Gatherings Are On Hold… Get Streaming

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On May 30, 2020
by Simon Byrne As I write this, it is apparent that things are not going to get back to normal in the events industry any time soon. The NSW Premier has stated that social distancing will be the “new normal” until a vaccine is out, and the Chief Medical Officer has stated that social distancing […]
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Winter Has Come

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On April 8, 2020
by Simon Byrne Early in March with the Coronavirus top of mind, I planned to base this article on running a production small business, the likely recession, strategies to get through it, and how to emerge from it stronger, as well as the small business handouts that the government announced.* But then things got worse. […]
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IP Ratings – What do they mean?

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On March 17, 2020
The IP Code, or Ingress Protection code, is an IEC standard (60529 to be precise) that classifies and rates the degree of protection provided by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures against intrusion, dust, accidental contact, and water. The standard gives users proven information, rather than vague marketing terms such as “yes mate, it is waterproof!”. […]
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RISKY BUSINESS

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On December 18, 2019
By Simon Byrne THE LIVE PRODUCTION INDUSTRY CARRIES SIGNIFICANT RISK. LARGE AMOUNTS OF EQUIPMENT, TEMPORARY ENGINEERING, BIG POWER IN USE, TIME PRESSURES AND AUDIENCES COMBINE TO MAKE AN ENVIRONMENT PRIMED FOR AN INCIDENT. WHETHER AN INJURY, AN EVENT CANCELLATION, EQUIPMENT DAMAGE OR THEFT, THEY ALL REPRESENT RISK. The riskiest of events are the outdoor ones […]
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Wi-Fi and Data Security on Events

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On November 27, 2019
by Simon Byrne Wi-Fi is real handy at gigs. It means less cables need to be run, and it gives you the ability to easily transport media, control devices remotely such as mixing desks, lighting control and so on. However, it is a long way from perfect and needs to be deployed carefully. There are […]
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The NBN – Not to Blame, Necessarily

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On November 19, 2019
by Simon Byrne. We constantly hear of poor internet delivered over the NBN, however the blame does not automatically sit with the NBN Co. There is a lot going on. NBN Co are in an invidious position. Under significant financial pressure from the government, they are the wholesaler of network connections in Australia, and that […]
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Colour Quality in Projection

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On October 28, 2019
by Simon Byrne. As you are no doubt aware, all the colours we perceive are a mixture of three primary colours – red, green, and blue. The human eye has three types of colour receptors called cones that are conveniently sensitive to the redder, greener, and bluer wavelengths. Talking of wavelengths, different colours of light […]
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Do you understand? Intelligibility

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On September 23, 2019
by Simon Byrne. Obviously an audience needs to be able to understand what is spoken or sung. That is, the performance must be intelligible. Therefore well implemented PA systems combined with acceptable acoustics are crucial for this to be achieved. This becomes a major safety issue for evacuation PA systems in buildings such as concert […]
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Video File Formats, Containers and Codecs – Yes… it’s complicated

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On August 27, 2019
by Simon Byrne. Video is a huge part of events, so reliable playback of video files is essential. Enter Formats, Containers and Codecs. High definition, high quality uncompressed video file sizes are massive, about 650 gigabytes per hour. That is more than 10 gigabytes a minute! This is unmanageable for most applications because it is […]
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Integration Control – Don’t Make Me Think

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On July 18, 2019
by Simon Byrne. Some of you would have read my piece about the incomprehensible state of house light controls in last month’s edition of CX. I see a lot of the same problems in the installed control systems as part of installations. That look of initial frustration because the user knows what needs to be […]
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