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Have you ever wondered how some of those special features work on your AV equipment? Here at Lambda AV we are dedicated to making your AV experience the best it can be! In our efforts to do this, did you know that Lambda offers classes and training sessions at your convenience? Yes! We do! We would love to help you and your volunteers better understand any AV equipment you have. From lighting and video to sound systems we've got you covered!
Training sessions are created for your specific needs. Lambda offers training for a few hours on any system. We also offer half day training and full day training with a free lunch provided! If a full day of training and a tasty meal isn't enough we also offer training with a checkup beforehand. This includes updating your system and fixing any connection issues you might have. Sound specific training can include your band or we can come set up multi-track recording, if your system is compatible, and practice using those tracks. The opportunities and options are limitless! There is no point in having new gear if you don't know how to use it to it's best ability. Let us show you all the tips and tricks we know!
If you are interested in knowing more about our classes and training, give us a call for a free consult.
How many times have you snapped the top off a cat5 ethernet connector? Or how often have you crushed it in a high traffic area? Wouldn’t it be great if it looked like a protected xlr end?
Popular in the live production world, but lesser known in other av fields, an answer to this problem is already around. Welcome to the Neutrik “Ethercon” connector. We use these connectors anytime we want to make sure an ethernet cable stays plugged in. If it's used often and we want to make sure the end does not wear out. we use them too. You can add female ethercon connectors to stage boxes or wall plates, and even many times add the outside of an ethercon connector to an existing cable. Check out this link to the Neutrik page and let us know if we can help ruggedize your stage connections!
In the audio/visual world one of our biggest fears is that something might go wrong or not work at the worst possible time. One of the ways we have found to minimize the chances of this happening is through a pre-event checklist. Whether producing or directing an event, mixing audio, or even just operating a camera, having a checklist to confirm everything is working properly can save headaches during the event.
If you are using volunteers, who may not work with that piece of equipment regularly, this can also help you empower them to learn that area or piece of equipment. Keep the checklists simple and make sure if the operator doesn’t use that specific equipment regularly that they can still understand it and use it as a guide to help them. Use your checklists as markers of what should be working and what someone should be seeing regularly.
Spending a few minutes to create a checklist for different pieces of your systems can save you lots of time before and during your events!
We receive lots of questions on a weekly basis of how to make computer and other signals work with professional video switchers. Frequently, when connecting a computer signal to a video switcher the signal must go through a scan conversion. Professional video switchers operate off of a frame rate usually of 29.97 or 59.94 rather than 30 or 60. This is a holdover from legacy TV systems where an offset was left to make room for color information so the signal could still be compatible with black and white. When you connect a computer signal using a simple HDMI to SDI converter it outputs 60p frame rate instead of 59.94 which makes it unable to be understood by the switcher. In order to fix this you need a scan converter. Even more useful would be a scan converter/ scaler combo. We have pictures of several of these useful devices from @datavideo @atomos and #blackmagicdesign. Message us if you have other questions on the very detailed and techie topic of getting video signals to work in your professional video switcher!
These Live production switchers are designed for broadcasters and professional AV. These models feature re-sync on all models, so you always get clean switching weather you are using professional or consumer grade cameras. You get: Multiview output so you can see all of your sources, preview and program on the same screen, aux out, built in talk-back, 2 still stores, an audio mixer, camera control unit and more! These switchers are an affordable, fast way to create incredible programs from live events. They are perfect for broadcasters, concerts, seminars, or the new emerging generation of broadcasters using platforms such as YouTube Live and Facebook Live. You are able to switch between multiple cameras and computers all with quality broadcast transitions, graphics, and effects. They are easily portable and come in three different models to fit any of your needs.
We use these switchers in many jobs as a compact and inexpensive way to get into live-streaming with a few cameras or as a push button switcher for a projector in a small meeting room with the capability to drop in a camera or connect a recorder. Take a look back at our post on the G.O.A.T. to see how we used one to build the portable production setup we took to Hawaii with our friends at ASI!
As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you might have!
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.