A PC application is supplied to give supervisory operators or engineering staff extensive control over many of the system’s attributes. Most configuration changes can be introduced dynamically without the need for a system reboot. Configurable system characteristics include:
• Schedulable source names
• Mixer input numbers
• Main matrix input numbers
• Ancillary device input numbers, e.g. timecode switcher, emergency switcher
• Association between physical server ports and schedulable sources
• Allocation of resources to channels
• GPI characteristics; pulse or level, timings with respect to event start or end etc
• Device specific timing parameters, e.g preroll, postroll
• System wide timing parameters, e.g. cue-up, standby windows
• Channel specific branding parameters
Schedule Editor Configuration
The schedule editor can be configured by the user in a multitude of different ways to show selected event attributes and preferred screen layouts. The user has full control over background and foreground colour schemes for the various event types. Additionally there are a number of schedule editor ‘plugins’ that can add extra facilities at the side or below the event grid.
Depending on the style of operation required throughout a station, the top level user interface to the system can be configured in many different ways; at one extreme a single user at a single PC can control all aspects of a multi-channel operation, which may be implemented using several real-time controllers. Alternatively, a more complex operation may require different operators at different workstations, all participating in the same transmission operation. In such cases, variants of the top level user interface can be configured for each work area, for example MCR, Channel Presentation Suites and back-office schedule preparation areas.