Last week saw the first AV Boot Camp taking place at Sandhurst’s Military Academy, where sales teams from across the UK gathered for a full-on day of practical workshops to enhance knowledge and skills in the audio-visual industry. The free event, hosted by CUK Audio, Christie, Lightware Visual Engineering and Tack Training, allowed employees of all technical levels to experience the key areas of integration. Sales, audio, projection and signal management were covered by the technical experts that allowed the guests to get a hands-on approach to what they sell on a day to day basis.
The event also allowed companies to network and discover the latest technologies from the manufacturers involved and despite the small amount of time allocated, the boot camp was a great success full of useful information. Four of our staff attended and completed the boot camp, including Steve, Di, Lily and Jay and we would like to thank all involved in creating such a unique opportunity!
Audio-visual experts and the general public alike were wowed by dance act Freelusion on Britain’s Got Talent over the weekend. The four dancers from Hungary got through to the live semi-finals with their act which combined futuristic dancing and outfits with 3D projection mapping. The act, consisting of Timea, Lajos, Viktor and Laszlo described their talent to the judges as “an interactive 3D dance show”. Using 4 large cubes and a large screen behind them, the quartet’s projections coordinated perfectly with their actions, creating a smooth performance. 3D projection mapping is often used so that irregularly shaped objects can display video projection.
As was shown in our article on ARC, the digital art festival, musicians in the electronica genre are often using visuals to accompany their DJ performances, but Freelusion claim to be the first dance act to combine the two, with their first showcase in 2009. Freelusion also competed on Hungary’s version of the talent show and have been used in marketing and advertising campaigns for electronics companies. Check out the video below if you missed their performance on Saturday. Feel free to contact us if you would like more information on projection mapping.
If you’ve had the pleasure of embracing a festival environment, you’ll know that it isn’t just the music that creates such an atmosphere. Bristol’s ARC festival, which took place recently, is one of the only festivals that highlights the importance of audio-visual whilst also celebrating electronic music. Several small domes are used as stages and each one has a 360 degree live projected light show in action. Company RFID and AV experts Luma use specialised software, which can design art on impulse to match the mood or speed of the current music playing. Other AV “artists” can bring along their visuals to be calibrated onto a curved surface, which uses six projectors around the dome and each portion is adjusted with millimetre precision.
The curved concept is bound to receive more mainstream interest in the future, particularly from live music events and RFID have already had a few offers. Below is a fan video of one of the domes in action.
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