Automating Characterworks from PowerShell

I saw a question on the BMD forum asking about the possibility of triggering an action in Characterworks. A quick check of the Characterworks online help showed that the CW Remote Control Server listens to requests on port 5201 and accepts HTTP POST requests containing JSON-encoded commands.

It would be easy to define a keyboard shortcut or X-Keys button that initiated the Characterworks action and switched the input, or enabled a key, on the Blackmagic ATEM using a PowerShell script.

Below is a simple example PowerShell script showing how to send a command to Characterworks:

$url = "http://localhost:5201/"
$command = '{ "action" : "play_motions", "motions" : [ "Motion 1" ], "channel" : "live1" }'

$bytes = [System.Text.Encoding]::ASCII.GetBytes($command)
$web = [System.Net.WebRequest]::Create($url)
$web.Method = "POST"
$web.ContentLength = $bytes.Length
$web.ContentType = "application/x-www-form-urlencoded"
$stream = $web.GetRequestStream()
$stream.Write($bytes,0,$bytes.Length)
$stream.close()

$reader = New-Object System.IO.Streamreader -ArgumentList $web.GetResponse().GetResponseStream()
$reader.ReadToEnd()
$reader.Close()

It would be easy to wrap this in a function to take the motions and channel values as parameters and return the response.

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One thought on “Automating Characterworks from PowerShell

  1. If using WIndows 10, this can be simplified to
    Invoke-RestMethod -Uri “http://localhost:5201/” -Method POST -Headers $headers -ContentType “application/json” -Body $Command

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