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ST. JUDE THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH THRIVES WITH LECTROSONICS

** Photo: Jason Martin, TSG’s Aspen system programmer **

Baton Rouge, LA – September 2013… In the fall of 2009, St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church embarked on an ambitious campaign “To Build a Future of Hope!” Among its various directives was the complete renovation of the church. Recognizing the importance of delivering a high level of speech intelligibility and music reproduction to the congregation, the church recently completed installation of a new sound reinforcement system—and at the heart of that system is audio processing and wireless microphone technology from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. more

Extron Scaling Receiver for XTP Systems Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP SR HDMI, an HDCP-compliant scaling receiver that accepts HDMI, DVI, RGB, HD component video, and standard definition video signals from XTP devices. The receiver provides selectable output rates up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K, to scale the video to the optimal output resolution for the display. In addition to high performance video, it accepts audio, bidirectional RS-232 and IR, and Ethernet for transmission up to 330 feet (100 m) over a single CATx cable. Its many integrator-friendly features, including Key Minder, EDID Minder, picture controls, on-screen menus, audio controls, and internal test patterns, help streamline installation. The features and capabilities of the XTP SR HDMI make it ideal for XTP Systems that require precise and reliable scaling of video to digital displays. more

Digital Rapids StreamZ Live Encoders Power Streaming in the Studio and On the Road for nobeo

Production services provider relies on award-winning live encoders in-house and in the new @-car production vehicle

August 28, 2013 — Passfield, United Kingdom: Digital Rapids –- the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences — announced today that German production services provider nobeo GmbH has deployed Digital Rapids’ StreamZ Live adaptive streaming encoders for live streaming production both within nobeo’s studios and in the field with nobeo’s new @-car compact production vehicle.

Based in Hurth, Germany, nobeo provides studio production, outside production and post production services, including a fleet of mobile control units and HD outside broadcasting vans. With the development of the new @-car compact production vehicle, nobeo also offers high-quality broadcasting for event and business TV plus live online streaming.

One StreamZ Live encoder is deployed in the @-car for live productions from the field, with additional StreamZ Live units in nobeo’s dedicated Internet TV studios for producing live online shows. The encoders transform live high definition source feeds into multiple output streams in a variety of resolutions, bit rates and formats for live OTT delivery as well as creating VoD assets. The most recent systems were acquired through Digital Rapids reseller sono.

“The Digital Rapids systems meet our expectations perfectly and are straightforward to use. In live situations in particular, it is extremely important to be able to rely on the technical components fully and entirely,” said Guido Amann, CTO at nobeo GmbH. “Alongside the technological benefits, it is worth highlighting the excellent support we have received. We wish more products were like this — being simple to use and accompanied by excellent support from the manufacturer.”

“A rapidly growing number of outside broadcast service providers are capitalising on the audience-expanding opportunities of multiscreen delivery and producing dedicated online and mobile experiences directly in the field,” said Clive Vickery, Managing Director, EMEA and Asia at Digital Rapids. “The unmatched flexibility, comprehensive feature set and robust reliability of our StreamZ Live encoders make them ideal for meeting the rigorous demands of live on-site production environments, and we’re pleased that nobeo has chosen our solutions for their operations both in-studio and in the field.”

StreamZ Live encoders provide superior quality, outstanding reliability and flexible, multiscreen output format support for audience-expanding live streaming applications. Powering applications from online and mobile video to over-the-top (OTT) services and IPTV, StreamZ Live’s rich output capabilities and adaptive streaming support are ideal for capitalising on today’s lucrative multi-screen content distribution opportunities, allowing content and rights owners to reach viewers on devices from tablets and mobile phones to game consoles, PCs and ‘smart’ TVs.


The complete range of Digital Rapids solutions will be showcased in booth number 7.F33 at the IBC 2013 exhibition in Amsterdam. For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

ALTINEX CONNECTIVITY INTEGRAL TO GENERAL ELECTRIC’S NEW CONFERENCE TABLE

**** Photo: Paul Downs ****

Plainville, CT – August 2013… The ability to facilitate easy connectivity to AV equipment as well as provide network and Internet access are critical concerns during the design of today’s state-of-the-art conference facilities. For their new conference room, Plainville, CT-based GE Industrial Solutions adopted a 360-degree approach with multiple video displays—and central to their AV connectivity are PNP417 Pop-N-Plug interconnect boxes and AC301-250 Dual Button Controllers from Brea, CA-headquartered Altinex. more

Extron Now Shipping New Two Input Fiber Optic Transmitter Wallplate

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new FOX T UWP 302, a two input fiber optic transmitter for long haul transmission of HDCP-compliant HDMI, RGBHV, or HD component video and stereo audio signals over fiber optic cabling. Engineered for convenience, reliability, and exceptional image performance, this Decora-style wallplate transmitter uses all digital technology to provide perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of images up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. Analog signals are digitized to ensure high quality transmission. The transmitter also provides a host of integrator-friendly features, such as EDID Minder®, Key Minder®, audio embedding with gain and attenuation control, auto-input switching, and real-time system monitoring. The FOX T UWP 302 is ideal for a wide range of applications that require long haul transmission of high resolution digital and analog AV content in a wallplate form factor. more

Iconyx Welcomes You to Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV – August, 2013… Despite the recent real estate woes, Las Vegas remains one of the fastest growing cities in America. And as the city has grown, so has its airport. Along with the recent opening of its new 1.9 million square foot Terminal 3, McCarran International Airport has also revamped and renovated the original Terminal 1, including an updated sound system featuring dozens of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steerable array loudspeakers.

“Terminal 1 was not designed with a dedicated paging system,” explains Edouard Charland, Vice President of Lenexa, KS-based Coffeen Fricke & Associates, Inc. (CFA). “The airport was using the fire alarm systems for paging, and most of the terminal-wide announcements were originating from a paging office that was using the telephone system to originate those announcements. This approach produced low levels of speech intelligibility and offered very little flexibility for zoning and directing announcements.”

Based on their involvement in the Terminal 3 project, CFA was called in to offer suggestions for the ailing audio issues at Terminal 1.. One of the most challenging areas was the expansive baggage claim area. As Charland explains, in addition to the typical acoustical issues inherent in large spaces, there was something uniquely Vegas.

“All around the carousel area there are numerous large screens playing video advertisements for local casinos and night clubs. The audio systems for those screens are fairly loud. They’re running pretty much non-stop 24/7, and they’re only overridden for emergency announcements.”

The baggage claim area is covered by 32 Iconyx IC16-R-II steered arrays, mounted on opposite sides of each carousel’s pillar to provide 360 degrees of coverage. As CFA’s Sr. Vice President Robert Ledo points out, the arrangement provided an unprecedented degree of control. “Typically, an airport will be zoned so that all of baggage claim is a single zone, or possibly a couple of zones. But this arrangement also enables them to address each individual carousel – this was an airport directive.”

“The Iconyx system actually enabled us to provide better intelligibility than something like an overhead distribution scheme,” Ledo adds. “It can concentrate the energy right at the people, and cut through the background noise.”

Another area where the Iconyx steered beam technology really shined was in the lengthy ticketing lobby, where the building’s unique architecture presented its own set of challenges. “The ticketing lobby’s design looks like an airplane wing,” says Charland. “So the horizontal coverage pattern varies as you go further down toward the narrower taper of the wing. Using the Iconyx provided us a way to cover the entire space not only horizontally but also to change the front and back coverage distance as the dimensions change.”

Twenty-two IC16-R-II columns are mounted about every 50 feet along the second floor walkway overlooking the main ticketing lobby. Custom brackets and fittings include metal wedges on the top of each cabinet to prevent their being mistaken for cup holders. “The beams are steered downward, each one a bit differently depending on the dimensions of the coverage area,” says Ledo. “It also provides a bit of a buffer zone right below the speakers in the ticketing counters themselves. You don’t want to bombard the ticketing counter itself with sound because agents are trying to talk to passengers. So being able to steer and direct the sound to where it needs to be helps provide that buffer.”

In both the ticketing lobby and baggage claim, the entire system is linked via RHAON networking, allowing for complex DSP programming to custom-steer each array independently using multiple beams. TheRHAON software and on-board contact closures are also used to monitor each array for proper operation.

Charland concludes, “the Iconyx systems enabled us to create customized coverage patterns to fit each space, and afforded us a degree of control and monitoring over the systems that a facility like McCarran International Airport demands.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

ALTINEX CONNECTIVITY SOLUTIONS INTEGRAL TO HARDROX CUSTOM CONFERENCE TABLES

** Photo: Blaise Timco, VP of Hardrox, Inc **

Austin, TX – August 2013… In today’s corporate meeting spaces, the conference table is the cornerstone of the room’s entire AV system. The ability for meeting participants to sit down and easily patch in their laptop computer or other device so as to expediently commence with business is considered essential. Fish & Richardson Associates, a national law firm practicing intellectual property law, recently saw the completion of their new conference room and, at the heart of the space is a magnificent new granite table outfitted with AV interconnect boxes from Brea, CA-based Altinex. more

Extron Introduces Three Input Switcher with Integrated DTP Transmitter

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP T USW 233, a three input switcher for sending HDMI or analog video, audio, and control up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable to an Extron DTP 230 receiver. It is HDCP compliant and provides two HDMI inputs, one RGBHV or component video input, and one DTP 230 twisted pair output. The analog signals are digitized to ensure a high quality digital video signal is transmitted to the DTP 230 receiver. The switcher also offers many integrator-friendly features, such as EDID Minder, auto-switching between inputs, audio input assignment, and remote powering. These features plus the low profile enclosure make the DTP T USW 233 ideal for discreet placement in lecterns, beneath tables, or in other locations.

“Integrators and consultants are often challenged to find the ideal products that meet the connectivity requirements at the conference table or lectern,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The DTP T USW 233 combines digital and analog AV switching with twisted pair extension into one compact product that simplifies the installation and design of most installations.”

The DTP T USW 233 provides reliable switching and transmission of HDMI signals, supporting Deep Color up to 12-bit and embedded HD lossless audio formats. For simplified operation, the DTP T USW 233 can automatically switch between the digital and analog sources. In addition, the analog audio input can be assigned to any of the three video inputs, or it can be set to follow the input switch. To simplify integration of sources and displays, the switcher features two Extron-exclusive technologies: EDID Minder and Key Minder. EDID Minder manages EDID communication between the display device and input sources to ensure that the correct video formats are displayed reliably. For HDMI signals with protected content, Key Minder authenticates and maintains continuous HDCP encryption between input and output devices to ensure quick and reliable switching.

The switcher includes an RS-232 and IR insertion port, enabling simultaneous transmission of bidirectional RS-232 and IR signals from a control system using the same twisted pair cable that transmits video and audio. For added installation flexibility, a single external power supply can be used to remotely power the DTP T USW 233 transmitter or a DTP 230 receiver over the twisted pair cable. The DTP T USW 233 offers convenient control options, including front panel control, RS-232, and contact closure with tally output for easy integration into a variety of environments.

To watch a product introduction video, please visit: www.extron.com/dtptusw233video

For more information on the DTP T USW 233, please visit: www.extron.com/dtptusw233pr

Extron Introduces Convenient, Energy-Saving Power Controller

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the PC 101 . This one input, one output AC power controller is designed to provide remote power management for AV devices. When paired with a controller or control processor equipped with relays, such as the MediaLink MLC 226 IP or IP Link IPL 250, the PC 101 can be configured to turn a device ON or OFF at scheduled times for security and energy savings purposes. It features a contact closure control input and tally output, which can be used for visual feedback. The slim, compact form factor and IEC connectors on pigtails enable convenient in-line use with other devices and discrete mounting behind displays or other equipment. The PC 101 has a power rating of 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, allowing for worldwide compatibility.

“The PC 101 adds convenience and power savings potential to a wide variety of AV devices,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “With its compact design, flexible mounting options, and worldwide power compatibility, the PC 101 is designed for easy integration into any new or existing AV system.”

In addition to the new PC 101, Extron offers a full line of AC power and device controllers that offer flexible, centralized, Web-based power and device management. For more information on Extron power and device controllers, please contact your Extron Customer Support Representative.

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

Extron Introduces Encoder and Decoder for Real Time Streaming of HDCP-Compliant HDMI Over IP

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce VN-Matrix 250 encoders and decoders, which provide real-time transmission of high resolution HDCP-compliant HDMI, DVI, or RGB video across standard IP networks for use in real-time streaming, recording, and playback applications. The VN-Matrix 250 Series accepts HDMI and RGB signals at resolutions up to 1920×1200 and 2048×1080, and streams video and audio over an IP network, preserving the native source resolution of digital or analog video sources. Stereo analog audio and HDMI-embedded audio signals are both supported, providing compatibility with embedded display speakers or existing audio systems. VN-Matrix 250 Series encoders and decoders use the PURE3 codec, which provides an unmatched combination of bit rate efficiency, low latency, visually lossless image quality, and a high immunity to network errors.

“When designing Extron’s new VN-Matrix 250 products for streaming HDMI, we capitalized on years of experience with our high-performance VN-Matrix products,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The VN-Matrix 250 Series stands out from other streaming products with fully HDCP-compliant streaming and a variety of new capabilities, which provide solutions for real-time streaming and distance collaboration applications.”

VN-Matrix 250 systems excel in applications with extremely demanding requirements such as command and control, training and simulation, or distance collaboration applications in government, aerospace, energy, or medical environments. With its very low encode and decode latency of just 70 ms, the VN-Matrix 250 Series is ideal for applications that must support bidirectional communication and real-time decision making. The combination of high quality, low delay, and flexible bit rate management makes the VN-Matrix 250 Series the ideal solution for many quality-critical applications.

For more information on the VN-Matrix 250 Series, please visit: www.extron.com/vnmatrix250pr

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