Micca MPLAY-HD 1080P Specification

Micca MPLAY-HD 1080P Specification
Mica 1000
1ME HD Video Switchers
Operators Manual
Mica
Software Version 2.1
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Warranty on all Mica Switchers
The Products will be of a professional quality, meet the specifications set forth in the
Product descriptions and are warranted to be free from defects in materials and
workmanship for a period of fourteen (14) months from shipment from Manufacturer.
Broadcast Pix will repair or, at its sole option, replace any component found to be faulty
on any system returned to the service center of Broadcast Pix in the USA for repair.
The costs of any visit to the customer's site are not included in the warranty. The cost of
returning Product to Broadcast Pix is the responsibility of the end user or the Dealer.
Dealer is authorized to deliver the Broadcast Pix warranty, as described above, to
purchasers of the Products and the Future Products. No software is to be added to the
product from any other source than Broadcast Pix, unless approved by Broadcast Pix,
or it will invalidate this warranty.
BROADCAST PIX MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTY, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, AND
PARTICULARLY EXCLUDES ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY
OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Made in the United States of America
© 2011 Copyright Broadcast Pix, Inc. October, 2011
Broadcast Pix, Mica, PixButtons, PixMaster, PixPad, iPixPad, iPixPanel, AutoAspect and SoftPanel are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc.
Other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.
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Table of Contents
Section 1
1.1
1.1.1
1.2
1.3
1.3.1
1.3.2
1.4
1.4.1
1.4.2
1.4.3
1.4.5
1.4.6
1.5
1.5.1
1.6
1.7
1.7.1
1.8
1.9
1.10
1.10.1
1.10.2
1.10.3
1.11
1.12
Installation and Getting Started
Mica Switcher
Mica Server
Mica System Installation
Broadcast Pix Mica 1000
System Contents
Wiring Diagram for a Mica 1000
Tally/GPIOs on the Mica Switcher
Optional Tally Box a Mica
Installing Optional 8 port Tally Box
Installing Optional 24 port Tally Box
Installing Tally Box Drivers
Installing Multiple Tally Boxes
Audio I/O
Audio Output Control
Running a Show
Mica I/O Assignments
AutoAspect Inputs
Troubleshooting
Input Timing
System Settings
Changing the Startup Show
Selecting between 60 and 50 Hz
Changing the Output Settings
Control Panel Installation
Back-Up Software
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Section 2
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.4.1
2.4.2
2.4.3
2.4.4
2.4.5
2.5
2.5.1
2.5.2
2.5.3
2.5.4
2.5.5
2.5.6
2.5.7
2.5.8
2.5.9
2.6
2.6.1
Broadcast Pix Concepts
Broadcast Pix Switcher Features
PixButtons for Executing with Confidence
Devices
Device Controls
Assigning the Device Controls
PixPad Navigation
Multi-View PixPad
PixPad Order Controls
Floating PixPads
Multi-View
Overview of the Multi-View
Sources on Multi-View
Keyer Windows on the Multi-View
Program/Preview Overlays on the Multi-View
Counters
Basic Switching on Multi-View
Advanced Switching on Multi-View
Floating Monitors
Clocks on the Multi-View
List of Screen Resolutions
Adjusting the Windows Desktop Screen Resolution
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Section 3
3.0
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.5.1
3.5.2
3.5.3
3.5.4
3.5.5
3.5.6
3.5.7
3.5.8
3.5.9
3.5.10
3.5.11
3.5.12
3.6
3.7
3.7.1
3.7.2
3.7.3
3.7.4
3.7.5
3.8
PixMaster Show Editor
PixMaster Storage System
Creating a New Show
Selecting an Existing Show to Edit
Editing a Show
Editing a Show’s Content
Reordering, Adding or Removing Content
To Reorder Content
To Reorder a Group of Content
Adding content from the central Library
Adding a group of content from the central library
Manually Importing Content
Importing Content into a Subfolder
Fluent Watch Folders
Resizing and Softening Images
Previewing Content
Renaming Content
Removing Content from a Show
Permanently Deleting Content from the Library
Show Content Summary
Editing Show Settings
Switcher Sources Assignments
Adding Wildcard Devices
Show Memories
Global Naming of Memories
Custom Images on Memory PixButtons
Tally Remapping
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Section 4
4.0
4.0.1
4.1
4.1.1
4.1.2
4.2
4.2.1
4.2.2
4.2.3
4.2.4
4.3
4.3.1
4.3.2
4.3.3
4.3.4
4.3.5
4.4
4.4.1
4.4.2
4.4.3
4.4.4
4.4.5
4.4.6
4.4.7
4.5
4.5.1
4.5.2
4.5.3
4.5.4
4.6
4.7
4.7.1
4.7.2
4.7.3
4.8
4.8.1
4.9
Production Switcher
Switcher Controls
Tally
Video Sources
Accessing Inputs 10-18 with Shift
Lock Shift
Transitions
Transition Preview
Background Cut Transition
Background Mix Transition
Background Effects Transition
Transition Effects
Effects Styles and PixButtons
Selecting a New Effect by Number
Changing Effect Transition Rates
Reversing an Effect
Modifying an Effect
Keys
Key Controls
Assigning a Source to Keys 1-3
Direct Keys Control
Transitioning Keys with other keys or with the Background
Pro Transition Mode
Modifiers for Keyers
To Change the Key Fade Rate
DVE Boxes (Picture in Picture)
To Create a DVE Box:
Modifying a DVE Box
Multiple DVE Boxes
Accessing Keys 4-6
Source Controls
Chromakey
Activating the Chromakey
Settings for the Chromakey
Adjusting the Chromakey
Luma Key
Activating & Adjusting the Luma key
Fluent Controls
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Section 4
4.10
4.10.1
4.10.2
4.11
4.11.1
4.11.2
4.11.3
4.11.4
4.11.5
4.11.6
4.11.7
4.11.8
4.12
4.12.1
4.12.2
4.12.3
4.13
4.13.1
4.13.2
4.13.3
4.13.4
4.13.5
4.13.6
4.13.7
4.13.8
4.13.9
4.14
Production Switcher
External Key
To Setup the External Key
External Key Operation
Auxiliary Output Control
Aux Out on Mica 1000
Assigning Output Sources
PowerAux Control
Optional Remote Panels
Remote Panel Wiring
Remote Panel Configuration
Remote Panel Setup
Remote Panel Operation
SnapShot Memories
Saving a Mem
Recalling a Mem
Recalling a Mem by number
Fluent Macros
Opening the Macros Interface
Recording a Macro
Editing a Macro
Inserting Actions
Reviewing Macro
Assigning Macros in the Macro Player
Running Macros in the Macro Player
Playing back files not in shows
Alpha Wipes
Fail-Safe On-Air Production
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Section 5
5.1
5.1.1
5.2
5.2.1
5.2.2
5.3
5.3.1
5.3.2
5.3.3
5.3.4
5.4
5.4.1
5.4.2
5.5
5.5.1
5.5.2
5.5.3
5.5.4
5.6
5.7
5.8
5.9
5.9.1
5.9.2
5.9.3
5.9.4
5.9.5
5.9.6
5.9.7
5.9.8
5.9.9
CG and Graphics
CG Installation
TitleMotion GS Canvas
Creating Still CG Graphics
Exporting a Still Graphic from Inscriber to Broadcast Pix
Exporting Graphics from Photoshop to Broadcast Pix
CG Rolls and Crawls
To Create CG Rolls or Crawls
Playing a Roll or Crawl
Motion Controls for Rolls and Crawls
Modifiers for Rolls and Crawls
Updating CG Graphics On-the-Fly
Quick .Scribe Editing
Overwriting a File
Animation Store
Creating an Animated CG Graphic
Creating Animations in 3rd Party Applications
Basic Animation Store Operation
Modifiers for Animations
Basic CG & Stills Operation
Preparing Still Content
Using International Characters with Inscriber
Optional Fluent Rapid CG Software
Rapid CG Installation
Rapid CG Setup
Adding the RTX Tags
Rapid CG Overview
Content Panel
Editor Panel
Data Panel
Action Buttons Panel
Project Files
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Section 6
6.1
6.1.1
6.1.2
6.1.3
6.1.4
6.1.5
6.2
6.2.1
6.2.2
6.3
6.3.1
6.3.2
6.3.3
6.3.4
6.3.5
6.3.6
6.3.7
6.3.8
6.3.9
6.3.10
6.4
6.4.1
6.5
6.5.1
6.5.2
6.5.3
6.5.4
6.5.5
6.5.6
6.5.7
Clip Store
Clip Store Playout
To Select a Clip by Name
To Select a Clip by Number
Selecting a Clip with the Multi-View
Viewing More Clips in the Library
Creating Clip Thumbnails
Clip Motion Controls
Clip Counter
Clip Motion Control on the Multi-View
Clip Modifiers
Mark In and Out Points
Auto Start
Auto Stop
Auto Rewind
Loop Clips
Cut Points
Auto Transition
Auto Next
AutoAspect Controls
Scrubbing a Clip
Compressed Clips
Exporting Compressed Clips from Final Cut Pro
Optional External DDR Control
Installing the External DDR Control Option
Verifying Installation of External DDR Control Software
Adding DDR Control to a Show
Selecting Clips to Access
Controlling External DDR
DDR Controls
Accessing More Channels
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Section 7
7.1
7.2
7.2.1
7.3
7.3.1
7.3.2
7.4
7.4.1
7.5
7.5.1
7.5.2
7.6
7.7
7.7.1
7.7.2
7.7.3
7.7.4
7.7.5
7.8
7.9
7.10
7.10.1
7.10.2
7.10.3
7.11
7.11.1
7.11.2
7.12
7.12.1
7.12.2
7.13
7.13.1
7.14
7.14.1
7.15
7.15.1
Optional Device Controls
Camera Control Option
Installation of Sony Cameras
Sony Wiring Configurations
Installation of Hitachi Cameras
One Camera Installation
Multi-Camera Installation
Installation of Panasonic Cameras
Panasonic Wiring Configurations
Installation of Telemetrics Camera Systems
Telemetrics Wiring Configurations
Telemetrics Dip Switch Settings
Adding Camera Control Option to an Existing System
Camera Control Device Settings
Sony Camera Control Settings
Hitachi Camera Control Settings
Setting the Camera Numbers for Hitachi Camera Control
Panasonic Camera Control Settings
Telemetrics Camera Control Settings
Adding Camera Control to a Show
Selecting Camera Control in a Production
Controlling a Camera Manually
Motion Controls for Hitachi Camera Control
Motion Controls for Panasonic Camera Control
Motion Controls for Telemetrics Camera Control
Setting Camera Preset Positions
Recalling Preset Camera Positions
Recall Speed for Hitachi Preset Positions
Hitachi Camera Control Settings
Travel Limits of Tilt and Pan
Adjusting CCU Functions
Sony Camera Control Settings
Adjusting CCU Functions
Panasonic Camera Control Settings
Adjusting CCU Functions
Telemetrics Camera Control Settings
Adjusting CCU Functions
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Section 7
7.16
7.16.1
7.16.2
7.16.3
7.16.4
7.17
7.17.1
7.17.2
7.17.3
7.17.4
7.17.5
7.18
7.18.1
7.18.2
7.18.3
7.18.4
7.18.5
Optional Audio-Follow-Video Control
Enabling Audio Follow
Activating Audio Follow
Audio Follow Setup
Audio Follow Operation
Streamer Control
Installing Streamer Control
Adding Streamer Control to a Show
Streamer Control Settings
Selecting Streamer Control in a Production
Controlling a Streamer Group
KiPro Control
Installing KiPro Control
Adding KiPro Control to a Show
KiPro Control Settings
Selecting KiPro Control in a Production
Controlling a KiPro Unit
Section 8
8.1
8.2
8.3
8.4
8.5
8.5.1
8.5.2
8.6
8.7
8.8
8.9
8.10
Device Controls Continued
Team Operation
Optional Multi-Panel Support
Opening a SoftPanel
Locking Panels Together
Viewing just a portion of the SoftPanel
Adding a Separate Graphics Operator
Two Operators with Separate Graphics Operator and 1 Panel
Two Operators with Separate Graphics Operator and 2 Panels
Two Operators with Two Computers
Remote Operator in the Back Room
Dual Panels for Back-Up Redundancy
Remote Control from a Distance
Remote Control from an iPhone/iPod/iPad
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Appendix
A.1
A.2
A.3
A.4
A.5
Upgrading the Broadcast Pix Software
Installing System Options
Control Panel Internal Operation
Mica System Specifications
Broadcast Pix Contact Information
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Section 1:
Installation and Getting Started
Thank you for purchasing a Broadcast Pix Mica Video Production System, soon you will
be experiencing how we have redefined the video production switcher.
Take note to which model and/or option you have purchased and refer to that section in
this manual prior to using your Broadcast Pix Switcher.
Please refer to the Quick Start Guide for preliminary installation of your system, which is
included inside the Mica System box in the ‘Open Me First’ envelope.
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1.1 Mica Switcher
The Mica System consists of an integrated design, which includes both a Server and
Video Switcher, as shown below. All Mica Systems have 8 HD/SD-SDI inputs, plus 1 Key
Cut input and 6 HD/SD-SDI outputs, plus 2 DVI-D outputs. Live video sources can be
synchronous and/or asynchronous, and auto detect 1080i/59.94, 720p/59.94,1080i/50,
720p/50, 486i/29.97 and 576i/25. The Mica Switcher supports the standards: SMPTE
296M, SMPTE 274M, ITU-R BT601-5, SMPTE 259M and SMPTE 292M.
The DVI-D outputs are used for monitoring Program, Preview, PowerAux or Clean Feed
on inexpensive monitors or for feeding a video projector. The DVI outputs support the
video standard of 1920x1080i at 59.94/50Hz. Note that depending on your device the
DVI signal may or may not be accepted.
Back Panel Connections:
SDI Video Outputs
Analog Audio
Outputs
Power Tally
Supply GPIO
DVI-D Video Outputs
Serial
Control
SDI Video Inputs
Control Panel
Network
Reference I/O
Multi-View House Network
Base 10/100/1000
Output
DVI-I & DVI-D
NOTE: It is not recommended to have long SDI cable runs over 200 meters (655 feet) for SD and 100
meters (325 feet) for HD and 8 meters (25 feet) for DVI, as signal quality will be degraded. For longer
runs, it is necessary to install video amplifiers/reclockers to boost the signal, although external
components may increase overall system delay.
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1.1.1 Mica Server
The Mica Server is the host machine that runs the BP Switcher application and the
Fluent Workflow Software on an embedded version of Microsoft Windows XP. All
graphics, animations, clips and show files are stored on the Server. All graphics,
animations and show files live on the Systems C hard drive, which is the removable
tray in the front of the unit, and all the clips live on the Video D drive, which is
mounted internally in the system.
The Mica System has a front door, which can be latched shut and also locked with
the supplied keys in the Accessories bag.
Front Panel:
USB 2.0 Ports
Power Switch
Reset Switch
Status Lights
CD/DVD R/W
System C Drive
NOTE: The System hard drive is removable, but are not hot-swappable.
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1.2 Mica System Installation
The Mica System is a 4 Rack Unit (RU) frame and can be mounted in a standard 19”
rack from the front. The supplied rack ears can be used to secure the system into a
rack. It is highly recommended to use a rear support/shelf or use the available sliding
rack rails to provide the proper rear support when attached with multiple/heavy
cables.
In addition there are 4 rear feet, which may be used to stand the unit up right without
harming the rear BNC connections. This is usually helpful when unpacking the unit or
servicing the unit.
Both the rack ears and rear feet are removable to make the system fit in various
equipment racks.
Mica System Dimensions:
19 in
48 cm
21.5 in
54.6 cm
22.5 in
57.1 cm
17.25 in
43.8 cm
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1.3 Broadcast Pix Mica 1000
1.3.1 Mica 1000 System Contents
The Broadcast Pix Mica 100 is comprised of the following standard components:
Broadcast Pix Software,
Showing the Multi-View
Software:
BPswitcher V2
Inscriber TitleMotion GS
HD Character Generator
Microsoft Windows XP FES, SP3
(Monitor not included )
Broadcast Pix
SoftPanel
Broadcast Pix
1ME Control Panel
Mica System
Keyboard and mouse
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Broadcast Pix Mica 1000 System Includes:
Hardware
1 M/E Control Panel
Mica System
Inscriber USB Dongle, installed internally in the Server at the factory
USB Keyboard
USB Mouse
Network Crossover Cable (to connect panel to Server)
Software
Broadcast Pix Software V2
Inscriber TitleMotion GS Character Generator
Microsoft Windows XP FES Service Pack 3
Requirements
To install a system you will also need:
At least one computer monitor (at least 1280x1024 resolution)
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1.3.2 Wiring Diagram for Mica 1000
Top I/O
Live Inputs
Auto-Detect HD/SD-SDI
(Cameras, tape decks, etc.)
Blackburst/Tri Level
In 1
In 2
In 3
In 4
In 5
In 6
In 7
In 8 (or Key Fill)
In K (Key Cut)
Ref In
Out 1
Out 2
Out 3
Out 4
Out 5
Out 6
HD/SD-SDI
Assignable in
Mica Output
Assignments
1 & 3 are Failsafe
DVI 1
DVI 2
1920x1080i
Ref Out
Program/Preview/PowerAux
Blackburst
Clip Audio L
Clip Audio R
Animation Audio 1 L
Animation Audio 1 R
8 GPI
File transfer for
clips/graphics
8 Tally
8 GPO
Slot 3
House
Network
10/100/1000BASE
Slot 6
Multi-View 1
Display Port
(DVI-D adaptor included)
Multi-View 2
DVI-I
(VGA adaptor included)
Crossover Cat5 Cable from
Control Panel
BP Control
100BASE
Keyboard USB
Mouse USB
Mica System
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1.4 Tally/GPIO on the Mica Switcher
The Mica Switcher has a total of 8 Tally outputs for the 8 switcher inputs plus 8 General
Purpose Outputs (GPOs) and 8 General Purpose Inputs (GPIs) through one DP-25 pin
connector. The standard tallies are open collector driver circuits that can either sink
current or provide a TTL level logic interface. The tally outputs are triggered when
sources are sent to Program (red) on the switcher.
Each tally contact can sink current to ground when active and have a weak pull up to
+5V when off. They can either be used to turn on a light or activate a circuit by sinking
current to ground or could be used in an environment that is looking for a 0 to + 5V logic
level. The maximum current is 350ma DC and the maximum voltage is +12V DC.
The GPIs are used to trigger switcher functions through the use of Fluent Macros. More
GPIOs may be added to a Mica system by attaching external 8 port tally boxes, as
described in section 1.4.1. To assign Macros to GPIs see section 4.12
The GPIs are TTL level inputs and active on low or contact closure to ground. Pin 13 on
the GPI connector is ground, as shown below.
Tally/GPIO Connector:
Pin
Function
Pin
Function
1
Input 1
14
GPO 5
2
Input 2
15
GPO 6
3
Input 3
16
GPO 7
4
Input 4
17
GPO 8
5
Input 5
18
GPI 1
6
Input 6
19
GPI 2
7
Input 7
20
GPI 3
8
Input 8
21
GPI 4
9
GPO 1
22
GPI 5
10
GPO 2
23
GPI 6
11
GPO 3
24
GPI 7
12
GPO 4
25
GPI 8
13
GND
Pin 25
Pin 1
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1.4.1 Optional Tally Box on the Mica 1000
There are 2 tally box options for Mica Switchers to provide a contact closure/relay
connection in addition to the standard open collector tally on the Mica Switcher. The tally
boxes are stand-alone: Sense & Switch 8 and a Measurement Computing USB-ERB24
that plug into the Server via a USB connection. Up to 11 external tally/GPIO boxes may be
connected along with the build in tally/GPO on the Granit Switcher for a maximum 96 GPIs
and 288 GPOs.
The Sense & Switch 8 provides 8 relays for tally output to your camera control units and 8
isolated inputs for General Purpose Inputs contact points for triggering Macros. Up to 8
external sources plugged into the Mica Input board can be tallied, as shown by the diagram
below.
Input 1 on the Mica card corresponds to ‘0’ on Tally Box
Input 2 on the Mica card corresponds to ‘1’ on Tally Box
Input 3 on the Mica card corresponds to ‘2’ on Tally Box
Input 4 on the Mica card corresponds to ‘3’ on Tally Box
Input 5 on the Mica card corresponds to ‘4’ on Tally Box
Input 6 on the Mica card corresponds to ‘5’ on Tally Box
Input 7 on the Mica card corresponds to ‘6’ on Tally Box
Input 8 on the Mica card corresponds to ‘7’ on Tally Box
Each relay contact is rated at 6 amps at 120 volts AC or 28 volts DC. The convenient
screw terminals can accept cable from 12 to 22 AWG.
NOTE: The ‘Inputs Contacts’ (IP A/B) are for General Purpose Inputs (GPI). The ‘Relay Contacts’ are for
Tally. ‘NO’ for Normally Open, ‘C’ for Common or Ground, ‘NC’ for Normally Closed.
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1.4.2 Installing the Optional 8 Port Tally Box:
Run a set of wires from each terminal in the Tally Box to each terminal on your camera/
camera unit, one to Program and the other to the Ground, as shown below.
‘NO’ (Normally Open) goes to Program and ‘C’ (Common) goes to Ground.
‘NC’ (Normally Closed) is not used.
The Tally box uses one of the Servers USB ports, and needs to be plugged into an
electrical socket with the supplied power supply.
CAMERA 1
CAMERA 2
CAMERA 3
* Camera Control Unit will vary depending on manufacturer.
2 LEDs should illuminate when power is connected: External Power should be solid
green, Status solid green when connected to the Server and flashing green when the
Server is communicating to the tally box.
NOTE: The Tally Box does not supply any voltage for tally. Voltage must be provided by your
Camera Control Units or other source. The Tally Box only opens and closes the tally circuit.
Check your Camera Control Unit’s user manual for more information.
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1.4.3 Installing the 24 Port Tally Box:
The Measurement Computing USB-ERB24 tally box provides 24 relay contacts for up to
24 camera/sources. It fits into a standard 19” wide rack and comes standard with racking
ears and uses convenient screw terminals that accepts cable from 12 to 22 AWG. Each
contact is rated a 6 amps at 240 volts AC. The box uses one of the Servers USB ports,
and needs to be plugged into an electrical socket with the supplied power supply.
This tally box does not have GPIs, if more than the 8 standard GPIs are needed, then the
8 port tally box may also be used.
Installing the Optional Tally Box:
1. 
Run a set of wires from each terminal in the Tally Box to each terminal on your
camera/camera unit, one to Program and the other to the Ground, as shown below.
‘NO’ (Normally Open) goes to Program and ‘C” (Common) goes to Ground.
‘NC’ (Normally Closed) is not used.
2. 
Plug in the supplied USB B to USB A cable. One end in any port of the Server, the
other in the USB IN port of the tally box.
3. 
Plug in the supplied power supply into Power In 9VDC port of the tally box.
2 LEDs should illuminate: PWR should be solid green when the power is plugged
in, USB solid green when connected to the Server and flashing green when the
Server is communicating to the tally box.
CAMERA 1
CAMERA 2
CAMERA 3
* Camera Control Unit will vary depending on manufacturer.
NOTE: The Tally Box does not supply any voltage for tally. Voltage must be provided by your
Camera Control Units or other source. The Tally Box only opens and closes the tally circuit.
Check your Camera Control Unit’s user manual for more information.
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1.4.4 Installing Optional Tally Box Drivers
When the tally box option is purchased it may be plugged in and connected, as the drivers
are already pre-loaded on all Mica systems from the factory. However, it is recommended
that you start the InstaCal Program and test the tally box prior to using it with your system,
see steps 6 – 9 below.
In addition you will need to install an option code, as described in section A.2, which can
be obtained from Technical Support, if not already provided on the Option Code Card.
To install the drivers:
1. 
Insert the Measurement Computing driver disc into the CD tray of the
workstation.
2.
Navigate to the CD drive (Drive E), and double-click on the Measurement
Computing icon. This will open the install window, as shown below left.
3. 
Click on the Install button to install the drivers.
4. 
Once the drivers are installed a pop-up window will appear confirming the
installation. Click on the Finish button to save and exit the installation process.
5.
Connect the tally box to the workstation with the supplied USB cable and plug-in the
power with the supplied power supply to an electrical socket.
6.
To confirm the installation, navigate to the Start Menu, All Program, Measurement
Computing, InstaCal. This will launch the InstaCal software program, as shown
below center.
7. 
Your tally box device will appear under the Universal Serial Bus section. Click on
the Digital Test button, to confirm communication to the tally box. This will open up
the Board Test window, as shown below right.
8. 
Click on the Test button. You should hear the tally box click once, if the installation
was successful. If not, check your connections to the tally box and to the workstation.
9.
Close all the windows in InstaCal, you are now ready to use the tally box.
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1.4.5 Installing Multiple Tally Boxes
A standard system usually uses one tally box, however multiple tally boxes may be
installed on a Broadcast Pix system. Multiple tally boxes expands the number tally outputs
as well the number of General Purpose Inputs and Outputs (GPIOs), which can be used
with Fluent Macros. Installation is the same, as described in section 1.4.4, however each
tally box must be assigned to a specific board number.
To assign multiple tally boxes:
1. 
Ensure that the Measurement
Computing/InstaCal software is installed,
as described in section 1.4.4, and open
the InstaCal software by navigating to
Start Menu, All Programs, Measurement
Computing, InstaCal.
2.
Your tally box devices will appear under
the Universal Serial Bus section, as
shown on the right.
Right-click on a device, and a pop-up
menu will appear.
3.
Select Change Board #..., as shown on
the right. Up to 11 external tally GPIO boxes
may be connected.
4.
In the Use Board Number window, select
the desired board number.
0 (zero) is the first tally box used for
GPIs 9-16, 1 is the second tally box
used for GPIOs 17-24, etc.
5.
Click on OK.
6.
Close all the windows to InstaCal, by
clicking on the Red X in the top right
corner.
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1.5 Audio I/O
All Mica systems do not do any internal audio mixing, all mixing needs to be done
externally. For automated control of external audio mixers, see section 7.14. One clip
store and 2 animation stores are included on all Mica Systems. The clip store and 1
animation store can be used with or without audio. Output 1 is used for Clip store out and
Output 2 is used for Animation store channel 1 out.
The 4 XLR output connectors on the Mica Switcher are analog audio with a balanced line
level signal.
The 2 XLR input connectors are reserved for future use.
Clip store
Left Out
Clip store
Right Out
Animation
store 1
Left Out
Animation
store 1
Right Out
Pin
Function
1
GND
2
+
3
-
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1.5.1 Audio Output Control
The audio output on all Mica Systems conforms to the SMPTE RP155 specifications,
where -20dBFS = 0dB = +4dBu. Depending on the external equipment you are attaching
the output to and depending on how your clips have been encoded, the audio output
may have to be attenuated for proper sounding audio. For reference Final Cut Pro and
Adobe Premiere for the most part use -12dBFS as 0dB, clips rendered from these
applications may sound louder if the output is not attenuated properly.
The audio output from the Mica system is in time with the clip/animation video, since all
Mica Systems have extremely low delay (see section 1.10), the clip and animation audio
may need to be advanced to compensate for any downstream delay added by the user.
For example in a studio environment, you may choose to delay your master audio output
from the audio mixer by the total amount of video processing delay, i.e. 33ms, in this
case the clip and animation audio will need to be advanced separately by another 33ms
or 1 frame. In installations where each audio line has it’s own delay, like on many newer
digital audio mixers, than the clip and animation audio will not need to be advanced.
Control for both of these settings can be down through the Audio Tab of the System
Setting window, which is accessed once a show is loaded, see section 1.7.
To attenuate the audio output:
1. 
In BPswitcher, click on Setup and a
drop down window will appear, then select
System Settings… as shown on the right.
2. 
In System Settings window, click on the
Audio Tab, which will bring up the
various audio settings.
3. 
In the Audio Output Attenuation section,
move the sliders for both the Clip Store
and Animation Store, according to your
encoded video files.
The bottom of the section has 4 shortcut
radio buttons, -20dBFS for 0dB, -12dBFS
for -8dB, -6dBFS for -14dB and 0 dBFS
for -20dB.
4. 
Click on the OK button.
This will close the System Settings window.
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To advance the audio output:
1. 
In BPswitcher, click on Setup and a
drop down window will appear, then select
System Settings… as shown on the right.
The System Settings window will appear,
as shown on the bottom right.
2. 
In System Settings window, click on the
Audio Tab, which will bring up the
various audio settings.
3. 
In the Clip audio advance text box,
enter a number from 0 to 15 frames.
The number entered will advance both the
Clip Store and Animation Store. Normally
this number will be any where from 0 to 3
frames depending on how the video and audio
is delayed.
An application restart is necessary for this
setting to take affect.
4. 
Click on the OK button.
This will close the System Settings window.
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1.6 Running a Show
Broadcast Pix has a concept of shows, which contain custom I/O settings and specific
content for each of your own productions. To run the switcher a show file needs to be
running from the Broadcast Pix Switcher application. To create or modify a show see
section 3 of this manual, which talks about PixMaster Show Editor.
A show can be set to auto-load when the Switcher application is started and the
Switcher application can be set to auto-start when the Server is turned on. When the
system comes from the factory the application loads with an empty Multi-View. To run
the Broadcast Pix system and to use a control panel a show must be loaded. A show is
running when the Multi-View is filled with content/video.
To Run a Show:
1. 
Double-click on the Broadcast Pix Switcher
application on the desktop, and a Welcome
Screen will appear.
To have the application auto-start when the
Server is turned on, add the Broadcast Pix
Switcher shortcut to the Windows Startup
folder.
2. 
The Welcome Screen is intended to configure
your system the first time it is started.
Select the Video Standard of your system,
either 60Hz / NTSC or 50Hz / PAL.
3. 
If any options have been purchased, they may
be enabled in the Enable your Software
Options section. Options are items like camera
control and more keyers.
Refer to the Option Code Card for a list of
purchased options with their corresponding
option code.
Select the desired option from the Select
option to enable: drop down menu.
Enter the option code in the Enter option key
code: text field.
Click on the Enable Option button.
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4. 
To not have the Welcome Screen appear on each
application launch, place a check mark next to
Ignore Welcome Screen at next startup.
5. 
Click on the Close Welcome Screen button, as
shown on the right.
6.
The Load Show window will appear listing the
available shows, as shown on the right.
Select on one of the listed shows, on a new
system select the Sample Show 60 or 50 Hz,
based off the Video Standard selected in the
previous steps.
7.
Click on the Open button.
A video initialization progress window will appear,
please wait unit the Multi-View is loaded with
video, this may take a few minutes.
Once the progress window disappears you are
now ready to start using your Broadcast Pix Mica
System.
To Change what Show is Running:
1. 
In BPswitcher, click on Broadcast Pix menu
icon.
2. 
Select the File menu, then select Load Show…,
as shown on the right.
3. 
The Load Show window will appear with the
various saved shows. Select the desired show
and click on Open.
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1.7 Mica I/O Assignments
The Mica IO Assignments window is used to configure each input and output. Inputs 1-8 on
the Mica Input board are general purpose video inputs that may be used for cameras,
VTRs, and feeds from servers and other external video devices. Any input/output
connected to the I/O cards on the Mica Switcher needs to be configured with this
assignment window to ensure proper operation. All the settings in the Mica IO Assignments
window are show-based, meaning that they are remembered on a show by show basis.
All inputs auto-detect between 1080i, 720p and 486i/576i and can accept synchronous and
a-synchronous sources. You may assign a custom name, select a button icon and assign
the proper aspect ratio and treatment for each source.
The Mica outputs are paired with a fixed assignment:
Output 1: Program 1080i / Output 2: Clean Feed 1080i
Output 3: Program 1080i, 720p or SD / Output 4: CleanFeed at the same format as Out 3
Output 5: Preview 10809, 720p or SD / Output 5: PowerAux at the same format at Out 5
The SD outputs are selectable between 486i/576i with a treatment.
To access the Mica I/O assignments window, the Mica System must be turned on, as
described in the Quick Start Guide, and the BPswitcher application must be loaded with a
show loaded.
To Assign the Mica Input Assignments:
1. 
Start the Broadcast Pix application and
load a show, as described in section 1.6.
2. 
Click on the Broadcast Pix menu button
icon, as shown on the right. The menu
button is usually found in the top right
corner of the Multi-View.
3. 
In the drop down menu, select the Setup
menu and sdelect the Mica IO
Assignments… option, as shown on the
right.
4. 
The Mica IO Assignments window will
appear as, shown on the right.
Select the Input Assignments button.
NOTE: You may also access this menu from the PixMaster menu under File-Edit Show and select
the IO Setup button.
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5.
For each input select the Input Name, which will
determine what name appears on the top line of
the source monitor on the Multi-View and the
Label, which will determine what name appears
on the bottom line of the source monitor on the
Multi-View and what name will appear on the
PixButton on the control panel.
Use the drop down menus to select from the
pre-defined names in the list.
6.
To assign a custom Name and/or Label, click on
the Manage Custom Names… button, as shown
on the right.
The Mange custom names and labels will open, as
shown on the right.
To add a custom Label, select the Labels tab and
enter a custom label in the text field then click on
the Add Label button. The custom label will
appear in the white space above and may be
sorted up or down the list with the arrow buttons.
To add a custom Name, select the Names tab and
enter a custom label in the text field then click on
the Add Name button. The custom name will
appear in the white space above and may be
sorted up or down the list with the arrow buttons.
To remove a custom name or label click on the
Remove Label or Remove Name button.
Click on the OK button to save and apply the
custom Names and Labels to their drop down list.
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7.
For each input select Icon Type, which will
determine which icon will appear on the Control
Panel and SoftPanels.
Select the drop down menu and select either:
Camera, VTR, None, Router, Computer, Server,
DVD, Satellite or Truck, as shown on the right.
Note that only Input 9/K may be used as the Key
Cut signal, and Input 8 as the Key Fill signal.
If no External Keyer is used, then Input K may not
be used as another live input, however Input 8
can.
8.
For each input select its native video Aspect Ratio,
either 16:9 or 4:3 from the Aspect Ratio drop down
menu.
Use the Aspect Correction drop down menu to
select the desired treatment that will be applied
when using this source in a show that has the
opposite aspect ratio.
You may also set these settings from the control
panel with Source Controls, see section 4.6.
9.
Click on the OK button to save and close the Input
Assignments window.
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To Assign the Mica Output Assignments:
1. 
Repeat steps 1 through 3 above, to open the Mica
I/O Assignments window.
2. 
Click on the Output Assignments button, as
shown on the right, and the Mica Output
Assignments window will open, as shown above.
3. 
For SDI Outputs 3 & 4 select the desired format for
the Program MD and Cleanfeed MD outputs either:
1080i - 16:9, 720p - 16:9, 486i/576 - 16:9, 486i/
576 - 4:3, None, 486i/576 - 4:3, Box or 486i/576 4:3, Crop
4.
For SDI Outputs 5 & 6 select the desired format for
the Preview and PowerAux outputs either: 1080i 16:9, 720p - 16:9, 486i/576 - 16:9, 486i/576 - 4:3,
None, 486i/576 - 4:3, Box or 486i/576 - 4:3, Crop
Note if PowerAux is not enabled as a bus mode, no
signal will be sent out the PowerAux output.
5. 
For DVI Outputs 1 & 2 select the desired function
either: Program, Preview, Clean Feed or
PowerAux 1 (if enabled), as shown on the right.
Both DVI outputs are are fixed at the video
resolution of 1920x1080i 50/60Hz.
Note that depending on your input device the DVI
signal may or may not be accepted.
6.
Click on the OK button to save and close the
Output Assignments window. In the Mica IO
Assignments window, click on the OK button to
close the window.
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1.7.1 AutoAspect Inputs
AutoAspect solves the many challenges of mixing 4:3 and 16:9 content in the same
production. It enables 16:9 and 4:3 inputs to be used interchangeably and mixed
together in the same live production, while maintaining the native aspect ratio of each
element rather than stretching them. Each input can be set to one of 4 aspect
treatments, three of which preserve the native aspect ratio. Conventional switchers
can only stretch video when crossing aspect ratios, causing people to look too wide
or too thin.
Box
4
ways
Crop
14:9
None
(Stretch)
The Illustration above shows the four ways that a 4:3 source can be treated in a 16:9
production. If None is selected, then the image is stretched to fill the space, as is
done on other switchers, and the result makes the person look too wide. If one of the
other three treatments are selected than the original aspect ratio of the source is
preserved, and the person does not look too wide.
NOTE: When the show is set to the same aspect ratio as the source’s native aspect ratio, then no aspect
treatment will be performed. When the show is set to the opposite aspect ratio, than the selected
treatment will be applied. See section 1.12.3 for setting the show’s aspect ratio
NOTE: When a source is treated, it will appear with that treatment on all video outputs, and on the
program and preview windows of the Multi-View, the source monitors will show only the native aspect
ratio.
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1.8 Troubleshooting
The default Multi-View always displays a status bar with an indicator light, as shown
below. If it is green all is OK, if not (Red) click on the status light, which will bring up
the Status Tab on the Multi-View and the following detailed status window will appear.
Lights during normal operation
Status on Mica 1000
Status of
Light
Indicates
Mica genlock
Orange
Blue
Green
Yellow
Mica Switcher has external blackburst reference
Mica Switcher has external 1080i reference
Mica Switcher has external 720p reference
Mica Switcher has no external reference and
is producing internal reference
Panel ready
Green
Grey
Control panel is ready and has joined show
It is not
Status message
Message on what is currently happening
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1.9 Input Timing
Reference
The Broadcast Pix Switcher can auto-detect external reference, either analog blackburst
or Tri-Level sync in these formats: 480i29.97 (NTSC), 720p59.94, 1080i59.94,
1080p29.97, 1080PsF29.97, 576i25 (PAL), 720p50, 1080i50, 1080p25, 1080PsF25.
If no reference is connected, the Mica Switcher can generate internal sync. In this mode
the Ref I/O connection can be set to output blackburst to external equipment.
The Ref I/O LED on the switcher will illuminate green whenever there is a reference
signal, internal or external.
To output genlock:
1. 
In BPswitcher, click on Setup and a
drop down window will appear, then select
System Settings… as shown on the right.
The System Settings window will appear.
2. 
In System Settings window, click on the
Video Tab, which will bring up the
various video settings.
3. 
Under the Options section, place a check
mark next to Output Genlock, as shown
on the right.
4. 
Click on the OK button to apply the
settings and to close the System
Settings window.
Synchronous Inputs
All Mica systems work well with all video inputs that accept a reference input for genlock,
including broadcast cameras, tape recorders, servers, etc. The timing window for
genlocked sources is +/- 10 lines. The delay through the Mica system on synchronous
sources is 1 frame, even if the image is inside a DVE box (picture in picture).
A-synchronous Inputs
The system will also accept and self time asynchronous sources, such as a DVD player.
All 8 live inputs accept asynchronous inputs. The delay through the Mica system on
asynchronous sources is up to 2 frames.
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System Delay
All Mica Systems have extremely low delay, below is a grid of the maximum total
system delay in milliseconds, depending on which formats are used. Usually delay can
be compensated in a studio environment with an audio delay. In image magnification
(IMAG) productions, it is important to have the least amount of delay possible. The
values below include mixing inputs formats, using DVEs, playing clips and graphics;
no delay is added when using these features.
60Hz
50Hz
1080i/720p Synchronous/Timed Sources
33 mS
40 mS
1080i/720p Asynchronous/Untimed Sources
Up to
67 mS
Up to
80 mS
+ 33 mS
+ 40 mS
SD Outputs
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1.10 System Settings
1.10.1 Changing the Startup Show
When the system ships from the factory it is not set to load any show. You can turn on
auto-loading, or after you create more shows, you can change the system to auto-load a
different show. If you turn off auto-loading, then Broadcast Pix Switcher will still open,
but you need to then Load a Show as described above.
To change which show auto-loads:
1. 
In BPswitcher, click on Setup and a
drop down window will appear, then
select System Settings… as shown
on the right
The System Settings window will
appear, as shown below.
2. 
In the Startup Tab, place a check next
the to Load show at startup, as show
on the right.
3. 
Select the show you want to auto-load,
by clicking on the drop down menu and
selecting your desired Show id the
drop down list.
4.
Click OK in the System Settings
window.
To have no show auto-load on startup:
1. 
Uncheck the box labeled Load show
at startup in the System Settings
window.
2. 
Click OK.
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1.10.2 Selecting between 60 and 50 Hz
As described in section 1.6, when first launched the Welcome Screen allows you to
setup the system with the correct video standard (NTSC / 60 Hz in most of the
Americas and Japan and PAL / 50Hz in Europe and other countries). The system
may be switched between 1080i/59.94 Hz and 1080i/50Hz at any time.
To change between 60 / 50 Hz:
1. 
In BPswitcher, click on Setup and a
drop down window will appear, then select
System Settings… as shown on the right.
The System Settings window will appear,
as shown below.
2. 
In System Settings window, click on the
Video Tab, which will bring up the
various video settings.
3.
Select either the 1080i/59.94 or 1080i/50
radio button under the Video
Standard section.
A status message will appear, asking
to restart the application.
4. 
Click on the OK button.
This will close the System Settings
window.
5. 
Close the BPswitcher application by
selecting the File menu then Quit.
6. 
Restart the application by double-clicking
the Broadcast Pix Switcher on the
desktop.
To switch back the video standard,
repeat steps 1-6.
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1.10.3 Changing the Output Settings
The Mica Switcher is a multi-definition switcher allowing for both SD and HD
signals to be mixed and outputted. If SD sources are being used, a details option is
also available to enhance the SD outputs. SD filtering applies a very light filter to all
the SD outputs. Checking it on is meant for HD sources outputting to SD to eliminate
aliasing. No check preserves the most detail of an SD source. When this option is
enabled all HD content (video and graphics) may show additional artifacts. This
setting does not affect the HD outputs.
To enable SD filtering:
1. 
In BPswitcher, click on Setup and a
drop down window will appear, then select
System Settings… as shown on the right.
The System Settings window will appear,
as shown below.
2. 
In System Settings window, click on the
Video Tab, which will bring up the
various video settings.
3.
Place a check mark next to the SD filtering
option.
4. 
Click on the OK button.
This will close the System Settings window.
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1.11 Control Panel Installation
The 1ME Broadcast Pix control panel, on a Mica 1000 are usually used on a
tabletop, which provides a better viewing angle in most light conditions, especially to
view the PixButtons. The panel may also be recessed into a hole cut out of a table
top or console. If a cut out installation is desired, then the following dimensions
should be used to cut the hole in the console top. The panel may fit into existing cutouts for older equipment, as it is the same width as a GVG100 control panel.
4.25 inches
10.795 CM
9 inches
22.86 CM
4.25 inches
10.795 CM
2 inches
5.1 CM
11 5/8 inches
29.5 CM
17.5 inches
44.5 CM
Dimensions for Control Panel
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1.12 Back-Up Software
All Broadcast Pix systems are equipped with Paragon Drive Back-Up software. The
Paragon Back-Up software allows users to create manual back up points onto a Linux
partition on the System drive. In this type of backup, if the system should get corrupt or
infected with a virus the user can revert to an earlier restore point and continue using the
system. The Paragon software only backups the System C drive and not the Video D
drives. Stills, CGs and Animations will be backed up, however Clips can not be backed
up with this option.
New systems from Broadcast Pix will have both a factory restore point and a bootable
DVD to recover from (in addition to a Windows Restore point). It is recommended to
created a restore point after your system has been installed and configured. These
instructions cover the basics of creating backup point and recovering to that point. For
advanced use of the Paragon software, refer to their manual inside the Paragon
software.
The System C drive is removable for purposes of repair and service. If the System hard
drive fails, please contact Broadcast Pix Technical Support.
To create a back up point in Paragon:
1.
Quit all applications, including Broadcast Pix
Switcher.
2. 
Double-click the yellow Paragon Drive Backup
icon on the desktop, to launch the application.
If the icon is not on the desktop navigate to
The Start Menu, All Programs, Paragon Drive
Backup 9 Personal, Paragon Drive Backup.
3. 
Once the software is open, click on Back up
Disk or Partition button, in the top left corner of
the application.
4. 
In the Backup Wizard window, click on Next.
5. 
Place a check mark next to Basic Hard Disk 2,
First Hard Disk Track, Master Boot Record
and System C, as shown on the right.
6. 
Click on Next.
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7.
Click on the Save data to the Backup
Capsule radial button, as shown on the
right.
If desired you may save the back up
onto DVDs or a network drive, by
selecting one of the other radial buttons
and following the on screen menu
options.
8. 
Click on the Next button.
9.
Enter a backup name in the Archive
name text field and click on the Next
button.
10.
In the following window, select the Back
up now radial button and then click on
the Next button.
11. 
In the summary window click on the
Next button.
12. 
In the Completing the Backup Wizard
window, click on the Finish button.
The home screen on the application will
return.
13. 
At the top of menu bar, click on the
green Apply check mark button.
A confirmation screen will appear, click
on Yes, as shown on the right.
The Overall Progress window will
appear, as shown on the right.
The backup is now taking place. This
process will take anywhere from 20 to 40
minutes, depending on the amount of
files being backed up. It is advised not to
use the system while the back up is
occurring.
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14. 
When the back is complete the Overall
Progress window will read out 100%
and report that all operations have
been finished.
Click on the Close button, as shown on
the right.
15.
The backup point has been saved onto
the Backup Capsule on the System C
drives. Close the home window of
Paragon by clicking the Red X at the
top right corner.
To restore a backup in Paragon:
1. 
Quit all applications, including
Broadcast Pix Switcher.
2.
Double-click the yellow Paragon icon
on the desktop.
If the icon is not on the desktop navigate to
The Start Menu, All Programs, Paragon
Drive Backup 9 Personal, Paragon
Drive Backup.
3. 
Once the software is open, click on
Restore Disk or Partition button, in
the top left corner of the application.
4. 
In the Welcome to the Restore Wizard
screen, click on the Next button.
5.
In the Browse for Archive window,
select the desired back up point. Then
click on the Next button.
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6.
In the What to restore window, click on
Local Disk (*) icon, as shown on the
right. Then click on the Next button
7.
In the Where to restore window, click
on the Next button.
Since there is only one system drive in
the system there wont be any other
choices in this window.
8.
In the Restore results window, ensure
that the Assign the following drive
letter is set C. Then click on the Next
button.
9.
In the Completing the Restore Wizard
window, click on the Finish button.
10.
At the top of menu bar, click on the
green Apply check mark button.
A confirmation screen will appear, click
on Yes, as shown on the right.
The backup point will overwrite the
contents of the System C drive and
replace it with the back up files. Any
files that are on the current System
drive and not on the backup will be
deleted.
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11.
In the Drive Backup pop-up window,
click the Restart the computer button,
as shown on the right.
This will reboot the system and begin the
restore process. During the restore
process a Paragon screen will appear
showing the overall progress. It is
important not to restart or shutdown the
Server during this process as data
may be lost.
The restore is now taking place. This
process will take anywhere from 20 to 40
minutes, depending on the amount of
files being restored.
12.
When the restore is complete, the
Server will automatically reboot. You are
now ready to use your system.
To restore from a bootable DVD:
All Mica Servers come with a bootable DVD that allows you to enter a Linux
partition to launch and restore a Paragon back up. If the Server fails to boot (or fails
to pass the BIOS screen) because of a virus attack or some other corruption, insert the
DVD labeled Paragon Recovery CD that is included in the Accessories box of the
Server. The system will automatically boot from the DVD and launch a Linux version
of Paragon.
1. 
In the DOS launch menu, select
Simple Restore Wizard, as shown on
the right. You may use the keyboard arrows
and/or mouse.
2. 
Click Enter on the keyboard.
3. 
In the Welcome Wizard screen, click on
the Next button.
The following screens will be similar to
the ones described above when restoring
from inside the Paragon software.
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4.
In the What to Restore screen, select
a restore point from the capsule, as
shown on the right.
If no restore points have been made,
the factory default labeled
arc_BP_Install_Ship may be used.
5. 
Click on the Next button.
6. 
In the Image properties window, click on
the Next button.
7. 
In the Select the destination window,
click on the Next button.
Since there is only one system drive in
the system there wont be ay other
choices in this window.
8. 
In the Restore Summary window, click
on the Next button.
This will begin the restore process.
During the restore process a Paragon
screen will appear showing the overall
progress. It is important not to restart or
shutdown the Server during this
process as data may be lost.
The restore is now taking place. This
process will take anywhere from 20 to
40 minutes, depending on the amount
of files being restored.
9. 
After the restore is complete, eject the
DVD, close the Wizard windows and
reboot the Server.
The restore point should load and you
are now ready to use the system.
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To delete a restore point in Paragon:
Since the Backup Capsule on the System drive is only 125GB, the capsule may fill up
with multiple restore points.
1. 
Quit all applications, including Broadcast
Pix Switcher.
2.
Double-click the yellow Paragon icon on
the desktop.
If the icon is not on the desktop navigate to
The Start Menu, All Programs, Paragon
Drive Backup 9 Personal, Paragon Drive
Backup.
3.
Click on the Archives Tab, on the top of
the application, as shown on the right.
4. 
At the bottom of the Archives window a
list of saved back up points will be
visible. Select the desired back up point,
it will highlight grey.
5. 
Click on the Delete the selected
archive button, as shown on the right.
6. 
A pop-up warning will appear to confirm
deletion. Click on the Delete button to
permanently delete the backup file.
The file is erased from the backup
capsule.
Using the Desktop Shortcuts:
On new systems from Broadcast Pix, 4 desktop icons are available as shortcuts
for both creating and resorting a backup. There are 2 shortcuts to create a
backup, Backup 1 and Backup 2. These backups automate the above steps
without the need of entering the Paragon application. There are 2 shortcuts to
restore from the each backup, Restore 1 (which corresponds with Backup 1) and
Restore 2 (which corresponds with Backup 2). To run a selected shortcut, ensure
that no applications or tasks are running and double-click the icon and a script
will run in the background. Keep in mind these shortcuts offer a quick and easy
recovery method, for more advanced recovery refer to the Paragon Backup
manual.
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Section 2:
Broadcast Pix Concepts
2.1 Broadcast Pix Features
Integrated Broadcast Studio
w/ Fluent Workflow Software
Contains an entire control room of devices
including: switcher, clip store, character generator
still stores, logos, animations, DVEs, Multi-View
monitoring, Macros, optional audio, camera and
external DDR control.
Pristine SDI Video
Create superb digital high-definition video
with 3 keyers (upgradeable to 6 keyers),
background video, and a second background when
transitioning.
Versatile Control Panel
Mica 1000 feature a fast-action
1 Mix/Effect (M/E) control panel enables rapid
control off all sources, devices and keyers.
Confidence of On-Button Content
Execute with confidence, as not only the device
type, but the actual content element is displayed
on PixButtons for every source and keyer, as well
as on the Multi-View.
Personal Studio
Now one person can create engaging live video
that used to require a team of operators
Grow to a Team Studio
For complex production add more panels,
as described in the team section
Fail-Safe On-Air
Multiple redundancies always keep your show
on-air.
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2.2 PixButtons for Executing with Confidence
Much of the versatility of the Broadcast Pix system is due to its unique picture buttons,
called PixButtons. Each has a small computer VGA display built into the button, which
has a resolution of 36x24 pixels.
PixButtons show Information at a Glance
All PixButtons on the Broadcast Pix panel show information at a glance. They all
contain a device icon in their upper portion which shows which device is currently
active in that PixButton. In the illustration below, the Character Generator (CG) is
active, as shown by the CG icon. See Section 2.3 for all icons.
The remainder of the PixButton generally shows what individual content element is
now active on this device in this PixButton. In the illustration shown below the content
number and name is shown, which are the file name and number of this content
element when it was imported into the show memory system. As an alternative, some
PixButtons use a picture to convey content, as shown on the next page.
What Device is in here?
What channel of that device?
What is the Name of the currently
selected Content in the device?
Tally - Is this On-Air, Selected, or Off?
Red
Orange
Green
CG
1st Channel
Hockey
East
Green
PixButton
On-Air
Off-Air, but selected.
Off-Air and not selected.
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PixButtons Streamline Selection
PixButtons streamline the selection of content for all devices, such as the uses illustrated
below, plus CG, Animations, Stills, Effects or a Keyer.
Clips
Effects
DVE boxes
Five Kinds of PixButtons
A total of 28 PixButtons are used in 5 different areas of the Broadcast Pix control panel:
1. 12 in the PixPad
To select content within a device, and for modifiers
2. 9 Sources
To see what is on each source, and selection without preview
3. 3 Direct Key
To see what is in each keyer, and to take it on-air or off
4. 3 Assignable Devices
To see what is in each assignable device, and to select it.
5. 1 Effects PixButton
To see the active effect, and to select the effects controls
Assignable Devices
“Wildcard”
PixPad
Sources
Direct Keys
Effects
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2.3 Devices
The Broadcast Pix panel can control a studio of devices. Each device performs one
function. In a traditional live television studio, many of these devices are in a separate
box with its own operator. The Broadcast Pix panel provides flexible control over a wide
range of devices, by using the device controls. When a device is selected the entire
bank of device controls are assigned to that device, including a Joystick, 3 knobs, motion
buttons, and a PixPad of 12 PixButtons. The list of supported devices will grow over
time, check for new devices at www.broadcastpix.com.
Each device has a unique icon that appears on the top of the PixButtons. Broadcast Pix
Software Version 2 of Mica supports the following devices, and use the following icons:
Switcher:
Select both external and internal input with a control panel with 9 direct access
input, and 18 with shift. Classic program/preview layout. Illustration shows
Camera 1. Other icons are used for VTR and other sources.
HD Clip Store: (1 Channel)
Instant access to clips, import and play-out. Use motion controls and view time
codes. Plays compressed HD clips with embedded audio
(H.264 & ProRes .mov/.mp4).
Harris Inscriber TitleMotion GS HD Character Generator: (2 Channels)
Create broadcast quality graphics with shadows, bevels, transparencies, logos
and many more. Create your own look, or use easy templates. Add motion with
rolls, crawls and 2D/3D animations.
HD Still Store: (2 Channels)
Have thousands of photos and graphics at your fingertips. Recall with a press of
a button from the corresponding library shown on the monitor.
Import many file types: .bmp, .jpg, .tga, .gif and .png in HD resolutions.
HD Animation Store: (2 Channels)
Animate your transitions, logos and graphics. Playback a 32 bit image
sequence with audio or QT Animation .movs. Also brand your production with a
still logo in its own key layer. Import any logo, or create your own with Inscriber
logo creation tools. Import many file types: .bmp, .jpg, .tga (RLE), .gif and .png
in HD resolutions.
Camera Control:
Optional camera control of Hitachi, Panasonic, Sony and Telemetrics camera
systems with Pan & Tilt heads. Including preset positions, tilt, pan, zoom,
focus, iris and CCU controls.
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List of Devices, Continued
Effects:
Over 150 transitions. DVE transitions include push-offs and squeezes.
Wipe transitions include horizontal, circles, stars, clocks, and many more.
Keys 1-3:
Each Key supports a standard 2D DVE Box (Picture-in-Picture), sizing,
cropping, border controls and Chromakeys/Luma Keys.
Keys 4-6:
Keys 4-6 are an option. Each key supports a DVE Box (Picture-in-Picture),
sizing, cropping, border controls or optional Chromakeys/Luma Keys.
External Key:
1 channel of external keying, when a Key Cut and a Key Fill signal is provided
from an external graphics machine. This feature uses 2 inputs and supports
clip and gain adjustments, unshaped signals and key inversion.
PowerAux:
A feature which enables any combination of Keys 1-6 to be keyed with a cut or
mix onto the Aux 1 output. It also converts formats, aspect ratios and timing to
a specified output.
Fluent Macros (MEM):
Is a file-based device that enables SnapShot recalls of panel setups & Macro
recalls of multiple buttons pushes and sequences.
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List of Devices, Continued
External Video Server Control (DDR):
An option which enables up to 4 channels of an external video server to be
controlled from the panel through a serial connection using the VDCP Protocol,
having its clip name appear in the PixPad. Currently 360 Systems, Harris
Nexio and Omneon Mediadeck are supported.
ViewCast Streamer Control:
A standard feature which enables control of external ViewCast streamers/
encoders through TCP/IP. Control the starting and stopping of up to 12 groups.
AJA KiPro Control:
A standard feature which enables control of external AJA KiPro recorders/
players through TCP/IP. Select recorded clips directly in the PixPad showing
clip names, play/rewind/fast forward clips and start/stop recording of new clips
using the motion controls.
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2.4 Device Controls
Device Controls is the portion of the control panel that can be assigned to whichever
device you wish to control, i.e. clips, graphics, keyers, etc. The upper half of the
panel is comprised of the device controls, as shown in the illustration below. The
remainder of the panel is comprised of the fixed controls, which are described in
section 4.
The device controls are comprised of the Joystick, 3 knobs, 3 motion buttons, a
group of 12 PixButtons called the PixPad, and a display, as shown below. When any
device is selected, all of these the controls are dedicated to it.
Device Controls portion of Panel
Display
3 Axis
Joystick
3 Knobs
Device Select
Motion
Buttons
PixPad with
12 PixButtons
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2.4.1 Assigning the Device Controls
The entire bank of device controls can be assigned by any of 15 buttons:
4 Content Devices
The device controls are assigned to all the
standard devices by using the four
permanent device selection buttons.
The 1st channel of CG, Clips,
Stills and Animations are accessed by selecting
the device button, the 2nd channel is access by
selecting [Shift] followed by the device
button or through the Wildcard Device buttons.
For specifics on how to assign devices to
these 3 wildcard buttons, see section 3.7.3.
6 Destination Buttons:
-Three Key buttons
-One Source Controls button
-Two Aux buttons
Con
trols
1 Effects PixButton
1 Memory/Setup Button
3 “Wildcard” Device PixButtons
-To control external cameras and servers
Which Device is Assigned?
At all times you can tell what device is assigned to the Device Controls, by looking
at the upper left corner of the display, in this illustration it is the first channel of CG.
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2.4.2 PixPad Navigation
The PixPad is a versatile part of the Device Controls that is used to access content
and many fast action controls. It has several navigation aids that streamline its use.
For most PixPads (other than control modifiers), the top nine PixButtons are to
select which content element, effect or memory you want. The bottom three
PixButtons are to move to the next PixPad, move back to the previous PixPad in the
library, or move down a level to either controls for the device, such as in the clip
store shown below, or to the numeric keypad such as in the Still Store.
9 Content
Selection
Buttons
To move back
to previous
PixPad
To move down
to the clip controls
PixPad
To move ahead
to the next
PixPad
- To quickly jump to the first page of the content in the PixPad, simply select the
device button you are using in the Device Control section of the control panel or
SoftPanel.
- To quickly jump to the last page of the content in the PixPad, simply double-click or
double-punch the device button you are using in the Device Control section of the
control panel or SoftPanel.
- When you switch to another device, like CG, and then return, the PixPad will return
to the page it was last on.
- There is also an up button, to move up from control PixPads, to a previous PixPad.
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2.4.3 Multi-View PixPad
In the upper right corner of the Multi-View is a PixPad of thumbnails which correspond
to the active PixPad on the control panel, called the Multi-View PixPad. As the panel
changes its PixPad to a content device, the Multi-View displays the thumbnails
associated with the device. Content devices are Clips, Stills, CG and Animations.
In the illustration below, the PixPad is set to Stills 1. The control panel PixPad is
designed to work with the Multi-View PixPad, use it as a reference of what the 12
control panel buttons represent.
The thumbnails make it easy to select any content element at the press of a button.
When selected, the Multi-View PixPad tallies red if on-air and orange if not, the PixPad
on the control panel will always tally red, no matter if the content is on or off air, use
the Multi-View to check tally status.
If a device has more than 9 content elements, the next page of elements can be
reached from the control panel by pressing the [Next] button (button 12) on the control
panel PixPad, or by clicking on the button in the lower right hand corner of the
Multi-View PixPad.
For the Multi-View PixPads to change and follow the control panel when a device is
selected, the Follow panel option needs to be selected for any Multi-View PixPad.
To Follow Panels:
1.
Right-click on the bottom of a Multi-View
PixPad.
2.
In the pop-up menu, select the Follow panel
option, and a check mark will appear, as shown
on the right.
A Controls button will now appear at the
bottom of the Multi-View PixPad.
Now any button selected on any control
panel will update any Multi-View PixPad
that is following.
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9 Content
Selection
Buttons
Buttons 1-9
on control panel
To move back
to previous
PixPad
Button 10 on control panel
To move ahead
to the next
PixPad
To move down
to the Controls PixPad
Button 12 on control panel
Button 11 on control panel
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2.4.4 PixPad Order Controls
To change the order in which the PixPad tabs appear across the top of the PixPad:
1. 
On the Panel drop down menu
select Panel settings.
2. 
In the following menu select
Reorder PixPad, and the PixPad
order window will appear.
3.
Use the up and down arrows to move the
highlighted selection to where on the list
you want it to appear. Highlight other items
and them move them with arrows as for
the first item.
4. 
Click OK.
Now the order will appear as you prepared it.
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2.4.5 Floating PixPads
In addition to the Multi-View PixPad in the top right corner of the Multi-View, you can
create additional floating PixPads. These can be used on another portion of a large
screen, or on dual monitor systems can be opened on a the second monitor where
they are helpful as either additional info for a solo operator, or dedicated info for a
graphics operator. These PixPads can be assigned to either follow the control panel or
can de assigned to None to not change when the control panels changes, for
independent control.
To open a new PixPad:
1. 
In BPswitcher click on Panel drop down
menu, and click on New PixPad, as
shown on the right.
A PixPad will open.
To close a PixPad:
1. 
Right-Click on the bottom of the PixPad.
2. 
In the pop-up menu, select Close
PixPad, as shown on the right.
To change the size of a PixPad:
1. 
Move the mouse to the left, right or
bottom edge of the PixPad.
The curser will change to a resize icon.
2.
Click and Drag the edges to the desired
size, using the mouse.
The PixPads can be resized to virtually
any size.
3.
Release/unclick the mouse and the
PixPad has been resized.
NOTE: To have Floating PixPads not follow the control Panel PixPad, deselect the Follow panel option
in the right-click menu box.
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2.5 Multi-View
The default 1ME Multi-View supports 4 sizes of computer (VGA/DVI) monitors in a
widescreen resolution and 1 in a 4:3 resolution: 1280x1024, 1360x768, 1440x900,
1680x1050 and 1920x1080. The system automatically will open the correct layout based
off the primary monitor set in Windows, see section 2.6.1 to change the desktop screen
resolution. These default layouts are designed for one screen, but may be used as a
starting point to create other custom layouts in a multiple screen installation, see section
2.5.8 to create custom layouts.
The Multi-View consists of source windows, larger preview and program monitors, a
PixPad of thumbnails to correspond to the control panel PixPad, keyer windows, a status
bar, a clock/timer, clip counters as well as tally information.
The Multi-View is also interactive, so you can switch a show from the Multi-View, as a
complement to using a panel, in place of for simple shows or for backup in case the
control panel loses communication.
To load the default layout:
1. 
Click on the Menu button and select the Multi-View drop down menu.
2. 
Select Multi-View Layouts.
3. 
In the following menu, select Default Layout as shown below.
The Multi-View will refresh and load the correct layout based off the desktop
resolution of the primary monitor.
4. 
To load the default layout at application startup, hold the Shift button on the
keyboard when the application is being launched.
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2.5.1 Overview of the Multi-View
Depending on the screen resolution, the default layout may appear slightly different.
However, the basic concepts apply to all of Multi-View layouts.
Menu Button
Status Bar/Indicator
Preview Monitor
Keyer Windows
Timer/Countdown
Program Monitor
Input Sources
Digital Clock
Multi-View PixPad
Clip/Animation Counters
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2.5.2 Sources on Multi-View
Each source monitor shows the following information:
Thumbnail
Input Name / Device Name
Label / Content Name
Indicates Chromakey is applied &
hue of Chromakey
Indicates Luma key
is applied
ME 1 Tally Program
ME 1 Tally Preview
ME 2 Tally Preview
ME 2 Tally Program
To view more sources above the sources shown, you may create your own custom
layout and float up to 18 inputs. See section 2.5.8.
NOTE: The ME 1 tally will only be active on systems with the 2ME SoftPanel option installed
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2.5.3 Keyer Windows on the Multi-View
The Multi-View shows the contents and status of all 6 keyers. Just as with source
monitors, a keyer monitor displays the thumbnail of the content that is currently loaded
into the keyer as well as the device name, content name and tally status for Program/
Preview. Similar to the source monitors, each individual keyer window can be
independently positioned and sized.
Modifiers applied to a Key are also shown on the Multi-View in the keyer windows. The
Key transition rate and if a keyer has a DVE, Crop and/or a Reposition applied to it
appears in the mini status display above the thumbnail.
Key Transition Buttons:
shows you which keyer
will be effected in the
next transition when
illuminated
Key Rate &
Key Modifiers
Thumbnail
ME1 Tally
Program/Preview Tally
What device is
assigned to each keyer
The name of the
content currently
selected in the device
Transitioning Keys individually with the Multi-View
To Manually Bring a Key On Program:
1. 
Any key that is off-air (grey or orange), can be brought on-air by clicking on its keyer
thumbnail on the Multi-View. This will cause this key to fade on-air at the rate for that
keyer, and the tally underneath will change color to red.
To Manually Take a Key Off Program:
1. 
Any key that is on-air (red), can be taken off-air by by clicking on its thumbnail on the
Multi-View. This will cause this key to fade off-air at the rate for that keyer, and the
tally underneath will change color to red (or orange if its key transition button is on).
NOTE: The ME 1 tally will only be active on systems with the 2ME SoftPanel option installed
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2.5.4 Program/Preview Overlays on the Multi-View
If desired, the Program and/or Preview monitors on the Multi-View may show safe zone
overlays, as shown below. These overlays are useful when aligning Keyers and shot
compositions, when adding graphics to ensure visibility on tube monitors and when
producing a 4:3 output in a 16:9 show to ensure no video/graphics are cut off.
There are 3 overlays which may be selected on Preview and/or Program:
Title/Action Safe Zones (Aqua-colored lines), 4:3 Video Safe Zone (White-colored lines)
and Center marks (Aqua-colored cross).
To display an overlay on Preview/Program:
1. 
Right-Click on the Preview or Program Monitor, and a
pop-up menu will appear.
2. 
At the top of the pop-menu select Show safe zone,
Show 4:3 safe zone (only if the show Video Aspect
Ratio is set to 16:9) or Show center.
The active/selected overlays will now show a check
mark, as shown on the right.
3.
To deselect any overlays on Program/Preview, repeat
steps 1-2.
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2.5.5 Counters
Counters for the animation stores appear on the Multi-View for each channel. There are
4 different floatable counters. Either individual Clips Counter, Animation Ch 1 Counter,
Animation 2 Counter or a Clip/Animation combination counter, as shown below.
They display the clip counter with both a number and a moving blue bar. They can be
set to either count up and show elapsed time (runtime), or they can be set to count
down, to show the remaining time in an animation or clip.
Counters will move at one-second intervals, and with 10 seconds left in the clip the bar
will turn red and the counter will move at one-frame intervals.
Clip counters also provide Tally information. Red letters: On Program, Orange letters:
On Preview, White letters: Selected in the device store.
Individual Animation Counters
Clip/Anim Counter
To set the clip counters to count down:
1. 
Right-click on the any counter window.
2. 
In the pop-up menu, select Countdown clips/
animations, as shown on the right. A check mark,
now both counters and the counter in the display
of the control panel will be set to count down.
(To return to show the elapsed time, uncheck the
same setting.)
To float individual clip counters:
1. 
In BPswitcher click on the
Multi-View menu.
2. 
In the drop down menu click on Float.
3.
Click on Counters and in
the following menu select
Clips 1 counter, Animation 1
counter and/or Animation 2
counter, as shown on the right
4.
To hide the individual counters, repeat steps 1-3.
NOTE: The counters bar will turn red at 10 seconds remaining only if the Clips Controls Settings are set
to not Loop, see section 6.5.5.
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2.5.6 Basic Switching on Multi-View
The Multi-View is interactive and can be used to switch a show, or as a complement to
a panel (SoftPanel or physical control panel). This can be done with a mouse or with a
touch screen monitor for a more tactile interface.
Basic Moves
To take Preview to air/Program:
Click on the Preview monitor.
To select a source:
Click on the source
thumbnail and it goes to
preview.
To change to a different device:
Click on the tabs at the top of the
PixPad.
To add a key to Preview or to include a
keyer in the next transition:
Click on the Next Transition Keyer
button.
To change content:
Click on the thumbnail
desired in the PixPad.
To add or remove a key to Program:
Click on keyer thumbnail.
NOTE: When a source is clicked on, it goes to preview but this can be changed to make the selected
source go directly to air if desired. To change this in BPswitcher go to the Setup, System Settings drop
down window. Under the Multi-View tab, select Clicking sources switches Program.
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2.5.7 Advanced Switching on Multi-View
You can access even more switching capabilities on the Multi-View by floating the
Switcher Window, as described in section in 2.5.8. These switcher controls work exactly
the same as on the control panel. For more switcher controls beyond these, like to
change key and transition rates or effects, open a SoftPanel from the Panel, Soft Panel
drop down menu.
To float the Switcher Window:
1. 
In BPswitcher select the Panel
drop down menu.
2.
Select Switcher window, as shown
on the right.
Advanced Switching:
To assign a source to a keyer:
Click on one of the Key Assignment buttons,
then click on the thumbnail of the source you
wish to assign, and its key thumbnail will change
to show the new key source.
To add keys or background video to the next transition:
Click on the Key or BGR buttons, and each will illuminate as
you click on it and the keyed image will be added to the
preview monitor if it is not already on air. The button
illuminates red when the key is on air, and orange when it is
on preview.
To change the style of transition that occurs when you
click on the Preview monitor:
Click on Cut, Mix or Wipe.
To take Preview to air/Program
Click on the Cut or Auto above
(Auto executes whichever transition
style and rate is selected).
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2.5.8 Floating Monitors
In addition to the default layouts, more windows on the Multi-View can be floated, which
serves two purposes when working on a multi-monitor system. Either create your own
custom Multi-View on a large secondary monitor of any resolution, to replace the default
layout that is supplied or float selected windows for a secondary graphics or
slo-mo operator.
Up to 4 copies of Program, Preview, Clean Feed and PowerAux and up to 3 copies of
each source monitor can be floated and sized. You may arrange the windows any way
you like, and then save them for later recall. Each director/producer or each show could
have a custom layout tailored to that specific show. You may use the default layouts as
a starting point and then modify/save them to your needs.
To create a custom layout:
1. 
In BPswitcher, click the Multi-View
drop down menu.
2. 
Click on Float, as shown on the
right.
You will see the list of windows you
can float. Then select the desired
items.
3. 
After selecting each item, it will
appear, and then arrange it on your
primary or secondary monitor. Most
monitors can be sized by dragging
their corners and repositioned by
dragging by the top of the window.
As source monitors are enlarged
the text size of monitor will also
enlarge, to always use a larger font
select the Use Larger Font option
under the Multi-View Settings
menu.
NOTE: The native resolution of the Preview/Program monitors are 920x640, where as the Source
monitors are 480x320. When resizing monitors be cautious of how large you make each monitor, as the
resolution may get distorted.
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4.
To align or size monitors right-click on
the monitor and select which source you
would like to copy its attributes from, as
shown on the right.
You may also size all the sources to
each other by selecting the Multi-View
menu, then Size All Sources to, as
shown on the right.
A similar option is available for sizing all
Key Windows, select Size all Keys to in
the same menu.
5.
To make your monitors stand out in your
display, you also have several coloring
options under the Layout Colors menu,
as shown on the right.
To change the background color, select
the Multi-View menu and select Use
Colored Background (by default this
option is selected on).
To change to the color of the background
select the Set Background Color…
option, which will open a color picker as
shown on the right.
Either select a color patch in the Web
tab or select the Custom tab and
choose a custom color. To save the color
click on the OK button.
(The background color will update once
OK is selected, there is no preview of
the background color)
You may also use your own custom
background picture, simply change the
Windows XP desktop to your liking in the
Display Properties of the Server and
deselect Use Colored Background.
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To change the frame color around each
window, select the Set Window Frames
Color…, as shown on the right, and a
similar color picker will appear.
In the Set Window Frames Color window
select a color by using either the Web or
Custom tab. As a color is selected the
Multi-View will update to display the
color in the window frame.
To apply the color select the OK button.
The Use Mica option applies a subtle
glow effect behind each window.
The Gray/White/Blue Font color option
changes the font color of the under
monitor displays on the Multi-View.
6. 
Once the Multi-View has been modified
to your liking, it may be locked to prevent
any window movement or accidental
color change.
Select the Multi-View menu, then
Multi-View Settings and select Lock
Multi-View.
Many menu options will also grey out to
prevent selection.
To unlock the Multi-View repeat this step.
NOTE: To close one floating monitor, right click on the window and select Close window to close that
monitor.
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Once a layout has been created and or modified, they can be saved as a template for
later recall in the system.
To save a custom layout:
1. 
Select the Multi-View drop down
menu from the Menu Bar.
2. 
Then select Multi-View Layouts,
and then select Save layout… in
the right column.
The Save Layout window will
appear as to the right.
3.
Enter the name you wish to give
the layout in the Layout name
field. You may also save layouts in
different sub-folders. Simply click
in the Layout folder field to enter
the name of the folder, for
example ‘Saved Layouts’. If no
name is entered, then your saved
layout will appear in the main
menu under the factory-designed
layouts .
4.
Click OK to save it. Now it will
appear in the layout templates
drop down list where you can
recall it in the future.
5.
You can also remove/delete a
saved layout by selecting
Remove Layout… in the above
list.
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2.5.9 Clocks on the Multi-View
There are 3 types of clocks on the Broadcast Pix Multi-View: an Analog Clock, a
Digital Clock and a Timer. All three options are floatable and resizable, as described
in the previous section and all three can be floated at the same time. The analog
clock provides a graphical analog clock with a seconds hand in both 12-hour and 24hour formats and allows for time-shifting and color settings. The digital clock provides
a green digital clock that updates every tenth of a second clock in both 12-hour
and 24-hour formats. The timer can set to either be a red stopwatch/count up clock or
a countdown clock (useful when timing out the end of your production).
To float a clock:
1. 
Select the Multi-View drop down menu.
2. 
Select the Float option.
3. 
Select the Clock option.
4. 
From the available drop down menu
select Analog, Digital and/or Timer.
A checkmark will appear next to the
floating clocks, as shown on the right.
To select between Stopwatch and Countdown Timers:
1. 
Float the Timer clock, as described above.
The red Timer window will appear, drag and
resize to your liking.
2. 
Left-Click on the blue arrow in the upper right
hand corner of the window. This toggle button
switches between a Stopwatch and Countdown timer.
You may also Right-click anywhere in the timer
window, and a pop-up menu will appear, as shown
on the right.
If the Timer window is set to Stopwatch left-click
on Countdown timer. If the Timer window
is set to Countdown left-click on Stopwatch timer.
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To operate a Countdown Timer:
1. 
Activate the Timer window and set it as a
Countdown timer, as described above.
2.
Right-click anywhere on the timer window and
and a pop-up menu will appear.
3.
Select Set countdown time… from the available
list.
This will open the Set timer time window.
4. 
In the pop-up window enter the hours, minutes
and/or seconds, as shown to the right.
5.
Click on OK to save and exit the window. The
time that you entered will now appear in the
Countdown timer window.
6. 
To start and pause the countdown, left-click on
the green play/triangle button in the lower right
hand corner of the timer window. You may also
double-click in the middle of the timer to start/
pause the countdown.
7. 
To stop the countdown, left-click on the red
stop/square button in the lower left hand corner
of the timer window.
To operate a Stopwatch Timer:
1. 
Activate the Timer window and it as Stopwatch
timer, as described on the previous page.
2.
To start/pause the stopwatch, left-click on the
green play/triangle button in the lower right
hand corner of the timer window. You may also
double-click in the middle of the timer to start/
pause the countdown.
3.
To stop and reset the stopwatch zero, left-click
on the red stop/square button in the lower left
hand corner of the timer window.
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To customize an Analog Clock:
1. 
Float the Analog clock, as described above.
A blue analog clock window appear, drag and
resize to your liking.
2. 
Right-click on the clock, and a menu will
appear as shown to the right.
3. 
Click on Settings… and the Clock Setting
window will appear.
4. 
In the Clock settings window you may
customize each clock with the following
attributes:
Caption: Assigns a custom name to the clock
Color: Changes the background/face of the
clock to either Blue, Green, Red, White or Gray
Offset from local time: Time-shifts the clock
backwards or forwards, both in hours and or
minutes, from the local time the Server is set
to.
5. 
Once customization is complete, click on OK to
return to the clock.
To save an Analog Clock:
1.
Float and customize an analog clock, as
described above, right-click on the clock and
select Save clock…
2.
A Save clock dialog box will appear, as shown
on the right, enter a name in the text field.
3.
Click on OK to save the clock and its settings.
All saved clocks will now be accessed under
the Window-Float-Clock menu under the
Remove clock setting.
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2.6
List of Screen Resolutions
Computer monitors should always be square pixels, and the display resolution should
have the same ratio as the aspect of the screen. The aspect of screen should never
be compensated for, this would distort text and images making them look too wide or
skinny. Below is a list of Monitor Resolutions with their native aspect ratios for easy
reference. If your monitor is “wide-screen” use a 16:9 or a 16:10 resolution. For
normal square screens use a 4:3 resolution. This is important when choosing a
monitor to use with your Multi-View to ensure proper viewing/monitoring. You may use
any screen resolution for your Multi-View, but it’s recommended to use a 1280x1024,
1680x1050 or 1920x1080 monitor.
4:3 Aspect Ratio
16:9 Aspect Ratio
1024!768
1152!864
1280!1024
1400!1050
1600!1200
1024!576
1280!720
1366!768
1920!1080
2048!1152
16:10 Aspect Ratio
1280!800
1440!900
1680!1050
1920!1200
2560!1600
It is important to set your Windows desktop settings prior to starting the Broadcast Pix
Switcher application. It is not advised to change the desktop resolutions while the
application is running. Be advised that some large LCD/Plasma monitors do not accept
high resolutions on the VGA input, but do on a HDMI input. A DVI to HDMI cable or
converter may be necessary, refer to your monitors user’s manual for more information.
2.6.1 Adjusting the Windows Desktop Screen Resolution
1. 
Right-Click on any blank area of the
Windows desktop of the Server
(again making sure that BPswitcher
is not running).
2.
Select Properties from the pop up menu.
This will bring up the Display Properties
Window.
3.
Select the Settings tab, as shown.
4.
Select the monitor which you want
to modify, and in the Screen Resolution
section select the appropriate setting for
your monitor.
5.
Select OK to save your changes.
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Section 3:
PixMaster Show Editor
The Broadcast Pix System is designed for the real-time production of
live shows to a live audience, or recorded live for viewing later on DVD
or other medium. In both scenarios, the PixMaster show editor delivers
comprehensive pre-production capabilities, enabling you to stage all of
your assets for a smooth production experience. As with most other
endeavors, the more preparation, the better.
PixMaster Storage System
PixMaster is an advanced file system that is pointer based. In PixMaster, all content is
kept in large central library folders, and then a show is just a collection of pointers. In
this way, you do not have to make copies of the same clip for different shows, which
can eat up a lot of disk space.
For example, the central clip library is the clips folder on the systems D drive, and it’s
formal name is D:\\clips\ as illustrated below. All clips live in this central folder, and
editing a show simply means editing your pointers for that show.
Show 1
Show 2
Show 3
Pointers
to clips
Pointers
to clips
Pointers
to clips
D:\clips\
Etc.
1 Central
Clip Library
Folder
(The D Drive)
There are also three central library folders on the C Drive for graphics, each of which
corresponds to a button on the panel. They are:
Stills
C:\\graphics\stills\
CG
C:\\graphics\cg\
Animations
C:\\graphics\animation\
NOTE: You may have up to one sub-folder within the Still, CG, Animations and Clips folders, to assist in
organizing your content. Any other folders will not be seen in PixMaster.
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3.1 Creating a New Show
You can create a new show one of two ways, either by launching PixMaster from its
desktop icon or from within the BPswitcher application under the File menu. A new
show must always reference an existing show as a starting point. For this reason it is
recommended to create a “Generic Show” that has all inputs/sources mapped to the
switcher, and all devices pointed to the correct folders.
To Create a New Show:
1. 
Launch PixMaster by double-clicking on the PixMaster
icon on the desktop, as illustrated at the right. This will
open the PixMaster: Start Window as shown below. The
main Broadcast Pix Switcher application needs to be
closed in order to launch PixMaster.
2. 
Click on Create new show. This opens the Create a
new show window, as shown below.
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3. 
Select a starting point for this
show by selecting one of the
previous shows, which could
include the Sample Show that
shipped with your system.
When you select it, it will
highlight, as shown at the right.
The starting point determines
how your sources are mapped
to the switcher, as well as the
content assigned to each
source.
You can then edit from that
starting point. You may want to
create one or more default
shows as your universal starting
point.
4.
Give the new show a name, by
entering it under Enter name of
new show.
In the example shown at the
right, the new show name is
11pm News and its starting point
is the 6PM News.
5.
11pm News
Click on Create Show and it will
open in PixMaster, as shown in
section 3.3.
NOTE: when giving a new show a name, standard Microsoft Windows conventions apply. For example, you
cannot use a colon (:) in a name.
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3.2 Selecting an Existing Show to Edit
There are two ways to launch PixMaster to edit an existing show, either from the
desktop or from within BPswitcher.
From PixMaster:
1. 
Double-Click on the PixMaster
icon on the Desktop, as shown
above, and the PixMaster Start
window will appear, as shown
at the right.
2.
Double-click on the Show you
wish to open, and it will open in
PixMaster as shown in section
3.3. (You can also single-click
on the show name and then
press the “Choose Show”
button.)
From Switcher:
1. 
Select the File menu,
as shown at the right, and click
on Edit Show.
The show that you have open
with now open in PixMaster,
(as shown in section 3.3).
NOTE: If you do not have a show open, you can not access the PixMaster Show Editor from the MultiView, as it will be grayed out.
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3.3 Editing a Show
When you select a show to edit, it will open in the PixMaster window for that show. In
the illustration shown below, a show called Sample Show has been opened for
editing. The primary source row for this show will be shown, complete with the exact
PixButtons. In general, there are three things you can do from here:
1. Select which devices’ content to edit by clicking on its name or PixButton.
2. Select Edit Show Settings to edit the show’s switcher source assignments,
memories or extra devices assigned to the 3 wildcard buttons in the upper right
corner of the panel.
3. View and save the content summary for the show.
PixMaster Show Editor
2. Click here to edit
the show’s source
assignments,
memories and
wildcard buttons.
3. Click here to
view and save a
content summary
for the Show
Click on
Shortcut to the
to configure
Mica I/O
Remote Panels
Assignments
Window, from
section 1.8
When done
making
changes,
Save Show
Click on to
view devices
on inputs
10-18
1. Click on
device name
button or its
PixButton to edit
content.
NOTE: It is recommended to restart the Broadcast Pix Switcher application when adding, removing or
arranging a lot of content to prevent stability issues, if you are using the PixMaster Show Editor function.
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3.4 Editing a Show’s Content
Select the device whose content you wish to edit by clicking on its PixButton or name
below the PixButton and its content window will open.
For example, if you
click on Clips 1 its
Content Window for
this show will open.
Content Window:
The content window, in this
case for the “Clips 1” clip store,
enables you to:
Reorder the clips in the show
Import new clips into this
show (and into the library
from anywhere on your
system or network.
Add new clips to this show
from the central storage
location for clips known as
the clips library.
NOTE: the location of the clip library
for the show is indicated at the bottom
– in this case D:\clips\
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3.5
Reordering, Adding, or Removing Content
The flexibility of PixMaster allows you to have many different shows, each with their
own unique content. So a “news” show could have its own clips and graphics
separate from a “sports” show, allowing for greater ease of use and reassurance that
the content will not go on-air in the wrong show. In addition, you can manually sort
your content in the order in which it will be played out during the show, again allowing
for ease of use. With the use of Fluent Watch-folders, you have the ability to
automatically add clips and graphics to any show, even ones that are on air. This
greatly enhances your workflow.
3.5.1 To Reorder Content:
1. 
Select the content you wish to move, and it will highlight.
2.
Click on the up arrow or down arrow and the highlighted content will move
down or up one position. Each time you click it will move once. In the
illustration below, it has been clicked down once, so it moved one position.
3. 
Press OK.
NOTE: If you’re doing a lot of editing, you do not have to press OK until you are done with everything.
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3.5.2
To Reorder a Group of Content
In addition to moving one file up and done the list, you can also move an entire group
of elements at once.
To move a group manually:
1. 
Select the first item you wish to move with your mouse, and it will highlight.
2.
Press Shift on your keyboard, and hold it down.
3.
Select the last item you wish to move, and all the ones in between will
highlight:
4.
Then click the up or down button one time for each position that you want the
selected group to move. In this case, four adjacent clips were moved down to
the bottom of the list.
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3.5.3
1. 
Adding Content From the Central Library
Click on View entire library button in the content window. This
will open the complete library/folder that your device is pointing
to, as shown below.
To have PixMaster automatically show the entire library, check
the Always show entire library check box.
NOTE: the Refresh List button is used if you edit a library using Microsoft Windows, then changes made
can be seen by clicking on refresh list (or reopening PixMaster).
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2. 
Select the clip you wish to move into the show by left-clicking on it
(it will highlight).
Items already in the show are grayed out in the library, while the items not
displayed in the show are black.
3.
Select where you wish to insert the new clip into the show by clicking on the
show’s content list on the right side. In the illustration below Hurricane is
selected, and so the 04 Milwaukee Weather clip will be inserted after the
Hurricane clip.
4. 
Press the forward arrow, in the middle of the screen. The content is now
inserted into the desired position in the show.
A shortcut to add content into a show is double-clicking with the mouse, instead
of using the forward arrow.
NOTE: The newly added content is now grayed out on the library list to indicate that it is now in the show.
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3.5.4
Adding a Group of Content from the Central Library
You don’t have to add content one at a time, you can bring in any contiguous group
from the library list all at once.
1. 
Click on the first item of the group you wish to move, and it will highlight
2.
Hold down shift on the keyboard
3.
Click on the last item of the group you wish to move and it and all the ones in
between will highlight.
4. 
Then, select the area in the show list into which you want to insert the
selected group of clips.
5. 
Press the forward arrow.
NOTE: You can also select and move non-contiguous material by holding down the Ctrl key while
selecting individual items in the library. This is a standard Windows convention, and works in all other
areas of the system.
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3.5.5
Manually Importing Content
In addition to adding clips and graphics to the show from the central clip library, you
can also import clips from other locations on the Server, such as from a hard drive,
CD, DVD, external disk, USB flash memory, a computer network, etc.
1. 
To import a clip into the example Clips 1
store shown on the previous page, click
on the Import Content button This will
open the Import Options window.
2. 
For Clips, choose whether you want to
move the clip from where it is now, or
make a copy of it and place the copy in
the existing library. If you keep all your
clips in one central location, then select
“Move.” In this example we have
chosen to “Copy” the clip into the library.
This keeps copies of the clip in two
locations.
3.
The imported clip with be automatically
added to the show upon import, since
that box is checked, as shown above. If
you do not want this, (and instead just
want to add it to the library, but not the
show), then simply uncheck the box.
4. 
Press OK.
A browser window opens.
5.
Use standard Microsoft Windows
navigation to browse to the
location of the clip you wish to
import. Select it and it will appear
in the File name window.
6. 
Press Open. The clip imports.
Note: The longer the clip is the longer it
will take to import. When files are being
imported the bottom left corner of the
content window displays “Importing
files”. Wait unit this message disappears
before continuing.
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3.5.6
Importing Content into a Subfolder
When importing, if you want to identify a
subfolder for this clip or group of clips then fill
in its name on the blank line before you press
OK. This is handy for remembering a series of
related clips, especially when it comes time to
clean excess media off your drives
(remember, uncompressed clips take up lots
of space on your drive…approximately 1.4MB
per frame!).
Sample
In this example we created a subfolder called
“Sample.” Consequently the word “Sample”
was added in the folder column when the clip
was imported.
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3.5.7
Fluent Watch Folders
Fluent Watch Folders enables content (clips and graphics) to be added to any show
automatically, even when on air in a production. Similar to the previous section, clips
and graphics can be imported from any location on the Server, such as from a hard
drive, CD, DVD, external disk, USB flash memory, a computer network, etc. Once files
are copied to the Watch folder, the content is automatically added to your show and
loaded into the end of the content PixPad, ready for use. In addition, content may be
added to non-active shows for preparation. The “6:00pm News” show may be on air,
however an editor has packages ready for the “10:00pm News” show. The editor can
simply drag clips to the watch folder without affecting the on air show. When the
“10:00pm News” show is loaded, those clips are automatically added to the show.
Fluent Watch Folders enhances your workflow throughout your entire facility.
Watch Folders are show-specific and each device and channel may have a watch
folder enabled. For any show the maximum number of watch folders that may be
enabled is 7, one for Anim 1, Anim 2, Clip 1, CG 1, CG 2, Still 1 and Still 2.
All graphic watch folders are located in c:\watch and all clip watch folders are located
in d:\watch. The default for all new shows is with Watch Folders disabled.
To Enable Watch Folders:
1. 
In a device’s content window, place a
check next to the Enable watch folder
checkbox, as shown on the right.
This will activate a Watch folder options
button, as well as display the path of
where content should be added to.
2. 
Click on the Watch folder options
button. This will open the Watch folder
options window, where you can
customize the watch folder.
3. 
To add content to a subfolder, as
described in 3.5.6, enter a folder name
in the blank space to create a new folder
or select an existing folder from the pull
down menu.
To not use a subfolder, and to have
content added to the central library,
leave the pull down menu blank, as
shown on the right.
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4. 
If files have already been added to a show or
if a file of the same name is in the central
library, the Overwrite existing files option
allows for content to be replaced. The default
for this option is on.
This option may be useful when using
generic files that may update over time,
like an “Open” or “Bumper”.
5. 
For graphic content, the Update live files
option allows for graphic content only to be
updated even if the content is on the air. The
default for this option is off.
This option may be useful when updating
graphic titles, like a score or a name. If this
option is disabled and the Overwrite existing
files option is enabled, the graphic content will
update once the file is taken off air.
6. 
Click on OK to save the Watch folder options.
7. 
In the content window, click on OK to save
and enable the watch folder. This will now
create the enable watch folder on the C or D
hard drive.
8.
Repeat the above steps for the remaining
devices, that you wish to enable. Devices that
are not enabled will not have the ability to
automatically add content.
All Mica systems have the D:\watch\ and C:\watch\ shared for networking
purposes, to allow clip editors and graphic design stations in a facility to copy files to
the Broadcast Pix system effortlessly. Please note that a maximum of 10 network
clients may be connected to the Broadcast Pix Server at any given time.
The network settings for all Mica Servers are:
Computer Description: (blank)
Computer Name: (Server Number) GSC1234
Workgroup Name: WORKGROUP
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Once all the watch folders have been enabled in PixMaster, the C and D hard drives will
show the enabled Broadcast Pix shows in a series of folders. Inside of each show
folder will be the active folders, as shown below in the 6pm News show example:
D:\watch\(show name)\
C:\watch\(show name)\
To Add Content with Watch Folders:
1. 
For adding graphics, in Windows XP,
navigate to C:\watch\, as shown on the right.
For adding clips, navigate to D:\watch\.
2.
To view which show is running
Broadcast Pix, double-click the
CurrentShow.txt file. The loaded show
will be display, as show on the right. In this
example, “6pm News” is the loaded show.
This text file is helpful when copying files
from remote/networked computers, that
may not be near the Broadcast Pix system.
This window can be closed after gathering
which show is running.
Content may be added to any show which
has watch folders enabled. Copying files
to a non-loaded show will add content when
that show is loaded in Broadcast Pix.
3.
Double-click the show folder (in this case
6pm News). The active devices and channels
will appear, as shown on the right.
4. 
Copy the desired file to the desired device
channel.
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3.5.8 Resizing and Softening Images
When content is imported it can either come in as is, or the images can be resized
and softened upon import. This is particularly useful when you are treating
graphic images such as PowerPoint slides for video presentation or when
importing photos from a digital camera.
To Resize and Soften:
1. 
Click on Import Content button, and the “Import options” window will appear.
2. 
To resize and soften click on Resize and soften images, as shown below.
3. 
Proceed with the import as before, see section 3.5.5.
NOTE: When the Resize and Soften function is selected, the file(s) will automatically be copied to the folder,
there is no need to select Copy or Move.
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3.5.9 Previewing Content
At any time you can see a large thumbnail of any content element in any device.
This is handy if the filename doesn’t represent what the content is and you would
like to verify if the content is correct. All thumbnails are still images, the thumbnail
for a clip or animation will show you the first frame of video.
To preview content:
1. 
In either the Entire Library or Show Contents side of the window, select the
item you wish to preview by right-clicking on it with the mouse, and the word
preview will appear.
2.
Click on Preview, and a pop-up window with a sill image will appear.
3.
To close the still being previewed, click on the X in its upper right corner.
NOTE: If no Preview is shown, then a thumbnail needs to created for that clip, see section 6.1.1
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3.5.10 Renaming Content
From within PixMaster you can also rename any file at anytime. This lets you change a
file to ensure the correct name of the content matches the file and to
shorten/modify a name to make the name fit on PixButtons and the Multi-View.
To rename content:
1. 
Make sure that your are viewing the Entire Library by selecting the View Entire
Library button.
2. 
Select the item you wish to rename in the Entire Library section of the window.
3. 
Right-click on the file and a drop down menu will appear with 3 options, as
shown below.
4. 
Select on Rename and a rename file window will appear, as shown below.
5. 
Enter the desired name and click on OK.
If a number is placed in front of the file (also known as a leading number), for
example “02 Light Swipe.bpa”, you then can recall the graphic/clip by the
number directly from the PixPad for easy navigation, see section 6.3.1.
NOTE: It is important to leave the file extension at the end of the file name for PixMaster to recognize
the file.
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6. 
If leadings numbers are being used on content, you have the option to not view
the number on the PixButton. When active, this option allows for more
characters to be used on the PixButton, instead of space being taken up by
numbers. However the number will still appear in the display and Multi-View for
your convenience. This setting is not selected as a default.
To activate the option, in the content side of the window select the check box
labeled Use leading numbers on PixButtons, as shown below.
3.5.11 Removing Content from a Show
1. 
Select the item you wish to remove, and it will highlight.
2. 
Click on the remove button in the content window, and it will be removed from
the show.
A shortcut to remove content out of a show is double-clicking with the mouse,
instead of using the forward arrow.
The content will still be retained in the central library, as removing a content
does not delete it from your system. If you want to delete content from the hard
drive, see section 3.5.12.
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3.5.12
Permanently Deleting Content from the Library
The best way to ensure that all media and pointer files are deleted properly from the
library/hard drive is from within PixMaster. Even though you may manually delete files
off the hard drive using Windows, not every file may be deleted, and it is not
recommended.
To Delete a Clip or Graphic from the Library :
1.
Make sure your are viewing the entire library by clicking on the View entire
library button and the content window will expand to show the library.
2. 
Right click on the item you wish to delete, and a drop down menu with 3
options will appear, as shown below.
3.
Click on the word Delete, and a window will pop up to ask to confirm your
decision, as it will completely remove the item from your system so that it will
not be usable by any show. This act is not undoable.
4.
Click Yes. It’s gone.
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. Show Content Summary
3.6
The Content Summary allows you to see, save and print a handy list of all your
show’s content.
To View a show’s
Content Summary:
On the PixMaster window
for the desired show, click
on View show contents.
The View Show Contents
window will open.
To Save the
Content Summary:
You can save this
by clicking on Save
List. It is saved as
a text delineated
file, which can then
be opened in
columns with a
program like excel.
To Print the
Content Summary
If you have a printer
installed on your
system, you can
print the list by
clicking on Print.
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3.7 Edit Show Settings
In addition to the content in a show, you can also edit its settings and setups
To access the show settings,
click on Edit Show Settings
and the Settings Windows for
the Show will appear.
The Show Settings window enables you to edit:
Switcher Sources
for re-mapping, adding and removing sources as well as
assigning a fail-safe source.
More Devices
for assigning devices to the three wildcard PixButtons,
i.e. camera control.
Memories
for adding, removing, sorting and naming SnapShot &
Macro Memories
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3.7.1 Switcher Sources Assignments
Each show can have unique switcher source assignments. To change them:
1.
On the Show Settings window, click on the Switcher
Sources button. The Switcher source assignments
window will open showing all 18 mapable input sources.
2. 
Select the source number you wish to
change by clicking on its name. A drop
down menu will appear with all your
available source names, created in the
Mica Input Assignments window, in
addition to all the internal clip and
graphic channels.
3. 
Select the desired name to map to the
control panel.
4. 
Click on OK when complete.
NOTE: These settings do not take effect until you Save the show in PixMaster, as shown in section 3.3.
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3.7.2 Adding Wildcard Devices
The Broadcast Pix system has four standard content devices with four dedicated
control panel buttons: Clips (ch 1), Stills (ch 1), CG (ch 1) and Anim (ch 1). In addition,
Anim (ch 2), Stills (ch 2) and CG (ch 2) can be accessed through the [Shift] function
and then selecting Anim, Stills or CG.
There are an additional 3 Wildcard device PixButtons, with a Shift capability for a total
of 6 Wildcard Devices, in the top right corner of the control panel which can be
assigned to external camera and server control or the second channel of devices.
To add a wildcard device:
1. 
On the Edit Show Settings window, click on
More Devices and the Add Device window
will open.
2.
In the Add Device window, click on the
drop down menu under the wildcard
button you wish to edit. A drop down menu
containing available devices appears, as
shown on the right.
3. 
Select the desired device from the drop
down window.
4. 
To assign device buttons 4-6 on the shifted
side, click on the View shifted devices
checkbox and repeat steps 2 and 3 above,
as shown on the right.
5.
Click on OK to return to the Edit Show
Settings window.
To remove a wildcard device:
1. 
Repeat steps 1-2 above.
2. 
Select remove from the drop down list.
3. 
Click on OK to return to the Edit Show
Settings window.
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3.7.3 Show Memories
The Integrated Memories on the Broadcast Pix enables panel setups to be saved that
contain all the classic switcher settings, like key settings, DVEs, sources, etc. as well
as the exact content in clip and graphic stores, complete with attributes, like mark
points, auto-start, crawl speed, etc. For more on creating memories, see section 4.11.
In addition to SnapShot Memories, Macros may also be added and sorted in this
menu, if a Macro has a leading number applied to it. See section 4.12 for more
information about Macros.
The memory controls in PixMaster enable you to:
1. Choose which memories are to be used within a show.
2. Change the order in which the memories are displayed on the Mem PixPad
3. Name the Memories (globally), and create a custom PixButton image for them
Note: The third item is a global change, affecting all shows, so whatever name and image you choose
will be used in all shows for this memory.
To access show
memory controls, on
the Show Settings
window, click on
Memories.
This will open the
Memories Window.
This example
contains 6 memories.
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To add, remove or re-order Memories in a Show
In the show’s memory window, click on View all memories, which will
expand the memory window to include the central library of all memories.
For moving memories into a show and organizing them, this window works
same way as the clip or still content window (see section 3.5). The only
difference here is that as you select each memory you can see its
PixButton in the upper right corner.
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3.7.4 Global Naming of Memories
Caution: memory naming is a global function and will affect all memories in all shows. Whatever name
and PixButton image you choose will be used on all shows.
To name a memory:
1. 
Navigate to the expanded
Memory window shown on
the previous page.
2. 
Click on Edit memory. The
Edit Memory window opens.
3.
Fill in the name you wish to
give the Memory, in the
Name for memory x field.
4. 
If you leave the Use name
on PixButton box checked,
the name you entered will be
put on the PixButton and
displayed as such on the
switcher panel.
As you type a name, the
PixButton icon will update
automatically to show a
preview.
5.
Press OK. The Memory will
now appear with it’s name in
Memory list for the show.
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3.7.5 Custom Images on Memory PixButtons
In the Edit memory window, If you uncheck Use name of PixButton, then you can
assign a Custom PixButton by clicking on Custom button. This will open the ‘Choose
custom PixButton image’ window, where you can navigate to find a custom image
created by the Draw PixButton application, as shown below.
To create a custom PixButton image:
1. 
Double-Click the Draw PixButton application, which can be found on the
desktop. And the application will launch, as shown below.
2. 
Enter text to appear on the button in the Text field.
3.
Position the text with the 2 arrows, and the position will show in the white
preview window. It is recommended to use the default font, if desired you may
select another, by un-checking the Use default font box.
4.
Select Apply and the text will appear in the big green window, which represents
the PixButton.
5.
If desired you may draw custom icons on the button by left-clicking with the
mouse and dragging. Custom icons may assist in remembering what the
memory is comprised of, in a graphical representation.
6.
Erase any part of the button by right clicking. At any point you may revert to
older versions by clicking on an image in the Undo section.
7.
When done press Save… button. It is recommended to save all your custom
icons in one folder on the C Drive.
NOTE: Some examples of custom memory PixButtons are shown in the sample show, see section 1.6.1
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3.8 Tally Remapping
In some larger installations, where multiple signals from many different sources are
feeding into the Broadcast Pix Switcher, the tally outputs may need to be reassigned to
accommodated other equipment upstream/downstream of the Broadcast Pix system.
For example, a large ‘house’ router may feed not only the Broadcast Pix system but as
well as other studio equipment, where source locations can easily be varied. The
remapping of tally outputs allows for each source to be appropriately paired with its tally
signal from Broadcast Pix. The remap tally feature is only available when the optional
external tally box is installed, as described in section 1.5.1. Since this is an
advanced feature in large installations, it is advised to contact Technical Support
regarding any questions.
To Remap Tally Outputs:
1. 
Open PixMaster to its first editable screen, Select a device to edit, as shown
below:
2. 
Select the Remap Tallies button, and the remap tallies window
will appear, as shown on the right:
The Input # column corresponds the source signal coming
into the Mica card and the the Tally # column
corresponds to the tally output on the external tally box.
The default tally mapping is 1 to 1.
3. 
For the desired input # to be remapped, select the corresponding
tally # drop down menu and select the desired tally # output 1-22.
4.
When mapping is complete, click on OK to save the mapping.
5.
Click on Save show to apply your show settings.
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Section 4:
Digital Production Switcher
The Broadcast Pix Mica system contains a powerful production switcher. The switcher’s
operation is described in this section, including sources, transitions, keyers and fail-safe
operation. Operation works the same way from either a physical control panel or a
SoftPanel. Many switching functions can also be run from the Multi-View, see section
2.5.6.
4.0 Switcher Controls
When you launch Broadcast Pix Switcher and a show is loaded, see section 1.6, the
switcher controls fill in on the panel as shown below.
Source Controls
Transition Controls
Direct Key
Controls
Source Controls
To select sources for bringing on-air, as backgrounds or
key overlays. And for filling keys and auxiliary outputs.
Transition Controls
To change what is on program, with a cut, mix or effect.
Direct Key Controls
To manually turn keys On/Off. They also show key
status: device, element and tally.
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4.0.1 Tally
Broadcast Pix uses tally to identify at a glance what has been selected. Tally is
displayed simultaneously on the panel, Multi-View and Mica Switcher tally output. If the
optional tally box is installed, the program tally is also sent out.
Panel Tally
State
Color
Buttons
PixButtons
Selected and on Program Red
Selected and on Preview Orange
Off/not selected
White (buttons)
Green (PixButtons)
Multi-View Tally
Selected and on Program Red
Selected and on Preview Orange
Off/not selected
Grey/None
NOTE: There is not tally status in the PixPad of the control panel. Red simply means that the content is
selected. For tally status of content, use the Multi-View PixPad.
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4.1 Video Sources
Video sources include external video sources, plus internal video sources for Clips,
Stills, CGs, Animations and Black.
The 9 most active video sources are selected with the three rows of 9 buttons in the
lower left portion of the control panel, as illustrated below. These 9 sources are
arrayed in columns of 3 buttons each. The same source is assigned to all three
buttons in each column. The displays on the PixButtons in the program row indicate
what source and content element is currently assigned to that column of buttons.
Within any one row, only one source may be selected at once. Therefore, only one
button in the source or preview rows may be illuminated, and only one in the program
row may be illuminated red.
Source
Program
Preview
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Program Row
The Program Row Indicates which source is on the air, which will always be
illuminated red. Other available sources will be illuminated green, and buttons with no
video source assigned will not be illuminated.
The PixButtons used in this row indicate the contents of the source, including what
device is currently assigned, as well as the currently selected content element on the
device.
Preview Row
The Preview Row is used to select which source is selected on preview/preset, which
will be illuminated orange, during a transition the preview row illuminates red and
returns to orange at the end of the transition.
Source Row
The Source Row is used to select which source is used to fill a key, or an auxiliary
output, sources will be illuminated orange to signify that they are selected and on
preview and turn to red once that source is on program.
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4.1.1 Accessing Inputs 10-18 with Shift
For shows that consist of more than 9 inputs, the [Shift] button is used to access
sources 10-18. This enables the Broadcast Pix panel to control twice as many
sources as there are buttons for. These “shifted sources” are typically used for
sources that are used less frequently than the first 9 sources, such as black or a
rarely used extra tape deck.
To access a source in the 10-18 range on the Control Panel or SoftPanel:
Shift
Trans
Pvw
1. 
Press the [Shift] button,
and it will illuminate, and the source displays on the program row will
change to the names of sources 10-18. There is no need to hold down
shift, since the panel will stay in the shifted state until it is deselected.
2.
Select a button from the Program, Preview or Source rows, as desired.
The selected button will illuminate. To indicate that this button is in a
shifted state, on the SoftPanel a small light above it will illuminate, while
on the Control panel the button will blink.
3.
Press the [Shift] button again, which will turn off the illumination of the
shift button, and return all source buttons to their unshifted state. The
control panel will continue to have the selected source blinking and the
small light on the SoftPanel will stay on so you know a shifted source has
been selected. Once a direct or unshifted source is selected the blinking
will stop.
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4.1.2 Lock Shift
The previous section described how to access more sources with the Shift button.
The default mode for shift is that it turns off after the first use, called one-shot shift.
During some productions it may be desired to access the shifted sources more rapidly
without the need of selecting shift every time, for these occasions the shift function
may be locked.
To turn on Lock Shift from the control panel:
1. 
Double-punch the [Shift] button (quickly select it 2 times)
The Shift button will illuminate orange.
Shift
To turn on Lock Shift from the application:
1. 
In BPswitcher, select the Panel drop
down menu.
2. 
Select Panel Settings
3. 
Click on Lock Shift to place a check
mark next to it, as shown on the right.
!
To turn off Lock Shift:
1. 
Repeat step 1-3 above or double-punch
the [Shift] button
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4.2 Transitions
A transition is a change from one picture to another picture. There are three types of
transitions:
•  Cut
A cut is an instantaneous switch from one video picture to another,
and is by far the most common type of transition.
•  Mix
A mix, also known as a cross fade or a dissolve, is a transition in
which one picture dissolves into the next.
•  Effect An effect is a transition that uses a pattern or special effect to
transition from one picture to the next. Effects include wipes, pushes,
squeezes and other 2D DVE moves.
The transition section of the control panel manages all transitions. It is illustrated
below, along with the function of each area of its controls.
Transition Controls
Trans
Pvw
To view the final
composition on Preview
To select which layers
are to be transitioned
To Set Auto Transition Style
Key
1
Bgr
Key
2
Key
3
Mix
Select Mix or Effect
Effect PixButton
Cut
Auto
To Execute a Transition
Use Cut, Auto or Fader Arm
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4.2.1 Transition Preview
Transition Preview adds confidence by showing the end state of the transition on the
Preview Monitor. This is useful when you have keyers on-air, and want to keep them
on-air or take them off-air. The Transition Preview button acts as a reminder,
notifying you exactly what layers will be on air in the next transition. It can also be
used to frame your shots in the preview monitor, just in case a keyer or graphic is
covering up something important in your shot.
To preview the end state of a transition:
1. 
Press the [Trans Pvw] button, in the transition control section of the panel.
(if [Bgr] is off this will happen automatically).
It will illuminate orange, and on the preview monitor you will see the end state of
the transition, with the appropriate background and keys. This end state that you
see in the preview monitor is what the end state of the transition will look like on
program when you execute it (with cut, auto or the fader arm).
Shift
Trans
Pvw
When you execute the transition by pressing [Cut], [Auto Trans] or using the
manual [Fader Arm], the Transition Preview button will remain on. To turn off this
function you can press the [Trans Pvw] and the orange light will go off.
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4.2.2 Background Cut Transition
A cut is a ‘hard’ transition that instantaneously switches from one video picture to
another.
To perform a cut:
1. 
The background transition button must be on and illuminated. If it is not
already on, press [Bgr] and it will illuminate orange.
2.
On the preview bus, select the source you wish to transition to by pressing its
button. The button will light orange and the selected source is displayed in
the preview monitor. In this example, the clip store is on preview and Cam 2
on program.
3.
Press the [Cut] transition button. This will bring the selected source to
program, and whatever was on program to the preview monitor. The
illuminated buttons will also “flip-flop” in the program and preview rows, as
shown:
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4.2.3 Background Mix Transition
A mix is a ‘soft’ transition that dissolves between two images.
To perform a Mix:
1. 
The background transition button must be on and illuminated. If it is not
already on, press [Bgr], and it will illuminate orange.
2.
On the preview bus, select the source you wish to cut to by pressing it
button. The button will light orange and the selected source is displayed in
the preview monitor.
Bgr
Mix
3.
If not already lit, press the [Mix] button, which will illuminate orange.
(The effects PixButton to the right of it will change to green)
4. 
Press the [Auto Trans] button.
This will bring the selected source to program, and whatever was on
program to the preview monitor. The illuminated buttons will also flip-flop on
the program and preview rows. During the transition, the color of both the
Auto and Preview Source buttons will change from orange to red. You can
change the rate at which the mix occurs, as described in the rates section,
see section 4.3.3.
5.
To execute a manual mix, move the Fader Arm up or down.
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4.2.4 Background Effects Transition
To execute an Effect transition, including wipes and DVE effects:
1. 
The background transition button must be on and illuminated. If it is not already
on, press [Bgr], and it will illuminate orange.
2.
On the preview bus, select the source you wish to transition to by pressing its
button. The button will light orange and the selected source is displayed in the
preview monitor.
3.
If not already selected, press the [Effects] PixButton, which will illuminate
orange. When the [Effects] PixButton is pressed, the Device Controls will
change to effect, including the PixPad, knobs and joystick.
The effect that is currently selected, and ready to execute, is shown in the
effects PixButton in the transition section, its corresponding button in the
PixPad is also illuminated orange, and its name is shown in the display.
4.
Press the [Auto Trans] button.
This will bring the selected source to program using the selected
transition style, and whatever was on program to the preview monitor.
The illuminated buttons will also “flip-flop” on the program and preview
rows. During the transition, the color of both the Auto and Preview
Source buttons will change from orange to red. You can change the rate at
which the mix occurs, as described in the rates section, see section 4.3.3.
5.
To execute a manual effect, move the Fader Arm up or down.
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4.3 Transition Effects
The Transition Control section will execute whichever effect is currently selected,
as shown both on the effects PixButton and on the LED display. You can also select a
different effect or modify an effect then use the Effects Device Controls.
To select a different Effect:
1. 
Assign the device controls to effects by pressing the [Effect] PixButton.
This will cause the following device controls to appear:
Effects Device Controls
LED Display
shows selected device, effect, knob
values and numeric keypad value
Effects: Fx 01 Vertical Wipe
Rate
Trate:30
PixPad
12 PixButtons
to select or modify
an effect
3 Knobs
for modifying effects
Effects PixButton
to turn on Effects Device Controls,
and show which effect is selected
2. 
The Effects PixPad displays the first 9 effects, press the desired [Effect Pattern]
PixButton, and it will illuminate red and the previously selected effect will turn to
green. This will also change the selected effect shown in the display and on the
[Effects] PixButton.
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3.
To view additional effects, press the
[Next] PixButton, and the next 9 will appear.
4.
To see the 9 beyond that press the [Next]
PixButton again. You may press the [Next]
button until the PixPad runs out of assigned pages.
5. 
To back up and look at the previous PixPad,
press the [Back] PixButton
6. 
To return the the home or first page of the
Effect PixPad, press the [Effects] PixButton.
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4.3.1 Effects Styles and PixButtons
The Broadcast Pix Switcher has over 150 effects. Each effect has a unique
number, name and PixButton icon image. The PixButton icons are intended to
show the effect style at a glance. The conventions used for these PixButtons are:
Black shows the foreground, while the background video is blank.
For example, in the horizontal wipe, the new foreground enters
from the left. (It can also be reversed, see section 4.3.5).
Types of Transition Effects
The Broadcast Pix Switcher supports many types of transitions each has its own
style PixButton icon. For example, if there was currently a picture of the sun
on-air (background), and you wish to transition to a person (foreground).
Foreground
Background
Example
1. Wipes
Both Images stay in place, and one
is wiped over the other
2. Pushed
One or both of the images are
moved, as being pushed off-air,
or pushed on-air
PixButton
3. Squeezes One or both of the images are
squeezed from their current
position to an edge.
4. Combos The three styles may be combined.
For example, Fx 6 squeezes on the
foreground, while pushing off the
background.
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5. Gradient Wipes
Gradient wipes have a pattern and enable a soft-edge to be applied, as described
in section 4.3.5.
Some of the many gradient wipes are:
6. Clock Wipes and Arcs
Many of the wipe patterns are circular clock wipes, which start in one position and
then move in a circle. Their icons show a black region where the foreground
begins to enter, and then a curved or diagonal arrow with the direction of the clock
movement. For example, clock wipe Fx 115 has the following icon, and creates
the illustrated effect:
An arc wipe is similar to a clock wipe, except that the movement is in a much
wider arc, in which the center of movement is off the picture, rather than in the
middle of the picture as in most clock wipes.
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4.3.2 Selecting a New Effect by Number
1. 
On the Effects PixPad, press the [Controls PixButton],
which will bring up the effects controls PixPad
2.
Press the [numeric keypad] PixButton,
and the PixPad will change to the following
numeric keypad:
3. 
Enter the effect [Number] you wish using the
numeric keypad. As you enter each number it will
appear in the display.
For example Fx # 122, as shown below.
If you enter a wrong number press the [UP]
PixButton, which will bring back to the previous
PixPad, where you can start again from step #2.
4. 
Press the [Enter] PixButton and the effect will
appear in the [Effects PixButton], and its name and
number will also appear in the display. The PixPad
will change to the effect chosen and it will be
illuminated.
Effects: Fx 122 Dual Clock Top
Rate
Trate: 30
Effects
PixButton
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4.3.3 Changing Effect Transition Rates
The transition rate of any effect or mix may be changed by either turning the Rate
knob, or using the numeric keypad.
The transition rate is displayed on the lower right corner of the display. For
example, the illustration below shows a rate of 30 frames. Rates are displayed in
frames, with 30 frames being equal to one second in 60Hz and 25 being equal to
one second in 50Hz. The system defaults to 30 frames until another rate is
selected.
To change the transition rate with a knob:
1.
If the Device Controls are not already assigned to effects, press the
[Effects PixButton] in the transition section and the display illustrated
below will appear.
2.
Turn the [1ST Knob] to the desired rate. The number of frames will be
shown in the right corner of the display TRate: 30.
This rate will be now be used for all transitions until changed.
Effects: Fx 05 Push
Rate
Trate:30
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To change the transition rate with the numeric keypad:
1. 
Press the [Mix] button in the Transition Control section of the panel.
2. 
The PixPad in the Device Control section of the panel will change to a
numeric keypad. Enter the desired value in frames.
3. 
Press the [Enter] PixButton to save the transition rate.
OR
1.
If the Device Controls are not already assigned to effects, press the
[Effects] PixButton.
2.
Press the [Controls] button on the
effects PixPad, and the following
PixPad will appear:
4.
Enter the rate [Number] you wish using the numeric keypad. As you
enter each number it will appear in the display.
3.
Press the [Trans Rate]
PixButton, and the following
numeric keypad will appear:
If you enter a wrong number press the [UP] PixButton and repeat step #3.
5.
Press the [Enter] PixButton and the rate will appear in the display, and the
PixPad will revert to PixPad containing the selected effect.
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4.3.4 Reversing an Effect
All effects will execute in the reverse direction. A left Push-off will become a right
push-off, a circle wipe that starts in the center and goes out, will now start on the
outside and go to the center, etc.
To reverse an effect:
To Reverse the direction of all effects, on the Effects PixPad press the [Controls]
PixButton, then press the [Reverse] PixButton.
To indicate that Reverse has been selected, the letter (R) will be appended to every
effect name in the display, as shown below:
Effects: Fx 103 Circle (R)
Trate:30
To remove reverse and return to the normal state, press the [Reverse]
PixButton again, and the (R) in the display will be removed.
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4.3.5 Modifying an Effect
Gradients are effects that use a pattern such a circle, star, pinwheel etc. can be
modified for softness and aspect.
To modify an effect:
1. 
The background transition button must be on (illuminated). If it is not already on,
press [BGR] and it will illuminate orange.
2. 
The Device Controls needs be assigned to effects, if they are not, press the
[Effects] PixButton in the transition section.
3.
Select the effect you want with either the numeric keypad or one of the [Effect
Pattern] PixButtons.
4.
Click the [Controls] PixButton for a selected transition to modify the softness,
aspect and transition rates.
5. 
To see a transition effect in pre-production, move the Fader Arm half way.
6.
To change the softness of the edge of an gradient wipe effect, turn the
[1st Knob].
Effects: Fx 103 Circle
SFT:50 ASP:1.0
7.
Trate:30
To change the Aspect ratio of a gradient wipe, turn the [2nd Knob].
Effects: Fx 103 Circle
SFT:50 ASP:1.0
Trate:30
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4.4 Keys
The Broadcast Pix Mica system combines multiple layers that can include a background
video image and up to six overlays, each of which is known as a key. 3 are standard and
another 3 are optional. All 6 keys can hold a graphic, such as a CG, Still or Animation, or
a DVE box (Picture-in-Picture) which can hold a camera, still, clip or any other source.
Any key may hold a Chroma/Luma Key, however only one source at a time may have a
Chroma/Luma key applied, as an option multiple sources can have Chromakey/Luma
keys controls (useful for virtual sets).
If PowerAux is enabled, then Key 6 can only be assigned to animations or black, and
have no DVE functionality.
In the example below the composition includes four layers:
Key 3
Animation1
Key 2
Still1 w/ DVE
Key 1
CG1
Jim
Jim
Background
Composited
Picture
Camera
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4.4.1 Key Controls
The Broadcast Pix panel provides three groups of buttons for controlling the first 3
keys: Key Select Buttons, Key Transition Buttons and Direct Key Buttons. The Source
Row is also used with the Key Select Buttons.
Each of the 3 Keyers is treated as a device, so pressing any one of the three Key
Select buttons assigns all of the device controls to that Key, including: Joystick, 3
knobs, PixPad and the Display.
In addition, all six keys are also shown graphically and in full motion on the Multi-View
for feedback.
Key 1-6 Controls
Key Select Buttons
For assigning the Device Controls to a Key
and for use with the Sources Row to change which device is assigned to a Key
Key
1/4
Key
2/5
Key
3/6
Key
1
Key
2
Key
3
Source Row
Key Transition Buttons
For use with the Key Select Buttons to
change which device is assigned to a key
For including keys in transitions
Also previews a key
Direct Key Buttons
Displays the key content and tally
Manually turn keys on and off
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4.4.2 Assigning a Source to Key 1-3
Each of the three keys may hold a variety of sources, including a cg, animation, still,
a DVE box (picture-in-picture window) for camera, etc. Each source is assigned to
Key 1, 2 and 3 by using the Key Selection and Source Row controls
To assign a source to a Keyer:
1.
Press the desired Key Selection Button, either [Key 1 Select], [Key 2 Select]
or [Key 3 Select].
The button pressed will illuminate orange (or red if the key is on program), and
one button in the source row will also illuminate. This lit button in the source
row will indicate which source is currently assigned to the selected key. For
example, in the illustration shown below, the Anim 1 device is fed into Key 2.
(You can see the name of the source by looking at the device icon on the top
of the PixButtons in the program row).
The lit source button will illuminate red if this key is on program. This will warn
you that if you now change to a different source you will be impacting the on-air
content. The lit source button will illuminate orange if this key is not on air. If a
shifted source (10-18) is currently in the key, it will blink on the Control panel,
and illuminate a small light above the button on the SoftPanel.
Key Select Buttons
in the Destination Row
Con
trols
Source Row
Program Row
2. 
Press the desired [Source Row] button, for the source you wish to feed into
the keyer. The button pressed will illuminate orange (or red if the key is on
program), and the source row button that had been illuminated before will go
out.
Only one button in the source row may be illuminated at once. The new
source, and its current contents, will also appear in the appropriate [Key
PixButton] in the lower right corner of the panel. For example, in the
illustration shown above, to change Key 2 from Anim 1 to CG 1, press CG 1
button in the source row (the 7th button).
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4.4.3 Direct Key Controls
The Direct Key buttons are the three buttons located in the lower right corner of the
control panel. They correspond to Key 1, 2 and 3, as shown below. In addition to On/Off
functionality, these three buttons provide a handy place to always see key status,
including:
What Device is assigned to this keyer
is shown by the icon (e.g. CG Channel 1)
What is the name of the content element
currently selected in the device (e.g. Score)
Whether the Key is
On Program: Red
On Preview: Orange
Assigned/Selected: Green (in this case)
Key1
Key 2
Key 3
To Manually Bring a Key On Program:
1. 
Any key that is off (green or orange), can be brought on program by pressing
its [Direct Key Button] in the bottom right corner of the panel. This will
cause this key (such as the still in key 2 in the above example) to fade on at
the rate for that keyer, and the button will change color to red.
To Manually Take a Key Off Program:
1.
Any key that is on-air (red), can be taken off program by pressing its [Direct
Key Button] in the bottom right corner of the panel. This will cause this key
(such as the title in key 3 in the above example) to fade off at the rate for that
keyer, and the button will change color, from red to green (or orange if its key
transition button is on).
Keys may also be transitioned from the Multi-View, see section 2.5.3
NOTE: If the rate for a Key on the control panel display is set to 1, the Key will cut on/off program.
To change the Key rate see section 4.4.7. There are three ways to bring Keys on and off program: by
using the Transition Controls, by clicking in the keyer window on the Multi-View or by using the Direct Key
buttons.
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4.4.4 Transitioning Keys with Multiple Keys or with the Background
Three of the six keys can be used with the transition controls. This enables key
transitions to be combined with background transitions. This also enables any
effects, such as a wipe or push-off, to be used for transitioning keys, either with a
background change or without a background change.
Changing a Key with a Background Change:
To add or subtract layers simultaneously with a change to the background video:
1. 
Press the [BGR] button (if it is not already illuminated)
2.
Select the keys to transition with the background by pressing one or more of the
adjacent [Key Transition] buttons. Each button pressed will illuminate orange
(or red if the key is already on program). As each Key Transition button is
pressed, the Key content will appear as an addition to the preview monitor. For
example, to transition on program Key1 and Key2 along with a background
change, press:
Bgr
Key
1
Key
2
Key
3
As each of the above [Key Transition] buttons is pressed, its corresponding
[Direct Key] button in the lower right corner of the panel will change from green
to orange.
3.
Press [Cut] (or Auto, or use the fader arm) and the background video will
change, the illuminated keys will come on program, and their [Direct Key] buttons
in the lower right corner of the panel will change illumination from orange to red.
In the above example, two keys were brought on program at the same time with the
background. If instead the keys are already on before the transition, and you wish to
bring them off program as part of a transition, then the button illumination would be as
follows. When their [Key Transition] button is pressed it will illuminate red, to indicate
on-air keys. The corresponding [Direct Key] PixButton will stay red. Now when cut (or
auto or the fader) is pressed, the Key 1 and 2 will come off program as the background
video changes, and the [Direct Key 1] PixButton and [Direct Key 2] PixButton will
change from red to orange.
You may combine bringing keys on and off program in the same transition. For
example, if Key 1 is already on, and you wish to bring it off with a background transition,
while bringing on Key 2, the illumination of the [Key Transition] buttons would be:
Bgr
Key
1
Key
2
Key
3
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Changing a Key without a Background Change
To add or subtract key layers without changing the background video, repeat all of
the above steps, except in step one, turn off the [Bgr] button, as shown below.
When [Bgr] is turned off the [Trans Pvw] button will automatically turn on as shown
below, and the end state of the transition will be shown on the preview monitor, which
will include the same background as currently on program.
Trans
Pvw
Bgr
Key
1
Key
2
Key
3
For more on Transition Preview, see section 4.2.1
4.4.5 Pro Transition Mode
When the background and key layers are selected in the transition section of the
control panel, by default, the buttons/layers are added/selected one at a time leaving
the previously selected layers enabled. For most users this method is acceptable,
however in some cases where rapid execution is necessary, users may prefer to only
have the selected layer active, disabling the previously select layers. This mode is
known as Pro Transition Mode.
To Enable Pro Transition Mode:
1. 
In BPswitcher, select the Panel drop
down menu.
2. 
Then Panel Settings.
3.
Place a check next to Pro Transition
Mode, as shown on the right.
Now, any transition layer that is
selected will automatically turn off
any previously select layers.
4.
To disable Pro Transition mode,
repeat step one.
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4.4.6 Modifiers for Keyers
Each Keyer can have several functions applied to it, including the key transition rate,
Digital Video Effect (DVE), crop and border.
To access a modifier for a key:
1.
Select the desired Key, by pressing the [Key 1 Select], [Key 2 Select] or [Key
3 Select] button. The PixPad will change, for example the Key 1 PixPad is
shown below:
2.
The Key may be cropped on any side. Press the [Crop] PixButton on the
above PixPad and the following knob values will appear as shown below.
Twist the [1st Knob] for left crop, the [2nd Knob] to just crop the top, and
[3rd Knob] to change which of the four corners to crop, from LeftTop (shown) to
LeftBot, RightTop and RightBot.
Once any side has been cropped, the display and keyer window on the MultiView will read out Cr next to the key rate, signifying cropping has been applied.
You can reset the cropping to none/000 by pressing the [Crop Reset] button
in the Keyer Modifier PixPad
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3. 
The Key may be positioned any where on screen,
even when a DVE is not applied.
Press the [Position] PixButton, as shown on the
right, and the following knob values will appear as
shown below.
Twist the [1st Knob] for X-Axis control and/or the
[2nd Knob] for Y-Axis control, using the knobs
provides fine tuned control.
For quicker control, the Joystick may also be used.
Move the Joystick:
Left - Right
Up - Down
Diagonally
Once a keyer has be repositioned, the display and
Keyer window on the Multi-View will read out Rp next
to the key rate.
You can reset the position to 0,0 by pressing the
[Posit Reset] button in the Keyer Modifier PixPad.
Or when no DVE is applied, twist the Joystick to
reset the position to 0,0.
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4.4.7 To Change the Key Fade Rate
The fade rate for all 6 Keys can be set with a knob or the numeric keypad in the
PixPad. To change the key fade rate:
1.
Press the [Key Select] button for the desired keyer, to assign the Device
Controls to that key.
2. 
Turn the [left knob] to the desired transition rate, which will be shown
after the letters Ra in the display above the knob.
Key 3 (Ra45)
Rate
or
Press the [Key Rate] PixButton on the Key PixPad for the desired Key,
enter the rate with the [numeric keypad], as done for a transition rate,
and press [Enter] to apply the rate.
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4.5 DVE Boxes (Picture in Picture)
All 6 Keyers may have a DVE (Digital Video Effect) Box, otherwise known as a Picture-inPicture, applied to it. In television news shows, the DVE Box is used extensively for “overthe-shoulder” boxes that may contain a still, clip or another camera.
The DVE Box enables one video or graphic to be
placed in a smaller picture on top of the background
video.
4.5.1 To Create a DVE Box:
1. 
Press the Key transition button for the desired keyer, either [Key 1
Transition], [Key 2 Transition] or [Key 3 Transition] , and it will illuminate
orange, and the content of the key will appear on the preview monitor.
2.
Select the Keyer you wish to use by pressing either [Key 1 Select], [Key 2
Select] or [Key 3 Select]. This will assign the Device Controls to the Keyer
selected, as described in section 4.4.2.
3.
Press the [DVE OnOff] PixButton on the PixPad, which will cause the word
(DVE) to appear in the display to let you know the DVE is applied, as shown
below:
Key1 (Ra1, DVE)
Rate
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4. 
Press the [DVE Controls] PixButton on the PixPad, which will bring up the
following PixPad of controls:
5.
Select the desired DVE Box pattern preset by pressing one of the six
[DVE Box Pattern] PixButtons. The selected DVE Box pattern will appear
on the preview monitor.
6. 
You can change which source you would like to feed into the DVE Box by
pressing another [Source] button in the source row. When pressed, the
content will appear in the DVE Box on the preview monitor.
7.
Bring the previewed DVE Box to air by pressing either the [Cut] or [Auto]
buttons, or using the [Fader Arm], or you can manually bring the DVE Box
to air by pressing its [Direct Key Button]
8.
To remove/reset the DVE box and return the Keyer to full screen mode,
press the [DVE OnOff] PixButton.
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4.5.2 Modifying a DVE Box
Several parameters of the DVE box can be modified including size, position,
crop, border size and border color.
To modify a DVE box:
Get the desired DVE Box on the preview monitor by executing steps 1 through 5 above
in section 4.5.1.
1. 
The position of the DVE Box may be modified by using the Joystick, as follows:
Left - Right
2.
Up - Down
Diagonally
The size of the DVE Box may be modified by twisting the Joystick.
or
The size may also be changed by pressing the [Size] PixButton
and then twisting the [left knob] for overall size, and the [center knob]
and [right knob] to individually control width and height respectively.
The numbers refer to pixels (full screen 1920x1080).
Key1 (Ra1, DVE)
Size W:270 H:360
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3.
The edges of a DVE box may also have a simple colored border. To apply a
border press the [DVE Border] PixButton on the PixPad in Device Control-B.
The panel display will read a border thickness above the 1st Knob. Turn the
knob to increase /decrease the border thickness.
Key1 (Ra1, DVE)
BWD:015
4. 
To change the border color, press the [Border Color] PixButton on the
PixPad. The panel display will read color values for Red, Green & Blue. Turn
the corresponding knobs until the desired color is reached.
Key1 (Ra1, DVE)
R:000
G:000
B:000
4.5.3 Multiple DVE Boxes
Two DVE Boxes may be used at once, one on Key 1 and the other on Key 2. This
is known as dual boxes, or a “Split-back”, as shown below. To create dual boxes
set one of them up on Key 1, as described above, and then set up another on Key
2 in the same way. In the same way six DVE Boxes can also be created by
turning the DVE box command on in each of the six keyers.
NOTE: In the above illustration, the two DVE boxes are placed on an animated background that is
playing out from the system’s clip store with a crawl placed on the bottom.
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4.5.4 Accessing Keys 4-6
Most Broadcast Pix Mica switchers come standard with 3 Keyers, as an option
every model can be upgraded to a total of 6 Keyers allowing for 6 picture-inpictures. Even though Keys 4-6 have the same capabilities as Keys 1-3, as
described in section 4.5, they can also be tied to a transition with the transition
controls as described in section 4.4.5. The use of Integrated Memories, see
section 4.11, can assist in easily bringing Keys 4-6 on/off of program. Keys 4-6
are downstream (on top) of Keys 1-3, and due to their somewhat limited
capabilities they are intended for more “set and forget” applications, i.e. a logo/
station bug, a game clock in a DVE, a scrolling ticker, etc.
To access Keys 4-6:
1.
Double-punch the [Key 1] Key Select Button. This will activate the Key 4
PixPad Controls, as shown below. The Key 1 button will now be blinking,
indicating that Key 4 is active and on a SoftPanel the Key 1 button will turn
into a Key 4 button. (To access Key 5 double-punch Key 2, and
for Key 6 double-punch Key 3.)
2. 
You now have the same DVE, rate and cropping controls as described in
section 4.4.6.
3.
You now can preview the Key by pressing [Key OnOff Prev] in the PixPad,
or you can take the Key to program by pressing [Key OnOff Prog]. The
Key OnOff Prev button replicates the key transition buttons.
4.
To take the key off of Preview or Program, repeat step 3.
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4.6 Source Controls
All Broadcast Pix sources, both external live and internal graphics and clips, have
various parameters which can be modified known as Source Controls. For
external live sources you can set the AutoAspect treatment, as described in section
1.8.1, as well as chromakey/luma key levels. For internal source controls you can
also set the AutoAspect treatment, as well as any control that the device has enabled.
Source Controls reside on the the actual input, in result wherever that source is
outputted to, it will have the associated source controls applied to it.
To activate source controls:
1. 
Select the [Controls] button in the Destination Row on the control panel or
SoftPanel and it will illuminate. (On older panels, this is the [Capture] button)
2. 
The display will read out which source is selected and the source row will have
its button illuminated. To effect/modify another source select any mapped
source on the switcher’s Source Row.
The display will read out one of the following:
(9N): 16:9 source with no treatment
(9B): 16:9 source with letter box treatment
(9F): 16:9 source with 14:9 treatment
(9C): 16:9 source with center crop treatment
(4N): 4:3 source with no treatment
(4B): 4:3 source with pillar box, treatment
(4F): 4:3 source with 14:9 treatment
(4C): 4:3 source with center crop treatment.
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The PixPad will change to show the attributes for source controls, all the
external live inputs will have the same PixPad, and each internal device will
have its own specific one, as shown below.
External Live Source
Clip Source
CG Source
Still Source
Animation Source
3. 
Select the native aspect ratio of the source, either [Native 4:3] or [Native
16:9], in the PixPad.
4. 
Now select the desired treatment effect, either [Auto Asp Box], [Auto Asp
14:9] or [Auto Asp Crop].
Note that the Multi-View source monitors will only show the native aspect ratio,
16:9 or 4:3 boxed, whereas the Multi-View Preview and Program monitors will
also show the applied treatment.
The Animation store does not have any Aspect Controls, since all content must
be 1920x1080 – 16:9.
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4.7 Chromakey
Chromakey is a method of removing a solid background color and replacing it with
a different image. The most common application for Chromakey (also called green/
blue screen) is in news/weather production, where a person in front of a blue wall
or a green wall is taped with video camera, and then using a Chromakey the
person is cut out of the image and placed on a different background, such as a
weather map.
One Chromakey comes standard with the Broadcast Pix switcher, and as an option
multiple sources may have a Chromakey assigned to it, ideal for creating virtual
sets. When using a Chromakey, all controls are accessed through the Source
Controls PixPad. Also, when a Chromakey is applied to a source, the chromakey
will appear everywhere that source is applied to, i.e. program, preview, key, etc.
Only external live sources and clips may have chromakey applies to them.
The most important element to a successful Chromakey is even lighting. Not only
do you need to light your subject with standard 3-point lighting (Key, Fill & Back
light) it is also important to evenly light your Chromakey wall (the background of the
subject). Once that is accomplished you are now ready to use the Chromakey
feature.
4.7.1 Activating the Chromakey
1. 
Place the source which is shooting the subject to be Chromakeyed in a Key
by pressing the [Key Select] button of that key in the destination row and
then the [source] button for the desired camera in the source row. This
example will assume Key 2 is the desired location. You may Chromakey
any external live source, or any clip from within the clip store.
2. 
Then bring Key 2 onto preview, by pressing the [Key 2 Transition] button.
3. 
Select the [Controls] button, in the destination row of the control panel,
and then the appropriate [source] button of the source you are keying in
the source row, as described in the previous section.
The PixPad will change and show one of the following:
External Live Source
Clip Source
Luma/Chroma Controls
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4.
Press the [Chrma OnOff] button on the above PixPad and the large display will
show the letters Chr added to the modifiers in the large display to let you know
the Chromakey has been turned on.
5.
Press the [Chrma Cntrls] button on the above PixPad to bring up the Chromakey
controls on the PixPad as shown below. (The [Chrma Cntrls] button will not bring
up these controls unless you have turned the Chromakey on, as described in step
4.)
6.
To select the default settings for Blue or Green Chromakey select either the [Key
Blue] or [Key Green] in the above PixPad. This will activate the factory settings
for either Chromakey, additional adjustments may be needed.
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4.7.2 Chromakey Settings
There are a number of Chromakey settings that may be adjusted to give you greater
control of your Chromakey. It is important to note that the smallest adjustment can
cause a key to look good or bad. All adjustments are controlled though the Key’s
[Chrma Cntrls] PixPad, as shown on the previous page.
When creating a Chromakey it is all about creating a wedge of color on the color
wheel to generate a matte.
Each Chromakey has these available controls, although Hue and Acceptance Angle
are the most important:
Hue [Hu]: Position around color wheel of the wedge, the actual color of the
Chromakey background. Red = 0 (approximately), Green = 120, Blue = 240
Gain [Gain]: Increases the transparency of the key. It can tighten the key around an
object at the cost of making the edges harder. (0 to 100)
Acceptance Angle [AcAn]: Size of the wedge on the color wheel, in degrees. Outside
of the acceptance angle is opaque, within has increasing transparency as you
approach the exact hue. The wider the angle the more colors are accepted as
transparent. (0 to 180)
Clip [Clp]: Represents offset of the wedge of the color being selected. Negative (-)
towards higher saturation, positive (+) towards opposite side of the color wheel. Useful
when dark objects are becoming fully transparent from a small amount of reflected
green. (-100 to 100)
Shrink [Shr]: Shrinks the key around the object based on the shape of the
object. Good for tightening the key around hair. If it is overdone it can also give a
harsh edge. Useful as a finishing step, but won’t help if there is not a good set of base
parameters. (0 to 100)
Spill Suppression [Spil]: Spill suppression subtracts a color value from places from the !
Chromakey source where the matte is not totally opaque or transparent. So instead of
a green fringe, there is a black one, for example. (0 to 100)
Suppression Angle [SuAn]: A 2nd wedge that can be generated that has a hard edge
instead of the soft edge. (0 to 180)
Suppression Clip [SCl]: Same as Clip, but for a hard edge mask. (-100 to -5)
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4.7.3 Adjusting the Chromakey
1. 
Press the [Hue Gain Acc] PixButton in the [Chrma Cntrls] PixPad.
2. 
Adjust the Hue value to the color of your Chroma wall by turning
the knob under the Hue display. You will notice the color you are keying out in a
circle on the source window on the Multi-View.
3. 
Adjust the Gain value to around 20, which will key out most of the background.
4. 
Adjust the AcAn value until the colored edge around your subject is mostly keyed
out.
5. 
Press the [Clip Shrink Spill] PixButton in the [Chrma Cntrls] PixPad.
6. 
Adjust the Clp value, to reduce the amount of your background that is remaining.
This value should be around 0 plus or minus a few degrees. Too much clip will
cause your subject to be transparent.
7. 
If needed, you may shrink the edges of your subject by adjusting the Shr value.
8. 
Adjust the Spil value to a desired effect, too much spill will give a dark outline on
your subject.
9. 
Adjust the remaining settings, if needed, by pressing the [Sup S Clip] PixButton,
to fine tune the key to eliminate any further spill of the the background that may be
on your subject.
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4.8 Luma key
Similar to Chromakey, Luminance key or Luma key is a method of removing the
dark portions of a video picture and replacing that with another image with a
different image. A common application for Luma key is in worship productions,
where white song words with a black background from a computer signal input (like
PowerPoint), and then using a Luma key the words are cut out of the image and
placed on a different background, such as a clip from the clip store or over a
camera filming the choir.
One Luma key comes standard with the Broadcast Pix switcher, and as an option
multiple sources may have a Luma key assigned to it.
When using a Luma key, all controls are accessed through the Source Controls
PixPad. Also, when a Luma key is applied to a source, the Luma key will appear
everywhere that source is applied to, i.e. program, preview, key, etc.
4.8.1 Activating & Adjusting the Luma key
1. 
Place the source which is to be Luma keyed in a Key by pressing the [Key
Select] button of that key in the destination row and then the [source]
button for the desired camera in the source row. This example will assume
Key 2 is the desired location. You may Luma key any external live source,
or any clip from within the clip store.
2. 
Then bring Key 2 onto preview, by pressing the [Key 2 Transition] button.
3. 
Select the [Controls] button, in the destination row of the control panel,
and then the appropriate [source] button of the source you are keying in
the source row, as described in section 4.6.
The PixPad will change and show one of the following:
External Live Source
Clip Source
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4.
Press the [Luma OnOff] button on the above PixPad and the large display will
show the letters Luma added to the modifiers in the large display to let you know
the Luma Key has been turned on. In addition, the Multi-View will display a white
circle on the source window.
5.
Adjust the Clip value by turning its knob under the display. The Clip setting
determines the range of the brightness that is cut out/removed. The greater
amount of clip the more transparent the source will be.
6. 
Adjust the Gain value by turning its knob under the display. The Gain setting
determines the overall amount of brightness that is cut out. The greater amount of
gain the harsher the edges will be, too much gain will make the entire source
transparent.
7.
To invert the keying, press the [Luma Cntrls] button on the Source Controls
PixPad to bring up the Luma Key controls on the PixPad as shown below. (The
[Luma Cntrls] button will not bring up these controls unless you have turned the
Luma Key on, as described in step 4.)
8.
Press the [Invert] button on the above PixPad and the large display will show the
letters Inv, as shown at the top of the page. Inverting the key reverses the values
used in the luminance key. Inverting the key can assist in fine-tuning the key.
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4.9 Fluent Controls
The Chromakey and Lumakey settings may also be modified and controlled from
the Multi-View using the Fluent Controls window and adjusting settings with the
mouse. Fluent Controls give you a graphical representation of the color being
keyed out and an easier way of modifying settings. All the settings described in the
previous sections are available for control inside the Fluent Controls window.
To adjust the Chromakey controls
1.
Open the Fluent Controls window by
selecting the Panel, Fluent Controls
menu from the Broadcast Pix menu button,
as shown on the right.
2. 
The Fluent Controls window will appear, as
shown on the right.
Select the desired input to modify by
clicking on the Adjust setting: pull down
menu. This example will use Input 1.
3. 
To turn on the Chromakey, click on the
Chromakey option and it will illuminate
yellow, this will turn on the chromakey for
this input and the available chromakey
settings will appear, as shown on the right.
4. 
To select the color to key out, either turn
the Hue wheel to the desired hue.
Or select and hold down the Pick Color
(s) button, it will illuminate blue, and move
the mouse anywhere on screen to select a
color. The color wheel will change to a
video preview of the pixels you are about
to select, as shown on the right.
To pick one specific value release the
mouse, and the hue will change.
To select a range of colors, while holding
down the mouse select select Ctrl on the
keyboard, then release the mouse.
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5. 
To modify other chromakey setting, turn each
setting wheel based on section 4.7.2.
6. 
To assist with keying the correct values, each
value may be disabled to view how it is
affecting the key. To disable a setting, click on
the green activator button for any/all of the
values, the button will turn red, and shown on
the right. To enable the setting click on the red
activator button.
7. 
To copy and paste chromakey values from
one input to another, configure one input the
the desired settings then click on the Store
button, as shown on the right.
In the Adjust settings: pull down menu select a
different input and click on the Recall button.
Now all the values from the previous input are
copied to this newly selected input.
To adjust Lumakey controls:
1. 
Repeat steps 1 through 3 above, by opening
the Fluent Controls windows.
2. 
Click on the Lumakey option, and it will
illuminate yellow, as shown on the right.
3. 
To modify the clip and gain on the Lumakey
turn the Clip and/or Gain wheels to the
desired settings.
Note that all other settings are disabled,
as they are not available for Lumakey.
To invert the chroma/luma key:
1. 
In the Fluent Controls window, select the
Invert button and it will illuminate blue, as
shown on the right.
2. 
To revert to normal video, reselect the Invert
button and it will turn black.
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4.10 External Key
The Broadcast Pix Mica systems supports 1 external keyer, useful when connecting an
external graphics system to use in conjunction with the Broadcast Pix. It supports clip and
gain adjustments, unshaped signals and key inversion and may be used on any key
layer. For the external key to work properly the external CG machine needs to provide a
Key Cut and a Key Fill signal using the identical formats on each channel. Input 8 on the
Mica Switcher must be used as the Key Fill, and input 9 (K) must be used for the Key Cut
signal.
4.10.1 To setup the External Key:
1.
Select Setup, Mica IO Assignments…., then click on the Input Assignment
button. To assign the inputs being used for the Cut and Fill channels, this step is
usually done in pre-production.
2. 
Name the Cut and Fill channels with a custom name as described in section 1.8
This example will use Graphic-Cut and Graphic-Fill.
3. 
Under the Icon Type drop down menu for Input 8, select Key Fill.
4. 
Apply your changes by selecting OK in the Mica Input Assignments window, then
click on OK in the Mica IO Assignments window, to close.
5. 
Map the Key Fill input using PixMaster, as described in section 3.7.1. Once the
show is saved, the Fill channel will automatically get assigned a custom PixButton,
as shown below. The Fill channel has a CG icon with a F next to it.
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4.10.2 External Key Operation
The external key may be assigned to any keyer. When the Key Fill input is assigned to a
keyer, the Cut channel is automatically assigned to the keyer as well. When the external
keyer is in use, all the Keyer Modifiers discussed in section 4 are still available. Note that
the external cut signal is not assignable or visible on the Multi-View. This example will use
Key 4.
To operate the external keyer:
1. 
Select the desired Keyer, this example will use Key 4. Select [Key 4 Select] button
by double-punching the [Key 1 Select] button in the Destinations Row, it will
illuminate orange and start blinking, as shown below.
Key
4
Key
2
2. 
Select the [CG Fill] button using the Sources Row.
The PixPad will change, showing the Key 4 Modifiers and the display will change
showing Clip and Gain adjustments, as shown below.
3. 
To preview the external keyer over your background video, select the [Key 4
OnOff Prev] PixButton in the PixPad.
To take the external keyer onto program over your background video, select the
[Key 4 OnOff Prog] PixButton in the PixPad.
4.
Adjust the Clip by using the [Clip Knob] and adjust the Gain by using the [Gain
Knob]. To invert the key to adjust the clip/gain settings, select the [X Key Invert]
PixButton. The display will read out Inv. To turn off the invert, reselect the [X Key
Invert] PixButton.
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4.11 Auxiliary Output Control
Auxiliary (Aux) outputs are additional outputs of individual inputs that can be sent to
various locations for secondary use, like an external monitor for engineering or a
slo-motion device for sports applications. For the most part, traditional switchers offer
only one layer to be sent to an Auxiliary output. All Broadcast Pix Mica switchers
have the ability to overlay any/all of Keys 1-6 onto one Aux output, this is known as
PowerAux. This feature is ideal for producing two simultaneous shows from the
same system for two different audiences, without the cost and complexity of a 2ME
switcher. In addition, PowerAux converts the selected input to the format assigned in
Mica Output Assignments and allows internal clips and graphics to be sent as an
auxiliary output. There is only one PowerAux, which is accessed through Aux 1.
PowerAux needs to be enabled on systems with all 6 Keyers, when PowerAux is
enabled, the DVE capability on Key 6 is disabled and only animations or black can
be assigned to that keyer.
To Enable PowerAux:
1. 
Click on the Broadcast Pix menu button.
2. 
Select the Setup, System Settings…
option, as shown on the right.
3. 
In the System Settings window, click
on the 1ME tab.
4. 
Under the 1ME bus mode section,
select the 5 keys, 1 graphic key,
1 PowerAux option.
A restart message will appear on the
bottom of the window.
5. 
Click on the OK button to close the
window.
6. 
Close the Broadcast Pix Switcher
application by selecting File, Quit.
7. 
Restart the application by double-clicking
the Broadcast Pix Switcher icon on the
desktop.
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4.11.1 Aux Output on Mica 1000
Mica 1000 switchers have 1 Aux output, any source mapped to the show/panel may
be routed to the PowerAux output.
To operate Aux 1:
1. 
On the control panel (or SoftPanel), press the [Aux 1] button in the
Destination row and it will illuminate orange, as shown below.
The display will also read out what input is currently selected (if any) and the
source row will display the currently selected source.
2. 
Select the source you wish to assign to the Aux by pressing its button in the
source row, and it will illuminate orange, and the video will be sent to the
selected output. In addition, the Multi-View will show the name of the source
selected if the Aux Tab and the display will read out the newly selected
source.
4.11.2 Assigning Output Sources
In addition to routing external live sources and internal sources mapped to the
switcher, you may also assign any output source to an Auxiliary output. Output
Sources are Program, Preview and Clean Feed.
1. 
Setup your Auxes as described in sections 4.11.
When an Aux PixButton is selected in the Destinations
Row, the Device Control PixPad will show the a
selectable outputs, as shown on the right.
2. 
Select the desired [Output] PixButton, either [Program],
[Preview], or [Clean Feed].
NOTE: The ME1 Prog and ME1 Prev buttons are not selectable, since they dedicated for Granite
5000/6000 switchers.
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4.11.3 PowerAux Control
To Access PowerAux:
1. 
Assign an input to Aux 1, as described in section 4.11.1.
2,
Select the [Aux 1] button in the Destination Row and the PixPad will display the
following:
Aux 1 Modifier PixPad
Aux 1 PowerAux PixPad
3. 
In the Aux Modifier PixPad select the [Pwr Aux] PixButton.
The PowerAux PixPad will appear, as shown above.
4.
Select the desired Key(s) to be overlaid onto the Aux output either [Key 1 OnOff],
[Key 2 OnOff], [Key 3 OnOff], [Key 4 OnOff], [Key 5 OnOff] and/or [Key 6
OnOff]. The display will read out the keys you have on Aux 1. The Keyers will
fade on/off based off the Keyer Rate, as described in section 4.4.7.
NOTE: Although you can use PowerAux on the Preview and Program outputs, if a keyer is already on
Preview or Program, you can not remove the keyer from only the PowerAux. You can, however, keep the
keyer on PowerAux, if you remove it from Preview or Program. Version 2 does not allow for Program or
Clean Feed to be assigned to the PowerAux output.
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4.11.4 Optional Remote Panels
As an option you may remotely control any Switcher output with Remote Panels. The
Remote Panels are 1RU frames that connect directly to the Mica Switcher and to the
Mica Server to provide Aux bus selection, as well as act as a Macro Player to trigger
premade switcher effects. They are ideal in replay applications where each replay
station needs control of an output to select an input or for an engineering station to
monitor color and shading adjustments of multiple inputs.
Up to 40 Remote panels may be connected to the Mica System through a 100BASE-T
TCP/IP connection. Each panel can be configured with different user modes, which can
restrict or allow access of any input or output.
4.11.5 Remote Panel Wiring
The Remote Panel, Mica Server and Control Panel all must be on
the same network using a Network Switch using standard straight-through Cat5e cables.
The Remote Panels fit into a standard 19” rack, with the integrated rack ears, which are
not removable. Wire the Remote Panel(s) as described below:
1. 
Connect the Remote Panel(s) to a Network Switch using the To Switcher
connector. (Note the Network Switch is not provided by Broadcast Pix)
2. 
Connect the Mica Server to the same Network Switch using the motherboard NIC
connector.
3. 
Connect the Control Panel to the same Network Switch using either one of the
Network connector.
Remote Panel
Network Switch
Mica Server
1 ME Control Panel
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4.11.6 Remote Panel Configuration
Once the Remote Panel(s) are wired and powered on each unit must be set to it’s own IP
Address. By default each Panel comes shipped with the IP Address of 192.168.53.200.
The Mica Switcher, Server and Control Panel are all on the 192.168.53.XXX subnet. In
most installations only the last 3 digits of the IP address of the panel need to be adjusted.
Note that there is no on/off switch, simply plug in the AC power to turn the unit on. Once
on, the Power LED will illuminate green, with the other buttons not illuminated. If a show
is running the Remote Panel will attempt to connect to the Mica System and autoconnect if the Remote Panel has a valid IP address.
To Change the Remote Panel IP Address:
1. 
On the Remote Panel, select and hold down the [Shift] button, it will illuminate
yellow. Then select the [Lock] button, as shown below.
This will put the Remote Panel into an offline setup mode, as shown below.
Set Panel Set
Set Code Light Test
Mode IP Svr IP Black Ver Show Pix
2. 
Shift
Join
The
Show
Press the [2] input PixButton labeled Panel IP, and the PixButtons will change
showing the assigned IP address, as shown below.
1
3. 
Panel
Setup
9
2
1
6
8
0
5
3
2
0
0
Exit
Panel
IP
Press the [10], [11] and/or [A] input PixButtons to enter the desired address. The
numbers will cycle from 0 to 9.
For example to enter the address 192.168.53.212, press the [11] PixButton 1 time
and the [A] PixButton 2 times.
4.
Select the [Output] PixButton labeled Panel IP to apply and exit out of the setup
function. If a show is running, the panel will attempt to connect with the new IP
address. While the panel connects the Status LED will blink blue, once connected
with a valid IP address the LED will turn to solid blue.
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To Change the Server IP Address:
1. 
On the Remote Panel, select and hold down the [Shift] button, it will illuminate
yellow. Then select the [Lock] button.
2.
This will put the Remote Panel into an offline setup mode, as shown below.
3. 
Press the [3] input PixButton labeled Set Svr IP, and the PixButtons will change
showing the assigned IP address of the Server. It is important that the IP address
of the Mica Server and this setup menu match. On most installations this step is
not necessary.
Set Panel Set
Set Code Light Test
Mode IP Svr IP Black Ver Show Pix
Panel
Setup
Shift
Join
The
Show
4. 
Press the input PixButtons to enter the desired address. The numbers will cycle
from 0 to 9.
5.
Select the [Output] PixButton labeled Set Server IP to apply and exit out of the
setup function.
6. 
Click on the [Output] PixButton labeled Join The Show to connect to a running
show.
To Change the Button Contrast:
1. 
On the Remote Panel, select and hold down the [Shift] button, it will illuminate
yellow. Then select the [Lock] button.
2.
This will put the Remote Panel into an offline setup mode, as shown below.
3.
Press the [4] input PixButton labeled Set Black, and the PixButtons will change
showing black squares in green, orange and red buttons. Use these buttons as a
reference for legibility.
Set Panel Set
Set Code Light Test
Mode IP Svr IP Black Ver Show Pix
Panel
Setup
Shift
Join
The
Show
4. 
Press the [Lock] button to increase the contrast.
5. 
Press the [Macro] button to decrease the contrast.
6. 
Press the [Output] PixButton labeled Set Black to apply the changes and to return
to the setup menu.
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4.11.7 Remote Panel Setup
Each Remote Panel can be setup with up to 22 modes, which allow and/or restrict the
ability to assign inputs and/or outputs. In addition, different Macros or SnapShot
memories are assignable to each mode. This setup is done in PixMaster Show Editor and
every setting is show-based, meaning that all the settings are saved and recalled on a
show by show basis.
To Setup the Remote Panels:
1. 
Launch BPswitcher and load a show,
as described in section 1.6.
2. 
Click on the Broadcast Pix Menu and
select File, Edit Show…, as shown on
the right.
3. 
In the PixMaster window, select the
Remote Panels button, as shown on the right.
This will open the Remote Panel Setup
window, as shown below.
Mode
Selection
Mica
Switcher
Inputs
Mica
Switcher
Outputs
Memory
Assignment
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4. 
Select the desired Mode to modify either Mode
1 – Mode 11, the PixButton will highlight orange,
as shown on the right.
To select Modes 12-22 select the View Modes
12-22 button, as shown on the right.
5. 
The bottom window will update to show the
current state of the mode.
In the Switcher Inputs section, click on the input
to enable or disable 1 through 8, the PixButtons
will update to Grey or Green, as shown to the
right.
Grey PixButtons signify that the input or output
is blocked and not accessible from the Remote
Panel. Green PixButtons signify that the input or
output is allowed for selection.
The inputs shown are the direct inputs to the
Mica Switcher and the names are automatically
created from the Mica Input Assignments
window. They may not be reordered.
6. 
To assign a processed output like Program or
Preview to the A or B input buttons, click on the
A or B button and a drop down menu will
appear, as shown on the right.
The list of available outputs from Mica Output
Assignments will appear, select the desired
output. The PixButton will update showing the
assigned output, as shown on the right
To access buttons C and D click on the Shift
button and repeat this step.
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7. 
In the Switcher Outputs section, click on the
outputs to enable or disable 1 through 6, the
PixButtons will update to Grey or Green, as
shown to the right.
These output are automatically set from the
Mica Output Assignments window. If Clean Feed
is assigned it will automatically be red/disabled.
Enabling these outputs will grant access on the
Remote Panel to switch. Even though only one
output button is available on the Remote Panel,
all outputs may be cycled to.
8. 
To assign Macro or SnapShot memories, in the
Memoires section click on the desired memory
button either 1 through 11. An assign memory
window will appear, as shown on the right.
The list of numbered Macros and SnapShot
memories from the memories folder will appear.
Only memories with a leading number may be
viewed in this list and assigned.
Select the desired memory and click on the
Assign to Button button.
The assign window will close and the PixButton
will update showing the number and/or custom
name, as shown on the right.
To view/assign memories 12-22 click on the
Shift button, as shown on the right.
To un-assign a memory, click on an assigned
memory button, and in the Assign memory
window click on the Unassign Memory button.
The PixButton will now be blank.
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9. 
To configure other modes repeat steps 4 – 8
above.
10. 
To apply and save the changes click on the OK
button in the Remote Panel Setup window.
11. 
In the main PixMaster Show Editor window, click
on the Save Show button.
4.11.8 Remote Panel Operation
As each Remote Panel connects to a running Broadcast Pix show, the last selected
mode for each panel is recalled. Any panel may have access to all 22 modes.
To Set a Mode on the Remote Panel:
1. 
On the Remote Panel, select and hold down the [Shift] button, it will illuminate
yellow. Then select the [Lock] button, as shown below.
This will put the Remote Panel into an offline setup mode, as shown below.
Set Panel Set
Set Code Light Test
Mode IP Svr IP Black Ver Show Pix
2. 
Shift
Join
The
Show
Press the [1] input PixButton labeled Set Mode, and the PixButtons will change
showing the Modes 1- 11 and an Exit button, as shown below.
Mode Mode Mode Mode Mode Mode Mode Mode Mode Mode Mode
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
3. 
Panel
Setup
Exit
Shift
Join
The
Show
Select the desired [Mode] PixButton 1 through 11, to access modes 12-22
select the [Shift] button.
The Remote Panel will automatically connect to a running show with the newly
selected mode.
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To Change an Output:
1. 
On the Remote Panel, select the [Output] PixButton,
it will illuminate orange and display the selected
output, as shown on the right.
2.
Continue to select the [Output] PixButton until the
desired output is reached. If all outputs are enabled in
the Output Assignments, then there are up to 3 button
pushes.
3. 
In the Inputs section, select an [Input] PixButton
1 through 8, A or B. The button will illuminate orange
(red if Program is the selected output) and the video
will be routed to the SDI output on the Switcher.
4.
To access inputs, C or D, select the [Shift] button, it
will illuminate yellow, as shown on the right. Repeat
step # 3 to select an input.
AUX
1
Shift
AUX
1
To return to inputs 1-8 select the [Shift] button and the
button will turn off.
To Lock the Remote Panel:
1. 
On the Remote Panel, select the [Lock] button, it will
illuminate red, as shown on the right.
Now any button push will be ignored by the panel,
preventing any accidental switch.
2.
Lock
Macro
To unlock the panel, select the [Lock] button, and it
will turn off. The Remote Panel is now back in it’s
normal operational mode.
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To Run a Macro:
1. 
Lock
On the Remote Panel, select the [Macro] button, it will
illuminate green, as shown on the right.
Macro
The A PixButton will turn to a Stop button and the B
PixButton will turn to a Play button. Any assigned memories
will now appear on the input PixButtons. The Output
PixButton is disabled in the Macro mode.
2. 
To run a Macro or a SnapShot MEM, select
the desired [PixButton], the button will
illuminate red, as shown on the right.
3. 
If a Macro has a pause point, the PixButton will illuminate
orange, as shown on the right. To resume playing a paused
macro, re-select the active [PixButton] or press the [B]
input PixButton with the red Pause icon.
The Macro PixButton will illuminate red and the B PixButton
will illuminate orange and turn to a Play icon.
4.
To stop running a macro, re-select the macro/SnapShot
[PixButton] or select the [A] input PixButton with the
orange Stop icon.
A
B
The memory PixButton will return to a green/not selected
state.
5. 
To access memories 12-22, select the [Shift] button, it will
illuminate yellow, as shown on the right. Repeat steps # 2-4
to control memories 12-22.
Shift
All shifted memories will blink when selected, playing or
paused to signify they are on the shifted row.
To return to memories 1-11 select the [Shift] button and the
button will turn off.
6.
To return to the output selection mode, select the [Macro]
button and it will turn off, as shown on the right, and the
input PixButtons will show the enabled inputs.
Lock
Macro
NOTE: Only one Macro at a time may be played out. Selecting a Macro while one is playing
will stop the Macro.
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4.12 SnapShot Memories
The Broadcast Pix system has a powerful memory system that can combine all
devices in the system. It enables the saving and instant recall of a panel’s set-ups, or
the set-ups plus the sources assigned, or even the individual content element in a
device, such as a specific lower third graphic in the CG. The Mem system can save
an entire panel, or a portion of it, such as a keyer, effect, preview source, aux, key
state, etc.
SnapShot Memories, or “Mems” for short, are generally saved during pre-production
before a show is on-air. The saving process takes several steps to indicate exactly
which portions of the panel to save, and whether to save just the set-ups or the
source assignments as well. In contrast, since the recalls of memories happen on air,
recall is streamlined and designed to be quickly accessible. There are a total of 999
global memories, which can be sorted in PixMaster, as described in section 3.
4.12.1 To Save a Mem:
1. Begin by putting the panel into the desired state that you would like to save.
2. Press the [Mem] button in the Device
Select, and the first page of your
memories will appear in Mem PixPad.
3. On the Mem PixPad, press the
[Controls] PixButton, and the
following Mem controls PixPad will
appear.
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4.
On the Mem controls PixPad, Press the [MEM
Save Snap Shot] PixButton, and this PixPad will
appear, which you can select where you want to
save the SnapShot Mem:
For the first unused memory position, press the
[Mem First Avail] PixButton
To edit a current Mem that you recently opened,
press the [Mem Current] PixButton
For the next Mem beyond the current one, press
the [Mem Next] PixButton
For a specific number press the [Numeric Keypad]
PixButton, and a keypad will appear on which you
can enter the Mem number desired.
When selected, the Mem location chosen will appear in the panel display,
such as Mem19, and the Mem elements PixPad will appear, as shown below:
5.
On the Mem elements PixPad, choose the panel
elements you want to save on this mem by
pressing the various PixButtons. As you press
each, the display will keep track of them, so you
know what you saved. For example, to save key 1,
press the [Mem Save Key 1] PixButton:
Press it once for the key set-up, and the display will
say 1k. For example a DVE box set-up.
Press it again to save both key set-up and the
source number assigned to it, and the display will
say 1s. For example a DVE box set-up, plus which
source number to fill it with.
Press it yet again to save the key set-up, plus the
source number, plus the content element number
within the source, and the display will say 1c. For
example a DVE box set-up, plus which source
number and content element number to fill it with
(like the 4th clip in the first clip store).
If you press it a third time no key 1 information will
be saved, and the display will reflect that.
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6.
For example, if you want to save all three keyer set-ups, and the sources as
well on keys 1 and 3, then press the [Mem Save Key 1] PixButton twice, the
[Mem Save Key 2] PixButton once, and the [Mem Save Key 3] PixButton
twice, and the following will appear in the display:
7.
Continue selecting any other elements of the panel you would like to save in
this Mem:
[Mem Save Key 4] PixButton will save the Key 4 keyer set-ups, press again to
save a specific source, press once more to save the content. (4k, 4s or 4c)
[Mem Save Key 5] PixButton will save the Key 5 keyer set-ups, press again to
save a specific source, press once more to save the content. (5k, 5s or 5c)
[Mem Save Key 6] PixButton will save the Key 6 keyer set-ups, press again to
save a specific source, press once more to save the content. (6k, 6s or 6c)
[Mem Save Prev] PixButton will save the preview source, press again to save
the content. (Pv or Pvc)
[Mem Save Prog] PixButton will save the program source, press again to save
the content. (Pg or Pgc)
[Mem Save Trans] PixButton will save the transition selected, as well as any
modifiers including softness, aspect and rate. If you press it again it will also
save the state of the [Bgr] and key transition buttons. (T or T+)
[Mem Sav More] PixButton enables saving the state of the direct key buttons
1-6, state of the auxiliary outputs and the iBoB DSK state. It does this
individually by bringing up a secondary PixPad that lets you select the each
option. When finished press the [Up Arrow] to return to the main element
selection PixPad. (see next page)
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8.
[Mem Save Direct Key 1] PixButton will save the
state (on/off) of Direct Key 1. (D1)
[Mem Save Direct Key 2] PixButton will save the
state (on/off) of Direct Key 2. (D2)
[Mem Save Direct Key 3] PixButton will save the
state (on/off) of Direct Key 3. (D3)
[Mem Save Direct Key 4] PixButton will save the
state (on/off both on preview and program) of Direct
Key 4. Useful for quickly brining on/off Key 4. (D4)
[Mem Save Direct Key 5] PixButton will save the
state (on/off both on preview and program) of Direct
Key 5. Useful for quickly brining on/off Key 5. (D5)
[Mem Save Direct Key 6] PixButton will save the
state (on/off both for preview and program) of Direct
Key 6. Useful for quickly brining on/off Key 6. (D6)
[Mem Save Direct All] PixButton is a short cut for
saving Direct Keys 1 to 6. Press again and it clears
all 6 Direct Keys from the display. (D123456 or blank)
[MEM Save More Keys]
PixPad
[Mem Recall Rate] PixButton sets the amount of
time in frames a memory will take to be recalled
during a production. Useful for creating on-air DVE
moves for push-back animations.
[Mem Save All] PixButton saves the state of all the
devices on the control panel. Press it again and it will
clear the memory and the display.
[Mem Sav ME 1] This function is not available on a
Mica System.
[Mem Sav More] PixButton saves the state of the
auxiliary outputs. It does this individually by bringing
up a secondary PixPad that lets you select the each
option. When finished press the [Up Arrow] to return
to this PixPad. (see next page)
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9.
[Mem Save iBoB DSK] PixButton will save the
state of the iBoB DSK on a Slate 2100G only.
This function is not available on a Mica System.
[MEM Save Aux] PixButton will save the state
of the auxiliary outputs. It does this individually
by bringing up a secondary PixPad that lets you
select the each option. When finished press the
[Up Arrow] to return to this PixPad. (see below)
10.
[Mem Save Aux 1] PixButton will save the
source assigned to Aux 1. (A1)
[Mem Save Aux 2-6] PixButton will save the
source assigned to Auxes 2-6. This function is
not available on a Mica System. (A2-6)
[Mem Save All] PixButton is a short cut for
saving all 12 Auxes. Press again and it clears all
12 Auxes from the display. (A1-12 or blank)
11.
[MEM Save Aux]
PixPad
Once all your options are selected, on the main
Mem controls PixPad press [Save MEM].
If the main Mem PixPad is not visible, press the
[UP] PixButton until it is visible.
Once select the display will read out that your
memory is saved, similar to as shown below.
Main Mem PixPad
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4.12.2 To recall a Mem
1. 
Press the [Mem] device button, and the Mem PixPad will
appear.
2.
Press the desired [Mem x] PixButton and the memory will be
recalled at the frame rate saved in that Mem.
3.
If the desired SnapShot MEM is not on this top page, press the
[Next] PixButton until you reach the page that contains it.
Once a Memory is recalled the display will read
out the memory number and it’s attributes, plus
the Status Bar on the Multi-View will display
which SnapShot MEM was recalled.
4.12.3 To recall a Mem by number
1. 
Press the [Mem] device and the MEM PixPad will appear.
2.
Press the [Controls] PixButton.
3. 
Then in the following PixPad select the [Numeric keypad]
PixButton.
4. 
Enter the number of the desired MEM in the number PixPad.
5.
Press the [Enter] PixButton to recall the MEM.
NOTE: Memories are global, if sources are remapped or content is moved your Mem might not recall
correctly. At times the display may read “Mem X failed to fully load”. In BPswitcher go to Logging, Error
Log to view what element failed to load.
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4.13 Fluent Macros
Fluent Macros is a powerful memory system that takes SnapShot Memories to
another level. It enables a sequence of panel button pushes to be recorded and then
played at the push of a button. At the heart of the Macros is a file-based architecture
that not only remembers button pushes and commands, but more importantly files
from the Clip and Graphic stores.
Macros consists of an advanced Editor which is used to record, edit and modify an
effect and a Player used to trigger pre-made effects.
Macro Editor Overview:
Action List
Menu
Toolbar
Title Bar
Counter
Control Bar
Details Panel
Action List
Displays the list of commands (steps) in a selected macro. Fields include: Time to show
duration, Hold time to show how many frames a specific action will take to start, a Note field
for user comments and Action to view the command.
Menu
Contains the available settings for Macros.
Toolbar
Contains the available options to to open and save a macro.
Title Bar
Displays the name of the loaded macro file and if it needs to be saved.
Counter
Displays the running/elapsed time of the macro.
Control Bar
Contains the available tools to record and playback a macro.
Details Panel
Displays the available editing options for a specific command selected in the Action List.
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Macro Player Overview:
Menu
Toolbar
Banks
Display
Counter
Menu
Control Bar
Details Panel
Contains the available settings for Macros.
Toolbar
Contains available tools to assign and arrange a Macro Bank.
Banks
Contains 4 assignable banks of macros. Banks A, B and C can be renamed, whereas the
GPI Bank is designated for Macros to be triggered from an external General Purpose Input
trigger. Up to 100 macros per bank can be assigned
Counter
Displays the running/elapsed time of the active macro.
Display
Shows the active macro file name and status information.
Details Panel
Shows user notes that were saved within the Note field of a Macro.
Control Bar
Contains the available tools to playback/control a macro.
4.13.1 Opening the Macros interface
The Fluent Macros window can be launch from the BPswitcher menu bar. The Macros
window does not have to be open/active to playback macros from the control panel.
To open the Macros window:
1.
In BPswitcher select the Panel drop down menu.
2. 
Select Macros, as shown on the right.
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4.13.2 Recording a Macro
Recording a Macro can start from the Macros Editor or directly from the control panel
and then controlled by the control panel where all the timing and commands are
remembered sequentially. In addition, Macros can manually be created and modified
one command at a time with the Insert function. For longer, more involved macros
recording from the panel/Macro Editor is recommended, the Insert function is
suggested for shorter macros and for editing.
It is recommended to record a macro slowly, to ensure that every step and command
is recorded, in the Macro Editor the timing can easily be adjusted afterwards, as
described in section 4.13.3
To record a macro from the Macro Editor:
1. 
Open the Macro window, as described in
section 4.13.1.
2. 
If the Action List is blank, proceed to step 3,
if not, click on the New button in the
Toolbar, as shown on the right, or click on
the Menu and select New…
3. 
Click on the Record button in the Macro
Control Bar.
Macros is now waiting for the first panel
operation to occur for the timer to start.
The Record button will remember every
button/command selected and it’s timing.
The Record Steps button will remember a
group of commands all in 0 (zero) frames,
similar to a SnapShot memory. When using
Record steps, the option Add Pause will be
available to insert an indefinite pause,
which can be modified later.
4. 
Select the desired buttons on the control
panel. As new commands are selected the
Action List will populate showing the list of
commands in the macro.
5.
When the macro is finished being recorded,
select the Stop Record button in the
Macros Control Bar.
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6. 
The Smart Start Wizard window will appear,
as shown on the right, giving the option to
remember the starting next transition and
Direct Key states. Click on Yes or No.
This option is useful to guarantee an effect
will occur the same way it was recorded by
adding a starting command which remembers
the keyer and background next transitions
buttons as well as the Direct Key tally states.
Clicking on Yes will insert two commands at
the start of the Action List, which can be
modified and removed later if desired.
7. 
The Save As pop-up window will appear, as
shown on the right, to save the recorded
macro onto the hard drive.
Enter a name and click on Save.
All macros will have a .tln file extension and
all SnapShot Mems have a .bpm file
extension.
In order for Macros to be stored and recalled
in the MEM device of the control panel, a
3-digit number must be added to the front of
the file name (i.e. 123 Swipe.tln), but may not
have the same number as a .bpm file. There
are a total of 999 registers that are shared
across SnapShot and Macro Memories.
To record a macro from the panel:
1. 
Select the [MEM] device button.
This will bring up the MEM device PixPad.
2.
Click on the [Controls] PixButton in the
PixPad.
3. 
In the following PixPad select the [MEM Save
Macro] PixButton, as shown on the right.
4. 
Select an available memory, 1-999, as
described in section 4.12.1.
NOTE: All Macros must live in the C:\Broadcastpix\memories folder to be accessed by the system.
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5. 
In the following PixPad select the [MEM
Start Record] PixButton, as shown on the
right.
Note that the Macro Editor or Player does
not need to be opened for recording to
occur. However, if the Macro Player is open
a list of commands being recorded will be
visible in the Macro Display.
Macros is now waiting for the first panel
operation to occur for the timer to start.
The Record button will remember every
button/command selected and it’s timing
sequentially.
6. 
Select the desired buttons on the control
panel.
The display will read out that the Macro is
recording, the counter in the lower right
corner will start to move and the Play
motion control button will illuminate red.
7. 
When the macro is finished being recorded,
select the [MEM] device button, it will
illuminate orange.
8. 
Select the [Back] motion control button to
stop the recording, as shown on the right.
The Play motion control button will turn off
and the display will read out Recording
ended.
4.13.3 Editing a Macro
The Macro Editor can display only one active macro at time, allowing for only one
macro to be edited at a time. After a macro has been recorded it can be opened in the
Macro Editor to be modified. Once in the Editor, the Action List may be reordered and
modified, new commands can be inserted and the timing of each command can be
adjusted. All the editing is done in the Macro Editor with the keyboard and mouse.
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To load a macro in the Editor:
1. 
In the Macro Menu Bar, click on the Open
button, as shown on the right, or click on the
Menu and select New…
An Open pop-up window will appear.
2. 
Select the desired macro (.tln file) to edit
and click on Open.
Note if you record using the Macro Editor,
as described in section 4.12.2, the macro
will automatically be opened in the Action
List, in this case Steps 1 and 2 are not needed.
To modify a macro command:
1. 
Select a step in the Action list with the
mouse, as shown on the right.
The step will highlight white and the
Details Panel will display the editable fields of that
command, each command will have slightly different
panel.
2. 
Modify the top timing information in the Details Panel.
The top portion of the Panel is the same for every
command, as shown on the right.
Non-editable command name, which
appears in the Action field of the Action list
Editable Note field, which appears in the
Note field of the Action List.
This field is useful for adding cue points
and reminders in a longer macro.
Editable Hold frames field, which
represents the amount of frames the selected
action/command will wait until triggered by the macro.
0 (zero) frames signifies the command will happen
instantly, if multiple commands are all set to zero, they
all will occur simultaneously similar to a SnapShot
memory.
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3. 
Depending on what action/command is
selected, one of the three main groups of Edit
Windows will be available to edit.
Modify the desired effect, as described below.
Switcher selector: displays a drop down list for
changing preview, Program, key and aux
assignments and for modifying transitions.
To select a different source or cross-point
select it in the drop down menu.
Content selector: displays a thumbnail and
address bar for changing which clip or
graphic is loaded in a specified store.
To select a different clip or graphic click on the
Thumbnail or … Browse button to open the
Open window.
Keyer selector, displays various buttons/
selectors for changing key attributes.
Depending on the Edit Window, select a
different Keyer/Attribute button or enter a
value in a number field.
If a source or keyer is not available on your
system, but is selected in a macro, the Action
List will show a red highlight, as shown on the
right, to signify that the source/content is
not available in your show or system.
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4. 
Changes are automatically made to the Action
List, to revert back to the recorded action, click
on Undo Changes in the Details Panel.
5.
Depending on what action is being modified, it
maybe useful to view the changes on the
Program output. This is useful when quickly
selecting between Actions to verify the effect.
Click on the Live button, near the bottom on
the details panel, and it will illuminate blue.
Now whatever action is highlighted or modified,
the result will occur on Program out. This
function should only be used in pre-production,
when creating Macros.
To turn off Live editing, re-click the Live button,
and the button will turn to grey.
6. 
To move a step up or down in the Action List,
select a step and it with highlight white, then
click on the Up or Down button to the right of
the Action List.
This will move the highlighted step up or down
one step at a time.
To save a macro:
1. 
Once a macro is modified, the macro name in
the Title Bar will change to displaying …
CHANGED, as shown on the right.
To save the modified macro, click on Save in
the Toolbar.
Once saved, the word changed will be
removed.
2. 
To save the macro as a new name, click on the
Save As… button in the Menu Bar.
This will bring up a Save As window, name the
file as described in section 4.12.2, step 7.
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4.13.4 Inserting Actions
The previous sections described how to record a macro and how to modify the recorded
actions. After a macro has been recorded, or to create a basic macro, the Insert
function is available to add one action at a time or to insert a new macro record in the
middle of an existing macro.
To insert a new action:
1. 
Select a step in in the Action List, with the mouse.
The row will highlight white.
2. 
Click on the + Plus button, to the right of the Action
List. A new action will be inserted above the selected
row (the last inserted command will appear).
The Details Panel will display a list of available
command groups, as shown on the right.
Clicking on the Command Group drop down menu,
will list the Switcher, Content and DVEs/Keys Edit
Windows. These windows are similar to the groups
described in the previous section.
The Macro Utility allows for commands not available
on the control panel to be inserted:
Pause: A user-defined delay, set to 0 (zero) to
manually advance to the next step.
GPO trigger (Int): Triggers the General Purpose
Output on the Mica Switcher (1-24).
Jump/Loop: Goes to another step number in the
macro, and can be set to loop. Set to 0 (zero) for
infinite loop.
Run a Macro/MEM: Recalls a .bpm SnapShot file or
a .tln macro file from the memories folder as one
step. To insert a macro seeing all the actions, use the
Append… function in the Toolbar.
GPO trigger (Ext): Triggers the General Purpose
Output on the external USB tally/GPO boxes (1-288).
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3. 
Select the desired Command Group from the
drop down menu, either Macro Utilities,
Switcher, Content or DVEs/Keys.
For example to change the Program Row
source, select Switcher.
4.
In the Action List section of the Details Panel,
select the desired command, as shown on
the right.
5.
To apply the command to the Action List, click
on Accept in the Detail Panel.
The Details Panel will revert to the editing
screen, select the desired command as
described in the previous section.
To insert a new recording:
1. 
Select a step in the Action List, with the mouse. The row will
highlight white.
2.
Click on Insert Record or Insert Steps in the Control Bar,
as shown on the right.
Similar to the Record button, the Insert Record will remember
every button/command selected and it’s timing, but will start
recording above the selected step.
Similar to the Record Steps button, Insert Steps will remember a
group of commands all in 0 (zero) frames, similar to a SnapShot
memory. When using Insert Steps the recording will start above
the selected step, and the option Add Pause will be available to
insert an indefinite pause, which can be modified later.
Note when inserting in the middle of a macro, the bottom of the
macro will be hidden and display “<Inserting into macro>”. After
the recording is stopped, the rest of the steps will appear in the
Action List.
3. 
When recording is finished, click on Stop Record in
the Control Bar.
4.
The macro is now ready to be edited, as described
in the previous section.
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To delete a step:
1.
Select a step in in the Action List, with the
mouse. The row will highlight white.
2.
Click on - Minus button, to the right to the Action
List. This will permanently delete the row, there is
no undo.
4.13.5 Reviewing Macro
Once a macro has been recorded and modified to your liking, you may review it in
the Macro Editor to ensure it will play out correctly. To play out Macros during a
production use the Macro Player, as described in the next section.
To review a macro:
1. 
To start running the macro from the
beginning, click on the Play button in the
Control Bar, as shown on the right.
The button will illuminate green and turn to a
Playing button and the macro will run from the
beginning with all the appropriate timing.
2. 
To play one step at a time, click on the Step button in
the Control Bar.
This function will play out one step/action for every
button push. Use Play Step for a manual confirmation
that the action is occurring, not for timing purposes.
3. 
To run a macro from the middle, select the step line
with the mouse and click on the From button in the
Control Bar.
The macro will start from the selected point and
playback all the appropriate timing.
Once a macro is running the Counter will display the
elapsed time in mm:ss:ff, as shown on the right.
For macros longer than 1 hour the display will
automatically add the hours in the display.
In addition, a progress bar will appear behind the
counter representing the progress to the end of the
macro.
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4. 
To skip a step or a series of steps click on the
Jump button in the Control Bar. The macro will
ignore the timing/hold duration and continue to the
next step.
The Control Bar will also display a timer
representing the time until the next step in
mm:ss:ff.
5.
To pause a macro at the current step, click on the
green Playing button in the Control Bar.
The button will turn to a blinking red Pause button,
clicking on Paused again will resume the macro.
6. 
To end the macro entirely and return to the editor,
click on the Stop button in the Control Bar.
4.13.6 Assigning Macros in the Macro Player
After a macro has been created, edited and saved, it needs to be assigned to the Macro
Player to be triggered during a production. There are 4 Macro Banks, the first 3 may hold
up to 100 Macros each, while the GPI bank may hold up to 96 Macros for a total 496.
These Macro assignments are global for the entire Mica system. In addition to using
the Macro Player, the MEM device on the control panel may be used to trigger Macros.
Macros assigned to the MEM device can be show based, as described in section 3.7.4.
To assign a macro in the Macro Player:
1. 
If the Fluent Macros window is not already
open, in BPswitcher select the Panel drop
down menu.
2.
Select Macros, as shown on the right.
The Macros window will open.
3. 
With the mouse, select the Macro Player
button, it will illuminate blue, as shown on the
right.
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4.
In the Menu Bar, select the desired Bank, either
Bank A, Bank B, Bank C or GPI. The button
will illuminate white.
The GPI Bank is used to trigger Macros with a
General Purpose Input signal from the internal
Mica GPI or from the external USB tally boxes.
Buttons 1 through 8 correspond to the internal
Mica GPI, and buttons 8 through 96 map to the
external USB tally boxes.
5.
Click the Assign Buttons button, in the Toolbar.
6.
The Macro Bank will display the available button
numbers, click on the desired button 1-100.
The select Macro window will open.
7.
Select the desired .tln Macro file or .bpm
SnapShot MEM file and click on Open.
The Assign Button X window will appear.
8.
The Assign Button window allows you to:
Reassign a different file, click on the … browse
button.
Un-assign the macro button, click on the No
macro assigned radio button.
Change button color, click on the color button,
either White, Gold, Blue, Purple, Green or Aqua.
Add a custom caption to the button, enter a
name in the Caption field.
9.
Once finished assigning the button, click on the
OK button.
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10.
The assigned button will now appear in the
Macro Bank. To assign more Macros to
buttons, repeat steps 6-10 above.
11. 
When complete, click on Click here when
done with changes button, in the Toolbar.
12. 
To assign more Macros to different banks
repeat steps 4-11 above.
To customize a Macro Bank:
1. 
Repeat steps 1-4 above to edit a Macro
Bank.
2. 
To assign a custom name to the selected
bank, click on the Rename Bank button in
the Toolbar.
3. 
In the Rename Banks window, enter the
custom name in the Bank Name text field, as
shown on the right.
Only the first three banks, A/B/C, may have a
custom name. The forth bank is permanently
named GPI.
4. 
Click on the OK button to assign the custom
name.
5. 
To change the button size of the Macro bank,
select the Organize Bank button in the
Toolbar.
6.
Under the button size section, select either
Small, Medium or Large, as shown on the
right.
Now the entire bank of buttons will change to
the select button size.
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7.
To reorganize the bank, click on the
Organize Bank button in the Toolbar.
8. 
Now select one of the following options:
Clear Bank…: un-assigns all the Macros in
the specified bank.
Clicking this button will open a confirmation
box, click on Yes or No.
Compress Bank…: reorganizes the Macro
buttons to the top of the bank.
Clicking this button will open a confirmation
box, click on Yes or No.
Group Macros by Color…: organizes the
buttons based on their assigned button color.
Clicking this button will open a confirmation
box, click on Yes or No.
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To assign a GPI Macro:
1. 
In the Macro Player, select the GPI bank button, as
shown on the right. The button will illuminate white.
2.
Select the Macro Menu, and select the Options menu.
3.
Select the GPI/O Setup option, as shown on the right.
4. 
When the external USB Tally Box is connected, as
described in section 1.5.5, you have the option to
enable GPI and GPO signals.
If only the built in GPIs and GPOs on Mica are being
used they are always active and do not need to be
enabled. When no Tally Box is connected the Setup
Screen will show a message, as shown on the right.
Place a check mark next to Use External
GPI Box, as shown on the right.
Now, an external device may trigger a macro in
the GPI bank from the external USB GPI Box.
To activate General Purpose Outputs (GPOs) on the
external tally box, place a check mark next to Use
External GPO Box, as shown on the right.
Now, a Macro may trigger an external device like a
server or CG system. A macro containing a GPO
command does not have to be assigned in the GPI
bank to be triggered.
To enter how long the GPO is to be closed for, enter a
number from 0 (indefinite) to 60 frames in the GPO
Pulse Length field.
5.
Click on the OK button to close and save the GPIO
settings.
6. 
Assign a macro to a button, as described in the
previous section.
Buttons 1 through 8 correspond to the internal Mica
GPI, and buttons 8 through 96 map to the external
USB tally boxes.
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4.13.7 Running Macros in the Macro Player
Now that your Macros have been assigned to a button in the Macro Player, they may be
used during a production.
To run a macro from the Macro Player:
1. 
In BPswitcher select the Panel drop
down menu.
2.
Select Macros, as shown on the right.
The Macros window will open.
3. 
With the mouse, click on the Macro Player
button, as shown on the right.
4. 
Click on the desired Macro Bank, and it will
illuminate white.
5. 
To run a macro, click on the desired
Macro Button and the macro will start.
The Macro button will turn red, and the
Macro Display will read out the file being
played and the elapsed time, as shown
on the right.
To control a macro:
1.
Macros and SnapShot Mems are set
to Auto Start by default, to manually trigger
the start of a macro, click on the Auto button
in the Control bar next to Details Panel.
The button will turn to grey.
To turn Auto Start back on, click on
the Auto button and it will illuminate blue.
The control panel has a similar function for
triggering SnapShots and Macros from the panel.
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2.
If a macro has a user-defined Pause
point, the Macro button will turn to yellow
and start to blink once the pause point
is reached.
To resume a paused macro, click on the
Macro button in the bank or click on the
Paused button in the Control Bar.
3. 
To skip a step or a series of steps click on the
Jump button in the Control Bar. The macro will
ignore the timing/hold duration and continue to
the next step.
4
To pause a macro at the current step, click on
the Playing button in the Control Bar.
The button will turn to a blinking red Paused
button, clicking on Paused again will resume
the macro.
5. 
To end the macro entirely, click on the Stop
button in the Control Bar.
To control a macro from the control panel:
1. 
Select the [MEM] device control button.
The display will read out the active/last
triggered SnapShot or Macro memory. To add
Macros to the MEM device, see section 3.7.4.
2. 
If the macro is paused the display will notify
you that it’s paused and the Play button will
be illuminated orange, like the example to
the right.
To resume running the macro, select the
[Play] button in the motion control section
of the control panel.
The button will illuminate red and the display
will notify you that the macro is playing.
NOTE: Only one Macro at a time may be played out. Selecting a Macro while one is playing will
stop the Macro.
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3. 
If the macro is running, the display will
notify you that it’s playing and the Play
button will be illuminated red, like the
example to the right.
To pause the macro, select the [Play]
button in the motion control section
of the control panel.
The button will illuminate orange and the
display will notify you that the macro is
paused.
4. 
To stop running the macro, select the
[Back] button in the motion control
section of the control panel.
The display will notify you that the macro
has been stopped, as shown on the right.
5. 
Macros can also be trigger by the
numeric PixPad, similar to a SnapShot
MEM, as described in section 4.12.2.
4.13.8 Playing back files not in shows
Due to the file-based architecture of Fluent Macros, it can play back any graphic or clip
file that lives in the graphic or clip directory, even if that files is not in the active show.
This feature reduces the risk of incorrect content being played back, for example clips
for openers, bumpers and alpha wipes. In addition, it allows more advanced users to
create Macros for novice users without the worry of incorrect playback.
Since only files in a show can be modified from the control panel, files not in a show are
played backed as they were created/modified with a macro. In this case the control
panel will provide feedback of files not in a show to advise the user. The Multi-View, on
the other hand, will display the correct file name and attributes.
The control panel source PixButtons and display will look similar to the example below:
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4.13.9 Alpha Wipes
Alpha wipes are animated transitions, which give your shows a contemporary look
and feel. They are created in any graphics applications, and played out of the animation
store (as described in section 5.5.2) When designing alpha wipes, as in the example “02
Light Swipe”, at least one frame of video needs to cover up the entire video
screen. This ensures an invisible cut in the background between two sources
resulting in a clean transition. Once an animation is loaded into your show, Fluent
Macros is used to rapidly recall the animation, assign it to a keyer, bring the keyer
on air, switch the background (when the animation is full screen) and finally bring
the keyer off air. All these steps in a push of a button, giving you a professional
looking transition.
Alpha wipes are common in sports production when recalling a slo-motion
replay or in news production to grab the audience’s attention. You may also add
sound effects to your alpha wipe (as described in section 5.5.2) to give your
transition a dramatic effect.
Since Macros are file-based, the transition effect, does not need to be in your show,
simply in the clips directory. This ensures that the correct file/effect will play out
every time.
Below is a sample alpha wipe macro.
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4.14 Fail-Safe
The Mica Server is very reliable, if it should ever lock up a Fail-Safe capability is set to
automatically take over, and keep video on-air until the Server recovers. The main
Program (Output 1) and Program MD (Output 3) outputs are set to be the Fail-Safe
outputs, internally Input 1 is routed to Output 1 and input 2 to output 3.
No format, timing or aspect correction is applied when the system is in Fail-Safe. The
Fail-Safe video only is outputted when the Server is turned on, when no power is
supplied there is no video output for Fail-Safe.
Mica Fail-Safe:
Input 1 is outputted
SDI output 1
Input 2 is outputted
SDI output 3
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Section 5:
Character Generator & Graphics
Every Broadcast Pix Mica system includes a broadcast-quality
character generator from Harris called Inscriber TitleMotion GS.
The CG has very extensive help menus. No attempt is made here
to cover all of the capabilities of the application.
Instead, this section 5 of the Broadcast Pix manual provides a quick overview of how to
create CG graphics, and then focuses on how to import them into the Broadcast Pix
system, and how to control them on-air from the Broadcast Pix control panel.
TitleMotion GS can create three main types of CG graphics:
1. Still images
see section 5.2
2. Rolls/Crawls
see section 5.3
3. 2D/3D Animations
see section 5.4
5.1 CG Installation
The Broadcast Pix system ships with the Inscriber TitleMotion GS software already
installed. The Inscriber box packed with the system includes a copy of the CG software,
and a purple application dongle. The dongle must be attached to the system to be able
to open and use the application. The dongle attaches to any USB port and on new
systems this dongle is installed internally to a USB port on the motherboard. If the
dongle is not attached when you attempt to open the application, you will get an error
message that reads dongle error.
The included Inscriber CD may be installed on other systems, but will only work when
the dongle is moved to them. Additional dongles may be purchased as options.
If the optional Rapid CG software is purchased, it too will come pre-installed on your
system. Rapid CG may not be installed on remote systems.
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5.1.1 TitleMotion GS Canvas
Before creating any graphics with Inscriber TitleMotion GS, it may be helpful to
understand the main window/canvas of the application. Below is a blank canvas
with a brief overview of some main buttons, for further information refer to the Help
drop down menu in TitleMotion GS.
Title Types: Select from Still,
Roll, Crawl or Animation
Template Manager: Drop down
menu to access 200+ pre-designed
or user-saved templates
Tools: Select to create various text,
logos or custom graphics
Libraries: Shortcut to customizable
styles for text/graphics, view/select
logos and pictures, and view all layers
Canvas: Workspace in
which you create CGs
Attributes: Change type of font and attributes.
Face/Edge/Depth/Shadow: Change text/graphic’s coloring/shading.
Can be solid, gradient, transparent or textured.
Background: Add a full-page
colored background or graphic.
Default is transparent/none.
News Edit: Where RTX Tags are
applied for Rapid CG
NOTE: It may be useful to turn on the Title Safe zone, which can be found under the Display options
button on the top menu bar (monitor icon with a checkmark). This will act as a guide when creating
graphics so your text does not get cut off on the edges of TV screens.
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5.2 Creating Still CG Graphics
CG graphics can be created from scratch using all of the tools in TitleMotion.
The easiest way to get started however, is to use one of the over 200+ predesigned CG templates provided by Inscriber. The canvas size of Inscriber is
automatically set by Broadcast Pix and is always 1920x1080.
When the Broadcast Pix Switcher application is opened, it will automatically open
TitleMotion and minimize it, ready for use. It is recommended not to close
TitleMotion and use the minimize button to hide the application, when not in use.
To create a CG using a template:
1. 
Double-Click on the TitleMotion Icon on the desktop to start the Inscriber
application and the application will launch a blank canvas, as illustrated
below. The application may take a minute to load.
2.
At the top of the Inscriber GUI, click on the Templates drop down menu.
3.
Scroll down through the many templates until you find one you like. As you
scroll down a preview of each template is shown as illustrated below.
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4. 
Click-on the desired Template and it will be loaded into the canvas, as shown
below.
5.
Position the cursor over the letters and then type in what you want. That is all
there is to creating a professional title.
If desired, you can modify your title by changing the font, point size, position,
color, shadow, sheen, glow, transparency, etc. Use the various tabs on the
bottom of the canvas to change these attributes. See the Inscriber Manual or
help menus for more information.
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5.2.1 Exporting a Still Graphic from Inscriber to Broadcast Pix
Once you have created a CG, you then need to export it for the Broadcast Pix system
to access it. You can save it to many common files types, such as Bitmaps, JPEGs,
Targas, as well as editable Inscriber .Scribe files. It is important to export any graphics
that contain a transparency/alpha channel with a 32 Bit Depth, in order for the graphic
to key over video. The two commonly used files in Broadcast Pix are Truevision Targa
files (.TGA) and Inscriber Scribe files (.SCRIBE).
.Scribe files give you the option to update/change a graphic, that is already in your
Broadcast Pix show, quickly and on-the-fly for immediate results, see section 5.4.1.
To Export a Still Graphic:
1. 
On the Inscriber GUI, at the top left, click
on the File menu, and a drop down
menu will appear.
2.
Click on Export, Export Image…, as
shown on the right. The Save As window
will appear.
3. 
Change the file type to
TGA, Truevision (.TGA) or any other
desired file format.
4.
Click on 32 Bit under Save Options,
to preserve the alpha channel (if
available)
5.
Type in the File Name.
6. 
Change the Save In storage location to
the folder in which you wish to keep your
titles. In general, all CG graphics are
kept in the central library on the C drive:
C:\\graphics\cg\
(All stills and logos are kept in C:\
\graphics\stills\ and C:\\graphics
\animations\ respectively).
7. 
Click On Save.
8. 
You may now add the created graphics
to your Broadcast Pix show, as described
in Section 3 with PixMaster.
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To Export a Scribe File:
1. 
On the Inscriber GUI, at the top left, click
on the File menu, and a drop down
menu will appear.
2.
Click on Export, Export SCRIBE File…,
as shown on the right. The Save As
window will appear.
3.
Type in the File Name.
4.
Change the Save In storage location to
the folder in which you wish to keep your
titles. In general, all CG graphics are
kept in the central library on the C drive:
C:\\graphics\cg\
(All stills and logos are kept in C:\
\graphics\stills\ and C:\\graphics
\animations\ respectively).
5.
Click On Save.
6.
You may now add the created graphics
to your Broadcast Pix show, as described
in Section 3 with PixMaster.
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5.2.2 Exporting Graphics from Photoshop to Broadcast Pix
When exporting from Adobe Photoshop, you may export to many popular file
formats, like .JPEG and .BMP, to import into the Broadcast Pix system. Although
neither file format supports an alpha channel or transparency layer, a
Targa/Truevision, .TGA, file does support a 32 bit alpha channel. Create your
graphics using a 1920x1080 canvas, at 72 pixels/inch in an 8 bit RGB color mode
and a Pixel Aspect Ratio of square pixels (HD), using a transparent background.
Prior to exporting, you will need to prepare your Photoshop document in order for the
alpha channel to be recognized in Broadcast Pix
To create an alpha channel:
1. 
In Adobe Photoshop, select the Magic Wand Tool from the Tools Window, or
W on the keyboard, after you’ve created and completed your document.
2. 
Click in the transparent area (the checkered board pattern) of the file. This will
select the transparency. A dotted lined will appear around your image.
3. 
Select the inverse of the image by going to the Select Menu, then Inverse.
4. 
Select the Channels Tab from the Layer Window.
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5. 
In the lower right corner of the Channels Tab, click on the Save selection as
channel button. You now have created an alpha channel. The Channels Tab
will show the new channel, as shown below.
6. 
Save your file by selecting the File, Save As… menu. Change the file Format
to Targa. Select 32 bits/pixel under the Options Window (so the transparency
layer gets saved). Name your file, Choose your directory where the rest of
your Broadcast Pix graphics are saved (C:graphics\) and click on Save.
7. 
Import/Add your file to your show using PixMaster, as described in section 3.
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5.3 CG Rolls and Crawls
CG graphics can also be created to roll vertically or crawl horizontally, and then later
controlled by Broadcast Pix to a custom speed setting. Ideal for making a credit roll
or a ticker at the bottom of the screen.
5.3.1 To create Rolls/Crawls
1. 
Double-click on the Inscriber icon on the desktop to start the Inscriber
application. TitleMotion must be started from the desktop/start menu and not
from right-clicking an .Scribe file to create Rolls//Crawls.
2. 
Select Roll or Crawl on the drop-down menu to the
right of the template palette menu, as shown on the right.
3.
Type in the desired text. Note that a scroll bar appears below the text or to the
right to indicate where in the crawl/roll you are. The scroll bar appears after you
pass the first page. You may also add graphics to your roll or crawl, which will
move with your text.
4. 
Once finished, on the File menu select Export,
Roll/Crawl as Images…, as shown on the right.
5. 
In the Save As window, change the
Save As Type to: Targa (.TGA), and enter a file
name and save to C:\\graphics\cg\
then click on save save. It may be desired to
save the images into a subfolder, since individual
files will be exported.
6. 
Add the roll/crawl to your show using
PixMaster, as described in section 3.
Even though multiple files were created, only one
file will be visible/added to your show.
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5.3.2 Playing a Roll or Crawl
1. 
If not already done, assign the CG to the desired keyer by pressing its [Key
Selection] button and select the CG button in the [source] row.
2. 
Assign the Device Controls to the CG by pressing the [CG] button, the
button will illuminate orange.
3. 
Select the desired CG file that you wish to roll or crawl, by pressing its
[PixButton] on the CG PixPad. Be sure that the file has been added to
your show, using PixMaster.
4. 
Bring the CG page to either preview or program using the keyer control
described in section 4, and the first page of the roll or crawl will be shown.
5. 
The CG graphic will begin to roll or crawl when you press the [>] button in
the motion control section, and its timecode will show in the display.
5.3.3 Motion Controls for Rolls and Crawls
Ensure that the Device Controls are assigned to CG by checking in the top left corner of
the display and seeing if it says CG. (If not, press the CG button). The motion controls
will only control the motion of the device assigned to the Device Controls.
To start a CG roll or crawl playing, press the [>] button
To pause it, press the [>] button again (and its timecode in the
display will show the frame paused on)
To start it playing again from a pause, press the [>] button again
To rewind it to the beginning, press the [I<<] button
To change the speed of the roll or crawl see the next section.
NOTE: If you have a roll on air, and you attempt to switch it on-air to a crawl, then you may get a
brief glitch on air. This change should be made off air, or one should define a second channel of
CG for the crawls. (Similar issue if you have a crawl on air and attempt to switch to a roll.)
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5.3.4 Modifiers for Rolls and Crawls
Modifiers may be applied to rolls and crawls. These include changing a roll to a crawl,
adding a blank page at the beginning and/or end, setting it to loop, setting it to auto-start
when taken to air, changing the read direction, changing the aspect ratio and changing
its speed.
To modify a roll or a crawl:
1. 
Press the [CG] button to bring up the top page of CG controls on the PixPad,
if they are not already up.
2. 
Press the [Controls] PixButton, which will bring up the following PixPad of
Modifiers:
CG Controls PixPad
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3.
You can always view which modifiers are present on the a CG graphic by
viewing the display on the control panel (or SoftPanel) and on the MultiView. These modifiers are always displayed when you select a CG graphic
in parenthesis after the name of the selected CG graphic, in the same way
that clip modifiers are shown for clips. When the CG graphic is first created
it has a (R) for roll, as a default, as shown below for the CG title in this
illustration called Credits. These modifiers are also visible on the Multi-View.
CG: Credits (R)
Sp: 3.1
0:00:00
4.
To change a roll to a crawl, press the [Roll/Crawl] PixButton on the CG
Modifier PixPad. The (R) in the display will change to a (C)
5.
To change a crawl to a roll, press the [Roll/Crawl] PixButton on the CG
Modifier PixPad. The (C) in the display will change to a (R)
6.
Sometimes it is desired to have the roll or crawl start out of view. This way
when you bring it to air it is not present, until you start it with the [>] button.
To add a blank (black) page to the beginning of a roll or crawl, press the
[Start Black OnOff] PixButton on the CG Modifier PixPad. The letter (B)
will be added to the modifiers in the display to let you know that a blank
page has been added to the beginning, as illustrated below:
CG: Credits (RB)
Sp3.1
7. 
0:00:00
To add a blank (black) page to the end of a roll or crawl, press the
[End Black OnOff] PixButton on the CG Modifier PixPad. The letter (E) will
be added to the modifiers in the display to let you know that a blank page
has been added to the end. You can add blank pages to both the beginning
and end if desired.
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8. 
To set a roll or crawl to continuously loop, press the [Loop CG OnOff]
PixButton on the CG Modifier PixPad. The letter (L) will be added to the
modifiers in the display to let you know that it has been set to loop.
9. 
On of the most powerful modifiers for rolls an crawls is auto-start. This sets
the roll or crawl to auto-start when taken to air, rather than starting it
manually with the [>] button. To set a CG graphic to auto-start, press the
[Auto Start OnOff] PixButton on the CG Modifier PixPad. The letter (A) will
be added to the modifiers in the display to let you know that it has been set
to auto-start.
10.
To change the speed of a roll or a crawl, turn the middle knob marked
Sp (Speed), as shown below. The speed in pages per second will appear
above the knob. This illustration also shows a CG graphic with many
modifiers set. To make a roll/crawl run faster turn the knob to the right, to
make it run slower turn it to the left.
You can dynamically change the speed on a roll/crawl any time, giving you
greater flexibility for your roll/crawls.
CG: Credits (RBELA)
Sp:8.7
11.
0:00:00
For international languages that read right to left, the [Direction] PixButton
may be used to change the read direction. Only crawls may have their
direction changed. The default state of the text read direction is to the left,
meaning the crawl comes in from the left and the display shows Lt.
Changing the direction will also change the display to Rt, to represent that
the crawl is coming in from the right, as shown below.
CG: Crawl (CBELA-Rt)
Sp: 3.1
0:00:00
NOTE: When playing a Roll or a Crawl, Broadcast Pix does not auto-detect if the CG is a Roll or Crawl, it
will always default to C for Crawl. It will be necessary to manually change your files accordingly.
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5.4 Updating CG Graphics On-the-Fly
If you wish to change a CG or other graphic during a live production, such as to
change the name of a guest on a talk show, you can overwrite an existing CG in the
memory for the show. While this does not always require a second graphics
operator to do, frequent changes are best handled by a second operator.
There are three ways of editing titles on the fly:
- .Scribe Editing
- Overwriting a file
- Optional Rapid CG (see section 5.9)
5.4.1 Quick Scribe Editing
A Scribe file is an editable Inscriber file, which preserves all the data and layer
information of one graphic file. Scribe editing provides for rapid overwriting of files,
even if the file is on program or preview.
To Activate .Scribe Editing:
1.
Create an Inscriber file in TitleMotion GS, and
export it as a .Scribe file as described in section
5.2.1.
2. 
On the Multi-View you will notice that the CG/Still/
Animation PixPad will have blue text underneath
its thumbnail, this represents a .Scribe file. Green
text represents an .ICG file.
Right Click on the thumbnail of the graphic you
wish to edit, and it will automatically open in
Inscriber.
3.
In Inscriber, apply your changes as needed.
4. 
In the menu bar, click on the Quick Scribe
Export button, as shown on the right.
The graphic will update with your desired edit,
even if it is currently on program/preview and
the TitleMotion GS application will remain open.
5.
To perform more edits repeat steps 2-4.
6.
To minimize the TitleMotion application click on
the – (minimize button) on the menu bar.
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5.4.2 Overwriting a File
Another way to update a file that is currently in your show is to simply overwrite the file
using standard Microsoft Windows. This may be desired if you have the Broadcast Pix
Server plugged into a separate local network, where files can be shared and
saved. The use of Watch Folders can assist in automatically replacing/overwriting
graphic files, see section 3.5.7 for more information.
To Overwrite a File:
1. 
Create a CG in either Inscriber or any other graphics application.
2.
Export the graphic with the same file name and file extension as the one you
wish to replace, i.e. .TGA, .JPEG, .BMP.
3.
Save the file in the same location as the current version. C:\\graphics\cg
And click on Yes when asked to Replace/Overwrite the existing file.
4. 
The file will automatically update, glitch-free, on program/preview.
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5.5 Animation Store
The Broadcast Pix Animation Store plays out native image sequences without the need
of conversion. There are up to 2 animation stores that can play uncompressed files in a
TGA, BMP, GIF, JPG or PNG image sequence, in addition to the Apple Animation Codec
in a .mov file. Channels 1 and 2 can support up to 50 frames per file and per channel of
uncompressed files.
In addition, compressed RLE .TGA files may be used to increase the length of the
animations. When using RLE files each animation store has a maximum of 400mb of
data. You may also configure the Mica System to have a 1 channel 100 frame
(uncompressed) or 800mb (compressed) animation store. This turns the system into a 1
Animation Store and 1 logo store. Still images/logos may also be loaded in either
animation channel.
To Configure the Animation Store:
1. 
In BPswitcher, select the Broadcast
Pix Menu and select Setup, System
Options, as shown on the right.
2. 
Select the Video tab.
3. 
In the Animation Setup section, select
either the 1ch (800mb) or 2ch
(400mb) radio button, as shown on
the right.
4. 
Click on the OK button to apply the
changes.
A application restart is needed for the
change to take effect.
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5.5.1 Creating an Animated Graphic
The internal CG supports a complete range of animated titles and effects, including an drop,
rumble, squish, topple, flip and many more in both 2D and 3D. These also use handy
templates that can rapidly create an animated title, and are easy to customize. The
TitleMotion operators manual contains much more detail on animations. The basics are
covered here in this Broadcast Pix system manual.
To Create an Animation in TitleMotion:
1. 
In TitleMotion, select the default template or
another template you wish to use, type in your
text and perform any modifications to it.
2.
Click on the Animation Editor button, as
shown
to the right.
3.
A pop-up message will appear asking to
convert the layout to an animation, click on
Yes, as shown on the right.
4.
Select an animation template from the
Templates tab at the bottom of the GUI.
For example, you might select tip and scale as
shown to the right.
5. 
You can sample this animation by pressing the
green [>] button. If you like it, click on the
Apply button.
6.
If desired, you can move the animation
movement points for the chosen animation by
clicking on them in the large window showing
your text, and dragging them to another
location. You can also add key frames and
adjust the timing of animations in the various
controls tabs on the bottom of the screen.
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7.
You can preview the animation at any time,
either using a wire-frame view, which is
quicker but does not provide any graphical
information. To play click on the green ply
from start button, as shown on the right.
To view a full-quality preview, which is
slower than real-time but provides and
accurate representation of the file
animation, click on the Onscreen Preview
button in the animation palette, as shown
on the right.
8.
To save the animation, click on File menu,
then Import/Export, and then select
Export All Frames…, as shown to the
right.
9. 
In the Save As, insure that the file type is
set to TGA, Truevision and that the
Compression check box is checked and
enter the file name.
Save the file to the Animations folder in
C:\\Graphics\Animations. It is
recommended that you save the animation
in a subfolder and that you name the folder
according, since the export will create
multiple pages with the file names
name000000. These folders can be
created from this window, by clicking on the
new folder icon.
10.
Click on Save and the animation will be
rendered (a series of Targa files will be
saved) to the folder you have indicated.
After the animation is exported from the
Inscriber CG, it can added to the Animation
Store, as described in section 3.
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5.5.2 Creating Animations in 3rd Party Applications
Inscriber makes great animations, but you can use many popular animation applications
including Digital Juice, Art Beats, Adobe After Effects, Apple Motion and others to make
animations for the Broadcast Pix system. In general, any animation system that can
export a sequence of frames of images will work, as these frames can be brought into the
Broadcast Pix Animation store.
All files loaded into the Anim store must have a frame size of 1920x1080 with square
pixels and a 16:9 aspect ratio. No AutoAspect correction may occur in the Animation
Store.
If you are creating animations with alpha channels make sure to save files as 32 Bit
Targa files to preserve the transparency layer. In addition, if the application has a
compressed setting or RLE setting for Targas, select it to gain longer lengths. There is a
maximum file size of 400mb for each animation store or 800mb for one, as described in
section 5.5. You may also use QuickTime Animation .mov files.
All image sequences need to end with a number starting with “0” in order for the Import
Animation function of Broadcast Pix to work properly (i.e. Animation000000 or
Animation2_000000).
5.5.3 Basic Animation Operation
All animations must be loaded into Switcher memory prior to playing it on-air. Even
though numerous files may be added to the show and viewed on the PixPad, only
2 animations may be loaded for playback at a time, one in each channel. The load
time is not real time, each animation takes approximately 2X the duration time to load.
To load an Animation:
1. 
Assign the Device Controls to an Animations
(Anim) channel, select the [Anim] or [Anim
CH2] button, it will illuminate orange.
2.
Select the desired animation file by pressing
its [PixButton] on the Anim PixPad, it will
illuminate red, as shown on the right.
The Animation is now loading, the Animation
counter on the Multi-View and the counter in
the display will start to countdown, as shown
on the right.
Once the counters reach 00:00:00, the
animation is ready to be used.
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Motion Controls for an Animation:
1. 
Assign the Device Controls to an Animations
(Anim) channel, select the [Anim] or
[Anim CH2] button, it will illuminate orange,
as shown on the right.
2. 
The display will show the 3 scrubbing
speeds, as well as the timecode.
To scrub the animation forward or back, turn
the [1st Knob] in the motion controls
section, as shown on the right.
3. 
To start playing the animation, press the [>]
motion control button, and it will illuminate
orange. The counter will also begin to
countdown.
4. 
To stop/pause an animation, press the [>]
motion control button again and the light will
turn off.
5. 
To rewind the animation to the beginning,
press the [|<<] motion control.
NOTE: If you want audio to play at the same time as your animation, then create a .wav file of the same
name as the animation and store it in the same location as the animation file on the C drive,
(for example alphawipe.tga and alphawipe.wav). The .wav file needs to be PCM Data 16 bit at 48 kHz.
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5.5.4 Modifiers for Animations
Modifiers or controls may be applied to animations. The modifiers are similar to the clip
store modifies and they include setting it to loop, setting mark points, setting it to autostart when taken to air, setting it to auto-stop and/or auto-rewind when taken off-air.
To modify an Animation:
1. 
Assign the Device Controls to an Animations
(Anim) channel, select the [Anim] or
[Anim CH2] button, it will illuminate orange,
as shown on the right.
2. 
In the PixPad, select the [Controls]
PixButton. The PixPad will change to show
the Animations Controls, as shown on the
right.
You can always view which modifiers are
present on the the Animation by viewing the
display on the control panel (or SoftPanel) and
on the Multi-View. These modifiers are always
displayed when you select an Anim in
parenthesis after the name of the selected file,
in the same way that clip modifiers are shown
for clip.
In the example to the right the ‘@Ring Wipe’ is
set to Auto-Start, Auto-Stop and Auto-Rewind.
3. 
To set an animation to continuously loop,
press the [Loop Anim OnOff] PixButton on
the Anim Controls PixPad. The letter (L) will
be added to the modifiers in the display to let
you know that it has been set to loop.
4. 
To set an animation to auto-start when taken
to air, rather than starting it manually with the
[>] button, press the [Auto-Start OnOff]
PixButton. The letter (A) will be added to the
modifiers in the display to let you know that it
has been set to auto-start.
5. 
See section 6.4 for more information on clip/
animation controls.
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5.6 Basic CG & Stills Operation
The unified control architecture of the Broadcast Pix system manages all content
devices the same way. For example, once you learn how to control CGs, you have also
learned the basic elements of how to control Stills, Clips and Animations.
CG, Animations and Clips have more modifiers/controls since they involve motion,
where as Stills only have aspect ratio controls.
To operate the Character Generator or Still Store, substitute CG/Still for Clip and read:
Section
To learn how to
6.2
Assign the device controls to the CG/Stills
6.3
Select a CG/Still graphic by Name
6.3.1
Select a CG/Still graphic by Number
6.3.2
Select CG/Still graphics with a mouse
6.3.3
View more CG/Still graphics in the Multi-View
Up to 2 channels of CG and up to 2 channels of Stills may be added to a show.
CG PixPad
Stills PixPad
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5.7 Preparing Still Content
The system will accept still graphics in several formats, which can be saved out of
Inscriber or any other graphics application:
Windows Bitmaps, which are picture files ending in .bmp
Targas, which are picture files ending in .tga
Portable Network Graphics, which are picture files ending in .png
Graphics Interchange Format, which are picture files ending in .gif
Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), which are picture files ending in .jpg
The system accepts full screen stills in 1920x1080, 1280x720 square pixels in a
16:9 aspect ratio for 50 and 60 Hz systems. In addition, standard definition
graphics at 720x486 for NTSC and 720x576 for PAL may also be used in the Still
and CG stores.
The bit depth of a graphics must be 24bits or higher. The bit depth of a .tga/.bmp
still must be 32bits to use a key/alpha channel. The system will also accept
smaller pictures or larger ones and either retain their size or modify them to fit the
screen, see the import function of the PixMaster section (Section 3).
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5.8 Using International Characters with Inscriber
You may use international characters, such as Arabic, with Inscriber TitleMotion GS. All
the international settings are handled through Windows XP settings. It will be necessary to
install files from your Windows XP CDs, which were included with your system. This
example will assume that you would be using Arabic.
1. 
Select the Regional and Language
Options Window by going to the Start
Menu, Control Panel, Regional and
Language Options. And select the
Languages Tab.
2. 
Place a check mark in the box alongside
“Install files for complex script and
right-to-left languages (including
Thai)“. As shown on the right.
You will be prompted to insert the
Windows Install disk and will be forced
to reboot the Server after completing the
install.
3. 
To set up your keyboard, go to the same
Regional and Language Options
Window as above, and select the
Details button under the Text Services
and Input Languages section.
4. 
In the Installed Services section select
the Add… button, which will bring the
the Add Input Language window, as
shown on the right.
5. 
In the Input language drop down menu
select Farsi (or the desired language).
6. 
In the Keyboard layout/IME drop down
menu select the desired keyboard
layout.
7. 
Click on OK to close the window.
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8.
In the Text Services and Input Languages
Window, click the Language Bar… button
under Preferences, as shown on the right.
9.
Ensure that the Show the Language bar on
the desktop and Show additional Language
bar icons in the taskbar boxes are checked,
as shown on the right.
10. 
Click on OK to close the window.
11. 
In the Text Services and Input Languages
Window, click on Apply and then click on OK
to close the window.
12. 
In the Regional and Language Options
window, click on Apply and then click on OK
to close the window.
This will place a Language Bar in the
Windows Taskbar, which is application
specific. As you move from one application to
another it will change your settings.
In normal operation, it will display EN for
English. When Farsi is enabled it will display
FA, as shown below. (or whatever other
language you have installed)
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13.
To change the Language Bar, Left-Click
on the EN and choose Farsi. You must
first select the appropriate language prior
to launching TitleMotion GS.
14.
Navigate Start Menu-All ProgramsHarris-TitleMotion GS-Configuration
Utilities and select the inscribe.ini file.
A configuration file will open in Notepad.
15.
Under the Right-to-Left font processing
options, delete the semicolon ; on in front
of GlyphProcessing=1 and in front of
the Right-to-Left font processing
options, as shown on the right.
16.
Click on File, Save.
17.
Close the inscribe.ini file by clicking on
the Red X, in the top right corner.
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5.9 Optional Fluent Rapid CG Software
Fluent Rapid CG provides an interface for linking TitleMotion GS with external data
sources. It inserts text and images into Inscriber .SCRIBE template files and then
updates and displays them on the Broadcast Pix Switcher. Text and images can be
updated manually or automatically from XML or Microsoft Access database (.mdb) files.
In addition clocks, timers, dates, RSS feeds and US Weather services may be added to
any template file. This option is ideal for sports production, where data is constantly
changing, (i.e. game clock and/or scoreboard) or for using as a simplified graphics
station in a news or government production.
5.9.1 Rapid CG Installation
To launch and operate Rapid CG, both TitleMotion GS and Rapid CG software must be
installed and the USB activation dongle must be plugged into an available USB port on
the Mica Server. On new systems Rapid CG is pre-installed on the Server, on
existing systems it may be installed using the installer program provided by Broadcast
Pix. Contact technical support for more information. Rapid CG may not be installed on
a remote PC.
When installed a Rapid CG icon will be present on the desktop, as well as a RapidCG
folder will be created in C:\BroadcastPix.
5.9.2 Rapid CG Setup
Rapid CG allows for multiple Scribe files to be loaded in a project, which then can be used
to output 1 file, labeled _RapidCG_A (a tga file). All the files from Rapid CG are copied into
a RapidCG1 folder to preserve the original Scribe file. The file labeled _RapidCG_A from
the RapidCG1 folder, which is the output of Rapid CG, needs to be added to the CG, Stills
or Animation device of a Broadcast Pix show using PixMaster. This method replicates a
‘traditional’ CG where only one output is sent to a switcher.
To Modify Rapid CG output Settings:
1. 
Double-click the Rapid CG icon on the
desktop, as shown on the right. Rapid
CG will begin to launch, this process
may take a few minutes as it searches
for an Internet connection.
2.
Click on the Fluent Rapid CG menu
button, and a drop down menu will
appear.
3.
Click on the Settings option, then
Output Folder, as shown on the right.
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4. 
In the menu, select the desired destination of
the output file. Either ANIMATIONS, CG or
STILLS.
Depending on which Device in Broadcast Pix
Switcher is used a different folder may be
selected.
The Status Bar on the bottom of the Rapid
CG window will now display where the output
file will be rendered to, as shown on the right.
5. 
Add this file to your show in PixMaster Show
Editor on the Broadcast Pix Switcher, as
described in section 3.
6. 
To turn off rendering of the output file, click
on the Content Panel Menu, select Render
and deselect Live Output A, as shown on
the right. The Status Bar will display Live
output OFF.
This is useful when the selected file in Rapid
CG is on air with Broadcast Pix, but
modifications need to be made to other files.
5.9.3 Adding the RTX Tags
Rapid CG updates text fields and logo objects in the CG layout, these text fields
and logo objects must be assigned a RTX tag within TitleMotion GS. A RTX tag serves
as a label for identifying the text fields and logo objects in Rapid CG to be updated.
Only the fields that will be updated in Rapid CG must be tagged, all other images and
fields that are not tagged will not be editable with Rapid CG.
To add RTX Tags:
1. 
Create your CG template in TitleMotion GS, as
described earlier in this section.
2.
Click on the text field or logo object to highlight
it, then click the News Edit button at the bottom
of canvas window, as shown on the right.
This will open the News Edit window, as shown
on the next page.
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3. 
In the News Edit window, enter the
desired tag name in the Tags text field.
Every tag field must have its own unique
name, with a 43 character limit.
Click on the Add button, or enter on the
keyboard to apply the RTX tag.
Continue to enter other tag fields by
selecting other text fields or logos with the
mouse on the canvas window and
repeating this step.
4.
Once all the RTX tags have been entered,
click on the Red X button in the News Edit
window, to close the window.
5. 
To view all the enabled RTX tags, click on
the Display Options button (monitor with
a checkmark) on the top of the canvas
window and a drop down menu will
appear, as shown on the right.
Select the News Tags option.
All the RTX tags will now appear in a
small black box on the bottom center of
the text field or logo object on the canvas,
as shown on the next page.
To modify the color and location of the
tags click on the Edit News Tags…
option and modify the settings in the
News Tag Editor window, as shown on the
right. Click on the Done button to apply
the changes.
6.
Export your CG layout as a .Scribe file,
saving it in the graphics folder on the C
drive with the rest the CG graphics for
Broadcast Pix.
NOTE: It is important to create your CG Layouts in the way you would like them to appear on air. The only
content that Rapid CG will change are the RTX Tag values. No color, font or sizing attributes will be
affected.
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TitleMotion GS Canvas Window
RTX Tags on Text/Logo Fields
News Edit
Display Options
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5.9.4 Rapid CG Overview
Rapid CG consists of 4 main panels, as shown below. The entire Rapid CG window is
scalable.
Content: A bin where .Scribe template files can be added/removed and allows for playback
of all files in the bin. Up to 100 files may be added and sorted per project.
Editor: A preview window to view the selected Scribe file from the Content panel and
where tag fields are linked to data sources. Also the output of Rapid CG to Broadcast Pix
Switcher.
Data: Where all custom data sources are viewed, as well as where Clocks, Timers, Dates,
RSS Feeds and US Weather sources are configured.
Action Buttons: A section to create custom shortcut buttons for text and logo entry. Up to
96 Action buttons may be assigned per project.
Content Panel
Menu Button
Advances files in Search field for all
content
Content panel at
selected rate
Hide/show
Action Buttons
Panel
Status Bar
displaying the
location of the
output file
Drag bars to resize
panels
Hide/show Data
Panel
Editor Panel
Data Panel
Enables updates
Action Buttons
from external data
Panel Select previous &
source
Enables clock
next files in
updates
Content Panel
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5.9.5 Content Panel
.Scribe files may either be dragged into the Content Panel or imported through the panel
menu. Once in the Control Panel, files can be selected and viewed in the Editor to assign
tag fields or set to auto-advance through all the files in the bank. Up to 100 files may be
added per project file and can be sorted left or right.
To Add Content:
1. 
In a Windows Explorer window select a .Scribe file
and drag it into the Fluent Rapid CG Content
panel.
Or
Select the Content Menu and a drop down menu,
as shown on the right.
Click on Add Content… to add Scribe files.
Click on Add Content from Folder… to clear the
bank and to add a folder of files.
The newly added files will appear in the bank,
showing its thumbnail and file name.
To Sort Content:
1. 
Right-click on a file, and a pop-up menu will
appear, as shown on the right.
2. 
To move the selected file one space to the right,
select the Move to Next option.
3. 
To move the selected file one space to the left,
select the Move to Previous option.
To Search for Content:
1.
On the bottom of the Content Panel select the
search by drop down menu, as shown on the
right.
2. 
Select either Search Filenames to search by the
beginning name of the file (useful when searching
by number), Search All Text to search by all the
text in the tag field or Search Text Start to search
by the first word of a tag field.
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3.
In the text field, enter the desired search term.
4.
On the keyboard, press the enter button.
The first file with a positive match to the search
term will be selected in blue in the Content Panel.
5. 
To find the next file with a similar search term, click
in the Search text field and press enter on the
keyboard.
6.
To enter a new search term, repeat steps 1 - 5.
To Remove Files from the Content Panel:
1. 
Select the desired file to be removed, and it will
highlight blue.
2. 
Right-click on the thumbnail, and a drop down
menu will appear, as shown on the right.
3. 
Select the Remove From Bin option and the file
will be removed.
To Clear all Files from the Content Panel:
1. 
Click on the Content Menu, and a drop down
menu will appear, as shown on the right.
2. 
Select the Files option.
3. 
Select Remove All Content. The bin will now
be empty.
To Change the Thumbnail Size:
1. 
Click on the Content Menu, and a drop down
menu will appear, as shown on the right.
2. 
Select the Thumbnail Size option.
3.
Select either Small, Medium or Large.
A checkmark will appear on the selected size, and
The thumbnails will resize within the Content
Panel.
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5.9.6 Editor Panel
The Editor Panel is the output of Rapid CG, and is what the file _RapidCG_A is outputting
to Broadcast Pix Switcher. It displays a larger image of the selected file from the Content
Panel and is an edit window to link the RTX tags assigned from TitleMotion with data
sources.
To Modify Content Manually:
1. 
Click on a file in the Content Panel.
This will open the file in the Editor Panel
as shown on the right.
2. 
To view the assigned RTX tags, click on the
Editor Menu and a drop down menu will
appear.
3. 
Select the Show tag Names option, as shown
on the right. This will show all the assigned RTX
tags from TitleMotion GS.
All assigned text fields will appear in yellow and
all assigned logo fields will appear in blue, as
shown on the right.
This step provides a quick way to view all the
tags. Moving the mouse over each field will also
pop up the data of each tag, even with this
option deselected. In addition, the TagName will
appear at the bottom of the Editor Panel.
4. 
To enter new text or to modify it, click on the
desired tag field and the value will appear in a
text field. Enter the new value and click on the
enter button on the keyboard, as shown on the
right.
If a logo tag is selected, a Windows
Explorer window will appear to select a
new image. Note that the image will size
to fit the original size of the logo in the
template.
The new change is written automatically
and the file is updated if live output is turned on.
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5.
To view all the properties of the selected
file, click on the Editor Menu and select
the Show Tag Grid, as shown on the
right.
A grid will appear below the image in the
Editor Panel showing all the assigned
TagNames, TagText and TagLink. The
TagNames are the assigned RTX tags
from TitleMotion, the TagText is current
text or image path for the tag and the
TagLink will display the data source for
each tag.
6. 
To modify a new file, either click a
different file in the Content Panel or use
the Back and Forward navigation
buttons at the button of the Editor Panel,
as shown on the right.
Selecting a new file will also update the
output to the selected file if live output is
turned on.
7.
To create a new Scribe file based off the
selected image, click on the Editor
Menu and select the Clone Page As…
option, as shown on the right.
A Save As dialog box will appear, enter a
filename and click on the Save button, as
shown on the right. The file may be
saved anywhere on the System C drive.
The new file will be saved and
automatically added to the end of the
content in the Content Panel and
selected for use in the Editor Panel.
This feature is handy when new graphics
of the same template is needed quickly,
for example lower third names for a talk
show.
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5.9.7 Data Panel
The Data Panel is the workspace to view custom data sources and to configure stock data
sources like: Clocks, Timers, Dates, RSS Feeds and US Weather. Customer data sources
may be .XML or .MDB (Microsoft Access Database) files. The Clocks, Timers and
Dates are all based off the computer clock. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feeds and US
Weather are web services that use an Internet connection to retrieve information from
websites. If no Internet connection is available these 2 services will not function. Take
proper caution when connecting the Mica Server to the public Internet.
The Data Panel is used to setup the data sources, which are then linked to RTX Tags inside
the Editor Window.
To Configure Clocks:
1. 
Click on the Data Menu and a drop down
menu will appear, as shown on the right.
2.
Select the Clocks option and the Data Panel
will change to view the Clocks properties.
3. 
Click on the Clock1 radio button, as shown on
the right. Up to 3 different clocks may be
configured and linked to files.
4.
To change the display format, click on the
Format drop down menu. A list of available
display formats will appear, as shown on the
right. Select the desired format. The Clock 1
display will update showing the new format.
5.
Each clock may also be offset by hours,
minutes and/or seconds, useful for displaying
different time zones.
In the Offset (h:m:s) entry field enter the
desired offset, as shown on the right. 0:0:0 will
use the default computer clock. The Clock 1
display will update showing the new offset.
6. 
To configure Clock2 and/or Clock3 repeat
steps 3 - 5.
7.
To start running the clocks, click on the Run
Clocks button on the bottom of the Rapid CG
window, it will illuminate blue, as shown on the
right.
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To Configure Timers:
1. 
Click on the Data Menu and a drop down
menu will appear, as shown on the right.
2.
Select the Timers option and the Data Panel
will change to view the Timers properties.
3.
Up to 2 Countdowns and up to 2
Stopwatches, for a total of 4 timers may be
configured and linked to files. Stopwatches
count up and have the option to not have an
end time.
Click on the Countdown1 radio button, as
shown on the right.
4. 
To change the display format, click on the
Format drop down menu. A list of available
display formats will appear, as shown on the
right. Select the desired format. The
Countdown1 display will update showing the
new format.
5. 
Each timer can be set with a start time and
end time. To modify the start and end time
enter the desired time in the Start: (h:m:s)
and/or End: (h:m:s).
6.
In addition, each timer has an end action
which can be triggered. Click on the Action At
End: drop down menu and select either
Ignore, Loop, Stop, Stop & Hide or Stop &
Reset.
If a stopwatch is set to Ignore as an end
action, the end time field will be disabled.
7.
To configure Countdown2, Stopwatch1 and/or
Stopwatch2, repeat steps 3 - 6.
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To Configure Dates:
1. 
Click on the Data Menu and a drop down
menu will appear, as shown on the right.
2.
Select the Dates option and the Data Panel
will change to view the Dates properties.
3.
Click on the Date1 radio button, as shown on
the right.
Up to 3 different dates may be configured and
linked to files.
4. 
To change the display format, click on the
Format drop down menu. A list of available
display formats will appear, as shown on the
right. Select the desired format. The Date1
display will update showing the new format.
5.
In addition, each date may be configured with
different separators, based off the selected
format. Click the Separator drop down menu
and select the desired separator. The Date1
display will update showing the new separator.
6.
To configure Date2 and/or Date3 repeat steps
3 - 5.
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A RSS Feed includes 3 data fields: the Date, Title and Text. Most websites,
including news sites, that have information that changes on a regular basis can
be subscribed to through a RSS reader, in this case Rapid CG. Only 1 RSS
Feed may be subscribed to per project. Look for the orange RSS icon on most
websites, as shown on the right. If no Internet connection is detected this
feature is not available.
To Configure RSS Feeds:
1. 
Click on the Data Menu and a drop down
menu will appear, as shown on the right.
2.
Select the RSS Feeds option and the Data
Panel will change to view the RSS Feeds
properties.
3.
In the Feed: text field enter the URL/webpage
address of the RSS field. For example:
http://rss.cnn.con/rss/cnn_topstories.rss
4. 
Click on the Refresh button to activate the
RSS feed.
The Date, Title and Text field will all update to
the current information. The full text will
appear in the space below the RSS
properties.
5. 
To select a specific title from the RSS feed,
either click on the Titles: drop down menu or
the Previous or Next navigation buttons, as
shown on the right.
6. 
To have the RSS Feeds cycle through the
entire list of titles, enter an update rate
between 5 - 60 seconds, at the bottom of the
Data Panel, as shown on the right.
7.
To activate the advance, select the Auto
Advance RSS button, it will illuminate blue
and begin to countdown and cycle through the
titles, as shown on the right. The information
in the RSS Feed will update using a cut
transition.
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An additional service that is bundled within the Data Panel is access to weather for a
United States city based off a zip code. Weather for international cities is not
provided. Only 1 weather feed may be subscribed to per project. If no Internet
connection is detected this feature is not available.
To Configure US Weather:
1. 
Click on the Data Menu and a drop down
menu will appear, as shown on the right.
2.
Select the U.S. Weather option and the Data
Panel will change to view the US Weather
properties.
3.
In the Zip: text field enter the desired zipcode
for a U.S. city, as shown on the right.
4. 
Click on the Get button to activate the weather
feed.
The name of the city and state will appear in
the display area, plus list of weather
conditions will appear in a grid below the zip
code entry.
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Custom data sources may also be used to link data from external databases. This is ideal
for sports productions to update statistics and scoring information during a game. Rapid
CG supports well-formed .XML files, as well as .MDB files from Microsoft Access. The
database file can reside on the local sever or any where on the local area network. The
database can recall text or image files, to have images change from a database, the
complete path name must be included in the data field. When the database files updates
Rapid CG will recognize the changes and automatically update the linked templates.
To Add a Data File:
1. 
Click on the Data Menu and a drop down
menu will appear.
2.
Select the Files option and a drop down menu
will appear.
3. 
Select the Add Data File option, as shown on
the right. Up to 25 files may be added per
project.
4.
A Windows Explore window will appear.
Select the desired file and click on the Open
button.
The database file will appear in the Data
Panel, as shown on the right.
The database is read-only, no changes may
be made to the file from Rapid CG, only from
an external source.
5. 
There are several ways to sort/view the data
in the Data Panel.
If the database has multiple tables with
different names, click on the Tables drop
down menu and select the desired table.
If the database has multiple tables with the
same name, then the Search: field may be
used to search by a data field. For example,
searching by a player number to quickly recall
statistics for an individual player, as shown on
the right.
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6. 
To have the database file automatically update
when the file changes, select the Data Listen
button on the bottom of the Rapid CG window.
It will illuminate blue, as shown on the right.
7.
To remove a data file from the list of available
databases, click on the Data Menu and a drop
down menu will appear, then select the Files
option and another drop down menu will
appear.
Select the Remove Current Data File to
remove the file currently open in the Data
Panel or select Remove All Data Files to
clear the entire list of data files, as shown on
the right.
To Automatically Update Content:
After any/all of the data sources have been configured, as described in the steps above, it
is now time to link each data field to a tag field for each template file in the Editor Panel. A
data field is either a clock, timer or a specific item in a RSS Feed or XML data base. One
data field may be linked to any number of tags and any number or template files. This is
ideal for updating multiple template all at once, for example for a game score.
1. 
Select the desired database from the
Data Menu. In this example a XML file
will be used.
2. 
Find the desired field, in this example ‘FirstName’
And single-click to highlight the field name,
shown on the right.
3.
In the Editor Panel, mouse-over the desired tag
field, in this example ‘headline’, and right-click
on the tag name. A pop up menu will appear,
as shown on the right.
4. 
Select the Set TagLink to: option.
The complete file name or data source will
appear.
The text will now change and the TagName is
now linked.
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5. 
The Tag Grid may also be used for
quicker access to all the TagNames.
Enable the Tag Grid by selecting the
Editor Menu and selecting Show Tag
Grid.
In the TagLink column of the grid, rightclick and select the Set TagLink to:
option, as shown on the right.
6. 
Repeat steps 1 - 4 above to link other
data fields. Select other data sources by
selecting the Data Panel and selecting
another source.
7. 
To add a TagLink to another template
file, select it in the Content Panel, it will
highlight blue and repeat steps 1 - 5
above.
8. 
To remove a TagLink, right-click on the
TagName either in the Editor Panel or in
the Tag Grid and select Remove
TagLink, as shown on the right.
9. 
Now that all the Tags have been linked
with data sources all the files in the
Content Panel will update.
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5.9.8 Action Buttons Panel
The Action Buttons Panel is where custom shortcut buttons are saved and then triggered
from. Actions Buttons allow for quick automation entry of both text and logo tag fields, for
example scoring buttons for a sports game. They may be customized with a label, color
and sorted for ease of use. There are a total of 96 user Action Buttons plus up to 4 timer
Action buttons to control the Timers configured in the Data Panel, the Timer action buttons
are automatically added when Timers are in use.
To Add a Text Action Button:
1. 
In the Editor Panel, right-click on a text (yellow
tag) TagName either on the image or in the Tag
Grid. A pop up menu will appear.
2.
Select the Add Action Button option, as
shown on the right.
3. 
The Action Button window will appear, as
shown on the right.
Each text action button may have a value equal
to, added or subtracted from the current text.
To have a value equal a value, select the
Equals radio button. In the Value text field,
enter the desired text or number. For example
‘Foul’ so every time a foul occurs in a game an
action button can automatically add this text.
To have a number value be added, select the
Plus radio button. In the Value text field, enter
the value to be added each time the action
button is selected. Only a number value may be
entered when Plus is selected as an action. In
the example to the right, the value of 1 will be
added every time the button is selected. This
feature is useful for score board applications.
To have a number value be subtracted, select
the Minus radio button. In the Value text field,
enter the value to be subtracted each time the
action button is selected. Only a number value
may be entered when Minus is selected as an
action.
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4. 
To have a custom caption appear on the Action
Button, select the Use Custom Caption
checkbox. In the text field enter the desired
caption, as shown on the right. This is useful to
help distinguish between multiple action buttons
with the same values, i.e. a home and an away
score.
If this option is not selected, the Action Button
will show the value entered.
5. 
If multiple pages use the exact same TagName,
the Action Button may be applied to all the
template files in the Content Panel. This is
useful for updating a score to multiple score
pages in a sports production.
Select the Use on all pages with matching
Tag Name checkbox, as shown on the right.
The word ‘All’ will appear in the upper left
corner of the action button signifying that all
TagNames will be updated.
6. 
To further distinguish between multiple buttons
a color may be added to the Action Button.
Select one of the 8 colors from the color
palette, as shown on the right.
7. 
To save the Action Button click on the Add
Button button, as shown on the right, and the
Action Button will appear at the end of the the
Action Button Panel.
Color
Assigned to All
TagNames
TagName
Caption/Value/
Image
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To Add a Logo Action Button:
1. 
In the Editor Panel, right-click on a logo (blue
tag) TagName either on the image or in the Tag
Grid. A pop up menu will appear.
2.
Select the Add Action Button option, as
shown on the right.
3. 
The Action Button window will appear, as
shown on the right.
Select the path of the graphic by clicking on the
(…) Browse button.
A Windows Explorer window will appear, select
the desired file and click on the Open button. A
thumbnail will appear in the Action Button, this
serves as a caption.
The image may reside anywhere on the local
area network. The image is scaled to fit the size
of the original file created in TitleMotion.
4.
If multiple pages use the exact same TagName,
the Action Button may be applied to all the
template files in the Content Panel.
Select the Use on all pages with matching
Tag Name checkbox, as shown on the right.
The word ‘All’ will appear in the upper left
corner of the action button signifying that all
TagNames will be updated.
5.
To distinguish between multiple buttons a color
may be added to the Action Button. Select one
of the 8 colors from the color palette, as shown
on the right.
6. 
To save the Action Button click on the Add
Button button, as shown on the right, and the
Action Button will appear at the end of the the
Action Button Panel.
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To Edit An Action Button:
1. 
In the Action Buttons Panel, right-click on an
Action Button. A pop up menu will appear.
2.
Select the Edit Button option, as shown on the
right.
3. 
The Action Button window will appear, with the
same options described in the steps above. Modify
your settings.
4.
When complete click on the Save button, as
shown on the right.
To Sort Action Buttons:
1. 
In the Action Buttons Panel, right-click on an
Action Button. A pop up menu will appear, as
shown on the right.
2. 
To move the Action Button one space to the right,
select the Move to Next option.
3. 
To move the Action Button one space to the left,
select the Move to Previous option.
4. 
To hide the Action Buttons Panel, click on the
Show/hide button on the bottom of the Content
Panel, as shown on the right.
To show the Action Buttons Panel, repeat this step.
To Remove Action Buttons:
1. 
In the Action Button edit window, click on the
Remove button, or right-click on the Action
Button and select the Remove Button option, as
shown on the right. Once removed there is no
undo.
2. 
To remove all Action Buttons to clear the panel,
click on the Action Buttons menu and select
Clear User Action Buttons, as shown on the
right.
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Using Timer Action Buttons:
1. 
When a Timer (Countdown or Stopwatch) is
assigned to a TagName, Action Buttons for each
Timer is automatically added to the beginning of
the Action Panel, as shown on the right.
2.
Unlike the user Action Buttons, the Timer Action
Buttons are multi-functional.
To start running a Timer click on the Action Button,
is will illuminate green, as shown on the right.
To pause a Timer click on the Action button again, it
will now illuminate orange, as shown on the right.
3. 
To add or subtract seconds to the Timer, click on the
(–) or (+) buttons.
4. 
To reset the Timer to the start time assigned in the
Data Panel, click on the Reset button and the Action
button will illuminate blue.
5. 
To modify the running Timer, you may access the
Data Panel by right-clicking on the Action Button to
automatically open the properties in the Data Panel.
5.9.9 Project Files
All the settings described may be saved into one project file, which will remember the
content, data configuration and Action Button assignments. This makes for easy switching
between different productions with different content. If no project file is saved, Rapid CG
will remember the last state at application shutdown and will reload it at the next opening.
To Save a Project:
1. 
Click on the Fluent RapidCG menu, as
Drop down menu will appear.
2.
Click on Project, followed by Save
Project As…, as shown on the right.
3. 
A Windows Explorer window will appear, name
the file and click on the Save button.
4. 
To load the project file, click on Load Project…
in the above menu and select a file in the Explorer window.
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Section 6:
Clip Store
The Broadcast Pix system contains a one channel clip store. Clips are imported into
the Server and then selected like a still image for playout. All clips must be
compressed as a QuickTime movie file encoded as a H.264 wrapped as a .mov
or .mp4 extension or Apple ProRes wrapped in a .mov extension. Clips can play with
or without audio. The Mica clip store supports the H.264 Main Profile (MP) level 4.2
standard with a maximum bitrate of 90 mbits/second.
As an option, the Broadcast Pix system can also control external DDRs/Servers, as
described in section 6.7.
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6.1 Clip Store Playout
Press the [Clips] device select button, and the following will occur:
1. The Clips button will illuminate orange
2. The name “Clips1” will appear in the top left corner of the display
3.  The number and name of the currently selected clip will be in the display
4. The PixPad will change to clips, including the first nine clips, which correspond to
the nine shown in the clip library portion of the Multi-View
5. The knobs will have their clip data shown in their portion of the display.
PixPad
on the Control Panel
PixPad
on the Multi-View
Display
Clips1: 02 Light Swipe (AXR)
Scrub
Knobs
0:00:00
Motion Controls
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6.1.1 To Select a Clip by Name
1. 
Press the [Clips] Button if it is not already illuminated.
2.
Select the desired clip by name by pressing its
PixButton in the PixPad. In the example above, to
select the “02 Light Swipe” clip, press the [Clip 1
Light Swipe] PixButton, and it will illuminate. The
selected clip will appear on the Multi-View in its
source window as well as on the PixPad where it will
change from grey to orange (red if the Clip Store is on
air) and its name will appear in the display and in the
Clip PixButton in the program row.
3.
Push the [>] motion button, it will turn orange, the clip
will start to play and its time code will be in the the
display as well as the Multi-View.
6.1.2 To Select a Clip by Number
1.
Press the [Clips] Button if it is not already illuminated.
2. 
On the Clip Store PixPad, press the [Controls]
PixButton, which will bring up the clip controls PixPad,
then press the [Numeric Keypad] PixButton, and it
will bring up the numeric keypad PixPad, as shown
below.
3.
Enter the clip [Number] you wish using the numeric
keypad. As you enter each number it will appear in
the display.
4.
Press the [Enter] PixButton and the selected clip will
appear on the Multi-View, its name will appear in the
display, and its time code will be shown. The PixPad
will change to the Library containing the selected clip,
which will be illuminated.
5. 
Push the [>] motion button, and the button will
illuminate orange. The clip will start to play, and its
time code will advance.
NOTE: To select a clip by number, the clip file name must have digits in front of the name, i.e. “02 Open”.
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6.1.3 Selecting a Clip with the Multi-View
It may be desired in some situations to select library elements with the mouse or touch
screen, rather then using panel buttons. All the modifiers described in this section may
be controlled from the Control Panel or the Multi-View PixPad.
To select a clip with the mouse, simply click-on its Thumbnail in the PixPad on the
Multi-View.
To select a clip not currently shown on the Multi-View, use the navigation buttons at
the bottom of the PixPad, the left and right arrows.
To modify clip settings click on the Controls button to bring up the Clip Controls
PixPad, as shown below.
Navigation buttons
Controls PixPad
6.1.4 Viewing More Clips in the Library
The clip PixPad displays the 9 clips at a time. To view more clips:
1.  Press the [Next] PixButton on the control panel and the next 9
will appear. Or use the navigation buttons on the Multi-View PixPad.
2.  Press the [Back] PixButton, to go back to the previous page.
Or use the navigation buttons on the Multi-View PixPad.
NOTE: You can always return to the first page of clips, by pressing the [Clips] device once, and
you can jump to the last page by double-punching the [Clips] device button.
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6.1.5 Creating Clip Thumbnails
Each clip can have its own thumbnail, which can be viewed on the Multi-View
PixPad. By default there is no thumbnail, simply a generic film strip icon. It may be
desired to change the clip’s thumbnail. Once a thumbnail is created it will be
remembered for all shows. In addition, .mov files in the Animation store may also
created.
To create a clip thumbnail:
1. 
Start the clip playing as described in
section 6.3.
2. 
Pause the clip when you have reached
the desired image you wish to capture
by pressing the [>] button again on the
control panel.
3. 
Click on the File menu in BPswitcher,
then click on the Create Thumbnail
menu.
4. 
Select Clip Thumbnail (ch1), as
shown on the right.
The Create clip thumbnail window will
appear.
5. 
Click on the Create button, as shown
on the right.
As an alternative, you may specify the
frame number of the clip you wish to
capture by selecting the Use frame #
radio button and entering a frame
number.
The desired image will then be
captured and appear on the Multi-View.
The image will be saved in the same
folder with the clip on the Servers D
drive, and so if you use the same clip in
another show, you will not have to
create another thumbnail for it.
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To create an animation thumbnail:
1. 
Start the animation playing as
described in section 6.3, substituting
the clip store for the anim store.
2. 
Pause the anim when you have
reached the desired image you wish to
capture by pressing the [>] button
again on the control panel.
3. 
Click on the File menu in BPswitcher,
then click on the Create Thumbnail
menu.
4. 
Select Animation (ch1) or Animation
(ch 2) depending on which channel you
are controlling, as shown on the right.
The Create clip thumbnail window will
appear.
5. 
Click on the Create button, as shown
on the right.
As an alternative, you may specify the
frame number in the animation you
wish to capture by selecting the Use
frame # radio button and entering a
frame number.
Note that only .mov files may be
captured, and not image sequences. A
pop up message will appear if an
image sequence is selected, as shown
on the right.
6.
Click on the OK button on the pop-up
confirmation screen.
The desired image will then be
captured and appear on the Multi-View
PixPad. The image will be saved in the
same folder with the clip on the Servers
C drive.
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6.2 Clip Motion Controls
The motion controls provide a range of control over a selected clip.
Clip: 01 Head Open
Scrub
0:00:00
1.
To play a clip press [>], and it will illuminate orange
2.
To pause a clip that is playing, press the [>] button again.
3.
When a clip is paused, pressing the [>] button will start it playing again.
4.
To return to the beginning of the clip press the [l<<] button.
6.2.1 Clip Counter
The runtime of the clip is displayed in lower right corner of the display either on the
Control Panel or SoftPanel.
When a clip is playing the timecode shows hours, minutes and seconds.
When the clip is stopped, the time code also displays the frame, as shown below.
Hours : Minutes : Seconds : Frames
The clip’s runtime is also shown on the Multi-View, and clips can be set to count up or
count down, see section 2.5.5
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6.2.2 Clip Motion Controls on the Multi-View
In addition to using the control panel or SoftPanel motion controls, the Multi-View
PixPad may also be used with the mouse to control a clip. In order to use the MultiView PixPad, the Follow Panel option must be activated, as described in section
2.4.3.
To view clip motion controls:
1. 
Select the [Controls] button on
the Multi-View PixPad, either using the
control panel or mouse.
This will bring up the Clip modifiers PixPad,
as shown on the right.
2. 
By default the top of the PixPad has 4
wheels, which corresponds to the 4 knobs
on the control panel.
These scrub controls work in the same
manor as described in section 6.3.10.
3. 
To view and use the motion controls,
click on the Buttons button on the top
right corner of the PixPad, as shown on
the right.
4. 
The knobs will change to 4 motion
controls, as shown on the right.
These motion controls work in the
same manor as described in section
6.2.
5. 
To view the scrub controls click on the
the Knobs button on the PixPad.
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6.3 Clip Control Modifiers
Each individual clip can have its own set of modifiers. Modifiers include: Mark In, Mark
Out, Aspect Controls, Remove Mark In, Remove Mark Out, Loop Clip, Auto Start, Auto
Stop, Auto Rewind, Auto Transition and Auto Next. When a clip is imported and added
to a show the clip is set up by default to Auto Start, Auto Stop and Auto Rewind (AXR).
6.3.1 Mark In and Out Points
Mark-in and Mark-out enable points to be set at the beginning and end of a segment
of a clip. Once set, the [l<<] button will bring the clip to its mark-in point, and the clip
will stop playing at its mark-out point. These are helpful for temporarily trimming off
unused portions of a clip when ingested.
To set mark points on a clip:
1. 
Select the [Clips 1] button, in the Device
Select section of the control panel or
SoftPanel, the button will illuminate
orange.
2.
On any clip PixPad, press the [Controls]
PixButton, which will bring up the clip
controls PixPad, as shown on the right.
3.
If the Clip Store is not on preview, then put
it there by pressing the Clip Store button
on the preview row. Or you may use the
source monitors in the Multi-View.
4.
Press the [>] motion button to start the clip
playing.
5.
Press the [Mark In/Out] PixButton, and a
new PixPad will appear.
6.
When the clip reaches the point you wish
for a mark-in point, press the [Mark In]
PixButton.
7.
When the clip reaches the point you wish
for a mark-out point, press the [Mark Out]
PixButton.
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To let you know that Mark-In and Mark-Out points have be set for a clip, the letters
“I” and/or “O” respectively are appended to the clip name in the display as illustrated
below:
Clip: 01 Head Open (IO)
Scrub
0:00:00
To Remove Mark Points:
When setting new in and out points, you first need to remove each point before
selecting a new ones. This not only ensures the new points are added, but it also
allows you to view/scrub footage beyond the previous in and out points.
Press the [Rem Mark In] and/or [Rem Mark Out] PixButtons. When pressed, the
respective letters “I” and/or “O” that had been appended to the clip name in the
display will disappear to let you know that the mark points are gone.
6.3.2 Auto Start
When clips are selected from the Clip Store, they must be manually started with
the [>] motion button. Instead, the auto-start function may be set to automatically
begin playing from its Mark-In point (or from the beginning if no mark in point is
set) when taken to air, by pressing [Cut], [Auto Trans] or using the [Fader].
To turn on Auto Start:
1.
Select the desired clip, and press the [Controls] button on any Clip PixPad.
2.
Press the [Auto Start OnOff] PixButton and the letter “A” will be appended to
the clip name in the display to let you know that the Auto-Start function has been
turned on for that clip. (If other modifiers are turned on they will also appear)
Clip: 01 Head Open (A)
Scrub
0:00:00
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6.3.3 Auto Stop
Just like it is possible to have a clip start on transition to program with Auto Start, a
clip can also be set to automatically stop when it transitions off program by
pressing [Cut] , [Auto Trans] or using the [Fader].
To turn on Auto Stop:
1. 
Select the desired clip, and press the [Controls] button on any Clip PixPad.
2.
Press the [Auto Stop OnOff] PixButton and the letter “X” will be appended to
the clip name in the display to let you know that the Auto-Stop function has been
turned on for that clip.
Clip: 01 Head Open
Scrub
(AX)
0:00:00
6.3.4 Auto Rewind
A clip can also be set to automatically rewind to the beginning or the set in point of
the clip. This is useful when you are using a clip multiple times, and want the clip
to always start from that point.
To turn on Auto Rewind:
1. 
Select the desired clip, and press the [Controls] button on any Clip PixPad.
2.
Press the [Auto Rewind] PixButton and the letter “R” will be appended to the
clip name in the display to let you know that the Auto-Rewind function has been
turned on for that clip.
NOTE: If a clip has audio associated with it, the audio will cut off once the clip is taken off of program,
if it is desired to be able to keep playing the audio once transitioned off, deselect Auto-Stop.
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6.3.5 Loop Clips
When a clip reaches its end, it stops. If instead you wish to have the clip return to the
beginning and start playing again, then you can turn on the loop function, which will
cause the clip to continuously loop. If you have mark points in place, then the clip will
loop between the mark points. This is ideal when creating animated backgrounds,
instead of creating a long animation (which takes up hard drive space), create a
shorter one and have it loop. In addition, looped clips may also have a third mark point,
called a Loop Point, which is set between the mark in and mark out points. The Loop
Point is useful in animation playback where the initial portion of an animation flies in
from off screen, then loops to a point other than the beginning of the file.
To set a clip to loop:
1. 
Select the desired clip, and press the [Controls]
button on any Clip PixPad.
2.
Press the [Loop OnOff] PixButton, and the letter
“L” will be appended to the clip name in the large
display to let you know that the Loop function has
been turned on for that clip, as illustrated below
(if mark-in and out points are also set, then “LIO”
will appear).
Clip: 01 Head Open (L)
Scrub
0:00:00
To set a loop point:
1. 
Play or scrub the clip to the desired loop point.
2. 
Select the desired clip, and press the [Controls]
button on any Clip PixPad.
3. 
Press the [Mark In/Out] PixButton.
4. 
Press the [Mark Loop Point] PixButton, and the
letter “P” will be appended to the clip name in the
large display to let you know that the Loop Point
function has been turned on for that clip, as
illustrated below (if mark-in and out points are
also set, then “LIO” will appear).
Clip: 01 Head Open (LP)
Scrub
0:00:00
5. 
To remove the Loop point and to enter a new
one, select the [Rem Loop Point].
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6.3.6 Cut Points
Similar to a loop point, where a point in the middle of a clip may be marked, a cut point
can be used to trigger a background transition using a cut. This is useful for creating
automatic alpha wipes for transition effects. Simply mark a cut point on an animation,
assign it to a keyer, turn on the direct key and the system will cut in the background at
the assigned point. When a cut point is assigned, the Loop attribute is automatically
turned off.
To set a cut point on a clip:
1. 
Play or scrub the clip to the desired cut point.
This is usually when the animation has a full
screen image covering the screen, hiding the cut
in the background.
2. 
Select the desired clip, and press the [Controls]
button on any Clip PixPad.
3. 
Press the [Mark In/Out] PixButton.
4. 
Press the [Cut Point] PixButton, and the letter
“C” will be appended to the clip name in the large
display to let you know that a Cut Point has been
turned on for that clip, as illustrated below.
5. 
To remove the Cut point and to enter a new one,
select the [Rem Cut Point]. Only one cut point
may be marked at a time per clip.
Clip: 01 Head Open (AXRC)
Scrub
0:00:00
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6.3.7 Auto Transition
When a clip reaches the end of the file or out point it stops or can be set to loop,
instead if you wish to have the system automatically trigger a background transition it
can be a assigned to Auto Transition. There are two auto transition modes, either using
a cut or an effect. When set to an effect the selected effect and transition rate in the
transition section will be used. Auto Transition is useful in fast-paced productions, like
in news where you constantly go between a clip and a live source not having to keep
track of clip timing.
To set a clip to Auto Transition:
1. 
Select the desired clip, and press the [Controls]
button on any Clip PixPad.
2. 
Press the [Auto Trans] PixButton, and the letter
“T” will be appended to the clip name in the large
display to let you know that an Auto Transition
using a cut has been turned on for that clip, as
illustrated below.
Clip: 01 Head Open (AXRT)
Scrub
0:00:00
3. 
To use the selected transition, press the [Auto
Trans] PixButton again, and now a “+” will be
appended to the T letting you know that an Auto
Transition using an effect has been turned on fro
that clip, as illustrated below.
Clip: 01 Head Open (AXRT+)
Scrub
0:00:00
Now when a clip reaches the end, whatever is in
preview (including keyers) will flip-flop to program
and place the clipstore in preview.
4.
To turn off the Auto Trans, select the [Auto
Trans] PixButton until the display clears the T
and T+.
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6.3.8 Auto Next
So far this section has described playing one clip at time using various attributes. If
you wish to string multiple clips together so they play out one after another the Auto
Next attribute may be used. Auto Next allows clips that are in order on the PixPad to
automatically sequence to the next clip when the outgoing clip reaches the end of the
file or out point. When Auto Next is enabled, Loop is automatically disabled, however
you may simultaneously use Auto Next and Auto Trans on the same clip. This allows a
clip to play to the end, then automatically transition the program, then automatically
select the next clip in the PixPad in preview. Or Auto Trans may be enabled on the last
clip of the sequence only enabling a basic clip sequence to play then auto transition to
preview. All these tools are useful in sports, news and other applications where clips
are constantly in use.
To set a clip to Auto Next:
1. 
Order the desired clips in the PixPad using the
Show Editor, as described in section 3.5. Keep in
mind that multiple groups of clips may be set to
Auto Next no matter where they are located in
the PixPad.
2. 
Select the desired clip, and press the [Controls]
button on any Clip PixPad.
3. 
Press the [Auto Next OnOff] PixButton, and the
letter “N” will be appended to the clip name in the
large display to let you know that Auto Next has
been turned on for that clip, as illustrated below.
Clip: 01 Head Open (AXRN)
Scrub
0:00:00
4. 
To assign more clips in the sequence, select the
next clip in the PixPad and repeat steps 2 & 3
above.
5.
To turn off the Auto Next, select the [Auto Next]
PixButton on the desired clips until the display
clears the N.
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6.3.9 AutoAspect Controls
The clip store, as well all other graphic devices, have the ability to natively change
the aspect ratio of content, on the fly with no added delay or morphing.
This is ideal when mixing 16:9 content in a 4:3 show, or vice-versa. Each piece of content
in a channel can have its own aspect controls for greater flexibility.
For more information on AutoAspect, see section 1.8.1.
To change a clip’s aspect:
1. 
Select the desired clip, and press the [Controls]
button on any Clip PixPad.
2. 
Press the [Aspect Ctrls] PixButton, the the
PixPad will change, as shown on the right.
3.
Select the native aspect ratio of the clip, either
Native 4:3 or Native 16:9.
4. 
Now select the desired treatment to be applied
to the clip. Either None, Box, 14:9 or Crop.
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6.3.10 Scrubbing a Clip
Scrubbing a clip is causing the clip to fast forward very quickly, which is a quick
way to preview a clip, and a handy way to move to a desired portion of a clip. It is
also helpful when marking and in and out points.
To scrub a clip:
1. 
If the [Clip] button is not illuminated, assign the device controls to clips by
pressing the [Clip] button, and it will illuminate.
2.
Put the desired clip on preview by pressing the Clip Store button in the
Preview row or can monitor on the clip by using the Multi-View.
3.
Turn the [1st Knob] and it will scrub the selected clip. You may stop
anywhere and the clip will be paused in that location. A clip must be paused
in order to scrub through it.
4.
To scrub faster through a clip use the x10 or x100 knobs to quickly advance
through the clip.
Clip: 01 Head Open
Scrub
x10
x100
0:00:00
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6.4 Compressed Clips
The internal clip store of the Mica Server supports playback of high definition
compressed clips. This is ideal if you are exporting video files from a non-linear
editing system like Avid or Final Cut Pro or even an animated background from Adobe
After Effects or Apple Motion. Alpha channels with compressed clips are not supported,
to import an animation with an alpha channel you need to export it as a 32 bit image
sequence, see section 5.5.
The clip store supports 2 codecs:
1. 
The H.264 codec wrapped as a .mov or .mp4 extension and supports the Main
Profile, level 4.2 standard of H.264 (with a max bit rate of 90 mbits/second).
2. 
The Apple ProRes codec wrapped as a .mov extension and supports ProRes
Proxy, ProRes LT and ProRes 422/Normal.
To play compressed clips:
1. 
Export your files out of your 3rd party software with these settings:
High Definition:
- File Size: 1920x1080
- Frame Rate 29.97 (for 60Hz) or 25 (for 50Hz)
For QuickTime movies:
- Video Compression Settings: H.264, ProRes Proxy, ProRes LT or ProRes 422
- Quality: Best
- Audio Settings: Stereo PCM Data, 16 bit, 48kHz
- File Extension: .mov or .mp4
2. 
Copy the movie file to the D:\clips directory of the Broadcast Pix Server.
3. 
Add the file to your show using PixMaster as described in section 3.
4. 
Play/control your clip as described in this section.
NOTE: The clipstore does not support 1080p 59.94/50 fps clips.
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6.4.1 Exporting Compressed Clips from Final Cut Pro
A popular editing program to export compressed clips from is Apple’s Final Cut Pro.
Although other programs can be used to export compressed clips, the steps below may
be used as the basic exporting settings from QuickTime are similar from application to
application.
To export from Final Cut Pro:
1. 
On your Final Cut Pro computer, select the File drop down menu.
2. 
Select Export->Using QuickTime Conversion…,
as shown on the right.
3.
A Save pop-up window will appear, as shown,
under Format select QuickTime Movie from the
drop down menu, then select the Options… button.
4. 
The Movie Settings menu window will appear,
make sure that both Video and Sound headings
are checked to ensure proper export of both audio
and video.
Select Settings under the Video section, to change
the video compression settings.
The Prepare for Internet Streaming setting has no
effect for playout in Broadcast Pix.
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5. 
The Standard Video Compression
Settings window will appear, as shown
below.
In this window you will be able to
change the Compression Type, the
Quality and Frame Rate.
6.
Select the Compression Type drop
down menu, which
will bring up a list of possible
compression settings.
Select H.264, ProRes Proxy, ProRes
LT or ProRes, as shown on the right.
Choosing any other setting will not
create a file recognizable
in Broadcast Pix.
7. 
Under the Motion section, select the
Frame Rate drop down menu and
select 29.97 for NTSC/60hz or 25 for
PAL/50Hz, as shown on the right.
8.
Under the Motion section, select the
Automatic radio button under Key
Frames.
9. 
Under the Compressor section, select
Best with the Quality slider and select
the Best quality (Multi-pass) radio
button, as shown on the right.
10. 
Under the Data Rate section, select the
Automatic radio button.
11.
Once all these settings have been
selected, click on the OK button.
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12. 
In the Movie Settings window, click on the
Size… button, as shown on the right.
13. 
In the Export Size Settings window, click the
Dimensions drop down menu and select the
HD 1920 x 1080 16:9 option, as shown on
the right.
14. 
Click on the OK button, to close the Export
Size Settings window.
15. 
Under the Movie Settings window, select the
Settings… button under the Sound section,
to change the audio compression settings.
16. 
The Sound Settings window will appear, as
shown on the right. Under the Format drop
down menu, select Linear PCM.
17. 
Under the Channels drop down menu, select
Stereo (L R).
18. 
Under the Rate field, select 48.000 kHz from
the drop down menu. The clip store will
support any audio sample rate, since it
automatically converts all audio to 48.000
kHz.
19. 
Under the Render Settings section, select
Best under the Quality drop down menu.
20. 
Under the Linear PCM Settings section,
select 16 bits under the Sample size drop
down menu.
21. 
Click on the OK button once all these
settings have been selected.
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22. 
In the Movie Settings menu, click on OK to
save all your video and audio settings.
23. 
In the Save window, name your file in the
Save As: text field and choose a
destination to save the file in the Where:
drop down menu.
If your Final Cut Pro system is on the same
network as the Mica Server, then you may
save the final directly to the show’s Watch
Folder or to the D:Clips directory.
22. 
Click on the Save button to export and save
your QuickTime movie.
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6.5 Optional Remote Control of an External DDR
Optional control of a remote DDR may be added to the system, to enable the
control panel to control up to four channels of an external DDR, by using the Louth
VDCP protocol. The option includes software and an Edge Port RS-422 hub. It has
been thoroughly tested with an ImageServer from 360 Systems, Nexio from Harris
and Mediadeck from Omneon, it may also work with other servers that support the
VDCP protocol, however it’s not supported.
6.6.1 Installing the External DDR Control Option
1. 
If the option was ordered as part of the system, then the software in already
installed. Otherwise the proper Option Control must be installed, see section A.2.
2. 
Make up RS-422 cables for each of up to the three channels. These cables
require the following wiring:
Male DB-9
360 ImageServer
Harris Nexio
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
3. 
GND
Transmit A (TX-)
Receive B (RX+)
GND
N/C
GND
Transmit B (TX+)
Receive A (RX-)
GND
8
7
4
3
5
Attach the included Edge Port 422 Hub to a USB port on the Broadcast Pix
Server. Then attach the 422 cables from the Edge Port to each channel of the
DDR that you wish to control, as shown below, ensuring that you align Channel 1
with Port 1, Channel 2 with Port 2 and Channel 3 with Port 3.
USB A-B
Mica Server
4. 
Female DB-9
Edge Port 4iRS-422
EdgePorts:
1 2 3 4
DDR Chs:
3 2 1
360 Systems
Ensure that the external DDR is set to be controlled remotely/serially using the
VDCP protocol. Please refer to the 360, Nexio, Omneon manual for instructions.
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360 Systems Configuration:
1.
On 360 Systems Servers, select the
Edit, Configuration menu, as shown
on the right.
2.
Select the Serial Ports option.
3.
Select Com1 from the Port drop down
menu.
4.
In the Protocol drop down menu,
select VDCP, as shown on the right.
Repeat steps 7 & 8 for each com port.
5.
Under the VDCP Options section,
place a check mark next to Assigned
serial ports.
6. 
Click on the OK button to apply the
changes.
7. 
For each channel window, click on the
Serial Control check box, as shown
on the right.
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Harris Nexio Configuration:
1.
On Harris Nexio Servers, on the desktop
double-click the Nexio Wizard icon, as
shown on the right.
2. 
In the Nexio Configuration Wizard Main
screen, click on the Next button.
3. 
In the Video Configuration screen, click on
the RS-422 Control button, as shown on
the right.
4. 
For each Com Port 1-4, click on the
Protocol drop down menu and select the
Louth option, as shown on the right.
5. 
For each Com Port 1-4, click on the
Assigned Codec drop down menu and
assign numbers 0-3 to Com Ports 1-4 in
order, as shown on the right.
You must assign the com ports in order for
proper operation.
6.
Click on the OK button to apply the
changes.
7.
Click on the Next button, then click on the
Finish button.
8.
Restart the Nexio Server.
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9. 
Once the system reboots, double-click the
Nexos icon on the desktop, as shown on
the right.
Enter your username and password.
10. 
Select the File, System, System Setup
menu, as shown on the right.
11. 
In the Setup window, place a check mark
in the Remote column next to each
channel under the Channel Locks
section, as shown on the right.
12. 
Click on the Apply button and then on the
OK button to save the settings.
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Omneon Mediadeck Configuration:
1. 
On Omneon Mediadeck Servers, log on to
the System Manger.
2. 
Click the Configuration menu, as shown
on the right.
3. 
Click on the Player Configuration link in
the Configuration section, as shown on
the right.
4. 
Select the MediaDirector in the Player
Configuration section, as shown on the
right.
5. 
Ensure that the Players are deactivated,
by selecting the check box to the right of
each player and select on the Deactivate
Selected button.
6. 
Click on the Edit link for the desired
Player, as shown on the right.
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Omneon Mediadeck Configuration:
7. 
In the Player details, select the VDCP option under the Control
section drop down menu, as shown below.
8. 
Assign the Signal Port number, either 0, 1, 2 or 3.
9. 
Assign the MediaPort to be controlled under the MediaPort Name
drop down menu.
10. 
Assign which channel, A or B, to be controlled under the Channel
drop drop menu.
11. 
Click on the Done button to return to the list of Players.
12. 
Repeat steps 6-11 for the rest of the players. Only 4 players may
be assigned to a comm port for VDCP control.
13. 
Active the modified players by playing a check mark next to each
player and click on the Active Selected button, as shown on the
right.
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6.5.2 Verifying Installation of External DDR Software
It may be necessary to ensure that the Edge Port RS-422 hub is installed/configured
properly. To verify you must use the Edgeport Configuration Utility, which was installed
on your Server at the factory.
To access the utility go to the Start Menu in Windows XP, select All Programs, followed
by Digi USB, then Edgeport Configuration Utility. This will bring up the window below. If
this utility is not installed on your Server, it may be necessary to install the driver CD which
came with your Edge Port, contact technical support for more information.
The Edge Port communicates to your server via a RS-422 connection, to ensure that the
Edge Port is configured to do so select the Port Flags button, in the Edgeport Properties
window, which will bring up the Port Flag Configuration window below.
Under Industrial Settings, ensure that each COM port is set to RS422: Non Terminating
Resistor.
Select the Update button to save changes, then close the Edgeport Properties window
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6.5.3 Adding DDR Control to a Show
The use of the external DDR is similar to the use of the internal clip store, as the device
must be assigned in the show definition as being included in a show, and then the
device controls are used to control it.
To add DDR Control to a show:
1. 
Select the show to which you wish to add external DDR control by loading a
show (or creating a new one) and then opening PixMaster by selecting
File, Edit Show.
2.
Select Edit Show Settings and then More Devices to open the Add Device
window, as shown below.
3.
Assign the DDR Control device to a Device Button 1-6 by selecting the drop
down menu and choosing DDR Control or Omneon Server Control.
To access devices 4-6 select the View shifted devices checkbox.
4.
Click on the OK button, then Close and then Save Show to close PixMaster.
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6.5.4 Selecting Clips to Access from Broadcast Pix
Similar to the internal clipstore in Broadcast Pix, you can select all or just a subset
of clips from the external DDR to be accessed in your show. The clips selected in
the following menu are the clips accessible through the Broadcast Pix Control
Panel.
To select clips from the external DDR:
1. 
In BPswitcher, select the Setup
menu, then System Setting…,
as shown on the right.
2.
In the System Settings window
select the Devices tab.
3. 
Select either DDR Control for 360
and Nexio control or Omneon
Server Control for Omneon
control. It will highlight orange, as
shown on the right.
4. 
Click on the Settings button, and
the DDR settings window will
appear.
5.
For each server channel assign
the communications port un the
Comm Port drop down menu.
360/Nexio Servers can control up
to 3 channels, where as Omneon
Servers may control up to 4
channels.
To see which COM ports are
active on the Server, navigate to
the Window’s Device Manager,
under the Ports COM & LPT
section.
NOTE: If an invalid comm port or unable to connect to server message appears, ensure that the cabling is
correct and that the external server is set to be controlled remotely through VDCP
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6. 
To have Auto-Start capabilities,
enter the switcher input in the
Input Number text field, as shown
on the right.
This number is the physical input
number on the Mica Switcher
7.
Click on the Select Clips… button
and the Select DDR Clips window
will appear, as shown on the right.
If the DDR/Omneon control is not
added to the current show, the
Select Clips button will not be
visible.
See the next section for adding
the server control to a show.
8.
Select the clips you wish to access
from the panel by clicking on each
clip individually, and each it will
highlight, as shown.
To deselect a clip, click on it again
and it will revert to white.
The clips that are selected in this
window will appear in all 3/4
channels of the DDR.
9.
Click on OK on the Select DDR
Clips window.
10
Then click on OK on the DDR
settings window, to save your clip
settings.
NOTE: When naming your clips on an external server, it is important not to have a name longer than
8 characters long. The VDCP protocol only supports file names with 8 or less characters.
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6.5.5 Controlling External DDR
When a show contains the External DDR, one of the 6 wildcard device PixButtons
in the upper right corner of the panel will show the DDR as illustrated below.
or
To Control the External DDR:
1.  Press the above [DDR] PixButton in
Device Control-A and it will illuminate
orange. The device controls will
show the up to three channels for
360/Nexio and up to 4 for Omneon
to select from, as illustrated below.
The large display will also say
External DDR in it’s top left corner, to
let you know the device controls are
now assigned to this device.
2. To access the first channel of DDR,
press the [1] PixButton, and it will
illuminate red, and the PixPad will
change to show the first 9 clips on
this channel as shown below,
including the name of each clip on
the button.
As with other devices you may
select from additional clips by
pressing the [Next] PixButton or by
using the numeric keypad, see
sections 6.1.2 and 6.1.4.
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3. Select the desired clip and by pressing its PixButton, and the information for
that clip will appear in the large display, as shown below.
Number of Clip
External
DDR or OMN
DDR
channel
Name of Clip
Time code of Clip
Clip Status:
Stop, Run, Still
4. Press the [>] Button and the clip will begin to play. The display will show
both the status as Run, and the time code move, as shown below.
5. To Pause press the [>] button again (and then again to resume playing)
6. To back-up press the [<] button
7. To rewind press the [I<<] button
NOTE: When controlling an external DDR, it is important to select commands slowly. There is a slight
pause from when you select a command to when that command is executed. Any fast button-pushes
may break the communication to your external DDR.
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6.5.6 DDR Controls
Similar to the internal Broadcast Pix clip store, each external clip from the DDR/
Server may be set to loop continuously and/or set to Auto-Start when transitioned to
Program.
To set a clip to loop:
1. 
Select a clip, as described in section 6.5.5 above
2. 
Press the [Controls] PixButton at the bottom of
the PixPad, which will bring up a new PixPad, as shown
on the right.
3. 
Press the [Loop Clip OnOff] PixButton.
The letter L will be appended to the clip name in
the display to let you know that it has been set to
loop, as shown below.
4. 
To turn off looping, press the [Loop Clip OnOff]
PixButton again, and the L will be removed from the display.
To set a clip to auto-start:
1. 
Select a clip, as described in section 6.5.5 above
2. 
Press the [Controls] PixButton at the bottom of
the PixPad, which will bring up a new PixPad, as shown
on the right.
3. 
Press the [Auto Start OnOff] PixButton.
The letter A will be appended to the clip name in
the display to let you know that it has been set to
auto-start.
Now when the clip is transitioned to air, the clip will
automatically start and when the clip goes off-air,
it will automatically rewind back to the start of the clip.
4. 
To turn off Auto-Start, repeat step 3.
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6.5.7 Accessing More Channels
Control of a second or third channel of the external DDR is done in the same manner
as the for the first channel, as illustrated in section 6.5.5. To let you know which
channel you are controlling, the number of the channel appears in the large display and
in the upper right corner of every PixButton, as shown below for channel 2.
Error Message if you Have no Connection
If there is no wire connection between the RS422 Edgeport and a desired
channel, then an error message will appear in the display, for example if you
unplug the wire for the second channel, it will say:
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Section 7:
Optional Device Controls
The Broadcast Pix system may control a number of external devices, one of which is
DDR control which was described in the previous section. As an option the switcher
can also control robotic cameras, external audio mixers and streamers, for a true oneman production. Prior to using any of the optional devices, including DDR/Server
control, the appropriate option code needs to be installed under the Installed Options
menu, see section A.2 for more information.
7.1 Camera Control Option
Broadcast Pix offers software for 4 pan/tilt systems: Sony (through VISCA Control),
Hitachi (through Eagle Pan/Tilt Control), Panasonic and Telemetrics.
This option enables control of the following features:
Sony - Control up to 9 cameras with tilt, pan, zoom, focus, iris, up to 6
preset positions per camera, white balance and tally control.
Hitachi - Control up to 9 cameras with tilt, pan, zoom, focus, iris, speed
control, up to 32 preset positions per camera and white balance.
Panasonic - Control up to 12 cameras with tilt, pan, zoom, focus, iris,
speed control, up to 100 preset positions per camera, white balance and
menu control.
Telemetrics – Control up to 10 cameras directly or use the Telemetrics
Studio Software with tilt, pan, zoom, focus, iris, speed control, pedestal,
dolly and preset positions.
Even though the basic operation of the four camera systems are similar, there are
some minor differences between them, as is indicated in the following sections. If
desired, you may control all 4 types of cameras or any combination of the 4 in any
Broadcast Pix Show.
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7.2 Installation of Sony Cameras
Sony VISCA controlled cameras can either be connected using a RS-232 or
RS-422 serial connection and are selectable on the bottom of each camera with
dip-switches. With a RS-232 connection, the maximum cable length can be
extended to 15 meters (50 feet), while the RS-422 connection extends this further
to 1200 meters (4000 feet). It is important to set the baud rate of each camera to
9600 bps, for both a RS-232 and a RS-422 connection, this is also selectable on the
bottom of each camera with dip-switches.
The COM ports out of the Broadcast Pix Server are RS-232 connections.
Depending on which option is purchased, the correct adapter is supplied, either a
RS-232 cable or a converter to RS-422 (B&B 422-PP9TB).
Sony PTZ cameras also support daisy chain as well as star configurations using a
USB to Serial Edgeport. If using the USB extender (Edgeport) ensure that the port
flags are set to RS-422, as described in section 6.5.2.
You may either loop cameras to each other in a 422 daisy chain, have all cameras
connect to the Server with several serial ports using a star configuration, or have a
combination of both scenarios.
Below is the wiring diagram needed for serial cables connecting Sony Cameras to the
RS-422 COM ports.
-----------Server-------------------------First Cameras-------B&B
Edgeport
Sony
Sony
422PP9TB
DB-9
BRC-300
EVI-D70
TXD(A) -
3
7
3
TXD(B) +
7
6
4
RXD(A) -
8
9
1
RXD(B) +
4
8
2
GND
5
5
5
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7.2 Installation of Sony Cameras Continued
A star wiring configuration is when all camera control cables from each camera are
connected to the Server, through an Edgeport, instead of daisy chaining to each
camera. In some installations this will reduce the amount of cable run.
Another option it to have one or several long runs to a set of cameras, then
connecting each camera in a daisy chain configuration. In some installations this will
reduce the amount of cable run. See diagrams on next page.
It is important to set each camera to its proper camera address/camera position. This
is done directly on each camera and it is recommended to set each camera to ‘Auto’
or ‘0’, as the Broadcast Pix software will automatically detect the correct settings. On
an EVI-70 there is no such setting, as it is internally set to ‘Auto’, on a BRC-300 the
camera address is changed on the bottom of each camera via dip-switches.
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7.2
7.2.1 Sony Wiring Configurations
RS-232 Daisy Chain Set-Up:
Broadcast Pix RS 232 to VISCA Cable
Server
Sony VISCA Cable
Sony VISCA Cable
RS-422 Star Configuration:
4/8 port Edgeport
USB A-B Cable
Server
DB-9 to Screw Terminal RS-422 Custom Serial Cables
RS-422 Star with Daisy Chain Configuration:
4/8 port Edgeport
USB A-B Cable
Server
RS-422 Custom Serial Cable
Sony VISCA
Cables
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7.3 Installation of Hitachi Cameras
Most of the instructions for how to install this camera control system come from Display
Devices, the makers of the pan/tilt head that is being used by Broadcast Pix. Please
refer to the Display Devices/Eagle manual for more information, there are various dip
switches that must be placed in the correct position depending on the camera model,
both in the pan/tilt head and camera. Ensure that the camera is set to communicate
through a PC remote control at 9600 baud rate and that internal dip switches are set to
RS-232C (not RC-Z3). In addition, each camera must be saved with Travel Limits to
ensure proper operation, see section 7.11.1.
Contents of the Broadcast Pix Hitachi Camera Control Option:
Before you start, check that all of the components are present. They fall in two groups:
those supplied by Broadcast Pix and parts from Display Devices and others that need to
be acquired before installation.
Parts supplied by Broadcast Pix:
- Software Installation CD with option code, comes pre-installed on new systems
- This Operations and Installation Manual
- B&B Electronics 485SD9TB (RS-232 to RS-485 Adapter), two-wire
Parts Needed from Display Devices
- A Pan/Tilt head for each camera, either a PT-50, VT-50, PT-101, VT-101 or similar
- Power supplies for the above heads
- If you are controlling more than one head, you need a splitter, such as a PT-T2
- Power and Control Tee from Display Devices
You also need a camera with a lens for each pan/tilt system that is supported by these
heads, including selected box cameras from Hitachi: HV-D30, HV-D25/27, HV-D15, HVD15AS, HV-D5 or D5W, HV-D20A, Z-2500, Z-3500, Z-4000, DK-H31 or SK-31B/ Sony:
DXC-390, DXC-990 or HDC-X300/310. Panasonic: AW-E350, AW-E650,
AW-E750, AW-E655, AW-E860 or AK-HC1500G. JVC: KY-F560U.
For an up to date list, visit www.eaglepantilt.com.
5-Pin Connecter on Pan/Tilt Head:
------Server-----B&B 485SD9TB
TXD(A) -
-----Camera Head-----5-pin Connector
2
TXD(B) +
3
GND
1
GND
n/a
Pin 4 is used for +24V DC from main power
supply.
+12V
n/a
Pin 5 is used fro GND to power supply.
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7.3
7.3.1 One Camera Installations
1. 
Run two video cables to the pan/tilt head: one for video to the Broadcast Pix,
and one for genlock/reference.
2.
Run a serial cable from the serial port of the Broadcast Pix Server to the
B&B Electronics RS-232 to RS-485 converter, as shown below. It is also
possible to plug the converter directly into on the Server’s COM port, if
desired.
3.
Run a three wire cable from the converter plug to the 5 pin connector on the
pan tilt head. If a 24 AWG wire is used, then the maximum length for
communication is 4000 ft.
4.
Run a power cable from the Display Devices power supply to the same plug at
the pan tilt head used in step two.
Pan-Tilt head
One Camera Installation
5 pin connector
Video Cables
RS-232 to RS-485 adaptor
included by Broadcast Pix
Power Supply for
Pan-tilt head
and Camera
a
b
Reference
Ground
Serial
Cable
Video Input
on Mica Switcher
Serial Port on
Server
Either COM 1 or Com 2
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7.3.1
7.3.2 Multi-Camera Installations
The difference between single-camera and multi-camera studios is that the three
wires leaving the RS-232 to RS-485 converter need to be multiplied to go to each
head. This can be done with a multiplexer, or by splicing wires together. The 485
Multiplexer sends all 5 wires to each head, 3 for communication and 2 for power.
The multi-camera set-up is illustrated below:
Pan-Tilt head
Pan-Tilt head
Pan-Tilt head
RS-485 Multiplexer
Power Supply
Server
COM 1 or COM 2
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7.3.2
7.4 Installation of Panasonic Cameras
The Broadcast Pix system can control a wide-range of Panasonic cameras in the AW
series, including the AW-HE100, AW-PH400 and other Panasonic pan-tilt camera
control systems. Panasonic controlled cameras are connected using a RS-422 serial
connection, with a maximum connection length of 1200 meters (4000 feet).
If controlling a AW-PH300 or AW-PH300A camera system, the the AW-CA28T9 serial
cable needs to be ordered, from Panasonic, for proper operation . These camera
systems connect using a RS-232C serial connection, with a maximum connection
length of 15 meters (50 feet). If controlling a AW-HE50, the AW-CA20T6 multi-interface
cable needs to be ordered from Panasonic, since control is through a serial connection.
The COM ports out of the Broadcast Pix Server are RS-232 connections.
Depending on which option is purchased, the correct adapter is supplied, either a
converter to RS-422 (B&B 422-PP9TB) or a 4/8 port USB extender (Edgeport)
Panasonic PTZ cameras support star configurations using a USB to Serial Edgeport.
You may either connect 1 camera with a RS-422 converter or have all cameras
connect to the Server with several serial ports using a star configuration. If using
the USB extender (Edgeport) ensure that the port flags are set to RS-422, as described
In section 6.5.2.
Below is the wiring diagram needed for serial cables connecting Panasonic Cameras to
Broadcast Pix COM ports.
RS-422 Terminal Connector to RJ-45 Pinout:
Function
TXD (A) TXD (B) +
RXD (A) RXD (B) +
GND
DB 9-Pin Serial Cable to RJ-45 Pinout:
Pin Function
Pin
Function
Pin
Function
3
RXD (B) +
3
TXD (A) -
3
RXD (B) +
6
RXD (A) -
7
TXD (B) +
6
RXD (A) -
4
TXD (B) +
8
RXD (A) -
4
TXD (B) +
5
TXD (A) -
4
RXD (B) +
5
TXD (A) -
GND
5
GND
1
GND
1
A star wiring configuration is when all camera control cables from each camera is
connect to the Server, through an Edgeport, instead of daisy chaining to each
camera. See diagrams on next page.
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7.4
7.4.1 Panasonic Wiring Configurations
Single Panasonic RS-422 Configuration:
Screw terminal to RJ-45
Server
RS-422 Serial Cable
Com 1 or Com 2
Multiple Panasonic RS-422 Configuration:
4/8 port Edgeport
USB A-B Cable
Server
Any USB Port
DB-9 to RJ-45 Custom RS-422 Serial Cables
Panasonic Controller Configuration:
Connect up to 5 cameras through the AW-RP655, then connect to the Broadcast Pix
with a RS-232 serial cable.
RS-232 DP-9 Male to Female Cable
Server
Com 1 or Com 2
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7.4.1
7.5 Installation of Telemetrics Camera Systems
The Broadcast Pix system can control the full line of Telemetrics camera systems,
including the PT-CP-S4, Televator and TeleGlide. Broadcast Pix offers basic support for
Telemetrics Systems. For detailed wiring information and technical support, contact
Telemetrics, Inc. at +1-201-848-9818.
There are 2 main ways to configure a Telemetrics systems with Broadcast Pix control:
- 
Direct control from the Broadcast Pix to the Telemetrics camera head.
This configuration allows for up to 10 cameras to be controlled by Broadcast Pix.
No shading/white balance control is offered when controlled directly, camera/lens
manufacturers remote panels may be needed for shading. When controlling more
than 1 camera, the Telemetrics Serial Transfer Switch, STS-12, is needed to
connect multiple serial cables.
- 
Broadcast Pix control of the camera systems through the Telemetrics Studio
Software, CPS-ST-S.
This configuration allows for up to 50 cameras to be controlled through the
Telemetrics CPS-ST-S software application. Full shading/white balance control is
provided by the CPS-ST-S, and not by Broadcast Pix. A single serial cable from the
Broadcast Pix Server to the CPS-ST-S is needed.
The control for both configurations can can either be connected using a RS-232 or
RS-422 serial connection and are selectable in the Camera Control Settings menu in
BPswitcher. With a RS-232 connection, the maximum cable length can be
extended to 15 meters (50 feet), while the RS-422 connection extends this further
to 1200 meters (4000 feet).
The COM ports out of the Broadcast Pix Server are RS-232 connections.
RS-232 DB 9-Pin Serial Cable Pinout:
RS-422 DB 9-Pin Serial Cable Pinout for Edgeport:
Female (Edgeport end)
Male (Telemetrics end)
Pin
Function
Pin
Function
Pin
Function
2
TXD
3
TXD -
3
RXD -
3
RXD
4
RXD +
1
TXD +
5
GND
5
GND
7
TXD +
4
RXD +
8
RXD -
2
TXD -
5
GND
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7.5.1 Telemetrics Wiring Configurations
Single Camera Telemetrics Configuration:
To connect Lens and other Camera Control cables, refer to the Telemetrics owners manual.
DP-9 Male to Female
RS-232 Serial Cable
Server
Com 1 or Com 2
Multiple Camera Telemetrics Configuration:
The Telemetrics STS-12 Control Transfer Switch is needed. The STS-12 must be ordered
with at least (1) RS-232 port if connecting directly to the Broadcast Pix Server, as
shown below. If using a RS-422 connection, then a RS-232 to RS-422 convertor (Edgeport)
must be used on the Broadcast Pix end.
Server
DP-9 Male to Female
Com 1 or Com 2
RS-232 Serial Cable
STS-12
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7.5.1 Telemetrics Wiring Configurations
Telemetrics Studio Software Configuration:
To connect Lens and other Camera Control cables, refer to the Telemetrics owners manual.
All cameras connect to the CPC-ST-S system.
Server
Com 1 or Com 2
DP-9 Male to Female
RS-232 Serial Cable
CPC-ST-S
7.5.2 Telemetrics Dip Switch Settings
On some Telemetrics pan/tilt heads, if the controller board 53915 has a letter P or
higher as a revision number, dip switch settings must be set for RS-232 or RS-422
control.
The Controller Board is located on the same side
as the connecters on the pan/tilt head. Unscrew the
2 screws, and the board will swing open.
Dip switch labeled S2, as shown on the right,
must both be set to Off (down) for RS232 control or
On (up) for RS422 control.
7.6. Adding the Camera Control Option to an
Existing System
If you purchased your Mica system with the Camera
Control option, the software was installed at the
factory, and so you can skip the following section. If
you purchased the camera control option after the
fact, then you need to enter the System Options
Key Code, which was supplied once you ordered
the Camera Control Option.
See section A.2 for more information about
Installing System Options.
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7.6
7.7 Changing Camera Control Device Settings
It is possible to change various settings in the Camera Control Settings window. For
Sony Camera Control you may change the COM port assignment for each camera,
as well as where the camera is located on the daisy chain, in addition to the input
number for tally output on supported camera models.
7.7.1 Sony Camera Control Settings
1. 
In BPswitcher go to the Setup menu
and select System Settings…, as
shown on the right.
2. 
In the System settings window, select
the Devices tab.
3. 
In the list of enabled devices select
Sony Camera Control and select the
Settings… button.
The Camera Control Settings window
will appear as shown on the right.
4.
Click the Camera Number drop down
menu to select a camera 1-9 and
change the Comm Port number to the
appropriate communications port.
5.
If the camera head has built-in tally,
enter Mica Switcher input number in
the Input Number text field. Enter 0 to
have no tally.
6.
If using a daisy chain configuration,
under the Daisy Chain Position drop
down menu, select where the camera
is located in the daisy chain either
Position 1 to Position 7. If no daisy
chain is being used, select Position 1.
7.
To save the settings, select the Close
button. In the System Settings window,
click on the OK button to close the
window.
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7.7
7.7.2 Hitachi Camera Control Settings
It is possible to change various setting in the Hitachi Camera Control Settings
window. The Joystick Speed tab allows for 3 different speed controls for pan, tilt and
zoom. The Communication tab allows the select of the proper COM port. The Knob
Settings tab allows for focus and iris speed adjustment.
1. 
In BPswitcher go to the Setup menu and
select System Settings…, as shown on the
right.
2. 
In the System settings window, select the
Devices tab.
3. 
In the list of enabled devices select Hitachi
Camera Control and select the Settings…
button.
The Camera Control Settings window will
appear as shown on the right.
4.
In the Joystick Speed tab, enter the desired
values for Slow, Medium & Fast speeds.
You may enter a number from 1-254.
These speed values are activated depending
on which motion control button is illuminated,
as described in section 7.9.1.
5.
To change the COM port being used, click on
the the Communications tab and select the
appropriate comm port under the Comm Port
drop down menu.
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6.
To change the Focus and Iris speed
controls, select the Knob Settings tab
and enter the minimum and maximum
values for Focus (knob 1) and Iris
(knob 2).
You may enter a number from 1-254
for focus and 1-10 for iris. These
values dynamically change, the faster
the knob is turned the maximum
number is used, the slower the the
knob turns the minimum value is used.
7.
To save and apply these settings, click
on the Accept button.
You can return to factory speed
settings by clicking on the Defaults
button.
8.
In the System Settings window, click
on the OK button to close the window.
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7.7.2
7.7.3 Setting Camera Numbers for Hitachi Camera Control
After installation is complete, you need to set the address of each Pan/Tilt head. All
Eagle Pan/Tilt heads are set at the factory to have the addresses remotely
programmed. If you have trouble with anything in this section, go to the Display
Devices Operations and Instruction Manual and be sure your head is set to remote
address control.
To assign numbers to each camera:
1.
Create a Broadcast Pix show, as described in section 3.
2.
Add camera control to that show, as described in section 7.8.
3.
Decide what address each Pan/Tilt Head is going to be. In order to set the
address of the head, the panel sends out a command to all connected heads. So
in order to get the correct address to just one head, all of the other heads not
being programmed need to be powered down, by unplugging them.
4. 
On the control panel, press the [Hitachi Camera Control] device button, and
then the PixPad will show 9 Cameras. For this operation it makes no difference
which one you press, so press any one of the nine.
5.
On the next PixPad press [Settings]. On the next PixPad press the [Cam Cntrl].
On the next PixPad press [Next]. On the next PixPad press [Next], and you
should arrive at the following PixPad:
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6.
On the PixPad shown above, press the [Set Cam Addr] PixButton, which
will bring up a numeric keypad, as shown below left.
7.
Use the numeric keypad to enter the number you wish to assign to this
camera, either 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9. The address you select will
appear in the large display. If it isn’t correct, press clear and press the
desired number.
8.
Press the [Enter] PixButton, and the PixPad shown in the upper right will
appear.
9.
Press the [Change Address] PixButton and the selected camera number
will be assigned to the head that is not unplugged. (If instead you want to
cancel at this point, press the [Cancel] PixButton.)
To verify it was programmed correctly, you can press Cam Select at the
bottom of the Pix pad and select the camera you just programmed. Move
the joy stick and the head of that camera should move. If the head does
move, you can unplug that camera and repeat the process with the
remaining cameras, to assign each a number.
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7.7.4 Panasonic Camera Control Settings
It is possible to change various settings in the Panasonic Camera Control Settings
window. For Panasonic Camera Control you may change the COM port assignment for
each camera, tally input number (if the camera supports tally), as well as which model of
camera head being controlling. If desired the Broadcast Pix system may control different
models of cameras within the same show. In addition to having Broadcast Pix being the
camera controller, the first 5 cameras may also be controlled with a Panasonic
controller, like the AW-RP655. This type of configuration is useful for having a secondary
operator control camera shading, but still have Broadcast Pix control camera presets
and camera movements.
1. 
In BPswitcher go to the Setup menu and
select System Settings…, as shown on
the right.
2. 
In the System settings window, select the
Devices tab.
3. 
In the list of enabled devices select
Panasonic Camera Control and select
the Settings… button.
The Camera Control Settings window will
appear as shown on the right.
4. 
In the Camera Control Settings click the
Camera Number drop down menu to
select a camera 1-12 and change the
Comm Port number to the appropriate
communications port.
5.
If the camera head has built-in tally, enter
the Mica Switcher input number in the
Input Number text field. Enter 0 to have
no tally.
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6.
Under the Camera Type drop down
menu, select which style of Panasonic
camera the com port is using, either
AW-HE100, AW-PH300, AW-PH405/
HC1500, AW-HE50 or other.
The Other option will control any non
100/300 model camera. You may mix
and match model numbers within a
show. Only the Panasonic AW series
may be controlled from Broadcast Pix.
7. 
To have dual control with a Panasonic
controller, like the AW-RP655, place a
check mark next to Cams 1 to 5 thru
Remote Panel option.
8. 
Some operators prefer the joystick
control for tilting to be reversed. To
reverse the Up/Down movement place a
check mark next to Reverse Up/Down.
In the normal/unchecked mode, moving
the joystick up tilts the camera up and
moving down tilts down.
9. 
Click on Close to save the settings, and
to close the window.
10. 
In the System Settings window, click on
the OK button to close the window.
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7.7.5 Telemetrics Camera Control Settings
It is possible to change various settings in the Telemetrics Camera Control Settings
window. For Telemetrics systems you may change the COM port assignment and baud
rate for each camera in addition to the Joystick control speed.
1. 
In BPswitcher go to the Setup menu and
select System Settings…, as shown on
the right.
2. 
In the System settings window, select the
Devices tab.
3. 
In the list of enabled devices select
Telemetrics Camera Control and select
the Settings… button.
The Camera Control Settings window will
appear as shown on the right.
4. 
In the Camera Control Settings window
click the Camera Number drop down menu
to select a camera 1-10 and change the
Comm Port number to the appropriate
communications port.
If connecting to the Studio Software CPCST-S, only Camera 1 needs to be
configured.
5.
Under the Baud Rate drop down menu
select either 9600 when connecting directly
to a camera or when using the STS-12 or
38400 when connecting to the Studio
Software CPC-ST-S.19200 is reserved for
future use.
6. 
To adjust the custom joystick speed to
control the zoom/pan/tilt/dolly/pedestal
select 1, 2, 3, 4, or 6 in the Joystick Speed
option. 1 is the slowest and 6 is the fastest.
7. 
To save the settings, select the Close
button. In the System Settings window, click
on the OK button to close the window.
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7.8 Adding Camera Control to a Show
Once setup and installation is complete, you must now add the device to a show using
one of the six wildcard devices on the switcher.
1. 
In BP Switcher, load the show to which you want to add camera control. Select
the File, Load Show.
2. 
Open PixMaster by selecting File, Edit Show.
3. 
Click on Edit Show Settings and the Edit Show Settings window will open.
4. 
Click on More Devices and the More Devices window will open, as shown
below.
5. 
Select the desired wildcard device button to which you want to add camera
control and a drop down menu will appear.
To access devices 4-6 select the View shifted devices checkbox.
6.
Click on camera control, and it will appear on the PixButton, as shown
below.
7.
Click on OK, to apply the Camera Control the show, then Close in the Edit
Show Settings window and Save Show to apply all the settings.
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7.9 Selecting Camera Control in a Production
To assign the device controls to Camera Control:
Press the [Cam Cntrl] wildcard [Device Selection] PixButton
and it will illuminate orange and the following device controls will be appear.
Camera Control device controls:
Display
shows active camera selected, and knob values
3-Axis Joystick
Positions
the active Camera:
3 Knobs
Focus, Iris and
CCU Settings
•  Left-right: pan
•  Up-down: tilt
•  Twist: zoom
Motion Controls
Change the speed of
manual pan/tilt on
Hitachi, Telemetrics &
Panasonic cameras only
PixPad
To select which camera you
wish to control, and then
preset positions and settings
When you press the Camera Control PixButton, the active camera will be whichever
camera was last used, or Cam 1 if you are just starting.
To select a different camera to control, press the camera number on the PixPad. For
example, to control camera 2, press the [Cam 2] PixButton and the large display will
show Cam 2.
The display indicates 3 pieces of information:
1.
The top left corner always shows the device currently assigned to the panel’s
bank of device controls. In this case, the words Cam Cntrl indicate that they are
set to camera control.
2. 
Cam 1 indicates that Camera 1 is the camera now being controlled.
3.
The first two knobs are always assigned to focus and iris (even if the words
Focus and Iris aren’t always present), while the third knob changes to one
of many camera control settings, including gain.
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7.10 Controlling a Camera Manually
Whichever camera is active may be manually controlled with the joystick and
knobs. To control camera 1, the display must show that it is active as follows:
1. 
To manually control the active camera’s pan and tilt position, move the joystick
Pan
Left/Right
Tilt
Up/Down
Pan and Tilt
Diagonally
For Slow movement, move the joystick a little
For Rapid movement, move the joystick a lot
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2. 
To Zoom the Camera twist the Joystick.
To the right to zoom in
To the left to zoom out
For a Slow zoom, twist the joystick a little
For a fast zoom, twist the joystick a lot
3. 
To adjust the focus of the active camera, twist the left knob
4. 
To adjust the Iris of the active camera, twist the center knob
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7.10.1 Motion Controls for Hitachi Cameras
The pan, tilt and zoom functions for all cameras have built-in motion controls. The
more you move the joystick the faster the camera will move, and the less the joystick
is moved, the slower the camera will move. In addition, the Hitachi camera control
have more customizable settings for Fast, Medium and Slow controls for pan, tilt and
zoom functions. These controls apply only to the Hitachi Camera Control and not to
Sony, Panasonic or Telemetrics cameras. These speed controls do not apply to
Focus and Iris adjustments.
To control the speed of manual camera functions:
Fast
If you wish to move faster, before touching the joystick, press the [>] motion
button and it will illuminate. Now when you move the joystick the motion will
be at the fast speed specified in Camera Control Settings window under the
Joystick Speed tab. To return to the Medium/Normal mode, press the [>]
motion button, and it will turn off.
Slow
If you wish to move slower, before touching the joystick, press the [<] motion
button and it will illuminate. Now when you move the joystick the motion will
be at the slow speed specified in Camera Control Settings window under the
Joystick Speed tab. To return to the Medium/Normal mode, press the [<]
motion button, and it will turn off.
Medium (Normal)
This is the default speed for the joystick. To manually set the speed back to
Medium, simply deselect the [<] or [>] motion button and they will go off.
NOTE: All three of the above speed setting may me adjusted, as described in section 7.7.2
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7.10.2 Motion controls for Panasonic Cameras
Similar to the Hitachi Camera Control, Panasonic cameras have two motion controls,
Fast and Slow. Although the range may not be set, as can be done with Hitachi, the
motion controls not only affect pan, tilt and zoom joystick functions, they also affect
the focus, iris and gain knob functions. These controls apply only to the Panasonic
Camera Control and not to Sony, Hitachi or Telemetrics cameras.
To control the speed of manual camera functions:
Slow
If you wish to move slower, before touching the joystick or knobs, press the
[>] motion button and it will illuminate orange. The display will read out “Slow
controls”, as shown below, now when you move the joystick and knobs the
motion will be at a slower rate, compared to the Fast setting. When you let go
of the joystick, the [>] button will remain on the slow function. To return to the
fast/normal mode deselect the [>] motion button.
Fast
If you wish to move faster than normal mode, before touching the joystick or
knobs, ensure that both motion control are not illuminated. If turned on, press
the [>] motion button and it will turn off. The display will read out “Fast
controls”, as shown below. Now when you move the joystick and knobs the
motion will be at faster.
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7.10.3 Motion controls for Telemetrics Cameras
For Telemetrics camera systems all 3 motion control buttons control a setting, either
a speed setting or a direction selection for the joystick. The Play > motion control
switches from the default/normal speed to the selectable/custom speed set in the
Camera Control Settings window. The Rewind |<< motion control changes the
joystick speed (1-6) similar to the setting in the Camera Control Settings window. The
Back < motion control changes the direction the joystick is used for, either P/T for
Pan/Tilt or X/Y for Pedestal Up/Down and Dolly In/Out.
These controls apply only to the Telemetrics Camera Control and not to Sony, Hitachi
or Panasonic.
To control the speed of manual camera functions:
Default
If you wish to use the default/normal speed for the joystick, press the [>]
motion button and it will illuminate orange. The display will read out “Default
Speed”, as shown below. Now when you move the joystick the motion will be
at a medium rate, compared to the Fast setting. When you let go of the
joystick, the [>] button will remain on the default function.
Focus
Iris
M.Black
Selectable
If you wish to move faster or slower than the default mode, ensure that Play
motion control is not illuminated. If turned on, press the [>] motion button and
it will turn off. The display will read out “Selectable Speed”, as shown below.
Now when you move the joystick the motion will be at selected speed
assigned in the Camera Control Settings window.
Focus
Iris
M.Black
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Selectable Speed Control
For quick access to the Joystick Speed control from the Camera Control
Settings window, the Back motion control button may be used. If you wish to
move faster or slower than the default mode, ensure that the Play motion
control is not illuminated. If turned on, press the [>] motion button and it will
turn off. The display will read out “Selectable Speed”. Now press the [|<<]
motion control and the display will cycle through the 6 Joystick Speeds, as
shown below. Now when you move the joystick the motion will be at selected
speed.
Focus
Iris
M.Black
Joystick Functions
Depending on which Telemetrics systems is installed, the joystick may be assigned
to control different functions when moved up and down. The default state of the
joystick is to control the Pan and Tilt commands on the camera head. If a TelePod or
TeleGlide system is install Pedestal and Dolly movements may also be controlled
with the joystick.
To control Pedestal/Dolly/Track movements:
In the device control, press the [<] motion control button and it will illuminate orange.
The display will read out “Joystick X/Y”, as shown below. Now moving the joystick up
or down will control Pedestal commands, and moving the joystick left or right will
control track systems left and right. When you let go of the joystick, the [>] button will
remain on the default function.
Focus
Iris
M.Black
To control Pan/Tilt movements:
To back to the default mode of controlling Pan and Tilt commands, ensure that the
Back motion control button is not illuminated. Press the [<] motion control button and
the display will read out “Joystick P/T”, as shown below.
Focus
Iris
M.Black
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7.11 Setting Camera Preset Positions
One of the most valuable ways to use camera control is with preset positions. Each
Hitachi camera may have up to 31 preset positions, each Sony camera may have up to
6 presets, depending on which Panasonic head being used, there are up to 99 presets
and depending on which Telemetrics system being used there are up to 255 presets.
These presets can be assigned to the PixPad for rapid recall. With Telemetrics systems,
timed sequences may not be stored/saved by Broadcast Pix, this function must be done
with the Studio Software CTS-ST-S. Only snapshot presets can be saved from the
Broadcast Pix.
To assign preset positions:
1. 
Select the camera you wish to add a preset position for, by pressing the
camera number PixButton, as shown on the below left. For example, for
Camera 1, press the [Cam 1] button and the Presets PixPad for Cam1 will
appear as shown on the lower right.
On the above PixPad, the PixButtons for each Preset Position tell you the
following information. Note that each camera’s preset positions are
independent. For example, each camera can have a preset position 7 saved,
but none of these preset position 7’s are related to each other.
Device Icon
indicates
Camera Control
Camera Number
Preset Position Number
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2. 
Press the [Settings] or [Controls] PixButton, on the Presets PixPad shown
above and one of the following PixPad will appear:
Telemetrics Control
Hitachi Control
Sony Control
Panasonic Control
3.
Press the [Updat PSet] PixButton, and the following PixPad will appear:
4. 
Manually move the camera to the desired position you wish to save by using the
Joystick and the Knobs, as described in section 7.10 (Bring the desired camera up
on the preview monitor by pressing its source button in the preview row, so you can
see its position as you adjust it.)
NOTE: The Preset Position will remember pan, tilt, zoom, focus, gain and other CCU functions. The recall
speed is saved on Hitachi cameras only, the recall speed will be captured at whatever speed is set to the
camera, see section 7.11.2.
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5. 
When you have the camera positioned where you want it, on the above PixPad
press the PixButton for the Preset Position number where you would like to save
this camera position. If you wish to save it in a preset Position above 6, then
press [Next ] button and the following PixPad will appear. If desired keep
pressing the Next button until you reach the Preset Position you wish to use. On
Panasonic cameras, you may select the [numeric] PixButton to enter a number.
6. 
Press the [Save Pset] PixButton, and now the camera position will be
saved in the location you just chose. The display will show the newly saved
Preset Position, as shown below, P1.
NOTE: If Preset 1 already had a saved preset position, this will now be overwritten with the position you
just saved.
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7.11.1 Recalling Preset Camera Positions
Preset Positions are designed to be recalled rapidly. When using Telemetrics
Studio Software, sequences stored in the CTS-ST-S may be triggered by the
Broadcast Pix at the stored recall speed.
To recall a preset position:
1. 
Select the desired camera from the list available on the top level PixPad
for camera control as shown on the lower left, such as Camera 1. The
Preset Positions PixPad for the selected camera will appear, as shown
on the lower right.
2.
If you want to recall one of the first 9 positions for this camera, press the
desired preset position PixButton and that preset will be loaded, the camera
will move to it, and the large display will show that preset position number as
shown below.
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3. 
If you wish to recall a preset position that is beyond the first 9, then press
the [Next] PixButton, and the next 9 will appear, as shown below. On
Panasonic cameras, you may select the [numeric] PixButton to enter a
preset number.
Keep pressing the [Next] PixButton to reach the preset you desire. You can
back up by pressing the [Back] PixButton.
When you reach the desired location press its [Preset Position] PixButton.
The camera will move to it, and the large display will show this preset
position number.
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7.11.2 Recall Speed for Hitachi Preset Positions
Each Hitachi camera can have 31 preset positions saved. In addition to
remembering tilt, pan, zoom and focus, each of these 31 positions can also
remember a recall speed: either fast, medium or slow. When each preset position
is saved it will automatically set this recall speed at whatever speed the system is
currently set to.
To set the Recall Speed:
1. 
On the camera’s Preset PixPad, press the [Settings] PixButton, and the
Settings PixPad will appear:
2. 
Press the [Recall Speed] PixButton and the display will show the current
speed at which the recall speed is set to: either: Fast, Medium or Slow
3.
Turn the right knob to the desired speed and it is set.
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7.12 Hitachi Camera Control Settings
The Hitachi Camera Control option can adjust many parameters, from
panning speed and travel limits to white balance and other camera setups.
7.12.1 Travel Limits of Tilt and Pan
Travel limits are 4 settings for the maximum limit a camera head can move to. This
is useful when objects may be obstructing the view or physical movement of each
camera to prevent the operator to go past the normal or usable limits.
There are 2 for Tilt (Up and Down) and 2 for Pan (Left and Right), all of which need
to be set, prior to saving any camera presets.
Travel limits must be set on each camera/camera head prior to powering off the
camera system, as this will ensure that all the communication, iris and other
camera settings are properly saved to each head.
To set Travel Limits of Tilt and Pan:
1. 
Select the camera which you wish to set limits on by pressing the [Cam #]
PixButton and its first Presets PixPad will appear, as shown below left.
2. 
Press the [Settings] PixButton and the Settings PixPad will appear, as
shown below right.
Presets PixPad
Camera Settings PixPad
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3. 
Press the [Set Limit] PixButton on the PixPad and the following PixPad
will appear:
4.
Use the 4 save PixButtons on the above PixPad to save each of the four
limits, after using the Joystick to manually move the camera to each
position. For example, move the camera to the upper limit you wish to set
and then press the [Save ^] PixButton. Repeat for any other limits you
wish to set. As soon as you press one of the save buttons, the position is
saved.
5.
To return to the Settings PixPad home page, press the [Done] PixButton.
To Clear All Travel Limits:
On the above PixPad, press the [Clear Limits] PixButton, and all four limits will
be removed for this camera.
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7.12.2 Adjusting CCU Functions
The Camera Settings PixPad can be accessed by
selecting the [Camera Control] device select PixButton,
then selecting a [Camera #] PixButton, then selecting
the [Settings] PixButton.
A wide variety of camera control functions can be
controlled directly from the PixPad.
1. To change the White Balance preset
Press the [White Balance] PixButton and the
display will show what is illustrated below.
Turn the 3rd knob to select either Preset,
Memory 1 or Memory 2.
2. To adjust the Shutter Speed
Press the [Shutter] PixButton and the display will show what is illustrated below.
Turn the 3rd knob to adjust.
3. To adjust Contrast/Black Levels
Press the [Contrast] PixButton and the display will show what is illustrated below.
Turn the 3rd knob to adjust.
4. To activate Auto White Balance
Press the [Auto White] PixButton and the display will show what is illustrated
below. Turn the 3rd knob to white balance the camera. The setting will be saved
in either in Memory 1 or Memory 2 of the above White Balance function.
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5.
To adjust Auto Black
Press the [Auto Black] PixButton and the display will show what is illustrated
below. Turn the 3rd knob to auto black balance the camera.
6.
To turn on/off color bars in the camera
Press the [color bars] PixButton and the display will show what is illustrated
below. Turn the 3rd knob to display the color bars.
7.
To adjust Detail
Press the [Set Detail] PixButton and the display will show what is illustrated
below. Turn the 3rd knob to adjust.
8.
To adjust Lens Type
Press the [Next] PixButton and the additional controls will appear as shown
below. Then, press the [Lens Type] PixButton and the display will show what is
illustrated below. Turn the 3rd knob to adjust, select either Rainbow for type 1/Cmount lenses or Fujinon for type 2/Bayonet lenses.
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9. To Change the Iris Mode
Some cameras have automated iris capabilities, which you can set on automatic
or use manually. To select iris mode press the [Iris] PixButton on the above
PixPad, and the following PixPad will appear.
Then select either:
Auto – for the camera to automatically set
the Iris
Remote – for the middle knob on the
Broadcast Pix panel to control Iris
Manual – for manual control of the Iris by
the iris ring on the camera
10. To Invert Tilt
In some installations that Pan/Tilt head is installed upside down. The inverse
tilt command flips the joystick around so that pushing it up still makes the
camera go up. To Invert Vertical Tilt press the [Invert Vertical Motn] PixButton,
as shown below, and the large display will add the add V, as shown below.
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11. To Invert Pan
In some installations that Pan/Tilt head is installed upside down. The
invert horizontal command flips the joystick around so the pushing it right still makes
the camera pan right. To Invert horizontal pan press the [Invert Horz Motn]
PixButton, as shown below, and the large display will add the add H, as shown
below.
NOTE: When the camera is mounted upside down, and so these two invert commands are applied, care
must be taken when setting camera travel limits, as these left/right/up/down limits will now refer to the
joystick position, not the camera position (as the camera is upside down). On Sony & Panasonic
cameras, you may need to go in to the on line camera menu using the remote control supplied by Sony
& Panasonic to invert the camera.
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7.13 Sony Camera Control Settings
The Sony Camera Control option has fewer controllable options, compared to
the Hitachi Camera Control. There are settings for Focus, Iris and White
Balance, as shown below.
Sony Camera Settings PixPad
7.13.1 Adjusting CCU Functions
The Camera Settings PixPad can be accessed by selecting the [Camera Control]
device select PixButton, then selecting a [Camera #] PixButton, then selecting the
[Settings] PixButton.
1. 
To control the Focus:
Turn the first knob labeled Focus. To set the camera to automatic focus, press the
[Start Auto Focus] PixButton in the PixPad. The display will show Auto Focus
On, as shown below. To turn off Auto Focus and to manually focus, simply turn the
Focus knob.
2.
To control the Iris:
Turn the second knob labeled Iris. Turn to the left to close the Iris, turn to the right
to open it. To set the camera to automatic exposure, press the [Start Auto
Expos] PixButton in the PixPad. The display will show Auto Exposure On, as
shown below. Auto Exposure uses Gain and Iris to adjust the picture. To turn off
Auto Exposure and to manually adjust the iris, simply turn the Iris knob.
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3. 
To control the Gain:
Turn the third knob labeled Gain. Turn to the left to reduce the amount of
gain, turn to the right to increase the amount of gain. Depending on the
Sony camera the range is -3db to 12db in steps.
4. 
To control the White Balance:
There are 4 options for white balance, from preset to manual to automatic.
To set the camera to automatically track the white balance for different
lighting scenarios, press the [White Bal A.T.W] PixButton in the PixPad.
The display will show White Bal ATW, as shown below.
To set the camera to an indoor 3200K color temperature preset, press the
[White Bal Inside] PixButton in the PixPad. The display will show White
Balance Inside, as shown below.
To set the camera to an outdoor 5600K color temperature preset, press the
[White Bal Outsid] PixButton in the PixPad. The display will show White
Balance Outside, as shown below.
To manually white balance the camera, point the camera to a white area and
press the [One Push W Bal] PixButton in the PixPad. When the camera
has successfully white balanced, the display will show White Balance Set,
as shown below.
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7.14 Panasonic Camera Control Settings
The Panasonic Camera Control option has access to basic CCU functions for
Focus, Iris and White Balance, as shown below, in addition to access the camera
online menu, which has access to every controllable option for that particular
camera.
Panasonic Camera Controls PixPad
7.14.1 Adjusting CCU Functions
The Camera Settings PixPad can be accessed by selecting the [Camera Control]
device select PixButton, then selecting a [Camera #] PixButton and selecting the
[Controls] PixButton.
1. 
To control the Focus:
Turn the first knob labeled Focus. To set the camera to automatic focus,
press the [Start Auto Focus] PixButton in the PixPad. The display will show
Auto Focus On, as shown below. To turn off Auto Focus and to manually
focus, simply turn the Focus knob.
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2.
To control the Iris:
Turn the second knob labeled Iris. Turn to the left to close the Iris, turn to
the right to open it. To set the camera to automatic Iris, press the [Start
Auto Iris] PixButton in the PixPad. The display will show Auto Iris On, as
shown below. To turn off Auto Iris and to manually adjust the iris, simply turn
the Iris knob.
3. 
To control the Gain:
Turn the third knob labeled Gain. Turn to the left to reduce the amount of
gain, turn to the right to increase the amount of gain. Depending on the
Panasonic camera the range is 0db to 12db in step, 15db, 18db or AGC on.
4. 
To control the White Balance:
There are 4 options for white balance, from preset to manual to automatic.
To set the camera to automatically track the white balance for different
lighting scenarios, press the [White Bal A.T.W] PixButton in the PixPad.
The display will show White Bal ATW, as shown below.
To set the camera to an indoor 3200K color temperature preset, press the
[White Bal Inside] PixButton in the PixPad. The display will show White
Balance Inside, as shown below.
To set the camera to an outdoor 5600K color temperature preset, press the
[White Bal Outsid] PixButton in the PixPad. The display will show White
Balance Outside, as shown below.
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5.
To manually white balance the camera, point the camera to a white area and
press the [Start Auto White] PixButton in the PixPad. When the camera
has successfully white balanced, the display will show Start Auto White, as
shown below.
6.
To access the camera’s internal menu, press the [Online Menu] PixButton
in the PixPad. This will display the camera menu on the camera’s video
output, which is visible on the Broadcast Pix Multi-View. Assign the camera
on the preview row to view the on-screen menu items.
The PixPad will also change to show the menu controls, as shown below.
Depending on which Panasonic camera is used, the online menu has
access to more advance CCU functions, like color balancing, genlock
phasing and output formats.
Use the [Next Menu] PixButton to select menu categories.
Use the [Next] PixButton to change a setting to the next available option
Use the [Select or Prev] PixButton to select a sub category and to change
a setting to a previous setting option
Press the [UP] PixButton to return to the Camera Settings PixPad and to
hide the on screen menu on the camera output
7.
To remotely put the camera into stand-by mode, press the [Turn Off Cam]
PixButton. This will put the camera into stand-by mode, resulting in a black/
no video output. To turn the camera back on, press the [Cam Cntrl] device
PixButton in the more devices section of the panel and select the [Cam
Number] PixButton in the PixPad.
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7.15 Telemetrics Camera Control Settings
The Telemetrics Camera Control option has access to basic CCU functions for
Focus, Iris and controller selection, as shown below. All shading and white balance
control must be done through a 3rd party controller or by using the Telemetrics
Studio Software.
Telemetrics Camera Controls PixPad
7.15.1 Adjusting CCU Functions
The Camera Settings PixPad can be accessed by selecting the [Camera Control]
device select PixButton, then selecting a [Camera #] PixButton and selecting the
[Controls] PixButton.
1. 
To control the Focus:
Turn the first knob labeled Focus. The display will update showing positive
or negative Focus numbers.
Focus
Iris
M.Black
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2.
To control the Iris:
Turn the second knob labeled Iris. Turn to the left to close the Iris, turn to
the right to open it. The display will update showing positive or negative Iris
numbers.
Focus
Iris
M.Black
3. 
To control the Master Black:
Turn the third knob labeled M.Black. Turn to the left to reduce the pedestal
amount, turn to the right to increase the pedestal amount. The display will
update showing positive or negative Master Black numbers.
Master black only works when Telemetrics has a controller that can initialize
the cameras or when using the Studio Software.
4. 
To control Iris Commands:
In the Controls PixPad, press the [Iris PT] PixButton.
Now the iris controls can be adjusted by the Broadcast Pix control panel
or the Telemetrics controller.
To control the iris from a manufactures or 3rd party panel, in the Control
PixPad, press the [Iris Cam] PixButton. Now all iris control is through
the 3rd party controller and not Broadcast Pix/Telemetrics.
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7.16 Optional Audio-Follow-Video Control
As an option the Broadcast Pix switcher can provide control of virtually any
external audio mixer, digital or analog, through a Musical Instrument Digital Interface
(MIDI). Controls can be as simple as turning on a source when it transitions
to program, or as complex as calling up scene changes to modify effect parameters like
reverb, panning and equalization controls.
This option can either use one of the Servers COM or USB ports to communicate
data to and from the audio mixer using MIDI commands. Some mixers, such as the
Yamaha 01V or 01V96, have a ‘To Host’ adaptor (either a USB-B and/or
8-pin mini-din connection) and/or a standard 5-pin MIDI connection. You may use any
connection to connect the Server to your audio mixer. If using a standard MIDI
connection, use the supplied M-Audio Uno USB to MIDI converter.
If using a COM port you will need a 8-pin mini-din to DB9 serial cable (the same which
is used for Sony Camera Control). For assistance about which connection to use,
please contact technical support.
7.16.1 Enabling Audio-Follow
To use the Audio Follow Video, the System Option needs to be installed. On new
systems this is preinstalled, to enable this option after the initial purchase, see section
A.2 for more information.
7.16.2 Audio-Follow Activation
Enable your audio mixer to receive MIDI commands on the port in which you have
connected to, either MIDI, USB, PC or other depending on the manufacturer. You must
also activate your mixer to be able to receive (RX) and transmit (TX) Program Change
and Control Change information for Audio-Follow to work properly.
Refer to the MIDI section of your audio mixer’s manual on how to select these options,
as they may be located in several menus.
It may be necessary to install drivers from your audio mixer, depending on which
connection you are using with your audio mixer:
- If you are using a Serial cable to control your audio mixer, no extra drivers are
needed.
- If you are using a USB to MIDI converter, drivers are installed automatically
using Windows XP when that device is plugged in.
- If you are using a standard USB cable, you must install the appropriate drivers
that came with your audio mixer.
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Once the appropriate drivers are installed, it you need to enable the the Server to use
MIDI controls.
1. 
In Windows XP, go to the Start Menu, select Control Panel, then in the Control
Panel window, select Sound & Audio Devices (the Speaker Icon), as shown
below.
2.
In the MIDI Music Playback section, Select your driver. Either USB Device, or
the name of your mixer or other depending on the manufacturer.
3. 
Check Use only default devices and select OK.
4.
Close all the Window XP windows, and start BPswitcher.
5. 
Open the Audio Follow window by selecting Multi-View in the BPswitcher menu,
then Float, Audio Follow.
6. 
In that window select Setup, View Setup. The window expands to reveal the
programming interface, as shown below.
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7.
In the lower right corner, set the port appropriately to an available communication
port. Use USB when a USB cable is plugged in or COM1 or COM2 when a serial
cable is plugged in. The “Not Ready” message changes to “Ready” when the port
opens without errors. If a COM port is in use by another device, like camera
control, Audio Follow will not work. You need to disable that port on the device to
make it active in Audio Follow.
7.16.3 Audio-Follow Setup
1.
Program the On-Air and Off-Air commands in the table provided. Sources 1-32
refer to the inputs on the Broadcast Pix Switcher. 32 sources are available for use
on 2ME systems only. The first 9 sources are shown, scroll down to reach the
shifted sources (10 through 18). Each show can have its own set of Audio-Follow
commands.
Two programming options are available for each table entry; either a single
scene change (MIDI Program Change command) or one or more control
changes (MIDI Control Change commands). You can not have both a scene
change and a control change for one entry.
Control changes may differ from manufacturer to manufacturer, so it is important
to refer to your audio mixer’s manual for a complete list. For example on a
Yamaha 01V, control numbers 1-12 effect the fader levels for channels 1-12.
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Each control change is formatted by first typing in a ‘c’, followed by the control
number (1 to 127), a hyphen (or minus sign) ‘-’ and the desired value to set it to
(0 to 127). More commands can be added by adding a space in between
commands, leaving out the “c” in front.
For example to bring fader 1 to 100% volume type: c1-127 in the On-Air column,
to bring it off air type: c1-0 in the Off-Air column.
To bring faders 1 and 2 up at 50% volume type: c1-63 2-63 in the On-Air column.
If more space is needed, you may type in the bar below the grid, as shown
below.
2.
A scene change is a memory setting inside the audio mixer that can recall
virtually any combination of settings. For example a scene change could recall a
reverb effect and turn on fader 3. You need to first create and save your
memories/scenes from your audio mixer, refer to your mixer’s manual on how to
save a scene change.
To recall a scene change (either 0-99) simply type the number of the scene
change in the On-Air or Off-Air column of the source. Only one scene change is
allowed per source.
3. 
You may also ‘Tie’ one or more video sources together. When a source is tied to
other sources, the on-air command is executed for all the sources but the
command goes off-air only when all the tied sources are off air.
For example, if you had an interview with 2 cameras and 1 microphone, you
could have both camera sources tied to each other so when you transition
between the 2 angles the audio does not go off air. The audio would go off air
when a different source is transitioned to Program.
To tie a video source to another video source, simply type: t and the number of
the other source. (i.e. t2)
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4.
It is recommended to test these commands by first selecting the desired table
entry and then clicking on the Test button. As commands are sent to the audio
mixer, they are displayed in the header of the Audio Follow window. If everything
is connected and programmed properly, the commands should be noticed on the
audio mixer.
5.
Sometimes it is desirable to disable a command temporarily, without losing its
settings. This can be accomplished by pressing the Disable button. Disabled
commands are shown in the table with leading minus signs ‘-’. When a
command is disabled you may still have the option to test the command. To
reactivate the settings, click on the Enable button.
6.
Buttons are also provided for permanently clearing a table entry Clear and
clearing all table entries Clear All. Note these functions are not undoable.
Information will be lost when the buttons are selected.
7.
To close the programming section, either click the Save and Close button or
uncheck the Setup, View Setup menu option.
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7.16.4 Audio-Follow Operation
Once set up, operation is completely automatic. Whenever a source goes on or off
Program, the appropriate command (or commands) is (are) sent. On the control panel
and the Multi-View, sources tally red when they are on program.
The Audio Follow window can be closed, but commands will continue to be sent.
Operation can be disabled and re-enabled using the Setup, Disable audio follow
menu option in the Audio Follow window.
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7.17 Streamer Control
The Broadcast Pix switcher can also provide control of the full line of
ViewCast Streamers, like the Niagara 2120 and 7500, over a TCP/IP connection.
Depending on which ViewCast Streamer is used, various compression or bit rates and
codecs for streaming can be used. All these settings can then be saved into groups,
which are presets. Each ViewCast Streamer can save up to 12 groups, and all 12 of
these groups can then be selected from Broadcast Pix to start and stop the stream and
also monitor its status. All the configuration of the groups is done on the ViewCast
through its web interface. For more information on how to configure groups please refer
to the ViewCast users manual.
7.17.1 Installing Streamer Control
To use the Streamer Control, the System Option needs to be installed. On new
systems this is preinstalled, to enable this option after the initial purchase, see section
A.2 for more information.
The control for all 12 groups is over a single Cat5 – TCP/IP connection. The control can
either be connected to the Broadcast Pix Control network card (with the Server and
panel) using a network hub or on the secondary network card with your ‘house’ network,
using a crossover cable (if connecting only the ViewCast) or a network hub (if connecting
to more network devices).
If connecting to the Broadcast Pix Control (NIC 2 on the Server as shown below), the
192.168.53.XXX subnet must be used. If using the other NIC card, it may be configured
with you own network settings.
ViewCast Niagara 2120
Network Switch
192.168.53.149
Broadcast Pix Mica Server
192.168.53.250
(3) Straight Cat5 Network Cables
Broadcast Pix 1ME Control Panel
192.168.53.251
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7.17.2 Adding Streamer Control to a Show
Once installation is complete, you must now add the device to a show using
one of the six wildcard devices on the switcher.
1. 
In BPswitcher, load the show to which you want to add camera control. Select
the File, Load Show.
2. 
Open PixMaster by selecting File, Edit Show.
3. 
Click on Edit Show Settings and the Edit Show Settings window will open.
4. 
Click on More Devices and the More Devices window will open, as shown
below.
5. 
Select the desired wildcard device button to which you want to add camera
control and a drop down menu will appear.
To select devices 4-6 select the View shifted devices checkbox.
6.
Click on ViewCast Streamer Control, and it will appear on the PixButton, as
shown
below.
7.
Click on OK, to apply the Streamer Control the show, then Close in the Edit
Show Settings window and Save Show to apply all the settings.
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7.17.3 Streamer Control Settings
1. 
In BPswitcher go to the Setup menu
and select System Settings…, as
shown on the right.
2. 
In the System Settings window, select
the Devices tab.
3. 
In the list of enabled devices select
ViewCast Streamer it will highlight
orange and select the Settings…
button.
The ViewCast Encoder settings
window will appear as shown on the
right.
4. 
Enter the IP Address of the ViewCast
streamer in the text field, the .
(periods) are necessary, as shown on
the right.
5. 
Click on the Enter button to save the
changes.
If the IP address is invalid a popup warning will appear asking to
re-enter a valid address.
6.
Click on the OK button in the System
Settings window to close it.
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7.17.4 Selecting Streamer Control in a Production
To assign the device controls to Streamer Control:
Press the [ViewCast] wildcard [Device Selection] PixButton
and it will illuminate orange and the following device controls will be appear.
Streamer Control device controls:
Display
shows active streamer group selected
and status information
Motion Controls
Start and stop streamer
groups
PixPad
To select which group you
wish to control
When you press the Streamer Control PixButton, the active group will be whichever
streamer group was last used, or the first (top left) group if you are just starting.
To select a different group to control, press the [Group name] PixButton in the PixPad.
The display indicates 3 pieces of information:
1.
The top left corner always shows the device currently assigned to the panel’s
bank of device controls. In this case, the words Streamer Ctrl indicate that they
are set to streamer control.
2. 
Flash indicates the assigned group name and that it is the streamer group now
being controlled.
3.
The right side displays status information for the selected group, if it’s Started,
Stopped or in the process of Starting or Stopping, in this case Started.
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7.17.5 Controlling a Streamer Group
To start a streamer group:
1. 
In Device Control select the [ViewCast]
PixButton, it will illuminate orange.
2. 
Select the desired group in the PixPad
by selecting the [Group Name]
PixButton, in this example Flash.
The display will show the selected group
and the current state of the group.
3.
Select the [>] motion control button, it
will illuminate orange, as shown on the
right.
The display will update with the words
Started, as shown on the right.
4.
To start more groups, repeat steps 2 & 3
above.
To stop a streamer group:
1. 
Repeat steps 1 & 2 above.
2. 
Select the [<] motion control button, and
as a fail-safe the display will update
asking to select REVERSE again and
the < button will blink up to three times.
To really stop the streamer group select
the [<] button again.
The display will change to a Stopping
status to a Stopped status, once the
group has fully stopped.
3.
To stop more groups, repeat steps 1 & 2
above.
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7.18 KiPro Control
The Broadcast Pix switcher can also provide control of the full line of AJA KiPro
recorders, over a TCP/IP connection. Up to 12 KiPro units may be controlled by
Broadcast Pix, controllable functions include selecting recorded clips by clip name on the
PixPad to play/fast forward/reverse and starting and stopping new clip recordings. All
device configurations and record settings are done on the KiPro or through its
web interface. For more information on how to configure and operate the KiPro, please
refer to its manual.
NOTE: Clip selection from the KiPro is delayed, as each clip must be cycled through. This
KiPro control is not intended for hot-punching of clips on air, rather it’s for selecting clips
for review after a record or selecting clips in preview prior to taking them to air.
Clips appear on the PixPad in the order in which they are stored/recorded on the KiPro.
7.18.1 Installing KiPro Control
Control of each KiPro is through individual Cat5 – TCP/IP connections to each device.
The control can either be connected to the Broadcast Pix Control network card (with the
Server and panel) using a network hub or on the secondary network card with your
‘house’ network, using a crossover cable (if connecting only one KiPro) or a network
hub with straight through cables if connecting to more network devices.
If connecting to the Broadcast Pix Control (NIC 2 on the Server as shown below), the
192.168.53.XXX subnet must be used. If using the other NIC card, it may be configured
with you own network settings.
To configure the KiPro with a valid IP address you may use the front on screen controls,
please refer to the KiPro manual on how to change the default Static IP address.
AJA KiPro
Network Switch
192.168.53.148
Broadcast Pix Mica Server
192.168.53.250
(3) Straight Cat5 Network Cables
Broadcast Pix 1ME Control Panel
192.168.53.251
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7.18.2 Adding KiPro Control to a Show
Once installation is complete, you must now add the device to a show using
one of the six wildcard devices on the switcher.
1. 
In BPswitcher, load the show to which you want to add camera control. Select
the File, Load Show.
2. 
Open PixMaster by selecting File, Edit Show.
3. 
Click on Edit Show Settings and the Edit Show Settings window will open.
4. 
Click on More Devices and the More Devices window will open, as shown
below.
5. 
Select the desired wildcard device button to which you want to add camera
control and a drop down menu will appear.
To select devices 4-6 select the View shifted devices checkbox.
6.
Click on AJA KiPro Control, and it will appear on the PixButton, as shown
below.
7.
Click on OK, to apply the KiPro Control the show, then Close in the Edit Show
Settings window and Save Show to apply all the settings.
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7.18.3 AJA KiPro Control Settings
1. 
In BPswitcher go to the Setup menu
and select System Settings…, as
shown on the right.
2. 
In the System Settings window, select
the Devices tab.
3. 
In the list of enabled devices select
AJA KiPro Control it will highlight
orange and select the Settings…
button.
The KiPro settings window will appear
as shown on the right.
4. 
Enter the IP Address of each KiPro in
the text field, the . (periods) are
necessary, as shown on the right.
Up to 12 IP addresses may be added,
as each number is entered the system
attempts to verify if the connection is
valid, this may result in a slight delay
as numbers are entered.
5. 
Once a valid IP address is entered, the
Setup button will illuminate. Selecting
this button will open a web browser
with AJA controls, please refer to the
KiPro manual on modifying those
settings.
6.
Click on the Save settings and close
button to save the changes.
If the IP address is invalid a popup warning will appear asking to
re-enter a valid address.
7.
Click on the OK button in the System
Settings window to close it.
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7.18.4 Selecting KiPro Control in a Production
To assign the device controls to KiPro Control:
Press the [AJA KiPro] wildcard [Device Selection] PixButton
and it will illuminate orange and the following device controls will be appear.
KiPro Control device controls:
Display
shows active KiPro unit, selected clip name and status
information
Motion Controls
Start and stop recording,
play, rewind and jump to
beginning of a clip
PixPad
To select which device and
clip you wish to control
When you press the KiPro Control PixButton, the active device an clip will be whichever
clip wad last used, or the first device if you are just starting.
The display indicates 3 pieces of information:
1.
The top left corner always shows the KiPro unit currently assigned to the panel’s
bank of device controls. In this case, the words KiPro1 indicate that they are set
to KiPro Unit 1.
2. 
Clip XXX indicates the selected clip name.
3. 
The bottom left side displays status information for the selected clip, if it’s
playing, recording, rewinding, and other status information like lose of input
when recording, in the case Playing Forward
4. 
The bottom right side displays a timecode counter for the selected clip. When
playing/recording HH:MM:SS are displayed, when stopped/paused
HH:MM:SS:FF are displayed.
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7.18.5 Controlling a KiPro Unit
To start recording a clip:
1. 
In Device Control section, select the
[AJA KiPro] PixButton, it will illuminate
orange.
2. 
If not already selected, select the
desired unit in the PixPad by selecting
the [KiPro Unit] PixButton, in this
example 1.
The display will show the selected unit
and the current state.
3.
The PixPad will change showing the
available controls. Select the [Start
Record] PixButton, as shown on the
right.
The display will update with the words
Recording and the [>] motion control
button will illuminate orange, as shown
on the right.
4. 
To start more clips on different attached
units, repeat steps 2 & 3 above.
To stop recording a clip:
1. 
Repeat steps 1 & 2 above.
2. 
In the PixPad select the [Stop Record]
PixButton, as shown on the right.
The counter will stop, the display will
read out Idle and the newly recorded clip
will be cued up to the beginning on the
clip, ready for control, as shown on the
right.
The [>] motion may also be used to stop
a recording.
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To select a clip to control:
1. 
In Device Control select the [AJA KirPro]
PixButton, it will illuminate orange.
2. 
If not already selected, select the desired unit
in the PixPad by selecting the [KiPro Unit]
PixButton, in this example 1.
The display will show the selected unit and the
current state.
3. 
The PixPad will change showing the available
controls, select the [Select Clip] PixButton, as
shown on the right.
4. 
The PixPad will change showing the available
prerecorded clips by filename.
Select the desired clip by selecting the [Clip
Name] PixButton.
The display will update showing the selected
clip and timecode and the PixPad will
automatically change to show the Controls
PixPad.
NOTE: Clip selection from the KiPro is
delayed, as each clip must be cycled through.
This KiPro control is not intended for hotpunching of clips on air, rather it’s for selecting
clips for review after a record or selecting clips
in preview prior to taking them to air.
5. 
To view more than 9 clips, select the [Next]
PixButton in the PixPad.
Once the more than 2 pages of clips are
available in the PixPad a [Back] button will
also appear for navigation.
6.
To quickly jump to the next or previous clip in
the clip list, on the Controls PixPad select the
[Prev Clip] or [Next Clip] PixButton, as
shown on the right.
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To play a clip:
1. 
Repeat steps 1-4 to select a clip to control.
2. 
In the motion control section, select the [>] motion
control button it will illuminate orange, as shown on
the right.
The timecode will start to update and the clip will start
to play.
To pause/stop a clip:
1. 
In the motion control section, select the [>] motion
control button and the button will turn off, as shown
on the right.
The timecode will stop in the display.
To rewind a clip:
1. 
Ensue that the desired clip is selected, as described
in the previous section.
2. 
In the Controls PixPad, select the [Fast Rew]
PixButton, as shown on the right.
The clip will rewind at 2X speed.
3. 
Select the [Fast Rew] PixButton again.
The clip will rewind at 4X speed.
4.
Select the [Fast Rew] PixButton again.
The clip will rewind at 8X speed.
5.
Select the [Fast Rew] PixButton again.
The clip will rewind at 16X speed.
When the clip reaches the start of the clip, rewind will stop.
6.
To pause the clip from rewinding, select the [>]
motion control button.
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To fast forward a clip:
1. 
Ensue that the desired clip is selected, as described
in the previous section.
2. 
In the Controls PixPad, select the [Fast Fwd]
PixButton, as shown on the right.
The clip will fast forward at 2X speed.
3. 
Select the [Fast Fwd] PixButton again.
The clip will fast forward at 4X speed.
4.
Select the [Fast Fwd] PixButton again.
The clip will fast forward at 8X speed.
5.
Select the [Fast Fwd] PixButton again.
The clip will fast forward at 16X speed.
When the clip reaches the end of the clip,
fast forward will stop.
6. 
To pause the clip from fast forwarding, select the [>]
motion control button, as shown on the right.
To loop a clip:
1. 
Select the desired clip, as described in previous
section.
2. 
Ensure that the PixPad is set to the Controls, if the
clip list PixPad is selected, select the [Controls]
PixButton, as shown on the right.
3. 
Select the [Loop on-off] PixButton, as shown on the
right.
The display will show a (L) at the end of the file name
indicating that Loop has been turned on.
NOTE: The Loop feature is a global setting for all
clips, either all clips have loop on or off.
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To adjust KiPro Settings:
Since the KiPro control is intended more for quick operational
control for playback and record, all engineering settings can
be modified through the AJA web browser. Settings include
changing record settings, format settings and deleting clips.
1. 
One the Controls PixPad select the [Web Settings]
PixButton, as shown on the right.
2. 
A web browser will open showing the AJA controls. Please
refer to the AJA manual for further information.
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Section 8:
Multi-User Operation
While the Broadcast Pix Switcher provides unprecedented control for a single
operator, it can be expanded to multi-person operation. Several types of two person
operation are covered in this section of the manual:
A Separate Graphics Operator for the CG
Two Panels for Back-Up Redundancy
Two Panels for Two Show Creators
Adding a Remote Panel on-site
Adding a Remote Panel over the Internet
Large Teams with many panels
8.1 Optional Multi-Panel Support
Standard panels for a Broadcast Pix System includes a SoftPanel and a control panel
(on a 1000/1000+), either can be used to control the show. For example, if the
control panel is the one primarily used, and should fail and lose its network
connection, then the SoftPanel can be used (or visa versa). Only 1 panel can be
used at a time unless optional additional panel-licenses are purchased to support
simultaneous multi-panel operation. Each system has 4 Panel Licenses standard,
which allow you to run physical control panels, SoftPanels, iPixPads on iPhones/ iPod
Touches and/or iPixPanels on iPads.
To see how many panels your system is licensed for, in BPswitcher, click-on the Help
drop down menu and select About, and the About Window will appear.
In this example there are 4 licensed panels.
To see how many panels are connected to your system, the Multi-View status bar
shows you how many panels are currently connected, as shown below.
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8.2 Opening a SoftPanel
A SoftPanel is a virtual control panel, that can be used in conjunction or in place of
the physical control panel. It is displayed on any VGA/DVI monitor output and be
resized and zoomed to fit any size screen
To access a 1ME SoftPanel:
1.
In BPswitcher, click on the Panel drop
down menu.
2.
Select 1ME Soft Panel.
3.
In the drop down menu that appears,
select either Internet Explorer or Flash.
The 1ME SoftPanel will appear, and
your panel indicator will increase by one.
4. 
The 100 Mini-Panel, 100 Display and 100 PixPad
also can be floated, they too will use up 1 panel
license each.
NOTE: There is no difference between the Internet Explorer and Flash SoftPanels, either may be used.
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8.3 Locking Panels Together
The two control panels can either be “locked” together or unlocked.
Locked:
Locks together everything on all panels, so that they will be at
identical states at all times. For example, if you press on any button on
the control panel, it will now change on all SoftPanels.
Unlocked:
The panel’s device controls on each panel can be set to different
devices, and operated independently, while the fixed switcher
control are still locked together. For example, it may be desirable for the
graphics person to always be able control the CG, no matter what
device the Show Creator happens to be using.
To lock the the panels together:
1. 
In BPswitcher, click-on the Panel drop down menu.
2.
Select the Panel Settings option.
3.
Click on Locked Panels and a check mark will appear as shown below.
4.
To return to an unlocked state, click on Locked Panels again on the same
menu.
NOTE: On the above menu, if you select Force Disconnect, a window will appear which shows each
of the panels’ IP address that are currently connected. You can then select one and force it to
disconnect.
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8.4 Viewing just a portion of the SoftPanel
You can make a SoftPanel larger or smaller by enlarging or shrinking its window as
you would for any Window. In two person operation it is often desirable to shrink not
just the overall size of the SoftPanel, but to also reduce the portion of the SoftPanel
shown, for two reasons:
1.
Space: To conserve real-estate on the VGA monitor. For example, this allows
the graphics operator to have the necessary portion of the SoftPanel
displayed at all times, without taking too much room away from the Inscriber
GUI.
2.
Authorization: To avoid the second operator pressing a button on the
SoftPanel which the control panel operator may not want them to have
access to. For example, if the program and preview sources are not shown
on the graphic operators monitor, then they can not be inadvertently pressed
in the middle of a live show.
To display just a portion of the SoftPanel:
1. 
Position the cursor in the middle of the area of the SoftPanel you wish to
keep.
For example, you may want just the PixPad, or the PixPad and the Key
PixButtons below it.
2.
Right-click, and the following drop down menu will appear
3.
Click-on Zoom-In, and then just a portion of the panel will be shown.
The resulting portion of the SoftPanel can then be sized and positioned like any other
window. (To return to the full panel, right-click and click-on Show All)
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8.5 Adding a Separate Graphics Operator
In some live productions, it may be desirable to have two operators, one for graphics
and one for everything else. This may be desirable if graphics are changing during a
show such as for a sporting event, or if the show is so complex that the primary
operator wants help.
8.5.1 Two Operators with Separate Graphics Operator and 1 Panel
To enable this environment, a second monitor should be added (all Mica systems
support two monitors). Then the Multi-View can be displayed on the monitor for the
Show Creator and the Inscriber GUI can be displayed on a separate the monitor for
the Graphics Operator, as shown below.
Dual Monitor Output
VGA/DVI
Show Creator
Graphics Creator
NOTE: Only one keyboard and one mouse can be connected to the Server at any given time.
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8.5.2 Two Operators with Separate Graphics Operator and 2 Panels
If you increase the number of simultaneous panels supported, see section 8.2, then
the graphics operator can view a window containing all or a portion of the Broadcast
Pix SoftPanel. This enables the graphics person to view exactly what the state of the
panel is on the show creator’s system. The graphics operator can use the portion of
the control panel they see to perform functions normally done by the Show Creator,
including selecting the next title to be taken to air, or taking them to air.
The two control panels can either be “locked” together or unlocked, see section 8.3.
If the graphics person does not wish to display the entire SoftPanel, they can just
display a portion of it, as illustrated below, see section 8.4.
Dual Monitor Output
VGA/DVI
Show Creator
Graphics Creator
with CG PixPad and
Keyer control
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8.6 Two Operators with Two Computers
In some productions it may be desirable to have the graphics person using a different
computer than the host PC. This reduces the workload on the host PC, and also
provides a wider variety of physical studio layouts. For example, this configuration might
look like the following illustration. In this environment the graphics operator has their
own computer. To implement this two computer system:
1. 
Network the two computers together using the additional network hub, which
keeps the graphics network traffic from interfering with the control network traffic
on the private hub that comes with the system. You will need to set a static IP
address to each computer. Do not use the same IP address as the one used for
the control network (192.168.53.250) as this will cause performance issues. Go
to Control Panel, Network Connections to change the IP address of the network
card. NIC 2 is for the Control Network for Broadcast Pix (this is located next to
the USB ports) and NIC 1 is used for your local private network (this is located
next to the graphics card).
2.
Activate Windows file sharing, and share the folders C:graphics and D:clips
3.
An additional Inscriber license will be necessary, which can be installed on any
Windows PC. Load the Inscriber software on it and select Stand Alone when
prompted by Inscriber during the install.
Switch
Private Network
NIC 1
192.168.52.102
(for example)
Control Network
NIC 2
192.168.53.250
Crossover
cable
Graphics Creator
with CG PixPad and
Direct Keyer controls
Show Creator
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4. 
On the second graphics computer open a web
browser, like Internet Explorer.
5. 
In the address bar, enter the address of the first NIC
card. For the above example, enter
192.168.52.102/softpanel1000.html
This will open a 1ME SoftPanel.
6. 
Click on return on the keyboard to launch the
SoftPanel in the web browser.
7. 
If at any time the SoftPanel loses connection to the
main Server, the words Reconnect will appear in
the upper right hand corner of the SoftPanel. When
the main Server is back up and connected to a
show, clicking on Reconnect will join the show.
NOTE: There is a maximum of 10 users that may connect and view the Broadcast Pix system at one
given time.
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8.7 Remote Operator in the Back Room
In section 8.5, two panel operation was described to
accommodate a graphics operator. The same principles
apply for any second operator.
Back Room
For example, it may be desirable to have a SoftPanel as
a remote-aux-panel that can be accessed by an
engineer in the back room. As illustrated below, use the
SoftPanel option and dual monitor option to attach a
second SoftPanel for the back room operator. In this
illustration this SoftPanel has been reduced to just an
aux panel, see section 8.4 for how to reduce a
SoftPanel.
As an alternative, the back-room SoftPanel could be on
a separate computer, and plugged into the network hub,
see section 8.6. This provides greater flexibility to where
the back room SoftPanel can be located, as it can be
anywhere on the network, and is not limited to where a
VGA monitor cable can easily run to.
Dual VGA
Monitor
(or a backroom PC)
Crossover
cable
Show Creator
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8.8 Dual Panels for Back-Up Redundancy
The proceeding parts of Section 8, discusses using two panels for two operators. Two
panels may also be used by one operator for redundancy.
Every system comes with a SoftPanel, and the Mica 1000/1000+ comes with a physical
panel that may be used by one person for redundancy. If one panel should fail, the other
one may be used.
Physical Control Panel and SoftPanels
This capability is standard with every Broadcast Pix Switcher system. If the control panel
should fail, then press Reconnect on the SoftPanel’s web browser to connect it. If you
wish it to be always available, you need an optional additional panel license, see section
8.1
Dual Physical Panels
An optional second control panel may be added to any Mica system. The second control
panel needs to have a different IP address than the main control panel. This is
accomplished with changing the Panel IP address on the control panel, in the Panel
Setup & Test mode, while the panel is off line.
The default IP address of a 2ME panel is: 192.168.53.252
The default IP address of a 1ME panel is: 192.168.53.251
To change the Panel IP address:
1.
Make sure the control is if Offline, by closing the BPswitcher application.
2.
The 3 wildcard device buttons in the Device Control will illuminate, select the
[Panel Setup + Test] button and it will illuminate orange, as shown below.
Panel
Setup
+ Test
Fail
Safe
Join
the
show
3.  The PixPad will illuminate, as shown below, select the [Panel IP] PixButton. The
PixPad will change to a numeric PixPad.
TEST
VFD
TEST
CTRLS
TEST
PIX
SHOW
KNOB
SHOW
BUTS
SHOW
JOYS
SHOW
DATE
PANEL
IP
SET
URL
LIGHT
SHOW
SET
MODE
COLOR
SET
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4. 
In the numeric PixPad, enter the IP address of 192.162.52.253
(or any other address not in use in the subnet.)
5.
When complete, select the [|<<] motion button in the Device Control. This will
save the new IP address to the control panel and change the PixPad back to
the main Setup + Test menu. The panel is now using a new IP address and is
ready to use in conjunction with another panel.
Redundant Control Panel and SoftPanel
Redundant 1ME Control Panels
2ME Control Panel & 1ME Control Panel
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8.9 Remote Control from a Distance
The Broadcast Pix system may be remotely controlled over the Internet. Remote
control is done through the system’s second Ethernet port, NIC 1.
NIC 1
NIC 2
Crossover Cable
The
Internet
Remote
SoftPanel or
Control Panel
panel (if any)
To configure remote control a system:
1. 
Attach the remote panel to NIC1 on the
Broadcast Pix Server, which is the
1 GB Ethernet port, via an appropriate
Internet connection (DSL is fine).
2.
In BPswitcher, select the Setup menu.
3.
Then select System Settings…
4. 
In the System Settings window, click on
the Other tab.
5. 
The Switcher Server Port is the network
port used to control the system remotely
and the port where Physical Control
Panels connect to. This port should never
be changed. For more information contact
Technical Support. The default is 9999.
6. 
The Web Server Port is the network port
used for SoftPanels, iPixPanels and
iPixPads to connect to the system. This
port may be changed to accommodate
other network ports and devices. The
default is 80.
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7. 
After you have entered the proper port
numbers, click on the OK button to
save your changes.
8. 
For outside users to gain access to the
Server, the Internet Router in your
network must be configured to forward
both the Switcher Server Port (9999)
and the Web Server Port (80), as
specified above. Refer to your users
manual of the router for more
information.
9. 
Once both ports are configured to be
forwarded, the Broadcast Pix Server
must be set to communicate on that
Web Server port.
Click on the Start menu of Windows,
right-click on My Computer and
select Manage in the pop-up menu, as
shown on the right.
10. 
In the Computer Management Window,
double-click Services and
Applications, then double-click
Internet Information Services and
then double-click Default Web Site.
11. 
Now right-click on Default Web Site,
and select Properties, as shown on
the right.
12. 
In the Default Web Site Properties
window, select the Web Site tab and
enter the Web Server port in the TCP
Port text box, as shown on the right.
13. 
Click on OK to close the Properties
window and click on the Red X to close
the Computer Management Window.
NOTE: It is important to consult Broadcast Pix Technical Support prior to changing the Server Ports.
Improper setup will cause BPswitcher to not operate correctly.
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To control a remote system with a SoftPanel:
1. 
Open a web browser, like Internet Explorer,
on a remote computer, as described in
section 8.6.
2.
In the address bar, enter the external IP
address of the remote Broadcast Pix system.
In most causes this is not the assigned IP
address on the Server NIC card. If the
external IP address is not known, on the
Broadcast Pix Server go to
www.whatsmyip.com.
Your IP address will be displayed in the web
browser, for example 67.152.12.226.
Enter that IP address followed by the Web
Server Port number assigned, for example:
http://67.152.12.226:26000/softpanel1000.html
It is important to add the colon : between the
IP address and Web Server Port.
This will open a 1ME SoftPanel.
6. 
Click on return on the keyboard to launch the
SoftPanel in the web browser.
7. 
If at any time the SoftPanel loses connection
to the main Server, the words Reconnect will
appear in the upper right hand corner of the
SoftPanel. When the main Server is back up
and connected to a show, clicking on
Reconnect will join the show.
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To control a remote system with a Control Panel:
1.
Make sure the control is if Offline, by closing
the BPswitcher application.
2.
The 3 wildcard device buttons in the Device
Control will illuminate, select the
[Panel Setup + Test] button and it will
illuminate orange, as shown on the right.
3. 
4. 
The PixPad will illuminate, select the [Panel IP]
PixButton, as shown on the right.
The PixPad will change to a numeric PixPad.
Select the [Clear] PixButton 14 times, to clear
the existing IP address. The display will update
accordingly until ‘Workstation URL=‘ is left, as
shown on the right.
Panel
Setup
+ Test
Fail
Safe
Join
the
show
TEST
VFD
TEST
CTRLS
TEST
PIX
SHOW
KNOB
SHOW
BUTS
SHOW
JOYS
SHOW
DATE
PANEL
IP
SET
URL
LIGHT
SHOW
SET
MODE
COLOR
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
.
Clear
SET
Workstation URL=
5. 
Enter the External IP address of the remote
Broadcast Pix system, using the numeric
PixButtons ensuring that the period . is used.
The above example would be
[6] [7] [.] [1] [5][2] [.] [1] [2] [.] [2] [2] [6]
Workstation URL= 67.152.12.226
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6. 
Press the back [|<<] motion control button to
save the new IP address and the display will
update.
Using new URL for Workstation
7.
If multiple panels are connected ensure that the
Panel IP addresses are different, as described
in section 8.8.
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8.10 Remote Control from an iPhone/iPod/iPad
In addition to controlling a Broadcast Pix system remotely through SoftPanels and
additional control panels, an Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad may be used. All
three devices connect to the Broadcast Pix Server using a wireless connection and
each use a panel license. If you experience multiple disconnects, it is recommended
to use a lower traffic wireless channel, refer to your wireless hub/router for proper
installation.
The iPixPad replicates a Broadcast Pix PixPad with access to Mems, CG 1, Stills 1,
and Clips 1 and runs on the iPhone or iPod Touch. The iPixPad is a free download
from the Apple Application Store, which can be accessed at
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ipixpad/id333188743?mt=8
The iPixPanel replicates a Broadcast Pix 1ME control panel with full access to cross
points, device controls and PixPad and runs on the iPad. The iPixPanel is a $9.99
download from the Apple Application Store, which can be accessed at
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ipixpanel/id370845719?mt=8
NIC 1
Wireless Hub
NIC 2
Crossover
cable
Control Panel
To configure the iPixPad app:
1. 
Download and install the iPixPad at from
the Apple iTunes Application store.
2. 
Find the IP address of the NIC 1, wireless
Connection by navigating to the Network
Connections window and double-clicking
Local Area Connection, as shown on
the right. In this case 10.0.0.51.
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3. 
Launch the iPixPad application on the
Apple iPhone or iPod Touch by clicking
the Broadcast Pix logo on the home screen,
as shown on the right.
4.
The Broadcast Pix splash screen will appear.
Enter the IP address of the Broadcast Pix system
In the IP Address text box, in this case 10.0.0.51.
Click the Done button on the virtual keyboard.
If the application connects you will receive a
‘Successfully Connected’ message.
If no wireless network can be found a message
‘Cannot Connect to the Broadcast Pix Studio’
will appear. Go to the wireless network settings
on the iPhone/iPod to configure the network.
5. 
The bottom toolbar holds all your available devices:
MEMs (for SnapShot and Macro Memories),
CG (for CG Channel 1), Clips (for Clips channel 1),
Stills (for Stills Channel 1) and Settings to enter the
IP address. Select the desired device, and a PixPad
will appear. Operation is similar to the PixPad on the
control panel.
The top of the iPixPad replicates the display on
the control panel.
There is no access to the second channel of device
on the iPixPad.
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To configure the iPixPanel app:
1. 
Download and install the iPixPanel at from
the Apple iTunes Application store.
2. 
Find the IP address of the NIC 1, wireless
Connection by navigating to the Network
Connections window and double-clicking
Local Area Connection, as shown on
the right. In this case 10.0.0.51.
3.
Launch the iPixPanel application on the
Apple iPad by clicking the Broadcast Pix logo
on the home screen.
4.
The Broadcast Pix splash screen will appear.
Enter the IP address of the Broadcast Pix system
In the IP Address text box, in this case 10.0.0.51.
Click the Keyboard key on the virtual keyboard to
hide the keyboard, as shown right.
If the application connects you will receive a
‘Successfully Connected’ message.
If no wireless network can be found a message
‘Cannot Connect to the Broadcast Pix Studio’
will appear. Go to the wireless network settings
on iPad to configure the network.
5. 
Click on the [OK] button, to close the settings window.
A full 1ME panel will appear, allowing for 8 direct
inputs to be selected (16 with Shift) and access to
device controls. Operation is similar to a Broadcast Pix
1ME Control Panel.
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6.
To lock the orientation of the panel in either
portrait or landscape mode, hold the iPad in
the desired position and double-click the
Home button on the iPad. The multitasking
tray will appear, as shown on the right.
Slide the tray to the right until the Lock icon
appears. Select the Orientation Lock icon, and
a lock will appear, as shown on the right.
To unlock the orientation, repeat this step
7. 
As buttons are selected, clicks will be heard
from the iPad speakers. To mute or lower the
volume of the clicks, use the volume controls on
the side of the iPad.
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Appendix
A.1 Updating the Broadcast Pix Software
Broadcast Pix systems may be easily updated with new enhanced software that
may be provided from time to time by Broadcast Pix. It is recommended to
download the appropriate software on another workstation and copy the zip file via
a CD or USB drive, and not connect the Broadcast Pix system to the internet.
To Download New Software:
1. 
Register your unit by going to http://www.broadcastpix.com/support.html, where you
will have access to the customer download page.
2.
Download the current version of Broadcast Pix Software.
Prior to uninstalling your existing version of Broadcast Pix Software, make sure all Broadcast
Pix programs are closed.
To Uninstall the Existing Software:
1. 
In the start menu, select Control
Panel, as shown to the right.
2. 
The following window will appear.
Double-click on Add or Remove
Programs, as shown to the right.
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3. 
On the Add or
Remove Programs
window, highlight
Broadcast Pix
Switcher as shown
to the right, and click
on the Remove
button.
It is important not to
remove any other
software, as this
may effect system
performance.
4. 
A pop-up message
will appear asking if
you want to remove
the application.
Click on the Yes
button.
5. 
It will display a
series of progress
bars to show
Broadcast Pix
Software being
removed.
This process may
take 2-5 minutes.
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To Load the New Version of Broadcast Pix Software:
1. 
Once the previous version has been
uninstalled and the new version has
been downloaded, Open the zip file that
you downloaded by double-clicking
on it.
2. 
Double-click on Setup.exe file, as
shown on the right.
3.
This will open the Broadcast Pix
Software Installation Wizard. Click on
the Next button.
4.
The next screen will ask to add the
BPswitcher application to the Startup
menu, if desired check the Add
Broadcast Pix Switcher to Startup box
and click on the Next button.
5.
Click on the Next button to confirm the
installation.
A progress bar will appear and the
appropriate files will be installed.
During major upgrades the hardware
code will also be installed, it is
important not to interrupt the
installation, as harm to the video cards
may occur.
This process may take 2-5 minutes.
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6.
At the end of the installation, the Switcher
Setup window will automatically appear, as
shown on the right.
New firmware will now begin to be installed
on the various boards in the Mica Switcher.
This process may take between 10-20
minutes for proper installation.
Do not interrupt this process, as
damage to the hardware may occur.
7.
When complete, the Switcher Setup
window will close and an Installation
Complete window will appear, click on the
Close button, as shown on the right.
8.
Shutdown the System by selecting the
Start Menu and selecting Shutdown.
9. 
Wait about 15 seconds and Power on the
Mica System using the larger rocker switch.
10.
Double-click on the BPswitcher icon and
load a show, as described in section 1.7.
11.
If the control panel needs updating, it will
automatically be updated when the show is
loaded, a progress bar will appear.
Once the progress bar disappears, the
Mica System is now upgraded.
You may now start to use the new features.
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A.2 Installing System Options
When System Options are purchased they require a unique number code to activate
them for use. On new Mica systems, this code comes pre-installed so no further steps
are necessary. On existing systems, where options are purchased after the fact, an
activation code will be provided and it is necessary to manually enter this code. This
number is unique to your Mica Switcher Board, should you need it again it is available
from customer support by providing the Mica board number of your system, which is
also displayed on the Installed Options menu.
1.  In BPswitcher select Setup menu.
2.  Then select Installed Options…, as shown
on the right.
3.  In the Options window select the option
from the Select option to enable
drop down list, i.e. Sony Camera Control.
4.
Enter the code provided, in the Enter
option key code text box.
5.
Click on the Enable Option button.
To enter more option codes repeat step 3 & 4.
6.  When complete, click on the Close button.
7.  A pop up message, stating a restart of the
application is necessary for the option to take
affect.
8.
Close the application (File, Quit) and restart
BPswitcher.
Your options are ready to use.
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A.3 Control Panel Internal Operation
The Broadcast Pix physical panel is usually under the control of the Broadcast Pix
Server. However if the Server or the connecting network goes offline, then the panel
reverts to internal “Fail-Safe” operation, as described in section 4.12. This appendix
describes this standalone behavior, and some of the engineering settings that are
also accessible from it.
Sequence of Events
When the panel powers up, it attempts to connect with the Server at its default IP
address of 192.168.53.250. If it fails to find either a Server with that address or a
Broadcast Pix Switcher application open to a show, then it asks the operator what it
should do. It does the same thing if a problem develops during normal operation.
During normal operation the Server communicates with the panel every 5 seconds,
even if there is no other traffic, and the panel always responds. These keep-alive
ping messages let both the panel and the Server know that the situation is normal. A
watchdog process in the panel software notices if these signals stop. If they do, then
the TCP/IP connection to the Server is closed, the panel buttons are cleared, and
three choices are offered to the operator, which are displayed on the PixButtons in
the upper right corner of the panel. The control panel display is also updated to notify
the operator what is going on.
There is also a way an operator can force this condition. Select the [Mem/Setup]
device button, then select the [Shift] button and then press the right most PixButton of
the three in the top right corner of the control panel, which will be displaying, “Go Off
Line”. This causes the panel to close the communications link to the Server.
The three choices available in this off-line state are:
1.  Join the Show
2.  Fail-Safe
3. Panel Setup & Test
to connect (or reconnect) with the Server & software
communicate directly with the Mica Switcher
bring up an array of additional sub menu options
Panel
Set-up
&Test
Fail
Safe
Join
the
Show
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Join the Show
Whenever a panel is not connected to a Server, it continuously attempts reconnection.
If successful, the Join the Show button changes from green to orange.
Pressing this button when it is orange, immediately connects to the current running
show on the Server.
Pressing this button when it is green, causes the panel to reboot itself. This can be
useful to recover from an unusual condition.
Fail-Safe
By selecting this option the operator commands the panel to control the Mica Switcher
directly using the serial connection. The program and preview rows of buttons are
activated, and the program row PixButtons are labeled appropriately. Inputs 1 through
9 are labeled 1 through 9 indicating the input channels of the Switcher. The Cut button
is also illuminated, indicating that it can be used to perform cuts between program and
preview.
When entering the Fail-Safe mode, program and preview are automatically connected
to the input that the most recently run show defined as the fail-safe source. If no source
was so identified, then program is set to Show Prog. and preview is set to Show Prev.
For this fall back mode of operation to work most effectively, be sure that the video
source connected to fail-safe source is the one that you want to go on air when Failsafe mode is entered.
Two other PixButtons are illuminated while in fail-safe mode. These are the Join The
Show and the Panel Setup & Test PixButtons. These allow selection of these two
modes, as described in the next page.
When in Fail-Safe mode, if the operator wants to switch back to the show running on
the Server, first check on the state of the Server by calling up on preview the Server’s
program output by selecting [Show Prog.] on preview. If it looks good, a seamless
reconnection to the show can be achieved by first selecting [Show Prog.] on the
program row (or the [Cut] button) before pressing the [Join The Show] button.
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Panel Setup & Test
Selecting this option opens a sub menu on the PixPad PixButtons. It also sets up a
button labeled “Select Panel Mode” on the effects PixButtons, which instantly terminates
any of the sub modes and returns the panel to this Panel Setup & Test mode. The sub
menus are:
Turn Off/On Sleep turns off or forces on sleep mode (see below)
Test Vfd
Test Ctrls
Test Pix
Show Knobs
Show Buts
Show Joys
Show Date
Panel IP
Set URL
Light Show
Set Mode
Set Color
displays and scrolls all possible characters through the display
allows testing and interpretation of all controls
allows testing of each Pix button display
displays the raw data from the three rotary encoders
displays the raw data from all the pushbuttons
displays the raw data from the lever and joystick
displays the version date of the panel software
allows editing of the TCP/IP address of the panel
allows editing of the TCP/IP address of the workstation
cycles through all the lights in an eye-catching manner
allows selection of which router is connected (see below)
a 2ME function to allow brightness/contrast adjust for PixButtons
Sleep
Normally the panel falls asleep after 30 minutes of inactivity. While asleep all panel
buttons are extinguished, and a single dot scrolls through the display. A press of any
button awakens the panel, but is otherwise ignored.
If sleeping is not desired, press Turn Off Sleep to disable it The second line of the
display will now say, “Sleep has been disabled.”
When sleep is disabled the Turn Off Sleep button changes to Force To Sleep and if
pressed, re-enables sleeping and forces the panel asleep immediately.
Panel Mode
The control panel can control three external routers for Slate Systems: the iBoB, a
16x16 and a 32x32 router, in addition to a Mica Switcher. In doing so, the control panel
needs to be told which router/switcher is being used. On new systems this setting is
already set, but on existing units this setting needs to be changed. If the control panel
version date is 2/26/2008 or later, then this setting is enabled, if not contact technical
support about upgrading your control panel’s software. To check which version is
installed see the above Panel Setup & Test menu and select Show Date. When the
Panel Mode button is selected, this activates the backwards and forwards motion
controls as well as the display. Select the Mica mode. Select the Select Panel Mode
PixButton when the correct mode has been selected.
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A.4 Mica System Specifications
Mica Specifications
Dimensions
Inches: 19 x 22.5 x 7
Centimeters: 48.3 x 57 x 18
Rack units
4 RU
Weight
44 Lbs / 20 Kg
Power
500 watts
Power Consumption
Typical: 132VA @240VAC / 450 BTU/hr
Max: 500VA @240VAC / 1700 BTU/hr
1000 Control Panel Specifications
Dimensions
Inches: 18.5 x 12.5 x 8
Centimeters: 47 x 31.8 x 20
Weight
7 Lbs / 3 Kg
Power
(1) 45 watt power supply (redundant one optional)
85 – 265 VAC, 47 – 63Hz, -10 to +70 degrees Celsius
Power Consumption
Typical: 26VA @240VAC / 90 BTU/hr
Max: 60VA @240VAC / 200 BTU/hr
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A.5 Broadcast Pix Contact Information:
Toll Free:
+1-866-914-9484
Phone:
+1-978-600-1100
Technical Support:
+1-978-600-1098
Fax:
+1-978-663-2811
Website:
www.broadcastpix.com
Register on-line at www.broadcastpix.com/support.html
for access to the latest software downloads and support
information.
Support E-mail:
[email protected]
Mailing Address:
3 Federal Street
Billerica, Massachusetts 01821
USA
Broadcast Pix welcomes suggestions to this manual, please send to [email protected]
© 2011 Copyright Broadcast Pix, Inc.
Broadcast Pix, Mica, Granite, Slate, Fluent, PixButtons, PixMaster, PixPad, iPixPad, iPixPanel,
AutoAspect, and SoftPanel are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc.
Other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.
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Notes
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