Projection mapping using HeavyM
You’ve probably heard of projection mapping, in fact you’ve probably seen it. It is ever more present in today’s music shows, light nights, New Years celebrations and arts festivals and they look amazing right?. Now we need to just manage expectations the big event projection mapping you’ve seen probably cost shed loads and by that I mean thousands, uses loads of projectors, has had specific content created and a full crew managing and running it. Don’t let that put you off, we can work up to that. The concept is the same.
You may have seen that the first paragraph is the same as my previous blog xxxxxxinsert blog link xxxxxxx that’s because the information is the same where the rest of this blog differs from the previous is this one uses the projection mapping software HeavyM (https://heavym.net).
I have to say HeavyM is a phenomenal piece of kit, it’s intuitive and easy to use. One of the great things about HeavyM isn’t the software it’s the additional stuff you can buy. The bods behind the programme have created something called the Olga kit.
This is direct for the HeavyM website:
The Olga kit is the perfect accessory to add volume and relief to your project. It works very well with HeavyM. Indeed, the trianglugar shapes and ready-to-use effects included in the software, allow for a simple and fast project creation. For instance, here on the right, the same arrangement of triangles is sublimated in several different ways with the effects of HeavyM.
Right back to the software.
Once you open the application you’ll see the below screen.
Let’s talk through it. At the top you have a series of shapes -square, circle, triangle etc double click these and they’ll appear in the interface. You will add media to these for your projection map. As you’ll see there are small dots on each of the shapes. You can control the size and shape with these. On the far right is here the media assets live (see below image).
In the assets section you can control virtually every aspect of the asset, from the timings, colour, opacity, gradient etc. The best way to find one that suits your needs is to experiment
At the bottom you’ll see the scenes this is same as in Madmapper. Once you’ve built your projection map click the scene and it’ll store it. You can then change the image/animation etc, then click the next scene to store that and so on.
When you click projector icon you’ll get a second screen appear which will show you what is projected. You will have to have a projector connected to see this.
Note: The icon with the square and the plus sign is how you add your own media such as a video.
Honestly it’s really that simple. You can create scenes as complex as your imagination will allow.
Here are a few projection maps I’ve created both with and without the Olga kit.
If this has helped/inspired you please do let me know. I can be found on all the social medias @waynesables or via the email at firstname.lastname@example.org and my website www.waynesablesproject.co.uk.