Elation Show Designer 3D Ultimate Visualizer

March 26, 2007 by Tony Barthel

With all the new hardware products on the floor of Elation’s LDI booth one of the things that caught my eye was a software product. Specifically, that was Elation’s Show Designer 3D. While you could easily describe this as the ultimate visualization program, it goes well beyond that.The software essentially works in layers – eight to be specific. There is a particle layer, a live text layer, a mask overlay layer and others. Two layers are also video layers so you can bring in video and incorporate that into your visualization scheme.

Using a Windows-based computer, you can craft visualization schemes on the fly, throwing in video or adding a text layer as you go. While the software has a lot of features, it is relatively straightforward in its interface.

If you so choose, you can also use any DMX controller to create your visualizations as well. Through a DMX to MIDI interface, you can adjust the various visualizations on the fly or use the computer’s own interface. With the number of functions incorporated into the software, you will utilize an entire DMX controller so you’ll need a second one – or Elation’s own DMX lighting control software – to control your lights separately.

While this $1599 list software isn’t for everybody, for those looking to take their video shows one step further this is one giant step for DJ kind in the world of video visualizations. Now if you use one of those slick LED curtains…

In the image below I’ve cut and pasted two of the screens so you can get a visual of what is possible. You can also overlay text, video and more over these images for an exciting multi-layer visualization.

Check out Elation’s web site for More Information.

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Anthony (Tony) Barthel has been a DJ since 1986 with a unique take on marketing that has resulted in over 1,000 events personally performed. In that time Tony’s weird sense of humor and unique perspective on the world got him started collecting these stories and sharing them with friends and other wedding professionals. Born in Baden, Switzerland Tony celebrates the unusual and outlandish as part of his lifestyle. He was married to Peggy Sue in 2005 in what his friends describe as the most unusual wedding ceremony and reception they’ve ever been to. The ceremony was in a 1928 movie theater complete with giant Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ and the reception lasted for two days including a gathering in an ocean side lagoon with 400 of their closest friends.


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