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VOTE - Show titles of video files in stream

Hi,

We are using wirecast for a streaming application where we also need to stream a bunch of video files bundled together in a playlist. 

What we want to do is show details of each file (or any relevant description per video file) as it is being played to the audience on the stream - somewhat like text scrolling/inset at the bottom of the screen. We want wirecast to do it automatically for each video file of the playlist as it rolls through - rather than have one of us do it manually. Is there any way wirecast can handle this?

Sorry if this is a duplicate question.

Thanks,

Adi

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  • Aditya Prakash said:
    What we want to do is show details of each file (or any relevant description per video file) as it is being played to the audience on the stream

     It probably wouldn't be clear to the developers what you want as described. Can you provide a visual example? 

    You can add any titles you want. I'm not quite sure what "details of each file" or "relevant description" means. Where would such details come from without user input? How would Wirecast know where to look automatically?

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  • Thanks CraigS for the quick reply.

    To begin with, what would satisfy our request is to have the name of the video file (the one that is currently being streamed) displayed on the stream. We should be ok to have a more descriptive name on the video file. Let me know if this helps?

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  • Hi Aditya Prakash

    The request is I think a good one, but difficult to deliver in its current form. The challenge is that you can have multiple layers each with content that may or may not be from a video input. However, let me give an alternate idea.

    For a long time, I have advocated for Switch as a NDI video playout source. This would be a good opportunity to also deliver what you want. Imagine this.

    1. Play video on switch, sending to NDI
    2. Receive NDI on wirecast
    3. Switch also broadcasts exif data and filename via an API
    4. Within wirecast, that source data is available as "variables" that can be used in text objects.

    I think the above is the cleanest way to deliver what you are after Aditya Prakash  - but before we get anywhere near this, we need Switch to support NDI out first :)

    I have requested this before, but I dont have details of my previous requests. I've put this in the community tracker here - Feel free to vote for Switch NDI as a starting point.

    GK

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  • Aditya Prakash Basically you want Wirecast to read and display file metadata. Certainly, make the request but be mindful that user interest may determine the development priority. Please do fill out the form and explain with your example.

    Wirecast Feature Request Form

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  • Greg Kuhnert Make sure you make a Switch feature request for NDI out and put it in the Switch (and Wirecast) Feature request forums (with relevant explanation for the desire) so we can gather Votes.

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  • Thanks all. I have filled in the feature request form.

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  • Aditya Prakash You're welcome of course.

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  • CraigS - We've had the discussion on this offline. Before, we were told "Go fill in this form", and it goes into a black hole. (Bad customer experience). Now, we're told "Go create a post in this forum". Better... but I'd suggest there needs to be some site admin features to allow an administrator / moderator to move a post to a forum where voting is enabled - or to enable voting on existing posts.

    It is commonplace for companies to measure "Customer Effort Score" as a metric of how easy (or hard) it is to do business with a customer. Each time a company tells a customer "You have to do this", it impacts that satisfaction metric.

    As said, its an improvement - but you need to take it a step further to make this really work.

    GK

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  • The competition has a build-in API that you can get the file name of a playlist as datasource for your titles. This is setup in seconds.

    Unfortunately Wirecast hasn't the internal functions exposed as API. That would be the key feature for so many things.

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  • Jens Jarke said:
    The competition has a build-in API that you can get the file name of a playlist as datasource for your titles. This is setup in seconds.

    It's Important to tell our developers that. They may be aware of the competitor's features Consideration may be user interest (do they see users of the other product using that feature?). There may be discussions about "feature bloat" concerns which is why we're attempting to measure interest beyond the forms (instituting forum feature request voting).

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  • I hope that the DEV team reads posts with open eyes. The support of some devices to control wirecast shows how closely/tight DEV is thinking. This might be OK for some users, at least they get a little bit. But I would love to see more capabilities exposed in api's so that wirecast can be used as an individual user want's to use it.

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  • Jens Jarke Devs are more likely to read forum posts if you include the link when making a feature request. They do check in from time to time but they might miss specific posts.

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