Panasonic PT-DZ21K DLP Projector used at Olympic Opening Ceremony


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20,000 Lumens of Sheer Fun

We don't know whether you noticed but at 9pm on Friday the 27th of July 2012 the London 2012 Olympic Games were officially opened with a spectacular ceremony.

Prior to the parade of more than 200 competing nations, visitors seated in the stadium and millions worldwide were witnesses to 'Isles of Wonder'. Even if you didn't particularly like it, it would be hard to deny it was a spectacular show. The finale of the event saw the Olympic Cauldron, formed of 205 copper petals representing the competing nations, coming together in London for the Games, ignited by seven young Torchbearers nominated by Britain’s past and present Olympic and sporting greats. The show was backed up by a host of staging technologies using latest audio visual equipment. Panasonic as the Official Worldwide Audio Video Equipment Sponsor of the Olympic Games contributed the very latest ultra bright projection technology to light up a chapter of the story that celebrated British music culture and heritage from past to present.

Those videos were projected onto the four sides of the building’s surface using the very latest Panasonic twenty thousand lumens (!!!) brightness PT-DZ21K Series projectors which were installed more than one hundred meters away on the stands and below the roof of the Olympic Stadium. In total 20 projectors shooting their images from eight different angles illuminated the outside fascias of the houses turning them into giant screens full of colour. This application with a very long projection throw distance and a large, complex shaped projection surface required a powerful projection system with high performance masking and 3D mapping capabilities. In keeping with the upright orientation of the projection surface the projectors where mounted and stacked in portrait mode position, using the high installation flexibility of the PT-DZ21K series .

Incredible images were projected from the PT-DZ21K series projectors to blend the video content of the portrayed clips into the excitement of the performance within the stadium, making links to the hundreds performers on the field and on the stages in their colourful costumes.

Panasonic were naturally very pleased to have been involved and they say it was the first 'truly global' showcase of the new 21K projector, which is claimed to be the smallest and lightest 20.000 Lumen projector available.



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I want to be able to calibrate colour between this projector and it's smaller 6500 lumen projectors in different light conditions, do you have any suggestions?

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