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TDC DAZZLES AT VIVID SYDNEY

June 9, 2016 News

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Direction ’s wizardry is dazzling audiences of millions at Vivid . In 2016 the grand spectacle of light, video and music is extended from 18 days to 23, with video projections over nine sites including the Royal Botanic Garden and .

Michael Hassett, CEO at said: “ works on the latest in and interactive technologies for Vivid for a total of 11 months prior to the event collaboratively engaging with all project stakeholders in enabling the artists’ creative imaginations to be writ across the skyline.”

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney Sandra Chipchase said: “ is a key element to the Festival as an enabler of artistic works. We’re constantly amazed at what TDC achieves for us each year and this year it’s bigger, better and more spectacular than ever. We expect it to go down in history as a record breaking year in attendance by audiences of all ages.”

To give you an appreciation of it all, here’s what TDC takes on: €

  • 70 video projectors, from 40,000 lumens through to 22,000 lumens
  • Over 30 technical staff employed full time
  • 11km of projection
  • 20 million pixels equivalent to over 60 IMAX screens
  • 20km of signal and power cables
  • 22 media servers
  • 3 different automation platforms servers running on unique software code
  • All sites remotely monitored with realtime remote reporting
  • A total light output of 1,750,000 ANSI lumens brightness 
  • Ensuring energy efficiency, equipment is powered every night but on-standby during the day
  • Impressive 800GB video footage being played back continuously

Drew Ferors, a senior engineer, says, “Vivid Sydney enables us to continuously develop and research ‘TDC Live View’ software we’ve written that monitors the performance of all the projection equipment. We have installed sensors to measure even variables like temperature. 24/7 TDC Live View manages the integrity of projectors sending an alert in real-time if there’s unforeseen issues providing critical technical updates remotely.”

Steve Cain, head engineer said: “Managing the animations we are using d3 technologies media servers for a number of our sites this year. Two features that d3 media servers offers is visualisation and footprint features to show Œhotspots’ and Œcoldspots’ in projection areas. It makes my life so much easier. The software is from the lighting design world so is a great tool. We can visually represent the object or using a fly-through showing how the projection will be laid out on the site to the millimetre of accuracy. This was particularly useful for when we worked at Taronga Zoo where we had to alter projector tower locations. Working in we could move the projection towers and see the results instantly.”

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

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TDC provides projection technology and mapping onto the 45m x 30m façade of Carlton & United Brewery.

TDC provides projection technology and mapping onto the 45m x 30m façade of Carlton & United Brewery.

Taronga Zoo

For the first time, Vivid Sydney incorporates Taronga Zoo Centenary Celebrations.

For the first time, Vivid Sydney incorporates Taronga Zoo Centenary Celebrations.

Royal Botanic Garden

Projections at the Royal Botanic Garden incorporate Ample Projects' 3D scans and mapping onto the giant Moreton Bay fig trees.

Projections at the Royal Botanic Garden incorporate Ample Projects’ 3D scans and mapping onto the giant Moreton Bay fig trees.

As Vivid’s Creative director, Ignatius Jones, noted: “We’re doing something at the Royal Botanic Garden that’s never been done before by projecting videos onto the giant fig trees. Many said that’s not possible, but when we did the test we were totally blown away. The texture of the leaves with the projection on them is extraordinary.”

Pete Lynn, Technical Project Manager, TDC said: “There are three different areas throughout the gardens that we have projected onto. Mapping non-traditional surfaces such as enormous trees has been really exciting and we are thrilled with the results.”

The Matter of Painting

The Museum of Contemporary Art at The Rocks once again serves as a canvas for one of Vivid Sydney's illuminated artwork.

The Museum of Contemporary Art at The Rocks once again serves as a canvas for one of Vivid Sydney’s illuminated artwork.

Steve Cain said: “I really love the colour and vibrancy of this installation. The challenges for this site are multiple angles, trees, and returns, which we’ve managed to map accurately. This is a stunning building to project onto which is a light coloured sandstone. The shape is really interesting for projection too. Here, we use high-powered projectors and media serving. However not every project uses bells and whistles. Sometimes a simpler approach gives great results.” Cain added: “We love the old buildings so we broke all records in terms of set up, having projection mapping completed in just 1.5 hours. New buildings and objects challenge us which is the best way to learn things.”

Sergio Carrubba, managing director at Danny Rose added: “Working with TDC’s highly experienced team is always enjoyable and gives us assurances of the best possible outcome.”

Impossible Voyage

Visuals and projection at the historic Cadmans Cottage are by Propaganda Mill. The installation takes visual input from across the full width of the building and the graphics evolve in real time depending on participant interaction.

Visuals and projection at the historic Cadmans Cottage are by Propaganda Mill. The installation takes visual input from across the full width of the building and the graphics evolve in real time depending on participant interaction.

In terms of projection, Olin Winton explained: “We kept low profile viewing angles up as much as possible as it is a small building.”

Sydney’s Hidden Stories

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Cyril De Baecque, Managing Director at Spinifex Group said: “TDC worked with our interactive department to synchronise the content using the world clock so that the projection on the building aligns with the content on the Huawei devices played through a Unity based app developed by Spinifex Group.”

Jeremy Mitchell, Director, Corporate and Public Affairs at Huawei added: “Companies like TDC have achieved outstanding results with our technology in this installation. We are delighted with the results!”

More Info:
Technical Direction Company: www.tdc.com.au

 

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