A Window into Christmas Projection – Behind the Scenes.

The other day we asked you to send us pictures of you Transforming Christmas for us to share with the community. Well, last week we got these from a good friend of ours, Bradley Hodges, and had to share with you a little bit of the technology behind his setup.

We encourage you to check out his original post on his personal site bradleyhodges.com, which is a great resource for in the worship role in their Church. If nothing else, at least consider following him on Twitter.

The design was for their Advent series this year. Having just redesigned their stage into a Triple wide screen setup, Bradley mentioned in his post that they wanted to think outside the box and do something a little bit different. When we talked on the phone one of the things he kept reiterating was the idea of a “blank canvas” that he could do a lot of various projection designs onto.

However instead of just following the trend of doing Environmental Projection, they thought it would be more fun to do a unique multi-screen piece using equipment they had and some old windows a member in their Church body happened to have laying around.

Here is what Bradley used to pull this Christmas Stage Design off:

  • 2x Hitatchi Ultra Short Throw Projectors
  • Apple Mac Mini
  • ProPresenter
  • Gefen VGA over Cat5 Extenders
  • 18 Windows (various sizes and shapes)
  • Matrox TripleHead2Go
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Bradley shared on his blog how the setup was done:

During my brainstorming and research phase I saw a picture of a church that took windows and suspended them all over their stage, and I loved it. But I thought, why not take it one step further…let’s project on those windows scenes like Snow, Stars, candles, etc. Sounds easy right? Well it actually is much easier than you think, given you have the right tools, and the time to pull it off. So I pitched the idea to our team responsible for overseeing the church decorations this year, which involved completely re-doing all of our Christmas Decor in the entire church for the first time in over 10 years. They loved the idea, so onward we went! A church member had a bunch of old windows that he donated to the church for us to use, and I gathered the rest from various places and friends. This saved a huge amount of money, since those windows can be extensive right now, thanks to Pinterest and other crafty sites, etc. that show creative ways to use old windows, driving up demand, and thusly cost of old windows. Thankfully, before spray paint, we only had about $75 invested in all the windows.

I took the measurements of the windows and began to make a template of sorts to know how I wanted to arrange the windows on the 2 walls they would go on. I used Renewed Vision’s ProPresenter 5 to make a mask that would serve as the template. I projected a simple green background test image in the space I would be using and made shapes the size for each window and arranged them, then flipped that image so it would be mirrored on the other side of the Center screen. This would also serve as our guide when we secured the windows to the wall. In our particular space, suspending them from the ceiling wasn’t possible due to the weight of the windows and time constraints, so securing them to the wall was the next best thing.

Here are a few pictures of the setup process:

Phenomenal Christmas stage design and love the out of the box approach to creating this.

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Of course almost all of the media he used came from TripleWide Media. If you have questions, let us know in the comments. As well, Bradley shared this video with us of a timelapse during his setup process:


Luke McElroy

Author Luke McElroy

Luke McElroy is the founder of Orange Thread Media, the parent company to TripleWide Media, SALT Conferences and Orange Thread LIVE. He is the author of The Wide Guide: Blueprint for the Multiscreen Movement. Hailed as one of the “top innovators for worship” by Worship Leader Magazine in 2013, Luke’s leadership has helped create powerful worship environments for thousands of Church communities throughout the entire world. He currently lives in Nashville, TN and regularly writes about creativity, leadership and faith at LukeMcElroy.com 

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  • love this set up by dan,really creative and nice thinking outside the box.can you let me know how to set up with triplehead2go and mac mini.i had a problem with propresenter 4,mac mini and triplehead2go digital edition .it saw 2 projectors as 3.any idea

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