What's New: Video Technology
Apr 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Laura Dixon, Jessaca Gutierrez, and Charissa Young
The Hitachi America CPX2 3LCD projector adds networking functionality and wireless connectivity to the CPX1. The 3.9lb. projector features a brightness of 2000 ANSI lumens, XGA resolution, and a contrast ratio of 500:1. An SD slot supports both wireless connection and PC-less presentation. Additionally, a wide-angle lens allows presenters to place the projector close to the screen, minimizing obstruction of the image. A built-in 1W speaker eliminates the need for external audio devices, while the projector itself maintains a low noise level of 29dB in Whisper mode.
▪ Hitachi | www.hitachi.com
The HaiVision Systems compact Hai200 Series Oscar video encoder/decoder is designed specifically for video streaming and IPTV applications. The device supports full-resolution (SD or D1) encoding or decoding at up to 1.5Mbps, as well as MPEG-4 AVC H.264 baseline and enhanced profile. It provides fully controllable resolution, frame rate, and bit rate from 64kbps to 1.5Mbps, making it tunable for virtually any bandwidth requirement. Both the encoder and decoder models include serial port access for centralized camera or display control, as well.
▪ HaiVision | www.haivision.com
The Toshiba TLP-XD2000U LCD projector is designed for mobile professionals, educators, corporate trainers, and small-to-medium-sized businesses, as well as consumers for digital home entertainment. The 6.2lb. unit features 3LCD technology for excellent color reproduction and an impressive 2000 ANSI lumens for a bright display in any setting. With a native XGA 1024×768 resolution and a 600:1 contrast ratio, the projector offers superior image quality for fine spreadsheet detail and crisp, clear larger-than-life images for digital home entertainment such as video gaming and televised sports. Other enhancements include one-touch auto setup on a fully loaded presentation remote and a blackboard function that allows wall-color adjustment when projecting on a non-screen surface.
▪ Toshiba | www.toshiba.com
Extron Electronics' complete line of mid-sized 12-input and 12-output matrix switchers offers a comprehensive selection of signal switching options. The 12×12 matrix size is ideal for meeting the demands of a wide variety of signal distribution applications, including corporate boardrooms and training facilities, college and university settings, health care, and other facilities where reliable switching is required. The new switchers include the MAV Plus 1212 AV for composite video and stereo audio, the MVX 1212 VGA A for VGA and stereo audio, the CrossPoint 300 1212 series for wideband RGBHV and stereo audio, and the CrossPoint 450 Plus 1212 series for ultra-wideband RGBHV and stereo audio.
▪ Extron Electronics
The FSR PathFinder matrix switchers bring new capabilities and levels of performance to matrix switching. The PathFinders feature more than 600MHz of bandwidth with ±1dB of flatness. They are HD compatible with 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and digital cinema format, and provide split-mode switching. Thirty-two presets and RS-232 and IP ports are standard on the units. The switchers are available in sizes from 8×8 to 16×16, including 12×8 and 16×8, with optional balanced stereo audio available on all units.
▪ FSR | www.fsrinc.com
Panasonic's new PT-F100U and PT-F100NTU LCD projectors and their widescreen sibling, the PT-FW100NTU, provide long-lasting brightness and built-in wireless and wired network capability. The projectors feature vertical and horizontal lens shift and a 2X powered zoom that allow them to be placed close to an AC power source and/or a wired network connection to eliminate the expense of installing new AC or network connections. Electrostatic filter technology on all models also helps maintain maximum brightness and reduce maintenance costs due to dust buildup. The PT-FW100NTU and PT-F100NTU models can stream video and support wired LAN connection (PJLink-compatible), which allows remote control, maintenance monitoring, and e-mail alert messaging functions through a web browser.
The Sierra Video Systems Lassen XL analog routing switcher from Kramer Electronics includes IP connectivity and features improved video boards for increased bandwidth, as well as an additional IP port for Ethernet connectivity. The Lassen HD and Lassen SDI routing switcher families are also now outfitted with an IP port for Ethernet connectivity. The rear panels of all Lassen family routing switchers are now outfitted with RJ-45 connectors for IP communication over Ethernet and continue to offer RS-232/RS-422 control capability. For Lassen XL composite video routing switchers, improved XL video boards allow for increased bandwidth to 300MHz at -3dB. Lassen XL routing switchers are available in sizes from 12×4 to 32×32 with redundant power supply optional in 32×16 and 32×32 models.
▪ Kramer Electronics
DIGITAL SIGNAGE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The StrandVision Digital Signage Content Developer Program makes it easy for StrandVision customers, as well as installers and resellers, to find approved graphic designers. The program is limited to content developers with proven capabilities in graphic design and customer communications. Blue Pony Digital of Fort Wayne, Ind., and EZ New Media of Menomonie, Wis., are charter members. StrandVision customers can find the growing list of partners at www.strandvision.com/contentdevelopers. Customers can contact the various providers to evaluate their capabilities and arrange for services, and then work directly with the designer on the project. With proper permissions, the content developers can even post content directly to the StrandVision digital signage server on behalf of their clients.
▪ StrandVision | www.strandvision.com
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