- External Pyrodigital modem (Pyrodigital Time Code)
You will select this option if you are using the Pyrodigital modem connected to the com port of your computer with an audio input from a tape with music and Time Code, or a wave file with music and Time Code playing from your computer.
You can play from the computer while Show Director is running. You will need to take a feed from the computer external audio L&R channels to one speaker and to the PD modem.
A two-channel (stereo) tape with a Soundtrack and Pyrodigital Time Code recorded.
Use this function if you are using a Tape Player, CD Audio with Music in the Left channel and Pyrodigital Time Code recorded in the Right Channel. You can play the CD from your computer CD ROM player. Connect the external audio stereo feed to the speaker and to the Pyrodigital Modem, respectively. To control the CD use the Microsoft CD player controls. Those include forward, rewind and a clock that matches the Time Code clock. This is the most reliable way to script the show as you have complete guarantee that there are no gaps due to the possible interference of other computer internal operations.
Internal CD ROM
If you have a CD player attached to the computer you can play CDs and capture cues directly from them. You will save these song scripts with different names. After, when you edit the music soundtrack from the same CDs, you will have to cue first the starting cues of each song, and with the command Import Cues insert the song files already cued to the starting cue of each song. We will demonstrate this later, in the Import Cues menu.
If you have your soundtrack burned into a CD-ROM or just scripting songs to a CD-Audio, you can also use the CD to capture cues. If you are preparing a show you can capture cues from songs on various CDs, and when your final soundtrack is edited import the scripts at the offset times.
If you are using a CD ROM, with your soundtrack you have to be aware that some CD recording software requires a minimum of 2 seconds pause in the first track. When you play the CD you may observe that the music cues are offset by 2 seconds. To correct this you will need to offset all your cues in the Script by 2 seconds.
To do so:
- Select the first row and while pressing the Shift cue, select the last row.Go to Cues menu and select Export Cues. The save Export cues window will appear. Give a name to the Exported cues, ex: 'Script2sec'.Go back to the Script and select all the Rows, by selecting the first row, pressing Shift and selecting the last row, then press delete.Your Script is empty.Go to the Cues menu and select Import Cues. The Import cues window will appear.Select Insert Cue at time, and enter the offset, 2 sec= 00:00:02:00Click OK.
- The new cues will fill the Script with the 2 second offset.
You will observe that the music cues and Script cues now match while playing back.
If you are firing the show with a CD, with Music in the Left and Pyrodigital time code in the right channel, the CD recording software pause does not affect the synchronization, as both channels are playing simultaneously.
A Wave file (.wav):
Wave file configuration is automatically selected when you open a Wave File from the File Menu. (See Configuring Wave Display)
- SMPTE Time Code
Show Director supports Scripting directly with SMPTE Time Code. SMPTE Time Code is input through a new, optional external SMPTE Time Code Reader, in a manner similar to the Pyrodigital Time Code Modem.
This new SMPTE Modem is available from Pyrodigital Consultants or Infinity Visions.
Show Director and the new SMPTE Modem support 30fps, 29.97fps-Drop Frame, 25fps, and 24fps.
For more information about the use of SMPTE and the Modem, click here
- SMPTE Time Code
Enable Beep during cue capture.
If you want to hear a beep during cues playback you have to enable this function.
The beep is actually a. wave file, and you can make any beeps, sounds or words like Fire! sound at every cue.
If you want to change beeps go to Windows Settings-Control Panel-Sounds, Select Default Sound, Browse to Sound Director Folder, we have provided you with a collection. If you want you can create your own with Microsoft Sound Recorder.
If you can not hear any beeps, check that your multimedia controller for sound has the .wave listening enabled.
Depending on the Time Code option that you choose, you will have to change the Time Code Configuration. The default configuration is Pyrodigital Time Code /SMPTE 30fps, and Port1.
The TimeCode dialog has had additional ComPorts added, upping it from 4 to 16
- With Show Director Tools Plug-in it is possible to generate Pyrodigital FSK and SMPTE Time Code.
Pressing the button Generate Time Code file will open the following window:
Select the Time Code type, number of seconds to generate, a start time and the name and destination for the wave file.
Click Generate and wait until finished. It will take longer for longer durations
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