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How do I incorporate video to my show?


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I'm wanting to have a video projection synchronized to my music in my show this year. The video will have characters talking on it, so it needs to be sync'd with the music. How can I incorporate a video into my light show using LOR and have everything timed right? I've seen others do it, I just want to know how it's done.

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Basically you play a video file instead of an audio file through your LOR sequence. Which means you have to create a video file with all the audio you want on it. You need a computer that supports two monitors and you play the sequence on the second monitor which would be your projector or whatever you are going to show it on.

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You'll also need either a "Basic Plus", "Standard", or "Advanced" license, and if you want full screen video, you'll specifically need "Advanced".

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... and you need to have and know how to operate a video editing program (Pinnacle, Sony Vegas, etc), to allow you to edit the video and line it up to match your audio, which in turn the lights are then sequenced to.

So it's a 2 step process, instead of just sequencing the lights to the audio, unless or course your audio does not need to be matched to the video.

Also certain LOR features you may rely on such as the beat wizard, etc will not be available to you when sequencing your video (wmv) files. The workaround for that is to sequence a mp3 file, or a wav file, and then use that audio file to make your wmv. Once that's done you can copy the sequence you made into the wmv without issue.

I currently have 6 videos, 4 of which are matched to the audio, the other 2 of which have no need to be. Those matched to the audio seem to have a bigger effect on the people watching them it seems..

Greg

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Ok. I have Sony Vegas, and use it regularly to edit the songs I use in my sequences. So, I'm good there!

If I understand correctly, what you are saying is that I need to load a video file instead of an audio file when I'm creating a "New Musical Sequence"? Does it HAVE to be a .wmv file? Can it also be an .avi file?

And to get around the loss of LOR features when using a video file I can just sequence to the MP3 version of the audio from the video, and then copy all the sequencing to the video file sequence. Do I have that right?

Sounds pretty easy!

My other question is this:

When the show is up and running, and the sequence with the video starts, is the video playing FULL SCREEN on that second monitor, or in it's own "window" on the second monitor? Will there be any need for me to adjust the "window" size or, again, does it automatically come up FULL SCREEN?

And, YES, I know the projector, or whatever, has to be on all the time.

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I answered one of my questions. Both WMV and AVI videos DO work in LOR! YAY!
Now I just need to know if the video pops up in a "window" when the sequence is played during a show....

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Assuming you have an Advanced license, you can choose between full screen video or windowed. If you have a Basic Plus or Standard license, you can only do windowed.

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disney-fan-reborn wrote:


And to get around the loss of LOR features when using a video file I can just sequence to the MP3 version of the audio from the video, and then copy all the sequencing to the video file sequence. Do I have that right?


Couldn't you just replace the MP3 with the video file using Edit>Media File after you are done sequencing?
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jimswinder wrote:

disney-fan-reborn wrote:

And to get around the loss of LOR features when using a video file I can just sequence to the MP3 version of the audio from the video, and then copy all the sequencing to the video file sequence. Do I have that right?


Couldn't you just replace the MP3 with the video file using Edit>Media File after you are done sequencing?

I have found that you have to create the sequence with the video file, then change the media file to mp3, run the beat mapper, then change the media file back to the video. The application locks up otherwise for me.

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Well, since I don't use the Beat Wizard or Tapper Wizard (I find they are NOT very accurate. Yes, even when I'm doing the tapping) this isn't going to be an issue for me.

So, I guess the question from jimswinder still stands. Can't you just swap out the MP3 file with the video file when you're done sequencing? Wouldn't this eliminate the need to copy and paste the entire sequence into an new one with the video file?

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disney-fan-reborn wrote:

Well, since I don't use the Beat Wizard or Tapper Wizard (I find they are NOT very accurate. Yes, even when I'm doing the tapping) this isn't going to be an issue for me.

So, I guess the question from jimswinder still stands. Can't you just swap out the MP3 file with the video file when you're done sequencing? Wouldn't this eliminate the need to copy and paste the entire sequence into an new one with the video file?

In that case, why not just start with the video file and add your own timings?
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BrownOut wrote:

disney-fan-reborn wrote:
Well, since I don't use the Beat Wizard or Tapper Wizard (I find they are NOT very accurate. Yes, even when I'm doing the tapping) this isn't going to be an issue for me.

So, I guess the question from jimswinder still stands. Can't you just swap out the MP3 file with the video file when you're done sequencing? Wouldn't this eliminate the need to copy and paste the entire sequence into an new one with the video file?

In that case, just start with the video file.


So all other features (chase, twinkle, fade, etc) will work but Beat and Tapper Wizard?
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What if you are using the ShowTime Pro LOR1602MP3 with Pro Director to run your show, can you trigger a video,or Dvd player connected to a TV to start up correctly with your program, not using P.C.?

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disney-fan-reborn wrote:

BrownOut wrote:
disney-fan-reborn wrote:
Well, since I don't use the Beat Wizard or Tapper Wizard (I find they are NOT very accurate. Yes, even when I'm doing the tapping) this isn't going to be an issue for me.

So, I guess the question from jimswinder still stands. Can't you just swap out the MP3 file with the video file when you're done sequencing? Wouldn't this eliminate the need to copy and paste the entire sequence into an new one with the video file?

In that case, just start with the video file.


So all other features (chase, twinkle, fade, etc) will work but Beat and Tapper Wizard?

If you're using a video file, the following features will be unavailable:
  • Beat Wizard
  • MIDI Wizard
  • Tapper Wizard
  • VU Wizard
  • Display audio visualizations
  • Wave form display

I think that's it, although I might be forgetting something. Chase, twinkle, and fade will definitely work, though.

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