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Here’s Everything Planar and OptiTrack Are Doing at NAB

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Planar and OptiTrack announced the companies will demonstrate a comprehensive lineup of broadcast and media technologies at the 2024 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show.

From LED platforms and indoor and outdoor fine-pitch LED display solutions delivering on-camera performance to technology demonstrations, Planar says it will showcase the latest advancements for next-level broadcast presentation and storytelling. This presentation will be strengthened by OptiTrack’s motion capture software and wide range of motion capture cameras delivering unprecedented accuracy.

At NAB 2024, Planar says it will demonstrate unmatched on-camera performance with the award-winning Planar DirectLight Pro Series. Featuring a range of popular pixel pitches down to sub-1 millimeter and 1,000-nit brightness in constant operation, Planar DirectLight Pro Series video walls deliver the vibrant colors and greater image detail studios need even in higher ambient light environments. This is enhanced by support for rich media playback, including High Dynamic Range (HDR).

The company says the solution also offers high bandwidth (5G) video architecture and 27-inch and 36-inch cabinets to allow for precision and simpler, more easily supported video walls. In addition to enabling custom dimensions and resolutions, Planar DirectLight Pro Series is compatible with the Planar WallDirector Video Controller as well as Brompton’s specialized controllers and ColorLight’s wide range of controllers, which will be featured at the show. Planar says this results in deployment versatility and flexibility to accommodate a wide array of studio and on-camera set installation needs such as tilts, 90-degree corners and faceted curves. With the Planar EverCare Lifetime Limited Warranty, the company says customers receive comprehensive product coverage from controller to sub-pixel and every component in between.

Planar will showcase additional curved capabilities for broadcast with the popular Planar CarbonLight CLI Flex Series line of pliable LED video wall displays. In partnership with TSI Touch, a leading manufacturer of touch screen and protective solutions for commercial-grade displays, the company will present an interactive, curved Planar CarbonLight CLI Flex Series LED video wall in a 0.9 millimeter pixel pitch utilizing MicroLED, providing attendees with a touch experience that “changes the status quo in enhancing broadcast presentation and captivating audiences with interactive technology.” The video wall will also feature Planar ERO-LED+ (Extended Ruggedness and Optics) technology.

In addition to providing the visual performance viewers expect, Planar CarbonLight CLI Flex Series offers a more visually appealing alternative to faceting flat LED cabinets into segmented curves. Ideal for curved or column wrap applications, Planar CarbonLight CLI Flex Series bendable LED modules are available in 0.9, 1.3, 1.5, 1.9, 2.6 and 3.9 millimeter pixel pitches and can bend into convex or concave curves as tight as 25 inches or 637 millimeters.

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In response to industry demand for outdoor broadcast sets, Planar will also demonstrate the Leyard MGS Series line of outdoor 16:9 fine pitch MicroLED video wall displays. Featuring pixel pitches ranging from 1.2 to 2.0 millimeters, support for HDR content and up to 4,000-nit brightness, the company says the series delivers on-camera performance and is IP65 rated to withstand harsh outdoor environments and ambient conditions. In addition to a lightweight aluminum structure, the displays include energy-saving cooling structure, redundant power/data backup and waterproof Glue on Board (GOB) technology.

Planar and OptiTrack say the companies are also teaming up with integrated virtual production and pre-production motion graphics solutions leader, Zero Density, presenting NAB attendees with a virtual production studio for next-level storytelling with the following elements:

  • OptiTrack PrimeX Motion Capture Cameras: Delivering the “perfect blend” of range, speed and field-of-view for studio environments, OptiTrack premium PrimeX cameras showcase 3D video camera tracking for smooth on-screen content without parallax error. With the new PrimeX 120, PrimeX 120W and SlimX 120, users benefit from OptiTrack’s highest resolution, most-advanced motion capture cameras. Featuring 12 megapixels and increased field-of-view, the cameras enable larger tracking areas for a wider variety of large virtual production studios or volumes.
  • OptiTrack Motive 3.1 Motion Capture Software: The latest version of OptiTrack’s proprietary motion capture software simplifies high-quality, low-latency performance motion tracking. Motive 3.1 is compatible with all OptiTrack motion capture cameras with new features including trained markersets for tracking markerless objects, refined sensor fusion and continuous calibration in case of camera bumps.
  • OptiTrack CinePuck: The purpose-built, active marker tracking tool for studios, CinePuck mounts directly to cinema or broadcast cameras, enabling studios to know the camera’s movement and continuous field-of-view with leading-edge tracking accuracy and precision. CinePuck can be seamlessly integrated into any production workflows, including crowded rigging configurations.
  • A Planar Venue Pro VX Series LED Video Wall in a 1.9 millimeter pixel pitch designed to revolutionize the production of recorded, streamed and broadcast video content as well as deliver on-camera and in-camera performance.
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