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When AV Streams Become Roaring Rivers


By Dan Daley, Special to InfoComm International®

These days, it’s not a question of whether to stream a live event over the Internet; it’s a matter of why and to what extent? Streams have turned into multistreams, with production values ranging from basic to broadcast-TV quality. And streaming live events involves expertise, technology and insight into digital-age issues you may not have thought about — like content piracy.

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It's the Economy, Silly


Be the first to read the results of InfoComm International®’s October 2012 Economic Snapshot Survey [PDF download]. The latest edition of this popular gauge of industry performance includes all-new insights, including measurements of actual company health. Has the presidential election put the brakes on AV spending? You’ll find additional analysis at the InfoComm All Voices Blog.


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Network Online With Live Events Peers


Recently, InfoComm International® launched a new online group specifically for live events professionals. The InfoComm Live Events Community is a place to share thoughts, ideas and questions with industry peers. The group has already started talking about a variety of subjects, from recruitment in rental and staging to sub-rental relationships. Check out the discussions or start your own. Log on with your InfoComm user name and password, join the InfoComm Live Events Community and post a message to get involved.


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InfoComm Readies for Show in Dubai


InfoComm this week laid out its plans for InfoComm Middle East & Africa, 14-18 Oct., at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The show will once again co-locate with GITEX, the region’s largest information and communications technology trade event, providing access to a large attendee base of end-user and facilities-manager attendees. On the schedule: several InfoComm University™ classes and a three-day CTS Prep course.

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Flex Your Live Events Muscles


You’ve got expert cable-pullers, right? Are they quick, too? Ever been challenged to “guess that decibel level?” InfoComm International is hosting the first-ever AVlympics on Oct. 19. Form a team and step up to the challenge issued by Swank Audiovisuals in this video. Get full event descriptions and instructions for hosting your own AVlympics event. To participate, send us your team name, number of competitors and contact information. Good luck!

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 What Good Staging and Events Management Looks Like

Stop live event disasters before they happen. Discover field-tested planning tools that will prevent headaches — tips you can learn right at your desk.

Enroll in Staging and Events Management Virtual Classroom, Oct. 23-Nov. 23.

 Money Matters Webinar Series
Corelytics financial software aggregates data about revenue, expenses, margins and financial performance throughout the AV industry. In analyzing the data, we find interesting stories emerge about financial trends. The Money Matters webinar series, from Corelytics and InfoComm, will pull insights from this data.

The first webinar in the series, on Oct. 2, will focus on understanding current financial trends in the market and on business changes required to respond to those trends. Join Corelytics CEO Frank Coker and expert AV analyst Bill Sharer as they interpret the latest data and suggest ways that AV companies can keep their firms healthy or turn around a struggling business. Register now.

 Less Than a Month Left to Plan for AV Week
Celebrate, promote and share the AV industry with your community. Download the toolkit for resources and tips on how to stage your own events.

 Weigh in on Live Events Standards
Here’s your chance to comment on a pair of rigging standards coming out of PLASA’s ANSI-accredited Technical Standards Program (TSP). PLASA TSP has released two standards for public review:

  • BSR E1.21 – 201x, which covers the design, manufacture and use of all the portable structures used to support scenery, lighting and sound equipment
  • BSR E1.39 – 201x, which establishes minimum requirements for the selection and use of personal fall-arrest systems.

For each proposed standard, the review period ends Sept. 25. Here’s how you can submit your comments.

 Almo Professional A/V Heads for NYC
Did you miss Almo Professional A/V and InfoComm’s E4 AV training and networking event in Dallas earlier this month? If so, no need to worry, E4 will travel to New York on October 3 for the final event of the year. Because of the growing size of the E4s, this one will be at the Meadowlands Expo Center and will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register, go to

With the theme of the tour, “Your AV Future Revealed,” attendees can expect to refine their skills and leave with the tools needed for a successful future. With hundreds of new products, over 30 exhibiting manufacturers, four tracks of sessions, many worth InfoComm renewal units, and unlimited business opportunities, the complementary traveling event has something for every AV professional.

An overview of the Almo Pro A/V E4 AV Tour can be viewed here. Visit Almo on Facebook and Twitter for E4 contests and specials.

 CTS Prep Road Trip to Vancouver
Say goodbye to your CTS® exam jitters with a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, Oct. 15-17, for three days of CTS Prep.

“In my opinion, CTS Prep was a very good indicator of what to expect on the CTS exam. The material covered provided students with ample information to draw from.”
 ~ Clare Peters, A.Sc.T., CTS, Multimedia and Electronics Technician, University of Alberta

 All Your Project Management Insights in One Place
Get a crash course in project management without leaving your desk. Popular InfoComm University lecturer Brad Malone has crafted a series of in-depth articles covering everything from kick-off meetings to job estimates. Read them all here.


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