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Dataton unveils WATCHOUT 6 at Integrated Systems Europe 2015


Swedish show control developer and manufacturer, Dataton, presented the latest version of WATCHOUT at Integrated Systems Europe 2015.

Version 6 of their award-winning multi-display software adds what Dataton describes as "an unrivaled feature-set for advanced projection mapping, multiple-source video playback, 3D media and modeling, pre-visualization – all fronted by a radically revamped user interface". WATCHOUT 6, which is scheduled for release in the spring, offers new creative tools and smoother workflow for 3D projection and complicated mapping. 

Mike Fahl, Chief Software Architect at Dataton, says, “WATCHOUT 6 is the most significant upgrade in the 15-year history of the software. It's bursting at the seams with powerful new features for show creators and offers the same rock-solid performance that users have come to expect from WATCHOUT.” 

Enhancements include:

  • A new 3D Projector feature:  It’s never been eaiser to accurately program and line-up complex 3D geometry projections. In WATCHOUT 6, any number of virtual projectors can be placed around a 3D object on screen, then re-positioned and corrected to create the perfect projection setup. 
  • Fast workflow for 3D productions: Drag 3D models straight into a WATCHOUT show – version 6 reads common 3D file formats such as 3DS, OBJ and Collada. You can then texture 3D mesh areas independently with video, images or compositions for maximum creative effect. 
  • A fast track to outstanding projection mapping: Import a 3D model of a real-world object, map it with content, then use the new 3D Projector and marker-based calibration features to get pixel-accurate image mapping.
  • Multi-angle stage view: Pre-visualization puts you ahead of the game, allowing you to use 3D models as props to create a realistic simulation of the entire presentation environment. Teamed with the new 3D Projector feature, you can get a multi-camera view of your stage from different perspectives. You'll know how your stage looks before you arrive on site. 

Dataton reports that WATCHOUT 6 now supports high-end uncompressed formats such as V210 and Apple ProRes, and the popular, low-compression, high-performance HAP codecs. This open-ended approach is aimed at streamlining the show-making process, removing the headaches often associated with incoming assets. 

Functionality aside, Dataton has also given the interface a major facelift. The company claims the new-look WATCHOUT is easier on your eyes in a darkened show environment, presenting a clear and uncluttered user interface in "the best Dataton design tradition". 

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