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Video display solutions for bright rooms

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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.

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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...

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Disconnecting

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disconnecting

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.

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Arcana - mysterious or specialized knowledge

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logo-2f1d736ffb892665e33365145c702fb4Have you noticed that the letter "L" appears in the model number of many Shure wireless microphones? In 1990, the Shure "L" series VHF wireless system was introduced. It was to have been named the "Liberty" series, however a legal search found that "Liberty" was already used as a pro audio product trademark. In a flash, "Liberty" was shortened to "L." Five years later, the "L" series was replaced by the "LX" series. "X" was added to "L" simply as a place-holder during the internal development and design stages. "LX" became so commonly used within Shure that the Marketing Department reluctantly decided to use it as the official series model number. This led to "SLX," "ULX," "ULX-D," "GLX-D," "BLX," and now "QLX-D."

…bLame it aLL on the trademark "statute of Liberty."

   

Three Keys for Building Design

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Editor's note: We can't stress enough that you read this article, read it again, and then promise to follow all of Mike's recommendations.  If you do so, you'll be ahead of 90% of churches out there.  One of my investment advisors rants that no one really wants to learn about investing, but that most people just want a quick-fix.  It's the same in the technical world.  There are no shortcuts when it comes to proper planning, equipment selection, and integration. 

by Mike Sessler, ChurchTechArts.org

Today I’d like to tackle a few suggestions that I always give to churches who are starting a building project. I always say the same thing, mainly because these are the areas I see churches skipping time after time. Skipping these things ensures two things: First, you and your congregation will not be happy with the performance of the sound, lighting and/or video in the room. Second, there will remain a healthy market for companies that specialize in fixing churches that were designed and built poorly.

With that said, here are three things you cannot skimp on when entering a building project.

Fix the Acoustics Before You Build

First, the overall acoustic signature of the room has to be correct. This is where most churches skimp out. They let the architect design the building; which is fine except I've yet to meet an architect who has any real clue how acoustics work. A few do, but they're the ones who design churches for a living and have acousticians on staff.

The problem is most architects want the room to look nice and be easy to build.

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Gurus of Tech Main Session Videos

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If you attended Gurus of Tech 2013 and want to watch again, or if you didn't get a chance to make it to Willow Creek in Chicago this year, here's your chance to check it out. 

View all five main sessions featuring Todd Elliott, Lincoln Brewster, Steve Carter, Andrew Stone, Whitney George, and Curtis Templeton!

Click this link to go there. 

 

   

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