Twenty intriguing school AV products

EZNews bundle

Broadcast Pix has announced a partnership with Automated Data Systems to offer an integrated news automation system designed for schools that want a professional-grade, yet affordable, system for complete news production.

Priced under $15,000, the bundle includes Broadcast Pix’s Flint live video production and streaming system, EZNews LT news production software from Automated Data Systems, and exclusive interface software that enables EZNews titles to flow automatically into the Flint’s built-in computer graphics. The system can be run by a small crew or even a single person.

The package is suitable “for colleges … or any organization that wants the polished look and operation of a live news show without the big price tag,” said Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO, in a press release.

Flint includes a production switcher, clip server, customizable multi-view interface, robotic camera control, and a choice of control surfaces. It can incorporate content from cloud-based sources—such as Twitter, Skype, RSS feeds, and Dropbox—and supports up to six cameras.

EZNews LT is available in single user, three-user, and six-user configurations, and it’s also sold separately, without Broadcast Pix’s switcher.

Califone PA-BT30 wireless speaker

Califone, a maker of classroom audio products, has introduced its first portable speaker using Bluetooth wireless technology, the PA-BT30.

Designed with presenters and teachers in mind, this 30-watt speaker is quick and easy to set up and can fill a whole 2,500-square-foot room with sound. It features wireless connectivity to any Bluetooth-enabled mobile device or computer, including iPhones, iPads, and Android-based phones and tablets. It also includes a USB charge port and auxiliary line input to allow for expanded device compatibility.

Educators can use the $199 speaker to stream songs from Pandora, stream podcasts from iTunes U, or enhance the audio from a Skype chat, Facetime session, or virtual field trip, Califone says.

Canon EVERCAM XU-81 remote-controlled camera

Canon’s new EVERCAM XU-81 is a robotic, high-definition pan-tilt-zoom camera that is encased in a sturdy, weatherproof housing for indoor or outdoor use.

Equipped with a 20x Genuine Canon zoom lens (with additional 12x digital zoom), 2.1-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor, and an HD-SDI output, the camera can be controlled remotely and has applications ranging from sporting events, to security, to lecture halls or performances.

The EVERCAM XU-81 weighs 14.5 pounds and includes a built-in handle for convenient portability. It can be mounted upright or in an inverted ceiling mount. In either position, the picture image will automatically flip when the tilt angle reaches 90 degrees. The camera will be available in September for an estimated retail price of $11,000.

(Next page: a 2-megapixel document camera for $139; a way to make any existing projector interactive for just $99; and a new line of AV switching and control systems for schools)

eSchool News Staff

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