VuWall TRx Platform Wins the AVard 2022 for Best Product for Control Room & Security

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VuWall, a technology leader in video wall control systems and unified visualization solutions, continued its award-winning year with its TRx unified video wall management platform receiving The AVard 2022 from Pro AV Germany for Best Product in the Control Room & Security category. The awards were presented on Oct. 20 at a ceremony and gala at the Curio Haus in Hamburg, Germany.

“The design and continual innovation of TRx enables operators to work efficiently with any source, and seamlessly interact with real-time information at their operator stations and on their video wall. This gives them eyes on the data they need, in seconds,” said Mark Schmidt, chief technology officer of VuWall. “TRx seamlessly connects, manages, and controls AV, IT, and IP systems to ensure that mission-critical Command and Control deployments function at peak efficiency. We’re grateful and excited to receive this prestigious award, adding it to the host of honors TRx has collected.”

Northview Public Schools Choose BenQ Boards for District Classrooms

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BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, has announced that Northview Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has purchased and is installing BenQ Board smart boards for classrooms throughout the school district. The district investment includes 189 BenQ RP03 Series BenQ Boards. Designed to integrate into any teaching approach or materials, BenQ Boards include one-tap NFC log-in to instantly load lesson materials; interactive teaching tools for more hands-on lessons; germ-resistant screen, pen, and remote; split windows for multitasking; array microphones, 16W speakers, and 16W Dolby Digital Plus surround sound for lesson clarity in class and online; InstaShare wireless screen sharing; and new Eyesafe® technology for reducing blue light emissions. It’s also the first display from BenQ to include an air ionizer. This is the second large deployment of BenQ boards within Michigan this year, with Ypsilanti Community Schools purchasing 311 panels in April.

“What sets BenQ Boards apart is that they complement what teachers are already doing with future-ready interactive tools that get kids engaged, but with next to no learning curve,” said David Grzeskowiak, key partner manager at BenQ America Corp. “As the first deployment of our new RP03 series, this is certainly a great win for BenQ and more importantly, for Northview.”

Blustream Shipping New Platinum 8×8 HDBaseT AV Matrix Combining Versatility With Maximum Performance

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Leading AV distribution innovator Blustream announced today that it is shipping its new 4K HDMI 2.0 8×8 Platinum Matrix. The PLA88CS combines the global standard of advanced HDBaseT™ to transmit HDMI, ARC, LAN, and bi-directional IR and RS-232 signals up to lengths of 328 feet in 4K UHD and 492 feet in 1080p over a single CAT cable. It can accommodate displays with various resolutions —downscaling 4K videos for lower-resolution displays while maintaining pristine resolution for UHD displays — and elevates the audio experience across multiple formats.

“The PLA88CS combines an 8×8 video matrix with a 24×16 audio matrix independently controlled from the video for uncompromising performance and versatility,” said Martyn Shirley, Blustream’s General Manager. “And it is unlike any other matrix in its capacity to mix several multiple high-bit-rate audio output formats, thanks to its independent Dolby Audio and DTS Audio downmixing. Between drastically reducing cables, labor, and programming tasks while elevating features to support today’s 4K UHD installations, we are confident that the PLA88CS matrix will provide installers with a stress-free setup that delivers the high-quality viewing and listening experience users demand.”

Atlona Expands Omega™ Series with New Two-Input Switcher with USB Hub and USB-C Device Charging

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Atlona has added another versatile yet cost-effective new switcher to its extensive Omega™ Series of AV integration solutions for modern presentation, collaboration, and video conferencing applications. Available immediately, the AT-OME-MH21-CP features HDMI and USB-C inputs, advanced integration capabilities, USB-C device charging, and a built-in USB 3.0 hub for video conferencing peripherals or touch displays.

The OME-MH21-CP combines all of the functionality of Atlona’s popular AT-OME-MH21 switcher with the ability to charge devices such as laptops, tablets, and mobile phones through the new switcher’s USB-C port. “The original OME-MH21 continues to offer a powerful yet cost-effective AV and USB data integration solution for huddle rooms, small meeting spaces, and other gathering areas,” said Paul Krizan, Product Manager at Atlona. “The OME-MH21-CP offers all of the same benefits and adds further value by enabling a presenter or meeting participant to charge their device while seated at the meeting table without additional power supplies or cables.”

Cal State Fullerton’s Titans Athletics Elevates Production With JVC GY-HC900 Broadcast Camera

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When Timothy Jackson joined Cal State Fullerton as Assistant Athletic Director of the Titans Sports Network, he was tasked with continuing to facilitate the growth of the schools’ sports productions for ESPN+. To enhance the Titans’ broadcasts, Jackson added the GY-HC900CHU CONNECTED CAM™ Broadcast Camcorder from JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, to the school’s inventory.

Titan Athletics produces over 120+ broadcasts a year, including Cal State Fullerton’s men’s and women’s soccer and basketball, baseball, softball, water polo and volleyball. Titans’ fans can watch home events and Big West road conference games exclusively on ESPN+. In addition, Cal State Fullerton has built a top-tier production studio to give home viewers a professional-quality production for all games played at Titans Stadium.

C2G Debuts Performance Series High Speed HDMI Active Optical Cables

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C2G today announced its new Performance Series High Speed HDMI Active Optical Cables (AOC). Available in 12 different lengths from 15 feet to up to 300 feet, they’re perfect for applications requiring high-speed HDMI features and video resolutions up to 4K (4096 x 2160) at 60 hertz. Examples include classrooms, meeting rooms, and other commercial applications, as well as high-interference environments such as data centers, surgical theaters, or manufacturing facilities, where high-resolution and consistent displays are critical. The series features support for HDMI 2.0, a plenum-rated jacket, integrated finger grips on the connectors for easy insertion and removal, gripping connector shell for two times greater port retention, gold-plated connectors for increased electrical conductivity and enhanced durability, and directional cable with source connector labeled and tagged to easily differentiate from the labeled display connector.

“Cabling is the foundation of every installation and requires solid, reliable, and powerful solutions that will last for years and years,” said Robert Mays, Associate Product Marketing Manager, C2G, A Brand of Legrand. “We have engineered our HDMI AOCs with quality components to give a robust design and enhanced performance, ideal for installation needs that are beyond the length limitations of standard HDMI copper cabling. In addition, they’re thoroughly tested and are backed by our industry-leading warranty, so installers never have to worry.”

Digital Nirvana Connects MetadataIQ Directly to Avid Media Composer and MCCUX Through New API Support

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Digital Nirvana, a provider of leading-edge media monitoring and metadata generation services, today announced that MetadataIQ, its SaaS-based tool that automatically generates speech-to-text and video intelligence metadata, now supports Avid CTMS APIs. As a result, video editors and producers can now use MetadataIQ to extract media directly from Avid Media Composer or Avid MediaCentral Cloud UX (MCCUX) rather than having to connect with Avid Interplay first. This capability will help broadcast networks, postproduction houses, sports organizations, houses of worship, and other Avid users that do not have Interplay in their environments to benefit from MetadataIQ.

Previously, only Avid Interplay users were able to employ MetadataIQ to extract media and insert speech-to-text and video intelligence metadata as markers within an Avid timeline. Now, all Avid Media Composer/MCCUX users will be able to do this. They will also be able to:
• Ingest different types of metadata, such as speech to text, facial recognition, OCR, logos, and objects, each with customizable marker durations and color codes for easy identification of metadata type.
• Submit files without having to create low-res proxies or manually import metadata files into Avid Media Composer/MCCUX.
• Automatically submit media files to Digital Nirvana’s transcription and caption service to receive the highest quality, human-curated output.
• Submit data from MCCUX into Digital Nirvana’s Trance product to generate transcripts, captions, and translations in-house and publish files in all industry-supported formats.

California’s Riverside County Selects BenQ for Massive Presentation Systems Upgrade

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BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, has announced that Riverside County, Calif. has installed hundreds of its presentation and display systems in government facilities throughout the county. After extensive testing of solutions offered by top manufacturers, Riverside invested in more than 100 InstaShow S WDC20 systems, the first all-hardware, plug-and-play 4K wireless presentation system designed to make meetings and collaboration intuitive, simple, and secure. With the addition of 150 BenQ RP8602 86” 4K interactive cloud whiteboards and dozens of its DVY23 4K digital zoom conference cameras, Riverside County now enjoys an ideal solution for presentation, training and meetings. The systems’ intuitive ease of use has won raves from the county’s public servants who use them daily, as well as from its IT department which has found them remarkably easy to install and support.

Riverside infrastructure engineer Mike Corona led the county’s successful upgrade of its presentation technology, moving away from ceiling-mounted projectors, which were expensive and time-consuming to maintain. “I tested competing wireless presentation systems and found some I liked, but they required you to download software for them to work, which defeated the purpose of looking for a new system,” said Corona. “Another system was too flaky, and it never worked.” Other systems didn’t support the new “bring your own device” mode of working that has quickly become standard. After Corona put all the products to the test, the clear winner was BenQ. Riverside quickly standardized on complete BenQ systems throughout the county, immediately reaping the benefits of enhanced collaboration.