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    Tessera Processor Software 3.5.0 BETA19

    29th 2 月 2024
    3.5.0.BETA19 Issue A
    3.4.9
    Processor Firmware
    Tessera Remote

    Compatibility Note

    Due to a new hardware revision, SX40 and S8 processors with serial numbers starting with 02 are only compatible with software versions 3.4 and above. Any attempt to downgrade the processor software version lower than 3.4 will be rejected.

    Tessera HD processors (M2, T1 and S4) must be running processor firmware V3.3.2 prior to upgrading to V3.4.1 or later.

    Tessera HD processors (M2, T1 and S4) must be running processor firmware V2.3.2 or later prior to upgrading to V3.0.1 or later.

    The packs included with 3.1 support new functionality, meaning they are not compatible with 3.0 or earlier releases.

     

    Beta Firmware Advice

    Please note – this software version is still in development. Full release notes will be published in due course. Please contact support if you have any immediate questions, feedback, or encounter any bugs.

    Although this beta version has been tested, we do not recommend using beta versions of our software for live or critical shows, as there may still be instabilities in the software.

    For the latest stable version of the Tessera Processor software, please see our Downloads page.

     

    Discontinuation of Control App

    As of this firmware version, the Control App will no longer be supplied as part of the software release package. Please use the processor feature “Stacking” and/or the API to communicate with multiple processors.

     

    M2/T1/S4 upgrade warning

    Tessera HD processors (M2, T1 and S4) must be running processor firmware V3.3.2 prior to upgrading to V3.4.1 or later.

    Tessera HD processors (M2, T1 and S4) must be running processor firmware V2.3.2 or later prior to upgrading to V3.0.1 or later, or the upgrade will fail requiring a SD card restore.

     

    Processor Compatibility

    Due to a new hardware revision, SX40 and S8 processors with serial numbers starting with 02 are only compatible with software versions 3.4 and above. Any attempt to downgrade the processor software version lower than 3.4 will be rejected.

    The Tessera S8 processor requires software version 3.0 or later.

     

    Frame Store

    Frame store feature

    Frame Store allows up to 24 images to be stored in the processor which can either be uploaded to the processor or captured from an active source. Imported images can be JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF and TIFF formats and up to a maximum resolution of 4096 x 4096. Frame Store can be accessed by clicking on the Test Pattern tile and selecting the Frame Store tab. Clicking on thumbnail selects the image to be displayed. Clicking on the Test Pattern tile then displays the selected frame. 

    TIFF and PNG files that support 16-bit and alpha channels are supported. However, 16-bit bitmaps will be converted to 10-bit or 8-bit with alpha if an alpha channel is present. 

    Browse allows the user to select an image from the file browser. 

    Video Snapshot takes a video snapshot from the currently selected input. The processor captures a 16-bit RGB TIFF file which uses a 10-bit image.  

    Export button allows the selected image to be exported to the selected destination in the file browser.  

    Remove deletes the image file from the processor. 

    Scaling Mode maps the selected image to the Active Area. 1:1 maps the image 1:1 to the active area. Stretch stretches the image both horizontally and vertically to fit the active area. Fit and Fill scale the image to fit the active area horizontally and vertically respectively.  

    Enable Alpha mode selects whether to use the alpha channel if one is present. 16-bit bitmaps with an alpha channel are converted to either 10-bit without an alpha channel or 8-bit with alpha channel. 

    The enable alpha mode of a 16-bit TIFF file with alpha channel. 

    The enable alpha mode of an 8-bit PNG file with alpha channel.  

    Format selects the format of the image. From Input uses the format of the currently selected input. SDR selects standard dynamic range, PQ uses the PQ EOTF, and HLG uses HLG EOTF 

    Colour Space selects the colour space from Rec 2020, DCI-P3, Rec 709 and ACEScg. 

    Use native colour space checkbox ignores the Colour Space selection and uses the native colour space of the file.  

     

    Test Pattern UI change of behaviour

    In order to keep consistency within the user interface after the addition of Frame Store, the behaviour of the test pattern UI has changed. Previously, single clicking a test pattern activated the pattern. Now, a single click within Frame Store or test patterns highlights it, but doesn’t make it active to better facilitate file management. A pattern is only made active when double clicked.

     

    ShutterSync Improvements

    ShutterSync has been divided into Eye and Camera Viewer types.

     

    Camera Viewer

    Features our original camera-centred ShutterSync functionality.

     

    Eye Viewer – Dark Time Insertion

    Dark Time Insertion aims to reduce motion blur in fast moving objects in content by inserting some dark time in the frame period, and can be helpful in simulator or esports applications. It is enabled by ticking on the checkbox in the Eye Viewer in ShutterSync.

    Dark Time Mode allows Time or Percentage to be selected from the drop box. ‘Time’ allows a specified time in milliseconds within the frame period that will be dark. ‘Percentage’ allows a percentage of the frame period to be dark.

    Dark frame diagram

     

    Hidden Marker Improvements

    Hidden Markers no longer require Frame Multiplication but can be shown for a fraction of the frame, long enough to be detected by the Hidden Marker camera. Using Hidden Markers like this requires ShutterSync and requires the sensor type and readout time, and the Only Show When Camera Shutter Closed checkbox to be ticked.

    Blackout Affects Markers if this is left unticked then blackouts affect the video and not the markers.

    Background Gain controls the gain of the video content behind the markers.

     

    Stype RedSpy

    Redspy marker feature

    The Stype RedSpy system is now integrated into the SX40 and S8 in addition to MoSys StarTracker. The following options are available:

    Distance to Tracker: This is the distance from the tracking markers to the RedSpy camera.

    Marker Size Scaler: This scales the size of each marker without changing the position of the tracker or layout of the RedSpy.

    Marker Gain: This sets how bright markers are as a percentage of the current screen brightness.

    Marker Seed: this is the seed value that is used by the random number generators in each panel. Changing the seed will change the position of each marker. Using the same seed on two different processors allows the same marker map to be generated, although this is not ideal in multiple processor set ups. However, using a different seed will force a different marker map on each processor, which is recommended in these situations.

     

    Custom Markers

    It is now possible to use a custom marker bitmap. This bitmap can be uploaded to the processor from Remote or from a USB key. The supported format is PNG with an alpha channel. It can also be uploaded via IP using the API. See the API documentation for more information.

    The File field shows the selected bitmap.

    Browse allows the user to select an image from the file browser.

    Clear clears the selected file.

    Scaling Mode maps the selected image to the Active Area. 1:1 maps the image 1:1 to the active area. Stretch stretches the image both horizontally and vertically to fit the active area. Fit and Fill scale the image to fit the active area horizontally and vertically respectively.

    Marker Gain allows the markers to be coloured by red, green and blue gain. 1-bit per colour channel is supported, so markers can be coloured red, green, blue, yellow, cyan and magenta in addition to white.

     

    Mac OS Notarization

    From 3.5.x Tessera software releases will now be notarized by Apple. This means that new software releases will be checked by Apple for ‘malicious components’ and Apple will issue a ‘ticket’ for Brompton to ‘staple’ to each notarized software release. This tells the Apple Gatekeeper security feature when the software is installed and executed that the code has been checked by Apple for malware and gives the appropriate warning when the release is run for the first time.

     

    Logging Improvements – Syslog

    Tessera platforms now can send a log of its actions to a syslog server. Syslog is enabled by checking the relevant tick box in Processor preferences and providing an IP address for the syslog server. Syslog (system logging protocol) is a standard for message logging, and on Tessera platforms, logged events that would have been stored on the processor can be sent to a syslog server.

     

    Email Notifications

    Email notifications allow the processor to send notifications to specified email addresses when certain conditions happen on the processor.

    Import and Export allow email notification settings to be imported and exported to/ from a location in the file explorer such as a USB key so that email notification settings can be shared on other processors. The email notification settings use a simple .xml format.

    In the email table section:

    • The Add button allows the addition of a SMTP Server IP address and an email address combination row.
    • Test sends a test email to the specified email address.
    • The SMTP Server field allows the entry of an IP address for a SMTP Server.
    • The Email Address field allows the entry of an email address.
    • The Duplicate button adds a duplicate of a selected SMTP Server and email address row, which can be easily edited.
    • Remove removes a selected SMTP Server and email address row.

    In the notification section the choice of Conditions is as follows:

    • Processor Boot
    • Video Source Lost
    • Timing Source Lost (i.e. genlock)
    • Panel Offline
    • Device Error
    • Processor Fan Failure
    • Cable Redundant Loop Error
    • Redundant Partner Lost

    Each email address can have its own selection of conditions that the processor can send notifications to by ticking the relevant checkbox for each condition.

     

    Fixture Pack Improvements

    Significant overhaul of fixture pack sync mechanism to improve performance and stability. This is particularly relevant for systems that have large numbers of fixture packs on the processor.

     

    Enable Brightness Limit

    Enable Brightness Limit is a new checkbox in Global Colour which allows the setting of a brightness limit. Ticking the checkbox allows the entry of a brightness value less than or equal to the maximum fixture brightness in the project.

     

    Direct Connect Import / Export

    It is now possible to import or export Direct Connect settings.

    In the example above we have two processors in Direct Connect: Upstage BR and Upstage BL. We can export the settings of these processors by clicking on the Export button. This outputs a .json file to a selected destination, such as a USB key, which can then be imported into other processors by using the Import button in Direct Connect.

     

    Beacon Improvements

    Beacon dropdown

    You can now Beacon panels directly from the canvas by selecting the panel and right-clicking and selecting Beacon from the drop-down menu. Beaconed panels are then highlighted on the canvas.

     

    Device ID

    The Device ID of a fixture is now displayed on the panel OSD or can be displayed in Online Panels. The Device ID contains the hex codes for the manufacturer, family, and type for a fixture. The Device ID is also displayed in the Online Panel View, but as an option. To reveal the Device IDs in the Online Panel View, right-click on the heading. This displays the Online Panel View options. Tick the Device ID to reveal the Device ID column.

     

    Colour Picker Improvements

    The colour picker has been updated to make it consistent across all the features that use the colour picker.

    Colour Picker Improvements

     

    New OSCA Keyboard Shortcut

    A new keyboard shortcut allows switching between horizontal and vertical in the Seams Adjustment section of OSCA:

    The key to the left of the 1 key (the ‘ key on US PC, MacOS and UK PC keyboards and the § key on UK and International English MacOS keyboards) switches between horizontal and vertical seams and vice versa. Pressing the key once makes the switch and pressing the key again returns to the original selected seam.

     

    Known Issues

    Notifications

    • Notify on Error Clear currently does not function (an email gets sent on the error but no email will be sent on the error being cleared)
    • Some notifications require a time delay that is not yet implemented, to prevent multiple notifications on certain intermittent events such as momentary loss of HDMI signal
    • Notification options are not filtered according to current processor

    Frame Store                                                                                                                                                                                

    • Frame Store scaling does not work on T1/M2 Processors

    XD does not reconnect to the processor correctly after the XD firmware is updated
    Closing and re opening the project should resolve the issue.

    API command PUT /api/output/network/startracker/blue/distance-to-tracker when startracker has not been enabled causes crash 

    Exporting fixture packs does not currently work 
    When trying to export a fixture pack on remote app, the app crashes when “Save” is clicked in the “Export Pack To” explorer dialog. Trying to export a fixture pack on the local UI will result in an error popup.

    Intermittent fixture pack sync failures
    Sometimes when using the remote app, a fixture pack that is successfully added does not appear in the library. However, a notification that fixtures are not running the specified firmware version appears, and disconnecting/reconnecting to the processor causes the view to update and show the new pack.

    IP Control and firmware reload
    IP Control can cause issues with firmware reload when upgrading or downgrading from software versions prior to 3.4.3. It is recommended to either disable IP Control or close the project before initiating a firmware reload from software versions prior to 3.4.3

    S4 firmware reload
    When upgrading an S4 processor to/from 3.1.0.BETA4 firmware, after firmware reload has finished, the processor will not reboot automatically and will require a manual reboot. After reboot, the processor will operate as normal.

    Version compatibility
    In order to use V3.0.1 or later, it is necessary to run all elements of the system (processor, XDs and panels) on V2.3.1 or later. For panels where V2.3 firmware is not available please continue using V2.2 processor firmware.

    Restore factory defaults/format SD card can cause fixture library instability
    If you perform either of these operations please reboot your processor before browsing to the fixture library window as this may otherwise be unstable.​​

    Settings from Tessera Control are not applied to newly discovered fixtures
    If using Tessera Control to alter Brightness, Temperature or Gamma, these settings are not sent to newly discovered fixtures until a change is made to the value.

    Tessera Remote and Tessera Control may not work on Mac OSX El Capitan
    When running on a Mac OSX El Capitan the Tessera Remote and Tessera Control applications can fail to detect network ports. This appears to be limited to cases where no default gateway is specified on the computer’s network interface. In situations where no default gateway is set using DHCP, we recommend specifying a default gateway manually. PCs running Windows and Macs running OSX Yosemite or earlier are not affected.​

    Tessera Remote may fail to import project files
    In some cases, Tessera Remote may fail to import project files from local storage. As a workaround create the project from scratch or use a local monitor, keyboard and mouse to import the project file before connecting with Tessera Remote.​​

    Some input devices on KVM switches do not work
    We have had reports that trackpads may not function correctly when connected to the processor via a KVM switch. As a workaround we recommend using a mouse, or connecting input devices directly to the processor’s USB ports.​​

    Monitors connected via DisplayPort-to-VGA adapters may be unstable
    Local user interface monitors connected to the processor via certain active DisplayPort-to-VGA adapters may give an unstable image or the monitor is not detected at all. As a workaround we recommend using a DVI or DisplayPort monitor.