videohubctrl can be used to control Blackmagic Design Videohub SDI router device over the network.
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videohubctrl - Blackmagic Videohub control application
======================================================

videohubctrl implements the simple text based network protocol for
controlling Blackmagic Design Videohub SDI router devices. The
program is tested with Blackmagic Design Micro Videohub and
probably works with other Videohub models.

videohubctrl currently displays and can configure:

  - Video input port names
  - Video output port names, routing and locking
  - Input/Output port statuses
  - Monitoring video output port names, routing and locking
  - Serial ports names, routing, locking and directions
  - Processing units
  - Frames

Configuration of Videohub's network settings can be made using
Blackmagic's Windows program when the device is connected via USB.

Configuration of processing units and frames is probably not working
properly because the support was added by just following the very
minimal documentation and with no testing on a real device, so don't
expect miracles in this department. The other stuff is solid but
please see the TODO section of this document and help.


License
=======

videohubctrl is released under MIT license.
See LICENSE-MIT.txt for full license terms.


Command line parameters
=======================

videohubctrl is controlled using command line parameters. Here is a list
of supported command line parameters:

Main options:
 -h --host <host>           | Set device host name.
 -p --port <port_number>    | Set device port (default: 9990).

Commands:
 -i --info                  | Show full device info (default command).
                            . This command is shows the equivalent of
                            .  running all --list-XXX commands.
 -m --monitor               | Display real-time config changes monitor.
 -b --backup                | Show the command line that will restore
                            . the device to the current configuration.

 --list-device              | Display device info.
 --list-inputs              | List device input ports.
 --list-outputs             | List device output ports.
 --list-monitor             | List device monitoring outputs.
 --list-serial              | List device serial ports.
 --list-proc-units          | List device processing units.
 --list-frames              | List device frame buffers.

 --set-name <name>          | Set the device "friendly name".

Inputs configuration:
 --in-name <in_X> <name>       | Set input port X name.
 --in-output <in_X> <out_Y>    | Route input X to output Y.
 --in-monitor <in_X> <mout_Y>  | Route input X to monitor port Y.

Outputs configuration:
 --out-name <out_X> <name>     | Set output port X name.
 --out-input <out_X> <in_Y>    | Connect output X to input Y.
 --out-lock <out_X>            | Lock output port X.
 --out-unlock <out_X>          | Unlock output port X.

Monitoring outputs configuration:
 --mon-name <mout_X> <name>    | Set monitoring port X name.
 --mon-input <mout_X> <in_Y>   | Connect monitoring X to input Y.
 --mon-lock <mout_X>           | Lock monitoring port X.
 --mon-unlock <mout_X>         | Unlock monitoring port X.

Serial ports configuration:
 --ser-name <ser_X> <name>     | Set serial port X name.
 --ser-connect <ser_X> <ser_Y> | Connect serial X to serial Y.
 --ser-clear <ser_X>           | Disconnect serial port X from serial Y.
 --ser-lock <ser_X>            | Lock serial port X.
 --ser-unlock <ser_X>          | Unlock serial port X.
 --ser-dir <ser_X> <dir>       | Set serial port X direction.
                               . <dir> can be 'auto', 'in' or 'out'.

Processing units configuration:
 --pu-input <pu_X> <in_Y>      | Connect processing unit X to input Y.
 --pu-clear <pu_X>             | Disconnect unit X from input Y.
 --pu-lock <pu_X>              | Lock processing unit X.
 --pu-unlock <pu_X>            | Unlock processing unit X.

Frames configuration:
 --fr-name <fr_X> <name>       | Set frame X name.
 --fr-output <fr_X> <out_Y>    | Output frame X to output Y.
 --fr-clear <fr_X>             | Stop outputing frame X to the output.
 --fr-lock <fr_X>              | Lock frame X.
 --fr-unlock <rf_X>            | Unlock frame X.

Misc options:
 -T --test-input <file>     | Read commands from <file>.
 -d --debug                 | Increase logging verbosity.
 -q --quiet                 | Suppress warnings.
 -H --help                  | Show help screen.
 -V --version               | Show program version.


Environment variables
=====================

The following environment variables are checked and used by the program
if they are set:

 VIDEOHUB_HOST
    Sets the device host name. It is equivalent to using -h / --host
    command line parameter.

 VIDEOHUB_PORT
    Sets the device port. It is equivalent to using -p / --port command
    line parameter.


Example usage
=============

 # Rename video output

   videohubctrl -h sdi --out-name 8 "Output 8 - test"
   videohubctrl -h sdi --out-name "Output 8 - test" "Output 8"


 # Rename video input

   videohubctrl -h sdi --in-name 4 "Windows 4 HD"
   videohubctrl -h sdi --in-name "Windows 4 HD" "CPlay4"


 # Lock and then unlock output 16 (unlock assumes that the port is
 # named Output 16). The host name is set via env variable.

   export VIDEOHUB_HOST=sdi
   videohubctrl --out-lock 16
   videohubctrl --out-unlock "Output 16"


 # Set two outputs to receive from the same input using port names

   videohubctrl -h sdi --out-input "Output 8" "Windows 4 HD"
   videohubctrl -h sdi --out-input "Output 7" "Windows 4 HD"


 # Set one input to go out two outputs and two monitoring ports

   videohubctrl -h sdi --in-output  "Windows 4 HD" "Output 8" \
                       --in-output  "Windows 4 HD" "Output 7" \
                       --in-monitor "Windows 4 HD" "Monitor 1" \
                       --in-monitor "Windows 4 HD" "Monitor 2"


 # Run several commands at once
 # Rename video input 11 and 12
 # Rename video output 5,
 # Set output 5 to receive from input 12
 # Lock output 5

   videohubctrl --host sdi \
                --in-name 11 "Test input" \
                --in-name 12 "Playout input" \
                --out-name 5 "Encoder h264" \
                --out-input 5 12 \
                --out-lock 5

 # This fails. It tries to use name that is not previously configured.

   videohubctrl -h sdi --out-name 1 "Test output" \
                       --out-name "Test output" "Other name"


Example output
==============

Here is how videohubctrl output looks like using the commands recorded
in test/input-00.txt file.

|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
$ videohubctrl --test test/input-00.txt
Device info
  -------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Device address             | sdi-matrix                         |
  | Device port                | 9990                               |
  | Model name                 | Blackmagic Micro Videohub          |
  | Unique ID                  | 7c2e0d021714                       |
  | Protocol                   | 2.4                                |
  | Video inputs               | 16                                 |
  | Video outputs              | 16                                 |
  | Serial ports               | 8                                  |
  | Video processing units     | 4                                  |
  | Video monitoring outputs   | 4                                  |
  -------------------------------------------------------------------

Video inputs
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------
  | ### | Video input name         | nn | Routed to output         | s |
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------
  |   1 | Windows 1                |  2 | Enc1 3                   | B |
  |     |                          |    | Enc1 4                   |   |
  |   2 | Windows 2                |  1 | Enc1 2                   | B |
  |   3 | Windows 3                |  1 | Enc1 1                   | B |
  |   4 | Windows 4 HD             |  2 | Output 8                 | B |
  |     |                          |    | Enc2 1                   |   |
  |   5 | Input 5                  |  1 | Output 5                 | o |
  |   6 | Input 6                  |  1 | Output 6                 | o |
  |   7 | Input 7                  |  1 | Output 7                 | o |
  |   8 | Input 8                  |  0 | -                        | o |
  |   9 | Input 9                  |  0 | -                        |   |
  |  10 | Input 10                 |  1 | Output 10                |   |
  |  11 | Input 11                 |  1 | Output 11                |   |
  |  12 | DPlay1                   |  1 | Output 13                |   |
  |  13 | DPlay2                   |  1 | Denc                     |   |
  |  14 | Input 14                 |  1 | Output 14                | x |
  |  15 | Input 15                 |  1 | Output 15                | x |
  |  16 | Loopback                 |  1 | Loopback                 |   |
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Video outputs
  ---------------------------------------------------------------------
  | ### | x | Video output name        | Connected video input    | s |
  ---------------------------------------------------------------------
  |   1 | L | Enc1 1                   | Windows 3                |   |
  |   2 | L | Enc1 2                   | Windows 2                |   |
  |   3 | L | Enc1 3                   | Windows 1                |   |
  |   4 | L | Enc1 4                   | Windows 1                |   |
  |   5 |   | Output 5                 | Input 5                  | x |
  |   6 |   | Output 6                 | Input 6                  | x |
  |   7 |   | Output 7                 | Input 7                  | x |
  |   8 |   | Output 8                 | Windows 4 HD             |   |
  |   9 | L | Enc2 1                   | Windows 4 HD             | B |
  |  10 |   | Output 10                | Input 10                 | B |
  |  11 |   | Output 11                | Input 11                 | B |
  |  12 | L | Denc                     | DPlay2                   | B |
  |  13 | O | Output 13                | DPlay1                   | o |
  |  14 |   | Output 14                | Input 14                 | o |
  |  15 |   | Output 15                | Input 15                 | o |
  |  16 | O | Loopback                 | Loopback                 | o |
  ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Monitoring outputs
  -----------------------------------------------------------------
  | ### | x | Monitoring output name   | Connected video input    |
  -----------------------------------------------------------------
  |   1 |   | Monitor 1                | Windows 1                |
  |   2 | O | Monitor 2                | Windows 2                |
  |   3 | L | Monitor 3                | Windows 3                |
  |   4 |   | Monitor 4                | Windows 4 HD             |
  -----------------------------------------------------------------

Serial ports
  ----------------------------------------------------------------
  | ### | x | Dir  | Serial port        | Connected serial   | s |
  ----------------------------------------------------------------
  |   1 | O |   in | Serial Ctrl 1      | Deck 3             | 4 |
  |   2 |   | auto | Serial Ctrl 2      | Deck 4             | 4 |
  |   3 | L |  out | Deck 3             |                    | 4 |
  |   4 |   | auto | Deck 4             |                    | 4 |
  |   5 |   | auto | Serial 5           |                    |   |
  |   6 |   | auto | Serial 6           |                    |   |
  |   7 |   |   in | Serial 7           |                    | x |
  |   8 |   |  out | Serial 8           |                    | x |
  ----------------------------------------------------------------

Processing units
  --------------------------------------------
  | Proc Unit | x | Connected video input    |
  --------------------------------------------
  |         1 | L | Windows 4 HD             |
  |         2 |   | Windows 2                |
  |         3 | O |                          |
  |         4 |   | Windows 3                |
  --------------------------------------------

Frames
  -----------------------------------------------------------------
  | ### | x | Frame name               | Connected output         |
  -----------------------------------------------------------------
  |   1 |   | Frame 1                  | Output 13                |
  |   2 | L | Frame 2                  | Output 14                |
  |   3 | O | Frame 3                  | Output 15                |
  |   4 |   | Frame 4                  |                          |
  |   5 |   | Frame 5                  |                          |
  |   6 |   | Frame 6                  |                          |
  |   7 |   | Frame 7                  |                          |
  |   8 |   | Frame 8                  |                          |
  -----------------------------------------------------------------


|----------------------------------------------------------------------|


Video inputs Legend
===================

 Column 1 (###) - Input port number
 Column 2       - Input port names
 Column 3 (nn)  - To how much outputs this input is routed.
 Column 4       - List of output ports which are connected to this input.
 Column 5 (s)   - Port status /type/. Universal Videohub's support
                  BNC/Optical ports and this column shows the port type.
                      - Empty means that the device do not support port
                        status.
                   x  - The port type is "None". This means that the
                        port is not installed.
                   B  - The port type is "BNC".
                   o  - The port type is "Optical".
                   T  - The port type is "Thunderbolt".


Video outputs Legend
====================

 Column 1 (###) - Output port number
 Column 2 (x)   - Output port lock status
                   L - The port is locked by another IP address (user)
                   O - The port is locked by me (from my IP address)
 Column 3       - Output port names
 Column 4       - Which input port is routed to this output
 Column 5 (s)   - Port status /type/. Same format as in input ports.


Serial ports Legend
===================

 Column 1 (###) - Serial port number
 Column 2 (x)   - Serial port lock status
 Column 3 (Dir) - Serial port direction.
                   in   - Input/Control (Workstation) port
                   out  - Output/Slave (Deck) port
                   auto - Automatic in/out
 Column 4       - Serial port name
 Column 5       - Which serial port is connected here.
 Column 5 (s)   - Port status /type/. Same format as in input ports.
                     - Empty means that the device do not support port
                       status.
                   x - The port type is "None". This means that the
                       port is not installed.
                   4 - The port type is "RS422".


Development
===========

The development is done using git. videohubctrl repository is hosted at

   http://github.com/gfto/videohubctrl

To clone the repository issue the following commands:

   git clone git://github.com/gfto/videohubctrl.git
   cd videohubctrl
   git submodule init
   git submodule update
   make

The code is developed and tested under modern Linux. It's also compiled
from time to time under OS X but it's not tested there.


Updating the code
=================

To update cloned videohubctrl, go to the directory where the repository
is cloned and run the following commands:

   git fetch origin
   git merge origin/master
   git submodule update
   make clean all

videohubctrl's master branch should always be useful so it is safe to
use it instead of official release. The master branch will always
be better than any released version.


Reporting bugs
==============

If you think you have found bug in videohubctrl, please report it to
the e-mail listed in Contact section (see below) of this README file.

When reporting bugs, run 'videohubctrl' with debugging enabled by adding
several --debug (-d) options on the command line, for example:

  videohubctrl -d -d -d --host 192.168.0.1

Please add the full command line that you are using and describe what
you think the 'videohubctrl' does wrong.

Also it is very useful to report what VideoHub device reports by
running:

  telnet your_videohub_ip 9990

save the output and attach it to your bug report.


TODO list
=========

Help is very much welcome for these tasks:

 - Find out what these undocumented commands do:
    ALARM STATUS:
    END PRELUDE:
    ENGINEERING:

 - Find out what these device options do:
    Debug mode:
    Power:

 - Test the program with Universal Videohub (statuses, serial ports,
   monitoring) and Workgroup Videohub (Frames, Processing).


Releases
========

Official releases can be downloaded from videohubctrl home page which is

   http://georgi.unixsol.org/programs/videohubctrl/


Contact
=======

For requests, patches, bug reports, complaints and so on send e-mail to

   Georgi Chorbadzhiyski <georgi@unixsol.org>