Carbonite Strobe Effect

I was working a youth Conference last week and I was thinking it would be cool to do a strobe effect during the music to give it a little edge. But I was on a carbonite 1 and it isn‘t really known for it’s effects.  I used to do effects like that all the time on the Synergy and Vision line of switchers.  So I came up with an idea and it worked and I thought I would share what I did.

Keeping in mind that you can’t manipulate preview and program I knew the effect would have to be done on a key.  I created a full frame DVE on Key 1.  I routed my clean feed from my router to an input on the switcher.  Making sure my clean feed was set before key 1 I routed the clean feed input into my full frame DVE.

The DVE has a freeze option if you keep hitting next towards the end of the menu.  Freeze on and Freeze off… (see where I’m going with this)

I created a custom control that went something like this

Key 1 DVE Freeze on

Pause 2 frames

Key 1 DVE Freeze Off

Pause 3 frames

Loop custom control

The longer the first pause the more choppy it will look, I played around with different pauses, I liked this the best.

I then created a memory with Key 1 as a full frame DVE and my Key 4 set to my CG running lyrics (because I was only going to use this effect during music).  I then built another custom control to trigger the effect.

Recall Memory # xx (whatever you saved the memory as)

Pause 3 frames

Play CC #201 (The custom control that I programed to loop the strobe effect)

I then built a 3rd custom control to stop the effect. Going something like this.

Cut Key MLE 1- Key 1 Off air

Cancel CC # 201

I could have just hit a blank CC to cancel the looping CC but every once in a while when I did that it would hold on a freeze frame, I found cutting it off air made sure I wouldn’t get a freeze frame, not to mention I would get rid of the 1 frame of Delay caused when using a DVE.

I could have done this differently, but I also built a couple of black and white effects and sepia effects to use during the show so the memory build and cancel were important.  But I could have just built the looping CC and then cut the key on and off air.

Give it a try and have some fun.

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About brhoda

I freelance doing a few different thing in the video and live production market. I worked for a church for 5 years directing services and designing control rooms.
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