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Why Disney Cruise Line turns to Panasonic’s PTZ cameras

Why Disney Cruise Line turns to Panasonic’s PTZ cameras

The following article has been re-posted from na.panasonic.com.

Families on Disney cruises expect the kind of magical experiences the iconic Disney brand is known for, and a major draw is the world-class entertainment. Guests of all ages can enjoy interactive deck parties and immersive stage performances on the upper deck of each ship. This includes shows such as the “Frozen” Deck Party, Pirates in the Caribbean show and deck party and Sail-Away Celebrations that give guests the chance to see their favorite Disney characters.

To deliver outstanding live shows and entertainment on the outdoor stage, the production team at Disney Cruise Line utilizes point, tilt, zoom (PTZ) cameras positioned around the upper deck of each of the four ships in their fleet: Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, Disney Magic, and Disney Wonder. The back of house camera is particularly important. It is used to provide wide shots and close-ups, thanks to its straight line of sight to the stage.

When it came time for Disney Cruise Line to replace these entertainment workhorses on their fleet, the team sought to upgrade their current technology with state-of-art cameras that would deliver on the promise of an unforgettable experience.

A stable picture even at sea

Cruise ships present unique challenges for capturing high-quality video. Obviously, there are swells at sea, but even in port a ship is constantly in motion. And the back of house camera gets mounted outdoors, on the aft funnel directly above the hum of the engine room, where wind, salt and spray add extra hurdles.

These cameras on the Disney Fantasy, Dream, Magic and Wonder had all exceeded their capital life. When weighing their replacement options, the entertainment team decided to leverage this opportunity to seek out a solution that would outperform their current equipment.

“We were looking for a product with superior image stabilization,” said Rory S. Roseman, a production rep for Disney Cruise Line Technical Operations.

“If we’re trying to get a shot 100 feet away from the stage, with that long distance, you’re going to see that vibration,” notes Roseman. Without the right camera to compensate for this, the images displayed on the large screen could be grainy, especially in close-ups.”

Disney Selected Panasonic

Roseman reached out to Disney Cruise Line’s partners at Disney Parks Live Entertainment for expert advice, knowing its audio, video and lighting designers could suggest the best solution for his needs. Their video team arranged a meeting between the cruise line team and Wes Carr, sales representative from Panasonic, to discuss the AV innovator’s line-up of professional pan-tilt-zoom cameras.

Carr recommended the AW-HR140, a rugged outdoor PTZ camera designed to work well in various environments and still produce broadcast-quality results. Disney Cruise Line was interested in trying out the  AW-HR140, so Carr was able to quickly arrange a two-week demo on the Disney Fantasy. Panasonic technician Michale Rusynyak came on board to swap out the existing camera, mounted on a shelf in the aft funnel. The installation went smoothly and the  AW-HR140 was compatible with the ship’s current control systems. Now all that remained to be seen was if the new camera was truly seaworthy.

“The video quality was improved compared to our previous cameras, and the built-in image stabilization allowed us to zoom in farther.” – Rory S. Roseman, Production Rep, Technical Operations, Disney Cruise Line

A direct line of sight to the stage

After the two-week demo, the footage captured was offloaded and reviewed to assess the camera’s performance. The team at Disney Cruise Line was impressed with the sharp, stable footage the Panasonic camera was able to capture while at sea.

“The video quality was impressive and the built-in image stabilization allowed us to zoom in farther,” said Roseman.

The trial was a success, Disney Cruise Line made the decision to upgrade the back of house cameras on all four of its ships with the Panasonic  AW-HR140. Now, with the high-quality video Roseman’s team can project, the experience of each deck party is enhanced for the guests. Learn more about Disney and Panasonic collaborations.

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Laser Projection Market In Depth Study Analysis

Laser Projection Market In Depth Study Analysis

The following article has been re-posted from www.digitaljournal.com

Global Laser Projection Market is expected to reach USD 11.8 billion by 2025 from USD 4.36 billion in 2017 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 19.3% in the forecast period of 2018 to 2025. The upcoming market report contains data for historic year 2016, the base year of calculation is 2017 and the forecast period is 2018 to 2025.

Global Laser Projection Market, By Product Type (Laser Projector and CAD Laser Projection System), Illumination Type (Laser Phosphor, Hybrid, RGB Laser, Laser Diode), Vertical (Enterprise, Public Places, Cinema, Education), Geographical Segments (North America, South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa)- Industry Trends and Forecast to 2025

Key Players: Global Laser Projection Market

The renowned players in laser projection market are –

– Panasonic Corporation (Japan),
– Sony Corporation (Japan),
– Seiko Epson Corporation (Japan),
– Barco NV (Belgium),
– NEC Display Solutions (Japan),
– BenQ Corporation (Taiwan),
– Casio Computer Co., Ltd. (Japan),
– Delta Electronics Industry Co., Ltd. (Taiwan),
– Optoma Corporation (US),
– Ricoh Company, Ltd. (Japan),
– Canon Inc. (Japan),
– Christie Digital Systems (US),
– Digital Projection (UK),
– Dell (US),
– FARO Technologies, Inc. (US),
– Hitachi Digital Media Group (UK),
– LAP GmbH Laser Applikationen (Germany),
– LG (South Korea),
– ViewSonic Corporation (US),
– Xiaomi Inc. (China),

Market Definition: Global Laser Projection Market

Laser Projection is defined as a device that provide changing laser beams on a screen to produce a moving image for professional or entertainment use. It contains of a housing that covers lasers, galvanometer scanners, mirrors, and other optical components. It has various feature which include high brightness, long lasting laser light source, WUXGA resolution and 10,000:1 contrast ratio for clear, crisp and bright projection, installation flexibility, built­in multi­screen edge blending and warping, motorized and wide lens shift range, reduce blending maintenance with a smart sensor continuously measuring and adjusting the illumination output and many more. It has a wide application in enterprise, public places, cinema, education and others.

In 2017 IMAX’s launched new laser projectors in a Movie Theater. It is developed for bright and sharp Colors are so bright and intense that they now add even more realism to computer-generated images and the future will change the movie theater.

In 2017, Epson launches a first 3LCD laser ultra-short throw projectors. It is a laser projection technology on the ultra-short throw projector platform. It build innovative laser features to connect people and technology with solutions for creative ideas, displays and collaboration across a variety of sectors, including corporate spaces, educational institutions, retail spaces, and anywhere that long life, minimal maintenance and low cost of operation are significant.

Market Drivers and Restraints:

Significant advantages of laser projectors over traditional lamp projectors
Increasing adoption of laser projection technology for various applications
Less maintenance cost/total cost of ownership

Market Segmentation: Global Laser Projection Market

Based on product type:

– Laser Projector
– Cad Laser Projection System

Based on illumination type:

– Laser Phosphor
– Hybrid
– RGB Laser
– Laser Diode

Based on vertical:

– Enterprise
– Public Places
– Cinema
– Education

Based on geography:

– North America
– South America
– Europe
– Asia-Pacific
– Middle East & Africa

Some of the major countries covered in this report are U.S., Canada, Germany, France, U.K., Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia, China, India, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Brazil among others.

Competitive Analysis: Global Laser Projection Market

The global laser projection market is fragmented and the major players have used various strategies such as new product launches, expansions, agreements, joint ventures, partnerships, acquisitions, and others to increase their footprints in this market in order to sustain in long run. The report includes market shares of laser projection market for global, Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and South America.

In 2018, Optoma launches ZH420UST a new laser ultra-short throw projector. It provide multiple installation features, including built-in edge blending and warping, HDBaseT, four-corner correction and many more.

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