How to Handle Common Audiovisual Problems

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If you’re someone who deals with audiovisual (AV) equipment on a regular basis, then there’s no doubt that you’ve had problems with equipment failure – it’s just the nature of AV technology. Whether you are the person delivering a presentation using AV equipment or the person in the audience listening to the presentation, it can be quite irritating when a disruption occurs. The good news is that technology has advanced to such a degree that you can probably resolve many issues without the help of a technician. Even if you’re working on specialty equipment like pipe cameras, there are easy troubleshooting solutions. 

Whenever there’s a technical problem that’s related to audio feedback, it seems exceptionally annoying and unpleasant. If you are in the midst of a professional presentation, then it gets awkward because you start to feel unprofessional and possibly even embarrassed. For example, when you’re delivering a presentation and working both sides of the room, some microphones don’t like to cooperate. In many cases, walking in front of a speaker can cause the feedback to worsen. 

Sometimes audio feedback is mild, yet it can still destroy your presentation because it diminishes the focus on your content. One simple fix is to identify the location of the speakers in the room and avoid that general vicinity when engaging with your audience. If you are holding an event in a conference room, then it’s appropriate to test the microphone in advance to ensure there won’t be a problem once you have a room full of people looking directly at you. It’s even better if you have access to a sound person who can tell you where all speakers are located and what to avoid. 

Another common problem is a power failure that happens when you’re delivering a presentation or using AV equipment in any other setting. Sometimes the power goes out become the equipment is using a lot of power and has caused a circuit to short. Regardless of the cause, one way to mitigate this issue is by identifying in advance where equipment should be plugged and whether there have been any issues in the past. An AV technician should be your guide and should also be on standby should a problem occur. 

In order to ensure you’re ready for any possible malfunctions involving a power outage, you should make sure you have plenty of batteries on hand. This means you must be familiar with the types of batteries required for all of the equipment needed for the presentation or project. If you’re using a wired microphone, then you should have a wireless microphone as a backup and you should make sure it’s fully functional before the event starts. All of these items should be contained in one bag or location that is specifically designed for emergencies. 

When working with any type of camera, you’ll want to make sure you know what type of lighting is best and set it up in advance to ensure the images are of the highest possible quality. If you’re taking photos in dark spaces, then it’s even more important to test the lighting in advance.


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