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ISE 2017: video and residential preview

Parts one and two of our ISE 2017 preview looked at highlights in audio and display products as well as additions in Smart Building and collaboration technology. We conclude by presenting the companies and products to seek out in video and residential.

Video/signal management

AptoVision will be showing BlueRiver NT1000, the latest in its of AV-over-IP chipsets, which can transport uncompressed, zero-latency Ultra HD/4K HDR over Ethernet. AptoVision claims the NT1000 can reduce material costs for AV over IP encoders and decoders by up to 50%.

Purpose built for AV/KVM switching and extension applications, the HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 compliant BlueRiver NT1000 can transmit true 4K/60Hz (4:4:4) video with zero frame latency over 100m of CatX or 30km of fibre. AptoVision claims support for the complete range of signal types including audio, GbE, USB 2.0, RS‐232 and IR, all of which can be routed independently.

BlackmagicDesign is demonstrating Teranex AV, a new broadcast quality standards converter designed specifically for AV professionals. Teranex AV features 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0a inputs, outputs and loopthrough, along with AV-specific features such as a still store, freeze frame, and hi-fi audio inputs. Latency is as low as 67ms.

The still store can capture a video frame in any format and hold it in memory, even when the power is cycled. Customers can preload corporate logos or graphics to display between presenters at conferences, or for outputting sponsor logos at concerts and events between acts.

Exterity is showing a range of new and updated products that aim to extend its footprint of integrated IP video and digital signage solutions. The ArtioSign digital signage solution has been extended with new scheduling and management features, and integrated with IP video. The fully integrated ArtioPortal mobile solution makes it easier to deliver high-quality TV and video to mobile devices.

The AvediaStream 4K Encoder is an end-to-end 4K solution that Exterity claims will provide integrators and end-users with an easier way to manage the distribution of UHD content. Exterity also claims to be the first IP video manufacturer to offer the latest version of HDCP Professional technology, in its AvediaStream encoders.

Visionary Solutions is introducing new products supporting the distribution of 4K UHD video over standard IP networks. The E4000 encoder and D4000 decoder deliver visually lossless, ultra-low latency UHD video over Gigabit Ethernet without the constraints of traditional matrix switch systems.

Visionary’s PacketTV and PacketAV products allow 4K UHD, 1080p HD or lower resolution content to be deployed to a vast number of screens over any standard GbE network, even sharing space on existing enterprise networks, using standard network protocols and devices. A single network can carry audio, video, and data and installation doesn’t require expensive proprietary components or 10GbE switches.

Residential solutions

The newest member of Earthquake Sound’s MiniMe family is the MiniMe P63 subwoofer, standing just under 9in tall. It includes one 6.5in premium long throw active driver and two 6.5in passive radiators; the latter increase the capability and efficiency for ultra-low frequency reproduction, allowing users to achieve a louder, more powerful bass without requiring more power from the amp.

Keeping the issue of limited space in mind, the MiniMe P63 offers a 5.2V USB power adapter, allowing the subwoofer to charge or power any other USB compatible devices. It is said to work well with 2.1, 5.1 or 7.2 surround systems.

Wall-Smart will show its broader range of flush wall mounts to include solutions suitable for new construction for drywall/concrete, as well as solid board and retrofit installations. The new mounts are completely flush with the wall, paintable and serviceable. Solid board mounts are made for installations in solid surfaces like wood, glass, marble, partition walls and others. These mounts have depth calibration and are completely flush with the solid surface they are installed in, to provide a seamless integration. Also on show will be retrofit mounts, created in response to demand from installers who are not able to do any drywall or paint work, or are upgrading to new technology.