Pack your bags, we're going to Vancouver!
On December 12-13, the HR MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver will be invaded by Uniview users from all over the world.
With sessions for beginners and advanced users alike, this year's user group promises to be something special. Besides a full day in the dome, there will also be lots of focus on the upcoming release Uniview 1.6.
To sign up and get access to special rates at the conference hotel, please visit the User Echo or Ucare support sites or contact us directly.
See you in Vancouver!
/The SCISS team
HR MacMillan Space Centre re-opens with Best system on the planet
The 2nd of August marked the end of the era for Harold.
After almost half a century, the starball had finally earned retirement from serving the community in Vancouver with night skies.
With a new six-channel Colorspace system commissioned on time and on budget, the night sky will now be served by digital stars.
We are very happy that we chose to work with SCISS says Raylene Marchand, Associate Director at MacMillan.
From the planning phase to the installation itself, everything seemed to be much easier than we first anticipated, and we could even keep the planetarium
open for daily shows through the installation process.
Over the first month, there have been several shows running at MacMillan. From IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System and The Searcher produced by the Adler Planetarium,
to live Uniview Sky Tonight shows. Using Colorspace is just so easy, from preparing and playing movies to presenting real time shows.
We have been up and running continuously since opening, without any downtime or disruptions. In retrospect, Colorspace was very much the right choice for us, continues Raylene.
The Colorspace 4.2K system features 6 projectiondesign® F35 high resolution projectors and the second generation of pixel perfect blending technology to create a 4.2K seamless
visualization. With superb balance between color, brightness and contrast, the image quality is in every aspect world leading. I could not be happier with the system says
Rob Appleton, Executive Director at MacMillan. The quality even surpass my expectations. For me, this has to be the best system on the planet!
We are really proud to set a new benchmark for what multichannel systems can look like in the dome says Daniel Arnberg at SCISS, before he continues: But there is
so much more to this than just selling and installing a high-quality Colorspace system. What happens after installation is just as important, and that is why we also strive
to build long term relationships and friendships. In the end, we are in this journey together. We always knew that the team at MacMillan were a group of people we really wanted
to work with. I hope everyone in Vancouver, including Harold, will look back at this system with the same sense of accomplishment over the next fifty years!
SCISS announces US support office
With the first North American installation of a Colorspace system completed and a contract for a second system signed last week, SCISS
is delighted to announce a dedicated US based support functionality, based out of Denver, Colorado.
Having worked with a Uniview system at the Gates planetarium for many
years, getting Greg Mancari and his Draco Consulting on board as a
North American based support partner was really a no-brainer says
Johan Sköld, COO at SCISS. For example, Greg installed the new
Uniview Cluster at Gates just a week before IMERSA, and prepared and
played about a third of the films on that system, so it's safe to say
he knows what he is doing and enjoys to push the limits!
Being stranded after the Uniview User Group in Stockholm as the
Icelandic Eyjafjallajökull Volcano erupted in 2010, the entire SCISS
team got to know Greg really well. Besides being well known by many
on the North American planetarium scene, Greg is always eager to learn
new things and add value. He's simply the perfect match for us, Sara
Roos, SCISS Director of Development, fills in.
From all of us at SCISS: Välkommen ombord Greg!
SCISS enters partnership with fddb
SCISS is now a partner to fddb.org, a forum to share and find relevant fulldome information.
The world's first 8K projector
On March 21st JVC Kenwood announced their new e-shifted 8K projector DLA-VS4800.
SCISS AB and ORIHALCON Technologies have been working tightly with JVC Kenwood to develop
the world's first 8K projector dome system with Uniview in their in-house dome theater. It realizes ultra high density dome projection by only two projectors.
We keep challenging ourselves to adopt to new technologies to deliver the best visualization environment to customers.
Framtidsmuseet, Borlänge, Sweden
The Borlänge Science Center Framtidsmuseet reopened February 16.
Among great changes in the science center, Framtidsmuseet now has a SCISS Colorspace system installed in the 7.3 m planetarium.
Four shows are already running, the movies Zula Patrol and Astronaut along with two guided shows produced in Uniview at Framtidsmuseet. One is Jorden, solen & månen (The Earth, the Sun and the Moon) aimed for grade 0-3 students and Solsystemet (The Solar System) aimed for grade 4-6 students. All shows are available to the public but thanks to Teknikerjakten Falun-Borlänge 800 students will also be granted the guided shows for free.
2013 will bring along more guided shows, now under production, for grades 7-12 as well.
SCISS Now Recruiting!
SCISS is looking for new talents - one support and field engineer and one software engineer. Interested?
We are happy to annonce the release of Uniview 1.5.5, built on Uniview 1.5 but with a new set of exciting features in time for the holiday season.
Included among the features are full resolution Black Marble data and new aurorae visualization for Earth, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.
We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year from all of us at SCISS!
Vitensenteret Sørlandet, Norway
SCISS has just installed a Colorspace 3D wall at Vitensenteret Sørlandet in Arendal, Norway.
They are now preparing the December opening show in their brand new science center, which will include interactive presentions of our solar system, galaxy and what is outside - all in Uniview on the Colorspace system.
The hardware includes projectiondesign projectors equipped with Infitec filters. Together with the brightness and image quality of the projectors, the 3D effect makes the projection on the 6 by 4m wall in the dark auditorium of the science center truly immersive.
SCISS thanks Vitensenteret Sørlandet for the hospitality during the installation and wishes great success with the opening.
New Curiosity Data in Uniview
SCISS have released a couple of data add-ons, which enables you to take advantage of the new exciting data from Mars.
Among the data there is a model of the curiosity Land Rover with a panorama from its landing location and a complete layerset of the Gale Crater from THEMIS in a 18 m/px resolution.
Thanks to Greg Mancari from DMNS and Dr. Carter Emmart from AMNH for leading us to the right data sources. All available on Ucare.
Uniview User Group, Bochum, Germany
Over 40 Planetarium community fellows descended on the beautiful Westphalian city of Bochum for the 2012 Uniview Users Group.
Topics ranged from user produced content to the launch of the new support forum, all in a relaxed social setting. In parallell with more advanced user presentations, workshops and training sessions took place for our newest users, getting everyone up to speed on the latest features. It is safe to say there was something for everybody!
We would like to thank the presenters for sharing their experiences and best practices; Dr. Pössel (Max Planck Institute), Dr. Roberts (Adler Planetarium), Dr. Yu (Denver Museum of Nature and Science), and Directors Wyatt and Florian-Horn (California Academy of Sciences). A very special thank you also to the host and presenter from Zeiss planetarium Bochum, Professor Susanne Hüttemeister, and her dedicated team.
We hope to see you all at UUG 2013!
Partnership with AVI
We have entered into a distribution agreement with Audio Visual Imagineering (AVI) out of Florida. AVI is integrating Uniview in their Omnistar product, a quality two-channel planetarium with 2.5K resolution, as well as to legacy systems and custom solutions.
We have come to know our friends at AVI as honest, straight forward and easy going people and their business culture aligns well with the SCISS mindset. We are sure it will be a great pleasure doing business together.
We are happy to welcome the Petroleum Development Oman Planetarium to the Uniview community. We are excited to be subcontractors to Global Immersion in this project.
Among many other things, this project features the first translation of Uniview to arabic. We are looking forward to working with the Oman Planetarium and we welcome you to Stockholm for the initial training session.
Welcome to the Universe
The Adler Planetarium has premiered a critical-acclaimed show Welcome to the Universe in Uniview. It is the first realtime show since the renovation of the Grainger Sky Theater and the installment of an 8K display system and a computer cluster of 20 nodes in a primary network and 20 additional nodes in a secondary network. Welcome to the Universe was produced entirely in Uniview Producer, is rendered in realtime through Uniview, and had a production staff of two people for a few months part time.
The internal survey performed by Adler Planetarium, polling over 600 attendees in the post-show area after leaving the dome, noted a 4.7 out of 5.0 in guest satisfaction.
Reviews by TimeOut Chicago Kids and