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Multiple Geometry Using the same display



  • I'm using Isadora 3 on a Mac OS.

    I'm trying to use the same edge blended displays (created by BlendMaker) but have two distinct geometries assigned to them.

    Is this possible in Isadora 3?

    The new IzzyMap tool says that the displays are in conflict with each other even though they are on separate stages.

    My thought is that maybe you can output the content to a Virtual display and blend the virtual displays but that doesn't seem to be an option. 


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    Can you please include some screen captures of the Stage Setup settings.
    I am not very clear on what you are trying to accomplish.



  • @britt said:

    The new IzzyMap tool says that the displays are in conflict with each other even though they are on separate stages.

     I think you mean the new Stage Setup tool -- IzzyMap doens't have a warning like that. The conflict warnings are shown when a single display (or part of it) is being used by two Stages. For example, if create Stage 1 and assign Display 2 to it, and then create Stage 2 and assign Display 2 to it, you'll see this.

    The bottom line is that a display represents a physical output -- a beamer, a display, etc. A given display can be assigned to one stage and one stage only in Stage Setup editor. 

    So I guess you'll need to explain the phrase "same edge blended displays (created by BlendMaker) but have two distinct geometries assigned to them" because like @DusX, I'm not sure what you mean or what the workflow is that you're trying to achieve.

    Best Wishes,
    Mark



  • @britt

    I just had the same question last week and wanted to add a feature request for it. I ended up using the Edge Blend actors inside of the scenes.

    I'm not 100% sure if it is exactly the same, how I understand it, it is kind of similar.
    I do use two Epson projectors, which are capable of moving the lens shift and focus between different presets in a Show. In one scene, they project on separate screens each a different picture. In another scene, they move to build one big picture on one big screen with an edge blend in the middle. This needs a different output geometry and one with and one without an edge blending.

    It would be great to build different stage setups and use the same physical displays for different stages. This would give the possibility to use different setups on the same output, only by choosing the right stage.

    Another situation I could imagine it helpful, would be a Project that is used often on the same 2 or more real stages. You surly could save a project for each, but would need to maintain them separately afterwards.


    Best
    Dill



  • Mark, you're correct I mean the new stage setup tool.

    I'm using Isadora on a production where I have 2 projectors focused on a wall upstage.

    Several times in the production a drop is flown in several feet in front of the original projection surface.

    I'd like to use the same projectors but with a new mapping to project on the flown in projection surface as well as the US wall.

    Mark it seems that this isn't possible because each display is seen as a physical object and once its used it cannot be used again.

    Can you think of a work around so that I can map 2 surfaces with the same projectors.

    Here's a screenshot of the stage setup:

    The goal is to use the same displays but on 2 different stages.

    Stage 3 will have a blend and geometry correction using displays 2 & 4.

    Stage 4 will have a different blend and geometry correction using displays 2 & 4 as well.



  • @dillthekraut

    Good to know I'm not the only one.

    I feel like there should be some kind of a workaround using virtual displays.

    Thanks Dill



  • @britt

    Virtual Stage came to my mind as well, but it doesn't work, because you can't switch the edge blend actors to blend the middle of the virtual stage.

    edit: I wrapped my mind around this and came to the conclusion, it would not work anyway, as one would need to split the stage to the outputs afterwards anyway, destroying the edge blend of the virtual stage.

    I ended up using this classical setup:


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    @dillthekraut

    I think at this point using the Edge Blend Mask actors, and doing this outside of the Stage Setups blend features is the only way to 'switch' edge blend settings live.



  • @dillthekraut and @britt you can't get everything for free! Just use 2 extra outputs from your computer to secondary inputs on the beamers (or use a matrix that has good edid close to your computer for less cabling). Setup the two settings as two different outputs and switch inputs  on beamers or matrix when you change the lens shift.

    Ps how does the lens shift get in exactly the right place in the show, I never saw a beamer that had perfect recall.



  • @dillthekraut said:

    I do use two Epson projectors, which are capable of moving the lens shift and focus between different presets in a Show. In one scene, they project on separate screens each a different picture. I

     OMG that's crazy! Hahaha... you all amaze me sometimes with the inventive ways you use your tools. Bravo for making my jaw drop. ;-)

    That said, I can see what you both are talking asking for here now, and why. It's just not something that myself, anyone on the team, nor any of the designers we consulted with every thought of or brought up. I will have to think about what this mean.

    I can imagine a way of doing this, where you could define multiple stages that use the same displays, and then a "Activate/Deactive Stage" actor to activate one or the other. So in Scene A, you'd activate "Stage 1" and deactivate "Stage 2", giving the geometry for Stage 1. Then later, in Scene B you'd deactivate "Stage 1" and activate "Stage 2", giving the geometry for Stage 2 instead. The reason you'd need to deactivate it is to prevent Stage 1 and Stage 2 from both attempting to draw to the same stage, leading to a conflict.

    I would want to make the user check a box that says "Advanced Mode - Disable Stage Conflicts" or something like this because, for many users, those warnings are important and useful (especially if you're using splitting an output, i.e., using a Data Path or TripleHead2Go.)

    I want to discuss this with the team, because when considering a new feature, they often they will come up with a list of issues I hadn't considered. But keep on us about this as we get past the macOS Catalina release and are into October, and we'll see what we can do.

    Best Wishes,
    Mark



  • @mark

    😄 We once even went further and mounted a 20k Panasonic Projektor to a moving head base, pointing it to up to 5 different positions in one show! The Lens presets work pretty well and are very tight.

    But yes, the 'Activate/Deactive Stage' actor, was in my mind too. Or maybe you could do it automatically with choosing it in the projector actors, but only activate the last chosen one, to be sure to avoid conflicts. But I guess it would be difficult to automatically decide whether a stage is involved and switched off or not.

    I'm aware, this isn't a usual setup, but I have the feeling, this feature would have some other potentials, we don't see yet.


    @Fred 

    The matrix idea is a good one! But this has limits as it would need more outputs at your machine. If you already use 3 out of 4 from your GPU, where to get the others from? I know the datapath and tripple head options, but every extra device is a time consuming and risky extra. I use matrices often anyway for a second backup machine, which would as well push the needed inputs.
    But anyway a good approach!



  • @fred said:

    Ps how does the lens shift get in exactly the right place in the show, I never saw a beamer that had perfect recall.

     I do have very good experiences with the bigger Panasonic Projektors (PT-DZxx / RZxx) and the Epson EB-L1505U. I set up a long term Show with the Epson EB doing a relatively complex mapping of different levels and depth without bigger issues. It ran for month now already. But it is the first Time I use these Projectors doing a soft edge blend. They tend to shift over the days a little bit (maybe 1 or 2 Pixel), but as the projection surface moves anyway, I can't for sure tell which is giving this. But after a little correction at the show presets it works very well. And with some (relatively speaking - small) Text, I do have some matching critical content to put on that surface!


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    Hi,

    We are looking at a project in June 2020 in a large round ex WW2 storage tank 1023 sq mtr. Have been thinking about a moveable yoke projection. The solution for dynamic edge blending discussed in this thread could be very useful for that project. We are seeing these moving head projectors around - used for public art installations and other projects. @DillTheKraut,  I had not thought to use the lens shift of a projector like that, and I am not sure that I would subject the lens shift motors to that much repetitive work, do you think there is any issue with motor strain doing that? I have found the lens shift on the Epson pro's impressive - depending on which lens is fitted. The moving yoke projector is something I am very keen to play with.


    Best Wishes

    Russell



  • Around 2009, having just completed an Isadora course with @mark, excited by the possibilities I bought 2 Apollo Right arms for use with projectors: https://www.apollodesign.net/right-arm-1396.

    I've been using them ever since!

    Cheers,

    Hugh 


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    @citizenjoe said:

    I've been using them ever since!

     Did you have to fabricate the suspension system for the projectors with these units? They don't appear to be easily available outside US.

    best wishes

    Russell



  • @bonemap

    I don't really have any long term experiences about the mechanical strain yet. I maybe can tell end of next month when we move the long term project from one location to another. But there is one Epson only doing two lens movements the day. As this show is one clone of two others in different countries and build by the same agency, they already have at least no bad experience with it.

    On the other hand given the use of rental Projectors, where the lens motors are used a lot over there life span, I doubt this being a factor to worry about. In the end it propably will depend on the count of movements it will do in a given time.

    Anyway, the Epson projectors and the newer RZ Panasonics give the possibility to save up to 10 presets, which really isn't a little. But about the possible strain in an installation where there are many movements a day, probably only the manufacturer is capable to tell.



  • @bonemap said:

     Did you have to fabricate the suspension system for the projectors with these units?

     

    I always build something for support. It's simpler than trying to adapt somebody else's idea.

    Cheers,

    Hugh


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    @mark said:

    I can imagine a way of doing this, where you could define multiple stages that use the same displays, and then a "Activate/Deactive Stage" actor to activate one or the other. So in Scene A, you'd activate "Stage 1" and deactivate "Stage 2", giving the geometry for Stage 1. Then later, in Scene B you'd deactivate "Stage 1" and activate "Stage 2", giving the geometry for Stage 2 instead. The reason you'd need to deactivate it is to prevent Stage 1 and Stage 2 from both attempting to draw to the same stage, leading to a conflict.

     Crossfades between Scenes using the same displays but different Stages wrecks this


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    @mark said:

    I would want to make the user check a box that says "Advanced Mode - Disable Stage Conflicts" or something like this because, for many users, those warnings are important and useful (especially if you're using splitting an output, i.e., using a Data Path or TripleHead2Go.)

     Sounds like a good plan