Extron: Introduction of SMP 351 and FlexOS

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Debuting at IBC2014 is Extron’s FlexOS and SMP 351, an H.264 streaming media processor for capturing and distributing live AV sources and presentations. Featuring up to five inputs, the SMP 351 creates high impact content by combining two high resolution signals, a background image, and metadata into dynamic layouts that enhance a presentation's message. The SMP 351 supports both live streaming and recording capabilities, allowing a presentation to be delivered anywhere a network can reach.

Extron's FlexOS embedded operating system makes it easily adaptable to new requirements, and applications can be uploaded to the SMP 351 to automate system operation using control ports. It is easy to use, and with no licensing fees, has a low cost of ownership.

"The convergence of AV and IT creates new opportunities for AV systems, delivering presentations over IP networks with streaming and recording," said Casey Hall, VP of sales and marketing for Extron. "With its comprehensive AV integration features and the FlexOS platform, the SMP 351 can be adapted to many system requirements."

The SMP 351 offers extensive streaming capabilities. It can stream and record simultaneously and can stream concurrently at two different resolutions and bit rates using a range of transport protocols and session management options. The SMP 351 creates MP4 media files that are directly compatible with virtually any software media player and popular content management system. MP4 recorded media can be saved to the internal solid state drive, a USB thumb drive, or a network storage directory to meet different application requirements. Designed for use in professional AV systems, the SMP 351 can be controlled using serial RS-232, Ethernet, and four digital I/O ports. Users can install FlexOS applications onto the SMP 351 to interface with control ports and automate system operation.

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