Paris, May 2021 – On March 27, Puy du Fou España was inaugurated in Toledo, just 50 minutes from Madrid in Spain. Through spectacular shows, hallmark of the Puy du Fou, Puy du Fou España offers visitors a unique immersion in the history of Spain and its legends. The new park relies on the Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic media server solutions, with 25 servers installed.
Founded in 1989 in the region of Vendée, France, Puy du Fou is a theme park internationally recognized for its artistic concept. In 2012 in Los Angeles and in 2014 in Orlando, Puy du Fou was awarded “Best Park in the World”. Puy du Fou now goes international with the opening of Puy du Fou España on March 27, 2021.
Across 30 hectares, Puy du Fou España invites an international audience to relive some of Spain’s best-known legends and greatest moments in history. To make it happen, the park relies on the Puy du Fou unique know-how with outstanding staging, scenery, costumes, and state-of-the-art technologies.
Launched in summer 2019 as a preview for the new park, El Sueño de Toledo is part of the spectaculars using video projection. On a 5-hectare stage and during 70 minutes, the gigantic night-time show involves more than 185 horse riders and actors, as well as 2,000 characters to revisit 1500 years of Spain’s history. A video mapping is projected onto 3,900 sqm of scenery through 28 x Christie D20WU-HS projectors, and 8 x Modulo Player Standard media servers by Modulo Pi.
On this installation, Modulo Player handles soft edge blending and warping. The show is synchronized with LTC Timecode, and operators can launch the show and power on video-projectors through custom user panels created in Modulo Player.
Since August 30, 2019, El Sueño de Toledo attracted more than 120,000 spectators.
With the official opening of Puy du Fou España, 4 new shows are now open to public in the daytime, 3 of them involving the use of video technology.
El Ultimo Cantar traces the epic of Cid Campeador through a 360° projection and tracked moving screens. The show relies on Modulo Kinetic, with 2 x Modulo Kinetic Designer, and 7 x Modulo Kinetic V-Node servers.
A Pluma y Espada is a swashbuckling show involving projection on a stage of 60 meters wide by 10 meters high. A total of 3 x Modulo Player Pro is used for the projection on a moving screen.
Through an optical encoder, Modulo Player receives the exact position of the screen in OSC. The Digimap function available in the media server then allows to project real-time on the moving screen.
Finally, Allende la Mar Oceana offers an immersive journey into Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria vessel. The immersive show includes sea effects created through a projection on curved screens based on 6 x Modulo Player media servers.
Puy du Fou is a long-time user of the Modulo Pi media servers. Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic are used on most creations of the French park, including its most acclaimed spectaculars such as La Cinéscénie, Le Dernier Panache, Le Mystère de la Pérouse, or Les Amoureux de Verdun.
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Paris, May 2021 – Modulo Pi is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Modulo Kinetic version 4. Through this biggest release ever, the fully integrated media server solution offers a revamped user interface, improved 3D engine, and new extensive capabilities dedicated to virtual productions.
Designing the next generation of media server solutions, Modulo Pi is pleased to announce the official and immediate release of Modulo Kinetic V4. Introduced in 2016, Modulo Kinetic makes a major step forward in its development with a variety of new features and improvements.
New look and feel
The Modulo Kinetic Designer offers a revamped user interface with new icons, optimized views, toolbars, timelines, nodal programming editor, and more. Special attention was paid to the 3D scene viewer to offer users a smooth navigation and polished experience with the software.
New formats and protocols supported
Version 4 includes the support of Notch Block, 10-bit Apple ProRes, and 10-bit GoPro Cineform.
Modulo Kinetic also supports LUT format, allowing creative filters and real-time color grading.
Modulo Pi’s media server further expands its interactivity possibilities. With support of the WebSocket protocol, it is now possible to create custom web applications, and interact with shows created in Modulo Kinetic from a smartphone, a touch screen, or any other computing device.
Improved 3D engine
Modulo Kinetic V4 includes a large series of improvements to its embedded 3D engine.
New features allow to significantly enhance show study and simulation in Modulo Kinetic. The already existing internal database of video-projectors has been updated to reach +680 references.
Projectors can be easily imported into Modulo Kinetic Designer from a csv file. Their distribution in 3D scenes is much faster and easier thanks to a new clone and symmetry tool.
Detailed study documentation can be created directly in Modulo Kinetic. Users are offered the ability to add measures or annotations to 3D scenes, and effortlessly export any view and information required: 3D view snapshots, lux and pixel density views with captions, pdf list of video-projectors with their information, and more.
In addition, Modulo Kinetic upgrades its rendering with the support of spotlight and pointlight shadows.
It is also possible to render camera, projector, or mesh instance in a timeline layer with post-process Reflection, Ambient Occlusion (SSAO), Depth of Field (DOF), Glow and advanced Antialiasing.
New capabilities dedicated to virtual productions
Modulo Kinetic V4 offers a series of new features and enhancements to address the need for virtual and hybrid events in the context of the Covid-19. Compatible with green screen and LED screen configurations, these new capabilities are tailored to Pro AV companies considering XR projects.
A greatly improved chroma keyer is available for green screen productions.
Modulo Kinetic supports SteamVR tracker, as well as FreeD and Stype protocols. It also integrates FreeD calibration for the Panasonic AW-UE100 and AW-UE150 PTZ cameras, as well as pose calibration and intrinsic calibration of fixed cameras.
Moreover, Modulo Kinetic features multi-zoom camera calibration, and overscan function for cameras and video-projectors in 3D scenes.
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Paris, November 2020 – Modulo Pi is pleased to announce the addition of new Extended Reality (XR) capabilities to Modulo Kinetic, the fully integrated media server solution. Designed with the needs of Pro AV players in mind, the new version of Modulo Kinetic upgraded with XR features will make production of virtual and hybrid events significantly simplified and accessible.
Designing the next generation of media server solutions, Modulo Pi is pleased to announce the coming release of a new version of Modulo Kinetic upgraded with Extended Reality (XR) capabilities.
Modulo Kinetic is a comprehensive media server solution successfully deployed in large immersive installations such as the Atelier des Lumières in France, also used on corporate events, and live performances like the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.
In the last months, Modulo Pi has developed new XR features in Modulo Kinetic to address the need for virtual and hybrid events in the context of the Covid-19 crisis and physical distancing guidelines. The new capabilities include an enhanced chroma keyer, improved embedded 3D engine, as well as the support of camera tracking for the Panasonic AW-UE150, Stype, and Vive systems.
Based on these new capabilities, Pro AV players will be able to produce virtual events featuring background replacement, extended reality, augmented reality, and scenic extension.
These technologies help enrich the elements usually met in physical events with immersive 3D environments, 3D objects, animations, and the ability to switch scenes, contents, and cameras in an instant.
Virtual events produced with Modulo Kinetic are compatible with LED screen configurations, but also with green screen setups to adapt to projects on a budget.
Unlike other solutions available on the market, the Modulo Kinetic platform embeds all necessary tools to produce real-time virtual sets: Previsualization tools for real-time 3D study, simulation and VR, a 3D environment and user-friendly 3D engine for real-time generative content, an improved chroma keyer, powerful 2D real-time compositing tools, a timeline sequencer, as well as a nodal editor to easily add interactivity in a show.
In addition, Modulo Kinetic includes a low-latency live mixer for real-time production, and a UI Designer to create custom control panels compatible with PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices.
As a fully integrated media server solution, Modulo Kinetic comes with a low learning curve making XR events more widely accessible, and with a significantly simplified workflow.
Yannick Kohn, Founder & CEO of Modulo Pi, explains: “Switching to XR events can be extremely complex and time-consuming when addressed with a suite of separate systems, each one having its own logic and specificities. We believe the approach to XR for corporate events and live performances should remain simple and efficient. As an all-in-one media server platform enhanced with new XR features, Modulo Kinetic proves to be an appropriate solution to produce virtual events, with tools adapted to the mission.”
Since last summer, several XR corporate events were successfully produced working with a preview version of the new Modulo Kinetic upgrade.
The official release of Modulo Kinetic’s new version with XR capabilities as well as other new features and enhancements is planned by end of the year.
Here is a preview of the XR virtual studio possibilities offered by Modulo Kinetic:
Full XR virtual studio demo based on Modulo Kinetic:
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Paris, September 2020 – Modulo Pi is pleased to announce the immediate availability of a new multi-projector auto-calibration module. Available as an option for the Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic media servers, the auto-calibration system allows to automatically align multiple video-projectors on planar, curved, and dome surfaces for a pixel-perfect projection.
Designing the next generation of media server solutions, Modulo Pi is pleased to announce the official and immediate release of a new multi-projector auto-calibration system.
The dongle-based module allows to automatically handle multi-projector soft edge blending and geometry on planar, curved, and dome surfaces.
Working with Modulo Player, up to one server can be supported, i.e up to 6 x WQXGA outputs, or 4 x 4K outputs.
Working with Modulo Kinetic, the auto-calibration option supports multi-server configuration, resulting in an unlimited number of outputs and resolution support.
Modulo Pi’s auto-calibration system can handle independent calibration groups, as well stacked video-projectors.
In addition, a versatile masking feature ensures a perfectly fine-tuned projection.
Fully developed by Modulo Pi, the auto-calibration module relies on Power over Ethernet (PoE) cameras to offer fast and simplified cabling.
Using the Modulo Pi media servers equipped with the auto-calibration option, high-precision edge blending, warping, and media playback is achieved within minutes and with zero latency.
In summer 2019, design and production company ECA2 worked with a preview version of Modulo Pi’s auto-calibration module for The Legend of Pangu, a spectacular show in brand new Chinese Culture Exhibition Center in Lanzhou, China. The auto-calibration module was used to automatically align 20 x Christie projectors and deliver a 2.800 sqm 3D video mapping on a dome surface. “This is totally revolutionary technology”, explains Clément Rabréaud, Technical Director for The Legend of Pangu. “It takes just 13 minutes to run, which means that if a projector ever needs to be replaced, the whole system is back in focus quickly.”
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Paris, June 2020 – As Culturespaces is about to inaugurate the world’s largest digital art center, the leading cultural operator pursues its successful collaboration with Modulo Pi. Opening on June 10, 2020, the Bassins de Lumières (The Ponds of Lights) will rely on 30 Modulo Kinetic media servers to provide an outstanding immersive art experience.
Designing the next generation of media server solutions, Modulo Pi is pleased to pursue a durable and successful collaboration with Culturespaces Digital, the branch of leading cultural operator Culturespaces, in charge of creating and developing digital art centers.
Culturespaces Digital turned to Modulo Pi and chose the Modulo Kinetic media server solution in 2018, when it created the first digital art center in Paris, the Atelier des Lumières. Opened in April 2018, the Atelier des Lumières already welcomed more than 2 million visitors eager to experience a new immersive approach to the work of famous artists such as Klimt, Van Gogh, Monet, and more.
Since the opening of the Atelier des Lumières, Modulo Kinetic has become the exclusive media server for each existing or new digital art center by Culturespaces Digital: the Carrières de Lumières (Les Baux-de-Provence, France), the Bunker de Lumières (Jeju island, South Korea), and now the Bassins de Lumières (Bordeaux, France).
Opening on June 10 in Bordeaux, the Bassins de Lumières is the largest digital art center in the world. Established in a former World War II submarine base facing the Atlantic Ocean, the venue is 6 times bigger than the Atelier des Lumières. The Bassins de Lumières include 4 vast ponds, a cube, and an immersive tank for a total projection surface reaching 14,000 sqm.
To live up to such a unique venue, the AV set-up relies on 71 x F80-Q12 and 24 x G60-W10 Barco video-projectors, 80 x Meyer Sound CAL 32 loudspeakers, and 30 x Modulo Kinetic media servers by Modulo Pi.
The Modulo Kinetic system was instrumental throughout the project workflow: Study, simulation, and management of the edge blending and warping process for a seamless projection across the monumental canvas. Show control is also handled within Modulo Kinetic.
Augustin de Cointet de Fillain, Director of Culturespaces Digital and the Bassins de Lumières, states: “Thanks to Modulo Kinetic, technology is no longer an issue. We have a stable and reliable system that frees us from many technical aspects and allows us to focus on what’s essential: Art and creation.”
Starting June 10 with first exhibitions dedicated to Gustave Klimt and Paul Klee, visitors will enjoy the painters’ work mapping onto the venue’s architectural elements and reflecting on water to the rhythm of the music.
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Paris, April 2020 – Modulo Pi is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new eshop. Available through modulo-pi.com, the eshop provides dongle, software licenses, and accessories to support designers and technicians in their daily projects and workflow.
Designing the next generation of media server solutions, Modulo Pi launches an eshop to facilitate the access to its technology, and support designers and technicians in their daily work.
The eshop provides cost-effective options for those willing to discover the Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic software and their advanced capabilities. A mapping kit is also available for technicians interested in learning how to use Modulo Pi’s media servers. The mapping kit includes shapes, a self-assembly castle, a media kit, and in-depth tutorials to learn how to use Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic step by step.
Licenses for Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic Designer will also offer the opportunity for offline programming. Thus, operators will be able to pre-program any project from their PC without having to be connected to a media server. The pre-programming work can be saved for later use, and easily transferred to the media server whenever needed.
In addition, monthly subscription plans are available for Modulo Kinetic Designer 2D+3D. Meant for designers and technicians, the license will provide access to some of Modulo Kinetic’s advanced tools such as project study and simulation, real-time interactive VR, as well as creation of generative and interactive content based on the media server’s 3D particles engine.
Yannick Kohn, Founder & CEO of Modulo Pi, explains: “Through our new eshop, we intend to make our technology available for anyone willing to find out more about our Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic media servers. Moreover, the platform should significantly improve the experience of all technicians and freelancers working with our systems. The offline programming capability will bring greater flexibility to their day-to-day workflow.”
Modulo Pi offers a discount code MKI-1OFF to get 1 month of Kinetic Designer 2D+3D for free (valid until May 10, 2020 for the purchase of a Modulo Pi dongle + a Modulo Player Lite and/or Kinetic 2D license + a Kinetic Designer 2D+3D license).
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Here is a list of presentations and workshops that will be offered in French and English in the coming weeks.
March 26 Français Webinaire Modulo Player, devices DMX et consoles lumières Replay
April 1 Français Webinaire Modulo Player, Live Mixer embarqué et Stream Deck Replay
April 3 English Introduction to the Modulo Player & Modulo Kinetic media servers Replay
April 9 Français Introduction à Modulo Kinetic Replay
April 17 English Introduction to the Modulo Player media server Replay
April 24 English Introduction to the Modulo Kinetic media server Replay
April 30 English Introduction to Modulo Pi's embedded Live Mixer Replay
The list will be updated with new themes and dates.
Stay tuned, stay home, and be safe.
The Modulo Pi team
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Following the recent announcements by the French government and in order to help limit the spread of COVID-19, please be informed that our offices are closed until further notice.
As a result, shipping and delivery will be rescheduled.
Visits and trainings have to be cancelled and will be rescheduled when the situation allows.
To support continued activity, our sales, programming, support, and marketing teams are now working from home.
They remain available through email or phone in order to assist you under these challenging circumstances.
We will re-evaluate our approach as the situation evolves and will keep you informed.
In the meantime, we hope you stay safe and healthy.
The Modulo Pi team
Paris, February 2020 – Modulo Pi is pleased to unveil a dance performance featuring real-time tracking, interactivity and generative content. The all show relies on the Modulo Kinetic media server and KineMotion, the new optical tracking module fully developed by Modulo Pi.
Fully developed by Modulo Pi, KineMotion is an optical tracking module designed for state-of-the-art creative and interactive visual experiences. Available as an option, the tracking module allows to handle the all calibration process directly within Modulo Kinetic.
Combined with the extensive capabilities of Modulo Kinetic – 3D particles engine, nodal editor, timeline sequencer… – KineMotion unlocks new opportunities for creative and interactive visual experiences such as projection on moving objects, particles drawing and tracking, automatic follow spot, light painting, and more.
Watch the dance performance below and get a sneak peek of the endless possibilities offered by Modulo Kinetic and KineMotion:
For more information about the set-up and how it works, watch the making of video:
1 x Modulo Kinetic Designer
1 x Modulo Kinetic VNode
1 x KineMotion tracking module: add-on software and calibration kit
Setup for face mapping and tracking:
1 x video-projector
4 x OptiTrack cameras with embedded infrared projector
12 x passive markers on the dancer’s face
1 x infrared led on each hand
1 x infrared led on each foot
4 x infrared leds on a panel on the chest
4 x infrared leds on the rectangular frame
4 x infrared leds on the round frame
The dance performance will be played live on a regular basis
in Modulo Pi’s heardquarters next to Paris, France.
Follow us on social networks and stay tuned for upcoming dates.
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Paris, January 2020 – Modulo Pi is pleased to announce the full compatibility between its Modulo Kinetic media server and L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology by L-Acoustics. Thanks to bidirectional interactions now available between the video toolbox on one hand, and the spatial audio technology on the other hand, Modulo Pi and L-Acoustics bring a complete A/V real-time production suite.
L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology is a multidimensional, object-based approach to designing, mixing, and processing sound that results in extremely natural and intelligible audio and a more vibrant, and authentic connection between artists and their fans. Already deployed on over 7,000 performances, L-ISA has been adopted by artists such as Mark Knopfler and Bon Iver, and permanently installed in experiential venues like ARTECHOUSE and Spyscape museum.
Designing the next generation of media server solutions, Modulo Pi has developed Modulo Kinetic, a super high-end and fully integrated media server solution. Launched in 2016, Modulo Kinetic is a field-proven solution used by major venues such as the multi-awarded theme park Puy du Fou, or Atelier des Lumières, the renowned digital art center.
In January 2020, Modulo Pi releases a new version of Modulo Kinetic with full integration of the L-ISA technology by L-Acoustics. The spatial audio system is now included in Modulo Kinetic’s extensive library of preloaded devices, allowing bidirectional interactions between Modulo Kinetic and L-ISA.
Based on this integration, Modulo Pi and L-Acoustics offer real-time interactions between video and spatial audio for state-of-the-art immersive experiences.
Operators can thus easily control the L-ISA solution directly from Modulo Kinetic, enabling spatial audio control from the media server’s timeline sequencer, 3D engine, nodal editor, or embedded show controller.
The L-ISA system can also send data to Modulo Kinetic – such as audio source pan, width, distance, elevation… – in order to interact with media encoded in the media server, or generative content created with Modulo Kinetic’s 3D engine.
In addition, KineMotion, the tracking module within Modulo Kinetic, becomes a certified tracking system for L-ISA. Available as an option for Modulo Kinetic, the new optical tracking module thus offer automatic sound source positioning when working with L-ISA.
“L-ISA opens a new creative palette for sound designers, giving them the ability to create fully natural, enveloping soundscapes or the freedom to immerse the listener in any atmosphere they can imagine,” explains Guillaume Le Nost, Managing Director of L-Acoustics Ltd. “With the integration of L-ISA Controller capabilities into Modulo Kinetic, the art of audio and the art of visual blend, making production of engrossing, amazing shows more intuitive.”
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