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    Product Introductions, InfoComm 2018

    Hi Phonebook, We also use capable notebooks for productions very often and the internal battery and portability helps in real life. BUT, if you plan to use many display servers with HAP Q or uncompressed codecs you might want to use a real desktop or rack server with a 10 Gbit/s network. Files tend to get really big nowadays and a 10 Gbit network can help to reduce the time to upload media drastically. Of course, the internal storage for media needs to meet the throughput of the 10 Gbit network as well. This means that you'll need NVME SSDs or a RAID 0 with at least 3 fast SATA SSDs for the content to make full use of the 10 Gbit network. Best regards, Rainer
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    Product Introductions, InfoComm 2018

    Hi David, Do we have any list of camera systems supporting MPCDI? I can find various docs with VESA specs but no real system (camera / software) stating that it can generate this data format. Best regards, Rainer
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    WATCHOUT 6.2.2 released

    Xicomen, Did you check the incoming level of your timecode signal with the "Timecode Tester" (in the Dataton installation folder)? I've used TC on several Academy sessions with WATCHOUT 6.2.2 and had no issues. The incoming level needs to be defined in the Windows settings. Also be careful with the components between the timecode source and the input of your production computer. Some DI boxes and other gear are not suitable for the rectangle signal form of a tc signal. It is advisable to define the right tc format in the WATCHOUT settings and not to use automatic here.
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    Controlling Lightware Matrix

    Have you tried sending the string followed by a carriage return (hexadecimal value 0d)? i.e. {[email protected]}$0D Many command protocols require the carriage return to complete the message. It's a little while since I programmed Medialon Manager for a Lightware matrix but according to the manual it should either work without a carriage return or with CrLf which would be hex values 0d0a. {[email protected]}$0D$0A I don't know where you're based but you could take a look at universe-control.com. This software can control most devices you'll find in events nowadays.
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    Dante Virtual Soundcard

    The WASAPI mode should not matter since WASAPI and ASIO are different things. The 48k setting in the sample rate is important. If this is set to auto or other values it might not work as described above, especially when you try to check the audio signal using Dante VIA. You will probably want to change the ASIO buffer size as well (if the buffer is too small it might lead to clicking noise). 512 is a good value here.
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    Audio bug in 6.2.2

    WMV is not officially supported. Can work but does not have to work.
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    3rd Party UDP control issues with Watchout 6.2.2

    Sounds more like a network issue. Could UDP be blocked somewhere? Could the UDP communication be going to a different network adaptor than the TCP commands?
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    NewTek NDI with Alpha

    You could try UNIVERSE. It can control WATCHOUT and VLC from one GUI.
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    Audio bug in 6.2.2

    Did you select a valid output in the Preferences settings in WATCHOUT? And try to define the position of the audio cue by using the name of a display instead of the coordinates. I assume that the layer itself is "visible" and not turned off due to the setting of conditional layers or standby layers.
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    Sending OSC

    One way would be to use a Visual Production iOCore 2 unit in the network. This can translate numerous protocols and could trigger OSC strings after receiving TCP/UDP from WATCHOUT.
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    3d Mapping alignment

    The calibration points for the alignment of the texture in a 3D projector do not allow any isolation of areas. The points are actually used to triangulate the position of the projector in relation to the position and orientation of the 3D object. We always start with 5 points first and align those since up to this point the texture will stay unmoved and the projector will not "fly into space". Then we add the 6th point which will start to move the texture. The position of the texture itself depends solely on the information in the 3D (OBJ) file. This is defined in softwares like 3DS, Blender, Cinema 4D etc. If the 3D file is not accurate, i.e. it differs a bit from the real world object, the alignment won't be perfect at this point. WATCHOUT sees in the 3D file where the texture needs to go and not in the real object. You can optimize the calibration by using a few (try to keep the number as low as possible) more calibration points. They do not need to be at exact corners or so since they are then just used as handles to drag the texture from the correct position. This only works with small corrections. If you drag too far, WATCHOUT will tell you that the texture can not be calculated in relation to the geometry of the 3D file anymore and show red lines. You can also use the standard grid for correction. In this grid you can easily isolate a region and prevent it from spilling over. Just place 4 points in a rectangular way (same lines vertical and horizontally). Then you can add extra points inside which will not influence anything outside the box. Of course, you can break your texture down into smaller regions as Walter suggests. This can help too. We usually ignore the numbers in the position completely. You can use them to preposition the projectors in 3D space but they will change automatically once you have 6 alignment points and start to move them. Important: on the general tab you have to define the vertical and horizontal lens shift. If you do not have correct values in there (lock them after defining them) the calibration will not work accurately since it makes a difference for the underlying formulas whether the lens is shifted or not. Purely optical physics!
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    Odd behavior on MIDI pull

    MIDI CC will not jump to a new value but use a ramp. That's why it will also trigger values on the way. The timeline is not meant to run backwards which is probably the reason why you see a different behavior going backwards.
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    Live Video HDMI Capture - Multiple Servers

    Hi, If you use capture cards, you do need to split the signal and feed every server with the same signal using 3 capture cards. Another option could be to use a HDMI > NDI converter box and then use the NDI signal instead. This works with the current version of WATCHOUT. We actually stopped selling and using Blackmagic capture cards due to lack of support and unreliable drivers. Datapath would be a better option. If latency is not an issue, you could also use USB3 capture devices like the INOGENI 4K device. Best regards Rainer
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    Watchnet wake up non watch out pc on lan

    You can send this out from WATCHOUT, e.g. a special aux timeline, or through WATCHNET where you would need to add this in the devices section.
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    MULTICHANNEL - WATCHPAX 4 + Behringer Fca610

    I guess that you purchased through Show Sage. You should contact them and ask for assistance. Since they are a Premium Partner, they should be able to help.
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    Art-net problems on backup machine

    Are you using two completely different sets for main and backup, i.e. two production computers and two display computers? Are you using Art-Net or DMX, i.e. an Art-Net to DMX converter between WATCHOUT and the projectors? Usually Art-Net and DMX work in a way that the last command takes precedence over the commands before but to my knowledge and experience WATCHOUT keeps sending the current Art-Net data even if there is no change. If the first computer sends 0 because it is at the beginning of the timeline where the output should still be 0 and the other one send a different value it can happen easily that the value remains at 0 or does strange value jumps negotiating between the two values sent from two controllers.
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    midi controler

    Yes, WATCHOUT only receives MIDI but does not send anything back to the controller. Depending on the number of buttons you need, a device like the B-Station from Visual Productions could be a solution.
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    Error messages while trying to get online

    Problem has been solved and was caused by an external show control software. //Rainer
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    Type of video transmission cable for 20-40m

    Our standard solution used to be to use a DVI Parrot to define a single resolution and then to use the DVI Parrot as the source for a bunch of cheaper Gefen DVI Detective units. Then the graphic will only see one resolution which is even more important when you try to use 50fps resolutions. All displays have their preferred resolution in the 60fps range and are sometimes a bit unwilling to change to 50fps. Good EDID minders are also those of Lightware or http://www.spatz-tech.de. Internal EDID management could be an option and is probably the choice to use when it comes to UHD or 4K since there are not many EDID minders available for resolutions above WUXGA.
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    Type of video transmission cable for 20-40m

    Lawrence, There are two points which are important. When WATCHOUT - or rather Windows - looses contact to a display it usually means that it does not see a valid EDID information on that port anymore and since we are using digital signals today Windows will just close the output on the graphic card. WATCHOUT will notice this and will show the error message that it detected an unexpected display configuration change. A way to stabilize this at least for WATCHOUT would be to use EDID minders behind the graphic card outputs (short good cable in between) and make sure that the EDID minders only hold one valid resolution. The second part is the extension side. This is basically a question of quality cables and/or quality extenders. From my experience, Kramer products are not on my list of quality products here anymore. If you go for CAT-extenders, use quality brands and good shielded CAT cables with CAT-5e or better CAT-6 specification. Or use good optical converters and glass fibers. Another option could be to use HD-BaseT solutions and good cables. Many manufacturers offer solutions over IP today which give pretty good results, though most of those solutions use compression algorithms. //Rainer
  21. There are two more options you might want to look at. UNIVERSE is a control software programmed and designed by video operators for video operators. It is pretty powerful in live situations but has all the logical functions to work in fixed installations as well. On the other hand, a simple device like the Visual Productions B-Station could work for you as well. The B-Station can send out any command over UDP, OSC, ArtNet or DMX when pressing one of the six big buttons. The buttons can be programmed to give visual feedback as well. You do not need to run any software to use the B-Station interfaces. Actually you could also take their IoCore 2 unit and send cues from the lighting console (Art-Net or DMX) which would then trigger a UDP signal out. It also has GPI and GPO connectors.
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    Blackmagic DeckLink Quad 2 input card

    It's a rather old post, but has anyone used this card with 8 HD-SDI inputs and WATCHOUT 6.x.x so far? We have some requests for servers with 6 inputs and the price tag is quite different from using Datapath. I know that BM drivers can sometimes be a bit tricky. Does the card show up with 8 input channels out of the box or how is that set?
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    Send SSH commands from WATCHNET

    The control system Universe has support for Watchout and SSH.
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    How to get the queue time

    Control systems like Watchnet, Universe or Medialon Manager can display the timecode of a certain timeline in it's user interface. You could also use a device called TimeCore produced by Visual Productions to visualize the timecode of a show. Universe could also calculate a count down to display the remaining time. More on Watchnet, Universe and Visual Productions can be found on our website.