Rants and rAVes — Episode 609: InfoComm Special Videocast: Anchor Audio Adds Air to Bigfoot and Beacon


Gary caught up with Anchor Audio‘s new director of sales, Nick Craig, on a pre-InfoComm videocast today where he talks about why Anchor added their Air feature to the Bigfoot and Beacon portable PA systems. Air is their wireless system and they have a very cool feature where you an use different PA’s together, wirelessly. Watch this videocast with Nick […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 608: InfoComm Special Videocast: Absen Uses rAVe to Debut the New Indoor M Series LEDs


The world’s first look at the new indoor LED M Series (m for mobile) from Absen happens right here – on Gary’s latest Rants and rAVe podcast. The M series is completely modular – even the video board is modular. On this special InfoComm videocast Gary is joined by Absen’s Marketing Communications Manager, Alison Maxson. And, Absen’s Key Account […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 607: Altia System’s Talks InfoComm 2017 Plans and Hints at Something Big in Whiteboarding


In this edition of Gary’s Rants and rAVe’s podcast, Altia Systems the PanaCast camera people, hints at a big addition at InfoComm. Gary talks to Aurangzeb Khan, President and CEO, of Altia Systems (exhibiting in booth 3770) and after a big ISE, they are coming to InfoComm with the PanaCast 2 – 180-degree, panoramic USB 4K camera with auto-switching – and the […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 606: Absen to Go Big at InfoComm


Absen is known in the Rental and Staging market but not yet in installs. But, as Gary Fuller  their senior advisor, tells Gary on today’s Rants and rAVe’s podcast, they intend to change that at InfoComm later this month. Absen has beefed up their US support staff – more than doubling in size, hired a few well-known […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 605: InfoComm Special Videocast: Media Solutions Has the Perfect Test Tool Every AV Integrator Needs


Media Solutions, founded by two Valens alumni, has the best HDBaseT test tool ever – it’s called the MS-TestPro and it is specifically designed for AV integrators to help them identify and solve HDBaseT connectivity and compatibility issues. The company, started by Eliran Toren & Ariel Marcus  is all about HDBaseT. And, the tester is a godsend for AV integrators – every […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 604: What is the SDVoE Alliance and Why Should You Care?


Gary was joined on today’s podcast by Justin Kennington — the president of the SDVoE (Software Defined Video Over Ethernet) Alliance.  There are nearly 20 members of the alliance that (sort of) is trying to standardize the way that AV is sent via IP. Most of the companies are network-based AV signal distribution companies using the AptoVision chip technology for […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 603: iMAG Talks JPEG 2000 vs. AptoVision AV-over-IP


Very few AV-over-IP system manufacturers have products that send video and audio over a network using both the the major compression technologies – JPEG 2000 and AptoVision BlueRiver NT.  But, iMAGsystems is one of them. iMAGsystems, exhibiting in booth 3987 at InfoComm this year, doesn’t just sell you AV-over-IP systems but educated you on what the different wats there […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 602: Leyard Planar Explains How It’s Doing LED Multi-touch Without a Glass Overlay


All touch screen display have glass overlays — except a display using PLTS (Pliable LED Touch Surface). PLTS is the surface that Leyard Planar actually invented to make LED multi-touch (using 32-point touch) work. Jennifer Davis, Leyard Planar’s CMO, joined Gary on his podcast today to explain exactly how PLTS works, as well as talk about what […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 601: InfoComm Special Videocast: dnp to Expand Way Beyond Screens at InfoComm


dnp is known as the company that invented the ambient light rejection screen technology. And, now they have AV furniture — here, take a look a the video we shot of some of their projection furniture this past February at ISE here. But, as you’ll see on today’s pre-InfoComm videocast with the VP of Global Sales […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 600: FSR is All About Power at InfoComm


Gary was joined on today’s podcast by FSR Senior Sales Engineer, George Fournier, today who talked about their InfoComm presence in booth 3843. As you will hear, it’s all about power – and HDBaseT, Huddle Room Furniture, and their Huddle BLOX solutions. We got a sneak peek at some of their InfoComm launches earlier in the week and posted […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 599: InfoComm Special Videocast: How About a LIVE Demo of the Nureva HDL300?


You’ve been hearing about the new Nureva HDL300 audio conferencing system for almost a year now. And if you’ve had the fortune to attend the half-dozen or so shows that it was demo’d at, you were able to hear what it’s like to have 8,192 virtual mics (using Nureva’s Microphone Mist technology) inside a room so that […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 598: InfoComm Special Videocast: Sharp Plans to Play Ball at InfoComm


Gary’s videocast today was with Sharp’s Sr Product Manager for Professional Displays, Steve Brauner. It’s summer and the theme for this year’s Sharp booth will all be about Baseball – including their team decked out in Sharp-branded Baseball jerseys. So, they won’t be hard to find in booth 3401 on the InfoComm show floor. Highlighting […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 597: InfoComm Special Videocast: Avocor’s InfoComm Debut Includes Industry’s Newest Collaboration Board


There are more than a dozen collaboration boards shipping now. And, nearly all of them have a proprietary software OS. Not Avocor.  Avocor, the start-up out of Portland, Washington, decided to use Windows 10 to allow for the Microsoft suite of applications to be used on any Avocor board. And, since it’s designed for touch, the […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 596: InfoComm Special Podcast: Logitech’s Brio & More Are Focus of Today’s Podcast


At this year’s ISE show in February in Amsterdam, Logitech launched the world’s first 4K USB desktop videoconferencing camera (called Brio) and, ironically, the wildly popular camera was a hit – not because it’s 4K. On today’s podcast, Gary is joined by Logitech’s Simon Dudley  their Director Product Strategy, who explains why people are actually using Brio as well as hints […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 595: QSC’s InfoComm 2017 Booth Will Be an Interactive Look at Q-SYS (And a Glimpse into Their V over IP)


Gary was joined on his Rants and rAVe podcast by QSC’s product manager, Martin Barbour  who explained the philosophy behind their play-oriented booth at this year’s InfoComm 2017 booth. In the past, QSC has built running systems in their booth but this year they will be focused on engaged interactivity. Of course, they’ll have all their gear there, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 594: InfoComm Special Videocast: The Drunk Unkles Concert Details for InfoComm


For the 12th year in a row, the industry’s most famous (and only) band will play a benefit concert during InfoComm. With the money going directly towards financing the NSCA Educational Foundation and Ignite program, the Drunk Unkles will put on a show with a 9 p.m. concert at BB King’s across the street from the Orange […]

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AV Insider — Episode 104: Podcast With Millenial-Z: Victoria Barela


Victoria Barela, “Junior Creston Programmer” at Riordan Brothers Integration, speaks with me about her first year in the AV industry. Everything from her experiences, a few tips to the millennials coming into the work force, what to expect, the perks of working in AV/Tech, and we obviously cover her own podcast, Coffee with Millenial-Z. We […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 593: InfoComm Special Podcast: AVOCOR to Make InfoComm Debut with Largest Collaboration Line in ProAV


Gary was joined by AVOCOR founder, Scott Hix  on today’s podcast. Late last year, AVOCOR launched into the ProAV market with a Collaboration Board in the UK and first started shipping in the EMEA before launching into the US earlier this year with their exclusive distributor, Almo ProAV.  ACOCOR’s Collaboration Board technology is platform agnostic as it’s Windows 10 embedded and […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 592: InfoComm Special Videocast: LG Talks InfoComm 2017 Plans


I had a chance to catch up with LG’s Head of Marketing, Garry Wicka  during their Roadshow launch event in Washington DC last week and he shared their InfoComm 2017 plans with me. LG’s OLED Wallpaper will, no doubt, make its InfoComm debut but they have a few more large-format surprises planned as well as a totally new type of […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 591: InfoComm Special Podcast: Nureva to Focus on Adding Integrators at InfoComm 2017


With their third appearance at InfoComm, Nureva hopes to add more ProAV integrators focused on large room deployments. I had a chance to catch up with Nureva’s CEO and co-founder, Nancy Knowlton, yesterday on my Rants and rAVe’s podcast and she told me that, in addition to focusing on new features for their Span system […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 585: InfoComm Talks TIDE


Gary was joined by InfoComm’s own Jason McGraw and Rachel Bradshaw, to specially talk about their new pre-show TIDE conference. TIDE is a brand-new pre-show conference that will focus on applications of AV beyond the products themselves – using AV in experiences and creative applications. TIDE truly has an unbelievable lineup of the people behind […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 576: Do You Know What InfoComm is Doing?


Jennifer Davis, CMO of Leyard  is a member of the InfoComm Leadership Search Committee and, although InfoComm is known for their giant trade show each June, their education, certification and leadership development is second-to-none for commercial AV professionals. Jennifer’s committee is trying to find the future leaders of the proAV community and many of them come from the […]

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