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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Rants and rAVes — Episode 748: LG’s InfoComm Booth: Wow!


 LG’s VP of Business Development, Dan Smith, joined me today on my daily podcast to talk about their InfoComm booth. Greeting attendees into the booth was a set of transparent OLEDs and giant transparent LEDs — using their new transparent LED film. But, the breadth of their product line was super-impressive and they set a […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 732: Altia Systems Picks rAVe to Debut Intelligence Sensing Technology in 5K Collaboration Cameras


Gary just got a sneak-peek of a new feature launching from Altia Systems – makers of the Panacast camera system – that will debut at InfoComm next week (in booth N1668). Called Intelligence Sensing technology, a new software update from Panacast will allow users to detect who, or even what, is in a meeting. There’s no better way to […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 747: NorthVision Will Debut 4K Wireless Transmission System at InfoComm – Yes, WIRELESS!


Gary was joined by  NorthVision America Director of Sales Walter Person. Before going to InfoComm, you might want to listen to this podcast – this company you’ve probably never heard of is about to launch something cool (and something we have all been asking for). True, wireless, uncompressed, HDMI-based wireless transmission of 4K @60Hz 4:4:4 up to 16-bit color. Called VisionShare, it’s a […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 746: Casio Will Bring New LampFree Projector Line to InfoComm


Gary was joined by Casio‘s Senior Director Marketing, Joe Gillio, to talk about their 8th InfoComm with LampFree projectors and what we can expect from them in booth C3757. Casio has LampFree projectors in both normal and short-throw projectors and in all brightness levels. You should listen to this podcast as Joe tells you why you need to […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 745: Epson Will Be Laser Focused at InfoComm with LightScene, Meeting Room and New 20K and 12K Lumen Projectors


The Epson LightScene won a Best of DSE Award when it was launched and once you see it, you’ll know why. It’s a tiny laser projector hidden inside a track lighting system that can be used for everything from signage to image mapping. No one looks a this projector and doesn’t see ideas pop into their head for where […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 744: Prysm Debuts LPD 6K Series Next Week


Gary was joined by PRYSM‘s VP of Marketing, Hannah Grap, to talk about their newest 5616 × 1872 resolution LPD 6K Series wall system. PRYSM will do something unique in that they will actually have customers (users) of their LPD systems in their booth during the show talking about how they use their systems now – it’s like […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 743: WyreStorm Focus on New 600 Series SDVoE Line at InfoComm


The 600 Series of SDVoE AV-over-IP on-ramps and off-ramps will be a big focus of WyreStorm‘s booth at InfoComm (North Hall 1564) next week at InfoComm. The 600 Series includes some unique features like MultiScreen, MultiView and QSC control – and all will be demo’d at InfoComm. WyreStorm’s VP of Technology, David Silberstein, joined Gary on today’s podcast to talk […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 742: WolfVision Talks CYNAP, vSolution MATRIX and Visualizers on Today’s Videocast


WolfVision will, again, focus on CYNAP – their all-in-on AV/IT appliance – and, athough it’s actually 4-years old, it’s totally new. You’ll see and hear why. In addition they’ll launch GUI 2.0, show the vSolution MATRIX and their VZ-8Neo/VZ-8Neo+ (which have been redesigned too) in booth N1506 at InfoComm. Gary was joined on this videocast with WolfVision, Regional Sales Manager, Michael Lisi, today who […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 741: Kramer’s New US CEO, Clint Hoffman, Podcasts with Gary — All About InfoComm


Clint Hoffman joined Gary on his podcast this afternoon to talk about their InfoComm plans. Kramer is a glue-company in ProAV in that all the industry on-ramps and off-ramps of video, audio, control and networking touches them. So, they’re a good indicator of how the industry is doing. At InfoComm, Kramer will debut a line of 10G SDVoE […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 740: Icron Technologies Will Be at InfoComm with Both SDVoE 10G AV-over-IP and Will Debut USB-C Signal Routing


If you have (or connect to people using) Apple MacBook, MacBook or iMac computers using USB-C connectors for video, power and USB signals, you’ll want to go by the Icron Technologies booth at InfoComm (Central Hall booth 2014). Icron is a 20+ year manufacturer of USB extender products and was an original adopter of the SDVoE Alliance 10G AV-over-IP […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 739: Starin Will Debut Zoom Room Solutions (and More) at InfoComm


ProAV Distributor Starin’s VP of Marketing, Bobby Swartz, said that they’ve played a low-profile intentionally over the past year – and they’ll use InfoComm to launch something totally new: ProAV Outfitters. What is ProAV Outfitters? It’s sort-of a pre-packaged service for AV integrators – but, not exactly. It’s sort of Zoom Rooms  but not exactly. It’s sort of […]

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