Control Panel Areas

Each Carbonite control panel is made up of a number of distinct areas that control different aspects of the switcher. Some of these areas may vary in size or function, depending on the control panel you have.

Figure: C2X Control Panel

Figure: C10 Control Panel

  1. Pattern/Menu Selection Buttons — These buttons are used to select a pattern for a wipe transition, or to access switcher menus. The C10/C1 control panels have the name of the menus below the pattern button.
  2. Custom Control Command Buttons — These buttons are used to start, stop, edit, and navigate through custom controls.
  3. Menu Navigation and Memory Control Buttons — These buttons are used to access switcher menus, move back and forth between menus. On the C10, these buttons are also used to store and recall switcher memories.
  4. Main Display and Selection Knobs — The three selection knobs are used to adjust and select various menu items or values. The knobs are rotated to choose a value, and pressed to make a selection. The main display shows the menu system of the switcher.
  5. Key Type Buttons — These buttons are used to choose the type of key you want to use. Use these buttons with the key select buttons to select the keyer, and the type of key you want to use.
  6. Key Select Buttons — These buttons are used to choose which keyer is selected. The key type buttons and key bus follow the selected keyer.
  7. Aux Bus Select Buttons — These buttons are used to choose which aux bus is selected. The aux bus follows the selected aux bus.
  8. Custom Control Bank Select Buttons — These buttons are used to choose which custom control bank is selected. The custom control bus follows the selected custom control bank.
  9. Video Source Buses — These buses are broken into the Preset, Program, and Key/Aux/Custom Control buses. The Preset bus is the bottom row of source buttons and selects the video source that will be taken on-air with the next background transition. The Program bus is the middle row of source buttons and selects the video source that is currently on-air on the background. The Key/Aux/Custom Control bus is the top row of source buttons and selects the video source that is chosen on the selected keyer or aux bus, or the custom control that is chosen on the selected custom control bank.
  10. Mnemonic Displays — The mnemonic display shows the name of the source assigned to the source button directly below it. The mnemonic display-name and color for each video source can be adjusted.
  11. On-Air Lights — These lights glow red to show which keyers are currently on-air.
  12. Transition Area — These buttons are used to select which video source buses will be included in the next transition and what type of transition will be performed. The Cut and Auto Trans buttons are used to perform transitions. The user button on the C2S/C2X/C3S/C3X control panel is not implemented at this time.
  13. Manual Transition Fader Bar — The fader is used to manually control the rate of a transition. What is being transitioned, and the type of transition, are controlled from the Transition Area.
  14. Keyer Transitions Buttons — These buttons are used to perform cuts or auto transitions on keys directly, without having to include them as part of the next transition.
  15. Positioner — The positioner is used to control some wipe, border, and wash parameters, as well as some external devices.
  16. ME Selection Buttons — These buttons are used to assign the control panel row to an ME, MiniME™, or MultiScreen.
  17. Effects Memory Area — This area is used to store and recall memories on the assigned ME, and to select the various transition rates used on the switcher.
  18. Memory Store/Recall Buttons — These buttons are used to store or recall memories to one or more MEs at the same time. On the C3S/C3X control panels, there are additional buttons for selecting specific MEs, MiniME™s, or MultiScreens.