October Update – Fabric and Projection

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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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Transformation Tuesday – Barn Lounge

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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We proudly support The Virginia Film Festival

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!

Holiday Party Season Is Coming!

Holiday party season is just around the corner! Are you ready?  If you’re looking for something more than just a boring ballroom, we can help! Have you considered event lighting, fabric or even some interesting furniture?  Contact us for ideas to make your 2011 holiday party the best ever!

Here are just a few examples of holiday parties that we have provided decor services for in the past:

Trends in Healthcare AV

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).

Marshall University Marathon

We would like to thank our friends at Marshall University in West Virginia for having us back again his Summer to upgrade more of their classroom technology before the school year started again! We partnered with Mediatech, Dell and Extron to provide them with dual 70″ monitors and an integrated lectern with touch screen control.  To make it a little more exciting, we completed 10 classrooms in just 4 days!