The things you wish you’d remembered before it was too late

October 26, 2003
I now make it a rule to write a ‘things still to do’
list as I go through the setup of a show. I didn’t always…

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A note on S-Video connections

October 26, 2003

S-Video is a great thing for vloblive technicians – it gives you a lot of the benefit of component video in terms of quality, without increasing the cable count too much. The big downer of S-Video is that, invariably it requires connection with those horrible little miniDIN plugs. Not only are they hard to orient in a hurry, but the pins bend easily and they have no mechanical locking mechanism. Here’s one way around it…

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What is the best kind of connector to use for video interconnect?

October 26, 2003

If you are using a whole mixture of equipment, chances are you have a mixture of BNC, phono and maybe even other connector types for your video interconnect. Which is best and why?…

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What do I do if my camera postions turn out to be unusable?

October 26, 2003

You set up a camera position and discover that once you see the positions of people and things on stage, your main shots are being blocked. What do you do?

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What is the best order to set up your equipment?

October 26, 2003

It may seem a bit trivial, but in my experience the order that you do things in can make a big difference between getting everything running for a gig in the time available or ending up running around in a panic at the last minute, or having to run a show without some vital piece of equipment.

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Hey, you’re encouraging low standards in live video!

October 26, 2003

I guess on one reading of this site I could be accused of encouraging the ‘cheap and cheerful’ brigade to say “it’s OK to do live video on the cheap, and to fob off the general public with sub-standard implementations of inadequate systems”. But that would be missing the point…

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