Hey, could the brilliant minds of both Vidvox and perhaps forum geniuses help me think of:
A VDMX dead-man’s switch (in-software or in-OS) to automatically swap over to backup system in case of crashes, automatically
VDMX is crashing a lot. This is a problem for shows that really should not crash. It would be great if it could crash less, but I know from multiple sources that the crashes are more the responsibility of Apple than VDMX (an insider on the AV foundation team confirms this), so either way this is not fixed quickly or at all.
So now I’m touring with two laptops and a Blackmagic switcher to potentially quickly switch. I can manually switch over when I notice a crash, and reload the crashde computer. Problem is, I’m touring solo, and in some parts I’m so focused on performance it can take me up to 90 seconds before I can review crash status, and of course that is when the crashes happens.
Is there a way, that we could get a trigger AT THE MOMENT WHEN VDMX CRASHES. At that moment, I want to switch immediatly to backup system, and also possibly get a notification somehow, preferably a large blinking light or whatever, something MIDI or audio or anything so I can review status as soon as possible.
Optimally, the crash alert would also instantly relaunch VDMX on the crashed computer, so in case the BACKUP goes down a minute later, which it inevitable does, the switch can happen back again, and the systems keeps reseting themselves. This would minimise visual downtime.
Of course a more stable VDMX would be preferable but don’t think that is gonna happen.
Maybe this could be doable with a “ping” kind of MIDI / OSC system, where every second a MIDI / OSC routine pings the running system, and if does not respond within a second, the MIDI system tells the switcher to swap and restart. Or maybe VDMX itself could alert by sending out a MIDI signal upon crash?
Anyone else dealing with this and has found a workable solution? Except hiring a person or two…