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  2. jfk

    Datapath e2s hangs the display machine

    Have you searched the Forum for answers? The driver installation / configuration is important and is covered in various posts in the past.
  3. And only three of those are supported in WATCHOUT. And those are the three supported by Dataton WATCHOUT. And is not supported by Dataton WATCHOUT.
  4. Hi i m using watchout 6.1.6 version my server configure info please check attached file i just started using datapath e2s card once i connect with laptop when you go for online it just hangs the server no reason why and i have to restart the server if it work it gives too much delay to come on the screen once i cue So how can i solve this problem?
  5. orfischer

    4k Video Encoding for Stable Watchout Playback

    Thank you All for the insightful information. Some additional information that I would like to share with others seeing this thread: "There are four different Hap codecs to choose from: Hap offers the lowest data rates for playing back the most clips at a time, Hap Alpha is similar to Hap with support for transparency Hap Q and Hap Q Alpha offer improved image quality at a higher data rate" Hap Version 12 Download Link: https://github.com/vidvox/hap-qt-codec/releases
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  7. keitht

    4k Video Encoding for Stable Watchout Playback

    I would NOT recommend using FFMPEG to make HAP files. The image quality is not as good as other methods. If you can install AME 12.0.1 and the normal HAP QT plugin, use AME Here is a link to alpha versions for AME plugin for versions greater than 12.0.1: https://github.com/disguise-one/hap-encoder-adobe-cc/releases
  8. MISTERK

    Windows 10 Tweaking Guide

    Thnx for answering, i will be in test mode during this month i hope it will work
  9. That information has been posted in this forum in the past. Give me some time to search for it and I will post links.
  10. We see greatly varying results with mpeg all to often. The issue is, simply stating mpeg2 or mpeg4 is still to vague. There are numerous settings available within the mpeg codec that significantly impact results. When those settings are optimized, the results are quite good and stable. When those settings are less than optimal, then the results can be less than satisfactory. Typically, default mpeg settings in most encoding tools will provide poor results in WATCHOUT - the defaults are typically focused on plastic discs where space is at a premium [DVD / Blu-ray which rely on dedicated hardware decoding] or web usage [where the smallest data size is desired]. HAP would be a poor choice for either of those usages (yes, i know it is not an option for plastic discs, but you get the point). WATCHOUT uses software decoding and storage space is less critical, so the best settings for WATCHOUT are quite different. One of the advantages of HAP is there are fewer variables, the only one of significance is chunks depending on the overall pixel dimensions of the movie. For 1080p or smaller, even that setting is insignificant. That simplicity contributes to the higher success rate of HAP. Keith addresses the mpeg2 variables by including info on the exact settings he uses with success. The -bf 0 switch (no bi-directional frames) is very significant, it has a greater impact than any other setting, although all of them contribute to the best results, you could get all the others correct except for b frames and still have bad results. Also note, the information on avoiding B-frames is not mentioned in the 2012 encoding recommendations document (because we discovered this detail 2 years after the document was published, thanks to Keith's assistance, he spent 2 days of his time working with Dataton support and I to discover the impact of B-frames).
  11. orfischer

    4k Video Encoding for Stable Watchout Playback

    Thank you so much Keitht, this is what I was looking for. How would the command will be different if we wanted to export HAP, or HAP Q?
  12. keitht

    4k Video Encoding for Stable Watchout Playback

    I have had good success making 4K MPG2 in FF. HAP is great - and the performance is unworldly, but sometimes I need either smaller files sizes or better image quality (yes, I find MPG2 quality better than HAP for many types of media). I find MPG2 performance vs quality far superior to MPG4. Here are my FF settings: -c:v mpeg2video -g 15 -bf 0 -pix_fmt yuv422p -b:v 80000k -minrate 80000k -maxrate 80000k -bufsize 80000k
  13. RBeddig

    Windows 10 Tweaking Guide

    Hi Misterk, We have built a couple of servers using 1607 Enterprise LTSB and the update KB4057142. We did some additional changes in the group policies and scheduling but basically if you follow the tweaking guide you should be fine. I doubt that anyone in Sweden can tell you right now whether the updates from 11/13/2018 are working. Looking at the date, they are 24 hours old now. To make sure that an update works well under all circumstances you will need to build a master image first and then have a couple of people testing the system over a lengthy period of time. All recent WATCHOUT servers are using the master build based on version 1607 and it makes no sense for Dataton to have various operating software versions in the same sort of products.
  14. Personally, I've had nightmares with .mpeg Sometimes the .mpeg media doesn't respond to the cue, never playback or even damage decoding of concurrent videos on other layers (in my case, the embedded audio of a video played-on-background stopped working) I tested the same project on different servers and got back similar results (the screen-corner-timer video just never started to play) My advice: find a good RAID option and stick to HAP Cheers
  15. MISTERK

    Windows 10 Tweaking Guide

    Hi All and Dataton crew As watchout people are more and more working with windows 10 Can somebody exactly specify which version of Windows 10 is stable and working well with watchout 6.2.2 or 6.3 ? i quote Miro from an August post about windows 10 in "Windows 10 Tweaking guide" section of that forum According to : https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/itpro/windows-10/release-information you said 1607 for LTSB but with all windows updates until now ? or is there some updates that shouldn't be installed after an effective date or some to avoid ? Windows 10 LTSB last update is from : 11/13/2018 and the OS built version is 14393.2608 ( KB 4467691 ). For Enterprise : you said 1709 for Enterprise but with all windows updates until now ? or is there some updates that shouldn't be installed after an effective date or some to avoid ? Windows 10 Enterprise 1709 last update is from : 11/13/2018 and the OS built version is 16299.785 ( KB 4467686 ). the tweaking list published by dataton is for Enterprise i suppose. is it ok with this version of LTSB ? is it ok with this version of Enterprise ? i'd like to give win 10 LTSB or Enterprise a chance again ,a new attempt, the third one ! (for the moment i can't find something as reliable and responsive as win 7 x64 !!!) because of new platforms like X299 motherboards with LGA 2066 that are spreading more and more and skylake processors and motherboards features are only available with win 10. Thx for help
  16. MISTERK

    Windows 10 Tweaking Guide

    Hi Miro Can you exactly specify which version of Windows 10 is stable and working well with watchout 6.2.2 or 6.3 ? you said 1607 for LTSB but with all windows updates until now ? or is there some updates that shouldn't be installed from a certain date ? Windows 10 LTSB last update is from : 11/13/2018 and the OS built version is 14393.2608 ( KB 4467691 ) For Enterprise : you said 1709 for Enterprise but with all windows updates until now ? or is there some updates that shouldn't be installed from a certain date ? Windows 10 Enterprise 1709 last update is from : 11/13/2018 and the OS built version is 16299.785 ( KB 4467686 ) the tweaking list published by dataton is for Enterprise i suppose. is it ok with this version of LTSB ? is it ok with this version of Enterprise ? Thx
  17. Walter

    Networking fundamentals

    Thanks Hugo!
  18. Walter

    4k Video Encoding for Stable Watchout Playback

    I would never use mpeg2 or mpeg4 for 4K playback. Please use HAP codec for this and all will be fine (imo). I use adobe media encoder with repetitive success. The latest version appears to have lost the Native HAP support, but if you have a subscription, you can always install the CC2017 version. Otherwise, there is a third party solution available for this, by Disguise.
  19. diskin

    WATCHOUT 6.3 released

    Thank you
  20. DavidA

    WATCHOUT 6.3 released

    Hi! We do require all to register before downloading WATCHOUT. If you have downloaded WATCHOUT earlier (and does allow cookies) from the same browser, your details will be present in the download form. If you do not receive an email it can be because of spam/junk filters. If you use Gmail, check the Promotion tab. Since I cannot check which email you have used to download, I cannot trace the email to you. Please send to [email protected] and I will get back to you ASAP. Best regards, David
  21. diskin

    WATCHOUT 6.3 released

    Hello, How can i download this version without register again and again. Anyway I don't get the emails with the link. Thank's
  22. Neil Stratton

    Virtual Display Layout for LED

    I would have done the same but the matrix switcher we are using is limited to 1920 x 1080 inputs so I had to go this way. Thanks for all your help. Neil
  23. Hi All, Looking for your advise regarding the recommended specifications to encode 4k videos for stable playback. From my understanding, the recommended software is ffmpeg, but couldn't find the recommended export specifications. Would also love to hear success stories with other encoding softwares. I have tried to export through ffmpeg to mpeg2 and mpeg4 - the funny part is that the video get stuck for a second about every 15 seconds of playback, but when we set the video to "loop" on Watchout 6.2.2/6.3 the video plays smoothly and we can achieve 4x 4k playback. Would appreciate if you (Dataton) publish recommended encoding sheet and guide to encoding 4k videos for Watchout, it looks like the last one published was back in 2015.
  24. JEdgerly

    Virtual Display Layout for LED

    Glad to see you got it worked out. For something like this, I would usually just run 1920x1200 outputs. One virtual for each 2x5/2x6, arranged on the stage to match their physical arrangement, then neatly stacked with 4 or 5 per raster. Depends on the LED vendor's wishes.
  25. Neil Stratton

    Virtual Display Layout for LED

    Thanks Zack - you have really helped me out here. I was kinda stuck! and confused.... The LED team were using Hippo just to show me how they would lay it out. After your helpful suggestions we have arrived at the layout below. I now have 16 virtual displays, and everything seems to run fine, so I'm in the dark as to what is considered a large amount of virtual displays. Thanks for your help.I really appreciate it! Neil
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