Content requirements

Besides using videos from our standard content portfolio it is also possible to upload your own dynamic content with our special software
If you are creating luminous textile content, please take the following advise into account.
 

File requirements 

  • Format: WMV (Windows Media Video v9)
  • Codec: VC-1
  • Frame rate: 25 fps (advised. The system supports frame rates up to 50 fps.)
  • Bit rate: 1-10 Mbps (depending on content. Abstract content can be 1 Mbps. Video footage is best at 10Mbps. Too low bitrates are known to create unfluent movements.)
  • Keyframe interval: 5 s
  • Adobe After Effects settings example

Resolution and aspect ratio

Preferred
The preferred resolution and aspect ratio are project depending.

Metric system:
If you take the overal dimensions of an installation in centimeters, you can use these values as resolution in pixels. 

Example:
3 panels of 120 x 240 cm, mounted portrait, 10 cm spacing between the panels.
Advised resolution: 120+10+120+10+120 = 380 pixels wide, 240 pixels height.

Imperial system: 
If you take the overal dimensions of an installation in feet and multiply these values with 30, you can use them as these values as resolution in pixels. 

Example:
3 panels of 3.15 x 6.50 ft, mounted portrait, 0.1 ft spacing between the panels.
Advised resolution: (3.15+0.1+3.15+0.1+3.15) x 30 = 9.65 x 30 = 290 pixels wide, 6.50 x 30 = 195 pixels height

For a multiple panel installation (positioned side by side or with a certain spacing in between), please use the outer dimensions of the panels as installed.

Possible
With the Content Manager software you can determine the composition of the panels compared to the source content, including adjusting the aspect ratio of the video. Therefore any standard definition video (16:9 or 4:3) can be used as source content too. If this method is used it is advised that the content designers are actively involved with setting up the 'playlist editor'. This is the step where the compositions are created. For more information download the Content Manager manual.

As luminous textile is a low resolution techology, High Definition (HD) content files do not bring improvements compared to standard definition (SD). The software uses sophisticated algorythms to downscale the content to match the actual nodes inside the luminous textile panels. The use of very low resolution files (close to the actual node resolution of an installation) is therefore not advised.

Create soft fascination

Luminous textile is intended to create 'soft fascination' that enhances the ambience in a space. It is not intended, nor suitable, to show 'hard fascination' information such as detailed logos or lines of text. When creating content ensure you understand the softness and diffused appearance of luminous textile.
The front textile used in an installation influences the output. Recordings of how sample video's look on various textiles
can be found in our
'Textile & Dynamic content' overview

Get inspired by our content portfolio. All this content is working very well on luminous textile. Additionally we have a preview tool in our software (in the 'playlist editor' step). This gives you an indication of how your content will look on your panel(s). Download the Content Manager manual for detailed instructions.The best suitable content is always project depending. You are advised to involve content designers in the project you are working on.

Lengths, looping and fading

The maximum lenght of video's is depending many variables, but as indication several hours is realistic. Make a video loopable if possible. This ensures seamless continues playback. Content Manager software can create playlists, with optional fading between the pieces of content (fade in, fade out, cross fade).

We advise you to add the fading in the software and not in the source content. For long scenarios it is wise to render multiple shorter pieces of content. This way you are more flexible in the software. You alsorefrain the need to re-render the complete source video if only a small alternation is required.

Content webinar and support

Have a look at the 'Content' webinar for a 60 minute session on content for luminous textile.

Please contact us for any question you might still have.