New Years Eve Night Of Worship 2012

IMG_5888We had a lot of fun at our New Years Eve Night of Worship this year!  Lights, haze, projection, and even some pryo all came together to create a fun atmosphere and ring in the new year.

The projection system is still kinda new so we’re experimenting with mixing the lighting and projection together.  I think we had some really cool looks where the two came together nicely.  Here are some pictures from the event to show you some of the looks from the event.

Merry Christmas!

MerryChristmas_SlideWell if you’re like me you’re wrapping up a long day of services about now.  It’s been a great day filled with some technical challenges and good moments of everything working together like it should.  In the end we had 5 services at our main campus and people came forward to be receive Jesus at each service.  In the end that’s all that matters!

I’ll post up some more info and videos from our Christmas services in the next couple of days.  For now thanks for checking out the site and I hope that you have a Merry Christmas!

Not So Silent Night 2012

IMG_1694Ocean’s Edge School of Worship is getting ready to have it’s annual Not So Silent Night Christmas show.  It’s a good time for the students and staff to push themselves to put together a great event that will be enjoyed by hundreds of people.  While the goal is a to have a great time of worship with the body we also want the students to feel the pressure of an event like this so they can learn and grow in their skills.

While getting ready for this show we came up with a cool plan for triggering lights.  Basically we’re triggering all of our lighting cues from Ableton Live using MIDI and MIDI Show Control.  So far it’s working very well for the first attempt at something of this scale.  I’ll be sure to get some video of the setup in action as well as go into some more details on how we’re making this happen.

The show is this coming Friday and Saturday in our theatre.  There’s still a lot left to do but we’re in good shape for being this far out.  For now that picture is my view of the show as we finish up lighting cues.  Always behind some kinda gadget at work, ha ha.

Night Of Worship

We just finished another great Night of Worship.  Over 3,000 people showed up to worship with us and it was awesome!  We put together a projection setup like we have done in the past and overall things worked very well.

I don’t have any shots from the event, it was too busy, but here are a couple of pictures I took during setup and testing.  Next time I’ll get some pictures during the event.

Getting Ready For Our Next Night Of Worship

We just set up some projectors for our next Night of Worship.  We rented three 12,000 lumen projectors and blended the image together resulting in about a 70′ wide by 18′ tall image.  Everything is being fed from a MacBook Pro running ProVideoPlayer using a Triple Head 2 Go.  We have 18 songs tonight, about 118 video cues in PVP.  Lighting will be fairly simple since we’re not hazing the room but will compliment the videos.

Blending the three projectors is fairly straightforward.  We’re not edge blending where the three projectors overlap a little.  I’m using the existing architecture on our back wall to try and hide the seems.  So where there’s already a break in the wall that’s where I have the projectors meet.  Simple and works pretty well.  One day when we have our permanent setup everything will be blended and keystone corrected to perfection, ha ha.

Since these are rented projectors I kinda have a checklist in my head for setting them up.  Who knows how they were used last so I have to go through each one and make sure they’re set up right.  I check for front projection mode so my image isn’t backwards.  Then I check the image settings like color and brightness.  With larger projectors they typically have multiple lamps and sometimes they’re not all on.  Maybe the last event didn’t need 100% output or a lamp could be dead.  I need everything I can get so I double check that.  A good rental company will include a spare lamp or two just in case.

Color bars are a good way to test things.  If the image is dark or the colors don’t match it’s easier to spot with color bars than your favorite motion background.  PVP has a built in color bar slide that I’ll use to check color and brightness. Once I know that the three projectors match I’ll start to blend them together.  I like to start with the middle and work my way out, then I know the image is centered and level.

PVP has a decent blend grid built in, that’s what I’ve been using.  It has vertical center and horizontal center lines, I’ll square those up with the dead center of the stage first.  Then I’ll use the center marks and grid to line up the other two projectors.

It really just takes trial and error and a little bit of time.  Most larger projectors have lens shift options which is easier than physically moving the whole projector to line up the image.  From there’s you just have to play with zoom and the legs of the projector to tilt the image if needed.

I’d say it takes about 15-30 minutes to get everything set up now that we know where to place the projectors and we rent the same ones each time.  The very first time we did this setup it was probably closer to an hour of trail and error. Once you’re all set you should have an image that looks like one large projection to the audience.

Since we don’t always have this set up I played around with a program called Aeon during a soundcheck.  It’s a pretty cool program that does live motion backgrounds that can react live to the music.  The video isn’t great since we were on the catwalk but you get the idea.  It looked pretty cool, definitely going to use this for a concert in the future.

Godspell In Our Theatre

Our first show of the school year is Godspell.  While it’s not an overly technical show we still have a few things going on.

There’s a large wall backdrop that’s part flown, part ground based on scaffolding.  We’ve got a working fire hydrant.  And at one point we’ll be flying a person.  So there’s a few challenges we’ve had to figure out.

Audio is pretty straight forward.  About 20 or so wireless mics, some stage mics to pickup people without wireless, and a rock band that will get set up in one of our vignettes.

Lighting will be fairly simple too.  We have a lot of area to cover and there will be some color from our movers, but nothing really crazy.  Lots of spotlight work so hopefully the kids are up to the challenge!

That’s it for now, we just started tech week.  I’ll add some more updates as we go.

Night of Worship

Night of Worship

We just finished up another Night of Worship at Calvary Fort Lauderdale.  It was a great time of worship with a full sanctuary!  As we have done the last couple of nights we incorporated environmental projection along with lighting to help create a worshipful mood.

Our sanctuary lighting consists of fixtures from Martin, Coemar, Wybron, and a standard collection of ETC Source 4 Pars and Ellipsoidals.  Projectors for the back wall were 12,000 lumen Christies rented from a local company.  We put together 3 projectors to create about a 75′ wide x 18′ tall image.

To control the video we used ProVideoPlayer triggered from Ableton Live so that the video clips were in time with the music.  Some videos were triggered manually as well.  Overall the night went well and all of the technology played nicely with each other.

The Show 2012

Oceans Edge School of Worship puts on an event called “The Show” each year.  It’s a time for the graduating class to lead in worship and show off some original songs.

This year we planned out some extra lighting and video ahead of time and everything came together pretty well.  We had a pretty short window in the theatre to set up everything before the event so we pre-programmed most of the lighting cues ahead of time before the lighting was even set up.

To do this I used a pre-visualization program called Light Converse.  Light Converse allows you to build your room and place all of your fixtures virtually. This is great for a lot of reasons.  I go a little more in-depth about Light Converse in another post.

We used a mix of lighting for The Show.  Intelligents, LED, and conventional fixtures were used throughout the room.  This gave us a lot of variety to keep looks from getting repetitive.

In addition to the lighting we put together a few videos made especially for some of the songs. All of these elements combined for a really cool show!  One of the songs in the show was a cool instrumental electro feature which we had a lot f fun with.  I captured it with my 3D GoPro setup.  The audio isn’t great but you get the idea!

Easter 2012

This year our Easter service was at FAU Stadium.  This was our first year having our service here and it was awesome.  The staff and facilities were great and a lot of people showed up to take part in worship and hear the word presented.

Special Event Services (SES) came out to help us with staging, lights, audio, and video.  They have been helping us out for our large events for several years now and are a great organization.

Audio was highlighted by an Outline GTO line array.  At the stage there were two large line array hangs and two side fill line array hangs.  Since the furthest seats were about 400′ away from the stage we had three rear fill line arrays ground based on carts.  The subs were in front of the stage and with some special time alignment they created a single point source and created an even bass response throughout the whole stadium.

Overall things went very well and lots of people came forward to receive Jesus which is the goal!

Time lapse video of the setup and service…