Capture 2020 Launch

Some of the Best Features of Captures New Lighting Software

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This year the capture team have placed their focus on a few key areas to make big improvements to their already outstanding software.

Some areas in the spotlight:

  • Connectivity
  • Design
  • Reporting
  • Rendering
  • Visualisation

So without further delay let's take a closer look at some of their key features in this year's version and see how they could benefit you.

Great News for EOS Users

EOS and Capture 2020 users will be able to take advantage of enhanced connectivity that allows you to automatically connect EOS control software running on the same computer, and can easily be set up to work across machines by simply entering its IP address. This means that when using corresponding fixture channels you can now get bi-directional feedback for pan/tilt and improved channel selection via the OSC-based console link.

Not yet an EOS User?

There’s Good news for you too! Improvements to file exchange and cross-platform exports mean that you can still easily share your files in a format that suits your workflow. Packaging of presentations, exports for both Mac and Windows operating systems happens simultaneously creating a convenient Zip file, so whatever you’re presenting on you’ll have a file to suite.

One of the new simpler sounding features may not seem particularly exciting at first glance, but the ability to import vectorised pdf files is certainly one I am glad to hear is now included. I’m sure this will really help a few of us in those rare occasions where we’ve misplaced our working files and can only locate a pdf.

Design Tools Take Center Stage

Perhaps the focal point of this new release is the design tools and features have taken center stage with marked improvements to a range of areas letting you unleash your creativity uninhibitedly.

Material mapping regions allowing for the precise handling of video content. With regions that can be defined and finely adjusted within material mapping mode letting you get as close to perfection as possible. If you want to bolster the appearance of your video content you can now explore what this would look like using the new texture generator modes for LED pixel strips; RGBW, IRGB and IRGBW.

Other notable additions:

  • Revised DMX patch modes for cameras, including field of view / zoom control.
  • Fixture groups for organisation and quick selection.
  • Snappers make it possible to construct items that assemble in custom ways.
  • New scene commands for easier management of object location and visibility across scenes.
  • Conversion of imported line style truss to pipes.

An easy to use library of drag and drop, adjustable, focus planes can be used to provide visual guidance, that when selected in live view can be toggle between hidden, wireframe, solid and heat map. This in conjunction with direct access to the ambient light level from the control pane lets you create environments that are rich with all the detailed illumination information required. On the topic of information, this release boasts a completely reworked editor for unlimited configuration options.

High Performance Visuals

Rendering is often a grueling task for software and hardware alike. For 2020 particular care has been taken to improve performance with the results being described as ‘dramatic’. Rendering settings have been replaced with one that constantly adapts the quality to the performance of your computer. These improvements are a great addition alongside the new 4K rendering of movie snapshots and HDR stills (to EXR in ACEScg / ACES AP1). The best part is that all this can now be viewed on a completely uncluttered full screen mode for windows users.

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