LDI Week

It’s LDI Week! I am supremely bummed out that I won’t be attending this year. All indicators pointed towards going, but alas, the vagaries of life intervened (money, kids, kids….did I mention kids?). While not projection oriented, LDI has morphed into the largest show of it’s kind and projection is quite dominant nowadays. It seems the lampies have ‘seen the light’- way back when someone suggested ‘it’ll all be video one day’…..well, the rest is history. Every major manufacturer has a presence and there are a TON of projection-related classes, seminars, certification trainings, and general jaw-dropping displays of projection wonder……plus it’s in Vegas! Since it’s LDI week, that means the LD will be away and guess who gets to play squint for the next week-and-a-half? You guessed it. Me. Projectionfreak will be ‘EverythingElectricFreak’. Having been in the ranks for quite a few years before jumping ship to video, I actually kind of like being an LD (if only for a little while). You really do have to think a LOT about a LOT. Projection has almost become too easy in some respects and having to wrangle a piece-meal, older lighting rig in a 50-year-old theatre has it’s challenges!

-Look for new products from Analog Way- the Pulse PLS300, Pulse is a 10-input multi-layer hi-resolution mixer/seamless switcher and dual scaler that is suitable for large-screen applications. The unit is capable of displaying up to two live sources, with many live effects including keying and PIP animation. Inputs include two DVI, six universal analog, and two 3G/HD/SD-SDI for SDTV, EDTV, HDTV, and computer formats up to 2K, with full digital in/out processing. Outputs include two analog and digital (main and preview) for computer formats up to 2K, RGBHV, DVI, and HDTV. Having just reviewed an Analog Way switcher, this looks promising! My review of the Eikos will be up on the site this week! Keep an eye out for it…..

-From our good friends at d3 Technologies, The d3 technologies’ d3 integrated production toolkit for video production professionals is now available in a new version, R10. This new release contains all-new projection simulation tools. Auto-calibration headlines these with reduction (up to 75%) in projection setup time and higher accuracy. Keystoning and manual warping are eliminated, allowing much larger projection setups in shorter time frames. Other new features include: Luma and Chroma Key, 8K content, 1080p capture, OSC/DMX/Art-Net input, new visual effects, KiNet support, and increased third party equipment support. I have d3 Designer and as soon as I can fully grasp it’s ridiculous power, I might do a write-up on it……

-From Green Hippo, Version 3.2 of Geen Hippo’s Hippotizer brings improvement to the functionality and user-interface of the media servers. A new Interlayer Crossfade Engine allows for timed or auto crossfading between media or parameters on any layer. Preview of “next media clip” simplifies cueing. The Region Mapper enhances point-and-click functionality, with the ability to create 3D objects without point dragging. Additional features include MA Net2 implementation, Genlock HD with monitor preview, timecode control of media layers without timelines, WatchFolders, direct peer-to-peer uploading, and simultaneous syntax creation and media labeling while copying directly into Media Bank and position. The Advanced Preset Manager allows creation of presets internally and recall without external control source, while MultiSelect allows control of any number of layers at once.

-From coolux, Pandoras Box Version 5.3 media system from coolux delivers media control, playback, warping, blending, show control, interaction, broadcast multi-track audio, and media storage across a wide range of solutions. The ability to absolutely synchronize and composite in realtime large numbers of video, live inputs, and media assets onto any shape screen or surface, with complete control of all parameters from almost any interface allows for screens and surfaces of any size, stationary or moving. This show control solution interfaces to almost any external system via coolux Widget Designer PRO, DMX, SMPTE, TCP/UDP, MIDI Show, WiFi, iPad, iPhone, Web Control, MIDI, projectors, or LED. The latest Pandoras Box version also features the new uncompressed playback SSD Editions.

-From Gerriets, XL Front is a front-projection surface from Gerriets available in extremely large dimensions with no seams. It would be possible to have a seamless screen 328′ wide by 14’8″ high. An opaque backing makes the projection screen suitable for situations where it is essential to have no light bleed-through. Designed for video and HDTV format applications, it is also appropriate for theatre, studio, trade shows, and events. It is also available as XL Rear projection screen.

-From Arkaos, The ArKaos Stage Server, distributed by A.C. Lighting, offers two full HD outputs combined with the ArKaos engine to produce smooth visuals that can be programmed and played from any DMX lighting console. Engineered to ensure rugged reliability and designed for quick setup, the server ships with MediaMaster Express and a library of high-quality digital media from some of the world’s best visual content providers. The fast recovery system by Acronis allows for reset of the server from the boot menu.

-Tait Technologies, Tait developed the Pixel Tablet to form the backbone of landscape video. It is a 3″x3″ RGB unit (135mmx135mm) weighing less than 1.1 lb (.5 kg), and each unit can be handheld by members of the audience, placed in holders adaptable to any environment, or mounted on a netting system to allow coverage of any landscape or architectural façade. Tait recently manufactured 70,500 Pixel Tablets for London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies, where the tablets were placed in holders on every seat in the Olympic stadium, allowing the entire stadium to become the world’s largest video screen to date, while incorporating the audience into the screen and the show itself. The units are CE- and EMC-compliant and IP65-rated.

And there’s a boatload more…..make sure to visit LDIShow.com to see the craziness….there’s going to be a lot of info coming out of this show so stay tuned!

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