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Using the ADC-100 Controlling Graphic Devices with the ADC-100

The Harris ADC-100 system provides automation support for both IconStation and Inscriber Automation Interface. Follow these instructions to set up and use the ADC-100 with either Inscriber product.

TCP/IP Connection Serial Connection

If you are connecting the ADC-100 to your Inscriber system through a TCP/IP network, the Inscriber system must be accessible to the ADC-100 system through the network. To connect the ADC-100 to your Inscriber system with a serial connection, it is necessary to use an RS-232/RS-422 converter, an adapter for 9 pin to 25 pin RS-422 conversion, and an adapter for 25 pin to 9 pin RS-232 conversion. Attach the standard DB9 male pin-to-pin serial cable to the port of the ADC-100s serial card. Connect the other end to the 9 pin female to 25 pin male RS-422 adapter.
Table 1-1: Pinouts for 9 Pin to 25 Pin RS-422 Adapter

ADC-100

9p female - 25p male RS-422 adapter (see Pinout diagram)

DB9 (female) 1 2 3 7 8

DB25 (male) 1 2 17 14 5

RS-232/RS-422 converter

25p female - 9p male RS-232 adapter

Now connect the 25 pin male end to the RS-422 end of the RS232/RS-422 converter. Connect a 25 pin female to 9 pin male RS-232 adapter to the RS-232 end of the RS-232/RS-422 converter.
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Inscriber System

Attach the 9 pin male end to a serial port on the rear of the Inscriber system. Even though a hyper terminal test may be successful without external power, the RS-232/ RS-422 converter may require an external power source for successful communication.

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Table 1-2: Pinout of RS-232 9 Pin Female Serial Port

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Data Carrier Detect Receive Data Transmitted Data Data Terminal Ready Signal Ground Data Set Ready Request to Send Clear to Send Ring Indicator

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Using the ADC-100 Using Automation Interface with the ADC-100


The Chyron Max! driver is compatible with Automation Interface. This driver allows you to display the currently cued page on preview before you send it to air. It controls one preview channel and one program channel on the Automation Interface system.

Device Server Setup

Follow these steps to configure the Chyron Max! driver for your Automation Interface system.
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Launch the Device Server. Select File > Configured Devices to open the Configured Devices window. Right-click on the Device Server icon and select Configured Devices from the pop-up window.

Figure 1-1: Configure Device Server 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

In the list of Available devices, expand the Character Generators category by clicking on the plus (+) sign. Select the Chyron Max! protocol and drag it to an available channel in the Configured device list. In the Configured device list right-click on the Chyron Max! protocol and select Properties. In the General tab, assign a device name to the Chyron Max! The name you assign will be used in the ID field of the event in the transmission list. Click on the Apply button. Switch to the Serial Port tab. Using the drop-down box, select the port number of the Device Server that the RS-422 cable is connected to. Click on the Apply button. Click on the OK button to close the Properties dialog. Select File > Save Devices to save the changes to your device. Select File > Close to close the Configured Devices window.

Set Automation Interface Preferences

You must configure Automation Interface to communicate properly with the ADC-100 device. You can use the Automation Interface Preferences dialog to make changes to the behavior of Automation Interface, configure its ports, and adjust the way CII and Inscriber commands are used. To open the Preferences dialog click the Preferences button on the main Automation Interface window.

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General Tab

In the General tab, the Receive Commands From section configures your communication with the ADC-100.
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Switch to the General tab. In the Receive Commands From section, select the Serial Port radio button. Set your Baud Rate to 19200. Set your number of Data Bits to 8. Set your Parity to None. Set your number of Stop Bits to 1.

Figure 1-2: Automation Interface General Tab

Framebuffers Tab

The Framebuffers tab sets your preferences for one or more framebuffers (output boards).
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Switch to the Framebuffers tab. Assign your XFER Channels, setting one to be the program channel and one to be the preview channel. If you dont want to set a preview channel you can just set the program channel and allow Automation Interface to buffer your output. To set a program channel and a preview channel, enter [program channel #], [preview channel #] in the XFER field. For example enter
1, 2

to set channel 1 as the program channel and channel 2 as the preview channel.

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To set a program channel and use no preview channel, enter [program channel #], 0 in the XFER field. For example, enter
1, 0

to set channel 1 as the program channel and to use no preview channel.

Figure 1-3: Automation Interface Framebuffer Tab

Resources Tab

The Resources tab sets preferences for resources that Automation Interface requires for rendering layouts. It also sets the location and format of Automation Interfaces output files.

Figure 1-4: Automation Interface Resources Tab 1 2

Switch to the Resources tab. The Default Output Folder is inside the Default Startup Folder and is where you plan to store your Inscriber templates and/or layouts. Create these folders on your Media drive (D drive) in case your system drive needs to be restored.

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If your layouts have come from another system, you can assign a Project Folder to contain all the graphic and font resources for your layouts.

Communicating with Automation Interface

Keep these general notes in mind when using Automation Interface with the ADC-100 device. Files on the Automation Interface system must be saved as 4-digit numbers, between 0000 and 9999. The ID field of the Air Clients List Event must contain the correct device name, which is MAX01 by default. The title field of the List Event must contain the 4-digit ID of the layout/ image file you want to trigger on the Automation Interface system.

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Using the ADC-100 Using IconStation with the ADC-100


IconStation supports several CII commands for greater output flexibility. Using these commands you can load layouts, fire salvos, clear your preview, clear your output, and fill layout tags.

Device Server Setup

Follow these steps to configure the IconStation device driver.


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Launch the Device Server. Select File > Configured Devices to open the Configured Devices window. In the list of Available devices, expand the Advanced Devices category by clicking on the plus (+) sign.

Figure 1-5: Configure Device Server 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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Select the IconStation protocol and drag it to an available channel in the Configured device list. In the Configured device list right-click on the IconStation protocol and select Properties. In the General tab, assign a device name to the IconStation device. The name you assign will be used in the ID field of the event in the transmission list. The default device name is IcoSt. Click on the Apply button. Switch to the Connection tab. Using the drop-down box, select the port number of the Device Server that the RS-422 cable is connected to. Click on the Apply button. Switch to the Communications tab and set the following values. a Set the Baud Rate to 9600. b Set the number of Data Bits to 8. c Set the number of Stop Bits to 1. d Set the Parity to None. Click on the Apply button. Click on the OK button to close the Properties dialog. Select File > Save Devices to save the changes to your device. Select File > Close to close the Configured Devices window.

Enable CII Support

Use the Inscriber Configuration Utility to enable CII support.


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On your IconStation system, select Start > Programs > Harris > IconStation > Configuration Utilities > IconStation Configuration Utility. The Configuration Utility opens.

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Switch to the External Control tab. Check the Enable Automation checkbox. Select the CII radio button. Select the Use COM port radio button. In the COM Port drop-down list, select the COM port connected to the automation system. In the ID Format drop-down list select the encoding method for your layouts and salvos that you will use when sending the load layout and fire salvo command. 4 Digit Number: Select 4 Digit Number to name your layouts and salvos using 2-digit numbers. The combination of layout name and salvo name is four digits. 8 Digit Number: Select 8 Digit Number to name your layouts and salvos using a 4-digit number. The combination of layout name and salvo name is eight digits. String: Select String to name your layouts and salvos using text. Your layout and salvo names should not contain spaces.

Some of the secondary Air Client events (including the Audio Video secondary event) have a length restriction of 16 characters. If you use the String ID Type, we recommend your layout and salvo names be shorter than 5 characters in length. To increase the length restriction to 32 characters, the shortcut for the Air Client must contain the parameter TITLELEN=32. See your Air Client documentation to learn how to add parameters to your Air Client shortcut.

Load a Layout and Fire a Salvo

Use the following syntax to load a layout and fire a salvo:


Load:[LayoutSalvo]:[Channel]

Secondary Event Type

Use the sAV (Audio Video) secondary event type for loading layouts and firing salvos.
Channel Entry

The [Channel] entry equals layers A, B, C, D, or E. The layers display in z-order, so the layout on layer A is on top of layer B and the layout on layer B is on top of C. A = The layer you control in IconStation. Using the automation command to load a layout on layer A will load the layout in IconStation. B - E = Layers controlled only through the automation commands. Using the command to load a layout on layers B-E loads the layouts through automation and is not visible in IconStation.

LayoutSalvo Entry

The [LayoutSalvo] entry changes depending on the ID Type that you selected from the ID Type list in the IconStation Configuration utility. When using four digits for the [LayoutSalvo] entry the first two digits represent the layout and the last two digits represent the salvo. Specifying 00 for the layout fires a salvo in the currently loaded

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layout without loading a new layout. Specifying 00 for the salvo loads the layout but does not fire any salvos. When using eight digits for the [LayoutSalvo] entry the first four digits represent the layout and the last four digits represent the salvo. Specifying 0000 for the layout fires a salvo in the currently loaded layout without loading a new layout. Specifying 0000 for the salvo loads the layout but does not fire any salvos. When using a string for the [LayoutSalvo] entry you can enter your layouts and salvos with names, rather than numeric values. The layout and salvo are separated by the / character. If the string begins with / the command will fire a Salvo in the current layout, without loading a new layout. If the string ends with /, the layout will be loaded but no salvo will be fired.
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Air Client commands have a length restriction. If you use the String ID Type we recommend your layout and salvo names be shorter than 5 characters in length.

For example, to load layout 21 and fire salvo 01 on layer A using the four digit ID Type, enter the following command in Air Client:
Load:2101:A

To load a layout named news and fire the salvo named take on layer B using the String ID Type, enter the following command in Air Client:
Load:news/take:B

Clear Preview and Clear Output

Use the following syntax to clear an IconStation channel.


Clear:[Channel]

Secondary Event Type

Use the sAV (Audio Video) secondary event type for clearing preview and output.
Channel Entry

The [Channel] entry equals layers A, B, C, D, or E. A = The layer you control in IconStation. B - E = Layers controlled only through the automation commands.

Figure 1-6: Air Client

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Update Item Source Text
When you use the Update Item Source Text command, IconStation updates the text in your layout item. Items are updated if they currently link to a text file, or if they are not linked to any file. If items are linked to a data source other than a text file, they are not updated. For example, a database table or RSS feed.
Set Up Extended Macro Event

An appropriate Extended Macro Event must be defined before you can update the text in IconStation layouts. The following basic macro is pre-defined and you should not need to enter it yourself. This macro allows you to use an event to change a single tag within a single region. If you need to recreate the basic macro event, follow these instructions:
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Launch the Device Server. Select File > Configured Devices to open the Configured Devices window. Right-click on the on the device you are using to communicate with IconStation and select Properties. Switch to the Macros tab. Select the Add option to add a new macro. The Extended Macro Entry window appears.

Figure 1-7: Extended Macro Entry Window

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Type a name in the Macro Name field. Enter 4 in the Number of Parameters field. Check the Command checkbox and enter the command exactly as follows:
I\42\<LayoutTags><LayoutName>[1] </LayoutName><Region><Name>[2] </Name><Tag><Name>[3] </Name><Text>[4] </Text></Tag></Region> </LayoutTags>\\{0D}{0A}

Check the Reply Expected checkbox. 10 Select the User Defined Reply radio button and enter the reply exactly as follows:
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*{0D}{0A}

11 Enter a reply timeout in the Reply Timeout field. 12 Click the OK button to save the macro.

To create a macro that fills tags in multiple items in your layout, repeat the <Region></Region> element and set the number of parameters as required. For example:
I\42\<LayoutTags><LayoutName>[1] </LayoutName><Region><Name>[2] </Name><Tag><Name>[3] </Name><Text>[4] </Text></Tag></Region> <Region><Name>[5]</Name><Tag><Name>[6]</Name><Text>[7]</Text> </Tag></Region></LayoutTags>\\{0D}{0A}

To create a macro that fills multiple tags in a single item, repeat the <Tag></Tag> element and set the number of parameters as required. For example:
I\42\<LayoutTags><LayoutName>[1] </LayoutName><Region><Name>[2] </Name><Tag><Name>[3] </Name><Text>[4] </Text></Tag><Tag><Name> [5]</Name><Text>[6]</Text></Tag></Region></LayoutTags>\\{0D}{0A}

Add Event
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Within Air Client, select Events > Insert Secondary. The Secondary Events window opens. Select External Event from the list and click OK. The Secondary External Event window opens.

Figure 1-8: Secondary External Event Window 3

Enter information for the extended macro parameters, with one parameter on each line.
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Parameters

For the basic pre-defined macro, enter these parameters:


[1] <LayoutName></LayoutName> Entry

Enter the name of the layout you want to edit.


[2] <Region><Name></Name> Entry

Enter the name of the layout item you want to edit.


[3] <Tag><Name></Name> Entry

Enter the name of the item tag you want to edit. The tag name depends on the item type.
Item Type Examples

Crawl Roll

To update the text for a crawl item enter:


Field1

To update the text for a roll item enter:


1-1

See the following <Text></Text> entry for details on changing the row content. Title To update the text on the first line of your title item enter:
Field1

To update the text on the second line of your title item enter:
Field2

To update the text on the third line of your title item enter:
Field3

Continue entering the next field number for the following lines in your title item. Title Table To update the text in a title table item, see the following examples. To update the text in the first column enter:
1-1

To update the text in the second column enter:


1-2

To update the text in the third column enter:


1-3

See the following <Text></Text> entry for details on changing the row content.

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[4] <Text></Text> Entry

Use the following techniques to add line breaks and additional rows to your item content.
Add Line Breaks

To add line breaks within the <Text></Text> element use the character sequence:
{0D}
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The character sequence {0D} is case sensitive.

Add Rows to Roll Items

For roll items, use a new line to add additional rows. For example:
<Region><Name>Credits</Name><Tag><Name>1-1</Name><Text>Special Guests:{0D}Kathleen Lewis{0D}Ed Matthews{0D}Kyle Peterson{0D}Michelle Baxter{0D} </Text></Tag></Region> Add Rows to Table Title Items

Use a new line to add additional rows. For example:


<Region><Name>Table1</Name><Tag><Name>1-1</Name><Text>First Quarter{0D}Second Quarter{0D}Third Quarter{0D}Fourth Quarter</Text><Name>1-2 </Name><Text>positive gains{0D}negative gains{0D}negative gains{0D}positive gains </Text></Tag></Region> Updating a Data Source

If the current item is already linked to an external text file, the information you enter for the fourth parameter (between the <Text></Text> tags) will replace the current text file contents. If the current item is not linked to an external text file, IconStation will create a new text file with the information you enter for the fourth parameter and link the item to the text file.
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The automated tag filling will not work if your item is connected to a data source other than a text file. For example if your item is connected to a database or an RSS feed the tags are not updated.

Polling

When using Air Client on the ADC-100 system, polling occurs automatically in the background and affects the status of the device in the Device Status window. Use the ADCNT configuration tool to manually poll IconStation. On the Polling tab, enable polling and enter the following command:
*\\{0D}(0A}

Select the User Defined Reply radio button and enter the following reply:
*{0D}{0A}

If there is no response to the polling command the Air Client Status column displays No DEV in red. If there is a response and IconStation is not in use at that time, the status column displays UNTHRD in black.

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