The Arcalis Engine is the alma mater of all our applications. Everything we do runs over it: apps, interfaces, plug-ins or custom solutions.
Since 2005 we have been developing our core engine. We actually started with a Quicktime based engine which is still running with some of our custom projects and older applications, but when AV Foundation appeared and after studying the world of powerful possibilities opening in front of us, we decided to start from scratch and re-write from zero our Arcalis Engine to take full advantage of all the capabilities of the new Apple video architecture.
The Arcalis Engine is capable of handling multiple layers of video in real time, on-the-fly adjustment to the aspect ratio of your choice, up/cross/down conversion, graphics overlay, alpha channel raster images, vector graphics, still images, URL streaming, support of professional output devices as AJA and Blackmagic Design, multiple screens, geometrical distortion and transform, real time FX and color correction, image blending for multiple projectors, internal and external triggers, internet data overlay like RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, etc... and many things more coming in to the pipe.
So basically all our apps or interfaces, as we like to call them, run over the same engine using the features of The Engine they need to achieve their function whatever is a play-out for live events, a broadcast automated playout, a multiscreen installation in a commercial centre, a visual play-out solution for rock concerts or VJ’s, or a custom project for a museum or a big corporation.
Interface design is all for us. As users, as people we come from the creative side and Apple users and prescribers since the late 80’s we know the importance of the usability and the “visuability” and this is the reason why have designed several interfaces over the same engine. Instead of having one mega-clumsy interface with all the functions in there, we have not only created an interface per application, we also have designed different interfaces for the same application, but thinking in different industries and work environments. A play-out is a play-out, but the use, the jargon and the graphical style it’s different form a TV channel, a VJ or the industrial/corporate worlds. The one size fits all does not work for us, so we have an suit for everyone!