Modulo Pi’s Media Servers Drive Immersive Experience for the Monte-Carlo Gala 2020

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Organized by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health was held on September 24, 2020 on the terraces of the Monte-Carlo Opera. For this edition dedicated to Ocean, Earth, and Humanity, an audience of patrons, decision-makers, artists, and scientists gathered under an impressive immersive dome. For this event designed and produced by the event agency TUFF Consult, the technical setup relied on 5 x Modulo Kinetic and 1 x Modulo Player, supplying 1.500 sqm of projection.

Since 2006, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has been working to protect the environment and promote sustainable development on a global scale. Since its creation, more than 540 projects have been achieved by the foundation’s international branches located in France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Spain, and China.

Organized from September 21 to 27, 2020, the Planetary Health Week reached its climax with its Gala held in the specific context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Presided by H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco with Sting as guest of honor, the gala brought together patrons, decision-makers, artists, and scientists to discover the initiatives carried out by the Foundation. The organization of the event was entrusted to the agency TUFF Consult, who imagined an immersive dome to welcome the participants for a night under the theme of Ocean, Earth, and Humanity.

Over the charity dinner and the auction organized to raise funds, guests were immersed in images created by the studio Spectre Lab, featuring galaxies, forests, and ocean floors.

To produce this immersive space, A/V provider Fosphor relied on 22 x Barco UDX-4K40 and 4 x 20K Panasonic video-projectors to illuminate a half sphere of 1.500sqm.

The Modulo Kinetic media server solution by Modulo Pi completed the setup: One Modulo Kinetic Designer workstation and four Modulo Kinetic V-Node servers were used to feed 22 of the video-projectors.

To give the impression of one single image projected on the half-sphere and enveloping the audience, the setup and adjustment of video-projectors was key. The technical team could rely on the 3D tools available in Modulo Kinetic: A 3D model of the half sphere was imported in Modulo Kinetic, video-projectors were selected within the media server’s internal library, and pre-positioned in the 3D scene. The 3D simulation functions in Modulo Kinetic allowed to handle most of the soft edge and warping before being on site.

Once arrived on site, the technical team had to deal with the structure whose position was impacted by temperature and wind variations. The 2D curve warping functions in Modulo Kinetic helped correct and fine-tune the projection.

In addition, 1 x Modulo Player media server was used for 3 x video-projectors in charge of projecting on sliding doors on stage. When moving doors equipped with an encoder, Modulo Player retrieved the position information of the doors in real time, simultaneously adapting the position of the projected media thanks to the Digimap function.

The Modulo Player server was controlled by the Modulo Kinetic Designer which centralized all commands within a single interface. A system of tasks created in Modulo Kinetic then ensured a perfect synchronization of the orders sent.