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VARS Annotation Setup

Configuration

Service Configuration

VARS requires that you have setup a microservice stack needed to power VARS. Once that's done you can do the following:

  1. Download VARS from GitHub
  2. If you're running on macOS, and you get a message that VARS is damaged and can't be opened, you can ignore that message. That's Apple's super aggressive security. To fix that:
    1. Open a terminal (The Terminal.app is located in /Applications/Utilities).
    2. cd to where VARS is downloaded. e.g. cd /Applications
    3. Run sudo xattr -d -r com.apple.quarantine "VARS Annotation.app"
    4. Relaunch VARS Annotation
  3. Point VARS at your configuration server.

First, click on the settings button

VARS Annotation 1

Add your configuration server

This should include the URL to your config server and the login (username, pwd) for one of the user accounts in VARS.

Configuration Dialog

Test your configuration

Click the test button to verify that VARS is configured. If your dialog looks like the image below, just click the 'OK' button.

Configuration Dialog Success

Video Player Configuration

VARS communicates with custom external video players via UDP. Both VARS and the video player (e.g. Sharktopoda) need to have the UDP port number set to the same value:

VARS Port setting

Sharktopoda Port

Sharktopoda Port Setting

Under Sharktopoda > Preferences:

Sharktopoda Preferences

Cthulhu Port Setting

Open the prefereces by clicking on the gear icon:

Cthulhu App

Then on the network tab set the control port:

Cthulhu Control Port