disguise releases r17, the latest update to its software

Promo pic of disguise's r17

disguise has launched r17, the latest update to its “award-winning” software. Designed in response to feedback gathered from disguise’s community of artists and technicians, r17 “dramatically enhances” the experience of building projects.

disguise software enables users to “previsualise every pixel” of a project before an event or installation: r17 introduces to previsualisation “Manipulators”, a tool that give users the ability to select multiple objects on a 3D stage and offset, rotate and scale them.

r17 also includes ‘PreComps’. Using the flexible timeline, users can now route video content between different layers, enabling them to blend and mix content sources to create a complete look. This new workflow allows users to create a pre-composition of layers which can be reused in multiple locations. Furthermore, SockPuppet projects – which allow users to control disguise via a lighting desk, iPad or networked device – now perform better and need less complex setups.

The latest version of disguise’s software adds ‘NDI support’. Users can now stream an NDI source from content tools to the disguise stage in real-time, unlocking new workflows for esports, fixed installations and TV productions. Integration with NDI can also be used as a streaming preview from content tools, such as 3DSMax or After Effects.

release r17 has already tested with select users that took part in the beta programme. According to Zach Peletz, video programmer and founder of Turning Point Studio, “Probably one of the more exciting things about r17 is PreComps going gold. I’ve been using PreComps in their various forms for a year now and it’s great to see how far they’ve come and the new possibilities they provide. This is actually the core of what we’ve developed for an upcoming show. It’s a major step forward.

In addition to the above, the release includes a range of other improvements across disguise’s software:

  • Alembic file support
  • 3D feathering and masking
  • Tick boxes replace Boolean UI options
  • Ability to export current frame of live video
  • SockPuppet personality editor
  • Media Asset browser viewed as a list
  • Lock layers in place on the timeline avoiding accidental edits
  • Export of internally made textures
  • Multi-edit list imported or exported via CSV

“For r17, we’ve listened intently to our users to ensure we’re meeting their needs. The result is a major upgrade to the usability of our software with a range of improvements that are designed to feel great, and help you achieve a faster production and streamlined workflow process” said Raed Al Tikriti, Chief Product Officer at disguise.

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