Here’s something I bet you’ve never seen before: Load-Bearing TripleWide.
Yes, at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, we’ve managed to add yet another dimension to the standard Sunday morning worship service as well as the standard triple-wide video graphics setup. All said and done, the entire process took less than a week, and the majority of that was sheer construction of the frames. It really packed a punch. Here’s what we did:
As you can see, we built large wooden frames, capable of withstanding even the most enthusiastic drummers, around 10 ft. in the air. Essentially, we created 3- 10′ x 10′ x 10′ cubes, and centered them on the stage. To give the cubes an angle, we also built 2 wedge-shaped pieces so that the full area on the top of the platform was usable space.
Like I said, the construction aspect of this setup required the most amount of work. Not only did we have to create something large enough to put a 9′ x 12′ rear-projection surface in front of, but it had to safely hold a significant amount of weight on the top. The result was something rock-solid that was screwed into the ground, and braced on either side. Cross-bracing these cubes, at least on 2 of the 4 exposed sides, was not an option because of the projector’s throw. So, we braced the very bottom of the “open” side with 2×4’s. Safety was crucial in this build, and we consulted with architects and contractors on creating the design and frame of the structure.
Now that we had the frame built, we outfitted the structure with a fresh coat of black paint, and fitted 3- 9′ x 12′ rear-project screen surfaces flush to the front of each of the cubes. We used 3- Eiki 10k lumen projectors to light them up, powered by an iMac running ProVideoPlayer (loaded with content from TripleWide Media of course!) pushing through a Matrox TripleHead2Go. It was as simple as running three VGA cables from each output of the TH2G to the three projectors, and we had instant ‘TripleWide Media’!
**For a more streamlined, remote operation, we put our iMac playback machine by our stage’s patch bay backstage. We utilized the pre-wired Cat5/Ethernet lines run from the patch bay to floor pockets on the stage, and ran each one of the VGA lines over Cat5 using these Monoprice Cat5 –> VGA Adapters. To run the playback machine, we used Apple Remote Desktop to share the screen of the machine from a laptop at Front of House. This kept all the cable runs very short, and it significantly helped to clean up the stage, but is completely unnecessary for a successful TW rig.
Here’s a short synopsis of the rig that I recorded the first Sunday morning we had this setup!
The whole endeavor was something completely remarkable, and the simplicity of the technological aspect of the rig helped keep the focus of the build on the construction of a safe, usable platform. It was an incredible experience to explore a new dimension that the church had never gotten to experience before!
Luke Myszka does events with and for Orange Thread Media as one of our go-to guys for productions. He’s kind of the jack of all trades- knowledgable in both audio and video in live applications. He can direct, mix, design, produce, and pretty much rock anything else you throw at him. If you would like to know more about Luke (or ‘Myszka’ as we call him around here), follow him on Twitter or at www.lukemyszka.com.