Rants and rAVes — Episode 779: AV People #6: Meet Alison Maxson – Her AV Roots Started as a Dancer with Disney World


Most people dream of living at Disney World, but Absen’s Alison Maxson actually did. After graduating from college, she took a year off to dance in Disney parades and shows where she got a taste for AV. A dozen years later, she’s running marketing at one of the top three LED companies in the world. How’d she do that? […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 778: AV People #5 – Meet Inge Govaerts


As a 20+ year veteran of the AV market, Inge Govaerts — Barco’s Corporate Public Relations Manager, has perfected the art of taking all the technical jargon that engineers throw at her and converting it into something we can all understand. And, in some ways, this was her dream job — having gown up in Kortrijk, Flanders, Belgium, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 777: AV People #4: Meet Theresa Hahn — VP of Marketing of Global Integration Firm Verrex


Theresa Hahn’s first day on the job was at InfoComm. She didn’t know anything about the commercial AV market. But, the day after Verrex hired her, they put her on a plane to Orlando and told her to go to the convention center and find the Verrex team walking the InfoComm show floor and learn about AV. She was […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 776: Gary’s Top-10 Products from the Almo E4 AV Tour Includes This Product


This is a sponsored post Next week, on Thursday, November 15th at 2pm EST, Gary will deliver the Top-10 Products from Almo’s E4 AV Tour (register here) and one of them will be the product talked about in this podcast. No other company makes this product and it’s one of the only products in AV […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 775: AV People #3: Meet Kimberly Lancaster — An Icon of PR in AV


Kimberly Lancaster has been running one of the most successful PR agencies in AV for over 20-years and her clients have included the top control system company in residential AV, Control4,  a display company that’s basically the Kleenex of projectors, InFocus, and a company who was actually sued by Hollywood! Yep, ALL of Hollywood. And, it was one […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 774: AV People #2: Meet Melissa Ross — The Ultimate AV Engineer


Melissa Ross P.E., of Whitlock, may very well be the most-certified woman in AV and in the world, too. For starters, only 3 percent of engineers in the world are women. Melissa is a P.E. (Professional Engineer). She’s a member of the Audio Engineering Society and has both Soundweb and Syn Aud Con certifications. She […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 772: The Podcast All About Gary’s Classroom at UNC and Why He Picked Nureva


The tables were turned in this podcast (sort-of hosted by Nureva’s own Adrian Doughty). Gary recently worked with the University of North Carolina’s AV and IT teams to build the ultimate collaborative classroom and in addition to picking a Nureva Wall for visual collaboration, UNC decided to use one of Nureva’s HDL300 over a plethora of distributed microphone options to […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 771: AVer Just Launched the 4K Resolution CAM540 USB-Based PTZ Camera with a Try Then Buy Program


This is a promoted post How can you go wrong with a try-then-buy program? AVer is so confident that you’ll like their new USB-C based 4K resolution conferencing PTZ camera that they will allow you to order it and not pay for it unless you like it. Gary was joined on today’s podcast with AVer’s director of […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 769: Want to Hear FROM Extron on Why They Think Their NAV AV-over-IP System is Better?


Yesterday, Extron officially launched their NAV Series of AV-over-IP products — with claims of not only better performance than everyone else but also claiming they use much less bandwidth, too. If you missed the announcement, here it is. Gary wanted more questions answered than were on there press release or the Extron website. So, he […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 768: The Almo E4 AV Tour Heads to Boston Friday, September 21st – With 12 AVIXA CTS RUs Too!


If you need some FREE AVIXA CTS RU’s, there’s no faster way to get them in September than to head over to the Boston Almo ProAV E4 AV Tour  at the Newton, MA, Marriott. Here are the details and registration link. Gary was joined on his podcast today with Almo’s VP of Marketing and Communications, Melody Craigmyle, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 766: Barco’s CEDIA Booth is Truly Whole-Home


For the past three years, Barco Residential has had one of the best home cinema demos on the CEDIA show floor — literally, award winning. And, this year, they are upping-the-ante by showing how the entire home can be outfitted with Barco technology — not just a theater. Gary was joined on today’s podcast with Barco’s General […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 764: Almo’s New Sound Options Team is 100% Audio-Focused for the Integrator


THIS IS A PROMOTED POST The A part of AV is more profitable that  the V part but the V, for video, get’s all the attention. However, Almo’s new Sound Options team, led by their own Steve Alexander, is trying to change that by offering up a team of audio experts and 20+ companies that they’ve partnered […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 763: Integrate 2018 Saw at Least 3 Products Never Shown Before


The Sydney, Australia-based Integrate Expo didn’t disappoint. It was held int the brand-new Sydney International Convention Center and included three products never shown anywhere else in the world. Ever. Listen to today’s podcast so you’ll know what they were and then go watch the video on each one as we shot over 400 videos on the show […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 760: Synnex Talks Cloud Offering for ProAV


Gary was joined on today’s podcast with Synnex‘s Crystal Hale and Tim Acker today to talk about both their Cloud and Mobility options for the ProAV market. How can a distributor help ProAV integrators make money with cloud-based serves? Well, listen and find out! Check out all the InfoComm 2018 videos here.  Podcast: Play in new […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 759: Here’s The Scoop On Almo’s Plans For Insteo


Insteo started as an ad agency and transitioned into a digital signage content creation company over the last 10-years or so. And, now, they will be part of Almo’s nobox services for the ProAV integrator community. Insteo was gobbled-up by Almo ProAV earlier this week to be the content creation arm of Almo ProAV’s signage services providing turn-key […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 758: InFocus Talks SimpleShare, Mondopad and InfoComm 2018 Launches


InFocus used InfoComm to launch a totally new wireless point-to-point HDMI device called SimpleShare as well as new Mondopads — including one aimed at higher-ed. Gary was joined by InFocus’ VP of Marketing, Loren Shaw, today to talk about their InfoComm launches and how popular the SimpleShare really was. Listen! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 757: IDK’s InfoComm Review


Gary was joined by IDK’s CEO, Ryohei Iwasaki, and CIO, Chris Miller, on today’s podcast to talk about their InfoComm presence. IDK was one off two dozen or so companies showing new AV-over-IP solutions. In addition, IDK had their entire commercial AV product line. You can see it all here: http://idkav.com/ Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 756: An InfoComm Review From Leyard & Planar


In addition to one of the coolest tech-demos on the show floor with ERO (Extended Ruggedness and Optics), Leyard and Planar launched the new DirectLight X LED, the 4K Clarity Matrix G3 and a new Versalight Series of LED Walls. We shot videos on all these, here. ERO is a new micro-LED coming from Leyard and you’ll have to wait to see […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 755: SiliconCore Talks LISA-D and Status of LED CoB Technology In This Post-InfoComm Videocast


SiliconCore may be best known for being the first LED company to show CoB (Chip-on-Board) technology. And, according to Jim Wickenhiser, their Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, they won’t ship it until they perfect it. How significant is this to the future of LED, watch this videocast to see how small the form-factor is for CoB. But, their […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 754: Aurora’s Post-InfoComm Review Compares the Apps for H.264, 1G, 10G and Even 40G AV-over-IP Solutions


Aurora’s founder, Paul Harris, joined Gary on this post-InfoComm 2018 podcast to talk AV-over-IP standards — which one he would recommend for each application in ProAV — as well as their new ope-standard, Javascript-based ReAX control platform. We shot seven videos at the Aurora booth at InfoComm and you can see them all here. Podcast: […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 753: At InfoComm, Epson Was 100% Laser, Laser and More Laser


Interestingly enough, one of the most popular products at InfoComm this year was in the back left corner of Epson’s booth — it’s called the LightScene and it’s basically a 3LCD laser projector built into an Accent Track Lighting system. But, certainly the most significant launch for them had to be the native 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution Pro […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 752: My Post-InfoComm Wrap-Up Videocast with AVIXA’s CEO, Dave Labuskes


Put to bed every rumor you’ve hard about the InfoComm show leaving Vegas, leaving Orlando, stopping the rotation between the two cities and everything else you may have heard, in the rumor mill, as this post-InfoComm videocast with AVIXA‘s CEO, David Labuskes, answers all these questions and more. AVIXA’s first, ever InfoComm show set a Vegas attendance record, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 751: Kramer Talks InfoComm Success, 622DT Switcher, VIA Connect PLUS and Kramer Network


Gary was joined by Kramer CEO, Clint Hoffman, today to talk all about InfoComm. Gary and Clint talked about their booth traffic which was focused on three specific areas — Kramer Network, their wireless collaboration system VIA and a new 6×2 4K60 switcher that’s a hybrid digital and HDBaseT. Gary also asked Clint about when he thought AV-over-IP would be more than their traditional routing […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 750: NETGEAR Says In 24-Months More Than 50% of AV Systems Will be AV-over-IP


Over the past year, I’ve enjoyed developing a relationship with Laurent Masia, NETGEAR‘s Global Senior Product Line Manager for Switches. Why? Well, there’s no doubt that the future of our market is via the network. We’re already running a lot AV control, most of our audio and all of VTC’ing over the network. Next comes Video — […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 749: Sharp Debuted 8K Displays, More 4K Collaboration Boards and Announced a Microsoft Partnership at InfoComm 2018


Gary was joined on his podcast today with Sharp’s Product Marketing Manager, Gary Bailer, to talk all about InfoCom and what they debuted. Their Microsoft partnership on a new line of collaboration displays was one of two hot-topics in and around the Sharp booth – the other was 8K. Listen to this podcast with Gary and Gary […]

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