I was away last week – Friday-Tuesday at Summer Madness. If you don’t know what that is: it’s a Christian Arts and Worship Festival. So kinda… eight church services with a lot of gigs and seminars and more spread over the five days. Never boring, never the same as last year it was again a great experience.
I would say it was nice to get away from Computers for a few days, but no… I was helping my mate Ryan out with operating the Words-on-Screen. We’ve always previously used PowerPoint, but this year we used our MacBook Pros with Keynote 2. The system was as such: 2 MacBook Pros connected to a vision mixer with Video feed in and a DVD Player hooked up. The video guy Ronan (ably assisted by Ian, Barney and co.) fed us with imagery which was suitable for the Word overlays we were using (see image) with the text in white at the top, demanding a black, or at least high-contrast coloured background. Ryan & I shared the duty of operating the words and mixed the words ontop of the video when appropriate. The mixer was a ‘Smart Fade’ box, only complaint about it is that it didn’t treat VGA1 and VGA2 as equal partners, and so we could only run cross-fade words/video off VGA1: somewhat limiting, but it worked!
Also, I got a new bike today. Excuse the badly cropped white space (I didn’t crop it, that’s why!) I kinda feel like a 9-year-old again, but maybe I’ll get to use it’s Mountain Bikey features a little some day! Not just ride up and down and up and down and up… the street like in the old days! It’s a Carrera Vulcan 20″, if you care. I chose it over the GT Avalanche 3.0…. I guess because it wasn’t RED. Bright red! Hope this link doesn’t disappear any time soon…
Oh yeah – and I’ll fix my Image styling so that you don’t have to skip the images to read the text some day soon. (Please note ‘soon’ is a relative concept; indefinable therefore).