I recently built out a LightBoard Studio for my home office so I can start contributing to the awesome LightBoard Lessons on DevCentral. These are short, informative videos explaining various technologies and often, how to implement on a BIG-IP system. Instead of writing on a whiteboard and looking over your shoulder into the camera as you explain something, Lightboards allow you to draw on and look through the crystal clear glass (into the camera) while discussing technical concepts. A transparent whiteboard. The LEDs that surround the glass accompanied with neon markers make the images pop. It’s pretty darn cool.
story goes, a college professor was looking for a better way to deliver lessons
to his students both on campus and online without a chalkboard. He called it
Glass and now there are Lightboards
all over the world, especially in universities. Incidentally, there is cool
video of Picasso painting
on glass from 1949.
He had the
may have read or watched Jason & John’s Lightboard
Lessons: Behind the Scenes and I wanted to report on my own experiences.
First, I followed Jason’s bill of materials (except the camera) and it provides
most everything you need to get started. I initially thought about a 3’ x 5’
pane of glass due to my smaller venue but couldn’t find an appropriate frame
for that size. Well, to be clear, there may have been one but it was way
outside my budget. I looked at various saw horses, ladder frames and other
apparatus thinking I could ‘make’ something that could properly hold the glass
in place. No dice.
So I decided
to go a little larger with the 4’ x 6’ size since there is a frame
specifically built for this purpose. Rahm is correct about ordering the
frame first since you’ll need to carefully measure the mounting holes so the
glass can be drilled perfectly. It also takes a few weeks to order and have the
glass delivered - at least in my area. This was fine since it allowed me to set
up the other equipment like the lights, back drop and camera location. In addition,
make sure you have the delivery folks help you place it on the frame…depending
on the size, this is not a pick up and install yourself deal. The glass is
large, heavy and certainly needs a few people to carry and properly align with
the glass is installed (and cleaned) you can wrap the LEDs around the edge.
There are a couple ways to go with this step. You could use large binder clips
to hold the lights at the edge or, like Jason, I got 3/8” shower u-channels to
go around the glass and hold the lights in place. Instead of silicon to hold
the u-channel, I used clamp clips to hold the outer metal. This allows me to
easily change and adjust the LEDs if needed.
Neon markers do make a greasy mess and I’ve got the same Sprayway glass
cleaner. I also got one of those magic erasers to help clean and old hotel room
keys work well on dried ink. It’s not that difficult to have a clean slate but
any smudges will certainly appear if it’s not sparkle-city.
I’ll be moving around the lights and doing some test shots for audio and visual
screen tests and look forward to publishing my first LightBoard Lesson very
soon. Shooting for next week if all tests go well. I’m excited.
been a dream of mine to have a home studio. Some guys want a man-cave, some
want a game room, others a high end home theatre or a rack of computer
equipment. Me? A studio.
And for my
750th DevCentral article I wanted to say: Thanks Gang!!