The company has also announced the shipping of its Watchpax solid-state media server with embedded Watchout that has been upgraded to accommodate several newly introduced video output format compatibilities.
New features of Watchout version 5.5 include hardware-accelerated playback of HD video in H.264 and MPEG-2 encoding formats. Watchout also supports playback of QuickTime Animation as well as H.264 video in MOV files.
When run on display servers which use certain AMD FirePro Workstation Video Cards and a companion ATI FirePro S400 Synchronization Module, Watchout now supports hardware-based synchronisation of the video outputs allowing users to play back frame-accurate synchronised content across multiple computers.
Using the “gen lock” feature of the S400 Synchronization Module, users can lock an entire Watchout rig to an external sync source.
Frame Blending harmonises any differences in frame rate by blending frames together in a few simple steps, eliminating the need to skip or double frames.
It is now possible in Watchout to dynamically or self-assign all computer names and IP addresses in complex video systems. In addition, it is possible to assign a name to an entire cluster group of display computers to be used in a show.
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