The 2014 InfoComm was a busy show.
InfoComm is one of the big shows of interest to the Government Video community, and it will be held this year on June 13-19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Focused on audiovisual products and systems, InfoComm covers much of the products used by government video operations, including cameras and video gear, audio equipment, projectors and screens, monitors, control systems and specialty furniture.
Most of the best-known companies in the video industry will be at InfoComm 2015, including Panasonic, Sony, Canon, JVC, Evertz, AJA Video, Blackmagic Design, Grass Valley, Ross Video,, Matrox and For-A. In addition, big companies that specialize in the audiovisual market will be there, including Crestron, AMX, Barco, Planar, Samsung, ViewSonic, Draper, Stewart Filmscreen, Epson, BenQ and Christie Digital.
Audio is a major component of audiovisual systems, so equipment vendors such as Yamaha, Anchor Audio, Atlas Sound, Electro-Voice, Shure, Audio-Technica, Harman, Biamp Systems, Sennheiser, Roland and Lectrosonics will be there, as well as many others. InfoComm is also a great resource for learning about conferencing products and systems, so companies such as Vaddio, Cisco, Polycom and Revolabs will have a strong presence at the show.
Starting with conferencing products, Vaddio will spotlight its AV Bridge Matrix Pro, a room solution for USB/IP-based applications. The AV Bridge Matrix Pro includes audio and video mixing functionality of multiple AV sources directly to your PC for any UC application, such as Skype and WebEx.
Polycom will feature its RealPresence room conferencing solutions, while Revolabs will present its FLX UC 1500 conference phone for unified communications in large conferencing environments. Cisco will promote its WebEx Meeting Center solution, which now has a revised interface and new features.
Video cameras at InfoComm tend to target the sort of use found in government facilities, such as PEG channels, legislative chamber video and city-run production studios. Still, the emphasis by camera vendors is on 4K products, since these can shoot excellent HD and cost about what a decent HD camera cost just a couple years ago.
Canon will show off its new XC10 camera, an affordable model that shoots 4K on a one-inch sensor and has a built-in 10x zoom lens and many interesting features. Panasonic will present its HC-X1000 4K camera, which was reviewed in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Government Video. It has a built-in 20x lens and two SD card slots. Panasonic will also highlight the AG-DVX200 4K large-sensor (micro four-thirds) handheld camcorder, which includes features such as 4K/60p recording, a built-in 13x optical zoom lens and a V-Log L gamma curve with 12 stops of contrast latitude.
JVC will feature at least two new cameras at InfoComm: the GY-HM200 streaming camcorder and GY-HM170 compact camcorder. The GY-HM200 is aimed at ENG, corporate and government applications, and features a 1/2.3-inch backside-illuminated CMOS chip, a built-in 12x zoom lens and professional XLR audio inputs. The GY-HM170 is similar to the GY-HM200, but without the streaming capability and XLR audio inputs.
Monitors are always among the popular items for government video operations. A couple of companies such as Atomos and Blackmagic Design now have small monitors for field shooting that also include recording capability.
Blackmagic’s is called the Video Assist, and it is a portable, all-in-one professional five-inch monitor and video recorder that can be used with any SDI or HDMI camera. It saves files in ProRes and other professional formats, using SD cards as the storage medium.
The Atomos Ninja Blade has a five-inch display and HD recording capability using an HDMI port. It records 10-bit 4:2:2 video in ProRes format on a solid-state hard drive.
If you’re looking for big displays, there will be lots of that at InfoComm 2015, including both projectors and flat-panel monitors.
Sony has a broad line of imaging products that contains both flat-panel displays and projectors for any size room. One example is the VPL-SW235 ultra-short-throw projector that can make a 60-inch image when positioned just 28 inches from the screen. The VPL-SW235 has 1,280 x 800-pixel native resolution.
ViewSonic likewise has a wide range of both flat-panel displays and projectors, including the LightStream line with the company’s proprietary SuperColor technology. On the display side, ViewSonic will feature its commercial units that range up to 84-inchs and are available in both 4K and HD versions for solo operation, digital signage and multi-display walls.
InfoComm will have these and many other products on display, as well as a deep conference program with sessions targeted at audiovisual, conferencing and video operations.