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How Soon Before My Event Should I Contact GSE AV?

AV can often be confusing, especially if you are new to renting various types of equipment. You need to make sure you have the right equipment, and one important point to note is that you should contact GSE AV – your AV rental company in Orlando,  with enough time for your rental request to be fulfilled properly. 

How Soon Before My Event Should I Contact GSE AV?

When you’re considering how much time you should have before you contact AV Rental Company, first think about the size of your event. Realistically, the larger the event, the more time will be needed to plan for it. You’d need to set aside more time to give your AV rental company to get your equipment reserved and any equipment transfers completed.

This is because you will obviously need more equipment than if you were working on a smaller event. As a general rule of thumb, you can start planning and notifying GSE AV 3 to 8 months prior. It might take only 1 months to get everything together, but if you’re working on a huge annual event, you should try putting together your plans with 4 to 8 months of time.

All those months will involve planning and organizing your event, considering how much and what types of equipment you will need, what types of technology you might use, scheduling the labor requested and providing GSE AV with enough time to gather all of the resources you will need.

Most larger projects will take around 3 or 4 months. You may want to consider talking to our representative earlier than that to ensure that you get the right equipment for your event. If you have a smaller project, you might be able to get everything set up in around 1 or 2 months instead.

The Rental Process

You should already know the general needs of your event. Like knowing how many rooms you will have available for your attendees.  This will tell us roughly how many screens and projectors you might need, discuss how many microphones you have in mind, and what other core essentials you may want to make your event a success. To organize the process, try and make a list of your essentials prior to calling one of our sales advisers. As one of the premier AV rental companies in the country, you can rest assured that we have the latest technology in AV equipment and constantly ensure that our equipment is in the best condition. 

We try to make the process hassle-free for you. Leave it to us to plan out your AV equipment if you’re unsure, and we’ll even set up everything for you. Our trained Project Manager will be there with you to ensure that your show will run smoothly.

Conclusion

There’s a lot that goes into planning any event, and that includes planning for what type of AV equipment you will need and how much of it you will need. To give your event the best chance of running smoothly, ensure that you set aside enough time for your own planning and for us to organize everything for you. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to call us; your very own GSE Audio Visual Project manager will be more than happy to help.

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New AV Trends in 2021

The AV industry is constantly changing, thanks to new technologies every year. As an audio visual company in Orlando, it’s vital for us to be aware of the latest trends so we can be consistent in our efforts to provide our clients with the best AV equipment for their needs.

Here are some AV trends that have risen in 2021 with an overarching theme revolving around effective and seamless communication regardless of location.

New AV Trends in 2021

Better Online Conferencing

With the rise of internet-based communication because of the pandemic, there is more demand for online meetings than before. As a result, AV conferencing systems are becoming increasingly popular in digital workplaces. These high-tech audiovisual tools allow companies to speak face-to-face without being in the same building. 

Touchless Technology

Thanks to the rise of touchless technology, people are moving away from physical controls like buttons, switches, and knobs to touch-sensitive interfaces instead. Touch screens have allowed companies to do this already; and due to the pandemic, customers have evolved to giving away touch styluses to interface with our touch screen monitors.

Digital Events

The rise of digital events like music festivals and conferences means that more people than are using audiovisual equipment. Fortunately, with the top AV equipment, it is possible to host high quality and realistic digital events today. 

While it’s not as costly to host a virtual event as compared to a live event, businesses should not see this as a chance to lower their budget. Instead, it’s worth investing the money into ensuring top quality sound and visuals for your audience. An event that impresses your audience will create a corresponding positive impression of your business, leading to better conversion rates.

Rooms with Integrated AV Systems

Integrated AV systems refer to how lights, speakers, video cues and more can all be controlled with room sensors. They are designed to work seamlessly with each other and to make it much easier to set up for meetings. As they can be rather costly, they are not very common in businesses or homes yet. However, it might be a great time to start thinking about how your business will approach this trend in the near future for their events.

Digital Signage

Due to the pandemic, the use of marketing materials like flyers have decreased since people try to avoid touching things unnecessarily. This is where digital signages come in. Video walls, for example, are being relied upon to share information today. With various specifications and technology, digital displays are versatile and able to cater to any events and any size audience.

Conclusion

We can help with your AV rental needs, whether you require projectors, touch screens, lighting or more. With our finger on the pulse of the AV industry and upcoming AV trends, you can rest assured that we’ll provide the latest and most effective custom solutions for your business or event.

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How You Could Save Time and Money by Hiring an AV Rental Company for Your Event

If you’re looking for an effective way to save time and money, then it’s a good idea to hire an Orlando AV Rental Company for your event. Take the stress off your shoulders and get everything you need, from projectors to microphones, speakers, and more. 

Hiring an AV rental company is the best option if you are short on time or don’t have the knowledge of what equipment will work best for your needs.

How You Could Save Time and Money by Hiring an AV Rental Company for Your Event

Equipment You Can Rent

AV rental companies provide a broad range of equipment you can rent. Need to present a  presentation but don’t have the right equipment? We have the right video or data projectors that will work perfectly for your presentation needs. 

Instead of forking out a significant amount to purchase high-quality speakers for a one-off event, choose to rent them instead. You will need quality speakers to ensure that your guests can clearly hear the presentation, so it’s vital not to scrimp on your speakers. Rather than spending top dollar purchasing high-quality ones, renting them will be more cost-effective.

AV rental companies also rent out microphones for speeches or presentations. However, if multiple people are speaking, you will need to rent more than one microphone.

More Options to Scale Up or Down

Unsure of how big your event will be? Or perhaps, your next event won’t be as major as the previous one. Hiring AV equipment instead of purchasing them means you have that much more flexibility to have or less equipment on hand, as required by the extent of your event.

You might have an event requiring more projectors and microphones, but you know that you won’t need so many of this equipment for future events. 

Hiring an AV rental company means you can select the AV solutions that you need. This is certainly more cost-effective than purchasing excessive but unnecessary AV equipment, or worse, finding that you lack the equipment necessary.

Expert Technicians

An AV rental company has professionally trained technicians to help set everything up. You don’t need to worry about complicated setups, and you don’t have to guess how to operate complex equipment. Leave this to the experts and focus on running your event.

Also, our technicians know exactly what AV equipment you will need. Without the right training and knowledge, you might purchase the wrong equipment which means more money wasted.

What to Expect From AV Rental Company

Latest Technology

A reputable AV rental company will have all the latest technology. We are in touch with the latest trends and equipment launches on the market and ensure that we have a good catalog of equipment for your needs. Your event will run smoothly, thanks to our expert technicians and up-to-date equipment.

Quality Service and On-Site Assistance

You can also expect quality service and on-site assistance when hiring an AV rental company for your event. Our trained experts will be present to help set everything up and ensure that everything runs smoothly without a hitch.

Reliability

As an AV rental company that prides itself on customer satisfaction and our positive reputation, we’ll always be on time and ready to set up everything in advance, ensuring everything’s working when your guests arrive at the event or presentation. 

Conclusion

Hiring an AV rental company for your event can save you time and money while taking significant stress off yourself. There’s no need to worry about complicated setups or having to purchase expensive equipment that you might never use. Instead, you can count on our reliable technicians and high-quality equipment to help make your event a success.

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AV Terms That Every Event Planner Should Know

When you’re planning an event, you might come across a handful of seemingly confusing AV terms that Audio Visual rental companies in Orlando use. Many people use them interchangeably to refer to the same thing: “sound system.” However, some differences between the terms may affect your event planning decisions down the line or impact how well you can carry out tasks in the early stages of event planning. 

Gobo

A gobo is a piece of metal with images or patterns cut out. You can also have glass gobos.  Glass gobos can be made in multiple colors.  Gobos can be created to cast shadows on the wall behind them, depending on the angle and distance from them to the wall. They can be used as a design element, such as decoration, casting specific shadows to create a particular effect.

Bandwidth

Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be sent through a certain connection. So, if you are hosting an event online and streaming your video feed, but it keeps buffering or freezing up, this is because there’s inadequate upload bandwidth available for all the viewers you were trying to accommodate. External attendees viewing the live stream utilize download bandwidth to watch the stream.  Both are important for your virtual events success.

Rigging

Rigging is the process of securing equipment and other items on a platform. For example, if you are doing an event in a ballroom or in a convention center, you may choose to rig your overhead video wall or line array sound system, for optimal viewing for your audience.

Stage Wash

Stage wash is a term used to refer to lighting that hits the stage directly. Suppose you are hosting an event in a small room with very little light but want your guests to see the action on stage. In that case, this type of lighting may help provide better visibility without requiring too much wattage or making it difficult for people in the back of the room to see whats happening on a dark stage.

Crossover Frequency

The crossover frequency, also known as a crossover, determines which frequencies are sent through which speakers. Suppose you have multiple speakers that can be controlled independently for volume and tone to provide different sound experiences at varying locations. In that case, this is where you would set the crossover frequency to ensure that bass tones are not being sent through speakers meant for treble.

Mixer

A mixer is used to mix sound inputs. You need a high-quality mixer if you are hosting an event with multiple microphones that need to be mixed together so they can all be heard clearly by the audience at different locations.  It is recommended that you hire one of our technicians to operate this mixer.

Switcher

As the name suggests, a switcher is used to switch between different inputs. If you want guests to see behind-the-scenes footage alongside video from your main camera feed that’s broadcasting everything happening live, a switcher will allow you to do that without much lag time switching between them both.

Codec

A codec is a piece of software used to compress data to be transmitted in smaller chunks. Suppose you have set up your video feed online for guests at home or around the world to watch live but need to use both wired internet connection as well as wireless to accommodate all viewers without causing too much lag time in data transmission. In that case, a codec can compress the video feed to get through without taking too long.  The best codecs for HD video content is .H264 or .H265 with a .mp4 wrap.  Feel free to reach out to GSE AV for any of your HD production needs.

Conclusion

Whether you are an event planner or a guest who plans to host a small gathering, these AV terms should help you understand the available options. If you’re still unsure about any of these AV terms, don’t hesitate to ask us for help!

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Tips for Increasing Engagement at Your Virtual Event

Virtual events are becoming increasingly popular as more businesses move towards digitization. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to engage participants in the same ways as you can during in-person events.

Although you might have to use different methods to engage your participants, virtual events are still extremely beneficial. All you need is some prep time and a quick rundown of how to create an engaging virtual event.

If you’re in the midst of your virtual event planning and want to make sure it will engage your audience, follow the tips below.

Interesting & Engaging Content

It’s true that you’ll have to present content in a much more vibrant, energetic way or you’ll lose your audience’s attention.

When you’re creating the slides for your event, choose eye-catching photos and intriguing bullet points. Don’t fill entire pages with text and don’t assume you can talk about the same information for the full conference. Virtual fatigue is real, so make sure to break up the information and even consider adding breaks so that your audience can take in everything that you’re saying.  

Invite an Exciting Guest Speaker

The best event hosts are those that can captivate an audience even during a virtual event. You may not be able to bring in a celebrity host or a world-renowned speaker, but you should take the time to find an exciting guest speaker.

Guest speakers give your event a different dynamic. If you have one or two speakers for the same event, your audience is much less likely to get bored or distracted halfway through.

When you invite a guest speaker, make sure they have a good handle on the theme and know what they’re going to be talking about. They should be excited about doing the event too. An excited speaker is an exciting speaker.

Gamify Your Event

One of the best ways to increase engagement at your virtual event is with gamification.

When you gamify your event, you allow your audience to participate in a more concrete way. Winning points and prizes can encourage participants to pay more attention or follow through with what you ask them to.

Gamifying your event isn’t difficult. In fact, it’s easy to incorporate into your virtual event as you only need a few minutes. Rather than presenting them with information for an entire hour, make the last ten or fifteen minutes into a game that reviews all the information you’ve talked about.

Use Polling

Both pre-event polling and live polling can increase engagement before and during your event. Pre-event polling informs your participants how valuable attending your event will be for them. Using pre-polling, you can also determine what topics are of interest to your audience and tailor the event to suit them better.

If you use live polling, you’ll have an easy way to encourage participation and therefore, engagement. It’s an easy and simple way to interact with participants during the event without having to adjust your current theme or plan. The questions you ask in a live poll are unlimited and can make great transitions.

Create Social Media Contests

Almost everyone has social media these days, so why not take advantage of that? At the very least, you should create a hashtag that participants can use. You can then use the hashtag as a way to enter a contest or create more engagement.

With social media, your event will spread quicker and your audience will be more engaged from the start. When you incorporate a fun and free contest to go along with your event, more people are bound to participate. 

Conclusion

It can be difficult to engage your audience during a virtual event, but it’s certainly not impossible. With the many tools provided by the internet, you should be able to create a unique and engaging virtual event without much hassle.  Hire GSE AV today to help implement your Virtual Event, to get your message out effectively.

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Conference Planning Checklist

When you’re planning your conference in Orlando, you want the entire event to appear seamless – from the organizing & planning stage, to the implementation of AV equipment. With so many things to plan and organize, it’s hard to ensure you don’t miss out on any important step. Follow this conference planning checklist to make sure you’ll have everything planned out smoothly.

The Venue

Any event begins with the venue and you have to balance the atmosphere of the location with the needs of your event. In other words, make sure that you have the space necessary to house everyone, that there’s room for large seminars, and that the available rooms will allow you to utilize the equipment you need.

When you’re picking out your venue, there are a few things to confirm before you choose the place. For one, you’ll want to make sure that all of your AV equipment will be allowed. Check out the rooms to see what equipment is provided and what you’ll need to rent.

Ask about the setup time, and check if there are elevators to help you move the equipment when you arrive. You should see if there are places for a projection screen or spots where lights will shine. Check how soundproof everything is, whether there’s already a mixer or a teleprompter, and ask about their internet connection too.

Of course, your rented equipment should help you with some of this, but your venue does matter when it comes to setting everything up—so make sure that you take a minute to ask.

The AV Equipment

Visuals

Start by thinking about the display screen. Consider the number of computers and laptops that you’ll have plugged in and whether you can switch around easily on the display.

If it’s a smaller conference, an small Video Wall might serve you well. If it’s a larger conference, you may have to go with a larger projector screen.

These days, there are LED video walls that can engage your audience and make the whole experience more interesting and interactive as well.

Speaking of visuals, don’t forget about lighting. It is important to engage as many of your audience’s scenes as possible.  It is important for the entire audience to to be able to see the person speaking, so make sure that your stage is well lit. 

Projectors

Don’t forget about the projector either. Your projector will be dependent on your event, whether you’re streaming videos or showing a presentation. For presentations, you need a projector that’s brighter, especially if you do not have room lighting controls.

Audio

Smaller rooms might be fine with a small audio package, but any larger conference room will need a microphone, speaker, and so on.

Remember: audio isn’t just about playing videos. It’s also about making sure that your attendees can hear what is being said. You don’t want an underpowered speaker system that’s unclear and won’t do a good job of allowing your attendees to hear your content clearly. Alternatively, a speaker system that’s over the top will be too loud, making attendees feel uncomfortable 

When you rent audio equipment, your provider should help you set up and fine-tune the audio system to make sure you get the right amount of sound and clarity for the room size.

Mixer/Soundboard

A mixer or soundboard will come in handy, especially if you plan on having a large conference and you’ll be operating with many microphones and speakers. A soundboard will let you adjust volume levels so that everyone can hear the person speaking. It’s just like how a good presentation screen with a proper aspect ratio will let everyone see what’s going on. 

Microphones

If that room happens to be large, consider multiple microphones as well and whether those microphones will be passed around. You may even think about a lavalier that will clip onto your speakers if you want something a little more hands-free.

If there’s just one main speaker who will be standing in the same spot throughout, a wired microphone will be good. If there are multiple microphones that will be passed around among the audience, wireless handheld mics will be the best choice.

When it comes to microphones, don’t forget about the transmitter. You need a transmitter to go with your wireless mic. If you’re using a lavalier, you will need a bodypack transmitter that’s usually mounted onto the speaker’s clothes or pocket.

Let GSEAV Take Care of Your AV Equipment Needs

With so many pieces to put together and so many steps to organize, it’s best to entrust the entire Audio/Visual rental process to us. With years of experience serving all types of events, from seminars to corporate meetings, we know exactly what you need for your Orlando conference. We’re able to provide high-quality AV equipment to ensure your conference runs smoothly so give us a call today to have a chat about your conference planning.

Audio Visual Rental Equipment that will Help Keep your Audience Engaged

Audio Visual Rental Equipment that will Help Keep your Audience Engaged

No matter how much you prepare for your conference or event, poor audio visual work can make all the difference in how your audience perceives you. To ensure you keep your audience engaged and entertained, here are some audio visual rental equipment that you can use.

Audio Equipment 

There is nothing worse than attending a conference or presentation and not being able to hear what is going on. Not only will you not have been able to hear what the presenter was saying but you will also feel like you have wasted your time. 

It’s crucial to ensure that quality sound equipment is top of the priority list. 

Any good, professional audiovisual service provider will know what equipment is best for your specific venue, so be sure to fill your audio experts in on the size of your venue and audience. If possible, it is a good idea to test out the equipment in the venue before the day of the event, but if that is not an option, ensure that you and the audio experts arrive early the day of.  

Another factor to keep in mind is how you will be presenting. Some questions to ask are: are you going to be sitting in a chair during a presentation, will you walk around as you speak, will there be a lot of movement on stage and will you be sharing the stage with other presenters? 

Assuming you are walking around a lot, it is best to have a wireless microphone, and if there are multiple performers it is necessary you have multiple microphones to eliminate sharing. 

Spotlights and LED Lights 

One way to keep your audience engaged is to set the mood of the room and create an atmosphere to suit your performance with lighting. Whether or not you have any control over the venue you present at, simple things like the look of the feeling of the room you perform in can have a big impact on how you are received. 

Although adjustments to the look of the space aren’t always up to you, a simple way to transform the way your event or presentation is perceived is with the lighting. Whether you set the mood with warm or cool lighting, certain colors or spotlights, a simple change in the room’s lighting can do a lot to subconsciously set the scene for your audience. 

Consider what should have attention, if the attention is on you and only on you when you speak try out a spotlight. If the room feels small, placing some LED lights around the outer walls can make the space feel larger. 

While planning your event, be sure to discuss lighting with the venue or the audiovisual service provider to ensure your audience remains engaged and the focus is on you throughout the performance. 

Impactful Visuals

It is said that there are many types of learning, the three main types being auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning. If you are presenting any type of event or speech with only audio, there is a chance you are missing out on a large portion of your audience. 

Although it is likely very difficult to target those who are kinesthetic learners, adding some visual elements to your show can keep those who tend to lean more towards the visual learning side of the spectrum who may have trouble concentrating on audio-only presentations, focused and engaged. 

Consider how you can introduce visual elements into your show, whether it’s through relevant information on a screen, stats that the audience may be hard to remember, photos, graphs, charts or any other form of imagery. Utilize equipment like touch kiosks, LED walls, VR projectors and more.

Once you have an idea of your visual content it is important you discuss with your audio visual company to ensure they have a screen or screens that will be visible to everyone sitting everywhere in the venue. 

Conclusion

Your audio and visual during an event can make all of the difference between an engaged or a bored audience. It is important to consider audio and visuals and discuss your plans with your audiovisual service providers to ensure you have all equipment necessary. Although it may seem frivolous, a small detail like lighting can be crucial to ensure you are well received and your audience remains engaged the whole time. For more ideas, consult AV Rentals in Orlando for help.

Audio Visual Checklist for Conferences and Meetings

Audio Visual Checklist for Conferences and Meetings

Whether you are just going to present in front of an audience, or need to stream your conference over the internet, there are a lot of things going into it. If one thing goes wrong, the flow of the presentation can be affected. To help you ensure everything is ready for your conference, we have compiled a list of things you will need to set up and check off.

Audio Visual Checklist for Conferences and Meetings

The things you need to have set up before your conference starts includes:

Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of the conference. You want the lights to illuminate the speakers, while dimming everyone else. This will draw and hold attention to the speakers and keep the audience quiet. Make sure you either have a set spotlight that illuminates the stage, or someone to manage the spotlight to follow those who are moving around on stage.  

Microphones

No one needs to lose their voice yelling to get to the back of the audience. But not all microphones are going to set up the same way. For hands free headsets, you want to make sure it is situated on the face correctly and tested before the conference starts. 

For standard microphones, you need to make sure that cords are placed in a way that will prevent tripping, and cordless microphones are fully charged. Making sure that the speakers are the correct height and properly attached to the podium or stand.

Laptops

If you are presenting something using a computer, you want to make sure that the computer is going to run without issues. It is smart to restart the computer the night before to make sure that there are no updates needed before the presentation starts. You should also make sure the programs are updated and no unnecessary tabs are open to slow your computer down.  Turn off automatic updates so Windows updates do not automatically start taking away your necessary bandwidth & computer resources.

Projectors and Remote Controls

To help make sure everything is blown up large enough to be seen by the audience, it is helpful to use a projector. There are many types of projectors, so make sure that the one you are using is compatible with the computer you are using. Make sure you have the remote control for it and that it has full batteries.

Screens

A screen will allow the projection to be as clear as possible. Screens are usually determined by the ceiling heights as well as the audience size. If a screen needs to be installed, make sure it is done at least a day before the conference.

Video Cameras

If you want to record, IMag or broadcast the conference, you will need to have the proper cameras for the job. Know where you want your cameras placed, have them charged or connected to a power source, and make sure that if they need a memory card, that they have it.

Bandwidth

If you want to stream or broadcast your conference, or use things online in your presentation, you will need to check your bandwidth. Bandwidth is what is going to determine how smoothly your internet experience will be and how choppy it may look. If your bandwidth is poor, you may want to reassess whether you should be incorporating the internet into your presentation.

Speakers and Mixers

Microphones alone may not be enough. You may also need to have speakers and a mixer if you want to better control your audio. It is helpful to have someone in charge of all your audio, including speakers and microphones. They will also be able to make sure your speakers are the right size for the space, as well as loud enough for the audience.

Cables

The cords to make sure all of this runs is just as important as the equipment itself. Make sure you have all your cables and any adapters you may need to make everything run. If you need extension cords, video or audio cables; have them with you along with spare cables, as sometimes cables do go bad.

Conclusion

Don’t rely on your memory or chance to set up your conference. By making sure everything on this list is set up and running smoothly, you can avoid complications and any technical issues that can cause interruptions, and setup early. If you need any help setting up your conference, consult our AV Rental Company in Orlando.

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Virtual Streaming Webinars, Meetings, and Conventions

Virtual events can be finicky. The audio might be too soft or the videos might buffer or you might just notice problems with people being able to listen or participate. As the host of a webinar, meeting or convention, it’s up to you to make sure it’s successful. Read on to make sure that you’ve managed everything proactively and that you’re not dealing with any downtime.

How to Ensure a Successful Event for Virtual Streaming Webinars

Before you start, you’ll want to make sure that you have the technological requirements to keep your event running in the long term. This means having the right power, strong internet, and a place to back up your recordings. Only once you’ve checked your technology can you try to add other aspects to make your event all the more engaging.

Keep an Eye on your Power

First off, keep an eye on your power supply and power redundancy. Power redundancy is all about making sure that everything is plugged in to Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) units, which will protect your equipment against any possible power spikes.

Beyond this though, you’ll want to have a dedicated generator that will keep your event ongoing in the case of extreme weather. Test your power and make sure that you can support a virtual event, even if you’re not in an area that might get hit hard by the weather. It’s never a bad idea to be prepared with your power supply.

Your Bandwidth

You don’t want to be in the middle of your meeting when your internet goes out, which is why you’ll want to make sure that you have internet connections prepared in your home, streaming studios, or venues.

Always make sure that you have a backup internet connection in case that your internet does go out, and have a fiber-based option, DSL or Coax, just in case you find that the wireless doesn’t work.

Backups and Recordings

You’ll want to record your webinars for future usage or for members who weren’t able to be at the live event. This means setting up this recording feature on your own technology, or working with a company like GSE AV to ensure that your meeting is right at your fingertips at the end of your event.

These recordings can be stored for up to 60 days or more with some companies, so you’ll have time to gather your information.

Personnel

You may want to consider working with a company like GSE AV if you want two streaming managers to help your project along. With them there, you’ll never have to struggle with sudden outages or problems—you’ll always have the knowledge right at your fingertips.

Of course, even if you work on your own, do always make sure that you have someone there that can understand the technology. This is the best way to ensure that you don’t experience any issues with outages.

Make Your Event Successful

Beyond all of the technical requirements to ensure a successful event, you’ll want to work to actually make your event engaging.

Nowadays, it’s really simple to do this using social media. Live tweet your event or add stories to share tutorials, videos, special effects, and more. Make your event fun—you don’t only have to stick to a strict corporate feel.

You can do this just by thinking about what message you want to get across, who your audience is, and how you think you’ll get the most amount of people to participate. This includes checking how inclusive your event is, and adding in captions, descriptions, and color contrast to make sure that everyone can participate.

Conclusion

There’s a lot that goes into a virtual event, from your technology set up to the actual event itself. If you want a successful event though, you’ll spend some time checking on your technology as you promote your event, send out tweets, and prepare your information. By the time your event starts, you’ll be ready to make it a good one. For more information on Orlando Convention AV Rental, contact us today!

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Why is Renting AV Equipment is the Best Choice Instead of Buying

Perhaps you have a big conference coming up, or you want to amplify your business presentations. Maybe you have an event that would make more of an impact with a large screen projection. No matter the reason, you’re looking into using some professional AV equipment to boost your business. AV equipment can be expensive, so is it really worth buying & shipping it, it rather than just renting it?

Why is Renting AV Equipment is the Best Choice Instead of Buying

If you’re still debating on what you should do, take a look at these reasons why you should consider Orlando AV rental

You Don’t Specialize in AV 

One of the biggest reasons to rent AV equipment, instead of buying it, is that you don’t have to worry about the technical stuff. An AV equipment rental company provides you with technicians to set up the equipment, and help you design your presentation. Far too many people think that running AV equipment is as easy as operating their smart TV, and it’s nowhere near that easy. 

Naturally, some AV equipment is easier to work with, and some is much harder. With that said, do you really want to waste time and energy trying to get it to work? Aside from just working with the digital aspect, there’s also a lot of wiring and figuring out connections. If you’re not an AV specialist, this can be a huge hassle, distracting you from your overall objective. 

Save Money 

Renting AV equipment is far less costly than buying it outright. Chances are, you won’t be using AV equipment often enough to justify the investment in buying it. Renting gives you a more cost effective option to showcase special events.

Aside from saving on the equipment price, you also don’t have to worry about paying for repairs if something happens to the gear over time, nor will you have to worry about storing it. It’s the AV rental company that foots the bill for regular repairs and maintenance. As an added bonus, most AV companies don’t expect you to transport the equipment, which would be an added cost on its own.

Not only that, if you have to transport your own AV equipment, there’s a constant risk of damage. If it’s not packaged entirely securely, you can lose a huge investment because of a pothole or a bump in the road. AV rental companies take the monetary loss out of your equation. They know how to get equipment to your venue without risking damage or theft. 

Get Up-to-Date Equipment

These days, technology makes even the newest devices practically obsolete in no time at all. If you purchase your own AV setup, you’ll have to replace it with a newer model sooner than you imagine. 

Renting AV equipment means that you can still get top of the line projection and display gear, without investing in new technology. If you buy your own, it can be hard to justify another costly purchase to get a better setup, especially if your old one still works. 

How many times have you purchased a new smartphone or computer, only to have the latest version come out months later? AV equipment is like any other technology, and it’s evolving just as quickly. It’s the AV rental company’s job to have the newest and best equipment, so let them invest in it, while you rent it out when needed. 

Frequency of Use

Another big thing to consider when you look at renting vs buying AV equipment is how often you’ll need it. Unless you use it on a regular basis, buying it is more expensive than is justified. 

If you’re still debating, look at the price of buying an entire setup, versus renting it a few times a year. 

Conclusion

Renting AV equipment is undoubtedly a safer and more inexpensive choice for most companies. You end up saving time, money, and a lot of hassle. Not only that, you get the best equipment, with the technical support you need to make it work for you. Consider all the hassle that maintaining, transporting, storing and operating your own AV equipment would require. When you add that to the equation, the answer is simple: renting is far better. 

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