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Barco projectors and Modulo Pi media servers create New Year’s Eve show in Paris
On December 31, 2019, more than 400.000 people gathered on the Champs-Elysées avenue in Paris to celebrate New Year’s Eve. For the 6th year in a row, this avenue shone brightly for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
After winning the tender launched by the city of Paris, Cookies Production produced a sound and light show using fifteen of Barco’s video-projectors and four Modulo Player media servers by Modulo Pi. The show - projected on the Arc de Triomphe - included music, video mapping, and pyrotechnics.
Cookies Production worked with Magnum for the technical production, and the creative studios Holymage and Spectre Lab for the artistic direction and production.
In terms of technical set-up, fifteen Barco UDX video-projectors were used for the show. “We reached about 470.000 lumens, and more than 300 lux per square meter. This was a first for the Arc de Triomphe,” comments Christophe Gillier, CEO of Cookies Production.
The video-projectors were fed by four Modulo Player Pro media servers which were used for video mapping and show playback. The Modulo Player Pros were equipped to receive timecode: “Modulo Player’s capability to work with timecode is essential in a show that must strictly follow the countdown. It also ensures the synchronization of the video, light, firework, and laser effects,” states Baptiste Jazé, media server operator on the show.
In addition, Modulo Player’s LED mapping function allowed to convert video content into DMX. This way, the creative studios could work on the lights located underneath the Arc de Triomphe’s vault at the same time as video effects, ensuring video and light were synced.
The show - including the countdown to 2020, marked by a firework with 2.700 shots - was filmed by six cameras and displayed live on four giant screens placed along the Champs Elysées avenue.
(Photos: Serge Decoster/Barco/Modulo Pi)
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