AV and Interactive Multimedia For Balranald Discovery Centre
We recently completed for Armsign the fit-out of audio visual and interactive multimedia for the new Balranald Discovery Centre in western NSW. We supplied and installed:
An old telephone, which was, plays 4 random tracks when someone approaches and picks up the hand piece. The telephone stories are about the first telephones in Australia, which were from the homestead to the woolshed on Yanga Station, near Balranald.
A circular cinema, which plays on a screen over 270 degrees wide. The cinema is operated by three projectors to create a very wide screen with a continuous image. We produced a video clip, 5760 pixels wide, the size of three high definition pictures side by side.
Deep Creek Digital completed a 7-minute video show, which tells the story of the history of the Balranald district with a focus on the importance of the rivers in the area. We used image warping and blending software from Immersaview to give a continuous image right around the three-metre room. We shot panoramic images of the landscape, which were used in the production.
The circular cinema may be one of the first of its type in Australia in a visitors centre. To see the whole story, visitors have to turn to see images on different parts of the screen as they appear. Visitors start the show by pushing a button at the entrance way.
A 47” touch table, about the river trade in the early days of Balranald, which was the live blood of the community. The stories are told with images, old documents and newspaper clippings. All the images can be zoomed and rotated with gestures.
“National Parks”, a video clip about the famous Yanga and Mungo National Parks near Balranald. Once again a visitor starts the show by pushing a button on the wall. This means that the show plays on demand and saves projector power and projector bulb burn time as the projector goes into Eco mode when it is not needed.
Gum Trees Audio. This system allows visitors to hear several audio tracks. We supplied single cup audio headphones from BlackBox AV as they offer the durability and long life, which is required in an unmanned visitor centre.