The National Museums of Liverpool explains the history of the terracotta warriors with the help of Panasonic projectors. Eight equipment PT-RZ970 and five PT-RZ670 is used to create an immersive experience.

Panasonic Adlib National Museums Liverpool

The National Museums Liverpool They include eight offices that collect the most important and varied European collections and attract some three million visitors each year.

The World Museum is the oldest in managed by the National Museums Liverpool, with collections and exhibitions of the life sciences, Earth Sciences and human cultures around the world, the last of which presents the exhibition ' the first emperor of China and the terracotta warriors ' (China completo First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors), which can be visited until October 28, 2018.

Panasonic Adlib National Museums Liverpool

For more than 2000 years, a clandestine army of life-size terracotta warriors secretly guarded the tomb of the first emperor of China, Quin Shi Huang, until a chance discovery in 1974 in the mysteries of an empire is unveiled disappeared.

The exhibition encompasses nearly a thousand years of Chinese history, from conflicts and chaos of the period of the Warring States to the achievements and legacy of the dynasties of Qin and Han, and, with the help of the projection technology of PanasonicWe have managed to improve the narrative of the exhibition, giving life to the elements.

Panasonic Adlib National Museums LiverpoolThe company's Liverpool-based audio visual equipment rental, AdlibIt has been one of the many technical partners who presented his proposal to the National Museums Liverpool.

Fiona Philpott, Director of exhibitions for the National Museums Liverpool, which formed part of the Committee that approved the participation of Adlib in the exhibition, explains what were their challenges. "One of our biggest concerns was that the technology could fail, since the projections are a very important part of the visitor experience. Adlib could control everything remotely, but it was also crucial that they were just a few minutes away and they could go quickly in times of need."

Adlib worked closely with Draw & Codethat he was hired by the National Museums Liverpool to create an immersive experience for the exhibition. Projections of augmented reality, animations and virtual reality displays were used.

"We wanted to do something that will captivate the imagination of the public and leave him amazed. Working with Adlib and meet with them to put all these ideas in common, as well as the creative freedom that offered us Panasonic hardware, allowed us to get some nearly magical effects,"says Andy Cooper, creative director of Draw & Code.

Panasonic Adlib National Museums Liverpool

Thanks to the help of the laser projectors from Panasonic, this immersive experience, showing the history of the terracotta warriors, is capable of capturing the attention of visitors. For this purpose, eight RZ970 and five RZ670 units were installed. Designed for intensive use and long-lasting shine, these devices are suitable for use in museums and exhibitions.

"With the large screen behind the Warriors, one of the main challenges was that there was no space for a front projection." And taking into account the displacement, seemed that there would not be room for a rear projection,"says Andrew Watts, System Integrator in Adlib.

To solve the problem, the objectives were used with mirrors of Panasonic, managing to reduce the distance required for a rear projection. The objectives are displaced with respect to the screen, so it can be projected from various angles to fill it.

Panasonic Adlib National Museums Liverpool

Rather than have these teams in a typical horizontal position, they were placed in vertical orientation, which allows to achieve the image from a very short distance. The projectors are based on laser and to arrange them in vertical orientation is not modified performance, cost or time of operation, since they are designed to operate in any orientation and angle.

Reliability was a key aspect in the projections in the National Museums Liverpool. One of his big concerns was access need to be system integrators for the maintenance of the projectors. With integrated inside and around the elements, systems and for a sensitive site, wanted to minimize access to reach them.

"The fact that there are no filters or replace lamps allows put projectors and, simply, leave them there. Another of the key points to ensure the quality, is that they will have the same brightness from the first to the last day of the exhibition,"adds Andrew Watts.

Panasonic Adlib National Museums Liverpool

AV installation in five areas

When visitors enter the exhibition, around 40 at the same time, begin your immersive journey in an area called 'Introduction to China' (Introduction to China), and find a wall of 15 meters wide by three meters high mountain-shaped stylized, constructed tailored to fit the space. The lights are dimmed and there is a presentation on this screen about this country, while the atmosphere is filled with the aroma of cherry blossom.

Images are created with two projectors laser Panasonic PT-RZ970 of 10,000 lumens mapped through the wall, and a 4 Watchpax media server of Dataton serves the content for these devices. In addition, it is responsible for control amplifiers Crown and the generator of fragrances of Osborne Technologies.

Audio installation consists of three speakers AA61 and a subwoofers AA12HL from Adlib, running as a 3.1 surround sound system to provide a rich 3D tone. These installation loudspeakers are compact and very reliable.

Panasonic Adlib National Museums Liverpool

When complete the presentation, Dataton server and relay system IOCore Artnet's Visual Productions they are responsible for opening doors and giving way to a second space: 'Warring States'.

In this area, Panasonic PT-RZ970 and two 5 screens, used two projectors 5 × 2 meters that run along the ceiling space. The contents are driven by a Watchpax 2 and feature the same system of power control, iPower IP-4, which is located in the exhibition.

Information relates to the atmosphere of confusion and the kingdoms fighters in China until the Earth is set by the first imperial dynasty headed by Qin Shi Huang, which became Zheng, King of Qin at the age of 13, and then the first emperor of China to the 38 years. Here visitors learn the story of his rise to power and his influence.

The audioscape is transmitted through the Adlib AA81 speakers built into the screen and quadraphonic audio use. You will hear the sound of arrows at the top, accompanied by drum beats and sounds of the battle, it can be directional and gets an environment more immersive and realistic.

Panasonic Adlib National Museums Liverpool

The following area details the Qin dynasty, with this period terracotta warriors. Here installed a projector screen 8 × 3 metres which feeds content through other three Panasonic RZ970s. The images include close-ups of the faces of the warriors who have been digitally painted for the on-screen display in what could have been the original colors.

"This area was particularly challenging for us. The idea of having a large rear projection seemed simple, however, you could assign less than two metres away from screening in a space which, at first glance, should not allow enough distance to make it work,"explains Andrew Watts.

The trio of projectors are mounted vertically, using adapters Rigtecmodified to attach directly to a base of vertical truss. Panasonic ET-DLE030 lenses were giving a shot of 0, 36:1.

Panasonic Adlib National Museums Liverpool

After that, visitors move to the area of the Han dynasty, showing the details of the smaller warriors that were created during this time. Here you will find a HD screen which uses another projector Panasonic PT-RZ970 and whose contents are provided from the same server media Watchpax running the projections in the presentation of the Dinastia Qin.

The fifth area is home to the mausoleum of the first emperor, which until today, in real life, never been opened. This required a completely different treatment that is theatrically driven and, being the final exhibition space, it was vital to have a big impact.

The space includes a screening room that has been implanted a mesh 'holo-dress' which allows you to create a ghost effect in the front.

Panasonic PT-RZ670, four five projectors are used to transmit projections to the ground, the sides and the roof of the mausoleum for the dramatic show, and one dealing with the mesh. The effects of smoke appear in the front of the dress, the rivers of mercury are projected on the floor, culminating in an explosive trap, caused by a bird that flies through space.

Panasonic Adlib National Museums Liverpool

Fiber backbone

All entertainment programming is linked to a server Dataton Watchnet, which provides control of media Watchpax servers and is the command center for all devices controlled by IP in the system.

Part of the network infrastructure is built around a fiber backbone to accommodate the distances between areas. It boasts a VPN router based on hardware for the access, control and diagnostics of the network. A secondary VPN software-based allows the redundant network access through a monitoring server dedicated, that runs an instance of Zabbix based on Linux for the registration, monitoring and diagnosis of the network.

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By • 27 Jul, 2018
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