What it is and how to create it with the technical/creative support of PROIETTA

Are you familiar with video mapping? Did you know that this technique has a unique and high-impact effect?


Video mapping (or “projection mapping”) is a technique that allows videos and images to be projected onto any surface, creating a unique and spectacular visual experience, with three-dimensional optical illusions and highly effective animations. Tailored specifically for each new occasion, it allows for a great harmony between the show and its context, with a marked mutual enhancement.


With video mapping, it is possible to transform buildings, industrial landscapes, monuments, trees, and objects into dynamic screens, on which images play with the viewer’s perception, captured in a completely immersive experience where reality merges with fiction. In an explosion of special effects and images painted with light, with a strong connection between music and animation, it is possible to move, decorate, break down and recompose the architectural elements of a building, or tell an audiovisual storytelling, or even bring talking trees, facades, and monuments to life.


Video mapping is different from gobo mapping, a technique used by PROIETTA to create mapped projections of static images. Gobo mapping allows for projecting fixed mapped images, but with lower costs compared to those of video mapping.


Mapping? In what sense? How does the mapping and implementation of the show happen?


With the term “mapping”, we mean the correspondence between the three-dimensional surfaces on which the projection takes place and the contents of the projection itself, which must first of all take into account reality in order to subsequently alter visual perception.
Mapping takes place by carrying out a series of photographic surveys of the surface to be mapped, which are subsequently processed by the graphic team to create a 3D virtual model. The process requires great precision, as a small error could compromise the visual effectiveness of the video subsequently developed.
The audiovisual content is developed starting from the client’s requests and a combination of historical studies and creative impulse, constantly balanced through intense teamwork. In the most ambitious projects, in fact, the production of content involves not only lighting designers, video designers, graphic designers and audio technicians but also screenwriters, music composers, dubbers, and singers who collaborate closely in PROIETTA to offer a high-quality product that meets the client’s needs and requirements. These resources, supported by the wide range of PROIETTA projectors, are the basis of the realization of our projects, from the simplest and limited to single buildings, monuments, and talking trees, to the most complex immersive shows at 360°, where the spectators are embraced by an engaging show that takes place all around their point of view, without interruption.


Where and when is video mapping used?


The video mapping technique has a very wide range of uses, as there is no limit to the type of messages and content that can be projected. It can be used for entertainment purposes and to create amazement, or (or at the same time) for the educational value that the conveyed messages may have. It is particularly well-suited for temporary events and holidays, such as Christmas, but not limited to them. The high spectacle of video mappings produced by PROIETTA is capable of fully capturing the viewer’s attention, whether applied to historical, artistic, and cultural heritage or utilized for commercial advertising operations. Here, in more detail, is a rundown of ideas for stunning creations:


  • Animating Christmas or other festivities such as Easter, the patron saint’s day, Valentine’s Day, July 4th, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Halloween, by creating suggestive and engaging atmospheres
  • Creating a talking tree that tells fairy tales to both adults and children
  • Bring to life a monument that tells its own story or that of the city in which it stands
  • Enhance the historical center of your city by highlighting the beauty and forms of its architecture
  • Projections within museums that enhance the artworks by interacting with them and engaging the audience
  • Enhancing a cultural event with a video mapping that highlights its importance and makes it even more memorable
  • Inauguration of a new building of particular importance, giving further prestige to the event
  • Opening a sports event with a large-scale video mapping on the field
  • Creating dynamic sets for shows and performances
  • Works of art in video mapping created in collaboration with avant-garde artists
  • Exhibition and events openings with themes related to the occasion
  • Launching a product or a brand through a projection on the façade of the company, during a dedicated trade show or convention, greatly strengthening the brand
  • Making a showroom even more attractive with projections dedicated to one’s own products
  • Video mapping in discotheques or clubs, closely correlated with music
  • Parties or weddings with video mapping created for the chosen venue, or to animate a wedding cake


How much does a video mapping cost?


The cost of a video mapping is determined by its complexity and the duration of the content. To create the first minute of a video, it may take up to a week of work, during which multiple specialists take care of each different sector, from mapping to images, to music, to special effects. Therefore, the cost can start from a base of 4,000 euros for simpler works and go beyond 30,000 euros for particularly complex productions, to which the cost of projectors, their setup, and installation is generally added.


How to carry out a large-scale project and contain costs?


Creating an immersive experience entirely through video mapping, with projections, for example, on all the facades and pavements of an entire square, can be particularly expensive. The main solution to reduce expenses is to combine the use of video mapping with that of gobo mapping; the technique allows to project one or more static images (also in temporal sequence), specifically engraved in high definition on gobos, dichroic glass disks resistant to high temperatures, that PROIETTA has specialized in producing also in a “mapped” version, adhering closely to the chosen architectural profiles, isolating windows and spaces outside the facades from the projection. Gobo mapping is supported by Impressive, Thorok, Palladio and Iridium gobo projectors, which, each with their own characteristics, also support non-mapped gobo and dynamic effects. All these possibilities, possibly combined with the chromatic illuminations offered by Proietta’s color-changing lights, allow the integration and enhancement of video mapping, even when it is carried out on a single focal element within the chosen context. The strategy not only allows to reduce production costs and times, but can also prove successful in focusing attention on a symbolic element, without sacrificing the immersive experience.


What are the advantages of video mapping?


Video mapping is among the most impactful techniques to create visual and auditory experiences that, due to their extraordinariness and capacity to amaze, not only result in engaging and satisfying experiences during their fruition, but are also capable of leaving indelible memories in people’s eyes and hearts. Thanks to the spread of social media, spectators are among the biggest promoters of the events they attend, by creating thousands of videos that often become viral, attracting even more visitors to witness the video mapping show in person. Since 2012, Proietta has been in charge of the luminous shows in the city of Como. Over the years, the constant increase in scale and ambition of the projects carried out culminated in the projections for the Christmas of Como in 2018, before the pandemic, when the video mapping on the Palazzo del Broletto and the gobo mapping on all the buildings in Piazza del Duomo attracted a flow of over 2 million visitors. It was even necessary, upon request of the city’s prefecture, to interrupt the show for a few hours on weekends, to overcome excessive overcrowding.


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Thanks to the air-conditioned cases, it’s possible!

Outdoor video mapping can be an unforgettable experience for the audience, but it can also present technical challenges such as protecting the projector from weather conditions and theft. Fortunately, PROIETTA’s air-conditioned cases offer a perfect solution. These cases are designed to protect the video projector from rain, wind, and other weather elements, ensuring that the projector can remain installed outdoors for the entire duration of the event. Moreover, the climate-controlled cases are equipped with security systems to prevent theft, making them a reliable and secure solution. Different models are available depending on the type or types of projectors used.

Create your video mapping with PROIETTA


PROIETTA specializes in the creation of high-quality video mappings, developed on various themes and with different creative approaches. Proietta’s air-conditioned cases technology allows for the installation of projectors outdoors, ensuring their perfect functioning even in difficult weather conditions.


Thanks to its experience and professionalism, Proietta is able to provide a complete service of technical support and content creation. Its team of creatives works closely with clients to create customized solutions that meet their needs.


Proietta’s video mappings can be the centerpiece of your light show, thanks to the numerous possibilities of combination with our full range of products. Thanks to our 30 years of experience, we will be able to suggest the best and most impactful solutions for your event.


Contact us for a consultation. Proietta is at your disposal to design and create together with you.