Thursday, February 22, 2024

Saudi pavilion at Shanghai Expo used Sky-Skan digital cinema products

Shanghai, China — A 1,600 square meter (17,000 square foot) video screen — one of the largest ever—for the Saudi Arabia Pavilion’s “The Treasure” show is finishing its run at Expo Shanghai 2010. The show highlights the wonders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and was created for the Saudi Arabia Pavilion at the Expo. Recently the 4 millionth visitor to the Pavilion was recognized with two round-trip tickets to Saudi Arabia. The Expo’s six-month run concludes Oct 31.

Visitors to the Saudi Arabia Pavilion’s theater showing “The Treasure” are taken over the giant wraparound screen on a suspended moving walkway. The show immerses the audience in the various regions of Saudi Arabia, exporting their distinct features and following their path of development in the various urbanization, industrial, and economic areas.

“The Treasure” is powered by Sky-Skan’s DigitalSky software and Definiti graphics computers. Using 25 projectors, blended together using Sky-Skan’s proprietary techniques, the audience experiences an incredible 35 million unique pixels of resolution compared to 2 million for HDTV. The stunning video screen was installed by Sky-Skan Europe for GPD S.A. of Spain, with GPD working closely with Sky-Skan to produce content for the show.

About Sky-Skan
In 1967, Sky-Skan began creating unique special effects projectors for planetariums. In the 1980s, SPICE Automation synchronized planetariums and giant-screen theaters. In the late 1990s, SkyVision was a pioneer of the fulldome (digital dome video) revolution. Today, Definiti theaters with DigitalSky 2 software present immersive, real-time astronomy presentations in addition to other sciences, entertainment, and art. Definiti theaters include Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, University of Notre Dame, Horizon Planetarium in Australia, the Queen Mary 2, Beijing Planetarium (first 8K fulldome theater), ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i (first 3D stereoscopic planetarium), and the Macao Science Center (8K and 3D stereo).

Images provided by Sky-Skan

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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