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USER MANUAL OpenCube XFReader 2.6
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USER MANUAL OpenCube XFReader 2.6
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS ............................................................................ III
REVISION HISTORY................................................................................. V
WHAT’S NEW? ....................................................................................... VII
1.
INTRODUCTION ................................................................................. 1
1.1 Purpose of the Application ...........................................................................................1
1.2 Minimum Hardware Requirement ................................................................................1
1.3 Minimum Software Requirement .................................................................................1
1.4 Installation ....................................................................................................................2
1.5 License Activation ........................................................................................................3
1.6 Uninstallation ...............................................................................................................3
1.7 Transferring a License .................................................................................................3
1.8 Supported Files ............................................................................................................3
1.8.1 MXF Files ........................................................................................................3
1.8.2 GXF Files .........................................................................................................5
1.9 SDI Playout ..................................................................................................................5
1.9.1 Features/Limitations ........................................................................................5
1.9.2 Ancillary Data Lines .........................................................................................6
2.
USING OPENCUBE XFREADER ........................................................ 7
2.1 Opening .......................................................................................................................7
2.2 Playback ......................................................................................................................7
2.3 Displaying Version, License, and Open Documentation .............................................8
3.
OPENCUBE XFREADER USER INTERFACE.................................... 9
3.1 Overview ......................................................................................................................9
3.2 Timecode Area ..........................................................................................................10
3.3 Command Buttons .....................................................................................................11
3.4 Subclip Area ..............................................................................................................12
3.5 Audio Track Area .......................................................................................................12
3.6 Shortcuts ....................................................................................................................13
3.7 Side Panel..................................................................................................................14
3.7.1 Overview ........................................................................................................14
3.7.2 Metadata Panel .............................................................................................15
3.7.3 Log Panel ......................................................................................................15
3.7.4 Ancillary Panel ...............................................................................................16
4.
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CONFIGURING OPENCUBE XFREADER........................................ 20
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4.1 Overview ....................................................................................................................20
4.2 Configure option ........................................................................................................21
4.2.1 General ..........................................................................................................21
4.2.2 Output ............................................................................................................22
4.2.3 Audio .............................................................................................................24
4.2.4 Ancillary .........................................................................................................26
4.2.5 Shortcuts .......................................................................................................26
4.3 JPEG 2000 Menu ......................................................................................................27
5.
OPENCUBE XFREADER ACTIVEX ................................................. 28
5.1 Overview ....................................................................................................................28
5.2 Software Requirement ...............................................................................................29
5.3 How to Use OpenCube XFReader ActiveX ...............................................................29
6.
SDI BOARD INSTALLATION PROCEDURE .................................... 31
6.1 Install the Card Driver ................................................................................................31
6.1.1 Blackmagic ....................................................................................................31
6.1.2 DVS ...............................................................................................................31
6.2 Install the Card License .............................................................................................32
6.2.1 Blackmagic ....................................................................................................32
6.2.2 DVS ...............................................................................................................32
6.3 Configure OpenCube XFReader ...............................................................................33
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USER MANUAL OpenCube XFReader 2.6
Revision History
Document
Version
Revision Date
Author
Change Description
2.6. A
10-Oct-2013
V. Popie
Upgrade user guide to OpenCube
XFReader v2.6.
2.6. B
13-Nov-2013
V. Popie
Fix some wordings.
Revision History
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What’s New?
The following table describes the sections updated to reflect the new and modified
features in OpenCube XFReader 2.6.
In the user manual, the icon
has been added on the left margin to highlight
information on new and updated features.
What’s New?
New features
Section
Page
Windows 8
1.3
1
New supported formats:
1.8.1
3
Log Panel
3.7.3
15
Ancillary Panel
3.7.4
16
Ancillary Data Lines
1.9.2
6
Changes
Section
Page
OpenCube MXFTk® Reader is no longer required to install
OpenCube XFReader.
1.43.7.3
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IMF Essence Component and CPL
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Panasonic AVC-LongG
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1.
Introduction
1.1
Purpose of the Application
OpenCube XFReader is an easy-to-use player that runs on Windows and enables users
to play back all MXF files on a display unit or SDI Video Screen (HD-SDI option must be
available).
1.2
Minimum Hardware Requirement
Depending on the video codec, the minimum hardware requirement can vary:

DV and IMX: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM.

MPEG2 HD: Intel Core i5 2GHz, 4 GB RAM.

AVC-Intra, JPEG 2000 and VC-3: Intel Core i7 3.06 GHz, 4GB RAM.
An nVidia graphic board is highly recommended.
It is also important to take the quality of the media support into consideration as HD
media requires high read access performances.
To output playback through SDI, you must use one of the following SDI boards:
1.3

Blackmagic Decklink SDI;

Blackmagic Decklink HD Extreme 3D;

DVS Centaurus II LT;

DVS Atomix LT.
Minimum Software Requirement
OpenCube XFReader runs under the following Microsoft Windows operating systems:

Windows XP-SP3;

Windows Vista;

Windows 7;

Windows 8.
OpenCube XFReader is a 32-bit application that can be installed on both 32 and 64 bits
OS.
OpenCube XFReader requires DirectX 9.0c at the minimum.
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Installation
To install OpenCube XFReader, proceed as follows:
1. Run setup.exe from the OCPackage\windows folder.
This will install the OpenCube KeyManager application, if it is not already available.
OpenCube KeyManager is the root of OpenCube’s application and license
management system.
OpenCube KeyManager will be launched.
2. Click on the active “Install” button located on each product line. The screenshot below
illustrates the installation of an evaluation version of OpenCube XFReader.
For minimum configuration, OpenCube GXFTk® Reader (the GXF DirectShow filter),
OpenCube XFReader (the application), the MainConcept’s DShow filters and
OpenCube’s DShow filters must be installed.
Note
OpenCube MXFTk® Reader is no longer required.
To playback through the SDI Output (available as an option), you have to install a
compatible SDI card (see 1.2 - Minimum Hardware Requirement and 6 - SDI Board
Installation Procedure). If you encounter any problem with the driver installation do not
hesitate to contact the OpenCube XFReader support team ([email protected]).
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1.5
License Activation
Once all the components have been installed, use the “Load license file” button to load
your license file. If the license is distributed with the package, it can be found in the
OCPackage\Licenses folder.
The full license must be activated over the Internet. If the computer does not have an
Internet connection or uses a proxy, please contact the OpenCube XFReader support
team ([email protected]).
1.6
Uninstallation
To uninstall OpenCube XFReader, open the OpenCube KeyManager and click on the
“Uninstall” button of each component you want to remove.
1.7
Transferring a License
Each OpenCube XFReader license is linked to a single computer, identified by its MAC
Address.
To transfer the license to another system, you have to:
1. Uninstall OpenCube XFReader and its components.
2. Send an e-mail to [email protected] with:
a) The purchase order number.
b) A screenshot of the OpenCube KeyManager after that the uninstall process is
done.
c) MAC addresses of the old and new systems.
Note
According to the EULA, the number of transfers is limited.
1.8
Supported Files
1.8.1 MXF Files
OpenCube XFReader supports the following SMPTE MXF files:

OP-1a

OP-1b and OP-1b on external reference

OP-Atom
OpenCube XFReader supports many constraints MXF format including:
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AS-02

AS-03
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AS-11
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Panasonic P2 OP-Atom

Panasonic P2 AVC-LongG

Avid OP-Atom

Sony eVTR

Sony XDCAM DV/IMX/HD (optical and SxS)
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IMF Essence Component (video, audio and ancillary)

DCP video and audio track file (encrypted or not)
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OpenCube XFReader supports IMF Application 2 and DCP Composition Playlist:
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IMF: The CPL must contain only one segment. Each segment must contain only one
Sequence. Each Sequence must contain only one resource.

DCP: The DCP must not be encrypted. The Composition Playlist must contain only
one reel.
The MXF format is a container file format. It can contain various types of audio and video
essences. The following video codecs are supported by OpenCube XFReader (available
as an option):

DVCAM / DV IEC

DV SMPTE / DVCPro 25-50-100

MPEG 2 / MPEG HD

IMX 30-40-50

H.264 / AVC

AVC-Intra 50/100

AVC-Intra 200

JPEG 2000

VC-3 / DNxHD
The following audio codecs are supported:
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Wave

AIFF

A-Law

AES3 / AES3-8channels

Dolby-E / AC-3 (pass though mode)
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1.8.2 GXF Files
OpenCube XFReader supports GXF files (available as an option). The following video
codecs are supported:

DV CAM / DV IEC

DV SMPTE / DVCPro 25-50

MPEG-2 IFrame

IMX 30-40-50
PCM audio stream is supported.
Note
OpenCube GXFTk® Reader must be installed.
1.9
SDI Playout
1.9.1 Features/Limitations
The following features are available for all supported SDI boards:
Video raster
SD PAL/SD NTSC
1080i50/1080i59.94
720p50/720p59.94
1080p23.98
Color space
YCrCb 4:2:2
SDI audio
Yes
Timecode
Yes
Limitations and comparison between each board are shown in the following array:
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DVS
DVS
Blackmagic
Centaurus II
LT
Atomix LT
SDI
Blackmagic
HD
Extreme 3D
1080p25/1080
p29.97
support
Yes
Yes
As
1080i50/1080i5
9.94
As
1080i50/1080i5
9.94
ATC LTC/VITC
Yes
Yes
No
On HD rasters
only
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DVS
DVS
Blackmagic
Centaurus II
LT
Atomix LT
SDI
Blackmagic
HD
Extreme 3D
PAL: l. 19/21
PAL: l.19/21
PAL: l. 19
PAL: l. 19
NTSC: l. 14/16
NTSC: l. 14/16
NTSC: l. 14
NTSC: l. 14
SD: 8
SD: 8
SD/HD: 8
SD: 8
HD: 16
HD: 16
No
PAL: 608 lines
HD: 16
Yes
Yes
NTSC: 502
lines
Note
OpenCube XFReader inverts the field order automatically. You can force
the field order display. See 4.1 - Overview.
1.9.2 Ancillary Data Lines
The following array describes the line where ancillary data are present on the SDI.
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Ancillary source
Ancillary kind
SDI line
External - SCC
Closed Caption
Line 12
External - MCC
All
Line 12
MPEG-2 User Data
ATSC A/53
Line 12
MPEG-2 User Data
Ancillary data
Line 14
MPEG-2 User Data
Timecode
As defined in the previous array (See 1.9.1 Features/Limitations)
ST 436
All
Use the line number defined in SMPTE ST
436 packet
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2.
Using OpenCube XFReader
2.1
Opening
OpenCube XFReader allows you to open an MXF or GXF file. Files can be opened by:

Dropping the file in the player;

Using the File/Open dialog box;

Using the open shortcut (Insert is the default shortcut).
“Close” allows you to close the current file and sets the player to the initial opening state.
Note
When using SDI output, only one instance of OpenCube XFReader can be
active at a time.
2.2
Playback
To play a loaded file:

Click on the “Play” button;

Or use the play/pause shortcut (the space bar is the default shortcut).
To stop playback:

Click on the “Stop” button;

Or use the stop shortcut (S is the default shortcut).
To switch the output from VGA to SDI (or vice versa):

Pause or stop the playback;

Then click on the SDI/VGA button or use the shortcut (D is the default shortcut).
To fast forward or fast rewind:

Click on the fast forward/rewind button. Each time the button is clicked, the fast
forward speed moves forward to the next one in the sequence.
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Or use the fast forward/rewind shortcut (+ for fast forward and - for fast rewind as the
default shortcut).
Note
With MXF OP-1b MPEG LongGop and Avid OP-Atom MPEG LongGop
sequences, fast play and rewind are not available.
Note
With MXF OP-1a MPEG LongGop sequence fast play and rewind are done
on IFrame; speed x2 will display one IFrame on two, x4 one IFrame on four.
2.3
Displaying Version, License, and Open
Documentation
The OpenCube XFReader version and license state can be displayed by selecting
“About” in the “?” pull-down menu.
Documentation can be opened by selecting the “Help” menu.
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3.
OpenCube XFReader User
Interface
3.1
Overview
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Part
Name
Description
1
Menu bar
The menu bar allows you to perform the following operations:

File: open and close MXF/GXF files and exit the application (see
2.1 - Opening).

Control: configure OpenCube XFReader (see 4 - Configuring
OpenCube XFReader).

?: display the OpenCube XFReader software version and
OpenCube XFReader documentation.

JPEG 2000: configure the JPEG 2000 decoder (see 4.3 - JPEG
2000).
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Part
Name
Description
2
Viewer area
The viewer area displays the video of the loaded file (if it contains a
video track). If you are using SDI output, the area remains empty.
3
Position bar
The position bar displays the file duration and frame position. The
cursor may be dragged to any frame. In pause mode, the left and right
buttons (located at each end of the progress bar) can be used to display
the next or the previous frame.
While the MXF file is recording, a “rec” indicator will appear and the
duration bar will blink until the file is closed.
4
Timecode area
This area displays the different timecodes in the file (see 3.2 Timecode Area).
5
Command
buttons
This area contains the command buttons of OpenCube XFReader (see
3.3 - Command Buttons).
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Subclip area
This area creates a subclip on the current MXF file (see 3.4 - Subclip
Area).
Note
Sidecar scc and mcc files are not subclipped.
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Audio track
area
This area displays the peak and dbFS audio level of each track; it also
allows you to commute track output (see 3.5 - Audio Track Area).
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Side panel
The side panel contains 3 different panels:
3.2

The metadata panel;

The log panel;

The ancillary panel.
Timecode Area
The timecode area displays the different timecodes available in the file.
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With MXF files, 3 timecodes are displayed:
Part
Name
Description
1
Material Package
timecode
This area displays the current Material Package
timecode. It is the playout timecode.
2
Source Package
timecode
This area displays the current Source Package
timecode.
3
System Item timecode
This area displays the current System Item
timecode.
Note
With GXF files, only the Material Package timecode is available.
When a timecode is not available, it is displayed as “--:--:--:--“.
Timecode disabled
Timecode enabled
You can seek to a specific frame by keying-in the timecode in the material package field
and pressing return to confirm. If the timecode is not valid, the seeking function will not
work and the frame cannot be located. If the timecode value is after TC OUT, then
playback will seek to the end.
3.3
Command Buttons
This function controls stream transmission:
Control
Description
Go to first or last frame.
Fast rewind or fast forward. You can increase/decrease the
speed of the sequence by clicking on these buttons.
Fast rewind speed: x1 x2 x4 x8 x16 x32 x64.
Fast forward speed: x2 x4 x8 x16 x32 x64.
Play or pause playback.
Stop playback.
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Description
Loop from start when playback reaches end.
Switch output playback mode.
Note
The speeds of fast rewind and fast forward commands can be configured
(see 4 - Configuring OpenCube XFReader).
3.4
Subclip Area
This area allows you to extract a subclip from the loaded file.
Control
Description
Establishes the IN point of the subclip. Playback will
use TC IN as the new starting point.
Establishes the OUT point of the subclip. Playback will
use TC OUT as the new end point.
Resets the TC IN and TC OUT to the loaded file value.
Starts the creation of the subclip. If you click on SAVE,
the created subclip can be opened in the current
window.
Note
Subclip creation is not supported for OP-Atom files (except P2), MXF with
external references and GXF files.
Note
Sidecar scc and mcc files are not subclipped.
3.5
Audio Track Area
This area displays the peak and dbFS audio level of each track; it also allows you to
commute track output. Only audio channels present in the source files are active. Audio
channels can be muted or unmuted by simply checking or unchecking the switch. The
application will split a multichannel track to stereo tracks.
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4 stereo and 4 mono tracks. All tracks are activated.
12 mono tracks. All tracks are activated.
Note
Audio splitting is not available for external reference audio tracks (OP-1b,
AS-02, etc.).
Note
Splitting behavior can be configured (see 4.2.3 - Audio).
3.6
Shortcuts
Most commands can be carried out using keyboard shortcuts. The default shortcuts are:
Command
description
Command key
Play/Pause toggle
Space bar
Play
P
Pause
B
Stop
S
Go to First frame
Home
Go to Last frame
End
Step forward
Right arrow
Step backward
Left arrow
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Command
description
Command key
Fast forward
+
Fast rewind
-
Loop toggle
L
SDI/VGA toggle
D
Open
Insert
Close
C
Note
Shortcuts can be configured (see 4 - Configuring OpenCube XFReader).
3.7
Side Panel
3.7.1 Overview
The side panel comprises by 3 panels:

The metadata panel;

The log panel;

The ancillary panel.
The side panel can be:
Control
Description
Minimized/Expanded.
Detached: using the float button or by double clicking on the title
bar.
Moved: to the right or left side by performing a drag and drop on
the right or left side of the OpenCube XFReader application.
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3.7.2 Metadata Panel
The metadata panel displays some of the structural metadata from the MXF file.
The following information is displayed:

Filename

Operational pattern

Last modification

Start timecode, duration and frame rate

Video essence codec and profile, raster, aspect ratio, number of field per KLV (for
JPEG 2000)

Audio essence format
Note
GXF metadata are not displayed in the metadata panel.
3.7.3 Log Panel
The log panel allows you to put logs on a file. The log list can be exported or imported as
an XML file.
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Part
Name
Description
1
New log
To create a new log.
2
Open log
To open an existing log. A log file can also be opened by
drag’n’dropping it in the Log panel.
3
Save
To save the log to the current file.
4
Save as
To save the log to a selected file.
5
New log
To add a log at the end of the log. By default, the log is
created with the current TC of the file.
6
Delete log
To delete the selected log.
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Log list
An array which contains all the logs of the file.
By selecting a log, you can edit it.
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9
Edit log
Position bar
To edit the current log selected into the list. You can modify:

The log color;

The log name;

The TC in of the log;

The TC out of the log.
Logs are displayed in the position bar.
3.7.4 Ancillary Panel
The ancillary panel allows you to select the ancillary source that is handled during
playback. It also displays some indicators showing if closed captions are present or not in
the stream.
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Part
Name
Description
1
Ancillary
source
This drop-down box allows you to select the ancillary source
available in the file. There are 5 values:

None: OpenCube XFReader does not use an ancillary
source.

ST 436: OpenCube XFReader uses the SMPTE ST 436
track available in the MXF file.

MPEG-2 User data: OpenCube XFReader uses:

o
The ATSC A/53 available in the MPEG-2 video
essence as a closed caption source;
o
The SMPTE ST 328 timecode available in the MPEG2 User data.
External: OpenCube XFReader supports the following
sidecar files:
o
SCC: OpenCube XFReader handles the CEA608
present in a scc sidecar file.
o
MCC: OpenCube XFReader handles the CEA708 and
CEA608 present in a mcc sidecar file.
Note
OpenCube XFReader does not handle the line and
field number information available in MCC v2 file
format.

VBI: The VBI present in the essence (D10) is sent to the
SDI.
Note
OpenCube XFReader reloads the file when the
ancillary source is changed.
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Part
Name
Description
2
CEA 608
This field shows if there are CEA608 channels available in the
ancillary source selected. CEA608 is detected in:
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4
CEA 708
OP47

The CDP of a SMPTE ST 436 track
(DID=0x61/SDID=0x01);

A SCC sidecar file;

A MCC sidecar file;

ATSC A/53 in MPEG-2 video essence.
This field shows if there are CEA 708 services available in the
ancillary source selected. CEA708 is detected in:

The CDP of a SMPTE ST 436 track
(DID=0x61/SDID=0x01);

A MCC sidecar file;

ATSC A/53 in MPEG-2 video essence.
This field shows if there are OP47 pages available in the
SMPTE ST 436 track (DID=0x43/SDID=0x02).
OpenCube XFReader will add automatically detected pages in
this field.
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Timecodes
This field shows the timecodes available in the ancillary data.
Depending the ancillary source selected by the user, the
following timecodes are displayed:

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ST 436:
o
ATC VITC: Displays VITC timecode embedded in the
DID=0x60/SDID=0x60;
o
ATC LTC: Displays LTC timecode embedded in the
DID=0x60/SDID=0x60;
o
ST 334 Timecode: Displays the timecode embedded
in the CDP of a SMPTE ST 436 track
(DID=0x61/SDID=0x01).
MPEG-2 User data:
o
ATC VITC: Displays VITC timecode embedded in the
SMPTE ST 328 of MPEG-2 video essence;
o
ATC LTC: Displays LTC timecode embedded in the
SMPTE ST 328 of MPEG-2 video essence.
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AFD
This field displays the Active Format Description (AFD, ST
2016-3) available in a SMPTE ST 436 track
(DID=0x41/SDID=0x05).
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Select
overlay
caption
This radio button enables the decoding and the display of the
current caption. This applies to VGA and SDI output.
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Note
SCC and MCC sidecar files are not supported while they are recording.
Note
You can change the default ancillary source. See 4.2.4 - Ancillary.
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4.
Configuring OpenCube XFReader
4.1
Overview
The Control menu allows you to configure the different OpenCube XFReader actions.
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2
3
4
5
Part
Name
Description
1
Display Advanced
Panel
If the box is unchecked, the audio track and subclip
areas are hidden.
2
Invert Field Order
(SDI)
This option is available only in the SDI output
configuration. It allows you to invert the field order
(bottom or top field first).
3
Original Size
This option resizes the application window to the video’s
original dimension (limited by the screen resolution).
Note
This option is not available in OpenCube
XFReader ActiveX.
4
Fit to the video
content
This option resizes the application window to best fit the
viewer video content.
Note
This option is not available in OpenCube
XFReader ActiveX.
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Configure
This menu allows you to configure the behavior of
OpenCube XFReader (see 4.2 - Configure option).
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JPEG 2000
This menu configures the quality of the JPEG 2000
decoding (see 4.3 - JPEG 2000 Menu).
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4.2
Configure option
4.2.1 General
Option
Description
Adjust the application
size to the video
content
When checked, OpenCube XFReader will adjust the
viewer area to best fit to the video content after a file is
loaded (this removes the empty space around the video
content).
Note
This option is not available in OpenCube
XFReader ActiveX.
Set SDI as default
output
This configures SDI to be the default output. If checked,
the output is done on SDI when a file is loaded (the output
mode can still be changed by clicking on the “output”
button).
Play starts
automatically
If the box is checked, OpenCube XFReader automatically
starts the playback when a file is loaded.
Return to the first
frame at the end of
the sequence
If the box is checked, OpenCube XFReader returns to the
first frame when it reaches the end of the file. If the box is
unchecked, playback remains on the last displayed frame.
FF/RW speed
sequence
You can define the speed sequence for fast forward and
fast rewind. Only positive base 2 values are authorized.
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Option
Description
Go to First/Last
Frame
This option configures the behavior of the “Go to First
Frame” and “Go to Last Frame” button. It can take one of
the following 3 values:

Media In/Out: The “Go to First Frame”/”Go to Last
Frame” button seek to the beginning/end of the file.

Next Log: The “Go to First Frame”/”Go to Last Frame”
button seek to each timecode in and timecode out of
the log.

Next Log (In only): The “Go to First Frame”/”Go to Last
Frame” button seek to each timecode in of the log.
4.2.2 Output
Overview
VGA
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By checking “Advanced De-interlacing”, you can display additional deinterlacing
parameters. This is the recommended mode. Disabling this option may result in rendering
issues, depending on the graphics board installed.
If the box “Activate De-interlacing” is unchecked, deinterlacing will be disabled on the
VGA output (depending on the video codec).
You can select the deinterlacing method by checking hardware or software acceleration
(software deinterlace can be performed even if hardware deinterlacing is checked,
depending on the graphics board and video stream used).
If you check the “Multi-monitor support” option you can move the OpenCube XFReader
window from one monitor to another without restarting the playout or OpenCube
XFReader.
Note
On a network not connected to the Internet, this mode can lengthen the time
it takes to open a file.
SDI
“Stereo Downmix” allows you to enable or disable the stereo downmix on the SDI output.
The “SDI Card” combo box allows you to select the SDI output card. If you change this
option, you will have to restart OpenCube XFReader.
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4.2.3 Audio
Overview
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Part
Name
Description
1
Track selection
You can select the number of simultaneous
audio channels:

‘All’ allows you to activate numerous tracks.

One or two allows you to activate one or two
channels at the same time.
2
Audio splitting
You can define how OpenCube XFReader will
split multichannel audio track. By default,
OpenCube XFReader splits multichannel audio
tracks to stereo tracks.
3
Enhanced Audio Mixing
The “Enhanced Audio Mixing” checkbox allows
you to choose between basic and enhanced
audio mixing modes. The basic mixing mode
averages out audio samples from each track.
The enhanced mixing mode takes each track
level into account, which means the output level
will not be lowered because of blank audio
tracks.
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Track Selection and Audio Splitting Examples
Name
Description
Simultaneous active channels is set to
two.
User activates track 3. The track is
stereo, so 2 channels are activated.
Simultaneous active channels is set to
two.
User activates track 6. Tracks are
mono, so track 5 and 6 are activated
(2 channels).
Simultaneous active channels is set to
one.
User activates track 4.
Simultaneous active channels is set to
one.
User activates track 1; as the
channels are dependent, two
channels are activated.
Simultaneous active channels is set to
all. All audio tracks are activated.
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4.2.4 Ancillary
The “Source priority” option configures the ancillary source priority that will be used by
OpenCube XFReader when it opens a file. See 3.7.4 - Ancillary Panel for a description of
each possible value.
4.2.5 Shortcuts
Keyboard command shortcuts can be changed. Simply select the command you want to
modify and then press the key to bind.
A key shortcut can only be assigned to one command. If you assign a new shortcut to a
command, it will unbind it from the previous assigned command.
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4.3
JPEG 2000 Menu
This menu entry is available only when you are playing JPEG 2000 MXF files.
Name
Description
Quality
This menu allows you to lower the decoding quality of the
JPEG 2000 stream. It is useful when you have a stream
that cannot be decoded in real time.
Note
When rendering on SDI output, the quality will be
set to “Full” and cannot be changed. Lowering
the quality reduces the output resolution and
results in SDI card incompatibility (it refuses the
stream because the raster generated is not
standard).
Skip frame
When checked, this option allows you to drop frames from
the decoder when the rendered frame rate is lower than
real time.
Note
This option is not available in SDI output mode.
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5.
OpenCube XFReader ActiveX
5.1
Overview
OpenCube XFReader ActiveX is an ActiveX object. An API allows the application to
control the playout and obtain information on the current player status.
In the Microsoft TestContainer application:
In Internet Explorer 9:
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5.2
Software Requirement
The ActiveX version of OpenCube XFReader can be embedded in any application that
supports ActiveX Com Server Object.
Internet Explorer version 9.0 is recommended.
5.3
How to Use OpenCube XFReader
ActiveX
To create the com server object, you have to:
1. Use the xfreader.tlb located in win32\bin (in the installation folder);
2. Use the CLSID f2d6f312-b0f6-11d0-94ab-0080c74c7e99. The object name is
UIXFReader.
The following array lists the functions available in OpenCube XFReader ActiveX.
Action
Description
Open a file

VARIANT_BOOL SetFileName([in] BSTR p_qsFile)
Allow to load a new file

BSTR GetFileName()
Return the current filename

VARIANT_BOOL Play()

VARIANT_BOOL Pause()

VARIANT_BOOL Stop()

VARIANT_BOOL Next()

VARIANT_BOOL Previous()

VARIANT_BOOL FastForward()
Each time the function is called, the fast forward speed
moves forward to the next one in the sequence

VARIANT_BOOL FastReverse()
Each time the function is called, the fast forward speed
moves forward to the next one in the sequence

VARIANT_BOOL First()

VARIANT_BOOL Last()

VARIANT_BOOL SeekTC([in] BSTR *p_qsCurrentTC)
Request a seek to specified timecode

BSTR GetCurrentTC2())
Return current timecode

void GetCurrentTC([in,out] BSTR *p_qsCurrentTC)
Deprecated. Get current timecode. Some language does not
support out parameter. Prefer using GetCurrentTC2()
Control the
playout
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Action
Description
Select the
output

VARIANT_BOOL ActivatedSDI()
Switch to SDI output (if available)

VARIANT_BOOL ActivatedVGA()
Switch to VGA output (if available)
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6.
SDI Board Installation Procedure
6.1
Install the Card Driver
6.1.1 Blackmagic
To install the SDI card driver, proceed as follows:
1. Get the Blackmagic Desktop Video package from the card package or from the
Blackmagic website (http://www.blackmagicdesign.com).
Note
The recommended driver version is 9.7.7.
2. Extract, and run the installer.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions.
6.1.2 DVS
To install the DVS driver, proceed as follows:
1. Download the DVS SDI card driver using the provided link. Once that is done, extract
the download package in the final destination.
Note
The recommended driver version is 4.3.5.8.
2. Run the dvsconf.exe application located in the win32\bin subfolder.
3. Use the browse button to select the driver corresponding to your DVS Card
(Centaurus II LT or Atomix LT).
4. Click the Install button.
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5. A new tab is now available named Card 0. If not, there may be an issue with the DVS
SDI card hardware installation.
6.2
Install the Card License
6.2.1 Blackmagic
The Blackmagic SDI board does not require any licenses.
6.2.2 DVS
The DVS board may have the license pre-installed.
To check the license, proceed as follows:
1. Use the Setup menu button.
2. Select “Info License”.
a) If the status area displays license information, then the license is already
installed:
b) If not, you have to install the license.
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To install the license, proceed as follows:
1. Use the Setup menu button, and select “Set Licence”.
2. Enter the license information provided with the DVS board in the field named “Key 1”,
then click Set Key 1.
Note
The number of the “Key” entry may be different.
6.3
Configure OpenCube XFReader
To configure OpenCube XFReader to use the Blackmagic or DVS board, proceed as
follows:
1. Run OpenCube XFReader, open the configuration dialog box (Menu
Control>Configure). Select the “Output” tab.
2. In the “SDI Card” dropdown box, select the right SDI board. Click OK, then quit and
restart OpenCube XFReader to apply.
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3. You can now switch the output to the SDI card by clicking on the SDI Button.
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