TDC has also recently deployed the pro range when Opera Australia presented Szymanowski’s 20th century opera, “King Roger,” in the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the famed Sydney Opera House. Previous UK productions of the opera had used disguise media servers, and the client asked TDC to provide technical continuity for the Sydney and Melbourne run. TDC used 4x4pros with DVI VFC cards and Barco projection to meet the needs of the opera’s unusual set design.
“We had an eight-metre fibreglass model head covered in mapped projection,” says Drew Ferors, TDC King Roger Operator in disguise. “The head rotated with tracking projection; we had to follow the 3D angle of the head live by rotating a 3D model in designer. Projection mapping also covered the set pieces surrounding the entire upstage area.
Whilst disguise was “very stable and easy to work on, running perfectly night after night without a single issue,” he calls the disguise support “second to none.” TDC itself is one of a handful of companies worldwide with disguise certified advanced trainer on full-time staff.
TDC also used 4x4pros with DVI VFC cards and Barco projection to map the interior of the La Trobe reading room of the State Library of Victoria for Melbourne’s White Night 2017 festival. The 360º projection, spanning 114 x 25 meters, transformed the space into an underwater environment to showcase the astonishing sea life of Victoria. Says Peter Lynn, TDC Melbourne Project Manager.
“The 4x4pros were used for this event last year with amazing results,” says Cain. “The stability and power of designer's features were needed to deliver this important project again in 2017. The ability to play back large texture sizes was a big advantage. The show had a long continuous run so having the failover feature was also an advantage – not that we needed to use it. But knowing that disguise would keep running in the rare event of a problem gave us peace of mind.”