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Episode 6: Collaborative Visualization, Technology Evolution and AV/IT Convergence with InFocus

Join host Michelle Loret as she welcomes her guest:

Brady O. Bruce – Chief Marketing Officer at InFocus

Michelle begins talking with Brady about ISE 2018 and what InFocus accomplished at the show. Brady discusses their new laser projector line, including an ultra-short throw that were launched there.

Next Michelle talks with Brady about how InFocus pivoted in 2016 with several acquisitions, including Jupiter Systems. Brady discusses this as an innovative technology evolution for the company highlighting specific solutions – to go with the company’s Mondopad and JTouch – including ConX (acquisition of Avastar) and Canvas (Jupiter).

Michelle and Brady discuss Pixelnet 2.0 distributed display wall system, launched in January (the original Pixelnet launched in 2008). Brady talks about how customers have been reliant on the most crisp image that can attain, and he details that along with numerous benefits of the solution, including how IT budgets can stretch with it.

There’s also breaking InFocus news revealed here by Brady, a widely-scalable product which provides an easy and affordable way to connect and share documents and data in the conference room which will be launched at InfoComm 2018 – listen in for it.

(Note: InFocus is a Convergent AV InfoComm 2018 sponsor).

Episode 5: Technologies, Trends, Collaboration and the Creative Process in Moviemaking

Join host Corey Moss he welcomes his guests:

Kenneth Williams – Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer at ETC – Entertainment Technology Center @ USC

Peter Jackson – Chief Executive Officer at Bluescape

Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC @ USC) is a think tank and research center that brings together senior executives, innovators, thought leaders, and catalysts from the entertainment, consumer electronics, technology, and services industries along with the academic resources of the University of Southern California to explore and to act upon topics and issues related to the creation, distribution, and consumption of entertainment content.

Bluescape is a visual collaborative workspace designed to elevate your work. It empowers you to Create, Collaborate, and Innovate across your entire enterprise. Founded in 2012, Bluescape is a cloud-based, software as a service company based in Silicon Valley, CA and owned by Haworth Inc., a privately owned, +$2B leading provider of workplace design, products, and technology solutions.

To begin, Ken provides an overview of ETC – Entertainment Technology Center @ USC and what they do, the organization’s mission, and the services they offer their members.

Next, Ken and Peter discuss what is driving the way Entertainment & Media (E&M) companies are using emerging technology in their craft today:

  • What are the challenges E&M companies are trying to solve?
  • How has content creation changed and distributed?
  • How has consumers’ consumption and experience of content changed?
  • What are the top disruptive changes happening in the industry?
  • Where is the use of technology with this industry heading towards?

Next is discussion about what has changed in the design, creative and production process as it relates to workstreams, collaboration, data and more (certain major studios are mentioned):

  • The convergence  of collaboration across teams: production, marketing and distribution
  • Why is the integration of dispersed teams needed in workstreams?
  • Provide several examples of technology and team’s use to do their jobs better
  • What’s working in the ways teams collaborate?
  • What advantages or benefits are E & M companies seeing through better creation, sharing and production of content and collaboration?

Finally Ken talks about ETC work as he shares:

  • An overview of the ‘Wonder Buffalo’ short film project
  • Key learnings and outcomes focused on next gen technology exploration short film (Peter adds here too)
  • What’s next for ETC, as well as new programs

Episode 2: Digital Signage Leading to Data, Security and Privacy Discussion

A discussion took place on ‘The AV Life’ podcast Episode 53 (the topics being digital signage and New York Digital Signage Week) about data analytics and content management – which led to this discussion that also included facial detection. You’ll hear Crew member Justin Rexing, AV Design Engineer at Western Kentucky University begin the conversation, and the participants of the podcast join in:

Richard Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.

Stephanie Gutnik – Director of Business Development at BroadSign

Alan and Jonathan Brawn – Principals at Brawn Consulting


You can listen to The AV Life Episode 53 here