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 Post subject: DIY Saving$ for VJ's and more...... PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:13 pm 
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As more DJ's look to become VJ's, they will find it can be quite costly!

This DIY thread should help keep some costs down.

SMS Text to Screen w/djDecks!
Not so important now with djD2/VDJ8 soon to be released, but just in case you're interested.

Wedding Uplight.
Approx. $18 each if bulbs purchased in quantity!
If you have been a DJ for a few years, you probably have a few old PAR38 cans you're no longer using but hate to throw away.
Give them a fresh coat of black paint and add a "Hydroponic Blue/Red Spotlight" and you have a bargain purple(ish) uplight for weddings!
I'm using the 168 led type and yes, from eBay.

Projector Mount - Hang from truss or T-bar.
Purchased it could cost $50 - $150! or Build one for under $15!

I use it on my long throw projector for dance floor Gobo's at a wedding.

The hanging bracket is from eBay and the screws, nylon spacers and T bracket are from a hardware store.


Rear Projection Screen
Total project cost: Under $200.00!
I didn't want to spend a lot of $$ on a standard rear projection screen and didn't want to lug another set of large tripods and truss, so I found a solution that is lighter, cheaper and takes a lot less space in my truck!

I used a Britek Heavy Duty Photography Background Stand and Light Stand Combo 9ft (Height) x 11ft (Across)

This stand is made of steel - DON"T use the aluminum type.
The top crossbar is also steel and uses set screws to lock it into place.
The top crossbar can be assembled as 5 1/2', 8 1/4', or 11' wide.
I have my top crossbar as 8 1/4' or 5 1/2' for smaller venues.
The spandex/Lycra is cut to 5' x 8' or 5' x 5'.
Put the first clamp in the center and then work your way out to the ends.
(Small plastic Muslin backdrop clamps - NOT metal)
The bottom is a telescopic painters pole that I added a U shaped piece of metal to each end.
A larger clamp is used for a quick connect to the tripods.
The spandex is stretched around the rest of the frame and clamped.
(The amount of small clamps used will depend on size of screen.)
I chose to use clamps instead of bungee cords.
(IMO bungee cords have no place at most event venue's - schools OK.)
The spandex requires no special treatment (No holes/no sewing) - just buy it and clamp it!
To dress the frame (and hide the clamps) I used a valance at the top and curtains at the bottom.
Top is attached with Velcro.
(I also added Velcro to the small clamps used at the top.)
Just cut the black cloth to the size you need for the valance/curtain and hem it. Considering you probably will want to iron it, you can use "Stitch Witchery" for the hems.
(The only thing you'll need to sew are the Velcro strips.)
The Bottom curtain is attached with a 2nd telescopic painters pole (or tubing) and sits on top of the handles of the larger clamps.
(Add a screw, duct tape or ? to the clamps to secure the pole in place.)
The valance/curtain can be theme or holiday oriented.
(ex. red/green for Christmas w/garland, orange & black for Halloween, etc.)
The whole thing fits into two small bags. :)

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