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    Is "Wizards in Winter" over used?


    Is TSO's "Wizards in Winter" over used  

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    1. 1. Is TSO's "Wizards in Winter" over used

      • Yes, time to pick a different song
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      • No, it's a song that everyone expects to hear
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    i have to agree that wizards in winter is a great song to fit in any animated display! i personally love to see that song and the lights dance to music. I used to put it in my display when i had lor. I have since downsized and im starting all over (not by choice) i picked up a few gemmie sounds and lights show and uploaded this song in to the display it looks great!

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    I'm taking a quick poll. This will now be my third year doing shows and to tell you the truth I'm considering not doing TSO's Wizards in Winter even though it has been a very popular song. What do you think.

    I suppose it boils down to whether or not you want to omit it, "even though it has been a very popular song." :confused:

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    I have 18 songs in my show this year...Wizards is one of them. Yes may animators use the song. Yes we do hear it a lot. But we also hear Rudolph the red nosed reindeer and Santa Clause is coming to town every year since childhood. Wizards in winter will be a classic Christmas song for many years to come. The tempo and the instrumentation of the song makes it difficult to animate but the results can be fantastic. We grew up with some songs that we shall always view as Christmas songs. Our kids (who are the ones who enjoy Wizards now) shall also view Wizards as a classic in years to come.

    Just have a good mix in your shows and let the pubic watch the show...let them walk away with their own opinions of what is good and what is lacking.

    From the feedback I have received from viewers, Wizards is the one song they remember most. Maybe because of the fast paced light show or the strobes I use in the song, or maybe...just maybe...they LIKE TSO and Wizards in Winter.

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    I think I have taken the song to a different place. In using my Guerilla Video projection, in which a video projector is aimed at the outside of the house and some of its display covers the roof and a 40 ft wide section of house, I have made a video that I am sure will be a hit when it plays with the lights. On the roof I have "emulated" rotating 3D text that looks like a bright green laser writting the words WIZARDS spinning and tumbling in the roof shingles area (we have white shingles in Florida to reduce heat in summer), but in a smaller area which is designated to look like a 6 ft plasma TV screen I have a background which actual in concert footage of TSO performing WiW live, I adjusted the timing to be precise with concert stage lights in the video to be identical to my lighting. Ironically MY sequence looked more like TSO's concert stage light show then Carsons so it fits better. Then I chromakeyed a custom animated vector Santa Claus which I did all the artwork for and I have him sweep his arms with precision timing to lights sweeping back and forth to the song on my lawn. I think it will work and be a heck of a crowd pleasers. I put most of the month of August into getting the Santa Claus animation to work very well with the light show activity and I think it will be awesome when the lights are up (should be fully up about 25 days from now).

    I gotta come to Florida this December and see this. I thought I did over-the-top stuff! It sounds great Joe. Good luck with the traffic (hehehehe).

    Charles

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    I think I have taken the song to a different place. In using my Guerilla Video projection, in which a video projector is aimed at the outside of the house and some of its display covers the roof and a 40 ft wide section of house, I have made a video that I am sure will be a hit when it plays with the lights. On the roof I have "emulated" rotating 3D text that looks like a bright green laser writting the words WIZARDS spinning and tumbling in the roof shingles area (we have white shingles in Florida to reduce heat in summer), but in a smaller area which is designated to look like a 6 ft plasma TV screen I have a background which actual in concert footage of TSO performing WiW live, I adjusted the timing to be precise with concert stage lights in the video to be identical to my lighting. Ironically MY sequence looked more like TSO's concert stage light show then Carsons so it fits better. Then I chromakeyed a custom animated vector Santa Claus which I did all the artwork for and I have him sweep his arms with precision timing to lights sweeping back and forth to the song on my lawn. I think it will work and be a heck of a crowd pleasers. I put most of the month of August into getting the Santa Claus animation to work very well with the light show activity and I think it will be awesome when the lights are up (should be fully up about 25 days from now).

    Joseph...

    Sounds great! Wish I could see it.

    Being ignorant of most things video, I want to ask how big/expensive/etc a video projector does it take to cover a 40 ft. wide house facade at decent intensity? Surely a typical "Circuit City" home projector won't do it? Is your projector on the ground or elevated somehow?

    Not likely I would try this tho; I don't have the video composing/editing skills to make it work.

    Gary

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    Joseph...

    Sounds great! Wish I could see it.

    Being ignorant of most things video, I want to ask how big/expensive/etc a video projector does it take to cover a 40 ft. wide house facade at decent intensity? Surely a typical "Circuit City" home projector won't do it? Is your projector on the ground or elevated somehow?

    Not likely I would try this tho; I don't have the video composing/editing skills to make it work.

    Gary

    Well Pinnacle Studio does everything you need for the video, but in my case only useing pinnacle made rather less then enthusiastic videos last year but then I only did the 6 ft screen.

    I am finding I need to use multiple programs to generate graphics on a green background and use Pinnacle to composit the videos together. Some programs make animations, I've mastered animating moving texts with better then light show timing to match and illustrate lyrics as they are sung. I have some headaches, what looks good on my office screen is sometimes either too bright or too dark when projected on the house. I can find the best medium is to adjust brightnesses and other things to the video as encoded rather then adjusting the projector brighter. I thought I had the perfect template, use it for all videos but a couple videos dont align right so at moment I am making slight pan and scan adjustments to reposition videos I have done so far.

    For the most part Pinnacle Studio is easy mostly point and click with mouse, very easy to use program, that would handle not only creating videos for you but also you can download Youtube videos and adjust them to a consistent resolution and such to make it work correctly at playtime.

    As for the projector, I would suggest at least a 2000 ANSI Lumen projector. Some out there are acceptable in brightness for around $500.

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