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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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Insight Media and Brawn Consulting Team Up for Teaching

img_0354.JPGThe rock band onstage next door shut down just in time for the big press announcement from Insight Media University (IMU) and Brawn Consulting regarding their coordinated project in teaching technical courses in a rapidly changing industry. Insight Media University is an all-in-one training resource for the AV, IT, digital signage, consumer electronics and display industries. Alan and Jonathan Brawn have been a well-known source of expertise on these topics and the two companies plan to provide both online and in-person instruction for a variety of specific course topics. Once the project is fully underway, tours will be organized to bring the more hands-on courses to local venues on a master schedule. Content will be eventually expanded to include a wider variety of course offerings. The mission is to provide the best and most comprehensive source of unbiased and accurate information on all aspects of the AV and consumer display industries.

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Auralex Introduces SonoLitePro at InfoComm 2011

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ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 15, 2011 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, introduces SonoLitePro, an entry-level fabric wrapped Studiofoam®Pro panel comprised of Class A fire-rated materials, at InfoComm 2011 (Booth 962). With a price that specifically targets those on limited budgets, SonoLitePro presents a low-cost option for sound absorption in studios, churches, schools, restaurants, clubs and any other venue that requires a Class A fire-rated acoustical treatment. Read on at The Wire

Chief Provides Award-Winning Fusion Mounts for Unique HD Video Arch at InfoComm 2011

usion mounts are being used in conjunction with Brightsign controllers, flixio content and Philips commercial LCDs

Minneapolis, MN. USA (JUN 2011) – www.chiefmfg.com – Chief, the industry leader in professional AV solutions, joins Brightsign, flixio and Philips to provide visitors to InfoComm 2011 with a visual treat with high impact. The companies combined efforts to create a massive digital video arch on display right now in the Digital Signage Pavilion.
The arch, consisting of Brightsign digital controllers, Philips commercial displays, flixio content and Chief’s award-winning Fusion mounts, reaches a height of 108 feet (33 meters) and spans more than 139 feet in length (42 meters). Read on at The Wire

Community Professional Loudspeakers Arrives with a New Team of Products

The Community Pro demo booth was full of new entries including M-Class Monitors. These come in new sizes including the MX8 and MX10 to join the existing MX12. These monitors offer a smoothly sloped appearance that departs from the old boxy wedge look on floor monitors. Also new for the show is the VLF Series of high performance subwoofers including the VLF208LV low profile dual 8-inch unit, the VLF115 single 15-inch with 1500 watts program power handling, the VLF118 that brings a single 18-inch woofer to the stage with 2000 watts program power capacity and the VLF218 that contains two 18-inch speakers and provides 4000 watts power handling. The company is also offering a tantalizing look at the new pendant speakers that will be available soon. A similar preview was on hand for the coming, low cost Commercial Design Series of ceiling speakers. The real treat was a glimpse of the new Forecaster HD software application that enables system designers to add speakers of any model, configure them for a specific space and get the needed power needs and acoustic information for venues with flat or sloped floors and unusual shapes. The demo of this free download application was fascinating and I could see that the demo guys were having fun just showing it off.

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Collaboration Takes Center Stage

by Mary Bakija

The world seems to get smaller every year, and integrators are a necessary part of the equation. People rely on our industry world-wide to help create innovative collaborative technology solutions, and the need is only growing.

“Looking at our market studies, conferencing is going to be very strong,” says Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director and CEO, InfoComm International. Read on at SCN

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Neutrik Introduces New Toughness for Power and HDMI

Neutrik’s Mark Boyadjian demonstrated the company’s new PowerCON TRUE1. PowerCON connectors have been around for a good while and the PowerCON TRUE1 is the latest new version of this proven product. Responding to market demand, they now make a male version of the connector so that turnarounds are no longer needed. They’ve also added a double chassis connector that includes both input and output terminals. One version of the new PowerCON TRUE1 is now IP65 rated for rejection of dust and other contaminants. The other version may be field terminated using only wire strippers and a screwdriver and the connectors are rated for 250 volts AC at 16 amps. Also on display was a new heavy duty HDMI connector with a hard metal shell that’s also IP65 rated. The shell can be removed to expose the HDMI connector for a more traditional look and less rugged application.

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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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Speco Shows New Entries in Audio and Video

At the Speco booth, the guys were busy with both audio and video enthusiasts while showing off their new HD CCCTV system for the security market. Speco has been around for nearly 50 years and they read the market pretty well at the nuts and bolts level. The most daunting task of installing new security systems has been the labor intensive cable runs where techs have to tear out the coax (or leave it in the conduits) and run twisted pair. Speco’s new HD CCCTV system delivers 720p video on 300-foot runs of coax so the re-cabling normally isn’t necessary for HD performance. This follows the same general trend of scaling the new and finding fresh ways to package high-tech systems. Audio Product Manager Scott Pisani showed me around the sound products including paging mics, amps and ceiling speakers. Among these, the G86 speaker has a choice of traditional or more modern grill design. Also attracting attention among the audio units in the booth was the new PAP160A self contained portable PA system with built-in USB MP3 Player and iPod Dock. Designed to go anywhere and have whatever you need for location playback onboard, the system targets any customer with a need for quick and easy location sound.

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Optimism On Display

by Mary Bakija

All signs are pointing up for the AV integration business. If the InfoComm 2011 Show is any indication, business is starting to get back to the pre-recession days, but cautiously. With more than 900 exhibitors and 475,000-plus net square feet of exhibits, demo rooms, and special events, the show is likely to match last year’s show in Las Vegas, but it is also likely to be the largest InfoComm Show ever in Orlando. Read on at SCN

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