Networking for the new AV system for LR4 has forced us to consider the AV strategy for LT0 more closely since the booth in LT0 is ‘en-route’ in networking terms. We’ve been working this week on flushing out the details (scribbling on a piece of paper!) of an infrastructure plan that provides a lot more capability than before. For example:
1. There is one point of control for everything present on both the stage and in the booth (as well as remotely), including audio volume control.
2. Sources are no longer limited to certain displays.
3. Source inputs are available in the booth with spare capacity for video conferencing/lecture capture/laptops etc. essentially allowing complete technical event management from the booth.
This sort of usability and capacity poses challenges mainly due to the distances involved between the booth and the stage. There is an increase in the amount of rack equipment and we want to ensure that as much of that equipment is kept off stage with the booth acting as the main ‘machine room’. There are many options available with differing degrees of scope but we are happy that what is being planned achieves a balance of simplicity vs. capability and continues to allow full control for self-piloting presenters. We are also happy to be able to continue to use HDBaseT transmission standards within this setup, keeping the structure in line with other spaces on the Trumpington site.
Still plenty work to go on this one but pleased to have a rough image off the ground at least.