We have upgraded the C3 Lausanne Video setup. A good part of 2014 was deciding what to use, and how to design it to have a very efficient for our usage.
After many researches and comparisons, we went for a Blackmagic Atem 2M/E 4k Switcher.
The main features of the switcher are:
- 20 SDI Input (one input can should be able to be switched to HDMI, however, we are experiencing image freeze issues on this input, and will change the computer to be able to use only SDI on the switcher)
- 6 AUX output which can be directly changed on the front panel of the switcher (with a dedicated AUX preview)
The Switcher is controlled via a M/E 1 Control panel. The ME/2 would have been too big to be easily transportable and for our usage it works well enough with the quick switch function ME1 to ME2.
The switcher is mounted in a customized and fully preconnected flight case with all the rest of the media equipment. It allows a very fast setup with minimum possible error.
The setup is (starting from the top):
- LIGHT: Stageville Adjustable LED light
- AUDIO LEVEL: American Audio DBM to keep a permanent view on audio level (which can be adjusted from the laptop using the ATEM software)
- INTERCOM: ALTAIR WBS202 Intercom station
- SSD RECORDER: BlackMagic Hyperdeck Shuttle
- PREVIEW TV: Samsung TV (HDMI). There is a manual HDMI switch on the side if we want to preview the ME/2.
- SWITCHER: Blackmagic Atem 2 M/E 4k
- CONTROL PANEL: Atem M/E1
- INTERCOM Altair E200 Beltpack (mounted under the control panel) with headset.
Flight case views (Front and back)
Closed flight case and back panel view
So far it has been brilliant to work with this switcher.
The only down side, has been the HDMI input instability which we are planning to change very soon. The idea is to output the computer via Thunderbolt to a Blackmagic Ultra Studio MiniMonitor in order to connect on the siwtcher using one of the SDI. (see UPDATE below)
And to finish a view during a live production:
UPDATE (21.01.2015): We are now connecting the computer (MacBook Pro) via a Blackmagic HDMI to SDI converter and all the stability issue have been fixed.
UPDATE (18.10.2015): Confirming above update. no issues anyore with the computer over SDI.
One thing that we noticed and could be also usefull to some users with issues. For some tests, we had the HyperdeckShuttle on top of the ATEM Switcher. When starting or stoping a recording on the SSD, the ATEM froze on some of the inputs and had to be restarted. This also happened twice when we left one of the wireless Intercom (Altair WBP-202) on top of the ATEM switcher. We now do not leave anything wireless of creating magnetic interferences on top of the switcher and since it's all good.
We have finally purchased an intercom system for C3L.
After much research, we decided to go for an Altair WBS-202 system. The system allows wireless and wired Intercom and has 2 channels available.
So far after a few weeks using it I have to say I am highly impressed and convinced by our choice.
After several unsuccessful attempt to contact Lemons Dream's tech support about a potential update/fix it looks like it may be time to move to a new software.
As a short time solution, I have been using my favorite text editor (Smultron) to edit the xml file. For those who are looking for a more intuitive solution, you can download for free on the Apple app store.
Ideally, I am thinking to move to an online xml editor. An online solution would finally allow anybody in the team to publish the podcast. So far, I have to be contacted once the files are uploaded to publish as the software was hosted on my personal computer (not very practical during holidays or when traveling).
If anybody has a recommendation to do, please drop me a line or comment this article.
Finally the video setup is up and running. Hopefully all our struggles can be useful for other users who read this poste. I will try to summarize the main findings below. For the description of all the tests, refer to the previous post.
The new set up is now as described in the below schematic:
For the history, the different tested setup were:
Currently working on a new HD/SD video setup for C3 Lausanne.
The plan is to have everything (excepted the projector) in a flight case to allow easy transport and quick setup.
The schematic probably will be:
The process of understanding how we should do it has not been totally straight forward as I don't know too much about HD (yet). I will try to give some details on what we learned with a short review of the different pieces of equipment.
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