Quick start

This quick start uses the default settings where possible so you can quickly start using your Pearl-2. The instructions apply to all Pearl-2 models; however, rackmount installation is not included here, see Rackmount installation.

For the Pearl-2 Rackmount Twin , you cannot plug a source into one system and use it from the other.

Before you start, make sure you have:

  • A video source such as a camera or a computer and cables to connect them to Pearl-2. For HDMI, the source must not be HDCP protected.
  • An audio source coming from either your SDI , USB videoor HDMI video source (must not be encrypted). Optionally, audio from a different source, such as an audio mixer that you connect to the audio input ports can be used.
  • Local area network that uses Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is preferable.
  • Computer with a web browser connected to the same network. We'll call it the “admin” computer.

Starting up!

Pearl-2 is pre-configured with two plug and play channels: Auto A and Auto B. Auto channels are used for this quick start. They have automatic video sensing, which detects the video signal you connect to the video input ports on Pearl-2.

The first video source you connect while Pearl-2 is powered on is automatically assigned to the Auto channel (either Auto A or Auto B, depending in which labeled port you connect the video source). For example, when you first start Pearl-2, the video sources you connect to the HDMI-A and HDMI-B input ports appear automatically in Auto A and Auto B channels (respectively). If no video source is connected, a standard No Signal screen displays.

With auto channels, audio from the connected SDI, HDMI, or USB video source is automatically applied to the channel without needing any additional configuration. For SDI or HDMI audio, just make sure it's unencrypted.

The Auto channel's frame size is set to match the video source by default and the best bitrate for the default frame rate of 30 fps is applied automatically.

For details about Auto channel defaults, behavior, and audio source priorities, see About automatic channels Auto A and Auto B.

To get started quickly with auto channels:

  1. Turn on your camera or video source and connect the output to one of the video input ports labeled "A" on the back panel of Pearl-2.
  2. (Optional) Connect a second video source to one of the video input ports labeled "B".
  3. (Optional) Connect audio to the XLR left/right stereo pair audio input ports on the back of Pearl-2 or to the RCA stereo pair audio input ports.
  4. Connect the Ethernet cable to Pearl-2 and to your network.
  5. Connect the power cable and plug it into a power source.
  6. Press the power button on the front panel to turn on the system. Wait for the power-up cycle to complete.
  7. The Grid view showing both channels appears on the touch screen. The video source you connected to the "A" row appears in the Auto A channel, and the video source connected to the "B" row appears in the Auto B channel.

  8. Use the touch screen on Pearl-2 for confidence monitoring. To display the single Channel view, simply tap on one of the channels that you see in the Grid view. From the Channel view, you can do things like stop and start recording for the
  9. (Optional) Plug headphones into the 3.5 mm stereo audio jack on the front panel of Pearl-2 to monitor the audio.

My network IP address and channel monitoring

You can get the network IP address of your Pearl-2 from the touch screen so that you can do things like view the channels using a web browser or access the configuration Admin panel. Just make sure that your admin computer is connected to the same network as Pearl-2.

  1. To find the system’s IP address using the touch screen, tap the gear icon in the bottom right corner of the screen and select System Status.
  2. Using a browser on the admin computer, go to one of the following URLs to preview the channel.

    For Auto A: http://<IP Address for Pearl-2>/preview.cgi?channel=1
    For Auto B: http://<IP Address for Pearl-2>/preview.cgi?channel=2

    For example:

  3. (Optional) Open a new tab in your browser and log in to the Admin panel where you can view channel layouts, encoding settings, and more. Enter the URL for your Pearl system and include /admin to access the Admin panel.

     http://<IP Address for Pearl-2>/admin

    For example:

  4. When prompted, log in using the default user name admin and the administrator account password. If you don't know the password, contact your Pearl system administrator.
  5. For a first-time set up, you're prompted to assign passwords to the admin, operator, and viewer accounts. Record the passwords for future reference.

For more details about accessing the Admin panel, see Connect to Admin panel. For more information about user accounts and passwords, see User types and privileges.

Record the channel

The channel is set up and streaming. This may be all you need, but if you like, you can also record the stream. You can choose to initiate and control channel recording from either the touch screen or the Admin panel.

To control recording from the touch screen:

  1. From the Grid view, tap the channel you want to record. The Channel view appears.
  2. Tap the red dot to start recording. The record timer starts and continues for as long as the system is recording. Tap the red dot again to stop recording. If the control icons aren't visible, tap the screen once.

To control recording using the Admin panel:

  1. From the Channels menu in the Admin panel, click Recording for your channel. The Recording page opens.
  2. Click Start to start recording the channel and click Stop to stop recording.
  3. Refresh the page. Click Recording again in the Channels menu or reload the browser page. The page reloads and a file list appears that shows your newly recorded content.
  4. Click the file name to download and view your recording.

What’s Next?

Now that you have a source setup and are ready to stream, you can fine-tune the system to your exact requirements. Take a look at topics such as:

When you're done setting up Pearl-2, make sure you back up the system configuration using the procedure described in Create a configuration preset

Register Pearl-2 to get firmware updates

Keep Pearl-2 up-to-date and get all the latest features and firmware updates. Registering your Pearl-2 is free and only needs to be done once. You can register anytime from the Firmware update page using the Admin panel, see Register your device