Trade Show Season Is a Time to Support Diversity

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rAVe [PUBS] and many other industry publications have written recently about the great work of the AVIXA Women’s Council and its partnership with Rosie Riveters. Since this has been written about in many places, I won’t rewrite everything here. There are a few points I would like to make, however. First, it is fantastic to […]

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A Successful Digital Signage Experience for Experiential Entertainment Centers

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I remember going to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey when I was a kid with my parents and sister. My father would drive through the safari section so we could watch the animals walk around or all over the car. I think the last time my parents drove through the safari section, one […]

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CEDIA Announces Greg Durkin as Keynote Speaker at CEDIA Expo 2022

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CEDIA, the global trade association for the home technology industry, today announces Greg Durkin, founder and CEO of Guts+Data, as the keynote speaker at CEDIA Expo 2022. Durkin will speak about invaluable opportunities for integrators in the fast-evolving digital media landscape in “Entertainment Evolution 2022: Content Overload.” The proliferation of content, streaming platforms, and hardware has […]

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Steph Says: What I Think After Attending InfoComm 2021 and 2022

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I’m one of the few who hasn’t missed an InfoComm since my very first one in 2016. Since that year, I’ve gobbled up everything InfoComm that I could get my hands on. I even attended the virtual sessions in 2020! So when there was talk about an in-person InfoComm in 2021, I knew that I […]

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Yamaha Joins the SDVoE Alliance

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In probably the biggest announcement of 2022, Yamaha is joining the SDVoE Alliance, a consortium of technology providers collaborating to standardize the adoption of AV-over-IP via 10G in professional AV environments. Yamaha is a player in the UCC segment of the market of AV and in corporate, retail and hospitality industries. “We are pleased to […]

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No More ‘I Am Sharing My Screen’

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Yes, we suffer from more than just Zoom fatigue. The ProAV industry also suffers from “would-be-Zoom fatigue.” The weariness that comes with hearing about another contender that hopes to knock out remote work incumbents like Zoom and Teams. Yet, Switchboard comes with more spark. Spark Capital, that is. Switchboard raised $13.8 million backed by Spark […]

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rePLAY InfoComm 2022 — Day 2

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Our hosts are back! Today, Director of Marketing Emily Dean joins Managing Editor Steph Beckett for another day of rePLAY InfoComm 2022. They met with AV professionals and guests to discuss their perspectives on the show. A Few Favorite Products “I was honestly impressed with all the UCC solutions in general. Plus, I’m a big […]

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Keep Your Customers and Your Teams Connected: Turn on Your Camera

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We, the ProAV people, know better than anyone that video communication has been around a long time. The first official video call was in 1958. I remember working to help corporations define a return on investment for the videoconferencing infrastructure. They had an automatic message for every travel request. For example, “Could this meeting be […]

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AV Pros Share Their Appreciation for Cory Schaeffer

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As many of you know, industry icon Cory Schaeffer is set to retire at the end of the month. In her honor, rAVe has partnered with AVNation, Commercial Integrator and #AVTweeps like you to share Schaeffer’s impact on the industry. Here’s what AV professionals had to say about her legacy.        

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rePLAY InfoComm 2022 — We’re Just Getting Started

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rePLAY InfoComm 2022 kicked off today, and we have an exciting recap of Day One for you! We had a great time in Las Vegas gathering content (over 1,100 videos and over 12,000 photos) on the show floor that we will be showcasing over the next three days during our InfoComm rewind. Day one started […]

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Audinate Details Supply Chain Problems in Meeting During InfoComm; Provides Solution Date

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Addressing one of the most important, complex and dynamic commercial issues impacting the global ProAV industry, Audinate today announced the actions the company has been taking to minimize and mitigate the impact of global supply issues. In addition, as part of its strategy to ensure availability of product, the company announced next-generation, drop-in replacements for […]

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Announcing the 2022 rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards Winners

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We are excited to announce the winners of our 11th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Our awards are different from ANY other industry awards. First of all, the votes and nominations come from the AV community — we don’t believe in pay for play. We believe in winning because of a good old-fashioned popular vote — […]

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InfoComm 2022 Starts Tomorrow! These Are My Thoughts.

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Hello everyone! I feel like I was just writing to you all about InfoComm 2021, and now we’ve officially made it to #InfoComm22. I’m so excited to be here! There really is nothing quite like getting to run up to the people you’ve gotten to know quite well (thanks to videoconferencing) and talk in person! […]

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Lumens Digital Optics Joins AIMS Alliance

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Lumens Digital Optics has joined the AIMS Alliance (Alliance for IP Media Solutions), with a focus on the development of the forthcoming IPMX format. AIMS is a nonprofit trade alliance that is driving the adoption of open standard protocols for interoperability over IP in the media and entertainment (M&E) and professional audiovisual industries. AIMS promotes standards to help […]

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SAVe Forms to Develop Initiative for Sustainability in AV

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Audiovisual leaders launch Sustainability in AV (SAVe), the first industry-wide U.S.-based organization to bring stakeholders in the audiovisual (AV) field to take concerted action to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Let’s be honest,” said Christina De Bono, founder and president of SAVe, “the AV industry has been part of the problem. But it’s […]

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Modus-as-a-Service Gives Integrators Access to Modus VR on Per-Project Basis

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Modus VR announced Modus-as-a-Service allowing integrators, consultants and enterprises access to Modus VR planning and design software technology, on a per-project basis. Without any hardware investment or resident expert, integrators and teams can now enlist the Modus VR platform and the expert, professional Modus team to host meetings and provide turnkey, real-time, immersive design work […]

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Crestron Is Adding 8K Capabilities to the NVX Product Line

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Crestron Electronics will demonstrate support for 8K video content distribution with a software-based AV-over-IP solution as the latest advancement of the Crestron DM NVX platform at InfoComm 2022. The demonstration will showcase the ability to simultaneously encode four 4K streams, enabling the distribution of native 8K content. The new DM NVX encoding software features what Crestron is calling “an innovative approach […]

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AVPhenom’s InfoComm 22 Booth Visit List

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This time of year you will see a lot of lists for InfoComm 22. There are lists about what to pack and where to eat, as well as a litany of press releases touting “must see” products. There are more lists of events, dinners, tours, and shows outside the convention center. And on top of […]

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AV-over-IP With SDVoE and Dante Now on the Horizon

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The SDVoE Alliance announced a collaboration with Semtech and Audinate for a turnkey reference design that simplifies AV-over-IP by combining the power of SDVoE video and Dante audio, discovery, clocking and software control. The SDVoE Alliance, Semtech and Audinate’s collaboration enable Dante-functionality to accelerate and streamline integration with SDVoE technology. Semtech’s BlueRiver AV-over-IP chipset is paired […]

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If They Go Public, Buy Stock in Xyte as Randy Klein Just Joined Them. Yes, That Randy Klein

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Xyte, which hopes to bring a fundamental shift in the way hardware manufacturing ecosystems operate, announced today that Randy Klein, former president and CEO of Crestron Electronics, is joining the company as a member of its advisory board. Klein has played a significant role in the AV industry for over 45 years, driving growth and […]

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Giant News: QSC Joins the SDVoE Alliance — The First of the Big 4 Control Companies!

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The SDVoE Alliance announced QSC has joined the alliance as an adopting member. QSC is a globally-recognized technology and software manufacturer of Q-SYS, a cloud-manageable audio, video and control platform built around a modern, standards-based IT architecture. The addition of QSC to the SDVoE Alliance will allow us to collaborate to enable any SDVoE hardware […]

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How to Make a Case for Getting Training and Professional Development

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It’s good to be back to having conferences, trade shows and events in person again. They started out with lower attendance numbers, but seem to be bouncing back. Over the past few weeks, and every time trade show season rolls around, there’s a lot of discussion about paying for training, particularly in-person training. In fact, […]

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Part 2: A Fictional Integrator, a Cyberattack and Next Steps

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When we last saw our intrepid integrator, they were working through some hard choices. Their company had fallen victim to a ransomware attack. They were locked out of all of their files, and the attackers were threatening to put all of their sensitive information on the internet if they didn’t pay a hefty ransom. What […]

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rePLAY ISE 2022 — That’s a Wrap

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rePLAY ISE 2022 has officially come to a close, but first, a quick recap of session two. This time, the session contained curated content aimed toward our viewers in the United States rather than Europe. Our hosts, Steph Beckett and Emily Dean, picked out some great content we gathered in Barcelona at ISE 2022 to […]

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rePLAY ISE 2022 — We’re Back

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rePLAY ISE 2022 was a success and we’ve got an exciting recap of session one for you! We had an awesome time gathering content in Barcelona for the live event, and we had even more fun showing it to you on the LAVNCH platform. One of the highlights from the trip was Emily Dean stepping […]

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ISE Tops 43,600+ Attendees!

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After a ton of anticipation, ISE finally arrived at the Fira de Barcelona, Gran Vía (10-13 May). With a total of 43,691 unique attendees from 151 countries, making 90,372 visits to the show floor. This was the first full ISE show since February 2020, when ISE said farewell to its previous home in Amsterdam and initial signs […]

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InfoComm Survival Guide- [Un]Compressed Video

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Well it’s trade show season and the press releases are starting to pour in.  Before you head onto the InfoComm ’22 floor, it’s a good idea to polish your armor to best avoid being hit with a poison arrow of misinformation. If you missed my first post on “deceptive specs” you should check it out […]

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Barco Joins AIMS Alliance, Will Support IPMX AV-Over-IP Standard

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Barco announced today that it has become a member of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS). This is a giant boost for the proposed AV-over-IP standard. With AIMS’ new Internet Protocol Media Experience (IPMX) set of open standards and specifications gaining traction, the Barco membership means you will likely see IPMX (the AIMS proposed […]

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Barco ClickShare Is Now Also a Digital Signage Player

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Barco has added new functionality to its popular UCC and presentation device, ClickShare, allowing it to now become a digital signage player. Meeting room displays that are connected to ClickShare can now be leveraged as corporate branding tools or to distribute digital signage messages. The first digital signage partners are Signagelive, Seenspire and Korbyt. Digital signage messages can […]

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Up Your Whiteboard Game by Combining the Best of Analog and Digital

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Trade show season is back. ISE is going on in Barcelona as I type, and Infocomm 2022 in Las Vegas is just 25 days away. This means that manufacturers, integrators and *gasp* end users are all converging to explore new partnerships and help people bridge the analog-to-digital gaps that have been isolated during the great […]

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