03/13/12 01:39 PM
This past weekend Mike, Tony, Joe and I worked on completing a successful stitch using our projectors and the new computer. We successfully got our stitching program (Immersive Desktop Lite 2) to stitch with 4 of our projectors on our instillation, and work with unity at the same time. Up till this weekend we have had several issues holding back out progress with the installation.
While most stitching software that we were looking at had trial versions, we needed to learn how to use a program that wouldn't leave a giant watermark on our project during the festival. This ruled out programs such as VIOSO and TorsionBlend, despite some very impressive features.
Incompatibility with Unity, or lack of support for non-presentation applications
By far the most frustrating part of searching for software that warped our projectors to fit our curved installation was when the program miraculously worked with everything except our demo files. Several times our team managed to get a decent looking projection across the entire installation, only to find that the software was not compatible with Unity and we would not be able to use it for our project. Many of the free varieties of projection warping software were focused on creating presentations, and were not suitable for an interactive application.
Incompatibility with our set up (i.e only support for 2 projectors)
One of the more tedious parts of setting up our projection was caused by our projector set up. To give some context, here is a rough outline of the physical set-up we were running.
- One beefy computer to handle the demo
- 4 Short throw projectors
- A triple head display port
- A monitor to work from while we were sorting out our projectors
- Enough VGA and extension cables to make several Halloween costumes
- The three projectors in the triple head
- The lonesome projector with its own VGA port
- Our monitor using the mini-display port
Photos to come soon.