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Mediendom der Fachhochschule Kiel Digistar 5 Upgrade

7/2/2014 10:34:53 PM UTC - We just upgraded the dome and computer lab at Mediendom der Fachhochschule Kiel to Digistar 5. Planetarium Hamburg and Kiel will be hosting the 2014 DUG meeting later this year in September.

2014 IPS Conference

6/25/2014 6:00:27 PM UTC - We have been at the 2014 IPS Conference this week showing off some of the great new features in Digistar 5. Be sure to visit our booth in the Exhibition Hall to see them in person. The conference runs until Friday the 27th.

Association of Fulldome Innovators

6/16/2014 4:03:34 PM UTC - At the 2014 IMERSA Summit in March, key stakeholders in specialty cinema discussed the convergence taking place between giant-screen film domes and digital dome theaters (aka fulldome theaters, or digital planetariums). The dialog moved representatives of leading fulldome system providers Sky-Skan, SCISS and Evans & Sutherland to form a new special interest group: AFDI, the Association of Fulldome Innovators. Read more here.

8K Fulldome Production

6/13/2014 3:18:14 PM UTC - Our friends and Digistar clients at the National Space Centre in Leicester, UK have written an excellent blog article to explore 8K from a production perspective and have done a great analysis of the cost and benefit of creating content at 8K resolution.

2014 IPS Conference

6/11/2014 5:42:25 PM UTC - The 2014 International Planetarium Society conference starts in less than 2 weeks on June 23rd. We are excited to show off the new Digistar 5 features including the Digistar Cloud Library. In addition to our demos in the dome we will have a booth at the trade show. We hope to see you there!

IPS Macao International Fulldome Festival

6/4/2014 6:45:52 PM UTC - We are about a week away from the IPS Macao International Fulldome Festival. Several fulldome films that we distribute will be in the official competition, including our own, Ancient Skies, Ancient Mysteries film. Hope to see you in Macao, and then onto IPS in Beijing!

Cosmic Adventure

5/28/2014 9:30:10 PM UTC - The trailer for our latest fulldome production, Cosmic Adventure, is now up on our online show catalog.

What's New in the Cloud?

5/28/2014 9:27:08 PM UTC - What's new in the Digistar Cloud Library? If you missed the Camelopardalis meteor shower over the weekend, you can simulate it in your dome with the Camelopardalis Meteor Shower script shared by the University of Montana. Just hit the Cloud button in the latest version of Digistar 5 and click download. And watch this space as we highlight other exciting content shared by Digistar users around the globe.

2014 Ecsite Conference

5/21/2014 5:31:03 PM UTC - This week we will be presenting Digistar 5 in our booth at the 2014 Ecsite Conference in The Hague, Netherlands. The conference runs through Saturday. We hope you'll stop by if you are attending the conference!

Cosmic Adventure at the 2014 Jena FullDome Festival

5/14/2014 7:25:33 PM UTC - The Jena FullDome Festival starts next week. Our latest production, Cosmic Adventure, will be presented on Friday night. Cosmic Adventure joins about 20 other films included for consideration in the festival. We hope to see you there!

Symposium of Planetariums Wrap-up

5/7/2014 7:28:49 PM UTC - At the Symposium of Planetariums in Lucerne, Switzerland, we officially presented the new release of Digistar 5, featuring Cloud connectivity, Scene Snapshots, JavaScript, and more! Attendees from the French, German, and Italian planetarium associations saw our demo on the new Digistar 5 8K system at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz. Thanks to Daniel Schlup and his team at the planetarium for hosting a great conference. It was great to see old friends again and meet new ones.

Digistar 5 Spring Release

5/7/2014 7:27:55 PM UTC - Thanks for all the great feedback from our beta test sites. We are incorporating your responses into the official Digistar 5 spring software release. This update, free to all Digistar 5 users under warranty or a service contract, will be released by the end of May!

Introducing the Digistar Cloud Library

5/5/2014 5:04:01 PM UTC - We have been working on some great new features in Digistar 5 and can't wait to show them off! Digistar 5 is now Cloud enabled. It has never been easier to create and share content than with the Digistar Cloud Library. We also have made things easier for both beginners and power users with our new features in Show Builder and our powerful new script editor.

Cosmic Adventure

4/30/2014 7:54:55 PM UTC - Our latest fulldome production, Cosmic Adventure, is now available for your planetarium! This show for families takes audiences on a roller coaster ride from the moon through the universe, our galaxy and our solar system.
Our journey through the universe is guided by a 12-year-old girl, voiced by Nancy Cartwright of The Simpsons.

Exciting New Features Coming For Digistar 5

4/23/2014 5:48:11 PM UTC - New Digistar 5 features for beginners, for power users, for content producers and more! We can't wait to show you what we've been up to next week at the 2014 Symposium of Planetariums hosted by Verkehrshaus der Schweiz in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Digistar 5 At The 2014 Symposium Of Planetariums

4/9/2014 5:56:33 PM UTC - We'll be presenting a major software update to Digistar 5 at the 2014 Symposium of Planetariums in Lucerne, Switzerland. You won't want to miss it! Find more info at

2014 Symposium of Planetariums - Lucerne

4/2/2014 8:46:42 PM UTC - The Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, Switzerland will be hosting the 2014 Symposium of Planetariums from May 1 to May 5. Members of APLF, GDP, and PLANit will meet together during this symposium.
We recently installed an 8K JVC Digistar 5 system in their planetarium and will be demonstrating Digistar during this event.

8th Fulldome Festival in Jena, Germany

3/27/2014 7:33:23 PM UTC - We are proud to once again be sponsoring the 8th FullDome Festival in Jena, Germany this year. Our latest fulldome production, Cosmic Adventure, will also be presented at this year's festival.

Science Museum of Virginia Opens With New 8K Digistar 5 System

3/19/2014 6:12:29 PM UTC - Science Museum of Virginia held the grand opening of their digital fulldome theater last weekend with an 8K resolution Digistar 5 system! Congratulations to our friends in Richmond, VA who have opened the first 8K Digistar 5 system in North America.

Photos from Lucerne Planetarium Opening on 6 March, 2014

3/12/2014 6:21:51 PM UTC - The planetarium in the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, Switzerland had a successful opening this month. This is our first Digistar 5 8K installation in Europe.