The switch configuration option is available only in systems with a video switch. Switch configuration requires admin-level privileges.
Contact TelVue Technical Support to see which switch models are supported.
Configure Switch Ports
To configure switch input and output ports, click on the switch ports option in the Switch Configuration section. The application displays the Configure Switch screen.
The following fields are editable.
- Name – Enter a short, descriptive name for the switch.
- Description – Enter a longer description about the switch that will distinguish it from the others at your installation.
- Enable Breakaway? – To enable breakaway, check this box. Enabling breakaway allows separate audio and video input ports to be routed to the same switch output port.
- Switch Outputs – The names and brief descriptions of the available switch output ports are listed. To change any of them, type the new name and brief description in the fields for that output port.
- Video Switch Inputs – The names and brief descriptions of the available video switch input ports are listed. To change any of them, type the new name and brief description in the fields for that input port.
- Audio Switch Inputs – The names and brief descriptions of the available audio switch input ports are listed if breakaway audio is supported and enabled. To change any of them, type the new name and brief description in the fields for that input port.
When you have finished entering the configuration information for this switch, click the Save button at the bottom of the screen. To return to the Config page without making any changes, click the Cancel button.
The switch input edit icon allows configuring additional switch input settings.
The Captioning section is displayed if SmartCaption LIVE is enabled on at least one channel and allows setting switch input-specific captioning rules as follows:
- Caption?: Automatically Caption Live Events using this switch 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.
Configure RS232 Settings
To change the RS232 settings for the switch, click on the RS232 option. The application displays the Edit Switch RS232 Settings screen.
The following fields are editable.
- COM Port – Enter the COM port number this switch will use.
- Baud Rate – Select the baud rate for this switch from the drop-down list.
When you have finished entering the configuration information for the RS232 switch, click the Save button at the bottom of the screen. To return to the Config page without making any changes, click the Cancel button.
Change Switch Configuration
The switch configuration option lets you control whether the Digital Broadcaster will acknowledge or ignore a manual switch (a switch using the buttons on the switch faceplate). To change the switch configuration click on the configuration option.
To enable the Digital Broadcaster to acknowledge a manual (faceplate) switch, select On from the drop-down list. When the server detects a manual switch, it will ignore programmed switch events until the operator returns the switch to its home path manually.
To prevent the Digital Broadcaster from acknowledging a manual (faceplate) switch, select Off from the drop-down list. The server will then ignore manual (faceplate) switches.
Click the Save button at the bottom of the screen. To return to the Config page without making any changes, click on the Config tab.
Lock the Switch
When manual detection of switch action is on and the operator wants the switch to hold the same path regardless of what events have been scheduled, the operator locks the switch. There are two ways to lock the switch.
With the switch away from the home port, go to the Switch section of the Dashboard and click on Lock for the output port you want to lock.
Manually change the switch path by pressing the buttons on the switch panel. Consult your switch operations manual for guidance.
This table illustrates how the switch behaves, depending on whether it is locked into a path or unlocked.
|Operator Action||No Switch Continuity||Switch Continuity|
|Schedule switch event. Duration = 0.||Switch stays on that port until you schedule something else.||If the switch event was to the home port, then switch goes to continuity. For all other ports, switch stays on that port until you schedule something else|
|Schedule switch event. Duration > 0.||The switch event occurs. When the event is finished the switch returns to the home port||Switch returns home, then the software determines, whether it needs to go to continuity (<1 second)|
|Schedule Switch event. Duration > 0. Schedule a plyout from the home port for the same time.||1. Switch event completes. (Any scheduled switch event will occur unless switch is locked.) 2. Switch returns home. 3. Server plays playout already in progress. For example, if switch was 30 seconds, viewers miss 30 seconds of the playout||1. Switch event completes. 2. Playout completes. Server plays the “end” of it, however long that is. 3. Switch returns home, then the software determines whether it needs to go to continuity (1 < second).|
|Use the Web Application’s Dashboard to lock the switch||Switch stays locked even if other switch events or playouts are scheduled||Switch stays locked if other switch events or playouts are scheduled. it will not even the switch for continuity|
|Use the front panel to move the switch||Switch stays locked in that path even if other switch events or playouts are scheduled. Must unlock it by clicking Unlock on the Dashboard.|
|Use the front panel to move the switch away from the home port, then schedule a playout||The manual lock overrides the playout, so it does not|
|Use the Dashboard to unlock the switch.||Goes to the switch output scheduled in the Telvue® scheduled in the TelVue® program software. You can confirm the path bu looking at the switch’s front panel.|