Company - 2016

PLASA 2016: disguise’s latest release r14 wins an a...

PLASA 2016: disguise’s latest release r14 wins an award for innovation

Last week the 39th edition of PLASA, returned to West London’s Olympia. Over 200 brands came together for the event, which included technical workshops, console training and demonstrations of the latest technology in live entertainment.

disguise teamed up alongside production solution specialists, White Light Ltd to showcase the very latest interactive visual technology, all tracked by a BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system. CAST technicians were also on hand to help to discuss and display the amazing opportunities available with BlackTrax, which, to date, has been used in over 4,000 shows globally.

Every year the event also hosts the PLASA Awards for Innovation, recognising and rewarding outstanding new industry product ideas. The awards are impartially judge by an invited team of industry experts. This year, they were hosted by PLASA’s new managing director Peter Heath and presented by PLASA Chairman Ed Pagett. In order to win, nominees had to be able to prove that they were capable of demonstrating a new style of thinking; improve technical practice; introduce a new technology, new materials or a new technique; offer a new commercial advantage or improve safety.

We are proud to announce that disguise’s latest release, r14, was one of the nominated products which won an award. Its unique workflow shows an innovative improvement to technical practise, by allowing users to use one toolkit from beginning to end. This not only saves time and money, but also gives confidence and the ability to make changes on the fly, with no expensive re-rendering at production rehearsals.

r14 introduces two brand new features to designer: real-time generative effects and device recording. Other improvements include improved DMX patching, sACN and CITP support, cue lists, as well as various under-the-hood performance updates.

r14’s Gold support for Notch real-time generative effects introduces a new era for content and effects creators, letting users edit and create high quality real-time content in a node-based environment, then transfer and play back in designer without time-consuming rendering. Notch content is rendered in real-time on the GPU, so it can also apply effects to your live video capture / IMAG or be made responsive to live stage data, such as audio, MIDI, automation or BlackTrax tracking.

Another significant advancement in the software is a brand new feature, Device Recording which allows external device signals to be recorded and played back on designer’s Timeline. Device Recording gives users a whole new level of power when creating performance responsive content. Users can capture MIDI, DMX, Automation and BlackTrax in one pass during rehearsal, then sequence to their heart’s content, even once the performers have left the stage.

Key to the innovative success of r14 is the structured beta programme, which involves the disguise  user community, who are integral to the development of new ideas and its innovative new features. We would like to say a massive thank you to all those involved in helping us get to where we have with the release, we are now excited to see where our talented user community take it.

We would also like to thank all of this year’s PLASA judges, fellow nominees and organisers who gave their time and expertise to recognise the importance of innovation within the industry.