During the run-up to the first show, disguise was used in the studio to pre-visualise video content, compose and format live video, and rehearse camera transitions. disguise also helped LED fabricators Barco to check each panel was correctly addressed, allowing a ‘right first time’ screen-test.
During the show, the disguise server handled live camera footage from four SDI sources; compositing them together into a single canvas using soft-edged borders, and performing colour and level correction in real time. It then warped and formatted the image to compensate for the screen’s geometry and complex addressing scheme.
The server also handled all video content playback and transition effects, and received signals from the Kinesys motion control system, updating its virtual 3D model of the stage 50 times per second to ensure that every pixel ended up in precisely the right place. Thee disguise beat-based musical timeline also allowed precise synchronization to the music, with MIDI-based cues coming from a Medialon control system.