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Dukane Introduces Entry-Level DLP
Dukane added an entry-level DLP projector to the company's product line and positioned it in the growing sub-$1,000 category. The ImagePro 7300, replacing the ImagePro 7100HC model, is specified at SVGA (800 x 600) resolution, 1600 ANSI lumens and 2000:1 contrast ratio.
Street price is $999 and the ImagePro 7300 is shipping now.
Toshiba Introduces High End Projector
Toshiba introduced its highest end projector to date, the TLP-X4500U which is specified at 4500 ANSI lumens with 750:1 contrast ratio and XGA (1024 x 768) resolution. The 3-panel LCD-based TLP-X4500U, with a very competitive estimated street price of $6,499, has vertical and horizontal digital keystone correction, lens shift, and picture in picture. Connections include composite, component, S-video and DVI inputs.
Three New Projectors From Large-Venue Powerhouse Digital Projection
DPI announced three new projectors in the last two weeks. Two are single-chip DLP Projectors with 1450 x 1050 native resolution dubbed the iVision sx+ and iVision sx+W. Both are aimed at the home theater market.
These two projectors weigh seven pounds, are specified at 2500 ANSI lumens with 2500:1 contrast ratio and use the new TI DarkChip 2 SXGA+ resolution DVDs. The only difference between the two projectors is the lens. The iVision sx+ comes standard with a 1.7-2.2:1 zoom lens, and the sx+-W has a 1.0:1 fixed, wide-angle lens. Pricing is TBA and the iVision projectors will ship in the third quarter.
Digital Projection also launched the second in its Professional Series HIGHlite projectors, the HIGHlite 8000Dxs+. This projector is specified at 8000 ANSI lumens with 1800:1 contrast ratio. This joins the other projector in the series, the 12,000-lumen HIGHlite 12000Dsx+,
The new HIGHlite 8000Dsx+ will begin shipping in August 2004 and pricing is TBA.
WolfVision Visualizers Feature Three-CCD Progressive Scan Camera
WolfVision introduced two new Visualizers featuring new three-CCD progressive scan cameras. The Visualizer VZ-57plus and Ceiling Visualizer VZ-C30 use three XGA CCDs and are specified at 1000 lines of resolution, 1300 in Image Turn mode, and can process 70.8 million effective pixels per second, according to the company.
The Visualizers include USB 2.0 and an Ethernet/LAN port. Firmware upgrades are available via RS232, USB or LAN.
The VZ-57plus will be available in August for $23.980. The VZ-C30 will be available in October for $23.600.
AnyPlace-BEX Provides Flexible Edge Blending
Silicon Optix's AnyPlace-BEX combines edge blending and keystone correction so that you can blend multiple projected images from different projector locations and onto a variety of surfaces. The company points to domed theaters, projection walls, simulation and advertising as examples of applications.
This is nice, and it doesn't get much more flexible than this. You can come up with some very creative uses for your clients and install it fairly easily.
AnyPlace-BEX relies on keystone correction of +/-40H & +/-30V and geometric correction for projection onto curved, spherical or irregularly shaped screens. It uses edge blending, color matching, 65-tap scaling, gamma correction, aspect ratio conversion with non-linear stretch and SD de-interlacing (Motion adaptive with advanced diagonal processing & film 3:2 detection).
Image AnyPlace-BEX will be available in the third quarter for MSRP of $5,495. The system is upwardly compatible with the existing eWARP Designer software and Image AnyPlace controls and communication protocol.
Polycom Designs New Conferencing System for Integrators
Polycom introduced the Polycom VSX 8000 series, a high-end video conference system designed to give integrators maximum flexibility in designing and installing the system.
Along with 14 KHz Polycom StereoSurround and ProMotion 60 fps full-motion video (H.264 video for higher quality over lower bandwidths), the system offers a huge variety of professional-grade connectors such as Phoenix, for audio, video, Vortex, microphones and IR terminal block connections as well as XGA input and output to drive flat-panel displays, second monitors and high-resolution content; and voice add-in capabilities through POTS or ISDN connections.
The VSX 8000 offers high-resolution data collaboration with H.239 People+Content, so that users can send and receive high-resolution content during a video call. Users can connect a laptop to the VSX 8000 or connect through a tabletop ImageShare device.
The VSX 8000 supports up to 20 video and audio participants and offers Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) interoperability with Microsoft Live Communication Server and Nortel Networks Multimedia Communication Server (MCS) 5100 and 5200 products.
There are several configurations available and the systems start at $12,999.
The VSX 8000 uses Polycom's new Version 7.0 software, which provides the "surround" stereo audio, a new way of integrating a conference phone with a video system, and the first video system support for the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).
Tandberg Incorporates New MXP Into Product Line
Tandberg re-engineered its product line to include its new MXP technology, which enhances the audio and video quality and adds new conferencing capabilities.
MXP adds digital audio technology with so-called CD-quality sound, stereo and MPEG4 AAC-LD standard. MXP adds SIP support, H.264 support for high-quality video on lower bandwidth, multipoint capability that enables up to eleven audio and video participants, and an on-screen menu for ease of use.
The MXP technology has been incorporated into Tandberg's products for medium to large groups, including set-tops, rollabouts, portables and codecs.
Tandberg also incorporated MXP into two new products. The Maestro turns projectors and large screen displays into interactive video systems. It is equipped with a camera and menu display. The new 3000 MXP, available as a codec, in portable and rollabout versions, is a video integration device.
Tandberg also announced a new codec hardware for systems integrators. The Codec 6000 MXP, using the MXP technology, provides CD-quality digital audio, digital video input and output and an industry standard S/PDIF digital interface. The codec is equipped with DVI outputs and a DVI input.
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