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Rob Mason
Animating for LED screens for a convention
on Jun 29, 2019 at 3:31:25 am

So a project came up where I need to create a looping animation for an LED screen. I’ve never done this before and forgive my noob question...but how do I accomplish this? Does it just come down to having the pixel size and aspect ratio needed for the LEDs themselves and creating a comp at that size and rendering as such?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Walter Soyka
Re: Animating for LED screens for a convention
on Jul 1, 2019 at 1:06:00 pm

Make sure you get the delivery specs from the technical team responsible for playing back the media. Delivery format, codec, frame rate, and file naming can all matter. When in doubt on any of the specifics, ask that team -- every system is different and we can only guess here.

Walter Soyka
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Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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Rob Mason
Re: Animating for LED screens for a convention
on Jul 3, 2019 at 6:11:04 pm

Appreciate your insight Walter.

The LED is L-shaped of all things and they want it 4K. So would the best practice be to create my animation in a regular 4K comp but mask out the L-shape's dimensions?


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Walter Soyka
Re: Animating for LED screens for a convention
on Jul 3, 2019 at 6:59:32 pm

The technical team should provide you a pixel map that makes it clear what will be shown and what is out-of-bounds.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
@keenlive [twitter]   |   RenderBreak [blog]   |   Profile [LinkedIn]


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Rob Mason
Re: Animating for LED screens for a convention
on Jul 11, 2019 at 7:09:05 pm

So once I have that and the L-shape portions are marked, but the overall rectangular shape which includes the "L" is 4K would I then render it out as one 4K comp without having to mask out the non-viewable portions?

Or, would I render everything out masked?


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Walter Soyka
Re: Animating for LED screens for a convention
on Jul 11, 2019 at 7:15:31 pm

It's a smart question to ask the technical team. Sometimes pixel maps will be pixel-perfect; sometimes, the team will want some safety/bleed in the renders.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
@keenlive [twitter]   |   RenderBreak [blog]   |   Profile [LinkedIn]


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