BlackTrax V1 has been the big buzz this year, first winning a prestigious “Game Changer” Award at NAB 2012, and then nabbing the only Gold Innovation Award at PLASA 2012. CAST has prepared a groundbreaking demonstration of this revolutionary technology just for LDI and you won’t want to miss it!
For those who haven’t experienced BlackTrax yet, it is an Ethernet-based, powerful, fast, and accurate solution that tracks objects or people in a defined 3D “Space” and delivers the dynamic positional data in realtime in up to 6 Degrees of Freedom – the usual x, y, z, plus roll, pitch & yaw – to audio, lighting, motion control, and media technologies, using A BlackTrax beacon which emits a virtually invisible infra red light via the LED that is seen by BT’s proprietary, custom designed camera system which delivers the positional data to the BTServer. A tiny wireless radio in the BTBeacon transmits the additional packet for 6D -- roll, pitch, and yaw -- as well as redundant 3D backup. The onboard gyroscope communicates the orientation of a moving piece or performer at over 250 frames per second. Control can be located up to 100 feet (30 metres) away with ¼” tracking accuracy.
Using BlackTrax as the foundation, the Experience Design Company Moodbox from Switzerland and CAST Software's own Jim Hutchison (Lighting Designer, USA829) have created a mixed media Rig giving intuitive control over every aspect of a cutting edge show.
Using the Coolux Widget Designer Software, a tool to network different data input streams, the position data is sent to a Coolux media server which generates particles in real-time; Imagine a scene from the movie Tron – wherever a person with a BTBeacon moves, a colored trail of particles is projected onto the floor behind them. BlackTrax allows every visitor to the CAST demo room the exact same experience — the ability to be tracked in 3D space and actually interact with the digital presence that is lighting, audio, video, and interactivity media.
To create a true immersive experience, BlackTrax connects to a grandMA2 lighting desk, giving every light in the rig the possibility to track any beacon on stage. And all of this technology is available to the user with only a few clicks or taps on a touch screen.
BlackTrax gives you the ability to put your audience directly into the world of your production by speaking directly to spatial audio systems. BlackTrax is connected to the Sonic Emotions 3D Audio Processing engine, which opens endless possibilities. At last, the sound really comes from where it should - not from the speakers but from the person actually playing an instrument on stage! Imagine a guitar player on an arena stage; using the Sonic Emotions 3D Audio, the sound actually seems to come from the position of the guitar player, and now using a BTBeacon the sound can actually move with the guitar player on stage!
To show the ease and effect of this technology, visitors to the show room will be able to move around a stage wearing a Beacon corresponding to an instrument. As you move around the demo area, the sound will follow you, giving you and your audience a truly complete immersive experience only possible with the BlackTrax technology. Make sure to book your time now for a BlackTrax demonstration — it will change the life of your production!
While the BlackTrax demo will be ongoing in the Demo room, CAST will also have a display at booth 1002 showing their other new products such as wysiwyg R29, Vivien 2012 and the brand new Vivien Online.
The latest wysiwyg release, R29, has so many new features and improvements that your job instantly becomes more proficient, more professional and more profitable. New features in R29 include the ability to touch select fixtures and manipulate in Shaded View, create camera flies in 6D, a new six degrees of freedom camera system, drawing purge, truss end indicators, multi-rotate, enhancements to the Layer Database Window, gyroscope, world grid and so much more you just have to see it to believe it.
Vivien 2012 is the most comprehensive sales, catering, planning and designing graphic application software that produces eye-popping 2D or 3D previsualization and photorealistic renders for the full spectrum of event professionals. It now works together with the all new Vivien Online – the intuitive 3D event design and sales software which empowers users to conceive, design, sell, manage, and produce stunning events, all online. By making use of its wide array of tools, onboard Wizards, a library of more than 20,000 proprietary industry-specific objects and textures, and the ability to import external files in a variety of formats (including Google SketchUp), individual or multiple users from all areas in an organization can become more professional, more productive and more profitable.
Visit CAST during LDI in booth 1808 or head straight to the Demo Room. Product details can be found at www.cast-soft.com or www.cast-blacktrax.com. For LDI show hours and directions, visit www.ldishow.com.
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