Kramer RGBHV Matrix Switcher Is Web Savvy

Jerusalem, Israel – August 18, 2005 – Kramer Electronics, Ltd., a worldwide supplier of audio, video and computer graphics signal distribution, switching and processing equipment for the broadcast, production, security, education, home theater and ProAV presentation markets, is pleased to announce the introduction of the VP-84ETH 8x4 RGBHV& balanced stereo audio matrix switcher. The VP-84ETH is an updated version of Kramer’s very popular VP-84 matrix switcher with an Ethernet port added to provide remote control and remote status viewing over the internet.
The Kramer VP-84ETH is an 8 input and 4 output matrix switcher with video bandwidth of over 300MHz at -3dB for high resolution RGBHV and balanced stereo audio signals. The unit is a true matrix switcher that can route any or all inputs to any or all outputs simultaneously. The VP-84ETH offers the same great performance as its predecessor, the very popular VP-84, but adds an Ethernet port which provides some exciting new capabilities. With the Ethernet port and Kramer’s K-Router™ control software, the VP-84ETH can be connected to any Ethernet network and controlled from within the building or from around the world.
“We have taken a very popular workhorse model and given it the capability that today’s market demands with the ability to connect the unit to the internet,” states Chris Kopin, vice president of Product Development for Kramer Electronics USA. “By adding an Ethernet port and providing the Kramer K-Router control software, integrators and facility managers can now view the status of the router or control it from anywhere in the world over the worldwide web. This simplifies the control options in any system and allows the peace of mind of remote monitoring capability.”
The VP-84ETH matrix switcher has a sync/genlock input so the unit can be genlocked in a system and provide glitch free switching in the vertical interval. The unit allows audio follow video and audio breakaway switching. The high video bandwidth of the switcher enables it to process a wide range of video signals including computer graphics video signals and HDTV signals.
The VP-84ETH has 8 preset memory locations to store multiple switches as salvos along with a TAKE button to execute switches and salvos on cue. The unit can be controlled via front panel buttons, IR remote control, RS-232/485 and the Ethernet port. K-Router control software is included with the switcher. The machine is housed in a standard 19” rack mount enclosure that is 3RU high. It is powered by a worldwide 220/110 VAC 50/60 Hz power supply.
The VP-84ETH is in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. It is the first in a series of models that will include the VP-82ETH, VP-88ETH, VP-64ETH and VP-66ETH; all of which are upgrades of existing models.
About Kramer Electronics:
Founded in 1981, Kramer Electronics, Ltd., with its world headquarters in Israel, is a leading manufacturer of high-quality analog and digital audio, video and computer signal management products for the ProAV, Presentation, Production, Broadcast, Home Theater and Security markets. Kramer’s product line includes audio, video and computer signal processing equipment, distribution amplifiers (DAs), switchers, matrix switchers, digital and analog decoders and encoders, time-base correctors, presentation accessories, cable assemblies, scan converters and scalers. Kramer also offers broadcast quality routers, distribution amplifiers, and controllers through Kramer’s acquisition of Sierra Video Systems. Recently, the company added a line of Serial Digital (SDI), FireWire (IEEE 1394), DVI and HDTV signal processing and distribution equipment. Kramer has corporate sales and distribution offices in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, Israel, China, Singapore and Australia. For more information about Kramer Electronics products, please visit the website at or contact your local Kramer Electronics sales company.