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Extron Shipping MediaLink Plus Controller with Ethernet Device Control

Extron MLC Plus 84 D PlusExtron is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MLC Plus 84 D. This easy-to-use, two-gang Ethernet controller is used for controlling common AV functions such as power, input switching, and volume. As part of the new MediaLink Plus Series, it is designed with more powerful features, enhanced security, and Ethernet control. It has eleven backlit soft touch buttons and a variety of ports and inputs, including a remote volume control port for use with select Extron amplifiers. Power over Ethernet – PoE allows the controller to receive power and communications over a single Ethernet cable. It is ideal for use in single display applications or anywhere that centralized, pushbutton AV control is needed. more

University of Utah is Taking Care of Business with Matrox Monarch HD

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Picture this. Salt Lake City. Three feet of snow and wind blowing outside, cold and fever, and to top it off, having a bad hair day. Enough reasons for even the most diligent student to stay in bed! But there is one important class at the David Eccles School of Business that simply can’t be missed. Not to worry, with the new classroom studio enabled by Matrox Monarch HD, all classroom activities, including lectures and white board content are captured and streamed live so students don’t miss a single thing. The classes are made available online on demand as well for future reference.

At the core of the classroom studio is the Matrox Monarch HD streaming and recording appliance. The School of Business was looking for a nice and simple process where they could take the recorded class content and provide it to its video distribution and streaming services with a quick turnaround. Software based applications fell short of expectations. In addition, the school wanted to have high quality recordings that could be edited by non-linear editors and uploaded online as course content that the students could view on demand.

Mark Fowles, AV and Technology Support Specialist at the David Eccles School of Business, summed up the reasons why he homed in on Matrox Monarch HD:

• With software based applications, the computer that the software was running on would lock up in the middle of a recording, and all data was lost. A decision was made to find a product that worked more like an appliance.

• Software based uncompressed video capture produced large sized files – about 500 GB for an hour’s worth of video. With Matrox Monarch HD, a two hour lecture produced compressed files less than 2 GB in size.

• When compression was available with software based applications, the overall quality of the video suffered. With Matrox Monarch HD’s H.264 encoder, pristine quality recordings were produced.

• Other options considered limited the encoding and streaming to be done at the same bit rate only. Matrox Monarch HD was the only option that provided the flexibility to record videos at a much higher quality, independent from the streaming bit rate. One could record at up to 25 Mbps if required and stream at up to 5 Mbps simultaneously.

Fowles states, “With its video recording and streaming capabilities, stability, and competitive price, I am pleased with the Matrox Monarch HD. For us, the biggest criteria were reliability and simplicity – and the Matrox Monarch HD fit both of those very nicely.”

The Set Up
Classrooms where the courses are recorded are fitted with two remote cameras mounted on the wall and another camera on a tripod, all connected to a production switcher placed on a cart. The input to the Matrox Monarch HD appliance is connected to the output of the production switcher. The video recording settings are pre-configured to capture at 1280 x 720 resolution, 4 Mbps bit rate, and 30 frames per second.

In addition, a simpler, more portable solution is also conceived using a second Monarch HD. The HDMI output of a portable JVC camera is connected to the input of the second Monarch HD. A SATA (laptop) hard drive is used to store the recordings and it easily plugs into the output (USB port) of the Matrox Monarch HD appliance.

An AMX control room system is used to remotely control the computer and projectors in the classroom setting. By using the simple Monarch HD Control API, the Monarch HD appliance as well can be controlled by the AMX system.

The Process
Within minutes, a facilitator in the class, usually a Teaching Assistant, can be taught to take on the role of a production crew – to switch cameras, and easily control the recording and streaming by pushing the one touch Stream/Record buttons conveniently located on the front of the Monarch HD.

The classroom recordings are captured as MP4 files. At the end of the class, the SATA drive with the captured video files is simply unplugged, taken to the lecturer’s office, reviewed, edited, and processed with quick turnaround times. The NLE (non-linear editor) of choice is Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014. The edited class content files are then uploaded to a video sharing platform called Kaltura which is used to store and stream the video. To build online course content, files from Kaltura are embedded into a course management system called Canvas. The students then get access to the courses through the Canvas system.

Using the RTMP protocol and Matrox Monarch HD, the School of Business is streaming live through YouTube at 1.2 to 1.5 Mbps, and it is working beautifully, “just gorgeous”, according to Fowles. They do this by creating a profile in YouTube and uploading the XML file into the Matrox Monarch HD appliance.

Fowles comments, “Matrox Monarch HD does such a nice job of capturing content at higher compress rates, giving us smaller files, that it really makes our turnaround process for recordings faster, smoother, and that’s why we have gone that way.”

The Results
The School of Business has gone from streaming one or two classes a year to two or three classes a week now! Given the increased interest, over the next year, they see the possibility of two or three classes being streamed simultaneously.

Currently providing online courses, the School of Business is looking to expand into providing an online degree.

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Extron FOX USB Extender Plus Now Shipping

Extron FOX USB Extender PlusExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the FOX USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices extreme distances over fiber optic cabling. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Used in conjunction with an Extron FOX Series DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, or VGA extender, the FOX USB Extender Plus is capable of transmitting Keyboard-Video-Mouse – KVM signals very long distances over a fiber optic infrastructure. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the receiver features an integrated four‑port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the FOX USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of professional environments. more

Extron New USB Extender that Supports a Wide Range of Devices Now Shipping

Extron USB Extender PlusExtron Electronics is pleased to announced the immediate availability of the USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices located up to 330 feet (100 meters) away from the host computer using a single CATx cable. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the transmitter includes USB peripheral emulation that supports trouble-free booting of the host. Also, the receiver features an integrated four port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of environments, such as installation within a courtroom, classroom, lecture hall, or conference space. more

Matrox at Intersec 2015 — Safety and Security Products to be Showcased

Matrox C-Series multi-display graphics cards and Mura MPX video wall controller boards will be featured in live demonstrations

At Intersec 2015 (Dubai, Jan. 18–20) Matrox® Graphics will demonstrate new Matrox C-Series multi-display graphics cards and field-proven Matrox Mura MPX video wall controller boards on value added distributor NIT’s (Network Information Technology LLC) stand. Show attendees are invited to visit stand SA-J12 to see how the latest Matrox products can be used to capture and display video and data in fire and rescue, homeland security, policing, commercial security, and other security and safety control rooms

Matrox C-Series multi-display graphics cards deliver outstanding performance, stability, and usability to power video management systems and small-scale display walls in security, control room, digital signage, enterprise, industrial, A/V, and embedded system applications. C-Series cards feature 2 GB of on-board memory and secure mini DisplayPort connectivity. Matrox C680 supports up to six 4K/UHD displays. More displays can be supported by inserting two C680 cards into a system. The board-to-board framelock feature ensures synchronization of all displays to reduce tearing on digital signage and video walls. Matrox C420 is the fastest quad card with passive cooling for increased reliability and silent operation. At Intersec 2015, a C420 card will run a Milestone Xprotect® video management software (VMS) viewing station in a 2×2 configuration of desktop displays.

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Matrox Mura MPX Series capture and display boards feature flexible inputs and high-quality outputs allowing AV integrators, system builders and equipment manufacturers to easily and cost- effectively build high-density video wall controller systems supporting custom video walls with up to 56 inputs and outputs. Exceptional-quality scaling, switching and compositing of source content is easily managed through intuitive software control options including Matrox MuraControl™, third-party software and simple integration with existing AV control systems. The latest Mura Network API allows software developers to build their own powerful video wall control solutions for Mura-based video walls. At Intersec 2015, Mura boards will be used to capture and display multiple feeds on a 2×2 video wall, including workstations running security software. Layout creation and switching between presets will be managed using MuraControl for Windows®. A Matrox P690 graphics card will be used alongside Mura MPX to power an independent console display.

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About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Draper Announces Yet Another ISF Certification

(Spiceland, Ind.) – Draper, Inc. has announced its TecVision XH900X Grey projection viewing surface has been certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) for excellent color reproduction and fidelity. XH900X Grey performs very well in moderate ambient light, is well suited for high resolution content, and is 4K ready. This latest announcement means the entire TecVision Engineered Surface Technology line is now ISF certified.TecVision_XH900X_Grey

To be certified by the ISF, a screen has to have a flat spectral response—or color fidelity. In other words, the screen cannot affect the color of the image enough for the human eye to perceive.
Traditionally, projection screens have fooled the eye that things are brighter by using blue tints, according to ISF President and founder Joel Silver.

“The problem,” says Silver, “is if you accentuate the blue that means you aren’t getting the greens or reds you need to build a color-accurate image. We want to take whatever the artist created and bring it to the screen with fidelity.”
“We basically tie ourselves into something called a pure white matte screen –a screen that is a reference color,” Silver says of testing projection screens for color performance. “Neutral white … not a hint of tint to it. The picture you get is what was it was meant to look like from the factory … not tinted.”

Currently available in six exclusive formulations, TecVision features white surfaces with gains ranging from 1.0 to 1.9 over remarkably wide viewing cones, and grey surfaces with excellent performance under higher room light levels. All TecVision surfaces are also 4K ready, but what most impressed Silver when certifying TecVision is the ability of some of the high gain surfaces to deal with ambient light while preserving color fidelity.

“Finding the color fidelity of high gain materials close to that of no gain materials was wonderful!” Silver says. “Gain without a price to pay is a wonderful thing. I knew from measuring luminance even without the specifications that these screens were high gain, but I wasn’t seeing the penalty of color shift.

“It’s a great challenge,” Silver continues. “Adding gain without paying a penalty in color fidelity requires careful engineering. Compliments to the engineer!”

For more information on TecVision, visit www.draperinc.com/go/tecvision.htm.

Discover Video Introduces Next-Gen Video Delivery Platform – DEVOS 4

Discover Video today announced DEVOS 4, the next generation enterprise and Internet delivery platform. Building on the success of hundreds of existing corporate, government, and education customers, DEVOS 4 gives customers unparalleled organizational control in a comprehensive video delivery platform.

DEVOS 4 is a complete live and on-demand streaming server and media management portal that supports desktops, cell phones, tablets, Roku players, and smart-TVs.

“The market really appreciates our proposition,” said Rich Mavrogeanes, Discover Video CEO, “and our rapid growth illustrates it. With built-in live encoders for PCs, Macs, iPhones, and iPads, complete Digital Video Signage, Priority Alert, and with a world-class customizable user interface, we are very proud to be making a difference in our industry.”

DEVOS 4 allows content owners to organize their live and VoD content as they wish. With graphical drag-and-drop features, content can be instantly and easily organized into trees and branches, and every point on a tree has its own customizable landing page. Rights and privileges can be assigned to any user or content.

DEVOS supports a new line of HD software encoders, called Streamsie®. The ultra-easy Streamsie encoders support multiple video inputs as well as screen capture, and provide both video recording and live streaming. The video recording supports a much-desired “pause” function where a live recording can be paused and resumed, for example to skip a presentation break without having to later edit the video file.

Streamsie is available for Windows PC, Apple Mac, and for iPhone and iPad. DEVOS provisions Streamsie with credentials so that customers may install Streamsie without license worries or complexity on all computers and DEVOS controls simultaneous use. This breakthrough approach makes it possible for every student, employee, teacher, or even customer to have live and VoD production capabilities on multiple computers.

Extron Now Shipping TeamWork “Show Me” Cable Retraction Modules

Extron Retractor SMExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Retractor SM “Show Me” cable retraction modules for the company’s popular TeamWork Collaboration System. Available Retractor SM modules provide the user interface for HDMI, DisplayPort, or VGA sources. Operation is simple and intuitive. Extend the “Show Me” cable, connect it to your source device, and press the “Share” button to share your content on the main presentation display. At the end of the collaboration session, cables retract with the press of a button, ready for use by the next collaboration team. Retractor SM modules can be installed into most Extron Cable Cubby Series/2 cable access enclosures using our expanded line of mounting kits. more

Digital Alert Systems and Hardata Partner to Reduce Cost and Complexity of EAS Compliance

Integration of Company’s DASDEC EAS Platform With Hardata Video Server Line Simplifies Playout of EAS Messages Over Multiple Channels

LYNDONVILLE, N.Y. — Dec. 3, 2014 — Digital Alert Systems today announced a technology partnership with workflow solutions developer Hardata that enables direct Emergency Alert System (EAS) playout over multiple channels. By integrating the Digital Alert Systems DASDEC(TM) emergency messaging platform with Hardata video server products, the companies have created a solution that reduces the cost and complexity of complying with EAS requirements across multiple channels.

“Integrated solutions are more robust, less complex, and more cost-effective than a series of discrete systems, and our technology partnership with Digital Alert Systems brings these benefits to the growing number of broadcast stations that work with the DASDEC system and our own video server products,” said Gustavo Pesci, chairman and founder of Hardata. “As more and more countries establish EAS requirements, this joint solution offers television broadcasters an attractive approach to establishing and maintaining EAS compliance.”

Founded in 1997, Hardata is a premier developer of workflow solutions that streamline audio, video, and text asset management for radio stations, TV stations, and entertainment enterprises. In the radio market alone, more than 3,000 stations rely on Hardata technology to manage digital content distribution. The company’s innovative products for the television market include an array of playout solutions engineered to match the applications and budgets of broadcasters and corporate users worldwide.

Hardata manufactures a line of video server products capable of supplying multiple streams of TV playout over multiple channels. Digital Alert Systems’ DASDEC offers comprehensive and powerful features that are optimized for current requirements and easily upgradable for the future through simple software upgrades. Packaged in a flexible, proven hardware design, the DASDEC platform provides support for a wide range of interfaces and communication standards. Together, using the Digital Alert Systems EAS-Net(TM) communications protocol to integrate Hardata video servers with the DASDEC system, Hardata and Digital Alert Systems have made it possible for users to play out EAS messaging directly from the video server platform.

“Our technology partnership with Hardata extends the use of our EAS-Net communications suite within the broadcast television realm, which in turn allows a greater number of stations and groups to take advantage of our industry-leading DASDEC platform while enjoying the benefits of Hardata’s robust server systems,” said Bill Robertson, V.P. of business development at Digital Alert Systems.

Further information about the DASDEC emergency messaging platform from Digital Alert Systems is available at www.digitalalertsystems.com, and more information about Hardata can be found at www.hardata.com.

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About Hardata
Founded in 1997, HARDATA is a premier developer of workflow solutions that streamline audio, video, and text asset management for radio stations, TV stations, and entertainment enterprises. Our mantra is “simple, elegant, and always reliable.”

HARDATA solutions are always designed to “play well with others,” and are highly compatible with standard IT hardware used in broadcast and Pro/AV operations. Our company has formed strategic alliances with many of the most recognized companies in the technology industry — including Microsoft, Grass Valley, Leitch, Antex, AudioScience, Matrox, Mayah, Orban, 360 Systems, and other international firms.

HARDATA’s commitment to total quality and management excellence is reflected in our ongoing investment in R&D, which drives the company’s philosophy of continuous improvement in all areas. HARDATA’s processes and quality management system are ISO 9001:2008 accredited.

Digital Alert Systems
Digital Alert Systems is a leading innovator of next-generation Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and Emergency Alert Systems (EAS). The company was formed in October 2003 to increase the effectiveness of emergency communications and merged with Monroe Electronics in October 2009. Based in Lyndonville, New York, Monroe Electronics provides R&D, manufacturing, sales, and customer service for the Digital Alert Systems brand. The company continues to retain its hard-earned reputation for quality, reliability, innovation, and service to valued customers around the world. More information is available at www.digitalalertsystems.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Monroe/DigitalAlertSystems-Hardata-DASDEC-II.jpg
Photo Caption: Hardata and Digital Alert Systems DASDEC link together to streamline EAS operations.

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Extron Introduces Fiber Optic Transmitter for Simplified Integration of 3G-SDI Sources

Extron FOXBOX T HD-SDIExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the FOXBOX T HD-SDI, a fiber optic transmitter that converts 3G-SDI video to streamline integration of SDI sources with non-SDI displays. The FOXBOX T HD-SDI uses Extron all-digital technology to provide perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of video, audio, and control to a FOX Series DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, or VGA receiver, including the FOXBOX SR HDMI scaling receiver. The FOXBOX T HD-SDI is ideal for wider system designs, supporting distance learning applications, auditoriums, houses of worship, and other environments that often include the use of broadcast-type sources such as PTZ cameras and professional or consumer-grade displays. more

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