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Stereoscopic playback, 3D effects, and iPad control are just a few of the sizzling hot new features to be shown for the first time at Integrate

Dataton and their key Australian partner, Interactive Controls will be launching the brand version 5 of WATCHOUT multi-display production and playback system at Integrate 2011.

WATCHOUT version 5 is already making waves in the international audio-visual marketplace where it has already received several industry prizes and accolades, including the prestigious Media Server product category in the Commercial Integrator Awards. Dataton WATCHOUT was also recognized with an award for Best Show Control Product at the Infocomm/Rental and Staging New Product Awards.

Version 5 is packed full of new features – many of them requested by the product’s hundreds of customers all over the world, including ones from Australia and New Zealand.

As a fully scalable, software-based and requiring no proprietary hardware, WATCHOUT already orchestrates still images, animations, graphics, video, sound and live feeds into a single impressive show across multiple display areas, either soft-edge blended or scattered.

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing & Communications Manager at Dataton says: “Presentations have never been more creative, accessible or as easy to utilize and are incorporated from the direct feedback and requests from our partner base. At Integrate, they will be demonstrated using projectiondesign® F32 series DLP® projectors on our booth.

Excited about introducing the capabilities of version 5 to the Australian and New Zealand audience, Dean Stevenson, Owner at Interactive Controls says: “the new version is packed full of features that our event designers, systems integrators and customers will love.”

3D effects and stage preview

Prominent among the upgraded feature set is a new 3D Effects and Stage Preview option. WATCHOUT version 5 lets you position and rotate all media objects in 3D space. What’s more, with 3D motion paths images and video fly through space any way you want. The preview can be rotated to view the stage from the most appropriate vantage point, all while staying true to the simplicity and ease of use that’s the hallmark of WATCHOUT.

Stereoscopic playback Still on the 3D theme, version 5 is also the first iteration of WATCHOUT to offer seamless Stereoscopic Playback. Since WATCHOUT already knows about all the 3D aspects of any presentation through its award-winning user interface, stereoscopic projection comes along for the ride, with little or no additional production effort.

Let’s get interactive

Version 5 also allows shows driven by WATCHOUT to be opened up to more interaction, allowing users to not only position, rotate and move all media objects in 3D, but also for these tools to be used interactively. WATCHOUT understands virtually any kind of device or external system, allowing you to connect sensors and control sources – like iPads – directly to on-screen elements such as images, video, live feeds and more.

Multiple outputs WATCHOUT is also keeping pace with the latest developments in computer and graphics hardware. Version 5 now offers support for multi-head output cards, meaning that up to six displays can now be driven off one suitably equipped computer, all using a single WATCHOUT license.

http://www.dataton.com

http://www.interactivecontrols.com.au

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