I stumbled upon Matt Walden‘s tweet last week from the Catholic Youth Ministry Convention and was impressed with their triple wide video setup. I asked him what his setup was and if he would share some of the details with our community. We’re grateful for what he shares below and thank you Matt for taking the time to put this together. Here is what he wrote for you:
While working Passion 2012 in Atlanta, GA earlier this year, I had the honor to sit and meet with Randy Raus (President) and Chris Turner (Events Director) from Life Teen. (Life Teen is an International Catholic Youth Ministry movement. To see more of what they’re doing, visit them online at www.lifeteen.com) We talked about the triplewide set-up that was being used at Passion and how I could help them create a similar look and feel for some of their events without dramatically altering their current budget. (They had previously used two screens that mirrored each other set up on
opposite sides of the stage)
The Catholic Youth Ministry Convention in Scottsdale, AZ was my first opportunity to work with them. We decided to use three HD projectors (Panasonic DLP, 1920×1080 10.5K) and three 16×9 projector screens directly behind the stage with a foot and a half space between each screen. We flew the projectors on the front lighting truss and the screens on the rear truss along with the rear skirting.
All graphics were run from a late 2011 17-inch MacBook Pro using ProPresenter 5 and the Multi Screen Module. Using the Matrox TripleHead2Go DP edition, we sent out three separate 1360×768 signals (left, center, right) via VGA. We sent each VGA signal into a Folsom Image Pro where we up converted to 1920×1080 and then sent it into the switcher via HD-SDI. Most of the triplewide graphics were purchased from TripleWide Media.
IMAG was shot using three Sony HD Cameras running straight into the switcher.
We were using a 1.5 ME Production Switcher with 16 Inputs. We sent a separate signal to each projector via fiber optic cable, and fed two multi viewers. (One for the video director and one for the graphics operator)
With a set up like this, the Catholic Church had complete control over each screen individually, so we set up various “scenes” for use throughout the conference.
- Scene 1 was used during music times and when people entered and exited the venue, as well as during select presentations, and it consisted of the graphics computer running all three screens. (left, center, right) Multiple looks could be achieved within this scene via ProPresenter 5. (triplewide, tiled, etc.)
- Scene 2 was used during music, and it consisted of graphics on the outer two screens and IMAG on the center screen.
- Scene 3 was used when speakers were on stage, and consisted of graphics on the center screen and IMAG on the outer two screens.
It was very important that we took into account the history of visual art within the Catholic Church, but we also needed to be respectful of the liturgy at the same time. After several hours of discussion, we decided that during Mass we would use an image of the Holy Spirit window from St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. One of the Life Teen staff members had taken a high quality picture of the window during a recent trip to the Vatican, and he edited the image in Photoshop to where we could use it as a triplewide graphic. The graphic was on screen during the entirety of all four Masses that were held throughout the conference.
We put lyrics to songs and responses on the outer screens over the image, but never used IMAG or any other graphics during Mass. It was simple and beautiful, but most importantly, it did an amazing job conveying the message that Mass was set apart from everything else we did during the conference. In the end, hopefully we were able to tell people a story and teach them a thing or two about the sacredness of liturgy by taking advantage of the fact that everyone knew we could do really amazing things with the three screens, but chose simplicity instead.
Overall, the response was great. From stories I’ve heard, the people in attendance really appreciated the extra effort that went into this design, and hopefully, they left the conference inspired to use video in new ways to impact people at their home churches.