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MS2800H/L Digital Signage Appliances Deliver Up to 8K Content to 16 Displays at 1080p per Display

MS2800H/L Digital Signage Appliances Deliver Up to 8K Content to 16 Displays at 1080p per Display

Play and Manage 4K and 8K Content at Native Resolution on Ultra HD Video Ribbons and Walls

InfoComm, Las Vegas, NV & San Jose, CA, – June 18, 2014 – DT Research™, Inc., an industry leader in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, today announced the MS2800H and MS2800L Digital Signage Multi Screen Appliances, the latest in the WebDT Signage System line, capable of powering content on up to 16 screens. The MS2800H/L Multi Screen Appliances enable up to 4K or 8K powerful content seamlessly played across multiple displays (up to 16 from a single appliance), and offer content blending, or tiling, across screens. The MS2800H/L provide a fully integrated system for Ultra High Definition Video playback on up to 16 screens and multi-zone management via WebDT Content Manager 6.1 Pro, the included web-based Content Management System.

Featuring two ultra-powerful Intel® Xeon® v2 processors (E5-2630 for MS2800L and E5-2643 for MS2800H with higher frame rate supported), the MS2800H/L support up to 16 outputs for ultra high resolution video arrays. Each screen displays 1920 x 1080 (Full-HD) resolution and multiple screens can be configured into one canvas or can deliver content to individual screens in different areas of a building. This flexibility simplifies installation in large venues.

The MS2800H/L are complemented by the web-based WebDT Content Manager 6.1 Pro software for intuitive remote management of content and device functions. Bundled with all WebDT signage/multi screen appliances, WebDT Content Manager offers an easy-to-use interface for organizing, scheduling, and distributing content, and supports numerous media formats (e.g., images, videos, Flash, remote URL’s, RSS, executable applications, ZIP, and Microsoft PowerPoint). Flexible screen layout options with multiple zones and layers enable a multi-screen video wall to be divided into multiple areas with different content in each zone to mix images, text, and real-time video through an RTSP or MMS stream, or through an optional video capture card. This management software allows quick updates over a network connection for real-time or scheduled content playback and automatic content download recovery to prevent downtime. The newly released WCM 6.1 Pro now supports a powerful HTML 5 Widget Editor (available for download online), enhanced player management interface, extended browser support, and fully frame-synchronized multi-screen video playback with frame-synchronized audio/video.

The WebDT Signage System offers highly-integrated digital signage hardware with intuitive web-based content management software enabling effective targeted communications. With a range of high-powered appliances for single and multiple screens, the WebDT Signage System delivers dynamic visual messages to optimize customer experience with minimal total cost of ownership and maintenance effort.

To view a full video demonstration, please visit: http://www.signage.dtri.com/products/multi_screen_appliance/ms_video.html
The MS2800H and MS2800L are 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 thin 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 WebDT systems offer durability and ease of integration, by delivering solutions that can be remotely managed with the comprehensive WebDT Device Manager software.
For more information, visit 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.
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Pexip(R) Announces Video Soft Clients for Infinity Scalable Meeting Platform

Virtual Meetings More Accessible Than Ever With Desktop Clients and Support for all Major Browsers

OSLO, Norway — June 17, 2014 — Pexip(R), a global disrupter in scalable, distributed videoconferencing technology, today announced its plans to introduce an all-new suite of Pexip Infinity videoconferencing clients, expanding users’ options of simply joining Pexip meetings. The Pexip Infinity clients will be available as installable client software for Windows(R), OS X(R), and Linux(R), in addition to supporting all major browsers including Internet Explorer(R), Safari(R), Chrome(TM), Firefox(R), and Opera(TM). more

IBERIABANK Invests in Revolabs Executive Elite(TM) Wireless Microphone System

Next-Generation Solution Transforms Financial-Sector Conference Room Into High-Performance Communications Environment

SUDBURY, Mass. — June 17, 2014 — Revolabs today announced that its newly released Executive Elite wireless microphone system has turned IBERIABANK’s upscale executive conference room into a high-performance center for important company communications. Featuring a Fortune 500 look, new distributed architecture, and best-in-class audio, the sophisticated microphone system brings installation flexibility, incredible audio integrity, and contemporary design to the financial institution’s revamped conferencing environment. more

RHC Holdings Announces New Pro Co XP Fit Plus Field Installable Fiber-Optic Connector at InfoComm 2014

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 18, 2014 – Pro Co Data, an RHC Holdings brand, unveils its new XP Fit Plus™ Field Installable Fiber-optic Connector at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C9516). Designed in collaboration with the SENKO Group, the XP Fit Plus is a pre-polished, pre-assembled connector, compatible with standard SC and LC connectors.

Housed in a convenient, compact package, the XP Fit Plus is highly-stable and reliable, and features a mechanical splice or index-matching gel. Additionally, the connector meets the UL94-VI Flammability Rating and is RoHS and TIA/EIA 568-C3 compliant.

The XP Fit Plus can be installed in less than two minutes due to its internal mechanical grip that effectively holds the fiber in place. With no need for polishing or epoxy/adhesives, which requires additional labor, the connector makes on-site installations quick and simple. Additionally, the connector comes with an assembly fixture and fiber holder for 250μm and 900 μm tight buffered fiber, ensuring accurate alignment and fiber cleave when terminating. The XP Fit Installation Kit contains everything needed for installation of the SC and LC XP Fit Plus connectors.

RHC Holdings, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, each RHC Holdings brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. RHC Holdings also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need.

D-TOOLS TO DEMONSTRATE WORKFLOW-ENHANCING MOBILE QUOTE APP AT INFOCOMM 2014

Now available, companion app to SIX 2013 enables systems integrators to remotely generate bids and later import them into D-Tools SIX 2013 for full project design and management

CONCORD, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 17, 2014 — InfoComm 2014 Booth #C8318— D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced that the Company will demonstrate its new iOS-based iPad® companion app for its flagship product, SIX 2013 at the InfoComm Conference June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas (D-Tools booth #C8318). This new release adds mobile quoting capabilities that enable Commercial electronic system integrators to generate quotes natively on an iPad and then import the quotes into the full D-Tools SIX 2013 software platform for further project design and management. Delivering on D-Tools’ commitment to streamline product updates and enhancements by consolidating them into an annual release, this new companion app will immediately extend the highly functional D-Tools workflow to mobile sales and specification teams.

A native iOS application, the D-Tools Mobile Quote app leverages D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer product library by enabling integrators to access and integrate product category and package data from their SIX 2013 catalog while working with customers in the field. Integrators can enter client and contact information into the iPad app, then walk prospective customers through available installation scenarios in order to create a quote for approval. Once complete, the resulting quote can then be imported into SIX 2013 for additional design work and synchronization.

The Mobile Quote app uses many of D-Tools’ workflow concepts, including the specification of locations and systems, which allows integrators to provide packages or pre-configured systems for inclusion in the quote. Labor and general pricing will be calculated to give the customer an accurate proposal, which can then be signed off for approval on the spot.

“Delivering features that enable our users to create quotes in the field is a natural evolution for us. The D-Tools Mobile Quote app is an important component that ensures our platform continues to meet the growing needs of our ever-expanding commercial customer base,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “The Mobile Quote app release is just the beginning. In fact, we are already working on additional mobile capabilities that significantly enhance our product roadmap. As we have demonstrated since the release of SIX last year, our new platform enables us to deploy new features as part of rapid and regular release cycles, which will ultimately provide our customers a clear path for sustained growth. We think InfoComm attendees will be excited by the capabilities of this powerful new app. ”

More than 4,500 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems.

The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad® app is now available for download and will be demonstrated during the InfoComm Conference June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in D-Tools’ booth #C8318. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com or Email info@d-tools.com for more information.

iPad® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, by calling (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mailing info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Media Contacts 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

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Mobile Quote Images

 

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D-Tools Showcasing New Features and Services Aimed at Boosting System Integrator Productivity at InfoComm 2014

Productivity and performance enhancing benefits of the award-winning D-Tools System Integrator software platform to be demonstrated for commercial integrator audiences

CONCORD, CA – June 17, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that will demonstrate for InfoComm attendees a host of new features and enhancements that together, as part of the D-Tools SIX platform, deliver the industry’s most complete and robust system design, estimation, and documentation software platform available. D-Tools will showcase these new features and other new developments in booth C8318 during InfoComm, June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The new Mobile Quote iOS app has been lauded as being one of the most compelling new features of D-Tools’ SIX 2013 platform. A workflow-enhancing application, Mobile Quote represents a fantastic opportunity for electronic systems integrators to work with clients in the field to secure an accurate, and immediately deliverable system design quote. Moreover, that same quote can then be emailed to the client and imported back into the full SIX 2013 software application for integration into the project, seamlessly extending the workflow from the office to the field and back. Mobile Quote is an incredibly useful tool that’s unrivaled in the marketplace.

New Industry Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols and SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols have recently been integrated into the D-Tools System Integrator platform. Straightforward and easily recognized, these drawing symbols represent all facets of audio, video, control, and security pre-wire and installation for system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with symbols used by Builders, Architects, Interior Designers, CE Manufacturers, Electronic Systems Contractors, and other professional trades.

A New Data Library is now available, providing highly valuable information and opportunities for manufacturers and the D-Tools user community from within the D-Tools System Integrator software environment, enabling more timely manufacturer pricing updates, special offers, and other relevant information. This update creates branding opportunities for D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program partners, making their information more visible through the DTConnect feature. Not only does this attract authorized SIX users to MVP brands, it also facilitates additional sales and outreach opportunities for manufacturers participating in the MVP program.

D-Tools will be conducting a Manufacturers’ Training Session during InfoComm to provide further detail about these and other features within the D-Tools platform. This session will demonstrate how to create a project in D-Tools System Integrator SIX 2013, and attendees will learn how SIX’s data-driven workflow links equipment lists to project documentation – including estimates, and drawings (via Visio or AutoCAD), and to effectively manage any project to completion.

Session Title: Creating a Project in SIX 2013

Date: June 20, 2014

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Session ID: MT57

Registration: Click here

With these additions and the level of support provided through training sessions, webinars, and more, D-Tools is more than just a workflow-enhancing tool for users; it is also a profit-generating platform that now provides a more complete solution with greater efficiency, visibility and analytical depth. InfoComm attendees can learn more about D-Tools through live demonstrations being held during the InfoComm Conference June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in D-Tools’ booth #C8318.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

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D-Tools Logos

Link to Mobile Quote iPad App images 

Link to SIX 2013 R2 images

Link to Industry Standard Shapes images

Link to New Data Library images

 

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STEWART FILMSCREEN LAUNCHES A NEW WEBSITE AND SOLUTIONS-ORIENTED SALES STRATEGY AIMED AT SIMPLIFYING PROJECTION SCREEN SPECIFICATION AND ORDERING PROCESS

New Stewart Filmscreen website features a more efficient guided selling approach that provides the option to choose from a series of “typical” solutions or build custom screens based on various criteria

TORRANCE, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV – INFOCOMM BOOTH #C6821 – JUNE 17, 2014 – Stewart Filmscreen Corp., the leading international manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings for commercial and residential applications, today announces the launch of a new website and with it, a new solutions-oriented sales strategy. Aimed at simplifying the specification and ordering process, the new Stewart Filmscreen website features a more efficient guided selling approach that provides the option to choose from a series of “typical” solutions or build custom screens based on various criteria. The new website is driven by a content management system that enables robust backend functionality Stewart Filmscreen customers will immediately see the benefit.

The new Stewart Filmscreen website caters to integrators, designers, consultants and end-users who rely on the Company’s unique custom-engineered projection screen manufacturing capabilities for a variety of applications. In addition to high-resolution photography and videos, the new site provides a useful repository of case studies, white papers, BIM and Revit files, and other details needed by those in the technical trades. Andrew Cox, CTS, ISF-C, has been promoted and now serves as both Web and Technology Manager.

A new website is just the beginning. Stewart’s new streamlined approach to the sales and engineering process has decreased estimate turnaround times. Internal systems have been optimized to accommodate a more rapid delivery of information and product delivery times have also been significantly improved.

To support the dynamic new internal sales structure, Vijita U.G. has been promoted to Marketing Communications Specialist. In this new role, Vijita will be responsible for coordinating the communications output and creating marketing and promotional materials. Assisting Vijita in this new role, Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications will spearhead all external PR and media relations and will also work with Stewart Filmscreen customers to curate content.

“Our website, sales, and associated operations needed to be revamped to better help our customers address the needs of their customers, who are every bit as discriminating as ever before, but have far less time and patience,” said Douglas Brashear, President of Stewart Filmscreen. “We needed to adjust not only the way we did business and how our products were specified and sold, but in many ways, how we went to market.”

Instead of focusing only on product, the new Stewart Filmscreen sales approach is now more oriented to the application and solution provided, and all examples provided will be supported by high resolution photography and video whenever possible, including those of installations in process in order to convey valuable information to those who are seeking to specify or acquire similar systems.

Stewart Filmscreen will unveil the new website and sales approach at InfoComm 2014, where the Company will demonstrate a host of innovative 4K solutions engineered specifically for the highly-discerning commercial market. Headlining Stewart’s display will be a massive 165-inch (diagonal) StarGlas 60 rear-projection screen paired with a Christie Mirage 4K25 projector featuring content shot at 120fps. Cyviz multi-channel edge-blended solutions will also be demonstrated in the booth, and attendees will find a variety of typical screen solutions to couple with laser and other cutting edge technologies to produce the most stunning images imaginable. As Stewart partners understand and InfoComm 2014 attendees will come to learn, where the image truly matters, that’s where you will find a Stewart Filmscreen.

Those interested in experiencing, delivering, and learning more about the best 4K displays at InfoComm 2014 are encouraged to connect with Stewart Filmscreen in booth #C6821. More information can also be obtained by visiting www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mailing request@stewartfilmscreen.com, calling (800) 762-4999, or following @StewartFilm.

About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award® winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications | (425) 328-8640 | Katye@KMBComm.com | @katyemcgregor

 

 

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Crimson AV Showcasing New DSA Series Spring-Loaded Monitor Arms During InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18-20

Heavy-duty single and dual-arm monitor arms feature locking tilt and rotation and provide numerous innovative monitor mounting solutions for restaurants, bars, healthcare facilities and other high-use, heavy use areas

GLENVIEW, IL and LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 17, 2014 (InfoComm – Booth #C5430) – Crimson AV, LLC today announced that the Company will showcase its DSA Series Spring-loaded Monitor Stands alongside several new audio video mounting solutions engineered specifically for challenging commercial applications. Expanding on the Company’s mission to deliver professional-grade solutions that are simple to specify, order, install and properly align, Crimson will showcase at InfoComm 2014 a host of new mounting solutions designed for hospitality, entertainment, retail, education, healthcare facilities, houses of worship, venues, and more. Crimson AV has a unique value proposition and fills a much-needed niche. The Company not only provides a comprehensive TV and projector mount lineup of off-the-shelf solutions, it also specializes in custom-configured solutions designed to specification and suitable for virtually every type of audio-visual installation.

New DSA Spring-loaded monitor arms
The new DSA Series articulating monitor arms are a sleek and stylish solution that deliver perfect landscape- or portrait-oriented monitor positioning while freeing up valuable workspace. These elegant yet heavy-duty spring-loaded, full motion mounts accommodate monitors and associated accessories weighing up to 30 lb. Once set in the chosen position, tilt and rotation mechanisms can be locked in place—a feature unique to Crimson and especially useful for high-use environments such as POS, restaurants, bars, warehouses and healthcare facilities. Connected monitors will remain in the selected position until physically unlocked and moved to a new position. DSA accommodate a total weight of up to 30lbs, feature ultra smooth tilt and screen leveling features for easy viewing, and are VESA compatible up to 100x100mm.

Four distinctly different models will be shown:

DSA11 is a single monitor, single link mount for monitors sized from 10-32”.

DSA12 is a single monitor, dual link mount for monitors sized from 10-32”.

DSA21 is a dual monitor, single link mount for monitors sized from 10-32”.

DSA22 is a dual monitor, dual link mount for monitors sized from 10-32”.

 

All models in the DSA Series feature heavy-duty spring mechanisms to accommodate a wide range of monitors and attached accessories. Highly versatile in their use and application, DSA Series arms are available with a variety of attachment points for easy integration, including Edge clip, Flat base, Through-hole, and Vertical pipe-mounted adapter styles.

Crimson’s industry-leading 10-year warranty and 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee ensures that integrators and systems designers are provided much-needed peace of mind that they have chosen the right mounts for the job, and allows them to focus on the more technical aspects of the installation.

“The Crimson AV mount line exists to solve a wide variety of installation challenges and is designed to deliver a superior result for any type of installation,” says Crimson President, Vlad Gleyzer. “Our new DSA Spring Loaded Articulating Monitor Stands are no exception. They provide an elegant yet fully functional solution that can be used in a wide variety of commercial environments. Integrators should have at least one DSA available either in the office or on every truck to fulfill upsell opportunities that can easily occur any time they’re onsite with a customer.”

Every product in Crimson’s comprehensive assortment is manufactured to rigorous standards, designed for maximum install efficiency, and sold for a fraction of the price of competitive solutions, making the line making the lineup a “must see” at trade shows and regional events. Interested parties are invited to connect with Crimson at booth #C5430 at InfoComm 2014, or by visiting www.crimsonav.com, calling 866-MOUNT-TV, or writing to info@crimsonav.com.

About Crimson
Based in Glenview, IL, Crimson AV manufactures a comprehensive yet uniquely differentiated lineup of display mounting solutions designed for Commercial, Pro, and Residential audio-visual applications. Combining enhanced product design techniques, extensive manufacturing expertise, and lean business practices, Crimson has developed a proprietary business model that delivers superior products for maximum value. Customers benefit from professional-grade products that are backed by unparalleled service and technical support. Uncompromising design and build quality requirements and an industry-leading 10-year warranty ensure each Crimson AV mount will be trouble-free for years to come. Interested parties can learn more about Crimson mounting solutions by visiting www.crimsonav.com, by calling 866-MOUNT-TV, by writing to info@crimsonav.com and by following @CrimsonAV on Twitter.

Media inquiries should be directed to: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, Katye@KMBComm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press and @katyemcgregor.

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DSA Series product images

 

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Video Devices PIX 270i and PIX 250i Come Into Focus at InfoComm 2014

New Recorders Offer Advanced Network Functionality and Multi-Drive Recording for Seamless Integration into Existing AV Systems

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 17, 2014 – Video Devices, mission critical video products by Sound Devices, showcases its latest PIX recorders, PIX 270i and PIX 250i, at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C6443). The network-connected PIX 270i and PIX 250i multi-drive video decks offer comprehensive multi-channel AV record and playback tools for house of worship (HOW), corporate, live event and other production applications.

The PIX 270i and PIX 250i recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings to production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to access and transfer high-quality files over Ethernet. Its advanced network functionality along with simultaneous multi-drive video and audio recording makes Video Devices latest PIX products a complete production-ready AV solution. In addition, its ability to be controlled over IP, RS-422 and GPIO make it ideally suited to be integrated into a range of AV applications.

Both products feature extensive network connectivity and can be connected over Ethernet for simultaneous grouped recording and playback, creating a cost-effective scalable solution that addresses the multi-camera recording needs of today’s production. Its built-in Web server, PIXNet, offers browser-based transport and setup-menu control of any number of units. PIX 270i features built-in multiple unit synchronization, offering simultaneous, frame-accurate recording and playback, ideal for multi-camera production and live event multi-screen playback. Any number of units can be grouped and controlled as a single system from either the hardware or the built-in Web-based control panel. Frame accurate sync works with other PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX 250i can be grouped with other PIX 250i, PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX 270i and PIX 250i can be controlled by external RS-422 (Sony 9-pin compatible) controllers as well as via its GPIO port.

Up to four drives, two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs and two SATA-connected drives can be connected to the PIX 270i. All four drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially for redundancy and long-form programs. For PIX 250i, up to two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs can be connected to the easily accessed front-panel drive bays. In the same fashion, both drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially. This redundancy in local, removable storage devices, coupled with standard, Ethernet-based file-transfer features, further reduces steps in the production workflow. Recording to multiple drives offers immediate file backup, eliminating time-consuming post-record copying. Gigabit Ethernet network ports enable remote access to recorded files and the ability to transfer these files quickly into a post-production environment.

The Video Devices PIX 250i and PIX 270i are designed for mission-critical applications with their dedicated video hardware, and PowerSafe and FileSafe feature sets. Both products are equipped with the company’s proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. PIX also features FileSafe, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted. Should a drive be inadvertently removed during recording; simply reinsert the drive and it automatically repairs its files. Powered by 10-27 VDC through a four-pin XLR connector, the PIX 270i also offers a secondary DC input for power supply redundancy.

The PIX recorders offer 3G-SDI (12-bit, 4:4:4) and HDMI I/O, and can record at numerous data rates. Full RGB Apple ProRes 4444 (330 Mbps) and low data rate proxy files (36 Mbps) are available. Files are ready for import directly into popular editing environments, including Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding.

The PIX 270i offers extensive audio capabilities, with 64 record tracks (32 tracks at 96k), Dante audio-over-Ethernet, 64 channels of both MADI (coaxial and optical) audio, eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio, and 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, making the PIX 270i the world’s first video device that also includes Dante audio over Ethernet. The PIX 250i features eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio and 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, and supports up to 16 tracks of audio. With its wide range of input and output capabilities, the 270i also offers real-time bridging between the various audio interface types.

PIX 270i and PIX 250i also include a high-performance hardware scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, PIX records the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or different frame rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal is also available.

With its built-in ultra-accurate time-code generator/reader with genlock input/output, the PIX is a great master clock for driving a network of devices requiring synchronization. In addition to generating ultra-stable time-code, time-code can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or external sources.

PIX can be seamlessly integrated into existing AV systems and environments due to its 1/2-rack, 2-U chassis dimension. Both the PIX 270i and PIX 250i have precision five-inch IPS, 800- x 480-pixel displays for setup menu access and video monitoring. The high-accuracy display, with its peaking, false color and zoom functions, is perfect for framing, exposure and focus evaluation.

Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit Video Devices and Sound Devices websites, www.videodevices.com; www.sounddevices.com.

XTA Launches New APA Series at InfoComm 2014

The first model, the APA-4E8, set to be unveiled on Group One Ltd. stand C11336

LAS VEGAS – June 2014 – Group One Ltd. stand C11336 — XTA is proud to be debuting the APA series – short for Adaptive Processing Amplification – at this year’s InfoComm show. APA’s new power and DSP platforms have been designed to interact intelligently and adapt to prevailing conditions, protecting drivers and significantly enhancing performance from all speaker systems.

By including studio-quality analog-to-digital converters at the outputs as well as the inputs, real-time audio currents and voltages presented at the speaker terminals can be fed back into the DSP in addition to processing the incoming audio, allowing the amplifier to adapt and correct its performance continuously. The tight coupling of the power supply’s behavior through real-time monitoring of the mains supply, as well as over ten temperature sense points, means that the amplifier can adjust its power consumption and output drive to ensure that maximum permissible power is always available.

“We have included the same A-to-D converters that we use in the DS8000D [XTA's Audio Distribution System], which allows us to monitor the outgoing audio voltages and currents to the same degree of accuracy as we do when digitizing incoming analog audio prior to processing,” notes XTA Technical Director John Austin. “These outgoing signals can then be fed back into the DSP [responsible for all the user adjustable EQ and protection] so that it can make adjustments to ensure that any connected speaker driver is being utilized to the best of its abilities, without undue stress to the driver, or the amp for that matter.”

The Class D amplifier design, combined with a highly efficient power supply and generous energy storage reservoirs result in an amplifier that not only is better at converting input mains power into output speaker power with less wasted heat (system efficiency is 80%), but is also able to offer better sustained peak power at low frequencies – where you need it most. A quick start mode, and an ultra low power stand-by mode (with a power consumption of under 0.75W) mean reduced running costs in all circumstances.

According to XTA Technical Brand Manager Waring Hayes, “It’s not so difficult to add a DSP module to an existing amplifier design in the form of a plug-in card, but to provide the level of monitoring and feedback within the amplifier that we wanted – that took a little longer!”

The first model – the APA-4E8 – features four channels of power totaling 20kW peak output into four ohms, and continuous power available of 3400W per channel into four ohms. Four audio inputs allow all four amplifier channels to be individually utilized if required with a full suite of XTA’s world-renowned DSP, including dynamic EQ, FIR (and phase linearization) and classic IIR filtering, mix matrix and the manufacturer’s famously transparent limiters and soft knee compressors.

“What with all the feedback from the PSU and mains monitoring and all the temperature sensors everywhere, the DSP really is at the center of things in the amplifier, and far from being bolted on to the front end – it’s more an engine management system than a speaker management system,” Hayes points out.

The APA-4E8 can route audio from analog, AES or network sources with automatic fallback. USB and internal SD cards offer additional audio choices for playback of emergency evacuation messages, and quick upload of presets or download of performance logging data. The APA series also includes extensive GPIO and remote control covered by Ethernet, USB and RS485.

Housed in a 2U chassis and weighing 28.2 pounds (12.8 kg), the APA-4E8 sports an elegant front panel interface with a large color LCD, which, in combination with innovative user selectable metrics and tricolor multimode panel metering, offers reassuring feedback of the amplifier status from any distance.

New remote software written to run natively on both the Windows and Mac platforms is available and operable via an Ethernet or USB connection.

Hayes sums up by adding, “Ultimately, what counts can be distilled down to sound quality, power delivery, reliability, usability, flexibility and blue front-panel-ability!”

About Group One Ltd.
Group One Ltd. is a U.S. importer and distributor for a number of professional audio and lighting manufacturers. The company’s audio division currently distributes Blue Sky powered nearfield monitors, DiGiCo digital mixing consoles, MC2 high quality innovative amplifiers, and XTA digital signal processing equipment. The lighting division currently distributes Avolites lighting control consoles, ElektraLite controllers and intelligent lighting, and Pulsar LED lighting.

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XTA / Group One Ltd.
70 Sea Lane, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Tel: 516.249.1399 / Fax: 516.249.8870
Email: sales@g1limited.com
Web: www.g1limited.com / www.xta.co.uk

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