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…)
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.
XL Video is supplying a high power projection system and Green Hippo Hippotizer i7 HD media servers for uber cool Mercury prize winning UK indie band The xx, who are currently in the middle of an 18 month world tour having just released their second album, Coexist. The highly innovative projection-based visual design was originated by Tobias G Randler, and then modified on the road by lighting director and lighting/video operator Michael Straun. The design has evolved and grown, and currently five projectors are being utilised in total. Two Barco FLM22 22K projectors are positioned at FOH, and separately either projected across a white backdrop or carefully masked and beamed onto the band members, or as the set reaches its climactic conclusion, onto an imposing 12 x 12 ft three dimensional transparent X which is revealed for the final three numbers. The Perspex X is also filled with smoke at certain times to produce an opaque surface adding another dimension for the projection.
The other three FLM 22s are fitted with short throw lenses and positioned onstage directly behind each band member and project straight out into the house.
More recently, the design has undergone a further evolution by incoming show director Willo Perron of WP & A, which has seen the addition of 48 Stealth LED panels mounted directly onto the back of the X, fed by another Hippotizer also supplied by XL. The Hippo server system is run in the UK and Europe by John Montague, and Projection is looked after by Bjorn Parry. The four Hippotizers – three active and a hot backup – are triggered via Michael Straun’s Avolites Tiger Touch console – and are also re-programmed ‘live’ during the show, allowing Straun to feel the emotion and mood of the performance and audience and react accordingly.
The Hippotizer i7s were a new investment by XL for the tour – supplied by A.C. Entertainment Technologies – and were selected mainly for their Live Mask function, which allows very quick, accurate Alpha Masks to be drawn onto the output of both the Layers and the Mask Outputs. Much of the show is about video being used as a highly dynamic lightsource for creating moods and atmosphere, silhouetting the band, or capturing them starkly in the projector beam paths with undulating multicolour gobo-like effects and beautifully fluid, subtle laseresque moments.
There are occasional snippets of more traditional projection techniques with liquid and oil type effects bursting out and filling the backdrop. Once revealed, the X comes alive with meticulously masked projections from the front projectors and ‘internal’ effects radiating out from the Stealth LED behind, all resulting in a very unique energy and intimacy, connecting with the audience and drawing them into the action. XL’s Project Manager Paul Wood says, “It is a pleasure working with artists and a creative team who are prepared to take some creative risks and producing something that’s very stimulating and eXciting”.
Tech specs look relatively simple:
-The new deadline for entries is 12 o’clock (noon) September 24, 2012.
-Entries must be made to fit the ‘Template’ provided by the organizers, entries using templates other than the one provided will be rejected automatically.
-The ‘Template’ consisting of three parts of the building should be interpreted and treated as ONE PROJECTION SURFACE.
-DO NOT alter the size, place, resolution, etc. of the ‘Template’.
-The contour lines shown on the ‘Template’ are there to show the edges, these CONTOUR LINES DO NOT HAVE TO BE INCLUDED in the work submitted.
-The photo taken in daylight is to help contestants make the video, to show them the design pattern and details of the façade, but when making the video contestants should keep in mind that it will be projected at night! The architectural features of the building are to be incorporated in the design!
-The plants that can be seen in the ‘Supplementary photograph’ taken in daylight, which serves to aid contestants, can be considered when making the creative content, but due to seasonal changes in foliage, we suggest that you do not use them.
-The ‘Template’ and the ‘Supplementary photograph’ can be downloaded from ‘Downloads’ at paintup.visualpower.hu
1920×700 pixel, 25 FPS, Quick Time, codec: Photo JPEG, quality: 95%, The video material must contain the audio.
Entries can be made using 2D and 3D animation, film, video and/or computer or any other techniques.
The music genre of your choice.
The entries will be projected using a Hippotizer HD V3 media server, Vista Spyder video processor, 6 super bright (2×20 000 Ansi Lumens + 2x2x15 000 Ansi Lumens) DLP projectors at the event.
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.
From Electrosonic’s news release:
An inspiring theatrical production starring Atlantic bottle nose dolphins is thrilling and amazing visitors at the newly-expanded Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Electrosonic played a major role designing, supplying and installing all the audio and video equipment the showrequired. In addition, the Design Consulting team at Electrosonic took on the production’s complex AV and show control systems design.
Since its premiere last January, the show “The Magic, The Memories and You!” has been wowing guests. We ran a feature on it as well as saw it in person. Each night the show is presented, the faces of Cinderella Castle at the Walt Disney World Resort and “it’s a small world” at the Disneyland Resort have been transformed with magical special effects, animation and images of the guests captured by Disney PhotoPass photographers during the day.
For the holiday season, they’re updating one of the segments of the show with a musical score filled with favorite holiday tunes and pictures of guests celebrating in the parks. Starting tomorrow in Magic Kingdom Park, Cinderella Castle will appear to be wrapped in gift paper and bows, covered in candy stripes and more!
LDInstitute On The Road presents TMB Three-day Hippo School in Conjunction with the second annual Live Design Master Classes (December 3 & 4 at USC)
The Hippo training will be held:
Monday-Wednesday, December 5-7, 2011
Class limit 14: two per work station
And get this- 10.5 ETCP renewal credits! (more…)
Check out this crazy New Year projection on a building from ldsystems. Looks like the gig was in Sugarland Texas for the 2010 event. The equipment included a gramdMA lighting console, Barco HD projectors, Hippotizer HD media server and mapping system, and EV X-Line concert speakers. Texas Video and Post used Cinema 4D for the animation sequence. The water sequence near the end is particularly cool….hope to see more from these folks!
Green Hippo, the folks behind the Hippotizer HD, debuted their latest device- the Grasshopper, at the TMB booth at USITT last week. The Grasshopper is the solution for those that need a single output of HD with 8 media layers in an affordable package. It shares a lot of the software features of it’s larger cousin, the Hippotizer HD, and can be operated as a standalone video player running Videomapper or as part of an Uberpan rig. It can be used to drive any projection or data-display rig you can come up with. I need 10 or so…