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National Order of the Arrow Conference

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National Order of the Arrow Conference

Last week, several Portland satis&fy members took a week of their personal time to volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. Together with a crew of 120 fellow Scout leaders from all across the country, they produced 4 original shows over the course of 5 days, for the National Order of the Arrow Conference. Held at the Kimon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana.

Paul, one of our technical designers, worked on this show for the 8th time since 2002. This year he was director of the Day in Review crew that was tasked with shooting video of all activities throughout the week long conference and editing a video to be shown by the start of show each evening. Paul's crew of 8 included a scheduling wizard, a video cataloger, a still photographer, a video editor, and four videographers. Over the course of five days they created 500 gigabytes of video files which were sorted and edited into a total of 21 minutes of final content.

Nick, another of our amazing video engineers, worked his second National Boy Scout Conference. Nick was tasked to engineer the Video Village, running the Barco E2 and ATEM 2/ME. He wrangled 18 video sources, output to 12 distinct destinations including several LED video walls. Our summer video department intern, was on Nick's crew and got quality hands on time with the ATEM, video cameras, Playback pro, decimators, and fiber distro. He also got the opportunity to technical direct the live camera switcher. 

Thank you to all involved and for donating so much of your time and talents.

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Portland Winter Light Festival

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Portland Winter Light Festival

Portland Winter Light Festival

We're suckers for art installations... not to mention diehard geeks for technology. That's why a handful of our employees were more than willing to volunteer their time and expertise to help kick off the inaugural Portland Winter Light Festival.

Presented by PGE (Portland General Electric) and hosted by OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), the festival is a free, all-ages, outdoor, community-driven celebration that will illuminate the streets of Portland with installations by premier lighting artists and designers from February 3rd through the 6th.

Click here to head over to the official PWLF page, and stay up-to-date by following the #PDXLightFest hashtag on social media.

(photo courtesy of Portland Winter Light Festival)

 

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Puffersphere

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Puffersphere

Puffersphere

We’ve all heard the phrase, “think outside the box.” It seems one of our engineers might have taken the saying too literally…

Our in-house R&D team loves to bend the rules when it comes to video projection –especially when it deals with pushing the limits of dimension and utilizing unorthodox surfaces to display digital content.

We love a challenge. That’s why we created the Puffersphere: a custom-built, 4’ diameter spherical display, capable of projecting 360 degrees of ultra high-resolution content on its surface. With a total resolution of 2560x1600, the Puffersphere leaves no detail to the imagination.

Selected as the centerpiece for an exhibit in the second largest museum of natural history in Germany, the Puffersphere was outfitted with a custom wireless interface that allowed its contents to be controlled effortlessly via Android device during museum tours.

Video link: https://vimeo.com/125741710

 

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4k Projection Mapping

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4k Projection Mapping

4k Projection Mapping - Karben, Germany | Mar 2014

Making a splash at the Prolight + Sound Expo and writing history at the same time, the team at satis&fy pushed the limits of projection mapping– displaying an uncompressed 4k image at 60FPS onto the facade of its headquarters in Karben, Germany. With vendors, clients and business partners in attendance, the spacious paved courtyard fell silent as sheer awe and amazement swept over the audience.

Utilizing a pair of cutting-edge Barco Beta HDQ 4k35 projectors mounted on a semi-trailer across from the main building, the walls appeared to pulsate and evolve to the beat of an epic electronic soundtrack. Shattering the expectations of the audience and showcasing the sheer visual force of the Barco prototypes, a new standard was set in the world of premium projection technology.

 

video by satis&fy AG

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T-Claw

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T-Claw

T-Claw

Continuously building and tearing down massive installations poses a risk to sensitive surfaces – specifically our trusses and the floors of venues. After 6 months of serious R&D, our team of engineers developed an in-house solution to these reoccurring problems.

Utilizing a pair of jaws that clamp onto two opposing rods on a truss, the T-CLAW is an innovative truss protector that helps prevent sensitive surfaces from incurring damage and allows the hardware to be hauled across floors without the worry of scratching or scraping up venues. 

From experience, the team at satis&fy knew that transporting stacked trusses is a tough job; that’s why the T-CLAW was designed to allow the hardware to be stacked neatly and securely – taking payload size specifications into consideration and minimizing the gaps between each stacked truss.

 

Video by satis&fy AG

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Digital Foosball Table

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Digital Foosball Table

Digital Foosball Table

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy – a belief held by the team at satis&fy’s R&D labs. A favorite within the company, the Digital Foosball Table takes a futuristic spin on a classic pastime. 

The traditional playing field is completely replaced with LCD displays, and the table is outfitted with multiple speakers and video cameras – one of which films the game from a bird’s eye perspective, throwing the action onto an external display. Blurring the lines between virtual reality and real-life, action on the foosball table is translated into an animated 3D simulation. Once the ball is in play, the 3D animation moves along relative to its real-life counterpart, gliding and cutting across a digital soccer stadium in real time. 

Not leaving any stone unturned, the engineers took special care to ensure an immersive digital experience… right down to the soccer ball leaving traces on the virtual turf!

Video link: https://vimeo.com/125741706

 

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