From the PowerPoint or video clip presentation that you use in the office and in school to your home entertainment system, audio visual equipment is quickly becoming a very important part of the household and workplace. Because more and more people are using computers to get their message across and because people are not simply computer literate in terms of using word processor these days but even video, photo and audio editing software, the audio visual technology equipment is one of the primary ways of showcasing your visual document and getting your message across. Here are the steps for you to be able to use audio and vision equipment.
- Select the equipment of choice. The types of audio and visual services equipment available in the market today are many – from plasma television screens, projectors, surround sound digital sound systems, and even miniature cinemas. With electronic and computer manufacturers as one of the most successful industries today, their corollary devices, such as the audio and video gear, are equally in demand. Your AV equipment can be as simple computer or laptop, or you can enhance the images and sounds from these computers by adding external monitors to enlarge the image as well as external speakers to enhance sound. The type of AV gear that you will use depends largely on what activity you are undertaking. If you are facing a massive audience, you will need a large projector and a full speaker system. If you are making presentations for small groups, however, you will only need your computer or laptop’s own monitor and sound system.
- Connect the video system. The next step is to connect your video system to the computer. In most computers, you will use the VGA port which connects most computers and laptops to external monitors and projectors. The VGA port is the device on your laptop that has three tiers of pinholes, with 15 holes in sum. Each of the holes will send particular video signals to the video unit. Today, however, some laptops come with HDMI ports as well which facilitates greater digital video information transfer. If your monitor or projector can connect through the HDMI, use this since it usually means clearer videos and finer resolutions, especially since video devices that make use of HDMI are some of the latest video products. Otherwise, connect through the VGA port.
- Connect the audio system. Once done, it is time to set up your audio system. this can be a bit more complicated especially if you are using sound systems that have separate mixers, sound equalizer panels and with multiple amplifiers. The more complex audio systems have individual speakers that are designed to provide particular sound types – such as bass speakers, treble speakers. Separate subwoofers are also available in these audio systems to provide you and your audience the greatest degree of realism when it comes to audio. The HDMI is sometimes used as a connection port for these types of devices. More often than not, however, you will need a separate audio player that will play files in DVD format that you can burn from your computer.
Get your AV equipment from sales or rentals. Hire professionals to help you set up the equipment if you cannot do it alone. Once you have set up your audio visual equipment, it is show time. With the right AV equipment to help you, even a simple PowerPoint script can become breathtaking with a larger than life projection and surround sound for the clips that you have inserted into the presentation – or make your home entertainment system as good as the theaters.