Green Hippo Hippotizer 3.2 Released

Screen shot 2013-02-16 at 6.35.50 PMGreen Hippo has officially released their Hippotizer 3.2 software update.  They’ve added a lot of really cool features to their already powerful and easy to use Zookeeper software.

A couple of the features I’m looking forward to are the built in region mapping (for 3D mapping).  A crossfade engine that goes way beyond just crossfading media.  It creates smooth transitions for anything you can control.  So media, FX, color or geometry changes, anything!  Lastly they have a nice preset component that makes it really easy to create, store, and load, all kinds of looks.  Again it goes way beyond just the clips themselves to include FX, multiple layers, whatever you want.

There’s a lot more than what I’ve listed.  Head on over to Green Hippo’s site for the full info on their release.

Super Bowl Lighting Director’s Thoughts

Personally I thought that the recent Super Bowl had a great lighting show and was well done overall.  While I think that Beyonce did a good job for a pop artist, I find myself watching the technical side of things more than anything else.  What displays are they using?  What lights are those?  That was a great idea, that wasn’t, ha ha.

I know that they used Green Hippo media servers to power the two video displays built into the stage.  I also know that they had two rows of 80 Clay Paky Sharpys (160 total!).  This allowed very simple movement macros to look amazing!

Video content was very good and very creative.  At one point thanks to clever camera angles and good content you really thought there were more real people on stage than there really was, pretty cool.  Overall I thought it was entertaining and unlike a lot of other high profile lives events lately, I didn’t spot or hear any huge errors.  That’s always nice.

A friend of mine sent me a link to an article interviewing the LD for the last three Super Bowls and other high profile events.  I always like to know what other people’s thought process is and how they work.  There’s almost always at least one little tip or trick you can learn from.  Worth checking out!

Environmental Projection Update

Hi guys, I promised some updates with our new projection setup.  I’m not ready to go in-depth on the setup yet but here are some pictures showing the 105′ wide image.  I apologize in advance for the iPhone pictures but it’s all I have handy at the moment.

We have started to use the projection during services.  Mostly with graphics that tie in our theme for the month.  Some of these pictures were from us playing around with the built in effects.  It’s pretty amazing how one video clip can turn into dozens and dozens of looks just by using the built in effects.

When I get some time I’ll go into a little more detail on how everything is set up along with a closer look at the Green Hippo media servers and their interface.

Environmental Projection Install Part 1

Ok, it’s been an exciting week!  After over a year of planning and demoing equipment we finally moved forward on our permanent install environmental projection system.  It’s not set up quite yet but the gear is here!

The highlights of the system are the two Green Hippo Hippotizer HD media servers and four Panasonic PT-DZ21K 20,000 lumen projectors.  This will be set up in our main Fort Lauderdale sanctuary.  The final result will be a seemless image that’s 100′ wide and 18′ tall.

The goal is to finish the install this week.  Once it’s installed I’ll post up some better pictures and videos of everything in action.  We did get as far as racking up the gear and mounting the projectors temporarily on the catwalk.  Ultimately the projectors will get mounted underneath our catwalk.

While testing the Hippos and getting them to talk to each other I played around with sending the outputs to Light Converse, my virtualization program.  It’s pretty cool, the hippos can output a video feed over the network to LC.  Then LC will show you the video on your video wall or projectors in the simulation.  So not only can you preview all your lighting, you can preview video as well!

That’s it for now.  If all goes well I’ll have some more pictures and videos of the setup soon!