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Gefen Intros DisplayPort 1.2 Fibre-Optic Extender

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Gefen from Core Brands presents the EXT-DP-4K600-1SC at ISE 2017-- an extender the company claims allows installers to place 4K 600MHz DisplayPort 1.2 sources and displays up to 200m apart with full optical isolation.

Gefen extenderThe EXT-DP-4K600-1SC extends HDCP 2.2, HDCP 1.4 and DPCP compliant DisplayPort 600MHz 4K audio/video over fibre. It supports WQUXGA (3840×2400), 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160), and 4K Cinema — DCI (4096×2160), up to 60 Hz frame rate and 4:4:4 Chroma sub-sampling. The AV signal is extended up to 200m, over a single strand of SC-terminated 50/125µm OM3 or better multi-mode fibre-optic cable.

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AMX Brings N2400 Encoders/Decoders at ISE

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AMX launches the N2400 series at ISE 2017-- a range of encoders and decoders able to send 4K video over gigabit ethernet networks with "near-impeccable latency."

AMX N2400The N2400 series devices support 4K video at 60Hz and 4:4:4 (8-bit colour) through JPEG encoding, and deliver content at native frame rates and colour space with just two frames of latency. HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 support provides compatibility with all current 4K sources and displays.

AMX says the encoders and decoders are easy to integrate with existing video-distribution infrastructures. The devices can be PoE+ powered, and operate via either standard 12VDC power or ethernet connection from the local network switch. Integration is made easiery through use of the same control APIs, software and web interfaces as existing AMX networked AV solutions.

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Savant Intros 4K over IP Switching

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Savant announces an "ultra-high-performance" 4K video over IP switching platform-- one giving installers a "distinct advantage" in the delivery of premium AV content to both residential and commercial clients.

SavantThe new product line delivers 4K/60 4:4:4 HDR video distribution over IP, with zero frame latency and the convenience of a centralised 10GbE switch. The chassis is designed for ease of installation, while audio down-mixing capabilities and audio breakout options make it an ideal match with the recently released Savant Pro Audio 4 IP-based switch with unlimited audio zone support and access to all popular streaming services.

The switch is scalable from 2 to 128 zones, and support for advanced video processing features includes multi-video/video tiling, video wall and multi-switching applications.

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Gefen Expands 600MHz Series

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Gefen debuts a pair of matrix products at ISE 2017-- the EXT-UHD600A-44 and EXT-UHD600A-88, both featuring support for the HDMI 2.0a (4K 4:2:20 @ 60Hz) and HDCP 2.2 standards.

Gefen matrixThe two matrix products are compliant with the bandwidth of the HDMI 2.0a specification and support all 4K timings and Chroma subsampling formats, as well as features such as HDR and all aspects of Rec 2020. Both incorporate analog and digital audio breakouts to de-multiplex the audio stream from each HDMI output, allowing the connection of isolated audio content to external amplifiers and music distribution systems.

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HDanywhere Shows IP2IR Tech at ISE 2017

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ISE 2017 sees HDanywhere integrate IP2IR technology within an HDMI/HDBT matrix-- providing customers with a means to eliminate 3rd party controllers in whole-home AV projects.

mhub MAXIP2IR is not a new technology, but it is not too widely adopted by manufacturers. According to HDA it allows users to use devices such as the Amazon Echo or HDA's own uControl app to control any device connected to the matrix via infrared, without need for additional hardware.

The uControl app features enhanced control functionality with a programming-free setup. Customers simply need to choose what source to watch and where, with all functions of the device in question shown on screen. One can personalise it with user-settable zone background images and a choice of light or dark themes.

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Atlona 4K HDR Devices at ISE 2017

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Atlona debuts a pair of products to address AV integration-related challenges at ISE 2017-- the Etude Sync (AT-ETU-SYNC) and AT-HDR-M2C, both designed for systems with HDR video as well as 4K/UHD @ 60 Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling.

Atlona EtudeThe two devices resolve AV system design and installation issues frequently encountered with audio and video format compatibility, signal integrity and EDID communication. Both are HDCP 2.2 compliant and support HDMI 2.0 data rates up to 18Gbps.

The Etude Sync provides EDID emulation and Hot Plug Detect communication between HDMI sink and source devices. It detects and corrects for signal integrity issues associated with cabling or connections, and can resolve compatibility problems between a source and destination. In addition, it  reports HDCP compliance at the source and sink, and can manage EDID communication with the source by delivering EDID from the display or the Etude Sync’s internal memory. Power comes via USB and included power supply, a laptop, or any available USB port nearby.

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Matrox Presents Maevex 6100 Quad Encoder Card

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Matrox announces the next generation of its H.264 AV-over-IP portfolio-- the Maevex 6100 quad encoder card, able to deliver quad 4K input capture together with multiple encodes, variable bitrates and wide range of protocols.

Matrox Maevex 6100The Maevex 6100 delivers 4K/UHD (4:4:4 @ 30Hz) and Full HD multi-channel capture, encoding, streaming, and recording. Built using H.264 codec, the plug-and-play solution fits seamlessly into existing infrastructures and interoperates with any device on the network to ensure high-density content distribution and system scalability.

It is a 3/4 length PCIe 3.0 x8 card with 4 mini HDMI (type C) inputs for the capture of up to x4 4096x2160@30Hz sources. Offering RTSP, RTP and MPEG2.TS streaming support with an onboard RJ45 network connector (RTMP support to follow), the Maevex 6100 encodes a multitude of H.264 streams at the same or varying bitrates. It also simultaneously streams and/or records to shared network drives or network attached storage, and features programmable start times, recording duration, maximum file length and file frequency.

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