Bajt says the ESC “proved that disguise can handle a huge amount of content and a vast number of tracks: 37 songs plus interval acts and other graphics. Most importantly, it showed that you can edit and make changes super-quickly.”
Collins found the disguise MultiEdit tool “incredibly useful. It allowed me to prepare a completely different track from the one Bullen was rehearsing with on the master machine; edits were not limited to what was currently being output.”
While Bajt, Lagerbielke and Collins agree that the entire ESC production showed off the disguise capabilities, the system could really shine in certain performances.
Switzerland required “virtually projecting” content intended for the back wall onto the LED strips, says Bajt. “The fact that there is no limitation to the number of layers you can use was a great plus. The creatives weren’t limited by the technology. We also used some really useful output features, such as QuickCal, which allowed us to calibrate the bottom row of HDX projectors to the actual structure of the cubes rather than to the surface itself. That made it possible for us to calibrate one projector in two minutes or so.”
Finland was sequenced on site “with just short loops of disguise generative content,” Lagerbielke points out. “A lot of things were happening to the beat.” And Montenegro, and a few of the interval acts, utilised a new custom plug-in developed for the touch-sensitive LED floor, which offers new possibilities for generative content creation, Collins says.
The winning performance by Austria, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” featured searing flames and undulating stylized wings playing across all the surfaces especially the back wall. “The song used the disguise ability to easily handle multiple screens as one canvas, meaning we were able to map the content from the back wall onto the LED cubes,” explains Collins.
“We didn’t encounter any major problems,” Lagerbielke concludes. “On a big show like this there are always small issues, but nothing that couldn’t be solved by either disguise or ourselves.”
“It performed exceptionally well,” Collins declares.