Hello everyone! Chance here with another edition of BMD’s tech blog series “Behind the Lens!”Recently there has been an influx of clients who don’t seem to understand what goes into making changes to the content. While there are some things you can do to make small tweaks here and there, it is ultimately limited by the playback device.
First things first: Source changes are NOT easy to do!
People come to me asking how to remove specific pieces from the content, such as the house from Wizard of Oz. This usually occurs when people have a set built to go alongside the projections.This is difficult to do because the house is rendered within the file. There is no simple way to remove on specific piece of the media without re-making the media entirely. While this is possible, it steps into “custom content” territory which comes at an extra cost (and time!). So just remember that it will be difficult, if not impossible, to remove a section of a scenic projection. However, removing entire locations and scenes is as simple as not including that media!
What other options do I have?
That largely depends on what you’re trying to do, and it is also why we format the content in the way that we do. Often times the various types of playback software have tools built in that can help avoid these sections entirely! Lets use the house example from Wizard of Oz again:If a client wants to avoid the house in Munchkinland they will first want to find the media (or section of media) that doesn’t have the house. Then, you can simply build a crossfade (or some other transition) to take you straight from the previous scene into the moment WITHOUT the house. If that house exists in a lot of the media, we can even trim down sections of the content to make sure that it isn’t included! Depending on the software/hardware you are using you have a select set of video editing tools, which can really come in handy when preparing the specifics of your show.
I still have a problem with the content!
Give us a call, and we will see what we can do to help! Ultimately this is why it is imperative that you take a look at the media before pulling the trigger on that purchase. But if you already have the content, contact us and we will do our best to make sure you are satisfied with using Scenic Projections in your production!
CHANCE CROFT, Support Technician
Chance is from Visalia, California and grew up performing in theatre. He attended California State University, Fullerton, where he studied theatre, focusing on theatre technology and education. If he wasn’t BMD’s awesome Support Technician, he’d likely be a voiceover artist (he has a very deep voice). He enjoys video games and finding new restaurants in town. Chance lives in Fresno, California with his girlfriend Sam, his two cats and his dog Lady. His favorite musical is Seussical.