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ZONES Opening Video and Motion Graphics

Zones Inc., a global tech company located in the Seattle area wanted to communicate new developments at their yearly Partner Summit.  They approached Mind Opera with a special opportunity to develop rich and dynamic visuals to the theme of “Amplify”.    We produced media that took advantage of the venues many screens, like a looping walk-in segments, a powerful opening video, speaker intros and multiple motion graphics pieces that conveyed the excitement and energy of the event.   With the use of WATCHOUT as a video delivery tool, we were able to control the video across the multiple screens and deliver a seamless experience for the audience.   Our client Zones was happy with the impact and their audience was “Amplified” about the message.

Zones Opener from Mind Opera on Vimeo.

Shot taken at Zones Partner Summit
Shot taken at Zones Partner Summit

Anaglyphic 3D adds fun to awards

One of our larger clients asked us to create something different and fun for a typical awards ceremony across an wide screen installation.  We decided to try some Anaglyph 3D effects, which is where you use the two color (Red/Cyan) glasses to view the video.  Everything in this video was created using a combination of Cinema 4d, After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator.  The best part was to see 2000 attendees eagerly put those goofy glasses on and enjoy the experience.  We are looking forward to going to the next level of 3D using stereoscopic 3D.

This video shows one of the sections and each section can be controlled to stay and loop (like the rings and background or go to the next section on our command.

Simple projection mapping adds wow!

Projection mapping has become a hot word in Audio Visual industry.  Whether it is a permanent installation or a live event, it is exciting to watch a building or an object come to life and can elicit some wow moments.  Mind Opera has been using the technique to add visual interest to more and more projects.  It adds a lot of texture and visual interest without skyrocketing the cost of adding multiple projectors.  Even on a simple projection mapping project (seen photos below) we spend time preparing graphics and video to fit closely to the multiple screens, while still allowing wiggle room for on-site adjustments as the actual installation will never be perfect.  The next step is to adjust the projection to fit the screen sets, then using some vibrant green we begin to perfectly fit the projection to the smaller screens.  It took about 5 hours to complete these screens, but the results are more interesting than a standard screen and adds a wow factor to the overall look.

Adjusting the projection map

Finish projection

A screen as large as a football field

This Winter Mind Opera worked with PSAV to bring to life a Starwood Hotels event on one of the largest screens we have worked on to date.  With a massive pixel canvas of 17400 x 1080, the screen stretched 274 feet across the ballroom with slight curves at the ends.  When we work on screens of this size our experience has taught us that sweating the little things is always a big deal, because at nearly a football field across, every detail matters and shows.   We even go as far as prototyping a smaller version at our office just to make sure we get it right.  That’s why we our fanatics about our process and the continued success it brings to our clients. What ever size the screen or project we pay the same attention to detail on every aspect without fail. 

 

Almost as wide as a football field

Almost as wide as a football field

Backstage WATCHOUT setup

Backstage WATCHOUT setup

“Seattle Is My Home” wins three Telly awards

 I know they’re just chunks of pretty metal, but to be quite frank the Port of Seattle video was so much fun for us to create and we enjoyed showing off our amazing city in full summer swing that winning these prestigious awards just feels right. Here are the categories we won, Visual Effects, Live Events and Motivational.Come by our office some time and we can drink from the challis of victory and discuss your next project.

MO Completes Two Microsoft Projects at CES

2012 is off to a good start after completing two CES projects for Microsoft.  Using the presentation software WATCHOUT, Mind Opera worked with Seattle creative agency PBJS to create Steve Balmer’s keynote presentation along with a 60 foot video wall in their Experience Pavillion at the CES trade show.   Everyone we worked with on these projects were talented, professional, and courteous all the way across the board.  It was a pleasure to work with such good people. Read more about the projects on the Dataton website. http://tinyurl.com/85zem4r

Mini Wall at Mind Opera’s Studio
CES multi screen video wall  test set up at Mind Opera office
Full wall at CES 2012

Mind Opera multi-screen, wide screen wall for MIcrosoft at CES

AAPA Conference video for the Port of Seattle

Mind Opera created this video, “Seattle is my home” for the Port of Seattle, which was the host city for the Annual AAPA convention. Our plan for the video was to tip our hat to the Port’s 100th birthday at the beginning then slingshot the audience into modern day Seattle showing them the heart and soul of the city over one Seattle summer. This video only scratches the surface of our beautiful city and the people that live here, so there is still much to discover. If you haven’t been to Seattle, perhaps this will act as inspiration to make the trip.

There was a lot of great footage left on the cutting room floor and some of the time lapse is not on screen long enough to see the interesting patterns form. I intend to rectify that in the coming weeks by adding just the time lapse and tilt shift footage separately along with some more comments about my experience using the Canon 5D II.

I want to thank everyone who participated in creating this video.

The River

On a recent trip to Paris I discovered this video installation at the MUSÉE DU QUAI BRANLY by artist Charles Sandison from Finland.  The installation is projected using perhaps 10 or more projectors on the floor and walls of the very long ramp that leads to the main exhibits.  I like the exhibit for its story and the way it sets a mood for the rest of the museum by connecting a river of words with the cultures that live, work and play along the rivers banks.  I am sure we will see more of these digital exhibits in the future and not just as digital signage.

Mind Opera Helps Bill Gates Improve

In October of 2009 Mind Opera worked with a local Seattle AD Agency, PBJS to bring Bill and Melinda’s Impatient Optimist presentation to life using the WATCHOUT technology.   This article from presentationzen blog shows how Bill’s presentations have improved over the last year and we at Mind Opera are proud to be a part of that.  Enjoy!

Bill Gate, Impatient Optimist presentation

Bill Gate, Impatient Optimist presentation

http://www.presentationzen.com/presentationzen/2010/08/the-naked-transformation-of-bill-gates-the-presenter.html

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Experimenting with SHOWWX laser projectors

Last week Miquel from Microvision http://www.microvision.com/ dropped by the Mind Opera studios with four of their tiny laser projectors to conduct a few visual experiments.   The idea of these experiments was to combine the WATCHOUT technology with these ultra portable laser projectors to see how they would work projecting muti-screen or widescreen content.   In this first phase we used pre-made content and kept the layouts loose, just to get a feel for what was possible.   We were able to easily build muti-projector configurations, but things got real exciting when we took an old lamp shade and used three SHOWWX projectors to cover the entire cylinder.  Since the projectors are lasers they do not lose focus as the image falls off the edge of the lamp shade and using WATCHOUT’s geometry correction we were able to create a blend that was close enough to see how this concept might work.  Granted we did not use content specifically designed for our projector configurations, nor were the projectors exactly lined up based on mathematical calculations, but what we learned has sprouted new ideas and potential uses for the SHOWWX projectors.   I’m looking forward to the next experiment.

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