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Barix and DMD2 Develop In-Store Audio Solution for Remodeled Victorinox Retail Stores

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, June 5, 2013 — Leading corporate music provider DMD2 of Switzerland is bringing fresh energy to newly remodeled Victorinox retail stores on two continents using IP-based in-store media solutions from Barix. The Barix devices reliably play out a unique and exciting DMD2-programmed music mix that meets the retail giant’s new branding requirements.

DMD2, which also handles Barix device configuration, service monitoring and music licensing, chose Barix Exstreamer IP audio decoders for playout due to their high audio quality and reliability. DMD2 delivers the program as a single stream across seven stores in Europe and five in Hong Kong.

Habegger AG, a Swiss event and corporate architecture supplier, engaged with DMD2 to develop an in-store music concept that matched the new Victorinox store designs. The channel development phase gave birth to the “Victorinox music mix,” constantly updated with new releases as part of an eclectic music mix from the 70s to the early 2000s.

This was a new concept to the Victorinox stores as many used CD players, FM tuners or iPods to play music. DMD2 considered Barix an ideal partner to transition the stores to IP audio delivery, as many of the tools to support the new stream were well suited for Barix hardware. The music originates from datacenters in Bern, Switzerland and is delivered to Barix Exstreamer devices in each store as 64kb/s mp3 streams, with expectations to add AAC+ streams moving forward.

“We’ll eventually switch to AAC+ 48kbps encoding to increase stream stability for retail stores in the more remote areas,” said Alexander dal Farra, owner and president of DMD2. “The flexibility of Barix devices is a big benefit in this regard, as the Exstreamer offers both MP3 and AAC+ decoding functionality. This makes migration to AAC+ an easy task.”

With stores in such cities as Zurich, Dusseldorf, Hong Kong and Geneva, Victorinox now has a corporate audio solution that gives exceptional control to the brand management department.

“It’s no longer an ‘everybody is a DJ’ approach within the different store locations,” said dal Farra. “This streamlined process has also brought a fair amount of convenience to the store staff as there is no more music editorial work, licensing or normalizing of tracks.”

Dal Farra added that the new solution also provides Victorinox headquarters with the option to introduce real-time advertisements using ad injection software — a potential revenue generator that would quickly monetize the new in-store audio network.

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the professional audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix products provide solutions in audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).
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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF MUSE® HDMI®+POWER+IR TRANSMITTER / RECEIVER

**** Photo: Altinex MU400-111 transmitter and MU500-112 receiver ****

Brea, CA – InfoComm Booth 3031… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of its Muse HDMI+Power+IR Transmitter and Receiver. This new technology dramatically changes the way integrators approach AV systems. With the ability to distribute power, HDMI, RS-232 and IR control signals up to 300 feet (90 m) over a single, low voltage, shielded or unshielded CAT-6 cable, Muse is an innovative system that enables AV Integrators to eliminate the worry of electrical outlet placement—providing AV installers full control over their projects. more

Extron Now Shipping Economical Wall Mount HDMI Twisted Pair Extender

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DTP HDMI 230 D, a Decora®-style transmitter and receiver set for transmission of HDMI, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR control signals up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable. The HDCP-compliant extender provides an economical and effective means for extending HDMI with embedded multi-channel audio from HDMI-equipped devices. In addition, the DTP HDMI 230 D accepts analog stereo audio signals and digitizes them for simultaneous transmission over the same twisted pair cable. The wall-mountable design and remote power capability make the DTP HDMI 230 D ideal for extending HDMI, audio, and bidirectional control while offering aesthetically pleasing integration in space-challenged environments.

“AV system designers need the flexibility be able to place input and output connection points right where they are needed,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The DTP HDMI 230 D achieves this with a wall-mountable design, allowing for convenient installation while also sending HDMI video, audio, and bidirectional control signals over a single twisted pair cable and ensuring optimal signal quality.”

This extender streamlines integration with analog and digital audio signals. It allows a direct analog audio connection from devices with stereo output, such as desktop computers or laptops, and provides balanced and unbalanced audio output from the receiver. Additionally, the DTP HDMI 230 D continuously maintains DDC communication of EDID and HDCP between a source and display for reliable operation, ensuring direct compatibility and optimal signal transmission between devices.

The DTP HDMI 230 D is compatible with CAT 5e, CAT 6, and CAT 7 twisted pair cable, and can be used as a point-to-point solution or integrated with an HDMI matrix switcher to extend inputs or outputs to remote locations. It supports signal resolutions up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K, and supports HDMI specification features including data rates up to 6.75 Gbps, Deep Color up to 12-bit, 3D, HD lossless audio formats, and CEC. For added flexibility, either the transmitter or receiver can be powered over the original twisted pair cable, allowing both devices to share one external power supply. Both devices are available separately, and may be mixed and matched with the desktop DTP HDMI 230 transmitter or receiver to suit the installation requirements of a specific application.

Extron Now Shipping VNR 100 VN-Matrix Single Channel Recorder

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the VNR 100, a single channel recorder that digitally records and plays back high-definition computer graphics, video, audio, and data streamed in VN-Matrix® systems. It can simultaneously record and play back streaming content. This provides flexibility for recording and playback workflows, and can help increase the duty cycle of expensive source and presentation equipment. The VNR 100 presents a scalable solution that can be deployed in single source or multi-source applications.

“The VNR 100 is a scalable, advanced recording solution for quality-critical AV streaming applications,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “Its ability to record and play back simultaneously makes it ideally suited for a variety of streaming and recording applications.”

Pre-recorded content can be streamed while an independent source is recorded in time-slip applications, and chase-play capabilities allow time-shifted delays to be introduced into a live stream. Additionally, multiple VNR 100 units can be configured to accommodate recording and playback of AV content presented on multi-screen display systems. As a part of Extron’s line of VN-Matrix streaming solutions, the VNR 100 is ideally suited for AV streaming and recording applications with the most demanding quality and performance requirements. Common applications for the VNR 100 include command and control, training and simulation, multi-site houses of worship, and staged entertainment events.

New cost–effective KanexPro HDMI Matrix with up to 32×32 I/O’s

May 16, 2013. Getting ready for InfoComm? Don’t forget to check our new, best-in class HDMI™ Matrix Switcher for all your AV integration needs.

The KanexPro HDMI 32×32 (also available in 4×4, 8×8 & 16×16) matrix is an ultra-high performance, digital matrix switcher engineered to route HDMI signals from 32 inputs to 32 outputs. The unit provides full HDCP internal management for today’s integration in commercial A/V market, ensuring HDCP key authentication, and administering the handshake internally. It maintains resolutions up to 1920 x 1200, 1080p or 2K, supporting full cross point switching. The matrix supports smart EDID management for rapid integration of sources and displays.

HDMI, Matrix, EDID, HDCP


Fully controllable through RS-232 commands, IR remote and front-panel buttons, this switcher includes 10-global presets for I/O configurations which allows saving and recalling via the front-panel, IR or through serial control at any time.

Today’s Applications

The KanexPro HDMI 32×32 matrix switcher is ideal for countless commercial applications such as military, medical and government environments where swift, reliable switching and distribution of high-resolution DVI/HDMI signals is critical to meet pixel-by-pixel needs.
To get a quote or for more information please call us at 888-644-4149 or visit KanexPro.com

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively. KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

Extron Fiber Optic RS-232 Inserter Now Shipping

Extron FOX RS 104Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new FOX RS 104, a four port RS-232 inserter for long-haul transmission of control signals to remote source and destination equipment over fiber optic cabling. Each port provides a bidirectional fiber optic connection to an Extron FOX Series transmitter or receiver for the insertion and extraction of control data, while maintaining a continuous pass-through link for video and audio. The FOX RS 104 is ideal for use in applications with a centralized control system that require the long-haul transmission of AV and control signals over fiber optic cabling.

“The FOX RS 104 provides system designers and integrators with a simple way to provide control to remote locations,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “By embedding control data into the fiber optic AV signal, the inserter eliminates the need for separate control system wiring.”

RS-232 data from the Ethernet port is inserted onto one or more of the fiber optic outputs, providing remote monitoring and control. Reclocking on the unit’s buffered fiber optic outputs ensures signal integrity and transmits the fiber optic signal at its original power level. The FOX RS 104 maintains the performance of the optical signal transmission while providing bidirectional control from a control processor, eliminating the need for separate control system wiring to remote devices. Available in multimode and singlemode models, it is compatible with the extensive line of FOX Series extenders, distribution amplifiers, switchers, and matrix switchers.

Extron Now Shipping Economical DVI Twisted Pair Extenders

Extron DTP DVI 230 SeriesExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DTP DVI 230 and DTP DVI 230 D desktop and Decora®-style twisted pair extenders. These extenders transmit DVI-D video, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR control signals up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable. The DTP DVI 230 and DTP DVI 230 D provide an economical and effective means for extending single link DVI-D or HDMI signals. The transmitters are each equipped with a buffered DVI loop-through output to support a local computer monitor. Both models feature remote power capability of either the transmitter or receiver, and can be mixed and matched for installation flexibility.

“The addition of the DTP DVI 230 and DTP DVI 230 D to our growing DTP twisted pair extender line provides our customers with valuable tools for digital AV signal distribution,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The DTP DVI 230 provides a low profile enclosure for discreet placement behind displays or beneath tables, while the DTP DVI 230 D increases system flexibility with convenient in-wall mounting that enables AV system designers and integrators to add inputs and outputs exactly where they are needed.”

The extenders support signal resolutions up to 1920×1200 and 1080p/60, and are fully compatible with HDMI signals when used with the appropriate DVI-HDMI adapters from Extron. The DTP DVI 230 and DTP DVI 230 D can transmit HDMI signals, supporting Deep Color up to 12-bit, CEC, and embedded HD lossless audio formats. They also allow a direct connection from devices with an analog stereo audio output, such as desktop computers or laptops, and provide balanced and unbalanced audio output from the receiver.

In addition, the extenders continuously maintain DDC communication of EDID and HDCP between a source and display for reliable operation, ensuring direct compatibility and optimal signal transmission between devices. The DTP DVI 230 and DTP DVI 230 D are compatible with CAT 5e, CAT 6, and CAT 7 twisted pair cable, and can be used as a point-to-point solution or integrated with a switching and distribution system to extend inputs or outputs to remote locations. Extron XTP DTP 24 shielded twisted pair cable is available for optimal performance, providing added protection from outside interference.

Optocore Technology Takes the X Games to the Extreme

Helps GB4D Rental House Simplify Network Audio Distribution High in the French Alps

TIGNES, FRANCE, MAY 2, 2013 – For the fourth year in a row, a portion of ESPN’s X Games has taken place overseas, this time in Tignes, France, a hot spot for skiing and snowboarding in the French Alps. In addition to X Games Tignes being broadcast from France this year for the first time ever, the annual extreme sporting event is going global, with additional events taking place through early August in Aspen (U.S.), Barcelona (Spain), Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil), Los Angeles (U.S.) and Munich (Germany). Situated at up to 12, 293 feet above sea level, the location of the games added a new level of complexity for Gilles Bouvard Events and Entertainment (GB4D), the France-based rental house that assisted ESPN with the sophisticated audio signal distribution necessary for the event. To help manage the coordination and weather challenges, the company turned to Optocore’s optical fiber network solutions.

The event in France was co-produced by Canal+ Events on behalf of ESPN, with GB4D providing virtually all of the audio equipment for the competition zones to assist A+ Events, another co-producer. With more than 125 athletes participating in the games, the team at GB4D knew it needed gear capable of managing not only proper audio distribution, but also able to withstand the snowy weather concerns. A longtime fan of Optocore, Gilles Bouvard, owner of GB4D, suggested Optocore’s interfaces as a way to ensure a successful signal flow within a redundant system.

“The audio vendor for the X Games was my former associate, Julien Terrier, with his new company A+ Events,” says Bouchard. “I suggested he use Optocore to provide all the fiber network signal distribution.”

The audio transmission was based around two Optocore loops—one ring for the Super Pipe competition area, with five Optocore X6R-FX network converters for the main PA and one for the VIP area—and a second for the Slope Style competition area, with two X6R-FX interfaces. The master control room was equipped with two DD2FR-FX (offering MADI ports), two DD32R-FX (AES-EBU) and one X6R-FX systems. GB4D was able to control the entire Optocore system from a single desktop PC.

As the distances between nodes were long, GB4D used approximately 984 feet (300m) of Neutrik X-TREME fibers for signal transport between all links. The primary ring measured a distance of approximately 1.3 miles (2.1km) and the secondary approximate 1,968 feet (600m), which was constructed around 12 nodes, plus spares.
L’Acoustics LA8 and Lab Gruppen PLM10000Q amplifiers fed the main PA hangs, while the Optocore LAN controlled the Super Pipe’s deck fills. Inputs included background music, live DJ feeds, wireless announcer microphones, various media and advertisement sources and TV truck feeds.

“Thanks to the Optocore network, the wireless links for the announcers was greatly simplified. Also, feeding signals into the system was easy,” explains Bouvard. “As for the outputs, the Optocore fiber network allowed a simple routing of the various signals feeding the amplifiers all around the site. The possibilities offered by macros allowed a simplified routing and ease of modification for all the various live and recording feeds.” GB4D designed a redundant FOH position, deploying two fully backed-up Midas digital desks.

Bouvard compared the challenge of working high in the Alps with the opposite climatic extreme GB4D faced when it recently deployed a vast Optocore and BroaMan network over a huge distance for Kuwait’s 50th Constitution Day celebration. “There was really little difference,” he says. “On the one hand we had the high temperatures and sand storms, on the other the very low temperatures and snow. We found ourselves in two similar extreme situations and we had to find reliable solutions.

“I think that working in those difficult environments helps us improve our technical expertise. We have learned to adapt technically to those constraints, for example with the PA and cabling, but more essentially for the monitoring of the systems, which is crucial in this type of event and in these conditions. The use of an Optocore network simplifies this enormously.”

With the increasing popularity of the X Games across the world, there are more technical challenges, especially in the months leading up to the event. “Reliability is fundamental,” continues Bouvard. “All the vendors present were snow and mountain specialists, so we were ready for any technical challenges. Plus, the ease of the Optocore implementation was a major step forward for this project. The most notable aspects were the simplification of the routing system, the increased reliability of the wiring on site, the total redundancy and the real-time monitoring of all system components.”

He added that GB4D technicians François Lund, Patrice Giono and Piotr Skotnicki have worked at X Games Tignes since it was first staged there in 2010. All three are certified Optocore technicians, and were responsible for realizing the design, implementation and operation of this year’s event.

About Optocore

Based in Munich, Germany, Optocore is the world market leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low–latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data. For 20 years, Optocore has been continuously innovating and setting new standards with regards to digital network technology. Optocore builds and develops synchronous optical fiber and CAT5 based network solutions for broadcast professionals, fixed installations and live event applications. Utilizing leading-edge technology and high-quality components, Optocore guarantees durability and therefore long-term market and customer satisfaction. Due to its open system architecture, Optocore’s platform offers other manufacturers the option to transfer conventional standard audio, video and data formats used in the pro audio industry over a fiber and CAT5 network. Technical expertise, QoS and an extensive support structure are guaranteed to all customers, together with the highest level of quality controls. For more information, visit www.optocore.com.

ALTINEX TILT ‘N PLUG® INTERCONNECT SOLUTIONS DEPLOYED AT CHRISTIE DIGITAL SYSTEMS USA

**** Photo: Jon Edwards with an Altinex TNP500 Series Interconnect Box ****

Cyprus, CA – April 2013… From rental and staging to Hollywood’s most lavish theaters, Christie Digital Systems USA is recognized as one of the most visual technology companies in the world. The company’s display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences everywhere. Maintaining that global presence requires regular planning and strategizing—much of which takes place at the company’s Cyprus, CA USA headquarters. That’s precisely why their new Executive Boardroom is equipped with state-of-the-art TNP (Tilt ‘N Plug) interconnect solutions from Brea, CA-based Altinex. more

DVEO Launches 40 Channel Real Time Transcoder, Scaler and Streamer for OTT and IPTV Applications at NAB 2013

San Diego, California –- March 26, 2013 — At NAB 2013, DVEO, the broadcast division of CMI, is introducing their new multi format, multi function 40 channel RF capturing transcoder, scaler, and streamer. The real time, broadcast quality MPEG Magnus™ MF transcodes up to 20 720p HD streams, or 10 1080i/p HD streams, or 40 SD streams from MPEG-2 to H.264, all in a 3 RU system. For satellite input (DVB-S/S2), the system sees 200 satellite streams and transcodes up to 40 SD streams.

The MPEG Magnus MF will make its debut at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at booth SU6505.

Based on Embedded Linux®, the MPEG Magnus MF features multiprotocol, multiresolution, and multiwrapper support including RTMP, RTSP, RTMP, HTTP, Smooth, and Live Streaming. It relies on an Intel® Dual 8 Core processor as an accelerator.

The MPEG Magnus MF creates simultaneous high, medium, and low bitrate streams. The inputs can be simultaneous choices from HD-SDI, SDI, DVB-S/S2, 8VSB, QAM, DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-ASI, Analog, or GigE and IP (H.264, MPEG-2, or VC-1).

“We are proud to offer this very powerful transcoder to our customers,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Sales Manager for DVEO. “The MPEG Magnus MF makes it easy for broadcasters, content providers, and cable or mobile companies to deliver content to iPads, laptops, OTT televisions, IP capable set-top boxes, and mobile devices via IP.”

The MPEG Magnus is also available in a variety of versions with 6 to 12 simultaneous inputs of a single video format, including DVB-S+S2 (12 inputs), 8VSB (10 inputs), DVB-T+T2 (8 inputs), Analog (6 inputs), DVB-ASI (8 inputs), IP (8 inputs), QAM (8 inputs), or DVB-C (8 inputs). Customized versions are available.

The system features a web-based GUI with SNMP support for remote access. Supported resolutions include qHD, H.264up, SQVGA, QCIF, QVGA, CIF, or any custom size up to 1080p. Audio support is AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG-1 Layer II, optional MP3, and/or optional “SurCode for Dolby Digital” AC-3. The MPEG Magnus is tested to work with Wowza®, Adobe® Flash®, and RealNetworks® Helix® servers.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features:

  • Supports HTTP adaptive Smooth and Live streaming protocol for output to mobile devices
  • Capable of near real time FTP output of segmented TS streams with I-Frame boundaries
  • Inputs: Simultaneous choices from HD-SDI, SDI, DVB-S, DVB-S2, 8VSB, QAM (digital or analog), DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-T2, DVB-ASI, Analog, or GigE and IP (H.264, MPEG-2, or VC-1)
  • Output: Multiple simultaneous IP streams (MPEG-2 or H.264) – HTTP Live (HLS), HTTP, UDP, RTP, RTSP, multicast and unicast with transport stream envelope, HTTP Smooth, FTP, RTMP (Open Flash), or WMV9 with HTTP/ASF
  • Supports M3u8 playlist files (standalone and through HTTP Live)
  • Transcoding bit rates: .1 to 15 Mbps
  • Creates simultaneous High, Medium, and Low bitrate streams
  • Resolutions: qHD, H.264up, SQVGA, QCIF, QVGA, CIF, or any custom size up to 1080p
  • Simultaneous demodulation, transcoding, and encapsulation
  • Transcodes up to 20 720p HD streams, or 10 1080i/p HD streams, or 40 SD streams from MPEG-2 to H.264 or vice-versa
  • SNMP support
  • Tested to work with Wowza®, Adobe® Flash®, and RealNetworks® Helix® servers
  • Tested compatible with major brands of IP devices including Amino™, Roku®, Atlanta DTH, and Apple iPad® and iPhone®
  • Tested compatible with major brands of H.264 decoders
  • Audio support: AAC, Embedded pass-through, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG-1 Layer II, optional MP3, and/or optional “SurCode for Dolby Digital” AC-3
  • Settings are remembered when power cycled
  • Based on embedded Linux®
  • Redundant power supply

Note: This system is typically deployed in “closed” systems where bandwidth is dedicated and is used for this purpose only. It is not guaranteed to work over the public internet. Performance depends on available bandwidth.

Suggested Retail Prices:
MPEG Magnus MF: $16,995 U.S.
MPEG Magnus DVB-S-S2 12Tr/IP: $16,995 U.S.
MPEG Magnus 8VSB 10Ch/IP: $16,795 U.S.
MPEG Magnus ASI 8Ch/IP: $18,995 U.S.
MPEG Magnus QAM 8Ch/IP: $16,995 U.S.
MPEG Magnus IP/IP: $15,995 U.S.

Customized versions: Call for pricing

DVEO and MPEG Magnus are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners. AAC licensed via Via Licensing.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

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