Sacramento Production Services partnered with Symetrix to create a hybrid classroom allowing students to interact both in person and via Zoom at the River City Christian Church in Rancho Cordova, California. They called on the technical support of Symetrix Field Applications Engineer, Quinn Klarer to help set up this unique project.
“He came and really helped us with his expertise. This involved adding a Shure MXA910, a Data-Video PTZ Camera and capture card to existing computer system. I needed a way to make controlling all the systems easy for the end user and it required a lot of programming. I also bought a 12 inch touchscreen for control,” said Brian Webber, Installation Technician and Programmer, Sacramento Production Services. “I wanted to be able to integrate Data-Video PTZ camera in the system and connected it to the Symetrix Prism 12×12 that sent control data over the network. I was having trouble getting this to work on the the Windows computer with just direct IP commands and Quinn suggested I try the Bolen PTZ Intelligent Module he had created. This mod was perfect for my needs! Even though it was written for another brand of camera, we were able to adapt it and make it work! This smart module includes pan/tilt control as well as preset recall I copied all these buttons on the Symetrix SymVue touch screen. I was able to integrate it with the Shure MXA910 microphone and have the camera recall the preset based on where the person was standing in the room talking. I routed the whole individual Dante channels in the Composer file and ran each through an audio level detector and connected it to a remote number module. This then triggered the corresponding camera preset. It took a few tweaks, but it works great! »
Brian continued, “I also use 5 Visionary solution encoders and 2 decoders in this project. I worked with chuck larsonwho worked at Symetrix, who helped me a lot with the video integration in Composer. With these I am able to create a preview of the input and output on the touch screen, as well as having that preview be a button. I configured it so that the end user can touch the source they want and then touch the destination they want. I find it so much easier to use and explain than a standard class mixer. The ability to have the image/preview is very useful. I am able to send all of these commands to encoders/decoders with smart modules, including source selection, HDMI CEC (on/off) commands, and Bluetooth pairing.
Symetrix Products are easy to use and solve problems
“I find Symetrix products easy to use, yet complex enough to meet all needs at the same time. I love the ability to control every piece of equipment on the network through the system; that was really important to me,” said Brian, “We recently started integrating Visionary solutions products in our facilities, and the number of things you can do by integrating these two products together is staggering. Also, the 64 channels of Dante are wonderful. For me I find the analog I/O to be just a bonus for me as I try to use Dante as much as possible. The ability to patch everything in the Composer file is awesome! »
When it comes to sound quality, Symetrix offers
“I found the sound quality exceptional! I installed 3 Prism in this location alone as well as in many others and I can’t say enough about the sound quality,” said Brian, “I can always find exactly the audio module I need. I always use the feedback suppressor with the LAV mics which works great. It’s hard to find a feedback suppressor that doesn’t degrade audio beyond intelligibility. As far as performance goes, I’d say it’s brilliant. This was an upgrade to a system I installed about 5 years ago. the Prism was already there and working 24/7/365 during this time. The ability to update the firmware and put in a new Composerfile was super handy.
Symetrix The products are the perfect solution
“I feel like all the projects we work on are somewhat unique. I try to identify with the client what they need to accomplish in the piece and design around that. In this case, this part was used for many different things, so each of those had to be addressed in the install,” adds Brian. “One of my goals here was to get the average non-technical user into this room and do complex things in a simple way. the Prism was the central hub for me to achieve this goal. The feedback I received from this client attests to this. After the training session I didn’t receive any phone calls to help me figure out how to do something, they always manage to figure it out and I consider that a win.