Video equipment specialists Technical Direction Company (TDC) recently provided video services to the fourth Invictus Games, held in Sydney.

The Invictus Games were founded by HRH The Duke of Sussex and provide an opportunity for wounded, injured and ill defense personnel to compete in a range of sporting events.

TDC provided visuals which were the backdrop to the opening and closing ceremonies. The company worked with the creative teams at George P Johnson Australia, ceremony producers of the Games.

The opening ceremony took place on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House, and TDC also provided projection mapping onto the sails of Sydney Opera House. The closing ceremony took place at Qudos Bank Arena, located at Sydney Olympic Park.

Projection mapping was achieved using Barco UDX 4K high brightness laser projectors, displaying onto the 9,000sqm sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Steve Cain, head engineer and media server specialist at TDC, said: “It was the 13th time we’ve lined up the Sydney Opera House, and the third time this year. For the first time, I tried something new – changing which projectors hit which part of the Opera House, redefining which parts hit which sails.

“Basically, we used the same gear as we’ve used before for similar high-profile events – but this time, we used it smarter, giving us a brighter, crisper image. What we got was a much better result – one that we were very happy with.

“Not everyone has the opportunity to use the Sydney Opera House as a canvas. We’re very lucky to work with this building so often, and make what we do better each time.”

Where the more formal opening ceremony took place outdoors, the celebratory closing ceremony was an indoor event. It provided TDC with the opportunity to leverage its expertise with the disguise gx 2 media server, GrandMA2 lighting desk and Notch VFX.

The work of TDC ensured that the 500 competitors, their accompanying family and friends and all those in attendance at the opening and closing ceremonies, enjoyed a world’s best visual spectacle.

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