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8-inputs Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Extreme and ISO Announced

8-inputs Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Extreme and ISO Announced

This article has been reposted from newsshooter.com.

The new ATEM Mini Extreme

Blackmagic Design today announced the ATEM Mini Extreme, a new larger model of the ATEM Mini live production switcher. The new model features 8 inputs, 4 ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers, a total of 6 independent DVEs, 2 media players, 2 downstream keyers, 16-way multiview, 2 USB connections and multiple HDMI aux outputs. There is also a new ATEM Mini Extreme ISO model which includes all these powerful features plus a more powerful recording engine that can record all 8 inputs plus the program for a total of 9 streams of recording.

ATEM Mini Pro and ATEM Mini Extreme models have a built in hardware streaming engine for live streaming via their ethernet connections. That means you can live stream to YouTube, Facebook and Twitch in better quality, without dropped frames and with simpler settings.

Direct input for iPhone and Android

The ATEM Mini Pro and Extreme models support connecting an Apple or Android phone to the USB port to use mobile data. It can also be used as a backup for the main Ethernet connection. The ATEM switcher will automatically detect when a phone is connected and switch its internet connection to use it, eliminating the need for changing settings.

 Audio

With two independent 3.5mm stereo audio inputs, you can connect desktop and lapel microphones. With 2 extra stereo audio inputs, customers can ensure a host and guest both have lapel microphones when doing interviews. Plus all models feature a Fairlight audio mixer with all HDMI inputs and both microphone inputs are all connected to the audio mixer so customers can live mix from all audio sources. The ATEM Mini Extreme also adds a headphone output.

Features

– Features miniaturized control panel based design.
– Supports connecting up to 8 cameras or computers.
– Supports streaming via Ethernet or tethered phones via USB.
– Tethers to 5G or 4G phones for mobile remote streaming.
– Records to USB flash disks in H.264.
– Two stereo audio inputs for connecting desktop or lapel microphones.
– Automatically standards converts and re-syncs all HDMI inputs.
– Includes free ATEM Software Control for Mac and Windows.
– Internal media for 20 RGBA graphics for titles, opening plates and logos.
– 4 upstream ATEM Advanced Chroma keyers for green/blue screen work.
– 2 independent DVEs plus SuperSource with 4 extra DVEs.
– 16 way multiview for monitoring all cameras, recording and streaming status.

The front panel includes easy to use buttons for selecting sources, video effects and transitions. The source buttons are large so it’s possible to use it by feel. It also includes buttons for audio mixing. On the rear panel there are HDMI connections for cameras or computers, extra microphone inputs, USB for webcam out plus an HDMI “aux” output for program video.

The ATEM Software Control app allows access to every feature in the switcher. ATEM Software Control features a visual switcher user interface with parameter palettes for making quick adjustments.

The built in “media pool” allows the loading of up to 20 separate broadcast quality RGBA graphics for titles, opening plates and logos. You can even use still frames for complex effects such as graphic wipes.

If you’re interested in enhancing your live streaming experience, give us a call today!

Crestron Flex – Sophisticated Simplicity

Crestron Flex – Sophisticated Simplicity

Confused, embarrassed, awkward… These are not the feelings that should be associated with your next video collaboration meeting. We get it! At Crestron and Vision One, there is simplicity for everyone involved.

Confidence in your Meetings

You want to focus on your job and not let the technology distract you from your performance. You want to hear everyone, see everyone and get on with the meeting. Sounds simple to us. We get it!

Confidence IT has all they need

For the IT department, you want a simpler deployment and management experience. It needs to work on your network, be secure and provide you with all the data you could ever need. You have standards. We get it!

Square Peg, Round Hole

A common phrase in technology is ‘a technology partnership’. Let us explain that for you.

We call it the square peg, round hole conundrum. You see, in this industry, a partnership normally means products that were never meant to work together, were made by separate engineering teams and manufactured in totally different countries, with totally different components, for a totally different purpose, are now somehow magically going to work together.

That is never going to happen.

You, your installation team and your IT department are being asked to re-engineer and use products that were never meant to work together. Yep, square peg, round hole… and YOU have to make it work.

We would not ask that of you, so we’ve done all the hard work for you. Everything is designed and engineered to work together, just as it should be.

Because it’s not about the tech, it’s about YOU.

In one room, a hundred rooms or a thousand rooms, Crestron and Vision One deliver perfect meetings, the same one platform experience in every room, anywhere. That is what Crestron’s Sophisticated Simplicity delivers for you.

Perfect Meetings; lets get you sorted…

Personal Devices

All by myself. Private time can be key and working efficiently from your own workspace is key.

Tiny Tabletop Device

There are only 2-3 people in this room.

Simple Tabletop Options

There are 4-6 people in this room.

Table Mount, Wall Mount or Custom Options

There are 6-12 people in this room. Remembering that we offer the same level of quality and features across the range, the task may seem bigger but it is just about choosing the right device for you.

Options

Wireless Presentation

Our industry leading Crestron AirMedia is a very simple extension to your system and Vision One will know it because it’s used by almost every large enterprise and university you can think of.

Crestron Table Boxes

If you’re a neat freak, we have you covered. Sometimes you just want every little cable tucked away, we get it! We can provide a range of cables for your every need which quietly and automatically slip back into the table box.

Room Booking

One of the most common additions to our video conferencing solutions is room booking. Again, this is very simple. You choose the size of touch panel you want (7 or 10 inch) and then Vision One loads the software your company chooses or is using already such as Microsoft or Zoom or Teams.

Crestron Cloud

This is where the IT and Property Departments get excited. With the simple addition of this cloud software license, your IT department can enable a host of clever features. For example, dashboard or remote monitoring, firmware and software upgrades and more.

Crestron to Deploy Microsoft Teams Panel Touch Screens for Room Booking

Crestron to Deploy Microsoft Teams Panel Touch Screens for Room Booking

This article has been reposted from graham-walsh.com.

The Microsoft Teams Panel is a brand new category of devices. They will be initially launched by Crestron and Yealink. The GA date for these is scheduled for March 2021 as per the roadmap. What’s the point of these? Well many organisations use these devices to show room booking information and guidance if rooms are free or busy. Users can book the room if free, or they can use the Nearby Rooms feature to find the next available room. What is really cool with these devices, when the Teams Panel is paired with a MTR, it will pick up the room count information and can indicate if the room is full, so you can visually see from a distance, meaning you don’t have to walk down the corridor only to find out the room is full once you get there. A great time saving feature.

The Crestron panel will be available in either a 7″ or 10″ version and the hardware will be available later in 2020, so you could plan to use them now with just Microsoft Exchange connectivity and then upgrade the software to have the Teams panel software.

You can book nearby rooms simply by tapping the icon and it will show you free/busy rooms.

Once you’ve selected the room, you can book it there and then. This saves time from heading the proposed room, only to find someone else beat you to the room booking.

Management of Meeting Rooms

Teams Admin Center (TAC) is the go to device management tool for all your Microsoft Teams devices. With your $15 MTR license, this provides you access. Previously launched at Ignite in 2019, Managed Meeting Rooms (MMR) was introduced. This has now evolved and is called MTR Premium (MTRP). Same great service, full 24×7 management of the devices. You don’t need to enrol all your MTRs into the portal, you can just select maybe the high profile ones. The cost of MTR Premium us $50 per room per month but includes the room license, so the net cost is really $35. What is interesting now is how will MTRP manage the MTR on Android devices? As the MTRP install an agent on the Windows 10 device, they’ll have to develop one for Android I guess. More info when we hear more I guess.

If you want a deep dive overview of the portals, here is a session from Ignite.

Crestron Outfits Offices And Remote Workers With Innovative Video Conferencing Tools For Covid-19 And The New Normal

Crestron Outfits Offices And Remote Workers With Innovative Video Conferencing Tools For Covid-19 And The New Normal

This article has been reposted from Forbes.com.

There’s no denying that COVID-19 has changed the corporate landscape dramatically. With many employees forced to work from home, video conferencing platforms have become essential alternatives to face-to-face meetings. Vendors across the technology spectrum have responded to the predicament by offering their cloud conferencing solutions for free, or by expanding the functionality of their existing free versions with more advance capabilities.

One company that might not roll off the tip of the tongue in the residential video conferencing space is Crestron. However, the company has been a mainstay in conference rooms across the global corporate world, with its video conferencing and automation solutions. Now, 48-year old company is leveraging its enterprise video conferencing chops to help support work-from-home users, and prepare organizations for their eventual, theoretical return to the office.

Early in June, Crestron teamed up with Logitech to launch the new HomeTime hardware bundle, optimized for Zoom video conferencing at home. This offering marks the emergence of a new category of video products for residential use. While many work from home users are content with a laptop’s video and audio quality, Crestron believes that there may be a class of work from home users who require better noise cancellation, cameras that compensate for poor lighting and other capabilities that deliver a more office-like experience. HomeTime seamlessly integrates Logitech’s MeetUp conference camera with the Crestron technology ecosystem. Not targeted for casual work from home users who have only sporadic video conferencing needs, the Crestron bundle is designed for individuals who want to see co-workers, friends and family in much larger video windows on a dedicated large format TV. It features built-in speakers that deliver high-quality audio throughout the room and a professional-grade full-duplex beamforming microphone for enabling natural conversation. Crestron also provides its own integrated remote control to initiate and join scheduled meetings, control the camera, and select the preferred view (e.g., speaker, gallery, or full-screen).

Crestron believes that there will be a significant percentage of workers who return to the traditional office at some point in the future. As such, the company wants to be in a position to ease that transition. The nature of video conferencing, even in a corporate setting, is bound to have changed during the pandemic. Crestron’s in-house data estimates that pre-COVID-19, only 7% to 15% of existing corporate conference rooms had video conferencing capabilities. With the explosion of video conferencing over the last several months (and the fact that many will likely continue to work remotely even as others return to the office), Crestron estimates that videoconferencing “spaces” in the office will need to increase as much as 85%.

Crestron is focusing much of its energy on Microsoft Teams and Zoom, due to their broad appeal with enterprise and work from home users. But here’s the kicker: because workers are not likely to be thrilled with the notion of packing a small conference room, Crestron realized that there is a real need for a smaller, more mobile integrated solution that preserves social distancing etiquette even in the office.

To that end, Crestron’s new Flex R-Series can be installed in minutes and wheeled into any existing space to provide one-touch video and content management. The level of flexibility that Creston is offering here is tangible—most companies do not want to (or cannot afford) to equip every conference room with a full-blown video conferencing system. The Flex R-Series is a cost-effective solution that has the potential to close the distance between remote teams, regardless of their geographic location.

A few closing thoughts

While the conventional wisdom is that significant numbers of workers will continue to work remotely after the pandemic subsides, I believe the jury is still out on that. There are still collaboration benefits from participating in in-person meetings. However, video conferencing is here to stay—particularly with workers who must engage with other co-workers that are hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

With this uncertainty, Crestron appears to be hedging its bets. Its HomeTime solutions bundle will appeal to those who continue to work from home, and desire a higher-quality video conferencing experience (though its volume potential will likely be limited to well-to-do homeowners and business executives, due to the fact that its pricing starts at $6,100). Meanwhile, Crestron’s Flex R-Series could be a cost-attractive, mobile alternative for corporate, government and even some small business accounts that require more professional-grade video conferencing capabilities. Starting at $9,000 (depending on the platform support needed), the Flex R-Series could be considered a bargain since its mobile format mitigates the need to outfit multiple conference rooms with fixed video conferencing equipment.

However things shake out, Crestron deserves credit for thinking outside of the box during COVID-19. Both are unique, premium solutions that are consistent with the legacy Crestron brand and extend the company’s value proposition to even more potential users.

Disclosure: Moor Insights & Strategy, like all research and analyst firms, provides or has provided research, analysis, advising and/or consulting to many high-tech companies in the industry. The author does not have any investment positions in the companies named in this article.

How to sanitise Crestron touch screens

How to sanitise Crestron touch screens

Crestron touch screens are found almost everywhere: work, home, colleges and government offices. Given the current situation facing Crestron global customers, we wanted to provide simple steps on how to clean and disinfect Crestron touch screens to help protect the people who use them.

Keeping our customers and their families safe from the transmission of COVID-19 is our first priority. Per the CDC recommendations, frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces is important.*

To clean Crestron touch screens

  • Use any commercially available non-ammonia glass or disinfectant cleaner.
  • Apply a small amount of cleaner directly to a microfiber or a similar disposable towel or cloth-be sure the cloth is damp and not wet.
  • Wipe the glass touch screen clean.
  • Do not apply cleaner directly to any interface (as most of our systems are not waterproof). And do not wipe the plastic surrounding the glass.

Our goal is to make sure we’re doing all we can to keep our customers and their families safe. For more information and updates on approved cleaners check our online help article here.

Samsung Partners with Golden State Warriors to Install NBA’s Largest Centerhung LED Scoreboard at Chase Center

Samsung Partners with Golden State Warriors to Install NBA’s Largest Centerhung LED Scoreboard at Chase Center

This article was pulled from displaysolutions.samsung.com

Samsung Electronics America helps the Golden State Warriors tip off the 2019-20 NBA season with a partnership that is revitalizing sports venues. Basketball’s newest arena, Chase Center, is a world-class sports and entertainment venue providing incredible fan experiences including more than 64 LED video displays including the largest centerhung video display in the NBA.

“Samsung is committed to changing the way fans experience live events through technology,” said Harry Patz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, B2B Enterprise Display Division, Samsung Electronics America. “Our product portfolio lends itself to seamless integration in a variety of industries, including sports applications, and in this case outfitting Chase Center with our displays. We are proud to partner with the Golden State Warriors, an organization that shares the same passion and commitment to delivering unforgettable experiences to their customers.”

“A project of this size and scope doesn’t happen overnight. It took years of planning and working side-by-side with the Warriors organization to ensure that the centerhung structure and LED video displays met all of the weight and engineering requirements to deliver an amazing experience,” said Don Szczepaniak, CEO of PRISMVIEW, A Samsung Electronics Company. “From the stunning outdoor LED Video Displays in the Plaza, to the massive centerhung the Chase Center is a world-class venue. It was an exciting challenge for us. We are very proud and grateful to be a part of this cutting-edge new venue.”

Samsung LED technologies showcase a detailed and realistic picture, ensuring each fan is immersed in the action every seat. The new Warriors centerhung main videoboard adds up to a massive 9,699 square feet of active video display, making it the largest LED video display centerhung installed in a sports arena. The centerhung integrates 15 displays varying from 6.7mm pixel pitch on the main displays and upper halo ring, to 4mm pixel pitch on the underbelly displays, amassing a total of more than 26.3 million individual LEDs.

To elevate the fan experience further, Samsung and the Warriors stepped outside the arena to install the first-ever full outdoor LED display in San Francisco. Fastened to the outer wall of Chase Center’s west entrance, the vibrant display provides a preview of the technology that can be experienced inside. The superior image quality of Samsung’s 10mm LED video display is second-to-none. The displays are built to withstand any environmental elements.

Userful is Your Easy & Powerful Custom Video Wall Solution

Userful turns a standard PC into a flexible and powerful video wall controller that delivers visually stunning video wall displays over the network with unparalleled simplicity and ease, at an affordable price. With Userful you can:

  • Using virtually unlimited simultaneous internal and external content sources
  • …on preset zones across a single video wall
  • …or onto a mix of video walls and digital signs
  • All controlled in real time through Userful’s API or with remote control tools which staff can use to invoke zone and content presets created by Administrators

Industry Standard Hardware

Userful video walls use standard, off-the-shelf server or PC hardware and network zero client devices connected over a standard gigabit Ethernet network. Single install setup turns a standard Intel Core i7 PC into a browser-managed video wall controller. Optionally add extra Nvidia video cards which are used by Userful software to offload video rendering thereby increasing the power of the PC and the number of screens and size of content supported.

Artistic and Grid Configurations

Arrange video walls in standard grid or artistic formats. Rotate individual displays to any angle to create a unique video wall.

Add virtually unlimited content inputs from just about any source: Local CMS player, Live TV, RTSP, RDP, VNC, an interactive desktop or full screen browser or just about any content using one or more HDMI or SDI capture cards.

Configuration Flexibility

Preset zone support allows for the display of simultaneous content streams on specified displays within the video wall which can be changed on the fly as needed.

With a single touch customers can instantly change the content playing on the video wall using a smart phone or tablet.

Powerful Control Features

Userful has a powerful suite of control tools. Administrator can preset zone and content options for all displays, and then staff are able to invoke those presets using a tablet or smartphone switching content and zones across all video walls and displays with a single touch. Userful also allows users to control the mouse and keyboard of an interactive video wall from a smartphone or tablet. Ths effectively turns every video wall into a touch video wall.

The Userful platform began as a virtual desktop solution, reducing the cost and simplifying desktop deployments around the world. Delivering cost effective centralized and virtualized desktops however was just the beginning for Userful. Since then, we’ve developed our software platform to do amazing things for displays of all kinds. Userful also supports high performance video walls, digital signs and locked down kiosks that are easy to manage, cost effective to deploy. From interactive video walls, to artistic, mosaic-style video walls, or simple control room applications, Userful is a high-end video wall controller that makes it easy to synchronize and add intelligence to displays.

Epson’s EB-696Ui Full HD Interactive Projector (Video)

With a brightness level of 3,800 lumens and FullHD WUXGA resolution, the EB-696Ui’s ultra-short-throw design allows you to present large images from a very short distance.

This new projector offers ultimate interactivity by combining finger-touch with dual pen capability. With a brightness level of 3,800 lumens and FullHD WUXGA resolution, the EB-696Ui’s ultra-short-throw design allows you to present large images from a very short distance with minimised shadows and glare. A 16,000:1 contrast ratio and HDMI input means that students benefit from sharp, clear images.

Check out this promotion video for Epson’s new EB-696Ui ultra short throw projector.

The Story Behind Vivi

The Story Behind Vivi

Check out this awesome infographic from Vivi Australia, outlining the brand’s timeline from 1997 until 2017!

View our new 2021 product & solutions catalogue!