In this day and age, it seems that we rely on our smart phones (we all have those by now, right?) and mobile technology to simplify our lives in every way possible. With advanced technology, mobile apps can facilitate many audio visual tasks as well. Here are five of the best:
1) AV TOOLS
Mobile Devices / Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Google Chrome
Approx Cost: $2.99-$3.19
Description: This audio visual mobile app gives you a variety of tools at your fingertips that will ensure smooth setup, execution, and strike of your next A/V production.
- Conversion calculator (voltage, video aspect ratio, DAW disk space)
- Distance calculator
- Adjustable tone generator
- Pin-outs for common A/V connectors
2) LIVE TOOLKIT
Mobile Devices / Platforms: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, iOS 4.3 or later
Approx Cost: $9.99
Description: For when short on time, this audio visual mobile app helps you calculate proper equipment set-up locations and calibrations.
- Determine delay times for PA systems
- Save speaker, amp settings for future calculations.
- DMX and DIP function set up.
- Switch between feet and meters.
- Voltage calculator.
3) PIXEL PERFECT
Mobile Devices / Platforms: iPhone, iPod Touch (3 and 4), iPad iOS 5.0 or later
Approx Cost: $2.99
Description: This audio visual mobile app works for projects that require delivering specs on LED screens. Featuring more than 100 different screens from leading manufacturers, menu options are endless.
- Display specific dimensions of screens.
- Ideal for measuring LED walls for concerts and corporate events.
- Orientation manipulation.
- Max wattage determination.
Mobile Devices / Platforms: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, iOS4 or later
Approx Cost: FREE
Description: This audio visual mobile app allows users to interact and highlight presentations and documents with the swipe of a finger on a phone or tablet screen. Must note that this app requires the installation of apps like Dropbox or Google Docs for document access.
- All user controls are hidden from audience.
- Supports wireless connection via AirPlay.
- Various allowed doc types.
5) SUN SURVEYOR
Mobile Devices / Platforms: Android 2.1 and up; iPhone 4 and up, iPad 2 WiFi + 3G + 4G, iOS 5.0 or later.
Approx Cost: $5.99-$6.49
Description: This audio visual mobile app is meant for outside presentations in order to track the sun and your audience viewing optimization. It will track where the sun will be at all times.
- 3D compass projection predicts the path of the sun and moon so you can plan accordingly.
- Gauge bearing and altitude, sunrise/sunset among other weather elements.
- Customizing time zones.