Audio video companies have a substantial footing around the world. Proper AV design is one of those unsung markets of technology that gets taken for granted pretty often. Think about the number of presentations and conferences you’ve been to that the AV design has negatively affected the experience altogether.
Video and sound systems are only as good as the people putting them together and planning their proper use. More events have been drawn out because of technical difficulties and poorly planned AV design than we care to mention, and you may have even found yourself in the same boat. In the United States, as of 2016, the consumer electronics industry was estimated to pass $120 billion in value. With numbers like that, you’d think people would know what they’re doing when planning AV design for whatever event they’re hosting. Really, it’s as simple as space. Proper spatial planning supports AV technologies more than you think.
Space before tech
It’s easy to lean too much on the power of technology. The fact is, technology has to match the job it’s being assigned to do. Technology can’t decide to work harder if a piece of equipment is being told to do a job bigger than its abilities. Audio video equipment is important in this regard because the technological power must meet the demands of the space. Otherwise, your crowd might not be able to see or hear what you’re trying to present, defeating the purpose entirely and drastically affecting the experience of the audience.
Several test runs
Large events have the tendency to malfunction at the most inopportune moments. For this reason, test the vibe of your space and AV equipment several times. Look for areas that may be problematic. Then you can organize the space around the reach of your equipment and ensure your equipment is fit to handle it. Plus, a few test runs will help you find the potential problems you may come across so you can address them before presentation day in front a crowd of awkwardly silent onlookers.
Old faithful standbys
Plan for the worst and hope for the best. Aligning your spatial and technical needs is paramount to a smooth AV design process, but there’s always the risk of unforeseen breakdowns. Having backup systems in the case that something goes wrong is essential to proper planning. This means the old technology you’ve used in the past should be well kept and in good working order, because it’ll be there for you when (not if) something goes wrong, and the collective sigh of relief will be magical as the show goes on smoothly.
Space and technology in AV design must be considered together because one cannot be without the other if you expect an event to go out without a hitch. Plan, test, and prepare for the scenarios that keep you up at night. Be sure to listen and look ahead of time and your audience won’t have any problems hearing and seeing exactly what you’ve planned for them. After all, what’s audio-video equipment’s purpose beyond seeing and hearing?