Media tray – mirror image on the PGM monitor

In the course of making the program, an inverted view from the monitor displaying the Program (PGM screen) is often needed. This facilitates the work of people facing the camera (their view is a mirror image on the PGM screen). To set such a PGM monitor preview, click on the Options icon at the top left of the production screen and select Configuration from the drop-down menu.

Click on the General in the window that opens. Then, check the Mirror on PGM Monitor option under the Program caption. The image on the monitor will change after pressing the OK icon in the lower right corner of the window.

Media tray – setting the displayed content on the monitors

After connecting the monitors to the Reckeen 3D Studio system, the displayed content can be set on the screens.

For this purpose, after opening the 3D Production module, click Options on the top Menu bar, then click on the Layout and select the previews’ layout that suits your needs from the dropdown menu.

There are the following options depending on the number of the monitors connected:

  • One Screen,
  • Two Screens (Production + Multiviewer),
  • Two Screens (Production + Program),
  • Two Screens (Production + Preview),
  • Three Screens (Production + Multiviewer + Program),
  • Three Screens (Production + Multiviewer + Preview) .

After setting the previews’ content on the screens, you can also specify which preview from the already selected will appear on which specific monitor. For example, if you have two monitors and the screens already selected (Production + MultiViewer), you can set, which exact monitor will show the specific content. To do this, click again on the Options icon at the top left of the production screen and select Configuration from the drop-down menu.

Click on the Screens icon in the window that opens. In the opened Monitor configuration window, you can set what Monitor1 and Monitor2 will show (Production + MultiViewer or MultiViewer + Production).

Media tray – additional monitors support

The Reckeen 3D Studio system operates on multiple input and output signals. To ensure even better preview of these signals, you can use additional monitors connected to your workstation. By using a separate monitor, you are able to obtain a preview larger than the one on the screen in the 3D Production application.

A second monitor can be used to display the Multiview view. Clear interface shows the previews available in the 3D Production module.

There are the following previews in the Multiview view:

  • PREVIEW – presentation of the item selected to be broadcasted next,
  • PROGRAM – presentation of the currently broadcasting signal (system output),
  • previews of the virtual cameras V/C 1, V/C 2, V/C 3, V/C 4,
  • a preview of all the media loaded into the virtual players,
  • a preview of the cameras CAM1, CAM2 , CAM3 , CAM4.

The third monitor, after the appropriate configuration, may display a full screen image from PREVIEW or PROGRAM output. Previews on the extra monitors retain their proper aspect ratio. Aspect ratio is consistent with the chosen format, in which the system’s broadcasting output operates.

In the picture – a Multiview view on a separate monitor for the Reckeen 3D Studio system.

Media tray – list of images or texts autoplay

Enabling the AutoPlay function means that the image list will start playing from the first one in the moment of medium’s, that is the tray image’s, introduction on the air – the PGM screen. Similarly, if you want to get subtitles with important news that will be changing automatically during the program, you can create a list of such subtitles directly on the ready-made boards in *.recstill files, set the display time for each text and then enable the AutoPlay. Use the Loop function if you want the list to be played again
in a continuous manner after it comes to its end. If you want to change the text already on the air please
see chapter : DSK function: Swapping the text content already on the air.

Media tray – play all function

You can display a couple of images one after another. If you change the second image’s playback length to 25 seconds, you will see the total playback length on the screen – in this case 31 seconds. Note that, in order to be able to turn the PlayAll function on, you have to click the Stop icon first.

The same principles as to the images (Still1 and Still2 tab) apply to the texts (Text1 and Text2 tab).If you want to set a break between the two displayed captions, you have to load an empty file between these files and adjust its playback time (length of the pause).

Media tray – video file auto play function

When you enable the AUTO PLAY function, in the moment of entering the vision (or the PGM screen), a video file will start playing from the beginning, regardless of whether it is an only source on the vision or it is a source displayed on a virtual scenography screen. If the Mark In marker has been set in the file, the playback will start from that selection. In the case of a playlist – it will start from the beginning of the first file or from the location of the Mark In marker in the first file.

Files from the other tabs (Still 1 or Still 2, Text 1 or Text 2) will be displayed continuously after loading to the player. Their playback time is not specified. It lasts as long as the file is not replaced by another file loaded into the player. If you delete a currently playing file from the media tray, its content will be replaced by a blue background.

Media tray – creating a video files playlist

If you have already prepared a couple of files, you can replay them in a given order. A Play All function is used for that purpose. This way you will create an aggregate video, the length of which will be the sum of the lengths of all the files. Note that, before you will be able to turn this function on in the tray, replaying all the files has to be stopped. It is therefore necessary to press the Stop button before enabling this function.

Media tray – setting video playback time. Mark in and mark out tags

If you want to show on the air only a part of the video that interests you, you have to use the markers of a beginning and of an end – Mark In and Mark Out. You can set them to replay any selected portion of the video. The first marker – Mark In marks the beginning of the video file fragment, while the other one – Mark Out, its end. You can move the markers with your cursor on the playback progress bar.

If you want to set a Mark In marker precisely on a chosen video frame, use the buttons that allow you to move the playback position marker (blue triangle) by one frame forwards or backwards.

When you set the playback position marker exactly on the selected frame, place a cursor on the progress bar area, and click the left mouse button. Select Mark In from the drop-down list.

Then, the Mark In marker will be set in the exact same position as the playback position marker is located.

If you want to use several fragments of a given video, you have to load the video file several times into the tray and mark the respective fragments in each file separately. In order to make them into a single continuous video, a Play All (playlist) function, described further in this manual, should be used.

Media tray – preparing media for broadcast

Using the medium added to the media tray is very simple, it requires only one step. You just have to find the file in an appropriate tab of the media tray and double-click it with a mouse. From this moment on, the medium is replayed (Media 1, Media 2, Still 1 or Still 2, Text 1 or Text 2, Sound) and can be used directly in a live program.

You can select a single file from each of the tray media tabs and load it into a player. In the case of video files (Media 1, Media 2), you can play up to two video files at the same time – one from each of the tabs, that is one file in the Media 1 tab, and the second one in the Media 2 tab. The keys used to control the playback of a file loaded into a player are located at the bottom of the media tray.

There are the following functions available:

  • Play ,
  • Pause (on the same button as Play) ,
  • Stop ,
  • previous Frame,
  • Next Frame ,
  • Loop (switch the playback loop)
  • Additionally, a playback progress bar is displayed along with information about the length of the movie, the current playback position (picture below),
  • Mark In and Mark Out markers (picture above)
  • PLAY ALL and AUTOPLAY functions.

In order to turn the Play media after selection through double-clicking function off or on, you have to click on the Configuration icon at the top left of the production screen, and then select Configuration from the drop-down menu.

This opens a window, where you have to click on the General icon on the left.

When the loop is off, the video stops at its last frame. Pressing the stop button sets the playback to the first frame.