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Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Charissa Young


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VIDEO SWITCHER

Broadcast Pix's Slate 2100 live television production switcher builds on a previous model, the Slate 1000, and includes a built-in character generator (CG), dual-channel clip store, and full-motion monitoring. The solo operator also combines eight to 10 live video inputs, fail-safe switching, a fourth keyer, tally, and AES/EBU audio for creating a high-end broadcast look.
▪ Broadcast Pix | www.broadcastpix.com

PROJECTOR

Bringing advanced networking capabilities to the education and large-venue markets, Hitachi's new CP-X265 LCD projector allows for remote control and monitoring, adding to the convenience of the user and a lower cost of ownership. The CP-X265 projector allows for web control, enabling management of several projectors simultaneously over a network. Additionally, the CP-X265 boasts an e-Shot feature that enables up to four electronic images to be recalled or displayed using the projector's remote control or Hitachi's PJCtrl or PJMan applications.
▪ Hitachi | www.hitachi.us

COUNTER

StrandVision's Count Up/Down is an automated time-based counter that is useful for announcing the time for scheduled events. When combined with StrandVision's scheduling feature, Count Up/Down slides can be scheduled to be automatically added and removed from the digital signage slide mix. The Count Up/Down page offers several variable text areas including a “Message for Before Event” and “Message for After Event” text field that is tied to the countdown clock.
▪ StrandVision | www.strandvision.com

SOFTWARE

Vista Systems' v2.5 software for Vista Advanced and Spyder Server applications adds linear keying to the new release, allowing for cut and fill channels to be created using live source inputs. The upgrade supports Spyder's DX4 quad-output digital board and includes SpyderPoint as an add-in for PowerPoint. Its scripting controls have been enhanced to allow script programming to be viewed and edited more logically, while BVW 75 protocol allows Spyder scripts to support external time code triggering.
▪ Vista Systems | www.vistasystems.net

MATRIX SWITCH

Aten Technology introduced three new video matrix switches: the two-port VS0202 (output to two video sources from two computers), the four-port VS0204 (output to four video sources from two computers), and the four-port VS0404 (output to four video sources from four computers). All models feature high-resolution levels of up to 1920×1440. Additional ports on the switches allow users to optimize unused ports as a backup.
▪ Aten Technology | www.aten-usa.com

VIDEO-CONFERENCING SYSTEM

LifeSize's new HD video communications system is designed for distributed project teams and work groups that often interact in small conferencing environments. The LifeSize Team delivers high quality for both video and audio with 1280×720 resolution at 30fps and a wideband audio up to 16kHz. As a fully integrated system, it includes a high-definition codec, an audio-conferencing speakerphone, and wireless remote control for seamless multimedia interaction.
▪ LifeSize | www.lifesize.com

SCALER/SWITCHER COMBINATION

Powered by Silicon Optix's award-winning Realta HQV video-processing engine, Calibre's Vantage-HD home theater video scaler and switcher converts NTSC or PAL SD material to high-quality HD images. For HD material, Realta HQV features true 10-bit processing, automatic multi-cadence detection, and four-field per-pixel de-interlacing — the highest quality HD de-interlacing processing available today. As a switcher, the Vantage-HD home theatre offers a flexible range of inputs and outputs and is able to switch between different audiovisual sources without the need for a separate switcher.
▪ Calibre | www.calibreuk.com

PROJECTOR

Optoma's EP1690 native widescreen digital projector features Optoma's Widescreen Maximizer, which guarantees perfect picture matching between the video source and the projector. Featuring BrilliantColor color processing technology along with 2500 lumens and 2500:1 contrast ratio, the EP1690 delivers high brightness and provides truer colors to the picture on display. Its 1280×768 WXGA resolution provides up to 25 percent higher resolution than a standard 1024×768 XGA projector.
▪ Optoma | www.optomausa.com



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