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

We recently delivered full AV and technical support for worldwide insurance company FM Global, at the Marriott London Heathrow, who we’ve supported for many years now. Here’s a step by step guide of how we successfully delivered their event…   Step 1 – Initial Meeting: It’s always great to meet in the room with the […]

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 […]

Don’t Ask Us to Be Cheap

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Blog
Don’t Ask Us to Be Cheap

We had a new enquiry last week… “We have an event coming up in June and we’ve been given your name by ‘xxxxx’ who said you’re excellent. We had a few problems last year so we’re changing supplier.” “That’s great to hear, thank you. We’d be happy help!” After a long conversation about their AV […]

10 Best Keynote Speakers

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Blog
10 Best Keynote Speakers

10 Best keynote speakers who would be a great addition to your event… During a recent production meeting for a major UK brand, the subject of who should close their national conference came into conversation. Although our involvement in the meeting was to discuss their AV requirements, we soon realised that we have gained a lot of experience […]

Singing for Harry

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in News
Singing for Harry

As a lot of you already know, our employees at Istead love to get involved in fundraising for a number of charities. This also extends to our friends and families… Our Managing Director Neil’s lovely wife Donna is a part of the Solihull Pop Chorus and just before Christmas, she and the singing group recorded […]

Defying the Laws of Physics

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Blog
Defying the Laws of Physics

By definition, projection is the displaying of an image on a distant surface achieved via a high intensity light source. The simple word ‘distant’ in that definition had always been an issue in the AV industry. To achieve a large image viewable by a mass audience, the distance between the screen surface and the projector […]

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