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Now Shipping! ExtronTeamWork Collaboration Systems Expand to Include USB-C Show Me Cables

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the USBC-HDMI SM and USBC-DP SM Show Me® Cables. The cables provide the user interface for USB-C devices in an Extron TeamWork® collaboration system, allowing USB-C sources along with HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, or VGA sources within the same furniture system or enclosure. The USBC-HDMI SM provides easy USB-C source selection with connectivity to an HDMI input on a TeamWork switcher while the USBC-DP SM allows USB-C source connectivity to a DisplayPort input in a TeamWork collaboration system. The operation is simple and convenient: Connect the Show Me cable to your source device and press the Share button to share your content on the main presentation display. The cables meet Section 508 accessibility standards and are cert...
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2019 Central Pennsylvania Chapter JDRF Gala featuring a performance from country music artist Eric Paslay

Pre-Planning and Design
We have worked with the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of JDRF for many years and have a trusted relationship.

Project discussions started in the fall/winter timeframe of 2018 with only the name of the event "Black Tie - Boots and Bling" and that renowned, Platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer Eric Paslay would be the featured artist.

The design for the event was left up to our team to provide a creative solution using in-house technology while meeting a modest production budget. Additional budget hurdles included a larger venue space, compared to the previous year, as well as compromising on an appropriate live sound system for the sound engineer touring with Eric Paslay.

The initial set design and budget was provided to JDRF in January of this year.

This year's design had to have a unique modern look to set it apart from the prior years while still maintaining the functionality of dual projection screens, drape, lighting, and presentation audio then be flexible enough to switch to the live performance scenario.

To accomplish the modern set look a modular backdrop was chosen which had an interesting pattern. This would provide the eye-catching visuals provided by the various lighting scenes.

After receiving specifications from Eric Paslay's technical crew, meetings, and conference calls, several designs were visualized then presented to the client with the final concept being accepted in February 2019.
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How and Why to Properly Wrap Cables

Yes, there is a correct method to wrap a cable; no, it's not by coiling the cable around your elbow. An appropriately wrapped cable ensures that it will uncoil straight and quickly, prolong its life, and look professional. Why is Improper Wrapping Bad? What is more frustrating and embarrassing than trying to uncoil or disentangle a cable that has been improperly wrapped? In situations where you might not have a lot of time, trying to untwist and undo knots can be a tremendous waste of labor. Incorrect wrapping can create a bad cable "memory" and eventually destroy the wires.Wrapping a cable around your elbow or "straight coiling" does not work because every time it is wound, it causes the cable to twist with each loop made. When it is unwound, it coils and tie...
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NewBlueFX Releases Titler Live 4

July 25, 2018Today NewBlueFX released their lmost powerful on-air graphics solutions, Titler Live 4. This version brings a host of enhancements and feature sets which include support for 4K resolution, input-driven design library, customize variables/inputs per design, search/select data to bring it into a design, PNG sequence support , Excel® spreadsheets, social media and polling packages, sports and scoreboard packages just to name a few.Titler Live 4 Broadcast delivers unlimited layers of dynamic 3D animated graphics. Streamline your workflows and instantly elevate your production value with a more powerful, intuitive and affordable on-air graphics solution. Elevate Your Broadcasts​Experience the most powerful on-air graphics solution for professional broadcasters. Access flexible play...
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HOW TO CONTROL AUDIO FEEDBACK

     Feedback is that piercing screech or hum that is sometimes heard during live events involving microphones. Feedback is almost always an undesired sound in most audio systems. If you want to be able to control the problem, you first need to learn what feedback is and what causes the phenomenon.

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