Latest headlines: Gary Kayye on Barco’s Overture, David Danto on the arrival of video collaboration and the work-life blend, and more
November 20, 2020 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 22
#AVtweeps! What’s up? I hope you’re ready for the weekend because I know I am! I’m going to keep this short and sweet, but I want to quickly point out Gary Kayye’s column this week. There is an action item: Check out the Barco Overture microsite because there is a solid chance you won’t be able to do so for much longer. Barco is no longer “spending any more R&D money of development on Overture but, the company is ‘retaining the rights and intellectual property.'”
Also, in a special column from David Danto, he explores the work-life blend concept as video collaboration permeates workers’ lives just as it was always meant to pre-COVID. I don’t have to tell you it has arrived — folks, you’ve been using it for six+ months already.
Catch the solid amount of product features I have for you this week — starting with Extron’s brand-spanking-new, full-bandwidth, uncompressed 8K switcher. Also, check out Sony’s two new compact WUXGA laser projectors, Epson’s brightest projector to date, and Aurora’s USA-Made Thermal Temperature Tablet.
If you haven’t visited Barco’s Overture microsite, hurry as it’s likely about to disappear. I received a “tip” that Barco may be discontinuing Overture, one of only a few software-based AV control systems, last week and it turned out to be mostly true.
The horrific pandemic we’re living through forced people to use and get good at collaboration platforms to an extent that no formal adoption plan could ever have achieved. The result is that video platforms and components — just like the cars — have stopped touting their performance and reliability. Now they talk about how cool their virtual backgrounds are, how well their AI performs at automatically setting shots and tracking action, how strong their noise reduction is and how fancy their group shot layouts are. The industry didn’t get the celebration it deserved (as no one has really been in a mood to celebrate considering the pandemic) but the fact that video collaboration works as well as we always said it could has finally become a given.