Design and Istallation By: Epic Production Technologies
The objective of the Vancouver Canucks’ Creative Directors was to create an exciting atmosphere with projection and lighting in the Rogers Arena. Having a specific vision for the pre-game presentation, they called upon Epic Production Technologies to realize this dynamic and thrilling environment. Their concept was to create four 11m high by 4m wide hanging dynamic “Cathedral” banners, one on each corner of the arena.
One major challenge was to ensure the banners would be able to capture enough light for an outstanding projection effect, yet simultaneously sufficiently transparent to provide the audience with a view of the ice as players entered the arena. In addition, the unconventional shape and size of the banners compounded with the requirement of illuminating them with pinpoint accuracy from projectors mounted off-axis at a distance of 30 meters, presented a major challenge in signal processing and control.
Epic’s solution was to use two stacked 4:3 projectors for each half of a hanging banner, each with an IA-200 Geometry Correcting and Edge Blending Scaler. The top and bottom halves of the banners are seamlessly edge blended to provide a vertically oriented dynamic banner with transparency. IA-200’s distortion-free Scaling and Geometric Correction enable the precise alignment and blending of all 4 images with networked precision control. All Image processing done in the IA-200 enabled the economic selection of projectors with the highest light output. The hanging banners have been delighting audiences since they were first launched at the 2010 Season Opener.
Passive 3D for Easy, Comfortable & Affordable Viewing
Design and Installation By: Flexible Picture Systems
With the growing demand for 3D displays, most systems currently available to consumers are built on active 3D, requiring expensive and uncomfortable active glasses for viewing. Utilizing Image AnyPlace’s already popular Image Geometry Correction capabilities, the concept behind Image AnyPlace 3D was to create a Passive system that is easy to install, provide a comfortable viewing experience, and available at an affordable price.
In creating a Passive 3D system two projectors must be aligned to simultaneously present the 3D content to both eyes. The 3D information is separated using Polarization, instead of the sequential switching that occurs in active glasses. The challenge exists in the alignment, as precision creates the best 3D video experience.
The Image AnyPlace-3D passive system easily accomplishes precise alignment, utilizing the power of the system’s keystone correction. In combination with Image AnyPlace’s advanced Image Geometry Correction capabilities, installers have the ability to scale the image to ANY screen shape and size, and accommodate for larger audience sizes. In having to use two projectors for a Passive system, another benefit of the IA-3D system is that it can be paired with any set of identical projectors. Overall, the experience is more comfortable over headache–inducing active systems. Viewers can now enjoy a fully-immersive, wide-screen, “Movie-Theatre” experience at home and in professional environments.
CONCEPT The objective of the project was to create a fun and uplifting "Lobby Experience" for patients, staff and visitors of the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. With a combination of both static and digtial displays, the space was intended to create a one of a kind user experience, while showcasing the many donors who have made the hospital a reality.
CHALLENGE The Discovery Wall is the main attraction with a dynamic digital display of donor names on a large oval screen, accompanied by three interactive round touch screens. The main challenge in implementing the design was the short throw distance of the 7'2" x 9'5" oval, rear-projected screen. This was especially important considering the large screen is partially used to display the interactive games from the touch screen kiosks below.
SOLUTION The custom oval screen utilizes a custom mirror system, four projectors and four Image AnyPlace-200 video scalers. The IA-200 was used to correct the short-throw distances of the projectors, as well as provide Edge Blending for all four of the projectors. The result is an AV design that hails compliments from all those who have viewed it, especially the young hospital patients and their families.
iPlanet Transamerica Expo
Design & Installation By: KSR Eventos Brazil
iPlanet 2011 is the 12th edition of the annual event by Officer Distribuidora, the largest computer equipment distributor in Latin America with brands such as Microsoft, HP and Epson. The event attracts more than 4,000 people in the computing industry, and includes keynote presentations by reputable individuals such as the Brazilian Minister of Environment and Director of Microsoft Brazil. The event was held in one of the largest exhibition centers in Sao Paulo, and was set to feature a 360 degree arena and projection screen.
The challenge remains with the 360 degree screen, and the ability to show detailed images, video and PowerPoint presentations. Being a technology event for 4,000 guests, it was important that the projection display was seamless and exhibited the highest picture quality. It was equally important that the screen be large enough to be clearly seen throughout the venue, while leaving a grand impression.
The distribution of the four high-brightness Sanyo PLC XF47 projectors was calculated by the circumference of the screen. Each projector was processed by an Image AnyPlace-200, enabling the Geometric Correction and Edge Blending, while working with HD signals between the projector's output. The result was a large, bright and seamlessly blended cylindrical screen.
Comcast Sportsnet Production Set
Design & Installation By: Videofilm Systems, Inc.
For Comcast's new Sportsnets production set, the objective was to create a sleek and attractive video projection backdrop that could easily be adapted to changing themes and stories. The concept was to produce a 28' wide curved screen, using six low-cost DLP projectors. The large format screen would surround the central hosting station, attaining the wow-factor show producers were looking for.
The challenges of this project were threefold - correcting for the curves of the screen, Edge Blending the projected images and adjusting the differences in light and color output from each of the six projectors. The goal was to fill the curved screen with uniform color and outstanding picture quality for an overall seamless display.
The six projectors were all warped, blended and scaled into position with six Image AnyPlace-200_BEX video scalers. The IA-200 was also utilized to accomplish computerized color correction using the SpectraCal calibration system. The system displays almost 6000 lines of resolution using three interlocked Mac Mini's. The result is a dynamic picture quality, perfect for the live broadcast spotlight.
CONCEPT The 'Top of the Rock' Beamwalk, located on the Observation Deck of the Rockefeller Center, provides guests the opportunity to "experience" the construction process of the historical building. The goal of the project was to upgrade the existing display for improved and simplified operation, while producing high quality audio and video throughout the venue.
CHALLENGE The Beamwalk consists of projection with Christie LX-400 projectors onto a glass screen, requiring extreme off-axis projector placement to simulate the beam structures used to build the Rockefeller Center. A major challenge to the project was the need to place the projectors within a tight space, around ducts and the internal building system.
SOLUTION With the projectors placed underneath the floor and off-axis, Image AnyPlace-200 provided the Geometry Correction and Edge Blending to keep the projectors out of view, while preserving the high image quality. The display gives guests the opportunity to "walk" the beams, like the crews did while building the iconic building in the 1930's.
Coca Cola Pavilion - 2010 Olympic Winter Games
Design & Installation By: Dangers Inc. & RLDS
To create a memorable and interactive Coca Cola experience at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. The 8,600 sq. ft. Coca Cola Pavilion was designed to feature an interactive 4 meter high, projected classic Coca Cola bottle, serving as the central attraction.
The interactive Coca Cola bottle presented numerous AV challenges. The difficulties of real-time projection onto the complex shape of the bottle was further complicated by the interactivity requirements, where any delay in the video signal would compromise the interactive user experience.
Four projectors were installed above the bottle, projecting downwards at an angle of approximately 43 degrees. Image AnyPlace-100_BEX Geometry Correcting Scalers with Edge Blending were used to shape the panoramic image precisely to the contours of the bottle. Edge Blending capability was used to seamlessly mask the top and bottom edges of the bottle, creating the impression of a 4-meter high, continuously changing classic Coca Cola bottle.
Shanghai World Expo - The Shipbuilding Pavilion
Design & Installation By: Shenzen-SMI
Shanghai is the latest to host the World Expo, with a focus on urban civilization in the 21st century, and the desire for better future urban environments for all humankind. The Shipbuilding Corporation Pavilion, constructed from a shipbuilding facility to resemble an ark, includes interactive projected screens, video "ship port-holes" and educational videos projected onto large curved walls.
With 63 specialty projectors of various nature, including some that require interactivity and multi-projector edge blended displays, the Shipbuilding Pavilion is a series of challenges in off-axis projection, unusual surface projection and Edge Blending.
Image AnyPlace forms an integral building block to the design and construction of the AV installation for the Shipbuilding Pavilion. The programmable nature of Image AnyPlace provides the ability to conceive AV displays that could be implemented in no other way, and the flexibility to quickly adapt onsite changes in design requirements. The installation was completed within 8 weeks, and is expected to see hundreds of thousands of visitors.
Torino Olympic Winter Games - Closing Ceremonies
Design & Installation By: Giochi di Luce Servizi
The Closing Ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy featured an 8 minute, live action multimedia presentation on the City of Vancouver and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Projectors mounted on the roof of the stadium used the ice as a screen, forming a moving backdrop for over 100 performers.
The biggest challenge of the ice screen was meeting the pixel accuracy requirements in extreme off-axis projection. The architecture of the stadium dictated that the only suitable locations for projectors would be at an extreme angle. Since the area of the projected image was large, it was required that the image be exactly linear in both dimensions.
Image AnyPlace provided the only available solution that met all of the requirements. 4 Image AnyPlace units provided Geometry Corrected real-time video to 4 stacks of 4 projectors each. The 4 component sub-images were quickly and easily aligned to the precise dimensions of the ice screen. The result was a seamless projection that formed the backdrop of a flawless performance.
Edge Blending and Geometry Correction
U of Michigan - Kellogg Eye Center Conference Room
Design & Installation By: Ann Arbor Audio
The Kellogg Eye Center includes a meeting room capable of accommodating various room configurations with portable furniture, easy laptop connectivity, video conferencing and projection onto a curved wall from either a single or multiple projectors. The purpose of the space is to create a place in which presentations, meetings and educational lectures can be conducted with ease while using the latest technology.
By trying to maximize the size and sightlines of the display wall with any room configuration, the room's wide, yet shallow shape made this a challenge, especially when paired with the projector placements.
The Image AnyPlace-200_BEX, video/graphics scaler was used to perform the Geometry Correction and Edge Blending needed to capture the large projected image onto the curved wall. An RGB Spectrum MediaWall creates the large 46:10 aspect ratio presentation desktop of 3 Edge Blended displays, without any distortion. End users enjoy the range and flexibility the system provides, accommodating both current and future meeting requirements.
FPS Demonstrates Applications at InfoComm 2010
Design & Installation By: Flexible Picture Systems
Image AnyPlace scalers with Geometry Correction and Edge Blending have been designed into hundreds of fascinating and original projection display installations. Using the latest generation of Image AnyPlace, it is possible to project onto any surface shape and size with single or multiple projectors.
The InfoComm trade show is the meeting place of the PRO AV Industry and offers the ability to present products to installers from around the world. InfoComm gave FPS the opportunity to create 4 installations in a single 20 x 20 trade show booth.
Our suspended booth sign was intended as a dynamic way of helping customers find our booth, and served as the best way to display our presence in the Pro AV world. Using the IA-200, we created a dynamic sign that is visble in all directions. Geometry Correction achieved the screen shaping and the continuous 360 degree visibility was achieved with Edge Blending.
Our curved S-wall screen delivered the primary messages of the company, while creating a precise projection onto a curved wall with two points of inflection. Two SXGA+ projectors were used with an overlap region of 25% using IA-200 Edge Blending. Geometry Correction was used to shape the projection onto the dual-curve screen.
Our 3D passive projection system demonstrates a superior method of 3D projection. By precisely co-locating 2 images by 2 projectors, we achieved precise positioning and time synchronization between left and right eye. This display achieved the goal of using inexpensive, movie theater style 3D glasses and off-the-shelf projectors.
Our video wall demonstration, using our latest product OmniScale-200, demonstrated high-quality up and down-scaling. In our demonstration, our image expanded from a postage stamp size, downscaled video image to a full size image spread across all four 1080P monitors.