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Kiran Beersing
Wrong category - but I really need to ask some experts - the best way to present live video/powerpoint slides/etc. projected during an opening ceremony?
on Dec 5, 2011 at 10:00:08 pm

Hi, I'm just a young amateur in this and I haven't found a forum that caters for what I'm asking really.

Every year the 2000 students at my school organise a massive event full of shows, football, food and drinks. I have actually been asked to manage the screens for the opening ceremony. They'll need to be showing videos, images, animations, PowerPoint slides, and live video (from camcoders). This will be broadcast from 2 enormous projectors and the transitions should really be seamless. I don't have to worry about the sound (thankfully!).

I've had some ideas about how to do this most efficiently, but I'd really like to know what you think...

I couldn't find any decent video mixing software that would work for this - do you have any suggestions?

So analogue is what I'm leaning on at the moment. It's much cheaper, but it won't look as nice, I think. I would probably have 2 laptops (for the slides/videos/images), and maybe 2 camcorders. If the camcorder was HD, would this transformer be good value for money?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Neet%C2%AE-Converter-Supports-Computer-Lifetime/dp/...


Then could I use one of these monitor switches? Which is better?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/SVGA-devices-one-monitor-switch/dp/B000MWSWSS/ref=r...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Manual-Port-Monitor-Switch-Black/dp/B000OYCNNE/ref=...

Then I would physically select which channel was needed with one of those lovely chunky buttons :)

I'd really just like your opinion... Is there a much better, digital way of doing this? Will the images be too low-res? Thanks in advance! (is it geeky that I'm really excited by all of this? :p)


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Peter Lim
Re: Wrong category - but I really need to ask some experts - the best way to present live video/powerpoint slides/etc. projected during an opening ceremony?
on Dec 15, 2011 at 4:42:57 am

If you have some cash to spend, it'll be easier to use economical hardware vision mixers such as datavideo (SE-500 or SE-900)/panasonic etc. Sony and Pansonic do sell AV mixers with built in audio mixing capabilities too so you can save on audio mixers if you don't have many audio channels for your mixing.


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