While May might be several weeks behind us, it’s definitely not too late to check out the gorgeous drone footage that was captured during last month’s FLOW: an evening of water themed light and projection that took place at the Thomas Hill Standpipe in Bangor. With nearly 1400 people in attendance, the event was a definite success. Thanks to all those who came out. Hope you enjoy the photos and video. Click here to check out the CoAction Lab and for more photos.
How did this project come to be?
For me, I came across this opportunity in a Video Projection Mapping class that I took last semester. Gene Felice, an active projection mapper, and the class instructor always found the Thomas Hill Standpipe to be a unique and special building. As many Bangor, Maine residents do. He thought that it would be a great projection mapping surface and he arranged an opportunity for the class to spend an evening projecting on the water tower. It was awesome. As a result, we were officially asked to return and project during the Standpipe Spring Open House. Obviously, we said yes! Gene put together a small team of MFA and New Media students, and voila! Together we designed an audio, video, and light performance. You can find photos and video from the first fall 2015 rehearsal here.
What exactly is video projection mapping?
In simplest terms, video projection mapping is to turn an irregularly shaped object, for example a house, a person, a rock wall, or a standpipe into a video projection surface. This is done in a variety of entertainment settings, such as theme parks, sports games, theatre, concerts, and in industrial design and architecture performances/shows, etc. You may have perhaps even seen it done before without knowing it!
What software was used to make this happen? Can I get my hands on it?
There is a wide range of software available, some free and others not so much. For an extensive list, click here. Be sure to ask and keep an eye out for student discounts! For this particular performance, we used a combination of three pieces of software, described below.
Modul8 works best for mixing live video on the fly. It’s great for adding effects and altering footage while it’s being viewed by an audience. Modul8 is not free, but you can download a demo from their website and their pricing starts at 299€.
Millumin works best when you want to set it and forget it, or maybe tweak it. Its ability to allow you to create timelines, and cues as well as create custom masks for projecting onto irregularly shaped objects is why we decided to keep Millumin around. Millumin also offers a demo and can also be purchased on their website. Prices start at 599€.
Syphon is the video sharing software that allowed us to simultaneously use both programs. Both Modul8 and Millumin were used for editing video, but we named Modul8 as the output for our projector. Syphon made this possible and works with many applications. It’s open source. So grab it.
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Where credit is due:
Project Leader / Creator: Gene A. Felice II
New Media Students:
Music / Sound:
Aerial footage shot by: Todd Eastman
Video shot & edited by: Eleanor Kipping & Gene A. Felice II
Photos courtesy of the University of Maine and shot by Adam Küykendall