This week James is down in London to learn the ins and outs of United Visual Artists d3 media server.

d3 stands out for its impressive handling of 3d environments using CAD modelling and clever processing. There are clear differences between Catalyst and d3, with the latter being very geared around it’s beat accurate ‘quantized’ timeline and ability to map and scale to a variety of outputs using CAD models.

Used on U2’s tour to make use of the 360 degree LED screen which broke up into pieces using motion control. Once the 3D models are in the system, all scaling and distortion is done on the fly without any user involvement.

We’re very impressed with the system and hope to use it in the future.