[AG-TECH] New equipment recommendations

Cindy Sievers sievers at lanl.gov
Thu Apr 1 16:04:27 CDT 2010

Hi all,

We are in the process of upgrading our equipment and would like some 
input.  We currently have a room based AG node with 4 cameras, 4 
projectors, wired desktop mics, XAP800, all on one Dell dual 
processor running windows XP.  We are going to upgrade to a beefier 
machine, 3 analog cameras, one high def camera, 3 HDTV digital video 
displays, 1 flat panel digital display, possibly wireless mics, 
possibly same audio mixer.

So my questions are:
1. Is a single machine the best option or should I consider a 
separate machine for display?
2. Since the displays have only HDMI input, what kind of cards are folks using?
3. Is there a cable length limit for HDMI cables I need to take into 
4. We would also like to upgrade our speakers - any suggestions?
5. Wireless mics - what is working for folks? How about ceiling 
mics?  Has anyone had good luck with any particular brands?
6. I have a sony EVI-HD1 HD camera and Blackmagic Decklink HD Extreme 
card, and I'm currently using a Winov Videum for the analog 
cameras......can those two exist in the same machine?
7.  Should I upgrade the audio mixer?
8. What kind of issues do you see with HD displays and AG compatibility?

Any other suggestions are welcome!


Cindy Sievers           Los Alamos National Laboratory
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