Display and Projection

Leyard 8K Video Wall Sweeps Awards at NAB 2016

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Leyard TW Series LED video wall

Leyard and Planar (a Leyard company) pick up five of the Best of Show Awards, presented at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB) in Las Vegas by NewBay Media’s Broadcast & Video Group.

NAB is the world’s largest annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all platforms, covering an array of advances in advertising, virtual reality, and content creation.

The honors were awarded for the highlight of the Leyard and Planar booth, an enormous 8K Leyard TW Series LED video wall. The video wall measures more than 31 feet wide by 18 feet tall (9.5 meters by 5.5 meters) and is composed of 64 Leyard TWA1.2 LED video wall displays with a 1.2 mm pixel pitch, delivering 7680 x 4320 resolution. At a distance of 9 to12 feet from the video wall, says Leyard, “the pixels are indiscernible.”

The Leyard TW Series is a line of fine pitch LED video walls available in 1.2, 1.8 and 2.5 millimeters pitches. The Leyard TW Series is architected to support the highest pixel density and delivers benefits unique to its "flat panel" design including a 16:9 form factor optimized for the most popular high resolution standards, ease of installation and service, and flatness and uniformity.

NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards at NAB are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry.

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SnapAV and Sunbrite TV in European Expansion

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SnapAV bought Sunbrite TV in late 2015, and now they seek expansion into the European market.

SnapAV designs, manufactures and distributes more than 1500 pro products in 17 product categories including acoustic treatments, audio, bulk wire, cables, connectors and adapters, hardware (now including the full Sunbrite TV range ), IR products, Labour saving devices, media distribution, mounts, power products, pro control remotes, projection screens, rack products, structured wiring, surveillance, wire management and wall plates and boxes.

Sunbrite TV

Sunbrite TV pioneered the outdoor television category and provides all-weather outdoor TVs to the residential, commercial and digital signage markets. Sunbrite TV’s are designed, engineered and assembled in California and the Company recently launched its award winning 84” 4K Ultra HD Outdoor TV.

Sunbrite TV is also the outdoor display of choice for many professional sports stadiums in the US including Yankee Stadium, Gillette Stadium, Wrigley Field, Soldier Field and Marlins Park.

SnapAV have engaged consultancy firm MIST Consultants to build the distributor base across Europe with full support from the senior management of both SnapAV and Sunbrite.

Sunbrite Digital Signage

Paul Hartridge, MD of MIST Consultants, says “We have a great deal of interest but we continue to search for the best options in a number of regions here in Europe. The opportunity to partner with two extremely successful US brands under the SnapAV umbrella and be part of long term strategic European development is a very exciting prospect. I am sure in the coming weeks there will be a number of announcements but we continue to look to identify additional partners in certain regions. I would welcome any enquiries from companies interested in discussing this rare opportunity.”

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Specktron at ISE for First Time

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Specktron, the well-established brand from MEA, is exhibiting at ISE for the first time.

The company offers products across several major categories--interactive LED display, projectors and interactive white boards. They are even showing their own True Laser UST projector which claims some performance benefits over other laser technologies.

Adam Dent, appointed just last year as Regional Manager Europe, tells us that the company has a keen interest in the education and corporate market.

“Building on our extensive experience in the Middle East and Africa, where Specktron is now a recognized and respected brand, we believe that a focused approach is key. That is why we were at BETT 2016 and now at ISE-- to show our commitment to these key markets,” he notes.

Dent stresses the company’s “channel friendly approach to the business” and explains Specktron’s formula for success is “The right product at the right price, supplied by supporting the channel community.”

“The role of AV integrators is being squeezed, between brands dictating terms or even going direct and the commoditization of hardware. Our structure and experience enables us to deliver products that the market wants while enabling installers to make a solid margin.

Adam Dent

“We are looking to bring to Europe what we have learnt in ‘Emerging Markets’-- given the huge distances and sometimes poor infrastructure in the emerging countries, Specktron’s success there shows that our products will deliver performance, reliability and cost effectiveness in every situation,” adds Dent.

Specktron hope ISE will increase awareness of Specktron in the European market, and have a couple ISE “bundles” to entice integrators to try their products. (For LED displays, one offer bundles their TDX55 Interactive Display with an embedded i5 PC. Another bundle adds an 82” Interactive White Board with a 3100 Lumen Short Throw Projector and a wall mount.)

In LED Displays, Specktron offers the SX and TDX series. Primarily the difference is in the backlighting arrangement that is used. With the SDX products, Specktron were able to reduce the weight of the unit by over 20%, compared to the equivalent TDX products, while retaining image quality and IR performance.

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Christie Expands Velvet with Narrow-pitch LED Tiles

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Velvet Apex Series

Christie’s new Velvet Apex Series of LED tiles feature 1.2 and 1.6 millimetre pixel pitches.

Part of the Christie Velvet family, Apex Series is designed for 24/7 critical viewing applications including command and control rooms, and high security surveillance monitoring. Apex Series’ high impact visuals are also suitable for corporate lobbies, museums, large-scale experiences, as well as an indoor advertising and high-end retail applications.

Designed for uniformity and performance using only the highest quality components, each Christie Velvet component is system level certified and tested to meet the most stringent safety and environmental requirements.

The Apex Series offers increased flexibility with a new slim design, 100% front-serviceability, 16 x 9 aspect ratio, native HD and UHD resolutions, micro adjustments, and more. With the highest quality components that are designed to work together, remote/redundant power, and advanced monitoring, the Apex Series ensures peace of mind and uptime.

“Featuring the most efficient use of power, precision output control, advanced monitoring capability and design flexibility, with clear, detailed imagery, Apex Series delivers what critical viewing environments are looking for. Our design also includes the Macroblock Hawkeye Solution Platform for long term image uniformity, quality, and performance,” said Nick Fazio, product manager, Christie.

The Apex Series is easy to install, configure, manage and service. The Apex Intelligent Module adds features that make modules ‘plug and play,’ reducing downtime and reconfiguration requirements.

Apex Series solution features include:

  • 16 x 9 aspect ratio.
  • Remote & redundant power supply.
  • 100 percent front serviceable.
  • Slim ADA-compliant design.
  • Landscape and portrait options.
  • Advanced monitoring capability (SNMP).
  • Apex Intelligent Module, enabling memory on module and more.
  • Native HD and UHD resolutions.
  • Micro adjustment capability.
  • Very low frame delay compared to competition.

Apex Series ships in April 2016 with a 3-year parts and labor warranty along with Christie’s customer service and post warranty options.

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Could This Change Everything in Projection?

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Illumina Light Farm

Something called the Illumina Light Farm may be as common in your tech vocabulary as DLP or Bluetooth soon. A company called Power Technology just one-upped the entire projection market with what it’s dubbing "the Illumina Light Farm."

What is it? Imagine removing the light source for a multi-projector install (e.g., installs where multiple projectors are required, including simulation, video walls, multi-screen movie theaters and image mapping) such that the light was all coming from ONE SOURCE and distributed to each projector as needed. So, you can change the lumens of a particle projector as you need to or send the EXACT same amount of light to each projector.

How do they do it? It’s all laser light house din a giant equipment rack and then sent to lampless projectors. The light is sent via laser to each and every projector as it’s needed. And, the amount of light projected through each projector can be adjusted, on the fly (as ambient light changes in the room or the application, itself, changes).

Laser Illuminated Projection (LIP) is sweeping the world. Audiences are demanding brighter colors. Theater owners are demanding cost savings and more ticket revenue. For premium large-format screens, LIP makes perfect sense. But, what about the 95 % of screens that don’t need (and can’t justify) 60,000 lumens of laser light? The Illumina Light Farm is designed and positioned to give that 95 percent the same advantages of the monster screens out there. The Illumina Light Farm is the first multi-projector laser light source in the world and it is going to change the entire landscape of LIP.

Here are some of the Illumina Light Farm capabilities:

  • Between 5,000 and 250,000 lumens from a single location
  • Distribute lumens to any number of new or retrofitted projectors
  • No down time for lamp changes.
  • Increased revenue for a premium experience.
  • Spreads the investment of LIP across multiple projectors for a positive ROI and lower TCO

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Draper's Larger Optically Seamless TecVision Surfaces

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Draper shows new, larger sizes for its award-winning TecVision Engineered Surface Technology line.

Optically Seamless TecVision screens are now available up to 23 feet (7m) high.

Instead of using traditional seams, or taking the very expensive approach of having a seamless substrate, Draper took a different approach.

“We fused a base substrate which resulted in a flatter base material with a stronger weld,” says AV/Video Marketing Manager Bob Mathes. “With the ideal substrate perfected we could use our TecVision formulation process to create a perfect and optically seamless viewing surface.”

Draper is so confident in Optically Seamless TecVision that if you can see a seam from 5 feet (1.5m) away, the company will take back the surface.

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Christie with Three New Boxer Models

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Christie introduces three new Boxer models featuring 2K resolution with 20,000, 25,000 and 30,000 center lumens.

Now available in multiple software performance configurations, the Christie Boxer Series offers choices based on resolution, brightness and budget requirements. With an upgrade path to higher brightness, resolution and performance capabilities, users can pay for what they need today, with a path to the future.

“When Christie introduced the first Boxer projector we knew we had created a champion. Engineered, designed and built from the ground-up in our world-class research and development facility, the Christie Boxer is the culmination of years of experience working closely with leading rental stagers and AV professionals to understand their specific needs and expectations,” says Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “The three new models are built to the same quality and engineering standard as the multiple award winning Boxer 4K30 and include HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, 12G-SDI and fiber input.”

Boxer Series

Weighing-in at a trim and compact 160 pounds and including single-phase power, built-in warping and blending, omnidirectional installation capabilities, and a full-range of connectivity, the Boxer Series packs a punch for high-impact visual events. Christie Boxer is available in multiple software performance configurations, delivering various options to meet budget, brightness and resolution needs.

A standard feature on all 2K Boxer models, Christie TruLife Lite delivers 300 Mpx/s and provides video processing for 2K and HD sources. Featuring a floating-point processing engine with the equivalent of 25 bits fixed point processing resolution, Christie TruLife Lite provides increased dynamic range and superior scaling.

Field-upgradable, the maker says each upgrade takes only minutes until users can access the increased performance capabilities of any Boxer Series projector.

Christie Boxer 2K20, 2K25 and 2K30 deliver:

  • Compact, lightweight and rugged design for easy transport, shipping and installation
  • 360-degree omnidirectional installation capabilities.
  • Complete connectivity: 3G-SDI, DisplayPort, HDBaseT, DVI, HDMI, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, 12G-SDI and fiber input.
  • Built-in Christie Twist image warping and blending software.
  • Proven 3DLP image quality and reliability.
  • Easy rigging and stacking.
  • At-a-glance source and status updates on lamp hours, voltage, temperature and warnings that can be sent directly to a mobile device or web browser.
  • Integrated NFC lets users track lamp information using a mobile device.
  • On-board toolkit.

The new Christie Boxer models will ship in the summer of 2016 with a three-year parts and labour warranty.

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AG Neovo Solution to Debut at ISE 2016

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AG Neovo

AG Neovo will be partnering with VIDCO and Avenview to debut its digital signage solution—video wall displays, video extenders/controllers, and video wall mounts—designed to help manage hypermedia content for 24/7 operations.

Digital signage video walls enhance flexibility in terms of scaling and content design for public space applications. To do precisely that, AG Neovo’s slim bezel displays—PM-65, PM-55, PM-43, and PM-32—seamlessly integrate images on video walls meant for advertising, information sharing, or entertainment.

AG Neovo’s video wall mounts (VWM-01 and VWM-02) are modularly designed for fitting easily into a variety of customizable mounting solutions.

For traffic control authorities, broadcasters, and casino and industrial site operators, pre-programmed configurations are ushered onto the video walls in their control rooms to identify and contain anomalies. AG Neovo’s PN-46 is designed specifically as a building block for such CCTV surveillance and related applications.

AG Neovo’s HIP-Series and HVWIP-Series HDMI LAN video wall matrix extenders and controllers will do the trick if even larger-scale configurations are called for.

AG Neovo will also show for security professionals their displays fitted with other distinctive features: the RX-22 and RX-32 for CCTV and HD-SDI surveillance; the LE-22 with an exceptional anti-blue light capacity; and the multi-touch TX-19.

Both designed as floor stand displays, the DF-55 and PF-55H are intended for dual-sided and single-sided signage applications respectively.

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Need an HDMI 2.0 Test Tool? The Murideo Fresco SIX-G

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Over the past few years, UHD TVs have been a mix of HDCP 2.2 and 1.4, 300MHz and 600MHz — even to the point of varying by port.

Now Murideo has developed a new test tool, the Fresco SIX-G, for the AV integration market to confirm HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 compliance at the 18 GBP/sec level.

Additionally the SIX-G is an excellent troubleshooting tool for distributed HDMI systems and a reference source for video calibration-- and is compatible with CalMAN.

One of the biggest challenges for integrators today is determining what infrastructure to put in the systems they design and further verifying that all of the components will work together.

A partial list of features includes:

  • HDMI 2.0 — 600 MHz — 2160P60 4:4:4 maximum resolution
  • Video Bandwidth — 18 GBP/sec.
  • HDCP Selectable — 2.2, 1.4, None — Confirms if the system will work or not
  • Hot Plug Detect & HDCP lights
  • Portable/Battery Operated
  • Over 100 patterns for setup, calibration and troubleshooting
  • ISF Certified — includes ISF Test Patterns like PLUGE, Chroma Multiburst, Color Girls & more.
  • EDID Read/Write Functionality
  • Audio Confidence Tests
  • Optimized Ergonomics — 3” Color OLED Display, Simplified Menus CalMan Supported
  • 48 Bit per Pixel Color Depth Available
  • USB Control & PC Software for navigation enhancement.

The SIX-G takes the guess work out of installation, troubleshooting and calibrating, delivering absolute information about HDMI components that will work and identifies ones that won’t work — all in a hand-held, portable field tool.

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