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Tekamaki a d3 Studio

d3 Technologies are pleased to announce San Carlos based rental and staging company Tekamaki have signed up to become the latest d3 Studio. With a client base ranging from NASA to Nintendo and Electronic Arts to Google, Tekamaki profiles as a high-end technical service provider with deep roots in display technology and an extremely knowledgeable staff.

smallTekamaki’s capabilities range from concept development through process management, project design and staging. A small, flexible company with decades of industry experience between its team members, Tekamaki’s focus has always been on teamwork, talent, innovation and the latest in display and media technology to help their clients successfully communicate their message. Tekamaki used d3 systems on the September 2012 DreamForce event for Salesforce.com, which saw the entire San Francisco City Hall mapped up for a one-off performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Based in San Carlos, California, Tekamaki team members include Matt Ward (co-founder of Element Labs), Joe Conway, Ron Machado, Robert Loney and Christopher Burdett.

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QED projectionmaps BBC Comic Relief- RED Nose Day

Check out this massive work from QED. They were contracted to projectionmap the stage for the BBC broadcast of “Funny for Money”, a huge fundraiser put on by Red Nose Day to help people in need.
From their press release:

QED Productions successfully delivered ground-breaking video mapping and stage lighting integration for Comic Relief’s seven-hour television broadcast on BBC One, by using nineteen high-brightness Christie 3-chip DLP projectors.

According to QED Director Paul Wigfield “not only was this was the most challenging indoor projection mapping ever attempted but also the entire rig had to be installed in just one day”. (more…)

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John Ensor Parker Talks TEDx and Projection

TED talks are all the rage- and this one made my Monday! John Ensor Parker is a projection artist who recently did CODEX Dynamic at the DUMBO Artsfest. His work is pretty fascinating and this video gives just a little glimpse into the process behind making a large-scale work like CODEX happen. Yeah, yeah…we all know it takes servers and projectors and lots of cable- but John emphasizes the importance of knowing where our medium came from….we owe a lot to the past. Check out the article previously on PF HERE. Many thanks John!

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An Inquiring Age

I thought I’d post a piece that was sent to me by John Ensor Parker, co curator of the incredible Codex Dynamic recently staged at the DUMBO Arts festival. Some technical details of “An Inquiring Age” will follow (this was a massive install made possible in part by Worldstage and Nationwide Video featuring the d3 media servers), but for now, just dig the video!

Thanks John!

An Inquiring Age-SHORT from John Ensor Parker on Vimeo.

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Codex Dynamic at DUMBO Arts 2012

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DUMBO Arts Fest 2012 kicked into high gear with the side and underside of the Manhattan Bridge projectionmapped with “Codex Dynamic”, a work curated by Leo Kuelbs and John Ensor Parker. Two site-specific, large-scale, mapped projections rotated with a selection of single-channel video artworks by internationally renowned video artists. The exhibition seeks to conjure artistic inquiry relating to the subjectivity of space, time and the effect they have on our perceived reality. The DUMBO Arts Festival is a three day celebration of arts, music, and performance that takes place “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpasses” every year with world-renowned artists displaying everything from painting to video to dance and music.
Of course, we’re particular to the video aspect (more…)

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LDI Week

It’s LDI Week! I am supremely bummed out that I won’t be attending this year. All indicators pointed towards going, but alas, the vagaries of life intervened (money, kids, kids….did I mention kids?). While not projection oriented, LDI has morphed into the largest show of it’s kind and projection is quite dominant nowadays. It seems the lampies have ‘seen the light’- way back when someone suggested ‘it’ll all be video one day’…..well, the rest is history. Every major manufacturer has a presence and there are a TON of projection-related classes, seminars, certification trainings, and general jaw-dropping displays of projection wonder……plus it’s in Vegas! Since it’s LDI week, that means the LD will be away and guess who gets to play squint for the next week-and-a-half? You guessed it. Me. Projectionfreak will be ‘EverythingElectricFreak’. Having been in the ranks for quite a few years before jumping ship to video, I actually kind of like being an LD (if only for a little while). You really do have to think a LOT about a LOT. Projection has almost become too easy in some respects and having to wrangle a piece-meal, older lighting rig in a 50-year-old theatre has it’s challenges!

-Look for new products from Analog Way- the Pulse PLS300, Pulse is a 10-input multi-layer hi-resolution mixer/seamless switcher and dual scaler that is suitable for large-screen applications. The unit is capable of displaying up to two live sources, with many live effects including keying and PIP animation. Inputs include two DVI, six universal analog, and two 3G/HD/SD-SDI for SDTV, EDTV, HDTV, and computer formats up to 2K, with full digital in/out processing. Outputs include two analog and digital (main and preview) for computer formats up to 2K, RGBHV, DVI, and HDTV. Having just reviewed an Analog Way switcher, this looks promising! My review of the Eikos will be up on the site this week! Keep an eye out for it…..

-From our good friends at d3 Technologies, The d3 technologies’ d3 integrated production toolkit for video production professionals is now available in a new version, R10. This new release contains all-new projection simulation tools. Auto-calibration headlines these with reduction (up to 75%) in projection setup time and higher accuracy. Keystoning and manual warping are eliminated, allowing much larger projection setups in shorter time frames. Other new features include: Luma and Chroma Key, 8K content, 1080p capture, OSC/DMX/Art-Net input, new visual effects, KiNet support, and increased third party equipment support. I have d3 Designer and as soon as I can fully grasp it’s ridiculous power, I might do a write-up on it……

-From Green Hippo, Version 3.2 of Geen Hippo’s Hippotizer brings improvement to the functionality and user-interface of the media servers. A new Interlayer Crossfade Engine allows for timed or auto crossfading between media or parameters on any layer. Preview of “next media clip” simplifies cueing. The Region Mapper enhances point-and-click functionality, with the ability to create 3D objects without point dragging. Additional features include MA Net2 implementation, Genlock HD with monitor preview, timecode control of media layers without timelines, WatchFolders, direct peer-to-peer uploading, and simultaneous syntax creation and media labeling while copying directly into Media Bank and position. The Advanced Preset Manager allows creation of presets internally and recall without external control source, while MultiSelect allows control of any number of layers at once.

-From coolux, Pandoras Box Version 5.3 media system from coolux delivers media control, playback, warping, blending, show control, interaction, broadcast multi-track audio, and media storage across a wide range of solutions. The ability to absolutely synchronize and composite in realtime large numbers of video, live inputs, and media assets onto any shape screen or surface, with complete control of all parameters from almost any interface allows for screens and surfaces of any size, stationary or moving. This show control solution interfaces to almost any external system via coolux Widget Designer PRO, DMX, SMPTE, TCP/UDP, MIDI Show, WiFi, iPad, iPhone, Web Control, MIDI, projectors, or LED. The latest Pandoras Box version also features the new uncompressed playback SSD Editions.

-From Gerriets, XL Front is a front-projection surface from Gerriets available in extremely large dimensions with no seams. It would be possible to have a seamless screen 328′ wide by 14’8″ high. An opaque backing makes the projection screen suitable for situations where it is essential to have no light bleed-through. Designed for video and HDTV format applications, it is also appropriate for theatre, studio, trade shows, and events. It is also available as XL Rear projection screen.

-From Arkaos, The ArKaos Stage Server, distributed by A.C. Lighting, offers two full HD outputs combined with the ArKaos engine to produce smooth visuals that can be programmed and played from any DMX lighting console. Engineered to ensure rugged reliability and designed for quick setup, the server ships with MediaMaster Express and a library of high-quality digital media from some of the world’s best visual content providers. The fast recovery system by Acronis allows for reset of the server from the boot menu.

-Tait Technologies, Tait developed the Pixel Tablet to form the backbone of landscape video. It is a 3″x3″ RGB unit (135mmx135mm) weighing less than 1.1 lb (.5 kg), and each unit can be handheld by members of the audience, placed in holders adaptable to any environment, or mounted on a netting system to allow coverage of any landscape or architectural façade. Tait recently manufactured 70,500 Pixel Tablets for London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies, where the tablets were placed in holders on every seat in the Olympic stadium, allowing the entire stadium to become the world’s largest video screen to date, while incorporating the audience into the screen and the show itself. The units are CE- and EMC-compliant and IP65-rated.

And there’s a boatload more…..make sure to visit LDIShow.com to see the craziness….there’s going to be a lot of info coming out of this show so stay tuned!

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d3 User Guide is Here!!!

Allright people. No excuses for a glitched show. No stray pixel overlaps. No crappy cuts. They’re giving you this extensive, exhaustive user guide for heaven’s sake. If you devour manuals like I do, then rejoice! But strap in….it’s a loooong ride!

Of particular interest is the ‘Hardware Setup’ and ‘Installing’ sections. Read’em. Learn’em. Live’em.

And if the manual is a little boggling for you, they always have training in person at their UK facilities.

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d3 at the Diamond Jubilee

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We see a lot of palaces getting projected onto these days, but when you get to project onto THE palace- Buckingham, that is, it’s a big deal. d3 Technologies was out in full force with Sam Pattinson (yes- of U2 and Elton John fame…) for the Diamond Jubilee last week and did a massive mapping onto the facade of Buckingham Palace as the highlight of the festivities. The event featured such celebrity acts as Kylie, Robbie Williams, Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John, Madness and Sir Paul McCartney. A full detail of the event and breakdown of the gear is available at their website, but here’s an excerpt: (more…)

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Behind the Scenes with Senovva at UMF

We got a peek at a great mapping done by Senovva for Red bull at UMC a couple of weeks back, and here’s a look behind-the-scenes. They used 12 Barco FLM 20′s and a d3 rig from d3 Technologies. And you thought shooting the side of a building was easy, although the pros from Senovva and Integrated Visions make it look that way! Check IVP’s input for the RB event HERE.

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d3 Technologies Dreams Big…

Artisan, part of UVA, used d3 to map, simulate and output content onto sculptural LED tunnels for USA telecom company Sprint’s new cinema announcement. It’s a great peek into what it takes to shoot a quality product. David Bajt and Luke Malcolm give some insight into the process….and I guess since I’m a Sprint user- at least I know my money is going towards something a little more than person’s pocket. Plus- who doesn’t love the sight of a crazy-huge jib poking a room chock full of technology with a pricey camera on the end? Keep an eye out for the super-fine Barco NX series LED panels……Check out the “making of” video and their press release:

May 29, 2012 – If your phone could truly “sleep,” what would it dream? A new interactive on-screen cinema experience created by Sprint in partnership with “Team Sprint” encourages moviegoers to turn off their mobile device in exchange for a custom mobile phone “dream”. More than 1,000 NCM Movie Theaters will show the experience on nearly 18,000 screens as part of Sprint’s courtesy-message sponsorship that asks moviegoers to turn off their phones prior to the start of a movie. Artisan, the new sister division of UK based design company United Visual Artists, was taken on board (more…)

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