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Extron MTPX Plus 6464 Twisted Pair Matrix Switcher is Now Shipping

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Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MTPX Plus 6464, a 64×64 twisted pair matrix switcher for RGBHV, HD component video, standard definition video, audio, and RS-232. It is one of five models in the MTPX Plus 6400 Series of large-scale twisted pair matrix switchers, and incorporates industry-leading features of the MTPX Plus Series with new capabilities, including EDID Minder® for local inputs and outputs, RS-232 insertion from the Ethernet port to all MTP outputs, and switchable video pre-peaking on all outputs. more

Platinum Tools® VDV MapMaster™ Voice, Data, and Video Tester Now Shipping

Platinum Tools VDV MapMaster Voice, Data, and Video Tester

The Platinum Tools VDV MapMaster Combines Continuity Testing, Mapping, and Tone Generator into a Single Unit

CAMARILLO, Calif., Feb. 17, 2011 – Platinum Tools (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, is proud to announce that its new VDV MapMaster™ voice, data, and video tester is now shipping.

“The VDV MapMaster combines continuity testing, mapping, and tone generator functions into a single unit,? explained Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager. “Made in the USA, the VDV MapMaster is capable of identifying and mapping 19 locations at one time.?

The VDV MapMaster tests Cat-6, Cat5e, Cat-5, Cat-4, Cat-3, and coax cables, as well as shielded cables. Video and data cables can be connected to their respective more

FSR Grants “Winter Wishes” For Local Kids

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Woodland Park, NJ (February 14, 2011) — FSR, a Passaic County-based manufacturer, made sure a whole classroom of kids in Passaic, NJ were warm and happy this holiday season. The Company donated coats, hats, scarves, gloves and toys as a participant in the United Way of Passaic County’s “Winter Wishes? program.

The annual winter drive is a six-week campaign partnering local merchants with the United Way to benefit underprivileged children and families throughout Passaic County. Donors choose to sponsor a classroom, help a child or family, hold a Whole & Healthy Food Drive, or host a Toy Drive.

“’Winter Wishes’ offered FSR the perfect opportunity to give back to the community,? said Jan Sandri, FSR’s president, “As a company that supplies audio and video products to the educational market we felt it was appropriate to sponsor more

Brick House Video Announces Launch Of BHV Broadcast

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Owslebury, UK (3 February 2011) – Brick House Video Limited, manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective production and post-production equipment, has announced the incorporation of BHV Broadcast Limited, a sister company established initially to manage the sales and marketing of the Company’s product range on an international basis. P. Julian Hiorns, managing director of both organisations, made the details public today from headquarters in Owslebury, England.

BHV Broadcast will sell Brick House Video’s product line featuring rack-mount and portable digital vision switchers, up/cross/down-converters, standards/rate converters, and equipment designed to simplify operations, cut costs, and promote reliability for live productions. In addition, BHV Broadcast will be promoting its own range of camera-based products such as Video Ghost, a phantom power system and TallyHo!, the multi-camera wireless tally system.

Manufacturing, warranty and technical support will remain the responsibility more

Extron Receives UL Accreditation to Self-Certify Safety Tests

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Extron Electronics is proud to announce that Underwriters Laboratories® – UL has awarded our in-house regulatory compliance testing facility with two accreditations: Client Test Data Program – CTDP and Supervised Manufacturer’s Testing – SMT. CTDP was established by Underwriters Laboratories to allow manufacturers to use their own testing facilities to test and certify product samples in support of UL mark certification. SMT accreditation certifies that a manufacturer’s testing laboratory meets ISO standards for operation and recognition of test results generated at that facility. At Extron, we are continually enhancing our fully-equipped testing facility to qualify products under additional safety, reliability, and environmental standards. By testing and certifying devices in-house, product designs are refined continuously, allowing safe products to reach the market sooner. more

Ross Video New@NAB 2011

For Immediate Release
News Release

Booth #N3807

Iroquois, ON, Canada – February 2, 2011 -
Ross Video has announced their NAB 2011 offerings. Ross has new features and additions in each product line as well as the introduction of the new NK Series Router line and a comprehensive range of data insertion products.

Vision QMD & Octane
SD & HD Production Switchers

Ross’ Vision Series high-end production switcher family marks another industry first with the addition of Internal Multiviewers. This option offers tremendous flexibility and cost savings while dramatically simplifying control room design, integration and cabling.


CrossOver Digital Production Switchers

Ross’ compact switcher line-up adds the new CrossOver Solo, a 1 MLE production switcher. Standard features include 12 HD/SD Inputs, Internal MultiViewer, 2 Channels of 2D DVE, Synchronization and Up/Down Conversion, and 4 internal channels of Media Store for instant stills, keys and media wipes. more

Extron Introduces an HDCP-compliant Fiber Optic Extender for HDMI

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Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the FOXBOX HDMI, a fiber optic transmitter and receiver set for long haul transmission of HDCP-compliant HDMI video, audio, and RS-232 control signals over fiber optic cabling. Engineered for reliability and exceptional high resolution image performance, it uses the Extron exclusive all digital, zero compression technology to deliver perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of HDMI computer-video images up to WUXGA 1920×1200 resolution, including HDTV 1080p/60. Available in multimode and singlemode models, the FOXBOX HDMI includes Key Minder™, EDID Minder®, Auto Input Memory, RS-232 control from multiple locations, internal test patterns, and real-time system monitoring. EDID Minder manages EDID communication and Key Minder supports continuous authentication of HDCP compliance, providing enhanced and simplified integration with HDMI-equipped devices. Compact, low profile enclosures allow for discreet installation behind a flat-panel display. more

NewTek TriCaster Wins Lead Role to Produce and Live Stream New York Theater Production

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TriCaster TCXD850 packs the capabilities of an HD network television studio into a 4U rack mount system; TriCaster TCXD850 is also suitable for desktop and portable live production.

NewTek, a worldwide leader of video and 3D animation products, today announced that Kathryn Jones, Joey Brenneman and Erin Bigelow’s New York theater production, “Better Left Unsaid” will use the NewTek TriCaster portable live production system in their groundbreaking venture. The engagement will run from January 28 to February 6, 2011, at Center Stage NY theater.

Performed in front of a live audience, “Better Left Unsaid” will be shot with multiple cameras, mixed in real time, produced and streamed live to the Internet via the NewTek TriCaster. Comments from the social media audience will be integrated into the show between acts and scene changes. Audience members from around the world will be able to see the play and interact in real time, by visiting: http://betterleftunsaid.tv.

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The TriCaster TCXD850 live production interface gives you control of a complete multi-channel, high definition (HD) production. Connect up to eight HD or standard definition (SD) cameras, digital or analog audio, and take your production live.

“There is no better technology to use for something like this than the NewTek TriCaster,” Jones said. “I first came more

Extron Offers New Training for Emerging Technologies

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Extron Electronics is pleased to announce a new training offering, the School of Emerging Technologies. This three day school provides in-depth instruction designed to allow system designers and integrators to master the newest AV technologies within a short time span. The training concentrates on new as well as evolving technologies, including digital video, AV streaming, and fiber optics. To help refine digital and hybrid AV system design and enhance understanding, concepts and techniques are provided through instructor-led training and demonstrations along with hands-on experiences. This training timeline and method ensures that students are thoroughly exposed to each technology and solution before moving on to the next. The student-instructor ratio is kept low to ensure that each class member receives individual attention. Just as with other Schools from Extron Institute, Emerging Technologies provides continuing and renewal credits for multiple industry certifications. The School of Emerging Technologies addresses system designs for real-world scenarios to reinforce understanding of new and evolving technologies. more

NewTek Releases New Hardware Control Surface for TriCaster TCXD850

NewTek, a worldwide leader in video and 3D animation products, today announced the release of TriCaster TCXD850 CS, a hardware control surface for the TriCaster TCXD850 high definition (HD) portable live production system. The TriCaster TCXD850 CS provides a physical connection to the 24-channel system’s functions and effects, allowing operators to make snap decisions with confidence and ease.

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TriCaster TCXD850 CS hardware provides illuminated push buttons, twist knobs, a premium T-bar and three-axis joystick to control all of the functions and effects available in the TriCaster TCXD850, letting operators perform commands instantly.

“With live events, there’s no second chance. You have to be certain and you have to be fast. Our goal with every new product is to give our users the opportunity to deliver the best quality live production possible, with confidence and accuracy,” said Andrew Cross, executive vice president of Engineering, NewTek. “This more

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