Network basics for media server operators

By David Aleksandersen 13. December 2018

 

We live in a networked world – more and more services and products use networks for communication and content distribution. Do you need to be an IT engineer to be able to do network setups for your AV installation? Absolutely not.

If you rewind just a few years, sound, audio and lighting devices had their own, dedicated, communication connectivity. Not only did they have dedicated protocols, but also physical cables and connectors. What's more, inter-operability between these technologies was not a focus – neither for the users nor the developers. And IP (Internet Protocol) based networks were for the IT world, a completely different realm from the world of AV. But this is about to change. 

You don't need to be an IT engineer to do AV networks, but you really need to have some key network skills. In this blog post, we take a look at the following topics:

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Temaer: technology, network, tcp/ip

Time and the account manager

By Nevil Bounds 6. December 2018

 

Both the technology we use to communicate and the role of the account manager in the AV world have changed hugely over the years. Industry veteran Nevil Bounds muses on time, tech and shifting roles. 

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Temaer: technology, business, time management, account management

Five reasons to map a building

By Jacquie McHale 30. November 2018

To the average passer-by, it's a building. Maybe it's of architectural or historical interest, a landmark or even a workplace. You arrange to meet at it, you take a guided tour, or you simply drive past it without a thought. But to the lighting designer, the projection designer, the artist and the event company, every building facade is a potential canvas. This week we look at five reasons to map a building!

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Temaer: mapping, visitor experience, multi-display, wow-factor, inspiration

Codecs revisited: What are H.264 and H.265?

By A. Kumar 22. November 2018

 

Following on from earlier blogs on the subject, this post looks at high performance codecs that are popular in AV pro circles, with the focus on H.264 and H.265. Read on…

 

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Temaer: technology, video, codec, h264, h265

Codecs revisited: Meaning, method and MPEG

By A. Kumar 15. November 2018

 

Following on from an earlier blog, this post puts the spotlight on coder-decoders (that's codecs to you and me!) with a special look at the MPEG family. Read on…

 

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Temaer: technology, video, codec, mpeg

4K in cinema: past, present and future?

By Tom Bert 8. November 2018

 

This week's blog dives into the world of cinema image quality and format. Tom Bert, guest writer and digital cinema pro at projector manufacturer Barco, examines the digitization of the cinema, the buzz around HDR and what kind of image quality you can expect to see soon at a cinema near you!

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Temaer: technology, HDR, cinema, 4K

What is HDD and SSD?

By A. Kumar 1. November 2018

 

This week we go back to basics and look at two storage technologies: HDD (hard disk drive) and SSD (solid-state drive).

SSDs are known for their amazing performance at minimal cost, with the potential to speed up existing computer systems and servers without breaking the bank. Hard disk drives are low-cost with a much higher capacity to store data – which is the main reason they are still in use.  Join us for a quick take on the histories, benefits and just a few of the many acronyms in this field!

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Temaer: technology, ssd, hdd

Five technology watersheds

By Nevil Bounds 24. October 2018

 

The last few decades have seen enormous changes in workflow, equipment and possibilities. We asked Nevil Bounds which five significant shifts in technology have impacted on the creative and AV industries. Read on and see if you agree with his top five!

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Temaer: creative, tools, video, future, technology, IoT

Five examples of creative booth design

By Jacquie McHale 11. October 2018

Ready for some trade show inspiration? This week we're highlighting five booths that grabbed the attention of busy visitors with their creative use of visual effects. Enjoy!

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Temaer: mapping, visitor experience, multi-display, wow-factor, inspiration, tradeshows

Inside a projection designer's mind – Robert Mallin

By Robert Mallin 4. October 2018

This week’s blog is by up-and-coming theatre projection designer Robert Mallin who shares his experience working on the award-winning video design and realization of “ENRON” at the University of Texas at Austin. Find out how he tackled the creative and practical aspects of the design which featured eight overhead screens, two projectors and a barrage of information.

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Temaer: mediaserver, theater, projection design

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This blog is created by Dataton, and is about multi-display software and surrounding technologies, media servers, content creation - basically anything within the AV industry that serves to enrich the audience experience! Since the 90´s, Dataton has published News & Views, with content reflecting the world of multimedia communication. 

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