3G-SDI Input Cards

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This chapter describes the optional 3G-SDI input cards, for other input or output boards, please see the introductory chapter.

There are three 3G-SDI input cards available: Single, Dual and Quad.
They allow to input one, two or four simultaneous 3G-, HD- or SD-SDI video signals to be used within Pandoras Box.

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Single 3G-SDI input card

Dual 3G-SDI input card

Quad 3G-SDI input card

Supported Video and Audio Formats

The following table lists the supported video formats. As for the audio formats, de-embedding of up to 16 digital audio channels per HD-SDI link or up to 32 digital audio channels per 3G-SDI link is possible.

Single, Dual and Quad 3G-SDI input card

SD

625i50 (PAL), 525i59.94 (NTSC)

HD 1280x720

720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50

HD 1920x1080

1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 1080p30, 1080p29.97, 1080p25, 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50

2K 2048x1080

1080p30, 1080p29.97, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 1080p60, 1080p59.94, 1080p50, 1080p48, 1080p47.952

Quad 3G-SDI input card

4K 3840x2160

2160p60, 2160p59.94, 2160p50, 2160p30, 2160p29.97, 2160p25, 2160p24, 2160p23.98 (synchronized quadrants)

4K 4096x2160

2160p50, 2160p30, 2160p29.97, 2160p25, 2160p24, 2160p23.98 (synchronized quadrants)

Driver

The card drivers are preinstalled on your Server or Player hardware. All drivers can be found locally under C:\system and in the Download-Center where you can also check for updates. The driver installer searches automatically for existing cards and installs the appropriate version.
The following picture shows the Windows Device Manager and a correctly installed coolux Quad 3G-SDI and Dual-DVI card in the folder "Audio-, Video and Gamecontroller".

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Working with Video Inputs in Pandoras Box

Video Inputs in Pandoras Box are managed by the Pandoras Box Master, that is responsible for the entire show control. Only if you use the Master in stand-alone mode, you would connect the video device to the Master's input board. In case you work in a Master-Client-setup and you like to use the stream on a Client, the Client must be equipped with an input board (not the Master). In other words, the physical signal input happens on the same machine which should render and output the image. The video stream only "exists" on the Client, it is not distributed to the Master nor to another Client. If you like to display the stream on several Clients, all of them must be connected to the video source.

Follow this step-by-step description after having connected the video source to the input card.

Master-Client-setup:
- start the Master and Client computer and make sure that Pandoras Box runs on both in the correct Master or Client mode and the same revision
- then go to the Master, Asset tab > your Client > folder "Live Inputs"
- drag the according card into the Project tab; this initializes the card
- if needed, you may configure the card: make sure, that the PB Client is not in fullscreen, click the button "Configure Live Inputs" and choose the input that you want to configure from the live input list
- assign the live input to a layer in the Device Tree the same way as using common image or video files

It is also possible to record the incoming signal. However, the Client computer must then be started in stand-alone mode, that is with the Pandoras Box Master software. Please see the chapter " Video Recording" for more information.

Stand-alone setup:
- start the Master computer and Pandoras Box in Master mode
- then go to the Master, Asset tab > your Client > folder "Live Inputs"
- drag the according card into the Project tab; this initializes the card
- if needed, you may configure the card: select the input in the Project tab to display its properties in the Inspector. Scroll down in the Inspector to see the file table where you can select the live input and click the "Configure" button below (see the below image)
- assign the live input to a layer in the Device Tree the same way as using common image or video files

assets_inspector_configure-sdi-input

It is also possible to record the incoming signal. Please see the chapter "Audio and Video Recording" for more information.

Configuring the Video Input

As described above:
To configure the input on the Client side, please click on [Configure Live Inputs] and choose your input from the list.
To configure the input on the Master side, please select the input in the Project tab and Inspector and click on [Configure].

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sdi-config_manual

We recommend to use the option "Automatic input type detection". In case you encounter problems with this option, uncheck it to choose your video format from the scroll-down list. Bear in mind that it is recommended to leave the signal source connected and not change any settings regarding the signal once Pandoras Box is started. Otherwise you might need to re-configure the input in Pandoras Box which requires to toggle the fullscreen window on a Client.