I’ve been piecing together a live video rig for projection use in a theater, or for creating promo material, while developing new works for a deaf audience. In the past I’ve focused more on collage creation with pens/paper/digital + Photomosh to create still images or short gifs. Also used cutout wood with desk lamp projection for very simple shadow puppetry. My previous shows have all involved as little tech as possible or are built around improvisation, so I’m still unsure of how this video project will evolve when I feel most comfortable just using my body onstage.
The Video Rig as-is
- 3trinsRGB x 2 + Plugins + Comparator
- VGA → HDMI
- Mainbow v2
- 3 security cameras + Backup camera
- WJ-AVE5 mixer
- 8 x 8 composite video switcher
- Composite to USB adapter
- Composite to HDMI adapter
- HDMI to Composite adapter
- Small car backup LCD monitor w/ composite
The gear feels wonky to me at this point. I’ve still in the process of figuring out a proper workflow for it as I am no doubt missing some kit. I’ve been gradually amassing gear over a few years, but never felt confident to use it in an actual show… Things I’m considering:
- Using a better capture process than a $10
Composite to USB
- Video projectors (haven’t actually gotten to try one at home yet, hehe)
- Getting my hands on a CRT monitor
- Learning OBS for livestream purposes
- Titlemaker 2000 or Dead Language for creation of fun text for the audience to interact with live.
- Recur or similar (I have a number of Pi’s and Arduinos and such)
For lighting and projection at work I use:
QLC+ - Can be used with not only lighting rigs and projectors, but midi, joysticks, audio reactivity, etc.
- Wondering if I should control the rig from midi drums or similar onstage
- Qlab (not my choice, but it is the standard)
Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated as I continue to secure grant funding and consider how video could be a part of my upcoming shows.