The disguise software recognises proxy videoﬁles with a ‘_proxy’ tag.
myﬁle_proxy1.mov is ‘proxy 1 (half-resolution) of an asset called myﬁle.mov’
myﬁle_proxy2.mov is ‘proxy 2 (quarter-resolution) of an asset called myﬁle.mov’
myﬁle_proxy3.mov is ‘proxy 3 (1/8-resolution) of an asset called myﬁle.mov’
You are free to create any number and mix of proxies for video assets that you wish.
The proxy tag number is optional. Proxies with numbers do not have any stipulations, however we recommend that proxy1 is half resolution, proxy2 is quarter resolution, proxy3 is one-eighth resolution, and so on.
You have four 4K screens in your project, which you wish to sequence on an HD laptop. Your usual view would be zoomed out so that all four screens ﬁt into your viewport. In this case, disguise would recognise that each screen is under 500 pixels across in the visualiser, and would therefore step the content down to proxy3 (1/8th resolution).
(Note that you won’t be able to see the difference)
If you zoom in so that only a single screen is in the visualiser, disguise would increase the resolution being played on that screen, but stop playing content for all off screen surfaces :
Proxies will never be played onto any surface that goes out to the stage. If a machine is an Actor or a non-dedicated Director, if a screen or projector appears in any of its feed rectangles, then that machine will only play full-resolution content on that surface.
In time-pressured situations, it may be useful to update to a new proxy version on the editor or Director, so that sequencing can progress while waiting for the full-resolution version to render and copy. The timeline will always warn you when the copy being rendered to stage is different than the one in the visualiser.
Please note: proxies are only used on Dedicated Directors or Editors