This past week I had the opportunity to attend the newly revised Crestron DMC-E class. (DMC-E stands for DigitalMedia Certified Engineer). The class was held in the Chicago office as it is the closest to my hometown of St. Louis. Nothing against the other Crestron facilities, it’s just where I feel most comfortable. A couple of words about digital infrastructure training before we begin. First, I have no problem with other manufacturers’ training procedures. There are quite a few I have attended. Had I been writing a blog at the time, a review would have been written about them. This class is $1,000 plus travel and lodging which is another reason I chose a local office; it cuts down on expenses. Lastly, I have stated before that my place of business uses Crestron as well as other companies. This post is not a slight on anyone else’s training. When I get the chance to use a company’s product or training, I will comment on it.
Infrastructure and cable terminations were the word of the day. We start out getting the Crestron DM copper and fiber cable together and making termination ends. For someone who had never made a fiber termination, that was wicked cool. And I did it without embedding glass in my hand. Bonus. In addition to the fiber terminations, we also were given the chance to make two different DM copper cables; well not cables, but different RJ45 ends. There were some best practices taught that would have been helpful had I learned them before deploying my first DM system in January.
EDID, or E-EDID, or the Devil. Holy 140 character limitations. Not really, but there is a ton of information shoved into a little packet of information. The second day deals a great deal with managing all of the digital information we have to deal with now. From EDID, HDCP, DVI, HDMI, and Display Port, this day was really about what it means to live in a digital world. If you have taken a digital class from others, it will be familiar. However, the time that was spent on EDID was great because it gave me a deeper understanding of how important this is; mainly when traversing between television and computer resolutions.
Tests… oh, yeah. Before the tests, there was the DigitalMedia infrastructure. The instructor took us though Toolbox (Crestron’s diagnostic software) as well as Simpl Windows (Crestron’s programming software) to show how to utilize these tools in the DM environment. After lunch it was on to the test. Before you think I’m going to give some sort of secret to you here is what I will say; it was hard, I passed, and now I’m a DMC-E. That is all.
Overall the DMC-E class was three days really well spent. It was taught by a good friend of mine, Kevin Iselli the Senior Curriculum Development Manager for Crestron. It was packed with best practices for the digital world we are living in now. There are currently over 15,000 DigitalMedia certified professionals from Designers to Technicians, to Engineers so you would be among a growing group of AV professionals. The only criticism I would have is that it would be nice to be four days instead of three. That would give us who are a bit slow on the uptake time to process all the information.
So, if you are in a Crestron environment, would like some a deeper understanding of digital, or need some renewal units for your CTS, the Crestron DMC-E class would be a good investment of your time and money.
Thanks for reading my blog. Have a great week.