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Configure routing

Set up camera input switching

This features is available when using an XR license

You can switch the active camera system (video and tracking source) between the camera systems defined in Group A and Group B.

Enable camera input switching

  1. Enable “Camera input switching" in SETUP > Show > Show settings

Define camera system groups

  1. Per machine: Route the 2 camera systems which should be switched between

  2. Select the first camera systems to be in Group A

  3. Select the second camera systems to be in Group B

Switch between the groups

  • Switch using the Group A/Group B radio button

  • OR set up a toggle in the Control panel switching the ActiveCamerasGroup in the Store state between 0 and 1.

Set up control in the Control panel

Create widget

  1. Press T in your control panel to bring up the Widgets toolbox

  2. Select a tab widget

  3. Click and drag on the canvas to place it

  4. Change the Display Name on the tabs via Widget tab > Options

    • The values can be disregarded as we don’t need them

Listen to the Director action

Make sure that you have routed your cameras and defined the camera system groups before you listen to the action. For every change to on of the groups, the actions need to be updated!

  1. Select the API Log tab

  2. Listen to the Call type by enabling the Call filter

    • Click the x icon to clear the logs

    • Click Play icon to start listening to messages

  3. In Director: Switch from Group A to Group B and back again

  4. Click on the Pause icon to stop listening to messages

Link action

  1. Select the TAB 1 CLICK action of the tabs widget in the Actions List

  2. Drag the second Set message (Switching to Group A) onto the Source/Target of this action

  3. Click on the Trigger icon to turn this action from Read to Send

  4. Repeat these steps for the TAB 2 CLICK action and the first Set message (Switching to Group B)

  5. Press R or the "Play" button in the header to try it out

If multiple camera systems are routed to one machine and none of them are part of any group, the first camera system is used.

Set up input and output routing

On SETUP > Configure > Routing > Camera, Media and Object routing we set the input routing for:

  • Camera systems

  • Object trackers

  • Media inputs

and the output routing for:

  • Media outputs

For SDI signals (AJA and BMD) this means recreating the physical routing.

Set up input routing

  1. Set the Genlock source for each machine:

    • Genlock is used to synchronize the camera and tracking data to provide guaranteed video output timing

      • External ref - Genlock comes from an analog external ref signal. Both Blackburst and Tri-level syncs are supported

      • External SDI(n) - Genlock is derived from a specified SDI input’s video clock

      • Freerun - an internal Genlock is generated - this does not guarantee synchronisation with other machines.

    • There should be one common source for the Genlock signal

  2. Add all camera systems and media inputs to the respective machines

  3. Set their Input sources

    • For AJA and BMD: Select the input spigot

    • For NDI: Select the input stream

  4. Add all object trackers whose tracking should be available on a specific machine

Only one camera system can be added per machine.

Set up output routing

  1. Add outputs for each machine

  2. Set their output destinations

    • For AJA and BMD: Select the output spigot

    • For NDI: Name the output stream

How to output different channels from the engine

This features is available when using an XR license

In Director

  1. Route 2 or more media outputs to the machine

  2. In case one of the channels is a key, choose "Key" in VideoI/O > Video output > Output type

In Editor

  1. Add 2 output channels by clicking the + icon on World Settings > Pixotope World > Video Outputs

  2. Under “Video Output” choose the channels you want to output

  3. Choose to which "Output" this channel should be mapped

The frame rate of inputs and outputs must be the same!

For example, if your production needs to output in 50p, choose a 50p output format and set your physical camera and the camera system in SETUP > Configure > Video I/O up to match.

Review incoming tracking data routing

The incoming tracking data routing is done on the individual camera systems and object tracker groups. On SETUP > Configure > Routing > Incoming tracking data routing you can then review it.

  1. Review the assigned tracking services

    • For camera systems: Use the tracking service the camera system will be routed to

    • For object tracker groups: Use the tracking service most of the object trackers will be routed to

  2. Check the IP addresses and port number of the assigned tracking services on your camera and object tracking system

    • Send the tracking data to one of the listed network adapters and its specified port

    • For the Ncam system, the IP address and port number should be entered in the Advanced section of the camera tracking protocol

  3. Check the status field

    • Your tracking configuration is set up correctly if it shows incoming data

    • You can also show logs or check the Network status in the Editor

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