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Transformation Tuesday – Jefferson Theater

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Greetings from The AV Company!

Welcome to our fourth installment in our Transformation Tuesday series! This week we’ll be looking at a space with loads of Charlottesville character, the Jefferson Theater. The theater was established in 1912 as a live performance theater that hosted silent movies, vaudeville acts, and a historic list of performers. Though frequently used for concerts today, this theater has the potential to be transformed into the perfect venue for many types of events!

Take a look at how we were able to transform the space for a gala a couple of years ago! With the help of some projected film stills and patterns and some fun, energetic lighting, the Jefferson becomes a fantastic setting for the Virginia Film Festival‘s opening night festivities!

September Update – Digital Annotation System

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Greetings from The AV Company!

Things are picking up for us this month, and we are looking forward to a fantastic fall full of exciting projects! As things get busier, we are looking for ways to increase efficiency and make communication easier for our clients. One tool that we are excited to implement is our new digital annotation system! Using specialized wireless presentation tools from Crestron, Extron, and Mersive, we have devised a system that allows presenters to interact with their presentation material in real time – think of it as a digital whiteboard! This opens up lots of new opportunities for audience participation, annotation storage, and content sharing!

Our system utilizes Crestron AirMedia to share content, an Extron Annotator 300 that provides a wide range of annotation tools, and Mersive software that allows wireless connection between a wide range of devices. This system fosters collaboration and decision-making, and smooths out the process of presenting and discussing information.


Transformation Tuesday – TEDxCharlottesville 2013

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Greetings from The AV Company!

Welcome to our third installment in our Transformation Tuesday series! This week, as we are brainstorming for the upcoming TEDxCharlottesville event on November 14th, we are looking back at last year’s event at the Paramount Theater! Watch as the Paramount stage gets transformed into a vibrant set for our speakers! Using light, sound, and projection mapping, we aimed to enhance the energy of speakers and audience members alike. We thoroughly enjoyed watching this incredible event come to life, and are proud to be involved again this year!




August Update – Custom Fixtures and Decor

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Greetings from The AV Company!

In our office, we always try to keep new, fresh ideas flowing! We enjoy playing with new design concepts that we haven’t seen around yet. So we often find ourselves building custom fixtures and decor for our clients!

One recent example might be the pieces that we built for the NAMIC 2014 Management Conference at the Williamsburg Lodge this past June! One of our client’s requests was to have large rear projection screens surrounded by gold frames that reflected the history and style of the Williamsburg area. Well, as you can imagine, finding frames this size might be rather difficult. So we built some!

We also enjoy building custom lighting fixtures! These fixtures were built for Glass Haus Kitchen by our principal designer. He wanted something that would make an impact while enhancing the unique contemporary feel of the space. We think he succeeded!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see more of our work and stay updated on our everyday happenings!

DMX On-Site Music Dealer

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

We are excited to announce that The AV Company is a dealer for DMX on-site music!  We can now provide a music subscription for your business that will keep your customers coming back AND the licensing is all taken care of for you! Check out some sample playlists here.

Here is an overview of this great new service from the DMX website.  If you’re interested in more information please CONTACT US.

DMX On-Site

Many businesses rely on CDs, mp3 playlists or satellite radio. But, playing DJ takes time away from your day. Employees tend to play what they like, not what’s right for your business. And radio, while fine for listening, isn’t designed specifically for business use. If you’re going to have music for your business, make it work for you. Make it DMX Music.

Stay focused on your business.

Let us handle the music for your business – from meticulous song selection to all aspects of daily management including delivery, updating and licensing requirements.

Be experienced

Let customers actually experience your brand with highly customized in-store sonic solutions that capture the personality of your brand or business.

Control your environment

Ensure your customer experience is consistent from visit to visit and your music meets your goals.

Make an impression.

DMX Music not only enhances today’s visit but connects on an emotional level to create positive associations and lasting customer bonds.

Influence behavior

Clear tables faster. Get customers to linger longer. Make time fly. Excite, sooth or move. It’s not magic. It’s the power of music.

Keep it legal

Relax. DMX handles all required music licensing through thousands of relationships with critical industry players, including labels, performing rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI and SoundExchange) and publishers.

Customize Your iPad

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

As you have probably gathered from some of our recents posts, we love the iPad.  We have been doing lots of great installations with them lately and are looking forward to many, many more as the technology continues to grow.  Sometimes controlling a space via iPad involves leaving that iPad unattended in the space at times when it’s not a private residence.  This can obviously be a concern for clients given their popularity.

We recently came across what we think could be a great solution and the company is right here in Charlottesville with us!  Ipad Laser Engraving can engrave the back of an iPad with anything from a company logo to a family photo.  It would be pretty hard for anyone else to claim it as theirs.  And, even if you aren’t concerned about securing the iPad, it still looks very cool!

Find out more and check out some of the great projects whey have done on their WEBSITE.  They do iPhones as well!

Photo from www.ipadlaserengraving.com

Small Speakers. Big Sound.

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Picture This: You’re at a wedding ceremony or conference for work where you can hear perfectly  AND there is no large speaker blocking your view of the bride or presenter. Doesn’t happen very often does it?  Well, our featured product this week makes it very possible.  Meet the Bose L1 which is available for rental from The AV Company.

Believe it or not, the small speaker you see below is a unique, all-in-one system that delivers clear, powerful sound throughout small and medium-sized venues for up to 500 people.  Because it’s made by Bose, the sound is even no matter where you are in the room and it eliminates the need for conventions monitors, mixers and PA systems in most cases. 

Contact us today to reserve the Bose L1 for your wedding, event or conference!

2010 Web Exellency Award Winner!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010


We just found out that our website won the Theatre Seats 2010 Web Exellency Award! A note from the Theatre Seats website:

“Unless you are trained in all the latest audiovisual technologies, know it all from the boardroom to the home theater and everything in-between, it’s best to gain advice from the experts. Since this is likely to be the case, a sound piece of advice would be to read through some blogs for helpful information on true audiovisual specialists. Don’t waste your time with just any blog, though – Hold out for the award winners handpicked by our talented judging team.

The sites listed below will hook you up to the AV specialists that will truly connect you to whatever setup your heart desires. Sometimes it’s best to leave things to the specialists, especially when it comes to technical and altogether expensive equipment, so take the plunge and click your way to some free knowledge and power. You’ll be glad you did.”

Thank you for including us! And, thank you to Watermark Design for our awesome site!

Best of C-ville 2010

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

C-ville Weekly announced the 2010 Best Of winners today! If you haven’t seen them yet, you will find the list HERE. Congrats to everyone on their awards! We are very excited to provide lighting & decor for the Best of C-ville Party on Friday night at the Main Street Arena (formerly the Cville Ice Park)! It will ba a great time, as always, and we hope to see you there!

Back to school with the latest classroom technology

Monday, August 16th, 2010

    

Can you believe it’s that time of year again?  Students are heading back to school again here in Charlottesville and at the University of Virginia.  Thank you to the Darden Graduate School of Business for trusting the AV company to provide classroom technology for the Darden Executive Education Program! We also just finished upgrading the technology in their second year classrooms to support record enrollment for this coming year.

Need technology for your school or university? The AV Company offers audio-visual design & installation of technology systems for K-12 and higher education classrooms, auditoriums, theatres, sports facilities and daycare facilities.  We provide teachers and other school personnel with professional training & support to ensure that they are comfortable using the new system once it is installed.  We also provide security & notification systems to keep your students safe and energy management systems to make your buildings more efficient.

We are currently providing the following technology solutions to school systems in Virginia.  Please contact us today for a complimentary consultation!

  • Classroom Technology Systems
  • Presentation Tools
  • Media Management Systems
  • Whiteboards & Smartboards
  • Audience Response Systems
  • Audio & Video Distribution
  • Master Clocks System
  • Intercom & Mass Notification Systems
  • Digital Signage
  • Security Systems
  • Remote Energy Management
  • Climate Control
  • Lighting Automation
  • Access Control
  • Drapes, Shades, Screens
  • Theatrical Lighting & Draping
  • Acoustical Treatments