Sunday, October 17, 2021

InfoComm 2021 education programming: gaming engines, automated captioning, and more

The InfoComm 2021 education program will explore the fast-growing AV solution content, production and streaming on Oct. 23–29, 2021, at the Orange County Convention Center. The show will present 15 sessions exploring this solution, covering topics like automatic speech recognition for caption delivery, generative media, methods for improving the video conferencing experience and more.

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According to the AVIXA 2021 Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis (IOTA), content, production, and streaming is forecast to generate $30 billion globally in 2021 and reach $38.5 billion in 2026 — a 5.1 percent compound annual growth rate. The report also reveals this AV solution was the least impacted by COVID-19. This is due to organizations building out their digital content — such as producing videos to keep customers engaged and streaming virtual events.

“Producing high-quality, engaging content for streaming audiences in corporate and live events is now a must-have skill for the AV industry,” said Annette Sandler, Director of Live Content U.S./Canada, AVIXA. “I’m really excited about the AV technologists who will share their stories at InfoComm 2021 about how they’ve adapted over the last 18 months. Sharing our successes and struggles is how we make the industry better, together.”

At InfoComm 2021, the session “How to Improve Your Video Conference with Hardware/Software Switching” will explore how to make video calls look better, from using more than one camera for product demonstrations, to adding audio and video filters. Jeffrey Powers, podcaster for Geekazine, will share low-cost ways to improve video conferencing.

In the session “Content Creation with Generative Media and Gaming Engines,” Geoffrey Platt of 7thSense and Ginger Leigh of Synthestruct will examine how generative media is disrupting the traditional ways of creating content and changing the ways we work. They will present case studies from virtual events created in 2020 during the pandemic and show examples of content created from these various real-time generative engines.

Bill Bennett, Media Solutions Account Manager for ENCO Systems, will present the session “Automatic Speech Recognition and Caption Delivery for Venues.” He’ll discuss the importance of Automatic Speech Recognition-based captioning of video and aural content, and why adequately enabling the displaying of such captions is crucial — and in a growing number of major jurisdictions — required by law.

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