A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of catching up with Francois, the main man behind Mapping Matter. I’ve personally used this toolset on several jobs and it really helps when you don’t have access to a 3D software package all rigged up with a lot of custom tools for doing what is needed in a projection study. There are several new updates to check out.
“Modern motion-capture systems are the product of a century of tinkering, innovation and computational advances. Mocap was born a lifetime before Gollum hit the big screen in The Lord of the Rings, and ages before the Cold War, Vietnam War or World War II. It was 1915, in the midst of the First World War, when animator Max Fleischer developed a technique called rotoscoping and laid the foundation for today's cutting-edge mocap technology.”Read More
Manufacturer of excellent projection screen materials and other materials, GERRIETS ENTERTAINMENT SOLUTIONS, has put together a pretty cool and handy site for projection concepts. This is a great refresher or research tool to give you the vocabulary when talking about factors when selecting a projection screen material.
You can find the site HERE
They also have a few other handy microsites that cover particular material selection, manufacturing process and durability HERE
New book out… Description follows:
Digital Media, Projection Design, and Technology for Theatre covers the foundational skills, best practices, and real-world considerations of integrating digital media and projections into theatre. The authors, professional designers and university professors of digital media in live performance, provide readers with a narrative overview of the professional field, including current industry standards and expectations for digital media/projection design, its related technologies and techniques. The book offers a practical taxonomy of what digital media is and how we create meaning through its use on the theatrical stage.
The book outlines the digital media/projection designer’s workflow into nine unique phases. From the very first steps of landing the job, to reading and analyzing the script and creating content, all the way through to opening night and archiving a design. Detailed analysis, tips, case studies, and best practices for crafting a practical schedule and budget, to rehearsing with digital media, working with actors and directors, to creating a unified design for the stage with lighting, set, sound, costumes, and props is discussed.
The fundamentals of content creation, detailing the basic building blocks of creating and executing digital content within a design is offered in context of the most commonly used content creation methods, including: photography and still images, video, animation, real-time effects, generative art, data, and interactive digital media. Standard professional industry equipment, including media servers, projectors, projection surfaces, emissive displays, cameras, sensors, etc. is detailed. The book also offers a breakdown of all key related technical tasks, such as converging, warping, and blending projectors, to calculating surface brightness/luminance, screen size and throw distance, to using masks, warping content and projection mapping, making this a complete guide to digital media and projection design today.Read More
I have been waiting for a "behind the scenes" video of the ad below to come out as from what I could figure, used a lot of practical effects and minimal CGI:
Watching the below behind the scenes video, I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of familiar faces from the SIA camp.
What I really like about this ad is that it wasn't all CGI, they used a TON of practical effects. I believe that live entertainment is getting a bit dry with just a ton of screens around the stage. Make something like a practical effect on stage and it ups the wow factor.
You can read the full article from AD Week by clicking HERE
DynaFlash v2 from Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory is here! This is some ridiculously fast projection mapping tracking. Still looks like it is only working with a single projector and does not handle multiple projectors, but this is really fluid. You probably saw the original video below:
Version 2 is out and it gets interesting when he starts stretching his shirt...
You can read the source story from New Atlas HERE
An interesting video and read from WIRED for those that do not know what LiDAR is. As car technology develops this young technology, I can see it used in the future for the stage environment. As most automation systems do not actively "know" where an object is (it is inferred based on the 3D model being accurate, encoder feedback and nothing in the real-world being different or out of place in the 3D model), LiDAR could be used as a way to double check that everything is where the system believes it is. This system could be used as a safety check or "automated e-stop" if anything is out of place from what the automation system believes should be happening. I also believe once a system has been developed for the stage, this could feed into projection mapping, lighting, and sound systems as another way to do tracking. There are other technologies out there for 3D "real-time" analyzation like 3D Photometry (Like the TESLA uses), but you will still need something that translates those images into what it is seeing.
The author, Richard Cadena and I spoke about how to keep your media server programming skills sharp and where to look for inspiration. Read more below.
If you are in the Los Angeles area, come to VER (company I work for) LED & Media Server Open house on February 22, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm. Please RSVP HERE.
Here's a brief description:
LED Open House!
We’re hosting an open house celebration for our friends and clients at our LA LED facility, featuring the latest equipment, and the VER team behind it. Take a tour of the LED facility, get hands-on equipment demonstrations, grab a drink, and enjoy some delicious food and entertainment.
ROE CB5, ROE BO2, Inarex BRC3, Revolution Flex 12, and more...
TOURS · EQUIPMENT SHOWCASES · DEMOS · REFRESHMENTS · DOOR PRIZES
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Behind any successful project is good production design. In this article, find out what that means and how to incorporate it into your next project.Read More
FOR THE MOST part, digital technology is all about dumping things that move. Complex engines are giving way to simpler computer-controlled electric motors. Mirrorless cameras no longer have to flip mirrors out of the way to take photos, the way DSLR’s do. In the burgeoning lidar laser-sensor business, developers are embracing solid state systems that do away with all that spinning. CD players pulling music tracks from spinning discs? Adios.Read More
Modulo Pi Offers A Sneak Peek At Major New Features Of Its Media Server Solutions at ISE 2018 « PLSN
PARIS,– Exhibiting in Amsterdam at ISE 2018, Modulo Pi will give a sneak preview of the major new features for its media server solutions. Demos of the extensive capabilities of both Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic, alongside a live-interactive experience, will be showing in booth K135, Hall 14, from February 6th to February 9th.Read More
Learning how to shape light is one of the best skills that you can develop as a cinematographer. Find out how with the Inverse Square Law.Read More
IF YOU'VE EVER struggled to pair your phone with a Bluetooth speaker or set up a wireless printer, you know that it's often easier to connect to a server halfway around the world than to a gadget across the room. That's a problem as we increasingly use our phones to pay for stuff, unlock doors, and control everything from televisions to thermostats. No one wants to wait for coffee because the cash register can't detect their phone, or shiver in the cold because their watch is trying to connect to their neighbor's door lock instead of their own.Read More
Suspended in a Hollywood-grade stunt harness with a VR headset strapped on your head, you fly above a mountainous landscape as the sun rises and falls in the distance. This is Airflow, a VR ride that makes you feel like you’re flying. Unlike Birdly, the VR bird simulator, Airflow relies on full suspension, simulating the gravity felt in freeform flight.Read More
Future Optics: 3D imaging advances could enable important practical applications - an interview with Byoungho Lee - Laser Focus World
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