“What do you mean when you say AV?” This is one of the questions we get on a daily basis in our field. AV is an acronym for audio visual; it’s your presentation and production at an event, show, or conference. AV consists of three main components: audio, lighting, and video. In the video below, Heroic’s Jon and Steve talk through what each of these components mean.
Audio involves communicating what the presenters or entertainers are doing on stage so that the entire audience can hear. This could be one speaker presenting to the crowd, or a band with multiple singers. Microphones, lav mics, and speakers are all excellent devices to use as long as they are set up properly so everyone can hear loud and clear.
Lighting is so much more than helping you see the people on stage. When done right, lighting seamlessly creates a mood and enhances the theme of the event. But it's essential to take into account the venue and the type of entertainment. Different types of events require different kinds and varying amounts of lighting.
Video is how you relay the bulk of the content at your event. Whether you are showing slides or live casting what is happening on stage, incorporating video is a great way to deliver your message to a crowd and ensure that they can see what is happening.
Audio, lighting, and video are the three components that make up AV. While the breakdown of sound and lighting terminology is simple, how AV is executed at your event or conference can make or break its success.