How To Make A Multiscreen Masterpiece

Today’s incredible feat of multiscreen projection comes to us from James Norden of the Colourful Church. Every year the Jesus Army (United Kingdom) gathers for a huge event in Sheffield. Last year’s event was simply titled Sheffield 2012, but the visuals were anything but simple. Before going into any further detail let’s take a look at the finished product.

Multi-Screen Projection

Pretty incredible right? Well “how would one create such a masterpiece” is the obvious next question.

Stage Design

First things first. Design your stage and clearly define your canvas (what you are projecting on). Many of you have the same multiscreen set-up every week and so this step may not be necessary for everyone, but we do recommend Google SketchUp for the sketching process.

Multi-Screen Sketch

Do Your Homework

Do you remember sitting in math class and wondering if you’d ever use anything you were learning? Well here’s your chance to use some of that math you learned! On the Colourful Church’s blog James tells us “having such a large expanse to project onto was great to work with, but also difficult to know aspect ratios and pixels sizes for the drapes. So we had to work with some rough calculations and plan in plenty of safe margin in case we had to resize anything.” If you aren’t familiar with aspect ratios take some time to educate yourself. If you are worried about aspect ratios, resolutions and sizes, remember that every TripleWide Media purchase comes in 3 sizes, so your media can accommodate your many multiscreen concepts and dreams.

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Aspect Ratio for Multi-Screen

MultiScreen Technology

If you are considering going multiscreen you should check out the Matrox’s TripleHead2Go. It’s a beautiful piece of equipment that makes multiscreen technology affordable and easy to use. At Sheffield 2012 the set-up utilized Matrox’s DoubleHead2Go which might also fulfill your multiscreen needs.

Matrox TripleHead2GoMulti-Screen

The team used 4 Christie LX605 projectors (6,000 lumens): 1 for the IMAG, 1 for the drape, and 2 for the main display. They also used Resolume Arena 4 for video playback. This software allows you to route pieces of content to various screens and backdrops.  The software also does soft edge blending for projection mapping.

Edge blending

Today’s set-up was pretty incredible, but don’t be intimidated. Everyone’s space and needs are different. You can create amazing environments with visuals by using a much simpler set-up. For some examples of other multiscreen set-ups follow us on Instagram or check out #triplewide.

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