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September 4, 2013

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GovComm 2013; Channel Study; AV Design Boot Camp; Last Call for InfoComm 2014 Presenters; Installation Training; the CTS® Difference; Rental & Staging Roadshow; Chicago Roundtable; Collaborate: New York; Networking Technology Online; CTS Prep Online; Upcoming Webinars

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Stranded at the Drive-In


His parents owned a drive-in movie theater when he was growing up. Now his AV company is part of a car company's initiative to convert drive-ins to digital projection technology before it's too late. Read how you can play a part.


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AirPlay, AirMedia, or Something Else?


First came Apple AirPlay, then Google Chromecast, then requests from AV users to employ such consumer devices in classrooms and conference settings. Pro-AV manufacturers have other ideas. Are they better or just different? Here's the latest consumer vs. pro debate.


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Getting 4K Content to 4K Screens


With everyone ooh-ing and aah-ing at the sight of 4K resolution displays, it's easy to forget the plumbing required to pipe such high-resolution content to those screens. Without it, the ooh-ing and aah-ing will be short-lived. Here are some lessons learned to help guide your thinking on 4K.


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Protect Their Hearing


Who better than AV professionals to understand the potential harm to hearing posed by loud music, effects and other entertainment? That ringing in your ears from the sound in your last venue? Who's responsibility is it to explain to people that the ringing isn't good and there are ways to minimize its effect? One person has a suggestion.


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Last Chance: AV Executive Conference


Don't miss next week's AV Executive Conference at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Fla., Sept. 10-12. Hear from the people who advise companies such as Disney, American Express, T-Mobile, Coca-Cola and Lexus, and engage your mind to find solutions tailored to your business. Visit the event page to read our presenters' thoughts, and listen to the preview podcast. It's not too late to register.


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 'Networked AV Systems' Heads Down Under

InfoComm International® is partnering with AMX Australia to provide networked audiovisual systems training to AV professionals in Australia and New Zealand. Thanks to the generosity of AMX Australia, 100 Oceania professionals will be able to take InfoComm's popular Networked AV Systems class at a discounted rate in Sydney, the Gold Coast, Auckland and Melbourne, increasing the number of trained professionals in the region. Classes will begin to be offered in Feb. 2014. Read the News

 Get Ready for GovComm

A dozen new companies have signed on to exhibit at GovComm 2013, held in conjunction with Government Video Expo, Dec. 4-5 in Washington, D.C. See who will be exhibiting their government-ready solutions at, then register to join us for free.

 Who Buys What From Whom?

The pro-AV industry continues to evolve, particularly in the way companies buy and sell AV products. How do manufacturers decide their go-to-market strategies? How do integrators make purchasing decisions? InfoComm's exclusive, 60-page 2013 North American Pro-AV Distribution Channels & Trends Survey has the answers. Understanding how to connect the dots in the pro-AV distribution channel can help optimize operations. Purchase the study today.

 All Design, All De Time


AV design is an art and a science. Master both at AV Design Boot Camp in Fairfax, Va., Oct. 7-15. Come for all three courses or choose the ones that are right for you.

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 Are You In or Out?

If you have insights to share with your peers, you may be on the verge of missing a golden opportunity. Now is the time to collect your ideas and submit your proposals to present at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas. The call for presenters ends Sept. 13. Act now

 Soldering XLR Connectors — and Then Some

Tom Kehr

Check out this video tutorial on soldering XLR connectors to shielded twisted-pair cables by InfoComm University™ Senior Instructor Tom Kehr, CTS®-D, CTS®-I. Like what you see? It's just the tip of the iceberg. Now check out the all-new installation training program and sign up today. You won't want to miss the new courses System Fabrication, Oct. 21-23, and Setup and Verification, Oct. 24-26, in Fairfax, Va.

 The CTS Difference

Ian Harris

Ian Harris, CTS-D, President of ihD Ltd in Hong Kong, has been in the AV industry for 33 years. Here's why he says he values his CTS certification: "In an industry where there are so many AV professionals, I've found my CTS, and then CTS-D, to be very useful ways of differentiating our service to our clients."

The fact that CTS is backed by ANSI "brings a great reassurance to our clients," Harris says. "Especially when we carry out some training or present a design document — the client sees the difference."

Learn more about Certified Technology Specialists™.

 It's Not Too Late: Rental & Staging Roadshow Orlando

The Rental & Staging Roadshow returns to Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla., Sept. 17. Join InfoComm University instructor Andre LeJeune, CTS®, and others for a day of technical presentations, roundtable discussions, new products and more. Among the sessions on the agenda: The Digital Culture at Live Events. Register today

 Roundtable Tour Stops in Chicago

Join InfoComm and Stampede's Big Book of AV Tour at the Chicago Roundtable on Sept. 19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago — Arlington Heights. Visit Stampede's showcase and see new cutting-edge products. Then, Duffy Wilbert, CTS, CAE, Senior Vice President of Member Services at InfoComm, will talk about changes to the industry and the InfoComm programs being developed to address them. In addition, take in the presentation Shift Happens!® Thriving on Change by Jim Feldman, CEO of Shift Happens! Be prepared to share your opinions and concerns during the open-floor portion of this event. Save your spot

 Solve Problems at Collaborate: New York

Broaden your knowledge of multimedia, videoconferencing, and unified communications as InfoComm and the IMCCA bring you the first Collaborate: New York, Oct. 16, at the Westin Times Square. Spend your afternoon learning how peers solved thorny problems, such as how one firm installed the largest LPD videowall in the world and managed to get it back on-line after Hurricane Sandy. Visit the Tech Zone, and stay for the cocktail reception. Register today

 Finally! The Networking Help You Need

Feeling confused or overwhelmed about how to build your basic networking knowledge? Take the first step toward understanding how to keep AV systems running smoothly on a network by signing up for Networking Technology Online. AV professionals are raving about this new course. This video explains it.

 Benefits of Belonging: CTS Prep Online

Getting ready for your CTS exam? Be sure you've covered everything with InfoComm's CTS Prep Online. Free to all members, the course helps you learn the CTS exam format, explore test-taking strategies, examine all content areas, and identify the specific areas where you need to focus your study time. Not a member? Learn about joining.

 Upcoming Webinars

  • Understanding AV/IT Convergence From a Research Perspective
    Sept. 18, 2013

  • Reading the Crowd, Working the Room: Winning Strategies for Formal Presentations
    Sept. 19, 2013

  • Build Your Skills: Microsoft Excel — The Top Tricks for Using Excel
    Sept. 23, 2013


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