Don’t Forget Your Dongle!

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Blog
Don’t Forget Your Dongle!

If you are a presenter at an event and you want to use your own laptop, that’s fine. Any good AV team will make sure there’s a HDMI/VGA cable ready for you. However, please DO NOT expect the AV guys to have a specific display adaptor for YOUR laptop. If we carried every available adapter/dongle, […]

What We’re All About…

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in News
What We’re All About…

We’re always so grateful for any feedback we receive following a client’s event but how’s this for a thank you?! We’re truly blown away. It really goes to show that we aren’t just your average AV team. If you have 5 minutes have a read of this, we’re so proud of this testimonial! #TeamIstead “Well […]

Creative Technical Excellence

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in News
Creative Technical Excellence

This week saw our resident Cameraman and Video Editor, Dan Plant, mark his 19th year of working at Istead. Over the years Dan has been involved in thousands of events all across the UK and Europe but three memories in particular stay at the forefront of his mind. 1. In 2000, Dan was asked by Avondale […]

The Leamington Business Awards 2017

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Blog
The Leamington Business Awards 2017

The Leamington Business Awards is a non profit awards ceremony designed to celebrate local business success in the area. Now in its fourth year, The Leamington Business Awards celebrates the fantastic work being done by businesses and individuals within Leamington. Not only that, the event also raises money for local charities. This year’s chosen charities […]

Doing Our Bit

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Blog
Doing Our Bit

  We were recently recommended over Facebook to a local school who were on the look out for technical help with their school production. It was a bit of a cry for help as reduced funding has left the school without some equipment they have previously had access to. Hearsall Community Primary School, located in […]

How Our European Events Could Be Affected by Brexit

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Blog
How Our European Events Could Be Affected by Brexit

This month we packed up our equipment and headed over to sunny Geneva to support a client’s awards evening. Exciting times! However as Switzerland is outside of the EU, things aren’t as straightforward for us when it comes to delivering AV production. With any movement of services/kit in and out of non-EU countries it is […]

Istead Recognised for Long Service

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in News
Istead Recognised for Long Service

Istead and our director Stuart Walker were recognised recently with a special contribution award at The Digital Forensics Conference, celebrating 10 years of audio visual production and technical support at the event. The conference is attended by global police forces and intelligence agencies to discuss emerging communication technologies. Amidst tight security, due to the nature […]

Screen Formats – 4:3 or 16:9?

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Blog
Screen Formats – 4:3 or 16:9?

In the good old days the screens on your television sets and computer monitors were virtually square, with a width to height ratio of 4 to 3, commonly written as 4:3. This was mainly governed by the technology in the TV set that could not reproduce images that were any more irregular. Similar technological restrictions […]

We Do More Than Push Faders and Press Buttons

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Blog
We Do More Than Push Faders and Press Buttons

Many people may think that an audio visual crew are there to simply push faders and press buttons. We’re more than that. There is a lot more to our job than meets the eye. We care about what we do so there’s a great deal of planning to ensure the smooth running of every event. […]

We’re Hiring

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in News
We’re Hiring

FULL TIME EVENT AV TECHNICIAN Full-Time Event Audio Visual Technician to join small, vibrant, audio visual company in Coventry. We are looking for a hard-working, energetic individual who is competent with all audio visual fields, i.e. audio, lighting, projection, etc. and has live event experience. The Role of Event AV Technician: Pre-event equipment preparation in […]

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