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  1. I am specifying a hardware upgrade (media servers) for a client's existing Watchout v. 5 system, in order to add live video feed capability. I understand the importance of the capture card in affecting latency issues, but which server parameter tends to affects latency more - processing power or video card capability? I may not have enough budget to supply premium components for both (it's a five- server system), so I am wondering if there is a preferred way to prioritize the upgrades. Rick Frendt, Theatrical Projections & Design
  2. I've been using WO for a while now, as a controller for animated stage backdrops. I have recently encountered an error message that I have never seen before, and which I have been unable to clear. It comes up when I load a new show file and attempt to go online for the first time. Instead of sending the shows out to the display computers, I see this: "More than one stage item in a layer has the name Display 1" I'm using a three display setup, and a simple sequenced timeline. All of my video cues are video proxies which project across all three projectors. To try and isolate the pr
  3. Well, the problem appears to have been solved, though I have to admit I'm not sure why. I first tried running the show through Watchout Remote instead of from the production software on the control computer, but this didn't seem to have much effect on the flickering (it may have reduced it a bit, but that might have just been my imagination). I had earlier tried moving the pause cue forward a few frames before the end of an offending video cue, and that didn't help either, the flickering simply occurred where the cue was set. However, today I tried moving the pause cue back a few frames (j
  4. Yes, I believe each of the laptops does have the NVidia card set as the preferred graphics card, but I will double-check just to be sure. Rick
  5. Thanks all - I'll try Watchout Remote at the theatre tonight, and report back. I had previously tried to move the pause cues just before the end of the cue to no effect - the flickering simply happened wherever the pause occurred. I am hoping not to re-render, since my resolution format (1920x1200) won't work in MPEG-2. Fingers crossed... Regards, Rick
  6. Thanks to all - I was using laptop computers for the display computers, which each had their own displays. Cloning them in the display setup cured the problem. Many Thanks!
  7. I am running a show using Watchout 5.5.1 and six displays. All of the show cues are linear, and so are simply lined up one after another in the main timeline, with a pause cue at the beginning of each video cue. The video cues are relatively short (5-20 seconds on average), and are all pre-split using video proxies. They are .mp4 (H.264) files. I am experiencing some signficant flickering (a quick flash of a black screen) for various displays every time the show reaches one of the pause cues. On many pause cues, one or more displays go completely black for a fraction of a second before re
  8. I am running Watchout 5.5.1 on a six projector system, (all computers tweaked appropriately), and am having an unusual problem with one of my display computers. When the splash screen first loads, it shows the display name and network address correctly, but on the display computer, the network address is followed by a "1", and on the projector screen the splash screen is different, where the address is followed by a "2": 1 (On the display computer) 2 (On the projector screen) This happens whether or not I am connected to a network - if no network is active,
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