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Trends in every industry change—but few change as quickly as in the AV world. Because technology is evolving at such a rapid pace, it seems there’s always something new for audio visual technicians to stay on top of. The world has gone digital, so it seems everyone wants their live event to be equipped with the latest and greatest technology that’s sure to impress.

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But what is the latest and greatest?

To make these trends a bit easier to follow, here’s the ultimate list of live event trends every audio visual technician should know about:

Direct View LED

LCD displays are cool, but Direct View LED (or just LED) displays are rising in popularity. Because LED panels have no bezels, they can be tiled together to form a massive seamless video wall. These systems offer virtually limitless possibilities when it comes to mounting options, from freestanding to ceiling mounts. Because of their flexibility in installation and attention-grabbing size potential, these screens are definitely one of the biggest trends for live events.

To push the envelope even further, there’s now a clear LED display that offers the benefits of a standard LED display but with total transparency. Because they can be installed indoors or outdoors, with a variety of different sizing and mounting options, these clear screens are making some serious waves in the AV industry and live event market.

Ultra-Short Throw Projectors

Ultra-short throw projectors seem to be the projectors of choice when it comes to live events and large venue applications. Because these projectors require much less distance in terms of installation, they’re being used for a number of different purposes beyond the standard image display. In order to create amazing staging setups and visual experiences, these projectors are starting to take center stage.

To further prove how popular these devices are becoming, Epson just announced it’ll be shipping seven new Pro-L Series projectors, including an Ultra Short Throw lens specifically for live events. Now, that’s something every audio visual technician should take note of. While they’re still perfect for a home theatre, these projectors are also ideal for live events.

Video Is King

In order to make a live event great, there has to be video. People aren’t excited by still images anymore and the idea of reading text has become a major turn off. Considering how short the human attention span has become, video is the new king of live events. For an audio visual technician, this means more money is being invested in video production tools and equipment.

Companies are also more frequently opting to live-stream their events, meaning proper audio and video recording equipment must be installed to capture the moment just right. Brushing up on best practices for this type of equipment would be a good idea before you start installing equipment that might lead to a blackout in live coverage.

LED Lighting

While many still consider LED lighting options to be in the “adolescent” stage, more and more live events are beginning to incorporate them into their stage setups and lighting routine. In fact, even concerts have begun adopting LED lighting as they require less power, are more durable, and have more capabilities than halogen and fluorescent options. For a live event, lighting sets the stage, creates a vibe, and ensures everyone is seeing exactly what they’re supposed to.

LED lighting may have a ways to go before it’s perfected for the live event world, but as it slowly starts to take off, it’s a trend every audio visual technician should keep on their radar.


Paul Weatherhead

Paul Weatherhead

Prior to founding AV Junction Inc., Paul worked for a tier one AV systems integrator in an operational management capacity for 10 years. His knowledge and experience have helped him oversee hundreds of system integration projects in a variety of industries. Paul’s leadership skills as matched by his sense of humour and easygoing nature. When he’s not at work, you can find him outdoors, exploring new places or spending time with family and friends.

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