What's New: Video Technology
Jul 1, 2005 12:00 PM
The new plasma lineup includes the 42in. high-definition PPM42M5H (pictured), the 42in. standard-definition PPM42M5S, and the 50in. PPM50M5H. All of the new plasmas offer a 10,000:1 contrast ratio and a 1,100cd/m2 brightness level and can be mounted either horizontally or vertically. The PPM42M5H features 1024×768 resolution and matches the 720p HDTV format without processing. The standard-definition PPM42M5S is a more economical display solution, with 852×480 resolution. The PPM50M5H sports a resolution of 1366×768 for presentation and digital signage applications. The displays provide picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture functionality. A built-in processor tiles the displays in 2×2, 3×3, 4×4, 1×5, and 5×1 configurations for videowall applications. Six separate variable aspect ratios include 16:9 and 4:3.
Clarity Visual Systems www.clarityvisual.com
The CoolSign iS60 networked digital sign is a freestanding unit in portrait orientation configured with a 60in. diagonal screen. CoolSign player software powers the system, allowing it to be easily integrated into any digital signage network running the software. The iS60 is available in single- or dual-sided display formats to simplify installation in venues such as retail stores, malls, airport concourses, and public meeting spaces. To display content, simply plug in the sign, configure it with the easy-to-use remote, and connect it to the network.
Three new color video monitors in the DT-V line include the DT-V100CG 10in. multi-standard monitor, the JVC 17in. DT-V1710CG, and the 19in. DT-V1910CG. The latter two monitors have an increased range of interface cards and are priced to compete with standard-definition CRT monitors. The DT-V1710CG monitor features 800 TV lines, and the DT-V1910CG features 900 TV lines of horizontal resolution. All DT-V monitors feature user-selectable standard 4:3 or wide 16:9 aspect ratios. Users can populate the three input slots with a range of audio and video I/O modules according to their needs. The displays can be used for HD and SD at 50Hz and 60Hz, HD-SDI and SDI, NTSC and PAL, 480p, 1080i, 720p, and 24psF cinema configurations.
Analog Way www.analogway.com
The new V-Scale video scaler accepts composite and S-Video sources for display on high-resolution LCD, DLP, or plasma screens, or video projectors. The scaler offers frame rate conversion and multiple display output resolutions up to 1400×1050. It features a PC RGB input to easily switch between video and PC sources. Other convenient features for installation include full-frame memory (still store) that is automatically displayed in case of a loss of input synch, autoswitch to a user-defined source when current input signal is lost, and RS-232 remote control. The V-Scale Plus (pictured) builds on the V-Scale, featuring BNCs, RGB, and YUV component input, and a DVI output. The V-Scale Plus can drive up to three displays simultaneously.
Global Display Solutions www.gds.com
The Optically Enhanced TFT Display, part of GDS' new Industrial Range, is designed for use in flight and rail information displays, public information kiosks, retail exhibitions, trade shows, and conference rooms. The display features increased brightness and contrast for easier-to-read text. A GDS-patented process uses a unique material with a cross-polymer bonding capability to fill the air gap between the glass and LCD, eliminating internal light reflections and refractions for maximum visibility. Units are available in sizes ranging from 6in. to 46in.
HaiVision Systems www.haivision.com
The hai200 Tasman multiformat video communication system supports H.264 and Windows Media 9. The versatile system can be used for videoconferencing, webcasting, multicasting, or Internet TV applications over low- to medium-bandwidth IP networks. Unlike typical H.264 videoconferencing products, which use a narrow subset of the available H.264 components to achieve limited processing power, the hai200 Tasman takes advantage of all H.264 components to deliver video and audio at bit rates of up to 1.2Mbps.