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InfoComm 2015 Preview

This week-*the AV industry will gather in Orlando, Florida for InfoComm 2015. This is the largest show for audio visual professionals in the Americas. It gathers attendees from all over the world. As we get ready to attend to see the latest in AV technology, let,Aeos talk about some things to expect.
4k
Two years ago it was 3D. Last year it was 4K. This year, still everything 4K. This is not some short-lived technological hype; 4k is here for a while. At least until 8k comes around. There will be products from capture to display and everything in between shown at InfoComm 2015. The companies who make their living transporting and switching video have made giant strides since last year,Aeos show and they will be displaying what they can do in Orlando. There will also be more displays showing off 4K in various flavors. Remember, there are a number of various resolutions that make up UHD/4K. So when you are looking at that switcher or projector be certain you look at the fine print in the spec.
Audio Over a Network
Whether it is Dante, Cobranet, or TSN (the new name for AVB) there will be a plethora of transports taking multichannel audio from one place to another. This technology is hitting a maturity stage that makes it a good solution for almost any environment you may want to put it into. As you are developing a use case for it look for the ability to multicast as well as the ability to not flood an existing networks pipes.
Video over the Network
Continuing on the last item, video over the network is also becoming ubiquitous. TSN is beginning to make steps forward. HDBaseT typically has a sizable booth with a great layout of all the companies participating with their line. Then you have the video over distributed networks. These are companies like SVSi, Just Add Power, TSN, and Clear One.
Microsoft
Microsoft’s stumble from last year’s InfoComm will be made up for this year. Not only are they showing the Surface Hub they have already announced a number of integrators who will be able to get it to you. Starting July 1 they are taking orders. There will also be a couple of additional integration companies who will be added to the list on the show floor of InfoComm.
HDR
High Dynamic Range was a building buzzword at CES this year. It is an enhancement for traditional HD. It gives the creator the ability to display brighter and deeper colors on the display without increasing the resolution. This technology is in the early stages of development but you should still see a number of display manufacturers showing off their latest HDR solutions.
If you are attending the show make a plan on which booths you have to see but make time for some serendipitous discoveries. Sometimes those are the best ones. Keep yourself hydrated, wear comfortable shoes, and network like crazy.
If you are not attending make sure you watch the various trade publications. New Bay and SCN create the show daily. Commercial Integrator has a great team in place. rAVe pubs takes a video tour of every booth on the floor. We will also have a number of folks on the floor doing videos and podcasts.
That’s all for now. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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