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United Visual AV Insider - October 2005

Table of Contents:
1. United Visual University's Next Audio Visual Seminars
2. Crestron Introduces Zoned Lighting, Shade, Drape Control
3. Mitsubishi Shipping New XGA DLP Projector
4. Altinex Introduces Advanced Signal Processing Series
5. Canon Launches Two Network Cameras with Two-Way Audio
6. SMART Offers Two-Minute User Tutorials
7. Mitsubishi Introduces Three New Professional Displays
8. Premier Announces Mounts That Hold up to 300 Pound Displays
9. Large Displays on the Way
10. Canon Introduces New LCD Projectors, XGA Visualizer
11. Supernova Screen Claims 10X Contrast
12. The Case for Investing in AV
13. Conferencing - You Get What You Pay for

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1. United Visual University's Next Audio Visual Seminars
- November 29th in St. Charles, IL


United Visual presents United Visual University.  UVU is an education program comprised of a series of free seminars for professionals involved in planning and designing boardrooms, conference rooms, meeting space, training centers, auditoriums, classrooms, control rooms or any other space requiring integrated audiovisual systems.  More and more corporate spaces are using sophisticated audio, video and computer display technologies.  As a design/build professional you are expected to design these spaces, but often the intricacies of sound and display systems are outside your core skill set.  United Visual has an exclusive partnership with Kayye Consulting to provide these specialized seminars in the Chicago area.  The objective of the seminars is to enable design and engineering professionals to better pre-plan for the successful integration of audiovisual systems into commercial and education environments.

Three Professional Seminars Offered.

  • Planning Electrical and Infrastructure Requirements for AV
  • Understanding the AV Projection and Display Environment
  • Understanding Audio and Acoustics in AV Presentation Systems
Not only do you have the opportunity for a full day of specialized education but you can also earn up to 6 HSW credit hours towards your AIA licenses.

Visit the UVU website for more details and registration information.

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2. Crestron Introduces Zoned Lighting, Shade, Drape Control

Crestron's new iLux CLS-C6 controls six lighting zones and six groups of shades and accommodates up to 15 user-preset lighting scenes.  iLux CLS-C6 integrated with the company's control systems, of course.

This new product is a wall-mount unit with built-in dimmer circuits.  There are six front-panel three-position rocker buttons to control each zone, and they provide white-LED feedback.  Corresponding seven-segment LED bargraphs offer easy visualization of lighting levels in each zone.  There is also a front-panel "Master" button as well as large "Off" and "On" buttons.  Fade time and ramp rate are also programmable.  Other functions include scene recall, scene off and master dim control.  Each scene can be assigned to individual buttons at setup.

The panel can hold up to 16 Crestron keypads and 16 shade controllers and the iLux can be daisychained with up to seven iLux units.  There are also optional motion detectors.

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3. Mitsubishi XD110U - Exceptional Performance at an Affordable Cost

Mitsubishi is also proud to present another DLP projector: the XD110U.  This projector offers exceptional performance, reliability and quality all at an affordable price, making it a winning choice for your projection needs.  It also has a lamp life of 4000 hours, so present away!  The XD110U comes with an excellent 3-year parts and labor warranty, as well as a 3-year Express Replacement Assistance (ERA) program.  For more information contact your United Visual representative.

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4. Altinex Introduces Advanced Signal Processing Series

Altinex introduced the AP Series that combine video signal processing and audio switching in one product.  The AP445-401 Pro AV Video Scaler + with Stereo Audio is designed as either a stand-alone product or part of Altinex's MultiTasker system, or with larger AV systems.

Features include four video input, composite, S-video, component, and computer video, NTSC or PAL, resolutions up to 1080i or 720p, four audio inputs, signal detect, and audio follow video switching.

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5. Canon Launches Two Network Cameras with Two-Way Audio

Canon's new network cameras have 26X zoom lens, built-in servers and two-way audio designed for webcasting, distance learning, security and teleconferencing.

Both the new Canon VB-C50FSi Fixed Network Camera and the new Canon VB-C50i/VB-C50iR Pan/Tilt/Zoom Network Camera feature an advanced 26X Optical Zoom Lens and a 12X Digital Zoom to enable users for capturing detail from distances, and they are specified at 640-by-480-pixel resolution video with up to 30 frames-per-second quality.

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6. SMART Offers Two-Minute User Tutorials

SMART is now offering two-minute tutorials to help users with SMART Board interactive whiteboards.  These tutorials offer introductions to the whiteboard basic features.  They use Flash with optional narration to demonstrate functions such as Touch, Write and Save, Notebook Software Basics, Objects in Notebook Software and The Notebook Software Page Sorter.

In addition, SMART offers other online training resources.  They include free online training materials, free online orientation sessions, master's training events, master's on-site sessions and train-the-trainer sessions.

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7. Mitsubishi Introduces Three New Professional Displays

Finally, Mitsubishi released, not one, not two, but three new LCD monitors (the MDT321S, MDT402S, and MDT461S) that support 32", 40", and 46" sizes for exceptional digital display and visual signage.  They are a great alternative to conventional plasma displays with their support for exceptional brightness, sharp contrast ratio, and native WXGA 1366x768 resolution without the high risk of burn-in (image retention) found with plasma technology.

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8. Premier Announces Mounts That Hold up to 300 Pound Displays

Premier has three new universal flat-panel mounts for large displays.  The CTM-MS3, CTM-MS4 and UFM4 wall mounts fit large flat-panel displays weighing up to 300 pounds and are designed for panels 55 or 60 inches in size.

Each of the new universal mounts features Premier Mounts' Griplate System, which uses a distinctive slotted design and hole-plate that can be easily attached to nearly all large, flat, LCD and plasma displays.  The Griplate System supports the appropriate mounting hardware for a secure fit and have multiple 16-inch, 18-inch, and 24-inch mounting slots for even weight distribution.

The CTM-MS3 and CTM-MS4 offer up to 12 degrees tilt.  For flat wall-mounting applications, we can use these to mount displays just two inches from the wall.

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9. Large Displays on the Way

Recently at a trade show Samsung showed some huge display prototypes, which you'll eventually be able to install in your lobby, auditorium, retail storefront or command and control center.  The large plasma display is 102 inches, and the LCD is 82 inches.

The 102in PDP TV is the world's largest plasma display panel.  It has progressive scanning and features Samsung's proprietary DNIe (Digital Natural Image engine) technology.  The plasma features custom tallboy style speakers and a matching specialized component rack.

Samsung's 82in TFT-LCD TV offers a high resolution, low power consumption and a lighter weight than a plasma TV and has a response time of less than 8 ms.  The screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a 16:9 screen ratio, and supports 1080 progressive scanning, the highest possible HDTV resolution offering twice the picture quality of a 1080 interlaced display.

The image has a brightness of 500 nits (cd/m2), a contrast ratio of 8000:1 and 92 per cent colour gamut for the NTSC standard.  Due to the built-in HDMI port, the 82in LCD can also function as a computer display.

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10. Canon Introduces New LCD Projectors, XGA Visualizer

Canon has three new LCD projectors and a new Visualizer.  The LV-7245, LV-7240 and LV-X5 models are specified at XGA resolution, 400:1 contrast ratio, and 2500, 2100, and 1500 ANSI lumens, respectively.

These projectors come with seven different color adjustments -- blackboard, light yellow, light green, light blue, sky blue, light rose, and pink - allowing users to project on a variety of surfaces.  They also boast low noise levels of 28 and 30dB max.

The new RE-455X Visualizer, which was designed as either a companion to the new projectors or as a stand-alone, has a document camera specified at XGA resolution and lets the user focus on 3D objects or documents by touching one button. It has a 12x power zoom lens and a foldable design in order to make it easier to carry (it's 20.7 pounds).

The Canon LV-7245, LV-7240, and LV-X5 projectors have MSRPs of $2,499, $1,999 and $1,399 respectively and id now available.  The Canon RE-455X Visualizer has an MSRP of $2,299 and will be available this month.

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11. Supernova Screen Claims 10X Contrast

A new projection screen from dnp claims to provide 10 times the contrast and twice the brightness of most screens, so that it can be used in environments with high-ambient light.  The Supernova front projection screen, according to the company's website, has gain of 2.0 and contrast ratio of 20:1.  The company says the screen has a special filter that absorbs ambient light.

Supernova is available in sizes up to 100 inches for 4:3 and 120 inches for 1:9.

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12. The Case for Investing in AV

Managers of audiovisual equipment are often tasked with convincing the chief financial officer that AV equipment is a worthy investment.  To some CFOs, AV looks like expensive toys that might be fun to have, but won't contribute to the bottom line.

Or will it?

It certainly will, and does, according to a number of studies of how AV equipment affects the organization.  In this issue, we take a look at the impact of AV, who it helps and how it indeed saves money.

**Information Retention**

Years ago, a presentation, training, class or lecture consisted of a person talking at the head of the room, talking on and on and assuming the information was getting through to the audience.  Then presenters began writing on blackboards, then adding flip charts, then Viewgraphs and then PowerPoint slides as they noticed that the addition of visuals to audio was more compelling.

Today's presentations also include 3D document cameras, video, and interactive whiteboards, and presentations can be stored or emailed for later viewing.

So, how does this save money?  Whether it's used in trainings or meetings, the audience will retain the information better when both audio and visual information is provided.  The more information retained the first time, the less the audience members must re-visit the information later.  For meetings, clear communication during the session and stored or emailed meeting notes mean action items can be acted upon more quickly since there is a faster mutual understandings of tasks and goals.  Meetings to clear up previous meetings are eliminated!

With trainings, the more data the trainee retains, the less support the trainee will require later and the faster that worker can get up to speed on the tasks required.

Clear, compelling sharing of information makes the entire organization move more quickly, which definitely contributes to the bottom line in a competitive marketplace.

*Maximizing Resources**

In years past, trainers flew around the country from site to site delivering the same trainings to employees.  Today's technology eliminates the cost and hassle of all that travel by providing ways for storing and retrieving trainings on-demand.  Employees can either be trained together on-site with a moderator who presents the stored audiovisual training sessions, or individuals can access training materials at any time that suits their schedules.

The same goes for presenters who need to deliver the same presentation to different groups in the organization.  Less travel is definitely a cost-saver.

But just as important is AV equipment helps maximize resources by freeing content creators to move onto the next project more quickly.  The trainer can, and is motivated to, develop new training programs.  The presenter can get going on the next phase of a project.  The teacher has more time for class preparation and individual instruction.

**Positive Experience and Job Satisfaction**

The use of AV equipment makes meetings, trainings and classes far more entertaining, so attendees no longer need fear long boring meetings that might bring about yawns and noticeable drowsiness.  These sessions can actually be entertaining now with good, creative content.  That leads to a far greater experience in the workplace.

Not only that, but job satisfaction is greatly enhanced when employees have the tools they need to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.  The ability to deliver good content in creative, entertaining ways makes the presenter feel good about his or her abilities and performance.

Positive, day-to-day experiences and greater job satisfaction lead to better employee retention and also to attracting talent, since many candidates will decide where they work based on the organization's reputation among past and current employees.

**Image of the Organization**

That audiovisual equipment enhances the image of the organization is a less tangible sell to the CFO but it's no less important than any other factor.  Every time anyone from your organization interacts with anyone from the outside, he or she is delivering a message about your organization.  Is this organization behind the times?  If they appear so by using antiquated technology to present information, a contract could be lost.  If it appears the organization cuts corners by not using technology, a client could be concerned they'll cut corners with them as well.

Most organizations would never leave paint peeling on the exterior of the building, or have a messy and dirty lobby.  So whether it's in the meeting room or the welcome area, be sure you are using AV equipment to maximize the organizational image.  Clients, potential employees, investors and partners will notice.

In the next issue, we'll discuss how to maximize your AV dollars.

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13. Conferencing - You Get What You Pay for

A number of companies have in recent years come out with cute little cameras that stand on the desktop or attach to the computer monitor and they call this video conferencing.  They are being marketed for intra-company communications, conferences with satellite or home-office workers and meetings with customers and suppliers.

The way you use these is you turn on the camera, launch a file-sharing application, and talk over the phone.

This isn't a bad setup for the applications listed above and it just might suffice.  But there are limitations to these stylish mass-market systems and before investing hundreds, or even thousands, you'll want to consider them.

Conference Rooms

These small video cameras just won't work when you want to fill a conference room with attendees and conference with another location.  You would have to set up a camera at each seat, since they're only the size of half a sheet of paper at most.  And that just makes no sense economically, ergonomically, or efficiently.

Interactive Whiteboards

Many video conferences make extensive use of interactive whiteboards since they free the presenter from having to use a mouse and keyboard to manipulate the images.  They also allow or annotation and saving, so that the entire meeting can be stored on a computer and emailed or retrieved later.

You won't be able to make efficient use of a whiteboard with the small conferencing gadgets.  You could go through the complications of connecting them over the network so that both locations see the same screen but that little camera isn't doing you any good at that point.

Audio

Once you get more than one person in any of the rooms, the participants are likely to press the speaker button on their phone.  That makes for messy audio.  The noise, the fading out, the gaps in speech and the interruptions when two or more people are talking at once make for an inefficient conference.

Is It Worth It?

Not long ago, sophisticated video conferencing systems were very expensive with bulky equipment that was complicated to set up and use.  But that's no longer true at all!  The dedicated systems of today are far more affordable and streamlined.

The mini conferencing systems are really meant only for one-on-one communications and they do that fairly well.  But before you spatter them throughout your organization, let us compare the cost and efficiency to a tried-and-true video conferencing system.  You might end up spending less and getting far more.

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