Joel Rollins

Joel Rollins

rAVe Rental [and Staging] contributor Joel R. Rollins is the founder of Steamroller Digital and is well known throughout the professional AV industry for his contributions to industry training and his extensive background in AV rental, staging and installation. Joel can be reached at joelrollins@mac.com.

InfoComm: 10 Trends in Live Events 2013

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The live events industry has grown massive, driven by a confluence of factors. The music industry continues to rely heavily on concert touring to replace revenues lost to digital distribution and piracy; sporting events are getting bigger and more global, with branded spectaculars from ESPN’s X Games to a year’s worth of run-up games to […]

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THE WEEK – Episode 29: Upcoming for InfoComm

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This week, following the news Joel speaks with Matt Ivey of Atomos about the new products they’ll be bringing to the show. With this episode, The Week begins a series of interviews with manufacturers and participants about the upcoming Infocomm Exhibition. Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS or iTunes.   Podcast: Play in new […]

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Open Up!

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The world of commercial audio visual, the world of shows and installations, is a world that is increasingly multilingual. But it’s not just the languages that we people speak — it’s happening in our inventory as well. Think about this: Only twenty years ago, virtually all AV equipment was controlled through switches or relay closures, […]

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TerrorBytes

Like most of you, I have been watching the evolving story in Boston over the last couple of days. Like most of you, I am aghast at the depths of human cruelty – and yet uplifted by the fact that, while causing bloodshed, mayhem and death, the terrorists (and that’s what they are, no matter […]

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Deadly AV

Well, it has been an interesting, and not necessarily good, week. First, the story about the digital signage system collapsing and killing a child in an airport, and this morning, the news that a crew member was killed in a horrific fall from the rigging in San Antonio. Around my office, we often use the […]

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THE WEEK – Episode 25: The Same – Yet Different

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After the AV news, Joel talks with Chris Gillespie, longtime friend, colleague and trainer, about training stagers vs. installers – the needs of each, and how the skill sets and attitudes are different… Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS or iTunes. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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THE WEEK – Episode 20: Tradeshows – The Human Factor

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This week, Joel winds up a two-part series on maximizing your returns on tradeshows. Last week, we spoke with Dean Hills about tradeshow technology. This week, we follow that up with a frank talk with Gary Kayye about tradeshow messaging, and preparing for the show. Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS or iTunes.   […]

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THE WEEK – Episode 19: Tradeshows – The Expense and the Technology

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After the ISE experience, Joel looks at the expense, and the marketing technology, oftradeshows. Joel’s guest is Dean Hills, President and Founder of PRMConnect, who are harnessing the power of the cloud to make tradeshows pay. Show link: www.prmconnect.com Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS or iTunes.   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | […]

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The Bonus Day

Well, the last couple of weeks have been crazy for yours truly. Just back from ISE in Amsterdam, it seems like I went straight into a blizzard that ate up the week in which I wanted to be catching up with things, among them, this blog. And yet, I sit here today, with time to write and […]

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At ISE

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Getting set for ISE 2013 Well, made it to Amsterdam just in time for the rAVe breakfast meeting. Huge crew of folks here getting ready to bring you the latest news as it breaks… This afternoon, I will be delivering a new presentation on The Next Wave of Client, as part of the European Future Technology Summit, for InfoComm. It […]

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What a Show

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Spent the bulk of the day looking around the professional AV area, meeting up with friends and arranging some serious demo time on some new products. The show is divided into separate areas for Pro AV, Home AV, Digital Signage, etc… and the array of exhibits is enormous. It really is like attending InfoComm andCedia at the same […]

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ISE Day 3

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Wow. This show could be a week long and you still wouldn’t have the time to see everything. But had a great morning, saw a number of great new products and demos, all of which are shown in detail at www.ravenowise.com. Of particular note, I spent some time at Mitsubishi getting a detailed demo on what […]

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ISE Day 2

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Well, it is 4:30pm here in a rainy, windswept Amsterdam, and I’m just winding up my second day here at ISE. The show is still open, but I’ve beaten the massive crowd for a taxi, got my blank receipt (there are no IRS subscribers that I know of) and am sitting down to edit my pictures and […]

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THE WEEK – Episode 16: ISE 2013 Day 1

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Joel gives his impressions and shows us some photos of the first day of ISE 2013 in Amsterdam. Show links: rAVe Scoop: Dataton intros WATCHPAX Magician Marco Tempest Wows Crowd With Augmented Reality at ISE Keynote Mitsubishi demos its cloud projector the WD390U-EST Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS or iTunes.   Podcast: Play in new window | […]

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Opening Day in Amsterdam

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First impressions: the show is huge, and everyone is lost. Which may not be a bad thing, because while I was lost I discovered a number of manufacturers I had never seen before, with some interesting products, which I’ll be going back to see. From my own point of view, and especially for you stagers, […]

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Getting Set for ISE 2013

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Well, made it to Amsterdam just in time for the rAVe breakfast meeting. Huge crew of folks here getting ready to bring you the latest news as it breaks… This afternoon, I will be delivering a new presentation on The Next Wave of Client, as part of the European Future Technology Summit, for InfoComm. It ought to be […]

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THE WEEK – Episode 15: Rollins Enhanced!

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This is a particularly special episode with enhanced podcast features. If you use iTunes, you’ll be able to see links, slide and illustrations for each topic. Joel also covers AVB at ISE, Extron’s DMP-128, upcoming DSE news, ISE OnDemand coverage and finally irritating industry buzzwords. Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS or iTunes. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android […]

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THE WEEK – Episode 14: The Hunt for Standards in AV Networking

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This week, Joel speaks with Lee Minich, President of LabX Technologies and Chairman of the Marketing Work Group of the AVnu Alliance, about the alliance, the AVB standard, and the importance of interoperability standards. Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS or iTunes. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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