Just a short video showing one of the songs from Not So Silent Night. Between the kids jumping around and the lights going crazy it was a fun song!
In some parts you can see a little bit of the projector that we put upstage shooting towards the audience. This gave us some really cool motions kinda like a laser. It gets washed out at some points in the video but you’ll see it. Content was simply white motion graphics on a black background, really easy to make.
Hey everyone, I just wanted to share a little more from The Show 2013. This year we had lots of lighting elements working together to help give us some variety. For those moments when we really wanted a big look we had plenty of fixtures to get the job done!
In this video is just a brief overview of the setup and a couple of clips from The Show. Over the next week or so I’ll post up some more pictures and videos from this awesome event.
With all the high end projection mapping out there for big events it’s easy to overlook ways to integrate things on a smaller scale. Looks like Microsoft figured it out already, ha ha. They have some really impressive proof of concept videos on their site.
Basically they’re using a combination of a short throw projector and a Kinect to map the room’s objects in 3D then project content. Some really awesome ideas!
Check out the link for more technical details and the video below for a short demo. It would be pretty interesting if a media server company like Green Hippo integrated a Kinect into 3D mapping setups like this.
Renewed Vision is probably best known for ProPresenter, their church presentation software. They also make ProVideoPlayer which is tailored a little more towards video walls and environmental projection. Recently at NAB they announced a new product, ProVideoServer.
ProVideoServer is a software based solution that replaces an older software and hardware based solution for satellite church campuses. Basically it provides sync’d playback of up to 4 video sources. This allows for what most churches do for satellite campuses where there’s a center large screen and smaller sides screens. And since there’s up to 4 channels of playback you have even more options.
You can get a little more info from Renewed Vision’s site, they have some teaser info up now. They also showed a demo at NAB which can be seen below. Pretty cool part is that with computers getting so powerful now you don’t necessarily need special hardware like you would even a few years ago. In the demo he’s just using a newer MacBook Pro, very cool.
Today I received an email linking to this short behind the scenes video. Pretty awesome setup! Huge seamless video wall for the set of Oblivion The Skytower. Now if only I could get their budget to use in our sanctuary, ha ha.
For the filming of Universal’s new sci-fi movie OBLIVION, the Tom Cruise film opening this weekend, Cinematographer Claudio Miranda, ASC, and Director Joseph Kosinski filmed many of the visual effects live in-camera rather than using blue screens. For the scenes in the futuristic “Sky Tower”, a set built almost entirely of glass windows and highly reflective surfaces, PRG projected a 270° sky surrounding the set. Eleven PRG Mbox Extreme media servers and 21 Barco FLM-HD20 20K projectors were used to cover the 494’ wide by 42’ tall projection screen.
PRG Project Manager Zach Alexander, the Media Operator on the film, used the PRG V676 control console to call up the different looks. During filming, Kosinski and Miranda reviewed and selected the sky footage options by viewing the video directly on the V676’s Media Window.
Kickstarter has been one of my favorite sites lately. So many cool and unique products are being launched on there by smaller companies. Products that wouldn’t have launched without the help of Kickstarter and the backers willing to fund projects.
Recently I was contacted about another great product that was just launched on Kickstarter. The Supraflux Stabilizer is a new camera stabilizer that is very versatile and has some cool, unique, features. This product hit it’s funding goal so it will be produced.
What stood out to me was that it can work with a wide range of cameras, from iPhones, to GoPros, to DSLRs. It also has a custom brake allowing you to pan your shot without touching the platform. This means that you won’t ruin your shot with shakiness when you adjust your framing. There’s lots of other features too, it’s pretty obvious that they’ve done their homework on this one.
Check out their video for the full list of features and to see some demo footage. If it looks like something that will help your next video production head on over to their Kickstarter page and support their product!
Update, they’ve hit their funding goal so this will go into production! They’ve also uploaded another demo video, looks very cool.
Another video from Oceans Edge School of Worship’s The Show. This one features an original song, “You Alone We Praise”, co-written by one of our staff and one of our graduates. Enjoy!
I’ve been looking into MIDI controllers lately for controlling lights and video. I didn’t really want to purchase one though before I really was sure it would do what I want it to do and that it’s worth the money. I searched for some apps for my iPad that offers MIDI control and I found a really cool one called TouchOSC. It’s only $5 and so far does everything I want it to do.
I put together a short video showing how to set it up and control ProVideoPlayer as an example. My goal is to get it to control the Green Hippo media servers. Once I get that working I’ll post another video. Enjoy!
Hey guys, we just got done with a week of rehearsals and shows for Oceans Edge’s Not So Silent Night. Everything went great! In this show we tried out some new ideas that we haven’t done in a show yet. The biggest one being some pretty heavy automation thanks to Ableton Live and MIDI.
We ended up with Ableton Live sending out MIDI commands to our lighting console for lighting cues. To another machine running ProVideoPlayer for videos on our stage screen. Then to yet another machine with ProPresenter for lyrics which was a master for two other machines running ProPresenter in slave mode connected to our side screens. We didn’t have video cabling to those areas so we wirelessly connected to them.
In the end Ableton Live on one machine was triggering a grand total of five other machines running different programs and performing different tasks. All through MIDI and MIDI Show Control. Pretty cool stuff! This allowed us to have the precision of automated cues but unlike timecode we could easily change the order of cues, repeat cues, skip cues, change the tempo, all things that timecode is too rigid to do well and simply.
This involved some testing and extra work on the front end but resulted in a better show that was very easy to run. We only ended up with about 100 lighting cues, about 5-10 were manually triggered. If Ableton Live wasn’t triggering most of the lighting it would have been at least 175-200 cues. This is because we used Ableton Live to repeat cues (for easier programming) and trigger presets saved to our submasters that could then be triggered as individual lighting cues or looks.
Just like you can hit the bump buttons to make the submasters go Ableton Live can do the same thing through MIDI Show Control commands. So one song that would have been 50-100 cues was simply 23 presets triggered remotely in different arrangements. This even allowed us to divide up the programming between several people. I was able to focus on lighting looks and programming the lighting console while other people carefully placed cues into Ableton Live to trigger the lights.
Connectivity was pretty simple as well. In fact only the lighting console itself had a physical MIDI cable plugged into it. The rest of the machines received MIDI commands over the network using Apple’s Audio MIDI setup that’s built into the OS. We have used this a lot and it has proved to be very reliable provided that you have a good network connection and not a lot of network congestion. We created our our network just for these machines in order to make sure everything worked as fast as possible. Everything in the lighting booth was hard wired together and the two remote machines connected over the wireless N WifI network. This worked very well.
My buddy WIll Doggett and I put together this short video where he walks through the setup. Ignore the messy lighting booth, ha ha.
Renewed Vision, the makers of ProPresenter, announced a new add on communications module. It adds Art-Net support for DMX over ethernet. All kinds of video switcher control for playback control from a video switcher. And last, but not least, MIDI over network control.
The MIDI one caught my eye. That’s how we have been controlling ProVideoPlayer for video playback from Ableton Live during nights of worship. My friend Will Doggett from LoopsInWorship.com put together a short video and some resources for MIDI from Ableton, check it out!