Bobby Swartz and Malissa Dillman and special guest Chris Neto talk about AV's past, present and future.
While Starin provides several Zoom Rooms solutions, we have many products that easily cross into other platforms. All of these products are tried and tested and found to meet the highest quality standards and reliability.
For as long as I can remember music has been a part of my life one way or another. Although I wasn’t always a musician, once I reached the skill level of being ready to play gigs, I realized my Marshall half stack wasn’t going to cut it as my amplification system for both my vocals and guitar (although I did try). Naturally buying a PA system was really my only next available option. I’ve been through a few different PA’s over the years. I started with Passive and then slowly moved to Active as I began to realize an all in one unit just simply made more sense for my needs. Having previous experience with PA systems I was recently given the opportunity to test an Electro-Voice ELX200-10P. I chose the 10” version because it was small enough, yet the frequency response looked proper for my application.
Yes, I’m a woman in the audio industry - a somewhat scarce phenomenon. But despite that, you could say I blend in well with the “passionate about audio”, “enjoying silly jokes” and “occasionally wearing a ponytail” guys. I have always enjoyed technology and science, and from all technical industries, I think audio is a bit of a special place. Here are the top 4 things that make me specifically enjoy the industry.
On this week’s Rebels & Flux we chat with Bryan Hellard, Researcher at Wainhouse Research. Bryan is self-proclaimed UC nerd who loves conferencing cameras. Bryan gives up the scoop on USB camera trends in the conference room, how important has the framing feature been to the advancement of conference cameras and Where are auto tracking & PTZ cameras today? We close out talking about glaciers, how to stay plugged in while on Vacation and how dumb comedies are better than dramas.
David Danto, Director of UC Strategy and Research is our special guest with our very own Chris Neto moderating.
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On this episode of Rebels & Flux we meet Eric Cantrell, VP of Business Operations at Medialon. We jump right into the big news of Medialon being acquired by 7th Sense Design this past summer and what that means for Medialon moving forward. We discuss how Show Control differs from traditional AV control. Eric then shares some career advice for those looking to pursue a career as a stagehand/show technician. We wrap up this episode by uncovering two local spots for good Food & Drinks while in Orlando.
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology has the distinction of being one of the early adopters of eSports as a university-sanctioned sport. The resulting Harrisburg Storm is an endeavor that they’ve fully invested in. As part of that investment, the university knew that they needed a space for their players to practice that would be as conducive as possible for success. Such a center would allow players to practice games like Overwatch and League of Legends in an environment that is tailor-made for the fast-paced online gaming world. In addition, Harrisburg University needed a technology refresh for its Student Union Center.
On this week’s Rebels & Flux we meet Manolo Almagro, Managing Partner at Q Division. Manolo is an expert in the retail experience. In this episode we learn about Airport shopping malls, great examples of Retail experiences, the technology involved in delivering a “wow” and just how valuable is the customers data to delivering a great experience. Does data equal customer happiness? Plus, we hear about what is like to be a "sneakerhead", fostering dogs and see how we come together over Star Wars.
On this week’s Rebels & Flux we are joined by Chase McCloud CTS-D, Senior Audio Visual Designer at Interstate Electronic Systems. Chase has worked his way from answering a Craig’s List ad for a Hotel AV Technician to playing with the latest in AR, VR and 3D Modeling Technology. Chase has been highlighted by Both SCN Magazine & Commercial Integrator as a rising star and you’ll see why. Self-taught, driven and hungry for knowledge and that's just the 1st impression.
Starin’s Visualization team is committed to making communications easier. Here you will find an eBook outlining our Video Wall Solutions and Services. Lean on us for assistance with design, procurement, and delivery of your next video wall project.
Jason talks about yoga, music, Zoom, Jim Starin and petunias.
On this week’s Rebels & Flux we are joined by Bryan Meszaros of OpenEye Global. Bryan blends his passion of design and fascination with technology into a new modernist approach to Experiential Design. We hear how he takes a project from ideation to creation and where Technology enters the picture. Bryan then gives us some insight on industry shows that can help inspire new ideas. And finally, we dig deep into Bryan’s New Jersey roots and get to the bottom of the NJ Music scene, Craft Beer, BBQ and his love for Major League Baseball parks.
Bobby Swartz and Malissa Dillman from Starin join Esther Yoon from Zoom to discuss Zoomtopia highlights as well as other highlights in the Zoom Ecosystem.
On this week’s Rebels & Flux we are joined by Dan Lee, Managing Director at Hewshott International in the UK. Dan is a technology consultant who helps customers determine the right technology solutions for their projects. Dan explains how the technology expectations have gone beyond the AV in a conference room and now incorporate a more integrated approach with IT, Acoustics and Building Management Systems. What are the main differences between project bids/tenders in the US vs Europe? How does Hewshott leverage its global presence? These are some of the questions answered before we dive into finding out “Who is Dan Lee?”. We get up close and personal to find out what’s Dan’s favorite pass time, the meaning behind the tattoos, Baywatch, Bank Holidays and a definitive answer to which country makes a better breakfast.
This week we sit down the Jim Kelly, Analyst & Consultant for Recon Research. Jim has a secret test lab where he puts AV devices to the test. His specialty: Video Conferencing Hardware and Software. We learn about a special project he’s working on in Florida. After hours Jim spends his time tearing up the Arizona desert exploring with his family in the “Black Widow”.
In this episode of Rebels & Flux we meet DTEN’s new Head of Sales Enablement, Dave Silberstein. Dave is a familiar face to many in the AV industry as a 30-yr. veteran. What is his new role and What’s with the fancy title? What is Collaboration and how many mic drop moments can we handle within the 1st 5 minutes of the show. We then get personal and dive into Dave’s hidden talent as a grill master. We unlock some musical facts that will surprise many. He then weighs in on a national shortage of Drinks & Sandwiches before delivering some advice for AV rookies looking for some career advice.
Matt Montgomery, President of TYM homes, joins Rebels & Flux this week. TYM homes has pivoted a few times, in its history, to adjust to changing market conditions. We take a deep dive into how social media fueled the company’s pivots and how it forged new opportunities and income. Matt not only shares some great advice, but he also reveals some incredible numbers to back up his social media efforts. Finally we were able to catch a great “Fanboy” moment before settling the score between Taco Tuesday and Pizza Friday.
Learn about Advanced Network Devices best-in-class IP endpoints and sophisticated network products for use in mass notification systems that are used in education, healthcare, government, corporate, and industrial applications. Find out about AND's rich engineering pool, and world-class audio and video technology, especially those relating to networking, notification, and security.
This week we are joined by AV Engineer, Meg Sciarini Smith. A Live Events specialist turned corporate AV Systems Engineer who is both technically sound and well versed in the experiential movement. Meg joins us from the coffee shop in LA to discuss her unique journey in AV and her nerdy love of all things techie. Along the way we uncover this Rebel’s passion for Ice Hockey, Japanese anime and Octopus on Ice.
AVaaS is the framework for helping businesses keep up with their ever-changing technology and hardware needs. One of Starin’s Services provides AV integrators a simple way to offer their customers lease financing. This allows companies and organizations the financial tools to access the latest AV solutions, without significantly affecting their cash fl
Joel answers a few questions about the AV industry and lets you know what his favorite color is.
On this Episode of Rebels and Flux we continue our talk with Cofounder & Chief Brand Strategist at Latin & Code Mr. Steven Picanza. Steven serves up some more great tips on Digital Marketing, What is an “Agency” and How to find and select the right one for your business. We then discuss the best fictional TV sitcom hangout, What is an Italian Hot Dog, ferocious animals and Puerto Rican Reggae.
On this episode of Rebels & Flux, we talk with Steven Picanza, Co-founder & Chief Brand Strategist at Latin & Code. Steven gives us his fresh take on Digital Marketing, Infocomm and Brand Activation. We then learn about Fried Spam before discussing who would win in a battle of the titans: Gary V. or Seth Godin. As we wrap up I may have instigated a fight between Steve and another company’s CEO.
This week we chat with Andrew Davis, Collaboration Solutions Programmer at Ignite CSG. Andrew is a Dual Certified AV professional who knows how to program, install and design complex AV systems. It also makes him the right person to sound off about Cybersecurity and how AV can better prepare itself. We hear the inspiration behind his articles. We get the scoop on his Alt Radio past, Which Canadian team he misses the most and where in the world is Kingsclear?
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This week we continue our conversation with Jarrod Hillman, Owner of Hillman AV in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada. We quickly dive into an AV recruitment conversation and discuss how to recruit when there’s a shortage of experienced and/or trained AV technicians. We then debate Apprenticeship vs. College Degrees and how Hillman overcame recruitment and how they solved training. We wrap up the video by discussing where to find the Best Poutine, Schitt’s Creek and the best place to Unplug. Part 2 of 2
This week we take a trip north to Canada to meet Jarrod Hillman. Jarrod is the Owner of Hillman AV in Regina, Saskatchewan. We start off with Jarrod giving us the Hillman AV origin story. Followed by how he built an AV business centered around the Bars & Restaurant market. Not the easiest vertical to be successful in but he reveals his strategy on what it takes. Along the way, we chat all things Canada such as Degrassi, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and Nickelback (of course). To be continued… Part 1 of 2.
Diversified has been named an Elite Partner for the distribution of the DTEN family of D7 products. The D7 family is a Zoom Certified all-in-one appliance that has been built from the ground up specifically for Zoom video conferencing.
Meet Monte Bennett Barco’s Director of Distribution. Monte knows “stuff” about Barco’s Clickshare that many don’t remember. Let’s take an “Excellent Adventure” (Pun intended) with Monte back through time to understand where Clickshare came from and where it is today. We also get a glimpse into Monte’s past life as we discuss his competition Car Audio background and his contributions to Burning Man.
Juan Chavez is back! DTEN’s energetic Channel Manager who has a passion for technology and fun. On this episode, we discover InfoComm through the eyes of a 1st timer. Discover the differences between Comic Cons and InfoComm. How do you develop a fan base? What are the value adds of an All-in-One device? What good audio means to a display manufacturer? Plus we dive into debate Pizza and bad Airports!
This is your opportunity to learn about what PTZ Optics is up to. Get the inside scoop on all things PTZ Optics and Huddlecam with Paul Richards of PTZ Optics and Starin's Chris Neto..
Meet Juan Chavez! DTEN’s energetic Channel Manager who has a passion for technology and life. Who is DTEN, What is D7 and What does “Cars” have to do with it?
This year at InfoComm 2019 DTEN received top honors for the D7. The D7 was honored with the Future Best Of Show Award, presented by Sound & Video Contractor. Starin nominated DTEN and the D7 for the award with good reason. Because the D7 provides a Zoom certified all-in-one solution for Zoom Rooms. The ease of use, return on investment and market relevance help the D7 standout. The Future Best Of Show Award specifically selects products demonstrating these criteria, and Starin knew it would be a winner.
As Zoom’s market increases across the globe, Starin enters the European market with a dedicated facility operated by an experienced AV tech services provider in the UK and has begun providing across the continent.
There are many wireless systems out on the market right now, so you may find yourself asking what to look for to make sure the system you choose is a good fit for you. In this article, I will give you some pointers as well as my personal experience with an outstanding wireless system.
Join Bobby, Malissa, and Chris for the InfoComm 19 wrap up. Learn about what was hot, what was not, and what is going to be. Get Starin's inside take on all things InfoComm 19.
Located in suburban Akron, Ohio, Grace Church is a contemporary Christian church with eight locations. They sought a more musically coherent sound system to replace the aging point-source system in their main Bath Campus location. Integrator Kevin Root of Rootaudio saw the 620-seat sanctuary as an excellent candidate for a line-array system, and suggested Electro-Voice as a solution.
Have you ever found yourself wondering how to generate a compelling customer impact with your AV project designs? Do you ever wonder if there is some other useful addition that could give the client the idea you went the extra mile in their facility communications, but you just don’t have the time to figure out that missing piece? You are not alone. Many designers like you have been looking for ways to differentiate and be more meaningful. Some of them have come to realize ways to think broader.
Just one-quarter of a UHD screen contains the same amount of pixels as an entire Full HD 1080p screen. Customers will immediately recognize the 4K difference when they view your branding, product representations, and promotions, or watch movies and sports. 4K UHD’s higher pixel density makes the image appear flawless, even on the largest display screens.
We have all been there, and visit that feeling regularly. “I have two hours, do I complete the church audio quote, the new restaurant/bar job, or the corporate paging? Which is the biggest? Which has the highest close? I have found myself in this very situation over and over. Deadlines, meetings, and expectations piled up, and all the while you have a steady stream of projects which you need to design fast.
Using Datapath Fx4 Miami Beach’s The Temple House & United Projection event hall creates immersive experiences for guests by projection mapping the bare bones white walls. Transforming everything from corporate events to weddings into a rose-bedecked forest, or an endless columned temple, or, whatever else their wrap-around AV system can project on the tall walls and high ceiling.
The latest Fx4 video wall controllers are driving two new video walls located at Le Rendez-Vous Toyota, the car giant’s European brand flagship showroom on the illustrious Champs-Élysées in Paris. Offering 4k resolution at 60 fps, the FX4 controllers were chosen in order to optimize the solution and attain the best possible image quality.
Being in the know is one thing. Being in the know on the right things is the real trick. Those of you who I have worked with, know that I am a bit of a gear skeptic and that I don’t beat around the bush. Those who I haven’t had the pleasure of working with yet can put me to the test with these selections and news. With the constant noise of new product releases, it can be hard to filter what is important and what is not.
You, your boss, or your clients have invested in the experience of Zoom Rooms. Providing a standardized platform to make communications better every day was the goal. The logistics of choosing, installing and servicing your Zoom Rooms Hardware is not always as simple though. Delays, deployments and design planning can rob you of time to immediately realize the benefits of the investment.
As the modern office evolves, companies all over the world are moving from closed offices to open spaces and remote workforces. The need for affordable, easy-to-use video conferencing solutions that aren’t limited to the boardroom has never been higher.
PeopleGuru, a cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) software company, is using Logitech MeetUp, Connect, and BRIO for multiple use cases—all with business-enhancing results. Logitech MeetUp delivers unprecedented versatility to PeopleGuru all-hands meetings with its exceptional audio/video quality and a super-wide 120° eld of view.
Paging, Clocks, Bells and now Mass Notification are all standard pieces of equipment for any School. With that said, the last few decades have seen little innovation in this sector it would seem. With legacy product still dominating these categories, most schools tend to be frustrated with the type of existing systems. So why is it that there isn’t something better?
East Race Muscle in South Bend, Indiana, started as a dream between partners Michael Baxter and Heath Lashmit. They formed a community around strength training which had outgrown their warehouse location. So they made the move to open a public gym, allowing them to expand their community and family. The mission statement was simple…