VPro - Virtual Switcher
Works with nearly any
combination of Black Magic I/O cards
to suit your Input/Output requirements.
- 4K Capable - when used with 4K capable hardware
- Works with nearly all Graphic Cards - High Powered GPU is NOT required
- Low Latency - VPro software only adds 1 frame of delay (in addition to the hardware delay)
- Multiple Input Formats - software will automatically convert to the selected output format
- 4 Camera Inputs
- 2 Video Clip Players
- 2 Mixer/Effects channels - each channel capable of 4 PIP images
- 2 Downstream Keyers - Works with Power CG or standard graphic formats
- 4 Audio Mixers
- Plugin Architecture for Mixer/Effects channels and Transitions - we will be adding more later on
Main Screen of VPro's User Interface
The operation of this program is even more impressive with a Touch Screen display.
The top section is the Multi-view area. This includes the Preview and Program monitors as well as the monitors for the switcher sources.
The middle section has the Traditional switcher controls. These controls include the Program and Preview switch bank, as well as controls for the T-Bar slider and the Downstream keyers.
The bottom section is a module control docking area. This area gives you a place to put the control windows for the Downstream Keyer Play Lists, Clip Players, Audio Mixers, and Mix/Effects, etc. When the module control windows are placed in this area, they will become "Docked". If multiple control windows are docked into the same area, they will become "Tabbed". The buttons at the top of each area can be used to bring each set of controls to the front. The controls can be UN-docked by dragging the button to a different position on the screen or to another docking area.
If your computer has multiple monitors, the other monitors can also be used as docking areas for these controls. This gives you complete flexibility in configuring your GUI layout any way that you want it.
There two different ways of operating the switcher. I call these methods "Traditional" and "Modern". The Traditional method uses the Program and Preview switch banks to select the Video sources. The Slider controls (T-bar and buttons) are used to transition between the Preview and Program outputs.
The Modern method uses Multi-view monitors to select the video sources. Clicking on (or touching) an input monitor will Preview that input. Double clicking the monitor will place that source "On Air". The source can also be placed "On Air" by dragging the desired video source monitor to the Program Output window. Clicking (or touching) the Preview window will do the same thing as pressing the "Auto" button. Clicking (or Touching) the Program window will do the same thing as pressing the "Take" button.
The Program and Preview selections will be reversed once the transition is complete.
Right clicking on one of the Multi-view input monitors (except the camera inputs) will bring up the control window for that module. By default these controls appear in the center of the screen, they can be dragged to a different position or to the docking area(s) if you want to keep it available, or close it if you don't want it in the way. If the control window for a module is already docked, right clicking the source monitor will bring it to the front. Double right clicking the source monitor will restore the control window to the default position (center of the screen). This is really helpful if you can't find the control window.