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Protec Pairs d3 and BlackTrax for World Air Games Opening Ceremony in Dubai

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The World Air Games 2015 in Dubai got off to a dynamic start with a colorful opening ceremony featuring extensive projection mapping by Protec (Production Technology LLC) using d3 Technologies' 4x4pros in tandem with a BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system.

The 4th FAI World Air Games (WAG) included participants from more than 50 countries; nearly 5,000 spectators attended the opening ceremony held along the beachfront at Sky Dive Dubai.

Protec, the region's largest event rental company, was tasked with providing projection on a 54x21-meter hemispherical backdrop screen, the central 20x20-meter stage floor, and a 6-meter diameter rotating inflatable sphere that rose from the stage during the spectacle. Projection mapping the moving sphere required the integration of BlackTrax and d3 to motion track the moving sphere and map its surface with seamless, edge-blended images in real time.

After aerial performers dressed as skydivers and paramotor pilots flew over the audience suspended on cables, the sphere rose from the stage displaying moving earth content, historical footage of the games, key statistics and the flags of the participating nations. The sphere was mapped with the games' logo once the WAG torch was lit.

"We selected d3 for its projection mapping, BlackTrax tracking capabilities and multi-editor function," says Peter Jones at Protec. "d3's great graphical interface also made programming the show off-site possible."

He cites d3's ability, with BlackTrax, "to calibrate the projectors in 3D space with the use of an OSC app on an iPad to map pixel positions within each projector. The d3 is our preferred server for its ease of use and tight BlackTrax integration."

Jones notes that a new d3 software release prior to the games introduced some new elements to the interface and menu structure. "d3 responded immediately to any questions we had and helped us get up to speed with the changes," she says.

Protec's Peter Jones was d3 programmer and Amir Haghshenas d3 operator for the opening ceremony. Aaron Russ ran BlackTrax.

About d3

d3 is the world's first fully integrated visual production system for video professionals, combining a real-time 3D stage visualizer, timeline, video playback engine and projection mapping tools into one product. d3's unique integrated workflow assists the designer at all stages of the project, from pitch through development to final delivery. For more information visit www.d3technologies.com.

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