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Almo ProAV Webinar Series

Important Note: Due to InfoComm policy, CTS RUs can only be issued to live webinar attendees. Be sure to check out our schedule of upcoming events for qualifying webinars.

Sharp

April 15, 2014

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5 Things to Consider When Installing a Video Wall

As you've seen in the field, there are many questions to address to ensure your video wall runs properly, has brilliant color and engages its audience. In this webinar, you'll learn some key questions to ask yourself when installing your next video wall.


Samsung

April 1, 2014

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Moving to Mobility: Do Tablets & Mobility Devices Really Have a Place in the Pro AV Space?

Samsung’s Mobility Solutions deliver easy and quick access to a wealth of internet learning resources and collaborative learning tools. Chromebook, Galaxy Tab and Note devices deliver 1:1 solutions with innovative personalization.

Attend this session to learn where mobility devices come into play in the professional A/V space and how incorporating them into your strategy can build a revenue stream that lasts well beyond the product delivery or installation. You won't want to miss this eye opening session to take your business into the modern age.


NanoLumens

March 25, 2014

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Pixel Pitch: What is it, Why Should I Care?

Understand the basics behind pixel pitch in the LED world, and why this matters when choosing an LED display solution. This session will also review NanoLumens' patented, leading display technology and how it can be leveraged to positively impact clients' product acceptance and grow your business while increasing your competitive edge in closing specialty display business.


Barco

March 21, 2014

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Huddle Spaces to Collaboration Centers-We've got you covered!

Discover a new meeting dynamic and unleash the power of this technology on collaboration and content sharing challenges.

This webinar will take a more in depth look at practical applications and best practices when deploying Barco ClickShare. We will address the "sweet spot" for both the larger CSC system and the smaller CSM.


Samsung

March 5, 2014

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Bigger, Thinner, Faster - How Video Walls & Displays 90-inches and Beyond Can Drive Consumer Engagement

This session will address the fact that digital signage has become part of our society and how video walls and super large format displays 90-inches and beyond can drive consumer engagement in a variety of markets including retail, commercial, hospitality, healthcare, education and more. Register today to learn how "Thinking Big" can make the difference in winning more digital signage business for your firm while increasing profits in today's competitive pro AV market.


NanoLumens

February 25, 2014

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Pixel Pitch: What is it, Why Should I Care?

Understand the basics behind pixel pitch in the LED world, and why this matters when choosing an LED display solution. This session will also review NanoLumens' patented, leading display technology and how it can be leveraged to positively impact clients' product acceptance and grow your business while increasing your competitive edge in closing specialty display business.


ZeeVee

February 4, 2014

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Winning Bids With A New Take on Video Distribution: ZeeVee SmartBuy Program Sales Training

During this 30 minute session you will learn about RF basics like calculating distance and setting output power. You will also learn about the significant cost advantages that can be had by using HD modulators in place of traditional digital matrix switchers and extension devices which can give you a big edge up on your competition when bidding out your next job. We will also review the ZeeVee HDBridge 2000 line up and discuss the correct applications for the different models and how to sell against analog and Pro:Idiom. Resellers who attend this webinar will be eligible for ZeeVee's SmartBut program which includes rebates on HDBridge 2000 products, discounted demo gear, customized marketing materials, and co-marketing funds to support your sales and marketing initiatives.


ZeeVee

January 29, 2014

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Forget Everything You Know About Specifying Video Distribution Systems - ZeeVee SmartBuy Program Technical Training

During this 30 minute session you will learn about advanced RF concepts including system design considerations, as well as how to set up and configure and HDBridge 2000 modulator. Explore the concepts of using HD modulation instead of a large matrix switches for installations supporting a large number of displays and inputs, as well as get tips on how to position ZeeVee against Pro:Idiom. ZeeVee's HD Over Coax video distribution system solution is the only one approved for use by leading satellite providers and fit well into healthcare facilities, assisted living facilities, on-campus dorms, prisons, RV-parks, and sports bars.


C2G

January 21, 2014

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5 A/V Technologies That Will Define the Next 5 Years

It is widely understood that analog A/V connectivity faces a short future with a rapidly declining applicability. Most industry experts agree that composite, component, and VGA A/V Connections will be largely irrelevant and obsolete by 2017. With a digital future rapidly approaching, it is critical that system integrators, designers, owners and operators understand the infrastructure and connectivity choices that are necessary to facilitate a smooth and seamless trasition into the next generation of A/V technology. In this one hour presentation we will explore the 5 technologies, both wired and wireless, that will deliver the greatest effect on deployment of the last 100 meters of digital video infrastructure over the next 5 years.


Barco

January 10, 2014

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Introducing the Exciting Barco ClickShare CSM System for Small Meeting Spaces

Take a short, yet very important 20 minutes to learn more about the new very powerful, yet highly cost effective ClickShare CSM System.

Discover a new meeting dynamic and unleash the power of this technology on collaboration and content sharing challenges.

Instead of focusing on one presenter, ClickShare encourages all attendees to participate. By showing visual content on the large meeting room screen, it becomes easier for everybody to prove their point. The system's stability and ease-of-use, also drastically limites the number of needed interventions by the IT department, thus significantly improving overall company productivity.

The new CSM system represents the latest in the evolution of Barco's ClickShare Technology. We look forward to seeing you on the Webinar!


Canon

December 19, 2013

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Color is King: Why Brightness is Secondary in Projection

The title of this seminar suggests that there are those that do not understand the "full picture" especially when it comes to the images that we view on screen. Ourpurpose therefore is to expose and examine the elements that we should both be aware of as well as looking at in evaluating what makes up a truly dynamic and perhaps most importantly, accurate image on screen. As we journey down the path of discovery, we will avoid most of the scientific jargon and graphics that are difficult at best to decipher and concentrate on each area from a qualitative perspective with quantitative underpinnings. In short we will explain in language we can all understand exactly what the human eye sees, what is taking place on screen, and how one element relates to another proving that color and contrast are your most important elements.


Samsung

December 10, 2013

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Samsung Consumer in Pro A/V Applications - An Integrator's Guide

You'll learn:

  • Markets that fit perfectly for Samsung Consumer products
  • New product features propelling Samsung to be a leader
  • See examples of how Samsung Consumer product excels

Barco

November 18, 2013

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Barco Projector Launch: Present-Collaborate-Impress

Here at Almo, one of our key strategic business partners is Barco. We are pleased to announce that our partnership with Barco has significantly expanded. We are now the preferred supplier to our dealer channel with the new Corporate A/V (CAV) line of high performance, cost effective projectors. Spend an hour of your time learning about what Barco now offers for projectors that fit perfectly into the corporate environment. There are 3 categories that comprise the CAV lineup, Present, Collaborate & Impress. In this webinar we will give you a tour of all 3 product families.


Barco

November 8, 2013

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Solving The Problem of "BYOD" In The Conference Room

Much of what helps drives business in the corporate world today is efficient and effective collaboration. "BYOD" or commonly known as "Bring Your Own Device" into a meeting space to share information and collaborate presents many challenges. We have the "Perfect" solution to meet those challenges, Barco ClickShare. Take an hour of your time to learn about this exciting, powerful, yet easy to deploy collaboration technology that will open up a whole new world of possibilities.


Almo Pro AV

October 29, 2013

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Shedding Light on the Topic: LEDs Demystified

Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs as they are commonly known, are becoming a dominant force in illumination technology within modern displays. Used as illumination for projectors, or built into backlights for LCD displays, they are something that can offer benefits over traditional lamp technologies. LEDs can even be built into displays themselves, for higher brightness or outdoor applications. This one hour seminar is designed to provide an understanding of what this optical semiconductor is all about, how it functions, and what benefits it offers over traditional illumination. We will explore how LEDs fit into projectors replacing lamps, and how they fit into flat panel displays as backlights. We will also discuss how LEDs can build displays on their own, what the specifications (such as pixel pitch) mean, and what these types of displays can do. We will end up with a discussion of some cutting edge LED displays and technologies.


AMX

September 26, 2013

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AMX The Perfect Meeting Room-Enova DVX and RPM

In this webinar we will show you how to unleash the power of the Enova DVX meeting room appliances. We will also take a tour of the most powerful, yet intuitive project deployment solution called Rapid Project Maker (RPM).


Harman

September 20, 2013

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An Introduction to HARMAN Professional Audio Through Almo Pro AV

To kick-off the new partnership between Almo and HARMAN, this presentation will provide an overview of the product offering available from the 5 HARMAN brands now available through this value-added reseller including: JBL Professional speakers, Crown Audio amplifiers, AKG wireless microphones, DBX Professional digital signal processors and Soundcraft audio mixers for live sound.

Attend this session to learn what HARMAN has to offer and the extensive level of support available to Almo partners through this new partnership.


Barco

August 26, 2013

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Barco ClickShare - The Power of One Click

In this 1 hour webinar, we will give you a tour of the most powerful wireless collaboration technology on the market today. Barco ClickShare!

Webinar topics will include the following:

  • Understanding the technology
  • Key features set overview
  • Discuss cross platform interoperability (PC, Apple, Android)
  • Application "sweet spots" for this technology

C2G

August 20, 2013

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Digital Video At Length, Extending DV Over Copper

Learning Objectives:

  1. Course participants will be able to describe and explain HD-over-UTP and HDBaseT technologies
  2. Participants will understand the signal modifications applied to AV content that enables connectivity at distances to 100 meters, and will be able to identify potential challenges in real world applications.
  3. Participants will be able to apply an understanding of the technical specifications and performance expectations of HD-over-UTP and HDBaseT solutions to practical integration projects

Course Abstract:

The importance of dependable digital video connectivity continues to grow exponentially as a plethora of consumer and commercial TMDS enabled devices change the nature of installed A/V. With analog infrastructure all but gone, being able to deploy point-to-point connectivity solutions that support TMDS (HDMI) content at critical middle distances is vital. Under 50-feet, AV connections are often best served in a native format. Beyond 350-feet, AVB and IP solutions may provide the better results. But in the important range between 50 and 350 feet, copper structured wiring delivers the greatest efficiency and value. In this presentation participants will explore the characteristics and technology deployed in HD-over-UTP and HDBaseT connectivity solutions. This one-hour exploration will focus on operational theory, comparative performance metrics and practical application of the technology to common AV installations.


Samsung

August 13, 2013

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Digital Rights Management in the Hospitality Vertical

Join Samsung Hospitality TV expert, Jeff Clement as he reviews the importance of digital rights movement when positioning Samsung Hospitality TV. Learn about how DRM affects hoteliers, the consumer and why Samsung Hospitality is uniquely positioned in this vertical market.

  • Quick review of portfolio: reminder of lessons from May webinar
  • Why DRM in hospitality matters
  • Samsung Lynk: unique value prop

Elo

July 17, 2013

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Elo @ the Office

Are you aware that Elo has four new hardware/software solutions for the corporate market place that you can sell? We call this new product category, 'Elo @ the Office' and it consists of four ready-to-sell bundles:

Elo Corporate Collaboration bundle
Elo Digital Whiteboard bundle
Elo Virtual Receptionist bundle
Elo Directory bundle

These bundles consist of an Elo touch screen, an Intel/Win7 computer and software that is pre-configured with everything you need to get any of these bundles up and running quickly.

Put the Elo Corporate Collaboration bundle into a meeting room and immediately collaborate with the top IT tools like MS Link, Google Hangouts and Cisco's Webex.

Put the Elo Digital Whiteboard bundle into a meeting room and enable an easy to use digital whiteboard, the ability to present and mark-up Microsoft Office document and screen sharing with remote locations. The Elo Digital Whiteboard bundle is also compatible with Microsoft Link, Google Hangouts, Cisco Webex, Skype, ReadyTalk, GoToMeeting and any other Windows application.

Put the Elo Virtua Receptionist to work in your lobby to greet visitiors with an interactive soluton that presents a list of employees to the guest. Touch the button for the person you have come to visit and the Virtual Receptionist will dial open up a hands-free phone call with the person you have come to visit.

Put the Elo Directory Bundle to work in your lobby to present a simple, easy to configure directory of offices and simple directions.

Come see how Elo has put all of the pieces together so that your customer can have a simple, satisfying experience!


SunBrite

July 16, 2013

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Outdoor vs. Indoor Displays: Addressing the Environment with SunBrite TV

The title begs one of the more pressing questions in the display industry. Can we or should we use consumer, or even commercial displays in an outdoor or extreme environment? The short answer is that we can but the complete response is that we definitely should not. Rather than take our qord for it lets take a look at a comparison of indoor and outdoor technologies and displays and discover how SunBrite address this fundamental issue and solves potential problems in the process.


Samsung

July 12, 2013

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Digital Signage Modernized for Today's AV Integrator

The new Samsung SMART Signage Platform (SSP) is an integrated, open-source platform that eliminates the need for external media players and streamlines the deployment process, saving time and money for integrators and businesses.

Powered by an SDK and recognized signage experts who bring their industry proven solutions, the Samsung SMART Signage Platform provides the tools necessary to simply deploy digital signage networks with everything you need integrated right into the display.

Don't miss this session to learn how SMART Signage can meet the needs of restaurants, healthcare to hospitality, transportation or education opportunities while creating new ways to increase your recurring revenue at the same time! Register today as space is limited.


Mitsubishi

July 9, 2013

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Cloud Projector Connectivity

Learn about the latest technology in projector industry today; Cloud Projectors. Cloud projectors allow your customer never before available connectivity and inactivity! Thin Client technology built into Mitsubishi's Cloud projectors makes quick work of setting up a projector as a work station or dummy terminal. Connect a tablet or SmartPhone with the SidePad function or WiFi Doc and expand communication between a cloud projector and the presenter. Learn how Mitsubishi's Cloud projector puts an end to the most common AV/IT Help Desk Call and offer your customers peace of mind with the included 3 year Express Replacement program.

During this webinar you will:

  1. Learn about Thin Client technology and how it is used in the education market
  2. Discover how easy it is to use inactivity tools with a cloud projector
  3. Learn how to recommend cloud computing projectors to your education customers
  4. Understand the basic terminology and applications of cloud projectors
  5. Understand the features and benefits of Extreme Short Throw (EST) cloud projectors
  6. Explore new business applications for cloud projectors
  7. Learn about a new interactive pen solution with Mitsubishi cloud projectors

LG

June 27, 2013

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Affordable Video Teleconferencing for Small & Medium Businesses

Understanding that videoconferencing has been around since the 1980's, this webinar explores why now is the time to add or expand videoconferencing offerings in your business. The convergence factors are revealed as well as the reasons why customers are primed to purchase now more than ever before.

We take a look at:

  • The barriers and obstacles that customers may suggest
  • Provide responses and solutions to each of these through our "factors for success" segment
  • Explore why ultimately videoconferencing boils down to the quality of the image as well as audio and the user experience
  • Discusss why success or failure is measured in whether we achieve "feeling as though the individual on the other end is in the same room with no interruptions"
  • Take a detailed look at return on investment and finish up with an analysis of how LG Videoconferencing equipment fills the bill

Samsung

June 21, 2013

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Getting the Bigger Picture

The concept of the multi tiled display wall is rapidly becoming commonplace in the digital signage industry. The need for larger and more attention grabbing displays is growing rapidly. Installations are becoming more creative, and the ability to have large, unusually shaped, or immersive signage displays have evolved as a frequent request from end users. Videowalls fit this growing need, and understanding the different technologies that make up the complex world of videowalls is truly important. This webinar will discuss the benefits of videowall displays, displays and processing technology that are available in the market today, and an overview of Samsung’s product offerings to address videowall needs.


ZeeVee

May 16, 2013

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HD Video & Digital Signage Distribution Over Simple Coax

This ZeeVee training will encompass how to design and install a modulated HD distribution network using standard RG6 coax. We will show how this is the easiest and most cost effective way to distribute HD video on premise. We will explore opportunities where digital modulators can create new business opportunities for integrators. Discover how HD over coax is being used in Digital Signage, Sports Bars and Restaurants, Corporate Centers, Lodging, Education, Assisted Living and more. You will learn about Digital Clear QAM, SD/HD modulation and how to build a proper cable distribution network. We will discuss the differences of the HDBridge and ZvBox products and where and how to use them.


Samsung

May 9, 2013

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May 21, 2013

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Introduction to Samsung's SMART Signage Platform

If you missed it at DSE, Samsung is launching their new SMART Signage Platform revolutionizing Digital Signage by building the media player directly into the display. Attend this session to see how you can go from screen in the box to digital signage on the screen in 5 minutes using the power of the internet.

In this session, you'll learn:

  1. What applications the SMART Signage Platform is perfectly matched for including menu boards, DVD replacements, and others, in addition to a sneak peak of what's to come...
  2. How the power of the cloud can deliver exceptional solutions for your customers at affordable prices that help you generate recurring revenue.
  3. How can you use mobile devices and tablets at your fingertips to control the screen.

This webex is a two part session precented by Samsung and special guest, Raffi Vartian, COO of Signagelive, a software form powering 15,000 screens across 33 countries. Signagelive is one of the strategic launch partners for Samsung's SMART Signage Platform.


Planar

April 17, 2013

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How to Control Content and Layout for Video Walls

Presented by Steve Seminario, Sr. Director, Product Marketing for Planar Systems Inc.

How do customers control the content and layout of information on their video wall? Planar's Visual Control Station (VCS) is one very popular answer!

Planar's VCS is a flexible and easy to use wall controller designed for the capture, display and management of visual sources, or windows, on a video wall. It has a compact, all-in-one design, runs Windows 7 operating systme and includes a graphical wall control application called VCS Control that allows users to control what information is presented on their video wall and how those windows are laid out across the displays. This presentation will provide an overview of the key capabilities and popular use cases for VCS, and give a preview of some soon-to-be-released features.


SunBrite

April 16, 2013

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Outdoor Vs. Indoor Displays: Addressing the Environment with SunBrite TV

Presented by Alan Brawn

The title begs one of the more pressing questions in the display industry. Can we or should we use consumer, or even commercial displays in an outdoor or extreme environment? The short answer is that we can but the complete response is that we definitely should not. Rather than take our word for it lets take a look at a comparison of indoor and outdoor technologies and displays and discover how Sun Brite address this fundamental issue and solves potential problems in the process.


Panasonic

March 21, 2013

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Increasing Your Revenue with Electronic and Interactive Whiteboards

How often do you see a plain-old whiteboard when doing an install at a client site? In this webinar, we'll show you how to turn a ubiquitous office supply product into A/V Integrator profit.

You will learn how to:

  • Identify opportunities
  • Communicate the benefits to your customers to help make the sale
  • Increase your perceived value to the customer
  • Expand equipment and installation revenue

Planar

February 21, 2013

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Making the Right Display Choice for Your Customer's Business

Presented by Becky Connors, Product Marketing Manager, Large Format Flat Panels

This class will cover how to make the right display choice for your customer's business. There is an increasing adoption rate of digital signage in locations such as retail stores, hotels, office buildings, restaurants, and other public spaces. Often displacing print advertising, digital displays capture the attention of customers in a new way and bring added visual impact while quickly adapting to new messaging. While the price points for TVs from your local warehouse or electronics store are tempting, a closer look reveals that commercial-grade displays provide the overall value and functionality required for ease of installation, display performance, and lasting reliability. This class will help you understand the risks associated with using a TV instead of a display specifically designed for commercial digital signage use and how to help your customers understand the true value commercial displays will bring to their business applications.

What you will learn:

  • Display requirements for commercial applications
  • How commercial displays are designed differently than TVs
  • Risks to selecting a TV
  • How to spot an imposter hybrid TV
  • Planar solutions for commercial signage
  • Examples of commercial display installations

Becky is an experienced product marketing manager with more than 13 years of experience in display technologies and marketing. She has held product and service marketing positions at companies specializing in electronics, retail, and consumer services. She joined Planar Systems in 2007 and manages the commercial flat panel products designed for digital signage and other commercial purposes.


C2G

January 24, 2013

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Science and Psychology of Selling

Presented by Joe Cornwall, Technology Evangelist, C2G

In this seminar participants will learn about the act of selling as an activity separate from the product being sold. Attendees will be presented with a synopsis of various selling comfort levels and the best way to identify and leverage communication strengths. Participants will explore the effect of non-verbal communication in the sales presentation, learn to recognize the "receptor bias" of the client, explore the importance of nonverbal communication, and learn to tailor the sales message to the client by using kinesthetic, visual, and auditory communicative biases. In today's competitive environment it's important that each opportunity be maximally exploited. Every individual involved in a project, from conception and specification to procurement and installation, is involved in the sales process. If you've ever wondered why some of your best opportunities seemed to evaporate before the deal could be struck, you need to attend this enlightening and exciting presentation.

Joe Cornwall, a dynamic presenter, has worked in the commercial AV industry for more than two decades. He's held management and technical positions with Sony, General Instrument and Motorola Broadband Communications Sector. Cornwall was a founding member of C-Big, the C-Band Industry Group and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA) from 1999 through 2003. Today Joe Cornwall holds the position of Technology Evangelist for C2G, where he's responsible for promotion, support and growth of a full complement of connectivity solutions, including the award-winning RapidRun line of products. Cornwall holds CTS, DSCE, ISF-C and ROI industry certifications and is a graduate of Massasoit State College and the University of Cincinnati.


Samsung

December 19, 2012

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Bringing an Entirely New Dimension of Interactivity to the Table Using the Samsung SUR40 with Microsoft PixelSense

Presented by Jonathan Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting and Tom Bannon, US Sales Director, AFTER-MOUSE.COM

This presentation will provide highlights of the Samsung SUR40 Surface Table with Microsoft PixelSense, a large format, 40” HD interactive multi-touch PC operating on Microsoft Surface 2.0. Attendees will also hear from a certified Microsoft partner to learn how they use a SDK to develop applications that meet the clients' needs to provide a groundbreaking experience for both business users and their customers to foster a higher level of interaction by encompassing a variety of innovative designs, including its thin display, ability to recognize objects, and supporting up to 52 points of contact simultaneously.

Learn how the Samsung SUR40 Surface Table with Microsoft PixelSense is creating new possibilities for interactive displays in a variety of settings from corporate and real estate to hospitality, higher education and more.

This two-part presentation will be delivered by Brawn Consulting and AFTER-MOUSE.COM.

Jonathan Brawn is principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.

Tom Bannon is US Sales Director for AFTER-MOUSE.COM, the world leader in application development for the SamsungSUR40 with Microsoft PixelSense. Since joining AFTER-MOUSE.COM in August 2011, Tom has led the company’s sales and business development efforts across numerous vertical markets and channels, working closely with Microsoft and Samsung. Prior to arriving at AFTER-MOUSE.COM, Tom held senior sales positions with leading content licensing companies such as Getty Images, BBC Motion Gallery and Newscom. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton.


Canon

December 18, 2012

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What Really Creates Image Quality in a Projector – Understanding the Benefits of LCoS and Canon Projectors

Presented by Alan & Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting

What makes a projector tick? This question is one we frequently overlook, since they have become one of the most common displays we work with and install. This presentation is designed to explore the factors that create image quality in a projector, from the type of technology (DLP, LCD, and LCoS) to the physical construction of the lens and optical engine. We will examine what makes LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) technology superior, and demonstrate through comparisons to other projector technologies. This is followed by an examination of what benefits are gained by using Canon LCoS REALiS projectors, and the key applications where the true image quality benefits of Canon and LCoS can be applied.

Alan & Jonathan Brawn are principals of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


Furman

December 13, 2012

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Power Management for Digital Signage and Sensitive A/V Electronics

Presented by Christos Desalernos, Director Professional Sales, Furman

Power management shouldn’t be an afterthought when designing your digital signage network or other A/V installation. AC power, as delivered, is contaminated with noise. Without exception, this degrades the performance of your sensitive audio / video components. Also, electrical surges and spikes have becomes common-place, occurring on a daily basis. These and other harmful AC events put valuable equipment at risk.

The purpose of this presentation is to cover power anomalies, the cause of such anomalies and the solutions available. The session will cover the different technologies available for transient voltage surge suppression, AC line filtering, voltage regulation, battery backup, power sequencing, and power management over IP including energy management programming and automation.

Christos Desalernos is the Director of the Professional division sales for Furman. He has 20 years of experience in the pro audio industry, and has been with Furman for 12 of them. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering.


Hitachi

December 12, 2012

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Transform Any Flat Panel Display Into an Interactive Solution

Presented by Alan Sylvia, National Account Manager, Hitachi Solutions

Introducing the next standard in dynamic presentation software. SBS is perfect for brainstorming, notes, training, research and a wide range of other applications in business, education, or at home. The customizable interface and toolbar help streamline your workflow and improve productivity and collaboration.

For Non-Touch Displays:

By combining the power of StarBoard Software with any remote desktop application, you can now drive your software tools remotely from your iPad, or any tablet. This combination delivers the best blend of control, performance, and convenience.

For Touch-Enabled Displays:

StarBoard Software works seamlessly with any touch-enabled display that is connected to your computer, utilizing the built-in finger-driven technology. Activate multi-touch gestures for added interactivity when connected to a touch-enabled device (on select models).

During this webinar you will gain an understanding of the main features of Hitachi's Interactive Starboard Software.

Learn how you can:

  • Collaborate by sharing information with colleagues around the world in real time with the software's interactive conferencing feature
  • Integrate by seamlessly connecting to your preferred online search engines, providing information retrieval at the snap of a finger
  • Annotate: Import frequently used documents, digital content, and motion video, enabling instant markup and annotation.

Alan Sylvia, National Account Manager has been with Hitachi Solutions for 5 years. Since joining, Alan has been active positioning Hitachi’s Software across all Market Segments including creating Partnerships with Display Panel Manufactures such as SHARP, Elo Touch and 3M to name a few. Alan resides in Fort Myers, FL and when not working enjoys sailing with his wife of 24 years and golfing.


AMX

December 4, 2012

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AMX's DVX All-In-One Presentation Switcher Scaler and Rapid Project Maker - Elegant Control Without the Need to Write Code

Presented by Jay Jenkins, National Accounts Manager - AMX

In this presentation you'll learn how AMX's new RPM (Rapid Project Maker) cloud-based configuration application allows you to set up fully featured meeting rooms in a matter of minutes vs. days. You'll also learn how AMX's new appliance-based A/V control solutions can bring you more revenue, gross margin and account control. AMX's DVX control solutions and Modero Touch Panels can provide your customers a robust meeting space that meets all their needs at a fraction of the cost of programmed installation - and RPM can help get them up and running quickly, simply, and effectively.

  1. Learn how RPM configures a meeting room in minutes and gives you the fastest path to revenue
  2. Discover how configurable solutiosn are easier to sell, integrate and support
  3. Learn how to scale into more meeting and conference room spaces with AMX's configurable appliances
  4. Discover how the AMX DVX and Modero solutiosn platform makes you more margin
  5. See how easy it is to bring simplicity to complex meeting environments like VTC

Jay Jenkins is the National Distribution Manager for AMX. He has over 15 years' experience bringing high technology solutions to market.


NanoLumens

November 29, 2012

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Seeing is Believing! Real World Applications Deployed Using LED Technology

Presented by Dana Michaelis, Vice President of Sales of NanoLumens

Ok, so by now you've heard about them and perhaps have even had the opportunity to see them at DSE, InfoComm, an Almo E4 AV Tour event or other show; now see them "IN ACTION!"

This presentation will review real world applications and installations of NanoLumens' revolutionary LED display technology in a variety of vertical markets. Attendees will learn why NanoLumens LED display solutions were chosen to achieve specific objectives clients had for each project and hear about the minimal labor required for mounting and deployment.

In addition, attendees will come out of this session with a better understanding of how this LED technology is different from other digital signage solutions and the advantages it can mean for client's budget related to total cost of ownership and what's involved for the integrator for ongoing maintenance.

This session will be presented by Dana Michaelis, Vice President of Sales of NanoLumens. With a background in executive sales and marketing in the cable television, media, advertising and A/V industries, Dana understands the complexities that exist in today's digital signage market and works closely with channel partners to develop business on a national level. Dana has been a speaker and panelist for The American Marketing Association and various national and regional cable conventions across the country.


C2G

November 27, 2012

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The TMDS Environment – An Overview of DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort

Presented by Joe Cornwall, Technology Evangelist, C2G

TMDS is the fastest growing signal application and it will eventually be a part of every installation, whether it is residential, commercial, a presentation system, digital signage, or part of an educational facility.

In this seminar, you will explore the characteristics of digital audio/video signal distribution within the framework of the TMDS environment. You will learn about the differences and similarities of DVI-D (single link and dual link), HDMI and DisplayPort. We will also explore how these complex digital A/V signals are best delivered, and what limitations and challenges might surface during a system installation.

Upon completion of this presentation, you will enjoy a working understanding of DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort technology, the importance of maintaining HDCP functionality, and the unique manner in which TMDS signals interface with displays, selectors, processors and repeaters.

Joe Cornwall, a dynamic presenter, has worked in the commercial AV industry for more than two decades. He's held management and technical positions with Sony, General Instrument and Motorola Broadband Communications Sector. Cornwall was a founding member of C-Big, the C-Band Industry Group and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA) from 1999 through 2003. Today Joe Cornwall holds the position of Technology Evangelist for C2G, where he's responsible for promotion, support and growth of a full complement of connectivity solutions, including the award-winning RapidRun line of products. Cornwall holds CTS, DSCE, ISF-C and ROI industry certifications and is a graduate of Massasoit State College and the University of Cincinnati.


Christie
NanoLumens
Samsung

October 19, 2012

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Shedding Light on the Topic: LEDs Demystified

Presented by Alan & Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting

Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs as they are commonly known, are becoming a dominant force in illumination technology within modern displays. Used as illumination for projectors, or built into backlights for LCD displays, they are something that can offer benefits over traditional lamp technologies. LEDs can even be built into displays themselves, for higher brightness or outdoor applications. This one hour seminar is designed to provide an understanding of what this optical semiconductor is all about, how it functions, and what benefits it offers over traditional illumination. We will explore how LEDs fit into projectors replacing lamps, and how they fit into flat panel displays as backlights. We will also discuss how LEDs can build displays on their own, what the specifications (such as pixel pitch) mean, and what these types of displays can do. We will end up with a discussion of some cutting edge LED displays and technologies.

Alan & Jonathan Brawn are principals of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


Almo ProAV

September 26, 2012

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The Art of Techorating

Presented by Alan & Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting

No, we didn't make up the word. "Techorating" is a catchy term coined back in 2008 by TV's interior designer of choice, Doug Wilson, as a concept for the emergence of integrating display technologies and home decor in balance with one another. Over the last couple of years we have seen "techorating" migrate to commercial applications as well as digital signage. Techorating is the blending of modern display technologies with the art of decorating a space to ensure that the design and electronics suit the style and function of the space. The successful "techoration" of a space can serve as a functional and decorative part of the system and in the process expand the look and the feel of the environment. This webinar explores the process of "techorating" a space, applications for "techoration" in commercial AV and digital signage applications and shows examples of "techorating" in practice and last but not least some cool products for "techoration" that you just might want to consider.

Alan & Jonathan Brawn are principals of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


Christie
NanoLumens
Samsung

August 30, 2012

COMING SOON

Shedding Light on the Topic: LEDs Demystified

Presented by Alan & Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting

Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs as they are commonly known, are becoming a dominant force in illumination technology within modern displays. Used as illumination for projectors, or built into backlights for LCD displays, they are something that can offer benefits over traditional lamp technologies. LEDs can even be built into displays themselves, for higher brightness or outdoor applications. This one hour seminar is designed to provide an understanding of what this optical semiconductor is all about, how it functions, and what benefits it offers over traditional illumination. We will explore how LEDs fit into projectors replacing lamps, and how they fit into flat panel displays as backlights. We will also discuss how LEDs can build displays on their own, what the specifications (such as pixel pitch) mean, and what these types of displays can do. We will end up with a discussion of some cutting edge LED displays and technologies.

Alan & Jonathan Brawn are principals of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


Canon

August 15, 2012

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What Really Creates Image Quality in a Projector – Understanding the Benefits of LCoS and Canon Projectors

Presented by Alan & Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting

What makes a projector tick? This question is one we frequently overlook, since they have become one of the most common displays we work with and install. This presentation is designed to explore the factors that create image quality in a projector, from the type of technology (DLP, LCD, and LCoS) to the physical construction of the lens and optical engine. We will examine what makes LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) technology superior, and demonstrate through comparisons to other projector technologies. This is followed by an examination of what benefits are gained by using Canon LCoS REALiS projectors, and the key applications where the true image quality benefits of Canon and LCoS can be applied.

Alan & Jonathan Brawn are principals of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


NanoLumens

June 28, 2012

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Broaden Your Creative Horizons Using Flexible Digital Signage Solutions

Presented by Dana Michaelis, Vice President of Sales of NanoLumens

The world is not flat. It has curves and angles, all sorts of beautiful shapes that traditional flat panel displays can't conform to. Using NanoLumens' flexible digital display technology, however, allows you not only to do flat but also do curves and shapes that bring big, rounded surfaces to life with bright, vivid full-motion visuals. In this webinar, we'll show you how to:

  • Apply flexible LED technology to engage audiences in dynamic new ways
  • Use digital signage as a part of the design of a space, not just as an after thought
  • Overcome the challenges to large-format display integration

This session will be presented by Dana Michaelis, Vice President of Sales of NanoLumens. With a background in executive sales and marketing in the cable television, media, advertising and A/V industries, Dana understands the complexities that exist in today's digital signage market and works closely with channel partners to develop business on a national level. Dana has been a speaker and panelist for The American Marketing Association and various national and regional cable conventions across the country.


Samsung

June 22, 2012

COMING SOON

MagicInfo: A Complete Digital Signage Suite

Presented by Alan & Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting

Digital signage is the fastest growing segment of the display market and Samsung not only has the display technologies but the software programs to fit every need. The MagicInfo Digital Signage Suite is a compilation of MagicInfo Lite which addresses basic digital signage applications, MagicInfo-I Premium the full featured enterprise level solution and MagicInfo Videowall 2 for the rapidly growing videowall market.

Alan & Jonathan Brawn are principals of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


AMX

June 6, 2012

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AMX's Rapid Project Maker - The Fastest Path to Revenue

Presented by Jay Jenkins, National Accounts Manager - AMX

In this presentation you'll learn how AMX's new RPM (Rapid Project Maker) cloud-based configuration application allows you to set up fully featured meeting rooms in a matter of minutes vs. days. You'll also learn how AMX's new appliance-based A/V control solutions can bring you more revenue, gross margin and account control. AMX's DVX control solutions and Modero Touch Panels can provide your customers a robust meeting space that meets all their needs at a fraction of the cost of programmed installation - and RPM can help get them up and running quickly, simply and effectively.

  1. Learn how RPM configures a meeting room in minutes and gives you the fastes path to revenue
  2. Discover how configurable solutions are easier to sell, integrate and support
  3. Learn how to scale into more meeting and conference room spaces with AMX's configurable appliances
  4. Discover how the AMX DVX and Modero solutions platform makes you more margin
  5. See how easy it is to bring simplicity to complex meeting environments like VTC

Jay Jenkins is the National Distribution Manager for AMX. He has over 15 years' experience bringing high technology solutions to market.


NanoLumens

May 29, 2012

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Broaden Your Creative Horizons Using Flexible Digital Signage Solutions

Presented by Dana Michaelis, Vice President of Sales of NanoLumens

The world is not flat. It has curves and angles, all sorts of beautiful shapes that traditional flat panel displays can't conform to. Using NanoLumens' flexible digital display technology, however, allows you not only to do flat but also do curves and shapes that bring big, rounded surfaces to life with bright, vivid full-motion visuals. In this webinar, we'll show you how to:

  • Apply flexible LED technology to engage audiences in dynamic new ways
  • Use digital signage as a part of the design of a space, not just as an after thought
  • Overcome the challenges to large-format display integration

This session will be presented by Dana Michaelis, Vice President of Sales of NanoLumens. With a background in executive sales and marketing in the cable television, media, advertising and A/V industries, Dana understands the complexities that exist in today's digital signage market and works closely with channel partners to develop business on a national level. Dana has been a speaker and panelist for The American Marketing Association and various national and regional cable conventions across the country.


Samsung

May 25, 2012

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Introducing the Samsung SUR40 Surface Table

Presented by Alan & Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting

This is the overview of the Samsung 40" large format display multi-touch SUR40 operating on Microsoft Surface 2.0. The SUR40 creates new possibilities for interactive displays in a variety of settings. It offers a groundbreaking experience for both business users and their customers to foster a higher level of interaction. Samsung SUR40 encompass a variety of innovative designs, including its thin display, ability to recognize objects, and supporting up to 52 points of contact at one time.

Alan & Jonathan Brawn are principals of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


Christie MicroTiles

May 23, 2012

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Christie MicroTiles: The Creative Edge You Need Today for Tomorrow's Growth in the Exploding Video Wall Market

Presented by Alan & Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting

According to recent market research, the video wall market is going to see four-fold growth over the next couple of years. As we know, flat panel displays have become commodity products. In conjunction with Christie MicroTiles, Almo is featuring this presentation to show integrators how to address this growing market with products that can take advantage of design/build expertise and help differentiate you in the market place. This session will compare various competitive solutions and show how MicroTiles can give you the edge in both design and creativity. We will explore a step by step sales process and discuss design issues that will help as you explore and prepare for these opportunities. Almo recognizes the need to provide exceptional support when you need us and we will review in detail how a partnership with Almo and Christie MicroTiles will work for you.

Key highlights you will learn from attending this session include:

  • What market opportunities are out there and how you can target them
  • How to differentiate between commodity versus design/build
  • Comparisons of solutions available in today's market
  • Benefits of MicroTiles and how to use them to your advantage
  • Step by step sales process to the end user & understanding the design process
  • Almo's capabilities for internal technical and sales assistance

Alan & Jonathan Brawn are principals of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


ZeeVee

May 22, 2012

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Learn why ZeeVee is the easiest and most cost effective way to distribute HD Video in Restaurants & Sports Bars

Presented by Roy Bertalotto, Sales Manager, ZeeVee

Patrons expect bars and restaurants to have great-looking HD on many displays. Owners know they need to keep up, but deploying all of those channels can be a hassle and cost a fortune! ZeeVee has the solution.

With the ability to carry up to 135 channels on a single coaxial cable, HDbridge and ZvBox provide incomparable scalability and cost-effectiveness. Whether you need 1080, 720 or 480 resolution, VGA or component connections, and/or the ability to easily add more channels, we’ve got you covered. ZeeVee products are simple to configure and highly reliable – so you’ll never have to go back on site.

Join us to discover how Digital Video over Coax is being used in Restaurants & Sports Bars, and what ZeeVee can do for your business.

You Will Learn About:

  • Digital Clear QAM, SD/HD Modulation
  • Technical differences between HDbridge and ZvBox products
  • Real-life deployments in Restaurants & Sports Bars
  • ZeeVee’s newest “Step Up to 1080” rebate!

Roy leads channel sales relationships and is responsible for activities related to the reselling of ZeeVee products. He is a veteran of merchandising, marketing and selling technology products, working closely with the sales and marketing staffs of specialty vendors.


ZeeVee

May 8, 2012

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Learn why ZeeVee is the easiest and most cost effective way to distribute HD Video in Restaurants & Sports Bars

Presented by Roy Bertalotto, Sales Manager, ZeeVee

Patrons expect bars and restaurants to have great-looking HD on many displays. Owners know they need to keep up, but deploying all of those channels can be a hassle and cost a fortune! ZeeVee has the solution.

With the ability to carry up to 135 channels on a single coaxial cable, HDbridge and ZvBox provide incomparable scalability and cost-effectiveness. Whether you need 1080, 720 or 480 resolution, VGA or component connections, and/or the ability to easily add more channels, we’ve got you covered. ZeeVee products are simple to configure and highly reliable – so you’ll never have to go back on site.

Join us to discover how Digital Video over Coax is being used in Restaurants & Sports Bars, and what ZeeVee can do for your business.

You Will Learn About:

  • Digital Clear QAM, SD/HD Modulation
  • Technical differences between HDbridge and ZvBox products
  • Real-life deployments in Restaurants & Sports Bars
  • ZeeVee’s newest “Step Up to 1080” rebate!

Roy leads channel sales relationships and is responsible for activities related to the reselling of ZeeVee products. He is a veteran of merchandising, marketing and selling technology products, working closely with the sales and marketing staffs of specialty vendors.


NanoLumens

April 26, 2012

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An Introduction to "The NanoLumens Solution" - Groundbreaking LED Displays in Any Shape & Size

Presented by Josh Byrd, Marketing Manager, NanoLumens

This class will highlight the attributes and benefits of LED technology while exploring the proper applications of this energy-efficient solution. A clear understanding of when to use LED along with LED nomenclature (pixel pitch, nits, etc.) will be reviewed in detail. After LED technology is discussed, the class will turn attention to the innovative NanoLumens technology that is revolutionizing the display market with capabilities for flexible and rigid large format LED displays in virtually any shape and size. NanoLumens' company history, product line, markets, product attributes, and success stories will be discussed.

Learning objectives that will be accomplished by this program:

  1. A clear understanding of LED technology and the benefits thereof.
  2. An explanation of when to use LED.
  3. An overview of NanoLumens and its product offering.

Josh Byrd is the Marketing Manager at NanoLumens. With a strong marketing and creative background in industries ranging from A/V Technology to the Music Industry, Josh brings a deep understanding of consumer engagement to the NanoLumens team and enjoys pushing the boundaries of marketing through digital signage.


AMX

April 25, 2012

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AMX Simplified AV Control Solutions For Every Meeting Room

Presented by Jay Jenkins, National Accounts Manager, David Gentile, Systems Engineer - AMX

In this presentation you'll learn how AMX's new appliance based A/V control solutions can bring you more revenue, gross margin and account control. With the new AMX DVX control solutions you can provide your customers a robust meeting space that meets all their needs at a fraction of the cost of a programmed installation. AMXs new RPM (Rapid Project Maker) cloud based configuration application allows you to set up fully featured meeting rooms in a matter of minutes vs. days. Manage it all with RMS and your customers will never be down without their A/V tools again.

What you will learn:

  1. How to make more margin on meeting and conference room integration.
  2. Discover how the AMX CP3000 and DVS solutions platform make you more margin.
  3. See how easy it is to bring simplicity to complex meeting environments like VTC
  4. Find out how configurable vs. programmable is easier to sell, integrate, and support.
  5. Managed services are the key to customer control. AMX's RMS management platform is the answer.

Jay Jenkins is the National Distribution Manager for AMX. He has over 15 years' experience bringing high technology solutions to market. Dave Gentile is Director of Business Development within the AMX Distribution Channel. David has been with AMX for over 5 years and has over 12 years of technical and solution providing experience within the IT and AV market places.


Christie MicroTiles

April 24, 2012

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Christie MicroTiles: The Creative Edge You Need Today for Tomorrow's Growth in the Exploding Video Wall Market

Presented by Alan & Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting

According to recent market research, the video wall market is going to see four-fold growth over the next couple of years. As we know, flat panel displays have become commodity products. In conjunction with Christie MicroTiles, Almo is featuring this presentation to show integrators how to address this growing market with products that can take advantage of design/build expertise and help differentiate you in the market place. This session will compare various competitive solutions and show how MicroTiles can give you the edge in both design and creativity. We will explore a step by step sales process and discuss design issues that will help as you explore and prepare for these opportunities. Almo recognizes the need to provide exceptional support when you need us and we will review in detail how a partnership with Almo and Christie MicroTiles will work for you.

Key highlights you will learn from attending this session include:

  • What market opportunities are out there and how you can target them
  • How to differentiate between commodity versus design/build
  • Comparisons of solutions available in today's market
  • Benefits of MicroTiles and how to use them to your advantage
  • Step by step sales process to the end user & understanding the design process
  • Almo's capabilities for internal technical and sales assistance

Alan & Jonathan Brawn are principals of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


QSC

April 13, 2012

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Thinking Systems with QSC Audio

Presented by Jason Drayer, RPR Group

This class will cover the current range of capabilities QSC offers as a systems provider. Come learn how QSC's current offerings in amplification, loudspeakers, and DSP will allow you to provide complete systems solutions under a brand with one of the best service records in the industry. This course will review features and benefits of QSC's current offerings, while highlighting tools such as Ease Address and Focus. Learning objectives that will be accomplished by this program are:

  1. A clear understanding of QSC's current capabilities.
  2. An overview of programs such as Ease Focus, and Ease Address. Learn how they can easily spice up your sales proposals.
  3. Features and Benefits of the current QSC offerings.

This presentation will be delivered by Jason Drayer, a member of the RPR Group, a manufacturer's rep firm based in the Mid Atlantic. During his time representing QSC, Jason has become a regular fixture at local seminars and regional trade shows. He strives to provide energetic presentations that present technology in a way that is easily digestible.


NanoLumens

April 12, 2012

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An Introduction to "The NanoLumens Solution" - Groundbreaking LED Displays in Any Shape & Size

Presented by Josh Byrd, Marketing Manager, NanoLumens

This class will highlight the attributes and benefits of LED technology while exploring the proper applications of this energy-efficient solution. A clear understanding of when to use LED along with LED nomenclature (pixel pitch, nits, etc.) will be reviewed in detail. After LED technology is discussed, the class will turn attention to the innovative NanoLumens technology that is revolutionizing the display market with capabilities for flexible and rigid large format LED displays in virtually any shape and size. NanoLumens' company history, product line, markets, product attributes, and success stories will be discussed.

Learning objectives that will be accomplished by this program:

  1. A clear understanding of LED technology and the benefits thereof.
  2. An explanation of when to use LED.
  3. An overview of NanoLumens and its product offering.

Josh Byrd is the Marketing Manager at NanoLumens. With a strong marketing and creative background in industries ranging from A/V Technology to the Music Industry, Josh brings a deep understanding of consumer engagement to the NanoLumens team and enjoys pushing the boundaries of marketing through digital signage.


Christie MicroTiles

March 27 2012

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Christie MicroTiles: The Creative Edge You Need Today for Tomorrow's Growth in the Exploding Video Wall Market

Presented by Alan & Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting

According to recent market research, the video wall market is going to see four-fold growth over the next couple of years. As we know, flat panel displays have become commodity products. In conjunction with Christie MicroTiles, Almo is featuring this presentation to show integrators how to address this growing market with products that can take advantage of design/build expertise and help differentiate you in the market place. This session will compare various competitive solutions and show how MicroTiles can give you the edge in both design and creativity. We will explore a step by step sales process and discuss design issues that will help as you explore and prepare for these opportunities. Almo recognizes the need to provide exceptional support when you need us and we will review in detail how a partnership with Almo and Christie MicroTiles will work for you.

Key highlights you will learn from attending this session include:

  • What market opportunities are out there and how you can target them
  • How to differentiate between commodity versus design/build
  • Comparisons of solutions available in today's market
  • Benefits of MicroTiles and how to use them to your advantage
  • Step by step sales process to the end user & understanding the design process
  • Almo's capabilities for internal technical and sales assistance

Alan & Jonathan Brawn are principals of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


ZeeVee

March 13, 2012

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ZeeVee's HD Bridge Line, The Easiest and Most Cost Effective Way to Distribute HD Video on Premise. So Simple... it's Scary!

Presented by Roy Bertalotto, Sales Manager, ZeeVee

ZeeVee and ALMO invite you to discover HDbridge and ZvBox; reliable, affordable and easy to use solutions for:

  • Large head ends
  • Small channel counts
  • Public and/or private content

Join us to discover how Digital Video over Coax is being used in Digital Signage, Casinos, Restaurants & Sports Bars, Stadiums, Houses of Worship, Corporate Centers, Lodging, Universities, Hospitals & Assisted Living facilities.

You Will Learn About:

  • Digital Clear QAM, SD/HD Modulation
  • Technical differences between HDbridge and ZvBox products
  • How to specify each line
  • An exciting, limited opportunity to Buy HDbridge modules and get free equipment!

Roy leads channel sales relationships and is responsible for activities related to the reselling of ZeeVee products. He is a veteran of merchandising, marketing and selling technology products, working closely with the sales and marketing staffs of specialty vendors.


NanoLumens

March 2, 2012

COMING SOON

LED Technology: When to Use It & An Introduction to the NanoLumens Solution - LED Displays in Any Shape & Size

Presented by Josh Byrd, Marketing Manager, NanoLumens

This class will highlight the attributes and benefits of LED technology while exploring the proper applications of this energy-efficient solution. A clear understanding of when to use LED along with LED nomenclature (pixel pitch, nits, etc.) will be reviewed in detail. After LED technology is discussed, the class will turn attention to the innovative NanoLumens technology that is revolutionizing the display market with capabilities for flexible and rigid large format LED displays in virtually any shape and size. NanoLumens' company history, product line, markets, product attributes, and success stories will be discussed.

Learning objectives that will be accomplished by this program:

  1. A clear understanding of LED technology and the benefits thereof.
  2. An explanation of when to use LED.
  3. An overview of NanoLumens and its product offering.

Josh Byrd is the Marketing Manager at NanoLumens. With a strong marketing and creative background in industries ranging from A/V Technology to the Music Industry, Josh brings a deep understanding of consumer engagement to the NanoLumens team and enjoys pushing the boundaries of marketing through digital signage.


Panasonic

February 16, 2012

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The Fundamentals of Edge Blending

Presented by Alan & Jonathan Brawn - Brawn Consulting

Edge blending is truly a technique that is part art and part science. In this seminar we will explore what edge blending is and take a closer look at the elements that affect what we ultimately see on screen. Of utmost importance are the screen technologies that work and do not work for edge blending. We will look at how edge blending actually works and examine the projector layout, installation and pixel overlap. We will then explore edge blending processing and see how it all comes together. Finally we will look at brightness matching as well as color matching to see how we can make this all look like a contiguous image from a single projector.

Some of the Panasonic Projectors that are most relevelant to this topic will be reviewed.

Jonathan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


ZeeVee

February 14, 2012

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ZeeVee's HD Bridge Line, The Easiest and Most Cost Effective Way to Distribute HD Video on Premise. So Simple... it's Scary!

Presented by Roy Bertalotto, Sales Manager, ZeeVee

ZeeVee and ALMO invite you to discover HDbridge and ZvBox; reliable, affordable and easy to use solutions for:

  • Large head ends
  • Small channel counts
  • Public and/or private content

Join us to discover how Digital Video over Coax is being used in Digital Signage, Casinos, Restaurants & Sports Bars, Stadiums, Houses of Worship, Corporate Centers, Lodging, Universities, Hospitals & Assisted Living facilities.

You Will Learn About:

  • Digital Clear QAM, SD/HD Modulation
  • Technical differences between HDbridge and ZvBox products
  • How to specify each line
  • An exciting, limited opportunity to Buy HDbridge modules and get free equipment!

Roy leads channel sales relationships and is responsible for activities related to the reselling of ZeeVee products. He is a veteran of merchandising, marketing and selling technology products, working closely with the sales and marketing staffs of specialty vendors.


BrightSign

February 7, 2012

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Affordable End to End Digital Signage Solutions by BrightSign

Presented by Aaron Taylor – VP Sales, Brightsign Inc.

Over the past couple of years BrightSign has become the world's fastest growing digital signage manufacturer by offering robust, easy to use and super affordable networked media-players and content management solutions. Their solid-state hardware platform (7W Max) is purpose built to run for several years without interruption. Having deployed over 200,000 media players for customers like BOSE and over 300 museums world-wide, BrightSign has the industry knowledge to build and support resilient products. BrightAuthor, included with BrightSign hardware, is an intuitive and easy to use signage presentation authoring, scheduling, publishing and cloud based network management software. BrightAuthor enables you to build everything from simple lopping playlists wth zones to fully interactive and engaging presentations for driving touch screens, buttons, control systems and synchronized video walls.

What You'll Learn:

  • BrightSign Company Background
  • Overview of Brightsign Hardware and Software Products
  • Competitive Edge  
  • Target Applications and Markets with actual examples
  • BrightAuthor Software and Networking demonstration
  • Product Roadmap Overview
  • Video Tutorials to review at: http://brightsign.biz/tutorials.php 

Aaron Taylor, the Vice President of Sales for Brightsign since 2009, leads channel marketing and key account management. Located in Silicon Valley, CA…Aaron has been involved with the digital video industry for nearly 12 years, having held VP and Director level positions with multi-media semiconductor and products engineering companies prior to joining Brightsign. Brightsign has enjoyed a 10x revenue growth over the last two years. Aaron holds a BS Degree in Marketing from Univ. of Hartford, CT.


URC

February 2, 2012

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URC Commercial Control - Take A Look Inside

Presented by Jamie Finnegan - NASM of URC's Commercial Division

The Webinar will give you an inside look at URC's cost effective, easy to deploy, customizable control system technology. This will include an overview of the products, applications and the AV Asset Management System. You will come away from this class with a good understanding of what URC is capable of and why. The timing is perfect in bringing URC's offering to the channel. There is a large demand for a more cost effective "go to" control solution in the Commercial Market. URC's ability to satisfy that demand is at the heart of their value proposition.

  1. Company History and Overview
  2. A review of our channel partners
  3. Identify what IP based control system products are the best fit for the commercial market
  4. System Applications and Diagrams
  5. Features and Benefits
  6. URC AMS (AV Asset Management System)-what is it and how does it work
  7. Q & A

Jamie Finnegan-NASM of URC's Commercial Division. Jamie brings 20+ years of "real world" experience in the AV and control systems industry. 13 of those years as owner of an AV Integration firm. Prior to coming on board with URC, Jamie was a sales manager at AMX for 4 years. With his wide breadth of experience, both on the dealer and manufacturing side, Jamie has an acute understanding of what it takes to be successful in this industry.


ZeeVee

January 26, 2012

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ZeeVee's HD Bridge Line, The Easiest and Most Cost Effective Way to Distribute HD Video on Premise. So Simple... it's Scary!

Presented by Roy Bertalotto, Sales Manager, ZeeVee

ZeeVee and ALMO invite you to discover HDbridge and ZvBox; reliable, affordable and easy to use solutions for:

  • Large head ends
  • Small channel counts
  • Public and/or private content

Join us to discover how Digital Video over Coax is being used in Digital Signage, Casinos, Restaurants & Sports Bars, Stadiums, Houses of Worship, Corporate Centers, Lodging, Universities, Hospitals & Assisted Living facilities.

You Will Learn About:

  • Digital Clear QAM, SD/HD Modulation
  • Technical differences between HDbridge and ZvBox products
  • How to specify each line
  • An exciting, limited opportunity to Buy HDbridge modules and get free equipment!

Roy leads channel sales relationships and is responsible for activities related to the reselling of ZeeVee products. He is a veteran of merchandising, marketing and selling technology products, working closely with the sales and marketing staffs of specialty vendors.


MusicLites

January 19, 2012

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Introducing MusicLites by Artison: "Where There's Light, There's Music"

Presented by Matthew LaBruzzo, Artison

Almo is proud to introduce MusicLites in this exciting webinar. This ground-breaking product combines LED lighting with audio into one sleek, compact module. Learn how to provide distributed audio by using three types of transmitters including: USB, 30-pin (ipod/smartphone) and/or RCA transmitter types for countless possibilities in listening enjoyment. ML's innovative design means that you'll never trade lighting for music. This presentation will review how warm LED lighting and awesome sound quality is provided and explore the possibilities of a true wireless solution, whether it's a commercial, corporate or residential application.

Highlights of this eye-opening session will include:

  • What are MusicLites and how they can be used to meet challenging installations
  • How to increase profit margins and make projects more competitive for distributed audio
  • Why giving your clients the latest in technology adds "wow factor" to any proposal

Matthew LaBruzzo is a knowledgeable member of Artison, an industry leader in high quality audio innovations. Matthew strives to present informative presentations with practical applications that dealers and integrators in every A/V specialty will benefit from listening to.


Panasonic

January 18, 2012

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The Fundamentals of Edge Blending

Presented by Jonathan Brawn - Brawn Consulting

Edge blending is truly a technique that is part art and part science. In this seminar we will explore what edge blending is and take a closer look at the elements that affect what we ultimately see on screen. Of utmost importance are the screen technologies that work and do not work for edge blending. We will look at how edge blending actually works and examine the projector layout, installation and pixel overlap. We will then explore edge blending processing and see how it all comes together. Finally we will look at brightness matching as well as color matching to see how we can make this all look like a contiguous image from a single projector.

Some of the Panasonic Projectors that are most relevelant to this topic will be reviewed.

Jonathan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


LG

December 1, 2011

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Videoconferencing: The Business Case Why NOW is the Time

Presented by Alan & Jonathan Brawn, Principals, Brawn Consulting

Understanding that videoconferencing has been around since the 1980's, this webinar explores why now is the time to add or expand videoconferencing offerings in your business. The convergence factors are revealed as well as the reasons why customers are primed to purchase now more than ever before.

We take a look at:

  • The barriers and obstacles that customers may suggest
  • Provide responses and solutions to each of these through our "factors for success" segment.
  • Explore why ultimately videoconferencing boils down to the quality of the image as well as audio and the user experience
  • Discuss why success or failure is measured in whether we achieve "feeling as though the individual on the other end is in the same room with no interruptions".
  • Take a detailed look at return on investment and finish up with an analysis of how LG Video Teleconferencing gear fills the bill.

Jonathan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


Almo ProAV

November 29, 2011

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Introduction to Networking - Understanding the Basics of Networking

Presented by Jonathan Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting

With the reality of AV and IT converging, AV integrators in both the sales and technical areas need a fundamental understanding of how computer networks function. This course provides a complete primer to the hardware, structure, and protocols of computer networking, from small LANs to large WANs. From the basic concept of linking two or more devices together for the purpose of sharing data and resources, all the way to the interent, the world's largest public WAN, the course explores types of network topologies, networking hardware and software as well as networking applications.

Jonathan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


Key Digital

November 17, 2011

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How to Deliver Video, Audio, and Control in the Age of Digital

Presented by Jonathon Ferry, Technical Group Manager, Key Digital

Is your upcoming application open to brand new wiring? Does your installation have exsiting infrastructure? Learn the importance of designing and installing solutions that address the needs of "new" and "existing" systems and enable you to meet your customer's needs for Digital Video, Audio, and Control confidently by working with Key Digital's succinct and versatile line of products. From Conference Rooms to Court Rooms, Sports Bars to Sporting Arenas, learn how Key Digital provides the quality, performance, and reliability that has been unmatched in the age of digital.

Learn about the three layers of HDMI, how to keep "simple switching and distribution" simple with EDID Control, flexible digital video matrixing that fits your applications' needs and budget, the highest rated HDMI cables, & using CAT5/6 cabling to extend HDMI video, audio, and bi-directional control.

Jonathon Ferry, Technical Group Manager, oversees all operations of the Technical Support team, System Design Group™, and Online Training teams at Key Digital. Having experience as a Manufacturer of AV Display and Video Distribution equipment, Jonathon's video-heavy background provides a large contribution to his work with Key Digital's Engineering and Research & Development teams to ensure products are designed with System Designers and Field Technicians in mind.


MusicLites

November 16, 2011

COMING SOON

Introducing MusicLites by Artison: "Where There's Light, There's Music"

Presented by Matthew LaBruzzo, Artison

Almo is proud to introduce MusicLites in this exciting webinar. This ground-breaking product combines LED lighting with audio into one sleek, compact module. Learn how to provide distributed audio by using three types of transmitters including: USB, 30-pin (ipod/smartphone) and/or RCA transmitter types for countless possibilities in listening enjoyment. ML's innovative design means that you'll never trade lighting for music. This presentation will review how warm LED lighting and awesome sound quality is provided and explore the possibilities of a true wireless solution, whether it's a commercial, corporate or residential application.

Highlights of this eye-opening session will include:

  • What are MusicLites and how they can be used to meet challenging installations
  • How to increase profit margins and make projects more competitive for distributed audio
  • Why giving your clients the latest in technology adds "wow factor" to any proposal

Matthew LaBruzzo is a knowledgeable member of Artison, an industry leader in high quality audio innovations. Matthew strives to present informative presentations with practical applications that dealers and integrators in every A/V specialty will benefit from listening to.


QSC

November 10, 2011

COMING SOON

Active Speakers for Installed Sound: The Modern Trend in Audio Design

Presented by Jason Drayer, Regional Representative, QSC

This class will cover the benefits and applications of active speakers for installed sound. Come learn how modern active speaker designs are bringing improved sound quality, reliability, and high value to installations across multiple vertical markets. This course will highlight the benefits of active designs, and cover some of the innovations that are occurring that will help overcome some of the concerns that arise when installing a powered box. We will also look at some of the free design tools that are available to help with your designs with these products.

Learning objectives that will be accomplished by this program:

  1. A clear comparison and contrasting of passive versus active loudspeaker designs
  2. An explanation how active speakers can make your installations go more smoothly, and therefore more cost efficient.
  3. An overview of programs such as Ease Focus, and Ease Address. Learn how they can easily spice up your sales proposals.
  4. Features and Benefits of the current QSC offerings.

Jason Drayer is a member of the RPR Group, a manufacturer's rep firm based in the Mid Atlantic. During his time representing QSC, Jason has become a regular fixture at local seminars and regional trade shows. He strives to provide energetic presentations that present technology in a way that is easily digestible.


Almo ProAV

November 8, 2011

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The Art of "Techorating" with Displays for Commercial Applications

Presented by Alan Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting

No, we didn't make the word up. "Techorating" is a catchy term coined back in 2008 by television's interior designer of choice, Doug Wilson, as a concept for the emergence of integrating display technologies and home decor in balance with one another. Over the last couple of years we have seen "techorating" migrate to commercial applications as well as digital signage. Techorating is the blending of modern display technologies with the art of decorating a space to ensure that the design and electronics suit the style and function of the space. The successful "techoration" of a space can serve as a functional and decorative part of the system and in the process expand the look and feel of the environment. This seminar explores the process of "techorating" a space, applications for "techoration" in commercial AV and digital signage applications and shows examples of "techorating" in practice and last but not least some cool products for "techoration" that you just might want to consider.

With more than two decades of expertise, Alan is an AV industry veteran. Prior to founding Brawn Consulting, he served as the President of Telanetix and was National Business Development Manager and National Product Marketing Manager, Pro AV Group at Samsung Electronics. His experience also includes managing a Pro AV systems integration company as well as co-founding Hughes-JVC. He holds CTS certification, is a CTS Prep instructor, and is a member of InfoComm's PETC council as well as being an adjunct faculty member of that organization. Alan was the recipient of the Pro AV Hall of Fame recognition from rAVe in 2004.


Panasonic

November 3, 2011

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House of Worship's Video Needs: Elements and Considerations for Effective Integrations

Presented by Bill Ewards, Senior Business Development Manager, Panasonic Solutions Company

This webinar provides an up to date look into the growing and diverse video needs of the House of Worship (HOW) market. The emphasis will focus on the large and mega-church's most asked questions and the various video system orientated solutions.

The Panasonic Solutions Company (PSC) has best in class products for the HOW market, providing total system solutions, that include the new cost effective HD/SD switchable cameras, switchers, monitors, plasma /LCD displays, DLP/LCD projectors. Integrators can offer a complete solution for the HOW customer's IMAG, production, digital signage, and multisite location video needs.

This Panasonic Solutions Company Pro AV Webinar will review other topics and solution to include:

  • Selecting the proper projector
  • The church's move to High Definition
  • Video workflow and related PSC / Partnered manufactures for HOW
  • Multi-site Church video distribution
  • Video Production

Panasonic Solutions Company's William Edwards, is the Senior Business Development Manager and Primary point of contact for House of worship needs, providing solutions in your quest for video products and workflow technologies, including solutions for High Definition projectors, cameras, displays and laptop computers. "Bill" has over 30 years experience in the professional video marketplace with design and consultant experience specific to the House of Worship market and Broadcast & multimedia experience in the broadcast, cable & worship markets.


URC

November 1, 2011

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URC Commercial Control - Take A Look Inside

Presented by Jamie Finnegan - NASM of URC's Commercial Division

The Webinar will give you an inside look at URC's cost effective, easy to deploy, customizable control system technology. This will include an overview of the products, applications and the AV Asset Management System. You will come away from this class with a good understanding of what URC is capable of and why. The timing is perfect in bringing URC's offering to the channel. There is a large demand for a more cost effective "go to" control solution in the Commercial Market. URC's ability to satisfy that demand is at the heart of their value proposition.

  1. Company History and Overview
  2. A review of our channel partners
  3. Identify what IP based control system products are the best fit for the commercial market
  4. System Applications and Diagrams
  5. Features and Benefits
  6. URC AMS (AV Asset Management System)-what is it and how does it work
  7. Q & A

Jamie Finnegan-NASM of URC's Commercial Division. Jamie brings 20+ years of "real world" experience in the AV and control systems industry. 13 of those years as owner of an AV Integration firm. Prior to coming on board with URC, Jamie was a sales manager at AMX for 4 years. With his wide breadth of experience, both on the dealer and manufacturing side, Jamie has an acute understanding of what it takes to be successful in this industry.


LG

August 4, 2011

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Videoconferencing: The Business Case Why NOW is the Time

Presented by Alan & Jonathan Brawn, Principals, Brawn Consulting

Understanding that videoconferencing has been around since the 1980's, this webinar explores why now is the time to add or expand videoconferencing offerings in your business. The convergence factors are revealed as well as the reasons why customers are primed to purchase now more than ever before.

We take a look at:

  • The barriers and obstacles that customers may suggest
  • Provide responses and solutions to each of these through our "factors for success" segment.
  • Explore why ultimately videoconferencing boils down to the quality of the image as well as audio and the user experience
  • Discuss why success or failure is measured in whether we achieve "feeling as though the individual on the other end is in the same room with no interruptions".
  • Take a detailed look at return on investment and finish up with an analysis of how LG Video Teleconferencing gear fills the bill.

Jonathan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


Christie

June 29, 2011

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Projector Network Management Made Easy with Christie PowerTools

Presented by Joel St. Denis Value-Add Product Manager, Christie Digital

Remote managment. Back-up and restore. Send group (or individual) commands. All of these concepts are essential in today's networked world with projection systems. How can you do all of this and more? Find out in this 45-minute, intructional webinar. You will learn how Christie PowerTools, a free client-based software interface, enables you to easily monitor and manage most Christie LCD , 1-chip and 3-chip DLP projectors on your network. Through a single user-interface you can:

  • Monitor through a 'tree-view' display
  • Backup and restore channels and preferences
  • Send commands to individual projectors, groups of projectors or all of the projectors on your network
  • Support any number of Christie projectors, regardless of their geographic location

In his role as the Value-Add Product Manager, Joel St. Denis brings more that 12 years of video/broadcast and projection expertise to Christie. Since joining Christie in 2007, Joel has successfully launched and supported a number of product and software releases that meet the technical and business requirements for fixed and rental staging-type installations. Joel's role also involves conducting market research and developing a strategic direction for these supporting products and software for Christie's business line of projectors to ensure that these solutions meet the needs of the AV industry.


Samsung

June 7, 2011

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Samsung Commercial: "-3" Product Introduction: Integration Made Easier

Presented by Jonathan Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting

Samsung is always developing and improving their commercial LCD products, and the latest generation of display technology will introduce a number of exciting new features. These new options are aimed not a simply improving how the display appears on a spec sheet, but adding capabilities to make integration and use easier, and further provide problem solving solutions. This webinar will provide an overview of the new Samsung -3 product generation features, what they really mean to you, and offer an introduction to the latest generation of MagicInfo digital signage software, MagicInfo I Premium. The instructor for this session will be Jonathan Brawn with Brawn Consulting.

Jonathan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


TOA

May 26, 2011

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Basics of Digital Signal Processing

Presented by Josh Srago Senior Consultant Liaison & Trainer for TOA Electronics, Inc.

In this web session we will be discussing the basics of Digital Signal Processing. We will cover why DSP is commonly used in audio today. We will look at TOA DSP software and look into the basic building blocks of DSP, how, and when they are used in common applications. Some of the DSP components we will be exploring include Compressors, EQ, Gain Structure, Gates, NOM, Delay, Limiters, and Reverb.

  • Understand audio DSP and how it applies to current applications
  • Learn the basics of setting up proper gain structure for your digital signal processing
  • Understand how each of the components of digital signal processing are used
  • Understand when each of the components of digital signal processing are used and the types of applications that may require DSP
  • Walk through a common DSP software solution
  • Get a basic overview of TOA DSP solutions

Josh Srago is the Senior Consultant Liaison and Trainer for TOA Electronics, Inc. He has a BA in audio production from San Francisco State University. Throughout his career he has spent time working in recording studios, live sound/event production, broadcast radio, corporate A/V, and audio system design. He has been a member of the TOA team since 2008, starting in the product support group, and currently supports all consultant design efforts with TOA products throughout the United States.


rAVe

May 25, 2011

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Digital Signage 201 for Pro AV Integrators

Presented by Gary Kayye, Chief Visionary, Kayye Consulting

If you're not already interested in a Digital Signage (DS) network, you will be. The DS market is the key to the future of not only the ProAV market, but it's, literally, the future of a huge chunk of the Advertising market too! The advertising opportunities that exist with the explosion of DOOH (Digital Out of Home) market (meaning any advertising that's not traditional TV, radio or print ads) have even set up a system where many DS networks can be totally financed within a couple of years via well-designed and integrated ad-based DS system. That's right - it's not only possible to justify the budget for a DS network but you can design a system that not only profitable for your client, but will give you residual revenue every month for years as well. This seminar or keynote address is designed to help you understand Digital Signage, how it works, how to implement a system and how you can design it to leverage the Ad Networks, too! And, we'll explore everything you need to know about the future of Digital Signage and how to justify it to your campus or facility. It's a 1-hour look at where DS is now and where it's heading with the integration of Social Networking and personalized digital information displays

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe [Publications], has been using social media for three years. He's Twittered and YouTubed and blogged. He even teaches social media to college students (at UNC-Chapel Hill’s top-rated journalism school), and partnered with top industry organizations (CEDIA, InfoComm) to bring you social media coverage of industry events. He's had a few false starts, but, also, a lot of wild successes. He know what works and what doesn’t, and now want to pass that knowledge on to you.


rAVe

May 17, 2011

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Social Media Marketing for Pro AV Dealers

Presented by Gary Kayye, Chief Visionary, Kayye Consulting

Do you feel like you're missing out on social media? Or do you think it's just a passing fad? Everyone's been talking about it lately, and we're sure you're wondering if there's value in it for you, as a B2B enterprise, an A/V dealer. Well, there is!

Social media has real value to you as a way to build your brand and authentically communicate with your customers and industry colleagues. Don't get us wrong – social media takes commitment. You have to ADD VALUE, or you just become spam! We know you may have doubts about social media, but the reality is that more and more people are using it, and if your customers aren't on it now, they will be very shortly. You don't want to be left behind. Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe [Publications], has been using social media for three years. He's Twittered and YouTubed and blogged. He even teaches social media to college students (at UNC-Chapel Hill's top-rated journalism school), and partnered with top industry organizations (CEDIA, InfoComm) to bring you social media coverage of industry events. He's had a few false starts, but, also, a lot of wild successes. He know what works and what doesn't, and now want to pass that knowledge on to you.

Social Media Marketing for ProAV Dealers is a seminar specifically written for Integrators of AV gear and how they can leverage Social Media to build themselves, their brand, mid-share, market share and he'll even cover how to leverage social media in client service and support applications. This session will include coverage of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, SecondLife, Podcasting, FriendFeed and more.

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe [Publications], has been using social media for three years. He's Twittered and YouTubed and blogged. He even teaches social media to college students (at UNC-Chapel Hill’s top-rated journalism school), and partnered with top industry organizations (CEDIA, InfoComm) to bring you social media coverage of industry events. He's had a few false starts, but, also, a lot of wild successes. He know what works and what doesn’t, and now want to pass that knowledge on to you.


TOA

May 12, 2011

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Pro Audio Basics

Presented by Josh Srago Senior Consultant Liaison & Trainer for TOA Electronics, Inc.

n this webinar, we will discuss the basic connector types you will find in audio including XLR, TRS, TS, and RCA. Additionally, we will discuss common signal types such as balanced and unbalanced as well as the differences between mic, line, and speaker level audio signals. We will also cover the basic types of speakers from full range to 3-way and how to determine which speakers you're working with and applications for each. Finally, you will learn about frequency response and how to read and understand a frequency response chart.

  • Learn basic audio connector types
  • Learn the difference between balanced and unbalanced audio
  • Learn the difference between mic, line, and speaker level signals
  • Examples of different types of speakers
  • Understand frequency response and frequency response charts for speakers

Josh Srago is the Senior Consultant Liaison and Trainer for TOA Electronics, Inc. He has a BA in audio production from San Francisco State University. Throughout his career he has spent time working in recording studios, live sound/event production, broadcast radio, corporate A/V, and audio system design. He has been a member of the TOA team since 2008, starting in the product support group, and currently supports all consultant design efforts with TOA products throughout the United States.


Samsung

April 13, 2011

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Samsung Commercial: "-3" Product Introduction: Integration Made Easier

Presented by Jonathan Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting

Samsung is always developing and improving their commercial LCD products, and the latest generation of display technology will introduce a number of exciting new features. These new options are aimed not a simply improving how the display appears on a spec sheet, but adding capabilities to make integration and use easier, and further provide problem solving solutions. This webinar will provide an overview of the new Samsung -3 product generation features, what they really mean to you, and offer an introduction to the latest generation of MagicInfo digital signage software, MagicInfo I Premium. The instructor for this session will be Jonathan Brawn with Brawn Consulting.

Jonathan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


Toshiba

April 12, 2011

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Introducing Value, Profit, Expanded Connectivity & Easy Installation One Display Line

Presented by David Gaut, National Training Specialist, Toshiba

For 2011, Toshiba is bringing to the market more of the connectivity solutions that your customer is looking for, including expanded NetTV, DLNA, and USB connectivity. In this webinar, you will:

  • Find out about new 3D sets that will overcome the key objections customers offer
  • See what Toshiba offers for the educational and governmental agencies looking for simplified installation solutions with combination models such as TV/DVD, and DVD/VHS recorders (Yes, VHS!)
  • Learn about the tools built into the TVs to help the installer customize the TV more easily
  • Learn the features and benefits, and series steps, between the model lines
  • Learn about connectivity features that help simplify remote operation

This presentation will cover the 2011 Toshiba television and Digital Audio/Video line, offering the value your customer wants, and the profitability you expect. The instructor will also cover the hard to find add-on pieces that your government and education agencies are looking for to complete their A/V installations.

David Gaut is currently a National Training Specialist with Toshiba, with 30+ years experience in the CE industry in sales, sales management and training. Drawing on this background, David will provide information to assist distributors and dealers in selecting the best products to satisfy the client's needs.


LG

March 31, 2011

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Introducing a True All-In-One Digital Signage Solution – LG SuperSign

Presented by Todd Fender, Sr. Manager, Digital Signage Solution, LG Electronics

Is an all-in-one, turn-key digital signage solution really possible? Including a flat panel display, media player, access to content management software and starter templates, as well as news and weather feeds from CNN? Enter LG's SuperSign Premier! Right out of the box, digital signage content can be created easily using more than 50 starter templates that are customized for numerous vertical markets. In addition, SuperSign Premier includes a stock image library from iStockphoto that can be used to add a compelling and professional look to any message.

Recognizing that SMBs may also need access to professionally developed content, the SuperSign Premier platform also includes LG's Certified Content Providers. Customers have direct access to content partners who can create customized content for their digital signage messaging needs.
Learning objectives for this session include:

  1. Understand SuperSign's features and benefits
  2. Demonstrate SuperSign's user interface to end users
  3. Understand the SuperSign sales cycle
  4. Bringing your unique value as a reseller to the sale: solution design, installation, hardware/software integration, content development

Todd Fender is the Sr. Manager, Digital Signage Solutions at LG Electronics. During his 14 years in the AV industry, he has launched and managed professional and large screen LCD display lines, launched a new line of Diagnostic Medical displays and grew these businesses to a #1 market share position. He held the Director of Global Product Management position at Richardson Electronics for 2 years where he re-branded the display system group as Canvys Visual Solutions. Fender holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and a B.S. in Business from Eastern Illinois University.


NEC

February 17, 2011

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Digital Menu Boards: Exploring Market Trends and Technology

Presented by Richard Ventura, North American Sales Manager for Retail Solutions, NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.

How will the new FDA ruling on displaying calorie information affect the digital menu board market? This is just one issue that will be explored in this information packed session led by 10 year industry veteran, Rich Ventura with NEC's Retail Solutions division. Optimizing menu content by implementing digital screens has proved to have measurable ROI for many restaurants. Learn which display technology is best suited for menu boards with tips and tricks for a smooth installation. Rich shares his experiences in working with both customers and integrators to help guide you in the right direction to target this growing market segment.

Richard Ventura, North American Sales Manager for Retail Solutions at NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., is responsible for managing business development and growth of market penetration within the restaurant and retail vertical markets. Richard manages a team responsible for designing and implementing solutions such as digital menu boards, interactive kiosks, digital signage, and in store advertising systems for both customers and partners. Richard has spent 10 years within the NEC sales organization focusing on display solutions, display technologies and projectors.


TOA

February 15, 2011

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Understanding 70V Audio Basics and System Design

Presented by Josh Srago is the Senior Consultant Liaison and Trainer for TOA Electronics, Inc.

In this web session we will be discussing the basic building blocks of audio systems including input signals, mixers, amplifiers, and speakers and how those pieces are combined to create an audio system. We will teach you what questions need to be asked in order to provide the best solution to your clients. We will discuss the differences between a high impedance (or 70V) system and a low impedance (or 8 ohm) system and when each system is used. We will also cover basic principles of designing audio systems including speaker dispersion angles, speaker sensitivity, decibel levels, and inverse square law. Once we have looked at the basics of how a 70V system is designed, we will explore one of TOA's new self-training modules designed to help you pick the best equipment for each job from the TOA product line-up.

Josh Srago is the Senior Consultant Liaison and Trainer for TOA Electronics, Inc. He has a BA in audio production from San Francisco State University. Throughout his career he has spent time working in recording studios, live sound/event production, broadcast radio, corporate A/V, and audio system design. He has been a member of the TOA team since 2008, starting in the product support group, and currently supports all consultant design efforts with TOA products throughout the United States.


ZeeVee

February 9, 2011

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Distribute HD Video and Digital Signage Over Coax

Presented by Chris Bauer, Director, Marketing, ZeeVee

Got clients with budget constraints? Learn to sell and set up a cost-effective, HD video distribution solution that's perfect for retrofits or any environment that has coax. This webinar will discuss ideal applications, ZvBox technology and configuration, basic installation, and an introduction to ZeeVee's resources aimed at the pro AV integration specialist. The webinar instructor is Chris Bauer whose entertaining presentation style will make this 45 minute session engaging and fun.

Chris Bauer is a professional trainer with a deep background in consumer and pro AV gear- and as a consequence, all trainings focus on how to sell more effectively. Chris was Director of Training for Tweeter Home Entertainment for 22 years, and has spent the last 3 running training, and participating in the sales and marketing efforts, at ZeeVee. He also participates in the Support effort at ZeeVee, answering calls from integrators.


Kramer

December 10, 2010

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Infocomm Instructor of the Year


Understanding the Analog Sunset: Myths & Misconceptions Revealed

Presented by Max Kopsho, Director of Training and Consultant Relations, Kramer U.S.

Most sunsets are beautiful. The Analog Sunset is no exception. Once a few myths are cleared up we can enjoy the intent behind the AACS Final Agreement and enjoy all of the beautiful colors of this sunset too (in full HD if we plan accordingly). Ultimately it will all come down to being properly prepared and having a better understanding of the licensing agreements for AACS and understanding who will be using it going forward. This class will discuss the common myths and misconceptions as well as the top integration issues caused by the Analog Sunset. Finally we will discuss the new best practices and integration tips for analog and digital AV systems.

Max Kopsho, CTS, MCSE, is currently the Director of Training and Consultant Relations for Kramer U.S. Max is responsible for internal and external (Kramer Partner and Industry Event) sales and technical training and consultant business development. Max has worked in the AV industry for over 13 years managing sales, product management, channel marketing, field technical services and training.


Samsung

December 1, 2010

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Touching the Future of Whiteboards with Samsung

Presented by Jonathan Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting

Gone are the days when offices and educational institutions were required to use conventional chalkboards or marker whiteboards for learning or collaboration. It is the age of interactive touch displays, and it has started an evolution in how we interact with information. Smartphones and touch devices are everywhere, and the day has dawned where everything we work with is starting to come equipped with a touch screen. Samsung has joined this movement by not only introducing a full line of touch enabled displays, which is a unique proposition among first tier display manufacturers, but also by adding a free digital whiteboard solution to their product line up. Paired with a touch monitor, this provides a complete collaborative solution that is very cost effective. This webinar is designed to provide you with an introduction to Samsung's new digital whiteboard software solution, it's setup, and it's use, including the new classroom e-learning system available as part of the digital whiteboard package.

Jonathan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


Mitsubishi

November 30, 2010

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Tips for Creative Projector Installations with Mitsubishi's New 8000 Series

Presented by Steve Schafer, Mitsubishi Presentation Products

Join us for a 45-minute, information packed session to explore some of key features of Mitsubishi's new 8000 series of projectors. Want to do more creative installations but want ensure reliability? Want a profitable projector line with NO internet sales? Then join us to learn more on how the 8000 series is becoming the line of choice for installers and receiving accolades by the media (the WD8200U was awarded an Editor's Choice Award by Projector Central.)

Here a just a few of the features that will be reviewed:

  • New edge-blending and color matching technology, which allows an essentially unlimited number of images from different projectors of the same model to be blended vertically and/or horizontally to create one virtually seamless and uniform image for maximum visual impact
  • Creative installations are easy with these new models that offer 360° support, so images can be projected in a complete circle vertically, above and below from a center point
  • Geometric warping so images can be created on curved screens or surfaces, in either front- or rear-projection mode - ideal for museums, malls, casinos or other performance spaces such as planetariums or vision tunnels

Steve Schafer is an account executive with Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America.  He works with Almo and their integration partners to offer complete visual solutions.  Mitsubishi's Presentation Products division located in Irvine California offers a wide array of professional projectors and digital signage displays.


NEC

November 3, 2010

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Success Strategies for Video Wall Deployments

Presented by Benjamin C. Hardy & Michael Ferrer, NEC Display Solutions

Join us as two of NEC's top display specialists take us through the in's and out's of videowalls.

  • 46" X462UN is NEC's new ultra-narrow display which includes EdgeComp™ technology to evenly distribute brightness from the center to edge in video wall configurations. Ben will discuss this and other advanced features of this popular model.
  • The 43" NEC X431BT is a bar-type LCD that can be used in atypical spaces in a variety of applications, including transportation facilities, retail stores and quick-service restaurants.
  • Video walls can be used in numerous applications, which Michael will discuss in detail, from 3rd party mounting and cables to best practices and recommendations for installations.

Ben focuses on the technologies and design of NEC's large-screen products. He is responsible for product launches with specification details, technical documents and competitive matrices to support the sales department. Prior to joining NEC, Benjamin earned his Bachelor's Degree in Engineering with a secondary field in Engineering Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Michael Ferrer is a 12-year veteran of AV System Integration industry where he designed, installed and serviced Audio, Video and Control Systems for various Fortune 500 clients. He then used that experience to become the Director of Technical Sales for a manufacturer of IP-based control systems and optional plug-in modules for several major display manufacturers. Michael is currently the Solution Sales, Sr. Business Development Manager for NEC Displays – where he assists clients in fulfilling their Digital Signage vision.


Samsung

October 28, 2010

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Samsung MagicInfo Pro Software Training 101

Presented by Jonathan Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting

This presentation is a complete tutorial on how use the Samsung MagicInfo Pro software. This is not a software demo but a detailed "How To" class. Each step along the path of using the software is documented, not only in text with highlighted commands, but with detailed screenshots, making it easy to learn how to use MagicInfo Pro. This presentation is approximately 1 hours, and is a complete reference to MagicInfo Pro.

Attendees will receive training materials for reference and access to recorded training as a follow up.

Jonathan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


Almo ProAV

October 19, 2010

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The Most Important Thing in Business... Customers

Presented by Alan Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting

Customers and customer service have become "buzz" words in most industries with little meaning attached other than the obvious. Alan Brawn, Industry Veteran and author, explores what customers really want from an integrator and how we are so often disconnected from them. We provide some interesting statistics showing that conventional wisdom often is not so wise and we wrap up the message with a look at 50 things customers think and feel that the majority of us overlook or are not aware of in the first place. It is time to shift those paradigms!

Alan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting LLC an audio visual consulting, educational development, and market intelligence firm with national exposure to major manufacturers and integrators in the industry. Brawn is an AV industry veteran with experience spanning over 2 decades including years managing a commercial AV systems integration company after which he became one of the founding members of Hughes-JVC. Alan is CTS certified and an adjunct faculty member of Infocomm sitting on their PETC council. He is an NSCA instructor and Learning Unit Provider. He was the recipient of the Pro AV Hall of Fame recognition from rAVe in 2004.


Samsung

September 29, 2010

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Understanding Videowalls Technology & The Samsung Advantage

Presented by Jonathan Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting

Samsung has focused hardware product lines designed to address high demand specific applications, such as videowalls and digital signage. This course will cover the technologies that drive the new Samsung videowalls, from the basic onboard capabilities, to advanced software that allows for asymmetrical and high resolution modular walls, designed to compete cost effectively, with even the most expensive videowall processor. This one hour seminar will provide a good understanding of all levels of Samsung videowall offerings, and how they can apply to your business. We will also explore how these technologies can take something as complex as a videowall and make it understandable, manageable, and easy to install.

Jonathan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


AMX

September 24, 2010

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Cost-effective Digital Signage for Small-to-Medium Size Installations

Presented by Dave Gentile, Director, Business Development, AMX

Your clients want digital signage at an affordable price and you want it to be easy-to-install and profitable. Enter AMX’s Inspired Signage (IS) XPress solution, a non-subscription based hardware and software bundle. The IS XPress software features a simple, comprehensive tool that allows users to quickly and easily create and publish templates and content. The media player has no moving parts and low energy consumption.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Basic features and functionality of the content creation & management software in a live product demonstration
  • Tips on how to sell digital signage in the small-to-medium size business market
  • How Almo & AMX will support you in growing your signage business through our Digital Signage Solution Provider program with educational courses, special pricing and more
  • Why Inspired Signage XPress makes good business sense for both your clients and your business

Samsung

August 26, 2010

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Digital Signage: An All in One Solution

Presented by Jonathan Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting

If you're an integrator focusing on the education or corporate markets, this is a session you can't With all the complexities involved in digital signage, it is sometimes easy to become overwhelmed in the process. For the vast majority of installations, complexity is an impediment to reaching your goals rather than a requirement. Digital Signage: An All in One Solution takes a look at the market, as well as the 7 Key Elements of Digital Signage and provides directions on how to "Keep It Simple" using the Samsung DID network displays and MagicInfo i as good examples on how to uncomplicate your digital signage lives.

Jonathan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


Canvys

August 19, 2010

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Exploring Touch Market Opportunities & Applications

Presented by Alan Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting

The focus of this seminar is to define interactivity, its scale and scope and to explore touch market opportunities and applications. We investigate the current state of the art and look at ways to start incorporating touch into projects and how to justify and quote touch leading to higher margin business.

The attendee will learn the following:

  • What is digital signage and what are the benefits
  • Digital signage market growth and market drivers
  • The 7 Key Elements of Digital Signage
  • How touch bridges the gap between the viewer and the content
  • Benefits of touch and the touch screen market
  • Understanding applications and the touch customer
  • Selling value in digital signage and touch

With more than two decades of expertise, Alan is an AV industry veteran. Prior to founding Brawn Consulting, he served as the President of Telanetix and was National Business Development Manager and National Product Marketing Manager, Pro AV Group at Samsung Electronics. His experience also includes managing a Pro AV systems integration company as well as co-founding Hughes-JVC. He holds CTS certification, is a CTS Prep instructor, and is a member of InfoComm's PETC council as well as being an adjunct faculty member of that organization. Alan was the recipient of the Pro AV Hall of Fame recognition from rAVe in 2004.


Canvys

August 18, 2010

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The Fundamentals of Touch Technology and Integration

Presented by Jonathan Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting

The focus of this seminar is technical and begins with a full tutorial of the different types of touch technologies, how they work, the pros and cons of each, and what is appropriate for different applications. The seminar delves into the integration, upkeep, and servicing of touch screens and the need for service contracts to insure the long term viability of the touch system.

The attendee will learn the following:

  • The definition of a touch screen and what it is intended to do
  • The history if touch
  • The basic principles and how touch works
  • A tutorial on all current touch screen technologies
  • Touch screen cleaning, maintenance, and service
  • Which touch to use in your project
  • Selecting the right flat panel display
  • Value added by Canvys and Almo Pro A/V

Jonathan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


Kramer

July 20, 2010

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SiFi Control – Simplified Control for Fixed Install

Presented by Max Kopsho, CTS, MCSE, Director of Training and Consultant Relations, Kramer U.S.

This class covers how to take "Hang and Bang" installations and increase functionality and ease of use by adding low cost and easy to use control systems. We will cover the basics of control systems and system specifications. Come learn a unique sales process, needs analysis and ways of setting different customer expectations. Students will finish this course with an understanding of the technology used in simple control systems so they can maintain or increase their value in the AV solution.

Max Kopsho, CTS, MCSE, is currently the Director of Training and Consultant Relations for Kramer U.S.  Max is responsible for internal and external sales and technical training and consultant business development.  Max has worked in the AV industry for over 14 years managing sales, product management, channel marketing, field technical services and training.  He currently serves on the InfoComm Professional Education and Training Committee as Chairperson for the Curriculum Development Sub-Committee and as a member of the InfoComm Course Selection Committee.  Max  is Senior Faculty for InfoComm Academy and recently received the honor of being named the 2010 InfoComm Educator of the Year. He is the only person outside the DSEG authorized to teach and conduct certification program testing for the Digital Signage Certified Expert (DSCE) program.  Max has been an instructor for NSCA University, NAB and a keynote speaker at the M2M conference.


Kramer

July 8, 2010

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AV for the Long Haul – Understanding Methods for Sending AV Signals Over Long Distances

Presented by Max Kopsho, CTS, MCSE, Director of Training and Consultant Relations, Kramer U.S.

This class will cover options available on the market and the technology behind long distance AV routing. Attendees will learn about traditional AV distance specifications and some ways to address the challenges with sending AV signals longer distances than the specification allows for. Students will finish the course with an understanding of twisted pair (CAT5, CAT6 and CAT7) solutions, fiber optics and IP based audio and video routing solutions. Participants should attend if they are interested in seeing solutions used in markets like education, digital signage, large venues, house of worship and many more. Attendees will gain an understanding of some of the solutions for a very common problem in AV.

Max Kopsho, CTS, MCSE, is currently the Director of Training and Consultant Relations for Kramer U.S.  Max is responsible for internal and external sales and technical training and consultant business development.  Max has worked in the AV industry for over 14 years managing sales, product management, channel marketing, field technical services and training.  He currently serves on the InfoComm Professional Education and Training Committee as Chairperson for the Curriculum Development Sub-Committee and as a member of the InfoComm Course Selection Committee.  Max  is Senior Faculty for InfoComm Academy and recently received the honor of being named the 2010 InfoComm Educator of the Year. He is the only person outside the DSEG authorized to teach and conduct certification program testing for the Digital Signage Certified Expert (DSCE) program.  Max has been an instructor for NSCA University, NAB and a keynote speaker at the M2M conference.


AMX

June 30, 2010

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Cost-effective Digital Signage for Small-to-Medium Size Installations

Presented by Dave Gentile, Director, Business Development, AMX

Your clients want digital signage at an affordable price and you want it to be easy-to-install and profitable. Enter AMX’s Inspired Signage (IS) XPress solution, a non-subscription based hardware and software bundle. The IS XPress software features a simple, comprehensive tool that allows users to quickly and easily create and publish templates and content. The media player has no moving parts and low energy consumption.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Basic features and functionality of the content creation & management software in a live product demonstration
  • Tips on how to sell digital signage in the small-to-medium size business market
  • How Almo & AMX will support you in growing your signage business through our Digital Signage Solution Provider program with educational courses, special pricing and more
  • Why Inspired Signage XPress makes good business sense for both your clients and your business

What webinar attendees receive:

  • A free trial of the IS XPress software plus access to “How To” videos
  • Each webinar attendee will be eligible to purchase an IS XPress demonstration unit at a special price
  • An invitation to be a part of the Almo/AMX Digital Signage Solution Provider program – as an AMX distributor, this is the first opportunity for dealers who are not direct with AMX to have access to their award-winning products.

Samsung

June 29, 2010

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Digital Signage: An All in One Solution

Presented by Jonathan Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting

If you're an integrator focusing on the education or corporate markets, this is a session you can't With all the complexities involved in digital signage, it is sometimes easy to become overwhelmed in the process. For the vast majority of installations, complexity is an impediment to reaching your goals rather than a requirement. Digital Signage: An All in One Solution takes a look at the market, as well as the 7 Key Elements of Digital Signage and provides directions on how to “Keep It Simple” using the Samsung DID network displays and MagicInfo i as good examples on how to uncomplicate your digital signage lives.

Jonathan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


Niles

April 29, 2010

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How to Design Bar and Restaurant Music Systems with Superior Sound and Lots of Profit

Presented by Gary Blouse, Director of Training, Niles Audio

In this class you will learn how to create a marketable system solution for a bar or restaurant that is easy to sell and install. We will show you how to accomplish the following:

  • How to create "zones" so different sources can be selected
  • How to provide adequate volume for outdoor areas
  • How to introduce paging into the system
  • How to design control solutions that make the system easier to operate
  • How to integrate control of multiple video monitors
  • How to design the system so you maximize your profit margins

An industry veteran with over 28 years experience, Gary Blouse has trained and educated thousands of salespeople and installers throughout his career. As Director of Training for Niles Audio, a provider of audio, video, and control solutions for the residential and commercial markets, he is directly responsible for the company’s training initiatives, both domestically and internationally.

In addition to being a renowned classroom and webinar trainer, Gary also produces online training videos and e-learning modules. Most recently he collaborated with other industry veterans to create the new low-voltage Electronic System Professional Alliance (ESPA) certification.


Kramer

April 22, 2010

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Simplified Control Systems for Standard Fixed Installs

Presented by Max Kopsho, Director of Training and Consultant Relations, Kramer U.S.

This class covers how to take “Hang and Bang” installations and increase usability by adding low cost, ease of use and increase functionality. Come learn how by going through a unique sales process, needs analysis and setting different expectations and understanding technology we can maintain our value in the solution. This course covers the basics of how to define and develop a Simplified Control System for a Standard Fixed Installation and some of the terminology used in creating these basic control systems. This class helps us as technical sales people and sales engineers change our approach to these solutions from “Hang and Bang” to “Standard Fixed Installation” or “SiFi Install”. Three learning objectives that will be accomplished by this program:

  1. Learn basic control system terminology to develop needs and specifications.
  2. Learn how simplified control systems can be cabled for easy installations.
  3. Learn how to build easy to use interfaces for a pleasant customer experience.
  4. Basic Terminology and Needs Analysis
  5. Features and Benefits – Benefit Mapping to Customer Needs
  6. Control Communications and cabling
  7. User interface, Integration and Applications

Max Kopsho, CTS, MCSE, is currently the Director of Training and Consultant Relations for Kramer U.S. Max is responsible for internal and external (Kramer Partner and Industry Event) sales and technical training and consultant business development. Max has worked in the AV industry for over 13 years managing sales, product management, channel marketing, field technical services and training.


Kramer

April 15, 2010

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Defying grAVITy – The Keys to Understanding the Impact of IT on AV

Presented by Max Kopsho, Director of Training and Consultant Relations, Kramer U.S.

Join us and learn about integrated AV/IT solutions and their overall system capabilities. This webinar will cover some major hot topics, buzzwords, terminology and specifications for AV and IT. This class includes fundamentals of what the IT specifications are and how to translate them to the overall audiovisual system requirements. Participants will discuss current options available in the market and a brief outline will be presented on what is available in the converged AV and IT marketplace. Learning objectives that will be accomplished by this program:

  1. Market and Review Tools for Needs Analysis and Site Survey for AV and IT Needs
  2. Three New Technologies in converged AV and IT systems
  3. Three Trends in Technology in the AV and IT Combined Market

Max Kopsho, CTS, MCSE, is currently the Director of Training and Consultant Relations for Kramer U.S. Max is responsible for internal and external (Kramer Partner and Industry Event) sales and technical training and consultant business development. Max has worked in the AV industry for over 13 years managing sales, product management, channel marketing, field technical services and training.


Samsung

March 24, 2010

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Introduction to Samsung's MagicInfo i Software

Presented by Jonathan Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting

Samsung has proudly introduced the successor to their popular MagicInfo Pro digital signage software, dubbed MagicInfo i. The new software introduces dozens of user interface improvements and many function upgrades. It also fundamentally changes how the user interacts with the software, making it inherently multi-site and multi-user compatible through a web browser. This presentation is designed to offer a complete overview of the changes in MagicInfo I, how the new system works, and the basics of what the new user interface looks like, and how it works. We will also cover the computer hardware required, the software platforms it supports, and the content files the system handles.

Jonathan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry.


rAVe

March 23, 2010

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Digital Signage 101 for Pro AV Integrators

Presented by Gary Kayye, Chief Visionary, Kayye Consulting

If you're not already interested in a Digital Signage (DS) network, you will be. The DS market is the key to the future of not only the ProAV market, but it's, literally, the future of a huge chunk of the Advertising market too! The advertising opportunities that exist with the explosion of DOOH (Digital Out of Home) market (meaning any advertising that's not traditional TV, radio or print ads) have even set up a system where many DS networks can be totally financed within a couple of years via well-designed and integrated ad-based DS system.

That's right - it's not only possible to justify the budget for a DS network but you can design a system that not only profitable for your client, but will give you residual revenue every month for years as well. This seminar or keynote address is designed to help you understand Digital Signage, how it works, how to implement a system and how you can design it to leverage the Ad Networks, too! And, we'll explore everything you need to know about the future of Digital Signage and how to justify it to your campus or facility. It's a 1-hour look at where DS is now and where it's heading with the integration of Social Networking and personalized digital information displays.

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe [Publications], has been using social media for three years. He's Twittered and YouTubed and blogged. He even teaches social media to college students (at UNC-Chapel Hill’s top-rated journalism school), and partnered with top industry organizations (CEDIA, InfoComm) to bring you social media coverage of industry events. He's had a few false starts, but, also, a lot of wild successes. He know what works and what doesn’t, and now want to pass that knowledge on to you.


Magenta

March 16, 2010

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HDMI Basics: From Design, Electrical and Physical Platform Perspectives

Presented by Dan Smith, National Trainer, Magenta Research

Understanding the basics of HDMI constructs from a design, electrical and physical platform perspective will assist the A/V professional in designing, installing and troubleshooting projects. Covered in this presentation will be:

  • Design
  • Bandwidth requirements
  • Electrical layer
  • Cable dispersion
  • Special needs
  • Transport options
  • Switching

Dan Smith is the National Sales Manager for Magenta Research and works with resellers and integrators across the U.S. with their installations and projects.


Magenta

March 10, 2010

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Using UTP for Signal Extension

Presented by Dan Smith, National Trainer, Magenta Research

Signal extension for video, audio and serial of unshielded twisted pair (UTP) is a common practice of simplifying transport and the extension of signals. Learn the basics about the technology to assist in choosing the right product, designing systems, installation and troubleshooting for projects using UTP. Covered in this presentation will be:

  • Advantages of transporting HD video over UTP
  • Background of UTP
  • Transmission line definition
  • Crosstalk
  • Transmission line performance
  • UTP performance
  • Cable length compensation
  • Aperture distortion
  • UTP cross talk and skew

Dan Smith is the National Sales Manager for Magenta Research and works with resellers and integrators across the U.S. with their installations and projects.


Hitachi

March 9, 2010

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Success Strategies for Selling Interactive Whiteboards

Presented by Alan Sylvia, Education & Training Consultant, Hitachi Software Engineering

If you're an integrator focusing on the education or corporate markets, this is a session you can't afford to miss. Interactive whiteboards are in demand - do you have a reliable brand to offer to your customers? In just an hour, get an A-Z overview of the interactive whiteboard market, selling & closing tips along with tools to get you started. You'll learn:

  • Hitachi StarBoard 101: A basic understanding of the Hitachi Starboard interactive software and content options for end-users
  • Sales Tools: Practical advice on selling interactive presentation products in various applications with an emphasis on the K-12 education and corporate marketplace
  • Demo Tools: How to effectively demonstrate the product to potential clients and utilize short-throw projectors to create a compelling solution
  • Market Comparison: Compare the unique selling points of interactive products available through Hitachi versus other brands
  • Closing the Sale: Insightful evaluation and buying criteria used by educators and corporate buyers

Rise Vision

March 3, 2010

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5 Key Markets for Developing a Digital Signage Content Business

Presented by Ryan Cahoy, Product Manager, Rise Vision

You’ve read all the research and know digital signage is the hot market to for displays. Hey - did you forget about content? What now? Join us as we explore 5 key markets to target along with a review of:

  • “White” or “Private” labeling your own software solution with your own brand to increase margins
  • A simple ROI calculator to help reseller partners in reviewing different business models to determine the best way to position the software and make money
  • How to create a recurring revenue stream by providing a software content solution
  • The RiseVision software-as-a-service model that’s not complicated and doesn’t require months of install training

Ryan Cahoy’s presentation is based on real-world installation examples from corporate, education, restaurant and more. His lively and interactive presentation style has made his training sessions popular at tradeshows, seminars and online presentations across the U.S.


Kramer

March 2, 2010

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WHY-HDMI? – Understanding the Impact of HDMI/DVI on System Integration

Presented by Max Kopsho, Director of Training and Consultant Relations, Kramer U.S.

Clear up the acronym maze so you can make the best recommendations for system integration. Understand the considerable advantages (and disadvantages) of digital video solutions and how they impact integration and high definition capabilities. Participants will learn the fundamentals of how the digital video specifications apply to system requirements such as HDMI 1.3, DVI, HDCP and EDID.

This course provides a quick reference guide to the various types of digital signals used in the Pro AV market and some that have crossed over from the consumer market. We will compare them to their analog counterparts and discuss how they are transported and the cables used. Once that review baseline is established the class will cover the new DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort specifications and technologies. We will explore the ins-and-outs of how to maintain the balance of quality and performance with budget and simplicity. A section of the course will be spent covering the major problems and considerations when considering analog HD vs. Digital HD. A quick reference guide will be provided at the end of the course to help attendees work on what to ask when determining the advantages and disadvantages in the transport and interfacing of digital signals. This class will also cover the fairly new standard, DisplayPort, and how that fits into the integrators mix.

Three learning objectives that will be accomplished by this program:
You should attend if you are interested in: Getting a better understanding of how to choose and implement a digital AV system, if you are choosing between standard definition or high definition, if you are the decision maker or influencer on the purchase of an analog or digital AV system, or if you are concerned about getting the highest quality video system for your worship, corporate and education facilities.

Max Kopsho, CTS, MCSE, is currently the Director of Training and Consultant Relations for Kramer U.S. Max is responsible for internal and external (Kramer Partner and Industry Event) sales and technical training and consultant business development. Max has worked in the AV industry for over 13 years managing sales, product management, channel marketing, field technical services and training.


rAVe

February 4, 2010

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Social Media Marketing for ProAV Dealers

Presented by Gary Kayye, Chief Visionary, Kayye Consulting

Do you feel like you’re missing out on social media? Or do you think it’s just a passing fad? Everyone’s been talking about it lately, and we’re sure you’re wondering if there’s value in it for you, as a B2B enterprise, an A/V dealer. Well, there is!

Social media has real value to you as a way to build your brand and authentically communicate with your customers and industry colleagues. Don’t get us wrong – social media takes commitment. You have to ADD VALUE, or you just become spam! We know you may have doubts about social media, but the reality is that more and more people are using it, and if your customers aren’t on it now, they will be very shortly. You don’t want to be left behind.

Social Media Marketing for ProAV Dealers is a seminar specifically written for Integrators of AV gear and how they can leverage Social Media to build themselves, their brand, mid-share, market share and he'll even cover how to leverage social media in client service and support applications. This 1-hour session will include coverage of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, SecondLife, Podcasting, and more in addition to a step-by-step process you can use to set-up Social Media in your dealership.

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe [Publications], has been using social media for three years. He's Twittered and YouTubed and blogged. He even teaches social media to college students (at UNC-Chapel Hill’s top-rated journalism school), and partnered with top industry organizations (CEDIA, InfoComm) to bring you social media coverage of industry events. He's had a few false starts, but, also, a lot of wild successes. He know what works and what doesn’t, and now want to pass that knowledge on to you.


Sharp

January 28, 2010

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All LED Backlights are not Created Equally; Exploring LED Technology

Presented by Scott Roche, Senior Field Marketing Manager, Sharp USA

Just how do you position LED so that your customers understand how it works, become familiar with the benefits and are willing to pay more for it?

LED LCD televisions are relatively new to the industry, and they have many advantages over the traditional CCFL LCD sets that we are accustomed to. Some of these advantages include greater energy efficiency (in fact, the Sharp LE series boasts the most energy efficient TVs on the market today!), a more uniform picture which produces darker blacks and brighter colors for an overall better viewing experience, and a longer lifetime than traditional CCFL models—up to 100,000 hours!

Join us for an informative webinar on Light Emitting Diodes in LCD TVs and learn about the differences and advantages of Sharp’s full array LED over CCFL and other existing LED technologies plus insight into where this technology is headed.

This session is complete with demonstrations of advanced features such as Optical Picture Control, AQUOS Net, 120HZ De-Judder functionality, Sharp's new X-Gen panel, and more. Scott will also discuss the E77 AQUOS lineup and Sharp’s service and support.


Samsung

January 27, 2010

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Videowalls: Technologies, Applications and Samsung Solutions

Presented by Alan and Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting

The course will cover the basics of videowalls and the technologies and content that drives this exciting niche in the display and digital signage markets. From the fundamentals we will explore numerous applications and provide insights into the products that Samsung provides to make the sometimes complex videowall design and integration process more understandable and manageable through leading edge display technologies, controls, and Samsung support.


Magenta

January 26, 2010

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Digital Content Protection (DCP) Overview and Applications

Presented by Dan Smith, Magenta Research

The presentation is worth 0.5 CTS Renewal Units and is intended to give the audience a 30 minute overview of DCP to enhance their ability to work with it while designing, installing and troubleshooting solutions involving the technology.

The presentation content includes;

  1. Terminology
  2. The Content Protection Path
  3. Common Interfaces that use DCP
  4. Usage Scenarios
  5. Topology Constraints
  6. Data Elements
  7. Authentication Steps
  8. Considerations for switching DCP

CablesToGo

December 14, 2009

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Understanding AV Signal Distribution - Balanced vs Native

Presented by Jeremy Evans and Bill Carlin, Cables To Go

In this webinar, we will explore the electrical characteristics of audio/video signal distribution as a function of the environment according to the demands of the installation. Learn the practical limitations of using UTP (Cat5e) and native (coaxial) connectivity solutions. We'll uncover how A/V signals are adapted to a UTP environment, learn what practical differences may affect your installation when using UTP, and explore the limitations of Native versus Adapted Runs. At the end of this webinar, you'll be able to make the best choice for your A/V signal distribution system in different environments.

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