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White Paper: Encryption and Certificates

When AV system designers specify and deploy networked AV systems, security is always a primary concern. This white paper provides a brief overview of certificates and encryption, and how they ensure robust network security. Certificates ensure that only trusted parties receive information, while encryption ensures all... Download White Paper

White Paper: Safeguarding Device Communication Using SSH

Some of the key considerations for deploying AV systems are the flexibility to choose from multiple AV control options and having methods to safeguard these systems. Many Extron AV products use the Extron SIS – Simple Instruction Set™ command protocol for AV control. This white paper provides an overview of the communication... Download White Paper

White Paper: EDID: A Guide to Identifying and Resolving Common Issues

HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort require successful two-way EDID exchange between a display and a source to establish a connection between them. This in turn enables the flow of digital AV content from the source to the display. Problems with EDID communication are major causes of failure in digital video systems, with no... Download White Paper

White Paper: Introduction to HDCP 2.3

Keeping pace with advancements in digital video technology, HDCP has evolved to version 2.3, with stronger encryption, dedicated protection for high value 4K content, and new restrictions on the AV distribution system. AV professionals will need to understand HDCP 2.3 to integrate protected 4K content into... Download White Paper

White Paper: Elements of High Dynamic Range Video

Over the past seven decades, display technology has progressed to the point where 4K/Ultra HD video is now the gold standard. 4K resolution yields four times the number of pixels as HD video, but depending upon the size of the display and the viewing distance, there may be no perceptible difference between an HD image... Download White Paper

White Paper: Hitting the Moving Target of 4K

As 4K continues to gain traction in the consumer market, it is rapidly becoming a popular requirement for professional AV systems as well. But 4K is a developing technology that will eventually evolve beyond what is available today. This paper will help you understand what you need to know about 4K signals for today’s... Download White Paper

White Paper: Extron XTRA Series Amplifiers: Efficient Amplifier Technologies Lower Cost of Ownership

The Extron XTRA™ Series of Class D amplifiers are the commercial AV industry’s first complete family of ENERGY STAR® qualified amplifiers. While conventional Class AB amplifiers have commonly been used in commercial installations, they are inefficient and known to be one of the major sources of power consumption in AV... Download White Paper

White Paper: Extron Exclusive Flat Field Speaker Technology

Learning challenges within our school systems are exacerbated by poor acoustics and no or inadequate sound reinforcement. Current day methodologies for creating an even sound field within the classroom, conference room, or boardroom provide mediocre, uneven results. Extron invented a new, patent-pending loudspeaker system... Download White Paper

White Paper: Power Factor Correction in Audio Applications

Switched-mode power supplies are increasingly common in audio power amplifiers, and are desired for their relatively small size and weight, as well as high efficiency. This article provides an introduction to power factor correction, which substantially reduces AC harmonics and prevents noise impact on other AV products... Download White Paper

White Paper: Power Supply Regulation in Audio Power Amplifiers

Audio power amplifiers have typically been supplied power by the simplest possible means, usually an offline supply with no line or load regulation, most commonly based on a line frequency transformer. Even modern amplifiers utilizing switchmode power supplies are usually designed without line or load regulation. The... Download White Paper

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White Paper: Introduction to HDCP 2.3

Keeping pace with advancements in digital video technology, HDCP has evolved to version 2.3, with stronger encryption, dedicated protection for high value 4K content, and new restrictions on the AV distribution system. AV professionals will need to understand HDCP 2.3 to integrate protected 4K content into... Download White Paper

White Paper: Video Compression Codecs

Video compression codecs have been developed to address a wide variety of applications in AV systems. They enable video conferencing, streaming video across computer networks, delivering 4K video over an existing infrastructure, extending the capabilities of a display link, and storing a full-length motion picture in HD... Download White Paper

White Paper: Video Compression Technologies

Video compression technologies have been developed to address a wide variety of applications in AV systems. They enable video conferencing, streaming video across computer networks, delivering 4K video over an existing infrastructure, extending the capabilities of a display link, and storing a full-length motion picture... Download White Paper

White Paper: Elements of High Dynamic Range Video

Over the past seven decades, display technology has progressed to the point where 4K/Ultra HD video is now the gold standard. 4K resolution yields four times the number of pixels as HD video, but depending upon the size of the display and the viewing distance, there may be no perceptible difference between an HD image... Download White Paper

White Paper: Hitting the Moving Target of 4K

As 4K continues to gain traction in the consumer market, it is rapidly becoming a popular requirement for professional AV systems as well. But 4K is a developing technology that will eventually evolve beyond what is available today. This paper will help you understand what you need to know about 4K signals for today’s... Download White Paper

White Paper: Understanding USB in Professional AV Environments

Like all technology, Universal Serial Bus - USB has evolved over time. Originally developed to minimize the number of peripheral ports on a PC, USB is now a comprehensive set of interface specifications for high speed wired communication between a wide range of devices, with or without a computer. USB is increasingly being... Download White Paper

White Paper: Distributing 4K and UHD Signals in Professional Environments

As 4K sources and displays become popular for more applications, the next challenge facing system designers and integrators is developing systems that fully support 4K video signals. This paper provides an introduction to the technology and standards, explores the design challenges, and offers practical solutions for incorporating... Download White Paper

White Paper: EDID: A Guide to Identifying and Resolving Common Issues

HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort require successful two-way EDID exchange between a display and a source to establish a connection between them. This in turn enables the flow of digital AV content from the source to the display. Problems with EDID communication are major causes of failure in digital video systems, with no... Download White Paper

White Paper: The ABCs of Digital Video Signals

Digital video signals are becoming widely prevalent throughout the AV industry. They are considerably different in comparison to traditional analog video signals, with specific performance and timing requirements that must be maintained throughout the entire signal path. This paper offers an introduction to digital... Download White Paper

White Paper: Understanding DTP Systems

The ability to transport audio, video, control, and remote power over shielded CATx cable is a growing necessity for accommodating today’s diverse presentation environments and professional AV system applications. This guide will help you understand how to effectively manage and integrate these signal... Download White Paper

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White Paper: Safeguarding Device Communication Using SSH

Some of the key considerations for deploying AV systems are the flexibility to choose from multiple AV control options and having methods to safeguard these systems. Many Extron AV products use the Extron SIS – Simple Instruction Set™ command protocol for AV control. This white paper provides an overview of the communication... Download White Paper

White Paper: Securing Networked AV Products

An integral part of an organization’s security strategy is evaluating the best methods to safeguard the network, systems, and data, while maintaining functionality and usability. This white paper provides a brief overview of considerations for securing networked AV systems and the layered approach to good security. We... Download White Paper

White Paper: 802.1X Primer

IEEE 802.1X is an international standard for connection-based device authentication. Extron Pro Series Control products support the 802.1X standard and allow users to upload digital certificates to support multiple  authentication methods under 802.1X. This white paper gives a brief overview of 802.1X and explains... Download White Paper

White Paper: Encryption and Certificates

When AV system designers specify and deploy networked AV systems, security is always a primary concern. This white paper provides a brief overview of certificates and encryption, and how they ensure robust network security. Certificates ensure that only trusted parties receive information, while encryption ensures all... Download White Paper

White Paper: Extron Multi-Network Control Processors

Multi-network control processors enable AV system designers to balance the need for access to network resources and network security. The control processor with AV LAN ports sits between devices like video codecs and presentation computers on the corporate LAN and isolates AV devices on the segregated and secure AV LAN... Download White Paper

White Paper: SNMP Primer

SNMP is the standard protocol for managing basic functions on a network. Extron Pro Series Control products support the SNMP standard and allow users to update basic information on the devices. This whitepaper gives a brief overview of SNMP and explains how to enable and configure SNMP using the Extron Toolbelt software. Download White Paper

White Paper: AV LAN Best Practices

Extron Control Processors with AV LAN ports offer an increased level of network security and functionality, and there are some basic principles to follow when setting them up which will speed integration, enhance security, and provide long-term success. Download White Paper

White Paper: Room Scheduling System Network Impact Statement

The design approach of the Extron Room Scheduling System is simple. Room Agent software works in concert with TouchLink® Scheduling Panels to create a complete room booking system. TouchLink Scheduling panels connect directly to Microsoft® Exchange, Office 365™, or Google Calendar. Download White Paper

White Paper: Best Practices for Extron TouchLink Touchpanel Configuration

This document provides general content, style, and format guidelines for engineers and technicians learning to use Extron GUI Configurator and Global Configurator. Download White Paper

White Paper: IP Intercom® Best Installation Practices

The Extron IP Intercom® product is an integral part of a complete help desk solution. With the push of a button, IP Intercom users can communicate with AV support staff for fast problem resolution. Download White PaperPDF Format - 2.0 MB Download White Paper

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White Paper: Extron XTRA Series Amplifiers: Efficient Amplifier Technologies Lower Cost of Ownership

The Extron XTRA™ Series of Class D amplifiers are the commercial AV industry’s first complete family of ENERGY STAR® qualified amplifiers. While conventional Class AB amplifiers have commonly been used in commercial installations, they are inefficient and known to be one of the major sources of power consumption in AV... Download White Paper

White Paper: Audio Gain Structure for Pro AV Systems

Gain structure can be thought of as the sequence of level settings applied to audio signals as they pass through various devices in an audio or AV system. This Guide offers a practical, intuitive approach to establishing proper gain structure in professional AV systems with sound reinforcement. Download White Paper

White Paper: Class D Amplifier with Ripple Steering

Class D amplifiers are used for their high efficiency, but they have some undesirable characteristics, one of these being the residual switching frequency ripple. This paper shows a method of switching frequency ripple reduction by means of ripple steering. With this technique a second output is constructed, into which... Download White Paper

White Paper: Classroom Sound Field Amplification

Classroom sound field amplification systems have been successfully used to help students with hearing impairments. Recent research has demonstrated that even students with normal hearing ability benefit when these systems are used in their classrooms. This paper describes the basic components of a sound field system... Download White Paper

White Paper: Extron Exclusive Flat Field Speaker Technology

Learning challenges within our school systems are exacerbated by poor acoustics and no or inadequate sound reinforcement. Current day methodologies for creating an even sound field within the classroom, conference room, or boardroom provide mediocre, uneven results. Extron invented a new, patent-pending loudspeaker system... Download White Paper

White Paper: Power Factor Correction in Audio Applications

Switched-mode power supplies are increasingly common in audio power amplifiers, and are desired for their relatively small size and weight, as well as high efficiency. This article provides an introduction to power factor correction, which substantially reduces AC harmonics and prevents noise impact on other AV products... Download White Paper

White Paper: Power Supply Regulation in Audio Power Amplifiers

Audio power amplifiers have typically been supplied power by the simplest possible means, usually an offline supply with no line or load regulation, most commonly based on a line frequency transformer. Even modern amplifiers utilizing switchmode power supplies are usually designed without line or load regulation. The... Download White Paper

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White Paper: Multicast for AV Streaming

Multicast streaming provides the most efficient method for transporting real-time video and audio to multiple endpoints. It does however require that all network devices support the required standards and protocols and are configured to efficiently transport that traffic. This whitepaper provides an introduction to required... Download White Paper

White Paper: Video Compression Codecs

Video compression codecs have been developed to address a wide variety of applications in AV systems. They enable video conferencing, streaming video across computer networks, delivering 4K video over an existing infrastructure, extending the capabilities of a display link, and storing a full-length motion picture in HD... Download White Paper

White Paper: Video Compression Technologies

Video compression technologies have been developed to address a wide variety of applications in AV systems. They enable video conferencing, streaming video across computer networks, delivering 4K video over an existing infrastructure, extending the capabilities of a display link, and storing a full-length motion picture... Download White Paper

White Paper: Distributing 4K and UHD Signals in Professional Environments

As 4K sources and displays become popular for more applications, the next challenge facing system designers and integrators is developing systems that fully support 4K video signals. This paper provides an introduction to the technology and standards, explores the design challenges, and offers practical solutions for incorporating... Download White Paper

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White Paper: Distributing 4K and UHD Signals in Professional Environments

As 4K sources and displays become popular for more applications, the next challenge facing system designers and integrators is developing systems that fully support 4K video signals. This paper provides an introduction to the technology and standards, explores the design challenges, and offers practical solutions for incorporating... Download White Paper

White Paper: Hitting the Moving Target of 4K

As 4K continues to gain traction in the consumer market, it is rapidly becoming a popular requirement for professional AV systems as well. But 4K is a developing technology that will eventually evolve beyond what is available today. This paper will help you understand what you need to know about 4K signals for today’s... Download White Paper

White Paper: Fiber Optic Cables in AV Systems

Fiber optic cables are available with a wide variety of constructions to match the unique requirements of virtually any AV installation. These cables may contain just one fiber or hundreds of fibers and may be designed for indoor or outdoor applications. This paper examines the typical fiber optic infrastructure topologies... Download White Paper

White Paper: Multiplexing AV Signals in Fiber Optic Systems

A fiber optic AV system converts video, audio, and control signals into one or more serial digital streams of light pulses for transmission along optical fiber. Common multiplexing techniques include time division multiplexing – TDM and wavelength division multiplexing – WDM. This paper examines both methods to help... Download White Paper

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White Paper: Introduction to HDCP 2.3

Keeping pace with advancements in digital video technology, HDCP has evolved to version 2.3, with stronger encryption, dedicated protection for high value 4K content, and new restrictions on the AV distribution system. AV professionals will need to understand HDCP 2.3 to integrate protected 4K content into... Download White Paper

White Paper: Elements of High Dynamic Range Video

Over the past seven decades, display technology has progressed to the point where 4K/Ultra HD video is now the gold standard. 4K resolution yields four times the number of pixels as HD video, but depending upon the size of the display and the viewing distance, there may be no perceptible difference between an HD image... Download White Paper

White Paper: Hitting the Moving Target of 4K

As 4K continues to gain traction in the consumer market, it is rapidly becoming a popular requirement for professional AV systems as well. But 4K is a developing technology that will eventually evolve beyond what is available today. This paper will help you understand what you need to know about 4K signals for today’s... Download White Paper

White Paper: Understanding DTP Systems

The ability to transport audio, video, control, and remote power over shielded CATx cable is a growing necessity for accommodating today’s diverse presentation environments and professional AV system applications. This guide will help you understand how to effectively manage and integrate these signal... Download White Paper

White Paper: Distributing 4K and UHD Signals in Professional Environments

As 4K sources and displays become popular for more applications, the next challenge facing system designers and integrators is developing systems that fully support 4K video signals. This paper provides an introduction to the technology and standards, explores the design challenges, and offers practical solutions for incorporating... Download White Paper

White Paper: EDID: A Guide to Identifying and Resolving Common Issues

HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort require successful two-way EDID exchange between a display and a source to establish a connection between them. This in turn enables the flow of digital AV content from the source to the display. Problems with EDID communication are major causes of failure in digital video systems, with no... Download White Paper

White Paper: The ABCs of Digital Video Signals

Digital video signals are becoming widely prevalent throughout the AV industry. They are considerably different in comparison to traditional analog video signals, with specific performance and timing requirements that must be maintained throughout the entire signal path. This paper offers an introduction to digital... Download White Paper

White Paper: Understanding EDID - Extended Display Identification Data

The EDID data structure is used extensively to communicate display capabilities to attached computer graphics cards and other source devices. This paper offers an in-depth look into the operational process and pitfalls users may encounter when integrating EDID reliant source and display devices. Download White Paper .wpimg {... Download White Paper

White Paper: DRM for the AV Professional

Digital Rights Management - DRM is used by owners and holders of intellectual property to enforce restrictions on the use of their copyrighted content. AV professionals and their customers need to be aware of DRM, the relevant restrictions on the playback of protected material in public and commercial spaces, and the... Download White Paper

White Paper: HDCP - A Technical Overview

High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection is an encryption protocol for copy-protected video content such as Blu-ray Disc and HD movie downloads. This article describes HDCP in detail, introducing the components of an HDCP system – sources, repeaters, and sinks, as well as the three phases of the HDCP protocol – authentication,... Download White Paper

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White Paper: Introduction to HDCP 2.3

Keeping pace with advancements in digital video technology, HDCP has evolved to version 2.3, with stronger encryption, dedicated protection for high value 4K content, and new restrictions on the AV distribution system. AV professionals will need to understand HDCP 2.3 to integrate protected 4K content into... Download White Paper

White Paper: Distributing 4K and UHD Signals in Professional Environments

As 4K sources and displays become popular for more applications, the next challenge facing system designers and integrators is developing systems that fully support 4K video signals. This paper provides an introduction to the technology and standards, explores the design challenges, and offers practical solutions for incorporating... Download White Paper

White Paper: Hitting the Moving Target of 4K

As 4K continues to gain traction in the consumer market, it is rapidly becoming a popular requirement for professional AV systems as well. But 4K is a developing technology that will eventually evolve beyond what is available today. This paper will help you understand what you need to know about 4K signals for today’s... Download White Paper

White Paper: Understanding DTP Systems

The ability to transport audio, video, control, and remote power over shielded CATx cable is a growing necessity for accommodating today’s diverse presentation environments and professional AV system applications. This guide will help you understand how to effectively manage and integrate these signal... Download White Paper

White Paper: EDID: A Guide to Identifying and Resolving Common Issues

HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort require successful two-way EDID exchange between a display and a source to establish a connection between them. This in turn enables the flow of digital AV content from the source to the display. Problems with EDID communication are major causes of failure in digital video systems, with no... Download White Paper

White Paper: Scalers: Setup and Optimization

Scalers can enhance AV system integration by streamlining system design, operation, and reliability through quick, robust switching between a wide range of video signals. They also employ high performance video processing to deliver a single, high quality video output to the display device. Download White Paper Download White Paper

White Paper: Understanding EDID - Extended Display Identification Data

The EDID data structure is used extensively to communicate display capabilities to attached computer graphics cards and other source devices. This paper offers an in-depth look into the operational process and pitfalls users may encounter when integrating EDID reliant source and display devices. Download White Paper .wpimg {... Download White Paper

White Paper: DRM for the AV Professional

Digital Rights Management - DRM is used by owners and holders of intellectual property to enforce restrictions on the use of their copyrighted content. AV professionals and their customers need to be aware of DRM, the relevant restrictions on the playback of protected material in public and commercial spaces, and the... Download White Paper

White Paper: HDCP - A Technical Overview

High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection is an encryption protocol for copy-protected video content such as Blu-ray Disc and HD movie downloads. This article describes HDCP in detail, introducing the components of an HDCP system – sources, repeaters, and sinks, as well as the three phases of the HDCP protocol – authentication,... Download White Paper

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White Paper: Understanding USB in Professional AV Environments

Like all technology, Universal Serial Bus - USB has evolved over time. Originally developed to minimize the number of peripheral ports on a PC, USB is now a comprehensive set of interface specifications for high speed wired communication between a wide range of devices, with or without a computer. USB is increasingly being... Download White Paper