Attending ISE for its 4th year, Avonic will be returning to Hall 15 (booth Q260) to showcase the benefits of their new IP-based software upgrades for the CM44 series of PTZ cameras. Retailing at just €799, the CM44 has always represented incredible value for money in the field of video conferencing, with technical specifications that outstrip many competitors at that price point. However, with a new software upgrade to facilitate IP control (VISCA-IP), the range has now become more versatile and interoperable than ever before.
With full HD 1080p30 image output, delivered by a 1/2.8-inch high-quality, 2.07 megapixel CMOS sensor, the CM44 is able to also combine digital noise reduction techniques to deliver exceptional clarity even in low light conditions (0.5 lux at F1.8). A 5x optical zoom, 83.7° horizontal angle view and 255 presets with 0.1° accuracy also make the camera highly practical – especially in video conferencing environments. With output over USB 2.0, the addition of backwards compatible IP control through the latest software upgrade now makes the CM44 a relatively unique proposition for this segment of the market.
Continuing the IP focus of Avonic this year, the CM70 will also be a key feature of Avonic’s demonstrations on booth 15.Q260, with the range of three CM70 PTZ cameras now shipping worldwide. With full HD 1080p60 video delivered by a Panasonic high SNR CMOS sensor, the CM70 range delivers the exceptional image quality that is the hallmark of all of Avonic’s camera range, even in low light conditions. Moreover, with huge flexibility in terms of concurrent output (HDMI, HD-SDI, IP streaming, MJPEG and SRT) and control (RS232, RS485 or IP), the CM70 range offers a level of versatility that makes the camera suitable for a wide range of professional applications.
More than this though, it is the IP capabilities of the CM70 range which set Avonic’s offerings apart from competitors in the field. The CM70 range enables optimised IP streaming, offers significant IP advantages by utilising upgraded encoding engines and by being highly interoperable with third-party applications. Efficiency in the encoding process is also facilitated through the use of balanced audio embedded over SDI, HDMI and IP, so external audio sources can be embedded without the burden of an additional encoder.
The low latency capabilities achieved by IP also serve the benefit of allowing for viewing on screen to occur in the same room as capture, without disorientating or distracting delay. Network efficiency is also facilitated yet further through the use of Unicast TS protocol; key in places such as universities where multicast traffic is often blocked to prevent network overload.
The combination of these components make the CM70 range an excellent addition to complex AV recording environments where there is a need to embed external audio, display images in real-time on screens directly in the recording environment, or coordinate complex network components and interfaces with third-party applications. Combined with 40Mbit bitrate streaming for lower levels of compression artefacts, increased pan and tilt speeds, and discreet tally light, the CM70 range operate perfectly in the full spectrum of education, conferencing, broadcast and general presentation environments.
“The shipping of the CM70 range represents an important step for Avonic, and will mark the beginning of significant international market growth for the brand in the coming years” says Steven Cogels, sales manager for Avonic. “We’re pleased that the process of shipping the CM70 coincides with ISE 2020, so that we have further opportunity to demonstrate not only the exceptional quality of the CM70 and CM44, but also showcase how IP is bringing increased versatility and quality to the realm of PTZ-based AV capture. Simply put, IP integration means that more people can do more with our cameras”.
In addition to the CM44 and CM70 ranges, the Avonic booth will also be demonstrating the CM22 series – with 4K, wide angle PTZ capabilities, and previewing the CM90, with 4K 60fps capture. Both of these products also come with the low latency IP qualities expounded above, as well as the build and design quality, reliability, interoperability and versatile functionality that are the hallmarks of all Avonic product ranges.