Buyer's Brief: Video Switchers

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HS-2000 Travel Kit

This hand-carried mobile studio simplifies the workflow of any HD-SDI production venue. The HS-2000 combines one or two DVI-D sources and three or four HD-SDI sources. It features a 17-inch LCD (LED backlit) monitor to display a multi-view output. The built-in four-channel audio mixer comes with a five-channel wired intercom, complete with headsets, tally lights, and intercom belt packs for four users. Program output may be recorded on the included Datavideo HDR-60 digital video recorder. The travel kit also includes three 50-foot BNC cables.

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The HVS-100 portable video switcher is capable of 4K production and offers a wide range of functions, including mixed HD/SD input, frame synchronization, multi-viewer capability, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects and DVE and keyer with chromakey. It comes standard with eight HD/SD-SDI inputs and four outputs (plus one HDMI output). A maximum of 14 inputs and six outputs or 12 inputs and eight outputs can be freely assigned, and three slots enable the addition of various inputs and outputs. The control panel includes dedicated bus buttons, aux buttons, a fader controller and direct user buttons for various functions.

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Studio HD51

This all-in-one live production switcher is ideal for studios, facilities and live production trucks. Key features include five inputs and one output with HDMI and HD-SDI support, dual screen viewing, ISO recording and remote camera, and a sleek LED design that allows installation on a desktop or rack. Studio HD51 includes all the features of Livestream Studio. Recording capacity is about 20 hours of 1080i material. HD live streaming via Gigabit/100/10 built-in Ethernet. Multiple simultaneous bit rates, including mobile quality for playback over 3G on mobile devices. Integrated live streaming to Livestream or any other RTMP compatible service. Livestream Studio HD51 is now shipping for $7,999 MSRP.

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TriCaster Mini

NewTek took the power of its professional line of TriCasters and placed it in a complete compact multimedia studio, the TriCaster Mini. Weighing 9 pounds and the size of a lunchbox, TriCaster Mini is small enough to fit in a backpack. Because it has HDMI I/O and a hand-carry form factor, setup with the Mini is fast. The Mini can create visually sophisticated multimedia presentations and stream them live, publish to social media or upload to a web site from the office, an event, or any location with an Internet connection. TriCaster Mini with integrated display and storage for approximately 30 hours of recorded HD footage is $7,995. A version with storage for 15 hours of footage and without integrated display is $5,995.

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Black Box Radian Flex Software-Based Video Wall Platform Earns ISE Best of Show Award

Black Box, an industry-leading provider of pro AV connectivity and signal distribution systems, today announced that the company's Radian Flex software-based video wall platform won an ISE Best of Show Award from AV Technology Europe, a Future Publishing magazine. Of the more than 1,000 exhibitors at ISE 2019, only 15 — including Black Box with Radian Flex — earned this award, which recognizes achievements and innovations in product and service development.


Luxul to Bring Reliability and High Performance to IBS 2019 With Latest Networking Solutions for the Smart Home

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HoverCam's Pilot Series and ClassFusion Learning Platform Land Big Wins at TCEA 2019

HoverCam, a leader in innovative, interactive, and engaging education solutions, announced that the company's digital classroom solutions received three major honors from Tech & Learning at the recent Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) 2019 Conference in San Antonio. At the show, HoverCam's Pilot 3 digital teaching station received the Award of Excellence in the District category, while the company's new Pilot X podium and ClassFusion software platform both earned Best of Show honors. The awards were presented on Feb. 6 at a special ceremony held at Casa Rio restaurant in San Antonio.


College Football Playoff Uses Veritone's AI and Digital Asset Management Solutions to Enable Richer Media Coverage

Veritone Inc. (Nasdaq: VERI), the creator of the world's first operating system for artificial intelligence, aiWARE™, today announced that the College Football Playoff (CFP) leveraged an expanded deployment of Veritone solutions and services for the 2019 CFP National Championship to give members of the media even faster and richer access to its content resources. In addition to the CFP's Digital Media Hub, a white-label digital asset management portal from Veritone, the CFP also utilized Veritone's Live Event Services and aiWARE artificial intelligence platform for the first time. With aiWARE, the CFP was able to apply artificial intelligence to video footage and still images of press conferences, interviews and other Media Day events to produce transcriptions, automated facial recognition of players and coaches, logo identification, and other tasks enabling expedited and enhanced coverage of the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship. For the first time, the CFP was able to make Media Day press conference clips and images available for search and immediate download within minutes of delivery. Following the success of this deployment, CFP has renewed its agreement with Veritone through the 2020 championship game in New Orleans.