[ANSWERED] Using Picture Player with Broadcasters and Listeners
peuclid last edited by DusX
Working on zoom theatre where I normally scrape a zoom screen to display actors on the stage. To make it possible to work off-line, I wanted to replace the screen capture with a screenshot of the same screen. Trying to display the screenshot in the Picture Player works fine when going into a projector, but it does not work with my flow that goes through a Broadcaster to a Listener. I've seen some old posts about issues with Picture Player, but this doesn't seem to be the same.
Isadora 3.1.1 ARM
MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020)
MacOS Monterey 12.0.1
I've attached a stripped down example project along with this screenshot of the entire project.
Thanks for your help!
peuclid last edited by peuclid
I thought I just had it figured out. I saved my picture as jpg and tried that instead, and suddenly it worked on that single page, but when I set it up to be more like how I'm actually using it, where the broadcaster is on an active scene separate from the Listener, it still does not work. To make it even stranger, I have the listener in a User Actor that calculates the right channel and outputs the video.
Here I recreated that scenario and it's still not working. Oddly, when I mouse-over the link INSIDE the actor (looking at output from the Listener to the User Output), I see the picture. But when I mouse-over the link from outside the actor going to the projector, it does not appear.
Here's the new example izzy file:
I got my workaround working. It was much happier using a video instead of a picture, so I made a single-frame movie and used the Movie Player instead.
I followed the directions here to Create a movie with an image sequence in QuickTime Player on Mac.
And used that movie and it works great. Even the lines are green which makes it possible to see that it's actually working.
jfg last edited by
an easier workaround is to put an video effect actor with by pass to on between the Picture player and the broadcaster
That workaround seems good in theory, but doesn't seem to work for me. I tried several different video filters including Crop and Video Mixer, and it seems as long as the line is red, it isn't passing through the listener when it's on a different scene inside a user actor.
I'm attaching an updated version of my example, this one has a Crop actor between the picture player and the broadcaster. It didn't seem to make a difference when the broadcaster was inside a user actor. It could be something else at this level.
The pieces look like this (I couldn't attach all the images as it complained about being too big)
The main scene (broadcasting), shows a video (channel 11) and a picture player (channel 10) going to their respective broadcasters. (I couldn't attach image here)
A second scene (listener) activates the first scene and has user actors that listen to their channels and output the video (I couldn't attach image here)
The Picture Listener (user actor) looks like this:
Seems simple enough. The one playing the video (same as this but channel 11) successfully outputs the video to the User Output, but the one listening to channel 10, which has the Picture Player, doesn't output anything. Although, I do see that the output is there when I mouse-over the red line from the listener, but it doesn't make it through the User Output to the scene that contains the actor.
[side-note, it won't let me post this with the images as it complains about being longer than 32767 characters]
jfg last edited by
Ok the same here with one difference: if I direct connect the listener with the projector (not in an user actor) I get first the picture through until I go back to the Broadcast scene and then click on the Listen scene. Then is no picture. I delete the connection linee and make a new oe. the Picture is back. Not a solution.
peuclid last edited by peuclid
Thanks for all the help.
I just cleaned up the example and included a sample image (screenshot from troikatronix site) and put broadcasters/listeners in the same scene. It seems to work sometimes, but then stops when the screen gets inactive and then active again. I'm working around it for my real project by using a 1-frame video, so this isn't urgent for me anymore but more of a heads-up that there seems to be a possible bug somewhere.
jfg last edited by jfg
I get it to work with a strande workaround:
but it stays a bug
Yes, it does feel like it just needs a change/trigger of some sort to keep it alive. Thanks for finding that.
my usual approach:
This approach grabs the input image at the framerate and converts it to a video stream. This method works well for situations where you might be changing/mixing the input image, but in most cases you could just connect the Picture Player trigger output to the grab input of the Freeze actor (removing the Pulse Generator) and reducing the grab actions which might very slightly reduce cpu usage.
and without Pulse
Even the lines are green which makes it possible to see that it's actually working.
This is actually not a bug, and is the expected behavior. A broadcaster sends data when it receives data. A Picture Player sends one frame when you change its input or enter the Scene in which it is present (so the line will be green during either of those actions, then red, because it's not sending any other frames). So if one of those two actions is not occuring, the line will be red and the Broadcaster won't receive a frame to send to the Listener. A picture is not a video, so is not does not send a continuous stream of frames.
Think of it like this:
You'll notice that @DusX 's solution is basically like taking the Wave Generator and connecting it to the Calculator so that it's constantly sending data.
liminal_andy last edited by
@woland would the trick of attaching the default GLSL actor between the picture player and the broadcaster be a one-actor solution for Bernie?
This is an perfect solution for OP.
Attaching a GLSL shader with the default code will force the output to be a steady video signal instead of only one frame (like an image is)
Ah a default shader that just passes through seems like a simple one. I'm try that. If not, I also like the pulse generator approach that sounds like a film projector flashing the same frame over and over.
I did my workaround so am not too concerned, but this is all really good to know and to have this thread for future searches.
Battle of the broadcasters! When broadcasting a Picture Player, the ones that work are the default GLSL Shader and the Pulse Generator.
Note the final image where you say 'NO' in your comment works with the addition of a Trigger delay (sorry I missed that).
This will ensure the loaded image is pushed into the Freeze, and that any updated Picture is also updated.
This method with the freeze is what I have been using for years (we didn't have GLSL at that time), I don't know if there is any performance benefit?
It does seem the default GLSL is the easiest approach :)