- Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
- Topic: Digital Signage; Display; Networked AV Systems; Video
- Audience: All AV Professionals
- Publication Date: June 2015
- Language: English
Even if your AV system sports an impressive amount of flash, a poorly considered design could ruin it. For example, if a display's too small or placed in an awkward position, it can detract from your message. Addressing such factors requires experience in a key component of AV design: ergonomics.
There are those in pro AV who believe drones are the next big business opportunity. The unmanned aerial devices have already taken their place in live event production. And despite the fact that the FAA is still working out rules to govern the use of drones, enterprising companies have found ways to work drones into their AV toolbox. Visit the Unmanned Systems and Drones Pavilion at InfoComm 2015 in Orlando, June 17-19.
The Queen Elizabeth II Centre is Central London’s largest dedicated conference and exhibition facility. It recently underwent a significant AV/IT upgrade to enhance visitors’ experience. Deborah Jones, CTS, the QEII Centre’s AV/IT Sales Manager, talks about the improvements and what makes them exceptional.
Several years ago, rapper Tupac Shakur took to the stage. The only thing was, he’d been deceased more than 15 years and the Tupac on stage was the product of cutting-edge projection technology. For many at the time, holographic projection looked like the next big thing in live-event production, but in the years since, it’s proven a challenge to pull off the stunning effect for modern, tech-savvy audiences. What’s holding us back?
A good AV professional’s work is really never done. Before you can hand off a system to its users, you have to test it and confirm that it works as expected. This set of tips, distilled from InfoComm International’s AV System Performance Verification Guide, explains how to check five items off your video systems verification report.
Trends in consumer streaming applications bear watching by AV pros because they’re rippling out of homes and into offices, classrooms and stadiums. Consumer experiences often set workplace expectations, from accessing content on demand to viewing it on a device of choice.
In the third of a three-part series on unified communications and collaboration, AV professionals describe how many customers are already on the path to UCC. They just need someone to integrate their disparate systems in order to deliver on the promise of UCC and maximize the shared experience.
Nothing lasts forever, but the notion of a “pop-up event” has taken transience to a new level. Locations touting themselves as “venues” for abruptly-appearing, short-lived events (think streets, lots and vacant buildings), offer a number of possibilities. But that kind of impermanence has implications for AV systems. Read more.
In this episode of the InfoComm Today Podcast, we talk to technology managers in higher education, including two members of the InfoComm task force that produced the AV/IT Infrastructure Guidelines for Higher Education, to learn more about the types of systems that colleges and universities are installing and the challenges they face during design and integration.
Almo Pro A/V’s 2015 E4 AV Tour kicks off soon. According to Sam Taylor, Almo Pro A/V’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, the company has totally overhauled its E4 curriculum to help AV integrators tackle the newest challenges. Taylor offered some insights into the state of the pro-AV market, digital signage, content creation and more. He even opened the kimono on what the company sees as the top AV technologies for the next five years.
In the second of a three-part special report on the role of AV professionals in unified communications and collaboration, we look at the challenges to effective UCC solutions and how AV pros can help solve them. From interface design to the room environment, several factors help determine whether UCC users can communicate effectively.
The first in a three-part series about unified communications and collaboration and the role AV professionals play in delivering exceptional UCC solutions. In this part, AV integrators who work in UCC discuss the skills required to succeed in this field and how UCC providers in the AV industry identify customer requirements.
InfoComm International volunteers have produced a definitive guide to integrating AV into 21st-century learning spaces. The 158-page document is free to download and includes everything from descriptions of education technologies, to design considerations for learning spaces, to best practices in project planning, budgeting, and coordination. Learn more and download this valuable resource.
This InfoComm International whitepaper analyzes the impact that UCC is having on the AV industry and how AV professionals can play a significant role in UCC success. It outlines the business and end-user challenges of UCC solutions and how they can be overcome through the design and integration skills of AV pros.
The Hammerstein Ballroom, part of the famed Manhattan Center, offers the best of two worlds. Live musical acts love it; so do corporate events clients. It has an opera house feel combined with 21st-century audio, video and lighting technology. After a two-year upgrade, the versatile venue is ready for everything. Read about it in this special report.
The notion that you could deliver an exceptional AV experience without pulling cables seemed fanciful just a short time ago. But wireless AV has been around in various forms for a while now — from wireless microphones to RF-based control and transmission. In this InfoComm International special report, get tips on using current wireless technologies and take a peek at wireless AV solutions to come.
The humble house of worship is often a trailblazer in the use of audiovisual technology. From projection-mapping to large-scale LED videowalls, many of today’s modern churches are focusing on what members see in order to underscore what they hear. “We’re moving toward an environment in which we no longer have to be limited to conventional formats,” says one AV integrator. Read the special report.
As video technology grows more sophisticated and prices continue to drop, live events professionals have engaged in a race to create bigger and better video experiences. Says one, “Once one event producer sees very large projection or LED walls, they’ll want something as big or bigger for their next event.” Read more in this InfoComm special report.
Various combinations of true laser, LED-laser and laser-phosphor emerged to target various applications, aiming to drive down the costs associated with lamp technology while improving projector brightness and eco-friendliness. Monica Heck brings a special industry report.
Event spaces that come with notable provenance, like Alcatraz, the former federal prison in San Francisco Bay, may find that their names are a feature subject to interpretation. But in the case of the TimesCenter, its distinction tends to attract exactly the kind of client it wants: corporate, upscale and occasionally whimsical. But they still expect a show, and they usually get one. Dan Daley reports.
Learn how an InfoComm member, Quince Imaging, is using book smarts and just enough equipment to transform surfaces into spellbinding 3D video experiences.
WebRTC is one of the hottest topics in pro AV, with plenty of hand-wringing about whether it will commoditize videoconferencing or grow the market by creating more endpoints that SIP and H.323 systems can connect to. Either way, it’s clear that there’s already enough customer interest that AV pros need to figure out how to support it. Tim Kridel reports.
Lync enables PCs, tablets and smartphones to double as both deskphones and videoconferencing endpoints. As a result, many companies are using Lync as a way to eliminate the upfront and operational costs of deskphones and specialized endpoints. That savings could free up more money for the AV budget.
Interactivity is about much more than just adding a touch-screen or an app to a traditional signage network. Delivering a truly interactive and successful signage experience requires planning, expertise and a deliberate thought process.
HDMI has a rep for being a consumer-oriented technology, right down to the perpetual lack of a locking connector. So what does the 2.0 version, which debuted in September 2013, have for pro AV?
As we entered the 21st century’s teens, audio and video recordings of panel discussions, interviews on stage, and other types of events transitioned to digital files. But, what’s radically different from the old days are the array of file format choices and the ways those recordings can now be delivered to attendees after the show.
You could say that the coming out party for unified communications was years ago. Still, 2013 proved eventful for collaborative technologies. From cloud services to mobile conferencing, AV professionals discovered new ways to think about the humble online meeting.
Roll out the Halloween decorations and spooky stories! And if you’re brave enough, drop by one of this year’s increasingly sophisticated haunted houses, replete with high-end AV, intricate lighting and complex show control. In fact, you can probably visit the best of these venues long after the goblins hibernate because they’re big business.
What are these “huddle rooms” that people keep talking about? They’re not actually rooms, but rather spaces where workers can congregate and hold ad hoc meetings. More enterprises are tearing down office walls and phasing out conference rooms in favor of these huddle spaces — and they don’t work unless they include the right AV gear.
Join us for a Manufucturers' Training webinar about 3D projection technology for cinema, education, engineering and more.
Producing quality video content for online distribution is critical to getting a message out. Actually distributing that content takes a unique set of technology chops. Video streaming may seem like an IT application, but it’s really a networked AV system. Here’s how it works.
Join us for a webinar about planning your multicast enterprise video network.
With the cost of broadcast-quality equipment dropping and the pervasiveness of broadband connections growing, it’s little wonder that everyone from houses of worship to universities and corporations are using streaming technology to get into the broadcast game. But there’s a big difference between doing it because you can and doing it well. Read how several churches are getting their messages out online. The first in a two-part report.
Remember when 3D was all the rage? It isn’t so much anymore — unless you know where to look. There’s a segment of professional AV that’s come to embrace 3D technology and use it in real-world situations. What can you learn from their experience? Find out in this InfoComm International® special report.
At the InfoComm 2013 show in June, 4K display was all the rage. But what could you realistically do with all those pixels? We survey AV professionals to find out how long, if ever, it will take the industry to embrace 4K.
At no time in the history of videoconferencing has the prospect of interoperability been this within reach.
This webinar will present a case study on how Bates College prepared for and executed a successful streaming event in just 10 days.
This class will explore how various digital video connectivity schemes evolved, how and when signals might be transcoded, what carriage limitations may be present, and how these connectivity topologies might affect new product and technology development.
Clients don't want pre-recession AV for their presentations. Pipes and drapes don't cut it anymore. Read what else today's meeting planners are looking for.
In this webinar, explore the genesis and evolution of the USB standard, USB network troubleshooting tools and challenges, and pitfalls that must be avoided during integration.
Neste seminário, apresentaremos características da construção do cabo e de equipamentos com o sinal HDMI e como elas podem influenciar os projetos e instalações de Audio e Video.
AV professionals monitoring the iPad announcement need hear only three things about the new product: 4G, HD, and quad-core. Taken together, those iPad features describe an instantly viable, high-definition videoconferencing endpoint.
See what makes digital systems different, get an overview of various emerging digital technologies (HDMI, DisplayPort, HDBaseT), and learn about options for digital system design with this webinar
Building codes have existed for almost 4,000 years. To this day, building and safety codes dictate construction practices. But codes have only become high priority for AV professionals over the last 50 years, as AV equipment migrated from the movable rolling cart to permanent installation in public and private buildings.
Fiber-optic networks are showing up in AV installs at an increasing rate, driven by the need to transport a large amount of audio, video and data over a long distance.
Not sure if you need to take Essentials of the AV Industry? Do you think you know the basics of audiovisual? Take this quick assessment test on audio, visual and systems to find out!
Learn the elements of projected image quality and acquire the tools to successfully design, install and measure projection installation with this webinar.
Learn about the advantages of 16:9 aspect ratio and how to solve problems with its application and implementation with this webinar.
Explore the myths and truths of fiber optics for AV with the first of an eight-presentation series.
Learn about transmitters and receivers with the second of an eight-presentation series on fiber optics for AV.
Learn about cable and connectors with the third of an eight-presentation series on fiber optics for AV.
Learn about the basics of digital fiber technology with the fourth of an eight-presentation series on fiber optics for AV.
Learn about the advantages of digital fiber systems with the fifth of an eight-presentation series on fiber optics for AV.
Learn about the link budget with the sixth of an eight-presentation series on fiber optics for AV.
Explore AV fiber system topologies with the seventh of an eight-presentation series on fiber optics for AV.
Learn about AV applications using digital fiber with this final presentation of an eight-part series on fiber optics for AV.
Explore issues in specifying and evaluating front and rear projection image quality with this webinar.
Video communication is increasingly common throughout legal systems worldwide. It spans facilities and applications, including video arraignment from jail, virtual visitation in prisons, and remote testimony in courtrooms and judges’ chambers.
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Explore presentation facility design issues affecting proper projection screen size with this webinar.
Gain an understanding of the advantages of moving video over IP with this webinar.
The writing is on the wall: Streaming must be a regular component of AV professionals’ technology arsenals, particularly if they work the live-events beat.