Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo lit up by Panasonic projectors

The recent Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo was helped in its beautiful setting at Edinburgh Castle by a new video projection system. This allowed the Tattoo to gain a new vibrancy and made the images and visual displays even brighter and more visible.

The new projectors, 12 Panasonic PT-DW17K2 projectors, were purchased for the Tattoo and this week’s event was the first time they were used. One of the leading reasons for making the switch to these new projectors was their excellent brightness levels which allows them to be used against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. With its lack of symmetry and dark stone, the Castle is a nightmare for displays to be projected on. But the Panasonic projects were up to the task and enabled the type of content to also be changed, altered and added to quickly and easily and specific moments could be incorporated into the show at a moment’s notice.

Projection Studio, the company behind the visual displays, chose Panasonic above all other machines due to their reliability, cost efficiency and, in particular, their brightness. The show this year highlighted a number of tributes including the Queen’s 90th birthday and the 100th anniversary since the Battle of Jutland. In addition it showed a number of unique displays including a routine by the Lochiel Marching Drill Team from New Zealand marching to the a Lord of the Rings medley. Edinburgh Castle during this time, changed into the landscape of Mordor itself, complete with dragons, rivers of lava and cracking buildings.

Ross Ashton, from Projection Studio, who was recently reappointed as Tattoo projection consultant for the next five years explained the history of the use of projectors at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo: “When the Tattoo first explored the medium of large format projections in 2005, PIGI was an ideal and very cost effective option for what they wanted to achieve. Now we have reached the stage where video projectors can compete in price and hugely improve the quality of the result.”