Wednesday, December 24, 2008

12.21 Overdrive

Ben led the production teams again this last Sunday. Even though I mixed for both services, I decided not to steal his thunder this time, so I've limited my comments to the sound portion of the review.

This past weekend we had:

Sound

[From Dave] The sound crew did a great job this weekend. They were very patient as we waded through the last few steps of Christmas rehearsal on Saturday while they were supposed to be setting up. Thankfully, the setup was pretty simple. I want to thank Nate and Josh for taking the time to tidy up the unused orchestra pit. We left the chairs, stands, and mics in place for the Christmas Eve orchestra, which saved hours of setup later, but it was somewhat of a mess to start off. Had they not cleaned it up, we likely would never get the chance to do that again in the future.

On the mixing side of things, the first two songs of the first service were rough. The mix was thin and a 250Hz ring with no apparent source showed up at the end of the first song. I thought it was the acoustic guitar, so I soloed that instrument. Big mistake. The "Solo In Place" button was pushed, which shut off the entire mix except the acoustic guitar. New rule for me: No Solo In Place ever. I can't be trusted with it.

After the second song, the ring went away, the mix settled in, and all was well for the rest of the first and the second service.


Lighting

This week, because we’ve had the drama set onstage, we had to modify the backdrop a little. The exit/entrance of the drama set was a tan colored cloth located upstage center. So in order to accommodate for the cameras and the IMAG screen we placed a strip light on the floor in front of the cloth to give it a brighter image. What we found as soon as we saw someone on camera during the first service is that the lights were far too bright, distractingly bright. So we modified it with a combination of turning down the iris from the video control room and turning down the strip light to about 40%. The main point is to beware of yellow lighting as your backdrop because, even if it doesn’t look high intensity to your eyes, it may translate that way through the cameras.


Video

The video team did an outstanding job this past week. All the transitions were smooth and right on, and many of the cameras faded in from black right before the person on stage began speaking. One small thing Dave realized Sunday morning is that the "wall" of the drama set covered the bottom portion of the stage right side screen, meaning that we would need to modify the slides for announcements. To accommodate for this, the IMAG team simply shrunk the size of the slides. That’s really all that could be done in this situation.

Make sure to leave us your comments, encouragements, and suggestions, too.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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