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Courtroom Audio, Video, and Control, Part 2

SVC Podcast Show 6, Part 2

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In part two of this podcast (listen to part one), SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles continues his discussion with Sales Engineer/Designer Tom Larson of MSpace, a Minn.-based AV integrator, about the company’s installation of new sound, video, and control systems in the Minnesota Supreme Court. Larson goes into more detail on how the voice activated Vaddio camera system works and explains the control interface and how system users were trained. They also discuss the use of the D’san Limitimer system and the logic boxes through which the microphones are connected. Useful links:
An image and article on the installation in the SVC Briefing Room
Sony BRC-300 PTZ cameras used to cover the courtroom
The D’san Limitmer that is used to time presentations and debate
Biamp Nexia TC Audioconference DSP with wideband acoustic echo cancellation

Television Production Systems, Part 2

SVC Podcast Show 5 Part 2

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In this edition (listen to part one), SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles wraps up his talk with Peter Zawadzki, executive director of Brookline Access TV in Brookline, Mass., on the new BATV HD production facility featuring the Broadcast Pix Slate 5000 system. They get into the details of how the Slate 5000 system can be used to control the Yamaha 01V96 mixers and explore setup and operation of the facility’s Kino Flo lighting system. Zawadski also offers some details on how the Apple Final Cut Pro editing stations are connected and used in BATV productions, explores crew training, and outlines the future plans for BATV. Links to more information:

Worship Video Production, Part 2

SVC Podcast Show 4, Part 2

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In part two of this podcast (listen to part one), SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles wraps up his discussion with Jeff Reynolds, director of video operations for Kensington Community Church in Troy, Mich. Reynolds expands on how the church uses an RF network to distribute the video of the services around the building in each location in addition to other methods used on the main campus. He also tells about the plans for the first national campus in Orlando and the technical planning that is going into making the production move smoothly from the start. The production lighting operation is also explored. Useful links:
The JVC GY-HD250 video camera used at one location for the church
The Doremi Labs Nugget Pro HD media player used in the sanctuary
Jands Vista lighting control used in the church video production
Da-Lite rear projections screens used onstage for Kensington’s services

Courtroom Audio, Video, and Control, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 6, Part 1

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In part one of this podcast (listen to part two), SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Sales Engineer/Designer Tom Larson of MSpace, a Minn.-based AV integrator, about the company’s installation of new sound, video, and control systems in Courtroom 300 at the Minnesota Supreme Court. Larson offers details on the voice-operated microphone mixing and automated PTZ camera control used by the court. They also discuss the Audio-Technica microphones selected for the project and how they maximize gain before feedback. Useful links:
The Audio-Technica ES935ML6 microphones used for participants
The Biamp Nexia SP that controls the automatic microphone mixing
The Vaddio ProductionView FX switcher used in the courtroom
Extron DA 6V EQ six-output composite video distribution amplifier

Television Production Systems, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 5 Part 1

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In this edition, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Peter Zawadzki, executive director of Brookline Access TV in Brookline, Mass., about the new BATV HD production facility. They discuss the Broadcast Pix Slate 5000 video production system, the facility’s Sony PMW-EX3 cameras, Kino Flo lighting system, and the Yamaha 01V96 audio mixers that are controlled by the Slates. Zawadski explains how the BATV production crew uses the Slate’s built-in Inscriber CG and the clip and graphics stores along with Fluent Macros to automate the more basic productions. Links to more information:

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Worship Video Production, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 4 Part 1

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In part one of this podcast (listen to part two), SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Jeff Reynolds, director of video operations for Kensington Community Church in Troy, Mich. Reynolds provides details on the installation of For-A HVS-300HS HD/SD digital video switchers on several campuses of the church for video production of the sanctuary services and other events. He also shares his thoughts on the role of a technical supervisor working with a crew of volunteers in the house of worship AV environment. Reynolds includes some measures taken on the tech side to make things easier for the crew and speed the video production learning process. Useful links:
The Kensington Community Church and all of its locations
The For-A HVS-300HS HD/SD digital video switchers recently added by the church
Advanced Lighting and Sound – the company providing the installation for the church
The Barco SLM R12+ – one of the units used by the church for rear projection onstage

Multimedia Network at the National World War II Museum, Part 2

SVC Podcast Show 3 Part 2

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In this edition (Listen to part one), SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles continues his chat with Paul Parrie, associate vice president of technology at the National World War II Museum. In this part, Paul explores the audio system in the high-tech Solomon Victory Theater and tells the story of how the technical show elements were originally conceived, installed, and tweaked during weeks of show rehearsals and technical testing. He also discusses the substantial routine maintenance procedures that are used to keep the intricate mechanisms, moving stage units, sound, lighting, and projection working in sync to provide the maximum experience in the World War II multimedia presentation Beyond All Boundaries.
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Wiring for Creative Arts Education, Part 2

SVC Podcast Show 2 Part 2

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In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles continues his talk with Mark Baker, technical support manager at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. Baker outlines his uses for the gear in rolling racks, the Aviom passive splits, and the advantages of the system’s extremely low latency. He also details the center’s program as the only certified ProTools training facility in the state and the specific requirements for ProTools training certification are discussed. Baker also tells of his plans to expand his Aviom links to other campuses on fiber links. Links to more information:
The Aviom A16II personal monitor mixer used by students in the program
The A-Net Systems Interface used to connect the personal mixers to the Pro64 network
The ProTools editing application for which certified training is provided
Systems integrator Westlake Reed, the installation contractor for the project

Adding the V to AV for Worship, Part 2

The SVC Podcast Show 1 Part 2

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In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with John Gracyalny and Michael Benedetti from Graybow Communications. They discuss the installation of a new multimedia audio/video presentation system in the sanctuary and Friendship Room at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Wilmar, Minn. Gracyalny outlines the job with details on the 5000 ANSI lumen projectors, 42in. WXGA display panels, and the equipment outfitting the AV control room in the church balcony. The rack-mounted media players and other gear is also explored. Useful links:

Multimedia Network at the National World War II Museum, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 3 Part 1

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In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Paul Parrie, associate vice president of technology at the National World War II Museum. Paul describes the museum and provides a fascinating backstage look at how all of the mechanisms work in Beyond All Boundaries, a multimedia experience that immerses the Solomon Victory Theater audience in the sights, sounds and even the tactile aspects of World War II combat. In part one, the AV aspects of some of the museum’s other venues are discussed along with the main theater’s multi-layered edge-blending projection and master timecode-chasing system.

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The SVC Blogcast encompasses the podcasts Houses of Worship AV, Corporate AV, and Networked AV. In the Houses of Worship AV podcast, ministers of media, sound, lighting and video experts, and technology manufacturers share best practices and installation secrets. Corporate AV focuses on audiovisual installation within corporate environments such as boardrooms, meeting rooms, training centers, and corporate lobbies. Networked AV covers the challenges of moving professional audio, video, and control signals across the entire signal distribution chain from source to destination.

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