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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 – 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.

We now offer audio visual rentals in Harrisonburg, VA

Monday, January 31st, 2011

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering audio visual services in Harrisonburg, Virginia! Although we often travel the east coast to provide the highest quality audio visual rentals and production,  we spend most of our time in Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Virginia Beach.  We have now added Harrisonburg, VA to that list!

Not familiar with Harrisonburg?  It’s located just a little over an hour from our headquarters in Charlottesville in the Shenandoah Valley and is the home of James Madison University.  It’s a growing town and we are so happy to now offer AV rentals, wedding and event lighting and other audio visual services in the Harrisonburg, Virginia area.

If you happen to plan meetings, events or fundraisers in the Harrisonburg area, we could love to get to know you and share our list of AV services.  Please feel free to contact us anytime for a customized quote!

BIG News: We Now Offer HD Projectors!

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Meeting and Event Planners: Make your events look their very best in 2011 with HD projection.  This is the latest & greatest in meeting & event technology and The AV Company is the first company in Central Virginia to offer these projectors for rental!

We now have the Digital Projection M-Vision available in 400-5500 lumens.  Those numbers may not mean much to you but what will mean a lot is that they produce picture quality that is FAR superior to other machines and the new devices are capable of displaying moving pictures instead of just snapshot like images.  Technology is changing by the minute and the presentations that your presenters create are sure to become more and more complex in terms of including images, video, graphics, etc.  Our new HD projectors will make the most complicated presentations look clear, sharp and impressive to your attendees.

Contact us today for more information on our HD projection options for your meeting or event!