Simplified operation, RTSP ingest (IP cameras as sources!) and more – firmware 3.17.0 offers lots of exciting features for Pearl, VGA Grid and VGADVI Recorder Pro systems.
Firmware 3.17.0 is available as of July 5 and offers a wide variety of features to streamline your streaming and recording operation and enhance your source versatility.
- RTSP ingest (IP cameras as sources!)
- New control interface – Epiphan Live
- One touch operation
- Expanded touch screen functionality
- Refined stream control
- Portable configuration presets
Firmware 3.17.0 applies to Pearl, VGA Grid (both Standalone and Networked) and VGADVI Recorder Pro systems. Read on to learn more about these exciting new features and find out which features apply to which systems.
1. RTSP ingest – add IP cameras as sources
Applies to: Pearl, Standalone VGA Grid and VGADVI Recorder Pro
Pearl now supports using RTSP devices as sources. Any device that generates an RTSP stream can be connected wirelessly to your system and configured in a custom layout like any other wired source.
Most IP cameras are capable of generating an RTSP stream, so with firmware 3.17.0, this means you can add remote and local IP cameras as sources into your live production mix!
See our online user guide for a list of IP cameras we have tested so far. And stay tuned to our blog for future posts comparing IP cameras as sources and detailing how to add these cameras into your live production mix.
With RTSP sources (such as IP cameras), your set-up time is reduced and your range of potential capture locations is increased – enhancing your Pearl’s already powerful capture versatility.
And you’re not limited to IP cameras as sources – you can even use other auxiliary Pearl systems as RTSP sources, streamed to a “main” Pearl. The process for doing so is surprisingly simple. See our recent blog post on creating a dynamic YouTube live stream (using RTSP sources) for details on how this might look in practice.
Our VP of Product Management, Dave Kirk, talks about IP cameras and RTSP streams in the video below (filmed live from InfoComm16!):
2. Epiphan Live – simple live streaming, recording and confidence monitoring
Applies to: Pearl, Standalone VGA Grid, Networked VGA Grid and VGADVI Recorder Pro
Our new mobile-friendly interface, Epiphan Live, is intuitive, simple-to-use, and designed with the operator in mind. Users can access Epiphan Live through a web browser using their computer, tablet or other mobile device and control streaming and recording activity and live switching while comfortably monitoring live sources and channels.
Dave Kirk discusses Epiphan Live in the video below:
3. One touch operation – simplified streaming and recording control at your fingertips
Applies to: Pearl
Perfect for non-technical operators (e.g. lecturers, UX lab researchers, legal/medical professionals), One Touch control allows you to control streaming and recording activities with a simple button on the touch screen.
One Touch control also allows users to start “recorders” using Pearl’s touch screen to enable a synchronized start of recording on multiple channels.
Press the button to start streaming and recording, then press the button again to stop your stream/recording. It’s that easy.
4. Expanded touch screen functionality – do more with Pearl’s touch screen
Applies to: Pearl
You can now use Pearl’s convenient touch screen for enhanced confidence monitoring and system security.
In 3.17.10, users now have the ability to use the touch screen to:
- Set a PIN code for secure system operation
- Monitor automatic file upload (AFU) status
- Adjust audio confidence monitoring volume
Firmware 3.17.0 adds further versatility to Pearl’s touch screen tool, allowing you more freedom and convenience in your touch screen operation.
5. Dynamic text
Applies to: Pearl, Networked VGA Grid, Standalone VGA Grid and VGADVI Recorder Pro
Dynamic text allows you to save values to unique system-wide variables using API commands.
For firmware 3.17.0, this means you can apply your variables as overlay text in your custom layouts. A system variable inserted as overlay text displays your variable’s saved value.
You can set variable values manually or use a script to issue variable commands at a higher frequency, ensuring your overlay text is dynamically accurate to match whatever content you’re displaying in your channel at any given time.
The image below shows an example of a system-wide variable (“%gpsvar1”) inserted as GPS co-ordinate overlay text in custom channel (in the Admin panel):
See our new online user guide topic to learn more about the details of the new dynamic text feature.
6. Refined stream control and portable configuration presets
Applies to: Networked Grid, Standalone VGA Grid and VGADVI Recorder Pro
Pearl users have been enjoying the refined stream control and portable configuration presets features since Pearl’s firmware 3.16.0 release, and now it’s time to spread the love to VGA Grid and VGADVI Recorder Pro systems as well!
In addition to the convenient streaming control offered by Epiphan Live in firmware 3.17.0, you can now alternatively start and stop streaming via the Admin panel in your web browser!
Also added to VGADVI Recorder Pro and VGA Grid systems is the portable configuration presets feature. With portable configuration presets, you can save your system’s configuration (i.e. source settings, system-level settings etc) into a group – known as a configuration preset. You can then easily apply your preset whenever the need arises to call upon and use the configuration setup you specified.
You can also download a configuration preset from a single VGA Grid or VGADVI Recorder Pro system and apply it to other systems (must be the same product) – thus the term “portable” configuration preset!
Portable configuration presets are not only highly convenient, but they also save you valuable time and effort in your streaming/recording setup.
Check out my portable configuration presets blog post to learn all the details about this feature and see a sample portable configuration preset use case.
There you have it!
There are lots of exciting new features added in release 3.17.0 to help streamline the operation of your streaming and recording while expanding your source capture versatility with RTSP ingest and IP cameras as sources.
What do you think about these new features? Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments!