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Cast Software presents recent BlackBox development at LDI 2009

Canadian CAST Software, creator of wysiwyg, presented the world Beta debut of 'BlackBox' during PLASA show 2008. At LDI 2009, CAST (booth 636) shows the latest BlackBox development which now includes 3D audio positioning. According to Cast, BlackBox unites the entire industry for large and small scale productions alike – lighting, media, sound, motion, cameras, staging, performers – touching every component of a production.
In October 2009 CAST Software has received confirmation of International Patent PCT/CA2009/001225 for its BlackBox system and method for realtime environment tracking and coordination – and thereby this filing conforms with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Switzerland. This international patent filing for BlackBox is in addition to the filing #12/421,343 in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
BlackBox is a combination of hardware + positioning + interconnecting + communicating + speed. It uses a new proprietary “CAD-type” software which defines the parameter (establishing “0”0”0”). Through the realtime positioning, BlackBox receives and converts live positional data about any/many moving objects, establishes the exact 6D positions of those objects, computes instructions in XYZ, plus yaw, pitch and roll terms, and shoots out moving positional information so moving lights, set pieces, spatial sound, media servers, robotic cameras, and more are synchronized and tracking to the action of those moving objects, all at a speed of 50 Hz.
Bruce Freeman, Chairman of CAST Software comments: “The design is plug-and-play – the brilliance is that production technologies and controllers that couldn’t before can NOW talk to each other – the speed is realtime!”
For the highly automated, hi-tech entertainment industry in particular, using BlackBox means that formerly autonomous technologies can work together as one, live and in realtime, in both dynamic and pre-programmed ways providing better coordination of a production, in addition to no more missed cues or potential collisions.
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