Oct 25, 2012

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20,000-lumen Projectors Shone Bright at London 2012

Panasonic's 20,000-lumen, super bright DLP(R) projectors, "DZ21K," played a key role in staging the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. This video documents the frustrations experienced at Beijing 2008, the story behind the development of the new projector, and how Panasonic's projectors won the pitch and were successfully selected for the Opening Ceremony. Please take a look behind the scene and see how Panasonic's projectors helped enliven the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Panasonic's state-of-the-art projectors supported the breathtaking Opening Ceremony at London 2012. Please take a look at the story, which captures the team's dedication to developing this new projector.

Today, we'll introduce documentary and technical description videos below. There are 3 volumes to this video report.

Part 1: The Trigger of the Development - the Frustrations of Beijing 2008

The spectacular performance of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The projectors used to create this Opening Ceremony were actually not from Panasonic. Panasonic projectors were not selected for the job due to "brightness." Learning from the frustrations of Beijing 2008, the developers began to create a truly top-caliber product.

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    Why weren't Panasonic projectors selected? We interviewed the man in charge of sales back then about the frustrations experienced in Beijing 2008.
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    What is essential when it comes to developing projectors is the "multi-lamp system." What the philosophy behind Panasonic's manufacturing?

Part 2: Behind the Scene of the Development

Thanks to the development of the compact lamp, the super bright projector, "DZ21K," was finally complete. This projector not only realized a brightness of 20,000 lumens, it also brought into balance high image quality and lightweight. This video captures the story behind the development, from the various challenges that were overcome, how the needs of the staff in charge of the Opening Ceremony performance were fulfilled, all the way through to their installation in the main stadium.

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    The newly developed compact lamps brought to life a lightweight body, making these projectors very easily portable. As a result, these projectors could be installed much faster.
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    Setting up the projectors in the stadium. They are being installed vertically.

Part 3: At the London 2012 Opening Ceremony

Rehearsals are taking place in the Olympic Stadium. The toughest obstacle was projecting the images onto a gigantic, inflatable, 3D house. Very fine adjustments are being made. What was the final outcome? The final volume documents emotional scenes from the Opening Ceremony rehearsals to the end of the Opening Ceremony.

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    The technical expert checks the images displayed on the screen far away through binoculars and fine-tunes each of the 26 projectors.
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    The team members involved in this project watch the Opening Ceremony taking place. Will the projectors display the images well?

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