Learn how to set up a show and configure your machine.

Planning a multi-camera or multi-machine production?

Learn more about Single- and multi-machine example setups.

Have you created a show yet?

Learn more about how to create a new show in Create, open and manage shows

Import Setup

To reuse configuration and calibration settings (Base settings, Camera systems, Media in- and outputs, Object tracker groups) from another show on the same or another machine you can easily import them into the open show.

Learn more about how to Import from other show

Configure

Configuring Pixotope means setting it up in accordance with your physical studio setup. This includes informing the system about your camera and camera tracking systems, object trackers, media inputs and outputs, video and tracking routing. 

For Artist license

An artist license does not include tracking and video I/O. This is how you can manually change camera settings in the Editor:

Change camera settings

  1. Select the tracked camera in the world outliner

  2. Select the "CineCameraComponent" from the component list

  3. Find the settings under "Current Camera Settings"

Move the tracked camera

  1. Select the camera root in the world outliner

  2. Move the camera root

Set up camera tracking

  1. Click "Add camera system" in SETUP > Configure > Camera tracking

  2. Give it a descriptive name

  3. Choose a filmback size that matches your output video aspect ratio

    • The default camera is 2/3 inch - 16:9. This covers all standard 2/3" broadcast cameras

  4. Change the default lens aperture if needed

  5. Choose the assigned tracking service

  6. Choose the camera tracking protocol your camera tracking system uses

Learn more about how to Configure camera tracking

Set up object tracking

  1. Click "Add object tracker group" in SETUP > Configure > Object tracking

  2. Give it a descriptive name

  3. Choose the assigned tracking service

  4. Choose the object tracking protocol your object tracking system uses

  5. Click "Add object tracker" to add as many object trackers as needed

  6. Give them a descriptive name

  7. Change their port if needed

Learn more about how to Configure object tracking

Set up video I/O

  1. Add additional media inputs, if you need untracked video sources in your level

    • All camera systems are listed by default

  2. Add one or more media outputs

  3. Optionally override the video input and output default settings

Learn more about how to Configure video I/O

Set up routing

  1. Set the Genlock source for each machine

  2. Set up input routing

  3. Set up output routing

  4. Review incoming tracking data routing

Learn more about how to Configure routing

Test video and tracking configuration

To test the configuration, let's launch a level and see whether camera tracking and video inputs and outputs are working correctly.

Launch level

  1. Go to the "Launch" panel

  2. Hover over the level you want to launch

  3. Click "Launch in EDITOR"

Learn more about Launch levels

Calibrate

Calibrate tracking

For advanced tracking systems

Do the tracking calibration on the tracking system itself.

For simple tracking systems

Check camera tracking

For all camera systems and object tracker groups

  1. Define and mark your studio origin

  2. In the Editor: check that the "CameraRoot" is 0,0,0 and place a calibration cone there

  3. Calibrate the camera and lens settings so the marked point on stage and the calibration cone match up

  4. Move the camera to the outer sides of the field of view and see whether the marked point and calibration cone still match up (disregard time slipping at this point)

Learn more about how to Calibrate tracking

Calibrate syncing

For all camera systems and object tracker groups

  1. Pan the physical camera quickly and stop abruptly

  2. Check to see whether the calibration cone slips temporarily from the marked point

  3. Adjust the tracking or video input delay

Learn more about how to Calibrate syncing

Next step

Continue to Preparing levels in the Pixotope Editor