Manage Configurations for an External Video Router

Video routers often sit at the core of a flexible video playback station. Video routers have multiple input and output ports and allow to easily switch the connections between these ports. Reeltime Pro comes with the ability to control a video router and to apply pre-defined configurations of connections – either manually or on certain events such as switching slots in the application’s user interface.

The various hardware setup options with Reeltime Pro are described in the article Hardware Setup Options.

Hardware setup with an external video router, 2 cameras and 2 monitors

Reeltime Pro has an additional, dedicated view for directly controlling a video router and monitor routings visually. See Interactive Router Control for detailed information.

You need to have a working network connection between the computer running Reeltime Pro and the video router. For setting up the network, please refer to the manual of your video router.

Managing Video Routing Configurations

From the main menu, you open the Video Routing Configurations window by choosing “Configure Video Routing > Manage Configurations…”  from the application menu.

Video Routing Configurations panel

The Video Routing Configurations window shows a list of configured configurations and options to edit, duplicate, and delete a selected configuration. You can also test the selected configuration by clicking the “Apply Configuration…” button.

You can rename a configuration by double-clicking the entry in the list.

The configurations have an automatically assigned index number for easier referencing (e.g. when using Stream Deck devices to apply configurations remotely).

You can change the order of the configurations by dragging and dropping a configuration entry in the “Manage Configurations” window.

Creating a new video routing configuration

By clicking the “New Configuration…” or choosing  “Configure Video Routing > New Configuration…”  from the application menu, you open the dialog for creating a new video routing configuration.

In order to create connections between the in and out ports of your router, you need to connect to the router first. This is needed so the application can fetch a list of ports and their names from the router.

Choose an auto-detected router in the “Router” popup button, or choose the router model family you have (AJA Kumo or Blackmagic Design Smart VideoHub) and enter your router’s IP address or hostname. Click the “Fetch IN/OUT Information” button. If the router’s information has been fetched successfully, the controls below the connection table get enabled, and you can start creating new connections.

Editing a video routing configuration

Click the “+” button to create a new connection and “-“ to remove the selected connection.

When clicking the “+” button below the connection table, you can choose which input (IN) port should be connected to which output (OUT) port. Choose the ports according to your setup and click “Add”. You can edit the connection at any time by double-clicking the connection.

Only connections of shown OUTs will be changed when the routing configuration is applied. All other output ports of your router will remain unchanged when applying this configuration.

You can test your current configuration by clicking the “Apply Configuration” button. The configuration will become active in the connected video router.

You can sort the connection table by IN our OUT ports and choose if the selected column is sorted by name or port number with the “Sort Criteria” controls below the table.

When clicking “Load All Connections…” you can fill the connection table with your video router’s current, complete routing configuration. This can be useful as a starting point for complex routing configurations with lots of connections.

When clicking “Save…”, you will be prompted with a name for the video routing configuration, and the configuration appears in the list of configurations in the Video Routing Configurations window.

Applying video routing configurations via the menu and keyboard shortcuts

Once a video routing configuration is saved, it will also appear in the “Video Routings” submenu of the application menu. When choosing one of the stored configurations in the menu, the configuration gets applied to the connected router.

You can assign keyboard shortcuts to the menu entries for individual video routing configurations with the Keyboard Shortcuts Manager. This allows you to easily switch between video routing configurations with keyboard shortcuts.

See the article about the Keyboard Shortcuts Manager for more information.

Applying video routing configurations from Stream Deck

You can also apply up to 20 video routing configurations from Stream Deck devices using the Stream Deck plugin.

Automating video routing configurations

You can automate video routing configurations by using them as actions in the Automation Manager. This allows you to automate the change of the routing configuration based on a specific event. For example, you can apply different configurations based on whether an output slot receives a live or playback signal to ensure the Director always receives a live signal as a direct feed from the camera without latency.

See the article about the Automation Manager for more information.