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Roger

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Thinking of trying some video projection and was wondering if anyone has tried VPT-7 Mapping software.  I have found several different types using Google but really have no idea as to what I am looking for.  If anyone has some experience and willing to share please do so about what is best projector  and software or anything that might guide me.  I have use video in my LOR shows but know nothing about "Mapping"  Roger

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I would get in touch with Charles Belcher.  It sounds like he is the man with regard to projection mapping and he made the vieos for his display

 

 

I found this company online (link below) that carries a little information.  One thing that shocked me was they are recommending a projector with 1500-2000 lumens?  I have a 2000 lumen projector for my rear screen virtual Santa!  Now I bought that size because the rear screen projection material called for it, but Charles used an impressive 15,000 lumen projector for his and radiomarsh told me he used a 4,000 lumen projector for his 10' snowglobe in his display.  Radiomarsh said that he had a smaller projector last year, but the lights in the rest of the display were washing it out.   I think a lot is going to depend on the lighting.  If you want to run real lights on the house and have them on in addition to projection mapping like Charles or radiomarsh, you are going to need a big projector.

 

http://www.digitalpressworks.com/projectors/

 

Rich

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Thinking of trying some video projection and was wondering if anyone has tried VPT-7 Mapping software.  I have found several different types using Google but really have no idea as to what I am looking for.  If anyone has some experience and willing to share please do so about what is best projector  and software or anything that might guide me.  I have use video in my LOR shows but know nothing about "Mapping"  Roger

Roger,

 

All versions of VPT up to and including version 6 were really made to be a stand-a-lone program and did not marry well with LOR for playback.   I have not looked at version 7,  but if you are using LOR in addition to a video mapping program then one needs to be able to trigger the other in order for them to track to the music.  Because light synchronization is the basis of the Christmas light displays, I like to have it be the master over the video and using a video file instead of an audio file is a function which makes LOR preferable.

 

VPT is really nice in that the mask and mesh features really allow for some complicated mapping and video distorting to various shapes.  It was developed by a visual artist and as such is way more advanced in that regard than any video editing program is, including one I used for my display this year.  It was really developed as a live, on site, tool for mapping.  But, with that said, I was not mapping to complicated shapes and thus those features were not mandatory.  I mapped my house outline, the eves, roof lines, the windows and doors, chimney, etc.----objects with straight lines which I was able to do in a regular video editing software program.  In addition, you can create your own masks and import them into most video editing programs.  That ability is a life safer.

 

Sketchup can work in some situations also and is really fun to use.  You can take a picture of your house, then recreate it in digital form, change it, apply new materials to specific areas, etc.

 

MadMapper is also an advanced mapping program although it is not free.

 

Hope you have a lot of spare time. :)

 

Charles

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Thanks Charles, Will I am just getting started at it and know I have a lot to learn but time will tell.  Right now I am just doing some mapping in my shop using Windows Paint and a Epson Power lite 77C projector.  That will give me some experience on mapping things.  I am going to down load the VPT-7 and while in FL this year work on learning it a little and map the front of our 5th wheel and play.  Guess next is to start looking for a projector that will cover my needs on the house, the house is around 36 foot long single story also own the house next door witch is idea place as the front is flat with one small porch.  If anyone has any input as to projectors please let me know. 

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