MIXCAST BETA PROGRAM

The MixCast Beta Program allows access to cutting-edge builds of core MixCast applications and SDKs. We love to hear your feedback on MixCast, so we invite you to join our Discord Community and work with us to improve future releases of MixCast!

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MIXCAST CLIENT FOR WINDOWS

Version: 2.4.1 (BETA)

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All versions of MixCast require a license key. If you haven’t done so already, please purchase a license or register for the Free Edition. Beta builds of MixCast have the same licensing and functionality restrictions as regular builds.

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MIXCAST SDK FOR UNITY

Version: 2.4.1 (BETA)

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Note: It is strongly recommended you do not ship a title with a Beta SDK integrated as backwards and forwards compatibility can not be guaranteed.

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MIXCAST SDK FOR UNREAL

Version: 2.4.1 (BETA)

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Note: It is strongly recommended you do not ship a title with a Beta SDK integrated as backwards and forwards compatibility can not be guaranteed.

CHANGELIST

MixCast Client for Windows - 2.4.1

ZED Depth Camera Support

MixCast now supports StereoLabs’ ZED depth cameras (ZED, ZED Mini, and ZED 2) in addition to the existing support for Intel RealSense and Microsoft Azure Kinect. ZED cameras sport the lowest latency of the three depth camera lines and are unique in that they don’t interfere with IR-based tracking systems like SteamVR (though do require a well-lit environment). ZED Minis and ZED 2s also provide IMU data allowing for easier alignment.

External Keying Support

MixCast now fully supports programs like XSplit VCam and NVIDIA Broadcaster that remove a webcam feed’s background through their own methods. Simply ensure that the “Source Transparency” WildKey method under the Physical Devices menu is enabled for that video input.

Floor Depth Compensation

You’ve probably seen cases with mixed reality cameras angled downward where the user’s feet are displayed ‘cut off’ by the virtual floor of the experience. With MixCast 2.4.1, MixCast can now ensure that your feet stay above the floor during compositing regardless of camera angle! (Works with SDK titles 2.3.0+)

Capture Notification

Capturing a snapshot or ending a video recording now triggers a Windows Notification to appear for immediate access to your media. You can either open the image or video directly or open its folder in the File Explorer from the notification.

NVIDIA GPU-Accelerated Recording

Video recording now takes advantage of NVIDIA Encoding technology when possible to significantly reduce the workload on your CPU when recording.

Additional Tracking Controls
  • Xbox controllers can be used to adjust a free camera’s placement, allowing you to fly around the scene for virtual shots.
  • Physical Devices can have keyboard controls enabled for tracking adjustment. This can provide an alternative to recalibrating tracking for a video input that can be applied even while running an experience so you don’t have to stop your shoot to resolve minor changes in alignment.

The UI to activate each feature can be found under the Camera or Physical Device (respectively) Tracking sections in the Preferences window.

Improvements
  • RealSense, Kinect, and ZED cameras now all obtain their lens data (field of view & distortion parameters) without requiring any user calibration. The Field of View controls has also been updated to reflect these changes and for further clarity regarding functionality.
  • Video inputs can now have their color image previewed independent of running an experience.
  • Tracking sources are much more efficiently and reliably communicated with.
  • Compositing of mixed reality cameras is much better synchronized to video input frames, with tailored logic for each supported platform. Note that RealSense cameras require a minor patch to reach full functionality.
  • Anti-Aliasing (SMAA) can now be optionally applied to the output from a camera to reduce the appearance of pixelation at hard edges.
  • BlackMagic DeckLink Video Output is frame-synced with the compositing pipeline.
Fixes
  • Resolved compositing issues from Depth and Subject Boxing edge cases.
  • MixCast fails more gracefully if your configuration data becomes corrupted or if certain permissions errors are encountered.

MixCast SDK for Unity - 2.4.1

OpenXR Support

MixCast is now compatible with the OpenXR Loader within the XR Management system.

DirectX 12 Support

MixCast is now compatible with projects using DirectX 12 in addition to those using DirectX 11.

Improvements & Fixes
  • Eliminated the use of a third party library.
  • Fixed cases where non-standard player scale was not being compensated for correctly.

MixCast SDK for Unreal - 2.4.1

OpenXR Support

MixCast is now compatible with the OpenXR plugin as the active XR system (in Unreal 4.26+)

DirectX 12 Support

MixCast is now compatible with projects using DirectX 12 in addition to those using DirectX 11 (in Unreal 4.26+).

Optimizations
  • Eliminated the need for a separate Transparency Scene Capture render, reducing MixCast rendering cost significantly!
Improvements & Fixes
  • Eliminated the conflict between rendering features that caused developers to have to choose between rendering an Alpha Channel and being able to clip the foreground on a Per-Pixel basis (in Unreal 4.22+).
  • Fixed cases where non-standard world scale was not being compensated for correctly.