Capture Polar 2.11 released!
New design features
have made technological improvements to the library so that we can now
include textured objects and starting with version 2.11 you will be
seeing a steady stream of new objects being added. Our first batch of
objects includes a healthy set of tables, chairs and assorted props. You
may also notice that moving heads have been annotated with a power
symbol in Plot mode, clarifying the orienation of the fixture, and that
more of the now over than 7000 fixtures of the library now have custom
drawn (to scale) manufacturer-specific symbols.
A major effort has
gone into redesigning and improving zooming in Capture 2.11. Zoom speed
and directions have been calibrated across platforms and technologies
such as scroll wheels and touch pads to give our cross-platform users
the best possible experience. The default behavior of the zoom is now
also to zoom to the cursor rather than just the center of the screen.
New features to automatically zoom to the extent of both the selection
and the entire project will also help you get around much quicker!
Interoperability and integration features
has successfully relied on CITP for communication with consoles and
media servers for many years. We have now added a Capture-specific
extension set to CITP called CITP/CAEX ("CApture EXtensions") with two
new features; live image streaming and remote recording. This allows
consoles to tap in on the contents of a live view in Capture and it
allows users to trigger remote recording and programmer clear functions
from Capture. LightFactory is first out to officially support this, with more consoles in the pipeline.
Version 2.11 also supports Green Hippo's
HMap3 protocol for video streaming. Simply enable the HMap2 component
on your Hippotizer media server and its output will appear under the
'Media' tab in Capture. The resolution can be adjusted in the 'Options'
We have also taken the chance to upgrade to a newer
version of the Teigha component we license to support DXF and DWG
import/export. This allows Capture to import and export up to version
With version 2.11 we have
scrapped our dynamic quality adjustment scheme, locking down
visualization quality to a predefined set of quality levels. This puts
an end to the unpredictable flickering and enables new levels of
performance. Explore the possibilities by finding the right level of
'Quality' settings for your machine under the 'Visualization' tab in the
Have you invested in a 3D TV recently but not
yet managed fill your home cinema DVD/Blue-ray collection with 3D films?
Or are you looking for an excuse to buy a 3D TV? With the flick of a
setting available for each view in Capture, the view can now be brought
into SideBySide 3D mode so that you can put that 3D TV to its proper
In our strive to constantly bring new technology to Capture
we have taken the first step into a world previously unknown to us -
water effects. This first step incorporates water jets and allows
DMX-controlled water jet visualization, all of course properly
interacting with the lighting, projections and lasers.
New media features
we would also like to promote three much-requested features related to
media that we have added to version 2.11; test cards, video projector
keystoning and video player DMX patch/control. The test cards appear
automatically when no media has been assigned to a video or laser
projector, which is very useful when focusing, and video player DMX
patch/control allows adding some basic multimedia programming to a show
when you don't have access to media server.