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Dear all,

it is that time of year - InfoComm US is about to start, and we have some new and exciting product announcements! Tomorrow we kick off the Dataton Academy, a fully booked training session and then Wednesday - the show begins! We are going to demo the award-winning BlackTrax-integration (highly improved since we demoed it at ISE and PL+S), and show case our new SDI-server. 

WATCHOUT 6.3 
Beta build will be distributed to beta test team soon! Here are the new features in the 6.3 release:

  • BlackTrax (for Dataton servers, WATCHMAX and WATCHPAX 4)
  • MPCDI
  • Audio in (timecode w/ ASIO)
  • MIDI Select (you can chose which MIDI device to use) 
  • TimeCode analyser improvements
  • Open sound config from menu in Watchpoint (available in Watchmaker, but not in Watchpoint - until now)
  • + various bug fixes

WATCHMAX servers
The WATCHMAX servers is now in their 2nd generation, with a major performance boost and most exciting - a new family member!! The WATCHMAX SDI has a total of 12 channel output.  

  • WATCHMAX WX7100 (4 channel output)
    Launch and ship at InfoComm. 
  • WATCHMAX WX9100  (6 channel output)
    Launch and ship at InfoComm. 
  • WATCHMAX SDI (12 channel output)
    Launch at InfoComm, shipping late Q3 2018. 

The units have the following base configuration:

  • Width 490 mm, height 175 mm (4U), depth 440 mm
  • Weight: 16.9 kg
  • WATCHOUT license included
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Rugged cooling system
  • Industrial grade components
  • Enterprise level NVMe SSD (1.9 TB with maximum sequential read speed of 6 GB/s)
  • 3 x Stereo pairs audio out (unbalanced, 3mm) + Line in for timecode
  • Genlock input

Individual specifications:

WATCHMAX WX7100 (4 channels output)

WATCHMAX WX9100 (6 channels output)

WATCHMAX SDI (12 channels output)

Options for all servers:

  • Media storage: 7.68TB or 3.84TB
  • Audio card (model TBC)
  • Capture cards: SDI, DisplayPort1.2, HDMI, 3G, DVI and Composite video.
  • Robust wheeled travel case, extending handle


See you in Vegas! 


Best regards, 
David 

David Aleksandersen
Commercial Support Manager
Dataton AB

+46 70 552 32 30
[email protected]
www.dataton.com

 

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1 hour ago, Ali Serdar Gulseren said:

Excellent work.The innovations are exciting. Will Windows 10 tweak list with new WatchMax be published

Thanks! Yes, the Windows 10 tweak list is about to be published! :)

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Hello, we are very excited about new developments. Happy if you answer a few questions.

Does SDI allow custom resolutions?

Do you have the Sdi edid feature?

Is the SDi video card deltacast?

How many license keys are there in WatchMax SDI for 12 outlets?

Can we learn the CPU and RAM capacity used for 12 outputs?

Does BlackTrax work only with WatchMax? , can we use it on our own computers?

 

Thank you...

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On 6/7/2018 at 1:51 AM, cihaner said:

Hello, we are very excited about new developments. Happy if you answer a few questions.

Does SDI allow custom resolutions? 

Do you have the Sdi edid feature?

Is the SDi video card deltacast?

How many license keys are there in WatchMax SDI for 12 outlets?

Can we learn the CPU and RAM capacity used for 12 outputs?

Does BlackTrax work only with WatchMax? , can we use it on our own computers?

 

Thank you...

Hi!

I will get back to you on more details related to the SDI questions.  The SDI is a feature that will only be available on a selection of media servers from Dataton, and it is not possible to build custom made display servers with it. 

Related to number of licenses, CPU and RAM - we are not going to disclose any details about the HW and specifics of the WATCHMAX series. 

The Real Time Tracking Protocol Motion (RTTrMP) that BlackTrax uses will only be available on new WATCHMAX servers and WATCHPAX 4 media servers. If you have a legacy WATCHMAX you can contact [email protected] for a quote for retrofit upgrade. 

Best regards, 
David

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Hi! 

SDI is a standard with fixed resolutions, so no custom resolution. And EDID is not part of SDI. The current SDI card is a Deltacast card, yes. 

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On 6/4/2018 at 12:18 PM, DavidA said:

... 

WATCHOUT 6.3 

Beta build will be distributed to beta test team soon! Here are the new features in the 6.3 release:

  • BlackTrax (for Dataton servers, WATCHMAX and WATCHPAX 4)

May we assume that existing WATCHMAX W7100 servers will become compatible with BlackTrax with the release of WATCHOUT 6.3?

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No, the old WATCHMAX servers will not be compatible. We will present a document with further information about this soon.  

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Well, Dataton has demonstrated it as much as five months ago and again at InfoComm last week, customer is sold on it, and I have to quote it today. :(

 

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Hello again,

It will be a final responsibility.

WatchMax is using Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB.

Thank you.

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19 hours ago, Croonquist said:

Hi

Is there still a limit to one grapichs card per display machine?

 

Yes it is. 

Best regards, 
David

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19 hours ago, cihaner said:

Hello again,

It will be a final responsibility.

WatchMax is using Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB.

Thank you.

If you want to build Windows based servers, regardless of type, the LTSB would be the preferred choice. LTSB is as far as I know available only for customers with a Volume License agreement, and will have a life of 10 year support period. During the life of the LTSB, no features are added to the system, only security and reliability issues are handled through upgrades. 

Best regards, 
David

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23 hours ago, Croonquist said:

Any chance this will be changed in the future? Maybe 1 licence key per card?

At the moment we do not have any communication about future features and release plans for WATCHOUT.  
But what we have today is a WATCHMAX SDI that will ship September with two cards - 4 x DisplayPort and 8 x 3G-SDI. 

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David, I just looked up "MPCDI" and it sound promising. What will we be able to do with this inside WO? I have a show coming up in September with a curved screen where I am going to be looking at camera-based auto-alignment of Multiprojector setups. Would MPCDI be something that goes into that direction? 

Regards,

Michael

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Hi Michael!

As long as the camera-based auto-alignment system can output MPCDI format, you can import the file to WATCHOUT and use the data from the auto-cal system. This feature will be available in the coming 6.3 release - in due time before September. 

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hi mister davidA can you help me because i want to build a production  watchout machine 

can you give me the good specifications for grhapic card and everything thank you 

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Hi Phonebook! 

For a production computer we are normally recommending a laptop with the following specifications. In this case it is a HPZBook, but any computer with more or less same or better performance will of course do well.  

HP ZBook 15 G3/G4
Intel Core i7 processor. 
Win10 
Samsung SM961 1TB M.2 SSD

Note that we also offer a bundle for production computer and WATCHOUT license. If you are interested send an email to [email protected] 

Best regards, 
David

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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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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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Any updates on the release of WATCHOUT 6.3?

I have an integrator who wants to use an auto calibration system that utilizes MPCDI format and v6.3 would be needed for that.

On 6/27/2018 at 4:08 AM, DavidA said:

Hi Michael!

As long as the camera-based auto-alignment system can output MPCDI format, you can import the file to WATCHOUT and use the data from the auto-cal system. This feature will be available in the coming 6.3 release - in due time before September. 

 

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Hi everyone, regarding the MPCDI protocol I wanted to know if someone has already used this format and with which types of cameras it is possible to use it in the future with Watchout 6.3. Thank you.

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