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RossTalk is a plain text based protocol that allows control of Ross Video equipment.
The audio mixer interface allows you to tie audio channels, or pairs, to video sources on the switcher. As sources are taken on-air or off, the switcher sends commands to the audio mixer to bring the corresponding audio channels up or down.
Auxiliary control panels allow you to control some switcher functions from a small remote panel. Depending on the type of panel you are using you can make source selections on different buses, run custom controls, or perform simple transitions.
Character generators (CG) are advanced graphics processing engines that can add complex graphical elements into the picture. Typically, a CG will output two video streams, a video stream and an alpha stream. The switcher can then add this graphical element as a key source to the final video output.
Editors allow you to use the switcher to perform basic video transitions and keying from an external device. Typically, an editor is used to cut a series of pre-recorded shots together to produce a finished show. The switcher is used to transition from one shot to the other and add any keys that are needed for the final show.
The Peripheral Bus II (PBus II) is a basic ASCII string protocol use for limited device control.
Robotic Cameras are cameras, or camera controllers, that the switcher can control directly. This includes directional controls such as pan, tilt, and zoom, as well as functional controls such as iris, focus, and shot store/recall.
Routers allow you to manage the many video feeds coming in and out of our facility. A basic router can take any source and put it on any output. This allows you to save inputs on your switcher by having a single set of sources routed from the router to the switcher and then in the router select which sources are routed to those inputs on the switcher.
Under monitor displays (UMD) are typically used to show tally and source name information on a multi-screen display. The switcher can both send and receive this information using the UMD protocol.
A video server is a digital video recorder/player. You can have one or multiple channels of playout from the same video server at the same time. Each of these channels can be controlled from the switcher to cue, play, pause, rewind/fast-forward, or eject a clip.