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Oliver Peters
Re: RED 8k camera, a sign of things to come from apple?
on Oct 13, 2017 at 1:35:01 am

[Walter Soyka] "Wow."

Thanks. In fairness, there were a few shots done in 3DS Max, Avid Illusion (remember that?), and a linear bay by other team members. But I also had a few areas that were over 50 deep layers in MC. Of course, each continental mass was a nest (total of 5) on its own track and final compositing of all elements was done in MC. Glorious AVR-77!

The actual show files are (not sure if this is still the case) 7 uncompressed AVI files that run back-to-back. This was launched in 1999 and there was custom player software that ran the video from the barge. The show control room fired off everything at the beginning - fireworks, flames, fountains, lasers, sound, and video - and it runs from there. The video essentially free-runs after it's triggered. We were always worried about maintaining sync, but somehow that's worked for nearly 2 decades. The PC running the video was an early Pentium III (IIRC) so the files had to be uncompressed. Any compression was enough to tax the processors enough to affect sync.

The video display card in the barge PC is the basis for what is seen on the LED screens. The image (modified map of the earth) is locked into a certain position on the computer screen and then there's mapping software to route the screen's pixels to specific LED blocks.

The coolest part of the show, though, will never be seen by the public. Before the barges can be sent back to the dock, all remaining propane must be vented out of the flame barge. This is done in one huge fireball after park closing, as they fire off all 34 (?) flumes at the same time!

- Oliver

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