Lilliput BM280-4K – 28″ 4K monitor

The latest addition to our rental stock for 2019 is the Lilliput 4K monitor for situations that require the greatest quality for on-site video production and editing.

7 inch high definition screen
4K Ultra-HD resolution

The BM280-4K monitor features the latest 4K imaging technology. Connected through by HDMI 2.0, 4K screens are Ultra HD – containing 8.3 million pixels making the resolution four times more powerful than full HD making them the ultimate in cinematic displays.

8 inch high definition screen
28” monitor with widescreen

The monitor’s 28″ 16:9 LED display gives a wide viewing angle and consistently great images from any perspective. It’s large enough to gather a crowd and gives a great picture from any angle

10 inch high definition widescreen
Precision colours with 1000:1 contrast ratio

The BM280-4K has a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 300cd/m brightness ratio, giving you sharper pictures and rich colours. Enjoy more detailed images than ever before.

5 inch high definition widescreen
Carry-on suitcase for superior protection

The monitor comes with a specially designed flight case for greater robustness and portability. The design also allows for greater heat radiation and ensures greater reliability over longer shoots

8 inch high definition screen
Connectivity for all video standards

The monitor comes with all of the major video standards used in commercial and the video industry. The BM280K connects using HDMI for 4K resolutions, and can connect using either HDMI or SDI for standard 1080p and below resolutions. This gives the ability to meet the needs of any professional display solution

9 inch high definition screen
Metal outer housing

An aluminium outer body provides excellent protection to extend the lifetime of your monitor.

Great webcasts need great cameras…

Online video is becoming more and more popular every day with users now watching more than 1 billion hours of video on YouTube every day.  Many of our engineers and camera people will often hark back to the days of  the BBC engineer, quality, quality, quality.  BBC used to train their engineers over a period of decades and to very high standards.

But this isn’t about the BBC, it’s about a wider change in expectation across the board.  Over the years, young people in particular have become less focused on quality and instead want to consume content now, as soon as possible.  We see it on the news all the time; we don’t mind that the quality is poor or even that the link to a warzone drops, we’d rather see something than nothing at all.

But now we see the pendulum swinging back the other way.  It’s become much easier and more commonplace to stream on facebook or youtube from mobile devices so the differentiator now is quality.  Brands and Corporates want their online content, live or not, to represent their values of quality and care.

Despite the fact that video is often consumed on mobile devices, tablets etc,  the quality of the video going in to ‘the system’ directly correlates to the quality of the video out.  A great piece of cinema still looks great, even on a mobile and that’s why we have partnered with Starlight Productions to make sure our customers get the very best quality in live video production.

Video Conferencing Training for Engineers

Video Conferencing is key to what we do and it’s becoming commonplace in the live events world. Customers expect it to work (and it should) and event organisers want their events to include as many people as possible, whether they’re in the room or not.

We believe that technology should be used by all to bring maximum value to customers and that video conferencing specifically is a fantastic, valuable tool which allows people outside the room to interact and be engaged with those in the room.

Please feel free to attend our training day and learn about the technical opportunities and challenges associated with video conferencing. This training will be technical and designed for people with a good knowledge of AV and IT infrastructures.

The training will take place at our office in Wimbledon on 4th August at 10am. Please contact tom@presentcommunications.com if you would like to attend.

Telepresence Robot on hire…

We had the fun experience of providing a remote controlled telepresence robot to our newest client – the University of Surrey.

Earlier in the day, Present Communications ltd facilitated a ‘typical’ video conference, where a professor from Harvard presented to a lecture theatre here in the UK. After the presentation, the professor wanted to be actively involved in the drinks reception which required him to be able to ‘mingle’ with the guests from over 3,000 miles away.

We provided a telepresence robot which allowed the guests to interact with the professor in real time and in person … virtually. Live video and audio were streamed in both directions.

Here is a little video of the robot in action, being controlled in London, from Boston.

Live Interpretation for Webcasting

The World is getting smaller, we are at the forefront of bringing people together using online technologies such as webcasting and video conferencing.  Technology is available for us to make events accessible to people wherever they might be at that specific time.  ‘Delegates’ (in the new sense of the word) are able to interact with each other on mobile devices or at their desks, even from an aeroplane (yes, we have done this).

There are a few obvious challenges to overcome.  The two big ones, time zones and languages.

The first is difficult to change, we can’t change time zones but we can be as flexible as possible with our event and we find ourselves now working on events at more peculiar times of the day.  If live interaction is not required, we can stagger the streaming in different countries.  Or perhaps two or three live events can be staggered throughout the day for the convenience of various audiences.

‘Languages’ are easier.  The stream, already going over the web can be interpreted live with questions and online interaction translated in real time.  This is becoming a relatively common way to stream and something that works really well for multi-lingual audiences.

In this photograph you see a remote location with real time video sent from the event location to an off-site venue which housed our interpreters who were them streamed live in the web.  It’s a big world, but it’s getting smaller.

 

 

Video Conferencing with Ultimate Flexibility – anytime – anyplace – PresentAnywhere

When our customers require the ultimate in flexibility and reliability, it becomes necessary to bring the entire offering in house. We’ve been offering video conferencing bridging and firewall traversal for some time through our trusted and (frankly) brilliant partners but the time has come for these services to be provided by our own team. This gives us the flexibility to change, amend and adapt on site as required and often at the last minute and I don’t need to explain to event professionals how important that is.

AJA Ki Pro Rack

 

We’ve recently invested in the industry standard AJA Ki Pro, a unit that has proved to be of superb quality and reliability for us over the last year.

With a wealth of professional connections, Ki Pro Rack will fit right into your existing cabling and routing system and record 10-bit Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD files direct to removable hard disk or SSD Storage Modules, eliminating the need for time-consuming logging and capturing. The files can be used in most editing systems without the need for additional transcoding or importing processes.

  • HD/SD Solid State Video Recorder
  • Ability to switch between Apple ProRes 422 and Avid DNxHD
  • Built-in broadcast-quality Up/Down/Cross conversions
  • HD/SD SDI, HDMI, and HD/SD analog video I/O
  • Multi-channel AES, analog balanced XLR, and embedded audio I/O
  • Remote configuration and control via Ethernet LAN connection
  • Ethernet file transfer
  • Stand-alone operation and configuration, no need for external computer
  • RS-422 machine control, genlock, and LTC connections
  • Dual Media Drive Bays

 

Barco PDS-902 3G Scaler / Seamless Presentation Switcher

The PDS series is designed to meet today’s requirements for a high-quality, easy-to-use and fast seamless switcher with more digital inputs at an affordable price. Thanks to its straightforward setup and operation the PDS is a perfect fit for live events, boardrooms, hotel ballrooms, houses of worship, education and training facilities and fixed installations.

The  PDS-902 3G models feature four DVI-I inputs with full HDCP 1.0 support. It includes one 3G/HD/SD SDI and four universal analog inputs. All analog and DVI inputs support the EDID 1.3 specification. Users can capture and store up to three images that can be used as a LOGO source during the presentation. Built-in test patterns are also provided.

Program output

All models offer simultaneous program output via the DVI and analog connectors. The PDS-902 3G model includes an SDI output supporting SD/HD/3G rates and BarcoLink for easy connection to your Barco projectors. In addition, the PDS-902 3G offers a preview output that can be set at different resolution than the program output. Users have the option of displaying one of three signals on the preview output: program, preview or test pattern.

Processing

  • Fast source acquisition
  • Fast and seamless switching
  • Auxiliary control from Encore and ScreenPRO-II controllers
  • Up to three LOGO stores/recall capability
  • Low video delay
  • Software download via USB

Inputs

  • All resolutions from NTSC/PAL up to WUXGA including all HD resolutions
  • EDID support for analog and DVI sources
  • DVI, analog, SDI 3G/HD/SD and BarcoLink
  • HDCP 1.0 support for all DVI sources

Preview and program outputs

  • All progressive resolutions from 480p up to WUXGA/HD
  • DVI, analog, SDI 3G/HD/SD and BarcoLink
  • Full screen outputs and PIPs
  • Dual PIP mode
  • 9×2 Matrix mode
  • Zoom and Stretch fit modes
  • Supports HDCP compliant displays
  • Built-in test patterns
  • Independent resolutions for program and preview outputs

Mechanical

  • Auto ranging power supply
  • Slim 1 RU height
  • Width: 19” rack

Multi-Lingual Video Conferencing – Live Interpretation

We’ve been a key supplier to some global, multi-lingual webcasting over the last few years, allowing audiences to watch live events and presentations in real time in their chosen language.  The technology is often complex but we’ve got it nailed.  Webcasting is one way.

 

But what about two way communication?  How can we make two way live conversation available to each participant or group in a chosen language?  Well, we’ve nailed that too.  By routing the call through our systems where the interpreters sit, we can provide each end with their chosen language facilitating international, global, live conversations. The language barrier will soon be a thing of the past, if it’s got anything to do with us!

Preferred Supplier for Video Conferencing Live Events

 

For those who require the best service supported only by the best equipment for live events such as our Cisco C90 video conferencing codecs, there is one obvious technical support partner.
2016 has started well so far with events in the UK (obviously), Germany & France.  We love working with all our customers but signing up with new clients is always nice and encouraging to know that another company thinks we’re doing it right.

 

Morgan REUTERS/Brendan McDermidStanley were the latest to sign us up as a preferred supplier and we are really looking forward to working with them on their upcoming events.  They use telepresence suites and other video endpoints throughout their business to communicate on a day to day basis and are looking to expand this capability more and more into their events, internal or otherwise and Present Communications are excited to have been chosen as the company to make that happen.