Ever since High Resolution Systems LLC launched its Universal Device Controller (UDC), a software-based control platform that allows simple, cost-effective control of devices using IP (TCP/UDP) or serial (232/422/485) protocols, user feedback has been full of kudos. Take EventEQ, a full-service rental and staging facility based in Columbia, Maryland. "We primarily use our UDC as a control surface for the Christie Vista Spyder, and we love it," says Joe Cassara. "We like UDC's backstage footprint, which offers all the functionality of larger Spyder controllers. We have used it for device mixers and recalling script cues and presets and will use it to control our AJA Ki Pros and playback pro machines." Cassara says EventEQ tapped UDC for BAE Systems in Chicago and for three different events at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. "Its iPad integration is very cool," he notes. "We've been talking about using UDC for other realms. So we plan on getting two complete systems for the company." AJA Video Systems recently incorporated UDC-Touch, High Resolution Systems' line of Windows-based touchscreen solutions for device control, into its product demonstrations at a major trade show where it showcased UDC-Touch's ability to control multiple AJA Ki Pro portable digital recorders. "What's great about UDC-Touch is that it takes advantage of the HTTP commands on our Ki Pro device and delivers unique functionality you can't get with a web browser," says AJA product marketing manager Bryce Button. "With one touch you can activate playback on 20 Ki Pro devices. This kind of control is compelling for people doing video signage, video walls, events or any situation where multiple Ki Pros need to play back, or record, the same material at the same time." Matt Geiser, owner of Boston's Ice 9 Productions, a company specializing in event production and widescreen/HD projection, enthused about UDC at the Akamai booth at NAB 2011. "UDC has given us a really flexible platform on which to build a control system that offers the client just enough control so I can manage what they can do off the touchscreen," he explains. "Other control systems I've tried in the past have given clients a little too much ability to make a mistake. But now I can program what goes into each button on UDC, which provides the opportunity for better management." Geiser says UDC-Touch has been "a nice addition" to the product line this year. "It's a reliable and robust platform," he notes. "And I love the addition of the scripting feature. We've written an easy loop key that loops through all our presets and allows us to keep constant motion on the screen without the system being continually manned. With UDC, that was an easy one-step process." About High Resolution Systems High Resolution Systems is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit
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