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March 18, 2015

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InfoComm Live Redux; IATSE Training; PLASA Standards; Manufacturer Loyalty; Submit Nominations for Awards in AV; Verifying Video System Performance; First CTS Holder From ISE; Weekly Reading; AV Mentor Network; Membership by the Numbers

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Register for InfoComm 2015!


It's that time of year again. Time to register for the June show in Orlando, Fla., and start filling your dance card with training, certification, events and more. Online registration is now open, so don't delay. And meet the AV pro who beat you to the punch and became the first InfoComm 2015 attendee to sign up.


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Video: Live Events in 2015


Watch live events professionals discuss their innovative and rapidly changing industry in this trilogy of InfoComm International® videos. First, learn what it’s like to always try and exceed expectations, followed by insights into the evolving dynamic of face-to-face engagement. Then wrap up with their thoughts on planning for content, space and technology. Bring your popcorn.


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Holographic Projection: Ahead of the Curve or Hipster Novelty?


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? Read the special report.


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Recipe for a Live Event: Big Picture, Trial by Fire and Humility


A crew lit 10 acres of Puerto Rican rain forest for a Jurassic Park-themed event, complete with full-scale dinosaurs and thunderous audio. “I don’t think you can take a college course to figure out how you’re going to do some of these things,” says one of the crew involved. People are constantly pushing the envelope for live events. What does it take to pull off the amazing? Several live events pros explain in the All Voices Blog.


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Good Sound Sounds Good


"Video quality is easy to judge; sound quality, not so much." So begins QSC Audio's Mark Mayfield on the InfoComm All Voices Blog. Does that seem obvious? It should, and yet bad sound can still be a problem in our industry. With all the technological improvements over the years, could sound issues simply be issues of perception? Share your thoughts.


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 What Happened at InfoComm Live?

Last month’s InfoComm Live in San Diego was a winner. Thanks to everyone who attended, master of ceremonies Tom Stimson, title sponsor Digital Projection and all the other companies that made the conference a success. If you couldn’t make it this year, through the miracle of time-lapse video, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at what went into transforming the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa into the InfoComm Live 2015 venue (pictured). And check out photos from the event in InfoComm’s Flickr stream. Who do you recognize?

 IATSE Stagehands Enjoy Free Training

Nathan Cox, CTS

Are you an IATSE member? If so, check out InfoComm’s IATSE Education Program for free professional development and the opportunity to earn the InfoComm/IATSE Live Event Technician Certificate. With specially selected courses, including Audiovisual Fundamentals for Stagehands, this training is a must to learn about AV integration in stagecraft.

“With InfoComm education and CTS® certification, people working in stagecraft can address AV issues needed early in the production process to provide a good experience for themselves, fellow workers and ultimately the audience.”
— Nathan Cox, CTS, Vice President, IATSE Local 675

Learn more about the program.

 The Latest on PLASA Standards

PLASA, the trade association representing companies that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries, announced the publication of two standards, approved by the American National Standards Institute.

ANSI E1.19-2015, Recommended Practice for the Use of Class A Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) Intended for Personnel Protection in the Entertainment Industry, offers guidance on how to select, install, use and maintain ground fault protection devices in the entertainment industry to protect persons and property from shock or fire. It is a revision of a 2009 standard.

ANSI E1.23-2010 (R2015), Entertainment Technology — Design and Execution of Theatrical Fog Effects, offers guidance on planning and carrying out fog effects so that recognized exposure levels are not exceeded; fire and egress hazards are not created; false alarms don't summon the fire department; and fog effects are executed as designed. It is a reaffirmation of a 2010 version.

Both are available for free to download, thanks to a sponsorship from ProSight Specialty Insurance.

 Why Loyalty Matters to Manufacturers and What They Can Do to Earn It

For AV manufacturers, loyalty is precious. It needs to be earned and rewarded generously. Does your company do what it takes to build loyalty? Are you loyal to certain manufacturers and feel recognized for your steadfastness? One executive from a major AV manufacturer shares his thoughts: "Long-term loyalty is worth so much more than that single purchase order." Read more.

 Submit Nominations for Awards in AV

Do you know someone who is an exceptional individual in the AV industry? Nominate him or her for an InfoComm International award. With eight different honors, you could nominate a peer or two for each one. New for 2015: the CTS Holder of the Year Award.

Applications are due April 15. Learn more.

 Now See Here: How to Verify Video System Performance

Just because you've finished setting up that video system doesn't mean you're finished. AV systems performance verification is a critical part of AV, because it helps ensure that what you've built is what the client wanted. Start with these five pointers, then explore further how to verify video system performance.

 The First CTS Holder to Come Out of ISE

Neil Whybrow, CTS

Neil Whybrow, CTS, of Feltech in the U.K., was the first person to pass the CTS exam at last month's Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam. "Adding one of the only industry-recognized qualifications to my name and to our business's credentials reassures potential customers and existing clients alike that not only do we have the relevant skill-set, but we are also striving for continuous improvement amongst our employees and we are maintaining our position at the forefront of the industry," Whybrow says.

If you're going to InfoComm 2015, you could earn your CTS at the show and sign your name on the #CTSWall. With onsite test prep options, you could study for the exam and take it right at the show — all before the show floor opens. Plus, taking the exam at InfoComm 2015 could be an advantage. Watch one of your peers explain why.

 What's Going on in the Tech World?

Okay, so maybe you can't always catch up on Weekly Reading every single week. Here's a list of past issues. Click and enjoy!

You can also find a list of all Weekly Reading blogs.

 Find Your AV Mentor — or Become One

Whether you're just starting out in the industry or you're an experienced veteran, InfoComm International's AV Mentor Network can match you with someone you can learn from and develop a professional relationship with — free for InfoComm members. Find out more and apply today.

 Membership by the Numbers

Do you know how much you or your business could save through an InfoComm membership? With unlimited access to select training classes, free admission to trade shows around the world and more, the savings can add up quickly. Plus, when you maintain a well-trained workforce, you'll get even more back by investing in your employees.

Glimpse your savings now.

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