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Ten new AV products worth noting
These 10 AV products stood out at the 2014 InfoComm conference in Las Vegas last week
We’ve already described some of the key AV trends to emerge from InfoComm 2014, North America’s largest AV trade show. Now, here are 10 AV products on display at InfoComm that caught our eye.
Dante Via makes it easy to create an audio network
Audinate’s Dante is an industry-leading digital audio networking technology. It’s a combination of software, hardware, and networking protocols that have been built into the AV products of more than 150 manufacturers to deliver uncompressed, multi-channel audio over an Ethernet network, Audinate says.
At InfoComm 2014, the company announced new software called Dante Via, which turns any Windows or Mac computer into a networked audio input/output device. With Dante Via, you can now build a complete, stand-alone audio system of networked PCs or Macs for less than $850 per device—without the need for any dedicated, Dante-enabled hardware to be present on the network.
Dante Via greatly expands AV capabilities, Audinate says—freeing users from the constraints of short-reach, point-to-point analog and USB cables. The software will be available in December.
“Dante Via opens up endless imaginative use cases,” said Gary Southwell, Audinate’s vice president of product management. “Audio from USB microphones, or any audio interface, can be routed to other rooms in the building. Dante Via extends networked audio from facilities like classrooms … to [other] rooms. You can even monitor individual streams from the network for music instruction.”
A live broadcast HD camera for under $2,000
Blackmagic Design showcased its Blackmagic Studio Camera, a new camera designed specifically for live video production and available in 1080 HD and Ultra HD models starting at just $1,995.
Students often have to use cameras designed for general video production when doing live work, Blackmagic says—and that means they don’t get features that live production demands, such as a large viewfinder, talkback, optical fiber, and a super strong metal design.
Inside a compact, tough, and lightweight magnesium alloy body, the Blackmagic Studio Camera features a large, 10-inch viewfinder; a four-hour battery; talkback, tally indicators, phantom powered microphone connections, and built-in optical fiber and SDI connections that let users connect to a live production switcher with a single cable.