Mr. Hamashima. “It has been an exciting time to help Christie grow to become a global leader in cinema and digital display solutions.”

Mr. Hamashima added that “For almost 35 years, Jack has devoted himself to growing Christie’s business and reputation for innovation, and I am confident that in assuming leadership of our operating companies across the globe, he will lead them to new heights of success.”

DETROIT AUTO SHOWS BENEFIT FROM DANLEY SOUND LABS SPEAKERS AT THE NEW GRAND RIVERVIEW BALLROOM AT COBO CENTER

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 2014: The roots of the North American International Auto Show, which is held annually in Detroit, Michigan, go back to 1907 when it was strictly a regional venue for America’s nascent auto manufacturers to parade their latest inventions. Flash forward over a century and the event has become one of the largest auto shows in the world, attracting press and enthusiasts from around the globe to the North American auto-making capital, and bringing an approximate $500 million annual boost to the local economy. As attendance numbers continue to grow, Cobo Center, which hosts the event, recently renovated the underused 12,000-seat Cobo Arena to convert it into a ballroom better suited to the show. Danley Sound Labs SM-60F full-range loudspeakers, supported by Danley TH-115 subwoofers, fire down from the new ballroom’s fifty-foot ceilings to support high-energy auto show productions, along with other events that the new space, renamed Grand Riverview Ballroom at Cobo Center, will host throughout the year.

“The old Cobo Arena was not used very often,” explained Tim Hamilton, A/V designer with Acoustics By Design (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and the lead A/V consultant on the Cobo project. “They gutted it completely, down to the structure, and put in a new floor. The upper half is the new Grand Riverview Ballroom, and it is aesthetically gorgeous, a far cry from the rough arena that went so underused. The Grand Riverview Ballroom is a premium spot, and I suspect that all of the manufacturers will be clambering to rent it, rather than being stuck on the concrete floors of the main exhibit hall. I gave the system enough oomph so that they could easily cover any event short of a full-blown concert.”

The inputs to the system include a collection of AKG wireless microphones together with numerous floor boxes and wall panels. All of the inputs feed a Biamp AudiaFlex signal processing system. Touch panels positioned at strategic locations throughout the hall run Biamp’s daVinci control system software, which allows input selection and volume control. Outputs from the processing system feed Biamp amplifiers that power twenty full-range Danley SM-60F loudspeakers and Crown iTech series amplifiers that power the four Danley TH-115 subwoofers. Each loudspeaker and subwoofer has its own amplifier channel. Preset selection allows users to engage all the loudspeakers and subwoofers as one unit for full-floor events, to split the room in half for situations in which a retractable wall is in place, or to mute the loudspeakers at one end of the hall for events where a stage is in place.

“There weren’t a lot of loudspeaker and subwoofer solutions that would meet all of the particular needs of the Grand Riverview Ballroom,” said Hamilton. “First, they would be fifty feet in the air, and most traditional ceiling speakers would be significantly under-gunned. Second, the beautiful, decorative ceiling had only a limited number of rigging points, and yet we still had to satisfy the need to divide or mute speakers according to the presets. Third, we needed great fidelity and power on a budget. The Danley SM-60F had the right 60×60 beam width to hit the floor correctly, and it has the Danley sound and efficiency at a great price point. Moreover, it is a relatively small box, which satisfied the requirements for the rigging points. All in all, we used the Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers to cover a large space with a distributed system that focuses sound on the floor and minimizes reflections off the ceiling and walls.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

Extron Announces Industry-leading 4K Training

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce industry-leading training on 4K technology through the Extron Institute. Coursework for the School of Emerging Technologies now addresses designing with Extron twisted pair, fiber optic, signal processing, streaming, and playback solutions for high-performance 4K signal extension, routing, and distribution systems. Instruction includes increased resolution demands, color bit-depth, frame rates, dynamic range, and the impact these have on the data rate and infrastructure components. more

Discover Video Introduces Digital Signage App for Samsung Smart TVs

Discover Video announced today the availability of a free Digital Signage Application for Samsung Smart TVs, an industry first. Until now, virtually all digital signage deployments required a “player” box associated with the display, which added cost and complexity. With the advent of Smart TVs, Digital Signage is now built-in to the display, and because the Smart TVs support WiFi, Digital Signage can now be deployed by only connecting power.

The Digital Signage App connects to a cloud or premises DEVOS system, the world-class, comprehensive video streaming system in use by governments, corporations, and schools around the world. The system supports an unlimited number of signs, unlimited playlists, and supports many templates to display live video, video-on-demand, images, PowerPoint presentations, text, and RSS feeds.

The Digital Signage App also supports the patent-pending Priority Alert system that displays video, text, and web messages during emergencies or other important events.
“Our customers need a unified, easy-to-use system that supports video on desktops, Smartphones, tablets, and in common areas like lobbies.” said Rich Mavrogeanes, Discover Video founder and CEO. “Cost and complexity are often barriers to customer success, and now our customers can deploy easy to use Digital Signage for free.”

For non-Smart TVs, Discover Video offers the Soft Top Box® that works with virtually any display, and Digital Signage users can even use existing computers to display Digital Signage.

Samsung Smart TV’s are available from popular retail outlets and online stores. The Discover Video Signage App is available from the Samsung App Store for free. The DEVOS system, live stream encoders, live stream transcoders, capture devices, and related products are available from Discover Video and select partners.

About Discover Video, LLC

Discover Video provides video streaming equipment and services to broadcasters, schools, corporations, and government. The products include multimedia video encoders, decoders, and transcoders, media servers, priority video alert systems, digital signage, and mobile broadcasting kits. Discover Video’s customers include major corporations, local, state, and federal government, educational institutions, churches, local cable-TV stations and small businesses. http://www.discovervideo.com

D-Tools SIX 2013 R2 Adds New Features and Functionality That Maximize Systems Integrator Operational Efficiencies

CONCORD, CA – FEBRUARY 12, 2014 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced a new release of its flagship software platform, SIX 2013 R2. Available now to integrators worldwide, the SIX 2013 R2 release adds valuable new productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to both maximize the efficiency of their business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously reducing overhead. Delivering on D-Tools’ commitment to streamlining product updates and enhancements to its users, SIX 2013 R2 is immediately available to all registered SIX 2013 users.

This third release on the new architecture of the System Integrator platform, SIX 2013 R2 offers efficiency improvements to key areas of the software – catalog, projects, system design, and reporting. Moreover, SIX 2013 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including data and project management, QuickBooks and third-party integrations, and prepares users to work more effectively and efficiently with the company’s new iOS-based Mobile Quote iPad app that will be available in March.

“Our team has continued the work which began with the initial release of the D-Tools SIX platform, and we’re very pleased to offer this update to all users of SIX 2013,” said Adam Stone, President of D-Tools. “In addition to a number of significant new features and enhancements, this release will integrate with our new iPad Mobile Quote app, which will give our users the ability to generate quotes in the field and bring those into SIX 2013 for further system design and management.”

D-Tools SIX 2013 R2 includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • Mobile Quote Integration (Mobile Quote App available soon)
  • Vendor Management
  • Catalog:
    • Integrate Vendors into Catalog and Projects
    • Product Import enhancements
    • Add “Created On” date
  • Projects:
    • Improved Project Views
    • Drag & Drop on Summary Views
    • Optional and Alternate Items
    • Update Project Items from a .CSV file
    • Store and apply filters in Custom Layouts
    • Filter Item Summary
    • Improved Tax Settings and management
  • Drawing enhancements:
    • “Paste Special” function in Visio and AutoCAD to give option to paste shapes with options to Prompt (or) Clone or Alternate
    • Add Mass Update to shape shortcut menus in Visio and AutoCAD
    • Allow multiple Visio drawings of same project to be opened in same Visio instance
    • Location and System Visio Shapes
    • Connections made in Visio Line drawings also work on Plan views and Schematics
  • Reporting improvements:
    • Upgrade to Active Reports 7
    • Improved image quality for Logo and Cover page
    • Custom Cover pages and Proposal reports by Project
  • QuickBooks Integration improvements:
    • Sync all products and labor with QuickBooks
    • Assign a customer job to selected purchase order line items
    • Transfer Part Number to QuickBooks item
  • Numerous usability and performance enhancements

More than 4,500 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. To learn more, please visit www.d-tools.com. Click here to visit the all-new SIX Wiki and here to view “Getting Started with SIX” videos.

Press Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

 

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GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES GQ SERIES™ LOUDSPEAKERS

**** Photo: Grund Audio Design GQ Series loudspeakers ****

Council Bluffs, IA – February 2014… Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to announce the new GQ Series loudspeakers. Encompassing five new models manufactured using MDF enclosures that are internally braced to ensure cabinet rigidity, the GQ Series loudspeakers are available in passive or active designs and are ideal for use by performing musicians and DJs as well as being an outstanding choice for event production, corporate AV, and education. more

MassAV Creates ‘Ultimate Production Snake’ by FiberPlex

It’s lights, cameras and a whole lot more action for massAV as a result of a new FiberPlex Technologies optical snake recently added to its linecard.

The live event AV staging and production company in Billerica, Massachusetts, purchased FiberPlex’s WDM optical multiplexer to create what massAV Director of Operations Aaron Raymond calls the ultimate production snake. “We build a lot of very high end video systems, and when you start adding multiple lines of HD video along with audio, data, lighting and control for an event, it really has to be fiber,” he said, adding, “We’d been limited in our use of fiber until now because it meant having to set up an optical transmitter and receiver on every single channel, and that got expensive.”

Now, with FiberPlex’s WDM-8 active wave division multiplexer, massAV can multiplex eight discrete signals at 3 Gb/s each for transporting video, audio, lighting and control feeds onto one fiber pair.

The FiberPlex WDM multiplexer comes in 16-channel and 8-channel models and are on a cost parity with copper and copper’s associated installation and handling expenses. As the cost of copper cabling continues to rise, companies like massAV are going the fiber optic route to transport large volumes of content. Optical fiber has ten times the transference rate of copper at the high end and can transmit data error-free over greater distances by a 400:1 ratio.

“The FiberPlex multiplexer makes it so that we can run eight channels on the same fiber pair as opposed to dealing with the different types and sizes of copper cabling as well as the need to re-clock signals every couple hundred feet for longer runs,” explained Raymond.

As a result, massAV is able to replace 2,000 pounds of copper cabling with a 25-pound spool of fiber optics for large events, a savings that is realized by its corporate and other live event customers in reduced labor, setup time and transportation costs to truck in and set up copper cabling at events.

Multiplexing media and control signals onto one, 1/4-inch optical cable is also ideal for events that require running cables down hallways, across doorways or through public areas where bulky copper cabling is not practical, said Raymond.

massAV recently tried out the new multiplexer for a 1,500-person event with a main stage, two control areas, and 26 video projectors in the air – all tied together via the ultimate production snake consisting of little more than a spool of fiber optic cabling and a pair of WDM multiplexers. The setup involved multiple lines of data, video, audio, lighting control, intercom communications, and serial communications between equipment.

FiberPlex’s eight-channel WDM-8 and sixteen-channel WDM-16 multiplexers use interchangeable SFP/SFP+ modules for interfacing to a variety of gear and environments, including converting between media formats SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and 6G-SDI and for HDMI/DVI, 10/100/1G Ethernet and MADI, as well as full duplex and BiDi optical. massAV’s new multiplexer provides the flexibility now and into the immediate future as new media requirements change, noted Raymond.

FiberPlex recently took to the road to conduct a 25-city demo tour of its active wave division multiplexers as the ultimate production snake (check with a local FiberPlex representative for details). FiberPlex makes fiber optic products and systems for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, and K-12 and higher education.

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