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Steven Kramer
Confidence Monitor TV System
on Jul 7, 2011 at 2:49:50 pm

I have been asked to figure out a confidence monitor system for our speakers. What we would like to be able to do is display the powerpoint/media and a countdown timer of some sorts on the TV. What I am looking for is a way to display two computer feeds as PIP/PAP on a TV and have some control over sizes and configuration. Has anyone done this before?

Another option is to purchase a DSAN system for the countdown timer and just use the TV to display the powerpoint. This will be a little pricey and I am hoping to keep costs down. Any suggestions? Thanks!


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Phil Senger
Re: Confidence Monitor TV System
on Jul 7, 2011 at 5:32:00 pm

I have done it, I use a dedicated graphic switcher and use the PIP feature. Not a cost effective way of doing it, unless you have a shelf full of switchers. You could also look for an inexpensive multi-viewer, even though I'm not sure such a thing exists.

Phil Senger

SW Audio+Visual
Vancouver, BC
http://www.sw-online.com


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Walter Soyka
Re: Confidence Monitor TV System
on Jul 7, 2011 at 5:36:28 pm

[Phil Senger] "You could also look for an inexpensive multi-viewer, even though I'm not sure such a thing exists."

I'd agree. The separate speaker timer is almost certainly cheaper.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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Steven Kramer
Re: Confidence Monitor TV System
on Jul 7, 2011 at 5:46:11 pm

Thanks guys I appreciate the quick responses.


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Thomas Leong
Re: Confidence Monitor TV System
on Jul 8, 2011 at 5:09:47 am

There are some freeware Timers on the Net. Just google for 'timer' or 'presentation timer'. I've got a at least 2 in my hd if you can't find any. Small .exe files and one is a Flash based where one can type a single line note to the monitor while the timer is running. Just use a netbook and send the timer to a small 7" secondary monitor placed at the lecturn for the presenter. There may even be one where you can key over the large confidence monitor holding the Powerpoint.

As for the Confidence monitor (hope I've got it right), in my part of the world, a large 40"+ plasma is placed on the floor/stage front of the lecturn, fed from a distribution amp or seamless switcher which is also the source to the projector. Merely means running long VGA cables for the feed to stage.



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Mathew Slack
Re: Confidence Monitor TV System
on Jul 8, 2011 at 4:30:52 pm

Another option (which I have not tried) however it is a cheap alternative to switchers, dsan is:

Dual Head or Triple Head with one head feeding your confidence monitor,

http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/dh2go/

Using this software to manage multiple screen/media:

http://officeone.mvps.org/powershow/tips_dualhead2go_sync_shows.html

then just add this on top of the confidence monitor ppt feed:

http://www.indezine.com/products/powerpoint/cool/countdown01.html

Just a thought,

Mathew Slack
PSAV Presentation Services
Whistler, Canada


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Richard Crowley
Re: Confidence Monitor TV System
on Jul 10, 2011 at 1:48:12 am

I wrote a countdown timer app many years ago that many people have found useful. I most recently used it a couple weeks ago and put the numbers into a smaller window in the corner overlaying the presentation slides.

http://www.rcrowley.com/Cmcount/index.htm

I should write a new version for modern OS versions. And maybe for Mac, although I have no development resources available for Mac.


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Tom Sefton
Re: Confidence Monitor TV System
on Jul 11, 2011 at 11:12:59 am

TvOne do some neat switchers with PiP capabilities - depends on budget restrictions though. We used one recently for a very simple conference to mix HD-SDI, composite, VGA and DVI and utilised the PiP throughout the show.


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Rob Duncan
Re: Confidence Monitor TV System
on Jul 11, 2011 at 3:15:25 pm

If you only want to use a single monitor, you might want to look into actually buying a 32" LCD TV with an integrated PiP function. It may not seem it, but it's you're best value for money over a dedicated switcher.

We bought a few consumer-level Viewsonics for a specific project that offered a PiP as well as a squished side-by-side mode. We had limited space by the stage to put multiple monitors.

As for software, there are quite a few around the 'net. I have a lot of respect for the D'San hardware products, but think that in this instance you can likely shop around for a solution that doesn't hit the pocket so hard.

Rob.

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Freaky People Productions,
Live Event Technical Production
Toronto, CANADA
http://roki.ca/me


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fred sanford
Re: Confidence Monitor TV System
on Oct 7, 2011 at 7:33:02 am

This is impossible to do. You need to reduce you client's expectations of the magic made by a plastic tv. You could build a power point time clock and use two monitors. One for the power point clock, the other for the presentation. You are killing good hours trying to place these signals on the same monitor.... unless you place a layer through a caption software and video switcher... you are still mixing media.... two monitors is the only way.

Like all things it can be done but there are better hobbys


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