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Innovative Touch Screen Solution Enables Versatile Viewing and Routing of up to 16 Digital Video Sources


Hayward, Calif. -- April 3, 2008 -- PANORAMAdtv, the video products division of Wohler Technologies Inc., today announced the release of the Touch it™ Digital multichannel video monitor and controller. This latest addition to the award-winning Touch-it product line combines side-by-side 7-inch wide screen color LCDs in just 3 RU, providing convenient and cost-effective real-time monitoring and routing of up to 16 channels of multirate HD/SD-SDISDI video.


“The Touch-it Digital is ideal for multiviewer applications in which space is limited and the video sources are numerous,” said Carl J. Dempsey, Wohler president and CEO. “The unit offers versatile, full-screen resolution viewing of any video source with a single tap to the screen, making it easy for operators to select and focus in on any of up to 16 HD/SD-SDI mixed inputs. Taking cues from users of the Touch-it product line, we have refined the unit‘s functionality and control configuration to ensure ease of use in demanding production environments, whether in the newsroom, studio, or a mobile unit.”


The Touch-it Digital‘s left LCD is a touch screen that displays from four to 16 thumbnail images, which automatically scale to fill the screen. When one of these images is touched, the corresponding video source appears on the right LCD monitor at full size, and its HD/SD-SDI source signal is sent to BNC outputs. The multiview touch screen is also duplicated on a VGA output for monitoring on an inexpensive larger external display.


The Touch-it Digital accepts and switches up to 16 HD/SD-SDI video inputs, passing along any embedded audio or data. A user-defined GPI output can be associated with any touch screen action, in addition to GPI input, for a variety of user-defined functions. The robust Ethernet and RS-422 interface system can also be used to enable remote control of routers, switchers, servers, and VTRs. When combined with an OpenGear frame, HDCC-200A closed captioning, and HDCC-100A logo keyer kits, the Touch-it Digital serves as an elegant and cost-effective master control system. The 10/100 Base-T interface also facilitates remote configuration over a network connection.


Touch-it Digital is one of many new platform-based products to be offered by Wohler that will future proof a facility‘s investment. By design, the Touch-it Digital is able to support in-field upgrades for many new features and functions to be made available over the life of the product, providing support for future needs while balancing the budget.


More information about the Touch-it Digital and other products from PANORAMAdtv is available at www.wohler.com.


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About Wohler Technologies Inc. and PANORAMAdtv

Since the company‘s inception in 1987, Wohler Technologies‘ video products division, PANORAMAdtv, continues to be a world leader in providing in-rack audio and video monitoring solutions for the broadcast, motion picture, and professional audio/visual markets. The San Francisco Bay Area-based company offers a comprehensive range of products that simplify analog and digital source monitoring in facilities of all sizes and complexity. More information is available at www.wohler.com.

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