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KanexPro Introduces High Speed HDMI Splitters with full 3D and 4K support

KanexPro (Booth # C7247 at InfoComm 2012), the leading A/V Connectivity solutions provider is proud to introduce ProBar Series of High Speed HDMI®. Available in combinations of 1×2, 1×4 and 1×8 I/O’s. Engineered for industry professionals wanting to distribute high-resolution video on eight HDMI displays. With no downtime or signal degradation, this HD splitter enables stunning resolutions up to 4K x 2K, 3D support and bandwidth up to 10.2 Gbps.

Fully compliant with EDID and HDCP management the ProBar HDMI splitters can be integrated anywhere from digital signage to healthcare AV where high-resolution signals are mission critical for today’s applications.

Available in 1x2, 1x4 & 1x8 sizes.

HDMI splitters

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively.

KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

Extron Announces New DisplayPort Switcher and Distribution Amplifier

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the SW2 DP two input DisplayPort switcher, and the DP DA2 two output DisplayPort distribution amplifier. They are HDCP compliant, and support data rates up to 10.8 Gbps and computer resolutions up to 2560×1600 @ 60 Hz, including HDTV 1080p/60. The SW2 DP and DP DA2 feature EDID Minder®, an Extron-exclusive technology, which maintains continuous EDID communication between connected devices for reliable video content display. The DP DA2 also features Key Minder®, an Extron-exclusive technology that continuously authenticates HDCP encryption between all devices, ensuring the simultaneous distribution of source content to both displays. Additionally, dual-mode support on the DP DA2 allows source signals to be distributed to multiple HDMI, DVI, or VGA display devices with appropriate adapters. more

Tualatin Valley Community TV Adds Broadcast Pix Mica Video Control Centers to New Control Rooms

Billerica, Massachusetts – April 26, 2012 – Based in Beaverton, Ore., Tualatin Valley Community TV (TVCTV) produces PEG (public, educational, and government) programming for cable subscribers in 14 cities and Washington County. Earlier this year, TVCTV moved from a three-studio setup it shared with a magnet school to its own two-studio facility. Each new studio has its own control room, which is anchored by a Broadcast Pix™ Mica™ Video Control Center™.

A division of the Metropolitan Area Communications Commission, TVCTV produces more than 400 local programs each year for its five cable channels. Its main studio is dedicated to community programming, while a second studio is used for government programs, in-house productions, and contract work.

By design, both control rooms are very similar. “We do a bunch of outreach programs for each community,” explained Thaddeus Girard, TVCTV production services manager. “We have 14 freelancers and five in-house producers. Both studios running the same platform is huge. Two Micas in house will help volunteers by easily cross-training and reducing crew costs.”

The move to the new facility also included a move to a file-based workflow, which allows TVCTV to take advantage of Mica’s built-in Fluent™ Clip Store. “One of the most exciting things for us is having so much stuff stored in one unit,” Girard said. “What we’d used before was a ton of monitors and decks – and it took a lot of engineering and tweaking. Now we can use internal clip stores instead of three DVCPRO decks. I’m excited to have it so tightly integrated with Fluent-View and get rid of so many crummy black-and-white monitors.”

TVCTV is also exploiting the capabilities of its new production switchers to improve its on-air look. “We want to try to spice it up as much as we can. There’s so much power, we can do so many things,” Girard said. “It’s fun to program your own vision and have it show up almost immediately. Mica has just made our workflow much more sensible, creative, and easier.”

TVCTV implemented the Mica workflow in March. They were purchased through Professional Video and Tape in Tigard, Ore., and installed by Delta AV in Portland, Ore. One of TVCTV’s new studios features robotic HD cameras, but programming is down-converted and broadcast in SD. Mica’s multi-definition switcher can mix eight HD/SD-SDI inputs with seven channels of internal clips, animations, and graphics.

Beyond its new studios, TVCTV produces live coverage of city council meetings for seven cities, and Girard plans to begin migrating existing local city council control rooms to Broadcast Pix systems later this year. “Mica fits that perfect niche, allowing us to expand a little bit but keeps us within budget,” Girard added. “All around it’s been a fantastic piece of equipment for our new facility.”

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is a leader in live video production systems. Its Video Control Centers™ empower operators with patented techniques that combine cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. The integration of a multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls provides the lowest cost of ownership at a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems range from compact systems controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 100 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Mica, Fluent, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.

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PESA Demonstrates 3G-SDI Fiber Routing Switcher with New MFP Technology from Advanced Fiber Products at NAB 2012

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today announced a new concept in fiber optic backplane design that uses MiniCube™ Miniature Form Pluggable (MFP) transmitter technology from Advanced Fiber Products, LLC. Introduced as the world’s first 3G-SDI MFP fiber routing switcher, the MFP option backplane for PESA’s Jaguar 3 64×64 series will be on display at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth SL9615), which runs through April 19 in Las Vegas, Nev.

MFP technology establishes a new approach to LC-type fiber connectivity. Traditional Small Form Pluggable (SFP) modules use right-angle card cages that take up valuable board space during the design process. With MFP modules, both vertical and right-angle pluggable cages are available, resulting in a 50 percent smaller footprint. With vertical mount cages, hot pluggable fiber connections can be loaded in the same backplane space as a standard BNC port, which simplifies product packaging and increases product performance.

Offering up to 64×64 high-speed fiber optic ports, PESA’s Jaguar 3 is the first routing switcher to incorporate MFP technology. With its unique backplane design, the Jaguar 3 can offer fiber and coax connections in the same chassis. Two shared backplanes allow I/O ports in groups of 32.

“Our MFP video transceiver works with existing infrastructures, but it uses about half the space and up to 40 percent less power than traditional video optical transceivers,” explained Mark Benton, general manager, Advanced Fiber Products. “As a result, it helps to create a very dense backplane offering pluggable modules, such as what you can find on the Jaguar 3. PESA has shown a lot of interest in this technology, and we appreciate working with them on this first MiniCube video router application.”

The Jaguar 3 can route all SMPTE and ITU standard serial digital video signals, plus it supports embedded audio and other ancillary data for SDI, HD-SDI, and DVB/ASI broadcast sources. For digital cinema, the Jaguar can easily be configured to support SMPTE S372 for dual-link HD-SDI. With the MFP optional fiber backplane, HD signals can be transmitted up to 10Km.

Although the 2 RU Jaguar 3 is small in size, it is big on performance. Data rates from 50 Mbps up to 3 Gbps are supported. All inputs are auto-equalized, while outputs are auto-sensed and re-clocked to the appropriate transport stream. For non-standard formats, re-clockers can be bypassed to allow any data rate up to 3 Gbps. Two independent reference inputs allow easy selection of sync using either black burst or tri-level sync source. The compact frame design features front load, hot-swappable card sets and includes slots for optional redundant power supply/control modules. The routing switcher frame can be configured to support a variety of control interfaces, including Ethernet, RS-232, or PESA’s PERC2000 control system.

The Jaguar 3 includes PESA’s user-friendly CATTRAX software, which provides a simple interface for diagnostics, setup, and switching. With CATTRAX, multiple users can operate the Jaguar control system from anywhere on the network. For pushbutton control, the Jaguar offers three styles of local or remote panels.

“Advanced Fiber Products has pioneered the next-generation fiber solution for flexible switching systems,” said Dan Holland, PESA vice president of product marketing. “The new MFP concept capitalizes on a miniature form factor technology that allows PESA to deliver the best possible video performance for fiber optic routing. As a result, long distance routing for high-end, high-speed video distribution is available in a more compact solutionfor military, government, production facilities, and sporting venues.”

About Advanced Fiber Products

Advanced Fiber Products, Ltd. (AFP) is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of optical and optoelectronic and specialized products for telecom, enterprise, industrial, military and broadcast markets. The company headquartered at Haverhill, near Cambridge in the United Kingdom has developed a wide variety of novel and secure connectivity products, both fiber and copper for use in sensitive and adverse operating environments

Advanced Fiber Products, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of AFP, Ltd., designs, develops and manufactures HD/3G-SDI active video distance extending fiber optic products and multi-signal products for fixed and portable broadcast applications as well as oil and gas exploration and military applications. AFP, LLC is located near Chicago, Illinois in the United States.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

Broadcast Pix Systems Move to New High-Performance Windows 7 Platforms

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Granite™ and Mica™ Video Control Centers™ are now shipping with new high performance hardware platforms with Intel® quad-core technology running Microsoft® Windows 7, as well as expanded enterprise-class storage.The new platforms and version 3.0 Video Control Center software are being demonstrated on every Broadcast Pix system at the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev., April 16-19 (Booth SL6424).

Unlike traditional video production switchers, Broadcast Pix systems also handle file-based content and data streams. The new platforms and Windows 7 software enhance file management, system performance, and system robustness, while providing familiar Windows 7 tools. Plus, Video Control Center 3.0 features optimized touch-screen control, and Windows 7 enables dual touch-screen control for enhanced flexibility.

“With so much control at their fingertips, our customers push our Video Control Centers to create great looking live video with extensive layering, file-based macro effects, and automated data,” said Ken Swanton, CEO. “Our new platforms enable producers to do even more and do it faster.”

Beyond its new hardware platform and Windows 7 software, Granite’s standard configuration now includes redundant power for both the Granite Server and its companion Granite Switcher. Plus, Granite’s integrated Clip Store capacity has been doubled, providing up to 60 hours of storage, and a new premium storage option provides up to 180 hours of redundant RAID 5 storage.

Granite is available in six models and supports up to 22 HD/SD-SDI inputs, plus seven channels of clips, animations, and graphics. Available in four models, the cost-effective Mica family of Video Control Centers features eight HD/SD-SDI inputs plus seven channels of clips, animations, and graphics. In addition to a multi-format production switcher, both native HD systems include built-in clip store, graphics system, Fluent-View, Fluent Macros, and external device controls.

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is a leader in live video production systems. Its Video Control Centers™ empower operators with patented techniques that combine cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. The integration of a multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls provides the lowest cost of ownership at a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems range from compact systems controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 100 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Granite, Mica, Fluent, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.

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Extron Now Shipping HDCP-Compliant Scaler with Seamless Switching

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DVS 605, a high performance video scaler that includes three HDMI inputs, two universal analog video inputs with auto-format detection, and simultaneous HDMI and analog high resolution outputs. The DVS 605 accepts a wide variety of video formats including HDMI with HDCP, HDTV, RGB, and standard definition video. It features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing, Deep Color processing, and true seamless switching for professional-quality presentations. The DVS 605 also features SpeedSwitch™ Technology that delivers ultra-fast switching speed for HDCP-encrypted content. It is available in models with audio switching plus HDMI audio embedding / de-embedding, and also 3G-SDI/HD-SDI output with genlock. more

Broadcast Pix Ships Video Control Center 3.0 Software, Showcases New Products at 2012 NAB Show

Billerica, Massachusetts – April 4, 2012 – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Video Control Center™ 3.0 software, which adds new functionality to current Granite™ and Mica™ systems, is now shipping. New features include touch-screen control, voice automation, virtual sets, and a second-generation Fluent Rapid CG™ 2 that integrates Daktronics scoreboard control. All these new 3.0 capabilities as well as the company’s flagship Granite 6000 and family of Mica systems will make their NAB debut at the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev., April 16-19 (Booth SL6424).

“We are very excited to bring all these new products to NAB. They advance the state of the art in control surfaces for live video creation,” said Ken Swanton, CEO. “Their superior integration of video, file-based content, data, and devices enables great live video to be created by a small team or a single operator – or in the case of voice automation, without any operator at all.”

Broadcast Pix is known for innovative panels that control both video and file-based content, but not every TD prefers a traditional control panel. Video Control Center 3.0 features the first optimized touch-screen control, with joystick and knobs for robotic camera control and picture-in-picture (PiP) box sizing. New controls simplify key layering, provide switcher transitions, and offer enhanced controls for source selection.

A breakthrough in voice automated video production is the new VOX™ option, which eliminates the need for an operator for some live productions. It enables microphones to trigger Fluent™ Macros on any Granite, Mica, or Slate™ system to select camera presets, roll clips and animations, add or remove graphics, and execute PiP compositions. VOX is ideal for adding video to radio station broadcasts, as well as coverage of government and corporate meetings for television, Internet, and in-house projection.

Video Control Center 3.0’s new virtual set software with simplified chromakey setup enables up to eight cameras to have virtual backgrounds plus three key layers on top for PiP, titles, and motion backgrounds. Broadcast Pix provides several backgrounds, but any photo can be used – and a built-in image editor can crop and blur an image to simulate depth of field. The virtual sets can also integrate with Fluent-Macros for effects, such as three virtual sets in PiP boxes on an animated background.

Fluent Rapid CG 2 connects on-air graphics to databases, RSS feeds, custom action buttons, and now Daktronics scoreboard controllers and EZNews news titles. Second-generation features include dual channel for two graphics at once, as well as very fast updates including clocks by the second. Broadcast Pix will demonstrate with a Daktronics scoreboard in its NAB booth.

Granite 6000, the largest Video Control Center, features an expanded 2 M/E switcher control panel with 24 source buttons per row, as well as two banks of patented device controls to run its built-in 120-hour clip store, Harris or Chyron CG, and external devices. The panel has 143 patented PixButtons™, which show file names on the buttons. The highly redundant system has up to 22 SDI multi-definition inputs, plus seven channels of clips, animations, and graphics.

The Mica family of Video Control Centers provides exceptional value, making Broadcast Pix technology accessible to many applications. It features eight SDI inputs plus seven channels of clips, animations, and graphics. Mica is available in four models, starting at just $16,900.

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in live video production systems. Its Video Control Centers™ empower operators with patented techniques that combine cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. The integration of a multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls provides the lowest cost of ownership at a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems range from compact systems controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 100 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

LYNX Technik Brings Affordable HDMI Conversion Bricks to NAB 2012

LYNX Technik AG, provider of modular interfaces will exhibit its range of broadcast quality HDMI conversion yellobriks® at NAB2012, booth N4433.

CHD 1812 – HDMI to SDI Converter + Frame Sync (3G)
This HDMI to SDI converter supports SD/HD/3G-SDI formats, provides 3D support, and includes an integrated Frame Synchronizer. A flexible reference input allows the unit to be cross-locked between formats. With this brick, facilities can convert HDMI to HD or SD-SDI such as sources coming from broadcast video cameras as well as PC and MAC computers.

A key feature of this yellobrik is the built-in frame synchronizer, which eliminates the need to purchase a separate and expensive 3Gbit frame sync unit. It is an ideal solution for any application that requires a fully synchronized SDI input from an external asynchronous HDMI source.

The integrated frame synchronizer solves a common problem in broadcast and video HDMI to SDI (PC and MAC) conversion applications. In a production environment in the USA, a 59.94 Hz frame rate is typical for SDI video applications and often, an HDMI output runs at 60 Hz. The integrated frame synchronizer adjusts for this minor difference, providing users with a perfectly frame synchronized 59.94 Hz SDI output from a 60 Hz HDMI source.

CHD 1802 – HDMI to SDI Converter (3G)
This HDMI to SDI converter carries the same features as the CHD 1812 however does not include an integrated frame synchronizer or external audio output.

CDH 1811 – SDI to HDMI Converter (3G)
This SDI to HDMI converter supports SDI video inputs up to 1080p60 and provides automatic input standard and format detection.

Full Audio Support
The CHD 1812 and CDH 1811 include full audio support and embed audio from the HDMI stream into the SDI outputs with two external analog audio inputs. The audio inputs can be embedded if required. The CHD 1802 supports embedded audio, whereby any audio present in the HDMI stream will be embedded into the corresponding channels on the SDI output.

Fiber Capabilities
The optional single-mode SDI fiber output ensures that the transition to fiber is simple and makes these units ideal for long distance SDI transmission of HD content.

SDI Monitoring and Overlay Modes

The CDH 1811 includes a unique on-screen overlay mode that displays a multitude of additional information about the connected signal including: SDI input format and bit depth, burn-in windows for DVITC,VITC and LTC time code, 16 channel on- screen audio metering, closed caption presence indication and AFD,WSS and VI metadata presence. This overlay feature turns the CDH 1811 SDI to HDMI converter is a fully featured SDI monitoring tool.

The entire yellobrik line will be on display at NAB 2012 including; sync pulse generators, distribution amplifiers, audio embedders / de-embedders, point to point fiber solutions, WDM bi-directional fiber solutions, and CWDM multiplexed fiber solutions.

For more details, please visit LYNX Technik at NAB 2012, booth N4433, April 16-19, 2012.

New Universal Distribution System From Utah Scientific Combines Flexibility and Economy in Signal Distribution Applications

SALT LAKE CITY — April 3, 2012 — Utah Scientific, a worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers, today announced the UTAH-100/UDS Universal Distribution System, a new approach to signal distribution that combines the flexibility of a multirate digital routing switcher with the economy of simple distribution amplifiers. This modular system is based on I/O modules with 16 ports, interconnected by a crosspoint fabric that allows any input signal to feed any number of output ports. The UTAH-100/UDS will be demonstrated at the 2012 NAB Show at the company’s booth, N4511. more

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Extron Announces Expanded Training Schedule & More Locations

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce an expanded Extron Institute On-The-Road schedule and six new locations, which include: Columbus in May, Philadelphia in June, St. Louis in July and August, Calgary, Alberta in August, Montreal, Quebec in October, and Denver in November. With the expanded North America schedule, Extron will now offer over 50 instructor-led training courses in 2012. Led by some of the industry’s best trainers, Extron Institute offers AV professionals an opportunity to broaden their knowledge and keep pace with new technologies and product developments. more

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