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    Moving from HDMI to SDI

    Have you tried installing with a BMD HDMI to SDI converter at both ends of the signal path? In other words: WO server W7100 card > DP to HDMI active converter > BMD HDMI to SDI converter > long SDI cable run >BMD SDI to HDMI converter > HDMI to display. Does this hold up?
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    Best method for automatic shutdown

    Could you explain how to accomplish this placement of the powerDown command?
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    Best method for automatic shutdown

    Many thanks for the ideas and detailed instructions. We're using a single standalone WO server/display PC for the show here, would that change your recommendations for a controlled shutdown? Our timeline is 50 minutes duration which repeats continuously over a six hour day.
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    Best method for automatic shutdown

    The WO server will be powered on manually each day and a script will start the show running after startup. The show then runs on repeat for around six hours. Were installing in a listed historic building therefore the mains power supply has to be shut-off overnight, so no scope for control the server over a network connection. We can't send commands such as powerDown (I can't find any information about this command in the user manual by the way). The invigilators could just switch the server off at the power supply each night but for obvious reasons I'd prefer to run a controlled shutdown.
  5. I have a standalone, unattended WO6 server in a show. Does anyone have tried and tested recommendations for automated daily shutdown? Windows Task Scheduler? Or a third-party app such as Wise Auto Shutdown perhaps?
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    SDI input to video projectors

    Have you tried edge blending two or more outputs from this system? Just wondering if there's any visual sync issue using multiple converters?
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    WATCHOUT in Windows 10

    Four more years! Wonder where we'll be with Windows in 2020?
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    WATCHOUT in Windows 10

    At the risk of asking a really dumb question, what are the benefits of running Windows 10 for Watchout 6 over Windows 7 Professional? Obviously W7Pro will go end of life at some point.
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    SDI input to video projectors

    The Decimator can also be used as a 1 to 4 distribution amplifier by the way. Thomas - How did you or your friend connect the Watchout display PC to the Decimator? Did you use an active DP to HDMI adapter? In terms of latency, I wonder if this might cause an issue if more than one converter was used on a graphics card. For example on a two screen edge blended projection you might put converters on Display Port output 1 and 2. If the latency was slightly different on each converter the blend could be visually out of sync.
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    SDI input to video projectors

    For HDMI to SDI conversion there's also this: http://decimator.com/Products/MiniConverters/MD-HX/MD-HX.html Comes with an optional software control panel to set internal settings. Also features a large set of test patterns.
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    SDI input to video projectors

    Based on many years experience of multi-screen video installation from standard definition up to the present day, a coaxial cable always works, a data cable installation works beautifully on some shows and never works properly on others. Nobody want this kind of headache. It may well be that SDI isn't the best option for Watchout based shows for the reasons mentioned above. I'm just posing the question for those who would like to use SDI.
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    SDI input to video projectors

    Okay, so as things stand with graphics cards such as the AMD W7100, what would you recommend for conversion to HD/3G SDI?
  13. I'm picking up an issue that's been discussed but perhaps not resolved in other posts. A lot of new DLP installation projectors come with HD/3G SDI input as standard. This has a number of desirable benefits over data cabling for multi-screen video projection, particularly the simplicity and cost benefit of running long single, coaxial cables to each projector. Personally I've found the combination of Displayport to DVI active adaptors to long DVI leads, probably with EDID Emulators as well as DVI extender/boosters to be very expensive, cumbersome, hard work to install and far from reliable. My question therefore - For Watchout users is there a tried and tested solution to convert from say an AMD W7100 card with DP outputs to SDI? Is SDI and baseband video transmission a fundamental problem for Watchout which needs a data connection to the display?
  14. I'm working on a show which requires long video cable runs of 25m and beyond. Rather than breaking out over Cat5/6 I've tried connecting a 40m boosted/active HDMI lead to my display PC's FirePro w600 card with active mini display port to HDMI adaptors. There's no signal to the display but if I connect a professional media player to the same 40m boosted HDMI cable run it works okay. Is the active HDMI lead incompatible with my active display port to HDMI adaptors, or is there another reason why the long cable isn't working??
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    AMD Firepro W600 vs ASUS hd 7970

    The Asus HD 7970 DirectCU II AMD Radeon 3GB, six output card recommended in your March 2013 pdf is now end of life. Some new versions of the 7970 have appeared on the market but with lots of overclocking. Does this present any issues for WATCHOUT users putting together a new display PC?
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