How-to calibrate your projector with Scalable Displays
- a computer, referred to as calibration machine, running the Scalable Display Manager Software that is not the output machine. This can be any computer running Microsoft Windows XP or newer with an OpenGL capable graphics card.
- a Logitech C920 Webcam, Canon Rebel Series or Gigabit Ethernet camera
- an unlimited amount of computers, referred to as client machine, running the Scalable Display Client Software with projectors connected
- a license from Scalable matching your specific requirements. Please contact Scalable for information on licensing.
Scalable Display Manager
The Scalable Display Manager Software lets you create "Scalable Mesh Files" to deal with warping and blending across an unlimited amount of computers and projectors. The generated files can be used by the Scalable Display TOP to warp and blend TouchDesigners graphical output.
Scalable Display Client
The Scalable Display Client Software needs to be installed on all machines used for the final output and is used during the calibration process.
On the calibration machine first make sure the Scalable Display Manager is installed, licensed and has a camera connected which has the whole projector output area in view.
On the client machine make sure the Scalable Display Client Software is installed. Disconnect any displays from the client machines not used for output and make sure all connected projectors run at the same resolution.
On the calibration machine start the Scalable Display Manager Software and follow the steps to calibrate the projectors.
Step 1 - Select client machines
Step 2 - Select projectors
Step 3 - Select and tune camera
Step 4 - Start data collection
Step 5 - Select screen type
Step 6 - Adjust image boundaries
optional Step 5.1 - Perspective adjustment
optional Step 5.2 - Tweak blending parameters
optional Step 5.3 - Tweak perspective grid
Step 7 - Finish
Once calibration was successful, the Scalable Display Manager will distribute calibration data to all attached clients.
On the clients the calibration files are saved in the Scalable Display Client installation folder, usually something like C:/Program Files/Scalable Display/DEI/LocalCalibration/
The Folder will contain a number of files called:
Step 8 - Setup TouchDesigner
In TouchDesigner attach as many Scalable Display TOPs to your output image as you have projectors connected to the client machine. Select either the ScalableData or the ScalableDataOrthographic file. The files are postfixed with an '_x' where x is the number of the output, so match the file with your Scalable Display TOP. To match the output resolution of your projector, set the Output Resolution Paarameter of the Scalable Display TOP to "Custom Resolution" and enter the projectors output resolution in the Resolution parameter. Also change the Output Aspect parameter to "Resolution".
The operating system's holder of files and other folders (directories). It does not refer to operators within TouchDesigner. See Network Path.
An Operator Family that creates, composites and modifies images, and reads/writes images and movies to/from files and the network. TOPs run on the graphics card's GPU.