We’ve been looking at a series of cable and equipment testers recently. These tools help give us ideas when troubleshooting systems and how to proceed. If you know a cable is bad it is much easier to replace it than your other pieces of equipment. So, here’s another cable tester we use and love!
You simply plug each end of your cable into the appropriate connections and turn the knob to check each pin connection. LED's confirm each conductor continuity and connection status of each wire. This is such a useful tool for us! It allows us to check every connection we terminate before we install that cable on any job site. If we are having an issue with a cable this is a quick and simple way to check and make sure that the cable is not the problem.
It can be really helpful to have cable testers as part of your toolbox. They can save you so much time and sometimes turn a seemingly big problem into a simple fix.
Centerpoint Community Church realized at the beginning of Covid they would need to take their services online to continue engaging and supporting their congregation. The good news for Centerpoint was that their existing system was capable and would only need a few small additions to begin their own streaming.
As they continued to adapt, learn and improve their online streaming experience, Centerpoint identified a few areas in their current AV system that would need to upgrade to create a better end result.
You know the rule about sequels…They’re never as good as the original. But we are hoping this can be closer to “The Dark Night” and less of “Jaws 2”.
We love getting new tools in our pelicans, so we wanted to share what’s new in our toolbox.
Getting a good tight follow may take some time and practice before you feel experienced enough to capture every movement, but having good positioning will help your shot look more professional no matter what you are doing. A clean, tight follow will always elevate the level of production you are hoping to achieve.
We realize that sometimes you just want to make a simple cable swap or another easy change on your own. At Lambda our main mission has always been to empower people to know their equipment and be able to get the most out of it. This is why the team at Lambda has been working hard to create resources for you to use this last year, including instructional graphics for camera operators.
We want to continue to provide practical tips for you to use so your company and staff can continue to grow. So, be sure to send us any questions or topics you’d like to see addressed here or on social media. Also, be sure to keep reading future issues as we have a lot of DIY tips coming up and if you haven’t heard about our jobsite guide, we’d love to get one into your hands! More to come!
A while back we talked about the “Lambda process” for turning your dreams of new audio, video, or lighting system into a reality. A big part of that process is all about the gear testing that happens in our shop before the equipment ever gets to your location. After the gear has been ordered and arrives, we set up all the equipment and each component in our shop just as it will be for the install. This ensures that when we arrive for the install, there aren’t any surprises and there won’t be “that one missing part.” Along with that, we have an assurance that each piece of the gear we install will work for you leaving no questions of whether your new parts are faulty. This detailed process not only assures that each piece is built properly, but that they all work together flawlessly.
In the video world over the past 20 years there have been many, many different types of cables and connections used to pass signal from one medium to another. From composite video to VGA and DVI, and now at SDI and HDMI. But while we have heard of these cables, what are they? And what do they do? Today we’re going to talk about HDMI and SDI.
The Blackmagic Design ATEM Constellation 8k has been fun to add to several projects this last year. Just the name sounds fancy and you’d be right. This item is still fairly new on the market and just one of the reasons we are so excited to use it.
This Constellation is an ultra HD live production switcher! It has all the features meaning you can combine them all to make an incredibly powerful 8K switcher. With so many input and output options, not to mention the DVEs and viewers, the constellation also offers even standards conversion on all inputs. It even has an audio mixer with EQ and dynamics. If you are looking to produce high quality streaming production on a professional level, this switcher is for you! You won’t be disappointed with its features. If you are looking into streaming options for your house of worship or business, contact us anytime. There are switchers for every size of business and AV need.
It seems like this year has been the year of the video system upgrades. Each system has its own unique pieces that have helped each church or business to move forward in what they are able to do, not only for streaming and recording, but inside the room as well.
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