Agile Remote Cameras’ PTZ protocol included in latest software from disguise

Version r15.2 of disguise's latest software now includes integrations with GTC sponsor Agile Remote Cameras’ range of PTZ cameras, enabling live video feeds from the discreet PTZ cameras to be used as part of the visuals at live events. The ARC360 cameras were chosen for integration thanks to a customer-driven implementation request from Universal Pixels, which had specifically requested this set-up for a large event.

disguise takes the video content from Agile’s ARC360 PTZ cameras and sends it to projectors, LED screens or any other displays. The latest r15.2 software release brings full control over exposure, gamma, gain modes and other settings, which can be added to the show as a control command. It’s also possible to record, pan, tilt and zoom information as a preset, so that at any given point in a show, the cameras could, for example, pan to the drummer then later move on to the guitarist. This can all be adjusted from the software interface.

3D models enable planning

The disguise system is based around a 3D engine. To project onto a set at a music concert, a 3D model of the set is loaded first, then a workflow specialist can use the disguise software to place projectors, cameras and other production elements into the space, seeing in real time the impact of those technical decisions on the design. To achieve this, the disguise system features many integrations with external equipment, including matrix switches and cameras, such as the ARC360 PTZ cameras. Shows are set up using a timeline, with different modules added in as required, including video files, audio clips, web pages or control commands for a PTZ camera. The control command unlocks the ability for programmers to be able to use the ARC360 PTZ cameras in the timeline, and these commands can be built into the infrastructure of the show. A programmer sitting front-of-house is now able to see the feed from the cameras and can set these up for each show slightly differently, depending on the venue. Once in the system, the live camera feed is treated in exactly the same way as any video coming straight off the server, meaning you can apply visual effects or map it to surfaces.

Housing the award-winning Sony Exmor R™ sensor within a precision-engineered housing, the ARC360 PTZ camera provides the highest quality image under a range of lighting conditions. Completely waterproof and ideal for operation whatever the weather, the ARC360 camera offers a genuine remote solution for broadcast and live events. It features 3G SDI connectivity, with RS-485 or IP/PoE connectivity for feedback and settings. The IP connection provides many features and benefits for customers, including a web interface for easier address management and network configuration, as well as configuration files for each camera. The native IP interface also removes any requirement of additional protocol converters, with the PoE capability removing the need for additional power supplies.

Unobtrusive live video feeds

The disguise servers come with a lifetime software licence, plus there’s a version of the software that runs on any Windows machine, called ‘Designer’, which is useful for pre-visualisation and to make changes during a show as required. The disguise system can be triggered from the lighting or sound desks, or via timecode, and can also act as the master. Additionally, the system can also be set to trigger at a certain time of day, which is useful for installed AV applications, such as those found in shopping centres. The new integration with the ARC360 cameras opens up the possibilities of including unobtrusive live video feeds within the system, wherever it may be installed.

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