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The end of Vutec

A sad note came by email over the weekend, the closure of the projection screen company Vutec.  I can’t recall the last time I saw the outright closure of a company in the A/V field; usually they’re bought out, or they merge, or their products are picked up by another firm with better funding or

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Eye contact & Pepper’s Ghost

A/V consulting is about planning systems to solve problems relating to visual and aural communications.  Putting displays where you can see them is part of this.  And for as long as we’ve been doing distance education, the reverse is also true; we need to put cameras where they can see us. The question is straightforward. 

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As-built & record drawings

I’m reminded this week about the importance of good close-out documentation for a project.  It’s something we consultants require of the integrators on our jobs, and it’s also something our clients require of us.  In each case it comes late in the project, when attention has turned to solving the last remaining problems and then

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The Lightboard

Every now and then a new technology comes along that’s worthy of note.  Much of what we see are incremental improvements – smaller, cheaper, faster – or new ways of achieving old results (video over IP).  But it’s good to acknowledge novel products or techniques that establish themselves, and one of these is the lightboard

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Technology dead-ends

My web browser’s been telling me for a while about how Adobe Flash won’t be supported after the end of the year, but I haven’t given it much thought.  Some minor inconveniences in accessing certain websites, I figured.  But a newsletter I came across last week reminds me that there’s more to it than this,

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8K – Have we had enough?

The September issue of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal is given to an industry progress report, and an article titled Display Technology 2020: The Winds are Shifting https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9184289 by Peter Putnam caught my eye.  In it he states “… 8K television sales have not lived up to market forecasts; presumably, consumers cannot see any real

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Rethinking pixel pitch

Like everyone working in A/V, we’re doing increasing numbers of video walls in our projects these days.  Most of our work is indoors, and we’re using LED walls where we might in the past have used projection or single large LCD panels.  After all, at 0.9mm pitch, a wall with UHD resolution is not quite

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A/V designs for flexible spaces

We have a project here for a client that involves putting a display into an historic space.  They will fill it with loose seating, as many chairs as will fit, front to back and side to side.  And we’re wrestling with image size and how high to set it above the floor.  There are standards

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We’re still doing LCD videowalls

Video walls are a much-discussed subject nowadays, as it becomes increasingly feasible to achieve large video displays without resorting to projection.  And certainly direct-view LED walls are receiving most of the attention; they are beautiful, seamless, and prices are falling.  Twice though in the past week I’ve looked at current projects where LCD walls remain

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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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