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Short Throw Projectors The Pros and Cons

Projectors have been mainstays in schools and other educational facilities for as long as we can remember. Whilst technology has advanced significantly in recent years, providing the features that educators need to take the creation of interactive and engaging learning materials to the next level, there is one projector type in particular that throws up countless questions…

The short throw projector is widely advertised as one of the best you can buy in the current classroom projection equipment market. Many projectors after all require a theatre like setting to work at their best, making modern day classrooms not so well equipped. Short throw projectors are different however, and use the latest technology to ensure the distance between projector and screen isn’t so much of an issue. In this post, we reveal the pros and cons of short throw projectors allowing you to decide whether they are the right projector type for you.

Great news for small classrooms

Classrooms on the smaller side have often been deemed unsuitable environments for the average projector, that is until the short throw! Many models can produce an image when placed less than one metre away from the screen, with a 70-inch screen size possible in most cases. Unlike other projector types, short throw projectors have a shorter throw ratio – normally of 0.38 to 0.75 – meaning high quality imagery can be produced when the projector is placed as little as 68cm away.

Ultra short throw models go one step further thanks to throw ratios of less than 0.38.

No chance of a closer look

Whilst the curved, fish eye lens used in short throw projectors has many technological advantages over the standard lens used in long throw products, the lack of zoom function can pose a problem. Ultra short throw projectors have the same issue, which can be a difficult transition if you’ve been used to the zoom function of standard models.

Better portability and user experience

With many projectors, most teachers report a rather ‘bright’ user experience, that is if they haven’t tripped over the wires and cables connecting the projector to the mains. Short throw projectors have no such problems, with the decreased distance between projector and screen meaning less chance of troublesome screen shadows and a less blinding experience for teachers. The latest short throw projectors are also highly portable, and can be moved around the school with ease.

Portability makes them easy targets

Whilst the improved portability of the latest models is a plus point for schools looking to use classroom technology in multiple locations, it does makes them easy targets for burglars. Increased security measures may be required when utilising short throw projection in your school compared with the bulkier, fixed projectors.

Viewing preferences aside, short throw projectors are more costly than long throw projection equipment but for schools sporting smaller classrooms this is often an extra cost worth footing. To find out more about the pros and cons of short throw projection, contact us today.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Projector

Projectors are versatile things, the latest models can be found in office boardrooms, school classrooms and home cinemas. The most portable models even make high quality projection possible on the move, allowing businesses to showcase their products or services effectively at events and exhibitions, and educators to move from classroom to classroom. With the sheer range of projection equipment available however, buying the right model for your needs and budget isn’t always easy.

At Digital Vision Audio Visual, we supply the latest projection equipment for office, classroom and home use. Here our experts share their tips for buying the projector that is right for you and discuss the factors that buyers considering all placements need to contemplate before purchasing.

Throw ratio

Different projectors suit different room sizes, but those short on space don’t have to compromise or forgo projection completely. The short throw projector is made for small spaces, and enables you to enjoy a high quality 70-inch image when the projector is placed less than one metre away from the screen. Despite having no zoom function, short throw projectors are highly portable. They also benefit from reduced glare, which is an issue with long throw projectors.

Long throw projectors have their benefits however, particularly for larger spaces. As the name suggests, long throw projectors produce high quality imagery when placed up to 15 metres away and, unlike short throw, users can enjoy an added zoom function.


The resolution of the projected image is of course important, and as a rule, the higher the number of pixels, the higher quality the image. Projectors are available with varying resolutions, namely full HD (1920 pixels x 1080 pixels), HD ready (1280 x 720), WXGA (1280 x 800), XGA (1024 x 768), SVGA (800 x 600) and WVGA (800 x 480).


The number of lumens dictates the brightness of the projected image, so how bright is too bright? The desired lumen count depends on the intended placement of your projector. The higher the count, the brighter the projected image. For well-lit rooms, a lumen count of 3000 plus is recommended, but for darker rooms, a count of 3000 or less will be suitable. For classroom projection equipment, a lumen measurement of no more than 4000 is recommended as a projector that is too bright can cause damage to the eyes.

Running your projector in eco mode is advisable, particularly if you find that the projected image is too bright. By running eco mode you will not only extend your projector’s lamp life but reduce the lumen count by around 20%.


How your projector integrates with existing equipment within your AV infrastructure is an important consideration, particularly in today’s technologically driven environments. Many of the latest projector models can connect with set top boxes, streaming devices and Blu-ray players for enhanced use. Audio can also be improved by connecting your projector to speakers, sound bars and PA systems. Selected projectors have Bluetooth capabilities, allowing you to connect wirelessly with compatible audio equipment.

To view our latest collection of projectors please visit our store. Alternatively, contact our team to discuss your requirements.

Introducing JOAN Room Booking

As your business grows, product or service collections expand and customer base widens, the management of your company and its activities is likely to become more complex. Business owners have a lot to juggle, and with the latest technologies, managing every day proceedings is no doubt becoming a little simpler.

For those with large offices, just one of the many challenges faced is the management of meeting rooms. However, thanks to a handy new digital system, your staff can stop fighting over valuable meeting space and overall office productivity can increase.

About JOAN

JOAN provides all you need to make your office space work better for you. JOAN is essentially a digital door label which is used exclusively for room booking. This unique software has been developed whilst working with some of the largest companies from across the globe. The brand behind JOAN, Visionect, has collaborated with the likes of Dell, The Huffington Post, DreamWorks, Microsoft and Hyundai to create this award winning product, a system that is already a market leader in digital signage.

Using JOAN, businesses can schedule meetings digitally as well as view when a meeting room is booked or available for use. Integration is easy, and no additional software is required to make full use of the JOAN room booking service. JOAN supports the most used calendars, including Google, Office 365, Exchange 2010+ (Outlook) and even iCal, and connects automatically to the calendar you already use for easy booking whatever your preference. Another selling point is that JOAN’s wireless displays have a long battery life of up to three months. Charging reminders are sent via email and displays are USB rechargeable for easy maintenance and maximum efficiency. Hosting is also taken care of thanks to JOAN. The system can easily be integrated with existing hosting providers, handled by the JOAN team or hosted on your own in-house servers.

How is JOAN different?

JOAN provides solutions like no other. For a long time, larger businesses have struggled to strike the right balance when it comes to the management of meeting room schedules, with some even dedicating entire departments to such a task. With JOAN, room booking departments don’t have to exist meaning time and money savings for your company. Unlike other digital room booking products, your office doesn’t have to be uprooted during installation. Instead JOAN is completely wireless and can attach to any surface (including glass) without the need for wires or brackets.

Is JOAN right for my business?

Ideal for businesses with three or more meeting spaces, JOAN delivers a number of plus points for companies of all sizes and niches. As well as selecting the JOAN device option that is right for you (prices start from €299), your office size and your room booking requirements, JOAN solutions can be customised further. JOAN can be personalised with your company logo and can cater to multilingual offices. JOAN speaks a number of languages from English, French, German, Italian and Spanish to Polish, Dutch, Lithuanian, Swedish, Norwegian and even Klingon!


The IPTV & Digital Signage Platform Shaping Tomorrow

Digital communication has shaped both public and private environments for a number of years now. With more and more innovations hitting the marketplace, the way customers receive digital media is continuously evolving. Digital capabilities unlock so many advantages for those looking to make our schools, businesses, retail outlets and public spaces more interactive. With a wide range of products available, Hampshire based innovator Intevi has given us plenty of food for thought when it comes to digital signage, digital communication and IPTV (Internet Protocol Television).

Here we offer an insight into Intevi’s latest digital offering so you can discover real world, digital solutions that support your business and provide return on investment.

Intevi Digital Posters (IDP)

Intevi’s IDP collection delivers the latest in digital signage and digital posters. The poster itself provides a cutting edge alternative to the traditional paper poster, a product that offers a lifeless, single-faceted view.

As well as being an important product in the event technology sector, the burgeoning use of this product across a variety of industries is leading to the elimination of paper posters completely. Clients and the individuals they are looking to target favour this updateable, eco-friendly and fresh approach. The Intevi Digital Poster is an integral part of the company’s digital signage range. In addition to allowing users to reap the rewards of this responsive digital communication solution, Intevi’s digital posters ensure the full screen views, unique layouts and smart content that really captures attention.

Intevi Digital Booking (IDB)

From communicating to new and existing customers to managing communication between colleagues, Intevi’s digital room booking service is another digital signage must. The management of meeting space within larger offices is a constant challenge, but with the Intevi GoGet system you can say “goodbye” to sprawled notes taped onto meeting room doors, double booking and mid-meeting interruptions. This easy to use digital booking system allows you to create, edit and review the booking schedule of any meeting right at the meeting room door. Schedules can also be viewed and amended from your computer, tablet or smartphone using Google calendar or Microsoft Exchange.

Intevi Digital Television (IDT)

Using the very best software and hardware, the IDT range ensures content can be managed and video streamed easily to TVs and PCs. Providing easy installation, simple operation and full scalability, Intevi’s digital television systems can even be integrated with your existing infrastructure for the ultimate digital media solution. Templates are fully customisable to ensure a portal that is unique to your brand. Insert images, change channels, personalise your scheduling options, trigger instant alerts, integrate active widgets, post custom messages, display pre-made video content and even control the entire system through your smartphone or tablet. Your digital television and its templates can be fully branded, with a choice to wrap your live TV feed to enhance awareness.

Retailers in particular have an opportunity to boost digital communication with their customers on the shop floor. Digital television systems can be used to attract, interact and evaluate your market with a fully branded and responsive solution able to build customer experience, define journeys and reward actions.

Your Guide to Zero88 FLX Lighting Console

Production lighting can make or break an event, whether it is a single music gig, full tour, theatre show or studio broadcast you wish to illuminate. For lighting designers and engineers, much of their creativity is down to the capabilities of the technology that they work with. Whilst technology is continuously evolving, specialist Zero 88 has designed and manufactured a console to provide the ultimate solution in lighting control.

Creativity at its core

The FLX Lighting Console is one of the latest products developed by Zero 88. The device has been designed to ensure lighting designers, technicians and engineers have no limits when it comes to their creativity with major time savings and easy portability additional features delivered. The console itself is particularly easy to use, however its capabilities have been refined to ensure stunning production lighting in the most challenging environments. With a focus on live events, touring productions, theatres, multi-purpose venues and educational applications, FLX is a tool heavy, fully featured and ultra-flexible lighting control solution of the future.

Suitable for all

Regardless of your background or experience, FLX will be a control tool that you are comfortable with from your very first use. The system uses an industry standard syntax and fader-per-channel intensity control to produce a familiar yet intuitive experience. Creativity knows no bounds with the Zero 88 FLX Lighting Console, and engineers, technicians and designers have some 2,048 assignable channels to play with, making the control of moving lights, LEDs and conventionals simple.
Looking for even more channel access? FLX can be upgraded further, with up to 4,096 channels available. The possibilities are endless with the FLX Lighting Console as the device has no limitations on fixture patches and requires no expensive upgrades.

Time savings from the very start

For those with limited experience, experts on tight deadlines or professionals simply looking for an easy life, tools like Patch Wizard and Auto Palettes ensure easy and effective preparation alongside fast and flexible operation. Programming time is quicker in comparison to other consoles thanks to FLX’s three-step method. The device’s Z button shortcut also provides instant access to the features that you need on a regular basis.
Colour picking, mixing and capture is another process made easy. These once arduous tasks can be completed with minimal time and maximum accuracy with colours created effortlessly with FLX’s four encoder wheels or built-in colour picker. The colours selected can then be filed away onto one of the device’s 240 palettes for instant access whenever you need them. The entire device is quiet, dust-free and fan-less for discreet use and low maintenance.

All you need at the touch of a button

As well as the intuitive controls, filter libraries, mood boards, and additive, subtractive and HSV control, with the Zero 88 FLX Lighting Console, an internal multi-touch screen comes as standard for added ease. You can enhance your FLX console further with the addition of the optional external touch screen.

Industries That Benefit from Digital Signage

Whether you are looking to strengthen your marketing or advertising strategy, increase brand awareness or improve the customer experience, digital signage provides plenty of inspiration. According to recent research, 63% of consumers state that digital signage captures their attention, making it a powerful tool whatever your objective.

At Digital Vision Audio Visual, we work with clients serving multiple industry sectors to ensure signage solutions that suit their unique requirements. The benefits associated with digital signage are being enjoyed by countless businesses, but there are four industries in particular that are really making the most of this specialised technology.


The business world is pretty expansive but throughout commercial environments, digital signage has become an excellent way to cater to the needs of staff and customers alike.

For staff, the digital signage solutions on offer have streamlined operations for the better, with meeting rooms and waiting areas in particular benefitting from the use of interactive displays. On the customer side, internal signage solutions provide an adaptable way to provide wayfinding, welcome screens, company information and check-in facilities. The ease of content creation and editing also ensures multiple campaigns can be managed in real time via outdoor displays, which can be conveniently placed in prime locations to drive traffic to your store or simply raise brand awareness.


The retail environment has benefitted greatly from the use of digital signage. From the shop front to the point of sale, digital content has a huge impact as the findings of a recent study revealed. Some 84% of retailers based in the UK believe that the use of digital signage has raised significant awareness for their brand. Many surveyed also referred to signage as being the ‘face’ of their store and a direct route to delivering targeted brand messages.

More than 60% of all buying decisions are made at the point of sale, therefore the placement of a digital display at this point in particular can have a major impact on buying habits. Shelf edge screens, kiosk touchscreens and window frontage displays are other digital signage solutions favoured by retailers.


The use of technology in classrooms is growing rapidly, however digital signage screens have a place in other areas of the average educational facility.

Digital signage is becoming a popular fixture in reception areas, staff rooms, common rooms and canteens. The vibrant displays and easy to adapt content make it easy to display school news, welcome information, wayfinding details, menus, room changes, after-school clubs, events, and even examples of pupils’ work. As digital signage can be used to display a long list of content types, videos and photos of school productions and events have also found their way onto displays.


The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing sectors for digital signage use. Displays are now being used in public and private sector healthcare environments to improve patient communication, make wayfinding easier, display information such as wait times in real time, and communicate with patients in different languages.

Whatever your industry sector, digital signage is bridging the communication gap to deliver excellent advantages for organisations of all sizes. Let us talk you through the latest digital signage solutions by contacting our team today.


K-Array Anakonda An Innovation in Audio

Traditional speaker boxes have long been bulky and inconvenient, two factors that make them highly unsuitable for various environments. For a number of years, those in search of great sound quality, easy integration and discreet visibility have had to either accept the traditional speaker box, and all its faults, or forgo audio altogether. Thanks to the K-Array Anakonda, those introducing sound systems to the most challenging applications don’t have to compromise.

A revolutionary speaker module

With its lightweight nature, discreet visibility, weather resistance and flexibility, there are few places where the K-Array Anakonda speaker module can’t go. Anakonda has been expertly designed and developed to provide a problem solving solution like no other. Unlike traditional speaker boxes, the K-Array Anakonda provides exceptional audio quality, even in areas that have no surfaces to mount speakers.

Whether it is the traditional speaker issues you are looking to overcome or a desire to implement sleek design and unobtrusive modules you wish to embrace, K-Array Anakonda provides a long list of innovative features to achieve all this and more.

Solutions for all applications

K-Array Anakonda speaker modules have been at the centre of a number of impressive installs since their market launch. Ideal for boardrooms, public spaces and retail outlets, the K-Array Anakonda has become renowned for making the trickiest environments both visually pleasing and audio perfect. Each Anakonda module measures in at 2 metres long, and up to 32 can be joined together to create a sound line of some 64 metres. Whatever your desired length, the integrated male and female connectors ensure an uninterrupted, continuous line that looks elegant and seamless from start to finish.

The K-Array Anakonda modules are also extremely light and flexible meaning they can be easily integrated and interweaved with existing structures for improved sound distribution throughout your chosen venue. K-Array Anakonda products have already been used successfully across broadcast studios, cafes and restaurants, fashion shows and other events, hotels, museums, theatres and concert halls, theme parks, stadiums and other sporting venues, and transport facilities.

Choosing K-Array Anakonda

The visual look and feel of a room or larger venue is important to organisers and will be easily criticised by guests if something is amiss. K-Array Anakonda can be used to improve audio quality and bring sound closer to people in a non-obtrusive manner. Modules can be installed vertically and horizontally to complement your venue shape and size, and sound distribution requirements, making them a portable, flexible and adaptable solution for any indoor or outdoor space.

K-Array Anakonda is extremely easy to use, with the device’s presets providing a standalone solution as a flexible PA system or able to be combined with other accessories, such as K-Array subwoofers, for an entirely different experience. Maintaining your K-Array Anakonda modules is simple and each comes with a choice of two fabric socks to safeguard the speaker from the dust and debris that could over time impair sound quality. Interchange speaker colours, selecting black or white, for an even more seamless result.

HuddleCam Video Conferencing, But Not As We Know It

With a record 1.5 million people now working from home in the UK according to a study conducted by the British Trades Union Congress (TUC) – one fifth more than a decade ago – individuals and businesses alike are increasingly becoming aware of the benefits that remote working can bring. Thanks to its increased flexibility and lack of commute, popular to contrary belief, home working is driving business productivity forward, but how can you keep in touch with employees and other individuals integral to your business’ success when they’re based out of office?

Video conferencing is an essential tool for remote workers and the businesses employing them. With brands like HuddleCam, professional HD quality and enhanced audio can be harnessed for more effective communication, whatever the distance.

What are the benefits of video conferencing?

Video conferencing isn’t just advantageous for businesses employing remote workers and freelancers. Businesses looking to fit appointments with key suppliers, partners and shareholders into their busy schedules can do so easily thanks to video conferencing. Video calls can also be taken from the comfort of your own office or home.

Video conferencing enables you to:

  • Communicate with several employees, shareholders, partners, suppliers and other participants in just one call
  • Minimise the expense and time inefficiencies that go hand-in-hand with travel
  • Build rapport and loyalty by reinforcing relationships with home based workers
  • Enhance the efficiency of telecommuting for increased productivity
  • Organise meetings at times to suit all participants
  • Put a face to a traditional phone call or email
  • Physically show the products or services that are essential to your business
  • Easily deliver or receive online training

Why use professional conference cameras?

So, you’re sold on the benefits of video conferencing, now which product provides the best possible experience? HuddleCam provides an extensive range of professional HD video conference cameras, from 3X to 30X, each of which has been expertly designed to cater to varying business needs. Audio compatible with Mac and Windows for all desktop conference applications, HuddleCam conferencing cameras provide a long list of features so you can reap the rewards of successful, seamless and simple video communication.

For small to medium sized rooms, the entry level HuddleCamHD 3X is a great fit. Providing 3X optical zoom, 1080p resolution and a 74° field of vision, this product comes equipped with 64 presets for easy use. The HuddleCamHD 3X is also simple to set up, just plug the device into your USB port to begin your video conference. The HuddleCamHD 20X goes one step further by providing 20X optical zoom. Despite offering a slimmer field of view, the 20X device delivers professional grade conferencing in larger rooms and the plug-and-play USB connectivity that comes as standard across the HuddleCamHD collection. All HuddleCamHD products can be easily integrated into your existing infrastructure and support almost every video conferencing software available online for easy accessibility.

All HuddleCamHD video conferencing cameras are supplied with a two-year warranty whilst access to a detailed knowledge base means any queries you have about your new conferencing device can be answered around the clock.

Funding for Education

Funding for Education

Do you need new technology to replace existing ageing equipment but there aren’t the funds available? Have you ever considered or know anything about finance funding?

We understand that leasing hasn’t had a good presence within schools in the past, mainly due to bad business offered by photocopy and office equipment companies, this has now changed with the laws and regulations laid down by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Leasing will help you relieve the strain and pressures of rolling out much needed costly upgrades and enables you to have a pay back structure that’s convenient to you.

Why do schools rent equipment?

There is a myth that only people who can’t afford to purchase outright actually choose to rent equipment. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Many people tend to overlook the fact that with any capital equipment, they are actually paying for what the equipment does and not what it is! Now, no organisation would dream of paying an employee’s salary 3 years in advance, they pay for the benefit as they derive it on a monthly basis. A flexible rental plan enables schools to apply exactly the same concept to their equipment. They pay for it as they receive the benefit from it.

Leasing enables you to have the equipment you need, when you need it – If you have a capital budget of £50,000 per year for three years, it is only possible to purchase £50,000 of equipment on day one. By using Leasing, you can get £140,000 of equipment right now. We can assist you in acquiring the technology you need now and arrange a “bespoke” rental plan to reflect your budgetary needs. Your school can start realising the benefits right away.

All programs are totally flexible so you can add more equipment to them whenever it is required. Leasing is the cost efficient way to acquire equipment.

A unique service for Funding for Education, Here are a few of the unique points for Leasing:

  • Deferred payment programs, so your school can start using the equipment immediately and pay for it when your budget permits.
  • Flexible Payment Profiles. Payments can be made monthly, quarterly, termly, half-yearly or annually to suit you.
  • Budget Underspend: Payments can be structured to take account of larger (or smaller) initial rentals to account for underspend
  • Software only transactions.
  • Fund the entire solutions, including cabling, fabrication, building work, installation, maintenance, training services and licenses.
  • Master Agreements for phased “draw-downs” of equipment where you need to make stage payments.
  • We can do all of the work for you from sourcing equipment to installation and services.
  • Include equipment protection cover within the rental payments. Accidental damage cover designed specifically for schools.

To gain impartial advice on a rental program for your school or college, or simply to explore the possibilities, complete the enquiry form or call 01442 620078.

Wireless Presentation and Collaboration

The classroom is now seeing more computer platforms and operating systems in use than ever before, but how do you seamlessly allow students to connect to your existing display or projection system to share their thoughts, ideas and achievements? You could buy adapter cables for all devices and have them bring their device to the front of the class and then spend 5 minutes disconnecting and reconnecting cables, but that™s a real pain and time consuming, what if you need to see 2 or more students work up on the screen at the same time to compare notes, that then becomes a bit tricky and a bit messy.

campus_front_800Kramer Electronics have developed a range of products called VIA that enhances interactive learning as well as supporting wireless connectivity and collaboration. Kramer™s newest VIA product is the VIA Campus, from any laptop or mobile device, students, teachers or any in-room meeting participant can view the main display, edit documents together in real time, share any size file, turn the main display into a digital whiteboard, and more. VIA Campus also lets facilitators use eˆ’polling and eˆ’exams to easily and instantly measure how much students & trainees are actually learning. VIA Campus can show up to six user screens on one main display or up to 12 screens on two displays. The solution features iOS mirroring for MacBook, iPad and iPhone and Android mirroring (Lollipop OS 5.0 or newer). Remote students can easily join the class and collaborate in real time with embedded 3rd party video conferencing and office apps. such as Microsoft Office®, Skype®, GoToMeeting®, Lync® and WebEx®.



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If anyone can, Canon can…

If anyone can, Canon can..

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