This is an update to the previous blog, Panasonic + Japan KABUKI Festival in Las Vegas, USA, April 29 – May 7, 2016: ‘Water Screen Digital Show’ Starts April 29; Wonder KABUKI Spectacle ‘KABUKI LION’ Starts May 3; Technology Showcase ‘KABUKI LION Interactive Showcase’ Starts May 3 .
The following video presents Highlights & Behind the Scenes of the #KABUKI Spectacle 2016 – 90 sec:
Panasonic Corporation is sponsoring and will provide technical support to the Japan KABUKI Festival in Las Vegas 2016 (produced by Shochiku Co., Ltd.), running from April 29 to May 7. Panasonic hopes to highlight a new approach to performing and enjoying Kabuki, the classical Japanese dance drama that dates back more than 400 years, by enlivening the performance of the art form with state-of-the-art technology to make it more engaging and accessible to contemporary entertainment seekers.
The 3D Scanning Booth creates a multidimensional map of the body using 54 Panasonic LUMIX GX8 cameras taking pictures from different angles simultaneously.
- The images are combined with a pre-captured dancing motion program of a Kabuki master. Participants have the opportunity to turn the 3D scan into their own Kabuki Avatar video or selfie Kabuki figurine.
The following video presents Global Debut of Panasonic 3D Scanning Booth – #KABUKI Spectacle 2016:
Global Debut of Panasonic 3D Scanning Booth Turns Audience into Kabuki Avatars at Opening of “Kabuki Lion” in Las Vegas.
Following its successful Las Vegas debut, Panasonic expects to apply its 3D Scanning Booth in retail, entertainment and sports event solutions.
Global Debut of Panasonic 3D Scanning Booth Turns Audience into Kabuki Avatars at Opening of “Kabuki Lion” in Las Vegas
Following its successful Las Vegas debut, Panasonic expects to apply its 3D Scanning Booth in retail, entertainment and sports event solutions
NEWARK, NJ 05/04/2016
Panasonic’s 3D Scanning Booth—an innovative technology that provided guests the ability to see animation of themselves dancing like a Kabuki actor–premiered on the opening night of “Kabuki Lion: The Adventures of the Mythical Lion,” on May 3 at the David Copperfield Theater at MGM Grand Hotel. The show, produced by Shochiku Co., Ltd., is the centerpiece of Las Vegas’s first Japan Kabuki Festival. Both the show and multimedia festival run through May 7.
The 3D Scanning Booth creates a multidimensional map of the body using 54 Panasonic LUMIX GX8 cameras taking pictures from different angles simultaneously. The images are combined with a pre-captured dancing motion program of a Kabuki master. Participants have the opportunity to turn the 3D scan into their own Kabuki Avatar video or selfie Kabuki figurine. Some 3D Kabuki Avatar videos of audience members were integrated into the performance. (See videos of Kabuki avatars of audience members: youtube.com/channel/UCE8dxEUBO-ybRcexLEcwfag/)
“We were excited to premier this technology in Las Vegas and to watch the faces of people in the audience as they experienced the Kabuki performance in a whole new way. We’re looking forward to exploring opportunities for the 3D Scanning Booth globally in professional sports, entertainment and other B2B venues,” says Masaki Arizono, Vice President of Panasonic’s AVC Networks Company, in charge of its visual and imaging businesses. While the innovative technology provides a new approach to enjoying Kabuki, the classical Japanese dance drama that dates back more than 400 years, by making it more engaging and accessible to contemporary entertainment seekers, it can also be used to create sports avatars in 3D as well, turning a fan into their favorite athlete.
Panasonic also showcased Hospi at MGM Grand, a robot waiter that delivered drinks to guests in the lobby of the David Copperfield Theater. In addition, during the festival, Panasonic’s high performance, high-definition projectors and projection-mapping technologies enthralled audiences by turning the Fountains of Bellagio into a display surface for video projections showing the tale of an aquatic Samurai battle.
Interviews with Panasonic tech experts; broll video footage and additional photos are available on request.
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The following video presents Panasonic LUMIX GX8 with Dual I.S. Technology and All-Weather Durability
The Panasonic LUMIX GX8 Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera features a host of advanced functions packed in a highly durable splash/dust-proof rugged design.
By evolving the in-body image stabilizer, the Panasonic LUMIX GX8 integrates Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) to gain more powerful handshake correction. The new 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor excels both in response, sensitivity and dynamic range. The image processor Venus Engine dramatically boosts its performance with quad-core CPU that lets high speed signal processing. The LUMIX GX8 is capable of recording smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840×2160 at 30p or 24p in MP4. Taking advantage of 4K video recording performance, users can capture the fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution to save it as a 4K Photo.
The LUMIX GX8 boasts large, tiltable 0.77x LVF (Live View Finder) with 2,360K-dot high resolution and 100% field of view. The Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and excels in both speed and accuracy by exchanging digital signal between the camera and the lens at max. 240 fps, resulting in ultra-fast auto focusing. Thanks to the connectivity of Wi-Fi® with NFC (Near Field Communication), users can connect the camera to their smartphone / tablet to expand the flexibility in shooting/storing/sharing images.
You can buy the Panasonic LUMIX GX8 and its accessory at B&H (prices are in USD):