DNF Controls Intros New & Enhanced Solutions at 2016 NAB Show

DNF Controls invited attendees to ‘push their buttons’ during their 26th year as an NAB Show exhibitor.

At the 2016 NAB Show, DNF Controls demonstrated a wide spectrum of solutions designed to meet real-world needs of broadcast, content creation / distribution and ProAV customers. The company introduced several new products and made some significant announcements at the Show.

“This is our 26th year as an NAB exhibitor,” says Dan Fogel, chief technology officer of DNF Controls. “We’ve seen lots of changes and continue to develop solutions with our customers to address their specific needs in this dynamic industry. This NAB is no different ... we’re introducing a variety of new and enhanced products to give them a competitive edge."

A 2-button IP Control Buddy can remotely control commands such as switcher effects.

A 2-button IP Control Buddy can remotely control commands such as switcher effects.

New IP Control Buddy

IP Control Buddy is a new go-to solution for managing device control and messaging. It features programmer-free webpage configuration and is available in both GPI/O and LCD pushbutton models. A single button press can be used to activate a GPI/O, transmit a serial command, or send an Ethernet-based TCP/UDP/SNMP/HTTP message. It can also convert one GPI Input into multiple GPI Outputs or multiple GPI Inputs to a single Output.

New USP3

USP3 is the next-generation of DNF's widely-used Universal Switch Panel with Ethernet, RS232/422 serial and GPI/O-capable. It offers a streamlined user interface, single panel monitoring and control of multiple devices, GPO, serial or Ethernet messaging, and more. Its programmer-free webpage set-up enables users to create task-specific control interfaces for the most complex scenarios; in addition, users can store multiple configurations and replicate them to other local or remote USP systems.

The versatility of the AIB-4 includes multiple command structures.

The versatility of the AIB-4 includes multiple command structures.

New AIB-3/AIB-4

AIB-3/AIB-4 joins DNF's popular Anywhere Interface Box series, offering up to 16 GPI/Os and multiple device control paths, including Ethernet, two-way DTMF, and dial-up modem, for unparalleled device management and monitoring flexibility. A single GPI or external button press issues serial or Ethernet commands, supports SNMP messaging and more. Multiple non-volatile configurations are readily created, stored and replicated using DNF's programmer-free web-based set-up tools.

DPI Signal Monitoring

Flex Control Network, DNF's modular broadcast and production control system, gains Digital Program Insertion (DPI) Signal Monitoring functionality. DPI-SM provides real-time oversight of SCTE 35 Break Start/End activity with robust user alerting options and immediate notification of received, missing and late events for all channels being monitored, no matter if at a local or geographically remote facility.

DNF in Other Exhibits

DNF’s solutions were also used in other 2016 NAB Show exhibitors’ stands. Black Box used DNF’s Universal Switch Panel, the USP3-16 for KVM Control. Christie Digital used the Spyder ShotBox, based on DNF’s USP3.

Fast Forward Video used DNF’s DMAT “Don’t Miss a Thing” Slow Motion Controller. IHSE used USP8-D & USP3-16 used for KVM Control, and Sony used DNF’s GTP-32 to select camera inputs for shading via the Master Set-Up panel.

CNN Solution

Shading multiple cameras, especially during fast-paced news coverage, is an intense, two-handed operation. Shifting focus from the controls to switch a router is a distraction. Recalling successful outcomes on other projects, CNN turned to DNF Controls for a one button-press solution. Using DNF’s GTP-32 Control Processor, a signal from the Sony panel triggers the correct router crosspoint, instantly sending that camera’s video to the shading monitor.

“Turner encourages workplace innovation, and I was happy that together with DNF, we were able to develop a solution that eases operational workflow,” said Terry York, the CNN field engineer who worked directly with DNF’s Dan Fogel. “We're looking for opportunities to use this set-up across the organization," he added.

KVM Partner

DNF Controls and IHSE USA, announced a partnership to develop the world’s first Programmable pushbutton panel exclusively designed for IHSE KVM matrix switching. The new USP3 is a sixteen button remote control panel that can be used to quickly recall IHSE KVM presets. It is designed specifically to operate via IHSE’s API network interface for the Draco tera compact and Draco tera enterprise matrix switch products. The product interface module will only be available through IHSE USA and IHSE GmbH.

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