InfoComm 2010 Pick Hits
Jul 12, 2010 12:00 PM
Behringer enters the contracting biz with a new Behringer Install Group (BIG) division showing 50 products created by founder Uli Behringer, industry veteran Costa Lakoumentas, and a design team. The Eurocom line includes on-wall, ceiling, and PA loudspeakers; stylish, tabletop mixer/amplifiers; mixers; and amps. Designed for commercial installs, the tabletop units have flip-down doors with futuristic illuminated controls, with snap-on end-covers concealing rack hardware and features such as automixing, flexible signal routing, and Class-D amps that are switchable between 70V/100V and Low-Z outputs.
The V-1600HD multiformat video switcher combines a high channel count and the ability to accept various video formats, with 16 inputs providing connectivity to HD/SD-SDI, DVI-D/HDMI, RGB, component, S-Video, and composite formats (as well as still images). Built-in scalers and frame syncs on the 14 mix channels allow mixing regardless of the resolution or format, while dual independent multiformat outputs offer multiscreen options such as spanning the output to two projectors with the ability to edge-blend the center region or driving more than one screen with different visuals on each. Users can create a virtual multicamera environment by Multi-Zooming a close-up from a longer shot routed into another input and switching between the two. Other effects include a downstream keyer, a composite keyer, picture-in-picture, and multiple transitions.
Gefen Extender for HDMI with POC over Cat-5
In a tantalizing technology demonstration, Gefen showed off its extender-in-development for HDMI with POC (Power Over Cable) for Cat-5. It's a long-range sender/receiver system that frees displays and projectors from being tethered to the power outlet. One Cat-5 cable delivers 1080p full HD video, multichannel audio, 110V/220V power, Etherenet, IR, and RS-232 up to 330ft. This extender once again draws on the Valen semiconductor HDBaseT that Gefen brought to last year's Extender for HDMI 1.3 over Cat-5 with Ethernet; the new extender adds POC and supports the entire scope of HDMI v1.3 features, pass-through HDMI v1.4 capability for 3DTV, multichannel HD audio, and HDCP compliance.
HaiVision Makito Decoder
HaiVision's flagship Makito Encoderwhich debuted in 2009has already gained a following for its inexpensive, reliable streaming of HD over IP networks. This year, HaiVision let the other shoe drop with a companion decoder IP appliance. (It also comes as a miniblade.) When paired with the encoder, the system delivers less than 100 milliseconds of end-to-end latency, which is the way you want to see HD. The decoder particularly shines in applications where stream security is required (it supports AES security decryption of unicast or multicast signals) and when HD-SDI or HDMI are a consideration.
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