(Updated March 2017)

 

Resources



  • March 2017
  • Language: English
  • Microcredentials for AV Techs

    Installer
    • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
    • Topic: AV Industry; Best Practices; Education
    • Audience: Installers; Integrators
    • Publication Date:  January 2017
    • Language: English

    Your Guide to Setting System Gain

    • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
    • Topic: Audio; Best Practices; Education; Installation; Live Events
    • Audience: CTS Professionals; Installers; Integrators; Live Events Professionals
    • Publication Date:  January 2017
    • Language: English

    Infinite Possibilities

    • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
    • Topic: AV Industry
    • Audience: All AV Professionals
    • Publication Date:  October 2016
    • Language: 

    Virtual Reality Could 'Transform Live Events'

    Virtual reality (VR) is on a fast track, both as a business and as a component of media culture. Much of this new alt-reality universe is converging around live-event production.

    • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
    • Topic: Audio; Video
    • Audience: Live Events Professionals
    • Publication Date:  October 2016
    • Language: English

    AVB, TSN, and Advances in Networked AV

    The Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standard recently became Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN), a term intended to more precisely reflect its technical prowess. TSN will be backward-compatible with AVB, but add new features. What’s in it for pro AV?

    • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
    • Topic: Audio; Networked AV Systems; Video
    • Audience: All AV Professionals
    • Publication Date:  September 2016
    • Language: English

    The Latest RF Auction: What We Know So Far

    It’s time for our periodic update on spectrum — that invisible resource that pro audio counts on for wireless transmission, mobile companies covet for new services, and the government continues to auction off. We’re starting to get clarity on this big issue, and it looks like spectrum reallocation won’t be as disruptive as first thought — maybe.

    • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
    • Topic: Audio; Live Events
    • Audience: All AV Professionals
    • Publication Date:  September 2016
    • Language: English

    City Winery: Vintage AV Venues

    With event spaces around the country (and wine on tap), City Winery has proven that successful, repeatable AV experiences will keep customers and clients coming back for more. "We deliberately created an intimate space for music where artists can see everyone in the audience and engage the entire room."

    • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
    • Topic: Audio; Lighting; Live Events; Video
    • Audience: Event Planners; Live Events Professionals
    • Publication Date:  August 2016
    • Language: English

    Museums Up Their AV Game

    Many museums commemorate major events. Nowadays, they also host them — and they're AV-ready for the job, with immersive, engaging new technology. "All the museum projects we design and work on we do with an eye toward supporting live events," says one integrator.

    • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
    • Topic: Exceptional Experience; Live Events
    • Audience: Integrators; Live Events Professionals
    • Publication Date:  August 2016
    • Language: English

    Project Management for Live Events Snippets

    Live Events Professional; Project Manager
    • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
    • Topic: AV Industry; Live Events; Project Management
    • Audience: All AV Professionals; Live Events Professionals; Project Managers
    • Publication Date:  August 2016
    • Language: 

    How This Site Manager Learned New PM Skills

    General Knowledge
    • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
    • Topic: AV Industry; Certification
    • Audience: All AV Professionals
    • Publication Date: 

      How This Site Manager Learned New PM Skills

      General Knowledge
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Certification
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  July 2016
      • Language: English

      InfoComm Standards and Courtroom Drama

      General Knowledge
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Certification; Standards
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  July 2016
      • Language: English

      Interpreting India's Exponential AV Industry Growth: Q&A With Ratnesh Javeri, CTS-D

      As organisers look forward to another record-breaking InfoComm India trade show in September 2016, industry veteran and InfoComm Board Member Ratnesh Javeri, CTS-D, CQD, CQT, shares his insights into the latest trends and discusses how the international market can tap into the vast opportunities presented by the AV market in India.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  July 2016
      • Language: English

      Jesse Scarborough on Young AV Professionals

      General Knowledge
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Certification
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  July 2016
      • Language: English

      The Hospitality Industry Grows More Hospitable to Music and Pro AV

      Hotels have been a stalwart of event production for decades, hosting everything from conferences to wedding receptions. But new properties are stepping up their game when it comes to live music, creating opportunities for AV systems integrators and designers.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; AV Industry; Live Events
      • Audience: Integrators; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  July 2016
      • Language: English

      Networking in AV: Learning the Ropes

      General Knowledge
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Certification
      • Audience: All AV Professionals; CTS Professionals; Students
      • Publication Date:  May 2016
      • Language: English

      Overheard at Asia's First InfoComm on Campus Event

      This month's InfoComm on Campus welcomed close to 90 technology professionals to the University of Hong Kong campus to explore how the new classroom and technology can be optimized and seamlessly integrated into an increasingly dynamic learning environment.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Best Practices; Education
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  May 2016
      • Language: English

      Speak Up - Advice From Not Your Average VP

      General Knowledge
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Business and Management
      • Audience: All AV Professionals; Executives and Business Managers
      • Publication Date:  May 2016
      • Language: English

      Vroom: Daytona Reimagines AV in Sports Venues

      When Daytona Speedway underwent a major renovation, rather than sell naming rights to the whole venue, it built sponsored "injectors" � public access points � replete with innovative AV installations. Today, NASCAR�s first �stadium� is AV-centric and ready for event production. Interactive displays, immersive racing experiences � they're all there.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Live Events; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  May 2016
      • Language: English

      AV Standards: Past, Present and Future

      General Knowledge
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Best Practices; Standards
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  April 2016
      • Language: English

      AV Transport Solutions

      Designer; General Knowledge; Installer; Networked AV Professional
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; AV Equipment; AV Industry; Best Practices; Conferencing; Control Systems; Design; Digital Signage; Installation; Live Events; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals; Designers; Installers; IT Professionals; Live Events Professionals; Project Managers; Technology Managers
      • Publication Date:  April 2016
      • Language: English

      AVT Badges for This Whole Team in the U.K.

      General Knowledge
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Certification
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  April 2016
      • Language: English

      Las Vegas' Cosmopolitan: AV on a Grand Scale

      When The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel and casino was conceived more than a decade ago, it was meant to bring a next-generation level of luxury to The Strip. But even as it was upping the ante on luxury, The Cosmopolitan was raising the bar on audiovisual technology - a never-ending pursuit in Las Vegas, where a bigger screen or a louder sound system is always just around the corner.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Digital Signage; Live Events; Video
      • Audience: Event Planners; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  April 2016
      • Language: English

      Meeting Goals and Celebrating a New CTS

      General Knowledge
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Certification
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  April 2016
      • Language: English

      Pro AV and the Internet of Things: An InfoComm International White Paper

      The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most talked-about technologies influencing organizations today. But the pro AV industry has a special relationship with the IoT, dating back decades to when network ports started appearing on AV devices and enabling a new paradigm of management, control and insight.

      General Knowledge
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Control Systems; Networked AV Systems; Secure AV; Smart Building Technology (SBT)
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  April 2016
      • Language: English

      Standards in Action

      You've heard that industry standards can have a positive impact on your business. Now read what AV professionals have to say about using standards in actual installations. "Standards are essential tools to help create exceptional user experiences," says one.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Best Practices; Standards
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  April 2016
      • Language: English

      Value of CTS in Fast-Growing Market

      General Knowledge
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Certification
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  April 2016
      • Language: English

      Ahead of the Game With CTS

      General Knowledge
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Certification; Design; Installation
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  March 2016
      • Language: English

      Cruisin': Event AV on the High Seas

      AV at sea has become as complex as on land. "Cruise lines are investing heavily in state-of-the-art sound and video systems, rigging and lighting equipment, and control and show-automation systems," says one expert. Training techs for sea duty is more important than ever.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Live Events
      • Audience: Event Planners; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  March 2016
      • Language: English

      CTS in Norway

      General Knowledge
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Certification
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  March 2016
      • Language: English

      Digital Signage Embraces Fast Cellular Networks

      More digital signage networks are taking advantage of 3G and 4G LTE wireless technology to deliver compelling content to new places, such as taxi cabs. Niche application or next big thing? And what about those data usage charges?

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Digital Signage
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  March 2016
      • Language: English

      Integrators Tackle Technological Change

      A dizzying array of new technology platforms and devices has AV integrators on their toes. "These concepts - each complex in its own right - are enriching the traditional AV environment by facilitating a deeper connection between users and the technology," says one. Read what others make of the changing landscape.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: Installers; Integrators
      • Publication Date:  March 2016
      • Language: English

      AV Excellence: It's a Family Thing

      General Knowledge
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Best Practices; Certification; Integrated Product Delivery (IPD)
      • Audience: All AV Professionals; Integrators
      • Publication Date:  February 2016
      • Language: English

      Pro AV and the Internet of Things

      To be fair, AV professionals have understood the concept of the Internet of Things for years. But today, with IoT and the digitization of business processes changing the way the world works, opportunities for AV companies appear endless. Just make sure you secure those new devices.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  February 2016
      • Language: English

      The Changing Business of AV Integration

      "Competition is getting more diverse while at another level it�s consolidating," says the general manager of one West Coast AV integration firm. Changes in the business of AV have companies finding more ways to demonstrate their value. How does your experience compare?

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Business and Management
      • Audience: Designers; Installers; Integrators
      • Publication Date:  February 2016
      • Language: English

      Creating Secure Collaboration Spaces

      With organizations embracing huddle spaces and other collaboration rooms, how do they make sure the systems they're installing don't open a door to hackers or malware? How do they know their conversations are private? Step one: Assume they aren't.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Conferencing; Secure AV
      • Audience: Consultants; Designers; Integrators; Technology Managers
      • Publication Date:  January 2016
      • Language: English

      Rise of the Event Drones

      At the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, a cadre of drones was called on to unveil Infiniti's latest crossover vehicle. The company that organized the "reveal" auditioned more than 30 drone operators for the job. You guess it: Live events are starting to catch drone fever.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Live Events
      • Audience: Event Planners; Integrators; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  January 2016
      • Language: English

      Challenges and Opportunities in Wireless AV and Content Sharing

      Challenges and Opportunities in Wireless AV and Content Sharing, an InfoComm International whitepaper, dissects the pros and cons of using wireless communications for certain professional AV applications and explores current options in popular bands, 5 GHz and 60 GHz.

      General Knowledge; Installer
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; AV Industry; Best Practices; Installation
      • Audience: All AV Professionals; Installers
      • Challenges and Opportunities in Wireless AV and Content Sharing

        Challenges and Opportunities in Wireless AV and Content Sharing, an InfoComm International whitepaper, dissects the pros and cons of using wireless communications for certain professional AV applications and explores current options in popular bands, 5 GHz and 60 GHz.

        General Knowledge; Installer
        • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
        • Topic: AV Equipment; AV Industry; Best Practices; Installation
        • Audience: All AV Professionals; Installers
        • Publication Date:  November 2015
        • Language: English

      Networked AV in Depth: AV on the WLAN

      "When more and more offices are going all wireless," says one AV professional, "I can't see how we as integrators are not going to be successful in deploying more of these wireless presentation systems on corporate LANs." Indeed, it's a real opportunity, but sometimes easier said than done. Read what experienced AV pros have to say about setting up wireless systems in the enterprise.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  November 2015
      • Language: English

      Scaring Up Some AV Business

      In October, about 90 percent of U.S households with children plan to participate in some kind of Halloween activity, according to the Haunted House Association. Yes, the Haunted House Association. And it turns out the business of scaring people hinges more on AV and automation than ever before. Read about it, if you dare.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Control Systems; Lighting; Live Events; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  October 2015
      • Language: English

      Global AV: Spotlight India

      With InfoComm India 2015 taking place this week in Mumbai, we look at the country's dynamic market for AV products and services. In the world's second most populous nation, where the government has launched a comprehensive initiative to modernize its digital infrastructure, it's the corporate market that's driving AV growth. Read the special report.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; InfoComm Products and Services
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  September 2015
      • Language: English

      Networked AV In Depth: Managing Quality of Service

      If ensuring quality of service for networked AV systems were easy, everyone would be a pro. But it's not, largely because of all the variables involved. Which is why designing AV systems for so-called QoS is such an opportunity for integrators, helping to differentiate themselves in clients' eyes. Get some pointers from this special report.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: Consultants; Installers; Integrators; IT Professionals
      • Publication Date:  September 2015
      • Language: English

      Sustainable AVL Makes Strides

      The audio, video and lighting technology that goes into a live event has come a long way in terms of sustainability. The industry has long promoted green practices as a way to strengthen client relationships, but now that products are going green, the case for more sustainable events is even stronger.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; Lighting; Live Events; Sustainable AV
      • Audience: Event Planners; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  September 2015
      • Language: English

      Systems Verification: It's Electric!

      A properly integrated electrical system could be the most important element of an AV design. How do you ensure an electrical system provides consistent power to the many devices in an AV design? We dig into the nitty-gritty of InfoComm's Audiovisual Systems Performance Verification standard to offer insight.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Best Practices; Standards
      • Audience: Consultants; Designers; Installers; Integrators
      • Publication Date:  September 2015
      • Language: English

      Multichannel Audio Goes Way Beyond 5.1

      How do you give everyone in an event space the same experience, no matter where they are? "Object-based audio lets you deliver both direct and ambient sound that's fully immersive," says one expert. Highly directional, 3D sound stands to reset the bar for live events. Get the lowdown.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Design; Exceptional Experience; Live Events
      • Audience: Designers; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  August 2015
      • Language: English

      Sonic Signatures Go Live

      Sonic signatures � musical tones or jingles that are the hallmark of a brand � have become a marketing staple (ask computer chipmaker Intel). But they can be tricky to execute at live events. That's not stopping companies from trying to inject audio brands into concerts, festivals and other events. Here's how.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Live Events
      • Audience: Consultants; Content Providers; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  August 2015
      • Language: English

      Systems Verification: Take Control of Control

      You know how to verify audio performance. And you know how to ensure a video system is up to snuff. Control systems need love and attention, too. Here's how to get started on control systems verification.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Best Practices; Control Systems
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  August 2015
      • Language: English

      The Evolution of Higher Ed AV

      With the annual conference of the Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC) on the horizon, "we asked participants from higher education how their jobs have evolved, or not. We still have one faculty member who insists on using a VCR," says one. Still, the convergence of AV and IT has meant big change and opportunity in higher ed. Read about it in this special report.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Best Practices; Design; Networked AV Systems; Video
      • Audience: Consultants; End Users; Integrators; Technology Managers
      • Publication Date:  August 2015
      • Language: English

      Bowled Over: AV Injects New Life into an Old Pastime

      Bowling isn't what it used to be, but one company has a new vision. When it opened a location in New York's Times Square, Bowlmor AMF budgeted $1.3 million for audio, video and lighting. Event planners have taken notice and everyday bowlers have begun to benefit from a sound and light show that traditional nightclubs might envy.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Lighting; Live Events; Video
      • Audience: Event Planners; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  July 2015
      • Language: English

      BYOD is Changing the Nature of AV and Events

      The ability to control AV systems from a personal device, has flipped the equation of system management. The prospect of collaborating with a smartphone has meant new approaches to wireless integration. And the fact that everyone owns one of these devices and wants it to work seamlessly with whatever systems they encounter has put the user in control of AV.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Control Systems; Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  July 2015
      • Language: English

      Global AV: Spotlight Mexico

      With TechnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico 2015 right around the corner, we talked to AV professionals about that country's projected $1.28 billion market for AV products and services. Clients are careful buyers, collaboration is hot, and the oil and gas industry have many in a holding pattern. Read about it in this InfoComm special report.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Conferencing; Digital Signage
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  July 2015
      • Language: English

      Redefining AV as a Service

      The pro AV industry has been providing post-install services for quite some time now. But how else is it being "servicized" in light of the Internet of Things (IoT) and other technology trends? How do AV service providers differentiate themselves? And what challenges do they face in that effort?

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Best Practices; Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: Integrators
      • Publication Date:  July 2015
      • Language: English

      Visual Principles and the Display Environment

      When it comes to video, you can't just hang a screen on a wall and expect viewers to get the picture. The visual principles of AV design are about more than technology. Here are four things to consider when determining the perfect display environment.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Best Practices; Design; Display
      • Audience: CTS Professionals; Designers; Integrators
      • Publication Date:  July 2015
      • Language: English

      Dressed for Success: Verifying AV Cable Performance

      While not as flashy as video or audio components, cabling is an important part of an AV system. Did you know there are 17 cable-related items you should check when verifying a system's performance? Let's start with these five.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Best Practices; Installation; Standards
      • Audience: CTS Professionals; Installers; Integrators
      • Publication Date:  June 2015
      • Language: English

      Meet the AV-Savvy IT Executive

      IT executives may be much more AV-savvy than many in our industry think. And as one told us for this InfoComm International special report, "We are the people integrators are going to need to talk to." Learn how IT executives at three major enterprises approach AV and incorporate it into their technology strategies.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  June 2015
      • Language: English

      Content and Displays Create New Synergies for Digital Signage

      Digital signage has grown well beyond airport arrival and departure screens, which heralded the widespread adoption of dynamic signage two decades ago. Now, signage can react to its environment with differing content.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Digital Signage
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  May 2015
      • Language: English

      Live Event Production Heads Into The Cloud

      How are companies like Freeman and PSAV integrating cloud-based systems into their event offerings? In many different ways. Not only can the cloud help live events companies execute better, it supports new technology features that clients expect for their audiences.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Live Events; Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: Event Planners; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  May 2015
      • Language: English

      What CIOs Should Know About AV (and Vice Versa)

      Have you ever wished you had more access to the CIO of the customers you work for? Or at least some of the IT execs who work with the CIO? What would you say about the value of AV to an enterprise technology strategy? How would you answer questions about network security and more? For the conversation to begin, AV pros need to get on the same page as CIOs. We talked to integrators to learn how they view this all-important relationship.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: Consultants; Installers; Integrators
      • Publication Date:  May 2015
      • Language: English

      Your AV Environment: Ergonomics 101

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Best Practices; Design; Display; Video
      • Audience: Designers
      • Publication Date:  May 2015
      • Language: English

      Here Come the Drones

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; Live Events; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  April 2015
      • Interactivity Makes Media Move at Live Events

        "You'd be surprised the extent to which people have come to expect interactivity on screens at events," explains one executive whose company creates custom, interactive media. Or maybe you wouldn't be surprised. But as audiences expect to touch, gesture toward and otherwise mingle with the AV technology at live events, the next step for planners and AV companies will be turning those encounters into business intelligence.

        • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
        • Topic: Live Events
        • Audience: Event Planners; Live Events Professionals
        • Publication Date:  April 2015
        • Language: English

      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?

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Live Events; Video
      • Audience: Event Planners; Integrators; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  March 2015
      • Language: English

      Making Digital Signage Stand Out

      Digital signage is all grown up. In a short time, it has proven to be an effective, pervasive AV medium for communicating information, influencing behavior and showcasing brands. So how can digital signage be better? How can digital signage users ensure their solutions achieve their goals instead of just generating visual noise? "It's all about engaging the viewer and motivating them to take the action," says one expert. This InfoComm special report offers ideas.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Digital Signage
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  March 2015
      • Language: English

      Modern Approaches to Control Systems Design

      Modern Approaches to Control Systems Design, an InfoComm International white paper, explores the ways that industry professionals today approach AV control systems in the context of enterprise AV and mobile, smart devices.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Control Systems; Design
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  March 2015
      • Language: English

      Now See Here: How to Verify Video System Performance

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Best Practices; Display; Standards; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  March 2015
      • Language: English

      Slippery Slope: How Tablets Have Influenced Control Systems Design

      It hasn't always been for the better. As customers expect to be able to control enterprise AV systems using their personal tablets or smartphone devices, AV professionals need to make sure they manage expectations and navigate the possible hurdles to complete functionality.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Control Systems
      • Audience: Consultants; Designers; Independent Programmers; Integrators
      • Publication Date:  March 2015
      • Language: English

      Streaming Media: Consumer Experiences, Workplace Expectations

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Digital Signage; Networked AV Systems; Video
      • Audience: Integrators; IT Professionals; Technology Managers
      • Publication Date:  March 2015
      • Language: English

      The Life of a Tech Manager: What it Means to Manage AV/IT Systems Today

      What does it mean to manage AV/IT technology in an age of converged systems? How have responsibilities and skill-sets changed? And how did tech managers get where they are anyway? We asked several how they took their AV expertise and applied it to corporations, universities and more. "With users, many times they don't understand the system or have a bad experience, which breeds fear," says one. "I try to prevent that '.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; Best Practices; Networked AV Systems; Project Management
      • Audience: Technology Managers
      • Publication Date:  March 2015
      • Language: English

      Unified Communications and Collaboration: Creating the Exceptional Experience

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Best Practices; Conferencing; Networked AV Systems; Secure AV; Video
      • Audience: Consultants; Designers; Integrators; IT Professionals; Technology Managers
      • Publication Date:  March 2015
      • Language: English

      Acoustics - Critical Seasoning for the Exceptional Experience

      If sound is the stepchild to picture, then acoustics is the junior partner of sound. At least that's how it seems sometimes. But the practice of acoustics design in spaces used for AV is more important than ever, especially as recent trends make it more challenging to communicate content effectively. Read about it in the InfoComm International special report.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Best Practices; Design; Live Events
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  February 2015
      • Language: English

      Get a Room: Pop-Up Events Have Special AV Needs

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Lighting; Live Events; Video
      • Audience: Event Planners; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  February 2015
      • Language: English

      New Tech Tour, New Trends

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; AV Industry; Digital Signage; Video
      • Audience: Installers; Integrators; Manufacturers
      • Publication Date:  February 2015
      • Language: English

      The Perfect Path: How One Young Professional Found a Career in AV

      Chances are you know a young AV professional such as Travis Hopkins, who hails from Washington, D.C. In fact, your story of arriving in the AV industry full of passion may be a lot like his. Read this special feature about a young man's journey to find his calling in AV and ask yourself if you can help someone like Travis become the future of our industry.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Business and Management; Certification
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  February 2015
      • Language: English

      The Phased Approach to AV Design

      When you design an AV system, the idea is to streamline the process and ensure the system delivers on the customer's expectations. Does your AV design go through these phases?

      Designer
      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Best Practices; Certification; Design
      • Audience: Consultants; Designers; Integrators
      • Publication Date:  February 2015
      • Language: English

      Unified Communications and Collaboration: Overcoming User Challenges

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Best Practices; Conferencing; Networked AV Systems; Secure AV; Video
      • Audience: Consultants; Designers; Integrators; IT Professionals; Technology Managers
      • Publication Date:  February 2015
      • Language: English

      Global AV: Spotlight Europe

      With Integrated Systems Europe 2015 right around the corner, we talked to AV professionals about the $17.5 billion European market for AV products and services. Which countries are growing the fastest? Which are growing the slowest? And which AV technologies and applications offer the greatest opportunities? Read about it in this InfoComm special report.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Display; Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  January 2015
      • Language: English

      Now Hear This: How to Verify Audio System Performance

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

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Best Practices; Installation; Standards
      • Audience: Consultants; Designers; Installers; Integrators
      • Publication Date:  January 2015
      • Language: English

      Spectrum 2015: A Crowded Wireless Audio World Is About to Get More So

      Having evicted wireless audio users from one part of the radio frequency spectrum just a few years ago, the Federal Communications Commission has plans to auction off another band -- eventually. This time, some concessions have been made to the many groups who count on wireless microphones. But will it be enough?

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; AV Equipment; Live Events
      • Audience: Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  January 2015
      • Language: English

      Unified Communications and Collaboration: What Does the AV Pro Offer?

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Best Practices; Conferencing; Networked AV Systems; Video
      • Audience: Installers; Integrators; IT Professionals; Technology Managers
      • Publication Date:  January 2015
      • Language: English

      AV/IT Infrastructure Guidelines for Higher Education

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; AV Industry; Best Practices; Design; Education; Installation; Networked AV Systems; Project Management; Standards; Video
      • Audience: Architects, Builders and Contractors; Consultants; Designers; End Users; Facility Managers; Integrators; IT Professionals; Technology Managers
      • Publication Date:  December 2014
      • Language: English

      Networked AV in Depth: Securing AV Devices

      How do you make sure no one can eavesdrop on your client's videoconference? How do you know hackers can't send their own content to a network of digital signs? With more AV systems on the network, it's important that AV professionals know how to protect them as if they were desktop computers or mission-critical servers. Read about the issues and the measures pros should take in this special report.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: Consultants; Integrators; IT Professionals; Technology Managers
      • Publication Date:  December 2014
      • Language: English

      The Role of the AV Industry in Unified Communications and Collaboration

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Conferencing; Design; Networked AV Systems; Video
      • Audience: Consultants; End Users; Integrators; IT Professionals; Technology Managers
      • Publication Date:  December 2014
      • Language: English

      An Audio Networking Standard Gets its Advocates

      AES67-2013, the audio protocol developed by the Audio Engineering Society, is now backed by the newly formed Media Networking Alliance. All involved have their work cut out for them as they try to forge interoperability among various developing digital audio networking technologies. But if anyone can do it, maybe the AES can.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Networked AV Systems
      • An Audio Networking Standard Gets its Advocates

        AES67-2013, the audio protocol developed by the Audio Engineering Society, is now backed by the newly formed Media Networking Alliance. All involved have their work cut out for them as they try to forge interoperability among various developing digital audio networking technologies. But if anyone can do it, maybe the AES can.

        • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
        • Topic: Audio; Networked AV Systems
        • Audience: Consultants; Integrators; Live Events Professionals
        • Publication Date:  November 2014
        • Language: English

      InfoComm Standards: 10 Years in the Making

      InfoComm International is committed to standards development. As an American National Standards Institute-accredited Standards Developer, InfoComm relies on hard-working volunteers to help raise the bar on AV systems performance across the industry. As you might expect, 10-year-old initiatives change over time. Read how InfoComm's commitment to industry standards has evolved.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Best Practices; Standards
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  November 2014
      • Language: English

      Wireless AV: What's the Best Way to Do It?

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  November 2014
      • Language: English

      Big Video: Churches See the Light

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; AV Industry; Best Practices; Display; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  October 2014
      • Language: English

      Digital Signage Best Practices: Matching Content to Solution

      Do you start your digital signage conversations with technology? Think about kicking things off with content. Experts say the best way to start is to learn what needs to be displayed and where, so you as an AV professional can recommend the best way to display it. Read the special report.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Digital Signage
      • Audience: Designers; Integrators; Technology Managers
      • Publication Date:  October 2014
      • Language: English

      Event Video is Living Large

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Display; Live Events; Video
      • Audience: Event Planners; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  October 2014
      • Language: English

      AV Companies Get Into the Experience Business

      At the InfoComm AV Executive Conference, held Sept. 17-19, 2014, industry leaders were encouraged to think differently about their businesses. No AV company should be a commodity, participants were advised, and planning for the future means always communicating your relevance to customers. Read more.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Best Practices; Business and Management
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  September 2014
      • Language: English

      Studio Gear Takes the Stage

      Everyone from rock bands to corporate presenters wants live events to sound their best. To that end, live events professionals are taking top-of-the-line gear from studios and putting it on stage. "The spoken word isn't just getting a touch of EQ anymore," says one pro. Read more in this InfoComm special report.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Live Events
      • Audience: Event Planners; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  September 2014
      • Language: English

      AVEC Preview: 5 Tips to Tell Your Business Model as a Story

      In preparation for the InfoComm AV Executive Conference, Sept. 17-19, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz., featured speaker Dr. Yves Pigneur offers advice on how AV companies can communicate their vision and build excitement.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Business and Management
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  August 2014
      • Language: English

      AVEC Preview: You're Paid to Think

      In an exclusive excerpt from his book "Paid to Think: A Leader's Toolkit for Redefining Your Future," consultant, inventor, advisor and speaker David Goldsmith previews his talk at the InfoComm AV Executive Conference, Sept. 17-19, 2014.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Business and Management
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  August 2014
      • Language: English

      Giving AV the Old College Try

      The buzz around concepts such as distance learning and massive open online courses (MOOCs) make it seem as if media and higher education have suddenly and serendipitously collided, like some professorial version of chocolate and peanut butter.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Education
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  August 2014
      • Language: English

      Networked AV in Depth: IPv6

      The advent of IPv6 addresses the rising global issue of IP address shortage. As the number of networked devices continues to grow, AV integrators might begin considering this option. Tim Kridel polls the industry about IPv6 adoption in his latest special report.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  August 2014
      • Language: English

      Do Lasers Mean a New Age for Projection Technology?

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Digital Signage; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  July 2014
      • Language: English

      TimesCenter Makes Its Own Kind of News

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Design; Lighting; Live Events; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  July 2014
      • Language: 

      Is 4K Just a Pit Stop for 8K in Digital Signage?

      With the recent arrival of 4K players, digital signage seems to be joining the rush toward bigger and better resolutions. However, there�s a feeling in the industry that it�s too soon to talk about 4K, never mind 8K for most commodity, real-world deployments. Monica Heck provides an in-depth look.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Digital Signage
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  May 2014
      • Language: English

      The Nuts and Bolts of Using WebRTC in Pro AV

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; Conferencing; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  May 2014
      • Language: English

      This Time, It�s Personal: Social Media Integrates Itself Into Event AV

      Like peanut butter and chocolate before it, in retrospect it seems inevitable that social media and live-event AV technology would make for a cool mashup. Increasingly, we�re seeing pictures and video from Facebook, and images and comments from Twitter and Instagram leaping from users� mobile devices onto 60-inch LCDs and 20-foot projection screens at corporate and other types of events. Dan Daley gives an in-depth look at this trend.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Digital Signage; Display; Live Events; Marketing and Sales; Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  May 2014
      • Integrated AV at Cornell University — Providing for the Needs of a Modern Classroom

        Cornell University has been working hard to keep up with the emerging trends and to come up with reliable ways to meet the resulting requirements and to provide these newer resources to the classrooms. We spoke with John Pfleiderer, CTS-D, CTS-I, ISF-C, AV Designer and Project Coordinator at Cornell about responding to the needs of today’s higher education students and faculty.

        • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
        • Topic: Best Practices; Conferencing; Networked AV Systems
        • Audience: Integrators; Technology Managers
        • Publication Date:  April 2014
        • Language: English

      Microsoft Lync: The Software Giant Looks for a Foothold in Pro AV

      Lync enables PCs, tablets and smartphones to double as both deskphones and video conferencing 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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; AV Industry; Conferencing; Education; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  April 2014
      • Language: English

      Veni, Vidi, Vici — Kids Conquer AV at the Science and Engineering Festival

      InfoComm was privileged to sponsor and participate in the USA Science and Engineering Festival, held April 25-27 in Washington, D.C. Thousands of kids, parents and educators got to play with some of the latest audiovisual (AV) applications and learn more about careers and training in AV.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Education
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  April 2014
      • Language: English

      Cipriani — Good Sauce, Good Sound

      While the a la carte model for AV has seemed to work well enough for event production, that’s not the way it works at the two signature Cipriani event locations in Manhattan, on East 42nd Street, directly across from Grand Central Station, and 55 Wall in the financial district. One of the reasons that Cipriani does as well as it does is because it’s offered as a fully equipped venue, with sound tailored to the rooms’ individual acoustical characteristics and lighting and video ready to be flipped on.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; Live Events; Project Management
      • Audience: Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  March 2014
      • Language: English

      Digital Signage Best Practices: Incorporating Interactivity

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Digital Signage; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  March 2014
      • Language: 

      Integrated Broadcast-Broadband Systems: From WebTV to Hybrid TV

      In the wake of instant gratification provided by social media journalism, apps, and streamed content, Hybrid TV seems like a natural next step in the ongoing symbiosis between broadcasting and broadband systems. Combining technologies simply makes sense when you factor in bandwidth expansion and the sheer practicality of reducing the number of devices you’ve been using simultaneously. Now you will be able to see a show and tweet about it from your TV. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; AV Industry; Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  March 2014
      • Language: 

      A Year in the Life of Met Interactive: Technologies without Barriers

      Metropolitan interactive, a digital, sustainable, marketing firm that employs designers, engineers, programmers, and construction personnel to create original solutions to technical challenges, has just celebrated a year of existence. We met with their CEO Jeffrey Mele to talk about professional development, integration, and innovation in the AV industry.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Digital Signage
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  February 2014
      • Language: English

      Almo and InfoComm to Kick off 2014 E4 AV Tour, Provide CTS RUs for Free

      A training-rich touring event organized by Almo Professional A/V in partnership with InfoComm International® is poised to kick off this year’s program on March 11 in Dallas. Now in its fifth year, the E4 AV Tour exposes AV integrators, consultants, and resellers to the latest technologies and provides high-quality certification courses for free.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; AV Industry; Digital Signage
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  February 2014
      • Language: English

      American Bar Association Adopts AV/IT Infrastructure Guidelines for Courts

      The American Bar Association now lists the AV/IT Infrastructure Guidelines for Courts as one of its member resources. The document describes the design guidelines for architects, AV/IT specialists, judges, court administrators, and others concerned with courthouse and courtroom construction and renovation.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; Design; Installation
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  February 2014
      • Language: English

      HDMI 2.0: What's in It for Pro AV?

      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?

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; Digital Signage; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  February 2014
      • Language: English

      Lights, Camera, Action on the Floor

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Live Events; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  February 2014
      • Language: English

      PLASA Announces Publication of Two Rigging Safety Standards

      Two of PLASA's standards related to theatrical rigging safety have been revised and approved by ANSI as American National Standards: ANSI E1.21 for temporary outdoor structures and ANSI E1.4 for manual counterweight rigging systems.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; AV Industry; Best Practices; Digital Signage; Standards
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  February 2014
      • Language: English

      Sports Venues Keep Large Events in the Ball Game

      What’s behind the trend is the need for increasingly costly sports venues to generate more revenue for their owners and managers. Music concerts have been a regular component in strategies to keep major-league arenas and stadiums operating when their anchor sports leagues go dark for the season, but even venues that are part of colleges and universities are also catering to large-scale events, such as graduations, to help defray costs.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Live Events
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  January 2014
      • Language: English

      Wireless Microphone Users Face Another Round of Spectrum Cuts

      The use of wireless audio systems, including wireless microphones for artistic performers and onstage announcements, and intercom systems needed to keep complex live-event productions running smoothly, has been steadily increasing as business picks up in the wake of a lengthy recession. As per Strategic Meetings Management, a sector analysis by market researcher Aberdeen Group, analysts are estimating that total U.S. spending on corporate meetings and events is expected to rise by 20 percent over the next two years, Unfortunately, it’s doing so just as wireless spectrum -- the radio frequencies used for wireless communication -- is about to undergo yet another contraction that will further restrict the wireless playing field for professional users.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; AV Equipment
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  January 2014
      • Language: English

      5 Trends Changing Unified Communications

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Conferencing; Networked AV Systems; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  November 2013
      • Language: English

      An AV Design Tool for the Real World

      We know that estimating the cost of an AV project is hard and getting harder. What the industry needs is a comprehensive, secure, cloud-based tool that allows all types of AV professionals to research solutions and factor in the cost of labor. The new AV-iQ delivers that and more.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; AV Industry; InfoComm Products and Services
      • Audience: All AV Professionals; Consultants; Dealers Distributors and Resellers; End Users; Integrators
      • Publication Date:  November 2013
      • Language: English

      Behind the Scenes of the CMA Awards

      Now that country music’s big night has gotten even bigger, the sky — and the RF channel count — is the limit. How did the crew for this month’s Country Music Association Awards turn a cavernous hockey rink in Nashville, Tenn., into a more intimate, TV viewer-friendly venue?

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Live Events
      • Audience: Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  November 2013
      • Language: English

      AES Throws New Audio Networking Standard Into the Ring

      Chances are you’ve got a solid grasp on CobraNet. And maybe you’ve come around to Audio Video Bridging (aka, AVB) and understand that Dante wasn’t just a major Italian poet who wrote about hades. Congratulations. For all your diligence, the Audio Engineering Society has a new networking standard you should learn.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Live Events; Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: All AV Professionals; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  October 2013
      • Language: English

      Boo! Haunted Houses are the Next Big AV Venue

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Control Systems; Video
      • Audience: 
      • Publication Date:  October 2013
      • Language: English

      Bring Us Your Huddled Masses — to Collaborate

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; Conferencing; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals; Designers
      • Publication Date:  October 2013
      • Language: English

      Everyone's a Broadcaster, Part 2: Streaming

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Networked AV Systems; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  October 2013
      • Language: English

      AirPlay, AirMedia, or Something Else? Parsing Wireless Presentation Systems

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; Conferencing; Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: All AV Professionals; End Users; Integrators; IT Professionals; Technology Managers
      • Publication Date:  September 2013
      • Language: English

      Everyone’s a Broadcaster, Part 1: Production

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; Best Practices; Networked AV Systems; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals; End Users; Live Events Professionals; Technology Managers
      • Publication Date:  September 2013
      • Language: English

      Navigating Europe’s Ecodesign Directive

      The European Union’s Ecodesign Directive, which aims to reduce the power consumption of a whole host of products — including AV electronics — is like the ENERGY STAR program in the United States. Only the Ecodesign Directive, unlike ENERGY STAR, is not voluntary; it’s law. The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance wanted to know how the regulations impacted the sale of AV gear in Europe. Does every AV product need to conform? Download PAMA’s whitepaper to find out.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Equipment; Marketing and Sales; Sustainable AV
      • Audience: Consultants; Dealers Distributors and Resellers; Installers; Integrators; Manufacturers
      • Publication Date:  September 2013
      • Language: English

      Wireless Sound Systems Find Their Niche

      What do you think of when you think of portable PA systems? Hostage negotiators? (Apparently, you’re not alone.) Think again. Today’s wireless PA systems are feature-rich, versatile and ready for deployment at live events. Did we mention they sound good, too?

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio; Live Events
      • Audience: Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  September 2013
      • Language: English

      'Silent Sound' is Getting Louder

      How strange would it be to walk into a ballroom, see everybody swaying to the music, and not hear a note? So-called “silent shows” are gaining interest from live-event planners, and not just in music venues. Corporate, retail and education event producers are clueing into the possibilities of turning a group experience into something more personal.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Audio
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  August 2013
      • Language: English

      AV Freelancers Face Training Challenges

      Many live events and other AV professionals came into the industry through a side door. They went to a school to study graphics design, or TV production or some other specialty. There was a time these important AV technicians learned on the job, but today, is that enough to build a trained network of independent service providers?

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Certification; Education; Installation; Live Events
      • Audience: Installers; Integrators; Live Events Professionals; Students
      • Publication Date:  July 2013
      • Language: English

      Can 3D Get Respect on Stage?

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Live Events; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals; Live Events Professionals
      • Publication Date:  July 2013
      • Language: English

      AV Executive Conference: Stop Marketing and Start Building Sales

      In the run-up to InfoComm's AV Executive Conference, Sept, 10-12, 2013, revenue growth expert Everett Hill explains why a viable value proposition is key to sales.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Business and Management
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  June 2013
      • Language: English

      AV Executive Conference: Success Comes From Doing Things Differently

      In preparation for the InfoComm AV Executive Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2013, growth strategist and thought leader on Relationship Economics David Nour explains, among other things, that doing business differently can lead to more success than just doing business better.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Business and Management
      • Audience: Executives and Business Managers
      • Publication Date:  June 2013
      • Language: English

      AV Executive Conference: The Hidden Path to Predictable Success

      Les McKeown, renowned speaker, author and advisor on accelerated business growth, previews what he will be discussing at the InfoComm AV Executive Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2013. Learn how to not only grow your business, but also scale it.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Business and Management
      • Audience: Executives and Business Managers
      • Publication Date:  June 2013
      • Language: English

      AV Executive Conference: Work Your Network From the Inside Out

      Nhat Pham, social media strategist, speaker and author, is gearing up to present at the InfoComm AV Executive Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2013. But first he shares some thoughts on which of your connections are most likely to lead to more business.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Business and Management
      • Audience: Executives and Business Managers
      • Publication Date:  June 2013
      • Language: English

      Is 4K Hype or the Next Big Thing in Pro AV?

      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.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: Display; Video
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  June 2013
      • Language: English

      AV Networking: Life Beyond CobraNet

      Using IT networking to move AV content has gradually become accepted and advisable. Many have been doing it for years, but only now have their choices grown so varied. The old ways still work, but new kids on the block have a lot to offer, too.

      • Type: Article, Report or Whitepaper
      • Topic: AV Industry; Networked AV Systems
      • Audience: All AV Professionals
      • Publication Date:  May 2013
      • Language: English

       

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