Sanyo Offers Full HD 1080p LCD Front Projector for Under $3 Grand (PLV-Z2000)

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CEDIA EXPO -- DENVER, CO - Sept. 5, 2007 -- SANYO, one of the world's largest manufacturers of projectors introduces the PLV-Z2000 1080p LCD projector during CEDIA EXPO this week in Denver, CO. The PLV-Z2000 features a new 3D color management system with a high contrast ratio of 15,000:1, along with an advanced lens shifting function and the industry's quietest fan system. The PLV-Z2000 will be available in the U.S. in October 2007 with a MSRP of $2,995.99.

Offering a full 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution, the PLV-Z2000 delivers rich, deep and accurate colors due to SANYO's exclusive Topaz Real HD technology, a 3D color management system that addresses changes in color phase and color level to obtain perfect color reproduction. The PLV- Z2000's color management system provides 1110 times more color combinations than SANYO's 720p PLV-Z5, a total of approximately 216 billion possible color combinations. This new color management system was designed to optimize the potential of Deep Color via the projectors two HDMI 1.3 inputs.

Rated at 1200 lumens, the PLV-Z2000 is capable of an incredible 15,000:1 contrast ratio for superlative black levels, even in ambient light. Plus a newly developed, high efficiency lens that maximizes image details for exceptional optical performance.

The PLV-Z2000 uses a Durable Inorganic Optical System (DIOS), which includes the projector's LCD panels and polarizing film. This highly advanced optical engine increases the overall reliability and performance of the PLV-Z2000 many times over traditional 3LCD projectors.

The PLV-Z2000 is outfitted with the industry's most advanced lens shifting function. When coupled with the projector's short throw capability and 2x zoom, the PLV-Z2000 can create a large screen image in any size room and from virtually any location. The lens shifting function allows wide-range shifting up or down to three screen sizes and left to right to two screen sizes. The throw design of the PLV-Z2000, is capable of projecting a 100-inch diagonal image from 10 to 20 feet away, which makes it extremely suitable for small to mid-size home theaters.

A 1200 lumen projector generates a tremendous amount of heat and requires a high quality fan to protect it. At this level of brightness, the fan is 'on' most of the time and the noise can be extremely loud and disruptive, especially in smaller home theaters where the projector and the audience are in the same vicinity. To promote greater enjoyment of the film and to reduce noise levels during quiet passages of a film, the PLV-Z2000 is equipped with the industry's quietest fan, a large aperture, low noise Sirocco cooling fan that never rises above 19dB in the economy mode.

"The PLV-Z2000 offers home theater users a high performance, cost-effective solution for 1080p projection, "says Mark Holt, the Vice President and General Manager for SANYO's Presentation Technologies Division. "The flexibility of installation due to our unique lens shifting system and the short-throw distance makes the PLV-Z2000 an excellent choice for home theater viewing. HDMI 1.3 and Full 1080p HD makes it a wise investment in the best in home theater for year's to come."

PLV-Z2000 Specifications
Contrast Ratio: 15,000:1
Brightness: 1200 lumens
Video Inputs: HDMI 1.3 x 2, Component x 2, D-sub 15pin, Composite(RCA), S-Video
Control Ports: Mini DIN 8-pin (RS232)
Dimensions: 15.75 (W) x 5.75 (H) x 13.62 (D) inches (400 x 146 x 346 mm)
Weight: 16 lbs. (7.3 kg)

The PLV-Z2000 will be available in October '07 and can be seen with SANYO's other fine products in booth 589 at the Colorado Convention Center during CEDIA EXPO '07 starting September 5. The PLV-Z2000 will sell for a U.S. MSRP of $2,995.99 and will be available in October 2007.

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Universal Launches New HD DVD Website

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Further pushing the boundaries of HD DVD interactivity, Universal has launched a new consumer high-def promotional and support web site promising exclusive web-enabled content.

The studio-created site, dubbed Universal Studios Home Entertainment Hi Def, is designed to be an extensive consumer portal for all things Universal HD DVD. Among the site's offerings are a FAQ covering the format's current interactive features, extensive technical support (including connection issues and a breakdown of common software and hardware error codes) and previews of upcoming releases.

But most exciting are a number of site sections still under construction, which seem to suggest that the studio is planning to use the site as a launching pad for future web-enabled content. Labeled "Coming Soon" are several features, including something called "U-Shop," which apparently will allow consumers to buy exclusive products while they watch the movie; "Best Buddies," where fans will be able to send friends pointers to favorite clips on a given an HD DVD title via the studio's "MyScenes" feature; and a dedicated Download Center.

Universal is also promising that additional content will be made available only to registered users of the site, including trailers and other exclusive material.

Source: Hi-Def Digest

JVC’s New Range Of High Endurance, High Definition LCD Displays

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IBC was chosen by JVC for the first ever showing of the new range of large, that is to say extremely large, professional LCD display monitors aimed at broadcast control rooms, OB vans, high class digital signage and corporate information markets.

The diagonal screen sizes of 65”, 52” and 46” are all full HD screen arrays of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The qualities which make these new LCD monitors so truly professional are their build-quality and durability. They are specifically designed for displaying images 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

With such reliability and longevity combining with the uppermost level of high definition imaging, these giant LCD monitors are targeting the seriously top end display applications, where only the very best will suffice.

Such applications could be as multi-view displays in broadcast control studios and OB vans, in large CAD/CAM workstations, in specialist round-the-clock monitoring rooms and in conference halls, notably where projection is not suited or is not feasible.

Other obvious uses are as point of sales (POS) and point of information (POI) displays, such as may be required for superior networked digital signage systems, like TV-TOOLS from JVC.

As to be expected of such displays, they are rich with features, like picture-in-picture (PiP), picture-by-picture (PbP) and tile matrix. Connectivity covers all possibilities: analogue and digital, video and data, looped-through DVI with wired remote control via RS-232.

Although the LCD displays come in the three sizes of 46”, 52” and 65”, there are actually four models in total, because 65” has a different model number according to whether it will be mounted in landscape or portrait mode.

The range has a common prefix is GD-FH standing for Graphic Display – Full HD, 1920 x 1080. With a base stand supplied as standard, other mounting methods are included in the optional accessories.

Prices start at under £4,000 and the range is available from November 2007.

Source: Broadcastbuyer

Third High Definition DVD Format to Come This Fall

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The ongoing war between Blu-ray and HD DVD high-definition video formats is heating up as appropriate players become more affordable. While the end of the battle is still far ahead, there is a small company from London, England, which plans to offer truly affordable high-definition format called HD VMD already this fall.New Medium Enterprises unveiled its first HD VMD (Versatile Multilayer Disc) player at IFA trade-show in Berlin along with the short list of movies to be available for the player this fall. The company, which positions its standard as “The New Definition of High Definition” promises affordable prices and widespread availability, but remains tight-lipped over the movies portfolio it is able to release.

NME’s ML622S player that is capable of DVD and HD VMD playback has recommended retail price of €179 ($243) and offers video playback encoded using MPEG-2/MPEG-2 HD, VC-1 or H.264 codecs in up to 1080p (1920x1200, progressive scan) resolution with up to 45Mb/s bitrate along with Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS audio.

The London-based startup launches its HD VMD technology worldwide in October or November with a competitive player and content bundle box which will include 5 new HD VMD titles for Australia, France, Iceland, India, Poland and Scandinavia. The company says that HD VMD’s “growing list of film content” includes “blockbuster films from Hollywood, Bollywood and International titles worldwide” including 16 Blocks, Apocalypto, Passion of the Christ, Lord of War, Lucky Number Slevin, plus the award winning children’s series, Lazy Town.

HD VMD technology is based on multi-layer DVD discs and red laser head. Each additional layer adds approximately up to 5 GB of memory over a standard DVD disc. VMD provides the ability to place up to 20 layers on a single disc with no quality loss in the content stored. This means capacity to record 100 GB or more without major changes to DVD players, but the disc technology requires new manufacturing process and production lines. Currently the company can produce up to 30GB discs. HD VMD is not supported by any major movie studios, like Blu-ray or HD DVD.

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Canon Makes Remote High Definition Cost-Effective

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Now Canon takes remote pan and tilt into the HD era. The Caanon BU-40H is a new remote control pan-tilt camera which provides superb HD footage in such outdoor broadcast situations as concerts and sporting events, news outside key locations and, of course, reality TV.

The BU-40H lets the operator remotely control almost as many camera functions as he could with a BOX type camera - such as pan & tilt of the platform, zoom & focus of the lens - to obtain a readily adjustable high detail HD image.

Canon BU-40H
The BU-40H lets the operator remotely control almost as many camera functions as he could with a BOX type camera - such as pan & tilt of the platform, zoom & focus of the lens - to obtain a readily adjustable high detail HD image.
It comes equipped with a 20x high-performance optical zoom video lens - with a 2/3 conversion you can shoot at 8.25mm wide to a 165mm close-up. All from dimensions of just 386mm(W), 390mm(H), 337mm(L), and a weight of 17kg .

High-definition television standardBy adopting a 3CCD system with a 1/3" total of ~1.67 million pixels (effective pixels 1440 x 1080), the BU-40H achieves the highest level of HDV standard in high resolution . Excellent unity and colour reproduction is guaranteed by the "DIGIC DV II" image engine.

The BU-40H enables HD/SD-SDI output that supports non-compressed output
such as embedded audio. As HD-SDI signal and SD signal (VBS) can be output simultaneously, the HD-SDI can be used as the main line system and the SD signal as a monitoring system. Moreover, thanks to the onboard GENLOCK function (HD (3 values)/ SD (BB)) the image system can work in sync.

Thanks to its low-priced yet high efficient spread-type outdoor platform, the BU-40H is fully configurable to meet any budget. It will bring your remote shooting up to the HD standard effectively and painlessly.

Source: Broadcastbuyer

Panasonic resets standards in portability, versatility and high functionality with new range of full-HD camcorders

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Panasonic, the leading global manufacturer of consumer electronics and home appliances, has announced that it has recently introduced to the Middle East market two new 3CCD full-HD camcorders - the HDC-SD5 and the HDC-SX5 - as part of its initiatives to address the emerging demand for high-definition video products.


The HDC-SD5 debuts as the world's smallest and lightest 3CCD full-HD camcorder, while the HDC-SX5 is a hybrid model that can record motion images onto both SDHC/SD Memory Cards and DVD discs. The new models can record full-HD video on 1920 x 1080 pixels, and also feature Panasonic's original 3CCD camera system, which has earned high acclaim among professional broadcast camcorders.

The new models also employ the high-image-quality AVCHD format, and are equipped with Panasonic's newly developed Advanced O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which allows users to record clear, beautiful, blur-free images with vibrant colors. When viewed on a high-quality, large-screen TV, both the SD5 and SX5 offer breathtaking video quality.

"With broadcasters increasingly switching to high definition, as well as a growing market for large-screen, high-image-quality TV, video products have evolved along this trend and are steadily moving towards high definition. As a manufacturer of industry-leading video equipment, Panasonic has introduced the HDC-SD5 and the HDC-SX5 to address this demand and provide the market with excellent choices to enjoy high-definition recording and viewing,"

said Yasuo Kimoto, Product Manager, Panasonic Marketing Middle East.

The HDC-SD5 records on SDHC/SD Memory Cards and is much smaller than its predecessor, Panasonic's SD1. As it features no mechanical drive mechanism, the SD5 offers outstanding resistance to impact, while its compact body gives the unit superb portability.

The SD5 also introduces the new USB Host function that significantly improves data storage and playback ease. Using DVD burner VW-BN1, which has been released at the same time, users can copy or playback video recordings in the original AVCHD format, and enjoy easy high-definition viewing on a large-screen TV.

The hybrid SX5 can record up to 180 minutes of video on an 8GB SDHC Memory Card (a feature available starting September 2007), and up to 60 minutes on a DVD-R dual-layer disc. Using both media, the SX5 can capture up to 240 minutes of full-HD recording.

The SX5 can also copy recorded video from an SDHC/SD Memory Card to an 8cm DVD disc internally with the touch of a single button - no personal computer is required - and the recording format can be selected at the start of each recording. Users can also enjoy the video on DVD disc in standard definition (MPEG2) to play it back with a DVD recorder/player.

"With these cutting-edge imaging technologies combined with full 1920 x 1080-pixel definition, the SD5 and SX5 make it easy to capture video recordings that are distinctly stunning when viewed on big-screen HD TV. Panasonic has brought new meaning to the camcorder experience with the new models' unparalleled image quality, versatility, high functionality, portability and ease of use," concluded Kimoto.

Source: Ame Info

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