Switcher Modes

The switcher mode allows you to set the features and resources that you want to have available on your switcher. Some feature and resources are not compatible with all switcher modes.

Note: The switcher mode can only be set from the control panel.
Table 1. Carbonite/Carbonite eXtreme Switcher Mode Features
Features MiniME FSFC MiniME MiniME 25/29.97 MiniME 3G 2.5 ME 2.5 ME 25/29.97 2.5 ME 3G
DVEs 4 8 8 4 8 8 4
Float FSFCs 6* 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.5 MEs No No No No Yes Yes Yes
MiniME™ Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Video Modes SD, HD SD, HD 1080p 29.97, 1080p 25 3G SD, HD 1080p 29.97, 1080p 25 3G
Source Formats SD, HD SD, HD 1080p 29.97, 1080p 59.94, 1080p 25, 1080p 50 1080i, 3G SD, HD 1080p 29.97, 1080p 59.94, 1080p 25, 1080p 50 1080i, 3G
ViewControl Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
MultiViewer Boxes 16 16 16 10 16 16 10
Note: * In the MiniME FSFC mode, the switcher cannot frame sync a pSF video format on input BNC 1. All other inputs work correctly.
Table 2. Carbonite+/Carbonite MultiMedia Switcher Mode Features
Features MiniME MiniME 25/29.97 MiniME 3G 2.5 ME 2.5 ME 25/29.97 2.5 ME 3G
DVEs 8 8 4 8 8 4
Float FSFCs (Carbonite+) 24 12 12 24 12 12
2.5 MEs No No No Yes Yes Yes
MiniME™ Yes Yes Yes No No No
Video Modes SD, HD 1080p 29.97, 1080p 25 3G SD, HD 1080p 29.97 3G
Source Formats SD, HD, 3G (HDMI only) 1080p 29.97, 1080p 59.94, 1080p 25, 1080p 50 1080i, 3G SD, HD, 3G (HDMI only) 1080p 29.97, 1080p 59.94, 1080p 25, 1080p 50 1080i, 3G
ViewControl Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
MultiViewer Boxes 16 16 10 16 16 10

Keep the following in mind when changing switcher modes:

  • The Standard mode only supports the Carbonite and Carbonite eXtreme frames.
  • When switching to a mode that only supports 10 boxes in the MultiViewer the unsupported layouts are changed to the H244 layout.
  • In a 3G mode, the MultiViewer output is fixed to outputs 7 and 8 and the 1080i video format.
  • In a 3G mode, the Carbonite and Carbonite eXtreme switchers only accept synchronized 1080p inputs.
  • In a 3G mode, the Carbonite MultiMedia and Carbonite+ switchers support synchronized and unsynchronized 1080p and 1080i inputs. The 1080i inputs are converted using a simple line-doubler and may result in lower quality video.
  • In a 3G mode, the HDMI inputs on the Carbonite MultiMedia switcher only support 1080p. The analog inputs are not supported in a 3G mode.
  • In a 3G mode, only 3 of every 6 dedicated FSFCs on the Carbonite MultiMedia and Carbonite+ switchers can be used. This means any 3 inputs on BNCs 1-6, any 3 on BNCs 7-12, any 3 on BNCs 13-18, and so on.
  • In a 3G, 1080p 25/29.97Hz, or 2.5 ME mode, the Carbonite and Carbonite eXtreme switchers do not support the use of a color background as a source on a DVE or chroma key.
  • In a 1080p 25/29.97Hz mode, 1080p 29.97Hz and 1080p 25Hz are the only available video modes.
  • In a 1080p 25/29.97Hz mode, the Carbonite MultiMedia and Carbonite+ switchers support synchronized and unsynchronized 1080p 29.97Hz, 1080p 25Hz and 1080p 59.94Hz inputs. The 1080p 59.94Hz inputs are converted by dropping half the frames and may result in lower quality video.
  • In a 1080p 25/29.97Hz mode, the HDMI inputs on the Carbonite MultiMedia switcher only support 1080p 59.94Hz, 1080p 29.97Hz, and 1080p 25Hz. The analog inputs are not supported in a 1080p 29.97Hz mode.