Understanding the Ins and Outs of the AV Production Booth
Nov 28, 2011 by DeDe Mulligan
Many event organizers are intimidated when it comes to understanding the various components of an audio visual production booth. Most see long tables with rows of equipment and AV Technicians operating it. Today, lets demystify the gear and understand how the staff makes it all flows together.
EQUIPMENT

 

Light Equipment Rental: The technician controls the intensity and color of the lighting from the booth.

 

Audio Boards: This device is designed to do four things: 1) amplify incoming signals, 2) allow for switching and volume level adjustments for a variety of audio sources 3) allow for creatively mixing together and balancing multiple audio sources to achieve an optimum blend and 4) route the combined effect to a transmission or recording device.

 

Camera Control: This solution allows a single operator to easily manage a live, multi-camera production, recording an event from multiple vantage points.

 

Switchers: This device organize all audio/video wiring into one place and then switch components with the press of a button. With these switches, you can connect a VCR, DVD player, digital recorder, satellite television receiver, and digital camcorders for output to LCD projectors and screen rentals.

Recording
: Recorders can be used to capture all the audio from the meeting and an AV technician can transfer the recording to an USB drive within minutes.Teleprompter: This is a display device that prompts the person speaking with an electronic visual text of a speech. The screen is in front of and usually below the camera lens of a video camera, and the words on the screen are reflected to the eyes of the presenter using a sheet of clear glass. The AV Tech controls how fast or slow the words appear on the screen and monitors the technology.

Audience Response Systems: When polling occurs in an event, the folks in the production booth can easily collect all the data on a jump drive for the event organizer to analyze and review at a later date.

Special FX: This adds drama and creates interest in any corporate video, whether it is a Product Launching Event, Educational or Seminar, or Trade Show.

STAFF

Stage Management: They guarantee the event moves in the right direction by working with the entertainment, production, and service staff so that everyone is on the same page, and each moment is accounted for and executed properly. The management team has the experience in directing communication, ensures proper stage leadership and provides technical direction to the production team.

Audio Visual Technician: They operate and maintain equipment used to amplify, record and display sound and images at live events. They operate sound equipment for speeches and presentations, use video cameras to shoot images or serve as projectionists.

Project Manager: They are responsible for the successful planning, implementation, testing, training, and closing of audio visual for high-profile meetings and events.

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