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Video and Control Systems for Distance Learning, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 12 Part 1

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In part one of this podcast, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Mark Siegel of Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) regarding the new conference center and distance learning studio operated by the Washington Bar Association in Seattle. Siegel outlines the project objectives and offers insight as to why ABS went with the Broadcast Slate 100 switcher and other specific items of hardware used in the installation. Useful links:
Press release on the Washington State Bar Association conference center project
The Christie LX650 projectors used in the conference center
The Broadcast Pix Slate 100 video switcher used in the conference center control room
Da-Lite Advantage screens used for projection in the conference center

Coordinating Audio for Live Events, Part 2

SVC Podcast Show 8 Part 2

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In part two of this podcast (listen to part one), SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles wraps up his chat with Phill Chapman and David Shepherd of Sound By Design, a London-based specialist in live sound systems for conferences and corporate events. Chapman and Shepherd discuss their selection of the DiGiCo SD7 console for handling FOH sound control and tell about the last-minute sound arrangements for 30 Grenadier Guards who marched onstage during the show. Details on Britain’s upcoming changes in wireless spectrum and licensing following the 2012 London Olympic Games are also provided. Useful links:
The DiGiCo SD7 mixer used for FOH at the event
The EX-007 fader expansion module used for playback
The Motorola GP340 walkies used for sound crew communication
The HME DX200 wireless intercom units providing communication to the stage crew

Coordinating Audio for Live Events, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 8, Part 1

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In part one of this podcast, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Phill Chapman and David Shepherd of Sound By Design, a London-based specialist in live sound systems for conferences and corporate events. Chapman and Shepherd discuss their setup for the annual gathering for workers of multibillion dollar health supply company Forever Living, which was staged in London’s 12,000-seat Wembley Arena this year. The show used 50 wireless microphones, RF in-ear monitoring, and dozens of wireless communication channels. They provide details on the challenges involved in coordinating sound and communication for such a large live event. Useful links:

Behind the AV Programming and Installation at Henkel Dial Corp., Part 2

Corporate AV Podcast Show 28

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In part two of this podcast (listen to part one), SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles continues his discussion with Jeremy Elsesser of Level 3 Audio Visual, a systems design and integration firm in Mesa, Ariz. Elsesser recalls the installation of the AV, teleconferencing, and digital signage systems in the new Scottsdale, Ariz. headquarters of the Henkel Dial Corp. The equipment in the training facility, the Corporate Café, and the 60-seat training room and lecture hall are detailed and the tools used by the inhouse AV technical crew are discussed, including the Crestron RoomView application for centralized control of the 45 connected rooms. Useful links:
The Crestron Pro2 dual bus control system the AV technicians use
The Sony VSP-NS7 digital signage media players
The Sony SNCRZ25N PTZ cameras used on each of the videoconferencing systems
The Shure MX395AL ceiling mounted microphones used in the conference rooms
The Shure SLX 124/85/SM58 wireless microphone system

Behind the AV Programming and Installation at Henkel Dial, Part 1

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In part one of this podcast, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Jeremy Elsesser of Level 3 Audio Visual, a systems design and integration firm in Mesa, Ariz. Elsesser provides details on the installation and programming of AV and digital signage systems in the new headquarters of Henkel Dial in Scottsdale, Ariz. The design of the building, the routing of AV signals, Crestron touchpanel controls, media players, and the videoconferencing systems are explored as well as system monitoring and maintenance by the inhouse AV crew. Elsesser recalls the problems that the company had in the former facility and how those were solved with the new layout and design. Useful links:

Theater Acoustics Aboard Oasis of the Seas, Part 2

Corporate AV Podcast Show 26

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In this edition (listen to part one), SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles continues his discussion with Mark Turpin and Russ Cooper of Jaffe-Holden, an AV design firm with a great deal of experience in the acoustics, audio and video configuration for theaters and other performance venues. They follow up from the talk on the Aqua Theater on the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas with some details on the ship’s larger, indoor venue, the Opal Theater. Turpin and Cooper reveal the acoustic considerations given to the theater in the planning stage and outline the challenges involved in providing clear but contained show sound in a large theater aboard the ship. They also discuss the unusual factors of compact spaces and very light construction encountered in this special environment. Useful links:
The Aviom A-16II personal monitor mixers used by the Opal Theater musicians
Clear-Com RM-704 rack stations for the theater intercom system
DiGiCo CS-D5 digital mixer used for FOH in the ship’s Opal Theater
Shure UR1wireless body pack transmitters worn by performers in the Opal Theater
Shure UR4D dual receivers used in the Opal Theater wireless mic system

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Theater Acoustics Aboard Oasis of the Seas, Part 1

Corporate AV Podcast Show 25

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In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Mark Turpin and Russ Cooper of Jaffee Holden, an AV design firm with a great deal of experience in the acoustics, audio, and video configuration for theaters and other performance venues. They discuss the significant challenge of designing sound and acoustics for two theaters on the world’s largest cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas. In part one, the formidable task of providing sound for the ship’s Aqua Theater is explored. Located on the ship’s fantail, the venue is open-air, with a swimming pool in front of the stage, moving structures, underwater performers, wind, engine vibration, and other acoustic pitfalls. Turpin and Cooper tell about how they set out to take on the daunting job. Useful links:
Fisher Dachs Associates photos of the Oasis of the Seas and the Opal Theater
Electro-Voice EV XLD-291 speakers used for surround system in the Aqua Theater
Yamaha DM-1000 VCM mixer used with a meter bridge for the Aqua Theater system
Meyer Sound LCS Series Cue Mixer used in the Aqua Theater audio booth
Listen LR-400 personal receivers used for assisted listening in the Aqua Theater

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Immersive Videoconferencing and Digital Signage at the NHL, Part 2

Corporate AV Podcast Show 24

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In part two of this podcast (listen to part one), SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles continues his discussion with Project Manager Joseph Fusaro of McCann Systems in Edison, N.J., a leading AV design and integration firm specializing in turnkey systems for small and large corporate clients. Fusaro goes into more detail on McCann’s sophisticated AV installation at the headquarters of the National Hockey League. He outlines the conferencing facilities including table wiring, video cabling, and audio systems. Also explored are the technical points of the room lighting and shade control, along with the training that McCann Systems provided to the client. Useful links:

Immersive Videoconferencing and Digital Signage at the NHL, Part 1

Corporate AV Podcast Show 23

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In part one, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Joseph Fusaro of McCann Systems in Edison, N.J., a leading AV design and integration firm specializing in turnkey systems for small and large corporate clients. Fusaro provides details on McCann’s installation at the New York City headquarters of the National Hockey League. Featured in the job were a variety of technical innovations that immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of professional hockey as soon as they step out of the elevators. The videoconferencing and presentation facilities are also discussed. Useful links:

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The Nuts and Bolts of a Green AV Installation, Part 2

Corporate AV Podcast Show 22

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In part two (listen to part one), SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles continues the discussion with Mark Morrison, Patrick Dezess, and Allan Childers of Audio Video Systems, a Chantilly, Va., AV design and integration firm. They go into more detail on how they conducted a large AV installation at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the United States Green Building Council. The LEED-certified building had some surprises for installers and the AVS crew provides insight as to choosing energy efficient AV gear and dealing with unfamiliar architectural features. Useful links:
Extron ASA-304 audio summing amplifiers
Shure-SLX24/SM58 wireless microphone system
Crestron QuickMedia AMP3X80MM audio amplifiers
Contemporary Research-232-ATSC controllable HDTV tuner

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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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