Idea for article

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RVS
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While reading the latest FORUM mag from the IOV i saw something which made me think.It was a review on the Sony DSR11 dv deck, which can, when placed on top of the PC case cause magnetic disturbence with the computer. Some of you may think this is obvious, but how many more would never have thought of this to be a problem.
Which brings me to an idea.
Why doesnt CV do an article on setting up your edit suite to get the best out of your equipment, such as, Where best to place speakers for best overall sound and is it worth buying expensive cables, placing output monitors too close to computer screens, how to set up viewing of monitors without straining eye sight and your neck by looking up to often.
I am sure we all have faced certain problems like these over the years and may well have some tips to pass on to make our working enviroment a better and safer place.
As i said, Its just a thought.

Alan Roberts
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And a darn good one at that. How about it Bob and/or Pete?

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RVS
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Phew! I thought i was alone on this one.

col
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On the subject of display screens, there are Regulations in the UK and EU called, surprisingly "The Display Screen Regulations". These require all employers to undertake a risk assessment on each screen in use throughout their offices.

To undertake such a task is often long and onerous as the whole "ergonomic" layout of the equipment comes into being which together with the natural and provided lighting is a delicate balancing act to get the workstation comfortable to work at for long periods.

"Slam dunking" a PC on any desk, besides a Window with bright blights overhead as you should expect will not provide a workstation that you can work at for long periods without detrimental effect.

col

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I wish it was easy to get an employer to fix lighting etc round pc's , i'm still waiting after 3 years for the lighting to be changed , because the h&s representative at work claims that they are conforming to the rules when there is definate glare from the screen and the neon tubes have no special filters over them.

We have just purchased 2 nle systems which have just been 'plonked' onto desks and the 'get round' is that adjustable chairs will make them ergonomically correct

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The time when I was VERY active in the NUJ co-incided with the time when there were a lot of changes in work practices, including the arrival of new technology.

From this experience I know that the ergonomics of computer use are very important, and also how difficult it is to get employers to properly adhere to the legalities.

I'd no longer regard myself as an expert in these matters, but would be happy if someone who could claim to be one offered to write a piece for the mag about, as RVS says, "setting up your edit suite to get the best out of your equipment".

Bob C

Pierluigi
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If you were actually to list down all the possible side-effects of using a PC (Radiation exposure, bad posture, RSI, eye-strain, fatigue, ozone poisoning, stress, depression, personality problems, unsociable behaviour, illiteracy.)

Then who would want to ge near one again?

Regards

Lui

PS the bad spelling was intentional

Pierluigi
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On a more serious note, I think that such an article is a great idea.

Anybody tried putting a mobile phone infront of a monitor and dialling out?

Frightening isn't it.

Regards

Lui

Mark Dicker
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Hi Lui,

I first learnt of this curious effect in Comet. I was stood in front of a wall of about 30 TVs, when I made an outgoing call. I've never seen their sales staff move so fast, hunting for the remotes to turn down the volume.

Seriously, I think it would be a good idea for an article. There are a lot of regulations for the safe use of Visual Display Equipment. A lot more than most people imagine.

It's a while since i've seen the regs but they go as far as recommended viewing angles, desk heights, chair heights, foot rest angles, the angle your wrist's should be at, rest periods, screen filters and more. The list is quite large.

I think a lot of employers would probably do more but the manufacturers of 'safety equipment' tend to price their equipment on the high side, sometimes making it un-economic. However for every employer that tries there are probably 50 or more that just don't care.

Just my 2p.

Mark Dicker

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robo
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But at the end of the day if,like me, you happen to be six foot six tall with long sight that would put a Nimrod search and rescue plane to shame then all the regulations in the wonderfuly perfect world of EEC Never Never Land aren't going to help and you end up building your own personalised work station!

Keitht
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Has anybody ever tried to apply all the recommendations to a single workstation. They don't seem to tie up with the proportions of the human body anyway. Not this body at any rate. For example the forearm should be horizontal as should the thigh (thigh possibly sloping down slightly towards the knee. If I try this with my current desk I will smash my kneecaps. Maybe we need to clone people who are ergonomically compatible with desks !!

Regards Keith

Pierluigi
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quote:Originally posted by Keitht:
Has anybody ever tried to apply all the recommendations to a single workstation. They don't seem to tie up with the proportions of the human body anyway. Not this body at any rate. For example the forearm should be horizontal as should the thigh (thigh possibly sloping down slightly towards the knee. If I try this with my current desk I will smash my kneecaps. Maybe we need to clone people who are ergonomically compatible with desks !!

That is far to scary a thought, have you seen the average desk and chair in an office? now imagine what the human made to fit them would look like. That should cause a few bad dreams tonight.

On another note, apparantly a scientist in Italy has thrown all moral grounds out of the window and has stated that he is determined to clone a human by the end of the year.

Regards

Lui

RVS
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Very good folks but,everyone seems to be talking about Regulations an ergonomic layouts which is great but there are more issues,like setting up other pieces of your kit so it talks to or makes best use of your PC such as a Audio tape deck/Mini Disk deck.
All these things are valuable.
Think of it this way, You could buy a motor bike from a shop and race it as it is, but, to get the best out of it you need to adapt and modify it.
How many people out there have edit systems with other hard ware attatched to it and because may be they have not adjusted the sound card levels they wonder why sound is distorted or under level.
How many people have placed colour bars and clocks on front of their tape with out knowing why (just because it looks good , I bet).
Why do i ask these questions you may ask.
Well for a while now i have been involved in training for a firm which supplies this type of kit and i see these problems and i cant believe what i think to be a generally known issue is not to them.
Such as this:
Client was transferring DV footage from Sony Walkman via Y/C cable (S-lead)and he was confused to why there was no audio at all?
Answers on a postcard please.
This sort of article could go on for ever, How many people have their printers set up for best use, what you see on screen may be totally different to what gets printed.
Ok I`ll leave you now to give your own ideas and hope to see future articles appearing in the mag.
Cheers
Neale

sukh
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good idea!!!
can i report on it if i get a job

Dave Currie
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Bob,

One article worth reproducing in CV would be American Jay Rose's detailed info on how to convert a pro balanced mic for use with an unbalanced mini-disc recorder.

Expect most readers would be interested... and it only needs subbing into English! I'm not his agent, so can't tell you if he will accept your commission fee!
www.dv.com/magazine/2000/1200/rose1200.html

Dave C