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Heavy-duty Audio Upgrade at Eisemann Center, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 24, Part 1:

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In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with assistant technical manager Virgil Justice and audio technician Valerie Clark about a recent sound system upgrade at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, Texas. They outline the venue’s ambitious program schedule and the addition of a Lectrosonics wireless microphone system installed to accommodate the needs of a variety of visiting performers along with the demands of regular events in the Eisemann Center Presents series. Useful links:

3D History: AV Installation at the Historic Philadelphia Center, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 23, Part 1:

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Stephan Villet of show control firm Smart Monkeys about their installation for Liberty 360, a 360-degree 3D video exhibit in which visitors to the Historic Philadelphia Center are taken on a historical tour by Ben Franklin. Villet provides details on the show and how Smart Monkeys took all of the productions aspects created by David Niles and assembled them into a complete show control system to portray the evolution of American democracy. He also outlines the installation plan for the Barco projectors and 7th Sense Delta Media Servers used for the show.

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Audio Analysts Upgrade AV at Parkway Christian Church, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 22, Part 1:

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Listen to Part 2 here.
In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Preston Smits of Audio Analysts about the sound and lighting upgrade done by the company for the Parkway Christian Church in Surprise, Arizona including a FOR-A switcher, Christie projectors and Vaddio PTZ cameras. Smits outlines the reasons for the choice of specific items of equipment and provides an insight into the style of worship at Parkway Christian Church. Useful links:

AV Overhaul at Consol Energy Center, Part 2

SVC Podcast Show 21, Part 2:

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In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles returns to the installation of LED video displays at Pittsburgh’s new Consol Energy Center and talks with Chris Mascatello of ANC Sports about the control aspect of the project. Chris provides a detailed look at the capabilities and learning curve of the Visionsoft control application and takes us behind the scenes to see how video displays are operated during sports events.
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Covering Live Events with Streaming Video at KAMU, Part 2

SVC Podcast Show 20, Part 2:

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In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles wraps up his conversation with Wayne Pecena of Public TV station KAMU at Texas A&M University. They discuss the ACT-L3 compression technique used by the Streambox SBT3-9300 encoders and Pecena provides details on the various video and audio output formats available on the units. Also explored is the support provided by KAMU for telecourses at Texas A&M University, the web-based management for the Streambox SBT3-9300 and the activity in the KAMU studio and control center. Links of interest:

Worship: A Tailored AV Bid for New Construction, Part 2

SVC Podcast Show 19, Part 2

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In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles continues his talk with Josh Jagdfeld, Vice President of Intermedia Systems Group in Burnsville, Minnesota about the total AV upgrade the company performed for Hosanna Lutheran Church in nearby Mankato. Josh discusses the training sessions that the company provided for the church tech volunteers and he points out the advantages of having all of the church pastors use head worn wireless microphones. The RF mic system setup is explored including the placement of log-periodic dipole antennas. They also discuss the details of how the church does stage monitoring with a mix of floor wedges and an in-ear system. Useful links:
• Audio-Technica 4000 Series wireless microphone systems
• Xantech SPLCD64G touch panel used for wireless mixer control
• The double-stacked NEC NP-4100W projectors
• Chief LCD2C Stacking Kit used for the double-stack projector configuration

AV Overhaul at Consol Energy Center Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 21, Part 1

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In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with David Corathers of Mitsubishi Diamond Vision about the installation of a huge center-hung scoreboard video screen, LED ribbon displays, and other video monitors in Pittsburgh’s new Consol Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. David discusses the construction process and cabling as well as providing his take on where LED display technology is headed. Useful links:
• The Middle Atlantic MRK Series racks used in the Consol Energy Center
• Logitech computer gear installed in the video display control room
• Samsung monitors used in the video display control system
• APC power products used to power control system equipment

Covering Live Events with Streaming Video at KAMU, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 20, Part 1

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In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Wayne Pecena of public TV station KAMU at Texas A&M University. Outlined is the station’s use of Streambox video streaming equipment in covering live events on the campus using a mix of full-time technical crew and student assistants. Pecena also describes the KAMU field production units and details the video formats available with the Streambox gear. Wayne reveals the advantage his group has in being organized under the same division as the IT people running the network used by his streaming gear. Links of interest:

Worship: A Tailored AV Bid for New Construction, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 19, Part 1

To hear the podcast, press the play button or download here. Or read the transcription.
In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Josh Jagdfeld, vice president of Intermedia Systems Group in Burnsville, Minn., about the total AV upgrade the company performed for Hosanna Lutheran Church in nearby Mankato. The project included a complete sound system featuring EAW and QSC speakers along with a Yamaha M7CL48-ES EtherSound integrated console. In part one, Jagdfeld discusses the challenge of the tight timeline on the project and how the narthex was set up for sound in an area that can be open to the sanctuary or closed off in a separate space. Useful links:
• EAW AX-396 and AX-366 speakers used for the main house system
• LabGruppen C-Series amplifiers with Nomad link Ethernet interface
• The Yamaha M7CL48-ES mixing console used for FOH in the sanctuary
• Aviom stage monitoring system used by performers

Distance Learning in the University of Maine System, Part 2

SVC Show Podcast 18, Part 2

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, contributing editor Bennett Liles wraps up his discussion with John Tiner, senior systems and design engineer with the University of Maine System. Tiner outlines the way the production is done in the distance learning studios, including the monitoring of calls from students watching the programs. He details the deployment of Haivision’s Stingray set-top boxes to the receiving locations and talks about how the distance learning program is organized and administered on the technical end. Links of interest:

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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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