2 Camera Projection Switching

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      I’m new here. Not new to shooting or editing but I am about to take on a project that is neither & both of those things and I need some help.

      I am being hired by a performance artist to direct a live video production. I will try my best to describe what is needed.

      There will be 2 cameras (Panasonic GH4s) that she wants projected live during the performance, switching back and forth between one shot to another. It is my understanding that I will need to have an hdmi output switcher in order to achieve that.

      As the controller of the live projections, I will also need to be able to monitor both feeds, which I assume means I will need a separate monitor wired to each camera.

      This already poses a problem because both switchers and monitors use hdmi, not to mention the stress of having so many things hooked up at once. I realize there are fancy shmancy pieces of equipment that can take care of all of this for me but so far the budget is non-existent for this project.

      Another aspect is that the desire is not to have the projections up during the entire performance, only at specific times so I will need an easy/non intrusive way to turn off/on the image.

      Sound is not necessary.

      Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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      If the budget remains non-existent, forget about the project. The ” fancy shmancy piece of equipment” to which you refer, the switcher, at the very least should have inputs for the two cameras and the capability to output to reference monitors at the board as well as to the viewing monitors or projectors. When not in use you should have the capability to transmit a still of some sort to the otherwise blank monitors.

      If I were confronted with this project I would go to the nearest rental house and discuss the needs with them. They can advise you on exactly what to get. Next stop the performance artist, with costs. This is an either/or situation: either money up front for the equipment rentals or it’s a no-go. Do not pay for the rentals yourself and hope to get reimbursed. I’ve worked in theatrical, television and video production for over sixty years and can attest to the fact that performers tend to focus primarily on performing and not very much on the nuts and bolts of how their art gets produced. It’s vital that they understand fully the costs involved, including your fees, and have the money up-front to cover these.

      Be sure you have an air-tight contract before you start on this project, spelling out exactly what you are expected to do, what the costs will be and the terms of your employment. I would insist that I be paid for my work before the performance began, not after it’s over. We failed to do this once in the early days of our business and were burned for hundreds of dollars when the “producer” left town with her husband for life in another state. She was sorry she couldn’t pay us, she said, but we were self holding the bag.

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