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  1. I agree that constantly expanding/shrinking layers to access tween properties is a pain. I've long thought that it would be nice if the timeline panel could toggle between cue layout and a curve editor (similar to After Effects), so that we can say a long-overdue goodbye to 'smooth' keyframes. Perhaps being able to toggle the panel between multiple uses - cue layout, curve editor, and a property inspector - would make life easier still (especially if keyboard shortcuts were available). I'm not entirely sure I like the Disguise approach of opening infinite menus until you run out of screen spac
  2. Hi Quentin, I had been looking at using the RTTrPM protocol as a way of getting data into Watchout at relatively high frequency - more for general interactive purposes than object tracking - and so I was thinking about building an app to translate data from various sources to RTTrPM. When I read about the FreeD support in the Panasonic I started thinking about how that might be used in Watchout - although camera tracking data might not be as immediately useful as object tracking, I guess. So the aim was to build a tool that could translate, or simulate, data from various sources/formats t
  3. I think Jhannah is referring to this page: https://www.liminalet.com/zoomosc which shows 'Zoom OSC' software sending/receiving OSC commands to/from media software like Qlab and Isadora. The main problem there is that Watchout doesn't (currently) work with OSC so you would need a little bridge app to deal with communication if you need synchronised switching of sources and graphics, for example. However you could add your Zoom meeting as an NDI source to Watchout, add PIPs and graphic overlays as required in Watchout and then - as others in this thread have suggested - capture the output from W
  4. My guess is that Jhannah was asking whether it's possible to use Watchout as a playback system and inject the output into OBS (or other video systems) for streaming. My other guess is that a lot of media-server operators are being asked the same question at the moment and, unfortunately, the answer is that it's not as easy as it could be. With no support for NDI output from Watchout, your options are either piping Watchout output into a capture card on your streaming server (and eating the 2-3 frame latency you will no doubt get) or using a device like a Birddog to convert a HDMI output to NDI
  5. Hi Michael, Not yet, but when I saw that the Panasonic 150s support the FreeD protocol, I did start wondering about whether it would be possible to build an application that could convert FreeD data to Blacktrax RTTrPM data which could then be piped into Watchout. The RTTrPM format is well documented here: https://github.com/RTTrP/RTTrP-v1.8.7.0 . The FreeD protocol is explained here: http://docs.vizrt.com/tracking-hub-guide/1.0/description_of_the_freed_protocol.html . But I haven't yet had the chance to get my hands on any FreeD compatible equipment to try capturing a data stream. A
  6. A minute?! Haha, I wish! Live Update is an extremely useful tool, but sometimes I (and more importantly the client sat next to me) don't want to sit and wait for 20 minutes while Watchout uploads media to servers that will never play that media. After working on a show with an on-site graphics team and a constant stream of updates with 50-100Gb of media files, I filed the following feature request. I apologise if the tone of this post comes across as snarky, but two competing media-server systems already have a solution to this in place. It's not necessarily the most elegant solution, but it g
  7. Another way to manage the load on a laptop producer, while still using video previews, is to use Stage Tiers. If you assign parts of your show to separate Tiers, you can choose which to preview on the production machine. Alternatively you can encode low-res/low data-rate preview files and place them on a 'preview' Tier, only rendered on the production machine, so that you have a visible reference (even a BITC in case of corrections requiring a re-render) for timing, but without overloading the machine.
  8. Salut Benoit, Ah, you're right! For some reason I thought the Datapath accepted both analogue and digital signals, but I guess I got mixed up between their older VisionAV cards and the VisionSC, which does appear to be digital only. That's a shame, but not a big problem really... Merci et à+ Matthew
  9. Apologies for what is not strictly a Watchout question, but I wondered if anybody has managed to successfully capture a composite PAL source with a Datapath VisionSC-SDI4 card. The Datapath card is installed in a Watchout player (purchased from a Dataton distributor and otherwise working perfectly) currently running v6.2.2. However, I can't get the Datapath to recognise a PAL source on any of the 4 inputs in the Datapath Vision software - so I'm not even getting as far as configuring the video inputs in Watchout. I did wonder whether the Datapath still supports SD formats, but the data s
  10. Hi, If you search for 'countdown' on this forum you will find various ways of doing this, as well as a few feature requests for an automatic way of doing this. One easy way is to add a video with a countdown timer alongside your video media. The downside is that this adds some extra load to your machines and, if you switch your production machine to 'Video as thumbnails' you won't see the timer. Another way might be to use Watchnet to show the status of your timelines. I haven't actually done this, but I believe you can get the status of your timelines and show the remaining tim
  11. I never got around to testing it, but I downloaded this spout-nidi utility a while back (Doesn't look like the site got their certificate sorted for https access, but the links still work if you edit to use http). http://spout.zeal.co/download-spout-to-ndi/
  12. I haven't tried nested free-running/looping. My impression, from comments on this forum by Mike Fahl and others, was that free-running and looping should only be done at one level, otherwise things get unpredictable. If I want to loop a video in a composition, I don't set free-running and looping on the cue within the composition, but only on the composition itself and that has worked reliably so far (haven't tested in v6.6 yet).
  13. Hi Tim, Nice - thanks for posting this. It's working for me on MacOS 10.13.6 using a non-commercial licence for TouchDesigner099.2019.20140. The icon images in the transport and cue-list windows seem to be missing, but other than that, it's working as described.
  14. I usually setup a static backdrop with logos or something so that it's hopefully not as noticeable when I switch to Standby. However, on a recent job using Watchout 6.5.0 and a 6 output rental machine (W9100?), anytime I did an update (CTRL-D) - whether in Online, Live or Standby mode - each output would sequentially switch to black and then back to picture output... Needless to say that didn't go un-noticed. Standby content was in a composition on the main timeline, but the outputs were fed via Virtual Displays. There was too much else going on that day to try and identify a workaround, so I
  15. In the past, whenever I've had to deal with very large format Powerpoints, it's been split across multiple PCs. You just have to make sure you have _exactly_ the same number of steps on each slide (going forwards and backwards) and then use something like a PerfectCue to control both machines with the remote control (or a multi-cue, if you need 3 or 4 machines in sync). Managing changes across 2 presentations can be a pain, but it seems more likely that you will manage to get a UHD output from a powerpoint PC working than an 8K signal. Bear in mind that you probably won't get perfect sync
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