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Government Video Awards Best of Show to Eight Products at InfoComm 2015

Choices point toward latest industry trends

ORLANDO — There are many trends in the audiovisual industry, and these were all on the floor at InfoComm 2015 in Orlando, which was held June 17-19. It’s therefore not surprising that the products Government Video chose for its Best of Show Awards draws deeply on these trends.

Some of the trends include projectors with laser and LED light sources, digital signage, 4K displays and associated 4K infrastructure products, products to make teleconferencing (and tele-learning) easier and higher-quality, and control systems that are more flexible than ever.

Government Video went to InfoComm 2015 expecting to find products that push the boundaries for display and control technology, and we were delighted to find proof of that on the exhibition floor. Displaying these trends are the eight winners of GV’s Best of Show Award for InfoComm 2015.

John Shanahan (L) and John Andersen

Casio EcoLite XJ-V1 Laser Projector

The Casio EcoLite XJ-V1 laser projector brings the longevity of a laser light source to an affordable projector that’s ready to work in classrooms and conference rooms. Capable of XGA resolution (1,024 x 768 pixels), the EcoLite XJ-V1 is small, portable and easy to carry. It’s laser light source generates less heat than standard incandescent bulbs used in most projectors, which also means that the XJ-V1 is quieter and uses less power than units with similar specs.

Best of all is the longevity of the XJ-V1’s laser light source, which is rated for up to 20,000 hours. This is the equivalent of 13 years of life when used six hours a day for every business day. The reduced maintenance, lower power draw and quieter operation of the Casio EcoLite XJ-V-1 makes it a worthy candidate among affordable video projectors.

Carmen Robert

Christie Captiva DUW350S Ultra-Short-Throw Laser Projector

The Christie Digital Captiva DUW350S is a small projector with a 1DLP imaging system capable of delivering more than 3,000 lumens output with minimal space requirements. Featuring a laser phosphor illumination system, the DUW350S functions in high-usage applications including 24/7 performance. The projector’s light provides instant-on and is rated at 20,000 hours of life, which will last for several years at six hours per day of usage.

The Captiva DUW350S’ 0.25:1 throw ratio places the projector close to the screen, letting the audience or participants get close to the display without causing shadows commonly found with standard projection lenses. The Captiva DUW350S is also available in both HD (1,920 x 1,080-pixel) and ultra-wide resolution. The latter is amazingly wide, and will surprise anyone when first seeing the display.

Jeffrey Singer

Crestron 4K DigitalMedia Receiver and Room Controller/Scaler

The Crestron 4K DigitalMedia Receiver and Room Controller w/Scaler (DM-RMC-4K-SCALER-C) delivers uncompressed bit-for-bit 4K/60 distribution and scaling. Its scaler chip can convert any resolution and frame rate to any other resolution and frame rate, up to 4,096 x 2,160-pixel images at 60 Hz. The unit lets you upscale 1080p and higher resolutions to display on the latest 4K displays, and you can also downscale 4K sources to properly display on 1080p displays.

The DM-RMC-4K-SCALER-C also provides an advanced one-box interface solution for a single-display device as part of a complete Crestron DM system. It functions as a DM receiver, 4K/60 Hz video scaler, and control interface, providing a single HDMI output along with Ethernet, RS-232, IR and relay control ports.

L-R: David Margolin, Aviv Ron and Clint Hoffman

Kramer K-Touch 3.0 Control Software

Control systems used to require lots of specialized programming, which made it complicated to update a system to account for a new piece of equipment. This used to mean that if you replaced a projector or DVD player, you’d have to call an AV professional to reprogram your control system to work with the new gear.

Control systems have gotten much easier to program, but Kramer’s K-Touch 3.0 takes easy to a new level. Using simple icons, you can create your own control system and update it quickly to adjust for new or changed components. The software runs on any iOS or Android touch device, such as tablet or mobile phone, which becomes the control surface. K-Touch 3.0 usesd pre−designed graphical interfaces that enable complex control of advanced room automation systems with no additional programming required. Modules include support for lighting, automation, security, weather, sound systems and Kramer’s bring-your-own-device VIA wireless collaboration solution.

Bob Ehlers

RGB Spectrum MediaWall V Display Wall Processor

The RGB Spectrum MediaWall V processor can display UHD 4K video and graphics together with HD sources on a wall array of 4K UHD display devices. A 4K UHD video wall offers dramatically higher pixel density, with up to 4x more total resolution than a conventional HD video wall of similar size. The MediaWall V processor’s 4K capabilities enable the display of more data and visuals in greater detail, improving situational awareness, assessment and response.

The MediaWall V processor supports up to 36 video/graphic direct inputs and up to 28 outputs/display devices. It processes a range of input and output resolutions from 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160-pixels), 2K (2,048 x 1,152/1080), HD (1,920 x 1,080-pixels) all the way down to standard-definition video. Inputs are scalable, whether for output to a 4K video wall or for display on standard video walls.

Cheryl Jennison Daproza and Ryan Perkofski

Shure Motiv Digital Microphone Family

The Shure Motiv microphone family is a series of affordable products to make it easy to record and control high-quality audio. The product line includes a stereo mic that plugs into iPhones and iPads, a lavalier mic that connects to any Android or iOS phone to record clear interview audio, a large-diaphragm recording mic that can be used to pick up and record studio-quality sound, and a fun retro-styled mic that can be used for general tasks from recording music to getting clear sound for a webcast.

All the Motive mics have affordability in common, as well as sturdy construction and strong performance. Despite the retro look, the Motiv line features modern usability that enables plug-and-go operation.

L-R: Mitch Hillsberg, Larry Wachter and Alexandra Cheever

Thinklogical TLX 4K KVM System

TLX 4K KVM system from Thinklogical can extend and deliver uncompressed 4K video at full resolution and color depth (4,096 x 2,160-pixel resolution, 4:4:4 color depth) at 60Hz using only two fibers or CATx cables. TLX offers higher bandwidth to address today’s video resolutions and future, unknown protocols, based on an innovative single-data stream 10G architecture including new DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 connectors.

In addition to extending video up to 4K, TLX can extend keyboard and mouse functions, and enable switching for large command center applications. The system features 10 Gbps bandwidth per port; compatibility with multi- and single-mode fiber, CATx and hybrid cable configurations; scalability from 16 to 640 ports; and hot-swappable critical system components so that maintenance can be performed without taking the system offline.

Rachel Hollifield (L) and Claire Elkin

Vaddio RoboShot 12 USB Conferencing Camera

The RoboShot 12 USB camera from Vaddio is an HD conferencing camera with simultaneous USB 3.0 and HD IP (H.264) streaming. It also has an HDMI video output for additional flexibility.

Suited for small-to medium-sized training rooms, conference rooms, classrooms, legislative chambers and anywhere a high-quality easily controllable camera is needed, the RoboShot 12 USB can be controlled through its built-in web-server. Equipped with high-speed USB 3.0, the RoboShot 12 USB video stream is uncompressed, for pristine, high resolution and high frame rate video, up to 1080p, without loss of signal integrity found in most USB web cams.

There remaining nominees for GV’s Best of Show Award were excellent products that also demonstrated value, engineering and design excellence. These products were the Vitec MGW Ace H.264 hardware encoder, Crestron RL2 group collaboration system, Biamp Vociua 1.7 digital signal processor, Peerless SmartSound flatpanel video conferencing cart, Crestron 3-Series DigitalMedia presentation system, Draper Optically Seamless TecVision projection screen, IHSE Draco Tactical VKM-DS deployable AV command center system, and the AMX Enova DGX 100 Series digital media switcher.

All strong products, these are worth examining if you are shopping for products and systems that employ this technology.