we have spent some time getting our rack put back together with a couple upgrades since it was used last time. in the rack will be mostly input stages. At some point I may put all the eurorails into the rack (it is a tower) but for now I’m going to try having them live separately.
4x4 HDMI matrix
two outputs are HDMI > component boxes (1 basic amazon, 2 kramer vp422)
one out for a monitor with passthrough
one out hyper deck 2 for recording
one of the HDMI> component boxes will run directly to a TBC2 input
there is a passive 3:1 component switcher that goes into the component input on a kramer 719.
one of the HDMI>component boxes is one of the inputs on the passive component switcher. the kramer also has 2 composite, 2 svideo, 1 DVI and 1 VGA.
so I’ve got switchable inputs for both channels of TBC2. The secondary run with the kramer 719 also has a feedback channel from a RGBHV distributor.
there is a lot more to the setup but it isn’t finalize yet so I won’t go into too much detail.
I’ve been dreaming of TBC2 inputs front ended by individual switchers for a long time it is crazy that it won’t be that much longer now.
I’ve also got a memory palace sample pack (60-64 frame PNG sequences) I put out a while ago I’m really hoping works with TBC2
one of the biggest steps up I’m super pumped about is a sample based workflow I’ve been cooking up.
I’m using two hyper deck shuttle 2s one for record and one for playback. once TBC2 lands I’ll be able to record the output and then swap SSDs so that I can play that recording back and record its output over and over and over…!
Of course I’m also interested to finally be able to send in and out of touchdesigner and incorporate some of the software tools I’ve made in the last year or so.
I’ve been really thinking about my in/out flow and how much I need vs how much is redundant because of so many different boxes. This basic setup has worked before beautifully but I can’t help but think I can condense and gain features. I’ve been looking at those black magic constellation switchers. Even the basic one with 10 inputs and 6 assignable outputs sounds pretty rad for a video system. However with the next step up to the me/2 you get 20 ins and 12 assignable outs plus a full 2nd switcher essentially. The me series will lets you switch between switcher instances all the inputs are shared but you can have separate program/preview and run the two into each other in a bunch of different ways or just side by side. My biggest concern currently is that I would have to have all of my source be at least 720p & SDI to go into these switchers it looks like. The mid range also has something called super source which would be a lot of fun to use in a video synth workflow. You can have 4 inputs on the screen at once all with individual DVE control for pan/x/y/zoom/crop things.
20 inputs seems like just a bit too many and 10 seems like just a bit too few. 6 outs I think I could live with using passthrough and distributors.