What's New: Video blending tips for your event



You may have seen it on a broadcast of your favorite awards show, or at a conference or concert.  Widescreen video blending, a relative newcomer to event production, offers the ability to create a widescreen backdrop upon which multiple images and video can be projected.

Some uses of widescreen video blending technology include:

* As a backdrop   to achieve a dramatic environmental effect in place of costly, elaborate sets


* As a way to combine a PowerPoint with a magnified live image of the presenter

* To show multiple forms of data at one time

* To show pictures, for example first showing one image, then reducing it and moving it to the side of the screen and bringing on the next image and so on several times.

* To combine many forms of images ie using a full screen image of a project, adding a title, overlaying it with a photo, adding a pie chart, adding a camera shot of the presenter and more.

Widescreen technology has opened many new doors for event producers. To give you an idea of how things have changed in the last 5 years, here are some things you can do with video blending that you couldn't do before:

* Project images onto screens that are only limited in size by the size of your venue

 * Project images of any resolution

* Project images with a much wider range of aspect ratios

* Project multiple image windows onto the screen which can be resized and positioned in real time

* Change background independent of other image windows

* Project video on top of the background screen in addition to other image windows

* Project multiple live images onto one screen

Check out this Vista Spyder demo of what widescreen video blending technology can do.

Or take a look at Icon's widescreen set up at the Palm Springs International Film Festival gala awards.