Projection Gear/Software From LDI

LDI is pretty much done (unless you’re lucky enough to be on one of the cruises), and although I didn’t get to go, I did glean some good info on some new releases in projection-world. Here’s a brief highlight:

coolux will presented its new Pandoras Box Version 5 to an American audience for the first time. With the new Version 5 it is now possible to use Pandoras Box all the way from the inception of a project idea, right up until the actual production.

The five most distinct highlights of this groundbreaking new release include:

Video export and recording: The video export offers users to greatly improve their work flow and export entire scenes as HD video while having the flexibility of a real-time editing system. For live video ingest, you can now record and capture from any live input source up to 2K/HD. Aeon FX engine: The dynamic shader effects engine enables users to create and combine an almost unlimited number of effects. All effects and animations are automatically synchronized across the system network.

FireFly 3D particle system: FireFly allows for the creation of elaborate real-time particle effects in a true interactive 3D compositing space. Various emitters can be setup and applied with forces such as wind and gravity.

QUAD HD output: The new QUAD Server and QUAD Player workstations offer users up to four independent HD DVI outputs with built-in EDID management.

ASIO multi-channel audio: The Pandoras Box Manager software now supports ASIO audio interfaces and offers synchronized multi-channel audio playback.

On the hardware side, the new members of the coolux product family include a number of new server types streamlined for dedicated applications, in addition to hardware based Pandoras Box Player turnkey solutions.

Christie lit up the show with a variety of projection solutions, including the worldwide releases of the Christie YK50 dual-arm moving yoke and projector system, and Christie AutoStack 2.0, a camera-based, software-driven solution used to automatically align and blend images in multi-projector arrays. The Christie YK50 is a small, dual-arm projector yoke. Designed for use with the Christie LX700 or Christie LHD700 projector, the YK50 is suitable for moving projection applications in houses of worship, museums, trade shows, nightclubs and other venues where space is limited.

Christie demonstrated their AutoStack 2.0 and AutoStack Curve. The Christie AutoStack 2.0 software update provides a new user interface for the current camera-based system and the separate AutoStack Curve module enables AutoStack 2.0 to be used on curved surfaces.

Introduced in September 2011, the J Series makes its North American debut last week with the Christie Roadster HD20K-J on display. This new platform targets a variety of applications within the rental, staging and fixed installation markets that require high brightness, superior performance and crisp, clear images every time – all in a compact, rugged and reliable package. The Christie J Series includes 2D and 3D-capable models, a range of brightness levels from 6200 ANSI (6850 center) lumens to 20,000 ANSI (22,000 center) lumens and three resolutions: SXGA+ (1400 x 1050), HD (1920 x 1080) and WUXGA (1920 x 1200).

Arranged in tower formats at the show, Christie MicroTile arrays flanked either side of the concert stage along with a ribbon-style MicroTile array running along the bottom. Displaying stunning visual performances, Christie MicroTiles offer substantially brighter images, a much broader color palette, and a virtually seamless canvas compared to conventional flat panel LCD and plasma displays.

Christie used the Screen Goo High Contrast coating system to demonstrate its eye-catching projection solutions. Screen Goo allows rental stagers to transform any smooth paintable surface into a high performance projection screen, perfectly complementing the physical structure where the video projection displays.

PRG Nocturne
The V-18 LED Video module from PRG Nocturne is a lightweight unit for fast-deployment in flexible configurations. Using Nichia 3-in-1 SMD LEDs, the module features an 18mm pixel pitch for mid-resolution applications, and it provides very wide viewing angles since it doesn’t use shaders or hoods. Precisely color-calibrated for module-to-module matching, it features a programmable color temperature of 3,000 to 9,000K and a maximum brightness of 4,000 NITS (Cd/m2). The module has a 13% transparency, and it uses the same processor as the entire range of PRG Nocturne LED video products.

Green Hippo
Green Hippo and TMB featured the Hippotizer Doll House, which was also seen at PLASA, and presented Hippotizer Version 3.1 with new components including UberPan, LiveMask, DMX2, VideoMapper and more.

The lighting geek in me came out when I heard that ETC finally released an Android version of their control software for the EOS and Congo consoles. If you still have an affinity for lighting control check out the demo (free) at the Android Market.

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