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What’s up HiDefination!
You’re probably asking yourself where I’ve been. Well wonder no more…I’ve been doin A/V. Of course, life would be a little lacking for me if I weren’t also striving towards a non-work related goal. This one is a doozy! I’ve been developing and shooting a new pilot for a TV show based on what we do (bad@$$ A/V), how we do it and the cool stuff in and around our industry. It’s an extension of the A/V Workshop series I’ve been putting out and will primarily be shot in-workshop with excerpts shot on location. It will also the cool “Green-Screen” type segments we are known for, such as 3 Things To Know from an A/V Pro, as well as some brand new stuff. And although the show is pretty much zipped up, I’d love any segment ideas you all may have. Will it become a gargantuan, world-wide phenomenon?!? Who knows, but it sure is a lot of fun! So stay tuned HiDefination, cause we’re doing great things.
P.S.-One day you can watch me on your T.V. at home, just like this one, right? I’ve got a sweet video wall made out of these babies
Here’s another cool project over at Kickstarter. The GoPano 360 Lens allows you to use your iPhone 4 camera to capture a full 360 radius around your phone. It’s interactive, allowing you to simply swipe across your iPhone’s glass to swivel through the panoramic picture. Just think of all of the time this thing could save you on site-surveys!
Alright HiDefination, you’ve been asking for it for some time now, so here ya go. It’s the free download of my tune
section of my website. There you’ll find free stuff like more
songs, ringtones, pics and videos. Enjoy!
Last week I made my way down to Hotlanta for my second go-round at CTI, the Crestron Technical Institute. I partook in their Intermediate Programming class, for which I had to pass an entry exam, and let me tell you, a good time was had by all. In both of my trips down, the instructors have been friendly, informative and, most importantly, patient. We ate well before, during and after class and as always, great tech discussions took place throughout the trip. Folks came from all over the US for the class, so here is my shout out to all of the guys I met from Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kansas and Maine, just to name a few. Who knew Serial Demultiplexors could be so much fun!?!
Sorry for the delay…were you worried that I wasn’t gonna hit you with any more A/V Workshops?!? Well fear not! In this episode, I discuss a client that takes your for a ride. This is the heart-breaking antithesis to the Dream Customer because you thought he/she was on the level. You believe he/she has it understood and under control, and then comes that inevitable, fearful freak-out call. Holler if you feel me.
We’re on high alert here at the A/V Professional! In case you tried visiting my site yesterday, Saturday March 20th, let me apologize to you for not being there for you. However, I happen to have a pretty good excuse. While attempting to move my site over to a faster host, somebody jacked my shnizzle! If you dropped by, this is what you saw:
Oh snap! I don’t know who you are phony avprofessional.com, but I’m lookin for you. And when I find you, I’m dishing out sweet, sweet revenge, A/V style. What’s this mean, you may be asking yourselves? Well, I’m not quite sure yet, but it won’t be pretty. Let’s just hope you don’t have an A/V system that I can remotely log into, for if you do, it will never work correctly AGAIN! I’m talkin changing join numbers in your touch panel configs, setting your displays and sources to incompatible resolutions and re-routing your audio sources so that when you select Doc Cam, you will actually hear your Blu-Ray Player. It will be horribly annoying! Seriously, it could really get under your skin…and perhaps make you look into better business practices.
MUAH HA HA HA HA!!!
This weeks episode centers on that oh-so-special A/V client, the one who has it all figured out: The Dream Customer. They know what they want, what you need and are as cool as a cucumber. Widely believed to be a myth, I can tell you I have personally encountered a few of these folks and its a special occasion wen it happens, much like seeing Halley’s Comet or a herd of unicorns prancing in a field. Please, treat them with the respect and gratitude they deserve.
This week’s episode of A/V Workshop finds me talkin’ about my special abilities, or lack thereof. Despite what people may think because I’m such an excellent A/V installer/programmer, I actually cannot read the minds of my customers. The name of the game is thorough communication on the front end so that my expertly sharpened calculations only look like I have a sixth sense. Let me know what you think…otherwise I won’t know.
This week’s episode centers on a dilemma we’ve all run into before. Upon integrating some owner furnished equipment, it’s found that the old gear doesn’t work the way it is supposed to…or perhaps it doesn’t work at all. Although the customer provided the faulty equipment, the blame for it’s current state falls directly on us as we were the last ones to touch it. It doesn’t matter how many times this happens, it hurts everytime. Peep it.
I came across this Kickstarter project by a student in Jackson, TN. and as you may or may not know, I rep all of the great state of TN to the fullest! Scott is a senior at Union University and has developed a new method of tracking gear as it is checked out of the A/V room. Though it relies on previously existing technology, the implementation for this purpose is definitely a bright idea. Schools across the nation could benefit from this type of streamlining via technology. The idea was so good that as of Feb 23rd, it’s now fully funded…the future looks bright. Check out Scott’s website at: rfidadventure.wordpress.com