CTME delivers for World Cup opening ceremony
Tuesday, 20 December 2022
qatarCreative Technology Middle East delivered the spectacular projection mapping
Qatar - Sixty thousand fans gathered from around the world and millions of viewers tuned into the FIFA Opening Ceremony live from the Al Bayut Stadium in Qatar.
Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was the narrator of the opening ceremony and Jungkook of K-pop boy band BTS performed Dreamers, a new tournament song as well as more than 300 dance performers ignited the stadium and filled the air with excitement just before the first FIFA match.
Creative Technology Middle East delivered the spectacular projection mapping covering the pitch for the impressive opening ceremony along with flown tracking LED screens and rolling stage LED screens for the biggest football opening ceremony of the year.
The show was a technically complex production with lots of signals and different displays under the high-pressure environment that comes with global televised shows.
CT’s technical solutions consisted of video mapping projection which covered the massive pitch area of 3,250sqm with a canvas size of 3840 x 5340. We provided 18 x Panasonic PT-RZ31k laser projectors with all signals distributed though fibre from a 128x128 video router matrix. In total our disguise servers were playing back 30 million pixels to all screens and projection systems around the venue.
For content playback CT supplied a fully redundant disguise system of 2x VX2 and 4x VX4 servers to output content for the FOP projection, LED screens, Stadium Ribbons and Broadcast VT.
One of the striking features of the opening ceremony were the flown LED screens that were situated over the pitch. The ROE Vanish 8T and GLUX 10s were mounted in custom-made scenic frames. The signal that fed into the screens was a broadcast wireless system that used 7G bandwidth.
Another key feature of the night was the rolling stage on the pitch. This was custom built for the live performers for the ceremony. CTME installed ROE Vanish 8T LED screens fed through a Riedel MediorNet system.

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