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Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

Multi-Media Company Opens Pandoras Box for Cirque du Soleil Show

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The Pandoras Box Media Server from coolux (Agoura Hills, Calif.) is being used by Geodezik, a Montreal-based multimedia design and production company, to support video projection for Zaia, Cirque du Soleil's first permanent show in Asia. Staged at The Venetian Macao, Zaia is the dream of a young girl who journeys into space on a voyage of self-discovery. Geodezik incorporated Pandoras Box into this dazzling show to help tell her story and illustrate her perception of the stars and planets, space and infinity, and the variety of fantastic creatures inhabiting them.

"Cirque du Soleil's stage productions are distinguished by their artistry and expressive power, and Pandoras Box proved to be a valuable tool in creating a visual narrative for Zaia," said Jimmy Lakatos, who worked with fellow Geodezik founding member Raymond Saint-Jean to provide video system and content design for Zaia. "Working with Cirque du Soleil, we have the good fortune to be able to create scenery on an unparalleled scale with total creative freedom. Pandoras Box enables dynamic blending of light and images into each scene, and the remarkable technical skill of coolux engineers has allowed us to enhance the show and its storyline using innovative 3-D visual elements."

Pandoras Box is a 3D compositing and rendering system that provides real-time, on-location media control that is customizable to the needs of each user and project. The system, which features a 4K workspace in dual channels of 2K HD/SD outputs for on-air and pre- and post-production, allows users to arrange video and images freely; change the color, form, and position of images; synchronize 3D sound; or animate 3D objects.

During each production of ZAIA, Pandoras Box enables the mixing of live and pre-rendered images in real time, whether projecting video onto screens on, around, or above the stage, or creating a visual link between actors and the stage, backdrop, and set elements. The highly adaptive media server not only provides the power, speed, and versatility necessary to create uncompromising images in a live, interactive environment, but also the convenience of operation through the lighting desk, in this case a grandMA console.

Working with coolux, the Geodezik team also designed a self-supporting 5,000-pound moving sphere that projects images in a 360-degree radius. Six internally mounted projectors create a smoothly blended mosaic of images that turn the breathtaking sphere into the moon, the Earth, or other planets as the narrative unfolds.

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