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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 2022

Autodesk Flame 2022 has moved to Python 3.7 and SmartScope-Flame has been updated as a result to match.

All you need to do is drop the script into the Flame shared python directory:

sudo cp ./ /opt/Autodesk/shared/python/

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

Flame 2020 and 2021

Please see the v1.2 release for compatible script and instructions.


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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