iPad at Work: Audio Visual Coordinator
How does an audio visual coordinator use his iPad to get the job done and what iPad apps help get him through his day? TiPb’s iPad at work contest aims to bring you just such slices of the iPad life. Here’s Aaron's answer and as a small token of thanks we’re sending him a $20 iTunes gift certificate. If you want to see your name up on the TiPb home page and get a gift certificate all your own, head on over to the TiPb iPad Forum and share your story now!
I am the AV coordinator for a school district. My tasks include things like video editing and equipment repair, but the bulk of time is spend managing and running the theatre.
Of course I use my iPad for the usual synching with our exchange server. I use Safari to log into our help desk to check requests people have submitted to the AV dept. Things is a must on my iPad. It is in sync with Things on my iPhone and MacBook Pro. Everything from daily todo's to major events taking place in the theater are organized in/with Things. When a new help ticket comes into my email inbox, it goes straight into Things.
In our main theater, we have an ETC Ion lighting console that can be remotely controlled from the iPad with the iRFR app. Simply turing lights on or off while on the catwalk, or sitting in the audience or fully controlling the moving lights are done from the iPad. When students are running the board, I can monitor the cue list from my iPad as a show is going on, even taking notes on individual cues.
The main sound mixing board can be accessed via VNC and controlled from anywhere in the theater. Instead of mixing the sound from the back of the hall, I can be sitting where the audience will be, or various places throughout the hall.
Simple Note is used for all note taking in meetings and anytime I need to jot down some info such as part numbers, if I am working on a repair.
In my office, my iPad is on my desk in a Griffin Loop stand, ready to be used as an additional monitor with Air Display.
Since i got my iPad, my MacBook Pro has seldom left my desk, when I used to carry it across campus everyday.
What about you? Are you an audio visual coordinator? If so, which apps help you with coordinating? If not, head on over to the TiPb iPad Forum and let us know how you use your iPad in your job.