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All China Games opens with dazzling 'Super Bowl' display

The 11th National Games of the People’s Republic of China (the All China Games) got underway on 16 October at Jinan Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Shandong’s capital city of Jinan with a spectacular to rival the famous opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. This year’s All China Games, taking place from 16-28 October, features 33 sports and 360 disciplines with the majority of competition taking place in some 17 cities across Shandong. At the heart of the opening ceremony was a ‘Super Bowl’ video display in the centre of the stadium.

The Super Bowl, measuring 50m in diameter with a total height of 26m, initially appeared as an illuminated bowl. During the ceremony, with no less than 52 special effects, glowing peace doves descended into the stadium from its perimeter and lifted the bowl into the air. It was at this point that the bowl was revealed as a massive circular projection screen. Barco solutions deployed during the opening ceremony by lighting supplier Color Lighting and projection and video consultant Creative Technology included 48 XLM HD30 projectors used for projection onto the Super Bowl screen, and eight DML-1200 luminaires for dynamic projection.

“The Super Bowl screen was an outsized creative idea,” said Liu Guanlin, executive director for the All China Games. “It was designed to serve as the soul for the entire opening ceremony. However, it was very difficult to build a bowl screen 50m in diameter. What’s more, the processing technique was especially complicated, and created a real challenge in material selection and video production, not to mention the need for a powerful playback system. In the end, we made it happen. I’m proud to say that I’ve never seen such a vivid 360° video display that provided an engaging view for virtually every person in the stadium.”

Barco’s XLM HD30 projector has a wide-screen aspect ratio, 2048 x 1080 resolution and light output of 30,000 centre lumens, and is suited to ultra wide-screen and high-definition projections. Barco’s DML-1200 can be used as both a super bright, moving light source and a high-quality video projector.

“More and more, creative direction and conceptual ideas tend to exceed the limitations of traditional lighting solutions, and lighting engineers find themselves challenged to realise clients’ grand visions,” said Zhao Gang, executive general director of the opening ceremony. “Barco, as the industry’s premier visual solutions provider, remains on the cutting edge of new technologies, continually surpassing the limitations of traditional lighting sources. What they’ve helped us achieve in the China Games’ opening ceremony is nothing short of breathtaking.”

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