PROFESSIONAL VIDEO OVER IP

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On August 27, 2018
by Simon Byrne. Unlike professional audio, pro video has stubbornly resisted the transition to IP (Internet Protocol) for a few reasons. Firstly, video over IP continues to evolve and, up until now, has had issues such as the lack of adequate bandwidth and too much latency. As the investment in SDI equipment is significant, moving […]
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SAFE DATA AT LIVE EVENTS

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On July 23, 2018
By Simon Byrne. DATA STORAGE PLAYS A HUGE PART IN LIVE EVENTS IN THIS MODERN WORLD. FROM DIGITAL AUDIO DESKS TO PROCESSORS, LIGHTING CONTROL, RECORDERS, VIDEO PROCESSING, AND DISPLAY. IN SOME WAY THEY ALL USE TEMPLATES, MEDIA, AND COMPLEX CONFIGURATIONS THAT ARE STORED DIGITALLY. This brings enormous power and creativity to our productions, but equally […]
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USE IT OR LOSE IT

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On June 28, 2018
By Simon Byrne. If you are a small to medium profitable production company thinking of buying some new gear, this month is a great time to do it. The May Federal Budget extended the simplified depreciation rules allowing the instant write off threshold for assets up to $20,000 to 30th June 2019. But to take […]
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AUTOMIXING – YOUR EXTRA HAND

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On June 13, 2018
By Simon Byrne. I can see you’re frowning already. I’m the mix engineer! No computer algorithm can possibly do a better job than me! You are right… and wrong. In mixing high profile conferences and unscripted events, the challenge is that you don’t always know who is going to talk next, which means you are […]
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GET AND KEEP THAT GIG

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On May 25, 2018
By Simon Byrne. I used to run a decent sized production company in Canberra. Our bread and butter was corporate AV events but we also did a lot of music industry gigs. At our largest, we had 22 full time staff and about 20 more casuals on the payroll. I have to tell you, being […]
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BATTERIES – GET INTELLIGENT!

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On April 26, 2018
How many batteries do you think are sold each year into the Australian market? About 310 million units! And I’m talking only of your bulk standard AA, AAA, C, D and 9 volt batteries. And how many of those batteries are recovered and recycled? About 2.7%. From and environmental point of view, 300 million used […]
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Boring, Uninspiring, Old, but man it is good!

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On April 20, 2018
It is rare for a software product to still work 10 years after it was first written, let alone 19 years. But that is the case with Sports Sounds Pro (SSP). Developed in 1999 by Bill Buschmeier, SSP does one job really well, plays music files using a cart/button style interface. A software version of […]
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BIZ TALK: CONTRACTOR OR EMPLOYEE? IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On March 28, 2018
BIZ TALK: CONTRACTOR OR EMPLOYEE? IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE By guest columnist Simon Byrne. As alluded to by CX Magazine in July last year, the government is getting serious about cracking down on compulsory superannuation avoidance and has provided money to the ATO to monitor and enforce non-compliance. A lot of our industry is not […]
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WIND – A LESSON FROM SANDSTONE POINT

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On March 21, 2018
By Simon Byrne Last month the Red Hot Summer Tour was slammed by an unexpected and severe storm at Queensland’s Sandstone Point. According to weather reports, the wind gusts in the area reached 110 km/h. To the production team’s credit (Powa Productions and Regional Touring), the stage structure withstood the onslaught and through great crowd […]
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DISASTER AVERTED. A GOOD NEWS STORY!

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On February 14, 2018
By Simon Byrne. Over the weekend the Red Hot Summer Tour was slammed by an unexpected and severe storm at Queensland’s Sandstone Point. According to weather reports, the wind gusts in the area reached 110 km/h. To the production team’s credit (Powa Productions and Regional Touring), the stage structure withstood the onslaught and through great […]
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