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Rosenworcel Releases Podcast With Massachusetts AG Healey

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:51:20 -0400

Today, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel released another episode of Broadband Conversations, the podcast uplifting the voices of women from the innovation, technology, and media sectors. Listeners get to hear what these leading women are doing, how they are making a difference, and what they think the future of our digital life can look like. This morning’s episode features Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
 
“It was an honor to speak with Attorney General Maura Healey. Listeners will hear her describe her background, her work as ‘the people’s lawyer,’ and why she joined the fight to protect net neutrality. Together, we share a commitment to an open internet. There is no part of our civic or commercial life that has not been touched by the internet, and as Attorney General Healey said it on the episode—the last thing we need is a slower, more expensive, restricted internet.”
 
The episode is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Google Play, and the FCC.

Neutrik USA Unveils NA2-IO-DPRO Mic, Line, AES/EBU I/O to Dante Interface

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 17:27:09 -0400

Neutrik USA is debuting the new 2-in, 2-out NA2-IO-DPRO Dante Interface. The NA2-IO-DPRO features two inputs switchable between Mic, Line, and AES/EBU signals plus two outputs switchable between analog Line and AES/EBU. Two Dante ports provide for either redundancy or device daisy chaining. With its small size, metal construction, and removable rubber protector, the NA2-IO-DPRO offers a rugged, reliable solution that is well suited to a wide range of applications.
 
The NA2-IO-DPRO front panel provides two latching XLR inputs plus two XLR outputs. AES/EBU operation is seamlessly and independently auto detected for inputs and outputs. Using Neutrik’s free DPRO controller software for Mac or PC, +48 V phantom power can be applied; microphone preamplifier gain, pad, and high-pass filtering can be set per channel; and input channels can be linked for matched operation. Output channels can be muted or unmuted within the software.
 
The NA2-IO-DPRO rear panel provides primary and secondary Dante ports over Neutrik etherCON® connectors. The secondary input can be configured for either Redundant mode or Switched mode (for daisy chaining). When operating in Switched mode in conjunction with a 60 W PoE injector, up to eight devices can be daisy chained. Up to four devices can be daisy chained with a 30 W PoE injector.
 
Neutrik’s NA2-IO-DPRO is AES67 compliant. Power must be externally supplied via either a PoE switch or a PoE injector per IEEE 802.3af/at, class 2 or no classification at 6W. With optional mounting brackets or a rack panel, the NA2-IO-DPRO can be mounted below tables, in floor boxes, in racks, or on the stage truss.
 
“The number one request we have received since releasing our first Dante adapter, NA2-IO-DLINE, last year was the inclusion of microphone preamps with variable gain. Secondly, our customers have requested an AES/EBU option. The new NA2-IO-DPRO offers both of those features while maintaining the compact, rugged, and versatile form factor of NA2-IO-DLINE,” comments Fred Morgenstern, product director, Neutrik USA. “While NA2-IO-DLINE remains ideal for fixed-gain, analog-only applications, the wealth of analog and AES/EBU connectivity options offered by NA2-IO-DPRO will prove ideal for a wide range of users.”
 
The Neutrik NA2-IO-DPRO Mic, Line, AES/EBU I/O to Dante® Interface is slated to be available October 2019.

Blackmagic Design Announces New Teranex Mini SDI to DisplayPort 8K HDR

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 08:38:53 -0400

Advanced 8K monitoring solution that lets you use the new Apple Pro Display XDR as a color critical reference monitor on set and in post production!
 
Blackmagic Design announced Teranex Mini SDI to DisplayPort 8K HDR, an advanced 8K DisplayPort monitoring solution with dual on screen scope overlays, HDR, 33 point 3D LUTs and monitor calibration that’s been specifically designed for the professional film and television market and to take advantage of a new generation of monitors such as the Pro Display XDR. Teranex Mini SDI to DisplayPort 8K HDR will be available in Oct 2019 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$1,295.
 
Teranex Mini SDI to DisplayPort 8K HDR is an advanced 8K monitoring solution for DisplayPort computer displays or high quality monitors such as the new Pro Display XDR. Unlike basic converters, Teranex Mini SDI to DisplayPort 8K HDR can use third party calibration probes to accurately align connected displays for precise color. There's even 2 on-screen scopes that can be selected between WFM, Parade, Vector and Histogram. Teranex Mini SDI to DisplayPort 8K HDR is perfect for film studios and broadcasters who need professional but affordable color accurate monitoring. Customers also get an elegant design with color LCD for monitoring and control of settings.
 
Teranex Mini SDI to DisplayPort 8K HDR has everything for the latest HDR workflows. All that’s required is to connect a HDR compatible DisplayPort monitor to allow HDR SDI monitoring. Static metadata PQ and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) formats in the VPID are handled according to the ST2108-1, ST2084 and the ST425 standards. Teranex Mini SDI to DisplayPort 8K HDR handles ST425 which defines 2 new bits in the VPID to indicate transfer characteristic of SDR, HLG or PQ. Plus the ST2108-1 standard defines how to transport HDR static or dynamic metadata over SDI. Plus there is support for ST2082-10 for 12G SDI as well as ST425 for 3G-SDI sources. Both Rec.2020 and Rec.709 colorspaces are supported and 100% of the DCI-P3 format.

InfoComm 2019: Roland Introduces VR-50HD MK II Multi-Format AV Mixer

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 08:45:06 -0400

Mark II, Inspired by You. Loaded with new productivity features inspired directly from user feedback, the VR-50HD MK II Multi-Format AV Mixer is the next evolution of Roland's industry-leading, all-in-one AV switcher with USB 3.0 streaming. Easily operated by a single person, the VR-50HD MK II continues to deliver best-in-class connectivity and flexibility, allowing you to work a wide range of events with different I/O requirements.
 
All-in-one convenience and ultra-flexible connectivity.
The powerful VR-50HD MK II is a completely self-contained AV solution, consolidating video switching, digital audio mixing, multi-viewer touchscreen control, and USB AV streaming into a single unit that's simple to run. And with the comprehensive rear patch panel, it's quick and easy to make on-the-fly input assignments to cross-points on the switcher.
 
Separate feeds for separate needs.
Live streams, HD recording, and the presenter confidence monitor often have separate visual needs from the main program output. The VR-50HD MK II has you covered, allowing you to send any of the connected input devices to a dedicated Aux output without affecting the main PGM destination. Use the Aux assignment panel buttons to switch the source, or synchronize the Aux output with the PGM (mixer) output to act as a built-in distribution amp.
 
Redesigned interface for free-flowing operation.
The VR-50HD MK II not only does more, it's also easier to operate via a redesigned user interface. Drilling down into menus while switching is a thing of the past, thanks to dedicated broadcast-style buttons for Aux, PinP, and Still sources. Select, Solo, and Mute buttons are included for all audio channels, speeding up the monitoring process. And with the large touchscreen multi-view monitor, you can view and assign inputs, display up to four still images, execute preview/program functions, and much more.

Fox Sports will stream every Women's World Cup game in 4K

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 08:22:00 -0400

Fox Sports offered 4K streams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup last year, but in order to watch them, you had to own a HiSense TV. For the Women's World Cup that begins Friday in France, those higher quality streams will be more readily available. The network told Engadget that for the first time 4K broadcasts will be available inside the Fox Sports and Fox Now apps. They'll still be somewhat limited though: You'll need an Apple TV or Roku device to watch the action on the pitch in 4K (2160p).
 
Specifically, the list of supported Roku gear includes Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Ultra and 4K TV models that run the Roku OS. And, of course, the Apple TV 4K. Fox says it plans to add support for more streaming devices in the future, but it isn't talking specific dates right now. In addition to 4K visuals, the network will offer 5.1 audio inside its streaming apps for the first time as well. You should be able to get a better feel for what it's like to be inside the stadium -- or at least the best you can from your couch.
 
Only the games will be 4K. Additional Women's World Cup coverage like studio shows will stream in HD through the apps. What's more, Fox says some distributors, like Fubo and DirecTV, will also offer 4K content throughout the tournament on its networks.

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EDID

Extended Display Identification Data. Defined by the Video Electronic Standards Association (VESA) as part of an interface between a source device and a display monitor or television that allows the exchange of information needed for video display. An EDID ROM chip is present for example in a computer monitor, and can be read by a graphics card to learn the display capabilities of the monitor. An EDID ROM chip is required to be present in all display devices that include High-definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) support. It's inclusion in HDMI is part of a host of intelligent features that the standard offers. Using the DDC Channel and EDID, a source device like a HD DVD player can request and learn the display limitations of a display, removing the need for any manual adjustments by the viewer.

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AJA IPR-1G-SDI JPEG 2000 IP Video and Audio to 3G-SDI Converter
IP Video & Audio to 3G-SDI Converter!
The IPR-1G-SDI is a VSF TR-01 (and other JPEG 2000 formats) to 3G-SDI converter suited for point of use applications including source monitoring, digital signage, and video walls. The IPR-1G-SDI decodes VSF TR-01 streams then formats the data for 3G-SDI output. The audio associated with the video stream is extracted, synchronized, and then embedded into the SDI stream as well as output on an analog RCA stereo interface.IPR-1G-SDI extracts a JPEG 2000 essence from an incoming IP stream and presents it for display on SDI devices. It's rugged, fanless, Mini-Converter design is ideal for placement in a wide range of display scenarios,...
AJA-IPR-1G-SDI$795.00


AJA RovoRx-SDI UltraHD/HD HDBaseT Receiver to 6G/3G-SDI & HDMI Frame Sync with PoH & Genlock
RovoCam Ready!
RovoRx-SDI is an UltraHD/HD HDBaseT Receiver with four integrated 6G/3G-SDI outputs and HDMI video and audio outputs specifically designed to receive RovoCam's output. Receive the RovoCam's video and audio up to 100m away from the camera, and output to SDI monitors, routers and recorders and HDMI TVs and devices. RovoRx-SDI also offers a DA (Distribution Amplifier) Mode for extensive output options. The HDBaseT connector on RovoRx-HDMI supports camera uncompressed video, audio, power, and control, all over a single Cat 5e/6 cable, greatly simplifying cabling and systems integration.RovoRx-SDI offers a lot of power for HDBaseT workfl...
AJA-ROVORX-SDI$995.00


Audio-Technica ATW-1701 Portable Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System
Rock Solid Performance!
With its compact and portable design, the Audio-Technica ATW-1701 System 10 Camera-Mount high-fidelity digital wireless system is ideally positioned to capture media on the go. Perfect for video production, electronic news gathering (ENG) and every mobile application in between, the receiver features multiple mounting options to accommodate a variety of cameras and recording devices. Like all of the products in the System 10 digital wireless family, the Camera Mount provides three levels of diversity assurance: frequency, time and space. Instantaneous channel selection, sync and setup make the Camera-Mount extremely easy to u...
AT-ATW-1701$379.95


Camplex CMX-TACNGO-HDMI HDMI to Fiber Optic Converter / Extender & Tactical Cable Reel System - 1000 Foot
All-In-One!
The Camplex All-In-One HDMI Over Fiber Deployment Solution!A complete cost effective HDMI to Fiber optic converter & field deployable cable reel system from Camplex. Convert and extend your HDMI signals over 1000 feet of tactical fiber optical cable using the Camplex Tac-N-Go HDMI system. Utilizing the Camplex CMX-HDMIF HDMI to fiber converter system, the transmitter is built into a super rugged cable reel and connected to 1,000 feet of tactical grade fiber optic cable delivering the handy convenience of rapid field deployment. The receiver is then placed at the signal headend side - whether its a recorder, mo...
CMX-TACNGO-HDMI$999.00


Decimator Design DMON-12S 12 Channel 3G/HD/SD Multiviewer with SDI and HDMI Out
Multi-Task!
1 to 12 Channel Multi-Viewer with SDI and HDMI outputs for 3G/HD/SD and Custom Layouts, UMDs, Audio Meters, Graticules and TalliesThe DMON-12S is a truly portable converter, that incorporates our new easy to use LCD and button control system. This gives you easy access to all of the amazing features without using complicated LED/button control, dip switches or having to carry around a computer to change a simple setting.This unit also includes: - 32 GPI - USB port for control and firmware updatesUCP (USB Control Panel) Version 2.0.6 Released for both the Mac OS X and Windows 3...
DEC-DMON-12S$1,295.00


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When using your Cat5 Cable Jacket Stripper, do not rotate it around & around & around. You want to score the jacket, not cut through it. Then remove the tool, and slightly bend the cable where it is scored and it will 'pop' and separate, viola! This way you will know for sure you have 'no' nicks on the conductors.

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