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InfoComm Observations Day 2

Thursday of InfoComm 2016 is in the books. We learned about Crestron DSPs, 4:4:4 and HDR, and hosted the AVNation Tweetup.
There has been a running course of my writing about the industry the last few years that every company is making every component of a system. They will tell you it gives you and the end user one person to complain to and one source to seek support. I have maintained that putting too many eggs in one basket is typically a bad thing. That being said, Crestron’s step in a real DSP system is impressive. The interface is a half fixed DSP and half open architecture. The “killer app” part of this new product is actually the software. You can select certain parts of the DSP program and output those to a VTPro file as a ready-made volume slider, VU meter, or whatever. The amount of time you will save on programming or graphics creation is enormous. Like a number of things I have seen this week, I’d like to see it in an install before making a final judgement.
A company you may never have calling on you as an integrator or tech manager is AptoVision. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to what they are doing. The Canadian chip company is exhibiting here in Vegas and their client base are the manufacturers themselves. The Blue River chip is capable of taking HD signals and transport them over IP networks, specifically 10 gig networks. That’s great, so do a number of manufacturers. Yeah, except this chip can do HDR and 4K 4:4:4 on a network. So, that’s pretty cool.
Our fourth annual AVNation #AVTweeps Tweetup was last night. Thank you to our underwriters for helping make that happen, our AVNation team, and those who attended. It was a great time.
As we hit the ground running for the last day of the show, let’s see what surprises InfoComm 2016, or Vegas, has for us.

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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