BigStuf CampsNine DV-7PR's feed a ninety foot screen at Big Stuff Camps. What happens when you mix over 90' of screens, MIDI-controlled video and awesome content?
A summer camp out of this world. (Oh yeah - and it's all situated on one of the world's top beaches in Panama City Beach, Florida.) Every June and July over 15,000 youth descend on Panama City Beach, Flordia to one of the 11 sessions held by BigStuf Camp.
BigStuf Camps are known the world over for their innovative approach to communicating visually and the resultant impact on kids.
Summer of 2005 saw an elobrate setup of 9 screens across the back of the stage along with numerous plasmas placed around stage. The screens were arrange roughly in 3 groups of 3 that could display
- one single 90' superwide image
- three wide screen images
- nine individual images
- lyrics/text on the 3 center screens (2,5,8)
To acheive all of these needs, 9 DV-7PR Presenters were used to send content, on demand to the screens (see PDF Configuration diagram). They were setup in a master slave relationship so at the appropriate moments, 1 superwide image could be displayed. There were also 12 V-1s used to mix content, live camera feeds and text to the screens. The extra three were used as down-stream keyers for the lyrics to appear over screens 2,5 and 8 (the center screen in each group of three). In addition, an LSV-400 was used to mix all the live cameras before send them to one of the V-1s.
The big question of course is how you easily control 9 DV-PRs and 12 V-1s at one time. Because each device is MIDI controllable, the answer is simple. Once all the units are interconnected via the UM-880 and/or UM-550 MIDI Interfaces, a laptop can control everything. Using MAX from Cycling'74, a simple set of presets were setup to configure what feed was to go to what screen. There ended up being roughly 12 different screen combinations for the production so the interface was extremely simple to operate (see sample MAX setup). In addition, by delaying each V-1 by the right amount can acheive a room-wide, 9 screen wipe transition.
Needless to say, the immersive visual effect was awesome and made an instant connection.
At BigStuf 04 a double tiered stage was setup with three screens on the top stage and 3 screens backing the lower stage. The effect was stunning as can be scene in the "Ocean Floor" clip. This configuration used 3 DV-7PRs with 6 V-4s and a couple V-1s.
What is equally impressive is that all of these setups are straight forward to operate. This is a critical as the production relies heavily on summer interns.
- Simple, straightforward operation for all your mixing requirements.
- Innovative realtime DV quality video presenter and editor.
- Compact 4-Channel Video Mixer
- The compact video mixer that's full of features.
- Bigstuf 2004 Dance Video
- Bigstuf Ocean Floor Video
- Bigstuf Sceens Closeup Video
- Bigstuf 2005 Dance Video
- Bigstuf 2005 Stage Video
- Bigstuf Nine Screen Wipe Video
- BigStuf Camps Diagram
- BigStuf Camps Diagram
- BigStuf Camps
- Case study in PDF format