Month: August 2020

Cooperation & teamwork in the Covid-19 age

As the summer winds down, some of our clients in higher education are taking stock of their responses to the challenges brought by the coronavirus.  And it’s pretty clear that they’ve relied upon industry partnerships to get through.  As a notable example, and one I’ve heard a couple of times, there was an immediate need

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Basics of Audio and Visual Systems Design

I try to avoid discussing products, but there’s one that’s come to mind recently, available on Amazon for $5.88.  It’s a book, Ray Wadsworth’s Basics of Audio and Visual Systems Design, in its original 1983 first edition.  You can get it here https://www.amazon.com/Basics-Audio-Visual-Systems-Design/dp/0672220385, and it’s a treasure for anyone working in the field.  Though of

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“Hybrid” and “HyFlex” – Are they the same?

I touched a while ago on the concept of a hybrid classroom, a space that supports teaching to both local and remotely located students.  But increasingly a new term is appearing – “HyFlex.”  What is this, and can we use the two terms interchangeably? The term “HyFlex” has been credited to Brian Beatty of San

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Is 8K video on the horizon?

We’re beginning to see 8K UHDTV (7680 x 4320) cameras and displays come onto the market, although so far they’re just a curiosity in pro A/V.  The Japanese broadcaster NHK was planning this year’s Summer Olympics in 8K, and as this newsletter https://www.smpte.org/8k-continues-carving-niche from SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers) notes, there’s an

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Marketplace standards for AV over IP

There’s little doubt that product standardization offers benefits to users and increases the adoption of a technology.  The telephone, the PC, and Ethernet are all examples we know.  As consultants, we’re watching networked audio coalesce around AES67, and for broadcasters, SMPTE ST 2110 is rolling out.  But the Pro-A/V industry still has a distance to

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