Here is our list of fulldome systems that we know have successfully played the shows we distribute. If a model isn't listed, it just means our shows haven't been tested on them yet — but as far as we know, every fulldome system on the market can play our movies!
|Ash Enterprises||Warped Media||Older projector||MEDIUM||1408 circle MOV|
|HD projector||MEDIUM||1920 circle MOV|
|AVI||OmniStar||All models||MEDIUM||1600 circle MPG|
|- custom -||spherical mirror||Older systems using Werewolf or Paul Bourke's WarpPlayer||MEDIUM||1408 circle MOV|
|Modern systems - using VLCWarper player||MEDIUM||1600 circle MPG|
|Digitalis Education Solutions||Digitarium||Alpha, Alpha 2||SMALL||768 circle MPG|
|Kappa||MEDIUM||1600 circle MPG|
|Lambda||LARGE||2560 circle MPG|
|All other models||SMALL||1024 circle MPG|
|ePlanetarium||Discovery Dome||Fisheye||MEDIUM||1408 circle MOV Mac
1600 circle MPG PC
|Newtonian mirror - VLCWarper player||MEDIUM||1600 circle MPG|
|Newtonian mirror - MEDIASHOW player||MEDIUM||1920 prewarped MOV|
|The Elumenati||Omnifocus||1K models||SMALL||1024 circle MPG|
|Other models||MEDIUM||1920 circle WMV|
|Evans & Sutherland||Digistar||SP, SP2||MEDIUM||1408 circle MPG|
|SP HDQ||MEDIUM||1600 circle MPG|
|SP2 HD||MEDIUM||1920 circle MPG|
|SP2 HDQ||MEDIUM||2560 circle MPG|
|CRT, DLP, D-ILA, SXRD (JVC, Christie), 4K, Laser||SLICED||sliced MPG|
|Electrosonic||All models||May require additional slicing/encoding [*]||SLICED||sliced MPG|
|GOTO INC||VIRTUARIUM II||see Evans & Sutherland Digistar|
|Konica Minolta||MEDIAGLOBE||MEDIAGLOBE, MEDIAGLOBE-II||SMALL||1024 circle MPG|
|MEDIAGLOBE-III||MEDIUM||1600 circle MPG|
|Super MEDIAGLOBE-II, Σ||LARGE||2560 circle MPG|
|R.S.A. Cosmos||InSpace System||1C HD||MEDIUM||1600 circle MPG|
|May require additional slicing/encoding [*]||SLICED||sliced MPG|
|Sky-Skan||Definiti PD, ONE, Solo||All single-projector models||SMALL||1024 circle MPG|
|Definiti Theaters||May require additional slicing/encoding [*]||SLICED||sliced MPG|
|Science First / STARLAB||Digital STARLAB||Older models - use QuickTime player from desktop||SMALL||1024 circle MOV|
|Ares - use VLC player from desktop||SMALL||1600 circle MPG|
|Spitz||SciDome||older models||SMALL||1024 circle MPG|
|1600||MEDIUM||1600 circle MPG|
|HD older models||MEDIUM||1920 circle WMV|
|HD newer models||MEDIUM||1920 circle MPG|
|XD||LARGE||2560 circle MPG|
May require additional encoding [*]
|X-LARGE||4096 circle MPG|
|Carl Zeiss AG||All Powerdome models||May require additional slicing/encoding [*]||SLICED||sliced MPG|
Hardware manufacturers may change their specifications and supplied software and player applications without notice, which has the potential to affect playability of our movies. Problems usually occur from the manufacturer shipping their system without the proper codecs. The usual fix is simply to install the missing or current codec for the operating system to use when the player application calls to it.
[*] The "state of the art" when it comes to making 4k movies is currently a moving target. Some systems require use of specific video graphics cards and custom or proprietary software to play movies. As of this writing, we can make 4096x4096px MPG movies. But, in order to verify they will play back smoothly on your specific system, we would actually have to try them on your system. They should play, of course. However, if there are issues, we'll have to resort to Plan B, and adjust our encoding settings in some way. Trial-and-error isn't the most efficient method of operation, but there we are.
Instead of us iterating various bitrate and compression encoding settings, you may want us to provide your movie to your hardware vendor for encoding. That way they can verify the encode will play on the hardware they sold you. Contact us about costs for this service.
Some multi-projector edge-blended systems require pre-slicing of a show's images into the individual channels needed for each projector. For Digistar-based fulldome systems, we use ESVideo to encode/slice.
[*] But — some theaters may have non-standard configurations, or require the use of proprietary software to slice. In those cases, we'll need to contract with your system provider for some custom encoding. Contact us about costs for this service.