Focusing a camera is a simple task, but most camera operators don't know how to correctly achieve good focus in images. "Critical focus" is a technique we use in broadcast to get accurate focus fast. We took a few minutes to have Trevor, our shop manager, help us demonstrate this for the camera.
He may look in focus from a quick glance on the screen when he is at a distance, but when we zoom in we can see he is not. Whenever you may be focusing a camera you need to consider that the distance will change between you and the subject you need to focus on. This includes changing camera locations, or when someone moves back and forth across a stage. Zooming will not change focus because, but It can reveal focus issues.
Introducing BlackMagic URSA Mini Pro! This professional digital film camera combines incredible image quality with the features and controls of a traditional broadcast camera! The Mini Pro also features built in Neutral Density filters, an adjustable status display and a revolutionary new interchangeable lens mount that lets you change between photographic lenses or mount lenses. URSA Mini Pro records up to 60fps and features dual CFast 2.0 recorders as well as dual SD/UHS-II Card recorders.
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I like to think of Duel lock Velcro as one of our best secrets for keeping small items in one place. It's a secret no more! This Velcro is great for holding an in ear monitor unit to a keyboard on stage or anchoring a small converter inside of a rack. This Velcro can have so many different applications! Regular Velcro, hook and loop, has a hook side that feels rough and a loop side that feels soft like fabric. The loop side allows for Velcro to come apart easily . Dual lock Velcro has both sides as hook and no soft loop side. Sometimes it can take quite a bit of strength to pull this stuff apart but it holds tight and won't wear out. Try it out, you can pick it up off of amazon and most hardware stores. We love it as a simple tool for keeping racks tidy and equipment in place.
Check out SoundTube’s hanging speakers! These great little speakers are affordable and perfect for covering any lobby space. They are easy to hang and come with all the necessary hanging hardware featuring a SpeedClamp™ self-locking wire grip for fast, easy and secure installation. This is a 4-inch, full-range, ported speaker with an open-ceiling enclosure design. SoundTube’s custom-engineered driver and electro-acoustic network deliver high-performance sound in a cost-effective speaker design. The RS4-EZ speaker incorporates a low-profile grille and a five-position tap switch with voice-coil-direct position. We recently installed these on a job and couldn’t be happier with the sound quality and aesthetics in the space! They look and sound great on a budget you can’t turn down!
Gaffers tape is a tool that was first developed for use in film making, but it makes a great tool for pro audio and video too. No one likes a messy stage and Gaffer tape is the perfect thing to help you keep your stage clear. If there's one thing people dislike more than a messy stage, is the sticky nasty cable and floor from using other options. Gaffers tape solves both of these issues! It can secure cabling to a floor and doesn't leave residue on the cable or the floor.
Gaffers tape can be found at many pro audio and video stores but is most easily found on amazon from our friends at Tape Ninja. Just search for "Tape Ninja" in the search bar! Gaff tape tears like thin cloth, but is strong enough to hold down cable.
If knowing about Gaff tape isn't enough, here's another tip for you: If you need a hand taping and don't have a friend, use a small piece taped across at the beginning of a run and at the end to keep it straight. Then, simply run a strip right down the middle of the cable for a nice straight, quick tape job.
Let us know what other things you have found Gaff tape useful for! I know I have used it to tape temporary blackout to windows. It really is a lifesaver!
We are so excited to tell you about Atlona Velocity! Atlona Velocity brings a whole new approach to AV control, making it faster, easier, and more cost effective than ever to specify and integrate a commercial AV control system. Velocity delivers true AV control ability without the need to have an AV tech in the room. Any corporate team will be able to use the AV tech in the room with the touch of a button. One of its strongest features is an affordable touch screen interface for central and simple room control. You can configure control systems in a few minutes with simple navigation and menu selections much like any other mobile or web app. You can easily switch between devices like TV’s, phones and computers to easily control whatever you are working on. It's user friendly and will save you lots of time.
We think this product will change the way you handle your corporate needs. It will add simplicity, efficiency, and compatibility to all your AV needs and uses. You will spend less time trying to connect a slideshow to the screen and more time discussing your slideshow with your team.
Lambda will be launching several systems this fall using Atlona Velocity and we will be talking more about it in future articles. We are excited to see how this system can help our clients maximize the use of their spaces.
If you want to know more about the Atlona Velocity just ask! We are here to answer any questions you might have and give you the information you need to succeed. We believe this will make a huge change in the corporate industry and we want to keep you first with the changing tech industry!
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Proper cable storage techniques is one of the best ways you can prolong the life of your audio and video cable. The first technique we'd like to mention is over-under cable wrapping.
Here's how to do it: Start with the end of the cable you don't usually see in use. For example, with microphone cables we start with the male end as it plugs into the console. Hold the male end facing yourself and complete a loop down and back to your hand. For the next loop drop the cable and flip your wrapping hand away from the cable. Grab the slack and pick it up while spinning your hand back to its natural position. Once it's there, place this new loop in your hand with the first loop. Continue alternating smoothing the cable as you go. This will allow your cable to coil and later uncoil easily and without tangling As an added plus secure your cable with a Velcro tie. See the attached pictures for demonstration.
Keeping your equipment organized with not only prolong it's life, but save lots of time in the long run.
This is a question I have run into a lot recently! Most audio engineers start by setting the fader on their audio console at 0 or, as its called, unity gain, and then setting the input channels also at unity gain. From there they adjust the gain knob on the console for each channel until they feel it's loud enough in the room.
While this may seem like a logical way to approach the process, it's actually a little backwards.
The gain control on a console is the most important thing you can set. It's important to set it so that there is enough of a signal coming into the console before it even hits the faders. Why? It's because the flow of audio through the console starts with the gain control.
For proper gain setting start by muting your channel. With good signal coming in and your channel selected or soloed, turn up the gain until your signal's highest point is -12db on the channel input meter or the solo meter. Next Check your mains fader for your main speakers, set it low, way lower than 0, start with -20 on the fader. Next bring up your fader on the input channel until you have the level you want in the room. If your fader is way at the bottom of the range or way near the top adjust the master as necessary and re-balance your input fader. In this way your input signal is strong, creating lots of signal for in ear monitor mixes, and low noise for working with signal. Your master is also now a real master volume control and not just a pretty fader sitting at 0.
Try it out and let us know what you think!