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Expert Series 4: Lighting 101

So far, our expert series has explained that when it comes to audio, control is king, and for video, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For our next installment in the series, we’re talking lighting. Lighting is all about making things stand out, and we’re focusing on two main types of lighting today: atmospheric lighting and theatrical lighting. Atmospheric Lighting Atmospheric lighting is mostly about using creativity to develop environments that engage emotions. Experts use bright colors, transitions, and movement to create these environments. In the houses of worship industry, for example, atmospheric lighting is used…

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Client Success Story: The Weinberg Center for the Arts

The Weinberg Center for the Arts is a staple of the Frederick community. Each year, people of all ages enjoy their lineup of comedians, musical acts, movies, and more! But with so many of these acts using the theater’s projector, it was time for an overhaul of their system. In phase one of the project, AVG upgraded their video projection and video switching equipment. To kick off the project, AVG researched the best projector for the Weinberg. They use it often for their movie series, backdrops for bands and concerts, and film festivals, so it was important the projector was…

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Expert Series 3: Video Systems

If you’re following our series, you know that when it comes to audio, control is king. You also know that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, meaning that the most important aspect of your system is that all of the components work well together to achieve your goals. Well, the same applies to video and projection. You have a lot of different pieces that need to come together to create a successful end product, so creative planning is key. And do you know who is an expert at creative planning? Audio-Video Group. How the Projector Impacts…

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Expert Series 2: Audio Control Freak

It might sound odd, but there’s more to audio than just making noise. In other words, it isn’t just about the output of sound from any old connected input. Perhaps you’ve run into this scenario before—you need to update your space with a new audio system, but the potential A/V company is only trying to sell you on a specific brand or type of speaker system. While there are many brands that provide decent audio in a controlled environment, great (and truly creative) audio design is about looking at the full picture. That means considering the room, acoustics, types of microphones,…

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Part 1: What Makes an A/V Expert?

There are a lot of A/V companies out there, but not a lot of great A/V companies. And we know that figuring out the difference and finding the right company for your project isn’t always easy. So, we’re here to help make that choice a little easier. We’ve developed a series of articles explaining some of the intricacies of our industry and what separates the good guys from the okay guys. Throughout the series, you’ll hear from our manufacturers and clients, and learn a little more about the various components of our industry, Main Components of Industry Audio – We…

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Codec: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

When videoconferencing was first introduced, it was a game changer for businesses. It became a cost-effective way to hold company-wide meetings by reducing the need for travel expenses. And it allowed global offices or telecommuters to connect on a more personal level, without the need for airline tickets or hotels. Since its introduction, teleconferencing systems have improved, and the features are almost limitless. But, if you’ve tried to update your teleconferencing set-up recently, you might have been confused by some of the finer details. ‘Codec’ is one of the terms we get a lot of questions about, so we’re here…

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Client Success Story: Calvary Chapel in Ellicott City

Time for another great audio project brought to you by the team at Audio-Video Group! AVG was called upon to help design and implement a new sound system for Calvary Chapel in Ellicott City, Maryland.  Like many growing churches, Calvary Chapel had recently transitioned from a portable meeting space to a permanent space. This space, like many, was previously occupied and required some changes to make it functional. One major need—an audio system! Lead Pastor Dan Sexton is big on quality—so much so, that he wanted to ensure that everything was done right from the start. We can appreciate that,…

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Client Success Story: Farm Credit

In late 2017, AVG was approached by the financial organization and lender Farm Credit to help design and implement a new A/V system for their Board Room. Farm Credit was planning a refresh of their main Maryland office located in Westminster. A main component of the refresh consisted of the addition of two new wings off their existing office building. One of the wings would incorporate their new and updated Board Room. AVG went to task, and started working on a design to incorporate audio, video, and control systems for the new space. It took almost a year to implement…

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Client Success Story: Organization of American States

Lately, we’ve been telling you everything you need to know about conferencing microphones—what they do, how they work, and why they’re effective. So now, we’re going to show you how one of our clients has had success with conferencing systems. The Organization of American States (OAS) brings together 35 independent states of the Americas to establish peace and justice, promote solidarity, strengthen collaboration, and defend sovereignty. Their Washington, D.C., office often hosts large member meetings, where all delegates need to be heard, be translated, and be able to vote. That’s where AVG comes in. For this project, we used Brahler…

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Conferencing Mics: To use or not to use? That is the question.

Conferencing microphones can be used for any number of events, but their most popular use today is for political meetings. That’s because they give you the option of turning the mic on and off depending on who’s speaking, they have the option of adding a voting feature directly on the mic stand, and the features can be scaled up or down depending on your specific needs. Additionally, most microphones of this nature, like Brahler’s line of conference technology, are very high quality, with crystal clear audio. So, the big question most clients have is whether or not they need conferencing…

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