Home Studio

Decentralised media garden production is based in part on the ability to create and then network small scale affordable __home studio__ setups for live streaming of audio and/or video.

# Locations

We expect small community centres, theatres and art spaces to begin setting up such facilities and on this page we explore - thaking the example of my home setup - how we might set up a studio in a small 2 bedroom flat.

# Connecting Rooms

The simplest and modern way to connect your audiovisual devices is to use NDI. An alternative that may be worth looking at is to use Apple Home based setup. We can then use our ethernet based home network to route video from different rooms to a mixer, before piping the video into Zoom, or streaming or saving it.

It is important for sound isolation (avoiding feedback), rehearsing (we can practice sending between rooms) and specialisation (audio in one room video in another, interview space in a third) - to be able to connect rooms flexibly and to send high quality low latency video between rooms.

# Fast wired network

Further more we can use the same network that we use for live editing shows, to move large media files between the archive and artists working on assembling the components into a finished work.

We can use a fast wired home network for both purposes as NDI can be used for live video, and as this works over ethernet we can use the same network for media (eg video) editing and fast access to files.

Modern 4GB Ethernet networks are coming on the market (but are still expensive). However this means that 1GB Ethernet is very affordable. We have set up a simple three room studio with a gigabit hub in the central room allowing the sharing of the fast internet and local file systems between all three rooms.

# Make your own cable

It is very easy to make your own DIY Ethernet Cables, and connect these to a cheap 1GB Ethernet Switch.

# Wifi

Strong wifi is still useful - especially in the Theatre Space. You can use it to provide roaving mobile live cameras using an Mobile NDI Camera app.

# NDI The secret sauce that hold all this together is NDI. While there are other ways of sending video around the set, NDI is looking the best for a home studio (and professional) setup.