Protec delivers realtime projections for WAG 2015 OC
UAE: The opening ceremony for the World Air Games 2015, held at Sky Dive Dubai, saw rental company Protec deploy its Blacktrax motion tracking system and d3 Technologies media servers to produce a colourful projection mapping display. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) ushered in the 4th FAI World Air Games (WAG) in front of an appreciative audience of nearly 5,000 spectators, which included officials and contestants from over 50 countries. Protec was appointed by Dynamic Motion to provide all the required projection for the event.
‘It was great,’ said Polish microlight team member Kajetan Ruks. ‘I've never seen anything like it before.’
Protec used eight Barco 30k and 10 Christie Roadster 20K projectors for the main screen and stage, with a further six Barco 30k projectors used for the 6m-diameter inflatable moving sphere. Being an outdoor event, the biggest challenge for the rental house was dealing with wind at the beach-front location. This changed an earlier decision to build a hard set backdrop to overcome the wind factor, and a fabric screen was used instead as the backdrop projection surface.
The opening ceremony started off with a fusion dance act to highlight the UAE’s ‘ultra-modern’ focus on development. Next were a series of zip-line performances that included a narration of the history of the nation coupled with the vision set by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Dropping in on the stage, aerial performers dressed as skydivers flew over the audience suspended on cable lines.
At 30 minutes into the show, a sphere housed underneath the stage was raised into the air and formed the surface for the projection. Sixteen beacons were attached to the sphere and, alongside eight Blacktrax cameras, were used to track its motion. The aerial performers had rigged their cable lines from the same towers that the BlackTrax cameras were attached to. According to the Protec team, this meant realigning the cameras fairly regularly. The tracking was integrated with d3 Technologies 4x4 pro servers, which visualised and handled the 3D mapping in realtime. BlackTrax streamed realtime positional information via high-speed protocol (RTTrPM) to the d3 media server. d3 was able to construct a virtual version of the sphere in the media server design tool, that behaved and moved like the real sphere in realtime by using the positional information received.
The stage and backdrop visuals were fired from 10 Christie 20K-J projectors flown from two rigging arches on to project onto the central 20m x 20m area of the stage. A further eight Barco 30k projectors were flown from two towers for the main backdrop 54m x 21m screen blend, all of which were controlled from the FOH with all signals run over fibre. The show was reported to be a ‘resounding success with great reactions from the audience’.
Terming the opening ceremony as truly unforgettable, Dr Grubbstrom, FAI President said, ‘Dubai has shown that together we are capable of staging such a wide variety of sport on one platform. I am convinced that this common goal will bring us closer to the Olympic dream.’