Project Category: ProPresenter

Renewed Vision’s ProPresenter with NDI and PVP3 Power 3-City Passion Powerhouse

Alpharetta, GA, March 5, 2018 — Passion Conferences collegiate ministry held its annual gathering the first week of 2018, bringing together more than 32,000 students from 700 universities and 35 countries to three arenas. The conference, which has been active for over 20 years, consistently sets new standards for high-quality productions and this year was no exception. As in previous years, Renewed Vision’s software solutions played a major role, with ProPresenter6 and its new PVP3 media server – both  now equipped for NDI support – responsible for driving graphics, lyrics and video content across large displays.

“We have been honored to be a part of Passion conferences almost since their inception, and are always interested in hearing their ideas for innovating live worship gatherings,” says Brad Weston of Renewed Vision, who, along with several other Renewed Vision employees worked production on the event. “The 2018 conference brought some really unique challenges, and we were thrilled to be able to provide powerful solutions to those challenges.”

The biggest challenge in each in-the-round venue – Phillips Arena and Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta (the third venue, Washington DC’s Anthem, is a traditional theater venue)– was the use of six large angled trapezoidal shaped screens on which live camera shots, worship lyrics, and pre-produced videos were shown. Trussing was hung over the stage with a central spine and three thrusts 120° apart from each other, with two of the uniquely shaped screens hanging back to back from each of the thrusts. This resulted in two screens being visible from most viewing angles in the arena.

To make the most of the effect, Passion’s requested the text on these screens be angled and aligned to the center. This presented a challenge to Renewed Vision, as the text – typically right or left aligned using ProPresenter – had to be aligned flush to an angle as opposed to a perpendicular line.

“We have a history of doing some special enhancements for Passion for their events, but this year’s challenge was extremely unique,” Weston continues, “The truth is that we have some passionate individuals in our company that love rising to the occasion, particularly when it comes to these kinds of faith-based events. We made some custom modifications to ProPresenter that allowed Passion to achieve the look they had imagined. The results were astounding.”

In addition to the custom work Renewed Vision completed on ProPresenter6, they also made use of the newly implemented NDI playback functionality to power ProPresenter the video streams, including alpha key, to the screen control system that was located approximately 300 meters from the workstations. “The machine they used for screen control didn’t have the necessary number of inputs to handle a separate key/fill, and they were investigating buying more video cards to ingest our lyric feed. Instead, we decided to use NDI and it worked flawlessly, saving both time and money for new expenditures,” Weston adds.

While ProPresenter powered the lyrics and scriptures shown on the screens within the three venues and the graphics on the live web streams (viewed by over 80,000 people), PVP3 made its Passion debut doing video playback simultaneously with multiple aspect ratios and sizes from one location to the other venues. To keep a feeling of cohesiveness across the three gathering locations, it was imperative that elements run on time.

An optical fiber backbone between the two Atlanta-area locations and the Washington DC location allowed for bi-direction communication of audio/video between the hosts in each location. All video packages, however, came from a PVP3 video server at Phillips Arena. Because there was a large variety of produced video content provided for multiple screen sizes and aspect ratios, the flexibility of PVP3 was immediately evident. Some video cues came with separate files for the variety of aspect ratios, while others were only available in a single aspect ratio.

“PVP3’s ability to playback across multiple SDI outputs, and manipulate content on the fly for scaling to other aspect ratios, lended the exact flexibility that Passion needed for this year’s event,” concluded Weston.

Catalyst

ProPresenter has been used at all Catalyst conferences since its inception.

In this particular set up, a round LED cylinder was used for IMAG to provide video support to the venue, which was in the round. ProPresenter was used for all lyric and Scripture support.

Below the LED is a cylinder of Barco MiStrips, driven by PVP.

In front of the stage on each side was a series of 6 plasma displays, powered by two Mac Minis and two copies of PVP, through a TripleHead2Go. A master machine for each bank of Minis was at FOH that allowed control of the PVP slaves over a network.

Chris Tomlin Tour

This particular video design for the Chris Tomlin Tour (featuring Matt Redman and Louie Giglio) featured a center screen driven by ProPresenter surrounded by Barco MiStrips driven by ProVideoPlayer.

The tour needed to be able to change video on the projector and strips at the same time, but they were driven by different programs running different applications. Enter the Master Control Module, which allowed backgrounds in ProPresenter to be controlled by ProVideoPlayer. This allowed the ProPresenter operator to focus on lyrics and the PVP operator to control backgrounds coming from both machines.

Note: this functionality is now available to control a ProPresenter machine from another ProPresenter machine.

5-Wide Video Staging

I placed the 5 ultra-short throws on the ground in front of each “section” of those panels of coroplast. I then aligned each projector to be squared up to each section, and used PVP to make sure the mask and alignment was correct for each piece of the plastic coroplast.

The MacbookPro was connected to the 5-wide box and we have video-rated CAT5 cable running to the stage.

(5) Hitachi Ultra-short throw projectors
(1) MVD20X Splittlers
(1) MacBookPro w/ ProVideoPlayer & ProPresenter5

Luminous Project

This was a setup for Luminous Project in May 2012 at Rolling Hills Community Church in Franklin, TN.
I used three Hitachi ultra short throw projectors in a triple-wide set up, driven by ProPresenter 5 with the MultiScreen Module and a TripleHead2Go.
The projection covered the entire back wall, so I used the mask feature to black out the areas in between the acoustic tiles.
After the event, Rolling Hills made this a permanent fixture for their Sunday morning gatherings.

The Journey Multi-Screen

When we decided to transition from one center screen to three screens on stage, we knew that choosing the correct software would be an integral part of the transition. We chose ProPresenter due to its ability to handle multiple screens with ease.

We use a 27 inch iMac with an upgraded video card in the tech booth, which runs ProPresenter 5 and the Multi-Screen Module. The iMac feeds a Matrox TripleHead2Go, which splits the signal into three separate outputs. Since our cable runs are so long, we use HDMI to CAT5 converters so that the CAT5 is carrying the signal over the long distance. These feed our three projectors. Very simple setup and we are extremely pleased with the results.

Texts on Screen in ProPresenter

We use ProPresenter 5 along with Messages on a Mission (messagesonamission.com) to display text messages from our congregation on the screens in real time. We use the web browser that’s built into ProPresenter along with another browser window (to control the incoming texts) and display our congregation’s prayer requests.

Edge Blending Module with Double Stacked Projection

Edge Blending Module with Double Stacked Projection

4to Informe de labores del TSJEZ proyectado en una sola pantalla de 8 x 2.6 mts con el sistema de ProPresenter y el plug in Edge Blending + Triple Head 2 Go de matrox , se utilizaron 6 proyectores de 6000 lums cada uno haciendo una proyeccion total de 12 mil lumens.

Using ProPresenter 5 we created a TripeWide Projection with 6 NEC projectors (12K lumens) and the Edge Blending Module for ProPresenter. We used a Blackmagic Decklink HD Xtreme 3D to put the live video on the screen.