Recent Projects
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The Grosvenor Museum, Chester - Two 3D animated video displays
The Grosvenor Museum, Chester - Two 3D animated video displays
The Grosvenor Museum, Chester - Two 3D animated video displays
A 3D anaglyph of Cupid, a Roman figurine, view with red-cyan 3D glasses 
Following the highly successful production of a 3D video display for the The Oxfordshire Museum in 2010, possibly the first of its kind in the world, Holovista's Rob Munday was approached by Museum Director Sue Hughes of the Cheshire West Museums department of the Cheshire West and Cheshire Council to produce two similar 3D video displays for a new exhibition called 'Discover a Medieval City' at the Grosvenor Museum in Chester.
Over the course of a year the Grosvenor Museum is visited by many thousands of school children who are eager to learn about the history of their home county. It was deemed that two 3D video displays depicting greatly enlarged animated versions of small but highly detailed roman and medieval artefacts would capture the imagination of children and adults alike and present the artefacts in a unique, exciting and contemporary way. As with The Oxfordshire Museum project, the artefacts were small but highly detailed and as such benefited hugely from being presented using this impressive new medium. Their exquisite detail and the immense skill of the men and women who crafted them can be much more easily be appreciated when viewing the objects at vastly enlarged sizes and in full three dimensions.
Holovista conducted the project in 2012/13. One video featured a series of six medieval artefacts whilst the other featured a series of seven roman artefacts.
Each artefact was shot on a computer controlled rotating turntable, designed and built by Holovista especially for this application, and against a suitable screen to enable a 3D background to be added at a later stage. A high resolution digital photograph was taken every one degree and these were compiled into 3D stereographic sequences using custom software. For the medieval artefacts backgrounds were added which depict the locations where the artefacts had been discovered. For the roman artefacts a 3D background was created from an artist's impression of roman Chester. The resultant 3D video sequences, complete with 3D captions, were saved onto USB keys ready to be plugged into and played on 3D TV's.
The 3D televisions chosen were 32 inch Panasonic 'passive' 3D HD TVs. Such screens utilises 'passive' circular polarising glasses of the type used in cinemas. These glasses are much cheaper and more robust than the 'active' electronic alternatives and are thus more suitable for use in museums and other visitor attractions.
Of course this web page can never depict the resultant 3D images in all their glory and as they are shown in the museum. Please visit the Grosvenor Museum to see them first hand. The 3D video displays will be on show from May 2013.
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Roman bronze statue of an owl
14th century papal bulla
Roman bronze statue of cupid
14th century finger ring 
John Carter from Mars
The Oxfordshire Museum
The British Museum
Red Dwarf
Coronation Street - Betty Turpin
Dr Who - The Ood
Charlie Hamilton-James
Status Quo
Shepperton Studios
NHS Children's Hospital
The Grosvenor  Museum
'We were amazed at the quality and detail of the objects. People tried to stretch out and grab them, it was so convincing that they almost believed they were floating out of the screen in mid air!
The academic partners on the project were really taken by the fact that this is the closest you are ever going to be able to get to those small objects in the collection that have so many stories to tell. It was definitely one of the highlights of the exhibition and the thing people were still talking about afterwards.'
Susan Hughes, Museum Director, Grosvenor Museum, Chester, May 2013.
Visitors at Grosvenor Museum view the 3D Artefact displays

‘Discover a Medieval City’

'Our new exhibition ‘Discover a Medieval City: Places, Voices, Journeys’ launched at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum with an evening event on Friday 3 May. Over 100 people attended, including representatives from local government and heritage / tourism organisations and Arts Council England who funded the amazing 3D films of medieval objects in the exhibition – they really have to be seen!' See webpage