Christie Projectors Break Guinness World Brightness Record

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Well, a week ago we wrote that Christie partner Hexogon Solution Pte Ltd. was going for a Guinness World Record for the ‘greatest light output in a projected image ever produced in a single event’, and we’re happy to say that it’s definitely one for the record books.

Breaking the Guinness World Record

Breaking the Guinness World Record

This stunning feat was achieved with 160 Christie Roadster HD20K-Jand S+22K-J 3DLP projectors deployed for a projection mapping performance at the opening ceremony of the Southeast Asian sporting event at Singapore’s new National Stadium. Boasting a total brightness of over 3,200,000 lumens, it beats the previous record of 1,169,000 lumens, set by Freightliner Trucks (USA) at Hoover Dam, in Boulder City, Nevada, USA, on May 4, 2015.

The spectacle was made possible by Hexogon Solution’s installation of the projectors on 20 towers situated around the National Stadium where a slew of colorful images and multimedia content were projected on the stadium floor. This is also the world’s largest number of Christie projectors ever deployed for an event. All show contents displayed by the projectors were driven by 18 award-winning coolux Pandoras Box media servers, which are renowned for creating compelling large-scale, multimedia experiences.

Participated in by 7,000 athletes from 11 nations, this is the fourth time that this regional sporting event is being held in Singapore since the event began in 1959. More than 40,000 spectators are expected to attend the opening ceremony tomorrow, which promises to be a spectacular showcase of mass displays comprising 5,000 performers, props supported by an aerial system, and most notably, multimedia projections as well as light and sound displays for a rousing and captivating visual treat.

Adrian Goh, managing director, Hexogon Solution, says, “The entire installation process has taken us a month to complete, but we are very encouraged by the end results and are absolutely delighted that the time and efforts that we have put in has set a new Guinness World Record title.”

Hexagon Solution's staff celebrates

Hexagon Solution’s staff celebrates

Hang-mounted on specially-built towers above the highest seating area in the stadium, the entire fleet of projectors was carefully set up by the experienced team of engineers and technicians from Hexogon Solution. They spent long hours blending and calibrating the projected images that displayed in stunning 4K resolution. Two dedicated control rooms were set up above the seating area – one on each side of the stadium – to house the Pandoras Box media servers and other equipment that supplied the contents to all projectors.

“We worked very closely with the organizing committee to ensure that the visual contents are synchronized with the music cues and performers on the ground,” says Goh. “On our part, we also conducted numerous simulations and tests to ensure that we achieve the best possible results.

“I’m pleased to note that through meticulous image adjustments and alignments, as well as the ruggedness, performance and reliability of the Christie Roadster J Series projectors and coolux Pandoras Box Media Servers used for this momentous task, we have managed to deliver a vibrant and engaging projection mapping performance that both Singaporeans and overseas guests will remember for a long time.”

“We are both proud and thrilled that this deployment of projectors have enabled us to attain this amazing Guinness World Records title which is the first for Christie in the Asia Pacific region,” says Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “We’re also overjoyed that the 160 projectors used have exceeded the previous deployment of 146 projectors for the 2008 sporting event held in Beijing. I would like to thank our valued partner Hexogon Solution for the tremendous efforts in setting up the projectors for this major event and playing a key role in building high quality, innovative, shared experiences that will last for a long time.”

Designed with purpose-built features including built-in handles, an improved airflow system and multiple rigging points, the Christie Roadster J Series projectors are built for the rigors and stress of rental/staging and deliver over 20,000 lumens and rich, saturated colors.

Hexogon Solution has used Christie’s visual solutions in several prominent large-scale events in Singapore including the National Day Parade at the Marina Bay Floating Platform the past three years where it provided projection mapping and multimedia contents for the main performances using the Christie Roadster HD20K-J . Hexogon also delivered a stunning projection mapping show on the façade of the famous Fullerton Hotel and the iconic Merlion Statue during the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2015 event, held December 31, 2014. The Singapore-based rental staging company recently added 80 Christie Boxer 4K30 and 15 Christie Roadie 4K453DLP® projectors to its impressive fleet of Christie solutions.

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