Glassbox DragonFly 2.0
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Glassbox DragonFly 2.0 offers new native Vive Tracker support. There is also a new custom tracking input API. In addition, new tracking options have been added for Apple companion apps. It also comes with PIE support for Livelink data streaming and a Blueprint API extension for Unreal. But that's not all. Watch the video below and read the product page for more information.

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Your lens in a virtual world. Plug-in for Unreal Engine, Unity 3D and Autodesk Maya

Developed for more flexibility, whether you work remotely or in the studio. DragonFly 2.0 addresses key user needs for 2020. It brings major enhancements to camera tracking features, including support for Vive Tracker, more flexible workflow features, new floating license options, and support for live motion capture. DragonFly 2.0 offers more options for both indie content creators and studios that need a flexible, cross-platform virtual camera for virtual production in the new normal.

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GlassBox Technologies releases DragonFly 2.0

The updated virtual cinematography software provides more flexibility in licensing and features to meet the virtual production needs of indies and studios working in the studio or remotely

Los Angeles, California, October 15, 2020: Virtual production software specialist Glassbox Technologies has released an upgrade to its professional cross-platform virtual camera solution DragonFly. The latest upgrade, DragonFly 2.0, brings important improvements to camera tracking features, including support for HTC VIVE's VIVE Tracker, more flexible workflow features, new floating license options, and support for live motion capture. With a host of user-driven enhancements, DragonFly 2.0 offers more options for both indie content creators and studios that require a flexible virtual camera solution for remote and in-studio workflows.

"We have been fortunate to have worked closely with our customers over the past few months to find out what would make a huge difference to them in these difficult times," said Glassbox CPO and Co-Founder Mariana Acuña Acosta. "More than ever, content creators are looking for the flexibility to work remotely with a range of different production technologies. We are confident that our new version will make this process easier than ever for our users."

One of the major advances in DragonFly 2.0 is native support for the Vive Tracker, HTC VIVE's universal tracking device. The use of the Vive Tracker in virtual production has grown exponentially as teams tune into remote work thanks to its accessible, low latency, and VPN-friendly approach. Glassbox has worked closely with HTC Vive to provide an intuitive out-of-the-box solution for its users.

"Glassbox has created the best virtual cinema experience by combining the latest version of its virtual camera, DragonFly 2.0, with HTC VIVE's flexible tracking system, resulting in a streamlined and user-friendly virtual production workflow," said Raymond Pao, SVP of Products and strategy for the HTC VIVE. "By integrating Vive Tracker support with Glassbox's leading virtual cinematography software, we have opened up endless innovative possibilities for developers in the industry."

DragonFly is a professional cross-platform virtual camera for Unreal Engine, Unity 3D and Maya that allows users to view their computer-generated (CG) environments, character performances and scenes as if they were shooting live action. DragonFly is used in preview, in virtual cinematography or when searching for virtual places, and it renders recordings in real time via the camera's viewfinder, an LCD monitor or an iPad. This enables users to visualize, record, bookmark, take snapshots and replicate real camera movements in their virtual world.

“The Glassbox Tool Suite is quickly becoming a game changer for our virtual production teams. Their commitment to quick feedback, development, and creative solutions is exactly what you would expect from a technology partner. “Jason Osterday, Electronic Art.

Additions to Glassbox DragonFly 2.0:

Native Vive tracker support. DragonFly 2.0 expands DragonFly's native list of tracking options to include Vive Tracker support, providing users with a simplified user interface that automates the instant industry-standard tracker setup. The Native Vive Tracker also supports VPN and makes working with DragonFly from home a lot easier. Unreal and Mayan versions only.

Custom tracking input API. With DragonFly 2.0's custom tracking input API, users of specialized tracking solutions such as MoSys and TechnoCrane can override the native tracking inputs and work with the tracking solution of their choice. Only unreal version.

More tracking options for DragonFly Companion apps. With the DragonFly Companion App (available in the App Store), users can now work with ARKit, Vive Tracker, Optitrack or other special tracking systems to use an iPad or iPhone as a viewer. Unreal, Unity & Maya versions.

PIE support for Livelink data streaming. Whether you have an optical motion detection system or a home volume, PIE support for Livelink data streaming allows users to visualize animation and actor performance in real time in their virtual camera session. Only unreal version.

Blueprint API extension. The enhanced BluePrints API improves the flexibility of the workflow by giving users the ability to: set a recording name from an external source, play their most recent recording with a button binding, and switch between recording and review. DragonFly 2.0 adapts to your workflow. Only unreal version.

Touchscreen controls and customizable HUDs. With the new touchscreen controls in DragonFly Companion, users can now control the virtual camera directly from the viewer, with or without GameVice controller accessories. With two new configurable HUD widgets for the name of lenses and shots, including customization of the bottom bar, users can quickly and easily change and customize settings to set up the perfect iPad or iPhone. Unreal, Unity & Maya versions.

Licensing and availability:

GlassBox Technologies has now added floating licenses to the available license types for DragonFly (all versions). Licenses can now be checked in and out by team members who work on different computers at home or in the studio. This makes collaboration from home and remote meetings easier.

DragonFly can be downloaded as a free 30-day trial from the Glassbox website.

Contact the Glassbox team to arrange a one-on-one demo.

About Glassbox Technologies

Glassbox develops next generation software that enables global content creators to leverage the power of game engines for real-time virtual production. The technology enables the quick and efficient creation of stunning, immersive content for feature films, episodic television, animation, games and immersive experiences.

The Glassbox software was developed in collaboration with innovative technology partners and major Hollywood studios and tested on the front lines of real-time productions to solve real problems for the next generation of content creators worldwide.

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