Showforge™

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Timeline-based show creation and editing software for MacOS.

Showforge Supports the Following:

  • ArtNet recording, editing and playback
  • OSC support
  • MTC timecode for network sync
  • USB joysticks/Keyboard support
  • USB MIDI consoles and DAW surfaces
  • Full timeline editing and synchronization
  • Advanced playback engine to combine media rich show elements
  • Support for Weigl ASCII API scripting logic
  • MacOS native

Link Hardware

Visually link hardware configurations from various input/output sources to data tracks. Scale and invert sources in real-time.

Input Capture

Real-time programming from DMX/Art-Net, joystick, keyboard, MIDI, OSC and more.

Dynamic Timeline Editing

Program directly from the timeline, edit data, store envelopes in user library or shift elements in time.

Deployment & Show Playback

Build interactivity through input triggers and SMPTE/MTC/Art-Net sync and deploy for stand-alone playback.

 

Keep Your Eye On The Animation

Showforge introduces a new way to program complex animation. By using traditional recording methods such as latch, touch, record, live and play, your character programming workflow can be customized quickly using local dropdown selections and keyboard shortcuts, eliminating time consuming individual track setup. Designed to keep you focused on the character, Showforge simplifies the interface, hiding the tracks until you are ready to edit them later.

 

Working on a complex show? Create multi-channel tracks or groups by universe or other hierarchy. Record, build and edit hundreds of channels without being concerned with individual channel data until needed. Unique DMX/Art-Net/sACN range channels allow locked universe envelope editing, with up to 16x Universes of Art-Net/sACN or DMX lighting per ProCommander® (X Series) controller.

Live Mode

Live mode targets the animation itself, allowing the focus to be heads up on the figure, show or CharacterView™ emulation. Hide timeline or point level view to use the keyboard, joystick or other user input devices during heads-up animation processes. Use keyboard shortcuts and groups to rapidly rough in animation and show sequences.

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Edit Mode

Once your animation is created and timing coordinated, our unique segmented edit mode provides rapid re-usability through the library, split/join functions and soft patch properties. Replicate a dataset in minutes to multiple outputs and adjust and finesse timing. When your show is complete, flatten data and lock tracks to prevent unauthorized modifications. NEW! Advanced in envelope editing features allow the best of both worlds. Edit point level data without breaking focus on the timeline layout, or leave data intact and group copy/paste/slide entire shows or segments in time without worry about point level data.

NEW! Advanced Point Editing

Select individual, multiples or groups of points within envelopes and edit values dynamically. Delete, manually enter values and create points from within each envelope for complex editing or precision editing needs. Using digital outputs, but have imported or recorded analog data? Showforge automatically applies a 50% filter for high/low and preserves your data points for later use. (click image to view demo).

NEW! Quick Draw: Line and Curve Tools

Create curves and straight lines between points without the complexity of individual point creation and manipulation. Strike through incorrect live programming, connect/bridge envelope gaps and more with this rapid content creation tool. Have an iPad Pro? Use sidecar to use this with an Apple Pencil and draw curves direct on the screen. (click image to view demo)

 

Simplified to Save Time

Reducing the transport and essential media playback to the core essentials, the animator focuses only on their character and recording mode. Simply selecting the playback range and looping parameters, focus is shifted to the tactile programming tool of choice. Short cut keys assigned to these functions allow for rapid movement throughout the show.

 

Adding logic and event elements is now focused right within the timline itself through adaptive and interactive markers. Command markers can not only control external elements in realtime, but also export to the stand-alone card (Weigl Control devices only). Program faster with Showforge.

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Connect Visually

Connect visually to your show through real-time graphic displays of connected outputs and devices. Verify wiring through easy to understand Weigl device profiles. Built from the ground up for Weigl devices, animated figure and lighting programing, Showforge™ provides unparalleled simplicity and ease of use.

Take Control of Your Output

Digital, Analog, Servo and DMX outputs are controlled through your choice of keyboard, mouse, USB joystick or MIDI console while providing optional onscreen display of the data and live take over abilities. See your programming in real-time or manipulate with external hardware. Up to 16-bit resolution is supported throughout the architecture.

Easy setup of real-world hardware devices in relation to their actual Weigl outputs provides a unique path for setup of your animated figure, lighting or show action device.

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Outputs

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Output Device Examples

Deployment

Showforge is based on the secure document structure in MacOS. Audio, timelines and more are tracked and organized as a project for easy deployment and archiving. Re-arrange shows, rapidly change their organization within a single project and apply Weigl ASCII logic for interactivity and more.

When you are finished, simply deploy to the onboard storage and take the Showforge timeline with you.

Dongle Unlocked

  • Full function with save & export
  • Live and stand-alone Weigl playback
  • ArtNet output to any lighting device
  • Version unlocked with automatic updates
  • Phone support available
  • Project support available
  • USB-A or USB-C available

Showforge Training & Troubleshooting:

Showforge customers can call +1 440-941-5849 for live training and project support M-F 9am to 5pm EST. Additionally, projects may be sent to support@weiglcontrols.com for remote support during business hours. We will connect with you remotely or return the project with the requested changes, usually within 1 business day.

Active phone staff can assist with Weigl ProCommander® device setup for MacOS, connections and related Showforge programming and support. Limited ArtNet & third party DAW/MIDI device support is also available.

Please visit us at Weigl Support and Solutions Center for additional information.