Need advice on mixing video for a church.

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by dcarve, Mar 3, 2006.

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    dcarve Guest

    I'm trying to find the best way to transition between PowerPoint and a
    DVD video while maintaining quality resolution.

    We have a Dual monitor card in our PC, and we use powerpoint to send
    the second monitor to the projector's VGA input and display the

    The DVD and Satellite TV use the standard composite outputs (yellow,
    red, white for video and audio). These two go into the video mixer,
    and then into the projector's video input.

    We've been using the projector's input selector to switch, but that
    displays a black screen for 2-4 seconds between each transition.

    The video mixer board doesn't support VGA, and scan converters don't
    give us the resolution necessary.

    I thought I could throw in a PCI card into the computer that would have

    a composite input, and then just have the second monitor be a dedicated

    output to the projector. I don't know if there is any software that
    would let me mix the two video signals.

    I've checked out the Screen Pro Seamless Switcher as an external
    solution, and the NewTek VT[4] system as a combo solution.

    I'm a computer tech, but don't know much live video production. Any
    assistance or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    dcarve, Mar 3, 2006
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    Specs Guest

    What would Jesus do?
    Specs, Mar 3, 2006
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    Rick Merrill Guest

    It sounds like the goal is to transition the projector. If you have two
    VGA feeds and the projector has only one input, then you'd have to have
    a 9x2 switch that would change the inputs - drawback is about what you
    have now: several seconds of transition.

    How about two projectors: fade one in and one out?

    I would not call this situation a video production, however.

    Can you play the DVD on the computer (and hence get VGA output)?

    - RM
    Rick Merrill, Mar 3, 2006
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    Larry J. Guest

    Waiving the right to remain silent, Rick Merrill
    The smaller Folsom PresentationPRO will do what you want for less

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    Rick Merrill Guest

    Rick Merrill, Mar 4, 2006
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    Steve Guidry Guest

    Get MediaShout as your presentation software, and import the mpeg files and
    then do all your playout from within MediaShout. You can do the same thing
    with Powerpoint, but most churches are transitioning to MediaShout and not
    looking back.

    Steve Guidry, Mar 5, 2006
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    c Guest


    Larry J's suggestion is a good one - I've used a similar unit - works great
    - and easy to use.
    Rick M's also looks good, tho' I haven't used one of their products.

    Other suggestions:
    Kramer Electronics may have something you can use -
    Extron Electronics ( may also have something

    However, either of the first 2 units will do the trick.

    The hardware route is probably the best bet - the extra work and hassle of
    ripping DVDs etc ... and using software playback may be more work than
    you're ready to get into.

    Plus, the switcher allows you to input multiple camera feeds or whatever
    else someone brings in at the last minute - and this DOES happen! :)

    The Folsom unit may even have a frame grab option which allows you to
    capture a logo or image on the fly - in case you have computer or video
    source problems, you can always switch to the still image.

    good luck

    c, Mar 15, 2006
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