How to Sync Videos from Pro Video Player with Ableton Live

Featuring Loops In Worship Posted on March 27, 2012

Let’s all be honest, good or bad it’s becoming easier and easier to run your entire church service off one computer. Again let’s not attempt to argue whether good or bad, but it’s simply becoming more of a possibility. I would hate to see a service void of volunteers and purely ran by a computer, but this can be good news for smaller churches.

If anything…advancements in technology are making it easier to run services smoothly. (Cue the song: “I love Technology”) All that being said… for the past few months at church we’ve been experimenting with Environmental Projection. It’s been a big success and added a great visual element to our Services that helps to further engage people in worship. One thing we set out to do is to sync video playback up with Ableton Live.

Myself and my good friend Rich Belgie, our Lighting guy and tech guru at church, worked together to come up with a solution. It was easier then we first imagined but we want people to think we’re smarter then we really are, so imagine it’s difficult. We’re using Pro Video Player from Renewed Vision and Ableton Live. I’m triggering all the videos on Rich’s laptop wirelessly from my laptop running Ableton live. There’s no MIDI timecode or timecode involved. We can go anywhere at anytime in any song and our videos will follow.

It’s pretty easy to do. In fact we created a video for our Worship Ministries’ website that I wanted to share here as well. Check it out below. If you have any questions about how we did it leave a comment below. Are you doing something similar to do this, or ever tried it? If so let us know how you do it or how it went!