The Home Page

(Figure 22)

When no previously created sessions exist, the icon ring dominating the Home page defaults to New, inviting you to create a new session.

A link labeled Session Name is shown at the top of the right-hand pane when New is selected on the icon ring (Figure 22). Click in this field to modify the default name 3Play supplies using the keyboard. (The default name is the current date.)


Record Mode (3Play 4800)

(Figure 23)

For 3Play 4800 only, continue with session creation by selecting a Record Mode (see Section 5.2.1 for an explanation of these options). Then assign drives to pairs of cameras you intend to recording controls in the Storage Volumes control group.

Storage Volumes and Session Volume

Qualified storage volumes connected to 3Play or mounted in its removable drive bay are listed in the Drives column of the Storage Volumes control group. Use the drop-down menus in the Primary column assign to hard drives to different input pairs. For Redundant recording mode, continue to assign drives in the Backup column.

The hard drives assigned here can be thought of as comprising a ‘drive set’ for the session. The Session Volume menu allows you to designate the primary member of the session drive set (see Section 5.2.1 for more detail).

(Figure 24)

Tip: The Storage Volume configuration tools are designed to encourage you to record no more than two live inputs to any single volume.

Video Standard and Resolution

For multi-standard models only, set the Video Standard as appropriate for your locale. For the moment, let’s choose 1080i for Output Resolution (even if the cameras you plan to connect are SD 4:3), then click the Create Session link below.

Note: 3Play supports a variety of optional session configurations for live production. You can choose between several HD (High Definition) and SD (Standard Definition) formats. SD options include 4:3 and 16:9 (widescreen) image aspect formats. Multi-standard models permit you to select between video standards for your locale – NSTC, NTSC-J (Japan) or PAL.


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