A number of organizations use ProPresenter as a video switcher in conjunction with our hardware encoders. Often this is because they would like to utilize ProPresenter’s tools, such as text overlay, slideshows, in addition to switching video signals. You can do this provided that you have the following beforehand:
- Access to a licensed version of ProPresenter 7.
- A computer capable of running your video and graphics (preferably one with a discrete graphics card). You can read Renewed Vision’s PP7 system requirements for more information.
- Any necessary cables and converters for running video input and output to and from your computer (this will depend on your specific setup and the hardware you are using).
1. Connect Your Capture Devices to Your Computer
Check the specifications for your recording equipment and computer setup by making sure you have the correct audio and video inputs and converters, if necessary. Once your devices have been connected, you can configure them in ProPresenter as described in their documentation on video inputs, audio inputs, and audio routing.
2. Connect Your Encoder to Your Computer
After you have connected your capture devices, you will need to output content to your encoder. In order to do this, you will need to make sure you are familiar with how to set up your encoder. If you are unsure of how to do this, check the setup instructions and data sheet for your encoder model and make sure you are familiar with our general recommendations for encoder power and signal setup. For instance, if your computer only has HDMI outputs, but you would like use an SDI connection on your encoder, which is preferred in most professional broadcasting environments, you will need an HDMI to SDI adaptor.
Remember to always check the documentation and specifications on any adaptors, converters, etc. to make sure that they can output at the correct resolution and framerate as your encoder preset. Otherwise, you will have to modify your current selection to match the signal or create a new encoder preset.
3. Output to Your Encoder and Displays
When your capture devices and encoder have been properly connected to your computer, you will then need to make sure your video feed is being properly transmitted. In ProPresenter, this is done through the screens and outputs settings, as described in Renewed Vision's article Screen Configuration in ProPresenter 7.
It is also important to understand the difference between a screen and an output in ProPresenter 7, which essentially comes down to the fact that screens are a digital reflection of the content that you are sending to one or more output devices. If you would like to learn more, you can read about the differences between screens and outputs in ProPresenter.
There may also be occasions where you would like to configure multiple simultaneous outputs, such as for dual-channel streams that are being broadcast to a multi-site venue and web destinations. If this is the case, it is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with ProPresenter’s content regarding simultaneous audio outputs and utilizing graphics versus video outputs.