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BenQ Introduces High-Brightness Projector With Native 1080p Resolution

New SH940 Brings More Brightness, Simple Operation, and Lower Total Cost of Ownership for Large Venue Applications

IRVINE, Calif. — Feb. 28, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP(R) projector leader, today introduced the SH940, its latest high-brightness, large-venue projector. With native full HD 1080p resolution, the device offers flexible installation features, Hollywood Quality Video (HQV), and is specifically designed to bring exciting A/V experiences to large spaces at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). more

Harris Digital Out-Of-Home Network Rollout for Automotive Broadcasting Network Builds Steam

Network now live at auto dealerships in 42 states, delivering dynamic, targeted content to engage customers and influence sales

DENVER, February 27, 2013 — The Automotive Broadcasting Network (ABN) is several months into its large-scale, digital signage network rollout at auto dealerships across the United States. Harris Digital Out-Of-Home solutions serve as the core network architecture, with the company’s InfoCaster™ suite of hardware and software products supporting all dynamic content creation, network management and targeted media playout functions. Harris Digital Out-Of-Home is also providing on-site installation and managed services from its network operation center.

“We have more than 600 media players deployed, powering well over 1000 screens in 42 states,” said Jerry Daniels, president and CEO of Automotive Broadcasting Network. “And we are hearing plenty of success stories, from building positive customer relationships to driving transactions.”

Honda of Superstition Springs in Phoenix is one such story. Executive manager Christopher Zamora reports that sales are up since increasing his in-house advertising efforts. The ABN network delivers customized, targeted content to the dealership’s showroom, parts boutique and service areas. This includes digital menu boards in the parts and service departments that offer price lists and customer discounts, as well as other promotional content and TV entertainment delivered via ABN’s flagship Dealer TV programming.

“We spend between $75,000 and $100,000 a month on advertising, traditionally targeting television, radio, direct mail and other external methods,” said Zamora. “I thought it made sense to bring more of that in house and generate a response that we could measure. My philosophy is that the best customers to buy cars, services and parts are in your dealership already. We’ve had the screens up for four months, and we just had our best January on record.”

Zamora and Daniels both confirm that the InfoCaster-powered visual quality of the screens is a major benefit. Zamora comments on the “wow factor” of the dynamic, interactive content and how that translates to attracting viewers and influencing sales. Daniels adds that the flexible network management tools of InfoCaster have allowed ABN to completely transition from its long-time satellite delivery platform to multi-point Internet delivery, enhancing ABN’s ability to target custom content to different screens and locations.

“Dynamic content is an important term for us, as we provide all network content as part of our turnkey service,” said Daniels. “We work diligently to make the content we create visually appealing and effective for our dealers. Harris Digital Out-Of-Home and InfoCaster are very strong at delivering the broadcast-quality graphics you see on television. The look of our network is far more high-end than before.”

ABN launched its Dealer TV service in 2008 to enhance the automotive retail experience for customers and better control sales environments. Daniels adds that InfoCaster allows his creative staff to add multiple zones of graphics and animations for livelier screens, and has enabled ABN to integrate social media tools like Facebook and Twitter to engage dealerships and their customers.

“The ABN rollout exemplifies the power that out-of-home networks can offer to businesses that wish to communicate directly with their customers,” said Denise MacDonell, director and general manager, Harris Digital Out-Of-Home. “The ability to offer dynamic and targeted visual content across multiple digital displays brings the in-store experience to life for consumers, while giving businesses new opportunities to tell their stories and engage with their customers. We’re proud to collaborate with ABN as we roll out this turnkey service to more auto dealerships across the country.”

About Automotive Broadcasting Network
Founded by automotive retail professionals, the Automotive Broadcasting Network was formed to transform the experience customers have at retail automobile dealerships resulting in increased sales and customer retention. For additional information, visit www.ABNetwork.com.

About Harris Broadcast
Harris Broadcast develops uniquely integrated digital media solutions that streamline the entire content workflow from live production to transmission. The company’s tools and technologies fit seamlessly into any media operation, enabling customers to easily and profitably create compelling content for delivery over multiple distribution platforms. With a presence in key locations around the world, Harris Broadcast supports media customers in more than 130 countries. Additional information is available at www.harrisbroadcast.com.

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MS1600X Powers Multiple Digital Signs with Dynamic Full High Definition ~ One Multi Screen Appliance Powers up to 16 Displays including Multi-Zone Management for Each Screen

MS1600X Powers Multiple Digital Signs with Dynamic Full High Definition

One Multi Screen Appliance Powers up to 16 Displays including Multi-Zone Management for Each Screen

Digital Signage Expo, Las Vegas & San Jose, CA – February 27, 2013 – DT Research™, Inc., an industry leader in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, today announced the release of the MS1600X, a new signage appliance in the WebDT Signage System line, capable of powering content over up to 16 screens. The MS1600 Multi Screen Appliance enables powerful content streaming on anywhere from 2 to 16 displays, and offers content blending, or tiling, across screens. The MS1600X, along with WebDT Content Manager, provides a fully integrated system with 1080p over up to 16 screens and multi-zone management for up to 16 zones.

The MS1600X is powered by the IntelÒ Quad-Core i7 processor, and provides full HD (1080p) video quality to every screen. Running MicrosoftÒ WindowsÒ operating systems, the WebDT Multi Screen Appliance displays content files in native resolution, so images are sharp and true to original properties, even when presented on multiple displays or large screens, maintaining optimal picture quality.

The MS1600X is ideal for applications that require high-resolution on multiple screens including digital signage walls, menu boards, flight/transportation information, and creative display arrangements. The MS1600X enables dynamic digital signage deployments in spaces where multiple screens are indoors and viewed in shopping malls, entertainment venues, and airports.

Each of the screens powered by the MS1600X can be remotely managed with the WebDT Content Manager software, which is bundled with the appliance. This intuitive interface software is used for organizing, scheduling, and deploying content to the digital signage network. The WebDT Content Manager provides multiple zone support and planning for each display, so that a screen can be divided into up to 16 zones with different content in each zone. With WebDT Content Manager, all screens can show the same content, each screen can play different content, or content can be blended over several screens. The user-friendly WebDT Content Manager also allows users to create many combinations across multiple screens, such as four zones on two screens, two zones on five screens, and hundreds of other possible screen layouts.

The MS1600X Multi Screen Appliance brings top quality performance and is available now.

About DT Research

DT Research™ develops and manufactures web-enabled information appliances for vertical applications. The WebDT family of products is based on embedded computing platforms for secure, reliable, and cost-effective computing. WebDT products include digital signage solutions, wireless tablets, point-of-service handhelds, compact modular systems, and display-integrated information systems. These systems emphasize mobility, wireless connectivity and touch displays. Powered by Windows® Embedded and Windows XP operating systems, WebDT devices offer durability and ease in integration, leading to solutions that can be remotely managed with the comprehensive WebDT Content Manager and WebDT Device Manager software. For more information, visit www.signage.dtri.com

MS1600X Multi Screen Appliance

http://signage.dtri.com.

DT Research and WebDT are trademarks of DT Research, Inc. All other brands and product names may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

SYMETRIX JUPITER 12 APP BASED TURN-KEY DSP AND ARC-WEB BRING SMARTPHONE SOUND TECHNOLOGY TO PARK CITY’S GRUB STEAK RESTAURANT

PARK CITY, UTAH – FEBRUARY 2013: Families and friends love to convene at Grub Steak Restaurant in Park City, Utah, and the establishment carves out a unique niche by providing flexible meeting and event space for local businesses, clubs, and revelers. Grub Steak’s spacious dining room is adjoined by the Miner Room and the even larger Moose Room. However, an aging, patched-together sound reinforcement system was making it hard for the management to accommodate the multimedia needs of the restaurant’s rental clients. Performance Audio, of nearby Salt Lake City, designed and installed a new system centered on a Symetrix Jupiter 12 App-Based Turnkey DSP loaded with nearly forty customized presets to cover every conceivable configuration.” Grub Steak’s managers and regular clients select the presets and adjust input and output volumes from their smartphones using robust Symetrix ARC-WEB technology.

“Grub Steak originally had a zone for each of the three main dining and meeting spaces,” explained Jake Peery, system design & installation expert with Performance Audio. “But its collection of old mixer/amps was making it difficult or impossible to get signal from one place to another. We integrated everything with a Symetrix Jupiter 12, which delivers a tremendous feature set for a very affordable price. In addition, we gave them another zone for the restroom and lobby area. Now they can combine, distribute, and adjust inputs any way they like.” The inputs include iPod docks, line level jacks, microphone jacks, a pair of wireless microphones, background music sources, and a live feed from the main dining room’s modest stage.

Peery also created nearly forty custom presets to cover every possible input selection and routing scenario the restaurant management requested. He also created four Symetrix ARC-WEB panels that, with password clearance, can be accessed from any smartphone or other Internet-connected device. Each ARC-WEB panel provides individualized control of a specified zone. “They also recognized that with so much flexibility, they had the potential to dig themselves into trouble,” said Peery. “So we also gave them a hardwired Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote in the office with a ‘reset’ selection that recalls a sensible default setup and gain structure.”

A new Ashly TRA-4150 amplifier delivers 250W to each of the four 70V zones. A handful of blown loudspeakers made way for new Atlas replacements, whereas the rest were in good shape and remain with the new processing and amplification.

“I’ve never created so many presets as I did with this job,” said Peery. “But it was easy to do with the Jupiter’s app based programming, and the client is very happy with the system’s new functionality. In fact, it’s so simple to use that Grub Steak has shared the ARC-WEB password with a few regular clients, such as the local Rotary Club.” Chris Haymond, Grub Steak manager agreed, “Yes, the new system is easy, flexible, and reliable. We’re now set up to make excellent use of our meeting and event space.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management.  For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

Extron Expands HDMI Distribution Amplifier Lineup

Extron HDMI DA SeriesExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce two new, larger HDMI distribution amplifiers as part of its HDMI DA Series product line. The HDMI DA4 with four outputs, and HDMI DA6 with six outputs, are HDCP compliant and support HDMI specification features including data rates up to 6.75 Gbps, 12-bit Deep Color, 3D, Lip Sync, and HD lossless audio formats. They also support HDTV 1080p/60 and PC resolutions up to 1920×1200. For ease of integration and reliable operation, the HDMI DA Series features two Extron-exclusive technologies: EDID Minder®, which maintains continuous EDID communication between connected devices, and Key Minder®, which continuously authenticates HDCP encryption between all devices, ensuring the simultaneous distribution of source content to connected displays. The HDMI DA Series is ideal for applications that require the distribution of an HDMI source signal to multiple displays.

“The Extron HDMI DA2 has fast become a favorite of AV integrators, and many have asked for the same robust feature set in larger sizes,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The new HDMI DA4 and HDMI DA6 are designed for the demands of commercial AV integration in larger system designs, while maintaining the same ease of setup and installation found in all of our HDMI products.”

To enhance and simplify integration, the HDMI DA Series offers integrator-friendly features, including automatic input cable equalization, automatic color bit depth management, and selectable output muting, as well as indicators for monitoring and troubleshooting. Input cable equalization restores and reshapes incoming HDMI signals, reducing the need for additional signal conditioning equipment by compensating for weak source signals or signal loss from a long input cable. The HDMI DA Series automatically adjusts color bit depth based on the display EDID, preventing color compatibility conflicts between source and display. Outputs can be muted independently via RS-232, allowing content to be previewed on a local monitor. Additionally, the distribution amplifiers provide immediate visual confirmation of EDID status, HDCP authentication, and signal presence confirmation for each port via front panel LED indicators.

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

Harris Digital Out-Of-Home Brings New Visual and Business Management Innovations to Digital Signage Expo

DENVER, February 20, 2013Harris Digital Out-Of-Home comes to this year’s Digital Signage Expo (February 27-28, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 907) with new innovations to amplify consumer engagement and extend business management reach. The company will demonstrate dynamic video and graphical content generated through its latest InfoCaster™ release. Additionally, new Punctuate™ software tools extend business management beyond single-channel capability.

The new updates, which include creative enhancements for videowall displays and interactive engagement, illustrate the company’s commitment to innovation for the digital signage industry across many verticals, including retail, hospitality, sports and live entertainment.

“Harris Digital Out-Of-Home continues to develop its portfolio, with new features to improve the visual experience for consumers and evolve the business model for out-of-home networks,” said Denise MacDonell, director and general manager, Harris Digital Out-Of-Home. “The Digital Signage Expo remains the industry’s greatest event to build relationships and demonstrate innovations. We intend to do this and more.”

MacDonell adds that the company will offer two presentations in workshop sessions over the course of the show. Information on the Harris Digital Out-Of-Home presentations is available at http://blog.harris.com/join-harris-digital-out-of-home-at-dse-2013/, and a complete list is at http://www.digitalsignageexpo.net/schedule.

Visual Enhancements
InfoCaster is among the preeminent digital signage solutions, with a full suite of hardware and software products to create, schedule, distribute and play out content – including HD-quality video and immaculate graphics.

The latest release incorporates HTML5 and Flash support for dynamic web content, including specific screen regions and full-screen presentations. This enables more sophisticated content management at the network level, as well as rich interactive experiences from wayfinding to retail purchases for consumers. The latter, made possible through InfoCaster software, makes touchscreen-powered shopping part of the complete in-store media experience for retailers and other businesses.

“This is especially useful in building an omni-channel strategy that brings the in-store and on-screen experience together for retail customers, and ensures that all channels of communication to the consumer are consistent,” said MacDonell.

InfoCaster has been traditionally strong for videowall presentations, perfectly synchronizing content together as one seamless canvas. The InfoCaster process removes videowall processors and other components from the mix, without limiting the number of supported displays in large videowall configurations.

At Digital Signage Expo, the company will introduce support for perfectly synchronized real-time data feeds, such as news, weather and stock information. The crawls will similarly stretch across videowalls as part of a large canvas, perfectly in sync to ensure all data on display is accurate and up to date. Harris Digital Out-Of-Home will also demonstrate support for non-grid videowalls to enable various screen orientations.

“A traditional videowall limitation has been the assumption that all monitors must be in the portrait or landscape orientation to produce engaging content,” said MacDonell. “InfoCaster allows our customers to create far more interesting videowall layouts based on its ability to synchronize content across different display shapes and sizes.”

Business Management
Punctuate manages the scheduling and placement of advertising and promotional content for out-of-home networks, bringing together automatic content placement and accurate business management. New management tools allow Punctuate users to manage more than one channel or network from the same interface. This enables two or more operators to see different aspects of a network while sharing common components and information.

“One example is a network operator managing an audio network and a video network for the same business,” said MacDonell. “They might have the same advertisers and the same playout locations, but different content. Punctuate simplifies matters by sharing the same IT infrastructure and other components to streamline overall business management.”

About Harris Broadcast

Harris Broadcast develops uniquely integrated digital media solutions that streamline the entire content workflow from live production to transmission. The company’s tools and technologies fit seamlessly into any media operation, enabling customers to easily and profitably create compelling content for delivery over multiple distribution platforms. With a presence in key locations around the world, Harris Broadcast supports media customers in more than 130 countries. Additional information is available at www.harrisbroadcast.com.

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New FlexGlass™ Rear-Projection Screen Material by Screen Innovations Features Zero Hotspot, Wide Viewing Angles, and the Ability to be Rolled on a 2-foot Core to Reduce Freight Costs and Job Site Handling

SI now shipping  FlexGlass™ to integrators worldwide for use in Command, Control, Simulation, Digital Signage, Retail, Hospitality and other Commercial or Residential application 

Austin, TX – February 18, 2013 Screen Innovations (SI), a leading US-based manufacturer of the acclaimed multi-directional ambient light rejecting Black Diamond projection screen technology, recently began shipping the much-anticipated FlexGlass™ flexible rear-projection screen material. Designed to resolve size, space, and shipping concerns, as well as to deliver an impressive and unrivaled image quality for Commercial applications, FlexGlass is poised to become a top-rated solution for rear-projection applications.

With an increased focus on – and presence in – the Commercial AV market, SI has launched itself yet again into an aggressive product development cycle to produce technologies and associated solutions for an ever-changing technical marketplace. FlexGlass is an innovative new rear projection screen material that offers all of the benefits of the best rigid optical panels with the added benefit of custom and curve capabilities that can only be achieved with a flexible screen material. Delivering unmatched edge-blend capability, zero hotspot, almost infinite viewing angles, and the ability to be rolled on a 2-foot core to significantly reduce freight and job site handling issues, FlexGlass is an ideal choice for multiple-projector, edge blending, and short throw projector applications; all of which serves to fulfill a very real need in the marketplace.

“FlexGlass™ is an absolutely amazing product,” said Richard Cope, CEO of NanoLumens. “Not only does it give us the uniformity, contrast, and viewing angles that we need, but its ability to be rolled on a 2-foot core allows us to get it into places where other screens simply cannot go.

“FlexGlass™ offers a very wide viewing angle and good contrast that’s excellent for rear-projected edge-blending because of its very high half-gain angle, low absolute gain and darker tint. It’s semi-rigid, which allows FlexGlass to be rolled in long seamless sheets onto 2-foot cores, doing away with the logistical problems often associated with getting rigid glass or Plexiglas sheets into buildings, upper stories, elevators and small doorways,” said Rajeev Surati, Chairman, President and Founder of Scalable Display Technologies. “Being semi-rigid also means FlexGlass can be used in curved configurations, as one of our customers has done for a large cylindrical cave configuration. Being lightweight, it’s truly portable, which is another plus. In fact, we use FlexGlass for a 20-foot by 6-foot display provided to our partners who use it to show off their large visualizations at tradeshows and other events.”

See video – how FlexGlass works: http://www.screeninnovations.com/screen-materials/flexglass-rear-pro/

 

“The introduction of our new FlexGlass™ rear-projection screens and other Commercial product solutions serves to further establish SI as a force to be reckoned with in the Commercial market,” said Ryan Gustafson, President of Screen Innovations. “It’s my belief that our new Commercial lineup will surpass that of traditional standard-bearers. What you see now is only the beginning. By Infocomm 2013, SI will have many new and innovative products ideally suited for Commercial applications. Come see us at Infocomm and you’ll see what we’re all about. The possibilities are endless.”

An assortment of proprietary screen materials and a highly innovative design and engineering team ensures SI has – and continues to develop – unique solutions that deliver tangible results at a competitive price. Those interested in learning more about SI’s Commercial product offering, joining the Screen Innovations community, or for a preview of FlexGlass and other Commercial solutions, are encouraged to visit www.screeninnovations.com, write to josh@screeninnovations.com, or call (512) 832-6939.

To download SI product images, videos, logos and associated marketing materials click on the following link: http://www.screeninnovations.com/downloads/.

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About SI

Screen Innovations (SI) is a leading manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies for Residential and Commercial applications. Best known for Black Diamond™, the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient light rejection projection screen technology, SI has effectively revolutionized the two-piece projection category by producing screens which deliver an unparalleled video image in either light or dark environments.

Designed to solve complex installation challenges, sold at affordable price points, and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding design and décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience that rival or surpass traditional displays. Operating under the principle that “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs,” SI produces a comprehensive assortment of projection screens and accessories for nearly any budget or application.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.screeninnovations.com or call (512) 832-6939 to learn more about the SI family of products and services available. Follow SI on Twitter @SIScreens and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/screeninnovations.

Screen Innovations Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

E.  Katye@kmbcomm.com

O. (406) 446-1283

C. (425) 328-8640

W. www.screeninnovations.com

T. @SIScreens and @katyemcgregor

F. www.facebook.com/screeninnovations

 

 

ASHLY AMPS SERVE UP RARE AND WELL DONE AT PERRY’S STEAKHOUSE AND GRILLE

TEXAS – FEBRUARY 2013: Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille truly is rare and well done. From its humble beginnings as a butcher shop more than thirty years ago, Perry’s has grown to become one of the premier steakhouses in Texas. Today with nine locations, each uniquely customized to the neighboring community, Perry’s Steakhouse is located in greater Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio.

One of the premier A/V integration firms in Central Texas, Intelligent Lighting Services, has designed and installed state-of-the-art sound systems in the most recent Perry’s Steakhouse locations. Intelligent Lighting Services’ Eric Bernstein recommended Ashly’s ne8250pe eight-channel Network Amp with integrated Protea™ signal processor for the Katy, Dallas and San Antonio restaurants.

“I was already looking to make some changes after the first installation at Austin because the big-name DSP we installed there seemed to time-out every other day,” explained Bernstein. “I’d had previous good experiences with Ashly gear and knew that it was reliable. Since I already knew we’d be using Tannoy CMS801 ceiling-mounted loudspeakers, I had my tech wire up an Ashly ne8250 amplifier and another from the manufacturer we had used at the first location. I did a blind comparison in controlled conditions and came away convinced that their clientele would hear no perceptible difference, at least with those loudspeakers. So there it was: an affordable, great-sounding amplifier with optional on-board DSP that I knew was flexible and reliable. And to top it off, Ashly is a nice, contractor-friendly manufacturer. We went forward in the next three locations – Dallas, San Antonio, and Katy, Texas – with the Ashly ne8250pe at the heart of the design.”

Because ambient live music is an integral part of the Perry’s experience, all three locations feature an Allen & Heath console adjoining a modest stage. Its output joins a handful of cable TV channels, a Muzak player, and a wireless microphone at the input to the Ashly Protea DSP environment. Because each of the Perry’s Steakhouse locations is unique, the Dallas location uses four Ashly ne8250pe eight-channel amplifiers, whereas San Antonio and Katy use three. The Ashly Protea DSP Matrix Mixer is used as a room combiner in the private dining rooms, allowing the restaurant to host any size dinner meeting or event. Other common zones include the bar area, lobby, hallways, restrooms, entry, patio plus four or five private dining rooms. Because the Ashly ne8250pe includes separate processing on each output, Bernstein was able to perfectly signal align all of the zones for maximum impact and coherence.

User control is simple. At the Dallas and Katy locations, each zone features a Ashly WR-5 programmable wall-mounted remote. Its simple push buttons allow selection of different input sources and overall volume. The San Antonio location adds a URC KP-4000 wired controller behind the bar for more in-depth control, along with a URC MX-5000 wireless remote that allows the manager to make changes on the fly from any location.

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille is currently considering new location sites. Because the owner has fallen in love with the sound of the newest restaurants and the way his team is able to so easily control them, Bernstein’s Ashly-based design will serve as the blueprint for all future Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille locations moving forward.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

Draper Introduces Video Conferencing Accessories

For effective video conferencing in today’s multi-use conference rooms and other venues, you need the required technology precisely where you need it, when you need it—but out of sight when you don’t. Draper has introduced several new products designed to do just that.

Draper’s Video Conferencing Camera Lift-Ceiling allows the placement of a video conferencing camera directly behind a motorized projection screen; the camera raises and lowers with the screen.

The Video Conferencing Camera Lift–Credenza hides your camera in virtually any conference room furnishing, ready to be raised at any time by simple remote operation.

Draper’s Video Conferencing Camera Adapter Bracket allows a video conferencing camera to be mounted in a Draper ceiling recessed projector lift. The bracket is available with three Draper lift models; choose the lift based on how far down out of the ceiling the camera needs to travel.

Draper also offers three unique types of backgrounds to bring your video conferencing to life, help you communicate more effectively and set your content apart. Draper’s neutral backgrounds come in six muted earth tones, and eliminate distractions, help prevent unwanted interference, control room lighting and ensure a consistent corporate image. Custom printed backgrounds can contain custom artwork, photographs, corporate logos and more. Chroma Key Backgrounds, typically referred to as “blue screen” or “green screen” technology, make it easy to change background images or show live action video footage.

For more information on Draper’s new telepresence line, visit www.draperinc.com/VideoConferencing/index.asp.

Extron Announces Upgrade to its H.264 Streaming Media Encoder

Anaheim, California (February 4, 2013) – Extron Electronics is pleased to announce an upgrade to the popular SME 100 encoder, enabling the support of additional network and streaming protocols. The SME 100 now supports push streaming in unicast or multicast applications applying native RTP or MPEG-2 Transport Streams. Session Announcement Protocol and Session Description Protocol are applied to manage push streaming sessions. These new network and streaming protocols make the SME 100 compatible with a greater variety of third party decoding devices and streaming configurations. Other new capabilities include HTTP tunneling and closed captioning support for the EIA-608B standard. These new features are included in all SME 100 units that are shipping, and this firmware upgrade is available as a free download for current users.

“Streaming encoders are used in many different applications and network configurations. This latest firmware update supports integration into a broader variety of streaming applications, and provides compatibility with a greater variety of H.264 devices including set-top box decoders,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “We have expanded our support of encoding, network protocols, and control features in the SME 100 to give AV professionals a broader set of tools for AV streaming applications.”

The SME 100 is available in two models, the SME 100 SD, which streams at resolutions from 166×120 up to 720×576, and the SME 100 HD, which streams at resolutions from 166×120 up to HDTV 1080p/30. Both models accept standard definition video and high definition video signals, including 1080p and computer-video signals up to 1920×1200 plus audio. Extron has developed the SME 100 feature set specifically to support the broad source, control, and processing capabilities that AV applications require.

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

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