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A High-flying Audiovisual Backbone, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 11, Part 1

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In part one of the podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Thomas Riedel, managing director of Riedel Communications, about his company’s IBC award-winning technical support of the Red Bull Air Race. The company provided live video and sound from the planes, production communications, giant video screens for the crowd, and the Internet backbone. Riedel provides details on the logistics and setup of the event along with some background on MediorNet, the networking technology that was used to link all of these aspects of the show. The details of setting up the mobile airport and control tower are also discussed.
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Saved by the Bell: Classroom Audio over IP, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 10 Part 1

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In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Jerry Boyd, the IT manager and a classroom instructor at Calvary Baptist School and Church in Conroe, Texas. They explore the installation of a new campus-wide Barix audio over IP system at the school. Jerry provides details on how he segmented the audio network for the various classes and buildings to work with the Barix Annucicom as a natural extension of the original computer network he installed for the school. Useful links:
The Barix Annucicom 1000 which forms the heart of the new audio system
The Barix Exstreamer 100 IP devices used on the receiving end
The BellCommander scheduling software from AcroVista
The Calvary Baptist Church and School installation story from Barix

AV Asset Control on a University Campus, Part 2

SVC Podcast Show 9, Part 2

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In part two of the podcast (listen to part one), SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles wraps up his chat with Chris Walston, project manager with the Multimedia Development Group, and Chris Lewis at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta about their ongoing installation of Extron TouchLink touchpanels to control AV assets on the university campus. Lewis and Walston discuss AV support in a university setting and what types of trouble calls are the most prevalent. They provide details on how GUI design on touch panels can reduce trouble calls and maximize useful class time.
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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

Video Distribution in Satellite Worship, Part 2

SVC Podcast Show 7 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 Neil Morrison, director of systems integration at LMG Systems Integration in Orlando, Fla. Morrison discusses the production environment at the broadcast base of the Unification Church in New York and the installation of the equipment at the receiving sites where the centrally transmitted signal is viewed by satellite congregations. The introduction of multilanguage feeds is also explored. Useful links:
The Digial Rapids StreamZ 2600XS encoder used for multilanguage feeds
Streambox Store and Forward clients used to deliver time-delayed content
The HD10AMA 4-channel audio embedder/disembedder from AJA Video Systems
The Extron component cable used to connect video equipment in the installation

AV Asset Control on a University Campus, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 9, Part 1

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In part one of the podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Chris Walston, project manager with the Multimedia Development Group, and Chris Lewis at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta about their ongoing installation of Extron TouchLink touchpanels to control AV assets on the university campus. Lewis and Walston detail their original idea and how they are implementing the installation plan. They also discuss the AV equipment that is being controlled and the reaction of the faculty to the new gear. Links of interest:

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:

Video Distribution in Satellite Worship, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 7, Part 1

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In part one of this podcast, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Neil Morrison, director of systems integration at LMG Systems Integration in Orlando, Fla. Morrison provides details on the setup and operation of the Internet video transmission used by the Unification Church to send video of their services to satellite churches around the world using Streambox and Digital Rapids streaming gear. He discusses the ACT L3 encoder and its advantages in providing broadcast video over public Internet links. Useful links:
The Streambox Broadcast Server used in the church transmissions
The AJA HD10C2 converter for remote campus projector feeds
The Digital Rapids Touchstream encoder used to send video to the smaller campuses
The Streambox SBT3-5100 decoders used at the receiving locations
The Streambox SBT3-5300 encoder
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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:

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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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