HyperCasters with external or internal ProVues, and ProVue GFX models display an Inputs and Outputs (IO) section under ProVue in the Config Tab.
The Input and Outputs section allows you to:
- Configure output port settings including name, Channel association, format, crop mode, and loudness settings (automatic loudness processing requires a license).
- Configure each SDI port on AIO models as either an output or an input.
- Configure input port settings for AIO models including name, and whether a specific video routing switcher output feeds the input, for up-stream switching applications.
These diagrams illustrate the numbering of the IO Ports on the back of the AIO models.
- Outputs map Channels to IO output ports, and contain format information for that output port.
- Outputs may be physical SDI ports (Type: Output Connection), or encoded Transport Streams (Type: IP, requires IP Output option). Note that in terms of the total number of IOs supported by your model, IP outputs use up both an Output and Encode slot because they both decode the channel, and then re-encode to the desired IP output format.
- For AIO models, the Simulcast License option allows a single channel to have up to 2 SDI outputs, but only one of the two may be an HD format. This allows for native HD/SD Simulcast where a single Channel is output on two ports, automatically down-converting as needed for the SD port, and up-converting as needed for the HD port.
- For non-AIO models, multiple output ports on independent external ProVues can be added to the same Channel for Simulcast.
- If there is a communication error with the ProVue for a given output port, or the output port is not decoding, that output port will highlight in red in the Output Ports table.
- To manage Output Ports, click Config → Outputs.
Delete, Edit, and Add Outputs
To delete an existing output, click the delete action. To edit an existing output, click the edit action. To create a new output, click the add action. In each of these cases, you will be presented with the Output form.
The Output fields are as follows:
- Name: Enter a name for the output.
- ProVue: Select the corresponding ProVue (i.e. Internal, or one of your External ProVue).
- Channel: Select the playback channel that the output will be displaying.
- Input Type: Set automatically for Internal ProVues. For External ProVues, select one of Unicast, Multicast, or SSM Multicast for Transport Streams.
- Input Device: Set automatically for Internal ProVues. For External ProVues, select the Network Interface that will be able to see the incoming Transport Stream.
- Input Address: For Multicast, set the Multicast IP Address to which the input source is sending.
- Input Source Address: For SSM Multicast, set the sender’s source IP Address.
- Input Port: Set the IP Port to which the input source is sending.
- Input RTP: Specify whether the RTP protocol is being used in the input source.
- Output Type: Select either Output Connection (for physical SDI ports) or IP (requires IP Output option).
- For Output Connection type:
- IO Port: Select the physical SDI Port for this output from available, unallocated ports.
- Output Connection: Select from the available connections depending on your model (SDI, HDMI etc…).
- Output Format: Select from the available formats depending on your model, for example 480i SD 29.97, 720p60, 1080i29.97 etc…
- For IP type:
- Output Device: Select the Network Interface that will be sending the IP output.
- Output IP: Set the unicast or multicast IP Address to which the IP output will be sending.
- Output Port: Set the IP Port to which the IP output will be sending.
- Output Encode Profile: Select the Encode Profile that determines the encoding format of the IP output.
- Output Auto Fade Time: Set the auto fade transition time in seconds between source transitions for the output. The default is 0 that means no auto fade transition is applied (hard cuts). The maximum value is 1 second. Fractional seconds are supported, such as 0.5.
- Output Crop Mode: When enabled for an SD output format, HD content played will be cropped to fit the 4:3 aspect ratio. When disabled for an SD output format, HD content will be letterboxed.
Loudness Control Option
Clients who have purchased the Real-time Audio Loudness Processing Option will, in addition, be able to set loudness parameters in the Edit Output page. Loudness control helps maintain consistent audio loudness on the channel output regardless of the source, including all playback and live sources playing through the ProVue output.
The Loudness settings are are follows:
- Enable Loudness Control: Enable or Disable automatic Loudness Control.
- Loudness Profile: Select the Profile to match your broadcast scenario, such as ATSC A/85 (CALM) for US broadcast.
- Target Loudness: Set the target loudness level. Target loudness must be between -40.0 and -1.0.
When loudness control is enabled/disabled on a ProVue Output, it will also apply to any other Output on that ProVue tuned into the same Channel. For US broadcast, ATSC A/85 (CALM) is recommended with a Target Loudness of -24.
To manage Input Ports, click Config → Inputs.
Delete, Edit, and Add Inputs
To delete an existing input, click the delete action. To edit an existing input, click the edit action. To create a new input (AIO models only), click the add action. In each of these cases, you will be presented with the Input form. For unallocated SDI ports to be available as Inputs, you must add each one.
The Input fields are as follows:
- Name: Assign a name to the input port. This name will be the default program in the program guide for related Input Events if not specified within the event.
- IO Port: Select the physical SDI Port for this input from available, unallocated ports.
- Switch Output: Optionally select an associated switch output if there is an up-stream video routing switcher output that is plugged into the given Input port, and you will be switching different sources into the Input. The switch output port may be left blank, but filling it in with a switch output will cause Input events on that port to carry through the metadata from the associated Switch event, i.e. for program guide information, and allows simultaneously stopping the Input & Switch event from the Dashboard.
- Stop On Loss Of Signal: By selecting this checkbox, any Input/Record event created using this input will automatically end when the source signal is lost.
The Captioning section is displayed if SmartCaption LIVE is enabled on at least one channel and allows setting input-specific captioning rules as follows:
- Caption?: Automatically Caption Live Events using this input. Live Event captioning requires a SmartCaption LIVE license per channel.
- Source Language: Identify the spoken language in the programming.
- Use Smart Formatting?: If selected, converts dates, times, series of digits and numbers, phone numbers, currency values, and internet addresses into more readable, conventional representations in the final transcript. Also converts certain keyword strings to punctuation symbols.
- User Profanity Filter?: If selected, filters profanity from all output except for keyword results by replacing inappropriate words with a series of asterisks. Uncheck the box to return results with no censoring.
- Custom Language Model: Optionally select a custom language model to be used when automatically generating captions.
- Customization Weight: The customization weight tells us how much weight to give to words from the custom language model compared to those from the standard dictionary. 0.3 is the default and recommended setting. Higher values favor the custom model.