Power meets flexibility
Power meets flexibility
The KIT-400 provides multiple local and remote video inputs
Kramer has released its all-in-one KIT-400 switchable 4K receiver/transmitter. It allows users to connect to a wireless device and gives them the ability to store pre-defined meeting room setups. According to the manufacturer, the KIT-400 is the core of the Kramer@Work KR-4000 meeting space solution and provides multiple local and remote video inputs. As a transmitter, the solution provides 4K@60 4:2:0 with two HDMI inputs and a legacy VGA input. It is also said to simplify room automation with its Kramer Maestro room automation capabilities, an HDBaseT output and bidirectional powering. As a receiver, the KIT-400R serves as a high-end 4K@60 4:4:4 scaler equipped with one HDMI input that includes wireless and/or digital signal connectivity and one HDBT input. An HDBT output, powering at either the receiver or the transmitter side, is also included.
The KDS-10, meanwhile, is an end-to-end 4K@60 4:4:4 transceiver that includes Picture-in-Picture and Picture-aside-Picture. It also provides user-controlled H.264/H.265 compression switching and multiple protocols, and is equipped with H.265 HEVC which uses approximately 50% less bandwidth than H.264. The bidirectional transceiver supports up to 3840x2160 picture resolution at a 60Hz frame rate and can be used as either an encoder or decoder. It comes with two HDMI inputs for encoding and decoding dual 4K30 streams.
Turning to cables, the K-Spider is a multi-format, plug-and-play adapter cable that replaces separate cables, adapters and dongles with a single solution. Features include 4K@60 4:4:4 (6Gbps), as specified in HDMI 2.0 and support for HDCP 1.4 and 2.2. It is also compliant with DisplayPort Specification 1.2a for 1.62Gbps, 2.7Gbps and 5.4Gbps.
Kramer has also added to its VIA family. VIA GO2 is a wireless presentation system with a 4K HDMI output, 1024-bit encryption, 60Hz video streaming, and native AirPlay, Miracast and Chromebook support. The compact form factor is said to allow users to easily mount the device on a projector and transform it into a BYOD. Meeting participants can display and stream 60Hz video from their own device and play YouTube videos in full frame rate. VIA Campus2 can show up to six presenter screens on a single display simultaneously and 12 on a dual-display setup. Users can also view the main display on their own device. VIA Campus² features iOS mirroring for MacBook, iPad and iPhone, as well as mirroring for Chromebook and Android (Lollipop OS 5.0 or newer). It also supports Miracast in Peer-to-Peer and Infrastructure modes.
Staying in the meeting room, Kramer has also released its Omnivore KM-2B dual-boundary microphone that is said to eliminate comb filtering and maximise acoustic energy. It has three selectable polar patters – omnidirectional, sub-cardioid and cardioid – and a selectable high-pass filter at 120Hz. The two microphones in the KM-2B can be summed into a single channel or output as two separate signals for redundancy in critical installations.