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How 8K LED Screen Makes Beijing Winter Olympics Opening Spectacular

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At the beginning of the Chinese New Year in 2022, Beijing, China welcomed the opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games in the prestigious National Stadium “Bird’s Nest”. If the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games was already fabulous, the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games will only take it to the next level. Through a perfect blend of technology and aesthetics, the Beijing Winter Olympics has brought a stunning visual feast to the world.

As the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics aired, its spectacular dandelion light show, naked-eye 3D effect waterfall, ice cube and the iconic Olympic Rings breaking through the ice, instantly shot up the hot list of major media platforms and became a hot topic of discussion worldwide. In fact, these colorful and innovative visual effects are achieved through LED screens. Beijing National Stadium has customized the world’s largest LED screen that can present more than 8K resolution only to present to the world the unique and beautiful opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics with Chinese characteristics and China’s powerful technological innovations.

The world’s largest LED screen covers 11,500 square meters and consists of more than 40,000 LED modules. Not only is it the world’s largest LED screen, but it is also paired with world-class cutting-edge display technology and broadcast control systems. With 5G+8K+AI technology as the main strategy, Beijing Winter Olympics for the first time used 50fps resolution video elements and the unprecedented 8K Ultra High Definition (UHD) screen to captivate the world with ultra-high definition and smoothness.

In the following section, we will take you through how 8K LED display technology worked to deliver such stunning visual effects to the audience at the Beijing Winter Olympics.


Waterfall
To say that the most Chinese elements of the show in addition to the 24 festivals countdown, it is the waterfall. A drop of ink dispersed in the water transformed into the water of the Yellow River pouring down, and then rolled out a picture of the Chinese waterfall. The LED screen of the waterfall with a total area of 1,200 square meters was seamlessly spliced with the 11,000 square meters of LED floor screens on the main stage at the Winter Olympics. The waterfall then spans over 10,393 square meters of LED display panels that has 8K high-resolution technology, making each water ripple as clear and detailed as possible.

As the tide of the Yellow River recedes and the ink condenses into ice in the air, a giant ice cube rises from the ground. With 3D visual effects, the LED screen of ice cube with 600 square meters slowly rises and the entire space is laser engraved with the locations of previous Winter Olympics to create an immersive visual experience.

Olympic rings break the ice
As the centerpiece of the opening ceremony of Beijing Winter Olympics, the Olympic rings broke the ice and steadily rose to 13 meters in 43 seconds also through a 3D LED display. The inside of the rings consisted of 360° dead-angle-free LED screens that could display any image, while the outermost diffusion panels ensured clear and soft visual effects.

Interactive LED floor screen
Among the most impressive performances at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics were also the instantaneous trajectories left by the skaters on the floor and the real-time presentation of images from the 56 nationalities walking across the floor. These stunning visual effects were achieved by real-time rendering technology. It first obtains real-time position from an artificial intelligence-based motion capture system, then transmits this data to the real-time rendering system, and final effect we see is controlled by the LED control system.

The perfect interactive effect of the floor screen is also attributed to the advanced LED screen that supports 3840Hz ultra-high refresh rate, 100,000:1 ultra-high contrast ratio, and a total resolution of 29,900 x 15096 pixels with an area of over 10,393 square meters.

Giant LED Snowflake
Symbolizing the unity of all athletes, the giant LED snowflake in the center of the stadium was also a highlight of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics. The entire snowflake is made up of more than 550,000 small LED bulbs forming 96 smaller LED snowflakes. The ice tip of the giant snowflake also branched out into six branches to showcase the unique Chinese design.

These outstanding naked-eye 3D visual effects and performances at the Beijing Winter Olympics were made possible by ultra-high-definition 8K LED screens and advanced broadcast control systems, which showcased China’s mastery of LED screen display technology and manufacturing techniques. While the world’s largest LED screen of 11,000 square meters may be out of reach for us, a high definition 8K LED display may not be. By choosing a high-resolution 8K LED screen panel and video source, refreshing naked eye 3D visuals to present your corporate image and branding to your target audience is possible.

In fact, 3D LED screens and Ultra HD 8K resolution are nothing new. Chinese LED screen manufacturers are already at the forefront of this innovative technology, aiming to provide users with highly technological and aesthetic visual displays. RIGARD LED is one of them. As one of the world’s leading LED screen suppliers, RIGARD is committed to breaking through the barriers of innovative technology to provide users with 8K LED displays and 3D LED displays for indoor and outdoor applications. They are designed with 3840Hz refresh rates, high brightness and high gray level for amazing presentation of images and video. If you want to present a spectacular visual feast like the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics through LED screen display technology, this is what RIGARD LED can do for you!