LEIGHTRONIX Device Control Schemes
NEXUS series users can completely automate remote recording on up to sixteen PEGvault-SD broadcast video encoders or LABvault-SD player/recorders with the ePRO-BUS™ control option. Included with the UltraNEXUS/UltraNEXUS-SDI and sold separately for the NEXUS, the ePRO-BUS option allows NEXUS series users to schedule or immediately start/stop recording on PEGvault-SDs or LABvault-SDs in remote locations. For even greater convenience, multiple PEGvault-SDs or LABvault-SDs in a system may be simultaneously activated for batch recording or individually controlled. Each PEGvault-SD/LABvault-SD can be configured to automatically send recorded files back to the commanding NEXUS series server or to the broadcast or archive destination of the user's choice.
LEIGHTRONIX has met the need over the years for automated control of VCR and DVD playback and recording with several device interface control schemes. With digital video technologies redefining the video communications industry, most manufacturers have discontinued or greatly reduced their VCR and DVD player and player/recorder product lines. As such, many of the consumer and commercial VCR and DVD devices compatible with the LEIGHTRONIX device interface control schemes are no longer being manufactured. And while consumer DVD models are more widely available, these devices are now often equipped with an energy saving, automatic shut-off feature that is incompatible with LEIGHTRONIX device control.
For those who are looking to add device automation control to their LEIGHTRONIX broadcast workflows, we recommend the commercial Tascam DVD player, model DV-D01U. Additionally, there are many legacy VCR and DVD players and players/recorders that are compatible with LEIGHTRONIX device control. Although many legacy consumer VCR and DVD models are supported, LEIGHTRONIX has not tested every model and operation is not guaranteed. Refer to the following section for more information on the LEIGHTRONIX device interface control schemes and the supported VCR and DVD device models.
LEIGHTRONIX provides three different interface schemes for VCR/DVD automation control:
|Interface||Control Functions||Control Mechanism||Supported VCR/DVD Devices|
|Integrated IR||Basic VCR/DVD player control (PLAY, STOP, RECORD)||Built-in infrared control ports on the NEXUS series (NEXUS, UltraNEXUS, UltraNEXUS-SDI), TCD/V3, and MINI-T-NX. One IR cable included per system. Additional IR cables purchased separately.||Configurable for use with VCRs/DVD players and recorders from Panasonic, Pioneer, Sony, and Tascam|
|PRO-BUS||Basic VCR/DVD player control (PLAY, STOP, RECORD)||Optional control interfaces for use with the NEXUS series, TCD/V3, MINI-T-NX, TCD/IP, NET-164, NET-EC, MINI-T-NET, MVP-2000/2000r, TCD-1000, PRO-16, PRO-8, and MINI-T-PRO||
|DVply||Full random-access DVD playback control, including title/chapter cuing PLAY, PLAY Title:Chapter, and STOP commands||Two built-in RS-232 control ports on the NEXUS series, TCD/V3, NET-EC, and NET-164. DVply option and cables purchased separately.||