Lights of Christmas 2015, St Mary's Cathedral
Australia - TDC - Technical Direction Company is bringing Sydney-siders their large-format video projection technology to two prominent events this year.

Lights of Christmas 2015, St Mary's Cathedral: Once again, TDC has used its expertise to turn the façade of St Mary's Cathedral into a huge 75m backdrop of an imaginative representation of Christmas and what it means to Sydney. TDC created giant 17,640,000 pixel animated images using 264,000 lumens of projected light to illuminate the facade.

To manage the full HD content images, TDC's hardware needs massive processing power - two terabytes of content management, 48 cores of processing and 144 gigabytes of RAM.

"TDC projection video designers created special code and electronics so that the entire system is 'virtually wired' and controllable using an iPad device," says Michael Hassett, managing director at TDC. Remote monitoring is something TDC has been perfecting for a number of years. It allows for rapid programming, fixes issues remotely in real-time, uses a CCTV camera on-site to see what's happening and allows scheduling of different shows and operation of each day's events."

Merry Go Round Christmas Projections, Martin Place: Merry Go Round returns this year to the landmark Commercial Travellers Association Building in Martin Place.

Using video projection from TDC, the giant curved concrete façade takes shoppers and local workers on a journey. The building appears to spin and pop as the cast of dancing robots and singing mechanical animals swing into action, before the building packs itself up and blasts off into space as a flying saucer with Christmas lights. The building is the perfect canvas for the artistic work by Ample Projects and runs until 25 December 2015.

(Jim Evans)

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