Salt Lake City, UT, USA — Evans & Sutherland (E&S) introduced Digistar 6, its latest release of the Digistar digital planetarium/digital dome cinema system (aka fulldome) at the International Planetarium Society (IPS) Conference in Warsaw [Poland] on June 20, 2016. Digistar introduced a fully integrated digital planetarium that combines ultra-high resolution fulldome video playback with a wealth of real-time digital 3D content, covering astronomy, a range of sciences, and alternative content.
Since the previous iteration of this system, Digistar 5 (D5), debuted at IPS in Baton Rouge, LA more than 150 D5 systems have been sold around the world.
Ben Buckwalter, E&S Software Engineering Manager said, “Digistar 6 is built upon the feedback and suggestions from our Digistar customers. Their passion for the system and their insight as users is the backbone and strength of our software. Plus, we have an incredible staff that is dedicated to providing powerful content and innovative features that are easy to learn and use in the world’s most comprehensive and intuitive user interface. We owe the success of Digistar to this worldwide community of users, and we can’t wait to unveil and demo the cutting-edge new features in the system to our community and their audiences.”
Evans & Sutherland (E&S) also announced hiring Robin Sip as Director of Show Production and Content. Sip is an award winning director and writer of several best-selling fulldome productions including Dawn of the Space Age, Natural Selection, and Dinosaurs at Dusk.
“Robin joins the E&S team at a pivotal time in the fulldome content market. As fulldome content shifts from mostly CG generated scenes and models to much more real-world fulldome video and imagery, Robin brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the E&S Content team,” said Kirk D. Johnson, Vice President & General Manager, E&S.
“The relationship with E&S goes back to my time as an intern at E&S in the early 1990s working with Digistar I,” said Robin Sip. “This experience launched my career in the computer graphics industry. I have always had the desire to return to work with the E&S team who have pioneered the computer graphics industry and so many of the technologies and innovations in the planetarium and fulldome industry. I look forward to working with their dedicated team of experts. I think that together we can continue to push the limits of fulldome content creation and hopefully reach the next level of storytelling and realism in immersive filmmaking.”
The new show MARS 1001: A Thousand Day Trip to Mars, will be the first E&S production written & directed by Sip. Filming for this production will take place both at E&S Headquarters in Salt Lake City and also at the Mirage3D Studio in The Hague, The Netherlands.
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