Indonesia: The 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games is an international sporting event held in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia from September 22 to October 1, 2013. The opening ceremony officially began on September 16, 2013 at 20:00.
The Islamic Solidarity Games is a multinational, multi-sport event. The Games involve the elite athletes of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. The Islamic Solidarity Games Federation (ISSF) is the organisation that is responsible for the direction and control of the Islamic Solidarity Games. The first event was held in 2005 in Saudi Arabia and there are currently 57 members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. Non-Muslim citizens in the member countries are also allowed to take part in the Games.
In support of the 3rd Islamic Solidarity Game, the show producer has developed a show requirement for a projection mapping for the opening and closing ceremony. To realise the projection mapping, the organiser engaged 89 Audio Visual (89AV), a Jakarta based Technical Productions company which started out on it’s humble beginning as a rental staging company in the year of 1992. 89AV has over the last years noticed the changing trend in the events industry, made the bold move to foray into Multimedia and they have since come a long way as this is a route many has spoken but least traveled.
Upon the committee awarding of the contract, Widi Surya Budiana of 89AV approached AIMS Productions (AIMS), a Singapore based Barco rental partner to collaborate on the larger than life project. Although this project was the first time the two companies collaborated intimately, these was the third outings the companies have worked together; the first being the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 World Tour 2012 with the last opportunity in the second quarter of the year executing the musical , Ariah at Monumen Nasional. Reffly Muhammad Putra, Senior Animator from 89AV was the overall Project Manager as he took the lead in the project management as well as the responsibility of conceptualizing, designing and developing the multimedia contents. Keith Ji and Ray Rahman, Multimedia Specialists of AIMS supported the project working on control system, system design and integration. AIMS also supplied the ArKaos A10 Media Servers and a fleet of nine units of Barco HDX-W18 WUXGA Three Chip DLP Projectors.
To deliver the organiser’s requirement to project the image on the underside canopy of the Stadion Gelora Sriwijaya, the teams produced a the custom 4K resolution canvas that spanned over the length of thirty six meters with a width of fifteen meters. The team deployed the projectors in two clusters of four projectors inclined at an angle tangent to the ceiling surface from a throw distance averaging twenty five meters. The team considered the distance between Front of House and Back of House locations imposed by the organiser; made another crucial decision to position the media servers nearer to the projectors. The Control System comprising of the LSC Clarity VX20 Media Console which send the start cue for the entire sequence was connected via a CISCO Small Business Solution Switcher to the Media Servers riding on Lightware Signal Extenders at both end. The transmission of the data packet was delivered on two sets of five hundred meter of high grade OM3 fibre optics cables. The distribution at the Back of House was completed with two units of Analog Way DVI distribution amplifiers, Trident DVI-DVI213.
As the control and projection system was being integrated, Reffly and his team of designers of 89AV uploaded all the custom contents onto the ArKaos A10 media servers. The challenge for the two teams was that the image was to be projected on the underside of the canopy was affected by the column structures and the presence of the stage structure. The two teams with their combined experiences working on a myriad of media servers went with the solution to use the ArKaos Video Mapper features to split the surfaces into seven parts to address the physical limitation while not compromising the quality of the image. The entire image was output through a single layer and output on seven independent surfaces.
The show was a complete success baring the many challenges the teams had to overcome throughout the planning, design and operations phase of the project. Reffly of 89AV was quick to add, “We were encouraged through the success of our first collaboration and we looked forward to forge a closer association, sharing of knowledge and experiences.” Using best practices and the latest technological advancements, the two companies hopes to deliver their commitment and passion to provide the customers with a superior staging experience.
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