3Play supports countless popular video router systems, including those from Utah Scientific®, Miranda®, Blackmagic Design®, Grass Valley®, AJA® and Ensemble Designs®.
The implementation offers a number of configuration options. A basic setup would be as follows:
- Connect the router to 3Play by Ethernet cable, and then connect one (or more) of the router’s video outputs to 3Play inputs with matching numbers, using suitable video cables. (For example, by default router output number 3 would be connected to Input 3 for control communication between the devices to be properly linked.)
- Click the Shutdown icon on 3Play’s Home page (Startup), and click Exit to Windows.
- Navigate to the C:\3Play\Configuration folder, and open the file named router_setup.xml by double-clicking it (it will launch in Notepad).
This file is where you add routers you wish to be controlled by 3Play. Individual routers are each identified by an entry inserted between the starting and closing “config” tags, as explained in the file comments.
A typical entry might be as follows:
<grassvalley ip="10.28.1.128" port="12345" name="AJA KUMO"/>
- Save the file after editing, and re-launch 3Play.
Note: 3Play communicates with each using individual IP address and port numbers, allowing multiple routers to be connected simultaneously. Several systems can even control either the same router(s). File comments explain how you can bypass the default 1:1 mapping of router outputs to 3Play inputs when required, along with other extended configuration options.