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Wohler IBC2008 Product Preview

Wohler at IBC2008

Stand 9.E40

Company Background:

Since its 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

Wohler at IBC2008:

Wohler will be showcasing a range of products that represent state-of-the-art processing and monitoring in convenient and compact designs. These solutions include intuitive touch-screen systems that simplify video monitoring and routing while providing key functional enhancements, such as integrated multichannel communications, as well as innovative 16-channel DSP-based monitoring products that may be customized with specific audio-processing functionality suited to the unique needs of a broadcaster, whether delivering programming over the air, cable, satellite, or IP network.

New Wohler Products at IBC2008:

RM Series High-Definition Monitors

Packed with functionality but priced affordably, Wohler's new RM series of high-definition (HD) monitor packs are ideal for video and audio confidence monitoring in mobile trucks, news and transmission control rooms, and duplication and post-production facilities. Each screen can display eight channels of VU over PPM audio level meters, UMD, safe areas, frame marks, cropping, switchable aspect ratios, as well as built-in color bars. The RM HD units also provide an active loop-through output for each SDI input. Additionally, all settings are accessible from front panel controls and the RM's intuitive on-screen menu. As a fully inclusive solution, each model is designed for high-resolution HD imaging and features NTSC and PAL autosensing built into the units, which accept two composite video inputs per screen on the same BNC used for HD/SD-SDI.

Additional features include a versatile chassis in which the LCDs may be rotated ±55° in the vertical plane to provide optimum viewing angles. Red/green/yellow tally, as well as the in-screen UMD, can be interfaced to most tally systems.


Touch-Comm Communication Station

Also new at IBC2008 is the Touch-Comm communication station, a touch-screen solution that combines 12-source monitoring and routing capability with support for multichannel intercommunication among Touch-Comm users, regardless of their geographic location. The latest addition to Wohler's Touch-it™ line of touch-screen video monitoring solutions, the Touch-Comm unit consists of two touch-screen control panels. The left touch panel displays up to 12 thumbnail video images. A simple touch to a thumbnail will route that source to an external monitor for enhanced viewing. The right touch-screen is the communication control panel of an IP-based matrix intercom system that facilitates non-blocking, multichannel intercommunication. Touch-Comm is dynamically configurable for any mixture of point-to-point calls, group conferences, and party lines, providing simple operation with minimal distraction in a wide range of surveillance, public service, video production, and emergency command environments.


Existing Wohler Technology at IBC2008:

Touch-it™ Digital Multichannel Video Monitor

Wohler's Touch-it™ Digital offers unique multichannel video monitoring functionality in a smart, affordable design. The 3RU system features dual 7-inch high-resolution color LCD displays. The left monitor is a touch-screen that displays from four to 16 thumbnail images. When one of these images is touched, that video source appears on the right monitor at full size. The video source's HD/SD-SDI source signal is then sent to an unbalanced output and to a VGA output for monitoring on an external display. Touch-it Digital accepts and switches up to 16 HD/SD-SDI video inputs, passing along any embedded audio. When combined with a Wohler Open Gear frame with closed captioning and logo keyer cards, the Touch-it Digital serves as an elegant and cost-effective master control system.


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