Christie’s Pandoras Box servers power 3D immersive visualisation project in Qingdao

Image courtesy of Marvel Vision

Christie, the global visual and audio technology company, has provided Pandoras Box servers for a state of the art visualisation showcase in Qingdao, China.

Christie is proud to announce that its award-winning Pandoras Box servers are supporting a unique visual experience in Qingdao where visitors can now enjoy a five-sided 3D immersive visualisation chamber.

The company supplied two Pandoras Box quad servers and one Pandoras Box dual server, which were installed by its partner Marvel Vision. The showcase, called the Light and Shadow Cube, is supported by the Qingdao Municipal Government, aiming to encourage the growth of 5G high-definition video applications.

A highly-advanced installation

Christie’s technology is helping to create an immersive experience with DCI-8K video displayed on LED walls with a total resolution of 8192 x 4320 pixels.

In addition to the Pandoras Box servers, the installation also includes other high-tech equipment, for instance, an active 3D system, a scent-generating system and a 7.1 multi-channel surround sound system. It also boasts 8K@30fps panoramic 2D-VR video and 8K@60fps panoramic 3D video capabilities.

Christie Light & Shadow Cube Qingdao

Image courtesy of Marvel Vision

“The Light and Shadow Cube is a highly-advanced installation that utilizes a variety of cutting-edge technologies,” said Daniel Xu, manager, Marvel Vision.

“We are very pleased to work with our longstanding partner Goldon Digital Creative Co. Ltd., the systems integrator of this project, to accomplish the multimedia system design, on-site installation and commissioning, systems training and delivery of the Pandoras Box media servers.”

The Pandoras Box servers were chosen because they can integrate real-time 3D rendering and UV mapping, says Xu:

“The Pandoras Box servers are the perfect tools for intuitive media and show control. Besides its high frame rate, real-time 3D stereoscopic playback and mapping capabilities, they are also equipped with an efficient rendering engine that can fully meet the needs of demanding technical requirements on site.”

Two-phase installation

Installing and tuning the Christie servers took two months, with the process divided into two phases. In phase one, the conventional LED display was constructed, the 8k visuals were rendered in real-time and the one-click switching function for the 2D and 3D imagery was completed.

For the second phase, the project focused on the construction of the curved LED display, as well as the implementation of the scent-generation system. The complex project required that the Marvel Vision team needed to communicate with the client at all stages, and called for good technical insight.

“As it turns out, the Christie Pandoras Box really is the ideal choice for this demanding project,” says Xu. “The Quad and Dual servers delivered powerful compositing abilities, precise control, real-time visual effects correction and professional-grade multi-channel playback.

“The end results are simply spectacular and left a deep impression on both the client and Goldon Digital Creative. They are absolutely convinced that the Pandoras Box is an excellent and powerful image processing system.”

DCI 8K-VR panoramic video sample Christie

With Christie Pandoras Box, DCI 8K-VR panoramic videos such as this can be used directly without editing
(Photo credit: Beijing Panorama National Geographic Film and Television – ‘Celebration Nation’ project team)

April Qin, director of sales, Enterprise, Christie China, says, “The Christie Pandoras Box systems are perfectly suited for creating stunning presentations and interactive installations for various applications, including cultural assets development and location-based entertainment venues which are becoming increasingly popular across the country.

“We are very pleased to see Marvel Vision’s innovative deployment of the Pandoras Box servers for the Light and Shadow Cube in Qingdao, which brilliantly showcases its powerful features such as on-site 3D rendering, composition and editing.”

Christie has also provided its laser projectors and image processing solutions for the world’s first robot theme park, Gyeongnam Masan Robot Land in South Korea.