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Studio Build 2019 - Step 5 - Connecting All of the Pieces

In this next step of the Studio Build project, I talk about some of the other components I am going to use to connect all of the devices we have already installed.

See Gary Cruz's setup that introduced me to the Redco Audio panel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqeI_69KRok

REDCO AUDIO PATCH PANEL BUILDER (Configured for my Setup)
https://www.redco.com/Redco-Custom-Panel-Designer.html?panel_id=7MBTMP

DECIMATOR MD-HX HDMI AND SDI CROSS CONVERTER
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2USYSPs

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN MICRO CONVERTER HDMI TO SDI
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WUuE0i

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN ULTRASTUDIO MINI RECORDER - THUNDERBOLT
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2TQoVXm

Video Transcript

Okay, so let's begin to talk about how all of these pieces are gonna fit together. Now, the first thing is ... And I got this from Gary Cruz, who's got a lot of great YouTube videos out there. And he actually, on his rig, he put this patch panel on the back from Redco Audio, and I'm so glad I saw his example of this, 'cause I ordered one that was very similar to what he did.

Now, you might say, "Why do you need patch bay? Why can't you just plug stuff into your gear?" Well, there's two primary reasons. One of them is just for ease. You have all of your inputs and outputs all in one place, and this covers everything from HDMI, the inputs SDI, our program and multi view outs, our audio, even our ethernet and USB all can come in through this. This way, if you wanna update your software, for example on your different devices, you can just come here, you can plug in your computer to this USB port, and all of a sudden, you're connected to all the devices that're in here. It just makes things easier, rather than trying to plug and unplug everything in the back.

The other thing is, is it keeps you from wearing on your devices by continually plugging and unplugging on those. This way, you do it to the patch panel. And let's be honest, the patch panel, I believe this one cost me a little under $200. That's a lot cheaper than the gear we have in here, so this is gonna be helpful for you, if you wanna actually be able to quickly get to all of your inputs and outputs. So that's one component, here.

This is a bit of a hodgepodge of connecting things together. Couple other things, I have here an UltraStudio mini recorder. Now, this allows me to do an HDMI or an SDI in, and then go from there, Thunderbolt into my computer. This way, if you're gonna do live streaming, for example, and you wanna be able to capture one of your outputs, like your program output coming out of the patch panel, you can use this to go into your computer, and then from your computer, you can use it to livestream it out to YouTube or Facebook, or whatever. So we've got one of these included, as well.

Another thing, we actually are converting HDMI to SDI. So we have a couple of these converters, as well. I just wanted to have a few of these around. I actually don't believe I have this in the signal path currently, for what I'm gonna be doin', but I wanted to have a few of these. So we have those, as well.

Which brings me next, to the decimator. And I actually have two of these. So one of the things you'll notice, is that we're wanting to use the AUX output coming out of the ATEM switcher to actually power this TV that's behind me. That's a 4K TV, although we're probably not gonna be pushing 4K to it. But the decimator allows us to seamlessly convert stuff coming in. In this case, either through SDI or HDMI, and then convert it, and then have it go out the other way.

Now, one of the reasons this is really important, and this is something that you need to understand in terms of the ATEM switcher. The ATEM switcher does an awesome job at what it does, but it expects everything that's coming in to be at the exact same resolution and frame rate. So let's say you're tryin' to do 1080 and you're tryin' to do it at 2997. In those cases, everything that's comin' in needs to be that. If not, what's gonna happen is, it's not gonna pick up on some of those. Some of those video feeds, it just won't show anything. And so if we're looking at wanting to get different things coming in, we're gonna need to use something like the decimator to be sure we're getting the right frame rate and the right resolution coming out of it.

The same thing, my TV, for example, that I'm gonna be using doesn't have an SDI input. Right? Most of them don't, unless you're getting professional-level displays. And so in that case, what I'm gonna be doing is, I'll take the AUX that's coming out in SDI, and then I'll actually be converting that over to HDMI through a decimator. The decimators are just really good, useful tools to be able to cross convert from most anything to most anything else. So I've actually grabbed two of those for this particular setup. And they come, we have the decimator itself, we have the power supply, which is also extremely bright red. And it also, just like with some of our other things that we've unboxed here, it's actually got the different plugs for the different locales. So generally, wherever you're living, that should be fine for ya.

This also comes with a USB plug so that I'm sure we have the ability to do some updating here, of the software. We also have an HDMI cable that comes with it. And then what looks like some sort of a mounting bracket. I'm actually not entirely sure what that is, yet, but I'll read it and take a look and figure that out. But we have two decimators.

Now, with all of this together, with the patch panel, with our converters, with the decimator, we really start to get to all the different components that we're gonna need. We've built out the rack, we've got these components. I'm gonna install the patch panel, start putting cables in. We'll do one episode where I'll actually show you how I'm hookin' everything together, and we'll look at the original diagram that I built out, so you'll understand what we're gonna be doing here with this, and how everything's gonna be hooked together. And so once we get all of that in place, I'll go through and we'll update all the firmware on all the devices, and we'll be ready to start testin' a lot of this out.

So thanks for joining us, here, on One Man Video.