Roger B. Wyatt
For the past several years one could always count on seeing Kiki Stockhammer, the Laurie Anderson of the trade show circuit, demoing Trinity at the Play Inc booth. The company came together formed by refugees from the Amiga developer community along with a healthy injection of refuseniks from Newtek, makers of the Video Toaster, that monument to the Amiga techno-imagination. The cool gal from Play has been showing the assembled multitudes, Trinity, a video studio in a box. It has a live D1 Production Switcher, 3D DVE (Digital Video Effects), both Non-Linear and Linear Editing, a Character Generator, Paint, Animation, and Compositing, Virtual Sets (that's sets pal, not what you were thinking), Dual Channel D1 Still Stores, Chroma Keyer, and two Time Base Correctors. The virtual sets can have realtime shadows and reflections on surfaces. Trinity has the capability to wrap live video textures on to 3D raytraced objects. When the on camera talent walks past a shiny crystal glass decanter, 3D rendered of course, Trinity would insert the appropriate reflection in real-time. It is a stunning effect.
Your humble scribe has long been interested in Trinity. Low Intensity Digital Cinema would benefit greatly from using this technology. Projects such as Songs of Steel could utilize this technology to embed characters in 3D raytraced environments and have the subtle interactions between character and environment.
For years the people from Play would tell visitors to their booth that the product would ship real soon at a price around $10,000 with another $5,000 a pop for add-ons. That would be the end of it until the next trade show demo. Play was doing the demo tease. This time things might be different. Now Kiki tells us that if if you show up in July with $4,995 dollars in your hand a Trinity system can be yours. This is an amazing price for amazing capability. Very good news, but why now?
Why the price? Why date specific?
I think they would tell you that they ship no wine, I mean no
tek before its time. Your humble techno-scribe has another view.
With the techno-tunsami of HDTV about to hit, there could be
no more playing around. Play had to move. This is yet another
indication that HDTV is changing the landscape of television.
Technologies, even cool technologies, have an opportunity window
for acceptance. Digital technology can be characterized as an
ongoing evolution punctuated by revolutions. The acceptance window
stays open only for so long because there is so much new stuff
just around the corner.
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