Visuals Equipment

Visuals

Visuals, is what the AV industry uses to describe all the equipment required to put an image on screen. The three main categories are Source, Projector & Screen as explained below.

Source

These devices can be identified by their AV outputs. They play your media and send the audio and video signals out. Laptops, DVD players, Blu-ray Players, Gaming Consoles (Xbox, Playstation), Video Cameras and Apple TV, can all be considered video source devices.

Projector

A device that takes a video source and projects it on a screen using a combination of light and lenses. When deciding on the correct projector, you need to keep the following questions in mind…

How much ambient light is there in the room?

If you have a lot of windows in the room, the light coming in will affect the image on screen. In this situation a higher powered projector or LCD Screen would work best.

What resolution should your presentation be in?

If you are showing standard definition DVD or PowerPoint, then an XGA (1024×768) projector will work. If you’re content will be coming from a Blue Ray player or you have HD pictures then an HD (1920×1080) projector is needed.

Screen

Is a surface used for displaying a projected image to an audience. Projection screens may be permanently installed, as in a movie theatre; painted on the wall; or portable like tripod or fast fold models. Standard white or grey screens are almost exclusively used to avoid any discolouration to the image. Screens can also be for front or rear projection. 

Front projection systems, being the most common, which have the image source situated on the same side of the screen as the audience. When space is available, rear projection can be used allowing the ability to hide the projector and related equipment behind the screen…

What is the maximum throw distance (distance from projector to screen) allowable?

If you have a lot of windows in the room, the light coming in will affect the image on screen. In this situation a higher powered projector or LCD Screen would work best.

What resolution should your presentation be in?

If you are showing standard definition DVD or PowerPoint, then an XGA (1024×768) projector will work. If you’re content will be coming from a Blue Ray player or you have HD pictures then an HD (1920×1080) projector is needed.

What screen size should I use?

The size of the audience and the size of the projector are factors in what screens you should use. If your audience is 30 or less a small tripod screen would work fine. If you have more than 30 you can either go with 2 tripod screens, a larger tripod screen or one larger fast fold screen. Either way if you’re not sure we are always here to help.

LCD/LED/Plasma Displays...

These types of displays are popular because they are more convenient and don’t require the same amount of space as a conventional projector. You can plug a laptop, DVD or Blue-Ray player into them. They are often used when a location has bright natural light since they are unaffected by room lighting and deliver excellent picture quality for day-time events. You also might need them if any of your audience has an obstructed view of the main screen caused by pillars or are a far distance from the main screen. Plasma screens are automatically supplied with wheeled stands, but we can also suspend them from a truss with load bearing capability, on a desk stand or wall mount.

Guideline for deciding what size screen works best for your audience...

42” for tradeshows placed on stand or table
50” for presentations to audience +-20 people
60” for presentations to audience +- 50 people
85” for awards ceremonies and audience +-100 people

Below is a list of VISUAL Equipment offered by MTAV and our partners

2,000 to 20,000 Lumen Projectors
Fast fold Projection Screens (Front and Rear)
Tripod Screens
Dress Kits
AV Stands
Wireless Presenter Mice
LCD/LED/Plasma Displays Switches
DVD Players
Laser Pointers
Blu-ray Players
Computers
Video Adapters, Converters and Distribution Amplifiers

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