Display Builder v2 Display Utility for Watchout

Version 2 of my Display Builder utility for Watchout is now available, adding several new functions.

More than just a softedge calculator, the app is a multi-function utility to make the configuration and layout of multiple displays faster and easier.

  • Quickly check how many projectors of a certain resolution you need to cover a given surface area.
  • Easily mix screens of different resolutions or sizes and align them.
  • Save reference images with pixel or physical grids to help with graphic design or stage layout.

Display Builder exports for version 5 of Watchout also work with Watchout 6, but are limited to 2D displays and some advanced settings - Masks, Muting & Virtual Displays - aren't yet supported.

What's new in version 2

Display Groups: Version 2 of Display Builder introduces 'Display Groups'. Each group can contain multiple columns and rows of Displays with the same characteristics. To add Displays with different resolutions, physical sizes or orientations, add a new Display Group and configure the Displays as desired. Groups can be positioned relative to the stage, or to another group. The currently selected Display Group is highlighted on screen - click on another group to select it.

Physical size calculations: Enter the physical dimensions of a Display in order to calculate the area of the projection surface. After setting the physical scale of the first Display Group, modifying the size of Displays in subsequent groups will calculate the stage size. This allows the use of Displays with the same pixel resolution but different physical dimensions (e.g. 2 HD monitors with different screen sizes). Once physical dimensions are entered, a physical reference grid image can be exported.

Display Builder Project files: You can now save Display layouts for reuse. When loading files, you may overwrite (replace) or import (add to) the project currently open. When starting the application, Display Builder opens the 'default_project.xml' file from the 'data' folder. You can modify or replace this file to change the project defaults.

Custom resolutions: Most standard resolutions are available by default. Custom resolutions may be added by modifying the 'display_resolutions.xml' file in the 'data' folder.

More information on the Display Builder project page.