I’d like to call out an article in the Tech Round-Up section of this issue of rAVe HOW from WorshipAVL. It deals with often-stressful activity of troubleshooting. Systems can create a host of problems and variety of issues that even a veteran AV tech can’t prevent. But don’t sweat: everyone is plagued by an issue whether it be caused by a faulty power source, faulty cabling or something else — myself included.
What are some of your “horror stories” surrounding AV systems malfunctions?
I was supporting a broadcast operation at a Carolina football game last season and in the middle of the game, I lost a video feed. The first thing I thought was, “well, shit, we are going to have to delay the game.” And we did. But in that moment, I quickly realized I needed to think strategically as to why I lost the feed and not immediately blame the TV truck. It turned out to be a faulty power source for a fiber-to-SDI converter and it took me only 45 seconds to realize it (mainly in part to the amazing fact that manufacturers build their products with status indicator lights). When the light is off, the device isn’t receiving power — who knew?
Enjoy the issue!