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Christie and Corning Showcasing Video Wall Custom Display Solution with Durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass Cover Solution at CES 2014

Christie’s high performing, versatile ultra-narrow bezel LCD flat panels, with optically bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass, will be on display at the Corning Incorporated booth (#11612) at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, January 7-10, 2014. Designed for tiled video wall installations, the Christie LCD flat panels, available in sizes 46 or 55 inches, deliver crisp, detailed images and high brightness with full HD resolution for retail environments, museums, universities, broadcast and monitoring applications such as control rooms and security and surveillance.

The 2-unit wide by 2-unit high Christie FHD461-X flat panels, customized with optically-clear Gorilla Glass, create an unprecedented level of durability for applications where interactivity and damage resistance are paramount. Corning’s thin, lightweight chemically-strengthened glass solution retains the LCD flat panel’s sleek, narrow-bezel design that empowers a wide variety of tiled video-wall applications. A variety of content will be shown to demonstrate the flat panels’ dynamic visual capabilities as well as Corning Gorilla Glass’ durable, scratch-resistant abilities.

“Corning Gorilla Glass provides an innovative solution for digital signage applications due to the thin profile and optical clarity of the glass, making it an ideal cover solution to pair with direct bonding,” said David Loeber, business director of Corning Large Cover Glass. “Directly bonding Gorilla Glass to the LCD panel gives the display superior protection in high-traffic public spaces and it is ideal for touchscreen applications.”

“We continue to work with Corning to offer custom solutions and are pleased to partner with them to display the flat panel and Gorilla Glass option at CES,” said Sean James, vice president, Managed Services for Christie.

Recognized for its collaborative consulting and system design abilities, which also include installation, 24/7 remote monitoring, phone support, preventative maintenance and onsite emergency service of displays, Christie’s Managed Services works with a national dealer network to offer bundling options and customized digital signage solutions to meet customers’ goals.

Extron XTP DTP 24 Twisted Pair Cable Receives HDBaseT Recommendation

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce that Extron XTP DTP 24 Shielded Twisted Pair Cable has been independently tested in an HDBaseT™ Alliance Recognized Testing Facility and verified to exceed performance requirements for recommendation by the Alliance. The HDBaseT Alliance’s Cable Recommendation Program helps AV installers to select cables that are engineered for optimum signal transmission within a twisted pair infrastructure. Extron XTP DTP 24 cable is specifically engineered to improve performance and signal path reliability with Extron XTP Systems, DTP Systems, and HDBaseT applications. The cable is available in both Plenum and Non-Plenum versions, and is certified to 475 MHz bandwidth at distances up to 330 feet (100 meters).

“When Extron got into the AV cable business many years ago, we quickly determined that off-the-shelf bulk cable didn’t meet our standards for performance, reliability, and durability, so we design all of our cables in-house,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “XTP DTP 24 cable is engineered specifically for digital video applications to provide integrators with absolute confidence in signal integrity throughout the largest distribution systems. While primarily intended for use with Extron XTP Systems and DTP Series products, the XTP DTP 24 cable can be used in any HDBaseT application for an additional measure of performance and reliability.”

Extron XTP DTP 24 cable is performance-optimized, 24 AWG shielded twisted pair cable specifically engineered to Extron’s exacting standards of performance. The cable utilizes an SF/UTP Shielded Foil/Unshielded Twisted Pair design for superior performance in digital video and audio distribution system applications and features 24 AWG solid copper conductors within overall braid and foil shields. Both Non-Plenum and Plenum-rated versions are available in spools of 1,000 feet (305 meters). To ensure end-to-end cable infrastructure performance, a line of matching shielded RJ-45 plugs, punch down jacks, and couplers is also available.

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

HPA Tech Retreat Celebrates 20 Years of Inquiry and Illumination

Industry Thought Leaders and Technology Mavens Head Back to Palm Springs for Thoughtful Exploration of an Industry in Transition

(Los Angeles, CA) For the past twenty years, the Hollywood Post Alliance(r) (HPA) Tech Retreat(r) has gathered a veritable who’s who in engineering, technology, creativity, and strategic business together for a structured yet informal meeting of the minds; where top industry leaders engaged in all aspects of production, distribution, post production, film, television, web and related endeavors, gather in an environment conducive to the exchange of knowledge and information. This year’s 20th Anniversary confab promises all of that and more from February 17-21, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells near Palm Springs, CA.

The Tech Retreat offers attendees the chance to explore the opportunities and the complexities facing an industry in transition, and to investigate new solutions and technologies that impact its many constituents.

The HPA Tech Retreat offers lively conference sessions, networking events and technology demonstrations to an engaged audience of participants and panelists that hail from a pool of the top technical, creative, business and hands-on experts. Topics will take the Tech Retreat audience from the nitty gritty to the very precipice.

For a full schedule, visit http://bit.ly/1cwt7B2. On Monday, February 17th, the event opens for early registration and a pre-Retreat course titled Physics, Psychophysics, and Vision for Advanced Motion Imaging from Charles Poynton and John Watkinson. Tuesday launches the HPA Tech Retreat, with the HPA Supersession: The New Normal is Anything But, focusing on the impact of new distribution platforms in production and post. Wednesday through Friday mornings feature breakfast roundtables where any industry relevant topic goes. The HPA Demo Room opens on Tuesday with demos and cocktails and is a hotbed of new products and technologies that feature curated and expert-demos which illustrate the latest developments. Wednesday focuses on the consumer experience and impact, and Thursday production and post. The Tech Retreat concludes Friday morning, with highlights and an emphasis on engineering. The entire event features many opportunities for one-on-one discussion with industry innovators, technology experts, business executives and other top professionals.

Mark Schubin, Multiple-Emmy-award-winning SMPTE Fellow has been working in television since 1967, writing about it since 1972, and chairing the HPA Tech Retreat program since 1997, commented on the engaging presentations set for next month. “We are dealing with fundamental changes in the very nature of our industry, from changing methodologies – broadcast, cable, DVD, DVR, for example- to the previously unthinkable, such as giving fans in a stadium access to their own instant replays, letting social media shape programming, and all of those things that lay beyond. This is a challenging but expansive time. For example, at the Tech Retreat, we’ll feature a presentation that may appear to be purely tech-focused and narrow (i.e., new display connections) but it will show how the consumer technology is powerfully driving the professional world. As always, we’ll be digging into important topics that are thought provoking, but are also important in terms of our businesses and careers, including two of the most critical issues in our industry: the change from video-specific technology to commodity information technology, and the question of what comes next on the screen, and what delivers the biggest bang for the buck?” Schubin notes, “Maybe it’s something a lot simpler than “4K.” He concludes, “And, we’re spending a day with a provocative dive into one of the most important topics there is – color.”

Leon Silverman President of the HPA noted, “This year is a significant milestone for the HPA Tech Retreat as we look back over the incredible effect that technology has had on our industry over the past 20 years. As the world of film and television became increasingly impacted by computer and digital technologies, the HPA Tech Retreat served as an important common ground for our industry to experience and drive transformative change together. Now more than ever, the Tech Retreat serves as an important bridge between so many of the rapidly changing aspects of our industry. As I do every year, I look forward to spending time with the most interesting people I know, and ones I hope to know, at the HPA Tech Retreat.”

Early bird registration pricing will end on January 10 and the Tech Retreat demo room still has a few remaining spaces left. For full information and registration visit www.hpaonline.com or call the HPA office at (213) 614-0860 or email Eileen Kramer – ekramer@hpaonline.com.

About the HPA Tech Retreat(r)
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post-production, film, television, video, broadcast, and related technology areas, for the exchange of information.

The HPA Tech Retreat(r) will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members: Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFILM, Encore; Gold Sponsor: Rohde & Schwarz and Brand Sponsor: Cloud Sigma.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

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Media Contact:
Chris Purse, 818.303.8088
ignite strategic communications
chris@ignite.bz or mimi@ignite.bz

Crimson AV Joins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

Detailed Crimson AV mounting solutions product specifications are now available to current D-Tools System Integrator™ users for immediate use

CONCORD, CA – December 23, 2013 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Crimson AV has joined the MVP Partnership Program, making fully detailed information about the entire line of Crimson products available to D-Tools System Integrator™ users free of charge. Combining improved manufacturing processes with enhanced design and engineering to produce the most safe, secure, smooth-moving and streamlined AV mounting solutions for the consumer and commercial audio video markets, Crimson’s award-winning AV mounting solutions are highly regarded within the AV industry.

“We are excited to become part of the D-Tools MVP program,” Said Vlad Gleyzer, Crimson AV president. “At Crimson, our mission is to provide AV mounting solutions that provide tangible benefits; easy installation, enhanced designs, and far better price points. Having the full line of Crimson products available for specification and use by D-Tools users expands our brand’s reach and allows our dealers to simplify the estimation, design and management of their projects, which is a total win for all involved.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process, making it easier for system integrators to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients.

“Crimson offers a comprehensive assortment of professional-grade AV mounts to address nearly every residential or commercial AV application, regardless of size or scope,” said Adam Stone, President of D-Tools. “Now, through the D-Tools MVP Program, all of the data for Crimson’s robust product line will be made available to integrators worldwide for use in specifying, proposing and installing systems using Crimson products, and we’re thrilled they’re part of the program.”

More than 4,400 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. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About Crimson
Crimson manufactures a comprehensive lineup of display mount solutions designed for a wide variety of Residential and Commercial applications, including Digital signage, Education, Hospitality, Corporate, Worship, Venues, Stadiums and Arenas, Restaurants, Bars and Healthcare facilities.

With extensive experience in the design, manufacture and sale of professional-grade display mounting equipment, and by utilizing lean business practices, Crimson has developed a proprietary business model, which provides maximum value with minimal cost. Not only do Crimson customers receive the best value, they also benefit from unparalleled customer service, an easy to use website and uncompromising design and build quality, ensuring each Crimson AV mount will be trouble-free for years to come. Interested parties can learn more about Crimson mounting solutions by visiting www.crimsonav.com, by calling 866-MOUNT-TV, or by writing to info@crimsonav.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contact for both D-Tools and Crimson AV: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com, @katyemcgregor

 

 

 

 

 

Extron Universal XTP Transmitter for Multi-Format Analog Video Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T VGA, a universal XTP transmitter that sends multi-format analog video, audio, bidirectional RS-232 and IR control, and Ethernet up to 330 feet (100 m) over a single CATx cable. The transmitter digitizes incoming analog formats, providing signal extension of RGBHV, HD component video, S-video, and composite video signals from remote analog sources for high performance transmission. It supports computer-video to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. To simplify integration, the XTP transmitter provides VGA loop-through for source monitoring and can be powered over the same CATx cable. more

Extron Two Input XTP Wallplate Transmitter for HDMI and VGA Signals Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T UWP 302, a two-input XTP wallplate transmitter that provides the convenience of connecting local source devices at a wall or other locations including a lectern or floor box. This XTP transmitter mounts into a standard three-gang junction box, and sends HDMI or RGBHV video, audio, and control up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single CATx cable. It is HDCP-compliant and supports computer-video to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 Deep Color and 2K. For simplified integration, the XTP T UWP 302 features automatic switching between inputs with selectable prioritization, and can be powered over the same CATx cable. The XTP T UWP 302 is designed for use in XTP Systems for signal distribution and long-distance transmission between remote endpoints. more

Tightrope Media Systems Keeps Digital Signage Content Fresh with Tight Social Media Integration

New Carousel software release adds Twitter, Facebook authentication alongside new visual enhancements tools to address evolving customer needs

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, December 17, 2013Tightrope Media Systems announces a new software release for its tried-and-true Carousel digital signage platform, giving its customers new tools and enhancements that keep content fresh and enrich visual appeal.

Available today, the Carousel 6.4 software release supports direct Twitter and Facebook integration, simplifying how operators access and subsequently incorporate social media feeds into signage layouts. This native connection, achieved via a simple login process, also better organizes social media integration so that content remains timely.

“Social media is so natural to people today that it’s easy for most to focus in and consume that information on signage platforms,” said Eric Henry, Signage Solutions Lead for Tightrope Media Systems. “Our customers are increasingly seeking ways to ensure that their social media content is current, dynamic and well-aligned with their screen content. It creates a natural connection between consumers and the businesses or organizations that rely on digital signage as a communications platform.”

The new Carousel software release also includes visual and operational enhancements to keep screens lively and appealing. A new text character limit on Carousel bulletins eliminate screen crowding and wordy passages to retain viewers and strengthen messages. Similarly, a new web preview feature offers a quick glance at clock bulletins to ensure content is synchronized and easy to digest. Operationally, a new copy option allows for quick transfer of new bulletins to fresh templates, allowing users to create and customize layouts rich with up-to-date information.

“The new software release benefits our customers across all digital signage verticals we serve, including hospitality, transportation, sports and houses of worship,” said Henry. “These enhancements also reflect what our customers are requesting today.”

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Extron Introduces Two Input DTP Wallplate Transmitters for HDMI and VGA

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP T HWP 232 D and the DTP T UWP 232 D two input Decora®-style transmitters. The DTP T HWP 232 D transmits HDMI, audio, and control, while the DTP T UWP 232 D transmits HDMI or analog video, audio, and control. These signals are sent up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable to an Extron DTP 230 receiver. The DTP T UWP 232 D digitizes incoming analog video for reliable display on a variety of output devices. Both transmitters are HDCP compliant and include independent stereo audio connections. They also offer many integrator-friendly features such as EDID Minder, auto-switching between inputs, remote power capability, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR pass-through for remote AV device control. The wall-mountable design of the DTP T HWP 232 D and DTP T UWP 232 D provides the convenience of placing input connections precisely where they are needed. more

Christie MicroTiles Showing the Dupont Story at Johnston Dupont Innovation Center

Christie® and AVI Systems have created a striking 10-unit wide by 5-units tall Christie® MicroTiles® digital display wall in Johnston, Iowa that impressed those attending the Center’s grand opening June 25. Also known as the Collaboratory, and the twelfth center DuPont has opened globally, the Johnston DuPont Innovation Center provides a unique environment for collaboration among more than 10,000 DuPont scientists and engineers with customers, government officials, academics, and business partners around the world.

The 3,500 square foot space and adjoining collaboration room showcases the latest company technology, applications and products that are designed to meet the world’s biggest challenges, including food security, energy and protection.

AVI Systems and DuPont Choose Christie MicroTiles
The initial idea was to install flat panels but Les Hofland, System Sales Specialist, CTS, AVI Systems, had Christie MicroTiles in mind from the start.

“We showed the 5-high by 1-wide Christie MicroTiles tower we have to some people at the Center about two months before they brought us into this meeting,” said Hofland. “I brought in the DuPont people and one thing they really liked was that on each MicroTiles unit they could pull out the light engine and put a new one in within 15 minutes. They didn’t have to worry about replacing the entire wall.”

Christie and AVI Systems Meet Strict Deadline; Christie MicroTiles Overcome Substantial Ambient Light
Working with McCullough Creative, who produced the corporate videos and other content shown on the Christie MicroTiles, the installation team had a June 22 cutoff date for the opening three days later.

“The room was still under construction so we couldn’t get in there until the last week in May. They wanted the wall up and running a couple weeks ahead of the deadline to give the software designers some play time with the equipment,” said Hofland. “We met the deadline and I was very happy with the information we received for designing the wall. Everything showed up just days after we put the order in; things happened quickly and we were surprised about the fast delivery time. Christie really stepped up to the plate.”

Since they are located against one wall in a large, south facing room with glass windows running almost ceiling to floor, bright sunlight often bathes the Christie MicroTiles.

“Bright, ambient light is a factor but it doesn’t impact the MicroTiles at all,” said Hofland. “The display always looks nice and full without any problems seeing it. Everyone loves the MicroTiles and think it’s the best thing they have ever seen.”

With a much wider color palette than conventional LCD displays, Christie MicroTiles show pure, saturated, accurate colors. The modular display technology can be configured into nearly any shape and size to create a gorgeous digital canvas.

Matrox at Digital Signage Expo 2014 — Product Preview

H.264 encoders/decoders, video wall controller boards, and external multi-display adapters to be showcased

At DSE 2014 (Las Vegas, Feb. 12-13, booth 348), Matrox® Graphics Inc. will present Matrox Maevex™ 5100 Series H.264 encoders/decoders, Matrox Mura™ MPX Series video wall controller boards and Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go™ external multi-display adapters. Demonstrations will show digital signage integrators and retailers how to create high-impact, memorable and interactive user experiences for their customers using Matrox multi-display products.

H.264 Encoders/Decoders
Matrox Maevex 5100 Series delivers excellent streaming quality at a fraction of the price of traditional encode/decode systems. Maevex video over IP solutions enable the extension of Full HD quality 1080p60 video over standard IP networks. Bitrates are user definable between 100Kbps and 25Mbps allowing for multiple streams on both 100Mb and 1000Mb standard networks. Maevex H.264 Encoders and Decoders capture, stream, and decode video from a variety of sources, and even allow for software-based decoding on non-Maevex devices. At DSE 2014 digital signage integrators will discover how they can take advantage of Maevex’s high MTBF and fanless design to create low maintenance point-to-multipoint installations as well as encode/stream solutions where digital signage players do the decoding. Maevex units come bundled with Matrox PowerStream™ software, allowing for easy remote management of Maevex devices and enabling a wide variety of user-defined stream-management features including unicast and multicast networking.

Video Wall Controller Boards
Matrox Mura MPX Series video wall controller boards feature flexible inputs and high-quality outputs allowing integrators to easily and cost-effectively build custom video walls of almost any size using a single high-density controller system. Matrox and third-party software options include simple control from Android™ and iPad® devices and easy integration with existing controller systems. At DSE 2014, digital signage integrators are invited to witness a demonstration of rich transitions and eye-catching effects applied to both recorded and live content using the latest Mura Network API. Integrators will soon be able to use software from Matrox partners to blend existing signage content with content from other sources to create attention-grabbing video walls.

External Multi-Display Adapters
Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go external multi-display adapters let users add two or three monitors to a small player PC or desktop computer that does not have an expansion slot for a multi-display graphics card. They connect to the video output of the system and use its existing GPU to provide high quality, uncompressed graphics and video across all monitors. The DSE 2014 demonstration will show interactive multi-touch performance across the multiple screens for use in interactive kiosks, way finding, retail and exhibit display walls, as well as collaborative multi-panel classroom, boardroom, and command & control installations.

About Matrox Graphics Inc
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

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