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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
I’m backstage working on this years Imagine Cup, 7,000 miles from Seattle at the Grand Opera House in Warsaw, Poland hoping that I might see some daylight and a little of the city before I leave. There are a lot of smart kids here. http://imaginecup.com/Default.aspx
Recently Mind Opera was commissioned by Starbucks to create content for a 53′x9′ video wall one of their buildings located at 505 1st Ave. Seattle. Mind Opera came up with the creative treatment, produced the videos, audio and motion graphics. This is the overture video that is between each of the sections.
Producer: David Johnson, Creative Director: Tom Schabarum, Illustrator: Pedro Murteira, Motion Graphics: Caitlin Wilbert, Graphics: Jessica Mans
<p>Starbucks video wall at the 505 Building in Seattle from Mind Opera on Vimeo.</p>
Mind Opera worked with our friends at PBJS to create a sophisticated look for the Gates Foundation keynote, Living Proof in Washington D.C. The presentation incorporated mixed video, audio and graphics. By using WATCHOUT we knew we could
play video across the venue’s wide, curved screen without lag time or hesitation.
At the beginning of the year Mind Opera helped the Microsoft presentations team along with PBJS and Run Studios to create a stunning wide screen presentation for Steve Ballmer and Robbie Bach. There were five screens that stretched 160’ around the stage. WATCHOUT was use to synchronize the screens and add seamlessly looping video as a backdrop.