From The Crow's Nest Trend spotting for 2014. 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
4K: A New Video Era It’s coming to a project near you. Conclusion 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
4K: A New Video Era Coming to a project near you. 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
Wireless Video Options for wireless HD video transfer. 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
Why Broadcast Is Better How integrators are using HD modulation to win commercial business. Broadcast technology may offer a path for integrators to solve upgrade problems that are plaguing commercial facility managers. By Kai Rostcheck
Analog Sunset & Digital Connectivity Integration The time is now. 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
Caution: Speed Trap Ahead With UHDTV (4K) looming, we need to build newer, wider and faster 'highways.'. Digital projection developments cross over from giant screen exhibition facilities to museums, presenting additional integration opportunities. By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF
Can you DIGSS It? Special venue cinema sectors work to form an umbrella of digital specs. Digital projection developments cross over from giant screen exhibition facilities to museums, presenting additional integration opportunities. By Joe Kleiman
AVent Horizon: Smaller Is Better? Consumer product innovations continue to affect the commercial sector. 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
AVent Horizon: Invasion of the Projector Snatchers: The Sequel Does your experience mirror my LinkedIn discussions? 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
The Commish: Video Voltage Oscilloscopes: your new best friend. 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
AVent Horizon: Sometimes 'Best' Doesn't Always Win Where is the flatscreen format war going? 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
Designing & Flying Videowalls Mounting, Rigging Installation & Preparation 101. Choosing and installing the correct videowall system for a particular application can be complicated, often involving multilayered, overlapping challenges. By Paul Allen
AVent Horizon: Whatever Happened to 3D? Stereoscopic imaging was all the rage two years ago. 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
AVent Horizon: You Just Can't Kill Them Off Clearing the 'air' about old standards. 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
White Field You can't fool The Commish. 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
The Commish: Digital Video Testing can be simple. 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
NAB Show Reveals Shifting Realities New solutions for changing content demands. 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
AVent Horizon:The Revolution Will Not Be Projected 'Tail wagging'.and 'body slams' are key. 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
AVent Horizon: Free As A Bird Can we really 'cut the cord' for displays and other devices? The AV industry is seeing a transition to connections streaming HD content faster and more effectively wirelessly. By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF
AVent Horizon: DéJà Vu All Over Again A tectonic shift is developing in the Asian TV industry. 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
AVent Horizon: Once More, Into The Breach CES 2012's gadgets: How will they affect commercial AV? 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
AVent Horizon: Look, Ma! No Cables! Who will win the battle with a wireless solution? 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
AVent Horizon: The Tide Is Turning Large screen LCD screens are affecting the market. Monitors are getting larger every day. What this trend means for projector sales and installations. By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF
AVent Horizon: From The crow's nest Pulling out his (liquid) crystal ball,
expert Pete Putman analyzes trends in AV technology. His detailed predictions for 2012 combine familiar ideas
with new twists to keep everyone on their toes...
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF
Retrofitting a video system Digital and analog play at a university arena. 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
Fiberoptic Links For Video Detailing this real-world alternative to copper cables. 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
Get Ready For RF 2.0 It’s no longer ‘Black Art.’ 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
Evolution Of The Digital Dome Boston Museum, Adler Planetarium create impact. 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
Technology Meets Customer Service AV improves Comcast's communications. 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
Selling Job Security Service contracts provide security for both sides. 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
Kayye’s Krystal Ball, V.2011 The author reviews how he did last time, and
makes projections for the future. A technology upgrade can involve all the elements of a new design, build and install project. Most projects call upon technology...
Deploying new technology A big 'Aloha" and interactive content attract shoppers. A technology upgrade can involve all the elements of a new design, build and install project. Most projects call upon technology....
The dealer differentation decade? ‘The Emerging Market’ will be a major part of your future. I recently wrote a column (“The Projector Differentiation Decade,” Sound & Communications, January 2010) in which I celebrated the few manufacturers...
Videoconferencing network issues Exploring the costs and options of various network types. Successful videoconferencing is dependent on having a network robust enough to handle the demands video places on it.
Why AV dealers suck at marketing And how you can get better.... Have you ever wondered why (or maybe been frustrated because) your company’s marketing efforts are banal, boring and, well, just plain bad?
The world is still flat Professional flat-panel displays
outperform recessionary market. The professional and commercial displays market had been rather staid for decades, but came to life with the arrival of...
Project differentiation decade Both manufacturers and integrators can be innovators. NEC, Christie, Sanyo and Digital Projection all took bold steps to become more than just also-ran “projector manufacturers” in 2009.
Staying in touch Interactivity can grow your business. Interactive digital signage is poised for rapid growth as touch technologies become scalable and companies discover the value of engaging viewers with customized content.
The IT factor Are you leveraging the network? 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.
Are AV integrators afraid of signage? Get into the market before it’s too late! Almost a year ago, I wrote, in this very space, basically begging the commercial AV channel to get into the digital signage (DS)market.
The bottom up Technology’s taking a different path. 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...
A new wave of 3D Industry pushes for commercialization. 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.
HD over component Video Is Dead Kick-start to an AV economic recovery? 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.
Modern integration strategies Charting the pathways to ensure success
for in-store media networks. To understand modern strategies for integrating media networks into retail environments, it is helpful to review...