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Hippotizer Media servers make a good heart easy to find

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:28


Green Hippo is understandably proud of its associations with large scale events such as the Super Bowl Halftime show and Eurovision for starters, where its media servers run the ‘real-time show’. However, but its high-performance video processing also receives support from those working on smaller but equally important projects.

Weddings are one of the many events where Hippotizer Media Servers are able to add something special to make a more memorable occasion. With a strong need for a personal touch, weddings offer the perfect opportunity for designers to bring a mark of individuality to a venue, and this is where Hippotizer’s projection mapping comes to the fore. A shining example of how projection mapping can transform a venue and building is Motion Mapping’s recent project at Cumbrian venue, Calthwaite Hall.

The Essex based creatives’ brief was to create stunning visual content to complement the happy couple’s favourite piece of music; Coldplay’s A Sky Full of Stars. Using a Hippotizer Amba Media Server, Motion Mapping controlled the set-up via Hippotizer’s ZooKeeper, loaded on to a tablet, and used SHAPE, Hippotizer’s projection mapping toolset, to transform the Grade II listed venue.

A Datapath Fx4 was utilised to split the signal to a pair of CAT 6-connected Panasonic 20,000 lumens projectors, both of which were placed 3.5m high on trussing. Using this relatively compact set-up, Motion Mapping delivered beautiful images directly on to Calthwaite Hall’s façade, and all from a discreet 75m away from the building itself.

The result of this perfect union of Motion Mapping’s creative vision and Hippotizer’s powerful SHAPE 3D Mapping was a wedding venue was transformed from ‘beautiful’ to ‘beautifully personal’. The projection show was also the wedding gift that just keeps on giving, with the video of the mapping having, to date, amassed an incredible 260,000 views on various social platforms.

Commenting on the Cumbrian event, Motion Mapping’s Stuart Harris said: “Hippotizer linked with ZooKeeper on the tablet makes it so versatile and easy to run a show, even with a small team.”

James Roth, head of sales and marketing at Green Hippo, commented: “It’s really exciting to see that Hippotizer Media Servers are being used for a wide range of different projects – from very big events like Eurovision and the Academy Awards, to smaller ones, like weddings. We, at Green Hippo, understand and appreciate the constantly changing needs of the professionals in the AV world; Green Hippo’s product range is designed to serve those needs, after all.”