Demonstrating a Livestreaming Studio Setup at Zoomtopia

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By Paul Richards PTZ Optics It’s been exciting to watch the AV industry evolve over the last 10 years, watching the rapid development of products such as Zoom Video Communications, the sweeping changes that videoconferencing and production technologies have brought and much more. I’ve done deep dives into the worlds of both video production and […]

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App-less Shrugged

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Given today’s environment and my role with a workplace technology company, I have been exploring a LOT of different collaboration tools as of late. Collaboration devices have officially gone well beyond wireless screen-sharing at this point. In fact, with Zoom, Teams, etc. offering screen-share as part of their software platforms over the Wi-Fi connection, I’d […]

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Barco ClickShare Reveals Global Study Results — Workers Want to Get Back to the Office and Back to Technology

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THIS IS A GUEST BLOG FROM BARCO New global study by Barco ClickShare reveals that employees worldwide are desperate to get back to the office and are looking for their employers to invest in a technology-driven hybrid working environment post-COVID-19. On average, employees want to spend a maximum of 2 days a week at home […]

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Moments that Matter — a DPAA Video Everywhere Summit Recap

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A quick introduction to my DPAA introduction: I knew a bit about the association before my time in the AV industry; I started working in advertising in New York City in 2013. Seven-ish years in ad agencies later (I worked here, then here, and now here), working mostly in digital media with some print mixed […]

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Creativity and Disruptivity During COVID-19 — A DPAA Video Everywhere Summit Recap

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Hello everyone — I am your host for today’s recap of the DPAA Video Everywhere Summit. If you joined us last time, you’ll see that the event, was, in fact, virtual this year. And it was hosted on rAVe’s own LAVNCH platform! Exciting! If you’re not familiar, DPAA is the global trade marketing association that […]

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When are We Going to Start to Pay More Attention to Nvidia? Probably Now.

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This month, Nvidia announces an open beta for Omniverse, a 3D simulation and collaboration platform — and Maxine, a cloud-native streaming video AI platform. It’s now a phygital world — and as the physical and digital worlds fuse to simulate reality in real time and with pixel perfect detail, the company that AV should pay […]

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Three Reasons Free Isn’t the Answer

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Unfortunately, we’ve hit the second wave of COVID-19. Here’s wishing you, your families and your colleagues are safe and healthy. I like the clarity that comes with hindsight. Now’s a great time to look back at some of the business strategies we either initiated (or considered initiating) way back at the beginning of the pandemic. […]

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September: An Interesting Month for Trade Shows

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In case you were not paying attention during the month of September, a few news stories broke regarding industry trade shows: Sept. 16 — ISE announced it was moving from February to June for 2021. Soon after Sept. 16 — InfoComm announced it was keeping its previously planned June dates. Sept. 21 — DSE announces […]

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Meaningful Engagement During a Pandemic — a DPAA Video Everywhere Summit Recap

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Every year, the DPAA, or Digital Place Based Advertising Association, hosts an event called the Video Everywhere Summit. The event is traditionally held in New York City, positioned as “the largest one-day omnichannel marketing event of the year.” It usually, impressively, includes big household names — last year, it was Adidas, Deloitte, IBM, HP and […]

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Is There Passion in AV?

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Like many people who work in AV, my journey to the industry came about through music. I’m a lifelong, passionate multi-instrumentalist musician, and both a studio and live sound engineer. I’m even lucky enough to have been in a band that had a Billboard chart-topping #1 single some years back. On the business side of […]

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What’s Next for 2020-21? Learnings from SYNNEX’s Latest of the LAVNCH Days

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Thursday marked the third of the SYNNEX COLLABSolv LAVNCH Days (if you need reference material as to what those are, find some previous coverage here), and this event in particular promised to cover a topic at the forefront of all our minds: hybrid connections. What are they? What do they look like in our homes? […]

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The Touch-Free Future of Interactivity in Retail

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What’s old is new again, at least as it relates to interactive digital signage at retail. Years ago, when touch screen interactivity approached mainstream adoption in retail, customers were adapting to a new workflow. The progression of customers understanding, trusting and ultimately using touch-interactive signage took time. After all, retailers were resetting shopping behavior that […]

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Get Ready for SYNNEX COLLABSolv Hybrid Connections Day With Dr. Tracy Brower and Me!

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Hey, everybody! Long time, no talk (unless you read the rAVe [PUBS] newsletters — then you hear from me a lot). I am coming to you with the latest news on our LAVNCH event coming to you live on Oct. 8! If you have been spending a lot of time thinking about how to move […]

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Dear Zoom: Love Letter or Dear John Letter?

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Dear Zoom, We began using Zoom three years ago as a corporate replacement for Skype. The technical staff and our faculty and staff absolutely loved it. Slowly, we acquired more and more licenses. Then in March of 2020, COVID hit, and Zoom went from an essential tool to a business-critical application. And that is when […]

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Hybrid Learning: A Key Investment for Universities in Response to COVID-19

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By Michael Boreham Futuresource Consulting Make no mistake: COVID-19 has caused incredible disruption to higher education. As campus living is stripped from the usual buzz of freshers’ week, students are understandably concerned about how university is set to become a not-so-memorable experience. With physical lectures restricted, a 10 p.m. curfew on nightlife, and all sporting […]

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“We’re Also an Audio Company,” Says Microsoft

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From “Hey, Cortana” to cloud-enabled interactive sound for HoloLens to Windows Sonic (Windows 10 comes with support for virtual surround sound), Microsoft invests heavily in research on audio. And the company is convinced the ProAV market fails to recognize this. They have a point here. Did you know speaker detection technology developed by Microsoft researchers […]

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Esports Education Investments Endure and Grow Amid Budget Restrictions

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By Chris Bull Futuresource Consulting Throughout 2020, esports has been one of the most notable champions amid stay-at-home orders and social distancing policies. The industry has thrived, but it has certainly changed course from its pre-COVID trajectory, and even more so for its application in K-12 and higher education. When we talk about esports and […]

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Day Two of NSCA’s P2Pv — The Blog Version

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On Tuesday, I attended the first-ever virtual iteration of NSCA’s Pivot to Profit event — P2Pv. The National Systems Contractors Association (or NSCA, as I mentioned earlier) puts on Pivot to Profit every year, but this time around the show looked a little different. In a great way. My recap from Tuesday’s event is here, […]

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Amish, Luddites and the March of Technology

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Let’s start off with the Amish. Yes, you’re in the right place, and yes, this is the opening to a technology column. Theirs is a community about which I’ve been thinking, both since a recent vacation to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and, more recently, after a discussion about so-called digital natives and acceptance of new technologies. I’ll […]

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Microsoft Teams Playing Catch-Up With Zoom; Adds Nifty Custom Layouts, Better Breakout Rooms and Killer Meeting Recap Features

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There’s no doubt that Microsoft Teams has been playing catch-up with Zoom for months; some would argue years. But, this week, Microsoft upped its game by adding a host of features that even Zoom power-users will love. Here’s a summary look at each one: Together Mode:  Together mode re-imagines meeting experiences to help participants feel […]

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Day One of NSCA’s P2Pv — The Blog Version

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This week, I was excited to cover my first virtual event on the first official day of fall (Yes! Fall officially began Sept. 22!) on what’s finally a beautiful (not deathly hot) North Carolina day. This show was one that I’d never attended, and one that would be all-brand-new to me — designed specifically for […]

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Part 4: What an AV-Driven Interpretation of ITIL/ITSM Will Bring Us

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How an “AVSM” mindset can supercharge growth in the AV industry. In the last few articles, I talked (ranted) about the gap between the AV world and our customers. This gap has been the source of misunderstanding, poor experiences and lack of relevance at the big kids’ table. I recently saw an article discussing how […]

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Office Based Headsets — A Key Element of the Home Working Revolution

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By Kane McKenna Futuresource Consulting The rate of growth in the office based headset market has been steadily increasing in recent years. A key driver of this has been the rising importance of video conferencing, explored in Futuresource’s 2020 Video Conferencing report. Many end users have been looking to improve their videoconferencing experience, leading to […]

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World’s Largest Digital Camera Snaps 3200-Megapixel Images

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By Bob Snyder It’s an image so large it would take 378 4K ultra-high-definition TV screens to display. The resolution is so high you could see the dimples’ texture on a golf ball even if it was 24 kilometers away. This month, a lab at Stanford University, operating on behalf of the U.S. Department of […]

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