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NAB 2005 Product Preview

A preview of products to be featured at the 2005 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, April 18-21 in Las Vegas.

Multi-source display processor

The 8000 Series Media Command Center (MCC-8000) from Avitech is a multi-source display processor that offers signal monitoring solutions for pro AV, security, and broadcast applications. The processor's signal monitoring options include HD, SD, analog audio and video, digital audio, embedded audio, or computer-generated graphics. The processor can be controlled by Avitech's Cosmos or Galaxy control software, and its open ASCII protocol supports third-party control systems. The system features the company's MEDi technology, which offers users a mix-and-match module platform for customized views and applications. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Avitech at NAB booth SU9329, or contact the company at 425-885-3863 or at www.avitechvideo.com.

LCD displays

Clarity Visual Systems has added the Bobcat X and Bay Cat X LCD displays to its Direct View product line. The 40-inch Bobcat X (pictured here) offers 1366x768 resolution, a 16:9 aspect ratio, 500 nits brightness, and an 800:1 contrast ratio. The 46-inch Bay Cat X features 1920x1080 resolution, a 16:9 aspect ratio, and an 8 ms response time. Both models measure less than 4 inches deep and offer sensor-based backlight control, anti-reflective/anti-glare protective screen faceplate technology, and remote monitoring of display status and performance. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Clarity Visual Systems at NAB booth SL3328, or contact the company at 503-570-0700 or at www.clarityvisual.com.

HD video disk recorder and server

Doremi labs has introduced the V1-HD video disk recorder and the MCS-HD multi-channel JPEG2000 video compression-based HD video servers. The V1-HD (pictured here), which features HD-SDI and SDI in/out, functions as a drop-in replacement for any HD VTR. In a film or video mastering environment, the V1-HD can record compressed SD and HD video. The MCS-HD is a four-channel HD video server that offers two record and two play high-definition video channels with shared storage and selectable compression rates. The unit's front panel mimics familiar VTR controls and is compatible with Odetics and VDCP automation protocols, as well as Sony nine-pin machine control. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Doremi Labs at NAB booth 2342, or contact the company at 818-562-1101 or at www.doremilabs.com.

Wireless audio transmitter

The SM (Super Mini) compandor-free wireless transmitter from Lectrosonics features a 100 dB signal-to-noise ratio and a flat frequency response rate to 20 kHz. It incorporates the company's Digital Hybrid Wireless technology, which provides 24-bit digital audio and analog FM signal transmission methods to encode digital signals into an analog format for transmission over a UHF FM carrier. The unit measures 2.25 inches high by 1.9 inches wide by 0.6 inches deep and weighs 0.17 pounds. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Lectrosonics at NAB booth N3611, or contact the company at 847-998-0600 or at www.lectrosonics.com.

Digital video automation solution

The NEXUS automation solution from Leightronix is an all-in-one system designed for multi-channel digital video playback and recording, digital messaging, DVD/VCR machine control, and AV signal routing applications. The stand-alone system is managed via a network using the company's WinNEXUS software. A built-in Ethernet port and front-panel setup enables connection to a LAN, a WAN, or the Internet. The system includes a media resource library for entry management and scheduling of digital, videotape, and DVD programming. The immediate control panel provides access to NEXUS functions such as device control, messaging, switching, and schedule activation/deactivation. Price: $6,995. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Leightronix at NAB booth SU11223, or contact the company at 517-694-8000 or at www.leightronix.com.

Fiber optic transport system

The RGB-5000 from Multidyne is a long-haul transport solution for RGB or VGA video sources via a single fiber at resolutions up to 1600x1200. It supports analog bandwidth of up to 600 MHz, in addition to RGB, XVGA, SVGA, and UXGA video standards, and component and analog HDTV signals. The RGB-5000 features 3.125 Gb/s data throughput without compression. The unit is targeted for use in advertising, signage, video display, video wall, digital cinema, and military display applications. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Multidyne at NAB booth C2850, or contact the company at 800-488-8378 or at www.multidyne.com.

DSP audio processor

Symetrix has added the Orion 8088 configurable DSP processor to its Studio Matrix Line. The unit offers eight analog line-level inputs and outputs, which can be routed, processed, and matrixed within the onboard Analog Devices SHARC processors. The Orion 8808 is targeted for use in applications such as automatic gain control for satellite receivers, filtering and dynamics control of signals from telephone hybrids, normalizing signals from servers and other delivery devices, silence monitoring, and management of multiple microphone signals. Price: $3,899. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Symetrix at NAB booth 4006, or contact the company at 425-778-7728 or at www.symetrixaudio.com.

HD-SDI switcher, splitter, and adapter

Designed to recognize a video format before passing it through, Gefen's 4x2 HD-SDI switcher, 1:4 HD-SDI splitter, and HD-SDI-to-DVI conversion box are serial data interface solutions. The 4x2 HD-SDI switcher (pictured here) connects four sources to one or two displays, enabling multiple connections without networking. The 1:4 SDI splitter reads and splits the format of one source's video and sends it to four displays simultaneously. The HD-SDI-to-DVI conversion box enables SDI sources to be connected to digital displays equipped with DVI ports. Price: $1,999 (all models). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see Gefen at NAB booth SL501, or contact the company at 800-545-6900 or at www.gefen.com.

Large-venue DLP projector

Targeted for use in large audience applications, the Roadie 25K three-chip DLP projector from Christie features 25,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, 2K resolution, and a 1,500:1 contrast ratio. The projector is compatible with sources from VGA through QXGA and all types of HDTV signals. The projector offers 10-bit digital processing, picture-in-picture, high-bandwidth signal processing, and optional warping and seamless switching capabilities. The Roadie 25K is networkable and can be connected via RS232, RS422, or IP networks. Price: $159,995. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Christie at NAB booth SL360, or contact the company at 714-236-8610 or at www.christiedigital.com.

Digital console

The DM-3200 48-channel digital audio console from Tascam offers 16 rotary encoders with LED indicators to display mixer settings, 16 busses and eight auxiliary busses, and 17 touch-sensitive 100 mm motorized faders. The console is available with an optional IF-SM/DM surround monitoring card for multichannel monitor and downmix capabilities and an IF-FW/DM 24-channel FireWire interface card that increases the unit's computer interface and control surface capabilities. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Tascam at NAB booth 6491, or contact the company at 323-726-0303 or at www.tascam.com.



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