A 3Play demo is can be relatively quick and is basically a tour through the system. 

The below information can be found in the attached 3Play Study Guide.


Basic Demo Summary


Tour the User Interface

Start by describing the elements of the control interface:

  1. Dashboard 
  2. Multi-viewers
  3. Output Channels - reminder: don't have to use both channels, can just use B channel as a switcher. 
  4. Clip List 
  5. Play List - build highlight reels. 
  6. Tags - tagging engine to add specific info to clips.


Introduce the Control Surface

  • Jog Wheel and T-Bar
  • A/B controls one channel
  • 3 modes of operation: 1. Live, 2. Clip List, 3. Play List (use highlight colors as visual cue)
  • Angle+NUM to change cameras

  • Arrow buttons to navigate


Basic Replays

  1. Start Recording (can also start by pressing SET IN)
  2. Use Jog Wheel (1/4 turn back) for instant replay - Replay ready before event has finished!
  3. Use T-bar modes for playback
  4. Mark Clips - all camera angles are marked
  5. Arrow keys to navigate


Replay Ready!

  • Angle + NUM : to jump angles during continuous playback
  • Shift + Angle + NUM : to jump angle and reset playback from start of event 


Advanced Marking

  • to extend beyond marked boundaries - hold shift+jog
  • Re-mark with shift+setIn or shift+setOut
  • 1 Button marking with setOut


Clip List Mode

  • Whichever Tab is active is where clips will save
  • Rename Tabs


Play List Mode

  • Red marker indicates current play position.
  • Drag or Add to Playlist (appends but can re-order later with drag or CUT/PASTE)


Tagging Mode

  • For tagging clips with data for crowd shots or after event analysis
  • Import csv or set up manually
  • Navigate to clip: ENTER > text > ENTER
  • Tag Mode - Green highlighted line indicates desired entry (columns/rows)
  • Confirm with ENTER or reset with ESCAPE
  • Show SEARCH function


Other Features

  • Input settings
  • Transitions
  • DSK's
  • Networking
  • Publishing
  • Exporting



3Play Certification Study Guide



NewTek 3Play Family


3Play is a complete Replay Production Platform. When compared with a TriCaster, the control interface and workflow is different and it is only the style of graphics and the hardware which are similar. One main difference is that the SDI output resolutions are not user-selectable and are set to the session setting.



3Play Mini/440/4800

A complete, integrated sports production replay system.

Mini - 4 camera inputs and 2 independent outputs in a portable form factor.

440 - 4 camera inputs and 2 fully independent playout channels.

4800 - Up to 8 camera inputs. Redundant recording mode if 4 inputs. 3 outputs.


Features found in Mini + 440 + 4800 only:

- Tagging clips quickly with metadata (eg crowd shot)

- Customise workspaces and multiviewers

- Transitions for live switching and in highlight reels

- DSK Overlays for Gfx, PiP, replay bug or telestration

- Image grabs (shift+grab)

- Social media publishing (inc. auto-insert data tags as comments eg. #hashtag)

- Multi-Macro system (4 shortcuts per macro and session-only macros)

- Auto-Color feature - analysis of lighting conditions and compensates video for light changes.


Features found in 440 + 4800 only:

- Preview all clip angles simultaneously


3Play 425

A basic replay system with up to 4 simultaneous live video sources and 2 fully independent playout channels.

- 3P425 Control Surface is essential for operation

- It is possible to use a TimeWarp CS instead

- A 440/4800 CS is not compatible

- The software is not being actively developed




1) Physical Setup


You can mix and match any combination of HD and SD in both digital and analog formats for a live production. The 3P will successfully scale up an SD composite signal for an HD production, but the video may look a bit soft.



Rear Connections:

  • USB for KB, mouse and CS

  • Video card: DVI for Interface. Min resolution: 1600 x 1050. Max res: 1920 x 1200.

  • Video card: HDMI for additional Multiviewer

  • Video inputs: SDI, Component (Y, Pb, Pr), Composite and Y/C.

  • Video outputs: SDI, Analogue and HDMI (switched o/p)

  • Gigabit network port

  • Audio: XLR, ¼” jack or embedded sdi (Quad Audio: accepts first 4 channels)

  • Genlock

  • Ports not used: Tally, other motherboard i/o’s


Note: 4800 has redundant, replaceable power supply units. When you i) disconnect or ii) power down just one of the modules, or iii), if a PSU should fail, a beep is sounded to alert you. If you wish, you can mute the alert by pressing the small button on the back of the unit.


Other Tech Notes:

  • Genlocking and latency is very minimal: “as little as 1 frame”. Roughly between 1.5 and 2.5 frames (the actual amount can vary slightly within this range, depending on several factors).

  • Does not auto-detect incoming resolutions. Must be set manually.

  • Has internal reference for frame syncs, or use GenLock (option under ‘Output’ settings)

  • Rack rails available separately


2) Software set-up and Sessions


Starting at the Home page we have access to ring menu and sessions.


  • Software build version: 1) Homepage > Help > About or 2) ALT+B in session.

  • Registration: A watermark will display on the output indefinitely until the registration license key is entered.

  • System Utilities: Access to register, update, defrag and system backup/restore.

  • Updating and Restoring. When you restore the 3P to factory defaults, the system C: drive is completely overwritten; this erases any system updates, as well as any add-on software plugins installed. These will need to be reinstalled and the system updated after the restore is complete. None of the content on the media drives is affected by doing a system restore. Performing a restore does not erase any content from the Media Drives, but it does erase all content on the C drive.

  • New Sessions.

    • If you don't type a name for a new session, the current date becomes the name.

    • Drive Configuration: 2 streams of video per drive.

    • Session Volume: where to save any session info, configuration and content.

    • Video Standard: USA versions are NTSC only, RoW are multi standard. Only multi-standard units have option for PAL and NTSC-J.

    • Resolution for video outputs only. Any resolution can be mixed and matched on the inputs. If using an SD video source in an HD session, it is up-converted to HD.

  • Open Icon allows access to all sessions that have been created. Left click on a session to open it or right click on a session to rename or delete it. Deleting a session also deletes any media that is internal to that session.

  • Session Page. Import / Export Media


Directory Structure example:

- Disk# / Media / Clips / [session-name] /

- Disk# / Media / Stills / [session-name] / Capture /

- Disk# / Media / Sounds and Music / [session-name] / Import /

- Session Drive / Media / EDL / [session-name] /



Storage Capacity: e.g. a 2TB hot-swappable drive holds approximately 50 hours of 1080i, or 155 hours of SD video. (3Play Mini has two internal volumes for capture. 1x 830GB, 1X930GB.)






3) 3Play Comparison



 




4) Control Interfaces


The elements of the control interface:

  1. Dashboard

  2. Multi-view Monitoring area

  3. Output Channels - reminder: don't have to use both channels, can just use B channel as a switcher.

  4. Clip List

  5. Play List - build highlight reels.

  6. Tags - tagging engine to add specific info to clips.


Introducing the Control Surface

  • Jog Wheel and T-Bar

  • A/B controls one channel

  • 3 modes of operation: 1. Live, 2. Clip List, 3. Play List (use highlight colors as visual cue)

  • Angle+NUM to change cameras

  • Arrow buttons to navigate


3Play 425 differences

  • 425 CS use P1-P4 to select camera angle in Live mode.

  • Turn off unused camera angles using buttons under B output window.

  • Organise Clip List using 4 Banks, each with 4 Pages (this is Tabbing in newer models)

3Play 425 CS  
 3Play 440/4800 CS


5) Configuration


Input Configuration


  • Set the video format/resolution for the Input

  • Rename the Input

  • Enable Proc Amp to control brightness, contrast, hue, saturation and white balance

  • Audio control: record source, type, gain and mute.


Output Configuration


  • Individual Output A and B configuration

  • Rename the Input

  • Enable Proc Amp to control brightness, contrast, hue, saturation and white balance

  • Audio volume control

  • AUX video output

  • Secondary Multiviewer layout and resolution

  • Genlock : Tri-level for HD sessions. Bi-level for SD sessions.


Timecode Configuration


Time (from LTC input or system clock) is embedded in video files captured during the session.


3Play supports external linear timecode (LTC). Connect the cable from your timecode generator to one of the connectors in the Audio Input 7 group for 3Play 4800/820 or, for 3Play 440/425, either Input 3 or one of the 3.5mm audio input jacks (line (blue) or mic (red) level) on the back of the system.


x2 Start/Stop Production Clocks :- allows you to enter time values that are specific to the current event. When the Start switch is lit, the time you set in the numeric field at right is used to supply the Production Start time display in Multiview screen layouts that include clocks). This provides a convenient warning as the time for your event nears. In similar fashion, enabling the End switch and entering an appropriate time displays a countdown to the end of the event (shown once the Start time is surpassed) when clocks are displayed on Multiview.




6) Live Operation


Basic Replays

  1. Start Recording (can also start by pressing SET IN)

  2. Note: how to stop recording and check available space.

  3. Use Jog Wheel (1/4 turn back) for instant replay - Replay ready before event has finished!

  4. Use T-bar modes for playback

  5. Mark Clips - all camera angles are marked

  6. Arrow keys to navigate


Replay Ready!

  • Angle + NUM : to jump angles during continuous playback

  • Shift + Angle + NUM : to jump angle and reset playback from start of event


Advanced Marking

  • to extend beyond marked boundaries - hold shift+jog

  • Re-mark with shift+setIn or shift+setOut

  • 1 Button marking with setOut


Clip List Mode

  • Whichever Tab is active is where clips will save

  • Rename Tabs

  • Comments and Search function


Play List Mode

  • Red marker indicates current play position.

  • Drag or Add to Playlist (appends but can re-order later with drag or CUT/PASTE)

  • To add ALL camera angles at once - add EventID to Play list.

  • Add Music settings

  • Rename Tabs

  • Render and export playlists into Clip list


Tagging Mode

  • For tagging clips with data for crowd shots or after event analysis

  • Import csv or set up manually

  • Navigate to clip: ENTER > text > ENTER

  • Tag Mode - Green highlighted line indicates desired entry (columns/rows)

  • Confirm with ENTER or reset with ESCAPE

  • Show SEARCH function




7) Extra Features


Using Two Outputs:

  • Gang feature allows 2 angles controlled by t-bar/jog wheel at same time (playback/delayed mode controls only - else t-bar playback speed is output independent).

  • 2 Channels independently operated allows removal of hang time in slow-mo.

  • Program to Preview workflow where output B is more important.


Transitions

  • Transition speeds can be changed to a preset or custom speed, as well as to reverse or ping-pong in and out (default behaviour for DSK).

  • Autoplay will enable output A to start to play when transitioned to.

  • Audio level control is global for all transitions.


DSK’s

The bottom-most layer is the Background layer. This consists of the full-frame video input busses. Above the Background layer is DSK used for overlays and titles.


Grab & Publishing

Allows sending files to external disks, network location, ftp server or social media destinations - whilst recording!

  • Setup destinations in pre-production (Home or Session page sections).

  • Stills - can’t go to YouTube. Videos - can't got to Twitter

  • Auto-Upload: bypasses Publish Queue.

  • Publish Queue: Duplicate items for multi-destinations

  • Trim clips in playlist mode first if required.

  • Grab button will grab all inputs and both outputs (look under Stills) but will only send current displayed o/p to publish queue.


Exporting

Exit from live production environment and export any media clips or rendered highlight reels (with comments). Choose destination which could be internal or external drives.


Animation Store Creator

Animations and transitions created with ASC are cross compatible with TC/3Play.

The maximum number of frames allowed per transition is ???



8) Networking


  • Gigabit Ethernet is the preferred network speed

  • iVGA Pro Demo - set-up and use

    • Screens sent to the 3Play can be recorded locally on the external computer as a video screen capture. Activate and select the destination for the recording. Recordings can be saved as MPEG-2, AVI, or QuickTime files.

  • Developer network integration and plug-ins

  • Apple Airplay

  • Sharing machine outputs



9) Macros


Macros are global, not session specific. Clicking on the star to the right of items in the Macro list will add it to the Favorites List and will appear in the Macro drop-down menu. There is also a “Stop All Macros” menu item.


Macros (or folders of macros) can be imported and exported by right-clicking on a macro in the Macros list.


To add a new macro, click on the +Macro button at the top right of the Macro Configuration Editor window. If a keyboard shortcut is already in use, it displays in red text. To resolve this, either choose an unused keyboard shortcut, or find the conflicting macro and turn it off by unchecking it.



10) Shortcut Keys


Shift + number key = to load transitions

Shift + double-click = resets any value to default (ie Position, Rotation, Scale, and Crop)

Alt + B = Display the software build number

Ctrl + V + T = Exit session without saving (VideoToaster)