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Watchnet 1.4 and Watchout 5.5.2 Help needed


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Hi everyone!


One of my client has a Watchout setup in version 5.5.2.

It is composed of one Producer, 3 Display computers, and one Watchnet Server in version 1.4.


I am not very familliar with the version 5.5.2 of Watchout, and I'm a total beginner with Watchnet.

On the version 6 of Watchout, you can export a Watchout Bundle file (*.wob) that you can then drag and drop in Watchnet.

I know that *.wob files are a consolidate of a project that is archived as a *.zip file, then the the extention is renamed as *.wob.


As the export as Watchout bundle is not existing in Watchout version 5, I thought that exporting a consolidate of the project and then rename the *.zip by *.wob, would do the trick.

But everytime I drag and drop the *.wob in Watchnet, it states that an import error ocurred.

I thought I should reinstall Watchnet in a prior version, but was unable to find an old one.

How was it working to setup a Watchout 5.5.2 version project in Watchnet?

I was unable to find some informations on the subject in the Watchnet guide.


Do you guys have any idea of what I am doing wrong? 

Is there someone who has knowledge on Watchout 5.5.2 and Watchnet 1.4?





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The most common error when creating a .wob is archiving a folder containing the show. i.e. do not zip the folder containing the consolidation. Go inside the consolidated folder (where rhe .watch file is located), and zip everything from there.

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It could indeed be the reason.

I need to test this, thank you for your fast reply.

Also when I unzip a *.wob file from a version 6 Bundle export to view its content, I noticed there are way more files like a "DFC-Data" file and a folder called "_meta", itself containing the following files: "Inputs", "MainTL", "Show", "Stage", and "Tasks".

These files are not exported when doing a consolidate.

Is it a problem?

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Thank you jfk and Mike Fahl or helping me.


Does anyone has a user manual of Watchnet version 1.0 and a version of Watchnet version 1.0?

I am unable to find any legacy dowloads for Watchnet on the Dataton website.

Maybe I could find a way to make this work for Watchout 5.5.2.

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Hi RBeddig,


I know that webpage, and the only legacy version available in the dropdown menu is the latest 1.4...


So I am still searching the net for at least a manual treating of the use of Watchnet with Watchout 5...

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I just wanted to thank everyone for the the help they provided and give a feedback on what I did, the solution worked like a charm.


I performed a consolidate from the project on Watchout 5.5.2 into an empty folder.

Inside this folder I only zipped the "_root" folder and the "Spec" file together.

All the other files and folders are not required and could lead to a failed import into Watcnet 1.4.

Then I renamed the *.zip extension in *.wob.

Finally I dragged and dropped the *.wob file into the "Presentation" section of Watchnet 1.4 and it worked like a charm.


It seems that Watchnet did not evolve much, so you can use Watchnet 1.4 with Watchout 5.5.2.

I hope this post will help someone somewhere.


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