Watchout & Max


    Oct 15 2008 | 4:02 am
    Hi all, Anybody have any experience controlling Watchout using Max? It seems really straight forward...just sending TCP messages...but I've been bitten before by these seemingly easy connections! Just trying to get a patch ready for some testing for an upcoming theatre show.
    Thanks in advance, David
    P.S. For the curious, Watchout is a PC-based video playback system used in many live shows/installations: http://www.dataton.com/index.php?nav=watchout#/watchout/

    • Oct 15 2008 | 8:01 am
      Show-Control@yahoogroups.com is excellent group for this kind of questions.
      they probably don't know max bit, but they surely can tell you everything you need to know on watchout end :)
      klif
    • Oct 15 2008 | 8:43 am
      i did. watchout accepts udp packets and you can easily generate those from max, and vise verse. consulte the watchout manual. i used it for triggering clips but more advanced possibilities are there
      On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 10:01 AM, klif _ wrote:
      > Show-Control@yahoogroups.com is excellent group for this kind of > questions. > > they probably don't know max bit, but they surely can tell you > everything you need to know on watchout end :) > > klif >
    • Oct 15 2008 | 4:32 pm
      Hi Yair, Thanks for your response. It really does look straightforward to control. Just to make sure, did you have to add any special characters to the message to make it work, or was it just as simple as sending the message e.g. "gotoTime 60000" to mxj.net.udp.send on port 3040?
      Best, David
    • Nov 02 2011 | 8:13 pm
      I'm trying to find the carriage return keystroke to end my go command from MAX to Watchout. Any suggestions?
    • Nov 02 2011 | 10:21 pm
      I can't recall. I usually sniff communication between software to detect the valid protocol using wireshark I know it's way overkill but it's easier to copy paste then actually understand :)
      Anyways post the relevant part of the patch and link to the manual
    • Nov 03 2011 | 2:52 am
      I can't recall if Watchout takes raw bytes. If so, "13" is ASCII for carriage return.
    • Oct 19 2015 | 4:57 pm
      hi guys,
      i know this is an old thread. But I am also interested to know how to send UDP messages to Dataton WatchOut.
      I am very new to Max and is now using Max 7.
      I have been a WatchOut operator for quite some time and would love to be able to create my own custom show control for Dataton.
      I am trying to send this message: gotoControlCue "start" with no result. Trying other commands such as reset and stuff failed too.
      Any help would be much appreciated.
      Thank you very much in advance!
    • Jul 01 2017 | 2:59 am
      Hello all,
      Same question as above; how do I send a carriage return to end the message in Watchout? Right now I am sending:
      setInput “testin” 0.5
      and receiving an error message in Watchout:
      Parsing error: 3; Unexpected end of file/line/communication: setInput [code 3]
      Any ideas?
      Criag
    • Jul 01 2017 | 4:07 am
      So I figured this out. Watchout needs to see the entire message inside quotes:
      "setInput testin 0.5"
      In this example 'testin' is the name of the input that we setup in Watchout and could be anything. Using the tosymbol command also allowed me to set a variable input and then have the input change dynamically in Watchout.