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FAQ

Specifications

The LGE36 'Table-Top' unit is 84cm x 54cm x 3cm (max height 73.5cm) with a workable surface area of 78cm x 48cm. The LGE45 'Professional' version is 105cm x 65cm x 3cm (max height 84cm) with a workable surface area of 98cm x 58cm. The LGE68 is 154cm x 94cm x 3cm with a workable surface of 88cm x 148cm. Useful links:

LGE36 'Table Top' is 9kg. The LGE45 is 15kg and the LGE68 is 30kg

The LGE36 'Table-Top' has minimum and maximum height settings of 64cm & 73.5cm, although it can also be adjusted to heights within this range. The LGE45 has minimum and maximum height settings of 74cm & 84cm. The LGE68 does not have adjustable height built into the unit. Usually, customers will fix the unit to a desk or a height adjustable table unit such as the one shown here Jarvis Laminate Standing Desk

We can custom build a lightboard to fit with your specifications. There are a number of key considerations though to make this work effectively. Please get in touch for a quotation.

Setup of LightGlass

The space required depends on the model, here are some guidelines: The LGE36 requires a desk with dimensions of approximately 100cm x 70cm. If possible, we would recommend using a desk of around 140-150cm width as this will also provide adequate space for your computer and work area. If you are using your smartphone to film, then we recommend an extendable phone stand clamped to your desk or on a tripod. The image below shows the LGE36 set up for filming with smartphone and computer.

LGE36 and LGE45 size comparison
The LGE45 is best suited to a small home/work studio with a desk/table of at least 150cm in width. As with the LGE36, we would suggest a set-up using a webcam/smartphone (on a tripod or extension device).

Setup for LGE36 & LGE45

LGE36 diagram LGE36 Setup
The LGE68 requires a dedicated minimum space of 3m x 4m (preferably 4m x 5m). You should have a metre behind the table between presenters and the black curtain or wall. The camera will be positioned approximately 2-3m from the Lightboard, depending on the camera lens you are using. See Picture C.

Setup for LGE68

diagram LGE68 Setup

The LGE68 requires a dedicated minimum space of 3m x 4m (preferably 4m x 5m). You should have a metre behind the table between presenters and the black curtain or wall. The camera will be positioned approximately 2-3m from the Lightboard, depending on the camera lens you are using. See Picture C.

LGE68 Diagram

A black background is best for two reasons; black absorbs light better which prevents reflections and it also helps the neon to stand out even more. Always choose a matt/non-shiny black. In our studio we use a black curtain which is very effective.

Ideally, you would film in a room with low level light. The best results will be achieved if you are able to block out sunlight from the window(s). If you can reduce the light to a minimum it will make using the LightGlass far easier with the best results. Some people do use the Lightboard with some daylight, and it can work reasonably well, however, bear in mind there will likely be some reflection on the glass that will be picked up by the camera.

Using/Filming

With the LGE68 we would recommend a professional grade camera such as a Sony DSLR or equivalent. Be aware some cameras may require a UV filter for colour correction. With the LGE36 you can also use a smartphone or webcam, and achieve a good result. Obviously, the better the camera you use the higher the quality you'll achieve, so it really depends what level of production you are looking for.

This really depends on your set up and preference. For a professional studio setup we would suggest radio lapel mics or a good quality boom mic positioned above the presenter. You can record straight to the camera (from the mics) or via a separate audio mixer. Lapel mics may be more suitable if filming with two presenters together.

Most smartphones with 720p/1080p (or better) can be used to record and live stream video content and are adequate for this purpose, however, if using the LGE68 (large LightGlass) we'd recommend using a professional grade camera. With the LGE36 and filming with a smartphone, you'll want to be able to control the focus on the presenter. Some phone cameras may have issues with autofocus and can struggle to stay focused on the presenter. This can cause a glare effect with the light as it 'sees' the black background and increases exposure. Some smartphones also have a 'flipping' feature to correct the orientation of the image for recorded video. If you don't have this feature you can use an application such as ManyCam which also integrates with Zoom and Microsoft Teams for live streaming.

You may experience a glaring effect where the lights facing the presenter seem to flare up and then down again when the presenter moves behind the lightboard. This is caused by a camera with autofocus on which is unable to detect what it should focus on. In this situation you should set the focus manually and the problem should be resolved.

With the LGE36 you can film with a webcam, or use your smartphone as a webcam with an application such as ManyCam

Plain clothes are best, ideally dark colours which will help the neon to stand out when you are behind the writing.

"There are two dimmer buttons (located on the dimmer controller) that control the brightness of the internal and external LED’s. The internal LED’s for the neon writing, and the external LED’s for lighting the presenter. Ensure the power is on and then press and release the button to turn on the internal lights. To reduce the brightness press and hold the button in and then release when set. To increase the brightness press and hold and then release. To turn off press once and release. Note: the dimmer controller has a memory function and will remember the last setting used."

Depending on the frame rate and shutter speed of your camera you may experience ‘flickering’ or ‘banding’ when filming. If this happens you should change the frequency of the LED’s. To do this, press and hold both buttons together for 5 seconds and then release. If flickering persists press and hold again to change to a different frequency.

There are a number of ways to flip the image (that don't involve writing backwards) All industry standard editing applications such as Adobe Premiere and Final Cut provide the flipping feature. When live streaming with the LGE68 or larger, you will want to use a dedicated device such as this (decimator info) to achieve the best results. When using the LGE36 from your home or workplace you can use an application such as ManyCam, which is easy to set up and works with iOS/Mac & Android/Windows.

Live Streaming

Any lightboard filming in a professional studio set-up using HD/4K cameras, will require a dedicated device such as this 'Decimator' (see below) to achieve the best results. Your camera will connect directly to this device, which will then 'flip' the video image and then output into your encoder and computer/streaming platform. When using the LGE36 from your home or workplace you can use an application such as ManyCam, which is easy to set up and works with iOS/Mac & Android/Windows. ManyCam will connect to your Smartphone or Webcam and also provides many other features.

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decimator
  • When live streaming in a studio setup it is recommended to use a device such as a decimator shown in the image opposite.
  • This will flip the image as you present causing the graphics to appear the correct way around for audiences.
  • Connect to a video streaming platform and start your presentation.
diagram
  • We recommend an application called ManyCam which works with iOS/Mac and Android/Windows OS.
  • This solution provides an easy to use ‘flipping’ feature to correct the picture orientation for the viewer as well as many other useful features such as ‘picture in picture’.

If it is for recorded content, then you could edit slides into your video in post production. If live streaming, you could run a screen share via zoom or incorporate slides into the streaming platform you are using. ManyCam also provides this feature if you are running a live stream from your 'home studio' setup.

Post-Production

If you're filming in a studio style set-up with a professional grade camera, such as a DSLR, then you're probably editing in Adobe Premiere or Final Cut or an equivalent solution. Any professional editing application will include a 'flip' feature to orientate the image correctly for the viewer. If you're using our Table-Top LightGlass in a home studio environment, then you may be able to flip the image using your native video recording software on your Android or iOS Smartphone. Alternatively, ManyCam has this feature built-in, and so recording through this application is an option. www.manycam.com

Writing on the glass

Cleaning

The lightboard glass requires regular cleaning. The liquid neon ink contains a special resin that allows the ink to stick to the glass and this can be tough to completely remove. We suggest using micro-fibre cloths to wipe and clean the glass during your filming session and then apply a specialist cleaning liquid to remove any remaining resin. Note: to reduce any visible marks or smudges on the glass, lowering the brightness of the internal LED's will help considerably.

lightglass cleaning diagram
lightglass cleaning diagram

Apply the specialist cleaning liquid by spraying across the glass, top to bottom, and remove using a squeegee. See our 'cleaning the glass' instructions and diagram below. Where to buy?

We recommend using micro-fibre cloths and also a specialist cleaning sponge known as a 'magic eraser'. Where to buy?

Other

A lightboard is a unique piece of technology used for creating video content. It is a piece of ultra-clear glass that has LED lighting around its edges, which you write on using neon markers.

"We are so confident that our Lightboards will meet or exceed customer expectations that we offer a 2-year warranties on all our Lightboard products. This warranty covers any defect that is attributable to a manufacturing, assembly or material fault."

We currently ship our lightboards to everywhere in Europe. If you are outside of Europe, please get in touch with us as we may be able to ship to your location.

We will have your LightGlass with you within 4 weeks. If you have a deadline and need delivery sooner than this, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate your requirement.