From the dance world in California, here is a quick rundown of one of the last installations we did in San Francisco with MFDP|SF, David Glowacki, Camille Utterback and Michael StClair.
We had four kinects built as an array going into a super computer running danceroom Spectroscopy (dS) (http://danceroom-spec.com/
) where visuals were generated from the motion capture data using particle physics algorithms.
Some of the information was sent from the dS computer to a station running Ableton Live which used the data through a Max MSP patch to create OSC strings that the composer used to create a generative soundscape on top of existing music.
The dS visual were sent via DVI extenders, 60’ of HD-SDI cables and input via a dual SDI capture card to a media server (windows 8.1 pro) running Resolume Arena where I was able to map the visual and add some other existing visuals to the mix.
The media server had two R9-270X graphics cards in Xfire. The 3840x1080 composition was mapped on 13 4'x16' screens in a half circles using 3 @ 7,800-lumen projectors with .98~1.37 lenses in front projection with very steep projection angles to minimize shadows. Resolume Arena 4 was very stable at about 59fps and even though we had tons of connections and rerouting of data, we ended up with about 3 frames of latency.
We ran Vezer on the composer' 13" Macbook Pro in the background and I build a cueing system to control the visuals out of Resolume Arena 4 on a timelime (fades, triggers, effect controls, etc...) in 14 cues.
Both the dS and Media Server were inaccessible so we ran them RealVNC server on the same network so that we could control them using two 15" Macbook Pros. Everything was patched into a 16 port 1G Ethernet Switch. Out of the switch, we had a wireless access point to connect an iPad Retina with an OSC controller which ran Vezer to control Resolume.
Here is a few photos of the production:
Note that the white lines between slices were adjusted after I took this photo and the 13 screens ended up seamless and particles flowed across the stage giving the illusion of one continuous screen!