Faber-Castell celebrates 250 years with 125m projection

Faber-Castell celebrated its 250-year anniversary by staging an enormous 125m wide projection detailing the company's development alongside historical landmarks. Anna Mitchell finds out what went into the production that drew on the experience of publitec, sld mediatec and Horncolor Multimedia.

Pencil manufacturer, Faber-Castell celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2011 at the Nuremburg Frankenhalle, where 2,500 invited guests were seated in the centre of an enormous 125m wide U-Shaped projection screen. 

Show content was created in AV Stumpfl’s Wings Platinum 4 with full HD-resolution in 22572 x 1080 pixels. Eighteen Sanyo XF-47 projectors displayed images with a resolution of more than 16,000 pixels in width.

For this purpose six media engines Quad combined with Wings Platinum by AV Stumpfl were used for soft-edging and warping. Publitec Präsentationssysteme & Eventservice, an image and media technology specialist distributor, supplied equipment and support for the event. 

The technical planning of the server and projection systems was handled by the company’s Sven Giersch. Publitec also supplied its own proFibre high-quality fibre cable system for the complex network of video signal distribution and image media data to the server components. 

Audio on 13 channels was supplied to a Yamaha PM5D audio mixer by Wings Platinum via ADAT. The audio was played out using Electro-Voice XLC loudspeakers.

The show was presented in German with guests listening to the live English, Spanish and Turkish translation feeds via headsets.

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Tech Spec

Electro-Voice XLC line arrays
Yamaha PM54 mixer

AV Stumpfl Media Engines, Wings Platinum
Sanyo XF-47 projectors