Avolites helps build alternative White House
Friday, 27 September 2019
avoliteseverlast4Projection mapping the White House
USA - 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the ultimate special-event address, but that venue tends to be booked up at least four years in advance. So the team at Everlast Productions did the next best thing: they projection-mapped a detailed simulacrum of the presidential residence on a three-dimensional stage they constructed in the International Ballroom of the Washington, D.C. Hilton Hotel for the annual leadership event of Power Home Remodelling Group.
And it was, thanks to Everlast Productions’ use of an Avolites Ai Q3 media server as the mapping engine paired with a Tiger Touch II lighting control console and the manufacturer’s Synergy software.
“This was a huge projection event - it had to be very detailed, and it had to be built literally overnight,” says Washington Arias, Everlast Productions’ CEO, referencing the large-scale mapping project in which multiple projectors had to apply projection to a three-dimensional set, right down to a credible Oval Office, where keynote speeches, presentations, and an interview with former president George W. Bush would take place.
The Ai Q3 media server was the source for all of the static projected content but also was used as a low-latency switcher, handling all kinds of static and motion NDI and HD-SDI feeds to accommodate interactive programming from Derivative’s TouchDesigner software, multiple cameras and various keynote presentations.
Arias notes that the trend in high-end event production now is to construct detailed physical sets whose verisimilitude can be further enhanced by highly detailed video projection. “Every end cap and baluster in the design of the set has to be perfectly matched in the video-mapping projection, which needs to be very detailed and precise,” he explains. “It can look fantastic but it’s much trickier and requires many more hours of preparation and execution.”
Everlast Productions’ senior video engineer Scott Goldsmith says the ability of Avolites’ Synergy software to integrate lighting and video together between console and server was a significant help in mapping a complex stage. “The Tiger Touch II running on Synergy with the Ai server allowed us to minimise programming time,” he explains. “While Synergy is best known for its ability to pixel-map lights in a flash, in this event, Ai was being used as a production switcher and 3D mapping solution, and Synergy allowed for all sources, patches and presets to become available for playback on the console with minimal programming time.”
(Jim Evans)

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