InfoComm Rental & Staging New Product Award Winners Announced

InfoComm Rental & Staging New Product Award Winners Announced

The 2013 InfoComm/Rental & Staging New Product Award Winners were announced at a special Awards ceremony on Tuesday in Orlando, on the eve of the InfoComm show floor opening. NewBay Media Executive Editor David Keene, presented the trophies to the winners, and the opening of the InfoComm show floor Wednesday found winners’ booths displaying the new hardware. This year’s award winners demonstrated excellence in offering the most innovative rental and staging products of 2012-2013, in eighteen categories.

The 2013 InfoComm/Rental & Staging New Product Award Winners are:

BEST LOUDSPEAKER FOR THE STAGING MARKET

L-ACOUSTICS

5XT Loudspeaker / Ultra-compact Coaxial Enclosure

Best Audio Control Product for the Staging Market: Crown International, Crown USBX Interface

BEST AUDIO CONTROL PRODUCT FOR THE STAGING MARKET

Crown International

Crown USBX Interface

BEST AUDIO CONTROL OR MIXING PRODUCT

Meyer Sound

Galileo Callisto Loudspeaker Management System

BEST VIDEO PROJECTION PRODUCT HIGH LUMEN

Panasonic

PT-DZ21KU 3-Chip DLP Projector

BEST VIDEO PROJECTION PRODUCT/10K LUMEN OR LESS

Sony Electronics

VPL-FH36 Projector

Best Flat Panel Display: LG Electronics USA, LG Outdoor Display 47WX50MF

BEST FLAT PANEL DISPLAY

LG Electronics USA

LG Outdoor Display 47WX50MF

BEST FLAT PANEL DISPLAY – LARGER THAN 70 INCH

Samsung Electronics America

Samsung ME75B 75″ LED-backlit LCD

BEST LED DISPLAY

Barco

LiveDots C5 Display

 
Best LED Display: Barco, LiveDots CS Display

BEST VIDEO SIGNAL PROCESSING OR DISTRIBUTION PRODUCT

Gefen

32×32 Modular Matrix/GEF-MOD-32432

BEST VIDEO SIGNAL PROCESSING – SWITCHING 

Analog Way

Smart Edge FX STE200 High-Resolution Seamless Switcher

BEST VIDEO/BROADCAST OR VIDEO/STREAMING PRODUCT

Blackmagic Design

ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher

Best Projection Screen: AV Stumpfl GmbH, FullWhite Screen

BEST PROJECTION SCREEN

AV Stumpfl GmbH

FullWhite Screen

BEST RENTAL MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

IntelliEvent

Inventory Control/Asset Management Software

BEST GENERAL AV PRODUCT

Barco

ClickShare

Best General AV Product – Carts and Cases: Draper, Inc, Draper Carrying Cases

BEST GENERAL AV PRODUCT – CARTS AND CASES

Draper, Inc

Draper Carrying Cases

BEST SHOW CONTROL

Dataton

WATCHOUT Multi-Image Display Software

BEST DIGITAL SIGNAGE PRODUCT

Premier Mounts

MTM-3000 Christie MicroTiles Mounting Bracket

BEST DIGITAL SIGNAGE PRODUCT – DISPLAYS

Stewart Filmscreen

Mystik!

 

 

Original Article Posted By David Keene On June 12, 2013 at http://bit.ly/16EzKhr

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4K TVs: What Is It and What Can I Watch?

8644622795_cc1e0db6a4You’re alone in a beautiful field with a wide variety of animals from an exotic place you have only dreamed of visiting. Everything looks completely real as if you could touch it … until you realize you’re just watching a nature show on a new 4K TV in a store and wishing you could have something like this in your own living room.

The new big-screen HD, known as 4K TVs that anticipate the quality of HDTV with 4 times the presentation of television currently.

4K, in short, stands for 4,000 pixels of horizontal resolution (3,840 by 2,160, or more than 8 million pixels total) on an HD display. That’s a product that’s sharper than the current HDTVS (1,920 by 1,080 resolutions, or more than 2 million pixels).

Movies and Television Shows

While some people who just bought their first flatscreen will be wondering why they need this higher resolution, many current and significant movies are being shot in 4K, and photographers on commercials are shooting stills and video with the same 4K quality, as well.

Since 4K is the new buzz in cinematography for many pros — namely in the sports industry — it will become a part of their workflow. According to Techradar.com, BBC and Sony are going to trial 4K TV at Wimbledon this year, which will be the first major sporting event broadcasted in 4K and arguably the most picturesque place to do it.

The Benefits

Not only does 4K technology feature noticeably better pixelation at a much higher quality, but they also have other benefits, as well.

  • People who watch can sit closer to the screen, as the better pixels double your field of vision, making these TVs applicable in smaller rooms of the home or apartment without seeming to large.
  • The 4K television also revolutionizes 3-D viewing, as it makes any problems with the recent 3-D market go away with its higher resolution.
  • It will also make passive 3-D glasses all the better when it finally debuts on the market as this technology is what many are saying will finally make 3-D the viewing experience everyone hoped for. Right now, DirecTV offers 3-D sports and movie packages, according to GetDirecTV.org, and 4K TVs could further enhance the 3-D experience.
  • Pristine video, even on very large TVs. For example, the new 84-inch Sony has 10 speakers and features 3-D video, and all for a cheap cost.

3-D was the latest in television technology to be featured, and just because you don’t see 3-D TVs in every home doesn’t mean that it’s going away just because Ultra HD is here. Techradar.com also reported that Ultra HD actually makes passive 3-D better. It takes care of the sharpness issue that current passive 3-D deals with, due to the limits on today’s HD technology.

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Series 2 – Planning an Audio Visual Presentation for a Smaller Audience

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There’s a lot to consider when you are planning an event. There are guest lists to make, vendors to coordinate and presentations to prepare. If your event will feature an audio or visual presentation, there are some extra details you will want to consider to make sure your attendees can hear and see all the important topics that will be covered. Follow these tips for coordinating a successful audio visual presentation, whether it is a corporate board meeting, guest speaker or special event.

 

Screen Set-Up

Tailor the screen set-up to both the presentation content and the size of the audience. For corporate presentations and conferences, choose a big screen that will capture the attention of a large group. If there is a guest speaker, opt for two smaller projection screens on either side of the stage.  If the space will allow, you can even mount flat screen TVs directly to the wall. If the focus is more on a PowerPoint or video, you may want to have two or three projector screens so all audience members can see regardless of where they are sitting.

 

Seating Arrangement

The number of attendees will ultimately determine your seating arrangement. The venue itself will dictate how many people may attend. There may be occupancy limits from the Fire Marshall. Another important thing to note is how you will be displaying your presentation. You want to make sure that every person in your audience can not only hear what’s going on, but see it as well. Arrange your seating facing towards the presentation, and as close to the presenter as possible.

 

Screen Size

That brings us to the size of the screen. There is a formula for figuring out how large of a screen you should select. The minimum size of any screen should be the viewing distance divided by three. So, if your viewers will be 15 feet away from the screen, you would want a 60 inch screen. The maximum size of the screen should be no more than the viewing distance divided by 2. Using the same distance as before, 15 feet, you would want a 7.5 foot screen or 90 inch screen. Any size between those two figures would provide the audience with a great view.

 

Additional Considerations

Depending on the room or venue, you may want a projection screen or a TV. If you have a smaller conference room, a TV is probably a better choice due to ease of use and availability. If you have a larger space, you could choose multiple TVs or one large projector screen. Another important consideration is glare. Glare or poor lighting can often ruin a presentation. When setting up for any type of presentation, consider the lighting and adjust your seating arrangement accordingly. Screen quality is also important. Do you need a 1080p HDTV, or will a lower quality suffice? Will plasma, LCD or LED fit the budget best? Take your time picking a screen, to ensure the right choice for all your needs.

 

Cami Hadley is a writer focusing on all things entertainment and TV related. She regularly writes for cable.tv.

Series 1 – Fire Marshal

Fire Marshal

 

When you are first planning an event, you can easily get caught up in the excitement of how the show will flow and turn out.  Webb Audio Visual has a 360˚ Promise that means we’ve got you covered from every angle.    This is the first in a series of blogs that will help you understand the many things taking place behind the scenes that will make your event a success.

Did you know that every event at a venue has to be approved by a Fire Marshal?

A Fire Marshal is, usually, a member of the fire department that is charged with the prevention and investigation of fires.  The Fire Marshal is trained to ensure building plans provide the appropriate level of protection to occupants by code and to ensure the continued safety of higher hazard occupancies on an annual basis.

Depending on which city and state you are in, the rules and regulations can change drastically.  For example, at the Salt Palace Convention Center, all aisles must have a 10’ minimum clearance.  All curtain, drapes, and decorations must be constructed of flameproof material or treated with an approved flame proofing solution.  In other venues across the country, handrails are required for any stage deck that is over 24”.

For any event you must be aware of:

  • Fire code compliance inspections of existing and new occupancies.
  • Evaluating the design and engineering aspects of fire protection.
  • Preliminary plan submittal review and consultation.
  • Special use Permits. (Indoor pyrotechnics)

Keep in mind that all seating and floor plans must be submitted to the Fire Marshal, sometimes, no later than 60 days before set-up date.  Every submission must be approved by the Fire Marshal before your event can take place.

Webb Audio Visual and our employees are experts in the design of events to match your imagination and implement it, with the help of the Fire Marshal.  We will handle everything down to the most remote detail.  This will take the guess work out of your project decisions and will ensure that your event is successful.