A few months back I posted on some industry forums asking if anyone cared to share their best AV Myths, One-Liners and interactions Below is the Best from the various posts. The Enjoy! – Chris
- Not a myth, but a fact often ignored or forgotten … The 1st Law of AV: There is Nothing Brighter than the Sun.
- How about the myth of “Cookie-Cutter Installation.” Just because you have identical gear going into ten different rooms, that doesn’t mean that:
- All ten rooms are structurally identical (different structures inside walls, conduits which may or may not go where you think they do, etc.)
- All ten rooms should take the same amount of time. Or, even worse, become increasingly faster because “you’ve already done a couple.”
- These factors will increase exponentially with the age of the building. I’ve hung screens on a wall that had three different support structures behind it, and no one knew about it. (Ironically, it was a classroom in a school of architecture.)
- That’s how you tell who did the site survey.
- The whole building is wireless. Why do I need conduit for AV?
- Immersive Telepresence is worth the money.
- For VC, you can hang a Polycom QDX 6000 (or similar such camera) on the back wall of an auditorium, 150 feet away from the stage, and the remote audience will like it just fine.
- Flush-mounted boundary mics in conference room tables are a great idea!
- “As long as the impedance presented to my amplifier is equal to or greater than its rating, I can safely drive as many speakers as I want!” …FAIL!
- I can use a 6 pt. font size in my PowerPoint presentation. Looks fine on my laptop, should look ok to the folks in the auditorium. And they’ll really appreciate how efficient I was by cramming my entire presentation onto one slide!
- Our group has been working on this project for 6 months and you (who you’ve just met) are the person who’s going to make it go perfect!
- ” It was just working in the shop”
- Two 3/4 inch conduits are the same as one 1 1/2 inch conduit.
- Just splice it, it’ll be OK.
- Why do we need spare bulbs?
- We never had a grounding problem before.
- Why can’t you take this Instructor-led 3-week course and turn it into a 3-hour PowerPoint?
- I want one small remote control to run EVERYTHING!
- Let’s not forget “Smoke, I want Smoke and Lasers!” And it’s just a sales presentation.
- Let’s not forget, “Don’t worry, its future proof.”
- And my favorite, “This shouldn’t take you to long to modify, right?”
- Can’t you make it look great with the fluorescent lights we already have?
- Money is no object
- I need all of my spread sheet to show on this one slide.
- We don’t need acoustical treatment; we are not trying to be a recording studio.
- Can’t you do something to fix it??? i.e.: Bigger, Clearer, Louder, Legible, in focus, not distorted…
- Why are these video files so huge???
- Looks (or sounds) great to me. Usually heard from deaf and/or blind clientele.
- Oh, just one more thing…….
- Fast, Good and Cheap. Pick any two.
- You want it fast and good it won’t be cheap.
- You want it cheap and good it won’t be fast.
- You want it fast and cheap it won’t be good.
- All though I do aim for perfection with every event that I do
- Myth – This show is EXACTLY like the one we did last time. Truth – 99.44% not likely. There’s always some change that needs to be addressed.
- Just had a client email me and say “Just give me what you gave me the last time.” Then I called and asked some questions. The “last time” was not what was needed for this time. Close, but not exactly.
- “Yes and I want wireless speakers too, you are not spoiling my new décor” followed by “Batteries, I have absolutely no intention of changing batteries!!!!” followed by “look if you can’t do it wirelessly without batteries I’ll find someone who can” :p
- Here’s a myth, “we’ll have volunteer labor for the loadout.” I have one group that ever actually does have volunteers…
- “But my video conferencing unit is HD, why are all my calls at 384?”
- “no one touched anything, It just stopped working”
- Actually you are right on. the ultimate AV Myth IS “HD videoconferencing”
- I see this as a myth from installers: “All the wiring and routing has been tested and verified.”
- “The client doesn’t need/want a big fancy control system … they just want to control it with their iPads.”
- “What do you mean ‘cable run’? Aren’t all cameras wireless now?”
- “Why can’t you play a H.264 file on a tape deck?”
- “Why do you need lights? My video camera at home can shoot in the dark.”
- “You can’t do 16×9 in SD.”
- And my favorite: “Well can’t you just ….” Anytime I hear the “J-word” I know I’m in trouble.
- Myth: “If I test it today, it will still work tomorrow.”
- If we can’t fix it it’s not broke…
- I think I have that adaptor….
- Will tape that down right away
- You won’t need a spare lamp the projector almost new..
- You can put that omni mic anywhere it will work
- This is not a myth, but a fundamental corollary: The higher the level of exec and the more critical that a meeting be flawless = the greater probability of trouble.
- Especially if that high level exec wants direct wireless control his PPT deck… but we all know we humor them on that issue
Thanks to all who submitted, posted or sent in comments.