Technology is constantly evolving to further optimize work flow.
Technology is constantly evolving to further optimize work flow.

Products and services are a mixed blessing.  No man, or company is an island so we have to rely on others for provision of products that fit our core business.  This applies whether you’re a service company or a manufacturer or anywhere in between.  As I said last week, we are really not in the business of product sales but actually in the business of “communication enhancement”.

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Audio-visual installation at the Thompkins County Public LibraryRecently we were brought in to do an AV installation for the Tompkins County Library.  One of the great assets they offer the community is conference rooms which are available for profit and not-for-profit organizations to use as meeting space and for giving audio-visual presentations. Public meeting space is pretty common in libraries but not only is this space massive, it is now outfitted with a great AV system (or at least it is now)! Continue reading


Are you looking for a way to jazz up your next show, conference or event? Francis AV has the screen span technology to give you the space you need to make the impression you want.

We offer AV equipment to help you create the right display for your unique event. One of our most versatile video equipment rental options, especially great for corporate events and weddings, is screen span. You can incorporate screen spanning into your event by renting the individual components necessary or we can help you plan and set up your display as part of our event staging services.

Screen span allows you to span a single image, video, or presentation across two, three, four or more screens without stretching or distorting the content. Use this multi-display option to set your PowerPoint presentation apart or create a more dynamic photo montage. Give your message room to move by expanding your video/MP4 files across multiple displays.

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Even popular cell phones have Ultra HD capabilities now. This means most content – even home movies – can be shown on increasingly impressive displays without diminishing the quality. What a great way to showcase home movies of the guest of honor at Nana’s 100th birthday or the happy couple at the rehearsal dinner.

This dynamic technology works with any size TV monitor, projector, or free-standing screens for larger groups.

Stunning multi-display presentations are possible through the use of equipment like the TripleHead2Go external multi-display adapter designed by industry leader Matrox. Matrox is one of the leading manufacturers of specialized graphics solutions for professional markets. We typically use high definition NEC or Sharp TV Monitors to ensure the best display of your materials. NEC Display Solutions designs and produces leading-edge visual display solutions for a wide range of markets and when you see your content on their screen you’ll understand why they’re an industry leader!

Matrox’s Triplehead2Go Multi-Display Adapter

If you want to create your own content for a screen spanning display you can use Microsoft Office extensions like OfficeOne’s PowerShow to add functionality to the base PowerPoint software. This software allows you to create presentations specifically structured for use across multiple displays. If you have existing content you would like to have optimized for multi-display viewing we are happy to do it for you.

Contact one of our content specialists today to see how this product can enhance your next event!



In recent years, a new flavor of LCD projector has evolved. The short-throw projector. That is, one that fills a screen from a close distance. There are really two types – the short throw (about .47 X’s your image width) and your ultra-short throw (about .18 X’s your image width). Without belaboring the technical details, let’s get on to the advantages!

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