Creston's UPX2 Packs AV System in a Box

ROCKLEIGH, NJ, January 11, 2005 - Crestron's UPX2 Universal Presentation Processor provides total control at your fingertips. The revolutionary UPX2 simplifies and streamlines presentation systems, while simultaneously empowering the presenter as never before. Crestron impressively packs a complete AV presentation system into a sleek, self -contained package. The incredible UPX2 integrates a seamless video switcher, a multi -window processor, a multi -channel video scaler, a line doubler and deinterlacer, a wireless pen -based annotator and a touch screen controller on an embedded PC platform. The UPX2 provides a single, multi -window display integrating, and simultaneously displaying, control interfaces for room control and AV equipment, and preview displays for multiple video sources and computer applications.

DualTouch Technology (DTT) - Traditional presentation systems employ several controllers including a wallmount keypad for lighting and drape control, a separate touchscreen controller for the AV equipment and a third tablet for annotation. Such multiple control points are confusing and awkward for presenters. Using Crestron's DTT -15 or DTT -18 (sold separately), the UPX2 provides control by both touchpanel and wireless pen on a single screen, switching between the two automatically without any external software. A presenter controls the room devices and AV components, and selects sources with the touch of a finger; then, with the wireless pen, the presenter instantaneously annotates over the live video, still image or graphic display - all from a single user -friendly GUI.

MediaMarker Annotation - Crestron's annotation technology enables the presenter to draw, write and highlight digitally with the precision of a pen from the DTT touchpanel display. Notes can be made electronically over still images, computer graphics, live video or captured video. Incredibly, notes and drawings also can be transposed over streaming media using wmp. The annotated images can then be saved in several formats and exported to a network drive or portable flash card for future display and editing.

Switcher, Scaler, Converter - Traditional presentation systems, which utilize myriad components, are costly and degrade image quality. The UPX2 integrates all necessary components for a clean system design and the highest quality image display. Ordinarily, presenters cannot view video sources and computer sources concurrently, and rarely are they able to preview sources; rather, presenters simply monitor the same image that the audience views. Crestron's UPX2 boldly reinvents AV presentation, destroying this old paradigm.

The integrated seamless video switcher accepts and routes multiple composite, S -video or component video and 2 computer sources with resolutions of up to 1600 x 1200 up to three active, scalable windows. Each of the video/computer signals from the three active windows is processed by an internal video scaler using adaptive motion deinterlacing, which reduces visible scan lines and minimizes motion artifacts, providing the finest quality image possible.

In addition to the three video windows, the touchpanel displays the control GUI and PC applications. The selectable live output to the projector or plasma may be either a full screen image of any video or computer source or the same display that is visible from the touchscreen.

Embedded PC - Conventional presentation systems rely upon several disparate computer systems operating in parallel to provide a web -browser for streaming video or web conferencing, and PC applications such as PowerPoint® and Excel. Integration is difficult and running numerous applications simultaneously drastically reduces the speed of the computer, often causing it to lock up at critical moments. The UPX2 operates with Windows XP embedded, providing a more secure, stable and robust platform than standard PC -based systems. No external PC is required; UPX2 is loaded with Windows Media® Player, Internet Explorer, NetMeeting®, and viewers for Excel, Word, PowerPoint® and Adobe® Acrobat®. Crestron dramatically synthesizes PC application and system control with the UPX2. Cresnet and high -speed Ethernet connectivity are both standard, enabling seamless communication with Crestron control systems, computers, digital media servers and other IP -based devices. Full system expansion such as adding cameras, CD ROM drives and memory devices is easy via a wide range of ports including PS/2, USB, RS232/422/485, PCMCIA, IEEE 1394 and PC card slots.

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