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.
So, you’re interested now, and you want to try our idea, but you threw away the box your equipment came in along with that precious little book of knowledge. Never fear, the internet is a treasure trove of manuals and information. Some of our favorites are
Black Magic Support with a constantly updated user manuals for all their products. We also love the Youtube resources for Obsidian control systems, formerly known as Martin Lighting. They have an expansive tutorial set online showing step by step how to become an expert with their products Obsidian Control Systems - YouTube. Yet another incredible catalog of resources is from Boxcast. The have a library of support and tutorials to help you troubleshoot in minutes.
Join us in educating yourselves on the products you own so you can use it to its fullest capability!
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!
Notice in the pictures we setup Pro Presenter to display an ultra-wide screen with half showing full screen lyrics and half showing a Lower Third. These two sources are then fed into a video switcher and sent to the destinations they need to be at. Just like that you have the content you need for an in-room venue and a streaming venue being generated from a single operator and at the same time. Looking for other time and volunteer saving ways of utilizing equipment? Drop us a line and see if we can leverage some equipment to do the work for you!
This week we are excited to tell you about our friends at PixelPro and their LED wall panels! As LED becomes more affordable and more specialized, we are looking forward to using it more. LED walls are durable and robust in construction. PixelPro engineers work to ensure quality without adding costs and have the same quality standards we like to have here at Lambda. PixelPro has several different types of LED wall to accommodate your needs, but today we’ll talk about the GO-2!
The GO-2 is designed to be a great balance of value and viewing distance. It offers a huge range of color, brightness and resolution while still being within a reasonable budget. It has high pixel count creating a clean, shape image for whatever your needs are. These also have a high refresh rate for flicker free performance. The GO series is designed to have all of the fast service features of touring model LED panels. This includes fast power supply, brain and module swapping as well as a curving feature.
If you are looking for a sleek, high tech, changeable option to add to the aesthetics of your stage, give us a call about these LED walls! The possibilities are endless with these!
A few weeks back we talked about the “Lambda process” for turning your dreams of a new audio, video or lighting system into a reality. Part of that process is all about the gear testing that happens before the equipment ever gets to your location. After the gear has been ordered and has arrived in our shop, we set up all the equipment and each component in the 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.” Plus, 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.
Nothing can be more frustrating than when you have a piece of gear and it doesn’t seem to be working properly, or even working at all! Here at Lambda AV one of our goals is to not just to help get your current system up and running, or even to replace the gear you already have. It’s to help you to know your system to the best of your ability! Often when you encounter problems in an audio, video or lighting system it can be daunting to try and diagnose where the issue is actually coming from. Often a quick check of signal flow and making sure all the cables are plugged in correctly can save you a lot of time and frustration! There are multiple different ways to go about checking your signal flow. I personally like to start at one end of the system and begin verifying each piece of equipment and cable is working correctly. A piece of gear like this Elite Core Cable Tester, can help you verify that all the cables are working properly. If something like testing gear feels a bit overwhelming to you, not to worry! We would love to schedule a time to do a training on your specific system and gear to help you get to know it better and know the best way to diagnose when equipment isn’t working right! From there, you will be better informed to make the decision to fix something or to plan for a replacement. If you have any questions about what our training's look like, you can check out our Article Here or contact us anytime!
I hope you like finding new equipment as much as we do! There’s lots of amazing things in AV and we love sharing them with you!
Today is all about the Datapath display wall controller! It’s one box with four outputs and a million possibilities! Everyone faces similar challenges using video walls. Fast transmission speeds are a must for project success and often require long distances for a network of cabling. The Datapath box offers the perfect solution for staging and broadcasting. With four SDI outputs and the ability to loop multiple units together, no event is too complex. Datapath’s intuitive Wall Designer software and fully featured API means that whole projects can be quickly set up and easy to manage.
Each output monitor can take its input from any region of the input image as all the required cropping, scaling, rotation and frame-rate conversion is handled by the Datapath Box hardware. These regions can overlap to allow any output to replicate another or can be configured to support any creative splice of the source material. This allows the support of many non-rectangular screen arrangements, as well as any mix of monitor orientations allowing users to create an almost unlimited multi-monitor canvas. The Datapath also allows users to pre-load an image for immediate display in those cases when the media source or cables malfunction and no signal is being received.
The Datapath Box is the simple solution to your display wall! Ensure they are all in sync, with the desired imaging on each monitor. The options are unlimited without causing a headache!
These little pieces of equipment may seem small and insignificant, but we order a lot of them here at Lambda! These small tools convert SDI to HDMI so you can output video from professional SDI video equipment to consumer HDMI televisions, projectors and more! The multi rate 3G-SDI automatically switches between all SD and HD formats up to 1080p60. You also get 3G-SDI loop through, support for Level A and Level B equipment, and power over USB! This means you can have quality video with an affordable way to display it.
If you have any questions about how they work or how this might benefit your system, just ask!