Under the creative direction of Luc Peumans, for the 3rd consecutive year, the Painting with Light team presented a specially choreographed 5-minute dance show – complete with bespoke video content and a special soundtrack – for which they commissioned Frank de Wulf to direct – and sourced 2 dancers from the Véronique Lenaers school of ballet.
This dramatically showcased some of Panasonic’s latest technologies including their new ET-D3LEF70 high resolution fisheye lenses – for immersive projection applications – and an exciting new technical collaboration between Panasonic and another renowned brand, AV Stumpfl, which has resulted in the development of their Pixera media server.
The fast-paced, colourful and eye-catching show was based around projecting onto an inflatable dome structure – to show the flexibility and powerful mapping and shaping capabilities of the kit.
The video content produced by Painting with Light illustrated the various sectors in which Panasonic’s video technology excels – from stages, live events, sporting fixtures to theatre and television and performance shows.
The objective was to pack a lot of information and messaging into the show and present this in an entertaining context that was clear and memorable in the short time. 5 projectors covered the full inside area of the Dome’s concave roof, 2 more did the exterior ‘lip’ of the arch and the 2 dancers who wore flesh costumes which were video mapped with content from another machine positioned in front of the performance area.
The projection onto the lip of the arch was achieved with a pair of double-stacked Panasonic PT-RZ21K machines fitted with ET-D75LE6 lenses and the two dancers were mapped with footage beamed from an PT-RZ120 with an ET-DLE250 lens. 2 more PT-RZ21Ks fitted with ET-MH14 Mirrorheads and ET-D75LE10 lenses were used to cover the floor / forestage area in front of the dome.
The Pixera media server was programmed by Painting with Light’s video and media experts Katleen Selleslagh and Vincent Steenhoek.
Also on the team were Olivier Hauser and Rainer Brandstätter from AV Stumpfl, who have extensive knowledge of the Pixera server, which can playback up to 8 resolution and 60 fps uncompressed video.
Katleen started the timecoded show – which ran every hour on the hour – using Pixera’s control App running on her smartphone.
Luc Peumans commented: “It was hugely exciting to be reunited with the Panasonic team, and to be working with AV Stumpfl for the first time on one of these special shows, using new software and hardware, with new people, input and ideas. Working in an exhibition environment is always challenging and invigorating and allows all of us to explore new horizons as well as learn and benefit from each other’s skills and knowledge”.
Painting with Light and Panasonic enjoy a close working relationship, which includes year- round international roadshow tours highlighting new equipment in a live show context, a popular, informative and fun format that’s been developed between the 2 companies to highlight technology and imagination.
Photos: Louise Stickland