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InfoComm International, SCHOMS start joint membership and training initiative

InfoComm International, the leading trade association serving the professional audiovisual communications industry worldwide, has agreed to extend membership and free and discounted training to members of the Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services (SCHOMS).

InfoComm and SCHOMS share a joint vision to promote professionalism amongst the senior level higher education technology manager community in the United Kingdom. To accomplish their common goals, all SCHOMS U.K. Institutions will become members of InfoComm International, and will receive select free online training, including CTS Prep, along with access to discounted advanced training.

David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International

“InfoComm is delighted to enter into our first official agreement with SCHOMS,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “We have worked together over the years to advance the AV profession at universities and provide networking for senior managers at higher education institutions throughout the U.K., and hope this effort will lead to more joint initiatives in the future.”

“With technology rapidly changing the way that Learning, Teaching and Assessment practice is created and delivered, all members of SCHOMS are increasing being expected to meet the challenges of innovating with and supporting a range of Audio Visual and Learning Technologies. The agreement with InfoComm delivers a consistent and recognised approach to developing and professionalising our staff to meet the needs of our learners and exceed their growing expectations”, said Simon Birkett, SCHOMS Chair.

The groups estimate that InfoComm International will gain 75 new members as this relationship gets underway.

About InfoComm International
Now in our 75th year, InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.

About SCHOMS

The Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services (SCHOMS) is the professional body for Senior Managers working within UK Higher Education. SCHOMS members lead and manage a diverse set of educational, technology, media and institutional support services. They give strategic direction to support and promote excellence in teaching and learning practice through the deployment of classroom technology, AV equipment and innovation in the design of learning spaces. The group promotes continuing professional development amongst its membership, offering leadership and management development, with opportunities for accredited technical training for a range of roles and grades. Additional information is available at www.schoms.ac.uk

Extron Expands New Cable Cubby Series/2 Lineup

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the Cable Cubby 500 and the Cable Cubby 700, the latest additions to the company’s all-new Cable Cubby Series/2 line of cable access enclosures for AV connectivity and AC power. The compact Cable Cubby 500 and mid-size Cable Cubby 700 join the previously-announced Cable Cubby 1200 low-profile enclosure and Cable Cubby 1400 double-sided enclosure, offering four unique, conference room cable management solutions that complement any furniture style or room décor. These versatile, next-generation modular enclosures support the AV industry’s broadest range of available AV connectivity and AC power options, including Extron Retractor cable retraction modules, AAP – Architectural Adapter Plates, and AV cables. AC power modules are available for the US, Europe, and other major world markets. The Cable Cubby 500 and Cable Cubby 700 are available in a durable yet elegant black anodized or brushed aluminum finish. more

Ocean Matrix Introduces New HDMI to SDI Mini Converter with Looping Output

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – January 21, 2014 - Ocean Matrix, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of professional broadcast video gear, today announced the availability of a new HDMI to SDI Mini Converter with Looping Output. The OMX-HDMI-SDI accepts HDMI and converts it to 2 (dual) SDI outputs with up to 8-Channels of embedded audio. Providing a quick and seamless solution, the OMX-HDMI-SDI adds SDI outputs to cameras, DVRs or any HDMI enabled device. The OMX-HDMI-SDI can also add SDI to computers or video projectors with HDMI or DVI via a HDMI to DVI adapter.Ocean Matrix OMX-HDMI-SDI

“We saw the need to provide a simple cost effective broadcast quality HDMI to SDI Converter,” said Dan Coscarella, Product Manager at Ocean Matrix. “The compact size and high quality conversion of the OMX-HDMI-SDI fills this gap especially for field monitoring or a quick behind rack solution.”

The Ocean Matrix HDMI to SDI Mini Converter is available for pre-order now and is expected to start shipping on February 1. To learn more about the OMX-HDMI-SDI and other Ocean Matrix products visit www.oceanmatrix.com.

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About Ocean Matrix
Ocean Matrix is both a manufacturer and importer of cost effective interface solutions for video & Pro-AV users. Our in-house engineers evaluate every product with state-of-the-art test equipment to ensure quality results at the lowest possible cost. Every Ocean Matrix product features a 1-Year Product Warranty.

Ocean Matrix is exclusively distributed by TecNec Distributing and is available through the entire TecNec dealer network and online at Markertek.com.

Tecom Appoints TecPodium Distributor for South Africa

Expanding Global Reach to Higher-Education Institutions and Training Facilities in Africa

Tecom Electronics, the leading manufacturer of TecPodium – interactive lecterns and podiums to the worldwide education, corporate and government markets, has added a new distributor to its global network – Dynamic Communications.

Johannesburg-based Dynamic Communications is a Value Added Distributor & Integrator of Communications Technologies including Video Conferencing, Audio Conferencing, Interactive Solutions and boardroom and classroom products. Dynamic Communications already distributes leading product ranges from AV companies, making them ideal partners for Tecom and its extensive range of products for the classroom and training markets.

Owen Patmore, Dynamic’s MD notes: “We are very happy to have made the Tecom products an addition to our product range. We feel that Tecom is a prime product offering for the local educational market due to having one vendor for all components in the multimedia lecterns. In the past, there were 4-5 vendors for one lectern. As you can imagine this becomes hard to manage when there is technical or warranty issues. Tecom is the market leader in this segment and we plan to grow this brand exponentially in South Africa”.

Aviv Brosilovski, Tecom CEO commented, “We are delighted to be working with Dynamic Communications, who are ideally placed to service a large and growing market in which they are already well established. Universities and Colleges in South Africa are highly interested in our product line and we feel a local distributor with direct connection to quality AV system integrators will allow us to provide our interactive lecterns and podiums with local service and support. We look forward to working with them.”

The new partnership means Tecom continues to develop their global reach to customers in the higher education, corporate, government and other training markets.

Tecom will be displaying the TecPodium Lecterns and its latest technology at ISE 2014, on February 4-6 at the RAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tecom will be in Booth # 2-E60.

www.tecpodium.com

ISE Line-up To Feature Presentation by FSR’s Jon Melchin

Melchin to Share Expert Insight on Benefits of Building Information Modeling

Woodland Park, NJ – Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), the world’s best attended tradeshow for the professional AV and electronic systems industry, will feature a comprehensive educational agenda including a presentation by Jon Melchin, FSR Inc.’s Director of Architectural Development. Melchin will offer an expert look into the benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM) – a 3D design, modeling and simulation technology that has changed the way that architecture is practiced. The presentation is scheduled for 11:30 – 12:30 on Wednesday, 5 February – day 2 of ISE, in Room D204 of the RAI. ISE, a joint venture between InfoComm International and CEDIA, will take place from 4 – 6 February at the RAI in Amsterdam.

Based on extensive experience in the architectural industry, Melchin will impart knowledge and share his views that BIM eclipses the 3D representation of the physical products and functional characteristics of a structure to provide a shared knowledge resource for everyone involved in the design process. The session’s appeal extends to architects as well as interior designers, engineers, contractors, facility owners, AV consultants and system integrators. Discussions will illustrate the opportunity for AV professionals to become involved on the ground level of a project, and explore an actual project highlighting benefits of BIM.

“The ‘I’ in BIM should stand for ‘Involvement’,” said Melchin. “This presentation will invite the members of the audience to participate in a discussion regarding all the advantages of BIM and all the people that can benefit from its implementation. I am delighted to bring my experience to a diverse group of international professionals at ISE!”

Melchin, an accomplished speaker and a Passport Provider with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA-CES), works nationally with the architectural and design community to facilitate the specification of FSR products. Melchin has authored numerous articles that have been published in international trade publications targeting the construction and audiovisual industries, and has over 12 years of experience in the AV business.

FSR will exhibit at ISE in Hall 1, Stand N3. Further information regarding all FSR products can be found at: www.fsrinc.com.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener • 845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmoon.tv

Christie is “Front and Center” With Launch of New Series of Front Access Christie Entero HB Rear Projection Cubes

It’s “eyes front” for Christie®, a world leader in control room display technology, with the introduction of a new front access video wall cube product that enables seamless high performance rear projection video wall displays with minimal installation and maintenance space required. All the benefits of Christie’s latest and brightest Entero™ HB DLP® LED-based technology display are available in a platform that allows video wall cubes to be positioned directly against a rear wall, removing the need for maintenance space behind. The first front access cube model, the Christie Entero HB 70-inch HD, will be joined by other front access models including 50 inch and 70 inch SXGA+, and 72 inch WUXGA.

Christie Entero HB Front Access Cube

Christie’s front access system design addresses space limitations with the ability to put the cubes up against a wall without compromising performance, image quality or reliability. Customers can gain valuable space in their control room design by placing cubes directly against a wall, while maintaining the narrowest screen gaps in the industry and utilizing a smart air flow design for superior system ventilation.

The front access system is designed to take advantage of the Christie Entero HB systems’ User and Web Interface to enable remote control release of the screen for front service access as well as remotely performing fine geometry alignment by the integrated 6-axis geometry alignment system. Screen and geometry control are provided via the remote control, computer or tablet. The screen is on a slide mechanism and opens up with reliable and consistent positioning, via remote activation of solenoids, providing full access to the internal electronics from the front of the cube array system, allowing for exceptionally quick servicing and minimal downtime during maintenance operations.

“With space at a premium at many installation sites, front access cubes make it possible to install them right up against a wall or a structure,” said Jim Gavloski, director, Product Management, Control Room and Video Wall Display Solutions. “It’s a significant design element that will greatly expand the installation flexibility and ease of maintenance within our entire Christie Entero HB line.”

Christie’s front access system with motorized six-axis adjuster provides precise alterations for perfect image quality. To access system internals, the installer simply engages the intuitive user interface on the chosen device -PC, tablet or even smart phone, and the system pops the screen away from the cube body, allowing the installer to easily move the screen out of the way for full front access. The internal electronics module has been adjusted to make the LED display viewable from the front. Since no space is required behind the display wall cube, it makes them ideal for control room environments where space is restricted.

The new and improved Christie Entero HB video wall projection solution is based on the company’s proven LED platform – introduced first by Christie – which today is found in thousands of installations worldwide. Launched in November 2012, the Christie Entero HB helped to strengthen the company’s dominance in the control room arena, with display cube solutions that are “bigger and better” and set new standards in power efficiency, visual performance and image brightness, with up to 1,350 lumens capability. They feature proprietary third generation ArraySync™ automatic color and brightness management technology that monitors and adjusts color and brightness levels across the video wall in real time for perfectly uniform display wall visuals for the lifetime of the installation. Designed for 24/7 environments, Entero HB products offer the best price, performance and efficiency on the market with a superior and intuitive modular design, easy upgradability, and flexible operation for the demands of power and utilities, government, security and surveillance, and public and emergency services.

“With more than 30 years of industry expertise, Christie is ready to provide its customers with the perfect control room solution, and now, with the new front access system, the fastest way to access the interior electronics of our popular Christie Entero line of display cubes,” said Gavloski.

Control Room Solutions for Mission-Critical Monitoring
Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring, and Christie’s collaborative visual solutions are removing boundaries and enabling expansive collaboration for the world’s most mission-critical operations. By integrating stunning zero-maintenance displays with the power of the network, Christie is completely redefining the control room space and setting the stage for an increasingly distributed control room environment. Across every sector in business, commerce and government, Christie is raising the bar to exceed today’s control room operational requirements.

Extron Now Shipping H.264 Streaming Media Decoder

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the SMD 101, a compact, high performance H.264 streaming media decoder used with Extron SME 100 encoders to provide complete end-to-end AV streaming systems. The SMD 101 is designed specifically for use in professional AV applications to decode live streamed content from SME 100 encoders or play back AV media files accessible from network shares. It accepts streaming resolutions up to 1080p/60 and outputs a variety of resolutions, from 640×480 up to 1920×1200. Fill/Follow/Fit aspect ratio controls manage disparities between the streaming video and display format. This compact, energy-efficient decoder is an ideal counterpart to the SME 100 encoder to deploy in simple overflow and monitoring applications or multi-channel streaming systems and high resolution signage systems. more

FOR-A’s FT-ONE 4K Camera Awarded 2013 Government Video Salute, Used for NASA Space Launch

Cypress, CA – FOR-A’s FT-ONE full 4K variable frame rate camera was awarded a 2013 Government Video Salute Award. Presented by Government Video magazine, the awards honor the 10 most innovative products on the Government Video Expo show floor. GV Expo was held last month at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

In its GV Expo booth, FOR-A demoed the FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera with its new 4K extraction system, the ZE-ONE. The company showed high-speed footage from the FT-ONE taken during NASA’s recent launch of the MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft on a 10-month mission to explore Mar’s climate history. Capable of recording up to 900 frames per second (fps), the FT-ONE captured stunning 4K footage of the event with a FUJINON Premier 4K+ PL Cine zoom – the 75-400mm T2.8-T3.8 (HK5.3×75).

During his GV Expo keynote presentation, Rodney Grubbs, Program Manager at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, noted the FT-ONE’s performance in his discussion about 4K and NASA’s search for new technology.

“FOR-A is honored to have the FT-ONE recognized as one of the best products at GV Expo, an event where so many great technologies are shown,” said Hiro Tanoue, FOR-A Corporation of America’s President. “The FT-ONE is ideal in many different applications, from sports and broadcast events to rocket launches. We look forward to seeing innovative, new ways the camera will be used in the future.”

In Government Video’s announcement of award winners, the FT-ONE was described as follows: “If you saw the FT-ONE 4K Variable Speed Camera video that FOR-A showed continuously at GV Expo 2013, you would immediately know why the camera was chosen. Its stunning resolution and hypnotically smooth ultra-slow-motion turned a blast from a tank’s cannon into kinetic art.”

The FT-ONE employs FOR-A’s high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor, “FT1-CMOS,” and plays back full 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels). One output channel can provide QFHD (four 1080p 3G-SDI) outputs, while the other output channel provides down-converted HD-SDI for live viewing and play back. The FT-ONE captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images at 900 fps.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Extron Introduces New HDCP-Compliant Annotator with DTP Extension

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the Annotator 300, a high performance, hardware-based annotation processor that allows a presenter to draw, point, or type over live presentations using a touch display, graphics tablet, or a keyboard and mouse. The HDCP-compliant Annotator 300 includes HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, a universal analog video input, and three simultaneous outputs including two HDMI and a DTP 230 twisted pair output. It also features advanced Extron video signal processing with a high performance scaling engine and fast, reliable switching. The DTP 230 twisted pair output extends HDMI and bidirectional control signals to a DTP 230 receiver over a single CATx cable up to 230 feet (70 meters). The Annotator 300 offers a wide range of annotation tools and controls, all easily accessible by the presenter using an intuitive on-screen GUI. more

Columbus Consolidated Government TV Builds New Control Room around Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – When Georgia’s Columbus Consolidated Government opened its new City Service Center in June, it helped address parking issues for citizens and more than doubled the capacity of the council chambers. For Columbus Consolidated Government TV, its local government channel, relocation to the new building meant a chance to upgrade equipment that had not changed in more than a decade. The new control room is anchored by a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 2000 integrated production system.

Located on the second floor, the control room is positioned between the council chambers and CCG-TV studio, with large observation windows in both connecting walls. With three wired drops in different areas of the City Service Center, as well as one at a new aquatic center across the street, the station can connect a camera, have it feed into the Granite, and go live with a press conference very quickly.

CCG-TV had been using an aging NewTek system, but Michael King, CCG-TV station manager, was ready for a change. “When I had the opportunity to upgrade, I immediately knew I was going to get a Broadcast Pix switcher,” he said. “We were behind the times, so we decided to update what we had. Broadcast Pix is the main catalyst behind everything that’s going on.”

The new studio includes two talk show sets, which are used for a variety of programs. CCG-TV produces about 14 shows a month, in addition to coverage of four weekly council meetings, committee meetings, press conferences, educational videos, and community event coverage. King has one part-time and one full-time employee, but sometimes borrows staff members from other departments to help produce programming. The station has multiple field cameras, two dedicated studio cameras, and two edit suites, plus an additional edit station in the control room.

To avoid bandwidth issues, CCG-TV has its own wireless network, and can use iPixPanel, Broadcast Pix’s iPad-based virtual control panel, to switch a show from anywhere in the building. “That is another good feature that we have with the Broadcast Pix,” King added.

During meetings, four new Panasonic HD PTZ cameras provide coverage of 10 council members, as well as other city officials and the public. King said the Granite is used to control all the cameras during a meeting, and camera presets are used frequently to simplify production.

CCG-TV uses many of Granite’s built-in workflow tools, including Inscriber CG and Fluent-View, its customizable multi-view. With Fluent Watch-Folders, each show has its own folder for clips, graphics, and other interstitials. “You don’t have to shuffle through a lot of stuff you don’t need,” King explained. “We do nine different programs. It keeps everything simple.”

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Granite are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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