Da-Lite Fast-Fold Deluxe Screen Enhanced for Portability


Da-Lite just debuted a new Fast-Fold Deluxe Screen System aimed at rental and staging applications. A new leg-to-frame locking mechanism accommodates a variety of user skill levels for intuitive and efficient set-up and tear-down. All parts are completely self-contained on the screen frame and leg, offering toolless convenience to the portable screen market. Fast-Fold Deluxe […]

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Flex Rental Solutions Announces Flex5 Phone is Released


Flex Rental Solutions announced that Flex5 Phone — its newly designed phone app — has been released to all customers. Flex5 is the company’s new HTML5 user interface and features a complete rewrite of Flex’s user interface and backend architecture. Flex5 will eventually replace Flex’s current Flash UI by adding a new desktop environment. Flex5 […]

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Flex Rental Solutions Announces Flex5 Tablet Debut


Flex Rental Solutions has announced the Flex5 tablet, the new HTML5 redesign of its software for tablets. Flex5 is the company’s new HTML5 user interface and features a complete rewrite of Flex’s user interface and backend architecture. Flex5 will eventually replace Flex’s current Flash UI by adding phone accessibility along with a new desktop environment. […]

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State of the, Um, Art


If you move back in history, the human race progresses from crude tool to artform along a predictable path. For instance, once humans learned to break rocks, that path began. We progressed from using the rocks to break each other to turning the broken rocks into crude tools and then to using the crude tools […]

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EKTA Intros FrameLED Plus LED Modules Aimed at Rental and Fixed Installations


EKTA, based in Ukraine, is introducing a new LED modules line aimed at both the rental and fixed applications. They will debut the modules at ISE 2017. Part of the new FrameLED Plus product line, the company will launch two models of LED display modules. The LVM 3P is a high-contrast outdoor LED module with […]

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Just Another Week in the Life of an Audiovisual Technician


By Nick Voss Owner, Treffen Saint John It occurred to me this week that AV technicians experience the most fascinating lives. This is the best career choice anyone could make and if I had to go back I’d pursue a life in audiovisual and staging all over again. *** This past Sunday, I staged an […]

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AV Industry Mourns AV Rental Pioneer Stephen Goot


The founder of Atlanta-based Total AV, Stephen Baron Goot, 73, died earlier this month after an undisclosed surgery. As many of you know, Stephen Goot founded Total AV Services (TAVS) in 1973 and pioneered many of the techniques used by rental companies today, e.g. electronic inventory tracking, event product staging techniques and many of the […]

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Epson Expands Into Rental & Staging Market with 25,000 Lumen 3LCD Laser Projector


Epson today announced the US launch of the Pro L25000U installation laser projector – the world’s first 3LCD laser projector with 25,000 lumens of color brightness and 25,000 lumens of white brightness. As part of the new Pro L-Series laser projector line, the Pro L25000U integrates a sealed optical engine with laser-light source with an […]

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Leyard Debuts LED Wall Built From Carbon Fiber


Carbon Fiber has been used on racing bikes for years as it’s as it’s lighter than plastic but stronger than steel. Now, add an LED wall to that with Leyard’s new CarbonLight LED display solutions to that. It’s a family of flexible, lightweight displays uniquely constructed to meet a broad range of creative indoor and […]

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InfoComm Releases 2015 Live Events Industry Insights Study


InfoComm International has released its 2015 Live Events Industry Insights Study. It is the first such report that InfoComm has produced specifically for the live-events market. This study of the global live-events industry, conducted by InfoComm and Acclaro Growth Partners, covers trends and dynamics from the perspective of pro-AV rental, staging and live-events service providers in the North American, European, […]

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KWIPPED Launches Web Platform Designed to Help AV Rentals


KWIPPED is a brand-new online platform built to help AV companies source and rent specialized equipment. The KWIPPED.com rental marketplace aggregates rental demand for specialized commercial equipment using proprietary technology to streamline sourcing from a global network of AV rental suppliers. KWIPPED facilitates the process of sourcing and managing AV equipment rentals, navigating rental availability, […]

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EventCollab Launches at InfoComm – Aims to Help Rental/Stagers


EventCollab today announced it has launched the follow-up to its first released product, ShowBook. Providing a full event project management suite all in one online interface was the ultimate goal for the company, and that has been achieved today. The much-needed cloud-based solution will enable live event professionals to seamlessly collaborate with all event stakeholders […]

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On a Green Stage


In our world, staging an event isn’t necessarily about putting someone on a stage for a performance, but the truth is that a large segment of our industry actually is doing exactly that. Although sometimes overlooked in the audiovisual industry, many AV professionals and much of the innovation for technology comes from the production and […]

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Digital Projection and OSA Offer FlexFleet Rental Program for Professional Stagers


Digital Projection and OSA International have announce a FlexFleet Rental Program to provide professional stagers a competitive option for renting high performance projectors. The FlexFleet Rental Program provides professional stagers the option of renting the most current high performance, 3-chip, 20K lumen, TITAN Quad 3D projectors, as well as the 110 volt powered, 15K lumen […]

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L-ACOUSTICS Introduces K2 and PANFLEX Technology at InfoComm


L-ACOUSTICS’ new K2 line source array loudspeaker system featuring PANFLEX technology will make its U.S. debut at InfoComm. The replacement to L-ACOUSTICS’ V-DOSC system, K2 offers K1 performance in a rescaled package. It’s being aimed at both the installation and touring markets. The primary system components include: K2 full-range element with PANFLEX horizontal steering, operating […]

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Barco Debuts 35K Lumen Projector


Barco has expanded its projection portfolio for rental and staging and house of worship markets with a brand-new three-chip DLP projector with a specified brightness level of 35,000 lumens. Dubbed the HDQ-4K35, this projector is capable of showing native 4K content at 60 Hz frame rates. It has an integrated design with internal power supply, […]

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Cycling Our Way to InfoComm 2014


Well, June approaches again, and with it, among other things, comes the InfoComm show. And I don’t mean InfoComm Patagonia or InfoComm New Zealand or whatever they’re up to these days. I mean the original, accept-no-substitutes, convince-the-boss-I-NEED to-go, InfoComm show. Actually, that’s not to disparage InfoComm’s ever-widening pantheon of AV shows around the world. I […]

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Weekly Wrap-Up: May 9, 2014


Happy Friday! We’ve finished another week and gathered some of the top stories we think you can’t miss from this past week. Extron has opened a new training facility in Mexico City, a conversation between Mark Coxon and Scott Tiner about manufacturer and end-user relationships, we are accepting submissions for our annual InfoComm Top 10 […]

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Rental/Staging Experts Reveal Top AV Trends of 2014


According to recently surveyed members of the Rental & Staging Network (RSN) — a group of geographically-diverse rental and staging companies — these are several top production trends planners should be aware of for Spring/Summer 2014. ALL WHITE SET DESIGN:  All white everything! Being dubbed the “Apple Store” syndrome, clients are requesting all white events […]

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Lighthouse Shows LED-Wrapped Mini Cooper Car


Here at ISE, we’ve spotted one of the most creative applications for flexible LED technology — wrapping a car (a Mini Cooper, in fact). Lighthouse has one of the largest line of outdoor LED signage systems in the world and now the company has introduced a set of flexible LEDs. And, flexible LEDs are finding […]

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The Skill Set


Happy New Year, readers! Last month’s column left our hero (yours truly, since I’m writing this) promising to explore the skill set required for the successful rental and staging technician. It’s quite a list, starting with a firm understanding of how things work in the physical world, and this month moving on to include interpersonal […]

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Christie to Introduce Q Series Projectors at ISE 2014


Christie will introduce at ISE 2014 in Amsterdam a new series of 1-chip DLP projectors with the new Christie Q Series. The Christie Q Series 1-chip DLP platform has brightness options ranging from 8,500 to 10,000 lumens and XGA, WXGA and WUXGA resolutions. These projectors are designed for rental and staging applications, such as concerts or […]

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RSN Holds Third Annual Leadership Symposium, Focuses on Growth and Collaboration


At the third annual Rental and Staging Network (RSN) Leadership Symposium, at the Omni Houston Westside Hotel from July 23-26, members from 22 companies across the U.S. had the unique opportunity to network with the industry’s leading audio visual equipment and technology providers in a “laser” focused setting. Themed “Focused and Getting Things Done,” the […]

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