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SHOW PREVIEW: INFOCOMM 2014 Moving forward in Vegas


Under the slogan ‘AV moving forward’, the InfoComm show returns to Las Vegas for 2014. As ever, there are plenty of exhibits to see, education sessions to attend, and miles of aisles to walk


WHAT?


InfoComm14 WHERE?


Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, US


WHEN?


Conferences and education: 14-20 June Exhibition: 18-20 June 09:00-17:00 (16:00 on last day)


More than 36,000 visitors are expected to attend InfoComm 2014, which was last in Las Vegas in 2012


SHOW ORGANISERS estimate that walking all of the aisles at this year’s InfoComm show would constitute a journey of five miles – so visitors shouldn’t feel too guilty if they don’t make it to the gym during their stay in Las Vegas. The showfloor, which


will feature more than 950 exhibitors, has been grouped into product pavilions: audio, digital signage, conferencing, lighting & staging and security. We’ve organised our preview slightly differently.


VIDEO SIGNAL MANAGEMENT Analog Way will be launching the LiveCore Output Expander – a new system that adds up to four outputs to 12 x 4 + 1 LiveCore models, such as the SmartMatrix Ultra and the Ascender 32. Three versions of the


system are available, the LOE016 with 16 scalers embedded for the SmartMatriX Ultra; the LOE032 with 32 scalers for the Ascender 32; and the LOE048 with 48 scalers for the Ascender 48. Ethernet and link cables are provided with the LiveCore Output Expander. Once linked to its LiveCore Switcher,


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outputs are shared and added, resulting in a 12 x 8 + 2 scaled seamless matrix system. The new HDMI Clean


Switch will be central to Apantac’s stand. As the newest member of the MT HOOD series, the product is a 6 x 1 clean switch that seamlessly changes between HDMI sources, eliminating the frustrations that normally occur, according to the company.


AptoVision will be showing


its new BlueRiver NT chipset, which is the world’s first and only mainstream chipset to enable the transmission and switching of real-time, uncompressed Ultra HD AV signals with zero frame latency over off-the-shelf fibre and copper 10GbE switches.


A highlight on the Atomos stand will be iShogun – the world’s first 12G SDI & 4K HDMI I/O monitor recorder and deck. It features a 1920 x 1200 SuperAtom IPS 7in touchscreen with 325ppi, 179º viewing and 400-nit brightness, along with multi-frequency operation (48/50/60Hz depending on video input), giving smooth


monitoring and playback. Blackmagic Design will


show Smart Videohub, a family of mixed-format routers whose 6G-SDI technology allows SD, HD and Ultra HD routing on the same router at the same time. The routers’ elegant machined metal front panels offer full router control, as well as built- in LCD monitoring. Users can perform direct entry of router crosspoints using either buttons or the spin knob control.


Blonder Tongue will be


providing live demonstrations of its next-generation MPEG-2 encoders, QAM/ IPTV transcoders, and MPEG transport stream analyser. Part of the line-up will be the affordable HDE-8C-QAM – a high-performance MPEG-2 HD encoder, which supports Dolby Digital audio encoding and provides users with reliable and efficient encoding performance. BrightSign will demonstrate


its new 4K digital signage players at InfoComm. These are said to be the first to deliver a true end-to-end 4K solution that accepts H.265- encoded content and delivers 60fps output via HDMI 2.0.


In addition, BrightSign’s 4K players incorporate all of the features of the company’s solid-state digital signage platform, including HTML5 content support, videowall synchronisation, BrightAuthor and BrightSign Network support. Two major themes on


the Crestron stand will be 4K and collaboration. The company will demonstrate DigitalMedia – described as the first and only end-to- end 4K distribution solution available right now – and will show how the Crestron 4K Certification programme helps with 4K system configuration by ensuring that sources


and displays meet system requirements.


In addition, the company


will be showing tools to aid collaboration in classrooms, offices and elsewhere. AirMedia, Connect It and FT- TSC600 FlipTop products can all be used to manage and distribute AV signals, including 4K, over an existing network and on a single platform. FiberPlex Technologies is launching the TD-6010 adapter, described as the Swiss army knife of fibre- optic transport. It can take a variety of SFP/SFP+ (small form factor pluggable) modules to suit any format conversion scenario. The


HuddleVU multi-user collaboration system from FSR www.installation-international.com


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