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GENERAL QUESTIONS
WHAT IS 360 FULLDOME THEATER?
The term “fulldome” is used to describe immersive dome-based video projection environments that create 360 degree and virtual reality experiences. Pre-rendered digital video, animation, real-time, interactive and live captured images are displayed on the inside of our fulldome projection surface, creating a unique immersive viewing experience. http://fulldome.pro/what-is-360-dome
HOW 360 DOME THEATER CAN BE USED?
In 360 DOME THEATER, hundreds of people can watch a 360° movie, travel through time and space, have an unforgettable party, explore an immersive art exhibition, hold a top management summit, a creative team conference, an e-sport championship and much, much more. The 360 DOME THEATER is a complete package built on a cutting-edge interactive multimedia platform which can be used for entertainment, education, relaxation, gaming and promotion.
HOW CAN A 360 DOME THEATER GENERATE REVENUE?
360 DOME THEATER is a technology package which captures people’s attention like no other media has before. Because of its unique and fully immersive nature, a 360 DOME THEATER can easily attract new audiences as well as grow your existing audience. Adding a 360 DOME THEATRE to your existing business will increase foot traffic exponentially. The ways in which a 360 Dome Theatre can be employed as a stand alone business model is only limited by your imagination.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A 360 DOME TO PAY ITSELF?
It usually takes from 7 to 10 months for a fully operating dome to pay for itself. HOW IT WORKS: The variables used to calculate ROI vary according to local markets. By using the following equation you can calculate average profits for your market . Take the purchase price of the dome, subtract your chosen number of seats, price per ticket, average load (attendance), number of shows per day, staff expenses, real estate rental and electricity and you will arrive at your daily profit. The average daily profit for 8m to 10m domes have ranged from $300 to $750 per day. Based on a six day operating schedule our 8 and 10 meter domes have been fully paid for within the first ten months of operation.
WHAT MAKES 360 DOME THEATERS BY FULLDOME.PRO THE BEST CHOICE?
The Fulldome.pro projection system is compact, provides ultra high-definition images, is highly mobile and integrates the most advanced technology at an affordable price . - Intuitive iPad interface allows presenter to be anywhere inside the dome while simultaneously interacting with the audience and maintaining control of the entire system. - Unique auto calibration system is easy to use, accurate and time saving. - Easy access to equipment and projectors gives you full freedom for maintenance and upgrade. - Light dome structure is composed of the lightest, strongest and most cost-effective materials. - Our patented negative-pressure screen technology, made with special high-performance fabric provides a superior projection surface at an affordable price. - Fulldome.pro has both preconfigured and custom dome packages to fit every need and every budget.
DO YOU GUARANTEE THE EXCELLENCE OF PROJECTION QUALITY?
Yes. The heart of every system is our revolutionary Fulldome.pro media server with Fulldome.pro auto calibration software. All system projectors are connected to a single media server. This saves space as well as provides stability and ease of maintenance. Fulldome.pro projection systems provide high quality performance for our complete dome packages as well as upgrades and replacements for existing theaters and planetariums.
HOW DOES THE NEGATIVE-PRESSURE SCREEN TECHNOLOGY WORK?
Our negative pressure screen consist of 3 layers: An aluminium frame, an inner projection screen and an outer cover. A vacuum system is used to remove the air between the inner and outer walls of the dome’s structural envelope. This creates negative pressure and causes the screen to conform perfectly to the shape of the dome. The special high-performance fabric screen provides an excellent projection surface. Our sewing technology ensures strength of the dome and makes the seams between segments virtually imperceptible. An automatic air-pressure controller maintains the optimal vacuum needed to create a smooth projection surface and the aluminum frame provides structural support and dome integrity when the vacuum is turned off.
DO THE VACUUM SYSTEM MAKE A LOT OF NOISE?
No. The fan used for our patented negative-pressure vacuum system is virtually silent. Our European made fan has the best power to noise ratio available. It is also very compact and thus saves space.
WHAT IS THE HIGHEST RESOLUTION YOU CAN PROVIDE?
Currently we can provide up to 8K resolution while using just one Fulldome.pro media server.
HOW DOES THE FULLDOME.PRO PROJECTION SYSTEM WORK?
The projection system consists of projection modules, placed around the perimeter of the dome, coupled with a Fulldome.pro Media Server. To provide the best image quality on the complete dome screen, the number of digital projectors may vary from 4 to 12, depending on the dome size. The system is also flexible and scalable from 2 to 64 projectors. The projection system can be equipped with a wide range of digital projectors having different resolutions, brightness and contrast. A configuration can be specified according to need and budget. The projectors are mounted on a circular rig made of CNC machined anodized aluminum. We use fast clamps for installation, which safely lock the projectors in fixed positions. All cables are routed neatly along the truss.
WHAT ARE SEATING OPTIONS?
  1. Cinema seats: We can furnish the dome with cinema style seating to offer greater comfort during longer shows. A slight recline provides optimum visibility by bringing more of the dome into the audience’s field of view. The padded armrests include cup holders to reduce spillage and mess.
  2. Motion effect seats: to really move the audience, motion effect chairs tilt, roll, pitch, vibrate and even tickle, sometimes in combination; turning a show into a ride. The chairs are comfortable and include a safety belt. For added realism, effects including wind, smoke, bubbles and water spray can be added.
  3. Bean bags: affordable, lightweight and amazingly comfortable bean bags can create relaxed atmosphere. Bean bags are ideal for dome festivals, dome parties and 360 dome cinema.
WHY SHOULD WE CHOOSE A FULLDOME.PRO PROJECTION SYSTEM?
Fulldome.pro projection systems combine an affordable price with up to 3 times better image quality than the typical single-channel projection systems. Our systems are easy to setup, easy to use and easy to maintain. Our patented system which auto calibrates the projectors, is extremely accurate, time saving and easy to use.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FULLDOME.PRO BASIC PROJECTION SYSTEM AND PRO?
The main difference is the projectors’ length of illumination life. 2,000 to 5,000 hours for our Basic projection system 20,000 hours for our Pro.
CAN FULLDOME.PRO INSTALL A PROJECTION SYSTEM IN AN EXISTING DOME?
Yes. If you already have a dome, but desire a higher resolution/quality image, but don’t want to spend a fortune on it, you can bring new life to your dome with Fulldome.pro. The following cases are some examples of Fulldome.pro installing projection systems in existing domes: China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing (which has one of the largest domes in the world) Fiske Planetarium in Boulder Colorado Shanghai Children's Museum Kiev Planetarium ATMASFERA 360 To learn more about these cases as well as other innovative applications please go to www.fulldome.pro/cases
WHAT SERVER OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?
With our revolutionary image processing engine it’s now possible to connect up to 64 projectors and play up to 8k fulldome content from a SINGLE server! The options are: - Nano Up to 16 full HD projectors, up to 4K resolution, Fulldome Live option is not available - Mini Up to 16 full HD projectors, up to 4K resolution, Fulldome Live option available - Standard Up to 64 full HD projectors, up to 8K resolution, Fulldome Live option available - Professional Up to 64 full HD projectors, up to 8K resolution, comes with server rack, Fulldome Live option available
WHAT IS FULLDOME LIVE?
This is Fulldome.pro video capturing technology which makes it possible to preview fulldome content without slicing, encoding or rendering. This allows you to stream up to 4k resolution in real-time, directly from your production computer.
WHAT ARE SOUND SYSTEM OPTIONS?
Sound is an important part of any cinema experience and even more important in a fulldome environment. Choose from a 5.1 digital surround system, a 10.1 digital surround sound system or the Fulldome.pro custom-designed 360° immersive digital sound system.
IS 360 DOME THEATER PORTABLE?
Yes.The majority of our Fulldome.pro’s 360 dome theaters are designed for temporary installation. We have designed an extremely durable, rock solid connector system which can withstand enormous loads and is easily assembled with a simple click. There is no tightening of bolts or screws and no chance to lose essential parts. We have also introduced a rocket fast auto calibration system, which is not only fully automatic, but is extremely precise. It takes only 15 minutes to complete all 5 calibration stages (geometry, blends, brightness, gamma and blacks), providing unparalleled picture quality on the entire dome surface. When replacing or adjusting a projector it only takes one click to recalibrate.
DOES FULLDOME.PRO PROVIDE FIXED DOMES?
Yes. We can provide domes for permanent installation in new facilities as well as retrofit domes to existing spaces, giving new life to an older dome theater. For examples of our fixed dome installations go to www.fulldome.pro/cases. Installations of Langkawi Planetarium in Malaysia, Ljubljana Planetarium in Slovenia and The National Astronomical Research Institutes of Thailand can be found there.
CAN A PORTABLE DOME BE CONVERTED TO A FIXED DOME?
Yes. In most cases a portable dome can be converted to a fixed dome. However, some arrangements will have to be made to make it a perfect system. Allowances will need to be made for a protective outer shell when considering climate and weather conditions if your dome is to be installed outside. Some other factors to be considered are as follows: - Changing of the seats - Flooring - Climate control - Changing of the truss etc
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN FIT IN A DOME?
A number of factors have to be considered. There are a large variety of dome sizes and it also depends on whether people are sitting or standing as well as what kind of seating is used. Domes range from 1.5 meters in diameter up to 35 meters in diameter and larger. Small domes (1.5m) are perfect for personal 360 dome theaters with capacity up to 4 people. The large event domes for parties and festivals can accommodate over 1000 people.
WHAT IS DOME’S CAPACITY PER HOUR?
The dome's capacity per hour depends on the size of the dome and duration of the selected shows. For example, a typical 360 ride for a theme park is 5-10 minutes long, while a planetarium or a 360 cinema show is around 20-25 minutes long. Our Fulldome.pro team of experts will help you to maximize your dome’s usage by custom designing a perfect venue and variety of shows.
ONCE A DOME IS INSTALLED CAN THE CAPACITY BE VARIED?
Yes. Depending on the activity and the type of audience the dome capacity can vary. For example, you can use an 8M dome as a 360 dome cinema equipped 35 cinema chairs, or use many more lazy bags, and accommodate a larger audience. If your clients are primarily kids, then your dome capacity is even greater.
WHAT IS THE LARGEST SIZE OF THE DOME YOU CAN MAKE?
The largest dome we can make is 90m (295 feet) in diameter which has a capacity of approximately 5000 people.
CAN THE DOME BE INSTALLED OUTDOORS?
Yes. For outdoor installation we use a waterproof PVC material, which is suitable for all climates and weather conditions. We also install heating and cooling systems when requested and have engineered wind and snow load calculations, so dome installation is available for all weather conditions; from the deserts of Sahara to the cold winters of Siberia.
WHAT ARE THE CONTENT OPTIONS?
For both rental and purchase you get a package of 20 free fulldome shows uploaded to your server. In the ever expanding Database of Fulldome shows you can also choose content from a variety of genres to suit all of your target audiences.
CAN WE PLAY OUR OWN CONTENT IN THE DOME? WHAT ARE THE CONTENT SPECS?
Yes, however Fulldome projection requires files in special format. To be displayed in the dome the content should be provided in the dome master file format and be suitable for fisheye projection. Content resolution should also be suitable for the projection system used.
CAN YOU PREPARE CUSTOMIZED CONTENT? HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Most flat videos can be converted into fulldome format. The cost depends on complexity, duration and special requirements of the video. The price starts from $10,000 per minute.
WHAT ABOUT BRANDING?
Logos and branding can be applied to the external cover of the dome. We can also make a fully decorated cover with the employment of full color printing. We can also animate your company logo in fulldome format which can be played before and after each show.
CAN YOU MAKE A CUSTOMIZED DESIGN OF THE DOME?
Sure, we can. From a giant dinosaur to a massive pineapple – a third decorative layer of any shape and any color is available on demand. Just as with our internal and external covers, our decorative covers are made only from fire retardant materials of the highest quality.
WHAT ARE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS OF THE DOME STRUCTURE?
The dome’s frame is made of aircraft aluminium tubing, which is as strong as steel and 3 times lighter. Our fast and easy connector system is rock solid and durable, fastening together with one simple click. Our dome structure can withstand enormous loads and is easy to assemble.
WHAT ARE ELECTRICITY REQUIREMENTS?
For the dome and the projection equipment a power supply of about 4 kilowatts is required. A separate line is needed for the air conditioning. You will receive detailed specs after confirmation of the dome size and weather conditions of the venue.
WHAT MATERIALS IS THE SCREEN COVER COMPOSED OF?
For indoor installations the external cover is manufactured from industrial polyester fabric and for outdoor installations we add an additional layer which is made out of water proof PVC material. The screen is made out of special light blackout fabric suitable for digital projection. Both internal and external covers are made only from fire retardant materials of the highest quality.
CAN YOU MAKE THE SCREEN TILTED?
Yes, we can make the screen tilted.
WHAT ARE SEATING OPTIONS?
1. Cinema seats: We can furnish the dome with cinema style seating to offer greater comfort during longer shows. A slight recline provides optimum visibility by bringing more of the dome into the audience’s field of view. The padded armrests include cup holders to reduce spillage and mess. 2. Motion effect seats: to really move the audience, motion effect chairs tilt, roll, pitch, vibrate and even tickle, sometimes in combination; turning a show into a ride. The chairs are comfortable and include a safety belt. For added realism, effects including wind, smoke, bubbles and water spray can be added. 3. Bean bags: affordable, lightweight and amazingly comfortable bean bags can create relaxed atmosphere. Bean bags are ideal for dome festivals, dome parties and 360 dome cinema.
WHAT ARE DOOR OPTIONS?
- Curtains made of blackout fabric - Door with lock
WHAT ABOUT INSULATION?
Our team can install thermal insulation as well as climate control, flooring and a special doorway, to keep the warmth in and the cold out. Learn how we did this for the Ljubljana Planetarium to complete a sub-freezing challenge. https://fulldome.pro/cases/universe-dk-2017/
CAN YOU MAKE EXTERNAL PROJECTION ON THE DOME?
Yes. We can make external projection on the dome. Learn how we did it for the Lab at Panorama NYC, in summer 2016. Go to case http://fulldome.pro/cases/panorama-new-york/#
CAN YOU MAKE RGB LIGHTS OUTSIDE THE DOME?
Yes, we can make RGB lights outside the dome.
DO YOU INSTALL AIR CONDITIONING/ HEATING SYSTEM IN A DOME?
Yes. Air conditioning/heating system are available according to your preferences for additional cost. You can also opt to install your own AC/Heating system.
WHAT ABOUT SAFETY?
All of our domes are manufactured with fire retardant materials meeting all International safety codes. Fulldome.pro has EU fire safety certificates, making our product suitable for installation in all public and private venues. If the installation is outdoors, we provide you with the installation requirements such as anchoring and ballast for the dome.
DO YOU HAVE CERTIFICATES?
Yes. We use only fire and water resistant fabrics from leading European manufacturers who maintain fire safety certificates which are accepted all over the world. We also have certificates for the metal we use, as well as the certificate of conformity and quality of materials. Additionally Fulldome.pro has a certification from the EU architect bureau. All certificates and fire tests are available for our customers.
WHAT ARE WARRANTY TERMS?
You are provided with 1 year warranty for all Fulldome.pro servers and projection domes. Optionally you can get additional agreement for equipment service and broken parts replacement for 3 years. Usually projectors, sound system and UPS are bought locally, in the country of installation, so the client should be covered with a warranty from the seller.
WHAT ABOUT DOME INSTALLATION?
When you buy or rent a 360 dome theater, along with it you receive a free installation; however, equipment delivery and accommodation and transportation of technical specialists is to be paid by the client. The quantity of people on our assembly team depends on the size of the dome.
CAN WE INSTALL THE DOME BY OURSELVES?
Certainly; after you complete a free installation training and get a certificate from Fulldome.pro as well as a detailed manual on installation and operation of the system, you will then be able to install a dome independently.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO INSTALL A DOME?
This depends on the size of the dome. The bigger the dome is, the more time it will take. A small dome can be installed by only two people in two to three hours. A larger dome may require more time, more people and also special equipment. However, the 10M dome, despite its larger diameter, doesn’t require any special special equipment for installation. With a team of four people the installation can be completed in about 5 hours.
IF WE BUY A DOME, WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT IS PROVIDED?
When you buy a dome, you get: - 20 immersive shows with 1 year free licence - Access to extended an database of 360 content with friendly prices - Opportunity to create custom 360 content with the award-winning Fulldome.pro studio - Free installation and alignment of equipment - Free personal training and promo materials - Comprehensive service contract - 3-year warranty on server
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DELIVER A DOME?
Usually project implementation is around 60-90 days. However, if you have a tight deadline of your project, the lead time can be reduced at additional cost.
WHAT ARE THE PAYMENT TERMS?
Normally the payment terms are: 50% down payment on order placed, 40% to be paid upon the delivery and 10% - after final acceptance of the product by the customer. For your convenience, we are open to discuss special payment terms for every project.
WHAT ABOUT FINANCING SERVICES?
You can purchase the 360 Dome Theater with a 50% down payment and choose a flexible, 0% interest repayment schedule for the balance.
WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept debit cards and major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
CAN I RENT A DOME?
Yes, you can. When you rent a 360 dome theater, along with it you’ll receive a package of free content - 20 immersive shows - uploaded to your server, a backup server, free installation and alignment of equipment. The cost of rent depends on the size, configuration of projection system and length of rental period. For the period longer than 15 days it’s more cost-effective to purchase equipment instead of rental.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RENT A DOME?
The cost of the rent depends on the size of the dome and a configuration of projection system and may considerably change according to these values. Please, check the tech specs for different domes on our website and give us an idea which size is suitable for your project, so we can provide you with a cost estimate.
WHY CHOOSE FULLDOME.PRO?
Fulldome.pro is the only company in the world which has immersive experience content creation, fulldome technology, dome construction and a deep vision of dome usage. Fulldome.pro is the leading dome company in the world and we overcome our competitors by remaining on the forefront of ground breaking advances in the field and by consistently producing the highest quality of image and content. Fulldome.pro was the first to create a 360 game, 360 iPad control dome as well as our astro simulator - an interactive dome solution. Fulldome also has a patent on negative pressure screen technology and automatic calibration of projection. Because we have offices around the world our expert technicians are able to install and service your dome virtually anywhere on the globe. Having backgrounds in art production and management and understanding this cutting edge technology we are able to create revolutionary products which allow customers to have the best quality of screen images projected on the highest quality screen. We also supply you with a system which protects and distributes content. In five short years we installed several hundred fulldome.pro systems and have enjoyed heart-felt connections with satisfied customers around the world.
FREE 360 CONTENT
WHAT CONTENT IS INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE?
For both rental and purchase you get a package of free fulldome shows already uploaded to your server. To learn more about these show please go to http://fulldome.pro/content You can also choose shows from many genres, for any target audience, from the Fulldome Database (fddb.org).