Be everywhere… Live or On Demand

Broadcast yourself to hundreds or even thousands of viewers by utilizing Lifesize Video Centre.

Lifesize Video Centre enables effortless communication via the internet to PCs, laptops, smart phones and tablet computers. Simply push the record button and content will be available on-demand or live via the Lifesize Video Centre web interface.

Content is secured and viewership rights are managed by an administrator. Content is transmitted from continent to continent without network strain by utilizing Lifesize’s federation feature.  Automatic adaptive streaming optimizes live and on-demand videos for every viewer—desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. The viewing device automatically selects the best playback rate based on bandwidth conditions, thus ensuring a quality viewing experience with minimal delays or buffering, even on the smallest devices.

Broadcast lectures or your monthly meetings to customers and employees around the world, who can watch videos on their computers and mobile devices. Lifesize video centre is designed to integrate with third party applications and you can embed live and recorded videos in websites and social media tools.

Lifesize video centre is available in hardware and software versions in basic and feature-rich configurations.

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For more information contact our sales team at sales@4ward-design.com or click here to download the LifeSize® UVC Video Center™ Datasheet.

Make your meetings more productive

Every business can benefit from collaboration – when people share ideas and work together, it’s a chance to improve productivity and results. Products like SMART solutions gives you those opportunities by enabling you to work with information in more meaningful, effective ways. You can easily share information, concepts and plans or discuss and brainstorm ideas – either in scheduled meetings or
informal collaboration sessions.

You can also effortlessly capture notes by writing in digital ink over any application and saving your work as a PDF or PPT file. Or you can mark up documents in Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Either way, you can distribute information instantly via e-mail, ensuring that all participants have a record of the meeting’s outcome.

Regardless of the purpose of your meetings, presentations, demonstrations or collaboration sessions, SMART solutions can help make your workday more productive and drive success for your business.

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For more information contact our sales team at sales@4ward-design.com.

Turn your mirror into a LCD TV display

The MIRROR IMAGE® product lines from ad notam® are designed to integrate a customised LCD TV behind a glass or mirror surface manuafactured by ad notam®. The stylish slick looking glass and mirror finishes are manufactured with an exclusive factory calibrated LCD monitor that is designed to seamlessly blend into the overall design.

This complete product line offers a user-friendly, cost-friendly alternative to the custom products offered by ad notam®. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your existing environment or designing a completely new one, the MIRROR IMAGE® product line is sure to elevate your TV experience to a whole new level.

All the ad notam® products are made in Germany, custom-engineered and use the latest LCD technology. They are exclusively designed to overcome the unique challenges of operating in ventilation deprived environments and to allow easy and adjustable mounting. The unique magnet mounting system is distinctively designed to suit all particularised placements behind any glass or mirror surface.

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For more information contact our sales team at sales@4ward-design.com or click here to download the complete MIRROR IMAGE® catalogue.

How to keep the presenter in focus at all times.

Implementing multiple HD VC cameras into a video conference environment is now easier than ever before, thanks to Vaddio.

The guys at Vaddio have designed a superior product that will help so many video conferencing specialists around the world implement mutltiple HD VC cameras with a video conferencing system that was previously limited to complicated workarounds, or only available with SD video switching systems.

The ControlVIEW XHD is an automatic camera control system designed to control up to six PTZ cameras (or other video sources) and assign up to 72 total camera preset positions. The ControlVIEW XHD 6 x 1 switcher accepts analog SD, HD and RGBHV signals on all inputs and up/downscale these signals to dual program outputs at either an SD, HD or RGBHV resolution.

The system works with a variety of PTZ cameras in the Vaddio line. Input trigger accessories that work with ControlVIEW XHD include Vaddio TouchVIEW RF buttons, StepVIEW Mats, AutoVIEW IR sensors and MicVIEW, as well as other third-party contact closure devices. Simply program a trigger device, such as a StepVIEW Mat, to a preset camera pan/tilt/zoom position. When an instructor walks onto the StepVIEW Mat, ControlVIEW XHD moves the camera to the programmed camera position, and then switches to that camera.

ControlVIEW XHD can also be connected directly to Precision Camera Controller for a low-cost HD switcher/camera controller package.

Key features:

  • Controls up to six cameras and stores 72 camera presets internally
  • Six-port automatic video switcher
  • Transitions include cut, cross fade or a variety of wipes
  • Connects to Vaddio Precision Camera Controller via Link Ports
  • Master RS-232 Control Port for control from a AMX or Crestron control system
  • Compatible with Vaddio, Panasonic, Sony and Canon robotic PTZ cameras

This solution is perfect for auditoriums, training rooms and complex video conference rooms where multiple HD VC cameras are needed to ensure that the presenter and the audience interacts effectively with remote participants.

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Contact our sales team at sales@4ward-design.com for more information.

Enigma Mansion, Camps Bay

This Enigma Mansion in Camps Bay, Cape Town takes you down the road of the roaring 1920’s, whilst the interior gives you a nostalgic trip through true grandeur and decadence. The challenge of integrating technology into this mansion was nothing short of breathtaking.

As you enter the home you immediately feel embraced by the smells, sounds and sights. The level of sound quality is truly incredible accompanied by true high definition visuals that are life like. Each room is equipped with an iPad that allows you complete control through custom interfaces purely designed for Enigma’s theme. When you enter the Home Cinema, one can only feel that you are about to experience something very special. It certainly delivers in every department, leaving you with a cinema experience that is unrivalled.

The 4ward team involved showed complete commitment and professionalism in delivering this one of a kind project. Whilst it challenged us, we are extremely proud of being involved and turning the clients vision into reality.

Visit the Enigma website to view more pictures of this massive project where technology simplifies the usage of lighting control, energy management, audio-visual, security and a superior wired/wireless network.

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Feedback from our customer.

House Enigma has been a vision of mine for the last 5 years and it has finally been turned into a reality. Technology was never a main focus in the project until we realized the sheer scale of the residence. It was clear that a level of automation was needed to make this home more manageable.

4ward were able to make this possible through a professional team that were able to understand my needs and deliver a major system. The Home Cinema still blows me away and the experience is nothing short of amazing.

Thank you to the 4ward Team .

Managing Director, Enigma Bantry Bay

Transform the way you use your iPad

The LaunchPort system is defiantly my favorite product for this week.  I really think the design is straight forward and can be used for so many different applications.  I really wanted to share this and hope that it will open your mind to new ideas where this can be implemented in your office and home today.

The LaunchPort is a revolutionary way to mount and charge your iPad, virtually anywhere. The system consists of a PowerShuttle and any number of Stations. A PowerShuttle is a sleeve-style case that fits onto your iPad. A Station is the mount and charging unit that interacts with a PowerShuttle. A system requires a PowerShuttle and a Station.

LaunchPort uses induction which means as soon as a PowerShuttle mounted to a Station, charging begins immediately- without a 30-pin cable or conductive elements. Magnets are used to mount and affix your iPad in its PowerShuttle to a Station. The tabletop BaseStation only uses some of the magnets in the LaunchPort system, making it easier to grab and go. The WallStation uses all magnets in the system for secure and safe mounting. The magnets are located on the PowerShuttle case which means you can also mount it to any metallic surface like a refrigerator or work bench.

LaunchPort changes how you can use your iPad in your office & home.

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For more information about this product contact our sales team at sales@4ward-design.com.

Bringing the cinema experience to your home

Recently we have noticed an upswing in the custom home theatre market. With rumours of the American movie houses releasing movies simultaneously at the cinema and on disc (for a premium off course) it seems this trend will continue. Factor in the price of admission, queues and stale popcorn and a movie outing isn’t that attractive anymore.

Different forms of media and integration across different media types ensures that a home cinema can be more than just a haven for movie enthusiasts. High definition audio and video has allowed the home user to experience picture and sound that surpasses previous expectations. Improvements in the technology continue daily and the performance envelope is constantly pushed.

Skip the queues stay indoors and experience the magic of a home cinema system…

To the home cinema novice the plethora of equipment available on the market can seem daunting. Integration of the various components? – more so.  Your choice of custom integrator can wholly shape your technology experience. Obtaining the right advice and the choice of equipment that matches your unique tastes and preferences is critical.

At 4ward we stay abreast of current trends and technology. It helps that our team consists of movie and music buffs that know what a great audio visual experience consists of. We have remained at the cutting edge of the home cinema sector by constantly evolving with the technology.

Our focus is to provide a custom home cinema experience that surpasses a client’s idea of his/her ideal setup.  Our design team can take your project from design concept through to the final commissioned room.

Over the years we have identified these fields as essential to a total home cinema experience:

Acoustics

An often underestimated aspect; careful attention and treatment of the room acoustics ensures that the maximum performance can be derived from the system

Equipment and speakers

Our range is tailored to match you requirements and budget. Whether you prefer your gear visible or hidden we provide a setup that caters for this whilst always providing the best audio visual performance.

Seating

Forget those uncomfortable movie house seats. Lay back and relax in seating suited to your décor and comfort requirements.

Lighting

Integrated as part of the décor and the experience the lighting aspect can turn a dull cinema room into pure escapism.

Just a cinema?

Don’t limit the experience to movies – TV & Sport, Gaming consoles, digital media and high quality music can all join in and be a part of the experience.

Control

Piece everything together with a simple to use control system. One touch control of the room allows you to relax in your favourite seat and control all aspects without the clutter of multiple remote controls. Forget to turn off the lights? Stay seated its taken care off.

Design & Project Management

We provide on/off site technical co-ordination. Our design team works with your project team to ensure that all aspects are covered. Your home cinema can be matched to the existing home décor or something unique.

Can’t wait? Contact our sales team sales@4ward-design.com to get the ball rolling.

Capture & deliver your presentations and lectures in HD

The CaptureLiveHD™ system from Crestron® answers the call for a high-quality meeting and lecture capture solution that’s simple enough for the entire faculty to use, and affordable enough for wide-scale deployment across any sized campus or corporate enterprise. CaptureLiveHD delivers a complete end-to-end solution for scheduling, recording, and online delivery of captured content. Flexible enough to fit any education, government, or corporate work-flow model, CaptureLiveHD translates to greater usage of resources and a more effective education experience while minimizing support overhead.

As part of a complete CaptureLiveHD system, the Capture HD High-Definition Capture Recorder (CAPTURE-HD) provides a very simple, one-box component for capturing lectures, presentations, medical procedures, seminars, and training sessions. It is designed for easy integration in a classroom, lecture hall, training lab, or boardroom. It allows presenters and instructors to use their choice of multimedia sources, including high-definition videos, computers, whiteboards, and annotators. The CAPTURE-HD base model provides HDMI® and RGBHV inputs for such sources, plus a composite video input for a camera and line-level audio input for a wireless mic. The CAPTURE-HD-PRO model adds a 3G-SDI input to support HD digital cameras.

Without requiring any special training or extra effort from the presenter, the CAPTURE-HD records the complete presentation in full-motion HD 1080p or 720p and uploads it to a network server for publishing. Schools and businesses may easily implement a facility-wide lecture capture solution by equipping every room with CAPTURE-HD recorders, all centrally managed by Crestron Fusion RV™Remote Asset Management Software.

A Closer Look at the Box

The CAPTURE-HD recorder is a compact unit, designed to sit on a shelf or mount in an equipment rack or podium. It captures presentation content from a computer or other source along with a live camera image and records them together in full-motion HD. The two images may be composited on screen side-by-side or picture-in-picture (PIP). The camera PIP window can be sized and positioned in any corner of the screen over the presentation content. Either image may be captured full screen as well.

Audio content from the presentation source is captured in stereo along with the live “speech” signal from a wireless microphone. The two signals are mixed together and recorded as one high-quality stereo signal.

Touch Screen Remote

Adding the optional touch screen controller (CAPTURE-TPMC-4SM) enables simplified operation of the CAPTURE-HD from a lectern, desk, or wall mount location in the room. The presenter need only follow the prompts on the touch screen to easily start and stop a recording, pause or mute the recording and even add bookmarks during the session. The touch screen can also display a live view of the room camera and a microphone level meter to lend an extra level of confidence during operation.

Control System Integration

The CAPTURE-HD integrates seamlessly with a Crestron control system to enable expanded control over AV and room devices using a variety of touch screens, wireless remotes, computers, and mobile devices

Features includes:

  • Delivers a low-cost, high-performance HD presentation capture solution
  • Designed for college, university, teaching hospital, government and business applications
  • Records the complete AV presentation, classroom lecture, or training session
  • Captures in high-quality H.264 format at up to HD 1080p resolution
  • Extremely easy to use and flexible enough to fit any workflow model
  • Works with Crestron® Fusion RV™ software for a total workflow engine
  • Integrates easily into existing AV presentation systems and networks
  • Provides inputs for high-definition digital and analog AV sources
  • Built-in scaling ensures compatibility with a full range of sources
  • Provides a composite video input for the presenter’s camera
  • CAPTURE-HD-PRO model includes high-definition 3G-SDI camera input
  • Includes local AV output for confidence monitoring or presentation pass-thru
  • Allows Crestron control system integration via Ethernet
  • Gigabit Ethernet enables high transfer rates for uploading of HD media files
  • Single-space 19″ rack-mountable