What's New: Video Technology

Aurora Multimedia's Dido Pro 5/01/2006 8:00 AM Eastern

What's New:
Video Technology

May 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Laura Dixon


Aurora Multimedia's Dido Pro quad-image video processor features several new window layout modes and digital audio via SPDIF capabilities. The scaler can show up to four high-resolution/full-motion images on a single display, with great flexibility in format and up to six inputs. It also gives users the ability to rotate the displayed image windows in 90-degree increments. The processor can be controlled with the included IR remote or through Aurora's WACI NX or other high-end serial control systems. Users can store up to 99 presets and link together multiple processors for control via a single serial port.
▪ Aurora Multimedia
Visit booth 1421


Aurora Multimedia's Dido Jr. videowall processor and video image rotation engine allows integrators to design high-quality, cost-effective videowalls with up to 64 monitors in either portrait or landscape orientation. According to the company, the processor offers image quality visibly superior to much more expensive videowall processors. The processor features onscreen display menus for easy setup. Input and output resolutions are completely customizable to match the displays' optimal resolutions. User presets allow for simple manipulation of the videowall: Users can easily set it up to switch from a single large image shown across all monitors to unique images on several groups of monitors.
▪ Aurora Multimedia


In addition to providing high-quality image reproduction to satisfy the specific requirements of digital signage and point-of-sale displays, Cabletime's new MediaStar Evolution Endpoint digital signage player delivers stored video content or receives streamed MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 from a network or central video server. MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 content can also be entered into the device via a USB key or PCMCIA hard drives. The player can be set up to check for new content stored on a network and automatically collect, replace, and play out the new material. Local managers can also use the player to synchronize their screens so they can coordinate and maximize their promotional messages.
▪ Cabletime |
Visit booth 3785


KDS' K series of LCD monitors includes the 15in. K5b, the 17in. K72b, and the 19in. K9bw. All of the monitors feature 8ms response time, 500:1 contrast ratio, and resolution of 1280×1024. KDS' affordable Xtreme Flat CRT monitors offer 17in. (16in.VIS) in picture tubes with straighter lines and greatly reduced glare. The CRT monitors support resolutions up to 1280×1024, have a .25mm dot pitch, and are PC and Mac compatible. KDS LCD and CRT monitors are exclusively available through ASI in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. All KDS products sold by ASI are covered by the KDS KARES advanced replacement service for the first 45 days of purchase.
▪ KDS |


TV One's new C2-7300 multiformat, dual-channel HD video processor offers full HD-SDI multichannel audio processing and provides bidirectional analog-to-HDTV conversion. It supports 32 channels of stereo audio processing, which allow for simultaneous embedding of eight stereo audio channels for each of the two HD-SDI inputs and extraction of eight stereo audio channels from each of the two independent HD-SDI outputs. These audio channels are available in the AES3-id format on the rear panel of the unit via a pair of HD-44 connectors.
▪ TV One |
Visit booth 2049


Analog Way's new iX Mate distribution amplifier features five inputs: one DVI D, two HD/SD-SDI, and two universal. Each input is independent and is amplified and distributed toward three outputs. The distribution amplifier is also HD compatible and can drive HDTV signals as high as 1080i and 1080p. The compact 1RU DA also features a built-in power supply.
▪ Analog Way |
Visit booth 1441


Communications Specialties' new scan converter, the Scan Do HD, converts DVI input at resolutions up to 1600×1200 to HD or SD-SDI output to provide broadcast-quality video images. It supports all SMPTE HD, NTSC, and PAL output resolutions up to 1080i. Other features include the ability to genlock the HD and SD-SDI outputs to tri-level sync or black burst with full phasing control, complete imaging processing controls, H&V zoom and positioning, and profile storage/retrieval. A LAN port allows for control and maintenance of the unit through a facility's LAN or via the Internet. The 1RU converter also includes SMPTE 292- and SMPTE 297-compatible fiber-optic output, along with two coaxial outputs.
▪ Communications Specialties
Visit booth 1321


Extron Electronics' CrossPoint 450 Plus (pictured) and MAV Plus series lines now include 48 larger, fixed-I/O matrix switchers available through simple, single-part number ordering. The new switchers are available in sizes ranging from 32×48 up to 64×64, with or without audio. The two series share many standard features, including Extron's IP Link Ethernet technology, an IP integration technology that enables asset management, diagnostics, and control over a WAN, LAN, or the Internet; audio output volume control, which eliminates the need for separate audio preamplifiers; and I/O grouping for dividing the matrix switchers into small sub-switchers, simplifying system management and control.
▪ Extron Electronics
Visit booth 2537


The 42in. CMP4221U 16:9 HDTV plasma display panel monitor (PDP) from Hitachi America's Home Electronics Division supports a broad range of commercial uses, including HDTV video display, document image editing, terminal applications, and single- and multi-point AV displays. It features a resolution of 1024×1024, advanced color control and temperature selections, and a viewing angle exceeding 160 degrees. Hitachi's proprietary Hi-Vision-compatible high-definition ALiS (Alternate Lighting of Surfaces) technology dramatically increases light output, resolution, and panel life over conventional designs. Other features include Life Extension Control, independent control of multiple plasma panels, and two-way communication via an RS-232C interface.
▪ Hitachi America Home Electronics Division
Visit booth 4046


Multidyne's and Calient Networks' FOS series fiber-optic routing switchers are available in sizes ranging from 32×32 up to 256×256. They use an optical switch based on Calient Networks' field-proven photonic switching technology, eliminating video signal degradation. The switchers support a wide range of formats, from 19.4Mbps ATSC through 1.5Gbps HDTV, as well as NTSC, PAL, SECAM, SMPTE 259M SDI video, broadband analog, L-band, IF, Ethernet, T1, and DS3. The optical switchers can also switch CWDM and DWDM signals, analog stereo audio, analog video, AES/EBU digital audio, intercom, CCU data, and even remote contact closures.
▪ Multidyne |
Calient Networks |
Visit booth 1312


Kramer Electronics' VP-100A computer graphics video interface accepts a signal on a 15-pin HD connector and outputs an RGBHV signal on five BNC connectors with recessed and adjustable EQ and defeatable horizontal and vertical shift controls. It supports ID bits on pins 4 and 11 and offers a high bandwidth of 430MHz at -3dB. The interface provides a fully buffered (active) local monitor output on a 15-pin HD connector. And, it accepts an unbalanced stereo audio input and provides a fully balanced stereo audio output with recessed L and R level controls. The interface also outputs an RGBS signal.
▪ Kramer Electronics
Visit booth 3721


Sampo Professional's PME-50×10 50in. HD plasma display features a resolution of 1366×768 and incorporates a Motion DSC video processor to deliver 3:2 pulldown film mode detection, adaptive motion de-interlacing, edge smoothing, IIS (Intelligent Image Scaling) engine, and 3D Y/C digital comb filter. AV connectivity options include DVI, RGB input, RGB loop-out, two sets of composite/S-Video inputs, two sets of SD/HD component video inputs, discrete audio inputs for each video input, audio output, subwoofer output, and RJ-45 and RS-232 remote control ports. The display provides picture-in-picture support for displaying multiple video inputs and video-over-graphics support for combining static messaging with dynamic content.
▪ Sampo Professional
Visit booth 3193


StrandVision's low-cost streaming video option uses Macromedia Flash Video technology to allow users to add, store, and distribute video content. The Flash Video stream can be updated via any web browser and delivered in realtime to provide full, uninterrupted audio and video to single or multiple locations. Customers can load their own Macromedia Flash Video files or take advantage of StrandVision's optional video conversion service, which provides one-business-day turnaround for most popular video formats, including QuickTime Movie, Video for Windows, MPEG Movie, Digital Video, and Windows Media. StrandVision can also convert copyright-cleared VHS, SVHS, MiniDV formats, CDs, and DVDs.
▪ StrandVision |
Visit booth 3885

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