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WATCHNET 1.4

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WATCHNET 1.4 has been released and you can download it here. There has been massive improvements increasing reliability and stability. The major highlights are:

  • It is now possible to configure and connect to Production Computers and control them just like WATCHOUT clusters from panels and scripts.

  • The text panel item has been enhanced and now includes a dynamic text option which enables WATCHOUT input values and current time of Main/Aux Timelines to be displayed on the text item. 

  • A selection of well-known protocols for controlling external devices are now shipped with the WATCHNET installation and can be found under "Devices".
Full release notes can by found here: https://www.dataton.com/watchnet-release-notes

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Thank you Miro.

 

There is something that I missed from the beginning of the Watchnet and is the ability to enable or disable Schedule Events from a Script or a Panel. Would be useful when you had a programmed show in the Schedule and you wanted to stop it and play manually a show from a Panel, without the need to go to the Schedule page. Hope understand what I mean.

 

Thank you.

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A am experiencing unexpected behavior when using Watchnet 1.4.  Sometimes when loading the Watchnet interface in the browser, the "Actions you can use" section on the scripts tab is empty.  No actions are available.  The only way I've been able to restore is to reboot the production computer on which Watchnet is installed.  Both Watchnet and Watchout are installed on the same computer and I am switching between applications when this happens.

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Can I read external time code via Watchnet?  Most of my shows chase SMPTE from an external source.  I want to load the shows from Watchnet but sync them with the time code as I can do through Watchout.

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Can I read external time code via Watchnet? Most of my shows chase SMPTE from an external source. I want to load the shows from Watchnet but sync them with the time code as I can do through Watchout.

WATCHNET operates WATCHOUT in cluster mode.

When chasing SMPTE Timecode in cluster mode,

timecode signal is fed to the cluster master WATCHOUT Display computer.

You will need to send a command from WATCHNET to enable timecode chase,

but the timecode is not connected to WATCHNET.

 

For editing convenience, you may wish to split the timecode signal

and send it to both Production and the cluster master Display computer.

There is no harm in sending it both places,

depending on mode, it will always only read timecode from one place.

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I now have split the timecode feed so it is present at both the production computer and the display computer.  I have searched through Watchnet unsuccessfully for any script command that enables timecode.

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I don't think there is a command in WATCNET to enable imecode chase. Your best solution is probably to put this into a startup script (assuming you're feeding it to the display PC, and not production PC). See "timecodeMode" and "File-based Control" in the WATCHOUT 6 maual for details on how to do this.

 

Mike

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Hi, we are having issues on the notebook managing a show by Watchnet 1.4

and i would like to move the already configured watchnet panel to a new computer.

 

Wich is the preferred way to do that?

 

thanks in advance

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Hi Makkot,

 

When you install Watchnet in your computer, I talk you about Windows version, don't know about MAC OS version, create a folder called "WATCHNET_Data" at \users\"user name" folder in the main drive system. Copying this folder to the new computer you could have the Watchnet setup transferred to it.

 

Hope helps.

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Hi Makkot,

 

When you install Watchnet in your computer, I talk you about Windows version, don't know about MAC OS version, create a folder called "WATCHNET_Data" at \users\"user name" folder in the main drive system. Copying this folder to the new computer you could have the Watchnet setup transferred to it.

 

Hope helps.

Thank you for the tips !

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Hello - So where might I find this folder on a Mac OS version? All I can find is the one HTML file in my Documents folder and nothing else. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks

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Look for your computer under "Devices", then for your first disk drive (with the OS). On my computer it is called "Macintosh HD" but it might be named differently on other computers.

Then look for the folder "users" and in there for the folder for your share. This has the same name as your user. In this folder you'll find the "WATCHNET_Data" folder.

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On 5/11/2017 at 9:13 PM, Miro said:

It is now possible to configure and connect to Production Computers and control them just like WATCHOUT clusters from panels and scripts.

that means that finally watched will trigger the production timeline? I'm often using telnet strings to trigger some of our automation systems but when using watchnet is impossible to output any string as the cues containing the string is sent from the production computer and only when the header is hitting it... for that reason I could use only dmx channels output or timecode as the timeline of the production computer was not running while playing with watchnet... 

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1 hour ago, GdV said:

... when using watchnet is impossible to output any string as the cues containing the string is sent from the production computer ...

That is incorrect. Yes, when the Production computer is online, it does send the strings. 

However, when operating in cluster mode, the strings are sent from the cluster master. Granted, you must properly establish cluster mode for that to work (by executing a load command).

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... and only when the header is hitting it. ...

Not sure what you mean by that. The string cues are sent when the time cursor passes over them while the timeline is running, production mode or cluster mode, does not matter.

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Just be aware that control cues sitting at 0:00.00 in a timeline will not be executed. Move them a fraction to the right and all is fine.

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