What’s new in the audio and visual arena? Well here’s a clue, it’s just 3 hours up the road from the Broadcast Beat Studios… Give up? It’s only the latest audio/visual media extravaganza the InfoComm 2015 in Orlando Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center. If you just attended, then you saw firsthand the almost 1000 exhibitors from over 100 different countries – this show provides scores of solutions and possibilities. If not… well, we’ll try to get you up to speed. Professionals in the industry were delighted to see the latest tech from the usual suspects as well as newest things from the most recent star-ups.
According to their website, there were 950 exhibitors participating at InfoComm this year; exhibitors occupied a record 515,000 net square feet of exhibit and special events space. InfoComm 2015 was sponsored by presenting show partner, Samsung, strategic show partners Crestron and Microsoft, and supporting show partners Aurora, Christie and Panasonic.
Panasonic delivered the WOW from booth 1501 with AV technologies demonstrations in A & V cutting edge products; high-power upgrades and avant-garde advancements were the order of the day. Panasonic’s advancements for 4K are, as you might already know, impressive. The AW-SFU01 model camera got cranked-up a notch with a few more sweet features; with MPEG-4 HD up to 1080/60p 24Mbps, the camera delivers production-quality streaming video, a micro SD card that allows in-camera HD recording at up to 28mbps, and an audio/video USB. New benefits also accrue when old and new features are used in tandem.
“Integrators and their customers rightly demand high quality AV technology that can deliver their messages beautifully to audiences ranging from customers browsing in a department store or television viewers at home,” says Art Rankin, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America AV Technologies Vice President. “Panasonic’s AV technology arms integrators and resellers with the best products on the market, allowing them to serve their customers with solutions that deliver those messages – whether that’s through 4K technology, a simple signage solution or interactive kiosks. The breadth of technology ensures a high ROI and low TCO.”
Panasonic wasn’t the only fun seeker at the party; a slew of other big name players also appeared along with hundreds of newer companies such as: Samsung which earned three more awards at the show (to add to the already huge stack of awards they’ve accrued over the years); Canon assembled a one of a kind visual extravaganza incorporating several Canon REALiS Projectors along with utilizing image mapping to bring to life an impressive demonstration encouraging attendees to “See Impossible” and “Bring Content To Life In Canon Clarity.” Black Magic Design showcased a selection of new tech, one of which the Blackmagic URSA Mini is a super lightweight 4.6K Super 35 image sensor with global shutter. It has 15 stops of dynamic range (incroyable!), it shoots up to 60 frames a second (that’s pretty damn quick) and, if that wasn’t enough, it has a slew of other features, as well; Christie had a booth with a number of media solutions – they brought several products to the show, but were drawing special attention to Pandora’s Box, the Christie Spyder, Christie Boxer, and the Christie Velvet LED. Christie Velvet LED display walls featured a 1.6-millimeter pixel pitch presentation for the show; LG came away from the show with 4 awards for its Narrow Bezel Video Wall displays.
“InfoComm represents an opportunity to showcase LG’s commercial display products in a highly competitive landscape and in front of a discerning crowd of audiovisual professionals and reporters, to be awarded these honors in this environment exemplifies how LG Electronics continues to deliver on its promise to provide innovations for a better business, with industry leading products, including our brand new VH7B video wall display, which we announced last week at the show,” explained Digital Signage Vice-President for LG Electronics USA, Clark Brown.
Hundreds of other companies from the tried and true to the new start-ups (which some older companies might consider up-starts nyuk-nyuk) ensure that the cavalcade of excellence and innovation continued. Audio-Technica was showing off 2 additions to their Dante network system, the Dante-enabled ATND971 and the ATND8677. The company also showcased their latest product – the Audio-Technica System 10 PRO Wireless System, along with its optional System 10 Pro Rack Mount; Planar showcased several of its newest video walls at the show including, their Planar DirectLight LED Video Wall System, Planar RA-Series LCD Video Walls, Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall System with G2 Architecture, Planar Mosaic Architectural Video Walls and Planar Clarity LED3 Series Rear Projection Video Walls; Sonic Foundry announced several new features for its wildly popular Mediasite Enterprise Video Platform, which has continued to grow by almost 50% per year!! Belden was on hand with their incomparable cabling, connectivity and infrastructure; Da-lite has formed an alliance with Chief and they have a new website: www.milestone.com. Both companies attended Infocomm 2015, as Da-lite showed-off its new Parallax 0.8 and Parallax UST 0.45. Chief displayed its SYSAU, a new suspended ceiling projector system which boasts radically reduced installation time and adjustable ceiling plates to help ensure it can attach to almost any ceiling.
Scores more companies were represented; Prysm had some amazing video walls and displays, ADI, Vutec, Kramer, Crestron, Shure, Winnov, Galaxy, Radial, Visix, Harmon, Middle Atlantic Products, Display Devices, Cisco, Casio Aeson, etc., etc., etc. the list goes on and on. Infocomm 2015 was a real crowd pleaser.
The show was fun, but now it’s done. Say… Isn’t there a theme park around here somewhere?
About InfoComm International®
InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.