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?
Deciding When Your Old System Needs Something New
If your main Audio Visual system has been installed for a while you might be starting to wonder if it’s time to upgrade your system or start from scratch. We all try to save money if we can and Audio Visual is certainly an area we want to save money in. Sometimes a simple update in a piece of equipment is all you might need. Other times it might save you money over time to create a whole new system. How do you know when you can no longer upgrade? When is it time to tear out your legacy system and start over from scratch?
With older systems there are several options you might take: wait it out, simply maintain, or eliminate completely. Each has its pros and cons. Let’s walk you through each one.
If you wait as long as you possibly can to upgrade, it may save you money now but will probably cost you in the future. Many times, these systems are relied on a weekly, if not a daily basis. By waiting until pieces of your system fail, you put yourself in a position where you must make a quick, pressured decision to get the system back up and running. And sometimes you must settle for a piece of equipment that you might not like as much because the one that you want isn’t available that quickly. Or you might have to spend extra money to rent equipment until your new equipment can be ordered and installed.
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.
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.
The past few weeks Lambda has been working at New Life Church along with PixelproLED to install LED walls in three different locations throughout the church. This last week was the install in the World Prayers Center. This building space is a big multipurpose room. One end of the room is lined with large windows letting in lots of light. As you can imagine, with all the light coming in the windows there was a lot of washout on their screen and projection system. It was made up for by a powerful projector, but there were still problems.
One of the biggest things we like to push at Lambda Audio Visual is using your equipment to its fullest. Almost every piece of equipment we work with and sell is positioned not only fill your needs but to grow with you. Our tech tip this week is non-other than the equipment user Manual!
We affectionately speak of this amazing tool on our crews as our most important and knowledgeable crew member ‘El Manuel’ (of course we say it with an accent). “Have you checked with Manuel”, is a common day to day saying for us. This is because while our training's do a great job of getting teams started and helping to solve problems, it’s only when you dig in to what the manufacturer has designed the equipment for that you can fully understand it.
One of the things we get asked about a lot is how to get a Pro Presenter to output 2 different things at the same time. We love Pro Presenter, but the simple answer is…it can’t…unless you get tricky. This is where the multi display controllers enter the scene!
These devices have been used for years to display content across projector blends or multiple screens. The most common devices used were the triple ead 2 Go and the more robust Datapath 4. There was a trend, especially in church worship spaces, around 5-7 years ago to display ultra-wide content and use multiple projectors to display on a single very wide screen or 3 screens to fill up blank wall and create a more engaging stage. This trend has mostly disappeared, but the idea behind it, we can repurpose!
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