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Unity Camera Configurator for Mixed Reality

Unity Camera Configurator for Mixed Reality

While designing the mixed-reality VR systems for Valve and HTC’s VR Experience, we needed to align the virtual camera with its counterpart in meatspace (no tool yet existed to facilitate this). Out of the box this was a lengthy process of trial and error: config files...

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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Alternate Realities

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Alternate Realities

VIRTUAL, MIXED, AND AUGMENTED REALITY: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? The Sensorama Morton Heilig VR Headset If you follow Punch Drunk on social, you may have seen some new and exciting projects coming out of the lab. From producing Mixed Reality VR at events to our new Mixed...

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Behind the scenes at the VR Experience

Behind the scenes at the VR Experience

In the summer of 2016 Valve software brought Punch Drunk on board the “VR Experience” at “The International 6” DOTA2 competition. The VR Experience featured 18 VR play areas where attendees could drop by for a 15-minute VR demonstration. Five of these play areas were...

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HTC Vive – First Impressions

HTC Vive – First Impressions

We recently acquired an HTC Vive. With the new wave of consumer-level VR rigs hitting the market there is a fresh demand for immersive content. We are working with video game developers and streaming personalities to innovate new ways of capturing and viewing content...

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WALKPro3D: wearable mobile projection mapping

WALKPro3D: wearable mobile projection mapping

What if you put the power of video projection mapping in the hands of a performer? That’s what Shaun Prickimage is doing with Walkabout Projection and WALKPro3D. Shaun and Jacob Stone discussed wearable projection, gesture control, and painting bodies with light in...

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Canon XA25 – The Unsung Hero

Canon XA25 – The Unsung Hero

The Canon cameras in the XA/XF camcorder series are reliable, inexpensive, high-performing “run and gun” cameras that pack a lot of bang for the buck. Our favorite from the series is the unassuming Canon XA25. Boasting outstanding image quality, infrared night vision,...

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5 Linux Commands Everyone Should Know

5 Linux Commands Everyone Should Know

We use Linux a lot at Punch Drunk. We have also discovered that most people use Linux extensively in their daily lives. From android phones to smart refrigerators, we are surrounded by devices at that run some flavor of Linux. With that in mind, we decided to share...

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3 Tips for Directors Who Want a Killer Live Show

3 Tips for Directors Who Want a Killer Live Show

Taking Shots with Macklemore @ The Windows 10 Launch Party.Amber Giacone setting up the Zacuto Rig.   1. CHOOSE GREAT CAMERA OPERATORS This is the most important and thats why it’s at the top. They are the front line of your live show and will be your eyes and...

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Sony HD PTZ Camera – EVI-H100S

Sony HD PTZ Camera – EVI-H100S

Featuring full 1080/30 HD resolution and a 1/2.8-type Exmor CMOS sensor, these little cameras are some of the most versatile robotics in the Punch Drunk arsenal. You will see this camera family deployed at a huge variety of events and installations around the A/V...

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Blackmagic ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher

Blackmagic ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher

When you are faced with the need for a live event multi-camera solution, the Blackmagic ATEM Production Studio 4K can be your best friend. With a few less inputs and features than the 1 M/E and 2 M/E models, the Production Studio 4K provides a great switching solution...

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Cube -ahem- Triangle Taps FTW

Cube -ahem- Triangle Taps FTW

Sometimes it isn’t the big or expensive items that save the day here at Punch Drunk. Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter. Today we pay homage to the triangle tap. Coming in at around $5 USD a piece, these little guys have saved us so much headache over the...

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Five essential WordPress plugins

Five essential WordPress plugins

We do a lot with WordPress. This site runs on it and the ubiquitous CMS powers many of our client’s sites, landing pages, and event portals. There are tens of thousands of WordPress plugins available (42,314 on WordPress.org as of 1/11/2016) that do almost anything...

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Build your own inexpensive BRIX media server

Build your own inexpensive BRIX media server

Mostly we use Macbook Pros to run our shows. But more and more we have gigs that require a fast computer that can be left unattended, setup with automation, or exceed the performance capabilities of our trusty MBPs. We encountered such a dilemma during pre-production...

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Five must-have tools on stage or on set

Five must-have tools on stage or on set

Some of our younger crew members occasionally ask what tools they should bring to a show or shoot. While it depends on your role and the project itself, these are five items I’ve found indispensable over the years. 1. MULTITOOL The ubiquitous Leatherman. I carry an...

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Supercharge WordPress performance and speed

Supercharge WordPress performance and speed

WordPress is arguably the world’s most popular CMS and blogging system. But it’s old, as these things go, and built on a relatively sluggish language (PHP) and aging database infrastructure (MySQL). Despite these challenges, it’s ubiquitous, free, and heavily tweaked...

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How to (and not to) edit a 38-camera multicam project

How to (and not to) edit a 38-camera multicam project

PREAMBLE When I was 23, I shot and edited KMFDM’s 20th Anniversary 2xDVD set. It was a monumental undertaking at the time, working with something like a $10,000 editing budget plus a week on tour at 22 years old – and being given full creative and directorial...

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Atem Automation Software

Atem Automation Software

We’re always looking for ways to do more cool and weird stuff at Punch Drunk. Coming from a background in EDM and rave visuals, we’re big on cutting fast live shows and intertwining what’s happening in video with what’s happening on stage. Edirol’s seminal V-4 video...

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