By: Corey Moss – Trade show coverage

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Last week for the second year in a row I attended the Government Video Expo (@GVExpoheld Dec. 6–8, 2016, in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., to cover some of the activity for this event, along with certain vendors who were showing solutions for commercial AV and broadcast. In its 20th year, the Government Video Expo showcases video, broadcast, audio, display, streaming, and delivery technologies on its exhibit floor, while also providing a broad range of educational options for media professionals working in television and production for federal, state and local government, education, law enforcement and education.

The event (co-located with the National Drone Show) included:

(Note: a full list of the Keynote and GV Expo speakers at the event can be found here).

Those who attend the show include:

  • Independent video producers
  • Content creators for the government, media and entertainment, broadcast, education, and enterprise marketplaces
  • Digital media specialists
  • Educators
  • Videographers and cinematographers
  • Production and operations managers
  • News managers and staff
  • Audio professionals
  • IT professionals
  • Systems integrators and AV installers

The exhibitors at the show benefit from gaining access to multiple markets (including  government and non-government prospects in AV/IT), dealing for the most part with decision-makers, as 90% of attendees approve or recommend product/service purchases and 80% made a purchase or plan to make purchase from a GV Expo vender. Exhibitors also increase sales efficiency by holding targeted meetings in the two exhibit floor days, gaining all-important face-to-face marketing time where 75% of attendees rated in-person interaction with exhibitors as extremely important.

(Note: More information as well as 2015 exhibitor statements can be found here).

Some of those exhibitors included:

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Sony – Sony added 4K to its BRC Series PTZ camera lineup – the BRC-X1000 is ideal for small-to-midsize production companies as a primary camera for local broadcast affiliates, cable TV operations, education, hospital and government applications, as well as live event recording for houses of worship or weddings. It can also serve as a key production element in large, advanced media production facilities requiring the proven efficiencies BRC remote-operated cameras bring to a production workflow (more information here).

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Media Backbone Navigator X is the scalable, flexible and affordable solution to start managing your media in a small organization – save more money, prevent data losses, become more efficient, and even find more business opportunities with your productions. Media Backbone NavigatorX orchestrates all phases of your content workflow – from ingest, catalogue and editing to review, approvals, distribution and archive (see the video).

Sony also showed their pro line of laser projectors.

Cabletime – mediamanagerA leading manufacturer in IPTV, Streaming and Digital Signage, Cabletime MediaStar is an integrated suite of software and hardware products to create a comprehensive and fully managed IPTV, streaming and signage system.  Utilizing an installed TCP-IP infrastructure it allows for the delivery of almost unlimited channels of video media and information to an unlimited number of displays, TVs, tablets and phones within network reach (see more information here).

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Casio America, Inc. – Casio showed their lamp free family of products, the Core Series are making safer, brighter, more efficient classrooms, Advanced Series provide high brightness and connectivity for use in large and small rooms, Pro series projectors with 4000 lumen brightness provides brightness & performance needed for large rooms, the Ultra Short Throw projects bright crisp images at close range with a full assortment of connectivity & features.

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Communications Engineering, Inc. (CEI)CEI, with one of the largest booths at the show, is a broadcast, AV and multimedia IT systems integrator that serves a broad range of customers including broadcasters, Federal, State and local governments, commercial businesses both private and public, educational institutions, houses of worship and sports venues. CEI also offers an extensive portfolio of repair and support services through their Service Depot in Virginia as well as on-site maintenance contracts for continuous support.  Here are the vendor partners they showcased:

  • Brainstorm – a specialist company dedicated to provide industry-leading real-time 3D graphics and virtual set solutions. Infinity Set is the most advanced virtual studio solution thanks to its patented Trackfree technology, a totally new and revolutionary approach to virtual set production based on a camera-tracking independent technology.
  • Christie – CEI showed the breakthrough D13HD-HS, a 1-DLP laser phosphor boasting 13,000 ANSI Lumens meeting the Rec. 709 standard for high-definition color reproduction.
  • Imagine Communications – Imagine Communications empowers the media and entertainment industry through transformative innovation. EPICMV is a software-based, UHD-ready multiviewer that provides broadcasters with a single canvas for all signal types and a seamless transition path to an all-IP future. Versio is a powerful integrated playout solution used worldwide by media companies from small, single-channel to very large, multichannel environments and master control operations.
  • Netia – A leading provider of media software solutions, Netia Media Assist enables efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Media Assist includes audio and video recording, media management software and a complete archive solution.
  • Planar – The Planar Leyard TWA Series LED Video Wall, designed to support the highest levels of pixel density and delivering benefits unique to its “flat panel” design including a 16:9 form factor optimized for the most popular high resolution standards, ease of installation and service, as well as outstanding flatness and uniformity.
  • Streambox – Streambox compressed video products include the 9200 Encoder/Decoder, a broadcast quality rackmount encoder/decoder, and the Avenir Micro lightweight HD mobile broadcasting and live video encoder, the Avenir Drone fully powered HD encoder. Streambox Cloud secure live video production infrastructure and Streambox Node, a small form factor HDMI video playout device.
  • Utelogy – Utelogy showcased its Software-Defined Audio-Visual (SDAV) technology providing control, management, analytics and support services for smart classrooms, conference rooms and virtually any AV enabled operational space including command and control environments. With its open architecture, the Utelogy platform leverages existing IT infrastructure and can support any AV device with Utelogy’s built-in tool suites for easy AV provisioning, configuration and monitoring.
  • Others included Hitachi, Microsoft (Surface Hub), Sony, Tektronix, Vaddio and Wheatstone.

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Crestron – Crestron, a leader in AV and control system solutions showed numerous products including the HD-MD-400-CE HD scaling auto-switcher and extender with network management. The low-cost auto-switcher and extender pair is perfect for small rooms, with no programming or control system required. Connect to the LAN and it’s managed on the network. Crestron also showed their Airmedia complete wireless HD presentation solution.

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DekTec – DekTec serves the professional digital television market with a complete range of PC interface adapters and standalone IP converters, supported by test and measurement applications, operational software and SDKs. DekTec provides digital-TV professionals with PC add-on cards, USB devices, network appliances, and a variety of software, also well known for the StreamXpress® player and StreamXpert® analyzer. The DTA-2162  dual Gigabit Ethernet adapter is pictured. See information on DekTec here.

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Earthworks – Earthworks high-definition microphones, precision engineered and hand assembled, represent the pinnacle of technology and art in microphone design. At the show, Earthworks featured their solutions for conferencing. The IM Installation Series gooseneck microphones provide a low profile, pristine sounding microphone solution for permanent installations. IM install microphones are able to clearly pick up sound in 180 degree forward area. The IML install microphone comes with Lumicom lighted touch switch. They also showed the IMB and IMBL installed boundary lines (see more information on all installed microphones here).

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IBM Cloud Video – IBM Cloud Video (powered by Watson) puts the power of the cloud at your command, delivering a comprehensive set of tools to help you maximize your video content. Whether video is the business, or video supports the business, IBM Cloud Video provides support for live and on-demand streaming through a robust set of solutions that streamline multi-screen video preparation, delivery, and catalog and subscriber management.

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Ustream (an IBM company) – Ustream Pro Broadcasting online video streaming for broadcasters is flexible and powerful enough for experts, yet simple enough for beginners. Craft sophisticated multi-camera productions that reach millions of viewers utilizing certified partner encoding and production hardware or instantaneously broadcast right from your browser, no technical experience or software download required.

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Ustream Align, video sharing for teams and enterprises, is a Cloud based video solution for streaming internal video assets that can be viewed on any device. Engage employees with secure video – deliver town halls, trainings and departmental communications to employees everywhere. Ustream Align is built on top of a software defined content delivery network infrastructure, offering a dependable and scalable solution for global enterprises.

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InFocus – InFocus showed their Mondopad touchscreen system for video conferencing, whiteboarding and data sharing. Their new Mondopad Ultra series (70″ and 85″) includes multi-touch 4K display, built-in Windows 10 PC with 256GB hard drive, powerful Intel Core i7 processor with Q170 chipset and Intel vPro technology, digital whiteboard and document annotation, and business-class video conferencing.

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Kencast – KenCast technology is used in applications in the entertainment and media industries, military, homeland security, public safety, and banking and finance, where flawless delivery is often the only option for these applications. Kencast showed hardware bonding options (Livelink pictured) and software bonding – double bandwidth/resolution with mobile hotspot. Kencast also showed their Mobile Platform Workflow  for Live Event Coverage.

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QNAP – A provider of network attached storage, QNAP highlighted the new TVS-x82T 6/8/12-bay Thunderbolt NAS series. The TVS-1282 features advanced hardware by adopting 6th Generation Intel® 14nm multi-core processors and was designed around the concept of tiered storage, application-based partitioning and network traffic distribution. The TVS-1282 comes with three HDMI outputs for using three monitors in either “duplicated” or “extended” desktop configuration.

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Raritan (A brand of Legrand) – Raritan is a proven technology innovator with a 20+ year history of KVM, serial and remote access solutions. Raritan’s remote access products (Dominion® KX III shown) include: High performance KVM-over-IP, standard KVM-over-IP, KVM/serial console server, single port IP KVM, centralized server management, and Cat5 analog desktop or rackmount KVM. Raritan’s data center power products  include: rack power distribution units (PDUs), inline meters, transfer switches, and branch circuit monitoring systems. Raritan also provides Video-over-IP networked audio visual solutions.

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Sennheiser – Sennheiser  displayed the SL Speechline Ceiling Mic which uses the latest beamforming technology to focus automatically on the speaker regardless of the position. The microphone consists of 29 omni directional microphone capsules that guarantee best speech intelligibility during telephone and online meetings. Sennheiser also showed TeamConnect Wireless the first go-anywhere wireless audio conferencing solution that enables you to set up and host a professional-sounding conference in virtually any room. Bluetooth or cable, jack or USB – made for a BYOD world TeamConnect Wireless offers a host of connectivity options.

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Stampede, a leader in Pro AV distribution for over 10 years, servicing North America, Canada, Latin America, and Europe, showcased drones technology at the show, including major manufacturer brands like DJI and Yuneec, and conducted training and education sessions there as well along with Unmanned Vehicle University. Here is a listing of their drone video systems product lines. All pro AV product lines can be found here.

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Vaddio – Vaddio showed a number of their PTZ cameras and professional AV solutions which included the RoboSHOT 20 UHD  with enterprise class features including IP streaming and network control via web interface which delivers native 2160p/30 (3840 x 2160) video with 12X optical zoom and 1.67X digital zoom, precise pan and tilt movements, simultaneous HDMI, HDBT, 3Gb/s HD-SDI and IP streaming outputs and presenter-friendly remote.

wifvWomen in Film & Video (WIFV) – Women in Film & Video of Washington, DC  is dedicated to advancing the career development and achievement for professionals working in all areas of screen-based media and related disciplines. Find out more here.

And many more.

An excellent three days of conferences, workshops and symposiums to go along with exhibitors showing the latest in video, audio, streaming and more for the professionals who attended the show.