Rants & rAVes — Episode 1086: Have You Heard About LG’s New UCC and dvLED Products?

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Gary caught up with LG’s Adam Coleman and Dan Baker to talk about the company’s new collaboration boards/dvLED products: an all-in-one for meeting room applications and new direct-view LCDs. LG’s entry into the collaboration board market (with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise Edition) means you can use this company for UCC and Education applications. Watch this videocast and consider signing […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1085: The ISE 2022 Postponement Interview

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ISE broke the news Tuesday that the show, scheduled for Barcelona Feb. 1-4, 2022, will be postponed until May 10-13, 2022. In this episode of Rants & rAVes, I sit down with Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events, to talk about the reasoning behind the decision. We talk about the importance of health and […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1084: What’s Up With Mersive?

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Gary had a chance to catch up with Mersive’s own Christopher Jaynes, the company’s founder and CTO. Mersive invented hardware-based collaboration 15 years ago and it was Christopher’s vision that led to the industry-wide UCC room craze that we have today. This podcast will help you see and hear his vision for collaboration in 2022 and beyond; […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1083: There’s More to Seneca Than Just Media Players

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In my latest episode of Rants & rAVes, Seneca’s Jami McGraw joins me to talk about the company (owned by Arrow), its latest innovations and more. He also gives a firsthand look at the ElementMP series — a series of digital signage hardware solutions claiming to have the simplest out-of-box experience possible. So, if you’d like to learn […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1082: Here’s the First Video Interview With the Leadership of Exertis and Almo

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rAVe’s own Gary Kayye was the first reporter to have a chance to record a video interview with Exertis International’s managing director, Clive Fitzharris, and Almo Corporation’s president and CEO, Warren Chaiken less than 24 hours after the bombshell announcement of Exertis’ acquisition of Almo. This is a candid look into how it happened and what’s next — including organizational details and […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1081: The First Video Interview With AVI-SPL’s CEO John Zettel and SKC’s Chairman Tray Vedock

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When will the AVI-SPL acquisition of SKC Communications be complete? Why did AVI-SPL buy SKC and what are everyone’s new roles in the new organization? All these questions and more are answered inside this exclusive video interview with AVI-SPL’s John Zettel, SKC Communications’ Tray Vedock and rAVe’s own Gary Kayye  Podcast: Play in new window | […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1080: The Digital Signage Experience (DSE) Is Back; Reg Just Opened!

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Gary caught up with DSE’s new leadership, Brad Gleeson and Marian Sandberg, to talk all about the March 2022 Las Vegas-based expo. Registration literally just opened this week — and we’ve got you covered! rAVe has a discount code that earns you 50% off of the Expo Hall Pass: Use RAVE22 and register here: https://www.digitalsignageexperience.com. Rebranded Digital Signage Experience, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1079: TD SYNNEX Discusses Network Security in AV; Here’s How It Can Help Protect Your Customers!

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Network security threats continue to increase as end users seek to implement long-term, hybrid solutions in a post-COVID world. In this episode of Rants & rAVes, TD SYNNEX execs Jessica McDowell and Sandi Stambaugh discuss the opportunity for integrators to embrace this new climate as well as how the expanded TD SYNNEX team can provide support […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1078: The New President of Crestron Has Worked There Since He Was Only 5 Years Old

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Dan Feldstein, only the second president and CEO in Crestron‘s history, is no newcomer to ProAV or Crestron, for that matter. He used to “help” his dad design control systems when Crestron was still in, founder, George Feldstein’s garage — at the age of 5. But, do you know him? What’s his management style? What does […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1077: Here’s the Scoop on the 40% Off XTEN-AV Offer Ending Friday, Dec. 3

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Gary had a chance to catch up with XTEN-AV co-founder Sahil Dhingra to talk about the company’s 48-hour Black Friday sale — allowing anyone to get 40% off the cloud-based AV design platform. This is a once-per-year opportunity to upgrade from your on-prem-based design platform to one that is AI-based AND in the cloud. Listen and watch to find out […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1075: Here’s the Status of the AV-over-IP Standard

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Many people don’t know that there is actually a “proposed” AV-over-IP standard, called IPMX, that’s moving through the process of becoming an “adopted standard” for ProAV. Developed from SMPTE 2110 and managed by the AIMS Alliance, IPMX already exists. Also, a company called Macnica has a reference board, dubbed the MPA1000, that you can buy today — and, […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1074: So, What’s Up with Christie? A Lot, Actually!

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Gary was joined by today’s Rants and rAVes guest, Steve Capling, director of global enterprise marketing at Christie, to talk about the plethora of new products the company has introduced in 2021. Working with THE rAVe Agency during rePLAY 2021, Christie will debut new projects in the 1-chip DLP Inspire Series, a new M Series high-end 4K25 […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1073: ISE 2022 in Barcelona Opens Reg — We Got the First Interview With Mike Blackman!

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Gary was joined by Integrated Systems Events‘ own Mike Blackman to talk about the opening of ISE 2022’s registration — the first-ever ISE Show in Barcelona. So, what’s new, what should you expect and why should you attend? Well, besides the fact that February is usually in the high 60s in Barcelona, this interview includes the scoop […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1072: Check Out Draper at InfoComm 2021!

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Not only will Draper be exhibiting at InfoComm 2021 this week but, the company will be heading there with two new product lines for you to see and touch! Gary was joined by Draper’s Randy Reece, who talked Foundation and Acumen. The Foundation Mounting System is aimed at dvLED installs and includes an innovative and rugged design, a complete side-trim option and […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1071: Get Ready to See eGlass and HoverCam at InfoComm 2021!

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Prepare to be impressed with this real-time demo here on today’s videocast! In booth 3943, you’ll get to see the eGlass LightBoard) along with HoverCam’s new products and technology. And, Gary was joined by director of marketing Bayley Pierson on today’s edition of his Rants & rAVes podcast for a real-time demo. WATCH THIS and be impressed. In case that […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1070: Siemon at InfoComm 2021 — Cable Topologies and New Technologies

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In this videocast, Siemon‘s Dave Valentukonis discusses cable topologies — including why #AVtweeps should only use Cat6A UTP and above cabling solutions. Plus, he gives you a sneak peek of what you’ll see from the company at InfoComm in Booth 2021. Yes, you read that right … Siemon will be in Booth 2021 at InfoComm 2021 so you […]

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

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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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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1068: SDVoE Now Does 8K, Will Debut APIs at rAVe rePLAY 2021

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The SDVoE Alliance picked THE rAVe Agency’s rePLAY 2021 event — the week after InfoComm (Nov. 2-4 2021) — to not only launch 8K over the SDVoE ecosystem but the organization is also using rePLAY to show you how its new API works! Gary was joined by SDVoE’s Justin Kennington to talk about 8K, the API, Season […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1067: Sony Won’t Be at InfoComm but It Has Plenty of New Products

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Although Sony will not physically be at InfoComm 2021, the company will be leveraging the LAVNCH platform to debut plenty of new products during THE rAVe Agency’s rePLAY 2021 event — the week following InfoComm 2021 (Nov. 2-4). rePLAY is designed to wrap up everything we saw at InfoComm 2021, along with covering all the new products we loved […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1066: Yes, SpinetiX WILL Be at InfoComm 2021

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Few companies grew as much as SpinetiX did during the pandemic. Even fewer innovated as much. From the cloud-based ARYA to its new Live Agent feature, SpinetiX has a lot of new offerings to show attendees. In addition to bringing its new 4K players with PoE and Wi-Fi, SpinetiX will be using its booth (#2027) to […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1065: Absen Will Be at InfoComm 2021 With New Products!

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Yes, Absen will physically be at InfoComm 2021 with one of the biggest booths on the show floor, and, yes, the company will be launching new products. With the rise in virtual sets using LEDs and the move toward replacing LCDs with LEDs in meeting rooms, Absen is perfectly positioned for a big-time 2022. Gary caught up […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1064: We’re Doing an Event With Mediasite; Join Us!

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On Thursday, Oct. 21, we’ll be hosting a LAVNCH & LEARN with Mediasite — the industry’s leading lecture capture technology. We want you to join; Mediasite — created by Sonic Foundry — is way, way more than lecture capture. In fact, it provides AV integrators with a turnkey video platform for hosting and archiving your client’s entire meeting archive — […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1062: Why You Should Attend Next Week’s UCC Webinar with Almo and Sharp

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The future of UCC is more than software and rooms; in fact, it’s well beyond rooms. So here’s a teaser of what you’re going to learn about in next week’s webinar — worth 1 AVIXA CTS RU, too! After watching, don’t forget to register at this link. See you there!  Podcast: Play in new […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1061: Watch CEDIA’s VP of Education Samantha Ventura’s Last Video Interview

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Samantha Ventura, CEDIA’s longtime head of education, is leaving after creating the industry’s first high-end residential educational certification program. In fact, she created two of them! Why is she leaving, what is she going to do and what is the future of CEDIA in education? Watch!  Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1060: TD SYNNEX Shares Insights on Capturing Your Share of the Current Digital Signage Market

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It’s an exciting time to sell digital signage — with smart signage and connected communications being front and center in the industry. And while certain capabilities may have been around for years, there are significant new use cases for protecting people in public spaces as part of a broader communications strategy. Listen in as TD […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1057: The Pete Putman Is Retiring Interview

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No one covered the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out better and more thoroughly than Pete Putman. He set the standard for evaluating projectors for nearly a decade. And, if he didn’t like what he saw, sales declined for that brand. Pete created an analytical way to compare projectors that made him into one of the most prolific […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1056: How’s the AV Market Doing? We Asked the Experts

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Gary was joined on today’s Rants and rAVes podcast by AVIXA’s economic analyst, Peter Hansen, and its senior director of market intelligence, Sean Wargo. If you’re wondering when COVID will end, this is NOT the episode to watch. But, if you care about how the chip shortage will affect your business, when the AV economy will turn […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1055: For CEDIA, the Education Must Go On!

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Even if there were no in-person CEDIA Expo (Sept. 1-3, 2021), the education and certification department at CEDIA (the association) would still be delivering education. Show or no show, thanks to CEDIA’s Samantha Ventura, CI education and training is alive and well in the residential AV market with CEDIA hosting classes for live attendees, live virtual attendees and prerecorded on-demand sessions. […]

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The No-BS Video Interview with CEDIA Expo’s Jason McGraw — And, a Kind (and Perfect) Message to Exhibitors and Attendees

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There’s probably no one fielding more complaints, confusing calls or questions in the market today than Emerald’s CEDIA Expo VP Jason McGraw. Is CEDIA happening? Can we get a refund if we pull out? Are masks required? Do I need to bring proof of vaccination if I attend? Will anyone show up? Why isn’t Emerald canceling CEDIA? […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1052: Interested in the State of AV-over-IP? Here’s Why You Should Join My Next Webinar With Almo and NETGEAR

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Get ready for my next webinar, “The State of the AV-over-IP Market,” presented by Almo Professional A/V on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, at 2 p.m. EDT. NETGEAR’s Cody Kleven sat down with me earlier to chat about the growing AV-over-IP market, the future of the technology in the ProAV space and the numerous opportunities AV integrators can […]

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