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InfoComm and Giving Back

July 2014 editorial

Bob Kovacs

Walking around InfoComm 2014, there’s no question that 4K has arrived. Big display and projection companies like Barco, Planar, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, LG, JVC, ViewSonic, BenQ, Christie Digital, Marshall and others were showing 4K products and providing examples of the infrastructure necessary to make them work.

At the same time, companies with infrastructure products were busy showing advancements in how 4K signals can be distributed and switched over ever-increasing distances. Ultra HD (another term for 4K) is the right technology for applications such as digital signage and multi-image viewing, and the continuing introduction of products from 4K cameras to recorders to switchers will ultimately make it the right choice for studios and production.

I know that the general public just made the transition to high-definition in the last five years or so, and that many facilities are still struggling to upgrade standard-definition government systems to HD―4k must sound nonsensical to you. However, you have to consider that it’s out there and it is coming quickly. If you don’t at least read up a bit on it now, you might get caught flat-footed when your management asks about it.

Another trend at InfoComm was a push for convenient conferencing systems for smaller groups, say five to 10 people. Several furniture manufacturers showed tables specifically designed for such groups, including FSR. Not known as a furniture manufacturer, FSR drew a lot of admiration for its HuddleVU conferencing furniture. Other companies showed their approach to meeting similar needs from a variety of customers.


Of course, now that summer is here, it’s time to turn our attention to… the Government Video Expo, held this year from Dec. 2–4 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington.

Yeah, that’s still a way off, but your management may require in travel requisitions well in advance, so this seems like a good time to alert you. As the event gets closer, I will give you more information on the presentations and activities of interest at GV Expo 2014.

A summer fixture in many communities is the outdoor concert. Where I live, there are interesting concerts in one park or another nearly every day of the week. These can vary from okay to wonderful, so I got in the habit of recording them on video, creating a special YouTube “channel” for them, and posting the videos for my neighbors to see.

I always ask the performers if it’s okay to post such videos, and most agree readily. I shoot the performances with at least two cameras and edit them to provide a modestly professional final product… one that usually surprises the performers with its quality. I call my YouTube channel “AnnandaleArts” for my community in Fairfax County, Va., so feel free to take a look and see what I’m doing.

As a video professional, you are well suited to do something similar to promote culture and share the flavor of your local community. It doesn’t take a lot of expensive gear, but it does keep my skills sharp and earns praise from performers and neighbors alike.

If this is not the right way to give a little back to your community, I hope you think of some activity that works for you. In the meantime, enjoy the summer!