Crestron is Burning Up the Network

crestron_8g_jpg_.jpgOk, that’s the marketing imagery–8G as a flaming projectile. But it definitely caught my eye. In fact, Crestron‘s blazing campaign was the first thing to jump out at me as I walked into Infocomm. The campaign is for the 8G upgrade to Crestron’s flagship Digital Media distribution system, which is news enough. But there is another piece of news that is far more potentially incendiary. The topline point is clear and potentially irresistable: Crestron has committed to a network grade server platform (it’s a managed network operating system) integrating Audio, Video, and Enviromental Systems/Building Management. The core is something called the “Power of 3″ and I’ll quote now: “the industry’s first centralized backbone that integrates AV, environmental systems, and global enterprise management.” Four years in the making and engineered, they say, from the ground up on an IT design rather than a traditional AV design. Its an AVOS.

Good idea, Batman. Or crazy.

This is exactly why Cisco wants into AV. I could get into David, Goliath, Don Quixote, etc. here, but I won’t because I haven’t been to the booth yet. It was on my list or course, but it is now, to beat the metaphor, a burning curiosity. I’ll get back to you.

In the meantime, if you’re here, visit InfoComm booth #C5203 or go to

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Vaddio Introduces Reveal In-wall Architectural Cameras

in-wall_clear-sr-hd-18.jpgVaddio, the leading manufacturer and OEM distributor of specialty pan/tilt/zoom cameras and high-end camera control systems, will launch the Reveal In-wall PTZ Camera at InfoComm 2010, June 9 – 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“As a manufacturer of PTZ cameras we have seen a growing concern from architects and consultants over the aesthetics of electronics placed in conference rooms and meeting places,� explained President and CEO of Vaddio, Rob Sheeley. “As flat screen technologies have made displays easier to install and blend into a wall, PTZ cameras are still being surface-mounted and as a result protrude out into the room. The Vaddio Reveal In-wall camera systems are designed to install the camera into the wall and have the same aesthetics as a flatscreen display.� Read on at The Briefing Room

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Casio Showcases World’s First Mercury-Free High-Brightness Projectors at InfoComm 2010

casio_xj_xlarge.jpgGreen Slim Projectors Feature State-of-the-Art Hybrid Light Source For B2B and Consumer Applications

Advancements in video technology and portability are driving an increase in projection adoption in a wide range of markets. Projectors are changing the visual landscape and enhancing everything from digital signage, interactive gaming and advertising to lectures in the classroom. Earlier this year, Casio America, Inc. announced the creation of a mercury-free, laser and LED Hybrid Light Source, capable of high-brightness projection for use in next-generation projectors. Developed under the company’s “clean and green� concept, the new projectors eliminate the need for mercury bulbs with the production of a long-lasting light source. Today, Casio is showcasing its GREEN SLIM line of projectors, the world’s first* mercury-free high-brightness data projectors, during InfoComm 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the Central Hall, Booth #C5870. Read on at The Briefing Room

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infocomm10-logo.jpgINFOCOMM ROLLS INTO LAS VEGAS this week and it’s definitely THE place to be for anyone serious about audio and video systems, and digital signage/display technologies. The one thing constant about technology is that it’s always in a state of change and InfoComm is an ideal forum for keeping up new standards and the state of the art.

infocomm09_floor.jpgFounded just a year ago—and celebrating its first birthday at InfoComm—the AVnu Alliance has been advancing pro-quality audio/video by promoting IEEE 802.1 Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) standards over various networking link-layers. AVnu promotes the benefits of AVB technologies and will create compliance test procedures and processes that insure AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices, with the goal of better A/V experiences for end users. For anyone involved in the installation/manufacturing/sales/distribution/operation of A/V products, AVnu is a good thing. more…

Welcome to BlogLive @ InfoComm 2010

The editors of Sound & Video Contractor would like to welcome you to our annual BlogLive @ InfoComm. SVC will once again cover the show from all angles and report to you throughout the show live, here at our blog. We’ll be posting information about the latest happenings, information on who is using what technology, and interviews with key industry players. To get yourself up to speed with the latest news, and to keep up with news as it happens throughout the show, check out

We’ve also put together an informative guide to the Digital Signage and 3D educational tracks for you to print and take with you during InfoComm Week.

We’ll be updating BlogLive @ InfoComm 2010 multiple times throughout the day, starting Wednesday, June 9, so be sure to check back often. Have a great InfoComm, and make BlogLive @ InfoComm 2010 is your source for realtime coverage of the show.

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ARCHIVE: Powersoft Extends Signature K-Light Series With K2 Model

Powersoft Advanced Technologies, LLC, a world industry leading manufacturer of superior quality power amplifiers for the professional audio market, is featuring its new Powersoft K2 amplifier at InfoComm 2009 (Booth 6384). This new amplifier is an extension of Powersoft’s signature K-Light Series, which launched last year with the successful K3 model. The K2 is a power amplifier that meets the most stringent requirements of professional users in concert touring, sound reinforcement and professional fixed installations. Designed by Powersoft’s R&D team, the K2 is exclusively manufactured in Italy with internal components selected for premium quality and proven durability. Read on at The Briefing Room

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ARCHIVE: Christie Introduces Spyder X20 Video Processor At INFOCOMM 2009 In Orlando, Florida

X20The new Christie Spyder X20 video processor debuts June 17th-19th at Infocomm 2009 booth # 3845 (Orange County Convention Center, Orlando). Available in two models, the Spyder X20 will bring to market the flexibility of a universal routing switcher and the versatility of a powerful video processor for mid-size applications that have multi-windowing, multiple displays and processing requirements. The Spyder X20 includes the matrix switching and integrated source monitoring functionality of the Christie Vista URS. It also includes all of the existing features of the Vista Spyder, such as high-end presentation capabilities and an intuitive and easy-to-use interface that appeals to experienced and new customers. Read on at The Briefing Room

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ARCHIVE: Hitachi Provides Pro AV Market With A Variety Of Video Solutions At InfoComm 09

At InfoComm 09, Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc., Business Group, Hitachi Software Engineering America, Ltd. and Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc. are offering systems integrators, dealers and end-users the latest in high-end video equipment, spanning from video capture to display. These products range from LCD projectors to interactive whiteboards to production cameras, with each product representing individual state of the art technology in each respective category. Read on at The Briefing Room

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ARCHIVE: Ankit Patel is proud of this one

dscn1805.JPGThe Echolab “booth” is really just a space they cleared at the the far end of the hall in an big open area mixed in with a few other vendors. Somehow it just makes the new Atem look cooler, sitting there on a collapsable conference table surrounded by the random debris of tradshows–bottles of water, backpacks, people climbing over chairs and cords. It’s got that start-up vibe. Of course Echolab’s no start-up–it’s had many a switcher flagship, most recently the Overture. It joins Wireworks and Ashly in celebrating a 35th birthday this year.

The new Atem is a modern, no-nonsense HD production switcher (1 M/E 3G, 1080p/60) with a built-in clipstore and an obscene amount of I/O–any signal in/any signal out, under $20K list. Patel points out that the infrastructure features alone like HDMI in and out, internal downscaling, frame sync would get you to $20K fast–without getting you a production switcher. So simplicity and price point make it great fit for church/AV market and–he didn’t see this coming–the rental market. Check it out.

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ARCHIVE: Joe Kane’s Affinity for Affinity

I just came out of a spirited demo of Da-Lite‘s Affinity line of 1080p video projection screens put on by video producer/projection expert Joe Kane, who asked Da-Lite some time ago to design the Affinity concept in order to allow him to demonstrate what, from his point of view, true 1080p looks like on a big screen when projected by a suitable projector (in this case, Kane’s personal, single-chip, 1080p DLP projector made for him by Samsung) onto a screen unencumbered by the typical impurities that, from Kane’s perspective, ruin the viewing experience. more…


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