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What are some of today's most prominent pro AV installations?digital signage, multipoint videoconferencing?if they are not broadcast applications? Here are some of the products that AV pros who make the trip to Las Vegas will be talking about.


The NAB Show in April caters to the broadcast industry. But what are some of today's most prominent pro AV installations–digital signage, multipoint videoconferencing–if not broadcast applications? Here are some of the products that AV pros who make the trip to Las Vegas will be talking about:

Apantac is debuting its Tahoma-LX line of multiviewers with built-in routing and switching. They also have built-in Cat-X extenders that work up to 115 feet. There are 18 models for processing four to 32 SD-SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G inputs. Tahoma-LX supports DVI, HDMI, and VGA outputs up to 2048x1080 (50/60 Hz), including 1080p.

Atlona brings to NAB its AT-DVI1616 16x16 DVI switcher for videowall and digital signage applications. The rack-mount digital matrix can be controlled via RS-232 using bundled software on any PC, or it can link to AMS or Crestron systems. The company says it "learns" EDID information to help speed switching. The company is also debuting a line of HD-SDI switchers, in 5x1, 5x2, 8x1, and 8x2 configurations.

Belden plans to demonstrate its FiberExpress Brilliance field-installable connectors, which the company announced in January. The connectors allow fiber termination in three steps: insert prepared fiber into the connector, slide the switch-like activator to activate the splice crimp, then slide the boot onto the body. Contractors can reterminate up to five times.

Blonder Tongue returns to the NAB Show with new encoder solutions, including the HDE-2H-QAM, a 2:1 encoder and multiplexer that accepts two HDMI or Component inputs, encodes them as MPEG-2 into 1080i/720p stream, then outputs them as a single QAM signal. Its new SD/AV10E-QAM does the same for up to 10 SD-SDI or NTSC inputs.

Broadcast Pix plans to launch Granite, a native HD live video production system that combines the company's innovative Fluent workflow software with a new HD switcher and HD server. It provides simultaneous multidefinition SDI I/O for 1080i, 720p, and SD sources and can be upgraded to 1080p.

Clear-Com will show a new version of its Conert intercom software, which now interfaces with external audio systems, such as party line and paging systems, program feeds, and other matrix systems using a four-wire interface over a standard IP network. The solution can now accept and send audio through a facility's public address system.

FOR-A is introducing its MV-3200 multiviewer, which supports up to 32 inputs and four outputs and reportedly ships in May. It can take input boards for HD/SD-SDI, analog Composite, and DVI (analog and digital) signals, as well as analog or AES audio. FOR-A will also show its new Prism platform with built-in encoder, clipping, and transcoding tools to repurpose video for Web and mobile TV distribution.

HaiVision is launching a new version of its Makito decoder that can deliver video up to 1080p/60 via HD-SDI or HDMI outputs. It will also demo its new Furnace 5.5 platform for end-to-end H.264 video over IP. Furnace 5.5 now has a feature that allows for tagging video with metadata (what the company calls HotMarks) while recording.

Vaddio will have on-hand its new UXHD CrossPoint, a dual-input, dual-output video format converter and scaler for HD-SDI and analog video signals. It will also show its Quick-Connect DVI/HDMI Short Range for the ClearView HD-18 robotic PTZ camera, which uses Cat-5 to transport video, power, and control, delivering 1080p video at distances up to 125 feet.


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