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  • Meet the Staff: Amy Wrobel

    Amy Wrobel, a producer at Tri-Marq, graduated in 2009 from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Electronic Communication with a minor in Marketing. She’s in her third year of producing videos and shows at Tri-Marq. Before coming to Tri-Marq, Amy worked in marketing at McDill Design and media production at Northwestern […]

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  • Lumens Aid: Bright Ideas for Picking the Right Projector

    Guest entry by Tom Graybill, Tri-Marq Director of Sales There is generally one truth when it comes to projector brightness: the brighter, the better. Filling your screen with a vibrant, bright picture makes it easy for your audience to see your PowerPoint, your video, or your camera shot. But how powerful of a projector do […]

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  • Meet the Staff: Dan Kosan

    Dan Kosan, a seven-year veteran at Tri-Marq, is one of Tri-Marq’s two editors (both coincidentally named Dan). He graduated in 2004 from Marquette University. Dan’s previous experience includes being the production director and station manager at Marquette University Television and assistant editor on A&E’s “Cold Case Files” television show. His awards and recognitions include being […]

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  • Video-Sharing Sites

    In the last entry, we went over some of the different video file types. This week, we’ll discuss the big question: What can be posted on YouTube, Google Video, and other video-sharing sites? YouTube You might be relieved to hear that most file types work for YouTube. When you upload a file, YouTube crunches and […]

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  • The Best Video File Types

    As technology evolves, there is an ever-increasing number of file types for distributing your video. So which is which? Which file type is best for each project? And what do all those lettered file extensions stand for, anyway?  To help better understand them, we’ve come up with a primer of a few commonly used file […]

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  • Making the Connection

    Meetings are considered ‘successful’ when they find a way to connect with their audience. As time moves on, event planners and event speakers are looking for more ‘path less traveled’ ways of making a connection and holding their audience’s attention. In the age of digital technology, we’re always looking for new ways to enhance meetings […]

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  • Building a Better A/V RFP

    This week’s blog post comes from Tom Graybill, Tri-Marq’s Director of Sales. One of the most useful – and potentially confusing, frustrating, and irritating – tools in planning meetings is the request for proposal (RFP). When it comes to the audio-visual (A/V) aspects of your event, a poorly composed RFP can lead to the wrong […]

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  • The Technology WOW Factor

    We work with many of our clients year after year (in some cases, for twenty years!), so we’re always thinking of creative ways to make their events bigger and better. The challenge to outshine ourselves is fun for us as it gives our team the chance to bridge creative options with technology. Our clients want […]

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    It’s Show Time

    Now that it’s January, show production season is in full swing. We just returned from a show in Atlanta for an international company with whom we’ve worked for nearly ten years. This first show of the season kicks off a year of our crew traveling from coast to coast working with clients across many industries. […]

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  • Meeting Openers

    In the last entry, Dan filled you in on instant AV. This week, we want to talk about another type of video in meetings – the meeting opener itself. Video openers are the easiest way for our clients to get their theme across to meeting participants. It can be tough to fit the whole idea […]

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  • Question Authority

    “Question authority” is a concept that we first heard at an employee meeting that we produced for one of our favorite clients, and is a philosophy we have introduced to our own production team. For us, questioning authority means the ability for everyone on our team to ask questions and make suggestions as experts in […]

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  • Get to Know the Banquet Captain

    A few years back we produced an event at a large San Antonio hotel. This property had been around for a number of years and had an established banquet and catering team. During the site visit, I made a point to ask the name of the banquet captain who would be working our event. This […]

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  • The Importance of Proper Preparation

    We were recently hired by a client to work on the creative design of their show and to direct the show on-site. There was an existing vendor who was to provide all of the production equipment.  Though this isn’t our usual way of working an event, we trusted the client and the event seemed like […]

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  • In-house AV vs. Outside Vendors

    Each year, Tri-Marq produces a lot of events. Some are large and require semi-trucks full of gear and a small nation of the crew, and some are much smaller, and more manageable, in scale. When it comes to smaller events, the vendor decision often comes down to a choice between in-house Audio/Video (AV) and an […]

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  • The Real Cost of Foregoing an Event Site Survey

    When clients review budgets one of the first items to be questioned is often the production site survey. When you add up the cost of the plane ticket, hotel room, and per diem this line item looks like a great place to trim some budget.  So why is the production site survey so important? A […]

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  • Celebrity Riders: The Difference Between a Want and a Need

    Celebrity Rider: (n): a list of requirements, requests, or conditions that a performer or celebrity expects in addition to their appearance fee. Celebrity talents always provide an interesting and unique experience for our team, especially when they come with a ‘rider,’ or a list of requests. The celebrity brings their talent to the show, and […]

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  • Light It Up

    When clients think of stage and set design, they think of set construction and video projection. Sometimes, they need to be reminded of a third important element: lighting design. Creative and exciting light design can make a good show go from ordinary to extraordinary. Everyone sees video projection at shows, but when you see a […]

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