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How to Capture and Broadcast Live Video from Multiple VGA Sources

 The article explains how to transmit, record and broadcast live video signals from DVI, VGA or unencrypted HDMI sources using Epiphan's VGA GridTM. This multi source solution enables you to combine signals from multiple DVI, VGA or HDMI sources and relay them to a single display in a real time. VGA Grid can monitor up to 256 VGA/DVI/HDMI sources in real time over a local network and/or the Internet.

In this example we demonstrate how to broadcast and record signals from two video sources. Let’s presume that a physician performs an ultrasound and simultaneously monitors the situation in the operating theatre miles away. The video sources are:

1. An ultrasound machine directly connected to VGA Grid.

2. A remote DVI video camera connected to the Ethernet via the VGA2 EthernetTM solution from Epiphan.


Connect and switch on hardware

1. Connect the VGA output of the ultrasound device to the VGA input of the VGA Grid using a VGA cable.

2. Connect the video camera to VGA2Ethernet. The frame grabber should be properly connected to the Ethernet.


Create and configure a channel

1. Start a web browser and enter an IP address of VGA Grid into the address bar. Enter your administrator credentials and click OK. The system displays a VGA Grid application.

2. Click Add Channel.

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3. Click Video source setup.

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4. Select Multiple sources from the Use video source drop-down list.

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From this point we are starting to configure a 2-source channel that we will use to broadcast live video. VGA Grid allows us to specify how video from each of sources will be displayed on a screen. In this example, the video stream from the ultrasound device will be viewed in full screen and image of the DVI camera’s video stream will be half  the size of the ultrasound picture. It will be viewed in the upper right corner of the screen.

5. Select the ultrasound device source. In our case, the source’s name is VGA2USB 61079.

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6. Do not change the position and size values as we need this signal to be displayed in full-screen mode (100% size).

7. Click Add source and select the DVI camera’s source – VGA2Ethernet 75177. Enter the position values: 50x0 - this signal’s image will be shifted 50% to the right with no vertical shift. Enter the size values: 50x50 to reduce the image size.

8. The system analyses the selected sources and allows adding audio to the channel where it is available. To add audio, select a check box near to the source’s name in the Audio sources mixing section.

9. Click Apply.

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Now we need to customize the principal video settings.


10. Note that in this example we are selecting video sources that already exist on the local network to broadcast live video. To add any other sources you should know their IP address. To add a network grabber, click Add network grabber. Enter the Device address and click the Add selected devices button.

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11. Click Stream setup and specify principal parameters for the channel. On the image below these parameters are highlighted with red.

12. Name a channel.

13. Select a stream type from the drop-down list.

14. Select a frame size.

15. Select the Enable audio check box if necessary.

16. Click Apply.

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Recording setup

1. If you need to record video during broadcasting, click Files archive.

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2. Select the Recorder enabled checkbox.

3. Setup recording time and size limits.

4. Click Apply. Recording will be performed until either of the two limits is reached.


Viewing live video on the configured channel

1. Click Channel status.

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2. Click the Live Broadcast URL.

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3. In the opened tab below you can view live broadcast from the two sources that is being recorded.

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4. Click Files archive to see a list of the recorded files.

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Now you know how to broadcast and record live video from multiple VGA, DVI, or HDMI sources using VGA Grid from Epiphan Systems.