Also know as “Pátek Show Controller”, “Pátek Simple Show” or more recently “P8” is a project we started with a few Pátek members during the AT&T Hackathon that took place in 2019 in Brno.
It started as a dedicated device, which could be used to control lights, play sounds and project videos all at the same time, using a simple, scratch-like interface. We ended up not having enough time to implement video playback during the hackathon, but we managed to demonstrate both audio and DMX output.
This version had a lot to be desired though. A lot of the buttons in the UI didn’t actually work, the script had to be edited in Markdown with special tags and more.
After the hackathon, I had to write a term paper for school and I decided to write it about PSC. While working on the paper, I ended up implementing a few new features. I added groups of buttons that could be triggered all at once, buttons that activate on a delay or with an interval and buttons that call existing button groups.
This was however more of a proof-of-concept, we knew we had to rework the entire thing before it could be reasonably usable.
In the summer of 2020, we decided to dedicate a week of our time to work on the project. During this, we made a decision to turn it into a software-only project and also renamed it to just “P8”.
I worked on the script editor. We switched from using Markdown to a WYSIWIG editor and implemented drag and drop mechanics to add the different modules.
Right now, the project isn’t being worked on (and there’s a lot of work to be done) due to limited free time in the team, but we still believe we’ll make the project work at some point.