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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  • Outdated hospital auditoriums are being re-modeled to become high-tech, energy efficient presentation centers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!

Classroom Technology Trends

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Photo from www.svconline.com

Summer was a very busy time for us this year- we spent much of it getting local high schools & universities ready for this time of year- back to school!

We noticed an increase in the need for more classrooms in general & more technology locally but now that things have slowed down a bit and we are catching up on our reading we have realized that it seems to be a trend nationwide as well!

This article (link below) makes a great point- the recession seems to have encouraged many people to head back to school which means that the schools have to keep up when it comes to enough space and the classroom technology to keep up with new students.

Also, because graduating students are entering companies that so have the latest technology, it it now even more important that schools keep up.

Check out this article from Sound & Video Contractor on the Top Four Trends in Classroom Technology  They include:

  • Bigger Pictures and Sound
  • Enhanced Audio
  • Video Capture
  • I/T is more important than ever!

Digital Signage in Restaurants

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

We are guessing you wouldn’t expect to walk into your favorite upscale Charlottesville restaurant and see digital signage featuring their menu items and ingredients.  But, digital signage is quickly becoming a big topic in the world of fast food restaurants.  New legislation in some states and people being more aware of what they are eating in general is leading to the need to publish nutritional and calorie information on menu boards.  Because menus are always changing and there restaurants have thousands of locations. this can be very expensive and time consuming.  Digital signage is the perfect solution.  It can even be updated from one location when a menu changes. 

We think this is something that you will see in school systems in the coming years as well to indicate the days menu, nutritional information and it could even include icons next to healthier items to teach students to make good choices.  Check out this article from Digital Signage Weekly on this subject.

Restaurant Digital Signage

Sample of Restaurant Digital Signage from matrox.com

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!

Texture For Your Tent

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

When clients approach us about wedding lighting and event lighting in a tent they they usually think about what it can add to the tables, the dance floor or even fabric along the sides of the tent. Don’t ignore what is above you! Adding a little ‘texture’ to the top of a tent can be fun too! We can either project a pattern right onto the tent ceiling or onto fabric installed in certain areas of the tent.

Another idea- if your guests will be approaching the tent after dark, light the exterior top of the tent! It makes for great photos!  Here is an example of a pattern on fabric-