RV Screening Room Defaults


What’s the best way to deploy studio default preferences for RV Screening Room?

We are about to start using RV Screening Room and I’d like to set it up as a tool to review work on edit context.

I have most of it working but it did take quite a bit of setting up and finding where the options are. I would like to set global defaults for when screening room is started, such as:

  • Sort by cut order
  • Filters are set to a global setup (we are only using filters by task: Animation, Live action…)
  • Frame Range is set to Cut Length

I can set a help page for users to follow where the options are , but I would much rather a global preferences setup.

Any advice here?



1 Like

Hi Jacob,

The RV Screening Room user preferences are split over two locations.

RV Native Preferences

One is pretty easy and well-supported. That method covers all the features in the menus that are settable. Those settings use RV’s preferences which can be found here:

The easiest way to handle these preferences is to just set them interactively and then extract the relevant lines out of your preference file. You can set either a clobber preference path that points to the directory where your edited preference file exists and that will force your users to take those preferences. A softer approach is to use the override path, which only overrides the initial values.

In your example defaults, Frame Range to Cut Length would be stored in those preferences.

Web-based Settings.

The web panel specific preferences (such as default pages, starred pages, filters) are stored in the local web cache. This is not really a supported location to modify, but if you want to dig, I’ll give you the headstart :slight_smile:.

The web cache is located, on OSX, in ~/Library/Caches/TweakSoftware/RV/local_storage/
In that location, you can find the sqlite databases that the internal web browser uses for local storage for each site.

Check out the contents with something like the following:

$ sqlite3 https_example-site.shotgunstudio.com_0.localstorage
SQLite version 3.24.0 2018-06-04 14:10:15
Enter ".help" for usage hints.
sqlite> .tables
sqlite> .schema ItemTable
sqlite> select * from ItemTable;

This isn’t guaranteed to keep a consistent format, or even to work tomorrow, but if you are willing to take the risk that it might not work or cause other problems if invalid data is in there, authoring those with a default you care about might be a way forward. As this isn’t a supported way of changing preferences, we don’t have the same sort of waterfall preferences that we do on the RV native side. We are also transitioning to Qt5 in RV 7.5.0, which uses a new browser under-the-hood, so if you are writing preferences for versions before 7.5.0, you might want to do extra testing to make sure it works with 7.5.0.

1 Like

Hi Michael

Amazing! Thanks!

I was able to easily override the preferences from the RV Native Prefs (Cut Length).
I am bit new when it comes to tinkering with RV so thanks for this.

I would look take at the Web-base preferences. I am already using RV 7.5.0 btw.

Many Thanks



Awesome, I’ve had some success with those but all the ‘this is not supported, if something breaks, remove that first’ sort of warnings apply.

Good Luck!

1 Like