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SmartScope-Flame Controller

by Bob Maple (bobm-matchbox [at]

This script is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA


This Python hook controls a Blackmagic Design SmartScope Duo 4K from Autodesk Flame, allowing you to switch what each monitor is displaying from a variety of presets.

SmartScope-Flame Controller uses a Python hook in Autodesk Flame/Flame Assist/Flare to add a "SmartScope Duo" context menu in the application. Communication is done via Ethernet, so your SmartScope must be on the network.


Flame 2018 and above

Autodesk has changed the way hooks are loaded in Flame 2018 and it's now much simpler to install the SmartScope-Flame Controller. All you need to do is drop it into the Flame 2018 install's python directory:

sudo cp ./ /opt/Autodesk/flame_2018/python

and then either relaunch Flame or use the hotkey Shift-Control-H-P to reload all the Python hooks.

Flame 2016 and 2017

To install in Flame 2016 or 2017, first place in Flame's python directory:

sudo cp ./ /usr/discreet/flame_2017.1/python/

where 'flame_2017.1' will vary depending on your specific application and version. Technically this script can be placed anywhere but it's convenient to keep it with the rest of Flame's Python code. Note that you might need to be root to do this.

To connect the code into Flame, open in a text editor and comment out the supplied functions getCustomUIActions and customUIAction so they look like:

# def getCustomUIActions( ):
#     return ()


# def customUIAction( info, userData ):
#     pass

Then add a line either after what you just commented out or to the very end of the file:


again replacing flame_2017.1 with the proper directory name based on your setup, or if you decided to put the script somewhere else entirely, replace the whole pathname with the correct location as appropriate.

(NOTE: If you already have existing custom context menu hooks, you'll ignore everything above and have to just manually integrate the code from the hooks in into your existing hooks and make it work.)


Edit in a text editor and modify the ssdc_hostname config variable near the top to tell it how to reach your SmartScope:

#### Configuration ####
ssdc_hostname = ''  # IP or hostname

It can be specified as a hostname or IP address (shown.)

Additional Config

There are some additional configuration variables which you can customize to your liking.

First there two sets of config variables for setting the screen brightness and constrast used for Scope displays (Parade, Vector, Waveform, etc) and the Picture display:

ssdc_scope    = { "brightness": "127", "contrast": "127" }
ssdc_picture  = { "brightness": "127", "contrast": "127" }

Values are 0-255 with 127 being 'default' (50% Brightness and 100% Contrast in the SmartView app.)

You can also swap the displays to be opposite of how they are listed in the menu:

ssdc_swap     = False

Setting this to True will swap the left and right displays, so that choosing "Parade RGB | Vectorscope" will actually display the Vectorscope on the left monitor and the RGB Parade on the right monitor.


After the initial install, start or restart Flame. Or, if it was already running when you installed, press Shift-Control-H-P in Flame to reload the Python hooks.

Right-click somewhere on the Flame desktop (in the Player, Reels, Freeform view, etc) to pull up the context menu and you should now have a SmartScope Duo entry at the bottom.


Control the Blackmagic SmartScope Duo 4K screens directly from Autodesk Flame



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