Awards & Training

Avolites gears up for a milestone software release with launch of Ai version 10

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:00

Avolites is gearing up to launch the latest update to its Ai software - Ai version 10 - which will see an overhauled user interface for a more intuitive experience and new features developed for the real world demands of Coldplay's video-heavy A Head Full of Dreams 2016 tour, and Las Vegas nightclub JEWEL - the latest addition to the Hakkasan Group of premium nightlife experiences.

Avolites' team of developers worked alongside Coldplay's video director Ben Miles, who scooped a Knight of Illumination Award 2016 for his work on the tour, and video programmer Leo Flint to bring to life one of the update's most salient new features - Notch and Spout Integration. Notch is a real-time effects generator whilst Spout, a real-time video sharing framework for Windows, allows users to share frames across applications on a computer.

An array of all new visual effects has also been added, allowing video designers to directly apply the same vibrantly colourful and dynamic treatments used by Miles and Flint on Coldplay's tour onto their own live camera inputs.

A further new feature of Ai v10 is BPM Sync, born from developing the custom integrated control system for the lighting and visuals at JEWEL Nightclub. The in- house Avolites consoles trigger effects in perfect synchronisation with the beat - a feature commissioned by Hakkasan's Director of Video Production Ed Shaw and Vice President of Entertainment James Algate. BPM sync allows users to assign a number of beats to a video clip to create their own immersive audiovisual experience.

The software update will also offer a new projection mapping tool, MeshWarp - a combination of Projective Keystone and Grid Warp - which will enable users to quickly warp their content to match the projection surface. This in addition to auto map and auto blend puts a powerful array of mapping tools in the hands of every user. Timeline is a major addition for Ai v10, providing precise control of video in a timecode environment, whilst still allowing live control simultaneously.

Users will be able to access all these features more easily and efficiently with the brand new Ai interface, which has undergone a full facelift complete with updated icons for a fresh yet familiar user experience.

Avolites previewed Ai v10 on stand at the PLASA London 2016 to great success.

Visitors to the LDI Las Vegas exhibition, taking place between the 17 and 23 of October, are invited to the Avolites booth 2015 where Arran will be conducting for hands on Ai v10 demos.

Ai v10 will be officially available for download by the end of the year.