Six projectors Christie Mirage 4K 35 is responsible for immersing the visitor in a journey in 3D by Voletarium, the latest attraction in the German theme park Europa Park.

Europe-Park-Mack KG - Mack Media Voletarium Christie

The dream of flying is as old as humanity. A dream that the visitors of the German theme park Europa-Park come a little closer, and that they have now added a new attraction: Voletarium, the largest 'flying theatre' in Europe, which received the largest individual investment to date in a European theme park, whose technical production corresponds to the Austrian company Kraftwerk Living Technologies.

Located in the themed area of the park dedicated to Germany, Voletarium It invites the visitor to embark on a fantastic journey across Europe. The 'flying theatre' consists of two screens of 424 sq.m in dome-shaped. Visitors (seventy once) embark on a journey immersive 3D the old continent.

Europe-Park-Mack KG - Mack Media Voletarium Christie

For projection, Kraftwerk Living Technologies opted for a resolution 4K native, the 120 Hz and the high six projectors lighting Christie Mirage 4K 35, three by each pantalla-domo, whose contents correspond to the realization of up to fourteen air filming with the best views of big cities and European landscapes.

The narration fits perfectly into the European theme of a park that each season welcomes more than 5.5 million visitors from around the world who, through more than 100 attractions and shows that are distributed by fifteen subject areas based in different European countries, are carried by different worlds.

Europe-Park-Mack KG - Mack Media Voletarium Christie

The argument plays a key role in Voletarium, where has the visitors of all ages how the brothers Kaspar and Eckbert Eulenstein were realized his dream of flying together: when the 'Club of the adventure of Europe' asks Professor Andrej Nikolajew showing that the two Aviation pioneers They piloted the first flight manned in 1825.

Giving visual form to the story demanded a considerable preparation. Before filming for the projections was the preview and animation of a demo movie to choose between different thematic possibilities, which are better tailored to the story. To this end, tested different positions of cameras to achieve that, altogether, they generate a global image able to project with good results in the hemisphere of 424 m².

Europe-Park-Mack KG - Mack Media Voletarium Christie

For this ride two large rooms, each with capacity for seventy spectators, have been created allowing that, on each trip, a total of 140 people slipping by air mounted on a kind of chairs from cable car.

Passengers enjoy spectacular projections in 3D on a screen in the dome, it consists of two concave halves with 21.5 meters in diameter each. Effects such as air, water, or the odor intensifies the sensation of flying that travellers experience as they move through the domes, sixteen meters in height.

Europe-Park-Mack KG - Mack Media Voletarium Christie

As explained by Thomas Gellermann, head of r & d of Kraftwerk Living Technologies, "the visitor of the" Voletarium sit down, so to speak, in the middle of the event: not outside or against what is happening, but inside. That conveys it a feeling of flight similar to that experienced with a simulator, because the field of view is about 180 / 120 °. The interaction of technologies of great ingenuity leads to an immersive experience, without detracting from the splendid quality of images, a key factor".

3D 4 k recordings are made with the help of three projectors Christie Mirage 4K 35 provided thanks to the electronic TruLife of that same manufacturer that incorporate 3D content to native resolution 4 K and 120 frames per second each.

Europe-Park-Mack KG - Mack Media Voletarium Christie

In this sense, the option has been a solution of screening multichannel with three 4K projectors, rather than other theatres 'flying' single projector. "We offered the multi-channel solution because it provides higher light output and resolution. But, in addition, helps to achieve a much more immersive experience than with a single projector located in the Center,"said Gellermann.

Another disadvantage of a single projector option is that, what is known as sweet spoti.e. the ideal point from which to contemplate the experience, is free, since the median is taken from the position of the Viewer.

One positive aspect of this technology of Voletarium It is the system of attraction is not connected to projectors, so they are free from vibration.

Europe-Park-Mack KG - Mack Media Voletarium Christie

High resolution projectors has been key in choosing teams from Christie, as well as the HFR 120 images per second that intensify the sharpness of the image. "We had used this same equipment in other projects and, so far, not has let us down", emphasizes Gellermann.

In the same vein, Aldric Müller, director of project of AV Media of Europa-Park, stresses "in the Park we have been long time using two projectors Christie in our cinema 4 d, so we knew the quality and brightness of its 3D playback and reliability".

Europe-Park-Mack KG - Mack Media Voletarium Christie

Essential in the planning of this thematic attraction for its makers was that Christie could provide native resolution 4K to each projection for its recordings, as well as a very high light production, and the possibility of reaching 120 images by second per team, not to mention the future: "we wanted to create a facility that within several years continue to be on top form".

All these factors have materialized with the prize to Voletarium to the 'best new attraction European 2017', in the awards Parksmania in Movieland Park, which is part of part of the Canevaworld Resort complex, located in the Italian city of Verona.


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By • 22 Mar, 2018
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