VideoResizeCtrl Output

NOTE: This functionality is out-dated. The usage of PIP Control function is recommended!

This option allows resizing the video output using pre-defined presets.

IMPORTANT: The Video Resize option is available only for Multi-format playout plug-ins in X-Pert Playout

The Video Resize Presets drop-down list contains all previously created presets in Settings -> Modules -> Remote control ->  Video Resize Ctrl Output window. When you activate this function for the first time, this list will be empty.

If you do not have any previously prepared presets, you can now create one from current window by pressing the Setup button. A set-up form will open:

The largest area in the Setup Form is designed for preset previewing. Use your mouse to squeeze and drag around the preset, or resize it using the transition spin-boxes to the right (see their description below). Write the name of the new preset in the Preset string and press Add to enter it in the list of available presets.

If you want to view the settings of a preset from the list, click on its name. You can change it and then press the Apply button to save the changes. If you want to remove an already existing preset, select it and press the Del button.

The Scale Transition field to the right contains tools for precise positioning and resizing of the video output. All values are preset-specific:

Left – this percentage represents the offset from the left margin of the monitor. The video portions that remain unseen are still being rendered.

Top–the offset percentage from the top of the monitor.

Width – Shows the ratio between the scaled video size and the original one. Decreasing this value “shrinks” the video both to left and right.

Height– Decreasing this percentage “shrinks” the video both to left and right.

Speed – The time (in frames) for transition from the previous video layout to the current resize preset.

Alpha– Use it to set transparency to the video (in percent).

Motion – Select the transition effect for the current resize preset from the drop-down list. This is the way the video will move while resizing. The available options are: ascending effect (positive digits), descending (negative digits), and linear appearance (the zero value)

Colour– Set the color for the surrounding area of the scaled video. This part is usually used as a background for graphics insertion (i.e. in info channels).

Reset – use this button to go back to the original settings while creating/editing a preset. This button practically acts as an undo function for all unsaved changes in the Scale Transition field.

Scale quality – This is an obsolete selection box. Please, leave it to the default “Low” setting, as it is the one, which currently produces the best results.

NOTE: Once you select it from the drop-down list, this setting will apply to all resize events.

Crop – You can crop the original video by percentage from Left, Right, Top and Bottom.

NOTE: The crop will be executed right after you press the Set Crop button. This functionality is not preset-dependent!

Video Server

This option is used when you want to have a Picture-in-Picture functionality. The second picture comes from AUX source, as it is defined in the Output settings window.

Usually, the background picture is the output of X-Pert Playout, and the overcome picture is the resized picture, coming from the AUX source.

Check the  Use check-box to allow this functionality and enter the PC name of the X-Pert Playout PC.

Select the Layer – screen layer of the resized picture.

NOTE: Screen layer should be 1 (the default value), if the resizing concerns the AUX source and it should be 16, if the resizing concerns the playlist.

Important: While Video Server  Use is checked and you want to resize both playlist and AUX source, you must first define an AUX source resizing event into the playlist, and then a playlist resizing event.

Audio control – this option is used in conjunction with the previous option.

If a Video Server is used, then you have to determine if the audio from AUX source (i.e. the resized picture) will be used.

There are three options - Full (100%); Mute (0%) or Mix audio with the audio from X-Pert Playout output.

Layer the same layer number, as for the video server.