Stardust & Chauvet dare to shine
Monday, 14 October 2019
sergekampfLet’s Dare is an immersive video and lighting environment created by Stardust Group
France - Campus Serge Kampf Les Fontaines, a XIXth Century château nestled in a wooded area 57km north of Paris is a meeting and conference centre that regularly business leaders from throughout Europe.
Let’s Dare is a new immersive video and lighting environment created by Stardust Group with help from Chauvet Professional ÉPIX fixtures.
“We have been the technical service provide to Serge Kampf Campus for some time,” says Stardust Group development director Eric Matouk. “Through our association with the campus we work on many events for CAC 40 companies, so we must always be innovative and forceful, which suits our own spirit as an organisation. For the Let’s Dareexperience we placed guests in a 180° video environment that evokes a ‘virtual reality’ sensation, but without the glasses. We want to engage our audience while still conveying a sense of real life.”
Stardust Group extended the impact of this immersive video wall by installing 60 ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures. The company’s team, which included technical director Tony Gueniffet, site supervisor Cédric Cousin, audiovisual managers Tony Chauvin and Sebastien Parent, and systems operator Florimon, positioned 30 of the one-meter RGB LED linear fixtures in various positions on either side of the video wall. The strips were powered by three IP drivers.
“Immersing the audience in a video display in a 460-seat auditorium is big undertaking,” says Matouk. “We had to offer something other than projection or a LED wall. The ÉPIX IP was a clear choice because it is elegantly designed, but above all we could use it to broadcast video, so it became part of the panorama.”
Describing the ÉPIX fixtures as “actors in the show”, Matouk notes that they were tightly synchronised with the 180° video wall. This enhanced the effect of “Let’s Dare,” enveloping the audience in a field of richly varied and evocative images. The brightness and quick display rate of the ÉPIX strips were key to coordinating them with the wall, according to Matouck.
“We configured the ÉPIX strips in 300 parameters,” he says. “They broadcast all content in real time with incredible speed. This contributed to a show that was elegant, harmonious and original. As with every service, we put all our technique and creativity to the benefit of the customer. The result was amazing.”
(Jim Evans)

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