Towering over the entrance of Cindy's Waterfront Cafe in Monterey California is a massive video pylon consisting of 6 giant HD screens. Slow motion waves, beautiful sunsets, and schools of sardines are some of the imagery you will see flowing in perfect synchronization across all six screens.
Cinematographer Chuck Saltsman shot the footage at a staggering 5K resolution at up to 100 frames per second on a RED Epic camera. By turning the Epic on it's side Chuck was able to obtain maximum vertical resolution. The RED files were brought to Sabertooth and color graded in the DaVinci Resolve suite. After grading the RED files were brought into Adobe After FX where they were formatted, assembled and sliced into 6 HD video streams. The streams were then made loop-able and encoded into high-bitrate mp4 files that are played back by industrial strength Brightsign hardware. Brightsign enables remote management of the playback files so different video streams can be played depending on the time of day, month or mood desired at the cafe.
Below are some images of Chuck shooting waves along the Monterey coastline with the Red Epic. You can see the camera turned on it's side - a little trick to enable maximum vertical resolution that will eventually be sliced up and played back on a tower of 6 HD screens.
In the images below you can see just how many pixels a 5K image contains. The image on the left is the full 5K frame (adjusted slightly in After FX so it maps perfectly onto 6 1920x1080 screens). On the right you can see the total area that one HD screen (turned on it's side) occupies in the massive 5K frame.
The video below is a 1920x1080 mp4 made from that slice in the right image above. Each slice was spit out as a separate mp4 file. Each of the 6 mp4 files were then played back in perfect synchronization using Brightsign playback hardware. HD screens were chosen that had minimal bezels in order to achieve the best possible effect of a seamless image.
Below are four shots (out of several dozen acquired) scaled down and laid out in After FX. Keep in mind that each one of the shots is a 5K RED file at 100fps. When played back at 29.97fps you get the slow motion effect. The waves on the far left were further slowed down with pixel flow technology from The Foundry.