Live Design has named its top products of the past year again. Chosen by our panels of prestigious judges in three categories—lighting, projection, and sound—several months were spent debating the Live Design 2016-2017 Products Of The Year.
Barco’s newly expanded E2 line for live screen management is redefining the market for blending and mixing many input signals into one big, beautiful multiscreen picture. While Live Design presented the E2 system with an award in 2015, the judges felt there were enough new features to merit a second award this year. “While not new as a product line, there have been a lot of significant additions to the software/hardware this year. Significantly, the EC200 controller started shipping, and Barco has just unveiled the new EX expansion Chassis and DisplayPort 1.2 cards,” notes one of our judges. “The E2 system is a powerful and flexible system for managing signal flow on the largest events, where flexibility is required, and failure is not an option. As a platform, it’s growing quickly and has become my weapon of choice for a presentation switcher.” With native 4K input and output, the E2 provides impressive pixel-processing power via 28 inputs and 14 outputs (eight PGM, two multiviewer, and four scaled aux outputs), and a tactile surface with flexible controls right where you want them.
Products of the year will be presented along with the Live Design Achievement Awards and the tenth annual Excellence in Live Design Awards during a ceremony, sponsored by GLP and Meyer Sound, on June 12 in New York.