Extron displays superior streaming/switching while Prysm shows high-impact videowall
Flying the flag for AV integration at PALME-Middle East (May 1-3, Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre) are Californian giants Extron Electronics — while other high profile companies representing the AV integration sector include Prysm.
Extron will give pride of place to their new XTP CrossPoint Systems and SME 100 live H.264 encoder for streaming audio, video and computer-video signals.
XTP CrossPoint matrix switchers represent a flexible and distribution concept, that provides a completely integrated solution for multiple digital and analogue formats. They support local connectivity as well as extended transmission capability for sending high resolution video, audio, RS-232, Ethernet, and power up to 330 feet (100m) over a single CAT 5-type cable.
Now available in SD and HD models is the Extron SME 100. This employs standards-based H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC compression, and outputs an IP stream that can easily be decoded and viewed on desktop or laptop PCs. It is designed specifically to address the input requirements common to pro AV applications, supporting RGB or DVI input signals up to 1920×1200 as well as standard definition and high definition video up to 1080p/60.
The company has enjoyed several recent successes in the Middle East, none more than at the Qatar Robotic Surgery Centre, which is filled with da-Vinci surgical robots, laparoscopic simulators, and 3D telecast equipment. The technology is used to demonstrate new medical robots and train surgeons from Qatar and the region.
The challenge was to enable student doctors and others, both in the room and remotely, to see what the surgeon sees during surgery, by routing HD-SDI signals from the da-Vinci cameras to wall-mounted displays in broadcast quality 3D.
The Centre includes two active 3D projection theatres set up as operating rooms for the purpose of training, and for displaying the high definition video signals from da-Vinci robots, while a ‘telementoring’ room with passive 3D projection acts as an interactive classroom for trainee surgeons. Technomight, an AV integrator set up by Ahmed H. Sayeed, with offices in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Qatar, was contracted to design and install the system. For signal distribution, they chose Extron signal routing equipment, including an HDXP Plus 1616 (16×16 Multi-Rate SDI Matrix Switcher), optimised for dual-link HD-SDI, and DVI 104 fibre optic transmitter/receiver extender set.
At the same time, display manufacturer Prysm will showcase its scalable and eco-friendly videowall product at PALME Middle East 2012, after a busy year in the region.
PALME visitors will have the chance to view a 6×4 videowall, alongside one of Prysm’s digital mannequin displays. The team will also be demonstrating multi channel content to enable integrators to view its performance in multiple applications.
With the smallest seam gap on the market, at just 0.2mm, the TD1 tile creates seamless, high impact videowalls with an ultra-wide viewing angle of up to 178°. Having been installed in the Dubai TV sports studio in 2011, the product is so popular with broadcast that a specialist broadcast model has been developed and will be on display on the PALME booth.
The TD1 is at the core of the Prysm Laser Phosphor Display (LPD) platform which uses solid-state lasers to deliver brilliant image quality for fast action video content.
Steve Scorse, Vice President of Prysm EMEA, says: “PALME is an excellent platform for us to showcase the TD1 tile to the Middle East market, and it is a region where we are already actively engaging in some high profile projects. We see the UAE as a core market for Prysm technology, and we’re looking forward to meeting up with more integrators and partners and showcasing the technology again this year.”