Polymedia chose a 4×4pro with Quad-DVI video format conversion (VFC) cards to process the tracking data for the moving and rotating set pieces. Twelve simultaneous DVI 4K outputs from the single server enable eight projectors to map content to the scenic elements.
The set pieces, which change position and content 36 times during the performance, are based on sketches by Matthew Dilley, a set designer who works with theatres worldwide. The disguise system cross-links the projectors adjusting the brightness and contrast balance of the content.
Polymedia also used Designer, the software-only version of the disguise production suite. “It had a very easy user interface and provided us with all the necessary tools to make a magnificent, high-tech show,” says Novikova. “For our earlier projects we used another brand of media server,” she notes. “But for ‘Crime and Punishment’ we needed a partner with a wide experience in shows, particularly shows featuring BlackTrax integration.
“Everything is working perfectly,” says Novikova. “We believe disguise has a good future at the Moscow Musical Theatre.”
“Thanks to the Polymedia engineers, ‘Crime and Punishment’ has gone down in history as one of the most technologically-advanced performances ever to be staged in Russia,” says Mikhail Shvydkoi, art director of the Moscow Musical Theatre.