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Between the Aisles

No industry trade show is coming out of this recession unscathed.

Needles in the Haystack

The NAB Show 2009 will feature more than 1,600 exhibitors, including a slew that serve the professional AV market in addition to the broadcast community. Finding what you're looking for at a trade show that takes up all three halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center can be a challenge. We've pulled out some of the new product releases we think are worth tracking down.


Barco brings to the NAB Show its new FSN Series multiformat video production switcher. The company says the FSN Series was built for live switching at events, small broadcast installations, corporate and industrial installations, and houses of worship. It integrates SD-SDI, HD-SDI, and 3 Gbps support, plus support for VGA and DVI computer resolutions. The base configuration includes one 8-channel native input card and one 2-channel universal input card that accepts any video or computer format. Where: Booth SL5008


Electrosonic is debuting its new ES7100 encoder for HD-SDI and 3G SDI streaming over IP networks. The company says the ES7100 operates at bit rates from 6 Mbps to 150 Mbps with strong protection against network errors. It uses Electrosonic's PURE3 compression codec, which has been designed specifically for network transmission and provides a constant latency of only 70 ms end to end.

The ES7100 can be set on-the-fly for encode or decode operation and provides extensive bit rate management, including CBR and PBR bandwidth monitoring for optimal IP network performance. It supports all popular HD formats, including 720p, 1080i, and 1080p. Where: Booth 9720


Clear-Com Communication Systems plans to unveil what it calls the industry's first hybrid Time-Divisional Multiplexing (TDM) intercom/IP server network. It represents a hybrid network designed to extend the reach of intercom systems to more users. At the heart of the network is the Eclipse version 5.1, which now includes a 32-channel IP matrix card offering more connections.

Through the matrix card, the Eclipse Median and Omega frames can directly link to users of Clear-Com's IP-enabled V-Series control panels and Clear-Com Concert 2.0. It can also be implemented on an existing IT network infrastructure. Where: Booth C6521


Apantac, which makes HD signal processing equipment, is launching its new Tahoma series of multiviewers. This 3G-ready family autodetects 4 to 32 video inputs (HD/SD-SDI/Composite), supports DVI, HDMI and VGA outputs up to 2048x1080 (including 1080p), and includes built-in video and audio alarm detection, according to the company.

The Tahoma series also incorporates a built-in Cat-X extender, which allows digital 1080p signals to go 115 feet. Company officials say the combination of a multiviewer and built-in Cat-X extender in one solution should helps reduce overall equipment costs and eliminate possible equipment incompatibilities. Where: Booth SL13013


Analog Way, based in France, is bringing to the U.S. its new Di-VentiX LE, a multilayer mixer/scaler/switcher. It offers universal analog and digital input/output and full high-resolution digital processing, according to the company. Plus it supports live effects such as PIP, downstream keying, and chroma key.

In a multilayer mixer mode, the Di-VentiX LE uses one output as a preview and the other, the main output, for the audience. It has two DVI-I inputs including analog connectors, two SDI inputs, and four universal analog inputs. An optional audio stereo switcher card comes with eight inputs and two outputs. Where: Booth SL7423


Neutrik, which manufactures an array of XLR connectors and receptacles, jacks and plugs, speaker connectors, and accessories for the pro audio industry, plans to introduce its rearTWIST BNC Connectors. The company says users are demanding future-proof installations for HD 1080p, which requires twice the bandwidth of HD 1080i (interlaced). The company sweep-tested the rearTWIST BNC for jitter-free transmission, even with uncompressed HD 1080p signals. Studies show return loss values up to 4.5 GHz, exceeding SMPTE requirements. Where: Booth N7929

Other Notable NAB Booths the Seasoned AV Pro Should Visit:

Adtec Digital, SL8220
AKG, N6724
Audio-Technica, N2121
Avocent, SL13616
Azden Corp., N2614
Christie Digital Systems, SL7912
Contemporary Research, SL6428
Coolux International, SL12409
Daktronics, C12419
Da-Lite Screen Co., SL5324
Draper, SL4208
Electro-Voice, C7025
Extron, SL12012
HaiVision Network Video, SL4126
Harris Corp., N2502
JBL Professional, N6724
Kramer Electronics, SL6205A
Lectrosonics, N5223
Marshall Electronics, C8908
RDL Radio Design Labs, N8125
RGB Spectrum, SL4215
Roland Systems Group, SL10420
Rose Electronics, SL7425
Sennheiser, N6520
Shure, N4529
Sony Electronics, C11001
TV One, C7408
Wohler Technologies, N1102

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