Nov 1, 2000 12:00 PM, Alicia Suenaga
Projectors: Canon U.S.A. introduces three XGA-resolution LCD projectors. The multimedia projector LV-7525 achieves a brightness of 2,750 ANSI lumens, is equipped with a 200 W UHP lamp and includes the Turbo Bright System. The digital keystone feature corrects image distortion. The multimedia projector LV-7325/LV-7320, native XGA-compatible models, also incorporate the Turbo Bright System and digital keystone correction.
Plasma monitor: NEC Technologies released the PlasmaSync 42MP2, which includes a 42 inch (1 m) VGA (853x480) panel. Features include multiple input options, low fan noise output, internal stereo audio and AccuShield phosphor protection. It has a 9x digital zoom feature, enabling presenters to select an area of the screen and enlarge it to 900%. The monitor also includes an assortment of user controls including on-screen menus and a handheld remote control. Direct access control keys have been added to allow operation in the event of a lost remote.
Plasma display: Electrograph Systems introduced the Electrograph DTS25, a 25 inch (635 mm) SXGA plasma display with full motion video capability. It combines this with 1,280x1,024 computer resolution and is designed for space-sensitive applications. Electrograph has also introduced a direct digital plasma display monitor, the Electrograph Direct Digital Model E4203DD, which uses digital processing instead of analog, resulting in clarity and brightness.
Videoconferencing systems: GartnerGroup announced the Vision 6000 and Vision 7000 large-group videoconferencing systems with 384Kbps built-in multipoint capabilities. They offer videoconferencing at network connections of up to 768 Kbps for point-to-point calls. Features include Duo Video, which allows two separate video images to be sent and seen simultaneously; PC Presenter, which provides a direct access plug on the front of the cabinet; improved digital clarity and multipoint technology. The continuous presence feature allows all sites on a conference to be seen at once.
Camera: VideoLabs introduced its Ceiling DocCam, with a 22x optical power zoom lens and high-resolution 1/4 CCD (470-TVL). VideoLabs partnered with Polycom and PictureTel to make the camera function using their remotes. A connectivity package allows for a single run of shielded, plenum rated Cat 5 cable with RJ-45 connectors to supply all necessary video and power connections at a single wall plate.
Monitor: Princeton Graphic Systems offered the AS3.6HD, a digital-ready 36 inch (914 mm) viewable 4:3 direct-view NTSC TV/computer monitor that supports video, 480p, 1080i and 720p digital formats and displays VGA, SVGA and XGA graphics from computer sources. Features include a video bandwidth of 40 MHz and dual auto-detect Y, Pb, Pr to RGB transcoder matrices for 480p and HDTV. With a horizontal scanning frequency of 30 kHz to 50 kHz, it can display 720p HDTV signals in their native mode. The unit includes a built-in NTSC tuner, a built-in DVDO PureProgressive line doubler, a wireless remote and an RS-232C serial communications port.
A-V systems: RGB Spectrum introduced three products: the SynchroMaster 450, a multimedia system, which allows the user to switch seamlessly between multiple video and computer signals; the QuadView, a line of multi-input, windowing display processors for displaying multiple signals on a single monitor or projector, and the DualView, a variant of the QuadView, which displays two signals side-by-side on a 16x9 monitor.
Digital displays: NetTV unveils four HDTV-ready digital displays, including a flat wide screen 36 inch (914 mm) HDTV CRT (DTV36XW), and two 4:3 models (DTV29XC and DTV34XC). They feature component inputs for 480i high-definition broadcasts as well as high-resolution component inputs for 480p, 720p and 1080i high-definition broadcast signals. Also supported, with a 15-pin RGB input, are computer resolutions up to 1,024x768 (NI). NetTV also introduces the 42 inch (1 m) DTV42WP wide-screen thin plasma display, which displays 1,280x1,024 computer resolution as well as HDTV and is equipped with component inputs.
Interactive whiteboard: SMART Technologies introduces the Rear Projection SMART Board 3000i (RPSB3000i). It has the Streamlite design, narrower at the back than at the front, and features a 67 inch (1.7 m) diagonal screen. The projection system is rated at 1,300 ANSI lumens at true XGA (1024x768) resolution. Projector controls such as input selection, brightness, contrast and bulb on/off are included on the exterior of the cabinet. The cabinet is pre-wired for a computer and optional peripherals, such as a VCR or DVD player and a small printer. It features a rear connection panel for external audio, network connections, and items such as a second projector or printer. Accessible cables connect a guest laptop to the computer and integrated projection system.
Videowall display: Mitsubishi Presentation Products announced the MegaView Wall display, a rear-projection XGA video/data cube using DLP technology. The DMD semiconductor allows projection of a fixed pattern without burn-in. The engine is equipped with a Texas Instruments XGA DMD 0.7 inch (17.8 mm)chip, and the display system incorporates color calibration circuits. The MegaView Wall is 400x410x260 (1 m x 1.1 m x 660 mm) and has a 50 inch (1.3 m) diagonal viewable image and 1,024x768 native resolution.
Mixer: Biamp Systems announced the ADVANTAGE SPM723, a programmable stereo/preamp mixer that replaces the 522D with more inputs, more outputs and greater matrixing capability. BiampWin software works via Windows 95/98/NT. Features of the SPM723 include seven stereo line inputs with individual volume and mute control, input number seven assignable as either stereo unbalanced or mono balanced, and two balanced mic/line inputs, each with selectable high-pass filter and phantom power. Outputs include three-band EQ with midsweep tone adjustment, and separate left/right volume adjustment on ganged faders. Outputs can be of a single source or a mix of multiple input signals.
Presenters: ELMO Manufacturing introduced two visual presenters, the HV-7000SX with SXGA outputs and the HV-5000 with XGA outputs. Both use digital signal processing technology and incorporate auto focus and auto iris functions. They are NTSC/PAL video compatible and have wireless remote control. Both allow full page viewing with eight or 10 points. The HV-7000SX delivers SXGA resolution of 1,434x1,050 with a 0.5 inch (8 mm) Progressive-Scan CCD and provides an analog RGB (SXGA-75Hz, 7.5 fps) output and digital interface USB (high speed image transfer). The HV-5000 XG offers XGA resolution of 1,077x788 with a 1/3 inch Progressive-Scan CCD and has an analog RGB (XGA-75Hz, 15 fps) output.
Projector: Sanyo announced the PLC-XF20, a fixed installation LCD projector outputting 5,000 ANSI lumens. The unit provides XGA resolution (1024x768) and supports SXGA, SVGA and VGA resolutions. It can be twin-stacked via the projector's power lens shift, producing nearly 10,000 ANSI lumens. Equipped with RGBHV inputs, the PLC-XF20 is capable of displaying 1080i HDTV. The projector has been designed to support DVI (Digital Visual Interface), which allows for a direct digital connection to a PC or notebook computer. It features pure digital processing circuits, which include digital gamma correction, digital progressive scanning and automatic color correction.
Control system: Magenta Research released the Mini-TASCC command and control system, which allows as many as 20 users access to 64 different CPUs on a single CAT5 UTP distributed matrix configuration. Users can access any of the CPUs and independently control multiple monitors. System administrators can approve CPUs on an individual user basis. The Mini-TASCC Client (MTC) units are compact, and each features a local CPU port for access to 16 additional resources. The units connect directly to CPUs, requiring no external power. Optional video switching units support high-resolution 1,600x1,200 graphics.
Software: Sabine's remote control software is compatible with Windows NT and Windows 2000, as well as with Windows 95 and 98. The GRAPHI-Q is an all-digital 31-band EQ, FBX Feedback Exterminator, Parametric EQ, Compressor & Delay all in one and can be operated via GRQ Remote Control software or analog-style front panel controls. Sabine's Tweek-n-Peek displays values for all front-panel control adjustments in the front panel LCD display every time a control is touched. There are three modes of compressor/limiter linking, a demo/edit offline mode, and SIA SMAART compatibility, which allows running all four GRAPHI-Q models from the Smaart Pro software platform.
Converter: FOCUS Enhancements announced the TView Pro AV 1600, a professional scan converter. It converts computer images up to 1,600x1,280 resolution, whether users are recording or viewing the image on an NTSC or PAL monitor, or on such other displays as DLP, LCD, or plasma. FOCUS Enhancements' 2-D Auto Filter technology automatically sharpens the video image. Users can also adjust the seven-level flicker filter and can program 16 memory presets for all aspects of the video image. Control over all adjustments can be made from the backlit keypad controls, an IR remote control or the RS-232/422 interface.
Console extender system: Wireless Computing introduced the KVM-500 Extender, which allows access to computer systems from remote keyboard/monitor/mouse consoles products at distances of up to 500 feet (152 m). It uses Cat5 copper wiring to extend keyboard, video and mouse, keeping the receiver within 50 feet (15 m) of the keyboard, but up to 500 feet from the computer. The company also introduces the USB-25, a PS/2-to-USB-port keyboard/mouse adapter that enables Macintosh users access to the company's presentation products.
Projectors: Dukane expanded its line of data/video projectors and adds one desk top/document video camera to its line of A-V products. The ImagePro 8600 produces 1,000 lumens with true XGA resolution and has a wireless remote with mouse control and laser pointer. The ImagePro 8050 produces 1,700 lumens with true SVGA resolution and has picture-in-picture, air mouse and laser pointer. The ImagePro 8035 produces 900 lumens with true SVGA resolution and has digital zoom, picture freeze, remote mouse and laser pointer. The Camera 101 offers 400 lines of resolution, a 20 inch (508 mm) gooseneck, low light capabilities at 1.5 lux, 50:1 magnification, and NTSC video-composite output. Dukane has discontinued the ImagePro 8030.
Audio enhancement system: AudioControl introduces a version of the Diva programmable 24-bit digital audio enhancement system with balanced inputs and outputs using XLR connectors. It implements independent, digital-domain sound processing for up to eight audio channels. Each channel has a 10 ms digital delay for system signal alignment. The design uses dual 24-bit Motorola 56303 digital audio processors, a DSP engine capable of more than 160 million instructions per second (MIPS). Each channel of equalization can be configured for multi-band control, with both fixed-band, constant-Q and parametric control. It offers equalization from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and its memory systems allow 20 setups to be created and stored. It is fully compatible with Dolby Digital, DTS, or other multi-channel audio formats.
Conference stations: beyerdynamic enhances the MCS Conference System by introducing delegate stations with digital control and computer interface capability, and delegate and chairman's stations with voting buttons and LCD information screens. The MCS 1036 includes YES, NO and ABSTAIN voting buttons. Two buttons can be assigned to other operations. The MCS 1038 is a chairman's station that has control buttons that can be assigned to operate display screens or other remote interfaces within the conference area via the central MCS 100 control center. The MCS 1213 and MCS 1233 are versions of the MCS 1013 and MCS 1023, and are supplied as kits with the mic, buttons and loudspeakers prepared for permanent fixing into tables and consoles.
Display: Clarity Visual Systems introduces the Lion, a 67" SXGA (1280x1024) resolution LCD rear-projection display. It can be used for stand-alone presentation or can be configured in multiples. It incorporates Clarity's Advanced Performance LCD technology (AP/LCD) and Jenmar Visual Systems' BlackScreen glass screen. Its features include a multi-lamp optical engine for redundant illumination, 31" depth with only 8" rear ventilation clearance required, and full front screen serviceability with hinged-screen access. It is capable of displaying content from sources that include PC-generated graphics, live camera feeds and static images. Video formats of all types are supported, including Composite, S-Video and HDTV.
Projectors: Proxima Corporation launches a comprehensive family of five-pound projectors featuring Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology. The UltraLight DS2 is compatible with up to XGA computers, as well as video and DVD players. It features 800 lumens, SVGA native resolution with XGA scaling, and a removable Proxima video module. The UltraLight DX2 is compatible with up to SXGA computers, and video sources such as VCRs and DVDs. It features 1000 lumens, XGA native resolution with SXGA scaling, and a removable video nodule. The UltraLight DX3 features 1100 lumens, and offers connectivity including video, VGA, DVI digital computer input, and USB allowing users to hot plug their mouse.
Scaler: Folsom Research enhances the VFC-2200 Dual Scaler with the ability to perform picture-in-picture, allowing effects such as pull-on, push-off, flying a window on and off screen, zooming/panning control and exploding a window. It implements dissolve, fade and clean synchronous switching between two video sources. It automatically locks two interlaced or non-interlaced RGB/YUV inputs with resolutions from 480 interlaced up to 2048x1280 progressive, and directly scales them to a user-programmable output format with resolutions up to 1280x1024. It contains two independently programmable high-resolution scalers, so the inputs can be different resolutions and formats.
Projector: Christie Digital Systems announces the GraphMaster DLV 1280-DX, an enhancement of the DLV1280 control room projector that uses 3-chip Digital Light Processing technology. Its features include Color Space Control, enabling true RGB color matching from display to display, native SXGA data and video graphics, and the same lamp as DLV1280 - 500W Cermax Xenon. It offers better color uniformity, tiling features for improved brightness, and a rugged design for mostly rear-projection applications.
Projector: Epson America unveils the EPSON PowerLite 715c, a portable projector with 1000 lumens and PC-free presentation technology. It delivers a 400:1 contrast ratio and weighs 5.8 pounds, with dimensions of 10.5"Dx3.5"Hx8.4"W. True XGA (1024x768) native resolution with Epson's exclusive SizeWise resizing technology allows for compatibility with resolutions from VGA (640x480) up to UXGA (1600x1200). The projector is also HDTV-ready and supports popular digital video signals such as 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p. The EasyMP technology enables users to run computerized presentations without a PC by transferring presentation files to a PC card that can be inserted in a slot located within the projector. Files transfer using Epson's conversion software. The PowerLite 715c is compatible with PCMCIA Flash memory, and with the use of an optional adapter can work with cards such as Compact Flash, SmartMedia and MemoryStick.
Projectors: Sanyo introduces the PLC-EF10NZ and the PLC-XF10NZ, two fixed installation LCD projectors. The PLC-EF10NZ produces 3300 ANSI lumens with SXGA image resolution, and the PLC-XF10NZ produces 3000 ANSI lumens with XGA resolution. Both units feature a power lens shift to facilitate twin stacking, which allows them to produce nearly 6600 and nearly 6000 ANSI lumens, respectively. Because they are equipped with RGBHV inputs, both units are also capable of displaying 1080i high definition signals when fed this standard signal. They also feature a digital PC interface and pure digital processing circuits. Sanyo has designed a proprietary Automatic Uniformity Correction Controller Circuit for maintaining high uniformity.