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wysiwyg makes light of Macao's 'Rhythm of Life' celebration


Trussdesign Italy
28 May 2014 Toronto - The ability of CAST Software's wysiwyg pre-visualization solution to enable unique creative event ideas - while saving time and money - has been perfectly showcased by 'The Rhythm Of Life', a majestically colourful multimedia show held in Macao's ancient city centre.

Commissioned by the Macao Cultural Institute and under the artistic direction of Lebigre & Roger, 'The Rhythm of Life' celebrated the Latin heritage of Macao - today a separately administered part of China, but until 1999 a colony of Portugal. Featuring dozens of performers wearing traditional painted faces, the parade was inspired by the great carnival of Viareggio in Tuscany.

"In total this was a three-hour show with around 2,500 cues, all of them controlled by SMPTE, and 1,300 lighting fixtures", stated Alessio de Simone, Lighting and Show Designer at Italy's Trussdesign.it, which was contracted by Lebigre & Roger to produce the lighting and staging concept for 'The Rhythm of Life'.

"We used wysiwyg in all phases of the project", continued Alessio de Simone. "We began with the CAD function for our own internal brain-storming, then used the Design function to develop renderings that could be presented to our customers."

"Once the main structure had been approved, we created a Lighting Plot, and finally, once we had received the soundtrack of the show and the choreography, we literally locked ourselves in the blue room in our office where, for about six weeks, we pre-programmed the whole event scene-by-scene."

Alessio De Simone said that wysiwyg's ability to create moving 'points of view' from virtual cameras was invaluable in assessing the detail of light-fixture positioning and programming, as well as the effectiveness of the design as a whole. The final set-up, complete with four spectacular automated 'marionettes' dancing and soaring up to 9m into the air, was realised in remarkably short order once the Trussdesign.it team had arrived in Macao.

"We placed all the projectors as called-for in our wysiwyg documentation, turned on all the moving heads - and every scene position was exactly as it had been in our pre-visualization. With small adjustments for pan and tilt, gobos and beams were perfect - just like they had appeared in our designs, 10,000km away."

'The Rhythm of Life' was performed in front of 20,000 people and shown on three different Chinese TV channels, to ecstatic ratings and reviews. Yet without wysiwyg, the show might not have gone ahead at all, as monsoon rain swept through Macao in the days prior to the production, effectively halting all on-site programming.

"The rain stopped the job completely", recalled Alessio de Simone. "As every lighting designer knows, when you have outside fixtures you can't program during the day - only at night. And the rain just didn't stop. Fortunately, thanks to our pre-visualization with wysiwyg, we had already fixed everything in our control panel.

"On the night of the performance, the sound manager pressed 'Play' on his Mac, we watched the SMPTE on our Hogs, sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed the show."

Bruce Freeman, Chairman, CAST Group, concluded: "wysiwyg users are independent professionals. Whether you design for live theatre, special events, TV/film or Macao, you compete and you must deliver globally. Previz that does not cheat is vital - you must have confidence. This story is a great example of how pros used wysiwyg and the significance of previz as well as the rich graphics that make renderings really virtually real. Another reason wysiwyg's previz often plays such a big role in special events is that it is 'green' - it can save up to 60% of electricity costs because you don't need to take over the space and run the lighting for the design phase."
Source: CAST Software

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Primeur weekly 2014-06-02

Special

Interview with Jan Bot and Cristina Aiftimiei about the SURFsara MOOC on-line training on Grid computing ...

Interview with Yuliya Fetyukova and Peter Ittzes about the BioVeL biodiversity portal and Crowd computing ...

Counting and analyzing butterfly species and their occurrence in Europe with BioVeL ...

Teaching Grid computing in a Massive Open Online Course ...

Exascale supercomputing

20 years of Beowulf: Workshop to honour Thomas Sterling's 65th birthday ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Mainframe Linux and Cloud Center in Beijing ...

EuroFlash

Allinea Software's tools simplify development of High Performance Embedded Computing ...

Allinea DDT adds day-one support for NVIDIA CUDA 6 ...

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod officially launched the "Lobachevsky" supercomputer ...

PRACEdays14 concludes with 3 Awards ...

USFlash

Worldwide server market revenues decreased -2.2% in first quarter as volume server demand improves, according to IDC ...

Fujitsu Awarded Imperial Invention Prize for High-Dimensional Supercomputer Interconnect Technology ...

NEC receives order for SX-ACE vector supercomputer from Tohoku University, Osaka University and the National Institute for Environmental Studies ...

Sandia gets ready for the computers of the future ...

More realistic than ever before: CAST releases beta version of wysiwyg R33 ...

wysiwyg makes light of Macao's 'Rhythm of Life' celebration ...

Silicon Mechanics awards 2014 Research Cluster Grant to Wayne State University ...

Supermicro introduces 1U 32" 12x 3.5" HDD storage solutions ...

Cirrascale launches SM4490D with NexentaStor 4.0, the industry's first enterprise-class Software-Defined Storage solution ...

New University of Colorado study illuminates how cancer-killing gene may actually work ...