Preparing for Infocomm

Infocomm 2015 takes place in Orlando, Florida this month (13th – 19th June). Here, we have stories from a selection of the companies you can expect to see on the show floor. (We’ll be there in force – Man. Ed.)

Austria’s AV Stumpfl will show its largest-ever selection of multimedia products. These will include three new projection screens and a playback engine.

The Fullwhite projection screen is designed to ensure that an image extends to the very edges. VarioClip duplex projection screens feature a projection surface on both the front and back of the product. Finally, the Mobile 360° Curved Screen is designed for easy transport, with modularity in mind.

Wings AV is AV Stumpfl’s latest media server. Owners can set up new production workflows and benefit from the server’s ability to handle uncompressed 4:4:4 playback. New hardware and software will be released this year.

Barco will demonstrate a variety of products in several application areas. For example, the company’s ultra-bright large-venue projectors, and 4k Event Master series screen management systems, will be used alongside the new XHD-400 media server, to showcase the products’ use in concert halls, corporate events and so on.

Infocomm attendanceCorporate solutions will include Barco’s Clickshare (now supporting Apple Airplay) and NRC-200 collaboration platform. In retail and advertising, Barco will show its digital signage solutions, including those with touch, NFC, Wi-Fi and cameras for audience measurement. Meanwhile, the Overview LCD video wall, OL rear-projection wall and ‘seamless’ OSV wall can be used with Barco’s collaboration software for control room applications. Mobile collaboration will be highlighted at the show.

Early attendees can visit the Infocomm Display Summit (15th – 16th June), where Bill ‘The Laser Guy’ Beck will speak about new ways to create value in the cinema market, and discuss image enhancements such as HDR and WCG.

Daktronics will unveil a new 1.9mm LED display, as well as other video products. The new product can be viewed from 1.3m away and is intended for use in indoor signage applications. Daktronics also says that it has low power consumption, a long lifetime and ‘better thermal management than the industry standard’.

Also on Daktronics’ stand will be 4mm and 6mm display solutions, as well as an LED wall with eight different LED pixel pitches.

A new ProScale Presentation digital scaler/switcher will be shown off by Kramer, with 10 HDMI and two computer graphics inputs. The VP-444 offers unbalanced stereo inputs and each video input and embedded audio for the HDMI ports. The unit scales video, embeds audio and outputs the signal to two HDMI outputs.

Kramer’s pixel mapping and scaling technology, PixPerfect, is built in. A ProcAmp enables users to set colour, sharpness, contrast and brightness. Constant output synchronisation, eliminating disruption on the output while switching between inputs, is also featured.

Two turnkey video wall products will be introduced by Matrox and Shuttle Computers, combining Shuttle’s small cube PCs and Matrox’s C-Series multi-display graphics cards.

The new bundle will be available in four- or six-display/projector configurations, using Shuttle’s new XPC Cube Computers (SH81R4 or SH97R6) and Matrox’s C420 (quad-output) or C680 (six-output) PCIe cards. The six-output card supports UltraHD on all displays. The bundles will be known as the SH81-MATROX4 and SH97-MATROX6; they will be shipped in mid-June.

Returning to Infocomm, Optoma will showcase its ProAV philosophy, joined by partners Pixelwix, Glass Slate and Open Air Cinemas. Visitors will see two large curved screens, using edge-blending technology; the new EH320USTi (Partnership Promotes Mapping at Optoma); and a new 3,000-lumen DLP projector with an LED light source.

Primeview PRV 55 LG OLED displayPrimeview worked with LG Display to show an OLED screen at ISE 2015Primeview USA will show what it claims is a world first – a combined mirror OLED display – at Infocomm 2015 (stand #2066) (We believe that this is based on Samsung’s new mirror OLED; see Samsung Debuts Mirror and Transparent OLEDs.)

Company founder Shay Giuili says that the new unit requires “no compromises” – in either the mirror or the display. Both aspects can be used simultaneously. The product has 178° viewing angles and a 0.001ms response time.

The latest version of Visix‘s AxisTV digital signage CMS will be demonstrated. V9.2 features new options for live data integration and an improved user experience; for example, there is a new ‘fast-loading’ dashboard with player snapshots and a coloured glow to indicate player status. Video handling has also been improved; a large file uploader is built into the web interface, while a selectable video handler enables clients to choose playback options.

In terms of data integration, users can now import XML and Excel files directly into messages. The new Web Page Message feature supports Sharepoint 2013. Finally, there will be a live demo of the new layout editor in the desktop designer application.