Saturday, March 18, 2017

Visual Aid System for Artists

This is for all of my artist friends looking for a system to use in your studio, classes, and at conventions.  

I wish I had purchased my system years before I did and cannot imagine teaching without it!!! After having a class of 41 students at the HOOT Convention a couple of years ago - with no system - I was determined to use my teacher payment to invest in a system and that is what I did!! Details below ~
Here is the info on my camera system and other items ~
Ladibug DC192 

I have had it for just over 3 years now. When I bought it, it had the highest lumens possible but not sure if they've come out with any others since then. The lumens is important because the higher the lumens, the more clarity in the images displayed or projected - which is awesome for those students on the back row. 

I purchased it on Amazon and it was around $500. The entire system - camera, projector, extra long HDMI cord, XL extension cord and screens cost me about $1400 or less.If you are using the system for travel teaching, I highly recommend getting every thing. If you're purchasing it to record for DVD's, videos, YouTube, no need for the screen and extra cords. 
It's difficult sometimes to know where the plugs are in a room or how far away you have to set up the projector from Ladi-Bug system so the XL HDMI cord is essential.

The projector - Epson EX7230/7235 PRO was around $600 I think at Staples or just under when we price matched against Best Buy. If you have rewards with Staples - it makes sense to purchase there to benefit from the purchase.  You want to make sure that the projector you get has an HDMI input - the older ones do not and the clarity just isn't there using the VGA cord for older projectors.

I have a large screen - quite heavy and not ideal for seminars/events I have to fly to but I do love it for ones I can drive to! It's an Epson Accolade Duet ELPSC80 80"  also purchased on Amazon.

The only thing I wish it did ~ is rotate on the stand so that if I have a long surface/project ~ I can have the length up and down instead of side to side.

The other screen - I purchased on Amazon along with some clips that push into the wall and then you clip the screen to hold it up. Link just below.
Funny enough I think a white sheet would work just as well and at least I could get the wrinkles of out it with an iron - whereas the fold-able screen comes with some nice creases in it from being stored away.

After the last convention where I had to stack 6 chairs on each other to hold my projector I knew it was time to look for something portable. My friend Marianne found this - will use it for the first time at SDP this month

Everything fits nicely into a carry on bag if traveling. The camera system can be hooked up to a lap top, iPad, computer, monitor, etc. so that you can see what you are doing. You can record to a thumb drive or straight to your computer. 
The Lumens company is fabulous with support and are happy to answer any questions you might have. I literally have recommended and sold 12 of them for artist friends - wish they  had a referral program. lol 

I'm sure the system can do so much more than what I do with it - just haven't had the time to explore the other things. 

It has a built in mic so as you are talking, it records your voice to the thumb drive or computer which is awesome. It has a great auto-focus on it and two light sources to help illuminate the recording area in necessary. As you are creating the focus doesn't go in and out like some systems do. It has a remote control so that you can use that instead of the buttons on the device.

Many times, I will record what I'm creating even though I'm not speaking out the instructions. That way, I can go back and watch the video, write up the packet and if I chose to make it into a video - can voice record on my computer. 
Another option - is to pop in a thumb drive to record the next time you teach a class. Take it home, edit and you have a DVD for that lesson.

Hope this helps all of my artist friends looking for a system to record, teach, etc. 
Happy Painting,