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Jun 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Laura Dixon and Jessaca Massey


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CABLE

Gepco's RGB62 and RGB644 series hybrid component video cables are designed for commercial AV applications that require the distribution of high-resolution component video with audio and power. The RGB62 series contains six miniature coaxial elements with two balanced audio pairs, while the RGB644 series contains six miniature coaxial elements with four balanced audio pairs and four power conductors. Both series are available in plenum and non-plenum versions.
▪ Gepco www.gepco.com

SWITCHER

Altinex's new MT104-111 component video switcher routes seven component video sources to a single display or recording device and supports high-resolution signals (480p through 1080i) without degradation. A control system or computer can be connected to the switcher through an RS-232 port. The switcher also provides signal detect and HelpInside, which gives programmers access to command structures and control of the switcher through the [HELP] command. The MT104-113 audio switcher routes seven stereo audio sources to a single amplifier or supplemental receiving device. Additional features include input selection, output enable control, signal detect, and HelpInside.
▪ Altinex | www.altinex.com

DIGITAL MEDIA PLAYER

Users can drag and drop audio, video, and image files onto a Compact Flash or SD card and insert the card in the ProCon VESA digital media player for around-the-clock, seamless-loop play of high-quality images and video in a loop on any LCD monitor or TV. Other features include auto start; full D-1, 720×480 video resolution; and IR remote operation. The player features VESA mounting holes to attach to the back of any monitor equipped with standard VESA mounting holes, as well as to be installed between the LCD monitor and any VESA mount.
▪ ProCon | www.proconusa.com

PROJECTION SCREEN

Da-Lite's Designer Cinema front-projection screen is available with five front-projection screen surfaces and features a three-position control switch on a pre-wired, inline power cord. The unit is available in video, HDTV, and square formats up to 8ft. wide. Adjustable mounting brackets are included for easy ceiling or wall mounting. Users can choose between a white, two-piece curved aluminum-extruded case and an optional graphite case finish.
▪ Da-Lite | www.da-lite.com

FIREWALL TRAVERSAL SYSTEM

Previously, conducting video calls by passing through a network firewall meant opening and closing multiple communication ports, leaving networks vulnerable to possible attacks. The LifeSize Transit firewall/NAT (Network Address Translation) traversal system eliminates this concern and enables customers to make secure video calls within and across enterprises. The system supports 20 simultaneous 1MB video calls, offers UDP and TCP support, and delivers scalability through clustering. Available components include LifeSize Transit Server, which provides signaling, media, and registrar services; LifeSize Transit Connector software, which is embedded in LifeSize Room to enable firewall/NAT traversal support; and LifeSize Transit Client, which enables non-LifeSize video endpoints to securely traverse firewalls.
▪ LifeSize | www.lifesize.com

CONTROL SOFTWARE

Avocent's AMWorks Java-based system administration software allows multiple Avid products to be accessed and controlled from one or more workspace. The software supports Avid systems including NewsCutter and Media Composer Adrenaline digital nonlinear editing systems, Symphony Nitris and DS Nitris finishing systems, Deko graphics systems, and the Xpress family editing tools. It allows users to define groups of up to 31 server outputs and up to 31 slave displays, so when they select a new server on the primary monitor, the secondary monitor automatically follows.
▪ Avocent | www.avocent.com

AV TRANSMITTER

Crestron has added composite video to its iMedia (IM) system. The system transmits power, control data, computer signals, high-quality audio, and now, composite video over a single Cat-5e cable to provide a cost-effective solution for use in simple, PC-only room applications. The new IM receivers feature composite video outputs to the projector or plasma in addition to computer, audio, and control connectors. Each of the IM transmitters — including wall-mount, lectern-mount, and flush-mount FlipTop boxes — is available as either computer only or computer with composite video inputs.
▪ Crestron | www.crestron.com

CONNECTOR

RIA Connect's ASP129 series pluggable spring-type terminal blocks use the company's Springcon technology to replace out-of-date screw-type terminations. The connector's finger-friendly levers provide tool-less operation. Additional features include a pin spacing of 10mm and the ability to accommodate a 12 AWG monster cable. The ASP129 is rated at 12A at 300V, UL approved, and meets VDE requirements. It is available in two- to 12-pole configurations and includes side-mounted retaining clips.
▪ RIA Connect | www.riaconnect.com

TOUCHSCREEN OVERLAYS

Nextwindow's 2400 series touchscreen overlays allow users to touch-enable any plasma or LCD from 32in. to 65in. The overlays feature fully welded steel frames and black-textured powder-coated finish and can be used in landscape or portrait mode. Clear tempered glass with no special surface coating preserves the full clarity of the display image. Installation is simple — no software to load, and no tools required.
▪ NextWindow | www.nextwindow.com



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