AMATERAS Dome Player

Ultimate media player specially designed for dome theaters

About

As the most powerful and the most easy-to-use dome content player, AMATERAS Dome Player is used from productions to small and hi-end dome theaters. Its graphical interface is specially designed for domes, so you can make the best use of the dome theater's immersive environment.
All of its previewing functions are available for free, so everyone can understand how to use the dome theater without actually being there. AMATERAS Dome Player is developed to intend to open doors and to invite more talented people to the dome community.

Features

As easy as ever!
Everything is designed just for it.

Amateras has been developed based on experience of various dome projection practices. Solving all the technical difficulties, it lets you focus on what you want to express, without worrying about how.

Drag'n drop your file. That's it.

Amateras supports the world standard Dome Master format for dome visualization. If you have images, movies in this format or photographs taken with a circular fish-eye lens, drop them on Amateras to fill the whole dome environment.

Browse your content in file library, a visual content manager.

You can browse your dome contents in File Library panel. Organize files and folders in this visual content manager, or use it for an easy playback with a simple double-click on an icon.

Amateras for Mac OS is finally available.

The latest Amateras supports the Mac OS platform. Now the door is opened for Mac based creators, too.

Enjoy dome contents
without domes.

Amateras has become an indispensable tool for dome contents creators. You can simulate how your content looks on a dome screen. It provides you with the easiest way to preview dome contents without domes.

Amateras has various view styles to show the dome content. Check your content from inside or outside of the dome to understand what it looks like on dome screen.

Simultaneous multi-angle viewing.

Preview your dome contents in your favorite styles.

Add sub windows for multi-angle monitoring. Check whole dome content by Dome Master View, and check it inside the dome by ide Angle View at the same time.

Experience vietual dome like never before.

By using the latest VR head mount display called "Oculus Rift", you can watch your dome contents just as if you are sitting in an actual dome. It is a revolutionary new way to privately enjoy the dome content.

Enchant your dome
with real-time effects!

Amateras3 has equipped with new "real-time effects" features, allowing you to add corrections and modifications on your contents on playback. Your idea will open up a new horizon for dome theater experience!

Expand the possibilities with special effects.

Like a magic, the new Effect function lets you interactively decorates your dome content on playback. Change effect parameters to explore the variations.

Enhance visual quality in your environment.

On-site color correction can adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and gammas of dome contents in real time, in your own environment.

Impressive fulldome transitions.

Moving from one fulldome image to the next, you can apply stunning fulldome transition effects. This feature alone can dramatically improve the quality of your fulldome slide show.

Display flat screen contents
on your dome.

Amateras can display usual flat screen contents freely on the dome screen. You can add as many slides as you want, and place them wherever you want. Now 360deg immersive dome screen is all yours to decorate.

Intuitive virtual projectors.

Place your flat screen contents on dome screen with a virtual sub projector. Drag and drop your flat screen contents to add unlimited number of slides. Adjust the position and size of each slide through simple mouse operations.

Independent control for dome and slide contents.

Dome and slide contents can be independently controlled. You can, for example, apply effects and transitions separately for each slide. Adding a subtitle for a dome movie is a snap.

Techniques for slide representation.

There are a number of different ways to enrich your dome presentation. Applying an edge blending is a good idea to emerge the slides with background dome images. Cloning slides is handy and useful especially in flat dome theaters.

Big screen on dome surface.

You may be having troubles with distorted flat images projected on dome screens, especially in big size. Amateras uses several virtual projection techniques to minimize such distortion. With a virtual projector, your dome screen can now be turned into a big screen for flat contents.

Enjoy a panorama scenery
as it is.

Dome screen is the best choice for projecting panorama contents. You can recreate the scenery as it is, and enjoy the view as if you are actually standing there.

RICOH THETA panorama camera supported.

One of the easiest ways to take a full spherical panorama photograph is using RICOH Theta, a simple and handy panorama camera. Amateras can display usual panorama images and movies on the dome screen. Take a surround photograph by RICHO THETA and drag and drop it on Amateras to reproduce the scenery on the dome.

Create a composite image with panorama.

By using Slide function, you can place flat images like logos or tickers on a panorama image without distortion.

Convert panorama to dome master.

Panoramas can be converted to dome master format, giving you a wider varieties of dome contents. (Sequential image export is available in commercial versions only.)

Enjoy virtual panorama trip with Oculus Rift.

The panorama images you have taken on your trip will give you another virtual trip with a revolutionary head mount display called “Oculus Rift”. Wear it and have fun being surrounded by the scenes you have encountered during your trip.

Capture live image.
And capture a new perspective.

Not only for dome contents playback! Expand the possibilities for further dome use with external input. Video capture and desktop capture are new ways to bring other real-time contents into your dome. Presentation slides, web pages, video streaming, interactive games, and even more!

Full HD video capture input.

You can display live video streaming through a web camera or a video capture card, up to full HD resolution 60fps. Display it as a fulldome image or insert as a slide.

Stream your desktop onto the dome.

Newly-introduced desktop capture function lets you capture a part of your desktop and project onto dome screen, either as a full dome image or a flat slide. You can show your slides, web browser, or any part of your desktop on the dome.

Interactive demonstration using desktop capture function.

Amateras accepts still images, movies, and even more! Using the desktop capture feature, you can map interactive contents in the dome space as you like.

Live dome preview for video editing tools.

By using desktop capture function with your video editing tool, you can preview your dome master content in wide angle view or Oculus Rift. Time consuming rendering is no longer needed just for preview purpose, meaning that the work efficiency of dome content creators will be dramatically improved.

Automate your dome programs.

Playlist function is a simple way to automate a sequence of operations, such as partial or continuous playback of movies, and theater light controls. With an external time scheduler tool, you can run all shows of a day without operators.

Powerful playlist function.

With Playlist function, you can automate a sequence of operations in Amateras. Content playback, theater facility control, pausing, and many other operations are available from the playlist GUI interface.

Full control from JavaScript.

All the GUI operations of Amateras are represented as JavaScript commands internally Using this feature you can control or automate everything in further detail.

Unmanned theater operations.

By using external time scheduler tools, you can make full automation of daily shows. Projectors and lighting controls, playback of pre-show background music, sequence of dome and slide contents, can all be handled unattended.

Customize Amateras
as you like.

You can design special input controllers to operate Amateras. Using this feature, you can remote control your dome contents and even theater equipment with your smartphone or other wireless devices.

Assign additional shortcuts.

Customize shortcut keys and gamepad buttons to execute frequent or sequential operations.

Use MIDI controller as an external input device.

MIDI controller is a popular and affordable input device for musical instruments. Amateras uses it as an external controller, allowing you to have specially customized controllers for your own purposes.

Remotecontrol via smartphone.

Amateras has its own web interface function for remote access. You can control Amateras from wireless devices such as iOS and Android smartphones, tablets and other computers.

Control everything
for your dome.

Amateras can control various theater devices, such as projectors and lighting system. Now All theater equipment can be integrated on Amateras.

Control virtual and real lighting controls.

Amateras can light up your dome theater by overlaying bright light effect with Virtual Light function. You can also control actual lighting equipment via standard DMX protocol.

Unify the management of various projectors.

Amateras can control projectors from GUI and scripts. Control their powers, shutters, input selections, and so on. Various models of projectors are already supported, and more become compatible via plugins.

Independent BGM playback channels.

You can use independent BGM player for pre-show music, announcements, and additional sound effect of your show. Crossfading transitions and multi-channel output are supported.

Robust backbone of
the dome playback.

What is required most, for theater operation, is stability. Amateras has been used at numerous critical environments because of its robustness.

Robust 64bit Playback engine.

To achieve greater stability with high resolution movies, Amateras3 has been rebuilt as native 64bit application. Multiple dome movies and slides run smoothly as ever.

Stable playback by pre-caching architecture.

To prevent frame drops in movie playback, Amateras always preloads frames. This frame caching is one of the secrets of smooth movie playback in Amateras.

Smooth playback with original encoder.

There are various types of movie codecs, so it is difficult to play all of them smoothly. Amateras provides its own GUI encoder (powered by FFmpeg) for bitrate controlled encoding to guarantee smooth playback.

Magic tool for
dome projection designers.

Amateras knows a range of dome projection techniques. You can use them for simulation, calibration and daily maintenance.

Interactive dome projection simulation.

Examine projector layout and lens simulation with the integrated dome projection simulator. Distortion on the curved screen, overlap of multiple projectors and even vignetting effect of fisheye lens are visualized in virtual 3D space.

Visualize seats and theater environment models.

Load a 3D model of your theater environment to visually describe what your dome content looks like in the theater. You can check how the image looks distorted from each seat, or make sure to avoid vesting light on audience.

Precise multi-projection quality.

Dome projection in planetarium requires extremely precise calibration when, for example, describing a single pixel star by multi projectors. Amateras has been used in many dome projects to achieve such extreme requirements.

Various calibration techniques supported.

There are several solutions to calibrate the dome projection. Amateras works with many types of them, such as general polygon meshes, starball-based calibration, full manual calibration, and automatic calibration.

Scalabilities for any theaters.

Amateras can be adopted for any types of dome projection systems. Single fish-eye/mirror projection in inflatable domes, multi-projection systems, or even in high-end 8K projection domes. The high usability is guaranteed for any circumstances.

Multi projections from single computer.

For medium size dome theaters, use two or three projectors with wide or fish-eye lens to fill the whole dome screen. Single computer with multi-output works in this setup. Simple to use, and no need to care about synchronization.

Synchronize computers over LAN.

For high-resolution dome with multiple projectors, use several computers to get enough playback performance. Amateras has server-client mode to synchronize networked computers.

Distribute computers over LAN.

To prevent using unstable long video cables, you can place each computer beside the projector, and connect them with LAN. Delay of audio-visual output caused by video extender devices can be adjusted on Amateras.

Real time slicing and high resolution support.

Computers nowadays can apply distortion and blending, called "Slicing", in real-time up to 3K (3072 x 3072 pixels resolution at 30 fps). For higher resolution movies, use Amateras to slice them.

License

AMATERAS Dome Player consists of three versions. You can use Free Version for use and test all functions. Two other editions are commercial product licenses for actual dome projection use.
Flying logo is displayed in some functions in Free Version, but that is only the difference. So you can test all functions befor purchase the license.

  Free Version Standard Version Professional Version
Sequencial Images output
Stereoscopic Projection
Spherical Mirror / OmniMap
Projection Correction Setup
Multi-Projection Setup
Network Synchronization
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Latest Version

Windows 64bit
ver. 3.3.2
MacOS 10.9 or later
ver. 3.3.0

2016.10.30

AMATERAS Dome Player 3.3.2

  • Compatibility with the latest NVIDIA driver fixed.
  • Spout capture with alpha channel supported.
  • Panorama conversion settings can be stored in File Library for each content.
  • Stereoscopic offset setting added.
  • Green line edge bug around movie contens fixed.
  • Screen grid rendering is fixed.
  • App.setCursorPos(x, y) command added to move the mouse cursor.
  • OSC.sendDirect("address:port", "path", vvalue) command added.
  • Save images with transparent background is fixed.
  • [Enter] key problem with Script Output window fixed.
  • [with Dound] check box also works with transitions.
  • [Maximum Frame Rate] in Option Settings dialog is fixed.
  • Ranged movie files with 29.97 fps in the playlist did not proceed at its end.
  • Frame synchronization with NVIDIA Quadro Sync supported.
  • Projection: Manual black level correction supported.
  • Projection: Brightness and gamma control for each displays added.
  • Projection: Mask erasing bug is fixed.
  • Projection: Confirmation with unsaved project can be disabled.
  • Projection: Project file parameters are minimized.
  • Projection: [Generate Edge Blending] with Blending meshes is fixed.
  • Projection: Region cropping in OBJ file export added.
  • Projection: SCISS .sgc format import supported.
  • Projection: DirectX .x format import supported.

Windows 64bit

2016.5.31

AMATERAS Dome Player 3.3.0

  • Rebuild internal structures to share with Mapper.
  • Application icons fixed.
  • Sub views layout is stored for later use.
  • Specify sequencial image files by "-o filename6d.bmp".
  • Vertical stereoscopic layout by keyword "_TB" in file name.
  • Player states displayed in Effects panel.
  • Vertical flip flag added for Spout2 capture.
  • Lock View prohibits to reset camera position.
  • Save as Jpeg file with highest quality setting.
  • Line width becomes configurable independently from offscreen resolution.
  • An image file is loaded smoothly while playing a movie.
  • App.getVersion() command added to retrieve Amateras' version number.
  • Rendering optimized for screen grid, slides and virtual light.
  • Rendering optimized for Environment models.
  • Projection: Display region crops meshes, masks, etc..
  • Projection: Confirm dialog after the project saved.
  • Projection: Overlay image for Computer added.
  • Projection: Composition Bufferr added for composition in source.
  • Projection: OmniMap project and view style supported.

Windows 64bit / MacOS 10.x

2015.12.16

AMATERAS Dome Player 3.2.4

  • Spout2 realtime application screen capture support (such as AfterEffects with Spout plugin) (Windows).
  • Trackball operation mode added to look around panoramic images.
  • Negative Color effect added.
  • Tilt center position fixed for Equirectangular to Domemaster dormat conversion.
  • Premultiplied aplha image sequence files supported.
  • Extract Audio profile didn't work in English environment.
  • Fixed several bugs.
  • Launch problem fixed for MacOSX version.

Windows 64bit / MacOS 10.x

2015.9.22

AMATERAS Dome Player 3.2.2

  • Adjust Panorama effect added.
  • CPU usage problem fixed.
  • Fixed several bugs.

Windows 64bit / MacOS 10.x

2015.8.29

AMATERAS Dome Player 3.2.1

  • Panorama control GUI improved. (Center parameter added.)
  • Equirectangular template added.
  • Oculus Runtime 0.7.0 support. (Windows)
  • Occasional display error fixed in launching time. (MacOSX)
  • Fixed several bugs.

Windows 64bit / MacOS 10.x

2015.7.19

AMATERAS Dome Player 3.2.0

  • Panorama control GUI improved.
  • GUI in Hi-DPI display environment fixed.
  • Message Box after Sequencial Image Export and Save the project file.
  • TCP and DMX communication bug fixed. (Windows)
  • Projection: Stage is refactored to Computer and Display.
  • Projection: Edge of meshes can be antialiased.
  • Projection: Marker Line changed to connected lines.
  • Fixed several bugs.

Windows 64bit / MacOS 10.x

2015.5.5

AMATERAS Dome Player 3.1.4

  • Crop works with outside of the source region.
  • Color Correction enabled state is visible on the tool bar.
  • Inter-change between equirectangular and domemaster formats supported.
  • NVIDIA Quadro/Quadro Sync frame synchronization supported.
  • Blackmagic Decklink capture cards supported.
  • More projector types become controlable.
  • Node lock product registration in MacOSX platform.
  • Stereoscopic rendering was inverted.
  • Projection: Frustum based correction for realtime application supported.
  • Projection: Resizing mesh also resize pins.
  • Projection: Multiple IP address in each Mesh Stage.
  • Projection: Re-order of meshes in a Mesh Stage supported.
  • Projection: Aspect ratio for wide view projection fixed.
  • Projection: Generate edge blending fixed.
  • Fixed several bugs.

Windows 64bit / MacOS 10.x

2014.11.27

AMATERAS Dome Player 3.1.2

  • Color Correction added in the context menu of the File Libray.
  • Desktop Capture added in the Playlist.
  • DMX and MIDI pulse added in the Playlist.
  • Sequencial Image playback speed becomes adjustable.
  • Projection: Pins snapped to the markers.
  • Projection: Mesh alpha becomes fadable.
  • Fixed several bugs.

Windows 64bit / MacOS 10.x

2014.10.3

AMATERAS Dome Player 3.1

  • Added stereoscopic dome content support (Horizontal Double Dome Master format).
  • Added spherical mirror warp projection view.
  • Added Oculus Rift DK2 support.
  • Added window order control function.
  • Added dynamic playback speed control.
  • Added image export with splitting.
  • Show warning when play a movie with embeded sound.
  • Show warning two-byte characters in encoding file path.
  • Projection: Added mesh opacitty control.
  • Projection: Added line shape marker.
  • Projection: Added generation of corner pins.
  • Projection: Added rectalngle and radial test patterns.
  • Projection: Optimized huge polygon mesh rendering.
  • Projection: Toggle all blending and mask at once.
  • Projection: Marker and Pin size become resizable.
  • Projection: Cursor shape becomes easy to find in multi-projection.
  • Fixed several bugs.

Windows 64bit / MacOS 10.x

2014.5.23

AMATERAS Dome Player 3.0
Windows 64bit / MacOS 10.x

System Requirements

OS Windows 7 or later (64bit only), MacOS X 10.9 or later
CPU Intel Corei5 or better
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce/Quadro or AMD Radeon/FireGL graphics card

* High performance CPU and graphics cards are required for high resolution movie playback.

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