Audiovisual manufacturer Extron is releasing the MediaPort 300, a new 4K HDMI to USB bridge designed to integrate pro AV systems with software codec conferencing applications.
The Anaheim, Calif.-based firm says the MediaPort 300, an extension of Extron’s MediaPort line, supports popular conferencing platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams while bringing 4K capabilities to the call.
The product is designed to bridge the gap between “simple webcam-to-computer” solutions and professional conferencing systems, especially those in small meeting spaces with just a computer and display. The MediaPort 300 enhances audio and video quality by adding support for professional-grade equipment such as 4K PTZ cameras, boundary microphones and sound reinforcement systems, the company says.
In larger spaces, the solution can easily integrate a conferencing computer into a fully equipped AV system with video distribution and processing, control, microphones, and full sound reinforcement, Extron says. The small 1-inch form factor also includes options for power-over-ethernet, making installation easier.
The Extron MediaPort 300 also features an HDMI input with HDCP-compliant loop through that accepts signals up to 4K/60, and scales output video on the USB-C connector to a host computer at rates up to USB 5 Gbps. Audio features include program and mic inputs, HDMI audio de-embedding, USB bidirectional audio, and line level outputs.
The MediaPort 300 also features audio mixing as well as level and mute controls, enabling it to serve as a soft codec interface, giving it the flexibility to integrate into larger hardware codec or DSP systems.
“Soft codec and UC solutions for remote meetings, work, and hyflex learning are becoming more common in modern workplaces and institutions of learning,” says Casey Hall, chief marketing officer for Extron. “By integrating pro AV systems with software codec conferencing applications, the MediaPort 300 enhances communication by bringing 4K quality to remote participants.”
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