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Extron Now Shipping EDID Emulator for HDMI

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the EDID 101H, an EDID Emulator for HDMI signal sources. It features EDID Minder, an Extron exclusive technology designed to provide automatic and continuous EDID – Extended Display Identification Data management, ensuring that the source powers up properly and reliably outputs content. The EDID 101H also features a unique HPD – Hot Plug Detect port that provides control for remote cameras and other signal sources that require a periodic HPD trigger.

“The EDID 101 Series is a toolbox favorite of integrators looking for reliable EDID communication between the many devices used in today’s AV system designs,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The EDID 101H brings Extron EDID Minder technology to HDMI system infrastructure, ensuring that digital sources power up correctly and output content to the display.”

The EDID 101H joins the EDID 101 Series of EDID emulators, which includes the EDID 101D for DVI and the EDID 101V for VGA signals. The EDID 101H is housed in a compact 1″ high, quarter rack width metal enclosure for convenient, discreet installation. An energy-efficient external universal power supply is included.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

PixelFLEX Lightweight LED Video Curtains Provide High-Quality Results without a Large Budget

As Jeremy Camp, a chart-topping, Nashville-based contemporary Christian musician, prepares to go on tour to support his latest album, Reckless, his production team is taking along an aesthetically pleasing, easy to maintain stage production made possible with PixelFLEX LED Curtains. The cross-country road show boasts past and current hits from the artist as well as a high-quality video performance for its audience.

Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display, which is exactly how the Camp production crew has used the system on tour in the past.

Camp’s stage team has been utilizing user-friendly PixelFLEX technology for three years. This summer’s tour production consists of eight 20mm Generation 1 PixelFLEX panels individually hard mounted to 2″ custom designed aluminum tube framings, which are arranged in a diamond pattern in the center of the stage. The remaining LED panels are displayed both on either side of the set and mounted on the front of two 4′ high risers housing drums and keyboards.

The flexible, lightweight ease of the PixelFLEX curtains is the primary reason Camp’s lighting director, Marcus Wuebker, continues to use the product. “The lightweight portability is definitely one of the greatest selling points (of PixelFLEX panels),” said Wuebker. “Especially with what we’ve done with the frames, where we can put up all eight panels in about 15 minutes and have it wired and ready to display video.”

Videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection – PixelFLEX LED Curtains are available from low resolution to high resolution, allowing users to demonstrate simple effects or elaborate videos. The high caliber visual components of the curtains come with equally impressive customer service assistance and without the need for an extensive budget.

“On top of the panels’ exceptional performance, PixelFLEX’s customer service has been phenomenal,” said Wuebker. “PixelFLEX offers a great display that is easy to work with, and the bang that you get for your dollar is unbeatable.”

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA or @ledcurtain.

PixelFLEX Introduces Light Rigid 8 LED Video Screen

Innovators of the industry’s most flexible, lightweight and durable LED video screens, PixelFLEX announced today the introduction of its Light Rigid 8 (LR-8). Offering an exceptionally bright and crisp picture that is rated for complete outdoor use and featuring an extremely thin construction, which makes it easy to assemble, disassemble and store, the LR-8 is ideal for permanent outdoor installations and touring applications.

Key features of PixelFLEX’s newest LED product include 8mm resolution, a 140 degree vertical and horizontal viewing angle, Powercon and Ethernet connectors, and a per tile weight of approximately 17 lbs. Additionally, with 281 trillion colors available and a lifespan of 100,000 hours, the LR-8 presents optimal flexibility and durability to customers seeking to maximize viewer engagement.

“Much like our LR-4, which we recently unveiled at InfoComm, the LR-8 was developed to meet the industry’s demand for higher video resolution with ease of installation,” said Jeremy Byrd, president and founder of PixelFLEX. “Where the LR-8 differs is in its performance in outdoor applications. While the system can be used by touring musicians on the road or in multi-use theatre environments, the LR-8 is also perfect for outdoor installations, where sharpness and clarity of picture are critical to the viewer’s experience.”

Videos and images can be sent to PixelFLEX’s LR-8 through a variety of connections, including DVI, HDMI, VGA, SDI, HD-SDI, Composite, S-video or Component.

“With the introduction of our LR-8 video screen, PixelFLEX is expanding its customer-base to include sports and entertainment venues looking for high quality and durable LED solutions that maximize flexibility of use,” Byrd continued. “Whether it’s showing video replays of a tremendous catch or images of memorabilia available at the stadium’s fan store, the LR-8 is a multifunctional solution that can meet a variety of needs.”

For more information on PixelFLEX and the LR-8 solution, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY: DATATON’S PICKUP HELPS SUPERMARKET CHAIN WIN OVER FAMILIES

© Maj Maj Måne Photography by Peter Sporremark

An innovative storytelling experience from a Swedish entertainment company is being rolled out across supermarkets with the goal of keeping children amused while shopping. And it’s already succeeding in this aim, thanks in no small part to PICKUP™ audio-guide technology from Dataton.

Storytrail® is the brainchild of Anna Lantz, CEO of children’s media production company Maj Maj Måne.

“We have worked with and for children for many years, and always emphasized storytelling as an important part of learning,” Lantz explains. “We wanted to find a way to make everyday life with children as smooth as possible, pinpointing the stress factors many families have in their lives – for example, going grocery shopping.”

“We developed Storytrail as a concept that would keep children occupied, entertained and amused in a retail environment, in a way that would keep them with their parents but also relieve much of the parents’ stress.”

In September 2012, the Storytrail idea was taken up by Sweden’s ICA Kvantum supermarket chain. The roll-out has so far involved over 30 stores, with more to come.”

“Families collect the equipment for Storytrail – a pair of headphones and a Dataton PICKUP unit – when they enter the store,” says Lantz. “Throughout the store there are nine ‘Storypoints’ – signs that contain Dataton MICROTAGS to act as the trigger for a new audio chapter in the Storytrail for kids to listen to. To make it easy for the children to find the Storypoints, we designed additional signs around the store and little footprints on the ground, underlining the idea that the kids are following a trail.”

A closer look at the Dataton PICKUP audio guide

For ICA Kvantum, Maj Maj Måne created a story using characters already used by the retail chain in its marketing. New stories involving these characters are recorded every other week, so that children always have a new Storytrail to look forward to when they go shopping.

“Research from Sweden’s Linnaeus University suggests that more than half of children are quieter when using Storytrail in a shopping environment, that parents’ stress levels are reduced by over 20%, and that 85% of parents would choose to shop at a location with Storytrail installed, over one without.”

Lars Sandlund, Chief Operating Officer, Dataton

“Storytrail is a fantastic example of how our PICKUP audio-guide technology can bring tangible and immediate business benefits to our customers,” comments Lars Sandlund, Chief Operations Officer of Dataton. ”

“Affordable, easy to install and above all very simple to use, PICKUP is finding new applications every day.”

www.dataton.com

Extron Now Shipping Larger HDMI Distribution Amplifiers

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of two new, larger HDMI distribution amplifiers as part of its HDMI DA Series product line. The HDMI DA4 with four outputs, and HDMI DA6 with six outputs, are HDCP compliant and support HDMI specification features including data rates up to 6.75 Gbps, 12-bit Deep Color, 3D, Lip Sync, and HD lossless audio formats. They also support HDTV 1080p/60, 2K, and PC resolutions up to 1920×1200. For ease of integration and reliable operation, the HDMI DA Series features two Extron-exclusive technologies: EDID Minder, which maintains continuous EDID communication between connected devices, and Key Minder, which continuously authenticates HDCP encryption between all devices, ensuring the simultaneous distribution of source content to connected displays. The HDMI DA Series is ideal for applications that require the distribution of an HDMI source signal to multiple displays.

“AV system designers and integrators have been asking for larger HDMI distribution amplifiers that encompass the robust feature set of the popular Extron HDMI DA2,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The new HDMI DA4 and HDMI DA6 are the latest additions to our growing line of HDMI products, designed for the demands of commercial AV integration in larger system designs.”

To enhance and simplify integration, the HDMI DA Series offers integrator-friendly features, including automatic input cable equalization, automatic color bit depth management, and selectable output muting, as well as indicators for monitoring and troubleshooting. Input cable equalization restores and reshapes incoming HDMI signals, reducing the need for additional signal conditioning equipment by compensating for weak source signals or signal loss from a long input cable. The HDMI DA Series automatically adjusts color bit depth based on the display EDID, preventing color compatibility conflicts between source and display. Outputs can be muted independently via RS-232, allowing content to be previewed on a local monitor. Additionally, the distribution amplifiers provide immediate visual confirmation of EDID status, HDCP authentication, and signal presence confirmation for each port via front panel LED indicators.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

Christian Music Acts Enhance Concert Performances with PixelFLEX LED Video Curtain

PixelFLEX LED Curtains were a key element during the recent tours for Mary Mary and iShine because of their flexibility and lightweight design. The two Christian music groups played in a variety of unique theater and church spaces throughout their tours, which often meant a different stage set up would be required for each venue. Under the direction of Mike Houlihan, production and tour manager for both acts, PixelFLEX’s flexible and easy to use technology allowed for a high-quality production without the costly budget and excessive work for the road crew.

Grammy-winning act Mary Mary has been a mainstay on the R&B and gospel scene for more than 12 years. To make a big impression on the sister duo’s latest tour, Houlihan incorporated four 20mm resolution panels from PixelFLEX in the center of the stage to deliver videos of the act throughout the show, including clips from the group’s TV show featured on WE. PixelFLEX’s LED Curtain was the staple piece that Houlihan designed Mary Mary’s tour around.

“To make this work on the tour, we needed a solution that would fit into one truck along with the rest of the tour equipment,” Houlihan said. “Given the challenges presented by some of the venues, we also had to have a system that was easy to set up and tear down. PixelFLEX was the only alternative to meeting both needs while also providing pristine video quality to the audience.”

For iShine, a group of Christian teenage artists that tour and perform at churches each spring to minister to pre-teens and their families, Houlihan often was faced with setting up at venues with unmovable structures. On this tour, in which he used four 20mm resolution panels, the flexibility of the panels and ability to separate them to work around such structures was critical to Houlihan and his team.

“On the iShine tour, having a product that was very flexible made a huge difference for us,” Houlihan remarked. “Audience participation is a big part of the iShine tour, so we had to be able to show song lyrics and video behind the performers. With the stage size and depth different at each venue it would have been far more difficult to deliver the required content without the PixelFLEX system.”

Given the high level of audience and performer approval Houlihan has received regarding on the PixelFLEX LED Curtain, he’s currently mapping out future tours and plans for using the system in different ways.

“With the various challenges we faced at each venue, the folks that run the iShine tour were blown away by the PixelFLEX Curtain’s performance,” Houlihan concluded. “To be able to deliver high-quality video content no matter the venue configuration, while also saving money in production costs is a tremendous value to touring professionals.”

Easy to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection – PixelFLEX LED Curtains are available from low resolution to high resolution, allowing users to demonstrate simple effects or elaborate videos.

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

Atlona(R) Now Shipping New Family of HDBaseT(TM) Extenders

Devices Bring the Simplicity of RS-232, IR Control, and PoCc to High-Resolution Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 27, 2013 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced that the company is now shipping its new family of HDBaseT(TM) solutions. Designed to provide the ultimate in HD connectivity to both residential and commercial applications over a common connector cable, the HDBaseT extender family offers higher resolutions at longer distances, Power over Category cable (PoCc), and multiple control options. A variety of form factors and connectors are available to meet the exact needs of any installation. more

Extron Announces New Fiber Optic DisplayPort Extender for Signals up to 2560×1600

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce 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.

“Integrators and system designers who rely on Extron fiber optic systems can now experience a new level of performance for distributing AV and control signals over a fiber optic infrastructure,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “With support for DisplayPort resolutions up to 2560×1600 along with its enhanced features, the FOX II DP breaks new ground for the already extensive line of FOX Series fiber optic products from Extron.”

The fiber optic DisplayPort extender is available in multimode and singlemode models. Some of its many integrator-friendly features include Key Minder, EDID Minder, Auto Input Memory, audio embedding and de-embedding, audio gain and attenuation control, and real-time system monitoring. The FOX II DP is ideal for a wide range of applications requiring long distance transmission of high resolution content with the highest quality.

To watch a product introduction video, please visit: www.extron.com/foxiidpvideo

For more information on the FOX II DP, please visit : www.extron.com/foxiidppr

Atlona(R) President and CEO Ilya Khayn Receives 2013 Young AV Professionals Award

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 20, 2013 — Atlona(R) today announced that the company’s President and CEO, Ilya Khayn, has been recognized with a 2013 InfoComm Young AV Professional Award. Created to acknowledge current InfoComm members less than 35 years of age who have achieved outstanding success in the AV industry, the award recognizes Khayn’s professional success and industry achievements in the areas of innovation, technology, and engineering.

Born in Russia, Khayn founded Atlona in 2003 with his brother, Michael Khain. Two years after moving to the U.S., he has steered the company to steady growth by keeping it focused on catering to constantly changing industry requirements, providing the best possible service, and offering optimal support to customers. With a background in mechanical engineering and a steadfast capacity to drive innovation, Khayn has helped make Atlona a leading provider of innovative connectivity solutions to the AV and IT markets — providing award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT applications.

“It is an honor for me to be recognized for such a distinguished award,” said Khayn. “Throughout my career, I have always maintained a strong passion for the AV industry and have strived to create leading-edge professional AV equipment and accessories that satisfy a wide range of residential and commercial applications. From the moment my brother and I first set foot in Silicon Valley, we knew that success would be the result of listening to our customers, and we continue to follow that very same credo within Atlona’s activities today.”

More information about Atlona solutions is available at www.atlona.com.

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About Atlona(R)
Atlona(R) is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare.

Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry.

More information about Atlona is available at www.atlona.com.

© 2013 Atlona Inc. All rights reserved. Atlona and the Atlona logo are registered trademarks of Atlona Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other names and marks are trademarks of their respective holders.

Product prices and availability are subject to change without notice.

Actual products may vary from images shown.

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Extron Introduces New Eight-Channel Audio Extractor for 3G-SDI

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the 3G-AE 100, a high performance audio extractor for 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, and SDI digital video signals. It automatically detects the incoming 3G-SDI/HD-SDI/SDI data rate, de-embeds up to eight channels of digital audio, and then converts it to line level, analog audio. The 3G-AE 100 features an equalized 3G-SDI/HD-SDI/SDI input and eight analog audio outputs that are switch-selectable to support audio groups 1 through 4. A buffered and reclocked 3G-SDI/HD-SDI/SDI loop-through allows two 3G-AE 100 units to be cascaded to support up to 16 channels of embedded audio. The 3G-AE 100 is ideal for use in applications where digital audio must be extracted from a 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, or SDI signal and converted to line level, analog audio.

“SDI signals are steadily gaining popularity as a way to transmit high definition video signals in commercial AV systems, but converting embedded digital audio into a form that can be used in AV systems has been a challenge,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The 3G-AE 100 joins our growing line of SDI products and provides a simple, convenient solution for de-embedding SDI audio for playback through a house audio system or similar needs.”

The 3G-AE 100 de-embeds eight channels of digital audio from SDI groups 1/2 or 3/4, and outputs it as line level, analog audio on captive screw connectors. Two units can be cascaded to support applications in which 16 channels of audio are required. In addition, the 3G-AE 100 features automatic input equalization up to 500 feet (150 meters) for HD-SDI and SDI signals, and up to 400 feet (120 meters) for 3G-SDI on Extron RG6 cables. Input cable equalization reduces the need for additional signal conditioning equipment by compensating for weak source signals or signal loss from a long input cable.

A convenient front panel data rate indicator provides visual confirmation of input data rates for quick identification of the incoming digital video signal. The 3G-AE 100 is housed in a compact 1U, quarter rack width metal enclosure for easy integration into both new and existing AV systems.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

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