Corporate AV Blog

Do You Consider your AV Provider a Partner?

Depending on the needs of internal or external clients, your event may require working with any number of vendors to achieve your goals. But when does a vendor become more like a partner? Is there a point where your contact becomes more valuable to you than just a point of transaction? Of course, the answer to this question varies depending on how critical that service is to the success of the event, and also on how confident you are with that particular aspect as well.

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Venue Series - Unusual  Venues

Where you’re hosting your event can say quite a lot by itself, as can how you’re delivering the messaging. Having these two elements work in harmony is key to creating a unified experience for all attendees; however, it’s the latter that must be shaped to fit the setting more so than the other way around; effective audiovisual production must be designed for each specific setting.

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Thoughts from the Road - Video Formats

At the heart of audiovisual production, and indeed live events in general, there is a message that needs to be communicated. Whether it’s spoken word alone, performance based, or entirely visual, taking care of the delivery of the message is absolutely critical.

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Equipment Highlight - String Lights

Warmer weather brings with it great opportunities for outdoor events; and nothing sets an imaginative evening aesthetic out in the open air quite like string lights. Serving both form and function,string lights – also known as bistro lights – provide both utility lighting for guests during evening events, and all while painting everything below in a soft, warm glow.

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Thoughts from the Road - Confidence Monitor vs Teleprompter

One thing that comes up time and time again that is generally misunderstood is the difference between a confidence monitor (or a Down Stage Monitor – DSM) and a teleprompter. A confidence monitor is usually a TV screen anywhere from 32” to 60” that sits on the floor at the foot of the stage, and allows presenters on stage to see what slide is on the screens without turning their backs to the audience.

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Thoughts from the Road - Events and Inclement Weather

We’re heading into Spring now, and with it comes the beginning of “outdoor events season.” Whether it’s a tented event, under a pavilion, or out in the open air, weather is always a major variable. It’s usually the one thing nobody wants to talk about leading up to an outdoor event, as if the weather will hear you and spite your event. On the AV side, we always joke that we only bring tarps with us so that it doesn’t rain, because it only rains when you forget them.

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Backdrops Part 3 – Fabric & Hard Sets

For our third installment of the backdrop series, we’ll be taking a look at a few different scenic elements that will offer your stage design varying degrees of flexibility, functionality, and elegance. That is to say, the options here are much more customizable than colored drape alone, or even modular options which is mostly confined to the limitations of their framework.

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Thoughts from the Road - Speaker Timers

When it comes to corporate conferences with heavy programming, there’s one factor that can easily derail even the most meticulous planning: timing.

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Backdrops Part 2: Modular Option

The stage is often seen as the centerpiece of the evening, and there is any number of ways to create the aesthetic you’re looking for. From hard sets to soft, and ranging in production level from bat mitzvahs to the Grammy’s – your stage design can be as unique as your event. If you haven’t already, we recommend going back to read our first installment of the backdrops series: Colored Drape.

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Backdrop Options: Colored Drape

Among the many decisions to make when planning and designing an event, there’s one that anchors the entire aesthetic: what to do about a stage backdrop. Now, if money were no object, the end result could be as breathtaking as the golden chariots that guests rode in on. But naturally, budgets dictate prioritization, and typically the backdrop is lower on the list than sound, visuals, and lighting.

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