Vaddio, manufacturer and OEM distributor of specialty PTZ cameras and high-end camera control systems, came to NAB with its new AutoPresenter, a tool to make it easier to present and create content in the classroom.
Vaddio AutoPresenter “The AutoPresenter is designed to truly allow a teacher to have an automated classroom,” said Rob Sheeley, Vaddio president and CEO. “For years integrators have been designing classrooms with large control systems with the goal of making it easier for teachers to teach. What we’ve discovered is that teachers don’t want to deal with the complexities of operating a control system; they want automation. They want to focus on teaching and not the technology.”
The AutoPesenter can switch up to six video inputs in analog component HD (720p/1080i/1080p), RGBHV (up to 1920 x 1200) and SD video (NTSC & PAL). Individual video transitions including fades, wipes and dissolves can be programmed as required, while each video input can be up/down-converted to create a common aspect ratio and resolution.
An additional output converter (available in June at InfoComm 2010) will convert YPbPr component video to a DVI/HDMI digital output for integrating with Tandberg and Polycom codecs.
The AutoPresenter allows the presenter to automate up to 72 presets for any type of content (video, document camera, whiteboard, PC). The PIP option allows any of these types of content to be shown at five different screen positions, in three different sizes within each preset.
Also, the new Presenter Pod (with PresenterSense), used in conjunction with the AutoPresenter, allows the presenter to automatically walk up to a work area, such as a teaching podium or whiteboard, and have the content appear in the main display, while retaining a PTZ camera preset shot of the presenter in the PIP window. An ultrasonic Presenter Sensor tracks presenter movement (with up to four ranges), while two large buttons located on the PresenterPod offer the presenter flexible control over the automated content and other necessary content sources. A third button is available for PIP adjustment within any preset.
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