Projection Mapping 101

Notwithstanding today’s modern technology, there is one sort of entertainment that never fails to amaze audiences, and that is projection mapping. It is now an all-encompassing interactive and immersive form of artistic expression that can be applied to any surface, regardless of its shape or size.

According to team DOREMi, who puts together an impressive array of stunning projectors every week to showcase the successful events organized by them where mapping is still as versatile and captivating an effect to add marketing strategy for events as it has ever been, thanks to the constant technological improvements in projection technology.

 

These examples show how technology can be utilized to turn all kinds of surfaces into canvases, painting large façades as well as complete buildings; planes or dinner tables; even monuments and nature itself with enticing images and light.

 

Specialized software can map any three-dimensional object with bespoke design and can flawlessly merge images from many projectors to cover surfaces of enormous sizes, and even a single projection can map different surfaces with several sources of video. Everything is achievable if you have the correct technology.

Regardless of how crazy the notion is, it all begins with an initial thought. There are a lot of procedures that need to be taken before a beautiful projection mapping job can be achieved, and that includes selecting the right software and set-up for the project. Here, we’ll explain how to select the correct equipment for the project to get from ordinary to exceptional.

A high-end projection mapping project requires certain equipment.

While today’s incredible advancements in technology make it difficult to continue surprising audiences, there is one sort of entertainment that never fails to amaze: projection mapping. It has come a long way over the decades, evolving from a simple light display to an all-encompassing interactive, immersive form of artistic expression that breathes new life into any surface or object.

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If you’ve seen DOREMi’s massive collection of show-stopping projection mapping works, you’ll agree that mapping is still as versatile and captivating an effect to use to enhance any event as it has ever been, owing to continuous technological advancements in projection technology. Additionally, we examined how it may be utilized to transform a variety of surfaces into canvases, painting enormous exterior or entire buildings, planes or dining tables, or even monuments and nature itself with lights and appealing visuals. 

From ballrooms to landmarks, today’s 3D projection mapping technology is combined with specialized software that allows for the spatial mapping of any three-dimensional object with custom design, software that seamlessly blends images from multiple projectors to cover surfaces of enormous proportions, and even a single projector can map multiple surfaces using multiple video sources. Nothing is impossible with the correct technology.

As it is customary, it begins with an idea — which, in this case, can be as bizarre as they come. Between concept and execution, and showtime, a number of processes must occur in order to provide an outstanding projection mapping job, which includes selecting the right software and set-up. This post will discuss how to select the appropriate equipment to elevate an average job to remarkable.

Therefore, what precisely do you require for a high-end projection mapping job?

 

Define the projection system according to the size and nature of the surface.

What exactly does this imply?

Prior to selecting the appropriate projectors for the mapping process, there are several critical points to keep in mind:

  • What size will the content you wish to use be to be displayed? 
  • What surface will you project onto and how huge will the object be? 
  • Is it a plane or do its geometric dimensions matter? 

Depending on the purpose of your projection mapping, the system design – the types and number of projectors utilized, edge blending, geometry correction, and software employed, for example – must be tailored to that purpose.

We must note that technical considerations should not obstruct the initial creative process of developing the concept for your projection mapping, as well as the size and shape of the building or item to be projected upon. Once you’ve imagined how you want your project to look, your expert AV supplier will analyze the design and configuration of the projection system, the number of projectors, and the exact set-up with the concept in mind.

How do the shape and size of the item affect the projection?

According to our experts in technical production, exhaustive white paper on the issue, projection mapping can be classified according to the degree to which the design of the projection system is influenced by the object that serves as your surface:

Aspect ratio that is not conventional: a screen surface that does not conform to conventional aspect ratios, such as a custom-built screen backdrop in a conference room. Due to the odd size or non-standard ratio, you may need to use multiple projectors and a technique called edge blending to accomplish the task. Edge blending is the process of visually integrating various projected images and flawlessly blending them into one image.

A curved screen with a radius arc (convex or concave) may require multiple projectors and “simple geometry correction” depending on the aspect ratio.

When projection mapping is influenced by the surface of an object that contains many planes, arcs, or other geometric structures that require advanced geometry correction. A fantastic illustration of this is mapping physical things with odd shapes or architecture, such as automobiles or planes, building façades, monuments, or landmarks.

This brings us to the second stage process, which is selecting the suitable software for your project.

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Utilizing a projection mapping application

When is it necessary and why is it necessary?

The primary reason for utilizing software in a mapping project is to extend the capabilities of projectors and provide a more complex visual experience. Projection mapping requires specialized software solutions, depending on the size and complexity of the assignment, to ensure that the projected imagery fits the target surface in size and shape.

 

While projecting a 2D image onto a flat surface, such as a screen or a blank wall, is relatively simple, projecting the same image onto a cathedral, an opera theatre, or even a modern building with distinctive architectural characteristics is quite another matter. When mapping things with uncommon shapes, dimensions, or colors, it is critical to use software to generate and pre-visualize the content, as well as spatially map the design onto any surface.

What is the purpose of software?

It simulates the real-world environment in which the object will be shown and communicates with the projector. To be more explicit, the software gathers all relevant data about the object that will eventually become the projection surface, as well as its surrounds, and builds a virtual representation of everything. This pre-visualization enables you to see (and plan for) how light strikes the surface from various angles, as well as how the mapped imagery will seem from various viewpoints. The pre-visualized virtual project will save your team considerable time by serving as a foundation for the correct setup of the equipment.

What is a three-dimensional media server?

A media server is essentially a computer equipped with specially specialized software for storing and managing the content used in projection mapping, and is capable of simultaneously operating many projectors. With their 3D modelling capabilities, virtual positioning capabilities, and projection alignment capabilities, 3D media servers provide precise pre-production planning and also allows ideal content placing on any object or surface with ultra HD resolution output.

DOREMi Events is dedicated to ensuring that your event is an unforgettable experience for all attendees. Our creative team have the talents and capabilities necessary to create a cohesive blend of interactive features and audio-visual components that will pique your audience’s curiosity and capture their attention.

 

We will work with you to ascertain your precise requirements and then develop a plan that maximizes connection and engagement. This customized event will aid you in growing your brand and achieving long-term results in your space via the use of a comprehensive social media strategy and thorough immersion in your digital concept.

Contact DOREMi at 1800-88-3983 or visit our website to learn more about our customized projection mapping and how we can assist you in bringing your concept to life.

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