Forestgate Presbyterian Church, another church affected by covid-19 and unable to meet in person, turned to Lambda for a solution to connect with their congregation. They hoped to be able to have a quality way to connect on a lower budget by using as much existing technology as possible.
We have worked with Forestgate Presbyterian church for many years helping them transition through several different major changes in technology ability. Several years ago we put in a projection system for lyrics and announcements in the main area for worship. We also helped them set up a “cry room” to allow families with fussy children a comfortable place to sit where they could see a camera view of the service and the projected lyrics. The “cry room” system used a small black magic design block camera mounted on the back wall of the main room. This camera fed an HDMI signal into the building system, but also had an SDI output that wasn’t used.
There's a lot going on right now, so where do you even start when it comes to your network?
There are a lot of questions you’ll have to ask if you want to broadcast. Among the foremost you should be thinking about your Network. This means both your internet connection and the connection from your streaming computer to your router. Typically, when you consider internet speeds, Download is important as you are bringing files from the internet to you, but with streaming it is Upload that is important. Even more important is upload speed dedicated to your stream. A normal building internet connection is shared with everyone in the building and usually, since upload isn’t used, there is plenty to go around. But streams are hungry! A good rule of thumb is 7mbps for lower definition and 15mbps for higher definition. Really, the stream only uses 3mbs and 7mbps respectively, but this gives you some room for the rest of the network to still function and for the stream to stay up. If you don’t have this much speed or more for upload you may need to look at an internet upgrade as a part of your streaming system. You don’t really need to worry about how many people are watching because most services take care of that for you. If you put the video on to a service like our favorite BOXCAST, they worry about the needs to get it to 5, 500, or 5000 viewers.
Introducing low cost, multi camera, live production with advanced broadcast features.
ATEM Mini switchers make it easy to create professional multi camera productions for live streaming to YouTube and innovative business presentations using Skype or Zoom! Simply connect ATEM Mini and you can switch live between 4 high quality video camera inputs for dramatically better quality images. Or connect a computer for PowerPoint slides or gaming consoles. The built in DVE allows exciting picture in picture effects, perfect for commentary! There are loads of video effects too! All ATEM Mini models have USB that works like a webcam so you can use any streaming software while the ATEM Mini Pro model adds live streaming and recording to USB disks. ATEM Mini even has secret broadcast features built in so it can do high end work!
You know we love Blackmagic Design, and the Atem Mini has been a go to for a long time. Now, with the new Atem Mini Pro, could it get any better? This has it all! It’s easy to use and easy to learn with simple, clear labeling. With transition options as well as a software store for adding other transitions, titles and positioning you’ll have everything you need for easy professional looking broadcast. With 4HDMI inputs you can connect to a computer with a PowerPoint slide, video clip playbacks, websites. All switching is in real time so you can live stream to any social media platform!
There are so many features on the Atem Mini and Pro! If you’re looking for an easy, fully equipped video switcher at an affordable cost, this is it! We’d love to demo one for you or answer any question you might have!
During social distancing we at Lambda have made sure to include lots of training into our days! Not only have we brushed up on our OSHA training, but we’ve virtually attended a Danley Sound Labs seminar, BTX’s Stem Audio systems and so much more! Now is a great time to learn more about your equipment or do some trainings you’ve been putting off until you have more time. We hope to come out of this social distancing equipped with more knowledge and information on new systems and refreshed on our favorite ones. We hope you can do the same!
This week you may have found yourself with new volunteer camera operators or maybe you are short staffed and are looking at doing more stationary camera shots. Either way we wanted to remind you of a few tips for getting great video shots.
Headroom is the space between the top of a subject's head and the top of the screen frame.
Last week we gave you the first three of seven things to know about LED wall. Here are the last four!
There's lots more to know about LED wall, but hopefully these seven points will give you a start into knowing more. If you are looking to add LED wall to your system, and want to know more, schedule a Site Spec with us so we can talk you through all the details of having LED.
7 Things to Know About LED Wall. Part 1
Video walls are become an increasingly common component in most audio visual systems. Video walls are exciting additions to any audio visual system, but is it right for you? The price is starting to come down as the quality and density of the LED pixels goes up. They are being designed to become more interactive and they can be visually exciting with lots of display designs. It may only be a matter of time before LED walls are everywhere we go, but before you decide to jump on this popular bandwagon, here are seven things to help you understand more about LED wall.
Whatever size of video wall you choose, you probably already know that it will be an investment. Now certainly the cost shouldn’t turn you away if you know video wall is your best solution, but it should be considered carefully. You should consider if you need to invest in other equipment or just the proper infrastructure for LED panels before you invest. For example: LED wall does not save energy it uses almost 10 times the power of a laser projector if not more. Will you be able to support the additional energy cost?
What does it matter? I can do it myself...
There are some who feel like they do not need a professional integration company or an Audio Visual design engineer when they change the AV system in their business. Perhaps they have a background in operating tech or maybe they are quick learners and feel confident they can easily plug new equipment in and start using it for a new project. Where there is a possibility you could get away with this once, chances are things won’t go according to plan. We’d like to take a minute to tell you why you need to consider having a professional Audio Visual Integration company for your next system install.
Announcing the Blackmagic Mini Converter Optical Fiber 12G, a bi directional SDI to optical fiber converter that lets customers extend SDI connections over long distances.
Blackmagic Mini Converter Optical Fiber 12G extends SDI connections over long distances by converting SDI to optical fiber and optical fiber to SDI in both directions at the same time. Using the Blackmagic Mini Converter Optical Fiber 12G is an affordable way to increase camera coverage at live events because it lets broadcasters place cameras large distances away from their switchers, routers, and decks using optical fiber cable.
Mini Converter Optical Fiber 12G features a standard SFP type socket allowing us to use our favorite Fieldcast 12g transceiver. It works with the same of low cost optical fiber cables that are commonly used for computer networks. This type of optical fiber cable can be run much longer distances and is much more affordable than copper SDI cable.
“The Blackmagic Mini Converter Optical 12G is exciting because it gives customers an incredibly reliable and cost effective way to extend their SDI connections,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Now it’s possible to connect equipment such as remote cameras to decks and switchers up to 10 miles away plus it’s a true 12G-SDI design so it’s ready for the future. Best of all, it works in both directions so you can convert different SD, HD or Ultra HD video standards in each direction. It’s like getting two converters in one!”
Blackmagic Mini Converters are part of a large family of professional broadcast converters. We love to use these converters and have mentioned several before, such as the Teranex. These can make a big difference in your system and the quality of function.
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?
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