AV Control Systems Technology Showcase
Feb 23, 2011 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles
The RC63-DL is a multiroom AV controller from Kramer Electronics with a digital volume control that can be used to operate a number of other components such as screens and lights. The unit has six programmable buttons, each with programmable color backlighting and printed label capability. Commands can be macro-programmed to carry out a number of sequenced events with one button push, and each can operate in toggle mode. The internal scheduler can perform automatic shutdown and other predesignated tasks. Programming is performed through the USB port. Other ports include a bidirectional serial terminal, an IR output, IR learning function, two relay contact closure ports, and two K-Net terminals connect to other touch¬panels or a central control processor.
For heavy-duty professional show control applications, the Medialon Showmaster Pro has shown itself to be up to the task in a number of high-profile exhibits and productions. The 2RU box has two USB 2.0 ports, two 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet ports, and eight RS-232 serial ports along with optically isolated digital inputs and an array of relay outputs. The Showmaster Pro also provides two DMX ports, balanced timecode inputs and outputs, a video reference input, and MIDI in/out. The software control includes features such as 1/100-second sync accuracy, drag-and-drop programming, multitasking, log files, and email alerts. The unit can be used as a subsystem in larger shows, and it easily interfaces with third-party control systems.
The ButtonMate XLP media controller from Mediatech is small enough to fit on a podium or to mount on a wall like a standard switch plate, and it can operate a wide variety of AV gear including projectors, document cameras, and screens though Ethernet, IR, and serial ports. The faceplate has eight buttons with interchangeable labels and seven user-selectable LED colors. Through a Windows-based software utility, the ButtonMate XLP can be programmed to execute command scripting with automatic power up and shutdown, and security lockout, and it can play audible tones in coordination with the button selections. Powered on 6VDC to 12VDC, the panel uses a back plate available in a powdercoated black or white finish.
Capable of controlling AV devices, thermostats, lighting, and other devices, the TouchLinX TLA250 touchpanel from NetStreams includes a 50W-per-channel amplifier and uses a clear glass faceplate with capacitive touch controls. The unit implements a decentralized architecture with IP control conveyance for multizone audio distribution, and with an Internet connection, it can add an Internet radio function with access to text-based metadata. The unit has a built-in microphone, it mounts into a double-gang wall box, and it can blend into any background wall pattern.
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