We’ve recently made several orders of an item from FieldCast and wanted to highlight it as it’s been so popular. We use this a lot! What is this popular little item? It is the FieldCast 12G optical transceiver!
So, what does it do? The optical transceiver can work in either direction as a transmitter or receiver. It is compatible with a wide range of optical fiber video equipment, such as our favorite BlackMagic items.
We like to use these with the BlackMagic Mini SDI to Fiver Converters. It fits inside a special SFP slot on the converter. If you didn’t already know, high quality 4k video has trouble going long distances, so this box, plus the SDI to Fiber Converter work together to convert a signal that would normally go over SDI cable only a short distance, because of copper, to go a long distance over fiber optic cabling.
If you’d like more information about sending video signals you can contact us at any time!
Live Streaming is popular, so how can you get in on it too?
In today’s fast paced world with video being streamed from our tv’s, phones, computers and just about everywhere we go, you might be wondering if streaming is something you should be doing too. It might even seem like an easy thing to do. Plug something new in, a few clicks here and there and you’re ready to go. However, it may not be as easy as binging Netflix on the weekend. Here are a few things to consider if you want to start broadcasting your video content to your audience.
Your first move should be creating specific goals for what you want your streaming options to be. Broadcasting systems can range in price from thousands of dollars to millions, so having a clear idea of how you want to use your system is important. Who do you want to broadcast to? Will you be streaming from multiple locations? How will your participants access your video, and from what? Will you be recording large events? How often will you be recording? Will you require archiving video for future use or will it only appear once? Do you want to show a single camera, multiple cameras, and do you want to include graphics as well. Once you’ve written the answers to these questions our team can better help you find the equipment you’ll need.
Incorporating Dugan’s proprietary voice-activated process, the Waves Dugan Automixer plugin automatically controls the gains of multiple microphones in real time, dramatically reducing feedback, studio noise and comb filtering from adjacent microphones. It maintains a consistent system gain, even when multiple speakers are talking simultaneously, and makes perfectly matched crossfades, without any signal compression, and without a noise gate that may cause unwanted sonic artifacts. Available for virtually any console, the Dugan Automixer is the ultimate solution for broadcast news panels, talk shows, houses of worship, film and television dialog recording, and any other discussion panel or conference scenario involving multiple microphones and participants.
Audio Visual Safety tips for the Workplace and on the Job
We talk a lot about equipping yourself with knowledge about your equipment, but we have not yet highlighted the importance of safety with and around Audio Visual.
Right about now you’re probably wondering what kind of safety would be needed around audio visual equipment. Everything can be dangerous in the right situation. Just like it’s dangerous to leave Ryan alone with ice cream, we want to help remind you of ways you can make sure your area is safe for anyone who comes around.
Here’s a checklist we’ve put together for you, so you can easily walk around your business and make sure everything is being used in a safe way for you and your equipment:
It's New and Fancy, but is it Right For You?
Last week we looked at knowing when it’s time to replace your equipment or if you could “hold it together” with a repair or a patched in new part. This week we wanted to take a different look at updating equipment. How do you know when you should update your equipment with the latest and greatest?
It’s the next generation of converters with better technology and features! Teranex Mini features a user upgradable front panel with a color display and controls so you can quickly monitor video and change settings right from the front of the converter!
This converter make supporting all different types of video equipment easier than ever before. Teranex Mini is perfect for broadcast installations because they can be rack mounted and the optional front panel lets you see what’s being converted on the screen! Like regular Mini Converters, Teranex Mini features built in mini switches and a printed diagram on the converter so you can quickly and easily change settings. Even better, they can be remotely managed over ethernet from a computer using the included Converter software making the process even easier for you to produce flawless video.
Their compact size makes them great for portable racks at live events too plus they have professional XLR audio connections for connecting to mixers and other audio gear!
The audio connections can be switched between balanced analog or digital audio so you can connect to any professional analog or digital audio equipment such as our other favorite Black Magic equipment. If you’re running pro digital audio gear, you can keep your audio digital the whole way through for perfect digital quality. For analog audio, Teranex Mini’s feature an extremely low noise floor so even analog audio background noise is virtually silent.
If you are in need of a new video converter that is small, but powerful, the Teranex may just be for you! Email or drop a comment with any questions you have, we’d love to help you discover the best solution for your business!
Deciding When Your Old System Needs Something New
If your main Audio Visual system has been installed for a while you might be starting to wonder if it’s time to upgrade your system or start from scratch. We all try to save money if we can and Audio Visual is certainly an area we want to save money in. Sometimes a simple update in a piece of equipment is all you might need. Other times it might save you money over time to create a whole new system. How do you know when you can no longer upgrade? When is it time to tear out your legacy system and start over from scratch?
With older systems there are several options you might take: wait it out, simply maintain, or eliminate completely. Each has its pros and cons. Let’s walk you through each one.
If you wait as long as you possibly can to upgrade, it may save you money now but will probably cost you in the future. Many times, these systems are relied on a weekly, if not a daily basis. By waiting until pieces of your system fail, you put yourself in a position where you must make a quick, pressured decision to get the system back up and running. And sometimes you must settle for a piece of equipment that you might not like as much because the one that you want isn’t available that quickly. Or you might have to spend extra money to rent equipment until your new equipment can be ordered and installed.
To continue with our Lighting Maintenance Checklist we wanted to highlight cleaning your console area. Where cleaning your actual lights may only need to be done every 3-6 months, the console gets used all the time! We’d suggest doing these items every 1-2 months.
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