Rants and rAVes — Episode 721: Atomos Will Make Three Major Launches at InfoComm


If you’re shooting, managing, or editing video — especially 4K video — you need to stop by the Atomos booth C3478 at InfoComm. Atomos is the first recorder company that uses Apple’s new ProRes RAW format and if you need to record, play, monitor or edit high-res video on-the-fly without having to sit in a production suite, Atomos is it. Atomos’ Senior […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 720: Special InfoComm Videocast: TASCAM Talks Old Audio, New Audio and Future Audio


TASCAM will be at InfoComm in booth C915 and they’ll have everything from cassette recorders (yes, I typed cassette) to Dante Audio on-ramps and adapters. So, why do they still have cassette recorders? What about mixers – what, TASCAM does mixers? And, what can we expect from the industry’s only audio-only company? Listen (or watch) this podcast/videocast with TASCAM’s VP […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 719: Sharp’s InfoComm Plans Include Surprise Partnership – It’s All About Collaboration, 4K and 8K


Sharp will not only debut a brighter display line in the PNM Series, but they will have new 4K AQUOS Boards,  a new 80” collaboration board and even an entire area dedicated to 8K. Gary was joined by Sharp’s Director of Pro AV Product Marketing, Gary Bailer, today who detailed what they will be doing at infoComm in […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 718: Special InfoComm Videocast: Watch InFocus Demo New SimpleShare Wireless System LIVE on rAVe RADIO


InFocus’ new button-based wireless HDMI transmission system for simple connectivity of laptops to to displays is dubbed SimpleShare  And, Gary asked InFocus VP of Marketing Loren Shaw and SimpleShare Product Manager, Michael Liggett, to demo it for him on today’s videocast — and they agreed. No tricks — they connected, paired and displayed an entire system […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 717: Why Should You Go to Barco’s Booth at InfoComm?


There are 20+ manufacturers of displays and projectors at InfoComm this year. But, few leaders. Barco not only invented a number of the segments of the projection market but they’ve always innovated. I asked Barco’s Peter Pauwels to join me and talk all about InfoComm. In booth C2536 this year (and in meeting room 257), Barco will […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 716: For Absen at InfoComm It’s All About LED


The world’s largest exporter of LEDs is Absen. InfoComm 2017 was their coming-out party and InfoComm 2018 their booth (N1618) will be a giant launch of all-new LEDs. Everything will be new, according to Absen’s Senior Marketing & Communications Manager, Alison Maxson. Every pixel-pitch, every size, every form-factor (including a new system-on-a-chip) and every application from Install to Staging […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 715: Anchor Audio Will Use InfoComm to Launch Series 2, New Battery Tech and 1.9GHz Mics


Anchor Audio’s Nick Craig joined Gary on his podcast today to detail their Series 2 launch in two weeks at InfoComm that includes a new 1.9 GHz Mic system using AnchorLink, new Lithium Ion battery technology and a mic line with both mute and volume control of the speakers — wirelessly located up to 300-feet away. Anchor […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 714: Special InfoComm Videocast: Nureva’s InfoComm Plans – You Should Make an Appointment!


Nureva will be at InfoComm with an all-new Nureva SPAN Wall system, the recently launched Dual HDL300 audio conferencing system and a software update that includes a Follow-me feature for meeting leaders. What’s Follow-me and why should you put Nureva’s booth N1276 (inside the UC Pavilion) on your booth tour at InfoComm? Listen (or watch) to today’s videocast/podcast with Nureva President […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 713: Panasonic Will Use InfoComm to Push Unique LinkRay Applications


Originally thought of just as a digital signage solution, Panasonic’s LinkRay technology has become more of a platform for the company since launching it at last year’s InfoComm show. Gary was joined on today’s podcast by Panasonic Business Development Manager, Brent Sanders, we explained how LinkRay can be used for access control, control, interactivity in meeting rooms and classrooms […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 712: Jonathan Brawn Explains Micro-LED, the Future of LED and When and If LED’s Will Usurp Projection


THIS IS A PROMOTED POST Brawn Consulting has worked with Samsung for over 15 years. And, Jonathan Brawn joined Gary on his podcast today to talk all about LED — including the new MICRO LED, called ONYX, that Samsung wants to use to replace projection in movie theaters. Almo ProAV is a distributor and arranged for us to bring […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 711: SDVoE Has Big InfoComm Plans with Education and Certification Program and Live Training


The SDVoE Alliance (for 10G AV-over-IP network-based signal routing) is up to 39 adopter companies making products that send AV signals (up to and including 4K) over the network. And, all of them are cross compatible. For example, you can use iMAG transmitters with Christie Digital receivers while using VuWall software to run the system. And, at InfoComm the SDVoE will have over […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 710: Special InfoComm Videocast: Elo Touch Will Be at InfoComm with a Focus on Collaboration Rooms


EloTouch’s Kristin Roubie joined Gary on a pre-InfoComm Videocast to show some of their new collaborative solutions, including a new touch-based Collaboration Board integrated with DisplayNote’s Montage software – including a one-year license for free. EloTouch is unique in that all their touch systems can be mounted in portrait, landscape of flat and they have collaboration boards up […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 709: NEC’s Raspberry-Pi Provides Almo ProAV with Unique Advantage in Digital Signage


THIS IS A PROMOTED STORY Gary was joined by NEC’s Mark Weniger and Almo ProAV‘s John Wills to talk about how NEC’s open-source Raspberry-Pi-based System-on-a-chip allows Almo to provide integrators with a turn-key option to not only sell the signage solutions from NEC (including the P and V Series; and, in the future, the C Series), but provide […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 708: Did You Know the Inventor of the Turntable Inside Every Microwave Worked at Sony for 33 Years?


In today’s podcast, Gary’s goes is none other than Gary Mandle, the co-inventor (with Peter Jurgensen) and patent-holder) of the turntable used inside every microwave oven — you can see his original patent here  Gary spent is 30+ years at Sony working in the display division and attending countless InfoComm Shows and consulting on large projector installs in […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 707: New Soundcast Prez, Charity Hardwick, Talks High-End Wireless Audio


Charity Hardwick is the newly minted president of Soundcast — the company that launched the industry’s first high-end outdoor wireless speakers in 2015. Charity served as VP of Sales and Marketing for three years before talking over leadership and she talks about why Soundcast is better than off-the-shelf Bluetooth audio systems and how they work. Listen and visit […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 706: The Mike Weems Podcast – His Trifecta of AV History


A little-known fact about Mike Weems is that he’s inadvertently the father of the CTS program. How? Listen to this podcast to find out. Mike’s being honored with the Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award for his 40+ years of industry service that includes thousands of volunteer hours teaching at InfoComm shows and PETC Institutes, a storied career at companies […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 700: Almo ProAV is Helping ProAV Integrators Enter the Hospitality Market


THIS IS A PROMOTED STORY A year or so ago, Almo ProAV launched their Hospitality group led my their Director of Business Development, Apryl Lamberti. Since then, they’ve helped more AV integrators enter the hospitality market – a market that’s experienced double-digit growth in the last 12 months – than any other entity in AV. And, it’s not just […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 705: NEC Goes Green with New Recycling Program That’s Aimed at Users and Integrators


Today’s podcast is all about how End Users of ANY projector can send NEC their old projectors and have them recycled, responsibly, and get cash-credits for new NEC gear. The program was launched last month and it’s called Trade In & Trade Up and is available to both educational, healthcare, government and corporate end users […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 704: The First InfoComm 2018 Podcast – What To Expect, So Far


InfoComm 2018 will, no doubt, be the largest InfoComm show  ever. Not only is the industry on a giant growth curve, but the Las Vegas locale always breaks records. But, we’ll see a lot of new technology and some product category shifts at the early-June show. Listen to what Gary thinks are the must-sees, as of […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 703: rAVe BlogSquad’er Hope Roth Wins Educator of the Year


AVIXA’s Educator of the Year, Hope Roth, joined Gary on his podcast to talk about her AVIXA Educator of the Year award  her life in the AV industry, the future of programming (she’s a Crestron Certified Programmer) and her favorite movie. We hope you’ll listen! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 701: NEC Has Best Booth at DSE, Wins Best Signage Projector Award


NEC snagged two awards at DSE and demo’d projection-based signage, traditional display signage and a total System-on-a-chip (SoC) approach with their Raspberry-Pi solutions at the Digital Signage Expo last month. NEC is in a unique position as they are one of only two display companies that makes every kind of display technology so they have signage of any […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 699: Epson’s LightScene Stole the Show at DSE


I asked Epson’s Senior Product Manager of Visual Display Solutions, Remi Del Mar, to join me today on my podcast totally about their amazing LightScene projector – in a track-lighting form-factor. Using sealed optics, it’s designed as both a light aesthetic as well as a content device for signage and traditional projection. You can power multiple LightScenes from one track […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 696: Why is Projector-only Epson Exhibiting at the Digital Signage Expo?


Laser projection is to the projector market as OLED is to the flat-panel display market — it’s truly a revolution in colorimetry and form-factor. So, Epson, known as the industry’s projector-only display company leading the market with 3LCD technology, will be at DSE with not only a family of laser projectors aimed at digital signage, but with a truly-revolutionary […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 695: LG’s DSE Plans Include New Touch Displays


LG will head to next week’s DSE with a line of Touch-enabled monitors in sizes from 55” – 86”. In addition, LG will highlight embedded integration of both the Cisco Spark platform and Crestron control right into a line of monitors aimed at simplifying AV meeting room design. Gary was joined on today’s podcast by LG’s head of marketing, Garry Wicka  who also […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 694: InFocus’ ISE Debuts Included New Laser Projectors and 4K Version of PixelNet


InFocus was at ISE with two giant launches — a new line of laser projector as well as a 4K resolution, and fiber-capable, version of their AV-over-IP-based PixelNet system dubbed PixelNet 2.0  The projector line include both short-throw and standard lensing and the 4K version of PixelNet added audio to the popular wall system. Please listen to […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 693: Peerless-AV Will Bring Record Number of New Products to DSE


Gary was joined on today’s podcast by Peerless-AV VP of Sales Brian McClimans,  who not only talked about the company’s DSE launches but also gave us some great insight to the digital signage industry and where it’s heading. Obviously, the big-growth area is in LED, but the all-in-one kiosk market for digital signage is also huge and, Brian says, is […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 692: Here are Details on My Smart Building Webinar on Tuesday — Earn 1 AVIXA CTS RU!


Smart Building Technology (SBT) has been around for over a dozen years now but AV hasn’t been part of it until recently. And, the advantage of being a Smart Building integrator is that you get to spec the AV gear BEFORE the building is built. But, although this isn’t a simple process, it is a […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 691: Almo Pro AV Partners with Samsung and Harman to Offer Huddle Room Packages


THIS IS A PROMOTED POST BY Almo Pro AV On today’s podcast, Almo Pro AV debuted a new partnership with Samsung that bring four pre-packaged Huddle Room solutions to the AV integration channel. Each package includes either an HD or UHD (4K) Samsung commercial-grade LCD and an AMX huddle room camera system and range from small spaces […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 690: Absen is Dominating LED


Gary was joined on his podcast today by Paul Johnston of ABSEN following their double-win of our 2018 Best of ISE Awards.  ABSEN has gone from nowhere to everywhere in just a few years and their new CoB (chip-on-board) technology will allow for 0.25 (eventually) pixel-pitch LEDs. Yep, 0.25! Listen and see how.    Podcast: Play in new window […]

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