Video display solutions for bright rooms
Is your video projector washed out? Not washed up, but washed out - as in, the light in the room is so bright that you can't see the image, no matter how bright the projector is. It happens all of the time -- house lights, stage lights, sunlight. Some of those can be fixed, but you can only go so far.
Every day, we watch televisions, computer monitors, and our devices (phones, tablets, etc.) and we're pretty spoiled. High brightness and beautiful color, and if you're indoors, these video displays generally unaffected by the light around you.
Then we decide that we want to see that same image in a meeting room or auditorium. If we're not careful with lighting placement or choosing the right projector and screen, we can see something like this.
You can't make out anything (video or words). But that's what overhead fluorescent lights (let alone sunlight) can do.
With a conventional projection screen, there's not much else to expect, since the projected video image is picked up equally well compared to the other light sources and reflected back to your eye. Add to that that the darkest part of the white screen is as black as your black on the screen can be.
Does that make sense? If so, how do you get a really good, dark, detailed black on a white screen with high ambient light. Well, you don't. You get what's shown in the photo above.
So what are my options, you ask? Read on...
LiveMix Personal Mixing System - Part 1
by Mike Sessler, ChurchTechArts.org
There are no shortages of personal mixing products any more. It wasn't so long ago that Aviom was the only game in town. The Digital Audio Labs Livemix is a product that I've been waiting to review for almost a year. We first saw it at InfoCom 2013. We shot a video of it back then, but it wasn't quite ready. A few weeks ago, a big box arrived on my doorstep full of personal mixing goodness.
We'll do this in three parts. First, an overview. Second, we'll dig a little deeper into the components and how they are laid out. Finally, how does it actually work. From the outset I'll say that I like the system. It's built well, sounds good and offers some unique features that no one else does - at least not the way they're implemented here.
Like most personal mixing systems, the Livemix consists of two main parts; the input module and the control surface. Here, it's implemented a bit differently. The input module consists of the Central Mixer or Mix-16 and either an analog input module, the AD-24 or a Dante expansion card. And of course, you have the personal mixer itself. Now, you might notice something right away that is unique here. The personal mixer is called CS-Duo, which I suppose stands for Control Surface, Duo. There are actually two complete personal mixers in each control surface.
While that might initially sound confusing, it's really not in practice.
by Mike Sessler, ChurchTechArts.org
We all know what happens when we disconnect a signal line; the signal stops flowing. Unplug a mic and it doesn't work anymore. Unplug a speaker and it doesn't make sound. Unplug power from a board, and it just sits there. I don't think is coincidence that often the fix for a computer is to shut it down, or unplug and power it back up. Sometimes, you just have to shut it all down, clear our the registers and start fresh.
I think we all need a reboot once in a while, too. A few weeks ago, I had the chance to do just that.
Running Hard and Fast
As TDs I think most of us are pretty driven people. We like to work hard, and enjoy the challenges we are faced with. But sometimes, it can get to be too much and we need some down time. Down time can be a challenge, too, because we really don't know what to do with ourselves. My current job has me running pretty hard. I have installs and proposals stacked up like flights coming into LAX. It's exhilarating and exhausting at the same time.
When I was a TD, life was similar but different.
How many $100 bills can DPA send you?
Would you like DPA to send you a Benjamin? A Benjamin Franklin, that is. And how many you'll receive is unlimited*. Of course, there's an asterisk.
If you knew what you were looking for, you'd realize that most of the headworn microphones that you see on broadcast television and in the largest churches in the country are DPA. Of course there are other brands, but DPA has a pretty good hold on the higher end of the headworn world. The d:fine sounds fabulous, it's extraordinarily lightweight and comfortable, and is available in both omnidirectional and cardioid versions, for use in just about any application. The d:fine sounds like...well...you. Very transparent, very smooth, very natural.
And from now through early October 3, 2014, DPA wants you to buy d:fines from us -- as many as you can.
* Here's how it works. Buy a DPA d:fine from us, fill out this form, send the form with serial number (along with a new or used headset mic from the listed competitor's models below) for each new DPA d:fine™ Headset Microphone you purchase. DPA will send you a check for $100 per microphone.
To be eligible, the form, along with proof of purchase and trade-in mic need to be postmarked no later than October 31st, 2014.
There is no limit to the number of rebates. Offer available for U.S. purchases only. See full terms and conditions here.
Order online or get more information here.
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