Leaps of Faith

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When you read this, we will have wrapped two great Rental & Staging Roadshows for 2016, one in New York in July, the other in Monterey, CA in September. If you missed attending, there is good news: in this issue, we’ve brought together some insights from the Video Projection panel that took place at both Roadshows. Both events featured a panel session: Laser Phosphor vs. Conventional Projectors, for Stagers: the Myths and the Realities, where we explored when and how laser phosphor projectors are good for the staging side. At the NYC Roadshow Curtis Lingard from Christie, Barco’s Goran Stojmenovik, and Bret Tracey, Nationwide, discussed TCO (total cost of ownership) arguments for using solid state video projectors as compared with conventional lamped projectors, and whether the TCO math is more applicable to the installed AV world where a projector is on and being used more hours than a stager would use a projector. And at the Monterey Roadshow we reprised the discussion, with a few different players on the stage (including Bill Beck, one of the world’s top laser projection experts). Both sessions looked at the other features of solid state projectors and when the rental & staging user should make the “leap of faith” to LP, with both stagers and projector manufacturers sharing their insight, and dispelling some myths about new generation projectors.

Indeed, one of the hottest growth areas– as far as video projection is concerned– in the past two years has come from the introduction of the laser phosphor (LP) projector. We’ve all heard the TCO argument for LP– the “lamp-free” nature of the new generation laser phosphor projectors mean that there are no lamp replacement costs over the life of that projector. In the feature article here, we’ll look at the purported 20,000-hour duty cycle for the lamp free laser phosphor projector, looking more closely at that math and other issues.

Also in this issue, the always eloquent Les Goldberg discusses, in his column The Comfort Zone, how the same staging team will often end up in the position of supporting a show, for the same customer, year after year. And Goldberg looks at what can be a catalyst for change, “if a producer takes that leap of faith in seeking alternative providers.”




The Big Guns Still Blazing

For four years running, the big spring tradeshows and conferences (NAB, CinemaCon, InfoComm) have featured high-profile panels and sessions on the projector wars at the high end of the market; a shoot-out of sorts of the big large-venue projection manufacturers—and with a lot of ...read more

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4K and Beyond

4K and BeyondOct 8, 2014 10:42 PM, By David KeeneIn Search of the Perfect ProjectorThe panel session “Next Generation Video Projection: 4K, HFR, Super High Lumen, Laser Light Engines, and More” at the Rental & Staging Roadshow New York, with (left to right) Bill Beck from Barco, ...read more

Leap of Faith

Leap of FaithSep 1, 2003 12:00 PM, Richard Schrag The increasing use of technologies like broadband Internet access, interactive TV, surround-sound home theater, and DVD have contributed to consumers' expectations of content-rich entertainment. People have little patience ...read more


High-lumen Projection Takes Off

The Cinema Summit, organized by SMPTE and NAB and held each year in Las Vegas the weekend right before the opening of the show floor at NAB, is perhaps the best place to examine the nation’s most iconic pillar of the entertainment industry. The best thing about the Summit? On the ...read more


Roadshow New York—Save the Date

On Wednesday, July 29, the Rental Staging Roadshow will return to Manhattan for a lively day of panels, presentations, gear exhibits, and networking for several hundred industry professionals. The event will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion, with Worldstage (formerly ...read more

David Keene on the AV Path to Purchase

As you read this, you are already planning for 2017. And in this booming market for AV in general, and AV staging for live events, you’re probably planning equipment purchases of video, audio, and other staging gear to replenish your inventory and prepare for whatever the market ...read more