CEILING PROJECTION VENTURES TO NEW DEPTHS
Austria’s AV Stumpfl multimedia and presentation technology can be found at the very heart of Berlin’s shopping world, Das Schloss. Das Schloss is one of six shopping centres located across Germany owned and managed by WealthCap RealEstate Management GmbH, a daughter company of UniCredit.
F1 Gesellschaft für Informationstechnologien und Managementberatung mbH working in collaboration with VIOSO GmbH installed 15 AV Stumpfl’s Wings VIOSO software packages for calibration and projection mapping, 15 Wings VIOSO servers for playback of high-resolution content, Wings Touch for simplified operation and Wings Avio Manager for system control and communication between system components.
The project is a result of a recent technical upgrade eight years after it was first opened to the public. It was officially launched in March 2016 with local dignitaries and media in attendance.
Oliver Mohr, centre manager at Das Schloss explained: “We wanted projected multimedia to cover the 1200m interior of the shopping centre. Because the interior has a lot of architectural lighting, we wanted the visual system to be even brighter so our visitors could fully immerse themselves in an underwater world.
“In 2014, we selected a talented design team who could commit their time and energy into creating something really innovative and functional and we even had a lot of fun working with this project team. The final result of the project adds a new and extraordinary dimension to the shopping experience!”
Longevity and ROI were in mind during the installation design process. Now Das Schloss has an ‘underwater’ theme inspired by the brand new multimedia content designed by artistic collective Werft 6 GbR in Dusseldorf.
Hajo Rappe at Werft 6, CEO and founder said: “We wanted to keep the content looking as natural as possible. We joined the fully digital underwater world to shoot footage using motion capture of real-life divers and to create an animation of the most realistic sea creatures and scenery.”
A total of 78 Barco F32 video projectors are controlled by 15 computers, projecting a beautiful underwater scene of coral, schools of fish and even mermaids along three circular areas of a 1200sqm ceiling as the people below go about their shopping sprees. The entire projection canvas is about 16K by 16K square pixels and is in a curved L-shape.
Silke Schirmer: “It was a complex project. One challenge was to get a single seamless image with a geometric edge blend and partial projection parts. The setup, maintenance and running of the new system needed to be done at night when the shopping centre was closed so it was important to have a system which was easy to set up and use.”
The projected images for the ceiling of Das Schloss utilises the patented auto-align warp and map feature of AV Stumpfl Wings VIOSO. Two cameras were used to automatically determine the warping and blending of the ceiling so the projection image wasn’t compromised.
Silke Schirmer added: “The biggest challenge was to get a single image. The previous system didn’t have calibration in real-time so using Wings VIOSO you could combine and layer an image at the click of a button.”
Wings Touch is a drag ’n’ drop editor for creating and editing user interfaces, and can run from any device such as a smartphone, tablet or touch device. The content imagery on the projection screens can be altered or edited at any time.
Wings Avio Manager can combine software and hardware tools that would usually have come from different manufacturers. It offers all the required tools for arranging video, text, images and audio into one flawlessly stunning show.
Emanuel Züger, managing director of VIOSO GmbH was on-hand during project build up and said: “This project was a necessary upgrade to an older system. Once it was installed, shoppers noticed that the system was brighter, more detailed and interesting. And we had fun running around at night-time in the shopping mall with tiny cameras to auto align this vast number of projectors to a seamless image of nearly 170MP resolution.
“We thank everyone involved in this great project and look forward for frequent change of content and much more entertaining ideas with this large display.”
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