June 26, 2014
Contact: Katinka Allender
K-Communications & Associates
UK: +44 1491 571402
R33 drives home the most significant changes ever made and it includes added realism, maximum creativity and return on investment.
Toronto, Canada – CAST Software today released its wysiwyg version R33, the most power packed release with more than 10 new features, giving lighting designers, multimedia and production professionals the ability to create and previsualize amazing new lighting design like never before.
“This is the biggest release since wysiwyg was introduced twenty years ago” said Gil Densham, President of CAST Software Ltd. “R33 delivers new features including LED video wall glow, shaded view optimizations and profiles, templates, and double the number of universes. R33 certainly raises the bar for industry professionals so they become more productive, more professional, more profitable. It’s all about our Members.”
In creating wysiwyg R33, many new features result from extensive beta testing by some of CAST Software’s most experienced wysiwyg users. One such lighting designer who has previewed the R33 beta version is Miguel Ribeiro: “I’m gob smacked with the whole beta wysiwyg R33 version and some aspects have really got me excited. These days I do more than lighting and my work is centred around video. With the release of R33, I have finally got the JPEG compression that I’ve been asking for and the Screen Glow will be extremely useful on multimedia projects I am working on. We’ll be using these features in some upcoming projects. It’s great to see that wysiwyg has finally become a grown up video tool.”
José Travassos, Senior Lighting Designer for Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha has used wysiwyg for over ten years. “During all these years wysiwyg enabled all my lighting design and ideas to be communicated visually to clients as well as AV Rental companies and crews. The new version R33 will further assist my work and creativity in making even more realistic previsualiziations. The LED Video Wall Glow feature helps to create even more realistic performance and TV environments. I also really like the improvements to Shaded View features. R33 from CAST is as real as you can get.”
New features that maximize creativity and ROI:
CITP (v1.1) content protocol
An advanced feature designed for lighting designers working with video and multiple media sources, the CITP content protocol uses JPEG compression enabling designers to display higher resolution videos in wysiwyg at up to 400 x 400 pixels. Accommodating various display aspect ratios including 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 wysiwyg accurately reproduces screens in their previsualized environments.
LED Video Wall Glow
We continue to add more realism to wysiwyg’s visualization. LED Video Wall Glow allows you to enable / disable screens and LED walls glow that will interact realistically with your lighting setup, performers and objects on stage.
Shaded View Optimizations and Profiles
Taking rich graphics to a whole new level, R33 optimizes graphics to increase performance and visualization. A combination of Shaded View settings can be saved for different scenes/sequences and toggled on/off for your convenience.
Cloning Subsource Templates
A major time saver, Screens and LED Wall arrangements can be cloned and applied to new projects at the click of a button.
Over 200 Universes
wysiwyg R33 has now doubled the universes which gives access to 200 universes or 102400 DMX channels.
On the Fly – New Mini Console 512
The Mini Console has been seriously upgraded to give you more control — now up to 512 channels — so you can test and previz fixtures and lighting equipment on the fly.
New Library Additions
New Library additions include 70 highly requested fixtures including the G-Spot by SGM Lighting and the new K10/20 B-EYE from Clay Paky.
Additional new features include Wireframe View Optimizations for smoother viewing, added AutoCAD support for importing, and Device Manager Patching Improvements.
Members can download wysiwyg R33 today at: https://cast-soft.com/cast/member/index.php. R33’s Demo version will be available by the first week of July for those industry professionals who are not Members.
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Some Useful Links:
R33 Beta LED Video Wall Glow Video: http://youtu.be/rQaoazMZ7dI
Twitter & Facebook: @CASTSoftware
CAST Forum: http://forum.cast-soft.com
About CAST Software
Established in 1994, Toronto Canadian-based software and hardware developer, CAST Software celebrates its 20th year in business in 2014. CAST Software serves its core markets in entertainment production, special events and meetings. Its award winning flagship software products are wysiwyg design and previsualization suite, and Vivien — Virtual Event Designer. All products are designed and created in-house and supported by an established global distribution and reseller network.
CAST Software Ltd. is a member of the CAST Group of Companies Inc.