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Aug 17, 2017

What do integrators need to know about color subsampling?

In order to reduce the bandwidth necessary to transmit 4K content, the new HDMI 2.0 specification includes support for 4:2:0 subsampling. This reduces the color information in the signal by 75%, leading to a 50% reduction in bandwidth. Much of the video content currently available is already 4:2:0 subsampled, so there won’t be any additional degradation of the image as a result of the subsampling. However, in other content, such as PC graphics inputs, 4:2:0 subsampling can introduce significant image artifacts. This is especially noticeable in text. When selecting a product with 4K @ 60Hz support, integrators should be checking what color subsampling More…

4K , Planar UltraRes , Planar MediaPlex Plus

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Aug 03, 2017

What do integrators need to know about HDCP 2.2?

Adding to the alphabet soup that is display specifications, HDCP stands for “High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection.” It was first developed by the Intel Corporation and is now ubiquitous across consumer video sources and displays as a way to protect copyrighted materials from privacy. According to the license holders at Digital Connection, HDCP “eliminates the possibility of intercepting digital data midstream between the source and the display” (like directing it to a recording device). It was first introduced for DVI in 2000 and has since gone through several iterations over the years. Each to support a broader range of devices and to overcome More…

Planar UltraRes , 4K displays , security

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May 25, 2017

Calling the US Home

For over 30 years, Planar, a Leyard company, and now Leyard International, has continually ran US manufacturing operations in service to North American and global customers. We and other companies who are headquartered or have major operations in the United States are innovating technologies, manufacturing products, and servicing local customers. I recently sat down with our vice president of operations, Rob Baumgartner, to talk about what makes the company USA Proud and the reasons why Planar and Leyard, and other brands, continue to invest here. Describe your US operations. We have offices and a factory in a suburb of Portland, Oregon. We have More…

Clarity Matrix , Planar Dire , Planar UltraRes , Charity , USA Proud

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Jan 12, 2017

Redefining Prime Time

In the olden days before on-demand and streaming content, broadcasters designed certain hours as “prime time,” that day part when the largest audiences were congregated in front of their TVs. In the States, this was somewhere between 6:00 and 9:00 PM on weekdays. This is where shows like Friends, Seinfield, the Cosby Show, and the like would be found. Even today, popular shows, like The Big Bang Theory, are played at this time. But times have changed. Now you can record and playback content at any time. You can stream from apps or a cable provider on-demand. Viewers are no longer tethered to their TVs or their homes, with the growth of mobile device More…

Planar UltraRes , tradeshow , social media , events

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Sep 08, 2016

3 Reasons Planar does ADA best

The U.S. Department of Justice has been working to ensure that buildings and spaces are safe and accessible for everyone, including those with disabilities. When it comes to the installation of protruding objects, such as a display system mounted to a wall, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has set regulations in which public and government buildings must comply. Section 4.4 of the ADA deals with regulations directly applicable to the installation of Planar and Leyard display systems. It states that objects  must not extend more than four inches (.33 feet) from the wall, if leading edges are located between 27 (2.25 feet) and 80 inches (6.67 More…

Planar DirectLight , Clarity Matrix , Planar UltraRes , ada-compliant

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Jul 08, 2016

The 4K Content Chicken and Egg

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? What started out as a meditative aid for Zen Buddhists has become so familiar a question that it’s cliché. If it were created in modern times the question might be: which comes first, content or hardware? Without the content there’s nothing to play on the hardware and without the hardware there’s no reason for the content. More than 4K The move from 1080p (HD) displays to 4K (UHD) displays is similar to the move from SD to HD in that content is lagging behind the hardware. Video creators are slowly adopting the 4K standard as cameras and displays improve. But the biggest difference in the move from HD to 4K More…

4K , 4K displays , Planar UltraRes , Planar MediaPlex Plus

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Mar 23, 2016

Slashers

Andrew Goodwin is the editor-in-chief of Public, a new magazine focused on public interest design, was interviewed by AIA Architect magazine (January 2015) and he talked about a growing trend of cross-discipline experts. “There are a lot of what I call ‘slashers’ coming out of school now – architects/designers. You can be writers, designers, advocates, fundraisers, project managers, teachers, and architects all at the same time.” I have heard other people call them “slashies.” Those people whose talent and experience cannot be contained to a single role, thus their titles become things like… screen writer/comedian film More…

Clarity Matrix , Planar UltraRes , RA-Series

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Mar 09, 2016

4 Reasons to Buy a 4K Display

The decision to upgrade to a 4K display might not be an easy one. It wasn’t all that long ago that things moved from standard definition to HD and now there’s another move to an even higher resolution display. Here are 4 reasons to upgrade to a 4K Ultra-High Definition (UHD) display. 1. Multiple Inputs Since 4K displays are four-times the resolution of HD screens you can use the multiple inputs on a PlanarⓇ 4K monitor to show four different feeds at full resolution on one screen. So instead of trying to piece together the inputs on four different screens or figure out how to have your video sources switch between them all, you can do everything from More…

4K , 4K displays , Planar UltraRes , UltraRes , Ultra HD

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Feb 25, 2016

Don't Forget the Audio

It’s a dirty little secret in the display industry; displays look better with great audio. This is illustrated powerfully in the home theater business where Runco projectors are put into acoustically-friendly rooms with fantastic audio. Film makers know it is critical for storytelling. The new generation of Planar® UltraRes™ Series displays have integrated speakers. For digital signage applications, audio is most commonly paired with touch screens to provide the ultimate interactive experience. In corporate settings, audio is often used for teleconferencing. With Planar’s 4K displays, there is advanced functionality that allows the user to show More…

Planar UltraRes , AV Technology , Touch Screen

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