5 Ways to Use Multiscreen for Easter
There’s just something about multiscreen video setups that energizes, inspires and amazes people. Creating a unique visual canvas with multiscreen can transform an environment into an experience.
More and more over the past several years, technology has advanced, enabling multiscreen setups to be much more affordable and accessible, even to the novice user. This has given us access to a wealth of resources to create stunning, visually enhanced stage designs and layouts. In the end, we have more opportunities to invite people into the visual stories we’re sharing.
Regardless of the multiscreen setups you use this Easter, be sure to tell a great story. This is where content comes in. Content allows you to create an atmosphere, invite people into the experience, and transform the look and feel of your stage. Spend time finding the right content so your virtual canvas is filled with powerful media that enhances your message.
Finally, if you try any of these setups, our team wants to know! Send us pictures or give us a shout on Facebook or Twitter. We would love to share ideas with the entire community. You never know; your design could be featured right here on TripleWideMedia.com.
1 – TripleWide Wall
The triplewide video wall is the entry-level multiscreen video design. It’s an easy setup to master, and the technology required is simple to comprehend and implement. The technology behind a triple wide video wall lays a solid foundation for almost all multiscreen setups and can be the gateway to more advanced video technologies. The best part of a triplewide wall is its ability to expand the visual canvas without a complicated setup requiring specific expensive technology.
There are two options for a triple wide setup: 1 place the screens side by side, creating a singular ultra-wide canvas, allowing the media to stretch the length of a stage; or 2: leave space in between each screen to expand the canvas across a larger area.
A TWIST: If your setup allows, try rear-projecting a triplewide video wall, and lower the screens to be positioned directly behind the band, speaker or live action area. This will result in a background behind the performers without shadows, allowing them to be virtually transported to any environment you project.
2 – DoubleWide Wall
Where to begin? Grab two symmetrical displays like televisions, screens, blank surfaces of canvas, or even theatre flats. You’ll also need a multiscreen processor to span the graphics across the two screen surfaces. Having only two screens or two video surfaces can make for a limited number of options within this design. I recommend keeping the video surfaces close. You want to avoid a large gap with the doublewide option as you can lose the continuity of your media. Use to help create depth. Consider a larger screen surface, either rear project or with ultra-short throw projectors, to craft a large canvas that your set, band, and other elements can stand in front of.
Finally, the doublewide works best as a visual support, stage design element. We rarely use it as our only screen surface and it helps to use an additional screen for lyrics, announcements, etc.
A TWIST: Try flipping both screens so the wall consists of two vertical screens side-by-side. This is a fun way to create a unique environment especially when width can be an issue in your room.
3 – Environmental Projection
What would a post on multiscreen ideas for Easter be without environmental projection ? Environmental projection (EP) is one of our favorite environments to create, especially for Easter. It creates an environment that is immersive with a breathtaking ability to transform an entire room with the click of a button.
As with all multiscreen setups, this one is not simply about mathematical calculations, but a creative idea that brings in light, shadow, masking, and angles which enable you to create a stunning display. Using two to five projectors, you can create an amazing, immersive space that bridges the gap between platform and audience.
The key with EP is having your imagery feel like “paint on the walls.” It’s not as in your face as a triplewide wall or an LED surface, but a way to simply place your congregation into any environment you can project. Using “masks” allows you to conform your image to the surfaces without overshooting onto stage pieces, ceiling, choirs, or other objects you want to avoid hitting with your projection.
4 – LED
LED is becoming more and more a standard in live video production. With it’s versatility, brightness, and slim design the possibilities abound. We have seen a lot of conferences, churches, and artists incorporating LED into their setups to expand the canvas and create a massive backdrop for stage designs. The nice thing about LED is it doesn’t cast any shadows like projection does. So, you an place your performers directly in front of it without any issues.
The big difference between LED and projection is that projection is reflected light whereas LED is a direct light source. Typically you’ll run your LED surface at about 15-20% brightness in an indoor, live event setting. Much more than that and you’ll bling your audience.
If you are new to LED, consider using elements to enhance your design, similar to what we discussed with doublewide walls above. You can use LED Strip tape, LED panels, etc. to expand out from your center projection to make something truly unique.
5 – Edge Blend
Edge blending is when you take two or more projectors and overlap them to create one seamless image. This can be incorporated into a doublewide, triplewide, and environmental projection setup (while not necessary for any other those, it can be used.)
How does it work? Essentially you overlap your two projectors about 20% in the middle of your image. Then, using software (or some projectors have built-in edge blending capabilities) you feather the image and reduce the overlap brightness to match the outside of the image and create one, uniform image.
When executed properly, this creates a powerful canvas that you can place directly behind your performers to give them a seamless digital backdrop (we recommend using rear projection for this.) Edge blending isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes time, effort, technical know how, and precision to ensure you don’t create something that is off and therefore a distraction.