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Installation & Setup

Service Switch (SVC)

Service switch (SVC) must be set to the right for normal operation

FIG. 27 Octaire Service switch

The Service switch (directly below the Ethernet Speed indicator LED) can be used to override system security if the username and password are lost. The Service switch can also be used to upgrade the APWeb firmware. Do not attempt to upgrade the firmware unless directed to do so by technical support. For normal operations, the Service switchmust be flipped to the right. For more information on the Service switch, seepage 81 in the “APWeb” chapter.

Caution: For security purposes, firmware upgrades cannot be performed remotely.

APWeb System Setup

The system setup example in FIG. 28 illustrates an Octaire Distribution Matrix connected to a LAN. Both computers in the illustration have access to the Octaire. If only one computer will be used, the Octaire’s APWeb (TCP/IP) port can be connected directly to the computer’s network card.

FIG. 28 Octaire enclosure connected to a LAN via TCP/IP (APWeb) port

Cable Requirements

Computer Connection (NIC Card) – A crossover (RJ-45)cable is required to connect the Octaire enclosure directly to a network card in a computer. The cable must be wired to

TIA / EIA specification TIA / EIA-568-Bon one end and TIA /EIA-568-Aon the other end.

LAN Connection – A straight-through(RJ-45)cable is required to connect the Octaire enclosure to a LAN. The cable must be wired to TIA / EIA specification TIA /EIA-568-A.

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To connect the Octaire system to a LAN or to a PC:

1.Complete the installation of the Octaire system (page 17);do not apply power until Step 4 below.

2.Insert one end of the straight-through(RJ-45)cable into a network (NIC) card on a PC or an active LAN connection.

3.Insert the other end of the straight-throughcable into the TCP/IP port on the Octaire enclosure.

Ethernet link connector

Cable from active LAN or NIC card on PC

FIG. 29 Fasten the Ethernet link connector

4.Apply power to the Octaire enclosure(s) according to the directions on page 27.

5.Check the indicator LEDs (page 28).

6.Allow 20 to 60 seconds for the server to discover the system.

7.Complete the installation by testing the connection.*

* To test the connection and for complete instructions on APWeb server setup and operation, see the “APWeb – Initial Setup by System Admin” chapter (page 67).

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Signal Types & Specifications

Signal Types & Specifications

The Octaire Distribution Matrix is a fixed system, i.e., containing a single video type (with a single component per enclosure) or a single stereo audio enclosure or a single video type with stereo audio in a fixed input/output (I/O) range. The available I/O configuration sizes are 32x48, 32x64, 48x32, 48x48, 48x64, 64x32, 64x48, and 64x64. This chapter contains signal specifications for each signal type.

Video Signals

Video Types

The available video types for the Octaire are:

Composite (in a single standard video enclosure)

Y/c (in two standard video enclosures)

Three-component/HDTV(in threeultra-widebandvideo enclosures)

RGBHV (in three ultra-widebandvideo enclosures and two sync enclosures)

For information on understanding signal type labels on enclosures, using the color band kit for the BNC connectors, and attaching video cables, see “Attaching Inputs & Outputs” on page 21.

Standard Video

Standard Video Signal Specifications

Frequency Response

Fully loaded

±3 dB, 150 MHz or better

 

 

 

Crosstalk

f = 1 MHz

<-80dB

 

f = 5 MHz

<-75dB

 

f = 10 MHz

<-64dB

 

f = 30 MHz

<-57dB

 

f = 100 MHz

<-53dB

 

f = 150 MHz

<-51dB

 

 

 

Differential Gain

f = 3.58 MHz

<0.2% or better

 

 

 

Differential Phase

f = 3.58 MHz

<0.2° or better

 

 

 

Signal to Noise Ratio

Vin = 0.7 V, 100 IRE

>65 dB

 

 

 

Input Level (max.)

 

±1.25 V

 

 

 

Input Impedance

 

75 ohms

 

 

 

Output Level (max.)

 

±1.25 V

 

 

 

Output Impedance

 

75 ohms

 

 

 

Connectors

 

BNC

 

 

 

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Signal Types & Specifications

Ultra-WidebandVideo

Ultra-Wideband(RGBHV) Signal Specifications

Frequency Response

Fully loaded

±3 dB, >600 MHz average

 

Fully loaded

±3 dB, 500 MHz or better

 

Fully loaded

±1.5 dB, 150 MHz or better

 

 

 

Crosstalk

f = 1 MHz

<-80dB

 

f = 5 MHz

<-79dB

 

f = 10 MHz

<-74dB

 

f = 30 MHz

<-71dB

 

f = 100 MHz

<-60dB

 

f = 150 MHz

<-52dB

 

 

 

Signal to Noise Ratio

Vin = 0.7 V, 100 IRE

>65 dB

 

 

 

Return Loss

f = 5 MHz

<-45dB

 

 

 

Input Level (max.)

 

±1.0 V

 

 

 

Input Impedance

 

75 ohms

 

 

 

Output Level (max.)

 

±1.0 V

 

 

 

Output Impedance

 

75 ohms

 

 

 

Connectors

 

BNC

 

 

 

Sync

Sync Signal Specifications

Input Level Signal Range

 

0 to +5 Volts

 

 

 

Input Impedance

 

510 ohms

 

 

 

Input Trigger Voltage*

 

+1.75 V

 

 

 

Input Polarity

Output polarity follows input polarity

Active high or low

 

 

 

Output Level Signal Range

 

0 to +5 Volts

 

 

 

Output Impedance

 

50 ohms

 

 

 

Output Polarity

Output polarity follows input polarity

Active high or low

 

 

 

Connectors

 

BNC

 

 

 

* The input trigger voltage specification indicates the point which determines if the HV sync pulse is high or low. An incoming sync signal below +1.75 V will be interpreted as low, and an incoming sync signal above +1.75 V will be interpreted as high.

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Stereo Audio Signals

All Octaire systems with an audio enclosure route stereo audio signals. If full stereo is not required, the Octaire can be used for mono audio; wire either the left or right channel for all inputs and outputs.

For information on wiring the connectors for balanced or unbalanced connections and on wiring sources and destinations, see “Attaching Inputs & Outputs” on page 21.

Stereo Audio

Stereo Audio Signal Specifications

Frequency Response

20 Hz to 20 kHz

<±1 dB

 

 

 

THD + Noise

f = 1 kHz, Vin = +2 dBu

<0.03%

 

f = 1 kHz, Vin = -10to +10 dBu

<0.1%

 

 

 

Crosstalk

f = 1 kHz, Vin = +14 dBu

<-100dB

 

 

 

Channel Separation

f = 1 kHz, Vin = +14 dBu

>90 dB

 

 

 

Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)

20 Hz to 20 kHz, Vin = +14 dBu

>83 dB

 

 

 

CMRR

20 Hz to 20 kHz

>75 dB

 

 

 

Input Level (max.)

Balanced

+14 dBu

 

 

 

Input Impedance

 

18 kohms

 

 

 

Input Gain

Control panel or

±10 dB

Adjustment Range (digital)*

serial control adjustment

 

 

 

 

Output Level (max.)

Balanced

+14 dBu

 

 

 

Output Impedance

Unbalanced

50 ohms

 

Balanced

100 ohms

 

 

 

Output Volume Control

Control panel or

+10 dB to -70dB (mute)

Adjustment Range (digital)*

serial control adjustment

 

 

 

 

CMRR

20 Hz to 20 kHz

>75 dB

 

 

 

Type

 

Balanced or unbalanced

 

 

 

Connectors

 

Pluggable 5-positionterminal block

 

 

 

* The total of input gain plus output gain cannot exceed +10 dB.

AMX reserves the right to modify its products and their specifications without notice.

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Octaire Control Panel Operation

Octaire Control Panel Operation

Overview

The Octaire Control Panel (standard on all systems) is used for controlling the system’s switches and system attributes. In multi-enclosuresystems, the Control Panel is attached to the primary enclosure.

Note: AMX AutoPatch software can also be used to control a system; for more information, see the AMX AutoPatch CD. In addition, AMX AutoPatch enclosures can be controlled using BCS (Basic Control Structure) commands transmitted through an external controller; see the “BCS Protocol Instruction Manual” available on the CD or atwww.amx.com.

The Control Panel has an LCD, a Function Key, a Control Dial, a Select Key, a Cancel Key, a Take Key, Input and Output Keys, and a Power Indicator. The Control Dial and Select Key work together for scrolling through the menus displayed on the LCD to place the system into various modes (the types of operations, e.g., Change Mode) or to access lists for control operations. Once in the desired mode, use the Input and Output Keys to select values and the Take Key to execute the operations (some modes require using the Control Dial and Select Key to select values).

LCD

Control

Input Keys

Function Key

Take Key

Output Keys

Cancel Key

Select Key

Power Indicator

FIG. 30 Octaire Control Panel

Control Keys & Dial

Function Key

The Function Key accesses the Function menu on the LCD. As the Control Dial is scrolled, the menu displays the various command options, e.g., Status, Disconnect, etc. The Function Key can be pressed at anytime to return the display to the Function menu. For an overview of menu options, see page 45.

Select Key

The Select Key enters a selection. In addition, the Select Key can be used to execute global presets; however, the Select Key cannot execute or disconnect switches. Pressing the Take key executes or disconnects switches.

Cancel Key

Pressing the Cancel Key clears an incomplete operation and returns the display to the beginning of a submenu or list. The Cancel Key cannot undo a completed operation, e.g., an operation followed by the pressing of the Take Key or an audio adjustment made with the Control Dial. If the Cancel Key flashes, an error has occurred; a flashing Cancel Key must be pressed before continuing.

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Control Keys & Dial (continued)

Take Key

The Take Key functions much like the Enter Key on a computer keyboard. Pressing the Take Key instructs the system to execute or disconnect a switch. Prior to pressing the Take Key, the individual operation component(s) are selected by pressing the appropriate key(s).

Control Dial

The Control Dial scrolls through menu options and adjusts values, such as volume. The Control Dial is used in conjunction with the Select Key to choose commands and values on the LCD and change routing levels between All (audio-follow-video),Video, and Audio.

Input & Output Keys

Input and Output Keys correspond to the input and output connections on the rear of the enclosure. These keys are used to select the inputs and outputs for routing source signals to destination devices, as well as for status and audio operations. Input Keys are also used for locking and unlocking the Control Panel.

When an Input or Output Key is pressed, the channel name (e.g., Output 3: O_Ch:0003) displays on the LCD. Hold the key down to display the name longer.

The color of the Input and Output Keys indicate availability or selection:

Blue key – indicates the input or output can be selected as part of the current operation.

White or flashing white key – indicates an input or output has been selected and that further action is required to complete the operation. When verifying Status, the key corresponding to the selected input or output is white; keys that correspond to the connected input or outputs turn white. When a key is flashing white, it cannot be unselected and does not display label information on the LCD when pressed. Select another key or press the Cancel Key to unselect.

Non-illuminated key – indicates the input or output is not available for the current operation, e.g., Input Keys are unavailable when the panel is in Output Volume Mode. Some keys are never illuminated if the switcher’s configuration size is not a full 64x64.

FIG. 31 shows various keys states while in Change Mode. Input Key 45 is flashing white, indicating that input was selected first. Outputs Keys 14 and 15 are white, indicating that those outputs have also been selected (and can be unselected). The switch from Input 45 to Outputs 14 and 15 will be executed when the Take Key is pressed. Note that the keys in the row of Inputs 49 through 64 are not available.

Key flashing white (Input selected)

Blue keys (outputs available)

FIG. 31 Example of key states during Change Mode

Keys not illuminated(inputs not available)

White keys (outputs selected)

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Menus & Modes

The Function menu and its submenus access the modes and functions used to control the system. The modes are Change, Virtual Matrix, Status, Disconnect, Setup Options, Lock Panel, Adjust Audio, and Global Preset. While in a mode, the same command can be repeated, without having to return to the Function menu to reselect the mode e.g., when in Mute Mode you can select various outputs to mute and un-mute.

Use the Control Dial and Select Key to navigate the Function menu, and submenus. The Function menu and the submenus are loop menus, which means that each menu returns to the first item after you scroll past the last item.

The Function menu (see right) and its submenus access the following modes and functions:

Change

 

Selecting Change places the system in Change Mode. The Control Panel

 

must be in Change Mode to execute switches. While in Change Mode,

 

Function menu structure

select the Input and Output(s) Keys followed by the Take Key to execute

 

switches (see page 47).

 

Virtual Matrix

Selecting the Virtual Matrix Mode accesses the three routing levels (virtual matrices) supported by the Octaire that route audio-follow-videosignals (All), breakaway video signals (Video), and breakaway audio signals (Audio). While in the Virtual Matrix Mode, the virtual matrix / routing level needed to perform operations can be changed (seepage 48).

Status

Selecting Status places the system in Status Mode. While in Status Mode, signal routing or routing to multiple outputs can be confirmed without risk of accidentally executing a switch (see page 50).

Disconnect

Selecting Disconnect places the system in Disconnect Mode. While in Disconnect Mode, select the Input or Output Key(s) followed by the Take Key to disconnect switches (see page 49). While in Disconnect Mode, the Control Panel does not indicate the current routing of selected inputs or outputs.

Setup Options

Selecting Setup Options (see page 59) accesses the Setup Options submenu to check the Software Version, change the Default virtual matrix, to enable VIS (Vertical Interval Sync), reload the configuration file (when directed by technical support), and change the password.

Lock Panel

Selecting Lock Panel places the panel in Lock Mode at which time the password is entered to lock the panel. Locking the Control Panel limits access which can prevent accidental switches (see page 57).

Adjust Audio

Selecting Adjust Audio accesses the Adjust Audio submenu. From this menu you can place the panel in Output Volume Mode, Mute/Unmute Mode, or Input Gain Mode (see page 53).

Global Preset

Selecting Global Preset accesses the Global Preset submenu to Execute Global Presets or Define Global Presets (see page 51).

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