Montreal Canadiens Epic Pregame Intro

One of the new trends in sports is to use the entire court/rink as if it’s one giant Jumbo-tron for pregame introductions or video effects. We first really seen this last month in Cleveland when the Cavaliers used the entire court for their video montage when Zydrunas Ilgauskas had his number retired. That video can be seen here.  Quince Imaging was responsible for the Cleveland display and here’s how they did it:

Using a combination of 3D mapping techniques and video content produced by the Cavs own QTV team and Think Media, Quince transformed the court surface and surrounding screens into an immersive video environment.

Utilizing the latest revision of Pandoras Box version 5.5 and the newly released version of Warper, video content was aligned to the graphic design elements on the Cavs basketball court.

The system was comprised of 16 HD projectors, creating a pixel space of 3600×187

Fast forward to tonight in Montreal. Already one of the most intimidating places to play in the NHL, the Habs came home with a 2-0 lead against the Lightning and before the game, this was the video display that played out on the ice and on the video screens. Complete with spotlights shining on each Stanley Cup title they won and it ended with a kid holding a torch to get the crowd excited and once he touched the ice with the lit torch, the fire effect played throughout the arena including the ribbon boards on the balconies.

The home team went on to win the game 3-2 to take a 3-0 series lead in route to a potential first-round upset of Tampa Bay.


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