A media server is only as good as its codec. Hippotizer offers a suite of codecs to ensure the requirements of even the most demanding project are met. For the highest resolutions and layer counts, there is FlexRes Performance; based around the popular HAP GPU accelerated compression, this offers huge playback capability with decent image quality. Where better quality is important however, Hippotizer offers FlexRes Quality. Supporting 4:4:4 colour and near-perfect compression, FlexRes Quality brings a balance of quality and performance to Hippotizer. Where any compression is too much, FlexRes Lossless comes to the fore, playing the media exactly as it was delivered. All three FlexRes codecs support Alpha transparency. FlexRes files can be transcoded to from many popular files by any Hippotizer, or rendered to directly from free PC based Plugins. FlexRes Performance supports direct conversion from QuickTime HAP files.
Pixelmapper brings the creative world of video to lighting fixtures. Massive output capacity coupled with an easy to use visual interface and live streaming previews makes Hippotizer’s Pixelmapper a powerful visual tool. Supporting additive (RGB) and subtractive (CMY) colour systems as well as intensity only, Pixelmapper can show video across the entire lighting rig from a single map. Thanks to the streaming ACN (sACN) protocol and unicast Art-net 3 integration it is possible to drive hundreds of universes from a single server. Featuring an intuitive drag and drop universe patch system with node auto-discovery, the often difficult job of setting up the Art-net output is easy. Map creation tools such as a fixture based layout and .csv import simplify making and editing pixelmaps.
SHAPE 3D Mapping
SHAPE guides you through the 3D production workflow with ease, aiding you in the design, pre- production and execution of your show. Simply navigate your 3D scene, adjust scenery, test different lens configurations, analyse projectors coverage and preview stage automation plus much more. SHAPE allows you to edit your 3D model in real-time and export your full 3D scene with projectors for other collaborators to use. SHAPE’s case study tools allow you to arrive onsite confident with your projector placement for easy alignment, blending and warping. SHAPE utilizes Green Hippo’s proprietary network protocol, HippoNet to allow you to work on site from any location to get the best angle. And best of all, SHAPE is included with every Hippotizer.
Simply select a new clip from the ZooKeeper interface or with an external controller for example, and it plays instantly. There is no need to create a timeline. Hippotizer V4 is made of three pieces; the Hippotizer V4 software, the purpose built hardware, and the people who use and support it.
Each Hippotizer runs mixes, or groups of media layers, which are assigned to all or part of a video output. This offers intuitive support for splitters (such as the DataPath X4) as each output of the splitter can either be a unique mix, or in the case of a projector blend, part of a larger mix. Multiple mixes can also be sent to a single output for an output preview. Finally, mixes can be relayed to each other to create sub-mixes for A/B Crossfading for example.
With the ability to use any local mix or viewport as an input, Visualiser can easily simulate an entire multi-system setup on a single machine. Import your 3D model and bring the screens, LED walls and projections to life with full resolution video visualisation. The visualiser can be placed directly on a Pinboards of Zookeeper for real-time views of the output or, preview a mix before relaying to the output for true A/B cross-fading. Working with Multicontroller, objects in Visualiser can move in response to popular automation protocols bringing additional realism to the virtual word.
All Hippotizer products include an easy to use, feature-rich media management system that allows the user to manage their content locally or remotely. With support for all popular industry media formats, the MediaManager provides an intuitive interface between the content creator and the playback system, converting any files to the optimal internal playback format automatically. Furthermore, it gives the user detailed control over encoding parameters, bandwidth and colour space to ensure smooth, high-quality playback. A flexible media-mapping system allows swift organisation of extensive libraries into banks or bins all using an intuitive drag and drop interface.
The optional Remote Media Upload module allows the creation of a “Watchfolder”: a location on a network where media can be uploaded. This allows the system to be fully automated and content creation teams can generate images or video files which will then automatically appear on the playback device. If linked to a cloud based system (i.e. dropbox) this can also be done from a completely remote location.
- Automate media upload via network or cloud
- Automatically transcode media to optimal format
- User friendly drag and drop management of banks/bins
- Full alpha channel support for both images and movies
Video over IP with NewTek NDI
With NewTek NDI you can send and receive video between computers on the same network. Use any resolution you like, with an alpha channel, in high quality and low latency.