Showforge™

Showforge™ provides a plug and play animation tool for rapid programming of digital and analog animation, DMX lighting and basic show logic. Connect a ProCommander® and/or Pro I/O™ device set, connect your figure and begin programming.

Showforge™ Supports the Following:

  • All Weigl and Artnet devices
  • SMPTE timecode via ProCommander® PHX, ProCommander® LX and ProCommander® HX units
  • USB joysticks/Keyboard support
  • USB MIDI consoles and DAW surfaces
  • DMX recording (via Weigl ProCommander® 2 or better, or Weigl Pro I/O™ DMX)
  • Full timeline editing and synchronization
  • Advanced playback engine to combine media rich show elements for programming
  • 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, joystick, keyboard, MIDI 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 sync & deploy for standalone 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.

 

Live Mode

Live mode targets the animation itself, allowing the focus to be heads up on the figure, show or CharacterView™ emulation. Use keyboard shortcuts and groups to rapidly rough in animation and show sequences.

Play

Record

Touch

Live

Latch

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.

 

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 focuses 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 real-time card (Weigl Control devices only). Program faster.

 

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.

 

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 & 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.

 

The latest release of Showforge™ you find here, please choose your download option (EU GPDR compliant):

Download via World4You* (Austria/ Europe):
ShowForge™ for MacOS release version 1.0.6 (August 2019)
ShowForge™ for MacOS release version 1.0.2 (May 2019)

 

Download via Dropbox* (US):

ShowForge™ for MacOS release version 1.0.6 (August 2019)
ShowForge™ for MacOS release version 1.0.2 (May 2019)

 

 

* More information on hosting services.