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!
As most of our communities have switched over to streaming in the last few weeks, we wanted to focus on bringing you tips on streaming! Lambda want to make sure you are confident in your stream and give you other options as you look to adjust your setup to be more effective.
With the climate of today and many people not able to meet or travel for several weeks, the need for small conference room solutions has grown! Here at Lambda we want to provide you with the resources that will allow you to continue growing your business while keeping all of your employees safe.
Let’s start with conference Audio.
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.
If you’re watching a stream there are a few frustrating things that can happen: the video can freeze or skip, the quality could be bad, or the sound could be difficult to understand or hear. Here we wanted to offer a few tips to help with your stream audio. Sometimes problems are unavoidable depending on the situation of the end user, but here are a few things you can do to make sure you are producing a good audio mix.
Mix to Headphones
- Mix to headphones. This will help cut out any disruptive noise and make sure you are accurately hearing every detail. Then check it on bad speakers and bad headphones. What does that mean? Most people who are watching a live stream aren’t listening to it on a high dollar, custom tuned sound system. Most people are listening on their phone or laptop or on a pair of headphones. So, create your mix to sound good on that! If you’re doing a live stream, be sure to do a test first so you know what will sound good on those phone speakers.
There's a lot going on right now, so where do you even start when it comes to your network?
Your first move should be creating specific goals for what you want your streaming options to be. Broadcasting systems can range in price from thousands of dollars to millions, so having a clear idea of how you want to use your system is important. Who do you want to broadcast to? Will you be streaming from multiple locations? How will your participants access your video, and from what? How often will you be recording? Will you require archiving video for future use or will it only appear once? Do you want to show a single camera, multiple cameras, and do you want to include graphics as well. Once you’ve written the answers to these questions our team can better help you find the equipment you’ll need.
Hey guys! Trevor here, shop manager and lead install tech for Lambda, and overall Audio Genius (That last one is a bit of a self-given title… but I’m keeping it). Along with working for Lambda, I am also an Audio Engineer for at a local church in Colorado Springs. Last week with the beginning of shutdowns due to COVID-19, most of the live production world came screeching to a halt. This included auditoriums and houses of worship. So, we wanted to share how we took a 2500+ group of people meeting over a weekend to an online only platform in a matter of 36 hours.
We love this Datavideo PTC-140 Camera. We have installed these cameras for many different organizations as they offer so much versatility. They allow total control of many of different shots and can be set up with a control system allowing for easy camera control by one person. The camera can be controlled via Ethernet, IR, or RS-232 protocols. They also have both HDMI and SDI outputs allowing them to easily fit into different systems. These cameras support 255 preset positions, enabling you to quickly adjust the camera’s position within a 340-degree pan and a 120-degree tilt range so you won’t miss any unscripted moments. With high resolution and increased zoom capabilities, this camera is an easy choice. You can stream quickly and easily with the built-in protocols allowing it to be a highly versatile camera for all occasions. If you have any questions about this camera, we’d love to assist you in choosing the best option for your needs!
Check out these sleek transmitter/receivers from Hollyland! The Mars 400S transmitter/receiver system features a 400 foot line-of-sight transmission range. Each have an SDI and HDMI connections expanding your compatibility options.
Additionally, an optional second receiver can be linked up to the transmitter to accept the signal at the same time. The transmitter is also capable of sending the signal over built-in Wi-Fi to up to four mobile devices, whether it is also sending to a receiver at the same time or not. This allows different people or departments on your site to view the image being captured. The image is sent to the HollyView app, which is compatible with iOS and Android.
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