Need help ASAP! Projecting Video

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SuperDaveInLA, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. SuperDaveInLA macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2008
    Hollywood, CA

    I am doing tech for a comedy show which requires me to run both video and audio from my macbook pro (the newest version).

    I am going to hook my computer up to a projector for several video shorts during the show, but I don't want the projector to project my laptop throughout the show. Not sure if that makes sense, but I don't know how to explain myself more clearly.

    Is there a way (and a very fast easy quick fix) to project an image on the projector screen that the audience sees while I am running other stuff on my laptop (audio, following the script, etc)?

    Help! The show is tonight and the tech people at our venues haven't been much help.

  2. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    I'd imagine you could expand your program to the external monitor which is in your case the projector. Just go to system preferences and display tab.

    That way you can keep all your controls on your MBP screen and display your video on the external vga projector. Good luck.
  3. InLikeALion macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2007
    Greener places than I used to live
    Fallowing the above advice, I would go to DVD Player or QT preferences and check the option where it allows the program to stay in full screen mode, even when another program is selected.
  4. StealthRider macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2002
    Yokosuka, Japan
    Pro-level projectors often have a "no show" and/or "freeze" button that you can use if you need to do other things on screen that you don't want the audience to see.
  5. Shawn Parr macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2008

    Qlab. The audio features are free. Video cue features are $150. I've been using it for Theatre for over a year doing heavy audio and video cue playback. It is a great platform. It allows you to stack video cues, so you can fire a black background and keep it up so that when your other video items are stopped the black is still there. If you accidentally mouse to a display showing a 'video' cue (still images are a video cue) the mouse is hidden behind the cue.

    It is insanely cheap for what it does (especially the free audio version, comparable products start at over $300, most are closer to $500 to $800), it is very easy to work with, and it has a lot of power and flexibility. Many shows in NYC and on the West End in London are using it.
  6. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    I believe you can go into System Preferences > Display, and tell it to detect your displays. Then configure it to use both displays, not mirrored. Then you should be able to drag your video playback program to the external and keep your other stuff on your laptop. Just make sure you make your laptop the master (by dragging the white bar in the arrangement window to the correct display).

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