Twenty intriguing school AV products

Panopto 4.4 video platform

Panopto combines software-based lecture capture and screen recording with a powerful media management system that can transcribe video and make it searchable. The latest version of its software, Panopto 4.4, adds a native iPad app and software-based video switching.

With Panopto’s new iPad app, users can view presentations and videos through an interactive, touch-friendly interface; search inside videos to fast-forward to any word mentioned during a recording; and record videos and upload them automatically into Panopto’s video content management system—all from their iPad. What’s more, the app brings these capabilities to the iPhone as well, automatically adapting to the iPhone’s form factor. An Android version is expected by the end of the year, Panopto said.

Panopto 4.4 also introduces new functionality to its web-based video editor that is typically only found in high-end video recording and switching appliances. The new functionality enables post-production switching between multiple video sources, the company says—giving schools professional video post-production and playback capabilities at a fraction of the cost.

Panopto has always been a software-based video capture solution that works on both Macs and PCs, but with the latest version of its software, the company for the first time has introduced a remotely controlled recording device as well. This plug-and-play, Power-over-Ethernet appliance, created through a partnership with Epiphan Systems, can record and combine an SD video camera input, an audio input, and an HD input from a VGA, DVI, HDMI display, or camera output. It automatically uploads video recordings to Panopto’s content management system, and users can schedule recordings through Panopto’s software interface. The device sells for around $2,000.

Roland VR-50HD audio-visual mixer

Roland Systems Group has announced a new portable, live HD video production solution, the Roland VR-50HD, an AV mixer with output for HD video streaming and recording.

The Roland VR-50HD includes a 12-channel digital audio mixer; a 12-input, four-channel video switcher; multi-viewer touch screen control; and USB video/audio streaming in a stand-alone device controllable by a single operator. It adds HD and multi-format capability to the company’s all-in-one VR Series of AV mixers, which includes the Roland VR-5 and VR-3.

The VR-50HD will be available in October for a suggested price of around $7,500. Roland also announced that it has dropped the price of its VR-5 AV mixer from $5,000 to about $3,500.

SMART Board E70 interactive flat panel

Designed specifically for education, SMART Technologies’ SMART Board E70 interactive flat-panel display is a high-definition, shadow-free, 70-inch LED display featuring low-friction coated glass that enables fingers to glide smoothly over the surface, facilitating a natural touch experience. The display also “virtually eliminates” glare and provides an optimal view from any angle in the classroom, SMART says.

The multi-touch SMART Board E70 features freestyle multi-user interaction anywhere on the display, enabling students to collaborate without limitations. The display also includes the company’s SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, as well as access to the SMART Exchange online community, where the community’s more than 1 million members can connect, share, and download high-quality digital resources for instruction.

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