New digital signage offerings from MVS

New digital signage offerings from MVS

MVS Digital Signage and enclosures will engage your audience with interactivity and live social media streams

-Clean, aesthetic steel enclosure available in 46″ or 55″ models, single or double-sided monitors. Can be wrapped with branded content

-Interactive touch or mechanical buttons available

-1080P or 4K resolution in landscape or portrait configuration

-Can be set up in video wall configuration with multiple monitors in a single pixel space

-Remote updates and scheduling of content changes over local network and wifi

-iOS app updates of content or Twitter updates of text

-Can accept multiple formats of video, audio, RSS feeds, HTML 5 content, Live video, and scripts for advanced functionality

10 Ways To Make Ordering AV Easier For Event Planners

10 Ways To Make Ordering AV Easier For Event Planners

Event Planners have one of the top 10 most stressful jobs. They often see the process of ordering audio-visual equipment as cumbersome and stressful, not nearly as enjoyable as picking out the décor or the event’s signature cocktails!

To ease the burden of including AV in your budget, consider these 10 suggestions on captivating a modern audience at your next event.

  • Know your budget for AV and be upfront about it- Allowing your AV vendor to make suggestions based on their extensive experience will help you meet your goals while staying on budget. Having this open communication eliminates wasting precious time going back and forth subtracting and adding items.
  • Set your goals for your attendee experience and communicate them directly to the AV vendor- Your event is targeted towards getting your message across to your audience and AV equipment and design is the conduit for that message. Providing the AV vendor with a clear depiction of your goals will better enable them to help you be successful.
  • Think about content first- Many event planners order the screen before they think about what will go on it. It is best to review your proposed event content as early as possible with your AV vendor including file type, display medium(s), aspect ratios, etc. They will work with you to ensure optimal presentation to your audience.
  • Experience matters- Partner with a knowledgeable and proven AV vendor, who understands the full scope you are working with, venue details, logistics and local labor. At first it may seem that working with an established company will cost you more, however, by utilizing their knowledge, recommendations and including them in the planning process ensures staying on budget and delivering a top-notch event.
  • Do a site survey in advance with your AV vendor- Most critical details can be addressed and managed by doing this, eliminating costly and time-consuming issues later. Your AV vendor may see a potential problem during the site visit that can be solved and budgeted for ahead of time. Some problems discovered onsite require adding equipment over the planned budget and oftentimes added labor at overtime rates.
  • Think about your surroundings- If your venue has a lot of large windows or is cramped for space then be proactive by choosing bright LED panels rather than projection screens. LED can be viewed beautifully in full daylight and will eliminate the cost of paying extra to black out and cover all the windows for the intent of using projection to “save money.” LED has advanced a long way in recent years and now rivals projection quality. LED walls also aid in the design of your event by taking up less space in a crowded room versus projection screens, stands and rigging.
  • Consider alternative venues- Don’t be afraid to walk away from a bad contract or experience with a hotel or convention center and go look for a better offer. Or even better, to find a unique venue that doesn’t fit the norms of a typical hotel style conference space. You want your attendees to have a memorable experience and you want your sponsors and executives to be impressed. Oftentimes, events fall into the same footprint year after year. Your AV vendor can recommend venues based on past experience and the style of event design you are looking for. By working in the industry on a daily basis, your AV vendor is likely to know about renovations, expansions and new venues in the area you want to have your event in.
  • Negotiate the removal of venue fees and penalties before signing your contract- You have more leverage than you think to remove contractual items that seem unavoidable at first. All it takes is a red pen to cross out the sections you disagree with, this applies to hotel and independent venue contacts. Venues are able to work with you on certain aspects of your contract, including allowing an outside AV vendor at no additional cost, and lowering or eliminating the cost of required in house labor and equipment.
  • Clarify your venue access in advance- It is imperative to the timeline of your event’s schedule to confirm the access availability, pre- and post-event, for your AV vendor’s load-in, setup, and strike times. This includes adequate time, access to loading bays, and to avoid costly penalties for “after hours” venue charges and can be negotiated in advance if necessary. A common mistake is to try to save money by not booking the venue with adequate time before the event for setup which often leads to increased labor and overtime charges that may be more than the extra day of venue rental. Your AV vendor will provide you with the necessary requirements and support you in the communication with the venue.
  • Going Green can save you money- Many new AV products on the market can save you money and reduce the overall power consumption of your event. LED lights are smaller, lighter and use far less power than conventional lighting reducing the overall power infrastructure needs without reducing the results. Also Laser LED projectors use less power and bulbs while providing vivid color on screen.


Magnetic Personality

Magnetic Personality

MVS Producer Ben Kristy Q&A

  1. Tell me about your background and how you got where you are now?

I’ve had a passion for planning events since I can remember growing up in Iowa. My first event was a hardcore punk concert in a barn. It’s funny to think back to it – 3 friends and I installed a stage, small PA, lighting, and had dual 30” CRT TVs connected to an SD camera in the balcony for an audience of 300 kids – quite possibly every kid in the county. I realize now that I treated all of the work as a creative outlet – post event I was hooked and continued to find ways to be a part of live events.

  1. What do most people not understand about your job?

Many people simply think we are the “IT guys.” Many folks think I am describing magic when they hear me talk about what I do specifically. The reality is, everything we do can be boiled down to a simple process. The real work involves meticulously reviewing and editing the spreadsheets and line diagrams created during pre-production.

  1. You seem to have a magnetic personality and people like working with you. Why do you think that is?

Let’s first establish a fundamental rule – people love to work with other people who have a passion for what they do. It’s just true. When you can sense this with someone, you communicate more effectively and form connections. So if when you ask me why people like to work with me – I’ll tell you it’s because I enjoy the pursuit of a perfect product every time.

  1. How do you balance all the responsibilities as a Producer or Technical Director on show site? 

I am a leader with a collaborative style – when it comes to balancing responsibilities on show site, I build teams that are self-starting and mostly self-directing. I am really only slightly steering things by the time I am on site. The collaborative style guarantees the team’s ownership of the project and sets the tone for a fast-paced, positive environment – clients notice this every time.

  1. What is your secret super power?

I have a photographic memory – I once memorized every inventory item and its quantity, in one shift, while working as a shift lead at a coffee shop.

  1. How do you know when you have made a show successful?

I’ll admit I’ve never “felt” a show was 100% successful but luckily it’s not my experience that matters. I have a saying, “it’s not my show” that seems to help drive this fact home. Success in the production world is a relative thing – every time. Getting to know the client’s scope of objectives and putting that in my crosshairs is the only way to guarantee the type of success that matters.

  1. What is different about MVS compared to similar companies in the events industry?

MVS treats every project like the most important show of the year; I have not seen this in many other places. Larger companies are known for throwing their weight around and may not give everyone the right attention and pre-production experience. Smaller companies say they will give the attention but may not have the resources to execute the show or pre-production in the best way. I feel MVS is uniquely positioned to make the best of each pre-production experience and custom engineered show solution.

  1. What is the future of events and how are you going to be a part of it?

I believe the limits of live show production will continue to be pushed in every direction. In the next 5 years we are going to see more attention and value given to conventional event pre-visualization as it becomes merged with the world of VR and AR. I plan to lead the charge in developing turn-key workflows that allow Producer / Technical Directors to “farm to table” their technical docs into VR and AR assets.

Gear Spotlight: Barco E2

Gear Spotlight: Barco E2

Raising the bar for live screen management, the E2 presentation system provides superior image quality, exceptional input and output density, great expandability and durability. Supporting native 4K input and output, it is the first and only screen management system on the market that can manage a 4K projector blend with refresh rates up to 60Hz. A truly versatile system, it offers eight mixable PGM outputs and four scaled Aux Outputs for full show control with a single box.

This is a simple comparison of the capabilities of the Barco E2 with the Christie Spyder. Mountain View Staging owns and uses both of these systems, depending on the video production needs of the show.