Hardware Setup Options

Reeltime Pro allows routing, capturing and playback of SDI video signals on-set. The application comes with built-in integrations for 

  • video I/O devices by AJA and Blackmagic,
  • video routers by AJA and Blackmagic,
  • Stream Deck USB controllers,
  • and allows connecting any compatible audio interfaces through the macOS system settings

Note: The current beta version of Reeltime Pro supports up to 6 input slots (with associated SDI input ports) and up to 9 output slots (with associated SDI output ports).

This article explains typical hardware setups with diagrams of four example setups.

Basic hardware setup (1 camera / 1 monitor)

This is a low-budget setup for a single camera shoot with one SDI monitor. You can increase the number of cameras if you add more devices with SDI input ports, and you can increase the number of monitors if you add more devices with SDI output ports, or a video router for splitting up one outgoing signal to multiple destinations.

Tip: You can use multiple units of the same device type, e.g., two Blackmagic UltraStudio Recorder 3G. Furthermore, you can also use video I/O devices from different manufacturers simultaneously.


Basic hardware setup with 1 camera and 1 monitor


Basic hardware setup (2 cameras / 2 monitors)

This is a basic setup for a two-camera shoot. In this example, there are two monitors that can either be used as a pair for the same watcher (to show each camera signal on a separate monitor), or they can be used by two separate watchers, e.g., one for the Director and the other for Script/Continuity. Since the AJA Io 4K Plus has 4 bi-directional SDI ports it can handle two inputs and two outputs simultaneously.

Basic hardware setup with 2 cameras and 2 monitors

Advanced hardware setup with external video router (2 cameras / 2 monitors)

This is an advanced setup with external video roter for a two-camera shoot.

The video router allows for more flexible video routing options. For example, you can set up a video routing configurations that routes the live signal directly to the monitors for lowest latency as possible. Another video routing configuration routes the signal  through the software in order to show playbacks, or processed live signals.

Tip: Automations allow you to trigger video routing configurations automatically based on specific events, see Automations and Scripts.

Advanced hardware setup with an external video router, 2 cameras and 2 monitors

Advanced hardware setup with Livegrade (3 cameras / 2 monitors)

This is a typical setup for shoots where the DIT in the camera department adds live color to the unprocessed signal using Pomfort Livegrade and LUT boxes. The graded signal is then routed to the video playback station.

Advanced hardware setup with a Livegrade station, and 3 cameras and 2 monitors at the video playback station