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Central Control 1.4 Now Avaliable

Today marks the release of a brand new version of Central Control, with 10 new devices and countless improvements. Let’s look at the highlights

Behringer X-Touch Family
Full support for the entire range of Behringer X-Touch MIDI controllers, with full support of the scribble strips, transport display and VU meters. Scribble strips can be set statically, or dynamically to show channel names and levels. VU meters can pull live audio levels from a TriCaster or vMix and the transport display can show DDR/Replay timecode.

Resolume Arena
The most popular VJ software ever. We got a lot of requests for this from users who were streaming DJ sets. Now you can control it from your favourite Central Control devices!

ShowCAD Artist
ShowCAD Artist is the industry standard lighting controller in nightclubs, and now you can control it from Central Control. StreamDeck Labels can also be dynamically set by the names of cues/cue lists.

Toggle Buttons
The toggle button device provides 32 pairs of virtual buttons. Each virtual button has an A and a B. Map the commands you want to execute on the first push to the A, and the ones you want to happen the second time to the B. You can now toggle between these two states.

System Device
The system device allows control of simple Windows functionality such as open and closing processes, focusing windows etc. It also has a “On Startup” button that is automatically fired when Central Control loads, perfect to use for automating the setup of your show (Especially when combined with the devices own commands and delays!)

Full change log

New Devices:
Behringer X-Touch
Resolume Arena
ShowCAD Artist
Novation LaunchPad X
Novation LaunchPad Mini Mk3
System
Toggle Buttons
Encoder Event Splitter
Vicreo Listener
XK68 Joystick
X-Touch Mini (MC Mode, this replaces the old device)

Improvements:
New “VU Meter” control type
StreamDeck – Multiline Text rendering
MIDI Devices now default to the right port
vMix – Get Tally State for StreamDeck key
Avaliable commands now sorted alphabetically
Loads of new commands everywhere.
TriCaster/VMC/Vectar – Delegation system for M/Es, PTZ and Media Players
StreamDeck Key control type is now “Display”
Get TriCaster and vMix playback timecode for Display controls
New set internal feedback command for setting feedback of controls from another control
Added previous and next layer commands
MIDI devices now reset feedback state when disabled
X-Touch encoders now have feedback
Feedback is now sent on it’s own thread (finally!)
New “Get Current Layer” command for StreamDeck Keys
Max layer count increased to 99!

Bug Fixes:
XK60 Device ID fixed
Fixed bug where StreamDeck bitmaps on layer 1 would break when adding a new layer
Fixed bug where gear would disappear on high DPI monitors
Fixed bug where click cancel on new project dialog would just do it anyway

 

CX Magazine review of Central Control

November’s edition of CX Magazine features a great review of Central Control by Simon Byrne. In the article simon details his use case for Central Control and also explores many of the other workflows supported, such as remote control of multiple vMix instances running in the cloud. Highlights include

There are lots of suitable devices such as MIDI controllers and the popular Elgato Stream Decks out there, but the challenge is to make them talk with other devices.

A superb solution is Joe de Max’s Central Control. Central Control is Windows only software that links up hardware controllers with other devices on the same machine and local network.

The powerful feature of Central Control is to connect to other IP networks, and more than one at a time. Recently I did an online job where I was running two copies of vMix on separate instances in the cloud with different IP addresses, plus an ATEM Studio HD switcher locally.

All of this was brought together onto a single Stream Deck XL which meant I had every input from the three locations all on a single, easy to read controller in front of me.

At only $50 USD, Central Control is an invaluable addition when combined with your favourite controllers.

Check out the full article here . By Simon Byrne. First Published in CX Magazine November 2020 www.cxnetwork.com.au.

 

Central Control 1.3 Now Avaliable!

It is with great excitement that I today share the news of the release of version 1.3 of Central Control. Head over the the download page to grab a copy. Highlights below the video!

PI Engineering X-Keys
One of the most requested control devices since the launch of Central Control has been PI Engineerin’s series of X-Keys keyboards. I am pleased to announced that the following models are now supported in Central Control:

XK24
XK80
XK124 Tbar
Xk64 Replay
Xke128

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NewTek 3Play
Support for all modern (4800 or later) models of NewTek’s excellent 3Play instant replay servers. This allows OSC, StreamDeck, MIDI controllers (including faders) and of course X-Keys to be used to control the 3Play.

IrisDown Countdown Timer
Full control of IrisDown’s excellent countdown timer app. Furthermore, a “Timer Finished” control allows commands to be excuted once the timer reaches 0. 

Soundcraft Ui Series Mixer
Comprehensive mapping for mixer in Soundcraft’s Ui series. Including channel level faders, aux busses, mute, solo etc. Feedback also provided for use with motorised faders 

Delay and Order Commands
Command stacks can now have timed delays between commands. Also the ability to reorder commands in the list has been added

Full Change Log

New Devices:
NewTek 3Play
IrisDown Countdown Timer
IrisDown Show Control
PI Engineering XKeys – several models
Ramsun RMC7 vMix MIDI controller
Soundcraft Ui Series Mixers
Radio Button Feedback – Creates feedback (Useful for commands that don’t natively provide feedback)
Delay – add delays between executing commands

Improvements:
MIDI Output added to generic MIDI.
Reorder commands (Useful when using delays)
More Audio Commands for vMix
ATEM Execute Macro Command

Bug Fixes:
Fixed bug where losing connection to TriCaster would cause message thread to become blocked when using StreamDeck key previews
Fixed timing issue that stop feedback values being sent on startup

Central Control 1.2 Now Avaliable!

A day like today is not a day for sound bites but I feel the hand of history on my shoulder. This is a big release and it is with great pleasure that I share it with you today.

StreamDeck
Support has been added. Colours can be set for each feedback state, as well as a background image and a label. We’ve also added some special features just for my TriCaster family that we’re calling LiveKeys. This allows you to map a video input preview, effect icons or composition thumbnails to a StreamDeck key.

Bitfocus Companion
Map buttons in Companion straight to control surfaces in Central Control, allowing Central Control to fit in to your existing Companion worfklow. The importance of this can not be understated, giving Central Control users access to over 100 new devices.

PowerPoint
Control your presentation from a StreamDeck, MIDI controller, OSC and any other device in Central Control. PowerPoint doesn’t need to be the foreground window either.

HTTP API
Allows control of virtual buttons and faders using simple HTTP requests. A great use of this could be to control a PowerPoint presentation from a TriCaster macro. For example:
http://centralcontrolIP:port/centralcontrol/fader=1&value=50
http://centralcontrolIP:port/centralcontrol/button=1&value=true
The state of controls can also be requested like so, ideal for building custom web control panels.
http://centralcontrolIP:port/centralcontrol/state

Virtual Faders
Another useful tool. 32 virtual faders that can be mapped, allowing control of fader only commands from encoders and buttons.

New Devices
Vizrt Vectar
Elgato StreamDeck
Elgato StreamDeck Mini
Elgato StreamDeck XL
Bitfocus Companion interoperability
Microsoft PowerPoint
Virtual Faders
HTTP Listener
HTTP Requester
NewTek TimeWarp TW42

Improvements
Tidied up device list in Add Device dialog
ATEM – added Take USK, Set USK Delegation, Transition Style, and select transition commands
vMix – added loads of audio commands, better transition options and PTZ Nudge
Performance improvements to TCP module
Device Mapping window doesn’t list devices without commands anymore.

Bug Fixes:
Fixed bug where add command button was activated when it shouldn’t be.
Fixed bug where remove Voice Command device from project would cause an exception to be thrown
Fixed annoying UI bug where a control losing focus would sometimes cause a white bar to appear at the top of the window.

Central Control 1.1 Now available!

Fellow Central Control users,

It is with great excitement that I today announce the release of the latest version of Central Control, V1.1. Featuring 8 new devices and many improvements and bug fixes. Head over to the download page to get it now! Also see the demo video below!

Joe

Generic OSC – Addresses
To use the generic OSC device, simply send values using the following addresses (where x is the button number)

/centralcontrol/button/x
/centralcontrol/fader/x
/centralcontrol/encoder/x

Release notes

Version 1.1

New Devices:
Voice Commands
Generic OSC Input
OSC Switcher
OSC Mixer
OSC Replay
NDI Studio Monitor
TC860CS
Sound Player

Improvements:
Loads of new replay commands in vMix & TriCaster
vMix: NextTitlePreset and PreviousTitlePreset commands added
vMix: SetOverlaySource command added
Improved feedback responsiveness on Behringer X-Touch Compact

Bug fixes:
Fixed bug where logarithmic feedback values from vMix were not correctly being converter to linear.

Welcome!

Welcome to the Central Control blog, where we’ll post news about Central Control, cool workflows, case studies from users and much more. Stay tuned!

Joe