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Central Control 4 Now Available!

Today we are excited to announce the release of Central Control Version 4, an update the pushes Central Control forward once more. It features both new Central Control exclusives as well as new modules and also some important quality of life improvements.


Connect

Central Control Connect allows for ultra low latency video monitoring of sources in resolutions of up to 4K, supporting both internal video sources such as the teleprompter and production clocks, as well as NDI Sources. The stream is accessed via a web browser making it possible to view it on almost any device – laptops, tablets, phones, smart TVs and even VR Headsets. Central Control Connect also levarages the GPU to ensure minimal resource usage!


X-Keys Improvements

Central Control now supports the usage of multiple of the same type of X-Keys, simply by setting the unit IDs uniquely. Further more, there are 3 new modules for new X-Keys on the modular series.


Magewell

Central Control 4 has new modules for Magewell’s new Director Mini, allowing easy control over camera switching, graphics as well as audio, complete with VU meters and scribble strips when using the Behringer X-Touch. There’s also a module for the Magewell ProConvert decoder, allowing easy selection of video sources. 


Central Control API

Still in testing, the Central Control API allows users to do almost anything you can do in the main user interface from a simple to use HTTP API. This is useful for scenarios where you wish to script the mapping of your controllers on a show to show basis. Full API documentation is provided via Swagger.

Central Control 4 is a free upgrade for all existing Central Control 4 customers and is available right now!


Change List

NEW:
Central Control Connect – ultra low latency monitoring of both NDI and internal video sources from a web browser in resolutions of up to 4K!
BETA – Central Control Mapping API – Full API for mapping. Ideal for automating mapping without having to use the UI.
Device Console – monitor control events, executed commands and triggers!
Flash Message feature in Teleprompter


New Devices:
Magewell Director Mini
Magewell ProConvert
Bitfocus Companion 3
Panasonic CGI PTZ Control
X-Keys XBK16x6
X-Keys XBA Jog Shuttle
X-Keys XBA-Fader
TYST TY500HD
TYST Replay 580


Improvements:

Central Control update to .NET 7
Central Control and all associated applications updated to .NET 7!
Video outputs (such as Teleprompter, Production Clocks) can now have multiple outputs.
Disable checkbox in Device Mapping UI – easily globally disable a control and all commands.
Use multiple of the same X-Keys device (By changing the Unit ID in MacroWorks)
Added Record and Stream commands to OBS Module
Teleprompter now has right to left text support


Bug fixes:
Fixed audio control for ATEM audio mixer on non Fairlight models
Resolume Receive/Transmit ports were swapped
Fixed bug where teleprompter would keep scrolling into the vast nothingness of space after the script had finished

Automating An Entire Top Of Show Sequence with vMix, PTZ cameras, Lighting and more using Central Control’s Timeline Based Flex Macros

In the ever-evolving landscape of video production, technology continues to offer exciting solutions to streamline complex tasks. One such innovation is Central Control’s Flex Macros feature, a game-changer that revolutionizes the way one-person bands and technical directors (TDs) tackle intricate production sequences. With Flex Macros, what once seemed like a daunting challenge becomes a breeze, thanks to its intuitive timeline-based approach borrowed from the world of Non-Linear Editing (NLE).

 

The One-Man Band Dilemma

Solo TDs often face a unique set of challenges when orchestrating complex video productions. Juggling multiple tasks such as camera switching, graphics overlays, and audio adjustments can be overwhelming, especially when timing and precision are critical. Without an extra set of hands to assist, achieving a seamless production can feel like an impossible feat.

 

Introducing Flex Macros

Central Control’s Flex Macros steps in as the ultimate ally for solo operators, simplifying the orchestration of intricate production sequences. What makes Flex Macros truly exceptional is its timeline interface, which draws inspiration from the familiar world of NLE. Instead of laboriously stacking commands and adding delays, users can create, edit, and execute macros effortlessly by dragging and dropping actions onto the timeline.

 

Key Features of Flex Macros

  1. Intuitive Drag-and-Drop: The core of Flex Macros’ functionality lies in its user-friendly interface. By dragging and dropping actions onto the timeline, TDs can effortlessly build complex macros without the need for intricate scripting.
  2. Precise Timing Control: Flex Macros provides granular control over the timing of each action. Users can specify when a particular action should start or end, ensuring perfect synchronization between different production elements.
  3. Seamless Integration: Central Control’s Flex Macros seamlessly integrates with various production equipment and software, making it compatible with a wide range of setups. This is possible thanks to the 
  4. Error Reduction: The visual timeline approach significantly reduces the chances of human error, ensuring a flawless production every time.
  5. Versatility: Whether it’s managing live events, streaming, or recording, Flex Macros adapts to various production scenarios, making it an invaluable tool for solo operators.

Leveraging Linear Clips for Audio Control

One of the standout features of Central Control’s Flex Macros is its ability to use linear clips to set values over time. This feature is particularly useful for audio control, such as adjusting the levels on music beds during a live production. With linear clips, TDs can precisely control the volume of music beds, gradually fading them in or out to match the mood of the event.

 

Imagine seamlessly transitioning from a speaker’s voice to background music as a presenter wraps up their speech. With Flex Macros, you can create a linear clip that gradually increases the audio fader level over a specific duration, ensuring a smooth and professional transition. This level of control enhances the overall production quality, making it ideal for a wide range of applications, from virtual events to talk shows.

 

And the concept also extends beyond audio control. In addition to linear clips, button press clips can be used to hold down a virtual button for a desired duration, ideal for creating effects such as a subtle zoom push in on a PTZ camera after the title sequence.

 

Flex Macros in Action

Imagine effortlessly switching between multiple camera angles, overlaying graphics and lower-thirds, adjusting audio levels, and executing other intricate tasks with just a single button press. With Flex Macros, it’s not a distant dream but a reality. Solo TDs can now focus on delivering a top-tier production without being bogged down by the technical intricacies.

 

Conclusion

Central Control’s Flex Macros feature is a true game-changer for solo operators in the world of video production. By harnessing the intuitive timeline interface borrowed from NLE, it empowers one-person bands and TDs to execute complex production sequences with ease. As the industry continues to evolve, innovations like Flex Macros enable content creators to push boundaries and deliver captivating productions, even when flying solo.

 

Demonstration

As promised in the beginning, let’s take a look at how we can create a one button top of show sequence with Flex Macros, automating everything from camera switching, graphics, music fades, lighting presets and PTZ moves with ease.

 

 

 

Joe de Max appearance on Streaming Idiots

Central Control developer and owner Joe de Max made an appearance on Tom Sinclair’s Streaming Idiots show this week, to discuss Central Control, it’s history and the new features in V1.1. Topics discussed included MIDI control of vMix instances running on Amazon AWS, Central Control’s layering system, seemless mapping of multiple devices and much more. As Tom Sinclair said, “This is a game-changer!”. Tom also said the software should retail for a minimum of $300, and that Joe – the developer – was giving it away at the ridiculously low price of $49. Catch the interview below and download your 30 day trial! Catch Streaming Idiots every Wednesday at 2:30PM EST either on their Facebook page or YouTube channel.