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Transformation Tuesday – John Paul Jones Arena

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Greetings from The AV Company!

Welcome to our fifth installment in our Transformation Tuesday series! This week we’ll be looking at an event that we recently completed at the John Paul Jones Arena. Since it opened in 2006, the venue has been home to the Virginia Cavaliers basketball teams, and has hosted countless concerts and other events. It has seating for over 14,000 people, and is the largest indoor arena in Virginia.

For this leadership conference, we wanted to use a large projection screen to accomplish all of the event’s visual needs! We needed it to fill the roles of a decorative backdrop, a presentation platform, and a visual aide for audience members throughout the arena.

Take a look at how we use projection to turn this versatile screen into decor, without sacrificing presentation content or clarity! Using multi-window capabilities, we are able to maintain precise control over the content shown, be it an overall pattern, layered images, or a picture-in-picture video stream.


October Update – Fabric and Projection

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Greetings from The AV Company!

We are in full swing this season with lots of fantastic events coming up! As we continue to challenge ourselves to provide innovative solutions for our clients, we find ourselves focusing on how to use our tools in new ways to produce interesting and exciting environments. One such tool that we often make use of is fabric. As a relatively simple element, fabric’s uses are often underestimated. But when combined with light or projection content, it can often lend transformative properties to an event space.

For the wedding reception below, we used sheer fabric panels overhead to bring in the scale of the space, and projected organic patterns of light onto them to enhance the overall aesthetic of the room. We also created a subtly whimsical effect by layering sheer drape and twinkle lights, resulting in a cohesively charming setting. (Photos by Allegra’s Studio)

For another event, we used draped panels of fabric as room dividers to define lounge spaces, but also as backdrops for video content to be projected upon. The sheer fabric provided a lively, playful alternative to standard opaque screens! (Photos by Will Kerner)


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 – Barn Lounge

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Welcome to our second installment in our Transformation Tuesday series! This week we are taking a look at a very special wedding that took place at Woodhaven Farm in Scottsville, VA. In addition to setting up tented spaces for dinner and dancing, we were tasked with overhauling a barn to create luxurious lounges for the couple’s guests!


Using some candles, colored lighting, sheer fabric, and some furniture, we transformed the barn’s interior into this vibrant lounge area! This beautiful wedding was a welcome challenge, and we were so happy with the end results!

[Photos by Jen Fariello]

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July Update – Independence Day Celebration at Monticello

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Greetings from The AV Company!

Right now we are preparing for the upcoming Independence Day Celebration at MonticelloAs we get ready for this exciting day, we thought we would take a look back at last year’s event. If you can’t make it in person this year, we will be streaming the event live at monticello.org.

Since 1963, more than 3,000 people from all over the world have taken the oath of citizenship at the annual Monticello Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony. In past years, this event has featured accomplished speakers such as Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent, gymnast Nadia Comaneci, and musician Dave Matthews, and will feature this week David Rubenstein of The Carlyle Group.

We are looking forward to this year's event on Friday July 4th! Come check out the 52nd Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello! The ceremony begins at 9:00AM and there will be an open house to follow.

Click below to see a video highlighting moments from last year's Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello!

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We proudly support The Virginia Film Festival

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

We are very proud to be a premier sponsor of the Virginia Film Festival again this year! The festival is held November 3-6 here in Charlottesville.  Be sure to check out the schedule of films & events on the film festival website and attend as many as you can.  Tickets can be purchased HERE.  Enjoy the show!

Trends in Healthcare AV

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Healthcare AV Magazine

One of the new overall trends that we are seeing in the world of AV installations is a larger need for Healthcare audio visual. We’re lucky to be in Charlottesville, VA where two of the nation’s best hospitals (UVA and Martha Jefferson) are located so it makes sense here but as it turns out this same trend is being seen all over the place. We recently worked with the UVA Heart Center on video connectivity for their imaging devices which led us to pay more attention when the latest issue of Healthcare AV magazine arrived this month.  Here are a few of the trends that they mentioned that we’re sure to see more of in the very near future:

  • Outdated hospital auditoriums are being re-modeled to become high-tech, energy efficient presentation centers
  • ‘Gadget growth’- new software and internet-connected devices like the iPad are making their way into the healthcare AV world
  • New regulations are changing the face of mass notification systems
  • Digital signage investments are being made to help notify people in emergency situations
  • More sound masking is being done so patients can get some sleep and to help with privacy issues when sharing medical information verbally
  • Patient observation via video is playing a larger role in medical schools
  • Touchscreens are being installed to make things faster and more compact
  • Higher-resolution video displays are being installed in operating rooms

These are just some of the exciting new things happening in our world.  To keep up with the latest and greatest in Healthcare AV you can follow the magazine on Twitter @HealthcareAV  (be sure to follow us too while you’re at it @TheAVCompany).

School’s Out Sound Systems

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

School is officially out which means a lot of our Summer projects involve upgrades to classroom and school technology.  Our featured project this week is taking place at The University of Virginia Darden School of Business.  We have partnered with Bose Professional and QSC Audio to upgrade the sound system in PepsiCo Forum and the Abbot Lounge.

Do you have a sound system challenge? We would love to help! Check out some case studies on other challenges that have been met with Bose sound systems.  If you need some advice on the sound system that will be the best fit for you, please contact us!

PepsiCo Forum (photo: www.darden.virgina.edu)

New Equipment for Meetings and Conferences

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

We spent the Winter adding new items to our inventory that keep us on the cutting edge of technology while doing our part to use less energy.  We now have many new audio visual rentals available for your meeting and conferences.  Here are just a few of our favorites:
•    Brand new High Definition Projectors (1080P at 5500 Lumens) and wide format screens
•    Most events use 80% LED lighting fixtures which reduce your carbon footprint by up to 400%
•    100% digital sound reinforcement for groups of up to 3000people
•     Expanded furniture rental inventory for events and conferences
•    Our technicians received over 14 certifications in 2010 from leading industry manufacturers and institutes in 2010

Here are a few photos from a conference that we recently provided audio visual support for here in Charlottesville, Virginia.