• Category Archives Opto22
  • Temperature sensing

    We shot this video first.
    The plan was to do this one first as it was the simplest and use it as a sort of template for the others.
    For the most part it worked.

    Fun fact for this one.
    The groov controlled fish tank is just outside the server room, so when Paul used some audio processing to remove the humm of the servers, you can hear the bubbling of the fish tank.
    We had to find a happy ballance between the two.
    Also I did not move my arm enough when wiring the module, so it gets in the way, we fixed that on the other videos, but figured it was not worth a reshoot.

    That said, we re-shot this entire video 3 times. The first we just did not like internally to Opto. It just did not tell a story.
    The second we played to a group of students. They gave such compelling feedback that we went back to the script and re-wrote the whole thing. Again.
    This is the third go around you see here.



  • Monitor power use via KYZ

    Here is another of our signal videos.
    This one is about monitoring power use at a facility.
    Most times putting a CT or current transformer around the mains power lead coming into a building is too expensive or disruptive, so getting the power company to fit pulsing outputs is usually quick and easy.

    Granted, you are not likely to see this at a house (Gary would be exception, his place fairly glows with energy 24*7), but I’m sharing because my job is so weird that you need to see something about what I do all day.

    The amount of work that goes into these 6ish minutes is astounding.
    The script gets about 20 or so revisions as we refine it and take out extra words…. We also have to tweak the script to make sure it flows over the whole video and that each section meshes in with the whole video.
    The whole thing is so complicated that I have to use a teleprompter to read the script. We use an iPad and one way mirror to reflect the words in front of the camera.
    I have a foot operated button on the floor to pause and play the script as I am reading it. (I have it set to play faster than I can read, that way I can pause and change the pace of what I am saying without having to wait for the script to catch up with me).



  • How to wire a prox sensor

    We have been busy at work videoing a new series of short ‘how to’s.
    We took a range of signals and then did a video around each one.
    The plan is to cover the basic input and output signals and then record a video on the software side of things.
    We are one video short of the physical signals, then we will start on a series of videos for the software side of things.
    The thought is that when we are done we will have a range of videos that will help anyone go from the physical world to the software world.
    Or, put another way, help an IT guy get his data into his software… ie, IoT.

    Figured I would share each of these videos with you lot since they should be entertaining enough to keep you amused for 6-7 minutes.

    We had to shoot the paper clip bit a few times, it kept rolling off the cylinder… We started out using a compass and seeing it twitch as the magnet went past, but it really did not view all that well, the paper clip clearly shows something moving up and down inside on the shaft.
    Also I wired the thing with the power supply switched on. Opps. So the video guy had to edit the LED and turn it off.
    The magic really is in the editing. You have a goofball ‘actor’ trying to make it sound like he is not reading and needs all the help he can get, so we throw in lots of graphics and they take time to draw and animate…. The editor (Paul) is just a whizz at making me look and sound good. No way we could do this without him.



  • IBM Watson Gateway Device

    Just incase you were wondering what we were up to in the Opto 22 studio….
    (I don’t recommend that any of you watch it, it’s just an FYI)

    Paul is editing the second one now and I am writing the script for the third video – they are more workshop videos than this one, so might be of more interest to you lot….



  • AFS video shoot

    A month or three (or it might be longer, duno, kinda lost track of time here) we (the 3 man video team) headed to Phoenix to make another case study.
    AFS, Arizona Facility Services are a great company that have been long time huge Opto fans. While they cover a lot of ground, their specialty is data centers.
    Can’t say too much about who exactly, but it revolves around credit cards….. Enough to say that it matters they have some pretty solid uptime.
    They use our gear in the whole center, power, energy, generators, security, hvac the whole joint runs or is monitored by Opto.
    We had a great few days with the guys, they are really gracious hosts and it was very cool to see the inner workings of the data center (had some flashbacks to the hospital days with some of the gear).

    Here is the video Paul put together.

    (I may or may not have a little ‘wager’ of a bottle of Vodka running with these guys about who has the world’s largest Pac Display project – going to stop by the hospital when we are over that way and take a count of the number of Windows we have there – I’m actually a little ‘worried’, its going to be very close!).