April 2018, Carrara, QLD – Australia
For the opening and closing ceremonies of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, The Electric Canvas, an award-winning Australian company specialized in large-scale projections, managed the AV projection relying on Modulo Pi’s high-end media server: Modulo Kinetic.
The 21st Commonwealth Games took place in April 2018 at the Carrara stadium in Queensland, Australia. Produced by Jack Morton Worldwide, the opening and closing ceremonies were spectacular shows with 4.000 volunteer performers. Combining theatre, dance, and music, the shows were created to reflect the Gold Coast culture, embodying its spirit and its energy.
After winning the tender, The Electric Canvas prepared the event over 6 months. To achieve such a large-scale video projection in the stadium, they chose 20 x Christie Boxer projectors, as well as Modulo Kinetic, a powerful media server with advanced features from Modulo Pi.
Peter Milne, Director of The Electric Canvas, explains: “I’ve been involved with Yannick Kohn – founder of Modulo Pi – and his technology for nearly 20 years now. When he launched Modulo Pi in 2010, we were very keen on adopting his latest system, Modulo Player”. Recognized internationally as a leader in large-scale and architectural projections, The Electric Canvas has relied on Modulo Player for several years now: “We use Modulo Player on many projects because we really like the X-map among other features.”
When entering the bid for the Gold Coast 2018, Milne chose Modulo Kinetic, Modulo Pi’s new media server solution: “We were very excited when Modulo Kinetic was launched, and now we have quite a lot of Modulo Kinetic servers. In fact, when we proposed Modulo Kinetic to the Commonwealth Games, we only had a few months experience with it. That was possible because we trust Modulo Pi when it comes to this type of software development. We were sure that their technology would be reliable and solid because of our previous experiences with Modulo Player.”
Working closely with the content producer, The Electric Canvas designed the projection overlay which determined how to cover the field of play, and how to project the other elements efficiently, while providing maximum creativity.
The main video projection was a visualization of Earth and its history, projected on the stadium playfield. This came with several challenges: “We had to put the 20 video-projectors at a height of 67 meters above the ground in the sports lighting towers. We did this because the stage was covered with sand, so there would have been a lot of unwanted texture, had we projected from a normal setting position. Especially as the sand was being constantly disturbed by the performers. Putting projectors so high was a difficult thing to do, particularly for technicians, who had to climb more than 200 steps every day to get to the top of the towers. But it was all worth it in the end, as the resulting image quality was very good” comments Peter Milne.
To handle all necessary changes, the flexibility in the video-projection programming brought by Modulo Kinetic was a must for both ceremonies of this major event: “Ceremony production is a very unique process. There are changes in the choreography or content every day, so you have to have a very flexible system to be able to cope with those changes and incorporate them, sometimes even within the same rehearsal.”
In a time-critical context, The Electric Canvas’ operators made the best of Modulo Kinetic’s capability to preview the show in 3D: “During the day, when we don’t have the benefit of darkness, we can run the show from the recording of the previous evening, using video of the rehearsal, to then further fine-tune the programming of the projection.”
The show also included 3D mapping on Migaloo, a 30 meters long inflatable white whale, handled by 12 puppeteers. The whale floated into the arena, with content projected onto it after it reached its final position. The projection on the whale then transferred to the field of play at the end of the sequence.
The show video was synchronized to timecode, which was delivered with the music, but sometimes had to run independently from the timecode, as Milne explains: “In the case of having to hold entries and exits by the cast, or other unplanned factors, you need programming strategies, creating loops in the content so you don’t have any unexpected result in the picture when the timecode stops, or when something unexpected happens in the show. There are a lot of media servers who don’t cope with this very well. Having a strategy whereby you can, at some point in the music, ignore the timecode, allowing the music to stop and to loop, waiting for something else to happen when there’s a mechanical breakdown on the field, or when somebody falls over, is crucial. These contingent loops are a major and important part of these live shows, so having a system like Modulo Kinetic that deals with those contingencies, in a very fluid and flexible way, is essential.”
Operators could also rely on the backup capabilities of Modulo Kinetic: “On a show this size, you have many departments involved, with everybody running from the timecode. One other important feature of Modulo Kinetic is the automatic reversion to back-up systems, should we have a computer problem or failure. That is also something Modulo Kinetic is good at.”
In the end, the projection was impressive and looked very good in both ceremonies, with The Electric Canvas receiving lots of positive comments. About the utilization of Modulo Kinetic on this international multi-sport gathering, Milnes concludes: “It was reliable, flexible, and easy-to-use in a situation that can sometimes change dramatically every day. The Modulo Pi media servers are very specifically built for technicians and for the creatives that do the type of work that we do. Because the Modulo Pi team listens to technicians and creatives that work on projects, they modify and improve their software specifically on that feedback. For us, that’s an enormous advantage compared to other much larger companies.”
The Electric Canvas
June 2018, Boston, MA – USA
Identiverse, formerly known as The Cloud identity Summit, is the world’s largest identity conference.
Featuring over 200 sessions and masterclasses, Identiverse offers exhibits and presentations from more than 50 vendors.
This includes presentations from some of the world’s most influential voices in digital identity, financial services, privacy, healthcare, security, IoT, mobile, architecture and more.
This corporate event is hosted by Ping Identity Corporation, a provider of cyber security solutions to Fortune 100 companies globally.
The event takes place in a different city in June every year. Identiverse2018 edition was held in Boston, at the Hynes Convention Center.
The main stage this year was in the Grand Ballroom, a 24,500 square foot space. In addition to the main stage, there were also 7 breakout rooms and an expo stage.
All AV elements including projection, sound, lighting, cameras, record decks, live streaming, content creation (i.e. motion graphics and projection video elements)
and all preproduction design and rendering were provided by Immersive, a cutting-edge production company based in San Fransisco. For the projection mapping both on the ceiling as well as the main stage, Immersive chose Modulo PI solutions to control the 12 projectors they required.
Modulo Kinetic was hosting the ceiling projection.
During the preproduction phase, Modulo Kinetic 3D preview allowed Immersive to test the accuracy of their projectors placement, as Sean Mason, Immersive CEO , explains :
“One challenge we faced was part of the ceiling projection was being blocked by the stage set. In the Kinetic projection study, we realized that the center stage arch would be blocking two of the projectors.
Not only did Kinetic make us aware of the issue, it also helped solving it, all before getting on show site : through the Kinetic Render Surface interface, we were able to send content from a different projector to fill in the blocked area. Without Kinetic, this fix would not have been possible, and we would not have been able to fill in the shadow. Kinetic truly saved the day! »
Once on site, Immersive made the best of some other Modulo PI exclusive features during set up, like the Remote Warp functionality to adjust the projection from any location in the Grand Ballroom: “The Remote Warp is extremely helpful to fine tune the mapping from anywhere in the room. It allows us to get up right next to the projection and adjust the warp/blend to achieve a perfect mapping” adds Mason.
Immersive also enjoyed The User Panel, another exclusive modulo PI feature. It was used to write cues, trigger several simultaneous tasks and control all Modulo Pi media servers “We love the Panel. It was absolutely necessary to control the show because the server hosting the central stage projection was backstage while another one was in the Front of House. Thanks to the Panel, we were controlling them both while sitting in the audience during the show.” adds Mason.
Sean Mason concludes : “Modulo Kinetic is definitely more powerful than any server we’ve used. Overall, every Modulo Pi product has been amazing to use and extremely powerful. The Modulo team has been incredible to work with, very supportive, quick to respond to questions and a wonderful partner to have. We are looking forward to many more Modulo Pi installations!”’
Immersive is a cutting-edge company that creates dynamic environments for events. They specialize in corporate audio visual (AV), projection mapping, custom content creation, architectural projection mapping, sculptural projector mapping, lighting, audio, staging and rigging. Last year alone, Immersive executed over 180 events in the US. The company was founded in 2012 by Sean Mason. Some of their most iconic work are architectural projections whether on building facades and interior architecture such as The Old Mint in San Francisco, San Francisco City Hall, and Samsung Semiconductor HQ in Santa Clara.
April 2018, Geneva – Switzerland
For it’s open doors day, Skynight in collaboration with Key Labs, created a racetrack projected on the floor of it’s warehouse, with real remote-control cars racing onto it.
To make the experience close to video games, the cars would flash in red every time they were out of the track and particles were generated in real time to create exhaust fumes behind the vehicles.
A smaller 2D version of the racetrack was displayed on a TV screen, giving information about the real-time position of each car and the number of laps it had completed.
This was all made possible thanks to BlackTrax technology to track the cars in real-time, and Modulo Kinetic using the tracking information to generate real-time particules and other projection effects on the moving cars.
2018, Grand Parc Du Puy Du Fou – France
Puy du Fou’s new, original creation takes visitors on board La Pérouse’s voyage around the world,
which set sail from Brest in 1785. Aboard the famous seafarer’s ship, “La Boussole”, novice
explorers find themselves on the high seas, living and experiencing the expedition as it unfolds.
With this show, the Puy du Fou producers employ innovative special effects and succeed
in making visitors feel like they really are at sea. Throughout the experience,
enormous machines mimic the motion of a ship, while visitors witness a succession
of extraordinary scenes through the portholes. A combination of 3D video projection
mapping and highly realistic settings gives every stage of the voyage a different and
spectacular atmosphere: the port of Brest, Cape Horn, Easter Island, and the shipwreck…
Puy du Fou has even recreated climatic conditions: the clammy heat of the
Pacific, the icy winds of Alaska, and the dampness of the ship’s dark hold…
The visitor experiences all these sensations along the, at times, both exotic and hostile
journey of “La Boussole” and her sailors, all the way to their tragic end.
2018, Ruinart House, Reims – France
In the heart of the Champagne region, in Reims, is the Ruinart house. A prestigious place where the art of receiving is intimately linked to the art of champagne. In this context, My little Paris asked Holymage to realize a unique video mapping creation, a visual display of their dinner discovered. The main character “Petit R” takes us for 4 minutes through the history of the brand. On the border of the animation film and the video mapping, this visual gem is to be discovered on site, all year long during seminars or exceptional dinners.
Opened on April 13, Atelier des Lumières, created by Culturespaces, is the very first Digital Art Centre in Paris. The 2,000 sqm venue, a 19th century disused foundry, received a complete make-over to allow the hosting of immersive digital art shows on a monumental scale. Its first exhibition is a fantastic immersive digital experience around Gustav Klimt’s work. It’s a stunning show bringing together monumental projection and music for a new artistic experience. Visitors are completely immersed into the work of the Austrian painter thanks to a massive AV set-up: more than 130 Barco PGWU-62 video-projectors were installed together with 35 Modulo Kinetic media servers by Modulo Pi.
A fine-tuned show with spectacular results : animated images of Klimt’s work are projected on the floor, on the walls (who can reach up to 12m) as well as on the ceiling and other typical elements of the venue, such as the foundry’s former chimney. Images flow in rhythm to the music, and appear perfectly moulded to the Atelier’s architecture.
Faced with the technical challenge of equipping such a venue to achieve a 300 million pixels projection, Culturespaces and Cadmos, the integrator for the project, opted for Modulo Pi’s systems from the project study phase.
Relying on his experience with the Carrières de Lumières based in Les Baux-de-Provence, South of France, Augustin de Cointet de Fillain, Multimedia Project Director at Culturespeaces, explains: “We initiated this type of exhibition in 2012 in Les Baux-de-Provence. This was achieved with a lighter AV system since the remarkable venue was already doing the show. However, we quickly realized that we would need a system with much higher potential and stability.”
Roman Hatala, Cadmos’ Director, further adds: “When Culturespaces told us about Atelier des Lumières, opting for Modulo Pi’s systems was evident as they are the most effective and adaptive systems on the market. We wouldn’t have done this project without it.”
After choosing video-projectors with higher resolution for better image quality, the teams of Culturespaces decided to rely upon Modulo Pi’s solutions to better answer their requirements for Atelier des Lumières, but also for their upcoming installations in France and abroad: “We are dealing with installations based on 90 to 130 video-projectors, which is huge. Therefore, we needed a reliable, comprehensive and powerful system that would allow us to work from site to site.”
For its first exhibition, Atelier des Lumières offers a three-part work around paintings of Gustav Klimt, the vision of the artistic director, and the former foundry now hosting the Atelier. “The exhibition is tailor made to the venue”, explains Augustin de Cointet de Fillain.
It’s as much creation as it is staging, with a certain complexity due to the perspectives and different depth levels in the venue. In this context, you need a really flexible operating system.”
The 35 units of Modulo Kinetic showed their efficiency at every stage of the project. Augustin de Cointet de Fillain provides more details about the crucial role played by Modulo Pi’s media servers prior to setting up : “We load a 3D plan of the venue, fill in the type of video-projector we’ll be using and what we want for each wall in terms of image pixel size and luminosity. Then, the Modulo Kinetic tells us where the VPs should be positioned, what the image distortion will be, the luminosity rendering on each area… Once this simulation phase is done on Modulo Kinetic, we move on to the venue.”
When at the venue, the installation and fine-tuning stages – central to the immersive effect – are done so as to give the impression of projecting one single image over the whole surface. Among other things, Modulo Kinetic helped handle the overlaps and soft edges, and made warping easy with the Xmap mode. The result was a seamless projection over the entire show surface.
Installation and fine-tuning had to be done within a limited time frame as Roman Hatala explains: “The audiovisual work comes at the very end. That was a real challenge to have everything set up and adjusted while the renovation work of the venue was still going on.” In this context, the features offered by Modulo Kinetic, allowing several users to work on settings at the same time, was key: “Modulo Kinetic allows shared and mutualized work on geometry. It helped us save a great deal of time by having someone working on a wall on one side, a second person on another side, and a third person working on the floor. To achieve all the fine-tuning in a shortened time, that was a real advantage.”
Once the set-up was over, Modulo Kinetic was then used as a show controller to handle and sequence all media that are part of the show: videos, music, images,… “That is the true force of Modulo Kinetic. It’s a comprehensive system in which anything can be centralized and controlled: videos, lights, sound, and interactive lasers”, comments Augustin de Cointet de Fillain. “Without Modulo Kinetic, we would have had no choice but to manage a string of not very reliable different systems, multiplying the overall system’s fragilities. We needed a super stable system with full and permanent control. We cannot afford to have a huge black wall.”
To make everyday management and maintenance easier, Modulo Kinetic comes with an app that handles the shows through pre-programmed loops, while also giving regular feedbacks ensuring the overall AV system is operating accurately at all times.
The show control and remote maintenance system was programmed by Cadmos’ teams, who have been working with Modulo Pi’s media servers for several years: “Modulo Pi was the best choice for this project. Their systems bring reliability, scalability and an image quality that cannot be reach with any other system”, explains Roman Hatala. “In our museum and contemporary art projects, Modulo Pi’s media servers allow us to work with Apple ProRes or uncompressed contents for better image quality. We also enjoy the capability of integrating custom show control and management options so that our clients can benefit from fully controllable and autonomous systems.”
To pursue its mission of bringing to the public a new way to discover Art, Culturespaces is currently working on the launch of new immersive art exhibitions in the United States and Korea.
These new large-scale projects will also rely upon Modulo Kinetic for the simulation, set-up, show control and maintenance operations. “We were looking for a reliable partner for our upcoming projects, and it will be Modulo Pi”, states Augustin de Cointet de Fillain. “We confirmed that choice due to our requirements in terms of reliability, but also because these systems allow us to anticipate and transpose the creation of our upcoming exhibitions.”
An anticipation made possible thanks to a vignette system that enables to export and work with low definition versions of the media involved in each show. “It helps us anticipate future creations which is very important. This way, we don’t have to close our venues for too long. That gives us a very enjoyable anticipation base.”
February 2018, Paris – France
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February 2018, Paris – France
For the second year in a row, our stand at ISE 2018 was packed with people. Our interactive demo in collaboration with Pixel N’Pepper, using Modulo Kinetic real-time 3d tracking and the preview of our real-time particle engine on a moving Nao robot, was met with excitement and brought many people to our booth.
With a Media Server, a 3d tracking system, interactive solutions, real time effects and a 3d engine – all integrated into one solution – Modulo Kinetic is much more than a Media Server.
ISE18 was also the opportunity for us to preview our live mixer embedded on both our solutions, Modulo Kinetic and Modulo Player. Coupled with the new Deltacast Flex live Capture card which offers more inputs, our mixer allows a lot more flexibility in live conditions to manage live sources.
Our new rugged suspended chassis, designed to face the harshest conditions when touring or during corporate events, also generated a lot of curiosity.
We are now back in our Parisian office, and the whole team would like to thank you for coming to see us in Amsterdam; your extremely positive feedback on our solutions strengthens our vision for the future of Media Servers. We always strive to bring you the most innovative solutions and are already working on even more amazing & groundbreaking features for next year !
Until then, don’t hesitate to browse our website which we update regularly with our new features, or contact us if you need more information on our solutions.
Janvier 2018, Paris – France
Lors de l’ISE 2018 à Amsterdam, Modulo Pi donnera un avant-goût des nouvelles fonctionnalités de sa gamme de médias serveurs. Des démonstrations de Modulo Player et de Modulo Kinetic, ainsi qu’une expérience interactive live, seront présentées au stand K135, Hall 14, du 6 au 9 février.
Modulo Pi proposera un aperçu des prochaines versions de Modulo Player et de Modulo Kinetic. La société présentera une gamme de produits idéale aussi bien pour vos applications de tous les jours que pour les productions les plus exigeantes.
Ainsi Modulo Player, le média serveur adapté pour les projets de tous les jours, allie une interface intuitive, un workflow simple à utiliser, avec une prise en main facile et rapide. Commercialisé à un prix compétitif, Modulo Player est la solution idéale pour diffuser des médias de manière fluide. Grâce à des fonctionnalités exclusives telles que le XMAP pour la déformation 2D avancée, sa gestion des playlists, et de puissantes fonctions de show control, Modulo Player est une solution polyvalente et économique qui répondra à vos multiples besoins.
Officiellement lancé à l’ISE 2017, Modulo Kinetic est l’outil ultime pour la lecture vidéo, la 3D en temps réel, l’interactivité et le tracking 3D. Ce média serveur haut de gamme offre un moteur 3D performant pour la conception et la simulation de vos spectacles, du compositing 2D temps réel sous forme de multi timelines, de la programmation nodale, ainsi que des fonctionnalités de show control. Modulo Kinetic peut être utilisé sur l’ensemble du workflow, y compris l’étude, la simulation, la création de contenu, l’encodage et la restitution du show. Grâce à son interface utilisateur intuitive, Modulo Kinetic vous aide à réaliser facilement des études d’implantation et la simulation de vos projets en 3D.
Déjà utilisé avec succès dans un large éventail d’applications, aussi bien pour des événements corporate, que dans des parcs à thème, des musées et des tournées, les nouvelles versions de Modulo Player et Modulo Kinetic seront présentées à l’ISE 2018.
Les deux systèmes offriront une gestion des sources live sans précédent grâce à une nouvelle approche ” tout-en-un ” innovante. Les produits seront également présentés avec un nouveau châssis suspendu robuste, ainsi qu’une connectique professionnelle pour une durabilité améliorée.
Les fonctionnalités supplémentaires spécifiques à Modulo Kinetic incluent le tracking 3D, de nouvelles fonctionnalités 3D temps réel et encore plus d’interactivité. Yannick Kohn, fondateur et PDG de Modulo Pi, explique : ” Pour un spectacle interactif, la plupart du temps vous aurez au moins besoin d’un système de tracking, d’un média serveur et d’effets temps réel interactifs. Notre vision est d’offrir une solution complète : Modulo Kinetic intègre la 3D temps réel, le tracking et la restitution de vidéos pré-calculées, tout cela rassemblé dans une unique interface utilisateur “.
Après avoir entamé une collaboration avec Allegorithmic l’année dernière pour l’intégration des matériaux 3D Substance, Modulo Pi va plus loin dans la gestion temps réel : ” Nous présenterons notre nouveau moteur de particules 3D temps réel à l’ISE. Et pour la première fois sur un salon professionnel, nous présenterons également notre solution de tracking optique “, précise Yannick Kohn.
Ces nouvelles fonctionnalités de Modulo Kinetic seront mises en valeur dans une expérience unique de démonstration créée en collaboration avec Pixel n’Pepper, une agence de création spécialisée dans la scénographie vidéo, l’interactivité et le mapping 3D.
Visitez Modulo Pi à l’ISE 2018 au stand K135, hall 14, pour en savoir plus.
January 2018, Paris – France
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.
Modulo Pi will give a preview of the upcoming versions of Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic, the full-spectrum media server solutions designed to create stunning visual experiences within a variety of applications, from everyday shows to the most demanding productions.
Modulo Player, the user-friendly media server ideal for everyday projects, offers an intuitive interface and simple-to-use workflow, for fast and easy set-up and operation. Modulo Player was designed to process media seamlessly and provide the best possible quality, while running on a streamlined hardware configuration.
Thanks to exclusive features such as the unique XMAP for advanced 2D warping, its playlist management, and powerful embedded show control capabilities, Modulo Player is a versatile and cost-effective solution that will fit the needs of a variety of projects.
Officially launched at ISE 2017, Modulo Kinetic is the ultimate tool for video playback, real-time 3D, interactivity, and tracking. This super high-end media server offers a state-of-the-art 3D engine for show design and visualization, powerful non-linear real-time compositing, nodal programming, as well as show control and tracking capabilities.
Modulo Kinetic can be used across the complete workflow, including study, simulation, media creation, encoding and playback. Operator-friendly with its intuitive and collaborative user interface, Modulo Kinetic makes projection study and simulation in 3D easy.
After being successfully used within a wide array of applications, including corporate events, theme parks, museums, and touring, new versions of Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic will be previewed at ISE 2018.
Both systems will provide unprecedented live management capabilities thanks to a new innovative “all-in-one” approach. The products will also be presented with a new rugged suspended chassis, as well as professional connectivity for improved durability.
Additional features specific to Modulo Kinetic will include 3D tracking, new real-time 3D features, and higher interactivity. Yannick Kohn, Modulo Pi’s Founder and CEO, explains: “For a live-interactive show, most of the time you will at least need one tracking system, one media server, and one FX add-on,… our vision is to offer one complete solution: Modulo Kinetic embeds real-time 3D, tracking, and video playback, to make the best out of these extensive capabilities through a unique box and user interface.”
After starting a collaboration with Allegorithmic last year for the integration of 3D Substance materials, Modulo Pi goes further in real-time management: “We will introduce our new real-time 3D particles engine at ISE. And for the first time on a tradeshow, we will also demonstrate our optical tracking solution”, says Kohn.
These new capabilities of Modulo Kinetic will be highlighted in a unique playful demo experience created in collaboration with Pixel n’Pepper, a creative agency specializing in video scenography, interactivity, and 3D mapping.
Visit Modulo Pi at ISE 2018 in booth K135, hall 14, to find out more.