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Automatically launch Ovation application when Windows starts

Show Configuration

  • For your show to automatically open in Start Show mode, the Show Properties - Show Auto Start must be set to yes.
  • Ovation will automatically open the last opened show when it starts, be sure to quit Ovation with the required show open.
  • If you plan to fire Cues at a specific time of the day, the Show Properties - Show Time Mode has to be set to Time of the day (based on system clock)

Computer configuration

  • Download and extract the zip file on your C: drive, keeping the folder structure (Files will be in C:/OVAutostart)
    If you extract on another location, you will have to modify the .bat files path.

    https://download.merging.com/beta/AssociatedTools/OVAutostart.zip
  • Start RestartonCrash.exe and click on Settings to configure it :
    Tick Run RoC when Windows startsStart minimized  - Minimize to the system tray on close
    Untick Check for updates on startup
    You may also log its activity into a file.
    Click on OK to close the settings.
  • Now click on Add 
    Click on Select a file, then browse to C:\Program Files\Merging Technologies\Ovation and select Ovation.exe
    Untick It’s not responding to Windows messages
    Tick It isn’t running and Wait and enter a value between 15 to 30 seconds (depends on the size of your show)


  • When Windows will start, Ovation will be automatically started, and if for any reason Ovation crashes, it will be automatically restarted.

    Tips

    • It is also possible to set Windows to automatically restart after a system failure.
      Go in Windows Control Panel > System, and click on Advanced System Settings on the left hand pane.
      Click on the Settings button in the Startup and Recovery section, and make sure Automatically restart is ticked.
    • In case of power failure, it is usually also possible to set your computer BIOS to restart automatically.
      If you use Merging Validated motherboard, please see the Restore on AC/Power Loss setting on the model configuration guide.
      If you use another motherboard, refer to the manufacturer user manual.





Shutdown a Merging RAVENNA Device with a Cue

  • Download and extract the zip file on your C: drive, keeping the folder structure (Files will be in C:/OVAutostart)
    If you extract on another location, you will have to modify the .bat files path.

    https://download.merging.com/beta/AssociatedTools/OVAutostart.zip
  • Please take note of your Merging RAVENNA device IP address :
    Horus - HAPI devices : Setup > Network menu
    Anubis : Settings > General > Network.
    To avoid IP addresses issue, Merging recommends you set a static IP address on the device.
  • Go in C:/OVAutostart and edit the ShutdownDevice.bat file (with Notepad or Notepad++)
    Enter your device IP address and save the file.
    %windir%\System32\cmd.exe /c start shell:AppsFolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge -private http://169.254.147.242/commands/shutdown
    If you need to shut down several Merging RAVENNA devices, simply copy and paste this line, and set the required IP addresses.
  • In Ovation, create a Cue and browse to the Shell Command / Script / Batch section.
    In the required Command (Fire - Pause or Stop) field, enter ShutdownDevice.bat
    In the corresponding Command Default Directory, enter C:/OVAutostart
    Command Parameters should be empty.

    You may also add the command to an existing cue.
    If you want the shutdown to be performed at a specific time of the day, place this cue in a Timed Cue list and set its Go Time.  
    Remember also that the Show have to be set to Show Time Mode : Time of the day.
  • Note : this script uses MIcrosoft Edge, and therefore will not work on Windows 7.


Shutdown Ovation and your computer with a Cue (force quit)

  • In Ovation, create a Cue and browse to the Shell Command / Script / Batch section.
    In the required Command (Fire - Pause or Stop) field, enter shutdown
    In the corresponding Command Parameters , enter -s -f
    Command Default Directory should be empty.


    Windows will confirm that the computer will shut down (approximately 30 seconds later.


    You may also add the command to an existing cue.
    If you want the shutdown to be performed at a specific time of the day, place this cue in a Timed Cue list and set its Go Time.  
    Remember also that the Show have to be set to Show Time Mode : Time of the day.
  • If you rather want to restart your computer, please enter the Command Parameters, enter -r -f
  • Note : this method forces Ovation to shut down, which may in some occasions introduce show reloading issue.
    In such case, please use the method below.


Quit Ovation and shut down your computer with a Cue

  • Ovation popup messages have to be disabled, so the exit sequence can be performed without additional interaction.
    Go in your Show properties and Set Show Mode Confirmations, Saving Confirmations and Popups Confirmations to No.
  • If you plan to fire Cues at a specific time of the day, the Show Properties - Show Time Mode has to be set to Time of the day (based on system clock)
  • Download and extract the zip file on your C: drive, keeping the folder structure (Files will be in C:/OVAutostart)
    If you extract on another location, you will have to modify the .bat files path.

    https://download.merging.com/beta/AssociatedTools/OVAutostart.zip
  • In Ovation, create a Cue and browse to the Shell Command / Script / Batch section.
    In the required Command (Fire - Pause or Stop) field, enter CloseOvation.bat
    In the corresponding Command Default Directory, enter C:/OVAutostart
    Command Parameters should be empty.

  • The script will Stop the Show and close Ovation, with some pauses to let the operations finish properly.
    If you also want to restart the computer after Ovation quit, please use CloseOvationPCRestart.bat instead.
    If you also want to shutdown the computer after Ovation quit, please use CloseOvationPCShutdown.bat instead.
  • Note : this script uses MIcrosoft Edge and Powershell, and therefore will not work on Windows 7.



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