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AVent Horizon
We compare and contrast HDBaseT and AV Bridging.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published March 2014 |
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AVent Horizon
4K, 4K and 4K, and curved screens, too.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published February 2014 |
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AVent Horizon
How do we ‘Gen’erate’ interest?
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published January 2014 |
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InfoComm 2013
From The Crow's Nest
Ultra High Definition (UHD) television is here, and it’s not just a fad. Unlike 3D, 4K has a real future ahead of it, especially in the commercial AV marketplace.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published December 2013 |
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InfoComm 2013
4K: A New Video Era
Ultra High Definition (UHD) television is here, and it’s not just a fad. Unlike 3D, 4K has a real future ahead of it, especially in the commercial AV marketplace.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published November 2013 |
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InfoComm 2013
4K: A New Video Era
The product chain of adoption has been completely reversed in the last decade and, though fickle, the market has chosen 4K as its next big thing.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published October 2013 |
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InfoComm 2013
Wireless Video
Wireless solutions for relatively low-bandwidth internet data have become ubiquitous, but high quality wireless HD video transfer is a tougher problem.
By Leslie Chard

Published October 2013 |
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InfoComm 2013
InfoComm 2013
Part One of two, this product wrap-up covers more than 120 AV introductions in Orlando.
Compiled by Kate Blessing

Published August 2013 |
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Why Broadcast Is Better
Why Broadcast Is Better
Broadcast technology may offer a path for integrators to solve upgrade problems that are plaguing commercial facility managers.
By Kai Rostcheck

Published July 2013 |
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Lamp-Free Projection
Lamp-Free Projection
Why, how and where the world of projectors will undergo a major paradigm shift and bid adieu to traditional projection lamps.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published June 2013 |
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Caution: Speed Trap Ahead
Analog Sunset & Digital Connectivity Integration
The computer industry is quickly adopting digital-only outputs. All clients using AV technologies should be in the process of updating their systems for digital compliance.
By Frank Sabella

Published May 2013 |
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Caution: Speed Trap Ahead
Caution: Speed Trap Ahead
Digital projection developments cross over from giant screen exhibition facilities to museums, presenting additional integration opportunities.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published April 2013 |
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Smaller Is Better?
Can you DIGSS It?
Digital projection developments cross over from giant screen exhibition facilities to museums, presenting additional integration opportunities.
By Joe Kleiman

Published March 2013 |
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Smaller Is Better?
AVent Horizon: Smaller Is Better?
Though this industry is obsessed with building bigger television screens at higher resolutions, smaller screens are making a huge impact.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published February 2013 |
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The Sequel
AVent Horizon: Invasion of the Projector Snatchers: The Sequel
Based upon discussions with integrators and consultants, it appears that mega-TVs are going into spaces previously held for front projectors and screens...
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published January 2013 |
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Video Voltaqe
The Commish: Video Voltage
In order for the manufacturer's products to look as good as they do in the showroom, and for clients to get what they paid for, it is important to ensure that the display device is receiving the...
By James Maltese, CTS-D, CTS-I, CQT

Published December 2012 |
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Sometimes 'Best' Doesn't Always Win
AVent Horizon: Sometimes 'Best' Doesn't Always Win
Sometimes one or more unknown or unseen forces conspire to snatch victory away from the "best," and it's not always possible to see that coming...
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published November 2012 |
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Digital Video
Designing & Flying Videowalls
Choosing and installing the correct videowall system for a particular application can be complicated, often involving multilayered, overlapping challenges.
By Paul Allen

Published October 2012 |
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Digital Video
AVent Horizon: Whatever Happened to 3D?
Everyone is wondering what the "next big thing" will be in imaging and it's possible that adding depth to the image is not the answer.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published October 2012 |
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Digital Video
AVent Horizon: You Just Can't Kill Them Off
Some AV standards and technologies have clearly outlived their usefulness and overstayed their welcome. Here are some of the worst offenders.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published September 2012 |
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Digital Video
White Field
Most displays have more than two million pixels (1920x1080) and, before the display is deemed acceptable, all of them (or at least as many as the manufacturer guarantees) should be confirmed to work.
James Maltese, CTS-D, CTS-I, CQT

Published September 2012 |
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Digital Video
InfoComm: The Train
A close look at InfoComm 2012 discusses attendance, packed classes, notable products and some surprising AV challenges.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published August 2012 |
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Digital Video
The Commish: Digital Video
Recent developments provide testing for digital video solutions beyond the traditional "yea or nay" analysis that has become obsolete with modern systems.
By James Maltese, CTS-D, CTS-I, CQT

Published July 2012 |
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NAB Show Reveals Shifting Realities
NAB Show Reveals Shifting Realities
Many of the sessions at this year's NAB Show identified real-time video content challenges, while exhibitors showed developments that raised the bar for performance, flexibility and value.
By Shonan Noronha, EdD

Published June 2012 |
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Revolution
AVent Horizon:The Revolution Will Not Be Projected
As LCD monitor screen sizes grow to super sizes, more and more dealers are installing them, often in place of projectors.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published May 2012 |
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Free As A Bird
AVent Horizon: Free As A Bird
The AV industry is seeing a transition to connections streaming HD content faster and more effectively wirelessly.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published May 2012 |
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DeJa Vu All Over Again
AVent Horizon: DéJà Vu All Over Again
The competition from China and Korea is just one reason Japanese AV manufacturers are seeing less revenue than in previous years.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published April 2012 |
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Once More, Into The Breach
AVent Horizon: Once More, Into The Breach
The Consumer Electronics Show created a great deal of optimism this year and showcased products using technology in a practical way.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published March 2012 |
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Look, Ma! No Cables!
AVent Horizon: Look, Ma! No Cables!
Wireless connectivity of high-bandwidth display signals will be one of the next big things in 2012, if not the big thing.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published February 2012 |
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tHE tIDE i tURNING
AVent Horizon: The Tide Is Turning
Monitors are getting larger every day. What this trend means for projector sales and installations.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Published January 2012 |
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From The Crow's Nest
AVent Horizon: From The crow's nest
His detailed predictions for 2012 combine familiar ideas
with new twists to keep everyone on their toes...

By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF


Published December 2011 |
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VIDEO SYSTEM
Retrofitting a video system
The Xavier University Cintas Center in Cincinnati OH has
upgraded the fan's experience, merging digital with analog
to deliver a seamless presentation...

By Chris Schaaf


Published November 2011 | Read More...
FIBEROPTIC LINKS FOR VIDEO
Fiberoptic Links For Video
It pays to know the basics of fiberoptic system design because the data rates required for digital video are increasing, and the cost of fiber links is decreasing...
By Scott Bosen


Published November 2011 | Read More...
GET READY FOR RF 2.0
Get Ready For RF 2.0
While the advent of new RF HDTV solutions may have been somewhat of a surprise to traditional AV integrators, the near instant growth over the past three years indicate an importance in the AV market.
By Doug Engstrom


Published October 2011 |
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Evolution Of The Digital Dome
Evolution Of The Digital Dome
Boston Museum of Science and Chicago’s Adler Planetarium have advanced the digital theater revolution and the potential for creating an impact beyond museums and science centers with the starball.
By Martin Palicki


Published September 2011 |
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Technology Meets Customer Service
Technology Meets Customer Service
Technology is making the job of cable providers more challenging, but the latest in AV and control system technology is helping Comcast address customer service and employee concerns at its Englewood CO and Philadelphia PA call centers.
By Dawn Allcot


Published August 2011 |
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Social Network
Selling Job Security
Service contracts (especially proactive-oriented ones) are much more profitable than selling products, with research indicating that even a poorly run service department was often more profitable that a well run sales department.
By Gary Kayye, CTS


Published March 2011 |
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Social Network
Are You Social?
Statistically, about 65% of those reading this have a Facebook account that you access three to four times weekly...

Published February 2011

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The AV Cloud
The AV Cloud

Two years ago, I started writing about the effect cloud-based computing might have on the commercial AV market...

Published January 2011

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball, V.2011

A technology upgrade can involve all the elements of a new design, build and install project. Most projects call upon technology...

Published December 2010

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Bailing Out
Bailing Out

As I get older, I find myself having conversations that, when I was a 22 year old entering this market long ago, I couldn’t have imagined having...

Published December 2010

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THOSE DANG SIGNS
Those dang signs

I was at the local Starbucks here recently and noticed something interesting: They’re going digital…signs, that is. They’re all...

Published November 2010

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Deploying new technology
Deploying new technology

A technology upgrade can involve all the elements of a new design, build and install project. Most projects call upon technology....

Published October 2010

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Does CTS Matter
Does CTS Matter?

Almost two decades ago, InfoComm launched the commercial AV industry’s first educational certification designation....

Published October 2010

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OLD PEOPLE ARE IRRELEVANT
Old People Are Irrelevant

As a kid, I was taught that I should respect old people because they have the knowledge gained from experience....

Published September 2010

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Video Conferencing
Successful global videoconferencing

“Videoconferencing.” Mention this word to a business leader and immediate thoughts of failed meetings leap to mind...

Published August 2010

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Six months later...
Six months later...

Can you believe the year is more than half over? I am shocked at how fast it’s gone!

Published June 2010

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The dealer differentation decade?
The dealer differentation decade?

I recently wrote a column (“The Projector Differentiation Decade,” Sound & Communications, January 2010) in which I celebrated the few manufacturers...

Published May 2010

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Videoconferencing network issues
Videoconferencing network issues

Successful videoconferencing is dependent on having a network robust enough to handle the demands video places on it.

Published May 2010

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Why AV dealers suck at marketing
Why AV dealers suck at marketing

Have you ever wondered why (or maybe been frustrated because) your company’s marketing efforts are banal, boring and, well, just plain bad?

Published March 2010

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The world is still flat

The professional and commercial displays market had been rather staid for decades, but came to life with the arrival of...

Published March 2010

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Project differentiation decade

NEC, Christie, Sanyo and Digital Projection all took bold steps to become more than just also-ran “projector manufacturers” in 2009.

Published January 2010

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Staying In Touch
Staying in touch

Interactive digital signage is poised for rapid growth as touch technologies become scalable and companies discover the value of engaging viewers with customized content.

Published January 2010

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The IT factor

With the offer by Cisco to purchase Tandberg and the growth of the digital signage market in 2009, this year may be forever remembered as the year the IT market started its takeover of AV.

Published December 2009

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AV
Are AV integrators afraid of signage?

Almost a year ago, I wrote, in this very space, basically begging the commercial AV channel to get into the digital signage (DS)market.

Published November 2009

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The bottom up

I just returned from the 2009 CEDIA Expo and, wow, what a show! I was pleasantly surprised to see that CEDIA not only set an East Coast show-attendance record...

Published October 2009

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A new wave of 3D
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Three-dimensional cinema seems to have made a major leap into the minds and craving hearts of the general public with major theatrical film releases this year.

Published October 2009

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HD over component Video Is Dead

Everyone’s used component video for HD. Everyone. In fact, some surveys find that as many of 85% of commercial AV installations using HD are still being integrated over component video.

Published September 2009

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Modern integration strategies

To understand modern strategies for integrating media networks into retail environments, it is helpful to review...

Published July 2009

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Sound directions

Managing the audio component of digital signage can be a complex and daunting task.

Published May 2009

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Building Key Alliances

Want to grow your digital signage (ds) business?

Published March 2009

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