The HDBaseT Alliance (Beaverton OR) has released the specifications for HDBaseT 2.0, making the latest version available to manufacturers of professional AV and consumer electronics products. The new HDBaseT HomePlay feature set, based on the HDBaseT 5Play capabilities, will make it simpler and more cost-effective for consumers to turn their entire homes into multimedia entertainment centers. According to Eyran Lyda, HDBaseT Technical Committee chairperson, “The HDBaseT 2.0 specification defines the required adaptations across all seven layers of the Open system Interconnection (OSI) model to support time-sensitive, high throughput video/audio and other time sensitive applications.”
HDBaseT 2.0 adds networking, switching and control point capabilities, and defines point-to-multi point connectivity, providing multi-stream support; Spec 1.0 only addressed the Physical and Data Link layers, and defined a point-to-point connectivity standard.
Spec 2.0 also adds inherent support for USB 2.0 and other native interfaces that enable manufacturers to remove multiple interfaces and conversion components required for HDBaseT 1.0 products. The result is a smaller and a simpler-to-implement switch, which means vendors can produce HDBaseT switches with a consumer-friendly price tag.
HDBaseT 1.0 was defined to support the transmission of the 5Play feature set (video, audio, Ethernet, power and controls); Spec 2.0 establishes the specification that will allow HDBaseT HomePlay switches to control and distribute multimedia across consumers' homes.
The HDBaseT Alliance was founded by LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures and Valens Semiconductor, and is comprised of leading cross-industry companies formed to promote and standardize HDBaseT technology.


The Vitec Group plc (Bury St Edmunds, UK), which provides products and services for the broadcast, photographic and MAG (military, aerospace and government) markets, has acquired Irvine CA-based Teradek, which will form part of its Vitec Videocom division. Teradek, which designs and manufactures in the US and sells internationally, is a provider of wireless HD video devices and platforms used in broadcast contribution and distribution, video production, webcasting and digital cinema.
According to Vitec, the acquisition is in line with Vitec Videocom’s strategy to bring forward innovative products and solutions that improve its customers’ operational efficiency. “Teradek’s low-cost, easy-to-use solutions sit firmly in the camera peripherals space and contribute to the transmission of exceptional images.” The company will promote and sell Teradek’s products and solutions to its wider client base. Vitec Videocom CEO Matt Danilowicz commented, “...Teradek’s products will enable us to provide an affordable solution for our customers’ wireless transmission requirements.”
Teradek which employs about 60 people, was founded in 2008 by Nicol Verheem, a former GE engineer, who will join the Vitec Videocom Divisional Management Team.


AWS-750 Anycast® Touch Live Content Producer: Touch-Screen Interface With Full-Scale A/V Performance

Sony’s new AWS-750 Anycast® Touch live content producer combines the familiar touch-screen interface common in mobile devices with full-scale A/V performance. This affordable, easy-to-use, ultra-portable all-in-one live production system is ideal for live broadcasting or webcasting in applications such as education, corporate, government, houses of worship, sports and more.

The Anycast Touch system combines a video switcher, audio mixer, special effects generator, PTZ camera control, a real-time streaming encoder, image still store, character generator, and scale converter. It uses a sliding, dual touch-screen interface similar to a tablet. A unique tilt-screen function allows the two dual screens to split video and audio controls and conveniently store them in scene folders with settings including titles, logos and effects. Operators can recall the next video source just by touching its thumbnail picture, and content can be easily streamed live over the internet or a dedicated network. The system can produce full HD (1920x1080) content with 10-bit processing to produce extremely clear, highly detailed pictures either in SD, HD or a mix of both.
The Anycast Touch eliminates additional hardware typically required for professional live streaming such as encoders, video recorders, audio mixers, titlers and remote camera controllers.

Visit www.sony.com/anycasttouch for more details.

SIGNET Electronic Systems, Inc. (Norwell MA), the largest privately held systems integrator in New England, has acquired CompuTel, a Manchester NH-based telecommunications technologies firm. A family-owned business founded in 1974, SIGNET provides clients with the products and solutions required for the integration of mission-critical building system technologies including communications, integrated security, life safety and healthcare communications. Clients include corporations, educational and medical facilities, and government and judicial institutions. SIGNET represents more than 300 product lines and manufacturers, has annual revenues of $24 million, employs 140 people and has offices in Scarborough, Maine and in East Providence RI.
According to the company, the asset purchase further strengthens SIGNET’s position in the region. “SIGNET has a significant client base across New England,” said SIGNET President/Owner Bradford S. Caron. “We are looking forward to continuing CompuTel’s service standards to its legacy base.”
The purchase marks SIGNET’s fourth acquisition within an eight-year period. In August 2011, the company acquired Massachusetts-based American Business Telephone Company, following the May 2008 acquisition of the telecommunications technology portion of New Hampshire-based IDeACOM Integrated Technologies, Inc., and the February 2006 acquisition of Executone of Rhode Island, a telecommunications company serving southern New England.
In addition to inheriting the 20-year company’s client base, SIGNET will be welcoming CompuTel Owner/President John Kerr to the SIGNET team, along with Donald Leblanc, CompuTel’s service manager and senior technician.

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Key products include the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, DaVinci Resolve color correction software, ATEM Production Switchers and a full production to post Ultra HD workflow including the ATEM Production Switcher 4K, Blackmagic Audio Monitor, Studio Converter 2, HyperDeck Studio Pro, UltraStudio, Intensity and DeckLink capture and playback devices and the Super 35 Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.

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The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced the publication of AES67-2013, a new engineering standard for networked/streaming audio-over-IP interoperability.
High-performance media networks support professional quality audio (16 bit, 44.1kHz and higher) with low latencies (less than 10 milliseconds) compatible with live sound reinforcement. The level of network performance required to meet these requirements is available on local-area networks and is achievable on enterprise-scale networks. A number of networked audio systems have been developed to support high-performance media networking, but until now there were no recommendations for operating these systems in an interoperable manner. This standard provides comprehensive interoperability recommendations in the areas of synchronization, media clock identification, network transport, encoding and streaming, session description and connection management.
The project was initiated by the AES in December 2010 under the project name AES-X192. In August 2012, the AES and EBU jointly announced an active collaboration to achieve interoperability of networked audio. The intent was not to invent new technology, but to identify an interoperable subset of existing technologies to achieve this goal. Task Group SC-02-12-H, under the leadership of Kevin Gross, met regularly using web conferencing and email to refine and clarify the necessary parameters.

AVI-SPL (Tampa FL) has landed on Inc. magazine’s Inc. 500|5000 for the third consecutive year. The list represents the most comprehensive look at an important segment of the economy: America’s independent entrepreneurs. With 39% growth from 2009 to 2012, AVI-SPL ranked #4857 overall on the list and #61 in the Tampa metro area. The median growth rate of 2013 Inc. 500|5000 companies is 142%. Companies on this year’s list report having created more than 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion.


Revolabs HD™ Line of Wireless Microphones Ensures High Quality Audio for Your Infrastructure

Revolabs HD™ line of wireless microphone systems includes the Single/Dual Channel; the rack-mounted, dual-channel Venue; and the Executive, which can support up to 32 (Americas) or 40 (international) microphones, each with an independent channel to operate together in one area without interference. For the highest audio quality, HD microphones provide the sound fidelity of a wired system and CD-quality frequency response. The systems’ wireless design simplifies setup and eliminates the clutter of cables for a clean look, while allowing the freedom of mobility. For fool-proof operation, Revolabs’ microphones automatically look for and change frequency to avoid interference. In addition, RF Armor™ technology enables the microphones to operate when in direct contact with other wireless devices known to cause audio interference, such as GSM noise from cell phones. All Revolabs wireless microphones are rechargeable, providing up to eight hours of talk time, and offer the security of 128-bit encryption to ensure that no one will be able to listen in on the wireless signal.

With the HD line, Revolabs has you covered with quality audio solutions to make the most of your infrastructure.



PMA Research (San Juan Capistrano CA) has posted its July Projector Tracking Service results to the “Top-Selling Projectors” area of its website:
Mainstream Projectors: Four of the five best-sellers offer XGA resolution. NEC’s NP-M271X took the top spot, followed by Epson in the number two and three positions with the PowerLite 93+ and PowerLite X12 projectors. A pair of InFocus models round out the list with the lone SVGA model, the IN112, in the fourth spot, and the IN114 in fifth. This list is compiled from PMA’s monthly Distributor Projector Tracking Service sample, comprised of North American distributors.
High-End Projectors: Four of the Top 5 were WXGA resolution models, with Epson taking the top spot with the PowerLite 1940W. Mitsubishi came in second with its XD700, the lone XGA model. NEC took third with its NP-P401W and Epson followed with the PowerLite 1945W in fourth. Mitsubishi rounded out the Top 5 with the WD720. This list is compiled from PMA’s monthly Pro AV Projector Tracking Service sample, comprised of North American dealers and integrators.


The SMART Signage Platform New Business Experience

The embedded Samsung SMART Signage Platform creates more opportunities for your business. As an easily integrated, open platform, it helps eliminate external hardware, streamlining deployment and helping businesses save money. See how this New Business Experience can open more doors for your business at samsung.com/smartsignage.

NPD DisplaySearch’s Quarterly FPD Public Display Shipment and Forecast Report reports that global revenues for LCD public display shipments rose 22% in Q1 2013 from Q1 2012’s $733.6 million to $896.9 million. Unit shipments grew from 514,800 to 539,000, a 5% improvement in the same period. Most of the revenue increase can be traced to the shift in shipments of larger-sized, higher-priced displays and increased shipments of displays with super-narrow bezels, which are mainly used as a component in the build-out of videowalls and other digital signage applications, according to the company.
In 2012, shipments of 60-plus displays grew 89% year over year, with a 9.6% share of the large-screen public-display market. NPD DisplaySearch forecasts that shipments of these displays will continue to grow rapidly, exceeding 1 million (16.3% of the market) by 2017, up from 308,000 units in 2013.


The International Sign Association (Alexandria VA) has formed a Dynamic Digital Advisory Panel to guide the association as its members learn and expand their businesses into rapidly growing digital signage technologies. The panel includes experts in digital display (such as Alan Brawn, Brawn Consulting, and Mike White, President/CEO of Multi-Media Solutions, Inc.), content and delivery, as well as end users. “It is clear that dynamic digital signage presents a tremendous opportunity for static sign companies to take many of the skills that they already have and transfer them to a new medium,” said Lori Anderson, ISA President/CEO. “The Advisory Panel will provide insights to help ISA lead the traditional sign market into this new field and to fill any knowledge gaps that may exist. Bringing together sign experts and digital network operators and integrators will help both sides see the business and partnership opportunities that exist as we work together.”
ISA has been active in exploring opportunities for static sign companies in dynamic digital signage for several years. At ISA International Sign Expo 2013, ISA offered its first dynamic digital signage park and related presentation area. Most of the presentations were standing-room only. Sign Expo also included a well-attended track of educational sessions on various aspects of digital signage. The educational sessions are currently available via ISA’s online learning system. The ISA website also includes several case studies of static sign companies that have made in-roads into dynamic digital signage. For more information, contact Sandy Smith at 703.836.4012 or sandy.smith@signs.org.




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