Date Archives June 2009

InFocus Installation Projectors Overview

There are three great reasons that people who use projectors in classrooms, conference rooms, and other large image applications will love the new InFocus IN5300 and IN5500. They are; good looks, nice features, and super functionality.

The latest installation projectors from InFocus are the IN5300 and 5500 series projectors. That includes six projectors (IN5302, IN5304, IN5502, IN5504, IN5532, IN5534). The IN5300 level projectors have most of the same features, but do not include optional lensing (which is perfectly OK for about 80% of installations). There are a few other differences too, like brightness and resolution. But let’s talk about a few of the cool new features available on the latest and greatest InFocus installation products. By the way, if you want to skip the text, we are also posting a short video going over this too. Just look at the video above.

New Features on New InFocus Installation Projectors

The product designers at InFocus took the advice of users and resellers to address a few ‘missing’ features from the projectors they have used in the past. Those missing features included a few of the ‘problems’ listed below.

Problems with Older Installation Projectors :

  • XGA and lower 4×3 resolutions display in low resolution.
  • Projectors look industrial, cables looked messy.
  • Video conferencing collaborative content and white boards require multiple displays. Even projectors with split screen typically could not run dual video.

IN5300 and IN5500 Projector Solutions :

  • New WXGA and UXGA options available
  • Special cable management secret compartment, and multiple color options for casing (including a paintable primer for custom
  • color)

  • Enhanced Split Screen allows for multiple video – great for videoconferencing

New InFocus High Performance Features

InFocus seems to have adequately addressed most of those concerns with their new line. Their new line has also held tight to popular features while adding some other bits of cool, like a blue lit ring around the lens to indicate if the projector is powering off or on – a commonly confusing time for those who get confused about whether the projectors has begun to start-up or shut-down. As mentioned above, the new Enhanced Split Screen capabilities are a great new feature, as well as a Dynamic Messaging system that allows administrators to ‘broadcast’ messages to any projector on the network for important announcements. Here is a quick overview of the features available in the new InFocus lineup :

  • Enhanced Split Screen playback – perfect for video conferencing
  • Widescreen HD resolutions offered
  • Horizontal and vertical lens shift (manual in 5300s and motorized in 5500s)
  • Single or Dual lamps (5500 series)
  • Multiple lensing options (5500 series)
  • Customizable screen “help” page
  • Changeable ‘skins’ for projector casing (including wood grain, black, white, and or primer paintable)
  • Illuminated blue “glow ring” to indicate when projector is cooling down and starting up
  • Embedded networking included (compatible with Crestron or AMX panels)
  • Dynamic Messaging System allows for ‘broadcasting messages” to any InFocus projector on the network

So there you have our overview. Now feel free to watch InFocus’ Benjamin Joy talking about the new projectors live and in person – on video.

New InFocus 5300 and 5500 Installation Series Projectors from Dorotheen Ashton on Vimeo.

Skip Ahead : Quickly Navigate to Points of Interest

  • 1:25 = Portfolio of InFocus projectors including IN5300 and IN5500 series
  • 1:35 = First look at IN5300 projector with stylish wood grain finish
  • 2:22 = Portfolio of the IN5300 and IN5500 products (with specification details)
  • 4:00 = Discussion of Brilliant Color
  • 4:25 = New keypad with single function blue backlighting
  • 4:55 = View of new “blue ring” that indicates when projector is powering off or on
  • 6:00 = Lenses discussed from quality to optional lenses
  • 7:05 = Projectors networking discussed
  • 7:40 = Enhanced Split Screen, multiple HD images side-by-side on one display
  • 8:45 = Dynamic Messaging System explained
  • 9:10 = Customizable “Help screen”
  • 9:55 = Video quality from InFocus and Pixelworks

Related InFocus Products : IN5302, IN5304, IN5502, IN5504, IN5532, IN5534

The full line of InFocus IN5300 and IN5500 projectors should be available by the end of July 2009!

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Key Initiatives Highlight AVI-SPL’s Presence at InfoComm ’09

As the AV industry’s most anticipated event, InfoComm ’09 delivered a prime opportunity for AVI-SPL to connect with innovative manufacturers and a diverse range of clients. With the recent launch of ConferencePoint managed conferencing services, Cisco inter-operability services and a Polycom/Glowpoint “TEN Alliance,” AVI-SPL leads in the seamless integration of audiovisual systems and services, designed for the ultimate level of customer success.

AVI-SPL InfoComm ’09 Highlights:

AVI-SPL’s Yankee Stadium Project Featured in Sound & Communications

Orial Park Sound System

Pride of the Yankees

Bronx Bombers stadium AV scores.
By Jim Stokes
Sound & Communications

For the Yankee Stadium AV project, AVI-SPL, Tampa FL, was a subcontractor for Unity Electric. The $5.7 million contract was completed in March 2009 after a two-year duration. Looking at the scope of Yankee Stadium AV integrated systems, AVI-SPL was responsible for providing engineering for the audio and broadcast cabling, as well as the distribution of television (SMATV) systems. The audio system includes a fully digital sound-reinforcement system comprised of a digital console, digital signal processing (DSP) and amplifier control to more than 625 speakers in the seating bowl and 675- plus speakers in the back of house systems and suites.

Moving from the bowl, there are 675 speakers serving the BOH (back of house). Bryl acknowledged that AVI-SPL Senior Programmer Julia Cooper programmed all the Crestron throughout the Stadium, which included the press conference room, party suites, Great Hall and Yankee clubhouse, as well as other areas designed for Crestron control. For example, the Crestron controlled party suites can be divided into seven individual suites or other combinations with the same audio or choice of audio feeds.

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EAW Hits Home Run at Oriole Park

Oriole Park at Camden Yards has housed the Baltimore Orioles since its unveiling in 1992 and continues to be a favorite among baseball enthusiasts. The park recently benefited from the installation of a brand new distributed sound reinforcement system, featuring nearly 300 loudspeakers from EAW, a world leader in sound system solutions. The installation, completed in time for the Orioles’ April 6th season opener against the New York Yankees, was finished in a highly accelerated time period of six months, which is approximately half the amount of time a system of this magnitude would take to install under normal conditions. To meet these stringent deadlines, EAW drew on its manufacturing resources to supply the complete loudspeaker inventory requested for the installation.

The Maryland Stadium Authority, who manages the state-owned facility, contracted with the Tampa-based AV integration company AVI-SPL. The system was designed by New York-based SIA Acoustics, who was the audio consultant for the Baltimore Orioles on the project.

“…The upgraded audio system that SIA Acoustics designed and AVI-SPL installed certainly reaffirms Oriole Park as a world class ball park. EAW speakers made our job easy as they just sound great!”

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AVI-SPL Distinguished with Polycom’s Integrator of the Year Award for 2008

Recognition highlights outstanding customer service, ability to provide complete end-to-end video communications solutions

TAMPA, FL, June 23, 2009 – Leading audio and video communications provider AVI-SPL was recently named “Integrator of the Year” by Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions. Announced last week during the Infocomm 2009 conference and expo in Orlando, Fla., Polycom’s award recognizes AVI-SPL for outstanding customer service, highlighting the company’s ability to create innovative solutions that support the unique needs of a diverse range of markets, including the corporate, education and government sectors.

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