Wednesday, February 28, 2024

AV Stumpfl Technology Welcomes Year of the Dog at Ocean Park Hong Kong


Ocean Park in Hong Kong merges education with entertainment. With 44 rides and 7.7 million visitors annually who come from all over the world to see its attractions, the park first deployed AV Stumpfl’s systems in 2016 for its Cyber Illusion Show, when it rented the Wings Stage Engine and RAW Engine from Cosmo Pro AV. Ocean Park was so impressed that it decided to invest beyond renting and instructed Cosmo Pro AV to design a comprehensive, permanent video system using AV Stumpfl technology for its Applause Pavilion.

Jason Yeung, Sales Engineer at Cosmo Pro AV, who project managed the installation from start to finish and trained the staff, explains Ocean Park’s unique requirements: “They needed a powerful and stable media server system that had up to four DVI outputs, in addition to live input, both 3G-SDI and SDI. AV Stumpfl’s Wings Engine Stage was simply the perfect solution.”

Versatile, powerful and robust, the Wings Engine Stage is a technologically advanced media server featuring a solid hardware platform, automatic camera based soft edge and warping calibration, as well as DVI/3G-SDI Live inputs. Harry Gladow, global business development manager at AV Stumpfl, remarks: “Whether as part of live events, corporate presentations or themed installations, the wide ranging feature set combines hardware reliability with software flexibility – perfect for the kind of environment and scenarios taking place at Ocean Park where these considerations are paramount.”

Alongside AV Stumpfl’s Wings Engine Stage, Cosmo Pro AV specified and custom built a 16x7m down roller OptiZ system hosting a Polynet hologram screen from Korean company Holotive to create visual projection effects. Completing the full AV suite was a Blackmagic ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K and Broadcast Panel, as well as a Novastar MCTRL660 LED Controller. In this set up, AV Stumpfl’s media server brings all the components together seamlessly – allowing for better control and execution, as well as opening up greater possibilities for Ocean Park’s creatives to explore with future productions.

The new AV set up with the Wings Engine Stage was put to the test during Ocean Park’s Chinese New Year celebration when it staged a ten-day live show spectacular (16-25 February 2018) called ‘Divine Drums’. Taiwan’s Chio-Tian Folk Drums and Arts Troupe presented six shows every day, immersing visitors in Taiwanese Folk Temple rituals through an innovative stage production. With performances by highly skilled drummers and dancers, their colorful facial paints and costumes, coupled with an impressive LED backdrop, special visual effects and strong, unique drum rhythms.

AV Stumpfl’s new RX software coupled with Wings Engine Stage allowed to produce seamless multi-timeline changeovers, giving Cosmo Pro AV more flexibility to easily synchronize the system with the rest of the show gear, including lighting, audio and special effects.

Concludes Yeung: “We’ve had a fantastic experience working with AV Stumpfl on this project. Ocean Park is a very diverse theme park and there are lots of expansion projects with new hotel and water attractions in the pipeline. It’s inevitable that these will bring increased demands for show control and advanced media server technologies and capabilities, and AV Stumpfl has clearly demonstrated that it is leading the way in this field.”

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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