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BARTKRESA Design deploys WATCHOUT for projection mapping at Universal Studios Japan®

(c) BARTKRESA Design

Ethereal angels and operatic singing supported with projection mapping, lighting, special effects to wow audiences, transporting them to a winter wonderland!

The system uses none other than Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software to manage images in a complex and stunning production that combines performances from a 60-strong cast of actors and opera singers with lighting and special effects, on a building façade and stage measuring 250 ft wide and 70 ft tall.

“Christmas time is a family time, we’ve been brought in to create stunning visuals that immerse and transport viewers on a Christmas journey,” explains Bart Kresa, Projection Designer at BARTKRESA Design. “In the design process, we created the sketches, paintings, 3d designs and animations managed using WATCHOUT. We produced the whole thing working with the Universal Studios Japan Show Director on creative elements and the Universal Studios Japan Producer on technical requirements.”

Twelve playback and four production WATCHOUT servers managed the content which was displayed with 31projectors including the Christie Roadster S+20K and Christie Roadster HD18K1080 HD DLP® models supplied by Corporate Image Associates, Inc, Images areprojected onto a stage and the main building façade, creating a magnificentbackdrop for the show.

“WATCHOUT works in sync with the show using a time code that syncs lighting, sound, projection and smokemachines. We use masking, perspective control and have done some layering ofanimations such as snow over background animations.”

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton says: “Once again, the skill, creativity and expertise of Bart Kresa is teamed with WATCHOUT to create a dramatic, celestial, show which I’m proud to see has wowed audiences at Universal Studios Japan from both Japan and abroad.”

The Gift of Angels II, The Song of an Angel 2012 commenced on 13 November 2012 and concluded on 7 January 2013.Universal Studios Japan® located in Osaka is one of the four Universal Studios theme parks in the world. As part of its Universal Wonder Christmas 2012 initiative, Universal Studios Japan put on a Christmas Spectacular, “The Song of an Angel 2012.” Internationally renowned projection design studio, BARTKRESA Design designed created the multimedia content, engineered and deployed allprojection mapping and equipment. The event included spectacular New Year celebrations on 31 December 2012 in front of thousands.

www.dataton.com

Modern museum techniques: projectiondesign® helps visitors better comprehend the stories of First World War

The newly opened In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium interprets the stories of the First World War as seen in the Flanders region using modern museum techniques and multimedia for visitors of today and tomorrow. projectiondesign® F22, F32 and F35 wqxga projectors and WB processors were provided by specialist museums system integrator, Ocular BVBA for use in the Belle Epoque, First Battle, Ypres Salient and Third Battle exhibit areas with the aim of stimulating a more in-depth look at how museum visitors deal with war and peace.

A video of the project can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOax1CpVt-o

On entering the museum, a Poppy Bracelet is given to all visitors. As visitors move around the beautifully restored medieval cloth-hall building in the city’s main square, a micro-chip inside their ‘Poppy’, a globally recognised symbol of the First World War, provides them with video projections, interactive touchscreens and soundscapes used to re-create the pain and tragedy of the War.

The museum has always focused on the stories of individuals within the larger picture of the Great War. These personal stories are told through many and varied objects on display, interactive installations and life-like characters.

Piet Chielens, Coordinator In Flanders Fields Museum, explains: “To really embrace the whole public with the impact of landscape then I think the best way of doing it is with projection. That is what we’ve done here. People are really thrilled with the experience and that is largely due to the techniques we’ve chosen to present it.”

Nicolas Vanden Avenne, Managing Director at Ocular BVBA explains: “Every projection surface in this museum is either curved or has a rather unusual shape for projection, which made this a technical challenge. Along with projection, we use the blend and warp functionality of the WB processors throughout the museum.”

As visitors enter the museum, they walk through the Belle Epoque exhibit, which highlights the period of time leading up until the war. In this area two F32 projectors are used to project footage on to a curved structure that looks like a forest of wood panels.

In the First Battle exhibit, an F35 wqxga projector is used to project from the ceiling onto a 3D scale model map of the battlefields from the North Sea to the front line. Viewers can watch the deployment of allied troops in the city of Ypres and the first battle from an eagle’s point of view.

Ypres Saliant uses three projectiondesign F22 projectors and WB1920 processors onto a 170-degree curved screen to observe the progress of the war as if travelling in a balloon high in the sky. Footage includes a view over buildings and deployment of troops around Ypres. The content is a combination of historical footage and custom made film.
Perhaps the most harrowing exhibit the Third battle, uses four F22 projectors onto a curved screen and ceiling to provide symbolic visuals with narration by nurses, doctors, soldiers, priests about one of the bloodiest battles in the First World War.

“To achieve the exhibit areas, Vanden Avenne says, we had to look for a partner that could do the engineering of our projections and cooperate with us during the building of the museum. We turned to projectiondesign because of their high-performance projectors for each exhibit area and choice of lenses.”

“As the museum is open ten hours a day, we wanted to have reliability, longevity with no image degradation. projectiondesign guaranteed that their projectors would remain consistent during heavy use,” adds Vanden Avenne.

Anders Løkke, Marketing Director says: “We are consistently impressed with the integrated approach that Ocular has taken. The exhibit areas are pushing the boundaries of how projection can be used to engage, inform and tell the story of the First World War. The added touch is that visitors to In Flanders Fields Museum can take their poppy home to remember the video projections and the stories of the First World War.”

And the last word goes to Vanden Avenne who says: “Working for clients such as the In Flanders Fields Museum is a richly rewarding learning experience. Ocular loves creating experiences and will continue to bring people’s stories to life for academic and cultural institutions for a long time to come.”

About projectiondesign
projectiondesign is a Norwegian company that designs, manufactures and markets a range of high- performance projectors and supporting systems for professional, business and consumer applications. Among its core markets are high-resolution scientific visualization, visual training and simulation, medical imaging, broadcast and post production, public media and entertainment. Numerous industry milestones that distinguish projectiondesign’s award winning, innovative technology include the introduction of the world’s first single-chip SXGA DLP projector in 2002, the first commercially available 1080p DLP projector in 2006, the first WUXGA resolution DLP projector, and the first portable and high-resolution active 3D stereoscopic projector in 2008. In 2009, projectiondesign introduced its first 3-chip projector and debuted LED illumination. 2010 signified the company’s first image warp and blend product with the Multi Image Processors, as well as the world premiere of the WQXGA resolution (2,560 x 1,600) projector, and revolutionary patented Remote Light Source technology. The entire professional product range is warranted for 24/7 usage. projectiondesign is located in Fredrikstad, Norway, with representatives in more than 17 offices throughout the world and is majority owned by Barco, a global leader in digital visualization.

www.projectiondesign.com

Kraftwerk relies on WATCHOUT for Stereoscopic 3D and Live interactivity

German electro pop pioneers, Kraftwerk will use the dynamic interactive and 3D features of Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image and presentation software, for all on-stage digital scenography at their hotly anticipated tours and concerts’ programme throughout 2013.

Formed in 1970, Kraftwerk began using Stereoscopic 3D for the MoMA concerts and ”Way out West” Swedish Rock Festival in Spring 2012.

WATCHOUT manages projected 3D content on a large stage backdrop creating a powerful abstract presence in front of audiences wearing polarized 3D glasses. Two more WATCHOUT channels feed the flanking LED screens. To create the lighting effects on the four oversized illuminated keyboards, a Pixel-gate LED video controller uses an additional DVI output from the main screen using the WATCHOUT “Tier” feature. The main timeline in WATCHOUT is chasing timecode from Kraftwerk synthesizers (MTC converted into SMPTE). The Kraftwerk synthesizers are also used for live visual interaction controlled via MIDI commands.

The new features of WATCHOUT version 5 enable live manipulation of content. Media objects can be positioned, rotated and moved in 3D in real-time from external control systems, musical instruments, lighting consoles, mobile devices and sensors to control on-screen elements such as images, video, Stereoscopic 3D movies and live feeds as required.

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton says: “Kraftwerk are known for their use of bold graphics and colours. They are using our technology in a very easy to use, yet powerful way to engage audiences around the world. We’re looking forward to seeing Kraftwerk use the new 3D, interactive and dynamic media streaming features of WATCHOUT in 2013 and beyond.”

Kraftwerk at upcoming Dusseldorf and London concerts

Several upcoming Kraftwerk concerts will incorporate Stereoscopic 3D effects as well as 3D sound.

Kraftwerk’s first performance in Düsseldorf, Germany since 1991, performances called 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 are taking place at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Museum, first from January 11 – 13, then 16 – 20. Like the MoMA shows, Kraftwerk will play one album per date and will be accompanied by 3D visuals, which actually involve audiences. Running alongside the performance programme, a photo exhibition, Kraftwerk, runs from January 11 at the Forum Nordrhein-Westfalen Museum.

In London, Kraftwerk will perform at Tate Modern’s cavernous Turbine Hall for eight nights, first from February 6-9, then 11-14, and are their first live London performances since 2004. The band will perform one studio album in full on each night and combine it with visual backdrops, including interactive 3D projections and animation.

The Kraftwerk concert line-up can be found here: http://www.kraftwerk.com/concerts/index-concerts.html.

Photography credit: © Kraftwerk

Dataton to usher in a new era of innovation at ISE 2013

New headquarters, 40th-anniversary celebrations and much, much more!

Dataton, the world-renowned manufacturer and developer of presentation and show-control products, ushers in a new era of innovation and creativity at the 2013 edition of Integrated Systems Europe. The company’s latest products, marketed as additions to the WATCHOUT suite of multi-display production and presentation software, will be showcased on Dataton’s biggest ISE stand so far.

While the exact nature of the products to be showcased at ISE remains a closely guarded secret until the show opens its doors on January 29, Fredrik Svahnberg, Dataton’s marketing director, comments: “We have continued to update WATCHOUT this year with new features such as 3D stereoscopic playback, live video streaming, interactivity, and multiple languages. What we are going to show at ISE marks the start of a major move forward.”

On the first day of ISE 2013, Dataton will host a booth party at 17:00 on stand 7-K175 to celebrate its 40th year in business and the Swedish-based company is promising plenty of Scandinavian hospitality.

Maintaining its support for education programmes in the pro-AV space, Dataton will also present an InfoComm University™ session in ISE’s Education Zone. Titled ‘Multi-Image Projection Techniques’, the session will be delivered by Svahnberg and will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, 30 January. Like all InfoComm University content, thesession will be vendor-neutral and free of sales pitches.

Finally, ISE 2013 will be the first major AV tradeshow that Dataton has planned from its new corporate headquarters at Mjärdevi Science Park in Linköping, Sweden. Construction of the purpose-built HQ, designed by award-winning architect Petra Gipp, commenced in the summer of 2012.

Dataton will exhibit on Stand 7-K175 at Integrated Systems Europe at the Amsterdam RAI from 29-31 January 2013.

www.dataton.com

Salam Media Cast becomes VAR and Solutions Partner for HoloVis International

Salam Media Cast (SMC) has become a Value Added Reseller and Solutions Partner of HoloVis International Ltd (HoloVis), a high value technology solutions company providing transformational sensory experiences in a diverse range of markets including Corporate, Oil & Gas, Research, Automotive, Military, Entertainment & Theme Parks.

(c) CAVE Solutions provided by HoloVis International

(c) CAVE Solutions provided by HoloVis International


SMC bring with them their world leading capability in the Broadcast Solutions market and have been working closely with HoloVis to now offer their technology, solutions and services throughout the Middle East.

(c) Creating immersive experiences in visitor attractions and theme parks, HoloVis International

(c) Creating immersive experiences in visitor attractions and theme parks, HoloVis International

HoloVis specialises in advanced 2D & 3D immersive systems including virtual reality CAVE’s and Wall’s, large scale immersive Theatres and Domes and next-gen Motion Base/Platform Technology and Simulators. With significant research, design and demonstration capabilities HoloVis also offers their clients and partners unique access to a suite of innovative technologies that enables them to not only experience, simulate, evaluate and test their ideas virtually scale 1:1 long before anything is physically built but also to acquire solutions that create transformational sensory experiences.

Stuart Hetherington, CEO of HoloVis International

Stuart Hetherington, CEO of HoloVis International

Stuart Hetherington, CEO of HoloVis said, “The partnership with SMC is a natural strategic development for both HoloVis and SMC bringing together the respective capabilities of both companies allowing new markets to access this exciting technology. We are very excited by the prospect of working with SMC to deliver our unique solutions and services within the Middle East and work in partnership to deliver the benefits of HoloVis immersive experiences in combination with the value-added services that SMC brings from their Broadcast background.”

As a strategic partner of HoloVis, SMC will promote and deliver innovative uses of the turn-key systems and solutions to their clients and key markets within the territory, demonstrating the shared belief between the organisations that these new immersive technologies will offer something unique and transformational to Middle East clients across a wide range of market sectors.

SMC has a long standing proven track record of providing their client’s solutions in the broadcast, TV and Corporate sectors. Through their partnership with HoloVis, SMC are actively diversifying their capability and will be drawing on their extensive experience and client base to offer completely new value-added solutions and services.

The intention between the companies is to also build a dedicated demonstration, research and design/consultancy service centre within the Middle East including an immersive Dome Theatre and a virtual reality CAVE system that enables clients to make informed decision making prior to the commitment and expenditure of building physical properties, be that anything from a prototype component to a full-scale photo-realistic vehicle, to walking through and assessing an entire Property Development, Theme Park, Retail Store or Entertainment facility. In a CAVE solution multiple iterations can be viewed in context and concepts through to complete solutions can be investigated and analysed rapidly and early within the design process to ensure costly mistakes are avoided, empowering development stakeholders to focus confidently on their key objectives.

SMC’s CEO, Paul Hennessy, said, “SMC is delighted to partner with HoloVis and recognises the importance of offering our clients unique and immersive technology and the critical role these solutions can play in creating new forms of value for a diverse range of markets across the Middle East. Our strategic partnership with HoloVis will allow the accelerated growth of new solutions and markets, positioning SMC at the forefront in deploying this exciting new technology alongside the core services and solutions SMC already provide”

www.holovis.com

The future is bright: projectiondesign® ships new 3-chip 3D projector

Smallest, brightest and most powerful 3D projector for small to large screen applications

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The F85 3-chip DLP® projector is the latest 2D and 3D capable projector to join projectiondesign®’s unrivalled line up of innovative projectors.

Boasting an impressive set of features designed for demanding applications, the F85 series is the brightest projector in the projectiondesign range. The projector boasts a brightness of up to 11,000 lumens, and a contrast ratio of 14,000:1 for crisp, detailed images. The projector is available in WUXGA or 1080p resolution versions as well as a special version that can optically switch between REC709 and DCI P7 colour spaces. It brings colour saturation and accuracy, optional image processing and connectivity to any installation space.

“Performance, versatility, connectivity, brightness and low cost of ownership were our objectives when creating the new F85 series,” says Anders Løkke, Marketing Director at projectiondesign. “The F85 is compatible with a range of input and outputs including X-PORT™ module connectivity and bandwidth opening up the markets in which it can be used including rental and staging, live events, visitor attractions, advanced visualization and simulation and training.”

As well as 2D imaging, the projector can be used in active or passive 3D stereoscopic mode removing the requirement for multiple projectors in stereoscopic set up. The F85 series can display sequential 3D at up to 120 Hz, as well as frame rate convert any input signal to 120 Hz with the X-PORT DCC120, and combine two input streams to a single sequential.

The projector benefits from proprietary Advanced Color Optical Processing (ACOP), which combines both fixed and motorized optical filters to enable optical calibration with near infinite accuracy and without any loss of bit depth. When combined with projectiondesign’s RealColor color management system, ACOP ensures on-site color calibration with performance to achieve any desired color standard.

The projector is available with an impressive set of optical lenses for a wide range of focal distances ensuring fit in the most challenging of installations and architecture. Powered lens shift system with user adjustable optical color processing filters. The unit uses projectiondesign’s DuArch™ dual illumination architecture for high performance and extended lamp life and at 400W brightness, the F85 ensures the brightest imaging possible.

Adding to its installation flexibility, the unit weighs just 24.1 kilograms. The F85 series is available now,

The dual lamp optical engine with “hot swap” capability allows failsafe operation for critical applications for complete piece of mind. Common to all projectiondesign models, the F85 is compatible with ProNet software for network-based control, monitoring and calibration.

Designed for 24/7 operation, the F85 series comes with up to five years warranty. This means they the F85 is designed or continual operational and where predictable cost of ownership is a requirement!

www.projectiondesign.com

Dataton and Show Sage bring WATCHOUT to LDI 2012

Dataton and WATCHOUT™ Premium Partner for North America, Show Sage, return to LDI 2012

On booth 442, the latest features of WATCHOUT multi-image display and presentation software will be demonstrated. The new features include interactivity, video streaming, live presentation, 3D stereo display and multiple output display. Dataton and Show Sage will also sponsor the Projection Master Classes taking place during the show on 17 and 18 October.

Jim Testa, President of Show Sage explains: “LDI continues to be the meeting point for projection designers, creative designers and users of WATCHOUT and is a great location to share ideas and knowledge.”

WATCHOUT is a fully scalable system that’s software-based and does not require proprietary hardware. It orchestrates still images, animations, graphics, video, sound and live feeds into a single show across multiple display areas, either soft-edge blended or scattered.

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton adds, “This year has been a tremendous success for the latest version of WATCHOUT. We’ve seen it deployed in several installations such as the Alexandria Center for Life Sciences, Minnesota State University Ballroom as well as a HBO and Shark Week events and Cold Play concerts, all backed up by the best technical support, through our trusted WATCHOUT Premium Partner, Show Sage.”

Key features of WATCHOUT are:

Video streaming and interactivity
WATCHOUT integrates video streaming and devices such as network cameras to allow video to be accessed over a standard network solution. It also offers the ability to interact with live components and assets of interactive media. Users can position, rotate and move all media objects in 3D and interactively. WATCHOUT integrates with various devices and external systems so users can connect sensors and control sources, such as iPads, to on-screen elements like images, video and live feeds.

Live presentation
A built-in text editor allows last minute changes, or additions, in presentation text without the need for graphics software such as Adobe Photoshop®.

The latest version also has a DMX recording function that lets you record a complete lighting show and play it back from a single cue in WATCHOUT. This new feature makes WATCHOUT even more attractive in live events and staging applications.

Stereo playback and management of multiple outputs

WATCHOUT offers 3D effects and stage preview to position and rotate all media objects, including motion paths and video fly-through. Seamless stereoscopic playback and support is offered for multi-head output cards so up to six displays can be driven off one display computer using a single cost-effective WATCHOUT license.

www.showsage.com
www.dataton.com

projectiondesign® boosts presence on AV-iQ resource

Premium participant status set to boost accessibility to product information

projectiondesign® has now signed up to an increased presence in North America on the AV-iQ resource, the most comprehensive commonly categorized and formatted current AV products and providers directory in the industry.

Learn what’s new from projectiondesign

“We’re delighted to have boosted our presence as a premium manufacturer in North America. By using the AV-iQ resource, AV dealers, integrators and consultants will have even greater access to the latest projection and image processing product information from projectiondesign,” explains Karl Hantho, President of projectiondesign’s Americas operation. “The online system is very easy to use and can be updated easily.”

Current and potential users of AV-iQ are encouraged to sign up to their iQ customized environment to search for the latest products, comprehensive product information, news and multimedia from projectiondesign. AV-iQ can be found at http://catalogs.infocommiq.com/avcat/ctl1642/index.cfm?myiq.reg.

“It’s an exciting time for projectiondesign to come on board with the AV-iQ as a Premium participant,” explains John Fuchs, Senior VP, AV-iQ at InfoComm International®. “Having experienced a tremendous increase in visits to their dedicated AV-iQ web page already, projectiondesign recognizes the value of the AV-iQ program and is committed to be at the forefront of its continued development and implementation.”

The AV-iQ program has been serving web based industry research and marketing catalog for nearly twelve years. In 2013 AV-iQ is taking the task of conforming data to the next level and will re-format it to enable EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). In the near future distributors, integrators, designers, third-party software developers and others will be able to populate their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), proposal, accounting and other software applications by simply importing one file sourced from AV-iQ saving the industry thousands of man-hours, millions of dollars and countless, costly data entry errors.

www.projectiondesign.com

In night vision: projectiondesign® 2nd generation FS33 IR NVG projector is now shipping

See projectiondesign at I/ITSEC 2012, 3-6 December, Booth #2448, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

2nd generation LED projector boasts brighter and even more realistic illumination levels for day and night-time vision, 24/7 operation and 100,000 hours of typical service life.

FS33 IR

FS33 IR

Designed for use with the industry’s leading Night Vision Goggles (NVG), the FS33 IR infrared ReaLED™ projector from projectiondesign® is now shipping.

The FS33 IR is already deployed in some of the world’s top training and simulation applications for critical night-time training as well as bright and full-daylight operations.

The 2nd generation solid-state ReaLED illumination engine used in the FS33 IR projector provides users with 50% more light than any other competing LED projector further enhancing eye-limiting resolution. Even in pitch black it’s possible to locate light points from various light sources in the image thanks to its 0-100% light adjustments on the visual RGB display device. The projector’s high quality optics further increases eye-limiting resolution.

“Optics plays an important part for this projector as they are purpose designed for IR transmission”, notes Øyvind Svensen, Optics Designer at projectiondesign. “Projection lenses and optical design from projectiondesign ensure high quality imaging, enables easy colour matching, and optical alignment between channels. Additionally, the projector’s user-adjustable SRP™ Smear Reduction Processing virtually eliminates any smear or jitter.

“The FS33 IR is an ideal product for night vision simulation where a long life time, low downtime, and low cost of ownership is important. The combination of LED illumination and reliable DLP® technology ensures a lifetime of up to 100,000 hours,” adds Maria Dahl Aagaard, Product Marketing Manager at projectiondesign.

“The FS33 IR has a wide colour gamut, which gives very saturated colour and it is optimised to stimulate the different generations of Night Vision Goggles.”

A fully scalable and systems compatible projector, the FS33 IR is available in HD (1,920 x 1,080) or WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolutions.

All this is backed up by projectiondesign’s comprehensive warranty programme of up to five years.

The FS33 IR ReaLED projector is just one of the new product innovations to be demonstrated on booth #2448 at I/ITSEC 2012 between 3-6 December at Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA.

www.projectiondesign.com

(c) BARTKRESA design

(c) BARTKRESA design

The latest installment of WATCHOUT from BARTKRESA design

The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week celebrated its 25th anniversary with a poolside event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

WATCHOUT was used to manage video projections of the large predators as they swam across its 120 ft. wide poolside wall.

Bart Kresa, projection designer, BARTKRESA design has provided large-scale projections many times at the Beverly Hilton for HBO’s annual Golden Globes After Party. Those installations were notable for their intensity of colour and bold graphic themes,while this event required an equally complex but more naturalistic approach.

For this Discovery Channel event, Kresa employed eight WATCHOUT servers that blended multiple projectors.

The ability to manage the designs in layers enabled Kresa to present his hip, edgy graphics and animations.

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton says: “Bart Kresa never fails to impress audiences and peers alike with his creative, immersive and innovative ways of using WATCHOUT, often pushing the WATCHOUT to new heights.”

WATCHOUT is supplied to events and staging projects through WATCHOUT Premium Partner for North America, Show Sage.

www.showsage.com
www.dataton.com
www.bartkresa.com

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