LAS VEGAS While the beginning of the day began with a pair of sessions, first the "New Technology Breakfast," followed by a portion of the "Projection Content Creation: The Basics" session, it wasn't long before visiting a series of booths turned into almost a full-day exercise, concluding around 6 p.m. on Friday.
During the New Technology Breakfast, representatives from a number of manufacturers discussed some of the latest products.
With the LDI conference having started on November 13 with various classes and trainings, the exhibit halls had yet to open until Friday morning. With the New Technology Breakfast, representatives from a number of manufacturers who had booth space, including individuals from Christie and ChamSys, among others, discussed some of the latest products that were going to be showcased on the exhibit floor Friday at LDI.
For Christie, for example, they discussed how their latest projector was being introduced on the showroom floor, the Crimson series. The projector, expected to ship sometime in January, is the company's first triple chip laser phosphor projector. In addition, the projector is powered up to 25,000 lumens of brightness. To combat concerns over the colors not being vibrant enough on a laser phosphor projector, the Crimson series projector is packaged with Christie BoldColor technology.
For churches that are left with having to deal with nonstandard positioning of their projectors, the Crimson series is capable of being installed from any angle within a 360-degree orientation.
Then there was ChamSys, which noted that a few months back, the company had been acquired by Chauvet & Sons LLC. In addition, both Chris Kennedy and Phillip Watson of ChamSys, talked about each of the company's three lighting consoles, including the MQ60, which Watson cradled in his arms while standing up on stage.
After stepping out of that session, I entered the four-hour session, "Projection Content Creation: The Basics." The workshop was led by Alex Oliszewski, a professor of Media Design at Ohio State.
Working with about a dozen session members, Oliszewski introduced the basics behind photography, which included his highlighting some samples of various images, some of which incorporated sepia tones and other effects that he then implemented through the use of environmental projection for stage setups.
From there, Oliszewski discussed the basics behind transparency in Photoshop, how to quickly make masks, and what tools are available for the use of building 3-D models, when necessary.
While noting that there are numerous tools to choose from to handle certain tasks, combining the pair of Photoshop with Apple's QuickTime Player would be enough to implement environmental projection on a building, with light on the building's corner.
In beginning any project, though, Oliszewski emphasized the need to account for the size of the space that one would be creating content, as that is "the size of their literal frames."
While he discussed the plethora of Adobe products that suit many needs of a designer, beginning with Photoshop, but not limited to that program, including the use of Illustrator or After Effects, he also spoke positively of the use of tools such as Final Cut Pro or Avid, as well as Sony's Vegas Pro, available for PC.
From there he spelled out the difference between codecs and "wrappers," in that a "wrapper," like a .MOV file can consist of more than 200 different codecs, so when noting you have a .MOV file to a designer, for example, it offers little idea of what sort of a file the movie actually is, since the codec could be something like QuickTime H.264 or ProRes.
Upon leaving that session, most of the next six hours were visiting with different representatives at the wide array of booths on the exhibit hall floor. Whether it was seeing the Crimson series projectors up close in the Christie booth or seeing the expansive Elation booth, with an array of moving lights and LED wall technology, there were a number of impressive products for attendees at LDI to get a closer look at, with the benefit of various demos or displays.
Shortly after the exhibit floor closed after its first day of being open on Friday around 6 p.m., excitement moved outside to the LDI: Live Outside Concert, with rapper Mike Xavier being the opening act of the concert which ran for about three hours immediately outside the convention center.