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Entry  Thu Apr 7 13:12:23 2011, Koji, HowTo, VIDEO, Video switching tip 
    Reply  Fri Apr 15 02:30:24 2011, Koji, HowTo, VIDEO, Video switching tip 
Message ID: 4498     Entry time: Thu Apr 7 13:12:23 2011     Reply to this: 4529
Author: Koji 
Type: HowTo 
Category: VIDEO 
Subject: Video switching tip 

Long time ago, I looked at the manual of the video switcher.
http://media.extron.com/download/files/userman/Plus_Ultra_MAV_C.pdf
Here is the summary. This will be the basic of the more sophisticated switching program which may have GUI.

In principle, you can manually control the matrix via telnet. At the console machines, you can connect to the matrix using telnet

telnet 192.168.113.92

This opens TCP/IP port 23 of the specified machine. You will receive some messages.
Then type some command like:
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  • 1*2!       (connect input#1 to output#2)
  • 1,           (save the current setting into preset1)
  • 1.           (restore the setting from preset1)

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Basicaly that's all. There are many other features but I don't think we need them.

We can create a simple program with any of the language as any of the language has the capability of the TCP/IP connection.
e.g. C, Perl, Python. Tcl/Tk
Any of them are fine.

Now what we have to think about is how to implement the interface in the epics screen (or whatever).
It needs some investigation how the people is thinking as the ideal interface.
But, first of all, you should make the above three operations available as a simple UNIX command like:

videoswitch -i 192.168.113.92 1 2
videoswitch -i 192.168.113.92 -store 1
videoswitch -i 192.168.113.92 -recall 1
(There is no such command yet. These are showing what it should be!)

This can be done by a single day work and our life will be much better.

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