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.
It’s me, the lamb, Duh!
Yes, my name is Duh. Kirby the Trailer wrote last year, but this year I took over. After all, it’s my face that’s on the company logo. If I can represent the company with my great bod, seems like they’d trust me to write the year end update. It’s time to remind them who they actually work for: Duh A.V. Lamb!
So, how do you know what is right for your building and space? Typically, screen position is decided based on the aesthetics desired for the room. But sometimes the building is more complicated and needs a little more thought process than simply the desired look. This is where Lambda can help! We can take the measurements of a room and build an 3D design to show us exact sight lines. With this information we can determine the exact placement of screens for best viewing.
Without building a special 3D cad design, there are already some industry standards and rules to consider. Perhaps you even have a portable screen for one of your rooms, some of these rules could help you determine where to place your screen.
Clayhouse, a church located in Colorado Springs, came to Lambda looking for solutions to facelift and update their main sanctuary. They wanted to take a dark brown room and transform it into a place that felt inviting for people to worship in. They didn’t have specific plans on how to do this, so they came to us and asked us to help them design and create the look they wanted to portray, but didn’t know how. The project ended up with updated lighting looks, new projection and custom interior design.
Clayhouse trusted Lambda with the overall design so, we brought in Collin Stoddard, of the “The Stoddard Building Group”, to talk with Clayhouse leadership and set a style tone for the overall space. Collin set color tones for the project and worked with us to figure out what we needed to focus on to hit the goal of a total transformation. As Clayhouse didn’t know their budget at the beginning of the project and were working to finalize their numbers, we presented a number of options. In a “world with no budget” possibilities were limitless, but we were able to take these initial ideas and then work back down to a core of major pieces once we had the final budget. The Stoddard group, like Lambda, has a history of working with churches and shares our design philosophy that any change should be a big one. People want to see where their giving dollars are going and even small budget changes need to count and feel big most of time. The Stoddard group focused on a new sign, a repaint of the room, some custom, hand crafted barn doors to add light control and make the windows feel bigger, and added some color details and texture to the large side walls.
Ransomed Heart Ministries
We were recently able to work with Ransomed Heart Ministries to install a video podcasting system! This was a fun job to do and plan. Ransomed Heart (RH) came to us looking to expand their audio podcast and studio into a video podcasting setup. They have a great little room already set up for recording, and a great audio system in place. They just needed cameras added to their system and an easy way to control them without adding a large workload for their crew. It needed to be easy to use and completely integrated with their existing setup, so it would feel natural to use right away.
Since video podcasting was a whole new field for RH, we wanted to make sure it felt like an easy step from what they already do into something new. To accomplish this we chose to partner with Datavideo for our cameras. Datavideo makes a number of ‘trick’ video devices that we have used for many years. Specifically, the fabled, super converter DAC-70. In fact, it is often said that the DAC-70 is only beaten by Chuck Norris himself and even he knows that most video problems can be solved quicker by it than a round house kick to the face. :)
We love this datavideo PTC-140 Camera. We recently installed these great little cameras for Ransomed Heart (read above). They allow for total control of a myriad of different shots and can be set up with a control system allowing for easy camera control by one person. It can be controlled via Ethernet, IR, or RS-232 protocols. These cameras support 255 preset positions, enabling you to quickly adjust the camera’s position within a 340 degree pan and a 120 degree tilt range so you won’t miss any unscripted moment. With high resolution and increased zoom capabilities make this camera an easy choice. You can stream quickly and easily with the built in protocols allowing this to be a highly versatile camera for all occasions. If you have any questions about this camera, we’d love to assist you in choosing the best option for your needs!
EHC Camera Control System
They seldom have more than one person who is able to run their cameras and they didn’t have the space to dedicate the area for manned cameras. After walking through what they needed, Lambda decided the best option would be to install a custom Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) camera system. EHC also had some unique requirements for shooting their video stream. They wanted it to be shot in 4k resolution and wanting to have a high quality image chip for good color and contrast in images. But there was a small problem. Available PTZ camera systems just didn’t fit the use case due to smaller sensors and lower quality.
Here at Lambda AV we always want to be incorporating the newest and best technology into the systems we design and install. One of the products we love is Dante!! So, what is Dante and why do we love it so much?
One of the other benefits of Dante is that huge cable snakes are now a thing of the past because all of the audio travels over an ethernet cable. Dante integrates media and control for your entire system over a single, standard IP network. Dante systems can easily scale from a simple pairing of a console to a computer, to large capacity networks running thousands of audio channels.
Because Dante uses logical routes instead of physical point-to-point connections, the network can be expanded and reconfigured at any time with just a few mouse clicks. Signal routing and system configuration with Dante is fast, simple, and incredibly flexible. Setting up a Dante network is typically just a matter of plugging devices into an Ethernet switch and connecting a computer to the network. All Dante devices are automatically discovered and displayed in Dante Controller, so you can be up and running in seconds.
So, next time you see Dante, hopefully you’ll know a little more about what it’s all about!
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