Software-based control

3-Sweep FTW?

Software so easy, it removes all artistic skill….

I know, there are a lot of people that this new piece of software will piss off.

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Touch In-N-Out Meetup in Brooklyn this Friday!

For you Touchdesigner followers, Touch In-N-Out Meetup is in Brooklyn this Friday Sept. 6th. Dev Harlan and Barry Threw will be on hand to discuss their work with Touchdesigner and give attendees a rare glimpse into the world of this great piece of software and it’s influence on the industry. Head over to TouchIn NYC to RSVP and get directions. If you’re anywhere near the Eastern Seaboard and want to attend an incredible session- this would be the one!

Rumor has it there will be a live stream, so stay tuned- I’ll post a link if one becomes available.

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Marshmallow Laser Feast has Frickin’ Lasers!

Check out this recent vid from the venerable Memo Akten of Marshmallow Laser Feast. Just some tests with realtime interactive lasers (this time a 4W RGB, 90Kpps), finger tracking, ilda, etherdream dac, leapmotion, openframeworks, ofxEtherdream, ofxIlda, ofxLeapMotion and a DJI Fantom thrown in for good measure.

I’ve played with a Leap…it’s veeeerrryyy promising! Nothing beyond the developer stages just yet, but this takes it to a whole new level! Nice work Memo!

realtime interactive laser ILDA tests from Marshmallow Laser Feast on Vimeo.

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GraphicsEmotion

This business is full of deadlines and we all hate them. For some of us it’s more Love/Hate (I personally love tight deadlines…makes you feel alive). The following video shows a rather hectic deadline that Montreal-based GraphicsEmotion dealt with around Coachella time. Next time you have a deadline, remember what it must be like for a bunch of people to have that same deadline, and what it took to get to the end! We’ll look at some more great stuff from Julien Abril and the team at GEM in the very near future……

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Illumifeet

When I was a kid growing up on the West Coast, the hot ticket in shoes was to own a pair of Vans. They ultimately became the de-facto skate/surf/grunge wear shoe-of-choice when they came out with the slip-on version (still are AFAIK). VSOThe beauty of Vans at that point (early 80′s) was that they were still quite boutique and you could pick and choose different colors/fabrics for the various designs they had. If you were reeeaallllly cool, you could take (as I did) your own fabric in and have them make a pair for you.

Fast forward 30 years and you get the following. (more…)

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Lightbox from NYX Visual

NYX Visual Label has done some pretty impressive work in the last year, and they’ve expanded their studio offerings with NYX Atelier, focusing on the design and production of permanent digital art installs and light devices for private and public clients in Europe. Louis de Castro tells me “LIGHTBOX is a semi-modular, custom build LED ceiling that was designed by NYX Atelier for the reopening of Paris underground music venue “Panic Room” in January 2013. LIGHTBOX was developed by NYX Atelier nyx-atelieralong with Vincent Coutelin, our technical director, and Romain Belloche, our light designer, both overseeing the fabrication and visual programming aspects of the installation.


Thanks to Vincent we had the chance to travel to Shenzhen, China to purchase all the parts and electronics required but also to visit the fantastic factories and suppliers that now allow us to be more flexible than ever on the products and technologies we decide to use on each project.

LIGHTBOX from NYX Visual Label on Vimeo.


The development of the installation also featured a fullfiling partnership with young French company, Chromateq, that supplied us with the DMX controllers and LED Player Software offering great control and customization on a simple package.
Not having the possibility budget wise to create a completely new designed software and controller we turned to them for providing a complete solution that would allow us to concentrate on the design, technical sourcing and fabrication but also provide great tools for developing rich content following the artistic vision for the piece.”

Make sure to check out NYX on their site as well as other projects that have been featured here on Projectionfreak.

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Castle Nightclub Gets a Rig from DCBolt Productions

Devin Wambolt over at DCBolt Productions gave me the heads-up on this crazy nightclub install they just completed. The club is Castle Nightclub in Chicago and they premiered the system for a huge NYE bash this year. Devin reports: “We are using three different types of LED’s in this system, (aside from the house lights) LED panels, LED strips, and LED modules. Our LED strips are (32x) SMD5050 LED pixels per meter, our Modules are (5x) SMD5050 LEDs per pixel, the LED panels are 6 millimeter pitch SMD2835 LED pixels. The led strips and modules are run by MADRIX Ultimate for real-time dynamic playback. The LED panel screens are being driven by a custom configured Resolume Arena setup.

The projectionmapping is set to run on a separate machine and is driven by Resolume Arena. The custom graphics for the set were generated using a variety of programs such as maya, softimage, houdini, cinema 4d, and after effects. The house lighting is also new and is a combination of elation and chauvet moving fixtures, and some motion graphic lasers. These elements can function alone, but are also integrated into the system. (They’re) using a Barco HDX W-18 for the main projection. The Projector’s being fed standard 1920×1200 digital HD video signal with the LED Strips & Modules being controlled over a vast DMX POE Artnet network.The LED Panels are communicating via their own proprietary language via POE network. The concept & design for the project was a collective effort amongst a small team of people. All of the technical aspects of installation and making it all come to fruition and work as a system however, was left entirely up to me.”

Some pretty impressive work, and I’ll be sure to check it out next time I’m in Chicago!

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Scotch and Soda Please!

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And here I thought that was just my favorite bar reply….

Netherlands-based media firm Circus Family combined forces with Jurlights and came up with this huge 360-degree projectionmapping at Gashouder Amsterdam. The gig was for Amsterdam Couture house, Scotch and Soda, for the launch of their 2013 line. Using four Hippo HD’s they were able to pipe content to ten Barco HD20′s mounted in a ring in the center. They used the ScreenWarp feature to cut the roundness and then threw in a couple of Hippo Critters with a 16×16 DVI matrix to finish it off. Technician Menno Broere tells me they didn’t even have to blend the projectors…just masked out some physical attributes. That’s how we like it- simple and clean. So many times this type of technology is ‘over done’ from the production side, so it’s nice to see people keeping to the oldest axiom in show biz- Keep It Simple Stupid.

Scotch&Soda - SS13 - 360° Projection from Circus Family on Vimeo.

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Seeper Arts Gets Festive on BBC

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Celebrate the holidays the Seeper way! The BBC invited the nation to celebrate the start of its 2012 Christmas Lights in a techno-driven finale at the closing of the One Show Live on BBC one. Clips taken from popular BBC programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who were reworked by seeper into a two- minute, three-dimensional BBC Christmas experience to kick- start the festive celebrations in a way not seen before. “Growing up in the UK the BBC has always been central to Christmas for me”, said seeper’s founder, Evan Grant. “It’s a pleasure to use such an iconic building as our canvas. This is a great opportunity to celebrate Christmas the seeper way.

They used five of the Barco HDQ-2K 40, Barco’s giant 3D-capable projector in a specially built FOH rig to blast through the infamous London fog. Units supplied by XL Video, natch. XL recently invested heavily in Barco’s latest super high brightness projectors and these were no doubt part of that batch. The proprietary “SeeperServer” was used for playback of media.

Seeper has done some pretty outstanding gigs in the last year, and you can read more here. By all means, have a look at their website- as well as their Vimeo channel. And for some great info on their process (as well as projectionmapping in general) check out this slide deck.

some great large-scale work!

BBC One Christmas Launch from seeper on Vimeo.

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Panoramic Room 2 from Dub Video Connection

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I came across a really great looking mapping project from Dub Video Connection recently. They are a multidisciplinary studio, based in Lisbon, Portugal, dedicated to multimedia arts and interactivities, since 1997. They are committed to develop ideas and projects in Film Direction and Production, Graphic and Motion Design, Visual Identities for artists and festivals, Video Mapping and 3D Visuals, Interactve Systems, Technical Implementation and Visuals Creation and Performance. Dub Video Connection uses its skills, allied with the most recent technology, to blend visual narratives and visual identities and bring them to the most demanding audiences.


DVC explains about the piece, Panoramic Room 2, “In this project we used two Panasonic DS100 projectors, 10k therefore, as you can see on the video.
For the playback we used Dataton Watchout and connected to another computer for the live drawing there was a member of the team drawing with total freedom using Alchemy over the whole projection. We can say that the biggest input on “hardware” was in fact the black tape on the wall, which gave to the image that amazing contrast that we can find in the medieval stained glass. Every line and surface was mapped and operated during the show, an audiovisual experience, with sound design and music to involve the audience in that specific environment (rain, birds, lightnings, etc). This live performance wasn’t a finished product, and in this very next weekend we’ll have a another one in the same place with the same environment, but with inputs, new visuals, contents and some narrative. This project was definitely implicated in the specific architecture of that space (House of Music, by dutch architect Rem Koolhaas). This project was created as an hostage of that space, as an experimental and paisagistic approach inviting everyone to sit down and enjoy the imaginary and surrealistic transfiguration of the room.”

Love the taped outlines!
Enjoy!

Panoramic Room 2.0 from Dub Video Connection on Vimeo.

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Mark Coniglio Wins World Technology Award 2012

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Congratulations to Mark Coniglio, creator of Isadora, for a WTA win! It’s hard to say how Izzy has affected me in my work- it’s the first app I used for video manipulation, and the one that kept me hooked- but it’s so much more than that. The Isadora user community is pretty unique. If you haven’t had a chance, check out Troikatronix and give it a whirl. Chances are it’ll change the way you work.

NEW YORK, October 23, 2012: The World Technology Network, in association with CNN, TIME, Technology Review, and Science, awarded composer and media artist Mark Coniglio the 2012 World Technology Award in the category of the Arts at a ceremony at the Time & Life Building in New York City.

The award recognizes “innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance.” Coniglio’s award in the arts category recognized his contribution as a composer, media artist and co-founder of the performance group Troika Ranch; as the creator of the interactive media-software Isadora; and for his contribution as a teacher who has shared his aesthetic vision and technical know-how through innumerable workshops across the globe.

Of his award, Coniglio said “I’m thrilled to receive this wonderful honor. I’ve spent my life exploring the intersection of art and media, trying to find ways to use computer technology to more deeply express the human experience. To have that journey acknowledged by the WTN is truly gratifying.” The new WTN Fellows and Corporate Members were officially inducted into the WTN membership during a gala ceremony at the Time & Life Building in New York City, where the winners were announced. The Awards gala occurred at the close of the World Technology Summit, a two-day “thought leadership” conference held in association with the WTN’s partner organizations.

The World Technology Awards have been presented by the WTN since 2000, as a way to honor those in 20 different categories of science and technology and related fields. The annual World Technology Awards nomination process is an intensive global one, lasting many months. The Award nominee pool this year of over 600 nominees came from three sources: names put forward by the WTN Fellows (winners and finalists from previous annual Award cycles in the individual Award categories); research by the WTN staff; and, to a lesser extent, from nominations from individuals and companies themselves.

The WTN is a curated membership community comprised of the world’s most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technology, and related fields. The WTN and its members – those creating the 21st century — are focused on exploring what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies.

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ScreenLab 0×02 Residency at MediaCityUK

Yikes! When do you ever get a chance to see the likes of Joanie Lemercier, Kyle McDonald, and Joel Gethin Lewis in the same room demonstrating real-time video artwork? At the ScreenLab Residency that’s where! Through the ScreenLab 0×02 residency, artists Kyle McDonald, Joanie Lemercier and Joel Gethin Lewis worked together with students and researchers at MediaCityUK and an advanced technology center on the main campus (Dig this place: The Centre for Visual Environments). It features the Octave, a truly astounding setup which is detailed HERE. Together they developed interactive artworks that provided a unique experience for each visitor by creating artificial worlds using sound and visuals that react to their movement.

The results of the residency were unveiled at a launch event on Wednesday 5 December which formed part of the University’s As Yet Impossible series of lectures, bringing together future thinkers to challenge audiences and give them a glimpse of how science and the arts can combine to shape the world. The really cool thing is that most of the work is openly available on Github- Here’s Kyle’s, Here’s Elliot Woods’ (curator and open source contributor to vvvv). The following is the Livestream broadcast (jump to :41-ish for the true start):

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Wilderbe- Projectionmapped Dance Troupe IndieGoGo Campaign

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Just got a note from Wilderbe, a dance troupe that uses projectionmapping techniques to enhance their performance. Looks like they are running an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for a projector purchase. Let’s see….projection, dance, performing arts+technology….how could we resist? Have a look at their showreel and campaign vid below and, if you’re so inclined, head over to there IndieGoGo page to throw’em a buck or two. As we all know, this business isn’t necessarily the cheapest and creation takes effort- financially and emotionally. Director Nova Han would be most appreciative.

“Wilderbe has already performed at 2 world class festivals as main stage acts, performed at a private event for Bob Pitman CEO of Clear Channel, as well as shared the stage with Alicia Keys and Katy Perry. Crowds and reviewers have expressed how immersed they became while watching Wilderbe’s theatrical performance synergize with technology. I am beyond impressed by their performances and completely agree that the show “changes people’s perceptions of reality”, “is surreal”, “avant-garde”, and “the future of entertainment.” Its the perfect media convergence that evokes a one of a kind visual-sensory experience. We are trying to fundraise to get two projectors and a screen so that our team can master this fusion between different mediums of art.”

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Pandora’s Box Update to 5.3

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Pandora’s Box is updated to 5.3 with Widget Designer to 4.0! What are you waiting for? Go HERE and get it!

Useful information about the new Pandoras Box Version 5.3:
- Please notice that the new handling of stock assets will create a folder “c:\coolux\content\stock assets” on your system. The Stock Assets installer file itself can be found right underneath the Pandoras Box Rev7832 file in the appropriate section in the download sector.
- Breakout panes
Right click on panes/tabs for possibility to breakout separate panes out of the main frame
- Matrix Patcher brushes
Create patch in new matrix patcher and save, drag .pbx file as asset and drop it on any(!) output, real time update via “update patch” in matrix patcher.
Select an output as preview and choose “select matrix mask” for matrix preview
- Image sequences
Right click on project, choose “create image sequence” and then attach or right click on folder in asset tree and choose “import as image sequence”
- Image converter, Transparency in mpeg-videos
The Image Converter is able to render a mpeg video from an image sequence. In version 5.3 it includes the feature to generate a black-and-white mask in addition to the main video. You may choose to include the b/w information side-by-side like, resulting in one video. In Pandoras Box, the Masking effect “Alpha Left Right” (respectively “Alpha Top Bottom”) separates the two videos again and renders them while applying a keying effect to the main video.This workflow leads to transparency (alpha channel) in mpg-videos and saves far more performance than other codec solutions.
- Widget device
Choose from “device types” and set the key for commands which are sent to the Widget Designer
- Content as interface: layer picking
With the feature “Layer Picking” in version 5.3, content interaction has gone one step further. It is now possible to recalculate the mouse position within the preview or even the client´s fullscreen window and thus recognize what layer is touched and where exactly on the layer the mouse is located. A layer has become a true interface.
- Network card selection
Select a defined network card in “configuration” for communication of master and clients (restart the application after selection).
In the matrix patcher you can choose another network card to send Art-Net data
- “Layer routing to render passes”
Lets you route layers to only specific outputs and gives you the possibility to reorder the “Video Processing Pipeline”
“Black level compensation”
Enables you to adjust the black level within softedge projections. From now on, layers can explicitly be set to be included or excluded by the first Pandoras Box render pass and thus be placed outside from the warp / keystone / softedge structure. This setting is available in the layer’s Inspector.
- Software Development Kit
There are new functions within the Pandoras Box SDK (PB Automation). Please refer to the help file chapter SDK that has been revised and now offers many examples and detailed description.
- Unlimited ASIO Tracks
The number of available ASIO Tracks has been increased. Unlimited audio tracks for synchronized audio playback, are available for:
- all Pandoras Box Server PRO versions
- Pandoras Box Manager PRO
- Pandoras Box Editor and
- Pandoras Box Offline Manager

Widget Designer 4.0 main changes:
- Web Server Integration
Pages can be published and can be controlled by all HTML-capable devices
STD: one page – one session
PRO: multiple pages – multiple sessions but all synchronized
ULT: multiple pages – multiple sessions
- Redesign GUI
- ActionScripts
A type of script that helps to directly execute certain types of commands.
- ScriptAssist
A script auto-completion feature that saves time during programming.
- Several new controls, commands, nodes and features
The Online User Manual on the coolux website has been updated to include the latest help file, which can be downloaded as a CHM file in the documentation section of the download center.

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ETC Audiovisuel for Orange

A technician sent me a link to this beautiful corporate gig for Orange done by ETC Audiovisuel. Utilizing ETC’s proprietary “Onlyview” software, they were able to do it with with a whopping 26 Christie 20k’s!

ORANGE / les innovations d’Orange racontées par Stéphane Richard from SUPERBIEN on Vimeo.

Client : Orange
Agency : Havas Event
Art Direction : Superbien
Sceneography : Vincent Coutelin
Production : Fighting Fish
Projection : ETC Audiovisuel
Music : StartRec

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Obscura Permanent Projectionmapping at the Hive

Projectionmapping artists Obscura recently installed a HUGE permanent projectionmapping rig for The Hive, a night club in Copenhagen. The decorations for the walls were modelled in SketchUp and transformed into flat shapes using the Pepakura Software. The different fragments were then laser cut in thick cardboard. Assembling the pieces wasn’t easy, but with patience and small nails, acrylic foam and other remedies they were put onto the wall and fastened.
They used six 4000 lumen Acer projectors for covering the two walls. They were mounted below the ceiling to cover 11 by 3 meters on each wall. The connections were made using HDMI cables. The longest stretch was approximately 15 meters – about the furthest you can go without amplification.
A Mac Pro with an ATI Radeon 5870 graphics card was connected to two TrippleHead2Go devices. On the machine, Madmapper handled the precise mapping of pre rendered graphics to the physical shapes. But apart from that we created a box with buttons that allows the employees to switch between the different prerecorded video loops. The box was created using an Arduino board that communicates with Max/MSP on the computer. Max/MSP handles the timing, fading and switching between modes and forwards a midi signal to MadMapper which then reacts by switching between between presets. Also it was a requirement that a VJ should be able to connect to the system. The VJ switches to a setting on the Arduino box and plugs in a DVI cable. This mode is handled by a Blackmagic capture card that forwards the VJ signal into Milumin. Here the VJ signal is adjusted to the dimensions of the walls (the signal is tiled and mirrored) and the output from Milumin is then via Syphon put into MadMapper.

So once again we see a prime example of how a little thought and ingenuity go a long way. Expensive components and complex gear need not be the purvey of video, mapping, or permanent installs, indeed- you can get some pretty astounding results with less. Nice work Obscura!

Permanent mapping installation at The Hive from Obscura on Vimeo.

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Electrosonic’s A/V Systems Expertise Showcased in Five Thea Award-Winning Projects

Electrosonic is pleased to announce that it has taken part in five projects that have captured Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Presented by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the Thea Awards recognize and honor excellence and breakthrough innovation in visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places.

The 19th annual Thea Awards will be presented April 6, 2013, at a gala dinner at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. TEA is an international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences.

Electrosonic played key roles in five very diverse Thea Award winners.

Working directly for Walt Disney Imagineering, Electrosonic performed the AV systems installation of the “Radiator Springs Racers” ride at Disney California Adventure Park. Winning in the Attraction category, the ride puts visitors in the driver’s seat for a thrilling race through the world of Disney-Pixar’s “Cars.”

Electrosonic’s close working relationship with Universal Studios has resulted in another award winning attraction. Electrosonic handled AV system design and integration for another winner in the Attraction category: “Transformers: The Ride 3D” at Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Hollywood. The attraction is an immersive, next-generation thrill ride that puts participants in the middle of the ultimate war zone with the famed Transformers.

Winning in the Museum category is Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary, for which Electrosonic provided AV system design and integration services. The dynamic new facility celebrates Canada’s sports heroes and legends in a dozen galleries with compelling media and displays.

Working for WET Design, Electrosonic performed the projection system design and integration for WET’s contribution to Living Screen display at the “Big-O Experience” water sculpture at Yeosu 2012 International Expo in Korea, a winner in the Event category. The unique multimedia installation fused a breakthrough concept and cutting-edge technology to dazzle visitors.

Finally, Electrosonic was hired by Thinkwell Group of Burbank, CA to provide design, engineering and installation services for the “Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter” in London, which netted honors in the Studio Tour category. At this venue, visitors experience the “making of” process used to bring the extraordinary characters, worlds and events of the books alive on the big screen.

Check out their projector lamp website while you’re at it- there’s a link on the right—-> or click Electrosoniclamps.com.

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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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Leviathan, Waveplant Studios Alliance

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CHICAGO—(Nov. 14, 2012)— Since launching in 2010, the principals of design-focused production studio Leviathan have collaborated with many leading agencies, brands and filmmakers to render scores of sensational projects across all markets and industries, earning award recognition along the way from the Association of Independent Music, Communication Arts Magazine, the AICP, The One Club, and the Themed Entertainment Association. Several of those projects have involved Waveplant, the personal brand of composer and sound designer Joel Corelitz. Today, along with Corelitz, Leviathan’s principals are very proud to announce a new creative alliance between their two companies.

“Our alliance is born from the idea that creating audio and visuals should be part of the same process, not something we seek to unite afterwards,” explained Corelitz, who has earned rave reviews internationally for his original scores and sound designs for high-profile videogame, cinema and commercial projects. “Together, we want to focus even more on handling projects that cannot be done any other way.”

Among the sensational efforts that united Leviathan and Waveplant in the past are major projects for HP, Dodge Dart and Kelley Blue Book, to name but a few. In particular, the two HP projects produced for Designkitchen (ed. link here on PF) promoting HP’s TouchSmart computers may represent the perfect application of Leviathan’s and Waveplant’s talents.

“For those projects, our team at Leviathan started with multiple layers of surface-mapped real-time animation, paired with a variety of small and large environments and custom-built sculptures,” Hutson said. “From Waveplant, the contributions included a constantly evolving original music score, split into various tracks and instruments with controllable filters, where the audience was allowed to control it all via touch interfaces on HP TouchSmart computers. We were all involved in these projects from the earliest discussions, and we feel that they represent the type of phenomenal audiovisual approaches that result in projects people get super-excited about. By virtue of this new alliance with Waveplant, we hope to increase our involvement in such forward-looking and innovative experiential projects.”

Both HP “Play Big” projects were finalists in the 2012 One Club Entertainment Awards, as well as being shortlisted in the 2012 AICP Show’s Next Awards.

For further information on Waveplant, please visit www.waveplantstudios.com.

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Massive Video Wall Scoreboard for Pacers

Right here in my hometown! In fact, I got a peek at it before opening night and it looked cartoonishly huge even without being powered up. I might get a chance to get to rig an event around the behemoth this weekend so I’ll snap some more photos….but for a write up, check out Commercial Integrator’s web article.


The new scoreboard features twin 1080p HD video screens (Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision™ 6mm LED), each measuring 50 feet long – extending nearly foul line to foul line – by 21 feet high, about 2,800 square feet in total space. In addition to the HD screens running the length of the court, the rectangular scoreboard is capped by a pair of 25 feet by 14 feet full 1080p HD video screens facing each baseline. Completing the interior portion of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse upgrade is a pair of LED video displays, one in each balcony end zone. The displays measure 23’ by 10’ and provide fans with stats, replays, and other game-related information.

Through ANC Sports’ VisionSOFT operating system, the new audio and video upgrades work with the arena’s existing LED ribbon and digital courtside signage systems.

ANC also updated the aging audio system, head end and broadcast control room. The new control room was built out complete with a full 3G broadcast infrastructure with 1080P signals and production equipment to provide unprecedented image quality. ANC’s unique 64-bit operating system maximizes the clarity of the scoreboard as the operating system does not scale its content, enabling the video screens to display 1:1 resolution.

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Dataton Watchout Academy

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For all my friends in the Netherlands….Dataton is running a one-day Watchout Academy event at Projectiondesign HQ. It’s free, free, free! Head HERE to register
The WATCHOUT Academy is a one-day seminar designed to take you through the key features in award-winning WATCHOUT multi-display production and playback software.
The event kicks off with basic skills before moving on to a more advanced level, and the latest features in WATCHOUT. The Academy is run by members of the WATCHOUT team from Dataton HQ in Sweden and AVtrade, the WATCHOUT Premium Partner in the Netherlands, all with many years of WATCHOUT experience. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the day.
Whether you’re an old hand at WATCHOUT or new to the system, we look forward to seeing you at the WATCHOUT Academy.
Important: Training sessions are free, but participants must pre-register below as seating is strictly limited.
Place: Projectiondesign office, De Boelelaan 28,1083 HJ Amsterdam, Netherlands. Click for map.
Dates: November 28 or December 12

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Madmapper 1.4 Beta

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Madmapper 1.3 was released, but hold the phone- 1.4 Beta is here! You already heard (or have used) the crazy-cool MadLight feature of 1.3, the one that lets you easily map LEDs and lights through Artnet and an easy-to-use grid of your channels, but this beta release introduces some highly requested features from the MM community, such as the updating of presets and complete integration of Quartz Composer.
You can get a video highlighting the MadLight feature and the 1.4 Beta from your Madmapper /yourspace area. Go now! What are you waiting for?

What is in MadMapper 1.4 BETA:

Added a Lock/Unlock button to the presets interface, allowing presets to be updated by unlocking them
Complete integration of Quartz Composer
The inputs can all be modified
Input values are saved in the presets
Rendering using a Display Link (high priority thread) allowing for a highly responsive interface and consistent framerates
The Tab and Shift+Tab allows for browsing through the Surfaces, or the Handles of a selected Surface
Copy/paste of surfaces in between instances of MadMapper or Presets. (CMD+C / CMD+V)
16bit DMX fixture mode integrated into the MADLight
Zoom to fit current surface selection

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NYX Visuals Tofidi #1

Madmapper, Modul8, Ableton Live, and a weird snakey-looking sculpture make for a fascinating mapping from French artists NYX Visual Label. I love that most of their projects include some kind of really interesting sculpture….especially this one carved out of what appears to be some kind of foam. Check out another post on NYX HERE.

TOFIDI #1 from NYX Visual Label on Vimeo.


Visuals and Production by :
NYX VISUAL
Artistic Direction by :
MASOMENOS
Video by :
Manon GICQUEL

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Urbanscreen Invades America- Rice University Centennial Celebration

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Giant projection specialists Urbanscreen came to Rice University to produce the 100th Anniversary spectacle that would be splashed across 3 buildings on campus. From Mike Williams Media Relations , Rice University:
Thorsten Bauer went straight for the heart, rather than the intellect, of Rice University. So when he saw the Spectacle writ large for the first time, even the German artist shed a tear.

“We wanted to make it an experience for the audience,” he said. “It’s not as much about teaching them as it is about touching them.” Video after the jump….

As creative director and co-founder of URBANSCREEN, Bauer led the artists and technicians from Bremen, Germany, who designed the light and sound show that brought Lovett, Sewall and Herzstein Halls, the cornerstones of the university’s Academic Quadrangle, to stunning life for a series of performances during Rice’s Centennial Celebration.

Thousands experienced the awe-inspiring performance over three perfect autumn evenings inside the quad – and outside. One viewer tweeted about seeing a few seconds of the Spectacle from the air: “Even from 15,000 ft. we can tell we missed something special.”

The URBANSCREEN team flew to Rice, its first American client, charged with creating an event (more…)

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