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back uncompressed 4K (4:4:4) at 60fps. Its compact chassis is only 46cm deep and is therefore very easy to transport. The server offers many customisation options and a redundant power supply. Pixera two is available with 2, 4 or 8 outputs and supports the new FLEX input card technology. Customisation and upgrade options include GUI cards, NVMe harddrives, various CPU and graphics card upgrades, video and audio input/ output cards and uncompressed playback licenses. In order to make it easy for customers to pick the right components for their PIXERA two media server, the AV Stumpfl team has created a user-friendly online-configurator, which allows the selection of different hardware components. The online configurator is available on the AV Stumpfl website. Pixera two users also have the option of integrating the acclaimed camera based VIOSO auto-calibration into their workflows. With this powerful technology, Pixera two servers can be used to automatically align multiple projectors with soft edge blending and geometry correction. When working on shows or live events that feature a large number of projectors, the ability to assist the image warping and blending process by using automatic camera-based calibration becomes particularly useful and can save the crew a lot of time. The 2018 incarnation of LUMINA Light Festival which consisted of 17 works of art; namely 7 light installations, an interactive light installation, a performance light installation, and 8 mapping / projection-related works. Two of these installations – Colours and Forms by OCUBO, The BLKBRDS & JUKEBOX crew, in the Citadel of Cascais, and Of Dreams and Life by Robert Sochacki, in the prominent Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, were realised using technology a pair of AV Stumpfl’s new PIXERA two media servers. The compact, 2U systems can play back uncompressed 4K content at 60fps and come complete with a redundant power supply. As well as the PIXERA two systems, the team made use of AV Stumpfl Wings Engine Raw and Stage systems. Pixera servers can also be used as Notch host systems. AV Stumpfl recently released a free demo version of the Pixera system. www.avstumpfl.com/pixera

AV STUMPFL AV Stumpfl PIXERA is a 64-bit system for real-time media processing, compositing and management, built around the key theme of usability. A radical new interface logic enables first-time users to intuitively understand the main software mechanics. Users can gradually discover the options and features and can smoothly transition from being a beginner to becoming a specialist. Actions in the 2D and 3D space follow the same mechanisms. The system is designed allowing users to execute the most important basic actions in record time and with minimum effort. Pixera’s three main interface tabs are called Screens, Mapping and Compositing. Every single tab allows for a different point of view and point of access to the overall creative setup. The Screens tab offers users an overview of your project space where you can arrange your screens, LED walls and objects. Mapping is where warping, soft edge adjustment and output routing happens. Within the Compositing tab you can be creative and use content to create and program your shows. With Pixera, AV Stumpfl combines one of the most powerful render engines in media server history with a ground breaking new interface approach. Some of the highlights of Pixera include an extremely userfriendly GUI and seamless integration of 2D and 3D spaces for fast show programming, compositing and warping/projection mapping. Integrated projector and LED display databases for drag and drop pre-configuration. Flexible and powerful API that allows external applications to build on Pixera features. It supports NDI streaming with a powerful render engine for ultra-high-resolution content. Among the different Pixera media server systems available, the versatile Pixera two media servers are particularly suited to the rigours of live-event and touring scenarios. Pixera two is a 2U server model that that can play 88

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