What is 4K TV?

4K TV is the next generation in the in HD television technology. 4K is also termed ultra-high definition (‘UHD’), but the former is usually used when describing it. To start a little history of what we have had before, since HD has been around for about a decade now. I the beginning, as far as home entertainment went, we had Standard Definition, which was about 480p/540p (ouch I know!), then came High Definition (720p); and until recently we all topped out at Full High Definition (1080p). Now we have Ultra High Definition which is counting in at a whooping 2160p!

Why is it called 4K? It’s a bit of mathematics; 4K means that the maximum resolution of the TV is 3,840 pixels wide and 2,160 pixels high; meaning it is equivalent to two full high definition screens (1080p) in height, and two in length. Originally this technology was referred to as a “QuadHD” because of the doubling in length and width; but it eventually got a catchier name of 4K.

Do I want it?  The jump from standard definition to high definition toted a large payoff for home consumers. The difference was very clear across a large range of television screen sizes. Many people can’t go back to watching much more than the 7pm news on standard definition these days. With 4K, besides the lack of consumer content to watch at this time, the screen size plays a large part in if you actually get some benefit out of this technology in your own home. The bigger the screen, the larger the payoff, anything over 60′ and scaling up is where you will see the most bang for your buck in adopting 4K over full high definition.

How can Precise help? As Crestron dealers on the island, we have all the resources to help you get your system up to 4K! Crestron is a leader in the industry, and are currently rolling out systems to handle this new technology while others are scrambling to keep up.

Here is an exert from Tom Barnett, Creston’s Marketing Director, on their DigitalMedia brand that supports 4K:

“DigitalMedia is more than ‘4k ready’; it’s 4K already,” said Tom Barnett, Marketing Director. ”In fact, DM was built to handle 4K since our very first 8X8 switcher. While others are ‘getting ready,’ we’re shipping a complete 4K solution today. Now, your customers can distribute 4K and other resolutions, such as 2560×1440 output from Apple® laptops, that require more signal bandwidth than switchers designed for 1080p and 2K distribution can provide.”

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Crestron is Launching a new Design Shown Room in the Decoration & Design Building in NYC!

Coming soon: Crestron is creating a building that showcases the marriage of  interior design and electronics working harmoniously to create beautiful spaces.  This is a great building for interior designers and clients to visit who are taking on a project that involves the integration of control systems and A/V systems into a living environment.  It introduces you to not only the newest technology from Crestron, but also shows you that electronics can add to your design, not take away from it.

Have a look at some of the beautiful gallery designs so far, and let us know if you are interested in seeing this gallery up close when the construction is over.

WOW That is a lot of Crestron!


Discover Crestron Touchpanels

Crestron launched an industry when is introduced the world’s first touchpanel.  Since then many home control companies have arrived on the market, and lately a range of consumer products have popped up for the DIY Weekend Warriors.  But with all this competition on the market Crestron has been able to remain a leader in home control and is recognized world wide.  Have a look at the Crestron Touchpanel Brochure to introduce yourself to the sleek designs of Crestron.


Crestron Lecture Capture Technology

With One Touch, New Crestron Lecture Capture Technology Makes Classroom Presentations Available to Everyone

CAPTURE-HD Provides Faculty with a Simple and Affordable Way to Record and Publish Lectures Online; Students Can Now View Classroom Presentations from Anywhere, Anytime.

At InfoComm 2011, Crestron introduced CAPTURE-HD, its new high-definition lecture capture device for college campuses and the corporate enterprise. CAPTURE-HD provides faculty and presenters with a simple one-button solution to schedule, record, publish online, and view lectures, presentations, medical procedures, seminars, and training sessions. CAPTURE-HD is smartly designed as a complete yet practical meeting and lecture capture solution that’s easy for the entire faculty to use, and budget-friendly for wide-scale deployment across any sized campus or corporate environment. With CAPTURE-HD, students and staff can now view presentations and lecture series in high-definition from wherever and whenever they choose, including from popular mobile devices such as an iPhone®, iPad® or laptop, providing more options for accessing academic content.

“Capture HD delivers a simple and efficient end-to-end solution for recording, processing, online distribution, and remote viewing of lecture and presentation content – at a fraction of the cost of other systems,” said Fred Bargetzi, Crestron VP of Technology. “From a user perspective it’s easy – there are record, play and pause buttons, and no training is required to learn how to use it. The result is a greater use of resources and content, and a more effective learning experience.”

Flexible enough for any college, university, teaching hospital or corporate setting, CAPTURE-HD enables instructors to teach using their choice of analog or digital media sources including high-definition videos, computers, whiteboards, and annotators. Requiring no special training or effort from the instructor, CAPTURE-HD records a complete presentation in high-definition 1080p and saves it in high-quality H.264 format.

The recorded lecture includes content and microphone audio, plus full screen, picture-in-picture (PIP) and picture-by-picture (PBP) video, including from the instructor camera and any other presentation source such as a PowerPoint®, DVD, or website.

Simply insert a USB stick into the CAPTURE-HD, press the “record” button, then walk away with a complete high-definition lecture in hand at the end of the class. The recorded lecture is now ready for easy transfer to online video hosting sites, or to store on a network server for publishing to a web page or internal faculty website. Once recorded, presentations can be automatically scheduled for playback/viewing in any room on the network or from a laptop while commuting on a train or plane.

Alternatively, schedule to record any lecture in advance from a Crestron touch screen. Using Crestron RoomView® SE enterprise software, organizations can instantly add a recorded lecture for playback to any room’s Outlook® scheduled meetings. RoomView also automatically sends recorded lectures to your choice of viewing platforms such as Lecture Management Systems, RSS feeds, iTunes® University, Blackboard™, Sharepoint™, Moodle™ and other hosting services, effectively broadcasting your content out to the world.

Accessing and viewing the final content is facilitated through an intuitive Web interface, providing a powerful search engine and full-featured media player tailored to deliver a consistent user experience across all common Web browsers and computer platforms.

Featuring a compact all-in-one design, CAPTURE-HD eliminates the need for multiple components such as a video window processor, video switcher and splitter, and microphone mixer, making installation simple. Whether used as a standalone solution or as part of a larger AV network environment, CAPTURE-HD integrates seamlessly into classrooms, lecture halls, training labs, and boardrooms.

“Lecture capture devices today consist of either very expensive and complex models, which many schools cannot justify with their tightening budgets, or very low-end models that are clunky to use and don’t provide the power or flexibility large organizations require,” said Vincent Bruno, Crestron Director of Marketing. “CAPTURE-HD handles the whole process for you, it’s versatile and affordable, and it provides the power to meet the digital content distribution needs for any size institution.”

With two models to choose from, the CAPTURE-HD line offers flexibility for all popular camera types and video resolutions. CAPTURE-HD-PRO features a 3G SDI input to support SDI, HD-SDI, or 3G-SDI cameras. CAPTURE-HD provides a composite input for lower-resolution cameras.

For more information about how you can bring advanced yet affordable lecture capture technology to your school or organization, go to Crestron CAPTURE-HD or CAPTURE-HD Video.


Crestron Introduces Slick New Docking Stations For iPad® And iPad® 2

With Crestron Control Solutions for Apple® Devices, the Mobile Lifestyle is Simply Magical; Whether You Own the Original Apple iPad® or iPad® 2 – Crestron’s Got You Covered

Crestron today began shipping a stylish new line of docking stations for both the original iPad® and the new, thinner iPad® 2. The new charging docks turn the wildly popular Apple mobile tablets into tabletop or wall mount Crestron touch screens for simple finger touch control of the home, classroom and building. IDOC-PAD and IDOC-PAD2 enables any iPad or iPad 2 to be stationed and used while charging in a sleek, minimalist in-wall design, or in a slim ergonomic tabletop model.

Available in a gloss white or black finish, both models provide a clean, contemporary appearance for mounted use of iPad and iPad 2 in any environment. Simply press the slim frame on the wall mount model and the dock extends, inviting you to slide the amazing tablet in or out. The curvy and lightweight tabletop model is designed for quick docking – and then swiping it off again – so you can move freely from room to room or across the office, keeping you as mobile as your iPad. There are no clumsy latches or annoying locks to slow you down.

“Whether you own the original iPad or the new iPad 2, there’s a Crestron mobile control solution to accommodate you,” said Crestron VP of Technology, Fred Bargetzi. “We’re committed to keeping our customers on the edge of cutting edge by offering the solutions that bring the latest, most popular technology into their lives. Our new IDOCs for iPad and iPad 2 are just the latest examples of our commitment.”

IDOC-PAD docking stations for iPad and iPad 2 are the latest additions to Crestron’s complete line of mobile solutions for Apple mobile devices. The best-selling Crestron Mobile Pro® G app turns any iPad into a powerful Crestron or Prodigy touch screen, enabling reliable whole home and building control from anywhere in the world.

From any iPad or iPad 2, users can control lighting, thermostats, and audio settings and view streaming video in one or multiple locations such as a primary residence, vacation home, office, or across a campus. The ultra-intuitive graphical interface also provides convenient real-time feedback so users can adjust settings as they deem necessary, no matter where you are. Room temperatures, shade positions and lighting levels, plus audio volumes and metadata including album, song and artist, are displayed right on the iPad screen.


Crestron DigitalMedia™ is More Than HDMI Over CAT5e

The seeds of Crestron DigitalMedia™ were planted several years ago. That’s when Crestron engineers began building on their ambitious vision to create a solution to transmit uncompressed, content protected, HD digital video long distance over a single wire that could be run through walls and conduit and terminated in the field. Actually, that was only a part of the vision.

The original goal was to transmit any mix of analog & digital AV signals, high-speed Ethernet to support streaming media and IR/Serial control up to 100 meters using standard CAT5e cable. For longer distances, a fiber solution would be developed.

During the R&D process, HDMI proved to be more multi-layered and sophisticated than originally anticipated. In addition to the audio and video signals carried on HDMI and DisplayPort, Crestron engineers had to manage several other signal paths and data streams, including HDCP content protection, CEC device control and EDID resolution management.

After years of research and engineering, which included developing new software and equipment for testing and diagnostics, Crestron DigitalMedia™ was introduced – the first solution for long distance digital transmission and distribution.

The first version of DM was truly revolutionary. No other company was working on any technology to transmit uncompressed HD digital signals combined with analog AV signals, data, control and high-speed Ethernet on a single wire. The original DM solution used chipsets from five different vendors, and while using a single jacketed cable, required three separate terminated wires.

Innovative and visionary, Crestron was the lone voice in an analog world, signaling that the digital revolution was heading our way. At this point, all the analog pioneers scoffed and denied the need for a digital solution. “Just continue to use component and VGA cable and avoid all the issues with HDMI. Crestron is just making things more complicated than they have to be,” was their mantra. One even discouraged their customers from buying Blu-ray players.

Steadfast and committed, Crestron engineers continued to work to achieve their ultimate goal of a standard UTP solution for uncompressed HD digital AV. About this time, a technology company named Valens Semiconductor approached Crestron with the idea of a new chipset that would transmit full uncompressed HD video over standard CAT5e.

Many months later, Valens delivered their very first chip. Crestron extensively evaluated the chipset in its DM Lab equipped with specially designed testing equipment. This initial chipset brought DM closer to a standard UTP solution, but the technology didn’t meet the full specification yet. The chipset was successful in reducing the cabling requirements from three wires down to just one, but still required an engineered, shielded twisted pair wire to guarantee reliable performance. DigitalMedia 8G™ was born, and Crestron was one step closer to realizing its vision.

Recognizing that there was still significant work to be done, Crestron and Valens solidified their working relationship by forming an exclusive arrangement. Valens and Crestron engineers collaborated to refine the technology and deliver a true UTP solution for full 1080p HDMI. After several months of development, a new firmware version finally passed the rigorous set of tests and demands of the Crestron engineering team.

Crestron is now introducing its third generation technology – DigitalMedia 8G+™, which enables transmission of uncompressed 1080p/60 digital video up to 330 feet using standard unshielded CAT5e wire. After years of research and engineering and three generations of technology, Crestron DigitalMedia 8G+ delivers on what seemed to be an impossible dream that started many years ago.

The collaboration between Crestron and Valens has resulted in accomplishments that are advancing an entire industry. The latest Valens chip is now publicly available, so it’s no coincidence that as InfoComm approaches, several of those analog pioneers who denied that the digital revolution was coming, are now introducing their first digital switchers. Unfortunately, a switcher alone does not make a system, and a Valens chip is only a small part of providing a reliable digital solution. As Crestron engineers learned from years of experience, a reliable system requires a complete engineered, end-to-end solution that includes all the hardware and software.

Crestron DigitalMedia is Much More Than a Chipset or a Cable

The latest chipset is just the foundation on which Crestron DigitalMedia is built. DigitalMedia is a complete, modular single platform solution. Crestron DigitalMedia distributes all analog and digital audio and video signals, plus Gigabit Ethernet, USB and control – not just HDMI – all through a single matrix (rather than a several independent switchers that require transcoding) over a single wire. DigitalMedia switches any signal to any and all displays without compression, manages all the HDCP, EDID and CEC automatically, and provides the software tools necessary for installation and troubleshooting.

“With the launch of DigitalMedia 8G+, our DM® technology continues to lead our industry in the digital revolution. While others are trying to figure it all out for the first time, we’re now on our third generation of DigitalMedia technology,” said Crestron Executive Vice President, Randy Klein. “Just six months ago our competition was telling dealers not to buy Blu-ray players and to keep installing component video. All of a sudden they’re jumping on the digital bandwagon and trying to catch up.”

When you design a system with DM, you get years of experience, with the support of thousands of installations and hundreds of thousands of fully-tested connection points behind it. It’s a full and ever-expanding product line. It is sophisticated, easy-to-use diagnostics software that cannot be replicated or purchased from a third party vendor.

Most importantly, Crestron DigitalMedia is proven to work. The most demanding clients in the world, including some of the most prestigious Fortune 500 companies and universities, trust and rely on Crestron DigitalMedia. As a result, Crestron has clearly established itself as the true leader of digital AV.


Prodigy Brochure

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Prodigy by Crestron, the most respected and trusted name in home automation, is control without compromise. Installed in more homes worldwide than all other brands combined, Crestron is the global standard in luxury homes. Backed by Crestron quality, expertise and support, Prodigy provides the power and scalability you’d expect at a price you can afford. Now every house can be a Crestron home with Prodigy.

Prodigy offers affordable, simplified control of your home and entertainment from any room in your house or any place on the planet. Keep all your music, movies, lights, thermostats and security at your fingertips wherever you are and wherever you go. You are always in touch and in control with Prodigy. Make your home the perfect sanctuary where you can escape everyday stress. Just a simple tap of your finger brings you serenity, comfort, convenience and pleasure. Prodigy does all the thinking so you don’t have to.