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Absolute easiest way is to use a scanner that can receive the aircraft radio frequency. Patch from the headphone jack of the scanner into the line in of your mixer. Use the other mixer channel for the cockpit ambient mic. Adapters, patch cables, transformers (to match impedience), etc can all work fine, but you risk damage to the intercom system and the quality may be ?????. A scanner is easy.
The distribution “amplifier” basically IS a booster. To place a booster before the amplifier would mean you are “amplifying” the signal before you “amplify” the signal. This is unnecessary. As far as a receiver after the DA, I guess you would consider your TVs and/or projectors to be the “receivers” since they are “receiving” the signal the DA is sending them. A DVD player would not come in to play on the receive side of this set-up. The DVD could be used in this system to provide a signal INSTEAD of the camera, if you needed to play back something. You could use an A/B switch to switch between the camera and DVD if needed.
Hope that helps.
Screen depends on projection or LCD/Plasma??
As far as your production set-up……what is your budget? If we are in the 200k range, then you can play ball (or hockey!). Under that, you have some challenges. Post again with more details. I love “low-budget” challenges! Let’s see what kind of magic can be made on a shoestring budget……….
Burn at the slowest possible speed, and what everyone else said!!
KfoxDecember 15, 2008 at 1:40 AM in reply to: ONE CAMERA – live feed to 5 diff televisions, and 1 projector #165962
This should be a fairly easy thing to do. The main limitation will be cable length. What I will suggest will provide a quality level that is a bit better than standard tv. Some folks will say to limit your cables to around 50′ total length each (and they are correct that there is loss in long runs), but I have run up to 200′ with minimal quality loss. It won’t be HD, but it should look nice for what you want. Here’s the scoop:
You need to take “S” video out of your camera. DO NOT TRY to split this with “Y” cables, or any other “passive” method. I don’t think you would actually do damage (although…..), but you would definately have garbage for quality. You need a Distribution Amplifier (DA) unit to split the signal. These come in numerous sizes, but a 1×6 (one input, six outputs) would give you feeds for your five areas plus your preview monitor. Get one that is native “S” format, don’t try to use a composite amplifier and then adapt the ins/outs! You can then use runs up to 200′ using “S” cable to each screen/projector. (it should not be any problem to find sets that take “S” in.) You can try longer runs, but your picture may really start to suffer.
The quality of “S” vid. is not as good as a digital solution, but for your purposes, it should work nicely. It also provides “real-time” video to your screens, so you will not have the screens in the same room as the speaker lagging about 1 second behind as firewire will do (very distracting!)
Hope that helps. Good luck with your event!
Ship, thanks for the info. Will wait for the site. Thanx to all for the ideas. Deeva-the todocast looks interesting. A bit pricey now for a regular event, but certainly is worth keeping an eye on in the future.
When we get up and running, I am going to reserve the 11pm slot for Aspy! Can you line me up an ad sponsorship with Shattner? (Priceline could be a good fit for an historical town like ours! Lots of tourists come year-round!) I too could get into a sci-fi hour.
Live long and prosper!