Meet the maestro.

The all-in-one server offering infinite possibilities.

PHOTON is your turnkey master of multi-video-projection ceremonies. For 14 years, our flagship powerhouse media server has made its mark on everything from complex, large-scale installations to world tours.

Bleeding-edge computer vision. Real-time media treatment and delivery. Complete volumetric mapping and tracking. Uncompressed video media playback. These are just a few of the features you can expect to blow your mind.

Edit, compose & play back. Brilliantly.

PHOTON is a next-level multi-tasker. Its intuitive Timeline makes editing, composing and uncompressed playback of multiple layers of content a total cinch.

PHOTON’s professional real-time color grading feature allows you to achieve both the media look you’re after and the ability to adapt that look live, in real time. Pretty brilliant.

Track like a boss in 2 or 3D.

PHOTON understands your stage, period.

No matter how simple or complex, this heavy-lifter is tuned into any moving or static object that your video needs information about. Think projectors, screens, cameras and performers. And, it can track on non-rigid surfaces such as cloth, flags, inflatables and more. Flexible and smart.

Project to the next level.

PHOTON is designed for flexibility and precision. Regardless of how many projectors your show requires, PHOTON is up to the task. It automatically aligns and blends an array of video projectors in any kind of situation over any surface, using light sensors, cameras, reflective optical markers and active emitters.

Thanks to its super flexible integrated LED mapper, it accommodates several processors and screen formats.

Synch everything up. Effortlessly.

PHOTON media servers work together as one powerful unit. This means live backups and seamless media server replacement are automatically enabled thanks to our transparent networking.

And because PHOTON is fluent in MIDI, Art-Net, TCP and UDP, language is never a barrier when synergizing with other products (like controllers, sequencers, lighting equipment and audio processors). Everyone gets along.

PHOTON features

Calibration & Blending

Project on any kind of complex geometry and blend as many projectors as you wish with total precision. Using a combination of light sensors, cameras, reflective optical markers and active emitters, you will be able to automatically align and blend arrays of video projectors, in any kind of situation and over any surface.

• Manual calibration

• Projection surface auto-calibration

• Volumetric auto-calibration

• Real-time blending

• Mesh warping

• Mapping tools for LED screens

Professional Editing

Our intuitive Timeline makes it easy to edit, compose or playback multiple layers of video for anyone who has experience with professional media workstations. PHOTON was designed to provide real-time tools to respond to almost any kind of creative request on-site.

• Familiar editing tools

• Multiple Timelines linked to individual screens

• Retiming and frame blending

• Animation and keyframing

• Multilayer compositing

Color Correction

The color correction module enables precise and advanced control of colors per clip, thanks to a simple, familiar but powerful interface. The ability to store and recall looks quickly and easily saves you a serious amount of re-rendering time on-site.

• Real-time color grading system

• Familiar color correction tools

• Curve editors

• Looks storage and recall

• Multiclip color correction

Media Management

PHOTON media servers work together as a whole, from media import to video output and everything in between. Under the hood, each PHOTON in a network shares the content you import at very high rates using VYV’s internal TCP-based peer-to-peer sharing protocol.

• Full network management for every asset

• Media playlists and sorting tools

• Previsualization of media and 3D objects

Audio

PHOTON supports professional audio interfaces and is able to control all of the hardware’s output channels. Using them is simply a matter of loading clips with any number of audio tracks and mapping them to your audio device’s playback channels however you like. It’s that easy.

• Full ASIO support

• Audio wave previsualization

• Audio analysis

• Multichannel playback

I/O Integration

PHOTON has a built-in ability to control, and be controlled by, a whole ecosystem of devices typically found in shows. Our servers are fluent in MIDI, Art-Net, TCP and UDP. We made sure that language barriers would never become a hurdle in developing synergies with other products through external control.

• Projector control

• Matrix control

• Midi

• Art-Net

• Network messages

• Live video input

NDI

OSC

• VR (Oculus & Open VR)

Notch

Stype

• Joypad/direct Input

Real Time Effects & Advanced Compositing

An integrated, flexible, node-based effects system allows you to design generative real-time video content however you like. Grab and analyze any of PHOTON’s input data (positioning, live video input, AV media) to control a vast array of structures such as particle systems. Nodes can be encapsulated in clips which allows you to take full advantage of the Timeline’s layer system.

• Blending modes

• Stack FX

• Nodal FX system

• Alpha channel support

Tracking and Stage Positioning

PHOTON is fluent in the PosiStageNet protocol, which allows it to receive 3D-positioning data sent by an ALBION server about any kind of moving target connected to automation software solutions or ones that are fitted with Copernics, our own line of optical markers. This information can in turn be used to drive external devices and systems.

• PSN

• Copernics

• Lightning-fast camera alignment

• Moving light and PTZ camera control

Ridiculously High-Resolution Playback

PHOTON is designed to accommodate stadium-sized venues featuring multiple large-scale screens. Such set-ups require very high-resolution content. Our uncompressed playback architecture allows the server to display high resolution media content without any color space or temporal compression. Rich colors and rapid motion content are smoothly expressed without any loss.

• Image sequence playback

• Real-time media splitting

• Screen-based conversion and splitting

• Frame blending

• High-quality interpolation for slow motion

• Frame-accurate multiserver playback

Show Control

PHOTON’s ability to communicate with stage automation software, treat the acquired data through its nodal logic system and trigger cues internally or externally makes our server the ideal orchestra conductor for any show control set-up.

• Interface with stage automation equipment

• Cue-based automation

• Nodal logic system

Previsualization & Projection Study

PHOTON allows you to create full 3D-project simulations. Our software features a complete toolbox that will greatly ease the production of projection studies. Our previsualization tools will help you plan your project and give you an almost unfair edge when it comes to predicting the outcome of your work.

• Projection and lighting previsualization

• Projector, camera and moving light array generator

• .OBJ import/export

• .FBX import

• Intensity heat map

• Pixel simulation

• Shadow simulation

• Accurate projector stats

• Tracking volume simulation

Export, Render & Share

Exporting data from project simulations has never been so simple. Ranging from rendered videos of the virtual stage to fully immersive presentations in VR headsets, PHOTON’s cutting-edge output capacities will help communicate your artistic vision with collaborators.

• Screen snapshots and 3D Scene view image export

• Render

• VR (Oculus and OpenVR)

• .OBJ projector cones, CSV projectors and camera data export