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Dot 19 June 2023 2 min read

Why You Need a Multi-machine Workflow in Your XR production

In the world of virtual production, utilizing multiple machines or workstations is a common requirement that can add layers of complication to a production. 
For example, most Virtual Studio workflows are based on one rendering engine per camera. The same applies to a combination of Virtual Studio and augmented reality. For extended reality (XR) workflows it's even more important as multiple machines are needed to render the pixel-accurate cameras of the wall. It can get complicated very quickly! 
To reduce complexity, we decided to introduce our multi-machine workflow to simplify and streamline virtual production workflows. In this blog post, we will delve into its features and advantages.


Effortless Synchronization and Total Control 

For successful virtual production, it is crucial to keep multiple machines in sync and maintain control over the entire workflow. With the Pixotope Multi Machine workflow, users are afforded a seamless solution where different machines within the production become part of the Pixotope network. Using a server-client architecture, you can designate one machine as the server, hosting the show file that connects Pixotope configuration, settings, virtual assets, and projects.
All other client machines will automatically discover servers in the network and establish a connection with just one click. Once connected, operations across the machines in the network are completely synchronized. Whether you make changes on the server or client machines, they will reflect in real-time across the entire Pixotope network. This synchronization ensures efficient collaboration and eliminates discrepancies in the virtual production process.



Time Code Synced Output: Achieve XR Mastery with Multi-Machine Workflow

In XR productions, where multiple engines generate parts of an LED wall canvas and set extensions, presenting a realistic virtual scene without tears or disruptions is crucial. The Multi Machine workflow supports time code synchronization, allowing all machines to locking into a common time source. This ensures that the rendered and composited outputs are generated in absolute sync. Event triggering, video playback, and animations in your XR scene can be performed in perfect harmony across all engines in the network.

Asset Hub Integration

The Pixotope Multi Machine workflow seamlessly integrates with the Asset Hub feature. In case an asset or project file is modified on one machine, the Asset Hub automatically updates the other machines in the network, ensuring all assets remain in sync. This feature enhances collaboration and saves valuable time by eliminating the need for manual asset updates across multiple machines.


Unlock the Secrets of Seamless XR Experiences

The Multi Machine workflow from Pixotope empowers virtual production teams to efficiently manage and synchronize their workflows across multiple machines. With time code synchronization and Asset Hub integration, content creators can achieve seamless XR experiences with pixel-accurate visuals and synchronized operations. 
It’s time to embrace the Pixotope Multi Machine workflow and take your virtual productions to new heights of creativity with greater efficiency. Book a demo today.