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Products We Love: Contemporary Research Venue Vizion

These days, video is everywhere. It is undoubtedly the most engaging form of content, which is why bars, medical offices, houses of worship, stadiums, and convention centers are investing in HD video distribution. Integrating these AV assets can be extremely expensive, which was a roadblock for many smaller facilities trying to implement video distribution. But, Contemporary Research’s new Venue Vizion uses technology that already exists in most venues to deliver HDTV distribution and control for a fraction of the price. Venue Vizion gives users control over multiple TVs, including the channel, volume, and power. Think about a bar with multiple…

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Client Success Story: Mount Calvary Baptist Church

For many churches and houses of worship, taking the leap to a new A/V system can be a huge step. But for Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Rockville, it was a huge step that had an even bigger payoff. We worked with them for more than a year to design an upgraded audio, video, and lighting system to bring them better products and more control. Church Audio System The first step in this project was the church’s audio system. Their system was last upgraded about a decade ago, so we helped them enhance that existing system and added a few…

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Client Success Story: Mount St. Mary’s University

Mount St. Mary’s University is a private, liberal arts, Catholic university in Emmitsburg, Maryland. We’ve worked with the University for nearly twenty years, updating the sound and video in multiple classrooms, auditoriums, athletic venues, and their arena, as well as helping with various events on campus. Most recently, we updated the sound and video equipment in Laughlin Auditorium and O’Donnell Lecture Hall. Laughlin Auditorium Laughlin Auditorium is located in the Coad Science Building and is used for classes, movies, and other school functions. Because of the diversity of uses for the auditorium, it was important that it had the appropriate…

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The MEEC Shall Inherit

We’re excited to announce that we’ve been awarded a MEEC contract and are a MEEC vendor for 2019. The Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium (MEEC) is a membership-based organization made up of public and private K-20 educational institutions, federal institutions, and public libraries in the state of Maryland. MEEC provides these members with contracts to more efficiently purchase IT hardware, software, and technology-related services at a better value.  This is a great opportunity for us to expand our project portfolio and client list, as well as support the public and private education organizations in Maryland. If you’re a MEEC member, let…

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To itemize, or not to itemize: that is the question.

We get asked all the time if we can itemize our proposals to include a list of each product’s individual price. We’ve collectively been in business for more than 26 years now, and have never found a situation where an itemized list of equipment and pricing has provided useful information. When comparing our proposal against a competitors’, an itemized list is only helpful if every single item in each proposal is the exact same make and model. And even then, the overall price would still be the determining factor, not how each vendor breaks up that price per line item….

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Client Success Story: Young Marines

Young Marines is an organization that strives to positively impact the lives of America’s youth through programs that nurture and develop its members. The organization teaches the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honoring our veterans, good citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. They have chapters and membership all over the continental United States, as well as U.S. Territories. With their headquarters located in Dumfries, VA, their leadership wanted an A/V system that would connect them to their staff across the globe with simplicity and consistency. AVG was happy to step up to their challenge. Before we stepped…

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Client Success Story: The Town of Dumfries, Virginia

Like most towns, Dumfries, VA, holds regularly scheduled meetings for their city council and mayor. The council, made up of eight or nine men and women, discusses and votes on local issues and legislation, as well as holds public hearings for residents to discuss important town issues. The town’s offices and Council meeting spaces were outdated and in need of updated technology to help meet the needs of this growing and busy northern Virginia town. The town changed facilities to a new building across the street, and asked Audio-Video Group to help update their new digs. We started by introducing…

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Dear Santa

Our A/V technicians should definitely be on the nice list this year. Here’s their Christmas Wishlist to make 2019 an even more productive year! 10 extra hours in the day Everlasting projector lamps Two (2) extra hands Never-tangle cords Unlimited batteries A good night’s sleep Teleportation to avoid traffic on the way to installations Super speed to get more done in less time A coffee IV drip All the right cables Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Sincerely, Audio-Video Group AVG Holiday Hours: December 24 – Closed December 25 – Closed January…

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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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