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    Network Device Interface (NDI) Outputs

    I confirmed via testing today that the Scan Converter app is not compatible with Watchout Display. Once Watchpoint goes full screen, I only get a black output.
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    NewTek NDI with Alpha

    A further update: The NDI plugin for VLC only works with VLC 2.x. (An update to NDI is supposedly coming...) However, alpha channels are only supported in VLC 3.x. I have some other options for an NDI source, such as Millumin and ProPresenter, but have not dug into those. I think the death nail on this may be sync. Even if I can have a simultaneous fire of both Watchout and my second video source, I don't believe the NDI feed will ever sync with the video pieces local to the display machine. I also attempted to use the NDI Scan Converter app on a display machine to have Watchout act as the NDI output, but apparently when Watchout goes full screen it prevents NDI from sending the content. I was only able to see black.
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    NewTek NDI with Alpha

    @Benoit That's fair. In this case it's for speaker titles during a show. The client wants nice, animated titles, but may not know the order or even the name of all the presenters before the show starts. Since Watchout will be live to screen, I won't be able to ingest new media later in my timeline without interrupting what's already live to screen. This means someone from the content team would render titles during the show, then we would live composite those with existing backgrounds. We can do this with a downstream key in a high res switcher (E2, Spyder, etc), but I was researching options to keep it all inside of Watchout, reducing the complexities to a single operator. NDI seems perfect if I can fit all the pieces together.
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    NewTek NDI with Alpha

    Sorry about that. Yes, video. Ideally HAP Alpha, though any QuickTime flavor is probably fine. Animation with alpha, etc.
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    NewTek NDI with Alpha

    I'm considering using the NDI VLC plugin to play clips. The biggest thing is I need to be able to trigger my main timeline and my alpha clip at the same time, so my third party playback software needs to accept TCP commands I can place in my WO timeline. @Mike Fahl Thanks. I read the article, but as I understand it Dynamic Image Server won't play back video files, only stills, flash and HTML5. In my case they'd need to be actual videos I think. I wish DIS would support video, especially since it's based on NDI now.
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    NewTek NDI with Alpha

    I've notice when adding an NDI media element there's an option to choose one with an Alpha channel. Can someone give me more information about this? How do you output the NDI stream so it supports the alpha channel? In my quick looking in the NDI Scan Converter tool there doesn't seem to be any options for this. Is there specific hardware / software which supports this?
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    Live Video HDMI Capture - Multiple Servers

    We have also had good success with Magewell products. They sell dual and quad input HDMI cards. http://www.magewell.com/pro-capture-family
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    Network Device Interface (NDI) Outputs

    Has anyone tried using the NDI Scan Converter software running on a display machine to act as the NDI output, then feed that back into Watchout to be used elsewhere? In my case I need to add media to a timeline during show, so I need a separate system to do this. But that content needs to be live composited on top of existing content in my main timeline. And it all needs to be triggered simultaneously. Seems like using NDI out on one display machine and NDI in on the main system would work nicely, then IP commands to make everything fire simultaneously.
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    Still Tearing in Watchout / Sync Cards

    Thanks Mike. Sorry for my lack of detail. Good info to know. We have had lots of other issues on this show, so I can't entirely isolate the cause. However, after some reworking of the sync signal and EDIDs on the graphics card, this seems to be resolved. I'm going to chalk this one up to weird refresh rates in the chain.
  10. This is a multi-part question: I occasionally get tearing on stills in Watchout. It doesn't seem to be consistent, and I can't quite nail down why. It's almost always big stills...8k, 9k wide. I've tried different file formats and nothing seems to be the silver bullet. So the first part of the question is, what part of the computer does the heavy lifting of fading a still? Is that the GPU or CPU? And would additional system RAM or video ram help that? The second and related question is using sync cards between machines. We have traditionally used AMD cards with the s400 sync modules and had good success. However, we have been moving to nVidia Quadro cards (M4000 and P4000) as they benchmark at better performance and have much more flexibility in the software. We have the appropriate Sync I and Sync II modules. In my current scenario with two display machines using these nVidia cards and sync modules, I have set them in various configurations: to be external sync on both cards, external sync on one card feeding sync the second, and internal sync on one feeding the second. In all cases, I still intermittently get tearing between machines. It doesn't seem to happen on the videos, but does on stills. Curious what's happening on the back end which could cause this. And finally, can someone elaborate on what the "sync chain master" checkbox does under the hood? Does Watchout actually talk to both the s400 and Sync I / II modules? If you are using external sync to each module, does this checkbox still matter, as there's not really a "master"? I have also found when I make an adjustment on one display machine (say re-launch Watchout), sync struggles until I re-launch on the second machine. Is this expected behavior? Just trying to understand the technology better so I can fix things quicker in the middle of the night on a show! Thanks!
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    Tascam 16x08, Behringer FCA610/1616 Audio Interfaces?

    We have both the FCA610 and 1616 boxes, and they work very well for us. 6.2 will add ASIO support, which opens up a lot of options.
  12. I've also found it can be due to the placement of your cues. This may not be the actual "cause", but separating the pause cue back from the media cue (back the pause cue up .5s for instance) seems to help. This extra time may give Watchout a chance to push / receive the command over the network despite the traffic, and results in the display machines not moving on to the next piece of media. Give it a try. That's usually our workaround when we don't have time to suss a network issue.
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    M.2-SSD in Display computer: good idea?

    We have started upgrading our machines to M.2 drives and noticed a 3x jump in HD read speeds over our SSD RAID-0. To Thomas' point, when I first installed the M.2 drive directly to the motherboard, I didn't get much speed bump. However, by attaching the drive to a PCIe adapter card, I was able to take advantage of the full PCIe 3.0 x4 speed. The adapter cards sell for about $20 USD, so it's not a big investment if you're buying an M.2 already. Just another option if you don't have a fast M.2 port on your motherboard. Some motherboards are also configurable (based on where other cards are installed, BIOS settings, etc) so give your MB manual a good read also.
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    Image Sequence Playback

    I've been playing around with image sequence playback in WO 6 (Just upgraded to 6.1.6), and can't seem to get smooth playback. My test file is 8228 x 1200, which is admittedly pretty large. But if I make a HAP 6-chunk encode, it plays beautifully. However, I've tried a TIFF uncompressed, PNG uncompressed, and JPG sequences, and all of them drop frames significantly. Specs: Intel i7 3.6GHz 16 GB RAM 1TB m.2 NVMe SSD connected via PCIe 3.0. (Read speeds are consistently over 2.0 GB/s) nVidia P4000 card I'm sending it out across three outputs from one machine. Am I pushing beyond the limits of what Watchout can currently do? Or am I experiencing a bottleneck from somewhere? Has anyone else consistently gotten smooth playback of an image sequence in the 8k+ range? In theory since each image file, even in the TIFF version, is under 30mb, I should be under 900 mb / s @ 30fps. Which is less than half the read speeds I'm getting when I test the drive. Is my math wrong on that? Obviously HAP is the solution for now, but we're very interested in the possibilities image sequence playback offers. Thanks! dp
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    Photoshop drop shadows not rendered correctly

    Have you tried adjusting the Transparency method on the media element in the Media Bin? We've found "Auto" doesn't always pick the best option.
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