Other Key Considerations
From 4K/Ultra High Definition (UHD), which is four times the resolution of full HD, to XGA, there are quite a few resolutions to choose from. A key consideration is how much HD video content you plan to show.
Remote management is helpful in a classroom environment, especially if there are several classrooms. With remote management, lamp-based projectors can be powered off using a program timer built into the control software in order to conserve bulb life.
Video picture quality varies a lot depending on make and model of the projector. That is because scalar chips and video processors in the projectors are not created equally. This is important because audience expectations are getting higher due to the amount of HD content available.
Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts
- Don’t try to get by with a “floating” projector that goes from room to room
- Don’t plan on turning out the lights. Dimly lit rooms, at times, reduce the audience’s attention. The brightness of the projector needs to be high enough to overcome lighting
- Don’t worry about LCD versus DLP vs. laser phosphor vs. LED light engines – they all perform well
- Do assess whatever multimedia sources and computer sources your presenters will want to connect to the projectors, and map that to available connectors before buying a specific projector model
- Do talk to presenters about how they can integrate more multimedia to get them thinking about improving classroom techniques
- Do look for models with “eco-mode” that will conserve power and bulb life for lamp-based projectors
- Do select projectors that have the compatibility with newer video signal protocols and higher brightness to suit your evolving needs over time
- Do examine your mounting challenges prior to buying mounts and projectors
- Go with a good brand name – it will generally equate to longer product life and better product reliability
- Do ask an expert for advice about your unique circumstances
A Better Facility
Projectors have a big impact on the image your organization sends. You want to make presentations a memorable experience for parishioners, guests and administrators. There are many different options out there for hardware, and up-front planning is the best way to ensure you are happy with your selection. If you follow these tips, you’ll be on your way to a noticeably better facility.
In addition to home theater audio features, a growing number of new home theater receivers, incorporate features such as on-board video upscaling, multi-zone, and home network connectivity.
Video upscaling is a function that adds the number of pixels need to match the specific screen resolution of an HDTV, such as 720p or 1080p. In fact, some home theater receivers provide 4K video upscaling, which you may not need right now – but it is there when you buy that 4K TV down the road. However, keep in mind that the upscaling process does not actually convert standard definition to high definition, but it does improve the image so that it looks better on an HDTV. For more details on how video upscaling works, check out my article: Video Upscaling.
Multi-Zone capability is a function in which the Receiver can send a second source signal to speakers or a separate audio system in another location. This is not the same as connecting additional speakers and placing them in another room. For more details, check out: Home Theater Receivers and the Multi-Zone Feature.
Networking is allowing the home theater receiver to evolve into a true centralized PC/Home Theater media controller. Some home theater receivers now have access to audio and video content stored on a PC, and in some cases provides access to Internet Radio stations, which number in the thousands. It is like the old days of shortware radio, only it sounds a lot better and you don’t need a large antenna.
While home automation solutions can be simple enough for everyone in your house to use, your system will be a complex design, linking multiple devices in your home to make it possible for them to communicate over a network. Naturally, this is the kind of work that requires a professional with the tools, training and experience to understand how to get everything working together. We call this professional a Sr. Design Engineer. Certified after rigorous training, your Design Engineer is equipped to work closely with you, from designing and installing your system to teaching everyone in the house how to use it. We can also provide ongoing support and upgrades after the system is up and running.
It’s time again to begin thinking about and planning for the 2014 round of elections. This means TV ads, debates, public appearances, pictures of politicians holding children – all part of a typical political campaign. The savvy, modern politician also knows that their social media strategy is critical to the success of their political campaign.
For example, California representative Eric Swalwell made news by being the first-ever congressman to broadcast his vote via Vine, a social media network that has recently outgrown the epithet of “fledgling.” It was a six-second clip of him voting “nay” to the GOP’s attempts to decrease health protection for women. Needless to say, this made him quite popular not just among women, but also among youths and users of the social media technology.
It’s worth pointing out how recognizable Swalwell became simply because he posted some good content in a low-competition area. Only ten Senators currently use a social media app for their campaigns, despite the Senate having released an official statement of approval on using Twitter’s video-sharing app.
Below are some more tips on using social media effectively in a political campaign:
- Getting there first. Dear Mr. Swalwell, thanks for the lesson learned!
- Learn the niche of the network. On Twitter, this means being able to write a short but meaningful message that generates enough interests to get clicks. On Vine, this means capturing something memorable in six seconds. On Facebook, it could mean a bunch of different things depending on the brand and the audience. It’s all about doing what’s right for the medium and the people who use it.
- Ask questions. People want to feel like their representatives are personable and want to hear what they say. No matter if you’re a brand, an individual, or a political campaign, your audience will be engaged by questions.
- Stay human. No one wants to feel like their representatives are untouchable gods in the sky – it’s good to have a witty statement here, an update on the politician’s life there. These should not be the majority, however.
- Recognize your followers. Say a certain political campaign stands behind increasing funds for education. Wouldn’t it be great to ask your followers for children’s hand-written messages and drawings – and then to share them? This kind of move is adaptable to many different platforms. The Internet is no longer a one-way information street. Recognize and learn from your followers.
- Finally, have great content. It’s been rehashed so many times, but there’s no way around this one. Everyone looking to be successful on social media needs to have the content to back them up. Link to relevant articles and news, post meaningful pictures and videos, and don’t post anything unnecessary (i.e. “Good night!”).
Special recognition to Author Anqi Cong for this content.
SpaceCoast AV Communications provides the Audio and Visual products, technologies and integrated solutions that bring people together; allowing people to share ideas and thoughts through media rich communications and collaboration solutions. We bring the value of allowing people and organizations the ability to focus on what they need to do, better, faster and more efficiently.
Welcome Back to Key #2 in this 5 part blog. Yesterday, we looked at whether or not you have the right home. We came to the conclusion that Home automation systems can be installed in all types of homes, from the newest, most modern houses to those that have been standing for years.
Today, we want to determine what you want to automate:
So your second key to ensuring an awesome return on your home automation investment is to consider your lifestyle. Ask yourself what automated solutions would make your life easier and more pleasant. Do you want to get rid of the stack of remotes for all your audio-visual equipment? Do you want the ability to listen to your music collection virtually anywhere in your house? Do you want all of the lights in your house to go off when you leave? Do you want to be able to check on your home from anywhere in the world to make sure it’s secure?
Whether wired or wireless, you can automate practically any electronic device in and around your home. You can automate your swimming pool or spa, inside and outside lights, electronic gates, sprinkler system, garage doors, music, movies, television, heating and cooling, security system, door locks, security cameras, and on and on. The possibilities are virtually endless.
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This week I want to walk you through five (5) things you should consider before investing in home automation. Today, consider…
1. Do you have the right home for automation?
It’s surprising how many homeowners don’t ever consider automating their home, either because they think they can’t afford it or they think it will be too difficult to install in an existing home.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. There is no need to plan around new construction to get what you want in an automation system. Home automation systems offered by SpaceCoast AV Communications can be installed in all types of homes, from the newest, most modern houses to those that have been standing for years.
And with SpaceCoast AV Communication, you can start small and dream big. Your system can grow with your needs and your budget, from a basic system to a fully automated home.
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