How can I make a special display for UnLiving Portraits?

Our UnLiving Portraits collection is designed to create an illusion of real paintings coming to life (or death?). It contains lots of display options not available in other collections, which gives you so many creative choices!

One way to get familiar with UnLiving Portraits is to check out this piece from our blog, " Step-by-Step: Build Your Own ‘UnLiving Portrait’ Gallery", which includes many but not all of the following tips and tricks in this article.

Display Options and Techniques

Using HD TV displays

One of the best and easiest ways to display our UnLiving Portraits decorations is using widescreen HD televisions. There are single portraits designed for screens rotated 90 degrees to a vertical position. There are also horizontal versions which include all 3 portraits interacting.

Framed or Frameless Display Options

There are framed and frameless versions of the decorations designed for both TV and projectors. This means you can choose to display the decorations with portrait frames included in the video, or to display them without portrait frames.

Using a Physical Frame

Lots of decorators have bought or built their own portrait frames to use with the frameless versions of the decorations. The physical frame(s) should have a 4:5 aspect ratio (i.e. 4x5, 16x20, 20x25, etc.), and can be as big or small as you'd like to suit your display. This technique is great for TVs or projectors. Of course, the size of your frame will depend on either the size of your TV or the throw of your projector and its distance from the wall.

Special Features of the Digital Download Version

Many smart televisions can accept an SD card and/or USB to play our MP4 format video files, but they may not allow you to loop your playlist or play more than one file in a row. To have complete control over the decorations you may need to connect to a computer or an external media player. Be sure to check the product manual on your television to find out if you need an extra playback device.

Syncing Three TV or Projector Displays

UnLiving Portraits on digital download includes a "singles" version of the decoration, not available on DVD. The "Singles" folder in the collection contains each of the three characters interacting in different video files for simultaneous display. Each decoration is the same length, which is perfect if you have three displays you can sync together.

For more information about syncing multiple decorations, click here to read the article "Can I play decorations in sync on multiple TVs or projectors?"

Creating a Seamless Decoration with Transition Files

UnLiving Portraits on digital download includes transition files to seamlessly switch between different characters on your display. Each transition file starts with one character and morphs into another. You can use these to create an endless, seamless playlist with any device that allows for seamless playback without gaps between videos.

Using Buffer Files and Triggers to Play the Decoration

You can also use the buffer files to accomplish impressive trigger effects. This is an advanced decorating technique which requires special equipment to accomplish, and that equipment is usually not cheap.  Click here to learn more about using buffers with advanced media controllers.

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