Production IP Workflows using NDI

This article will provide insight on advantages and examples of using IP video workflows, based on the NDI protocol. NDI (Network Device Interface) is a protocol which supports very low latency IP video over Ethernet and Wi-Fi network connections. It is also intended to work over gigabit network implementations using ordinary Ethernet switches and routers. The creator of this solution is NewTek, a company that supports a wide variety of video production devices including the TriCaster family of video switchers.…

The Broadcast Audio Guy Should Be Fired!

[… or so I’ve heard …] I am fortunate to be able to work on a lot of live-live broadcast entertainment specials. Some recent ones include The Global Citizen Festival (MSNBC & web), Bill Maher’s special from Tulsa Oklahoma (HBO), the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC), the Disney Christmas Parade (ABC), Garth Brooks at Notre Dame (CBS) and various parts of the Grammy Awards (CBS). Like clockwork both during and after these tentpole live broadcast events, more than a few…

Blackmagic Design’s Advanced Panel

Many churches doing Imag on a budget turn to the Blackmagic Design’s ATEM as their switcher of choice. It’s an affordable option with a great deal of features. The Journey We purchased ours almost 4 years ago for use in an all-volunteer, 5-camera Imag setting.  We launched Imag after being in our building for a few years.  At that time we had 3 cameras feeding the ATEM and we controlled it with an iPad app (Strata Pro). After some reliability…

Event Multi-camera Production Challenges & Solutions with NDI

Providing multi-camera video production services supporting weekly church services from a recurring location with an integrated AVL system can be challenging. If the AVL system is not permanently installed – as in portable-church applications – the challenges to maintain high production value content and execution increase exponentially. If then the event is a “one-off,” occurring in a venue nearly 125 years old with little to no permanently integrated AVL infrastructures, the challenge to produce a contemporary concert/teaching event with a…

1080i or 1080p? Which one is best?

A church tech emailed me the following question. I asked his permission to create a controlbooth.tv post from my answer. He wrote: Hey buddy, had a question for you. We are running our system at 1080i 59.94. We are using a Ross Black Carbonite switcher, bmd router, Nova Star processors for our Imag screens and LED wall onstage. We use Living as One to stream to our web site, also to FB and YT. Our creative department is asking us…

Camera Locations

“Location, location, location!” the old real estate adage goes. The three most essential factors in determining the desirability of a property is indeed its location. This tricolon does not solely apply to real estate though.  It equally applies to camera positions in a live church-service production environment. One of the most basic questions a video director must answer is, “where do I put my cameras?” Are there best practices regarding camera placement? Would the answer change if shooting for Imag,…