The AV in FSU’s Doak Campbell Stadium Champion’s Club Is Worth the Drive to Tallahassee

Champions Club at FSU

Florida State University (FSU) Seminoles go all out with Contemporary Research video distribution installation for Doak Campbell Stadium’s Champion’s Club and VIP areas. Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee is known as one of the nation’s elite research universities and, while superior academics is a priority and guiding philosophy, athletics also take a…

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The importance of scaling in a “not exactly perfect” video world

In a perfect video world, scaling is not required. For example, broadcast-quality video has exactly the right resolution, correct number of lines, and a refresh rate of precisely 59.94 or 29.97 Hz. Everything in the video chain conforms to broadcast standards, so system integration and video processing works seamlessly by design. However, in the AV Integration world,…

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The New Basic Cable

August, 2011 – “Help! Our cable company is encrypting all our channels! What do we do?” Most of us in the industry have heard this cry for help many times. In the August edition of Sound and Video Contractor, check out “The New Basic Cable – how to be your own in-house cable company”, written by CR’s Doug Engstrom. By taking control of your RF network, you can reduce…

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Grace Chapel Upgrades it MATV System to Digital

The Grace Chapel Upgrade story in the January, 2013 Technology for Worship magazine notes a new installation for Grace Chapel, an Evangelical church in Leipers Fork TN. The expansion project, completed in 2012, added another sanctuary as well as a school. On Sundays, they have two services running simultaneously, with the message portion of the main sanctuary being…

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HDTV Applications in Education

Not a new statement: things aren’t like they were before. That’s true in many walks of life and true in the venue of educational media as well. Old solutions won’t work anymore, but there new opportunities for those in the know. The New Basic Cable Remember Cable in the Classroom? It was a service that brought a wealth of broadcast content in the analog era. As cable…

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Emergency Management Center Applications

Emergency Management Centers require a media-rich mix of resources from a variety of sources – cable and satellite programming, local  HDTV news, cameras, and other sources. As major centers such as the Los Angeles Emergency Operation Center were designed, several media distribution and routing systems were envisioned. Twisted-pair Cat 5 video routing was rejected…

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Distributing Digital Signage Over RF

When you think Digital Signage, the first thought is often “Ethernet” – and you would be correct. But IP isn’t the only way to deliver signage content, especially if you’re broadcasting just a few messages to many destinations. Ethernet delivery isn’t free. Each drop costs additional wiring and hub connections, as well as software licences and PC maintenance.…

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Stadium and Arena Applications

Chesapeake Energy Arena Today’s sports facilities are becoming more and more media-intensive. HD displays are almost everywhere – hallways, entries, concessions, suites, even bathrooms. Typical content includes one or more HD live feeds, digital signage, and, in suites, popular cable channels. At some venues, video is sent to displays over IPTV, but while it’s a “hot”…

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Willow Creek Community Church

“Not only can we broadcast many SD and HD channels, Contemporary Research’s display system controls the displays over the same RF network, dramatically reducing integration costs.” – David Cooke, Video System Director The media staff at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, were charged with the task of designing media, sound and lighting…

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Success Story – Home Depot HQ

“Broadcasting signage as an HDTV channel and using Contemporary Research over-the-RF integration, we saved thousands of dollars over the cost of distributing signage over Ethernet.” – Bruce Covey, The Home Depot Television Manager The Home Depot’s Atlanta Store Support Center knew its 5,000 employees were getting the word on human resource events and resources.…

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