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Sketchup-ur-space Magazine - June 14

Author : Belen Fernandez

Using sketchup for live mapping

Nowadays SketchUp is used in so many diverse professions and fields of work. In this article I would like to show you a piece of work that was put together in collaboration with the "Punt Multimèdia La Casa del Mig" for this years, the 10th edition, Barcelona Visual Sound Festival.

The Barcelona Visual Sound Festival is held every year in Barcelona (Spain) during the spring, combining competitions and free activities, fun and informative, related to the different areas of visual artistic creation. For two weeks Barcelona Municipal Services organize and host competitions and festival activities.

On the night of the 9th of May, during the closing of the days activities, a live Mapping demonstration was projected on the unique facade of the building "La Casa del Mig", located in the "Parc de l'Espanya Industrial" of Barcelona. It was a spectacular event ... where the fusion between reality and video left many of the spectators speechless.

Using sketchup for live mapping

Picture of La Casa del Mig.

Using sketchup for live mapping

3D View of La Casa del Mig made with SketchUp.

Using sketchup for live mapping

Picture of La Casa del Mig's Mapping.

This activity was organized by the "Punt Multimedia Casa del Mig" in collaboration with "Stereo Rent" and "MediaFlow", major players from the world of international Mapping. You can see the live Mapping here!.

I provided for the event a scale digital mock of the "Casa del Mig" building. My team and I measured up the building on site which was them drawn up to scale using SketchUp. Below are some pictures of the building put together with SketchUp.

Using sketchup for live mapping

3D view of the north facade made with SketchUp

Using sketchup for live mapping

3D view of the south facade made with SketchUp

Using sketchup for live mapping

3D view of the east facade made with SketchUp

Using sketchup for live mapping

The 3D model was used to prepare the mapping assembly which was screened live onto the front of the building. With the use of the "Skp" files we could adapt the visuals to the unique contours of the façade.

Using sketchup for live mapping

Views of the 3D model used to prepare the Mapping assembly.

Using sketchup for live mapping

Pictures of La Casa del Mig's live Mapping.

SketchUp also played an important role in the Mapping Contest held at the same Festival. With SketchUp I put together the basic 3D structure on which the contestants screened their live audiovisual creations.

Here are some pictures of the structure used by the contestants to prepare their Mappings.

Using sketchup for live mapping

3D view of the whole structure made with SketchUp

Using sketchup for live mapping

Picture of the real structure 2D view of the structure made with SketchUp Picture of the final real structure

And some images of the live Mappings by three of the contestants.

Using sketchup for live mapping

You can see the live projections that were made by the contestants live on the facade of "La Casa del Mig", on Youtube "Punt Multimedia Casa del Mig".

SketchUp for Mappings... Another use for this great software thanks to its speed and power.

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