Industry Leaders Launch Women in AV/IT

A group of powerful industry leaders have gathered to form Women in AV/IT (WAVIT), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and empowering women in the AV and IT industries through education, representation, and inclusion. “The idea came to us a few years ago during a virtual happy hour. We were discussing how women make […]

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Q-SYS Launches its Technology Partner Program, Offering Certified Integration to Q-SYS Platform

Q-SYS launches its Technology Partner Program with integration partners representing a growing list of Q-SYS plugins. As part of the program, plugins will receive endorsement badges indicating they have been verified or certified and offer integration with the Q-SYS Platform. These partners now have access to the Q-SYS Technology Partner Hub, a centralized portal with […]

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Planar Adds New Showrooms Across US and Canada

Planar announced the addition of new showrooms across the US and Canada, bringing the industry leader’s total number of North American showrooms to 17. The newest showrooms bring Planar’s latest display technologies to even more customers across the country. This includes visualization solutions featuring LED pixel pitches and MicroLED technology. The showroom expansion also reinforces Planar’s already […]

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Planar Adds Luminate Fine-Pitch, High-Bright Outdoor LED Video Wall Series

Planar just announced a new addition to the company’s portfolio of outdoor fine-pitch LED display solutions with the release of a fine-pitch, high-bright outdoor LED video wall designed for up-close viewing. The Planar Luminate Ultra Series LED video wall display features coated LEDs to deliver ruggedness and exceptional image detail for high-ambient light environments. The Planar […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1165: Planar Will Debut an Outdoor LED and New MicroLEDs at CEDIA Expo

Adding a lifetime warranty for all customers, LED powerhouse Planar will be at CEDIA Expo in booth 15003 next week in Dallas for the annual high-end residential show. In the latest episode of Rants & rAVes, Gary was joined by Planar’s product manager, Jeremy Sternhagen, to talk about using CEDIA Expo as a launching platform […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1162: While Inflation Goes Up, MicroLED Prices Are Going Down (at Planar)

Adam Schmidt, Planar’s executive vice president; sales, marketing & service, and Steve Seminario, vice president product marketing, joined my latest episode of Rants & rAVes today. We talk about how, in today’s world, there are supply chain issues and inflation, yet, Planar lowered the price of its microLED lineup. Yep, as of Sept. 1, Planar […]

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Planar Launches New Venue Pro VX Series for Virtual Production and XR

Planar announced the launch of the Planar Venue Pro VX Series, a family of indoor fine-pixel-pitch LED video wall displays delivering in-camera visual performance for virtual production (VP) and extended reality (XR), as well as on-camera visual performance for broadcasters. The series combines high-performing scan and refresh rates with high brightness and narrow pixel pitches, […]

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5 Things to Expect at CEDIA Expo 2022

CEDIA Expo 2022 is almost here. The event – held Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 in Dallas, TX – will bring together residential audiovisual experts from around the country. Here are five things you can expect at the 2022 show. 1. An Action-Packed CEDIA Expo Floor As with many shows, the in-person CEDIA Expo was […]

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Planar Dominated the XR Stage at InfoComm 2022

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST The LED-centered stage market isn’t just relegated to TV shows like “The Mandalorian,” “Obi-Wan Kenobi” and the new “Game of Thrones” spinoff, “House of the Dragon,” that all use virtual production to render fictional environments (without going on location or using green screen). LED stages can be used in much […]

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Everything Planar Is Doing at InfoComm 2022

Planar is showcasing a selection of LED display solutions designed to deliver next-generation experiences in workplace settings at InfoComm 2022. From fine pitch LED solutions, including a new line of seamless, wide-view LED displays for modern-day hybrid meetings, to an LED volume for extended reality (XR) for corporate communications, Planar will showcase the company’s most […]

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Planar Expands CAD Group in North America

Planar today announced an expansion of the company’s Consultant, Architect and Designer (CAD) Group in North America. The dedicated team helps AV technology consultants simplify the process of designing complex video walls and other display solutions into their customers’ most important and demanding projects. Planar’s CAD Group analyzes client project requirements and specifications, addresses design challenges and […]

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Planar Welcomes Adrian Bullock and Mike Beadenkopf as North American Regional Account Managers

Planar’s North American sales force recently welcomed Adrian Bullock and Mike Beadenkopf as regional account managers. Adrian Bullock will manage the company’s sales efforts in Western Canada, including Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He’ll also manage Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. He brings more than 20 years of progressive IT and AV experience. […]

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Planar Intros Luminate Pro Series and Venue Pro Series of LED Displays for Indoor and Outdoor Applications

Planar has launched two new LED video wall display families in the form of the Planar Luminate Pro Series and Planar Venue Pro Series. The new displays feature mechanical elements that accelerate setup and takedown for temporary and mobile events, but also feature full front installation and serviceability, opening the door to more permanent wall-mounted […]

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Yep, The LEDs Used by NBC for the Olympics TV Studio Are Planar

NBC Sports selected Planar to provide fine pitch LED video wall display technology for its production of the XXIV Olympic Winter Games, from Beijing, China, Feb. 2–20, 2022. The announcement was made today by Atila Ozkaplan, vice president of production operations, Olympics for NBC Sports Group and Adam Schmidt, executive vice president for Planar. NBCUniversal […]

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2022 Edition

Welcome to my 22nd annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I can’t believe I have written this article 22 times. I am beyond humbled by how many of you read this; last year, it was viewed by over 90,000 #AVtweeps. #LOVE ❣️ The bottom line is I love writing this article. It keeps me curious and humble. […]

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Planar and OptiTrack Join Advisory Board for On-Set Virtual Productions Initiative

Planar and sister company OptiTrack have joined other industry leaders and SMPTE to form The Advisory Group of the On-Set Virtual Production (OSVP) Initiative. This initiative is the first project within the society’s new Rapid Industry Solution (RIS) program. Planar and OptiTrack both take part in SMPTE’s new initiative for the RIS program, focused on […]

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Planar Expands Government Sales and Support Team, Appoints New Members

Planar announced an expansion to its U.S. Government team. The expansion comes with the addition of both Liza Strombergh and Javier Picard to the Government team. Liza brings more than 12 years of experience in state and local government-focused business and development management roles, most recently serving as a senior account executive in the public sector […]

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Planar Announces MicroPalooza 2021 Tour Dates and Featured Products

Planar announced the MicroPalooza 2021 Tour, a six-city U.S. product tour presenting the company’s newest display solutions. Running November through mid-December, the showroom event series will highlight the company’s recently released LED and LCD display solutions, headlined by the premium Planar DirectLight Ultra Series with MicroLED technology. The tour will start in Denver and end in Los Angeles. […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1069: Planar To Debut All Its New Displays at rAVe’s rePLAY and MicroPalooza

Although Planar won’t be at InfoComm 2021, it will be participating in THE rAVe Agency’s rePLAY 2021 week (Nov. 2-4 2021), as well as holding its own six-city tour in November and December — (dubbed MicroPalooza) covering the entire U.S. Registration is free (but limited) and Gary was joined by Planar’s own Adam Schmidt and Steve Seminario to talk all about the tour (as […]

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Hauntingly Cool Halloween Setups

Spooky season has arrived. It’s time to bust out the pumpkins, ghouls and goblins. But how can you make your Halloween setup hauntingly cool? By using audiovisual equipment, obviously! In the spirit of spooky season, we asked #AVTweeps to share their best tips for the ultimate Halloween scenes. Here’s what they had to say… Chuck […]

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Planar Partners with Azione Unlimited for Product Installation Services

Planar announced a partnership with Azione Unlimited, The Smart Home Association for custom integrators and manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada. As a new vendor, Planar will provide products and installation services to enrich luxury environments and transform viewing experiences for Azione’s buying group of custom installers and technology professionals. Through the partnership, Azione members will […]

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Planar Announces Two Large-Scale LED Lifestyle Displays and Installation Lines For Luxury Space Enrichment

Planar announced the release of Planar Lifestyle Displays, a combination of large-scale LED displays and installation services that claim to enrich luxury environments. The Planar Lifestyle Displays premieres with two lines, Planar Luxe MicroLED and Planar Luxe. Planar Lifestyle Displays will be showcased live at the virtual Planar Lifestyles Live Launch Event on Sept. 1-3. […]

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PLANAR Makes it Clear It Is Delivering MicroLEDs Now

The Sony CLED has been the torchbearer for microLED’s wow factor for four years now. Everyone remembers the first time they saw it at InfoComm in the Sony booth. It was and continues to be a, “wow, that’s an amazing image” kind of thing — over and over. But, the CLED from Sony has been […]

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Planar Welcomes Naomi Rivas and Steve Fitch to California and New York Sales Teams

Planar recently expanded the company’s U.S. sales force by welcoming Naomi Rivas and Steve Fitch to the company’s Northern California and New York sales teams. As a new regional account manager for Planar, Naomi Rivas will manage the company’s sales efforts in Northern California. Naomi is based out of the San Francisco Bay Area and […]

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Planar Studios Grows Offering with New AR and XR CarbonLight VX Series

Planar introduced the Planar CarbonLight VX Series, a line of LED display solutions aimed at virtual production (VP) and extended reality (XR) markets. Featuring a lightweight, patented carbon fiber construction, the Planar CarbonLight VX Series supports indoor fine pitch LED video walls, ceiling and flooring installations. The Planar CarbonLight VX Series will begin shipping in July. […]

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Planar Launches Planar Studios Initiative for VP and XR Productions

Planar announced the launch of Planar Studios, an initiative designed to revolutionize the virtual production (VP) and extended reality (XR) markets. Planar Studios combines the advanced technologies, industry partnerships and personnel that today’s customers require to create realistic on-screen content in the ever-expanding VP and XR industries. Through the Planar Studios initiative, Planar is empowering […]

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Planar Announces Release of DirectLight Ultra Series

Planar today announced the release of the Planar DirectLight Ultra Series, a premium line of fine pitch LED video wall displays. The Planar DirectLight Ultra Series includes models with MicroLEDs, off-board power supply, proprietary alignment technology and built-in processing. Offering models in 0.6, 0.7, 0.9 and 1.2-millimeter pixel pitches, the Planar DirectLight Ultra Series is […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 4.0: The ProAV Day Roundup

Thursday’s LAVNCH WEEK 4.0 experience, ProAV Day, included an impressive set of presenters and products — even following an amazing day one, UCC Day, and day two, Digital Signage Day. Our talented host, rAVe Managing Editor Steph Beckett, introduced the day. What were you most excited to see on Thursday? 11 a.m. EDT: Here’s How […]

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