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Haivision HD Streaming

We had a glimpse of Haivision’s Viper at NAB in April, img_0247.JPGbut now the all-in-one H.264 HD streaming appliance is in full-on demo mode at Infocomm #IC4747. Executive VP Peter Maag walks through the product’s ability to capture, stream, review, distribute and publish multistream HD and computer graphics content in an ultra-compact integrated appliance. Haivision has a track record with these kind of self-broadcasting, web-publishing applications through their respected Makito encoding technology–which enables the capture and streaming of two synchronous channels of HD. The Viper can be configured in various ways as a stand-alone IP video server system, or in conjunction with Haivision’s popular Furnace, or simply as a device on the network. I like that it’s fanless.

For more see the press release.

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Bats and Mounts

Stop by the VMP booth #IC4659 hand over a business card and enter to win an autographed Cal Ripken bat (to go with the autographed Ted Williams baseball you won at the Almo booth).img_0318.JPG While you’re there, the idea is that you will see–among other things–VMP’s new-for-the-show multi-configurable digital signage mount (pictured). It allows multiple monitors to mount in various simultaneously configurations–portrait, landscape, video wall. VMP also brought a new yokeless low-profile projector mount and showcased their dual large flat panel mount ceiling adapter.

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Samsung’s LED Statement

Samsung #IC1543 img_0283.JPGis on my short list of high impact booths. It’s a strong showing of LED commitment–part product story, part market story. The booth quite artfully combines exhibits that emphasize technical features with exhibits that place the displays in context–I like the way the exhibits effectively suggest context without tipping over to literal reproductions of “real-world” applications.

Samsung’s Jason Redmond walks through the main theme: Samsung is all in with LED (in case you hadn’t figured that out from the escalator arches). The booth represents that well; it shows how Samsung is building commercial-grade screens with contractor features, not, Redmond emphasizes, repurposing Samsung’s consumer TVs. Case in point: take a look at the IO and cabling on the HE, ME, and UE lines–you can easily see the detailsimg_0272.JPG because of the way these slim screens are glass-mounted like science class slides on a long transparent wall at the center of the booth.

But the message also attempts to be–for lack of a better word–inspiring. Part of that is the music powering out of the big, gorgeous video wall (pictured). “They aren’t the built in speakers,” Redmond notes–of course.” The wall is made up of Samsung’s fourth new line of UD direct-lit backlight panels with super narrow bezels and a striking width–just 5.5mm total from bezel to bezel. Redmond says advanced cooling makes it right for 24/7 applications.

Here’s the press release for more specs.

Elsewhere in the booth, img_0288.JPGyou can see applications that suggest a bar, a restaurant, and a simple retail example. This particular exhibit is noteworthy for the ultra simple deployment of Samsung’s MagicInfo platform for image management–via thumbdrive and handheld remote. MagicInfo is in other new iterations–I like what I saw of the new authoring system, and there are also Android and tablet apps.

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Modulate Your Own

Contemporary Research brings a new addition to the successful QMOD lineupimg_0259.JPG–a purpose-built Combiner (shipping shortly) that joins the QMOD HD and QMOD SDI modulators and the QMOD HDSC scaler. I like the way this product line takes advantage of a market development–built in digital tuners–to give ProAv some amount of freedom from the tyranny of cable companies. These products give any facility with one or more TVs a way to create and mix channels and sources and effectively make their own cable system. It can include cable TV channels (or not) and a host of other sources transformed into a channel lineup, without a box at every TV of course.

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Middle Atlantic’s Big Show

img_0333.jpgimg_0334.jpg This was probably the biggest Infocomm’s in recent memory for Middle Atlantic. Last week, legrand completed acquisition of the company–MA brought it’s biggest product launch ever with the new BGR rack. Our exclusive interview with Bob Schluter on his design process is here My pictures don’t capture much, but you get the idea of the curved doors, the vertical mounting space and the patent-pending Lever Lock.

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Happy Anniversaries Almo

img_0298.jpgAlmo celebrated two anniversaries with a booth party today #IC4545–the two-year anniversary of Almo Professional AV and the 65-year anniversary of parent company Almo Corporation. Almo president/COO Warren Chaiken (left) and Almo Professional AV president/COO Sam Taylor (right) paid tribute to their teams and partners and to both the distant and recent history of Almo. Throughout Infocomm, Almo conducts a daily drawing of for a piece of 1946 memorabilia, including an autographed baseball from 1946 major league MVP Ted Williams, an “It’s a Wonderful Life” Jimmy Stewart autographed photo, and an autographed photo of 1946 PGA champion Ben Hogan. The grand prize is a B.B. King autographed guitar.

Here’s the video.

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Atlona and HDbasedT

Atlona is showing a new HdbasedT 16/16 matrix switch at #IC3671. img_0244.JPGThey believe it will deliver 365 feet over Cat5 (and another 365 with repeat) so you can calculate the cable savings potential for yourself. Two-way control, two-way IR, integrates with 3rd party control, plus extends control reach to other devices. Shipping shortly after the show.

Atlona comes to Infocomm with a new brand identity and structure–three distinct product lines for home, professional (under Mike Grubb) and industrial. Read more here.

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See This at Roland Systems Group #IC200

Here’s one of my show picks. I like the Roland Systems Group VR-5 AV switcher (Mac version debuts here plus Mac remote software). But let’s say you already have an audio or video switcher. Now the upcoming VC-30 img_0239.JPGwill let you combine any audio and video source–actually it doesn’t have to be switchers but see the picture for how a professional-looking live streaming production set up would look. What you don’t see is the simultaneous USB and Firewire out, so you can stream and record (say to Blu-ray) simultaneously–great if you want to stream the sermon and capture to disc at the same time. Also key: built-in offset for audio delay so a single, clean file goes to your content delivery network (CDN) for bulletproof sync. Shipping in July, according to Roland’s Rob Read.

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Live in Real Time

If you’re at the show looking for live streaming solutions, find your way to Digital Rapids #IC2378. img_0234.JPGTheir long experience in broadcast translates to the Touchstream appliance for our market and now the new Broadcast Manager software and remote control. The combination simplifies managing multiple seats and setting up redundancy for streaming live in real time to every desktop and device, campus-wide or worldwide. Digital Rapid’s Wesley Thiessen says the world’s largest retailer recently did annual their annual shareholder’s meeting with Touchstreams, NAB screened live to the internet from the show floor also with Touchstream. Now working under Crestron control, it should be one stop in your research for streaming live and simultaneously to multiple points.

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Vaddio and AT Spectrapulse

I don’t have a picture of this but want to mention that Vaddio is showing a good application of Audio-Technica’s Spectrapulse wireless conference system at #IC1963. Camera rotates to face the person as they touch the transmitter. Vaddio did a good job at NAB and here of contextualizing their cameras with some cool partner gear.

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