Posts Tagged ‘Las Vegas’

Stay Wired (Kind of Wonky)

July 5, 2017

At the same trade show last week, I had to use my wireless lavalier (microphone) setup on the event floor, which is almost always an ill-advised use of the technology. Porque? These environments are flooded with RF (a set of Radio Frequencies used for communications or radar signals), so whatever frequency you’ve chosen may be invaded by another passing radio (I’ve found this is usually facility security), risking a good quality audio capture. Conversely, if you’re broadcasting using an unallocated frequency, you may impose the same rudeness on someone else.

I was on a job about a year ago where I was taping participants in a videoconference room in the Bay Area who were yakking with meeting attendees in a second videoconference facility in New York City. The NYC location was smack-dab in the middle of a technology demo room awash with RF. The NYC crew (whom I did not hire) showed up with only wireless audio tools and wasted a good 40 minutes trying to locate an open and clean frequency. A more experienced crew would have known that wireless was a risky gear choice in an environment like that.

Be safe. Wherever it’s possible, choose a wired option – good quality XLR cables not only efficiently manage audio signals, they’re usually shielded to avoid interference from unwanted sources

ACTION ITEM: Unless your speaker requires the ability to move through three-dimension space or you have deep and legitimate concerns about the safety of laying an XLR cable on the floor, choose a wired audio setup.

The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

July 3, 2017

I just got back from a fun tradeshow in Las Vegas, but one thing I really wish they had in my client’s booth was a self-contained video interview backdrop, complete with lights, audio hookup, “step-and-repeat” backdrop – here are a couple of samples from attendees who, I think, did a pretty nice job:


At every trade show, you’ll have the opportunity to interview important customers, analysts, industry thought leaders, etc. – the problem is scheduling these people to sit down and chat in front of a camera. If you have an always-available setup for these ad hoc interviews, you can come away from your event with a number of timely and valuable video assets.

ACTION ITEM: Early in your planning, consider – seriously – adding this component to your next tradeshow booth design.

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