ShotDriver

ShotDriver AD (a Mac OS application) broadcasts shot list information across a local network. Eliminate paper shot lists, and deliver scripted shot descriptions and live tally data to camera operators.

In pre-production, use ShotDriver AD to create your shot list.

• There are a few different ways to build your shot list. Type directly, paste cells from a spreadsheet, or create and describe shots while watching playback on the fly.

In performance your shot data is transmitted to camera operators and the production team.

ShotDriver Camera is the application that receives shot data, and gives camera operators great flexibility over how to display that data in ways they can use. ShotDriver camera is available for Windows, MacOS or Linux.


ShotDriver Camera also displays live camera tallys, and global messages sent to the entire team.


New in 2017: ShotDriver REMOTE

ShotDriver Remote is the newest component of the system, which connects any browser based mobile device to your shot list. Control the live shot list action, view shot data, or edit shot descriptions using your phone or tablet.

• ShotDriver Remote runs as a standalone web server alongside ShotDriver AD, on your local network. No internet access is required.


SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

ShotDriver AD with ShotDriver Remote can run on any modern Mac computer (minimum: MacOS 10.9, Intel Core i5 processor, circa 2009 and newer) and that computer becomes the centerpiece of your system.

Any combination of Mac, Windows or Linux computers with network access can be used as individual receiver stations. While most telephone displays are quite small, a phone placed below a manned camera's viewfinder can make a good combination in a situation where the operator will be close-up with the viewfinder and phone display.

In our experience, small remote USB displays (8-inch) were added to the robotics control computers already located at each camera operator's station. ShotDriver Camera runs alongside the robotics control application.

Your ShotDriver system may be entirely mobile, so users could have their devices with them during production meetings. Or your system could be deeply integrated with your equipment, or any combination of access. There's no additional charges or license fees for additional simultaneous client access.

NETWORK: Any LAN configuration can be used with ShotDriver. No internet access is required. A simple WiFi hotspot that all of your clients can access might be sufficient. Or you may find that your existing WiFi provides adequate access. ShotDriver AD uses a combination of TCP and UDP/IP communication with clients, to allow the fastest possible response times.


INTEGRATION WITH YOUR PRODUCTION SWITCHER

Traditional analog tally outputs from your production switcher can be routed to a simple USB converter to allow ShotDriver AD to automatically advance with each transition on the switcher. Of course during live action there will be moments when your live cut has to depart from the planned shot list. At those moments, an operator may momentarily disable the automatic advance and put the shot list on the correct shot. ShotDriver AD can also record those "extra" shots taken, so that they can be added to the shotlist upon review, if desired.

Each camera operator, who may be tasked to control more than one camera, is viewing the camera currently under control via a dedicated router bus for each operator. The video router's serial data stream may be monitored (connected to ShotDriver AD via another simple serial-to-USB converter) so that ShotDriver Camera will display the data for the appropriate camera, tracking along when an operator switches among their assigned cameras.

Also in ShotDriver AD, you will identify each camera operation station and you may enter each operator's name. This in combination with the video router data stream, allows ShotDriver AD to display which cameras are "live" with each operator at any given moment. The operator's name appears on tally displays, and can also be keyed onto a multi-viewer display via ShotDriver AD's Overlay window.

EXAMPLE SYSTEM