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  1. Hey Orlando! We are currently manufacturing the first prototypes. I will keep you updated! If you are interested in Beta testing drop me a PM. Its not a Watchout specific device and you will be able to send control messages to all the standard video hardware in the future too. However we were inspired by the need to handle more than 500 aux timelines for the TV studio of the footbal champioship in France for german TV. We are just using all the TCP control messages and return informations the production pc is providing. The device is based on a single board industrial PC. So its not just a nice button unit with displays but it also brings the intelligence of the software compared with the reliability of a custom Linux system build in. It will be modular and expandable. You will get the option of manual droping the Aux Timelines to a display with 2 buttons which you can then assign for example with Play/Halt/Kill or you can jump to a specific cue. Alternatively you can let the panel handle the Aux timelines and when you add one it will be assigned to a display/button unit without further interaction. All of this is controlled through an easy to use web interface. We are using the standard broadcast switches from NKK which will give you a nice tactile feedback and they will glow in the dark too... We hope to finish the first prototypes by september this year. We really want to make this an affordable device an operator can buy. So it should be priced between 2300 $ - max $ 3000. This will give you 20 Buttons / 2 Push Encoders / 8 OLED Displays. Of course there are pages and a scroll function so you can assign multiple functions. The new Barco EC-30 in comparison is arround 8000$ What functionallity would you like to have?
  2. Wow cool introduction to 6.2 Mikael! When can we get our hands on it? Cant wait to use it! One question about NDI. Is it completely size and frame rate indipendent from the input side of Watchout? Im planning to build a small pc as interface with dual 4k60 HDMI 2.0 / DP1.2 input cards. The cards are capable of custom resolutions. Will Watchout just recognize the stream size and framerate and be ok with everything whats going in?
  3. When pushing m2 disks to the extreme with tiff sequences we find them overheating soon. So remember to keep them cool!!! On some machines we use M.2 SSDs in raid configuration but on the normal machines we use INTEL SSD 750 or Micron 9100 PCIE SSDs, sometimes in Raid 0. These are made for 24/7 usage and are way more reliable then M.2 disks also because of overprovisioning of storage space. Depending on the configuration they will give you 2500 - 6000 MB/s of data throughput . When ugprading to fast SSDs you should also consider moving to 10G ethernet which, from my point of view, should be standard by now! Once you used Watchout with 10G you never want to go back! 10G infrastructure also is very much affordable nowadays. By the way Watchout on Win10 clients give us a transfer performance of tiff sequences which is 3-4 times faster then on Win 8.1 clients in the same hardware configuration. Transfering files through windows 10 itself to Win 10 and Win 8.1 clients shows no difference...
  4. Just to give some idea of what is possible in a high end setup and to add another example of using Watchout as video processing tool: https://www.film-tv-video.de/productions/2016/06/22/euro-2016-groesser-denn-je/3/ The Article is in German, but you might have a look at the photos. For the ARD/ZDF (biggest German broadcasters) Euro 2016 Studio Watchout was used to not only playout the contents but also to handle all PIPs on the high res LED wall in a flexible long hour live broadcast with millions of viewers on air. We used the Blackmagic cards with 8 HD-SDI inputs. 1 input was a super wide 4k camera signal which we put in using 4 inputs simultaneusly without problems. Its always a question of the workflow you choose. What is an important fact to consider is that one operator alone can program the show without triggering (might be through a tcp action or by a classical cue from the director) the E2/ASC/Spyder which makes for a lot faster programming workflow. Especially when latency is not a problem (PPT or other Playback sources) this can be the faster workflow. Also not every show has the budget for E2 and operator. Animated overlays like lower 3rds on the live cam PIPs can be done more easily with simple Alpha Layer files compared to cut and fill workflows on external mixers. Like Rainer was saying, I guess with NDI also input latency will be even shorter than via capture cards today. Until now capture cars are a proven workflow which work very efficent depending on your setup. On the other hand an E2 is a standard piece of hardware which you can rent arround the globe and with a skilled operator you can do a lot of very nice stuff, especially in combination with Watchout. But I think to have the option of doing a lot of video processor tasks in watchout will make you consider it for certain projects! Regarding CUEs in Watchout. For the Euro 2016 studio mentioned above I wrote something in another thread regarding MIDI control of Watchout. Here a copy of what I wrote: "We are currently developing a control panel which will talk to Watchout. With 9 -18 OLED displays and broadcast style buttons you will be able to control and monitor all Aux Timelines you choose. You will see the name and current timecode of the playhead per Aux Timeline. Of course the buttons will reflect the current state of the timeline with blinking and coloured lights. Last year we were working on a TV show for a big football event on television. Over the weeks of the event over 500 Aux Timelines were created in the project. Most of them had to be triggered by directors command very fast. To deal with it more efficiently in the future we decided to build a control panel to be able to trigger Aux Timelines with the click of a button. We talk to Watchout via standard integrated tcp commands. You will be able to arrange Aux Timelines as you wish and create different pages. The panel will also be able to trigger Blackmagic Atem mixers macros and send TCP/UDP/MIDI/OSC messages to whatever device you choose. More device integration is planned for future software updates. There will also be integration to another media control software to give it the option of physical buttons. The idea is not to replace touchscreen control apps, but to give users a physical button to trigger events. Of course you can build your own controller using the tcp commands provided in the documentations here in the forum and on the website. Just search for it. Im a big fan of midi controllers as they are cheap and easy to use. Especially in fixed installations you can do a lot of stuff with these controllers and different software solutions! With the getStatus request you should be able to get the informations you want back from watchout and connect aux timelines to midi buttons. There are lots of midi software solutions to do this. However to make it fully automatic you have to write a bit of code. What would you like to see in a control panel? We are planning to build the first prototypes this summer!"
  5. As the WX7100 is the successor of the W7100 there should and there is no problem in using them. Of course also EDID emulations works like with the W7100. The only concern you should have as from our experience, they dont run with high performance with Win7. We just builded brand new machines for Tiff sequences and decided to go for WX 7100. All our machines were running Win 8.1 which, we think, is more powerfull then Win7. BUT there is no driver support for WIN 8.1 for the WX 7100! So we decided to go for WIN10. Tweaking the system for Watchout was more or less a nightmare but after investing a lot of time in research we finally finished them. Running on very high performance and 100% stable. Also everything in perfect sync with s400 cards! But be prepared to spent A LOT of time tweaking Win10 for Watchout as its currently not officialy supported. So you should know what you are doing. The standard Win7 will just be a part of what you need to do in Win10. Be sure to use the Win10 Pro version. For future builds you also might think about Win10 Enterprise edition as it gives you easier control over your system!
  6. Hey Jocelino, we are currently developing a control panel which will talk to Watchout. With 9 -18 OLED displays and broadcast style buttons you will be able to control and monitor all Aux Timelines you choose. You will see the name and current timecode of the playhead per Aux Timeline. Of course the buttons will reflect the current state of the timeline with blinking and coloured lights. Last year we were working on a TV show for a big football event on television. Over the weeks of the event over 500 Aux Timelines were created in the project. Most of them had to be triggered by directors command very fast. To deal with it more efficiently in the future we decided to build a control panel to be able to trigger Aux Timelines with the click of a button. We talk to Watchout via standard integrated tcp commands. You will be able to arrange Aux Timelines as you wish and create different pages. The panel will also be able to trigger Blackmagic Atem mixers macros and send TCP/UDP/MIDI/OSC messages to whatever device you choose. More device integration is planned for future software updates. There will also be integration to another media control software to give it the option of physical buttons. The idea is not to replace touchscreen control apps, but to give users a physical button to trigger events. Of course you can build your own controller using the tcp commands provided in the documentations here in the forum and on the website. Just search for it. Im a big fan of midi controllers as they are cheap and easy to use. Especially in fixed installations you can do a lot of stuff with these controllers and different software solutions! With the getStatus request you should be able to get the informations you want back from watchout and connect aux timelines to midi buttons. There are lots of midi software solutions to do this. However to make it fully automatic you have to write a bit of code. What would you like to see in a control panel? We are planning to build the first prototypes this summer! Jochri
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