Hippotizer-powered ‘Winter Light’ experience in Wales


Shopping in one of Llandudno’s central high streets became an immersive ‘Winter Light’ experience over the darker months as a parade of store fronts was transformed into a giant projection-mapped surface. Eighty metres of shop façade, with a canvas size of 9600 x 1920 pixels, displayed content imagining mystery, magic and myth, created by mapping duo, Illuminos. The visuals were driven by three Green Hippo Hippotizer Karst+ Media Servers, configured as a main, backup and ZooKeeper machine for control and content ingest.

Five Panasonic 30k projectors were on projection duty. “This was a relatively complex canvas, requiring powerful playback and a combination of 3D model and photo reference for lineup,” explains Rob Vale, from Illuminos. “The exact projector locations could not be determined ahead of the event meaning that flexibility from the Media Servers during line-up was key. A 9600 x 1920 pixel canvas also meant that we needed punch in the playback, and we have found the Karst + servers to be very smooth in frame rate.” The Hippotizers were supplied to the event by Cardiff-based Stage Sound Services, managed by Technical Support Manager, Richard Gilbert. “All of the Karst+ machines were running the latest version of Hippotizer,” says Gilbert. “The latest Case Study feature was helpful in deciding where projectors should be positioned as we had a left and right position, so this helped with deciding which projector should go where, for both brightness, resolution and pixel distortion.

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