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  1. It would be nice if we could rename media cues in the timeline. On a recent project, each scene ended up with a bunch of copies of 'black square blur 50px.jpg'. It would be great if each instance of a media cue could be renamed with something more informative like 'Mask top', 'Mask left', etc. I know we can rename layers, but there always seems to come a time when I have to quickly move cues to a different layer to make room for a new clip, and then the naming scheme gets messed up. Likewise, I guess I could add and rename a 'Play' cue, but that means moving 2 cues around or else the labe
  2. Hi, I'm in the process of setting up a new production laptop, and I'm encountering errors when trying to import & playback HAP video files in Watchout. When I tried to add HAP media to the project, I got an error message: 'Error: Not recognized as a media file'. When I opened an older project, which already has HAP media imported, playback results in a 'Quicktime error -2095'. I've tried a 'repair' installation, as well as a complete removal and re-installation of Watchout 6.6.4. I also tried installing Quicktime, but that just results in a 'Quicktime Error -8961' error (as
  3. Perhaps I'm missing something but, on the new site, there doesn't appear to be a way to view other users' suggestions so, unlike the epic 'feature request' thread on this forum, there's no way to chime in with a '+1 great idea', or 'no, please don't change things because...' comment. And, presumably, no feedback from Dataton on whether an idea is in the works, or a 'won't fix'. In this forum, suggestions, problems and their solutions can be shared - Personally I think it would be a shame if all feature & support requests disappeared from view.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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/
  14. 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).
  15. 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.
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