I arrived a little late to Church this past Easter morning. Needless to say, being late to church on Easter Sunday relegates you to the back, which is fine. Unless, of course, you're straining to hear what's going on up front - which I was. Being an audio video or AV guy, I knew that it's really not the size of the church or hall you are in but more importantly, it's making sure you've addressed the following factors for an optimal church audio visual experience. Here's a short checklist of a few things you can look at to make sure you are delivering your message the best you can:
When it comes to your business, your office workplace is a direct reflection of who you are and how you conduct business. To that end, you will always want to project the best possible appearance to current and prospective clients. This means giving your staff the tools they need to excel if you want your business to grow.
We have done several procedure rooms also known as cath lab intercom systems in the greater Tampa Bay area. All of the systems have been similar yet slightly different. Some systems were just some simple intercoms with communication between the doctor and the lab technicians. Other systems were intercoms integrated with a very good sound system. In most all of our systems the intercom system is handled by using Tech Works line of intercom products. Tech Works has a great reputation in the industry and their products have worked out extremely well for us.
Who Needs a Professional to Install AV Equipment?
Sometimes customers ask us if we can simply drop off their parts so they can install the items themselves. Sometimes a customer might order equipment online to save a few dollars and attempt to add it to the installation themselves. I'm sure the thought process is something like this: why should we pay “x” amount of dollars for the installation when we already have an IT or maintenance department on staff?
When I'm out and about I often run into poor AV installations. There are many reasons that I would consider the installations poor. Sometimes it's merely an ugly or sloppy installation. More often than not, it's a sloppy installation and also a poorly chosen product.
I have been noticing a trend lately when I go to see clients. Everyone seems to think that a flat panel display is the better tool for the job in conference or meeting rooms. I'm not sure if this is unique to the Tampa-St.Pete area or if it's nationwide.
While in some cases a flat panel display may be the better choice, in many cases it is not. In a very small meeting room, say 6-8 people I think you could get away with a flat panel comfortably. Even then, I wouldn't consider anything less than 50 inches but preferably 52"-60". This also depends what the display is going to be used for. For example, a Power Point presentation with large graphics could get away with a smaller display than a meeting where you might be looking at Excel spreadsheets.
There are a few things to consider here. One is how far you are going to be sitting away from the display. That's pretty easy to figure with a simple formula. It's also important that the TV looks good, wherever you decide to have mounted. A large screen TV can be made to look very small on a long blank wall. The opposite of this is also true. A relatively small 32" TV can look monstrous and out of place on top of a small dresser or cabinet. If you have enough room and can sit a reasonable distance from the display, buy the largest screen size you can. I have never had a single customer want to switch to a smaller TV. I have had many that later wished they’d have gone larger. This rule does not apply the same when applied to projector.
Obviously being in this business we do a lot of jobs that require the installation of a video projector. There are multiple issues we run into when we visit a job site to tale a look at the project. One major issue is, currently almost any laptop you'll buy is going to be a widescreen laptop. The widescreen has become, it seems the de facto standard. However, most companies that have had an AV setup for any length of time, seem to usually have the old 4:3 ratio screens. This presents a problem because the preferred "new" source is widescreen but the display area is not. Not every customer wants to change a perfectly good screen just because they are replacing the projector.
In the last article I wrote about AV control systems and their use with new and emerging technologies such as iPads and Android tablets.
This time I wanted to show you some of those new technolgies in action. Here is the page for Crestron's Mobile Pro G application. On this page you can see some screen shots of some pretty cool GUI's that have been created. Although this is the page for the Mobile Pro G app, smaller, simpler systems can get away with using the standard mobile app.
Once upon a time a good control system for your AV room could cost you as much as the system you wanted to control. With the advent of devices like the iPad and the Android Tablets customers will now have far more options.
However, before we get to that lets talk about why you need a control system. There is nothing more embarrassing then being in front of a group and not being able to put on a presentation that you planned, because the equipment will not work. Skimping on a control system potentially leaves you open to this embarrassing situation. Most of this is avoidable.
The use of digital signage marketing can help you promote your business, educate your clients and keep them entertained. All of this can be done while you have a "captive audience" with the installation of digital signage at your business.
If you have ever considered the idea of wall mounting flat panel TV's in your place of business you may want to read on. One of several reasons to mount those flat panel TV's and quickly is a recent (2007) study* that shows injuries to young children is up over 41% since 1990.** Those injuries cited in the study occurred because the flat panel TV fell over and caused an injury to the child.
For many businesses that rely on the distribution of HD or "High Definition" video content, there is some potential bad news coming. That "bad news" in my opinion will affect Sports Bars and Restaurants more so than any other industry.
At the risk of oversimplifying this, I will attempt to breakdown what this means to our customers over the next few paragraphs.
We were approached by the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce with the idea of installing some IP cameras or web cameras to showcase the beauty of the area surrounding downtown Dunedin. The idea was to mount the cameras on top of the roof on the chamber building which is located right downtown.
At AV Specialists we do audio video installation in the Clearwater, Tampa at St. Petersburg, Florida area. As the owner of an AV design and installation business, I am often surprised by the amount of really bad workmanship I see in my travels. Sometimes it amazes me that contractors actually get paid when I see what their jobs look like.
It's not uncommon to see cables hanging from the TV instead of being neatly zip tied together. I also often see TV's that are not hung straight and you can obviously see that they are mounted on a tilt.