Expo Shanghai: Austrian technology at the German pavilion
Germany is set to excite the audience at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai with a sophisticated interactive video installation. The highlight is the so called "energy source", a mobile video sphere. 600 people can experience this show, first hand, at the same time. Furthermore, they themselves will become part of it. Visitors are accompanied by the two protagonists, a young German and a Chinese. They guide the audience through the performance, which takes about five minutes.
Also on board: a new kind of automated lighting control technology from Austria. Zactrack ensures that the movements of both actors are lit perfectly. Not putting them on the spot, but in the right light. Zactrack is an automated follow-spot-system for open air events, theatre stages and studios. Any given number of performers are captured simultaneously using a 3D computer model. Zactrack works with high precision and operates all lights and effect devices automatically. Therefore, it allows the actors a maximum of mobility. The protagonists are sure to be standing in the spotlight or in the focus of the camera at any given moment.
"This works for theatre actors as well as for ice dancing or snowboarding down a half-pipe!" adds the CEO of the Viennese software forge, Mr. Werner Petricek.
The company zactrack develops and distributes applications, computer systems and devices for stage mechanics, studio operations, light and media engineering.
Besides its performance at the German pavilion of the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the zactrack system is already successfully in use for the show "Holiday on Ice" and will be in action at the "Fettes Brot" concerts on their Germany tour for the first time.