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Mapping a Supercar? Use a Hippo!

You know we like carmappings- especially when they involve concept racecars! During the 2012 Toyota motorsports program – which includes four races at different locations around Thailand – Toyota organized various events centered around and complementing the actual races and paddock. ‘Theatre shows’ and other delights provided entertainment for all those visiting the tracks. One such show was the “Toyota 86 3D Mapping Theatre” which ran every 15 mins between the hours of 9am and 6pm. Hippotizer HD and HippoCritter units (more…)

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Dolby Theatre’s Brave New Technology

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The Dolby Theatre, home to Cirque’s IRIS and the Oscars, is getting a couple of major technology upgrades. First is a configuration of two Christie Digital projectors stacked vertically using the new Christie Duo, an integration kit specially designed to optimize 3D and other special effects on the largest screens, and second is the new Dolby Atmos sound rig. Get your popcorn and candy- I want to see a movie!!! (more…)

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infoComm12 presents some issues….

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I picked a heck of a week to go on vacation. infoComm2012 is in full swing at the Las Vegas Convention Center and although I had all kinds of chances to go and meet up with some great folks, they had to play second to my family! BUT- all of my extended family are showing off some great stuff at the show. What are the issues? Which one to buy of course….and there’s the fact that if you attend the show, how does one keep one’s head from exploding whilst on the show floor? Let’s see…..Las Vegas (check), high end electronics (check), massive, mind-blowing projection offerings (check), ummmmm. Can’t really come up with any negatives. Read on: (more…)

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Knifedge’s WNO Design of La Boheme

Nina Dunn is back in the Projectionfreak spotlight again, this time with a design for the Welsh National Opera’s production of La Boheme. Nina recently had a hand in the English National Opera’s ‘Flying Dutchman’ as well as ‘Aida’ at the Royal Albert Hall. From their press release:

Creative agency Knifedge hands WNO a “digital paintbrush” with consultancy, design & training

Welsh National Opera (WNO) raised the curtain on a new touring production of La bohème on the 1st of June, featuring projection design by Knifedge with a state of the art projection rig the creative agency has helped specify for the opera company.

Knifedge projection designer, Nina Dunn, and visual engineer, Sam Hunt, have spent the past year consulting with WNO to devise and commission the new projection system. The brief made it clear that the new system would need to be purchased on a finite investment budget, be suitable for touring shows and be, as far as possible, future-proofed. Whilst advising on the new rig, Dunn has also been working with La bohème director, Annabel Arden, and designer, Stephen Brimson-Lewis to design projections for Puccini’s spectacular opera, which will be the first production to showcase the system.

Billed as “the greatest love story ever sung” and set in Edwardian Paris, this production of La bohème demands sensitive projection designs that support the narrative and embellish the elegant simplicity of the set. Dunn worked closely with lighting designer, Tim Mitchell, during technical rehearsals to ensure that the projections work with the performance to enhance the audience experience.


From a technical perspective the new rig consists of 3 Panasonic PT-DW730 7,000 Lumen projectors with a range of lenses and a Catalyst rack with built-in backup system. Knifedge has also provided training, alongside chosen suppliers SSS and SNP, to ensure that the lighting crew will be able to use the system with confidence both at their home at Wales Millennium Centre as well as on an 8 week tour.

“This puts WNO at the forefront of a new flourishing era of digitally aided production design. As an agency, our focus is always to enhance a production, not to fragment it with projections that create a barrier between narratives, lighting and set design,” says Dunn. The new versatile projection system means that WNO can work with video projections in mind from the outset of a project without adding equipment costs to the touring production budget. This alongside the training makes it feel like we’re handing the company a digital paintbrush, which can be used to add a whole new dimension to the already well-conceived and highly acclaimed productions.”

Richard Norton, WNO Production Manager, says, “Working with Nina Dunn to source equipment and execute their design has been a smooth and hassle free process. Adding another layer of technology to our new production of La bohème could have made the Stage Rehearsals very stressful however Nina and Sam were self contained and worked around all the other Technical Departments. I think that we are all proud of what has been achieved. Collaboration has been the key. The results are outstanding.”

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MIDASpaces presents CODES

From our colleagues at MIDASpaces comes a call for support. They are hoping to put together a new piece entitled CODES for the Absolut Fringe 2012. You’ll recall MIDASpaces from a previous post- the Dublin based collective now needs our help to fund their latest endeavor, CODES. Gifts for funding can be made at :fund:it.ie and there are a number of levels with corresponding gifts. Knowing the expense of our little corner of the arts world, I can appreciate their need for some decent funding. Let’s help them get off to a good start and see what comes out of it!

From their Fund It page:
“We are now looking to go beyond our initial prototype for a new unique, experimental and visceral visual performance piece entitled CODES as part of the ABSOLUT Fringe 2012. Working with the MIDASpaces team are choreographers Tom O’Donnell (as seen in the FUNDIT promo) and Emma O’Kane as well as dancers Roisin A. Laffan and Alina Ortenburger. Working collaboratively, CODES will challenge how far we can take digital augmentation within a dance and live music performance.

Combining light projection, interactive audio and visual design CODES is a groundbreaking performance to be presented this coming autumn but we need your support! Aside from the typical costs of creating a show, we require high powered projectors. various other pieces of technology (some bought, some made, some hacked together by our team), for rehearsals, to feed our wonderful dancers and to make the show happen! ”

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Indianapolis Opera Projectionmapping Faust

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For the first time in the Indianapolis Opera’s history, projectionmapping is playing center stage. The past few seasons have seen projection playing a larger role in the repertoire, but this is the first time mapping has had a role. Gounod’s Faust, directed and designed by Joachim Schamberger, tells the tale of an aging scholar who trades his time in hell for earthly pleasures he’s missed out on. Schamberger, who’s previous projection designs were Tosca and Das Rheingold, has stepped up the projection role to a much higher level. I can’t tell you much about the actual opera itself, but I can tell you about the technical end:


For Faust, Joachim had 7 panels built (McGuire Scenic), various widths at 24′ high, that move on traveller tracks thus dividing the space into multiple planes. The panels are skinned in bright white and make absolutely pristine projection surfaces. In order to get the right perspective for sizing, he first used a camera view from the projection booth in Vectorworks to create the various scenes with line drawings. This gave a pretty good approximation of the angles, height, and space to be projected on. He then set about compiling the projection playback materiel using Photoshop and Final Cut. The resulting footage was then rendered in Final Cut at HDV 1920×1080 MPEG2. This presented a slight codec/bandwidth problem because the plan was to use VDMX and Syphon through Madmapper in order to size the scenes accurately. HDV and Mpeg2 are not the most friendly codec for playback through any software based system and the Radeon 2600HD cards in the trusty OctoMacPro were a bit under the task. Instead, I re-rendered the content, pared down the length of most of the clips, and packaged them all in PJPEG Quicktime movies. We ultimately decided on using Modul8 because of it’s extreme ease of clip organization, playback capabilities, and tight integration with Madmapper. All the content is played back via a FW800 1TB RAID 0. Viola- nary a burp in speed or smoothness. Because of the overall linearity of the set pieces, Madmapper proved to be invaluable. Joachim came up with a few templates of primitives that could be applied to many scenes and using presets, we were able to match the pieces exactly as seen in perspective. I used a Macbook Pro 17″ (quad i7, 16gb RAM), fed into an ImagePro, which fed a DVI DA and finally two DPI Lightning 35hd’s. The resultant image quality and brightness was astounding from 135′. Lensing provided by the good folks at Nationwide (thanks James!).

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Projections of the Imagination in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman

A powerful new production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman by English National Opera (ENO) has opened in London with projection design by Nina Dunn of creative agency Knifedge.

Running at The Coliseum until 23 May 2012, ENO’s new production of Wagner’s early opera is directed by Jonathan Kent and designed by Paul Brown.

Knifedge’s video projections play an important narrative role throughout the production, revealing the tale of the The Dutchman to be a recurring figment of the main character’s imagination.

In a dramatic overture, the audience sees a child in bed at the heart of a dark and wild storm, surrounded by the crashing waves of the storybook she clutches. This sets up the director’s concept of the progression from a child’s reality through a woman’s fantasy to a final obsession.


In creating her projections, Dunn worked closely with lighting designer Mark Henderson to achieve the right balance of intensity, colour and mood.

From a technical perspective, the kit consisted of 6 Panasonic projectors, 12 on-stage video monitors, 3 Catalyst Media servers and a Hog lighting desk.

Nina Dunn, Video & Projection Designer at Knifedge, comments: “One of the challenges I faced was keeping pace with the Orchestra. With the complicated content sequences, it’s all about hitting certain cue points so that music and imagery are symbiotic. But such was the energy that Conductor Ed Gardner invested into the music for this production, I had to rework several of my original sequences to keep pace.”

Knifedge is one of the UK’s leading projection design companies, serving corporate, broadcast, sports, music and charity markets as well as the arts. Other recent theatrical productions have included The Phantom of the Opera Tour, Pippin, AIDA, Backbeat, Emperor & Galilean and Cleopatra.

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The Projection Studio Goes for a World Record

Ross Ashton’s Projection Studio went for yet another record-breaking project on the face of Buckingham Palace last week. Although kind of an obscure record, there’s nothing obscure about Ashton’s work. The ‘Face Britain’ project culminated in a mass projection on the front of the Palace featuring portraits of the Queen submitted by children. Creative Technology supplied 24 Barco and Panasonic 18k/20k projectors and the whole thing was run on a Dataton Watchout. From the Projection Studio’s website: (more…)

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Doug Aitken SONG 1 at the Hirshhorn


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For nearly eight weeks this spring, internationally renowned artist Doug Aitken (American, b. Redondo Beach, Calif., 1968; lives and works in Los Angeles and New York) illuminated the façade of the Hirshhorn’s iconic cylindrical building by completely covering it with moving images, accompanying them with an original soundscape. Using 11 high-definition video projectors and media servers (Christies, provided by WorldStage- natch…), Aitken seamlessly blended imagery to envelop the museum’s exterior, creating a work that redefines cinematic space. A bold commission that will enter the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection, “SONG 1” (2012) will enhance the museum’s ever-expanding holdings of cutting-edge moving-image art. Between sunset and midnight from March 22 to May 13, visitors to the National Mall witnessed the first-ever work of 360-degree cinema to be presented in a continuous cylindrical format, unfolded on a monumental scale across the concrete façade. (more…)

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Visual Drugstore to Map for Intel Again

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Due to last year’s success of the Intel Visibly Smart Experience 2011 (Dresden, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg), Intel has decided to collaborate again with the Visual Drugstore to promote the new 2012 Intel Ultrabook 3D-Tour. With 8 locations in total, the premiere will take place in Hamburg starting at 22:00 on 28.04.2012,where renowned visual artist Markos Aristides Kern will map the Internationales Maritimes Museum, with visuals revolving around the theme of the Titantic. Many more new and unique visuals to top the the 2011 Intel tour. Accompanying Kern again will be popular DJ Boris Dlugosch providing an hour of the best audio visual live performance there is to offer. The following video shows some great highlights of last year’s adventure in mapping. (more…)

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Electrosonic Installs Versatile AV Technology at the University of Salford’s New MediaCityUK Development

London (March 27, 2012) – When the University of Salford opened its state-of-the-art digital learning, teaching and research space at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, it incorporated a flexible audio-visual system that can be customised and utilised in a number of creative ways to inform, educate and entertain students and visitors about the University’s current and future projects.

The original technical design was prepared by The Centre for Virtual Environments at the University of Salford, and Electrosonic was awarded the contract to engineer and install the complete system, working directly for the University.

MediaCityUK, which is home to over 1,500 students, acts as a creative space designed to encourage creativity, innovation and collaboration between academics, students, professionals and the industry.

The new entrance area of the building is an elliptical space aptly called the Egg, and is described as “a publicly accessible digital interactive showcase for visitors and students alike”. This open public place, designed to support MediaCityUK’s ethos of collaboration, (more…)

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3D in the Darkroom

Motion graphics house The Darkroom (PF article on Glastonbury) were commissioned for the Sunburn festival in Goa by Percept D’mark to come up with a stage design and and perform live video mapping on it over 3 nights. The result was aptly named the “Cubezoid Stage” and by the end of the festival was voted by the public as the best stage at the festival. On the final night 20,000 pairs of 3D glasses were distributed to the punters and the the first 20 minutes of Axwell’s set was projected in 3D.

3 HD projectors, 3 Arena Media servers, a whole bunch of 3d! (Speaking of Arena, here’s a review I did for PLSN….) and make sure to check out their website for some pretty good examples of their work…

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UVA’s High Arctic

United Visual Artist’s puts out some fantastic work. One only has to look at Origin and Coachella to realize that they are pretty much at the cutting edge of blended technologies. I came across their piece “High Arctic” recently and had to show it off. This was from an install at the National Maritime Museum in the UK (man there are some really great installs that happen there…) that ran from July until this past January.

The installation is based on UVA Creative Director Matt Clark’s Cape Farewell expedition to Svalbard which he took with Nick Drake in September 2010 and fragments (more…)

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Utah’s Megaplex outfits with Christie

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More and more theater complexes are switching to digital as the new standard, and Christie Digital isn’t wasting any time getting their products in the door. And for good reasons- brightness, image quality, and ROI. Here’s a quip from their press release announcing Megaplex’s upgrades:

Christie, a global leader in visual display technology, is providing the 4K DLP Cinema projection solution at a new screen at the Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons, which debuts March 15 with VIP seating, table service and full reclining chairs as part of Megaplex’s transition to complete digital projection throughout its chain. Megaplex, a leading independent cinema chain in Utah, is converting all of its screens to digital projection, drawing from the Christie Solaria™ Series. The new projectors, (more…)

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DPI offers a new Titan


Digital Projection has revealed an addition to the TITAN projector line with the new, 12,000 lumen TITAN 800-3D series. Incredibly compact for its lumen performance, the TITAN 800 platform incorporates DPI’s advanced image Warp and Blend capabilities, available 3D capability and a host of professional features to suit almost any commercial or staging application imaginable. The TITAN 800 platform is available in 1080p, WUXGA and SX+ native resolutions, and joins DPI’s already robust commercial AV product lineup, which now incorporates over 30, 3D capable precision displays. The TITAN 800 will commence shipping in Q2, 2012 and carries an MSRP range between $59,995 and $79,995, depending on the resolution.

Delivering 12,000 lumens of dazzling brightness, the new TITAN 800 projectors reveal powerful 3-chip DLP® performance available in an incredibly compact chassis. Utilizing DPI’s new, advanced electronics, (more…)

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Knifedge takes a slice at Aida at the RAH

London-based creative agency Knifedge has produced a set of dramatic theatrical projections to act as the backdrop to a major new production of Verdi’s Aida at The Royal Albert Hall. Knifedge’s latest visual effects paint evocative pictures of Ancient Egypt onto huge curved gauzes, stretching around almost a quarter of the venue. The agency has worked closely with set designer Isabella Bywater and lighting designer Andrew Bridge to blend its imagery into the overall design of the show. From a technical stand point, the rig consists of six 20K projections, driven by a Catalyst media server and run from a Hog lighting desk.


photo credits Paul Sanders

Nina Dunn, Knifedge’s lead projection designer for this show, comments: “From the outset, Isabella Bywater gave us a strong vision of what she was looking for from our projections, which provide half of the entire scenic design for this show. With the help of Knifedge designers Louise Rhodes-Brown and Ilyas Khad, we’ve used a rich combination of photographic imagery, 3D renders, 2D drawings, animation and filmic effects to create the scene-setting projections.”
Dunn continues: “One of the challenges was to ensure that the scale and composition of the images was appropriate for the size of the venue. When projecting the inside of a temple, for example, we wanted the audience to feel like they are actually inside that temple, not simply looking at an image of it. We also knew that technical rehearsal time in the Royal Albert Hall would be at a premium, so we designed a solution which could be pre-programmed in advance, minimising set-up time for such complex image constructions.”

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HES DLV

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It looks like High End Systems has upped the digital light category once again with the introduction of the DLV. High End revolutionized the “digital light” market way-back-when with the intro of the DL1….wait, the Catalyst orbital head….wait, …the Catalyst Media server…The DL3, the Axon media server, jeez! It’s amazing when you consider what they’ve brought to the table. Here’s the official lingo on their latest baby: (more…)

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Karolina Sobrecka “It’s You”

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One of the great things about running Projectionfreak is that I get to connect to all kinds of creative minds in the world of technology. Recently I ran a few pieces that utilized the work of Flightphase-their installation of a huge, interactive video wall at the University of Dayton, and an interactive museum exhibit at the National Maritime Museum in the UK.

Karolina Sobrecka, Creative Director of Flightphase, gets to do some pretty amazing projects and her solo work looks (more…)

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Projectiondesign Ships a Big Install

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Rugged, reliable and realistic, with low total cost of ownership; these were the projector requirements and deliverables of the huge projectiondesign upgrade of the two simulation bridges at the Marine Training Centre in Singapore.

Swire Marine Training Centre in Singapore, operated by Swire Pacific Offshore, is the first facility of its kind in Asia. Swire’s Marine Training Centre has the ability to fully simulate the working environment of an (more…)

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DPI Lightning 45sx+ Lights An Entire Arena

OK….not the whole thing…but it’s pretty damn bright in there. The pre-game and intermission display at Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks, got a make-over this year that includes four DPI Lightning 45sx+ projectors and Green Hippo media servers. I’ve always thought that arena’s should trick out their team intro’s and halftimes. I mean, the mascot shooting baskets and “shoot-the-puck” contests just don’t cut it any more.


There are also lightweight scrims that come down from the rafters in the for corners of the ice so it really opens the dimensionality of the show. The displays are split into segments by a Datapath X4 video wall processor, creating a 200-foot by 80-foot image on the ice. The DPI Lightning 45 sx+ packs a walloping 30,000 lumen punch with a contrast ratio of 1800:1. It also has an Intelligent Lens Mount (ILM) system that allows up to 10 different presets for lens settings (zoom, focus, shift) that can be recalled automatically. I own 2 of the 35hd’s and I can tell you, these are not your typical PJ’s- they’re big and super bright and it looks like they’ve accomplished their mission for the Canucks.

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DWP + LMG= SB46 Video Wizardry

I had almost written off the Super Bowl as the one without any major projection. Given the rise in popularity of large scale projection over the last couple of years, I figured there would be a ton. Then celebrity gossip site TMZ ‘leaked’ a few renderings of the stage and production and I knew something was up. It turns out I only had to wait until the famed halftime performance to get a fix. Video equipment rental giant LMG teamed up with DWP Live to supply projection and LED technology for a record-breaking halftime show that surpassed everyone’s expectations. Danny Whetstone of DWP Live was kind enough to provide some details after the NDA expired…. (more…)

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Luminous Field by Luftwerk

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Luftwerk gets to project on some pretty amazing architecture and sculpture and now they get to project (well, reflect) on another iconic piece – Millenium Park in Chicago with Anish Kapoors ‘Cloud Gate’. Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero are a duo from Chicago who have done (more…)

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Voyagers at the National Maritime Museum

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I posted a while back on Electrosonic’s involvement with the installation of the AV system at the National Maritime Museum, but I dug a little deeper and found the artists responsible. The Light Surgeons, a multimedia collective based in East London and founded by Christopher Thomas Allen, collaborated with media artist James George to create a one-of-a-kind immersive work called Voyager. The Voyagers Gallery acts as an introduction to the extraordinary depth and range of the Museum’s collections and is dominated by a 20 metre wave-like structure that stretches the full length of the room. Designed by exhibition designers Real Studio, this 3D wave is (more…)

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NYX Visual Label Raves on for Cracki

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a warehouse party so I was glad when NYX Visual Label sent the following vid. In collaboration with graphic designer Flab Bakayaro, they were able to transform a warehouse into a release party for Cracki Records, complete with a futuristic, freaky-bold 2D wall painting that they mapped using Madmapper and Modul8. Nice work!

Check out a previous project from NYX on PF, using Madmapper to map Cloud, a 3D structure.

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