Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)
Projectors Help Create Dazzling Pregame Show
Epson’s Pro G Series Projectors helped Pensacola Christian
College create an economical pregame laser light show
that rivals some of the best in the country.
College (PCC) in Pensacola, FL,
wanted to create a light and video
pregame show that would rival one at a
professional sporting event. However, when
Caleb Keener, electronics supervisor at
PCC, called a company that produced the
pregame show for an NBA team he found out
it would cost $100,000 for the production,
rental and setup of equipment needed in
order to project video onto PCC’s basketball-floor.
The same company quoted $650,000 if
the college wanted to own the equipment.
Instead, Keener thought the production
team could create something themselves.
Working with the college’s video production
and maintenance staffs, Keener created an
amazing video system that cost 1/13th of what
the staging company had quoted. Crucial
to the system was the use of 12 Epson Pro G
Series projectors with their images combining
to create a super-sized full-court video with
the PCC Sports Center floor as the projection
screen. Keener chose the projectors because
of their high brightness, high contrast and
vertical and horizontal lens shift.
“The hardest part was knowing precisely
where the center of each projection
lens had to be and positioning them there,”
Keener says. But the PCC maintenance staff
measured the basketball court’s floor carefully
and marked where the corner of each
image should fall. They also marked each
image’s center point, and used a laser level,
shining straight up, to determine where to
mount the projectors. “We had to build our
own projection mounts because we wanted
something heavy enough not to vibrate
with the noise of the crowd or people jumping
up and down,” Keener explains.
The resulting floor show involved
many elements including video, lighting
and sound using various AV technologies.
You can view the Pensacola floor show
on YouTube at http://goo.gl/mpSF2j or by
searching for “Eagle Mania Floor Show
2014 — Pensacola Christian College.”
This article originally appeared in the January 2017 issue of College Planning & Management.