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  1. That is a tragic and shocking news. Such an active member indeed. Rest in peace Thomas.
  2. Hi guys, Every time I try to import a FBX 3D object Watchout gives me an "Not recognized as a media file" error. I've joined 2 fbx exported differently to see if you can try them. .OBJ work but from C4D in obj, C4D always exports the whole scene. With FBX I can export only a selection which I need to do. Any ideas what could be blocking it? Thanks. J1-plb-1.fbx j1.fbx
  3. Hi Jochri, The filenames vary in length but I even get these errors when I am renaming a simple play or pause cue. I doubt it's the network's fault. I've got 2 switches. One a the control booth and one with the display computers backstage. Here is my show file. https://www.dropbox.com/s/yxexqprfzg6iqen/Fame.watch?dl=0
  4. Hi everyone, Does anyone have an exemple of the string to send to trigger a ControlCue of an Aux timeline? I cannot figure it out. I can get other commands to work but not this one. I'm sending the commands over UDP at the moment. Thanks.
  5. Hi Callum that's good to know. So for you it only happens with a specific show file? @Benoit Turning off UDP inputs did not help, I'm still getting a lot of those errors. Often when moving 2 or 3 clips to a different later or even editing tween tracks. I think my original show file was created in an earlier version. Maybe 6.1.? And I'm now running 6.2.2. Any more thoughts on this? I'm also getting problems with the 3D projector View tab and Mask tab not always showing their views but just showing black.
  6. Hi Benoit, That's good to know. On the network there are: -2 Production computers -4 Display computers -8 Barco HDF-W30 projectors (which I send TCP shutter cues to) -1 Lightware Matrix 16 DVI -There was 1 but will be 2 QLab computers which Watchout will trigger and receive Timecode from. -4 network switches -1 or 2 laptops (windows and mac) I had the UDP incoming trigger turned on and I wonder if it could come from there... I'll play with this and see how it behaves.
  7. Thanks Brecht, I might give this a try. Steve, with my setup using Nvidia Quadros (K5000 I believe) the numbers in the windows panel are the same as the numbers in the Nvidia panel but they do not match the ones from Watchout.
  8. Hi guys, I have a Watchout 6.2.2 system running on Windows 7 pro 64bits service pack 1 and I'm getting a Lot of "runtime error" coming up with I do most operations such as add a tween track, change it, move content. As well the Live update doesn't work well. I have to run manual updates quite a bit. See picture here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4Gufj60n48JPz0Ns2 I have 2 displays each with 4 outputs and 2 backup display computers which are just in stand by right now. Any ideas how to fix this? Thanks.
  9. Hi guys, Where does Watchout get its video output number for the display computer? Are they suppose to match with the Nvidia graphics card output number for instance? What is the correlation? I'm trying to figure out the order. Thanks.
  10. Haaaa! I didn't know this. All good. Merci Benoit.
  11. Hi guys, I'm running some tests offline for an upcoming production and when I scale up a virtual display media I get a very low quality result. When I scale an actual media, the quality is fine. Is this just a preview issue? A bug? Normal? I tried to attach screenshots but the forum keeps on giving me error. PNG or JPEG... Thanks.
  12. This same thing is happening to me right now running Watchout 5.5.2 and Windows 7 64bits. When timecode is running and I go to the Watchout Production computers' preferences and I uncheck the "Timecode control of Main Timeline" the watchout production software just disappears (quits) without any error message. I have to re-open watchout afterwards.
  13. Hi everyone, Has anyone else had experience where their Watchout system had difficulties playing Compositions? I have a setup with 1 display computer outputting 3x 720p. It's a good computer i7 3.7ghz 12 or 16gig of ram and an Nvidia Quadro K5000. Watchout v5.5.2 & Windows 7. When I play files inside a composition (size of comp is 1280x720) the computer has a much harder time playing back and chokes and skips frames. But when the same files are not in a comp, they play with more ease and much less dropped frames, if any. We are using H264 in mp4 containers coming from AfterFX or Adobe Media Encoder. I've also noticed that it's not possible to pre-load a composition. Does that mean compostions do not get preloaded? Do compositions bring a performance hit? Would they work better with a different codec? Now for the editing. 1) Is it possible to hold on the last frame of a composition? Just like a normal video file behaves. It would be very handy. Comps always finish with a black frame. 2) It would also be very useful and more clear if the duration time of a comp was its actual end time. Right now, if a file goes past the end time of a comp, it will keep playing until its end and then finish with a black frame. 3) Is it possible, in a composition, to have: Clip 1 running normally but Clip 2 set 2 looping so that when the time reaches clip 2, the comp would start looping that clip until we exit the comp in the timeline? 4) Do the "Free Running" and "Loop" checkboxes of video files insides Comps actually do anything? I tried many combinations and I couldn't figure it out. Looking forward to hearing from you guys! Thanks.
  14. Alright, after a few hours of testing here are my results. Running tests with another VNC software was a good idea Jim. Screen Sharing functionality changed back in Mac OS 10.7. They added support for Multi-Users from this point on. That means that now one person can work on the physical computer and a second or third can also work on a different user account remotely without affecting the user in front of the computer. Pretty wild. This also means that from Mac OS 10.7 on, when ever you connect with a Windows VNC software to a Mac with Screen Sharing or Remote Management enabled, you are presented with the Mac OS Login Screen. This for me happened in RealVNC viewer or UltraVNC viewer or in the Watchout Production Software. Now the problem is that the VNC tool in Watchout is only a Viewer so it is not possible to actually Login to see the desktop. Note: I was presented with a full login screen but I've also experienced only seeing the background color of the login screen. I suspect this may come from either a computer with only 1 user on it or a computer with an external screen connected to it. After much research I found two possible options to work around this. 1-Install RealVNC server on the Mac computer. Make sure to disable Screen Sharing or Remote Management in the Mac System Preferences first. This server shows you the currently logged in user and skips the Mac OS login screen. Note: A) You'll need the paid version if you do not want to see the "Upgrade Notification" every time someone connects. The server installs as a service which will always run for your convenience but if you want to disable it, just click on its icon -> click Stop Server. From this point on, it will not automatically start anymore unless you restart the service mode version of the server by yourself. C) The server also comes with a "User Mode" version which is the standalone software version of it. Find it under Applications -> RealVNC -> Advanced 2- ** I'm not yet sure if this method fully works ** During my test using my Windows in Parallels and my Mac, this did not fully work. I would like to try with a real Windows version. A) Turn OFF Screen Sharing and Remote Management. Open Terminal and type: sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.RemoteManagement VNCAlwaysStartOnConsole -bool true C) Enter your password and hit Enter D) Re-enable Screen Sharing with a Password for VNC viewers E) Connect again I found this command on this page: http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20131003103827136 To revert the command, Disable Screen Sharing, rerun the command and change the true for a false, re-enable screen sharing. This turns OFF the Mac OS Login screen upon connecting through VNC and it almost worked except that in Watchout the screen share would not update when I made change in the Mac computer. But this method works correctly with other VNC viewers such as RealVNC and UltraVNC viewer. I'm not sure what the difference is between RealVNC viewer and the view built-in Watchout but it would be if this method worked as it is the fastest and simplest one. Mike do you know why that might be happening?
  15. Hi everyone, When doing a VNC media from Watchout to a Mac computer, what generally shows up is the Grey Background pattern from the login screen but it is empty. It does not show the actual desktop of the computer. Does someone know how to make this work? It used to work but since a certain Mac OS, it doesn't work anymore. Thank you.
  16. Hi Tim, Here a couple tools that might help your workflow a bit. I don't think it's gonna solve everything but it could help. 1- You can lock the duration of compositions. Either when you first create them or Ctrl + J when you are inside a comp. There will be "Lock Duration" Checkbox. That way when you drag new files it won't change the duration of it. 2-If you drag and drop a new file on top an existing one, it will replace it so it won't affect the length of the comp. Hope this helps.
  17. Hi guys, I'm wondering if Watchout 6 is a 32 bit or 64 bit program. I need to spec new computers for use with version 6 and I'm wondering how much RAM to put it. Thanks.
  18. Thank you Jonas, We will give it a try next time we have the chance and get back to you on this.
  19. Sounds interesting but I've just updated to 5.5.1 and I'm not seeing this change in behaviour. Nothing has changed here. What is unclear is, with 5.5.1, do I still need to put the -NoLogo command in the shortcuts? Or would this behaviour be the default behaviour without having to the change the shortcut parameters? Thank you.
  20. I couldn't agree more! I just saw your page talking about "A new approach" at ISE 2014. I'm excited to see what this will bring!
  21. That's one way of going about it but I'd would rather not have add additional pieces of hardware or software. Thought I might have to... I want to send the commands over network so having external hardware is not a good option for us. I found a software that can filter midi commands but it's a bit scary to use something like that because if ever this software isn't present or does not respond properly the reset command (which is used in the show) will put all video projectors to black. So again, I'd rather not do that. Which leaves me to ask again if it is possible for Watchout to Ignore the RESET command. I really don't need it. I can always make a cue at 00:00:00 and recall that cue if needed. I pretty sure the answer is no but maybe there are custom solutions that are not mentioned in the manuals. I'm also trying to get some info from the GrandMA support but so far no luck... Thank you.
  22. To follow up. PierreLucB, on 25 Jul 2013 - 20:40, said: This does exist, just not in the form you are asking for. Live tweens provide live control of elements during the performance playback now. Yes I am aware of this feature but, as you understood, what I'm suggesting here is a completely different subject matter. It think it would be great to see modifications made to the timeline apply in real time to the display computers. It would save a lot of time and be very practical. Live tweens, to me, are for very specific and quite rare occasions. I would not use this for a whole show as you have to apply this effects to each parameters of each media. Doing this for a whole show would be very time consuming. This also does not achieve what I'm looking for. PierreLucB, on 25 Jul 2013 - 20:40, said: This exists under cluster control which is normally associated with the playback / delivery of the show. Under watchmaker control, i.e. show assembly, the programmer determines when to reconnect a display. Has been that way since v2. Good to know, I shall give it a try but I think such feature would also be useful in Production / Display mode. I've used Watchout numerous times on very different kinds of shows from medium to very large scale (Live shows, TV Shows, Permanent installations, Museums) and I've never used the cluster mode. Yes even for the permanent installations. That is because: 1-It is simpler this way. 2-It is faster ( a lot of time, last minute modification are needed ) 3-It gives good visual feedback of what is going on (which can be very useful both for the programmer/operator as well as newer operators that don't know all the details but might need to troubleshoot or make modifications) 4-It give a stand alone mode (does not require external triggering systems) Speed and ease of use are key factors to products and I think the Production / Display setup achieves this a lot more than the Cluster mode which is why I am suggesting this one. Just to be clear, what I (and everyone else) are saying here are propositions, suggestions to make your softwares and products better and more fun to use. I think this is a case of a win-win situation here. If a feature requested by users make it into a future version of the product, the users are then satisfied and encouraged to continue to use the product but it also makes your product better for everybody! Thus making it more enjoyable for everyone. This means more potential customers will want to use it. End result, everybody wins. Products are made for the users so I think it's a good idea to listen and understand the ideas and needs of the users. My thoughts. Thank you for your time.
  23. Well while we're at it here are a couple I'm sure a fair number of us would like to see. -Live control of elements please. Remove the need for updates. -Automatic connecting and reconnecting (in case of network failure) to production computer as well as auto sync to what is happening in the production computer. -More options to modify medias and their keyframes in groups. Editing of multiple objects and keyframes simultaneously for faster editing. I hope you consider them. Thank you.
  24. Hi, I'm currently working on a show where we would like the lighting board (Grand MA 1) to trigger Watchout (Production computer). The best options are Midi Show Control and Artnet. MSC to me seems perhaps better because you can recall specific cues. Something that one cannot do with Artnet. Though right now I have a couple issues with the Midi Show Control. I got it to work, even over ethernet which is great but: 1-my show killer at the moment is the RESET command. Because the RESET MSC command stops ALL timelines (Main and Aux) even when the Cue List is specified in the incoming MSC message. The Grand MA outputs RESET command when pressing the OFF key, which is used quite a bit. But when it does so it also specifies a Cue List. The problem is that Watchout doesn't care about the Cue List Parameter. In Grand MA it is very common to use multiple Executors (Controls of Sequences - Go+ - Go- - Load - OFF - etc) so one executor can be used for Lighting, one for special effects and one could be used for Watchout but if the RESTORE command doesn't listen to the Cue List it's a big problem because all executors can reset ALL timelines. Meaning your lighting sequence could RESET all Videos cues. Not good. So could Watchout listen to the cue list parameters of the RESET command? Is there a way to tell it do so in a command file I can create? Or is this something you could do in an upcoming release? Perhaps the command could Reset everything only if no cue list is specified. 2-There is no way to go into Stand By mode from the GrandMA using MSC because it does not output ALL OFF or RESTORE. But it is capable of outputting FIRE commands so maybe macro 1 and 2 could be Stand By ON & Stand By OFF or again. Or if there would be a way in Watchout to manually assign different MSC commands to action in Watchout that would be great. Then more devices could talk to Watchout because any commands be used for any action. Otherwise more options for using Artnet IN data to control watchout would be great. Ex: specific cues, next, previous, load, stand by, play, pause. Thank you. I look forward to hearing the possibilities.
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