We are introducing our newest iteration of Pixotope, featuring Unreal 5.3 and yet again emphasizing improvements to your workflow.
Unreal version 5.3.1
The Pixotope Engine/Editor now runs on the latest Unreal Engine version 5.3.1. New features include:
Sparse Volume Textures: store baked simulation data representing volumetric media such as smoke, fire, and water
Nanite: improvements to rendering features as well as performance
Lumen: improvements to reflections and performance in general
OCIO support for Texture Conversions: helping to ensure assets look correct regardless of where they may have been authored
DMX: Improved Control Console and Pixel Mapping tool
And much, much more: https://docs.unrealengine.com/5.3/en-US/unreal-engine-5.3-release-notes/
Render groups and Compositing type
Enabling AR, VS and XR on individual machines was time-consuming and error-prone. In Pixotope 23.3, we have introduced the Compositing Type setting to address this issue. This setting can be controlled from within the Director by using Render groups.
Add the different machines to their respective Render groups (AR, VS, AR+VS, XR), and the corresponding settings will be applied automatically. Using Render groups allows you also to run the same level on all machines in an XR setup with set extensions.
Not a Pixotope Tracking customer yet? No worries! Our new Manual Twin helps you to streamline your XR setup. The Manual Twin allows you to easily create planar, curved, and corner LED wall setups inside the Editor. However, unlike the automated workflow with Digital Twin, the alignment process must still be done manually.
Ever wanted to see what your engines are outputting quickly? Just enable Pixel Streaming on any machine and watch its stream from anywhere in the network. In combination with the ability to Launch in Editor when viewing another machine, you can even stream the Pixotope Editor and start working remotely, also from a Mac :-)
Setting up a multi-machine network is hard enough, so we decided to simplify it. With the introduction of our Machines panel, you now have a single place where you can change their display names and colors as well as define if they should be an AR, VS or XR machine using our new Render Groups mentioned above.
We have performed a major overhaul of our PX2 keyer while deprecating the PX1 keyer entirely. The new model gives much more consistent results with improved edges and increased fine detail retention.
Director in the browser
Opening Control panels in the browser allows using them on other devices, including tablets and mobile phones. We have now extended this feature to Director, enabling you to open your favorite panels in the browser on any device in the Pixotope network. Because typing URLs on mobile devices is cumbersome, we present you with a QR code easing the way to jump right into it. Pro Tip - Ctrl+N is a cool and easy way to open the Director in your browser.
To remove another source of errors, we are now setting the Frame rate of the show globally. This way, all inputs and outputs will try to run with the exact same timing.
In case the transform and lens data provided by your tracking system is not in sync, you can now edit delays for them separately.
And Pixotope Plotter with which you can inspect all tracking data over time, now also can show any value delivered via the API like for example the FPS of all connected engines.
Anti-aliasing with TSR
Temporal super-resolution is now, together with DLSS and TAA, available to select from the Effects panel in Director.
Assigning render machines to your XR mappings from inside Director has become easier. And we have exposed the display mode for your Digital or Manual Twins.
File syncing details
To keep track of what changes you are pushing or pulling, we have added our first iteration of the Synced storage panel. It gives you detailed information about all available changes. All missing projects are now shown in the launch panel, allowing you to pull them directly from there. Pro tip: Asset Hub also works with cloud servers.
The Pixotope Pocket app turns your mobile device in your pocket into a tracked production camera. The app has gotten another update improving its usability and capabilities. For access, please contact customer support. Currently available for iPhone.
2FA for Pixotope Cloud
Last but not least, we have now made 2-factor authentication available for your Admin accounts. If you want added security for managing licenses and users, just enable 2FA through the Admins user menu.
Upgrading to Pixotope 23.3
Log in to the user section of the → Pixotope Cloud
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